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First Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 trailer throws a ton of characters at the screen

The first trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 opens with Baby Groot sprinting towards the screen as an explosion rages behind him… and it just gets wilder from there.

Baby Groot is trying to repair the timestream in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, and that’s because C-List villain Kang the Conquerer disrupted it and forced all of Marvel’s heroes and villains to gather together in Chronopolis, a city outside of time. And when I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE. Loki is hobnobbing with Doctor Octopus and Ego the Living Planet, while Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Gwen swing around town. And don’t forget all the Avengers… and regular-sized Groot… and his pal Rocket… and…

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be released for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One on November 14.

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Take-Two will release a “new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises” in 2018

Take-Two Interactive is gearing up for a rather quiet 2017. As of right now, the publisher’s release calendar only features NBA 2K18 in September and WWE 2K18 this Fall. But 2018 might be one of the “biggest” yet for the company.

We already know that Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch in Spring 2018, but CEO Strauss Zelnick also said during Take-Two’s most recent quarterly financial report that, “A highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises” will be released during their next fiscal year (which runs from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019).

Aside from NBA 2K and WWE 2K, the most famous franchises from Take-Two’s 2K Games label are BioShock, Borderlands, XCOM, and Civilization. But the latter two received new entries just last year, so it’s unlikely that Take-Two is working on XCOM 3 or Civilization VII. Instead, it’s much more reasonable to believe the executive is providing a very early tease for Gearbox’s Borderlands 3 or the currently-unannounced (but known to be in development) BioShock 4.

Whichever game it turns out to be, Zelnick isn’t concerned with hitting a release date ahead of the holiday shopping season. Especially when you’re talking about a game as big as Red Dead Redemption 2:

For a title like [Red Dead Redemption 2], I don’t think the launch window really matters. And obviously, Red Dead Redemption went out in May and was an extraordinarily successful title. Consumers are consuming entertainment year round. Now they don’t stop in the summer months. And we believe that if you give people an extraordinary experience, they will show up for it.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more about this mystery title (and Red Dead Redemption 2) soon.

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Take-Two has shipped more than 80 million copies of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online is more popular than ever

Grand Theft Auto V continues to steamroll the competition. Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick lead off yesterday’s quarterly financial report by announcing that the publisher has shipped more than 80 million copies of the game since its release in 2013.

Even though that’s an absolutely astonishing number, Grand Theft Auto V still trails Wii Sports and Minecraft on the list of best-selling games of all time.

Grand Theft Auto V’s continued sales success is mostly due to the way its sprawling single-player story draws in new players every month. But the game’s multiplayer component, “Grand Theft Auto Online,” has actually never been more popular. According to Zelnick, Take-Two made more money through microtransactions in “Grand Theft Auto Online” during their last fiscal year (April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017) than ever before. Not bad for a game that’s almost four years old.

New content for “Grand Theft Auto Online” is released on a nearly weekly basis, and Zelnick confirmed that Rockstar Games is currently hard at work on even more updates to the game mode:

On “GTA Online,” we have said that plenty more content is coming. More announcements will be made by Rockstar Games. The title is absolutely being supported by the label.

With Red Dead Redemption 2‘s recent delay, this strategy will surely sell more copies of Grand Theft Auto V (and keep “Grand Theft Auto Online” players happy) for a long time.

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Capcom will re-release Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for the PS4, Xbox One this Fall

Capcom has announced plans to re-release Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for the PS4 and Xbox One this Fall, adding yet another remaster to the publisher’s current-generation catalog.

Dragon’s Dogma was originally released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2012, with the Dark Arisen expansion (and a new retail bundle containing both adventures) following a year later. The action RPG is reminiscent of other “monster hunting” games that have gained popularity in recent years, and the Capcom-Unity blog has more details about Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen’s upcoming re-release, as well as a few screenshots:

Well met, Arisens! ‘Tis a grand time of celebration: Dragon’s Dogma was originally released five years ago this week, and we are bringing the beloved Action RPG experience of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this fall!

