Rainbow Six Siege Rakes In A Billion Dollars, The Division 2 Fails To Meet Sales Expectations On Consoles

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Rainbow Six Siege Rakes In A Billion Dollars, The Division 2 Fails To Meet Sales Expectations On Consoles

Today Ubisoft held its quarterly earnings call and overall, things look pretty great for the company financially. The publisher reports that 2018 was its strongest year ever, supported by its service games as well as mostly strong release sales. Overall, Ubisoft brought in over 2.27 billion dollars, a 17% increase over the previous year.

A big bulletin in the report was Rainbow Six Siege (shown) bringing in over a billion dollars for the company since its launch back in 2015. Not bad for a game that many doubted thanks to its rough launch. Far Cry 5 is also the biggest-selling game for Ubisoft's current generational titles. The publisher also made sure to call out its engagement numbers, pointing to Siege's audience of 45 million players, a 40% increase since last year.

However, on the less rosy side of things, Ubisoft reports that the console version of The Division 2 didn't meet the company's initial sales expectations (though the PC version is performing well). Given Ubisoft's investment in service structures for its game, it'll be interesting to see how microtransactions affect The Division 2's profitability in the year to come.

Skull & Bones Delayed Again

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Skull & Bones Delayed Again

During its earnings call, Ubisoft revealed that Skull & Bones has been delayed again. The title, originally revealed during Ubisoft's 2017 E3 showing, has already been delayed before to 2019.

Players can expect to wait until at least March 2020 before the game is out.

In the meantime, you can watch our New Gameplay Today of the game here or get hyped for a television show adaptation that will apparently release before the game does.

Thrall Returns In New World Of Warcraft Cinematic Trailer

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Thrall Returns In New World Of Warcraft Cinematic Trailer

Blizzard is going all-out on nostalgia this month. Yesterday, the company revealed the long-awaited World Of Warcraft Classic would be arriving in August. Today, a Blizzard released a new cinematic trailer featuring a familiar face.

In his desperation amidst recent tumult, Orc leader Saurfang has turned to a face from the Horde's past for help: Former horde leader Thrall. You can watch the meeting below:

For more on World Of Warcraft, check our our review of the latest expansion, Battle For Azeroth.

There Is No Matchmaking For The Division 2's New Raid

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There Is No Matchmaking For The Division 2's New Raid

Tomorrow The Division 2's first raid, The Dark Hours, launches. The raid, which requires eight people with high gear scores to complete, has the game's community excited for the first massive operation.

However, if you've been playing through the Division 2 with random players via the matchmaking option, you might find yourself in for a bit of a surprise when you try to take on the raid. The Dark Hours has no matchmaking option, which means the onus is on you and your pals to wrangle up a group of eight players yourself.

Players have complained about the notice and Ubisoft has acknowledged those complaints...kind of.  The Division 2's marketing team says that response about why the raid doesn't have a matchmaking function is on the way:

Free Pokémon Beat 'Em Up Mobile Title Released

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Free Pokémon Beat 'Em Up Mobile Title Released

A new, free Pokémon mobile title has unexpectedly materialized called Pokémon Rumble Rush.

The game is available for Android and iOS smartphones today, and players will discover and explore islands containing numerous Pokémon to defeat, collect, and power up. Each island has its own Super Boss, and combing the islands nets rewards such as a hidden stage and Legendary and Mythical Pokémon.

Premier Of South Australia Announces A New Mortal Kombat Movie Is Entering Pre-Production

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Premier Of South Australia Announces A New Mortal Kombat Movie Is Entering Pre-Production

Yesterday, Steven Marshall, the Premier of South Australia and a man not prone to making announcements related to video games, made a pretty big announcement related to video games. The Premier said that Warner Bros. long awaited Mortal Kombat film, seemingly doomed to development hell for ages, has finally begun pre-production in Australia. 

The Premier made the announcement as a way of showcasing how many jobs the movie would bring to the country as well as dollars to the economy:

SA will be the stage for @newlinecinema's highly anticipated action film, Mortal Kombat.
The film will be shot in Adelaide, utilising our world-class crews & acting talent, with postproduction in our internationally acclaimed VFX and post-production facilities. #SAJobs pic.twitter.com/QVrBSYrF3V

NCAA Looking Into Athlete Compensation For Player Name & Likeness Usage

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NCAA Looking Into Athlete Compensation For Player Name & Likeness Usage

The NCAA has announced it is forming a "working group" exploring how college athletes could be compensated for schools using their names, images, and likenesses. This could pave the way for the return of college video games featuring real and/or approximated players.

"This group will bring together diverse opinions from the membership – from presidents and commissioners to student-athletes," said Mark Emmert, NCAA president and member of the working group, "that will examine the NCAA's position on name, image, and likeness benefits and potentially propose rule modifications tethered to education."

The group expects to present its final report on the matter in October to the board of governors.

You Can Playtest Hunt: Showdown On Xbox One Tonight

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You Can Playtest Hunt: Showdown On Xbox One Tonight

If you were curious about checking out Hunt: Showdown on Xbox One before release, tonight's your chance to do so for free!

Crytek is letting Xbox One players try Showdown for free from now until 8am central time tomorrow. To download the game, simply follow the instructions here.

The game is still headed to Xbox's game preview this spring, however, so if you're not able to hit the servers tonight, you'll be able to play sooner rather than later.

Stranger Things LEGO Set Goes To The Upside Down

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Stranger Things LEGO Set Goes To The Upside Down

It’s always exciting when LEGO takes on a new property, and doubly so when it’s a great set of characters and locations like those on offer from the Netflix show, Stranger Things. While we’d be excited regardless for a cool building set from the show, the newly announced release entitled “The Upside Down” is a particularly cool concept.

In the new 2,287 piece set, LEGO presents the world of the supernatural show so that we can see both the normal world and the Upside Down simultaneously, with a mirrored presentation of Will Byers’ house. As we’ve come to expect from LEGO, there’s plenty of great details on offer, including a light-up alphabet wall, a bear trap for capturing a Demogorgon, and a wizard hat for Will the Wise. The set also includes eight minifigs of characters from the show, including Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and the Demogorgon. Sadly, Bob Newby has been left behind, and won’t be included.

The same scene of the Byers’ home is reflected directly below in a dilapidated and bleak version of the same space, as you’d expect to see it in the Upside Down. Once built, you can even flip the entire display over – it stands upright with either perspective on top.

Nier: Automata Has Sold Over Four Million Copies

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Nier: Automata Has Sold Over Four Million Copies

Square Enix has announced that the PlatinumGames'-developed and Yoko Taro-helmed Nier: Automata, one of the most thought-provoking RPGs of the last few years, has managed to reach an impressive milestone: Four million copies sold.

That sales number, which was at three million the last time we checked back in June of last year, includes copies that have been shipped to retailers physically and sold on digital storefronts across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, according to the the game's official Twitter account. 

Since its release in 2017 (you can read our review of it here), Nier: Automata has gone on to be a popular game with both fans and other game companies alike, with a raid inspired by the game added to Final Fantasy XIV and its main character, 2B, ending up in Soulcalibur VI.