The Division 2 Sales Fail To Meet Ubisoft's Targets On PS4 And Xbox One

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Ubisoft's latest big release, The Division 2, did not meet Ubisoft's commercial expectations on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The French publisher confirmed on an earnings call today that the console edition failed to meet sales targets, but sales of the PC edition were in line with Division 1.

"The Division 2 ended up short of our ambitious expectations on console. We believe this was due in large part to a more competitive market than expected," chief financial boss Frederick Dugue said, though he did not name any specific competitor titles.

Dugue added that he expects The Division 2 to "grow and gain traction" over time with new content releases such as the game's first big raid coming this week. He also noted that while The Division 2 did not meet sales expectations, the game was received very positively by fans.

Mario Is Esports Now And You Don't Have A Say In The Matter

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Well, it looks like playing Mario is an esport now. At the end of Nintendo's Super Mario Maker 2 Direct, the company announced a tournament will be held on June 8.

The 2019 Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational falls on the same day of some of Nintendo's other E3 2019 plans. Already, Nintendo is hosting the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3 tournament and the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2019 tournament on June 8. In a press release, Nintendo said the Super Mario Maker 2 Invitation will have "four members of the Super Mario Maker community [compete] in a variety of wild and unpredictable Super Mario Maker 2 courses designed by Nintendo's Treehouse team."

Super Mario Maker 2 launches as a Nintendo Switch exclusive on June 28. Though the game plays similarly to its predecessor, its inclusion of new modes and items makes for a much more varied experience.

Spider-Man: Life Story Gives Venom A Brand New Origin Story

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Spider-Man: Life Story Gives Venom A Brand New Origin Story

The '80s were a strange time for superhero comics. The era of the "extreme" exploded onto the scene and brought with it no shortage of immediately recognizable trends and tropes--holofoil variant covers, grimacing gun-toting anti-heroes, way too many utility pouches--you name it. For better or worse, '80s comics had it all.

By and large, the weirdness and the turmoil of the '80s is something modern comics now deal with at arm's length. In Marvel, this is accomplished by the use of the sliding timeline. How it works is pretty simple: At any given point, it's understood that the stories themselves to only have existed for 10 years or so--which means the stories of the '80s are now readily cherry-picked for only the most pertinent details, rather than looked at as real-time artifacts. Those details are then reworked so that they fit into whatever modern setting they're needed, or stripped of major contextual clues to make him stick out a little less obviously. The stories may have happened, but they happened differently, in a different era, or a different universe altogether.

Tokyo Is Launching Gundam Models Into Space For The 2020 Olympic Games

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Tokyo Is Launching Gundam Models Into Space For The 2020 Olympic Games

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is partnering with the University of Tokyo to launch Gunpla models into space for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Yes, during the 2020 Olympic Games, Gundam models are going to be watching over the athletes, transmitting supportive messages to the competitors as they orbit Earth.

"One small step for man, one giant leap for [the Tokyo 2020 Olympics]!" the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games tweeted. "We've partnered with the [University of Tokyo] and JAXA to launch the 'G-SATELLITE Go to Space' project. Carrying Gundam, this is the first time a satellite commissioned for the [Olympic Games] will orbit the earth!"

According to Anime News Network, the satellite is scheduled to launch between March and April 2020 from the International Space Station's Japanese Experiment Module, and it will transmit messages back to Earth. The satellite will hold two models--an RX-78-2 Gundam and MS-06S Char's Zaku II. Both will be painted and made with special materials designed to withstand space, and their eyes will change between the five colors used in the rings symbolizing the Olympic Games. Cameras in the satellite will showcase the models' journey into orbit and continue to capture the two's space adventures.

What's Coming And Leaving Hulu In June 2019? Movies, TV, And Originals

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While you're still probably trying to get through all of Hulu's releases for May, the streaming service has already revealed it's upcoming offerings for June. So it's time to plan out your viewing schedule for next month, and by the looks of June's offerings, there is plenty of content to keep track of.

Kicking off the first of June is a landslide of excellent movies to watch. Did you know there was a Legends of the Hidden Temple movie? Neither did I. Nickelodeon--the network that originally produced the game show--goes the Jumanji route for the latest adventure, and while it's very apparent this movie is geared towards children--ones that weren't even born when the show aired--it looks like a lot of fun.

All of the original Friday the 13th movies hit the service that day--minus Jason X and Jason Goes To Hell. And if you're looking for more horror movies to check out, American Psycho hits Hulu that day, along with the 1989 Tom Hanks film The Burbs--which isn't a horror movie per se, but roll with me. If you can't find a movie to watch or rewatch on June 1, then you hate movies.

Pokemon Go Community Day (May 2019): Start Time, Shiny Torchic, Event Move, And More

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Pokemon Go Community Day (May 2019): Start Time, Shiny Torchic, Event Move, And More

Pokemon Go's Detective Pikachu event may be winding down, but the game's next Community Day is just around the corner. Niantic is bringing the monthly event back this Sunday, May 19, giving players around the world another chance to catch a rare Pokemon and even come away with a special event-exclusive move.

Pokemon Go Community Days typically only run for three hours, but the specifics of each event--such as what time it begins and what bonuses you'll be able to earn--tend to vary month by month. To help you get ready for the event, we've rounded up all of the most important details about May 2019's Community Day below.

Niantic designates one "featured" Pokemon ahead of every Community Day. During the event, this Pokemon will spawn much more frequently in the wild than it normally does, and you'll even have a chance of coming across its Shiny variant. Moreover, if you're able to evolve the featured Pokemon into its final form by the end of the Community Day, it'll automatically know a special, event-exclusive move that it wouldn't otherwise be able to learn in Pokemon Go.

Steam Summer Sale 2019 Dates Leaked

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In what can only be called tradition at this point, Steam's 2019 Summer Sale dates have leaked. The Steam Database Twitter account initially spotted the date on a Chinese Steam community page, SteamCN, and reportedly confirmed the date with multiple sources. If the leak is accurate, Steam's Summer Sale will go live on June 25 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 5 PM GMT (and June 26 at 3 AM AET) and last for about two weeks.

In the past few years, start dates for the Summer Sale fell between June 21 and 23, so the reported 2019 date doesn't stray far from precedent.

It's likely this year's sale will bring back the Steam trading cards and mini games of previous years. Last year's game was Summer Salien, a browser game where you traveled the galaxy to rescue games that had been abducted by aliens. You could earn XP and unlock new abilities, and defending certain planets gave you the chance to win the corresponding game for free.

Batman's Smartest Villain Getting His Own Mini-Series At DC Comics

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Batman's Smartest Villain Getting His Own Mini-Series At DC Comics

In terms of Batman villains, Ra's Al Ghul may not be as famous as someone like The Joker, but he's definitely no slouch. One of the few enemies to ever learn Bruce Wayne's identity, Ra's has been a near constant threat for decades, always toeing the precarious line between full-blown supervillain and deadly rival--a dynamic that makes him the perfect candidate for a featured role in DC's Year of The Villain event, which showcases some of the world's most iconic evildoers in a brand new light.

Starting this August, Ra's will star in a new six-issue miniseries written and drawn by his co-creator, comics legend Neal Adams. The story will focus on a Gotham City under siege by terrorists with Ra's apparently offering his "help" to the officers of the GCPD. Additionally, a mystery uncovered by Boston Brand, otherwise known as Deadman, leads Bruce straight into the sights of the Demon's Head himself.

To help celebrate the launch of the mini-series, DC will also be re-releasing a "facsimile edition" of Batman #232, which will reprint Ra's now-iconic first appearance in "The Daughter Of The Demon" in its original format.