Take-Two Interactive and 2K Games are being sued as part of a class action lawsuit relating to the publishers' use of digital currency. The lawsuit (via GameIndustry.biz), filed on November 17 in the Northern District of California, accuses both companies (Take-Two is the parent company of 2K Games) of theft and deceptive business practices. In particular, the suit emphasizes the fact that for big annual games, like NBA 2K, the currency purchased expires with the game's online servers and cannot be refunded or transferred to a newer title.
A parent representing their child filed the suit, whichseeks "equitable non-monetary and monetary relief" for themselves and for any consumers whose purchased virtual currency that expired from November 17, 2019 to the present. The lawsuit discusses that much of the video game industry's massive revenue intake is from the selling of virtual currency and that this currency is marketed to children via product tie-ins.
The suit claims that the practice of wiping out virtual currency is unusual in the business, as games like Call of Duty allow their players to transfer their currencies into future titles. It further claims that there is no technological limitation that prevents currency transfer and 2K Games offers no explanation for the policy. Furthermore, 2K does not warn players upon purchase that it can destroy the currency.Continue Reading at GameSpot
More than a decade ago, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder pitched an R-rated Star Wars movie to Lucasfilm. The company did not bite, and now Snyder has spoken more about how it all went down. He's speaking about this just ahead of the release of his sci-fi Netflix movie Rebel Moon, which is what Snyder's Star Wars pitch morphed into.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder said when he pitched Lucasfilm in 2012, he thought Star Wars "was in a vulnerable state." Given that, Snyder said he thought he had a chance. But just six months later, Disney announced its intent to purchase Lucasfilm, and that ended that.
Snyder's wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder was excited that her husband's pitch got rejected, because she never thought Zack would be able to tell the story he wanted to tell. Snyder had already worked on a giant franchise--DC--and Deborah thought Lucasfilm might be even more protective and hinder her husband's vision.Continue Reading at GameSpot
Pokemon Horizons, known in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Liko and Roy's Departure and Pocket Monsters: The Sparkling of Terapagos, debuted in Japan back in April. The two story arcs will be put together for Pokemon Horizons, which finally has an American release date. Netflix has announced that the 26th Pokemon series will be heading to the streaming giant in February 2024.
Horizons introduced two new Pokemon would-be trainers, Liko and Roy. The duo find themselves teaming up with the Rising Volt Tacklers, a group of adventurers that explore the ever-expanding Pokemon world. This series will include the Paldea region, which was introduced in 2022's Pokemon: Scarlet and Violet games.
Horizons was the first Pokemon series iteration without Ash Ketchum and there was a whirlwind of fan speculation if the long-running franchise could go without both of its mascots. This will be America's first look at the series in English, but the English dub will debut in the UK on BBC iPlayer and CBBC in December before then.Continue Reading at GameSpot
Amazon is set to expand The Boys universe with a new series set in Mexico City, according to Variety. The spinoff, tentatively titled The Boys: Mexico, is in the hands of writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Blue Beetle, El Muerto), with Diego Luna (Andor) and Gael García Bernal (Cassandro) on board as executive producers and potential minor acting roles, though nothing has been confirmed as of now.
Similarly, details about The Boys: Mexico, including its premise, remain undisclosed, and there's an ongoing search for a co-showrunner to join Dunnet-Alcocer. The current focus of the team is on script development and budget planning for a Latin American shoot. Eric Kripke, the original series creator, is part of the creative forces behind The Boys: Mexico, which includes Kripke Enterprises, Point Grey Pictures, Original Film, Sony Pictures Television, and Amazon MGM Studios. Loreli Alba is expected to oversee for Point Grey.
Adapted from the Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson comic, The Boys offers an over-the-top satirical view of corrupt superheroes and the consequences of unchecked power. The Prime Video series has already spawned successful spinoffs, including the animated The Boys Presents: Diabolical and the YA (kinda) college spinoff Gen V. The upcoming Mexico-set series marks the fourth installment in The Boys franchise.Continue Reading at GameSpot
CD Projekt Red has revealed that Cyberpunk 2077's Phantom Liberty has sold over 4.3 million copies since its release on September 26.
According to CD Projekt Red's chief financial officer, Piotr Nielubowicz, the Phantom Liberty expansion has a 20% attach rate. This means that one out of every five people who own the base Cyberpunk 2077 game also own the expansion. Right now, the studio is working on the Cyberpunk 2077 Ultimate Edition, which includes both the base game and expansion in one single package, and it's set to release on December 5.
The Phantom Liberty expansion sold 3 million copies in its first week and it certainly helped the studio overcome the game's original rough launch three years ago. The game is nominated for Best Narrative and Best Performance for Idris Elba as Solomon Reed at The Game Awards 2023. It's also nominated for best Community Support and Ongoing Game.Continue Reading at GameSpot
Destiny 2's final season is now live, bringing the Lightfall saga to an end ahead of the release of the now-delayed The Final Shape expansion. Unlike most of the other seasons released over the years, Season of the Wish will be the longest one to date as it'll conclude in June 2024. Season of the Wish will focus on one of Destiny 2's strangest narrative threads, the powerful wish-granting dragons called Ahamkara that were long thought to be extinct before 2018's Forsaken expansion revealed that one was still alive and was hidden in the Dreaming City.
Season 23 will introduce a number of technical changes as well, along with more Exotic armor and Exotic weapon overhauls, and ability changes. As usual, you'll be able to progress through the season pass and earn some great rewards, like a new version of the Exotic rocket launcher Dragon's Breath.Table of Contents [hide]
What secrets will there be to uncover in Season 23? Last season saw a big focus on deckbuilding, and we're anticipating that Bungie has a few new ideas to experiment with this season. We'll be updating this section with a list of guides, so check back often as we explore the secrets of Season of the Wish.Continue Reading at GameSpot
Humble might be best known for its video game collections, but it's also a great place to pick up discounted books. In fact, the storefront currently has an incredible Humble Bundle running for John Scalzi books--a popular science fiction author and winner of multiple Hugo Awards--giving you a chance to score nearly two dozen books for just $18 until December 14.See deal at Humble
The bundle is offered in three tiers, though the $18 tier is certainly the best deal. It gives you access to 21 books, including Redshirts (which won Scalzi the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2013). The novel follows Andrew Dahl--a new member of the Universal Union Capital Ship as it sets out on a series of prestigious interstellar missions. But as low-ranking crew members continue to die on these expeditions (and high-ranking officials remain unscathed), Dahl begins to question the reality of his situation.
All six novels in Scalzi's Old Man's War series are also included. Old Man's War stars John Perry, a 75-year-old man and new enlistee in the army. John embarks on an interstellar adventure to defend Earth from aliens from all over the galaxy.Continue Reading at GameSpot