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Analyst: "When you had originally launched GTA V, I believe that you had said that there was going to be some story-based DLC content shipping eventually. And obviously we're [now] over a year past the game's launch. Is that still something that you have planned? I'm sure you're not going to talk about timing, but is that something that's still in the pipeline for you guys?"
Zelnick: "No, we haven't discussed any story-based downloadable content. We did talk about the Heists and they've been released."
Analyst: "But I am correct in remembering that you had talked about that around the launch of the game?"
ZelnicK: "Uhh, we have different recollections."
So what's going on here? It's hard to say for sure. As recently as April 2014, Rockstar specifically mentioned "Story Mode DLC" for GTA V in a post on the Rockstar Newswire, the developer's official news channel. You can see the quote below, with emphasis added.
"Later this year, look for even more additions to both Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, including more holiday-themed updates, some very exciting Story Mode DLC and much more."
Rockstar has never formally announced this content, however. The company has said only that players can expect DLC that extends "Michael, Franklin, and Trevor's action, mayhem, and unexpected adventures in Southern San Andreas."
Again, this is something of a strange situation. It's possible Zelnick misspoke. Whatever the case, we've followed up with Rockstar, asking for more details. We'll update this post with anything we hear back.
Predecessor Grand Theft Auto IV welcomed two post-release expansions: The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.
One thing is for sure: GTA V is a runaway success. As announced earlier today, GTA V has now shipped nearly 52 million copies across all platforms. Zelnick also said during the call today that Rockstar will continue to support GTA Online with additional content. This is no surprise, as revenue from the multiplayer mode's microtransactions was cited as being a key driver of Take-Two's digitally delivered revenue for the past year.
Get the full Take-Two earnings report here.
"Nintendo's focus for E3 this year will be showcasing the many games we have coming for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS," the Nintendo representative said. "Mr. Miyamoto and other members of our development team will be in Los Angeles to explain these games and the unique experiences that each offers."
"Mr. Iwata’s focus in this period will be on other areas of our business that require his presence in Japan. While he remains in Japan, Mr. Miyamoto and our developers will lead the effort at E3 focusing on our games. Mr. Iwata will be in constant contact with the team in Los Angeles and will be monitoring the reaction to our product offerings from our partners at the show and by consumers publicly."
Some of Nintendo's "other areas of business" might include the company's upcoming entrance into the smartphone and theme park markets.
Nintendo's E3 2015 briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, starting at 9 AM PDT. This is Nintendo's normal time slot. But unlike Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo's briefing is a digital event.
20 percent of all Evolve sales were digital, parent publisher Take-Two Interactive said during an earnings call this afternoon. CEO Strauss Zelnick also pointed out that demand for the game's extensive DLC offerings has been strong.
What's more, Zelnick explained that--based on the success of Evolve--the game has become a "key long-term franchise for 2K."
Also during the earnings call, Take-Two president Karl Slatoff said Turtle Rock will continue to support Evolve throughout the year with new characters, modes, and more.
Take-Two purchased Evolve--then known as Metamorphosis--from THQ for $10.89 million during the company's bankruptcy auction in 2013.
Get the full Take-Two earnings report here.
Another exciting development out of Take-Two's earnings report today was a tease for a "soon-to-be announced new triple-A title from 2K."
This game will be released in Take-Two's fiscal 2016, meaning it will launch before April 2016.
What's more, Take-Two also announced today that WWE 2K16, which was previously unannounced, will arrive on October 27. The game is coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.
NBA 2K16 has also been announced. It's coming to consoles, PC, and mobile sometime this fall. A specific release date was not announced.
Take-Two also confirmed that last year's games, NBA 2K15 and WWE 2K15, have shipped 7 million and 3 million units respectively. Meanwhile, Evolve shipped 2.5 million units, while the Borderlands franchise overall has reached 25 million units shipped.
These announcements were made on Monday as part of Take-Two's earnings report for the fiscal fourth quarter and full-year ended March 31. Below are earnings highlights for both periods.
“Our strong fourth quarter revenues and better-than-expected Non-GAAP profits marked an outstanding close to one of our Company's best years ever," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said. "During fiscal 2015, we seamlessly launched five triple-A titles for the holiday season led by Grand Theft Auto V and NBA 2K15; added an exciting new franchise with the successful release of Evolve; and achieved record digitally-delivered revenue, including our highest-ever revenues from recurrent consumer spending. Our business generated significant cash flow and, as a result, we ended the fiscal year with $1.1 billion in cash and short-term investments.
Aryan La Valette is/was the son of Mary Louisa La Valette, the mistress of King Foltest of Temeria--the king whose assassination is at the center of The Witcher 2's story. In The Witcher 2's prologue, you confront Aryan, who is commanding the guard that provides his castle's defenses. You can kill Aryan in this scene (and his guards, if you so wish), or allow him to live. Killing him opens up interactions with his mother later in The Witcher 2; should you force him to surrender, you encounter him later in The Witcher 2, and might even aid in his escape from the castle.
Anyone who has already downloaded any of the affected titles will be able to re-download them if you get a new phone or tablet. What's more, it's possible that these games will one day return.
"While we have nothing to announce at this time, given the right situation, these titles may return in an updated form," Sega explained.