Featuring a variety of unique classes, a robust system of AI-controlled companions called Pawns and intense real-time combat from the designers behind the Devil May Cry series, this epic masterwork took our hearts by surprise and quickly became a fan-favorite.

Capcom-Unity is also hosting a livestream replay of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, and you can watch it on their Twitch channel beginning at 6:00 PM (Eastern Time) today.

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Overwatch Anniversary event is now live with over 100 new Anniversary-themed items

It’s hard to believe that Overwatch only launched a year ago, because it feels like Blizzard’s team-based “Hero Shooter” has always been with us. But a year it has been, and Blizzard kicked off a massive in-game event today, Overwatch Anniversary, to celebrate.

Like previous seasonal events, players will be able to obtain more than 100 new Anniversary-themed items in special Anniversary Loot Boxes. These Loot Boxes will feature new Legendary Skins, as well as new Voice Lines, Sprays, Player Icons, and a series of “dancing” Emotes. You can get a look at the new Skins and Emotes (including a very smooth Winston shuffle) at PlayOverwatch.com.

Three new Arena Maps will also make their debut in the Arcade as part of the Overwatch Anniversay event:

New Arena Maps in Overwatch Anniversary

  • Necropolis: Ana Amari has made Necropolis her personal hideout—and an impromptu field base where she can keep an eye on things. Head to Ana’s preferred vantage point at the top of the ruins, and use the high ground (and the element of surprise) against the enemy team. Or walk the stone corridors below, and take the fight to them directly—just watch out for pits!
  • Castillo: Castillo is an old fort looking out over Dorado’s bay. It’s the location of Calaveras, a bar frequented by questionable patrons; a graffitied Los Muertos hangout; and Sombra’s hacking den. Test your skills against the enemy team throughout Castillo’s multiple levels, and use its winding stairs for cover and strategic advantage.
  • Black Forest: On the outskirts of Eichenwalde, the misty Black Forest map wraps around a long-overlooked battlefield dotted with the wreckage of Bastion units.
    Flank your opponents on pathways between the castle and woods, and use the wooden balconies to move between the second stories of houses throughout the forest.

Finally, Blizzard has uploaded new Patch Notes for Overwatch’s latest update, as well as a new trailer for the Overwatch Anniversary event and a new “Developer Update” video hosted by Director Jeff Kaplan. Both videos can be found after the break.

The Overwatch Anniversary event will end on June 12, but remember, fans who don’t already own the game can try it out for free this weekend on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. (more…)

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2K Games officially announces a Fall 2017 release for WWE 2K18

Take-Two Interactive and 2K Games announced that WWE 2K18 is officially in development during this morning’s quarterly financial report.

Aside from a Fall 2017 release window and the promise that it’ll appear on “TBA” platforms (though the PS4 and Xbox One seem like a certainty), 2K Games also unveiled the game’s logo, which has been embedded above.

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It’s 2017 and Adventure Games Are Mainstream Again

“What kind of video games do you play?” It’s a broad question that I often find myself faced with, to which I’d respond “adventure games.” That answer is then followed with an exhausting amount of game name dropping, that, in most cases, have nothing to do with the type of games I’m talking about. “You mean, like Zelda?” Not quite.

The easiest way to reiterate what I’m talking about is by calling them “point-and-click” adventure games, which is a genre and style of game most notable on the PC in the mid- to early 90s. It’s a genre that was also declared dead after the commercial failure of the critically acclaimed Grim Fandango; a genre that, over the past few years, has slowly but surely been coming back into the mainstream. (more…)

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Rockstar delays Red Dead Redemption 2 to Spring 2018

We haven’t heard much about Red Dead Redemption 2 since Rockstar Games announced the western sequel late last year… and now we know why. Today, the publisher confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t be released in Fall 2017 as originally planned. Instead, the game will now launch for the PS4 and Xbox One in Spring 2018.

In a statement, a Rockstar Games representative pinned the delay on the development team’s desire to create the “best experience possible”:

This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.

We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready

In addition to the delay, Rockstar also promised that more details about Red Dead Redemption 2 would be revealed this Summer. And they also unveiled seven new screenshots from the game, which can be found after the break. (more…)

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