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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.
Take-Two will hold an earnings call to discuss these results and more starting at 1:30 PM PDT / 4:30 PM EDT today. Check back soon for more.
In this Witcher 3 sequence, Nilfgaardian emperor Emhyr var Emreis has invited you to the palace at Vizima. Before you meet the ruler, however, commander Morvran Voorhis subjects you to a shave, during which he asks you some probing questions. If you haven't played The Witcher 2, you aren't likely to know the background to these queries. (You can simply skip this Q&A sequence if these matters don't interest you by selecting not to simulate The Witcher 2 decisions when you start the game, if you prefer.) Fear not, however: I am here to provide some context, so that you don't feel completely lost when Voorhis confronts you--perhaps only slightly lost. I will not be telling you how each of those decisions plays out over the course of The Witcher 3, though some of those possibilities are notable: In The Witcher 3, entire quest lines appear that are only available if you choose/chose a particular path. However, my aim is to give you proper backstory so you understand what these decisions mean, and don't have to make them blindly.
Warning: The Witcher 2 spoilers ahead!
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.
Iorveth, elven guerrilla and vaping enthusiast.
Vernon Roche is a loyal servant of Foltest who interrogated Geralt in the dungeons of La Valette castle. However, Roche came to believe that Geralt did not assassinate Foltest, and assisted him in his escape. Iorveth, on the other hand, has no loyalty towards Foltest, or any other human king. Iorveth is an elf and the commander of a Scoia'tael unit. Scoia'tael are non-human (typically elven) freedom fighters/guerrillas driven by their abhorrence of humans, yet known to ally with human leaders should such an alliance prove worthwhile. You associate with both of these characters in the border town of Flotsam, where most of The Witcher 2's second act takes place.
Whether you side with Roche or with Iorveth is The Witcher 2's primary choice, as it has enormous repercussions on the chapters that follow. Siding with Roche and his unit, known as the Blue Stripes, opens up a series of possibilities and quests known as "Roche's Path." You may, for instance, assist Roche in killing Henselt, King of Kaedwen--or refuse to help Roche in such an instance. Traveling down "Iorveth's Path," of course, introduces a different series of quests and decisions, opening the possibility of a friendlier world for Iorveth and his fellow non-humans.
Which choice you make in this dialogue then affects the next choice available.
Oh, Triss Merigold. She is Geralt's primary romantic interest in the Witcher games, and is a sorceress of some renown. Saskia is a beloved warrior who led a revolt when Kaedweni King Henselt tried to invade her land of Aedirn. At this stage of The Witcher 2, Triss is imprisoned in a Nilfgaardian war camp, while Saskia, who is revealed to actually be a shapeshifting dragon, is under control of powerful sorceress Philippa Eilhart. (Sadly, if you take Roche's path, you never discover that Saskia is a dragon.)
Rescuing Triss not only allows you to have some fun in the camp, but it also allows Triss to accuse Síle de Tansarville, another powerful mage, of being the puppetmaster behind Foltest's death. Saskia, however, remains under Eilhart's thrall, leading to a later confrontation between witcher and dragon. If you choose to release Saskia from her curse, Triss is still freed, in this case by Letho, the true kingslayer--yet there are damaging repercussions for mages, who are now the victims of a witch hunt that would not have begun had you freed Triss from her bounds.
Remember Mary Louisa La Valette, Aryan's mother? Well, she had two children that were fathered not by her husband, but by King Foltest. (Aryan, however, was pure La Valette.) That makes Anais, the older of the two, the true heir to Foltest's throne. She is captured and held by Henselt's forces at a Kaedweni camp, and should you choose to rescue her, you must again make a choice, handing her over either to Redania or to Temeria. As with Iorveth's path, Triss does not die in this scenario; Letho frees her, and she waits for you with the kingslayer in the final scenes.
On the other hand, Triss's blazing red hair is difficult to resist, and should you heed its call, Triss is free to point a finger at sorceress Síle de Tansarville for her murderous politicking once you release Triss from her Nilfgaardian shackles. As you can see, you get an option to assist Triss whether you follow Iorveth's path or Roche's, and the consequences, at least those related directly to Triss, are more or less the same. Anais still lives in this scenario, rescued by Vernon Roche himself, but she will never be treated like royalty.
A megascope is a magical device good for teleporting and having conversations at a distance, among other fantastical uses. Unfortunately for Sile, Letho had sabotaged her megascope. You watch Sile try to teleport away, only to realize the danger and beg for Geralt to help. If you save her, she disappears--but only after giving you a hint as to where you can find long lost love Yennefer. If you let Sile die, well, she become magical mush. Good riddance!
Letho is a witcher and the man who committed the crime Geralt is accused of. You meet him several times over the course of The Witcher 2, but your final act is to choose whether Letho should live as a potential ally, or die for his crimes. It may be your last decision in The Witcher 2, but its consequences are simple, as the game then ends either way.
As reported by Pocketgamer, a total of 19 iOS and Android games have been removed from iTunes and Google Play. Via Eurogamer, they include titles like After Burner Climax, Jet Set Radio, and various Super Monkey Ball games.
The full list of affected titles, which are mostly ports of classic titles and not new games, is below.
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.
The publisher also shared a teaser image (enhanced version below), with many fans speculating that the new game could be a new installment in the Need for Speed Underground series. What do you think?
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.
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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 Witcher 3 officially launches on May 19. Digital copies unlock at 1 AM CET, which is 4 PM PDT / 7 PM EDT today, May 18. Earlier today, CD Projekt Red released the patch notes for the game's day-one update.
GameSpot awarded The Witcher 3 a 10/10, only the ninth title in our site's history to receive a perfect score. Other reviewers are praising the game, too; see a roundup of reviews here.
For lots more on The Witcher 3, check out GameSpot's detailed roundup of everything you need to know.