This year's Need for Speed game is currently in development at Sweden-based studio Ghost Games. Back in January, publisher EA said the game was "already looking spectacular."
2014 was the first year without a new, core Need for Speed title release in over a decade. In May 2014, EA confirmed that it would not launch new entry in the franchise until 2015 so that the project could have an "extended development window."
Ghost Games GM Marcus Nilsson said in May 2014: "We are already deep in development on our next game and want to make this promise to you: we will listen to you. We're going to give you the game you've been asking for. It will be the game you deserve, but to do that will take us some time," he said.
Today's best deals come from eBay, where you can get the Xbox One Halo Master Chief Collection bundle for $300 or The Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle for $350.
Dell also has an excellent Xbox One deal, offering the Master Chief Collection bundle with copies of State of Decay and Killer Instinct, Halo dogtags, and a $100 Dell gift card for only $380.
Walmart is offering The Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle with an extra controller for $399.
Digital copies of The Witcher 3 can be had for $54 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One online stores, as well as on Steam and GOG. You can also get the digital PS4 version for $54 on Amazon.
Target is selling physical copies of The Witcher 3 for the full $60, but is throwing in the $25 strategy guide for free while supplies last. Best Buy, meanwhile, is offering $10 in reward certificates for those who preorder, making today the last day to take advantage.
Preorder any game at Target and get 30 percent off select games, including Bloodborne, Mortal Kombat X, MLB 15, and more.
Meanwhile, the Humble Store's big spring sale continues, with new PC game deals being introduced every day through Thursday. Currently, you can get Alien: Isolation for $12.49, Max Payne 3 for $5, Killing Floor for $4, Super Hexagon for $0.29, and much more.
You can preorder a number of games through Dell--Splatoon, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Batman: Arkham Knight--and receive a $15 Dell gift card.
Below you'll find the rest of today's best deals divided by platform:
Amazon is offering the collector's edition of The Order: 1886 as a freebie alongside The Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle for $400.
EBay has seller-refurbished PS4s for $324.
Preorder the Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 bundle at Dell and get three free months of PlayStation Plus and a $25 Dell gift card. Additionally, you can bring the price down from $420 to $400 by using the promo code: 6980X63DCJNXSP
Buy a PS4 (including the Last of Us Remastered bundle) and get a free copy of Destiny at Best Buy.
Other PS4 game deals:
PlayStation Plus' free games for May are now available and include Guacamelee, Murasaki Baby, Hohokum, The Unfinished Swan, and more.
Walmart is offering the Halo Master Chief Collection Xbox One bundle with a free second controller for $349.
Get Evolve for $20 when you buy the Master Chief Collection Xbox One bundle for $350 at Best Buy.
You can also buy a year of Xbox Live Gold on eBay for $39.
Best Buy will take $20 off the price of a one-year Xbox Live Gold membership when you buy any Xbox 360 or Xbox One.
Microsoft's latest Deals With Gold promotion is on, discounting a handful of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. You can check out all the deals here.
Other Xbox One game deals:
May's free Games With Gold games are now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 and include CastleStorm and F1 2013.
GOG has a weekend promotion going on through today that offers The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for $8, Grim Fandango Remastered for $10, Wasteland 2 for $20, and more.
Buy a GeForce GTX 980 or GTX 970 and you'll get free copies of The Witcher 3 and Batman: Arkham Knight.
The newest Humble Bundle features Paradox games. Paying any price gets you games like Magicka and Knights of Pen and Paper, while paying $15 or more also gets you Europa Universalis IV, Crusader Kings II, and more. Alternatively, check out the new Humble Weekly Bundle on RPGs.
Ultima VIII: Gold Edition is free on Origin.
Other PC game deals:
If you don't mind a refurbished system, Nintendo's online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, or Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225.
Walmart is offering a New 3DS XL bundle with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and your choice of select Amiibo figurines for $229. Alternatively, the retailer has a New 3DS XL bundle with your choice of select games and a Pokemon figurine for $229-$237. Eligible games include Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Code Name: Steam, and quite a few more.
Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.
GameSpot's gaming deals posts always highlight the best deals we can find regardless of retailer. We also occasionally use retailer affiliate links, which means that purchasing goods through those links helps support all the great content (including the deals posts) you find for free here on the site.
The studio, formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, is sweeping out cheaters by way of a "massive ban wave" that began this weekend, according to Daybreak president John Smedley.
Daybreak is specifically targeting users employing ESP hacks.
"Massive ban wave underway started this weekend," Smedley wrote on Twitter. "ESP users, if you're really psychic you know you're f'ed. Keep using it. Please."
Daybreak has not disclosed how many H1Z1 players are being banned, if those bans are permanent or temporary, or what measures it's taking to prevent similar instances in the future. We've followed up with the developer, asking for additional insight.
H1Z1 is available now on Steam Early Access ($20), where it's already sold over 1 million copies since its release earlier this year. The game is also coming to PlayStation 4, though a release date for that version has not been announced.
Daybreak recently added female character models to H1Z1, something we spoke with art director Sebastian Strzalkowski about as part of an in-depth interview. What's more, in response to players logging out of the game en masse when the virtual sun goes down, Daybreak has launched a handful of 24-hour daytime H1Z1 servers.