2K’s “exciting new franchise” at Gamescom?

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Take-Two investor call reveals “exciting new franchise” from 2K

Grand Theft Auto 6 is reportedly ‘four years away’

Why wait for press releases when you can listen in on investor calls? Take-Two Interactive just told investors that 2K has “another exciting new franchise” coming out this financial year.

The new game will most likely be announced at Gamescom 2021 towards the end of august. Take-Two also revealed that two “immersive core” titles have been delayed.

  • Unannounced IP launching before April next year
  • Two titles delayed but also due before April 2022
  • Take-Two “flexible” about removing Grand Theft Auto mods
  • Hangar 13 working on new game, most likely Mafia 4
  • Development pipeline is the ‘most diverse yet’

Zero tolerance: CEO Strauss Zelnick also brought up the controversies surrounding Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard, stating that Take-Two“will not tolerate harassment or discrimination or bad behaviour of any kind. We never have.”

Crime pays: Grand Theft Auto V has now sold over 150 million, with 5 million in sales since May this year. An updated version for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S is on the way.

What game is “All Your Base are Belong to Us” from?

a) Zero Wing
b) Phalanx
c) Gradius
d) Lagoon

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Activision Blizzard Q2 2021 investor call

Despite legal trouble Acti-Blizz is financially strong - The Main HQ building for Activision

Usually investor calls are just about fiscal figures and an occasional slip of a new game in the works, however Activision Blizzard is in the midst of a major legal action suit brought against them by California.

CEO Bobby Kotick told investors that “people will be held accountable for their actions” over the serious misconduct allegations related to the “frat boy culture” across its Blizzard studios.

  • Call of Duty Mobile revenue “grew strongly” year-on-year
  • World of Warcraft revenue has grown “double digits”
  • Overall Blizzard company revenue fell year-on-year
  • Social game dev King enjoyed 15% revenue increase

Game news: Actual game-related news from the investor call includes several major new titles coming to PC, console, and mobile in 2022. There are also two unannounced Warcraft mobile titles in the works.

Hellish delay: Diablo Immortal closed beta is scheduled for this year with full release pushed to the first half of 2022. Meanwhile, the upcoming Overwatch 2 has reached an internal milestone, so perhaps we'll hear something about it at Gamescom later on this month. 

Season 21 begins in Sword & Shield

August begins all-new Ranked Battles

It's time for the next Ranked Battles season in Pokémon Sword & Shield, with Season 21 following Series 10 regulations. Only Pokémon caught in Sword & Shield are eligible, so no transferred Pokémon can enter. In other news, Pokémon Unite will have a server update later today.

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Flying- and Psychic-Type Egg Event from August 2nd until 16th
    • MC Sync Pairs: Exeggcute, Spearow, Farfetch'd and Abra
    • Shiny variants for Exeggcute, Spearow, and Farfetch'd

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Ranked Battles August 2021 – Season 21
  • Only Pokémon caught in Sword & Shield allowed
  • Battle Team limited to one special Pokémon:
    • Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, or Calyrex
  • Rewards increase with tiers from Master Ball to Poké Ball

Pokémon Unite

  • Server update on August 4th at 12:00am PDT/7:00am UTC
  • Various text and bug fixes applied
  • Spectator feature test release between August 4th and 6th
  • Adjustments to Pokémon abilities to improve game balance

The Game of Life x Nintendo crossover

You’ll need to provide your own Super Mario music

No, not Conway's game of life – Hasbro's Game of Life. Traditionally a game about saving for retirement, the Super Mario-themed version tasks Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi with defeating Bowser.

Investment strategy: Spend the coins you earn over the course of the game on stars that will boost you in the battle against Bowser, and play mini-games along the way to win prizes and power-ups.

Out now: The game is already available from US retailers Target and Amazon.com, although Amazon appears to be out of stock already. Scalpers, or just classic family board game enthusiasts?

Bandai Namco Sale with up to 90% off

Kamehameha those villainous full prices, Bandai Namco splash sale shot

IndieGala has a juicy Bandai Namco sale at the moment, with up to 90% off a hefty selection of 78 games, DLC and season passes – including series like Ni No Kuni, Tekken, One Piece, Dragon Ball and the Tales series of JRPGs.

  • Fan creates Street View for Zelda: Breath of the Wild featuring panoramic photos like in Google Maps
  • EA has made a Battlefield 2042 short film called Exodus which premieres on August 12th at 8:00am PDT/5:00pm CEST
  • Exomecha from TwistedRed Games delayed until next year but private test invites will go out in September
  • More EA games coming to Xbox Game Pass in August as Skate and Skate 3 are added to the library alongside Hades
  • New Aqua Shift color scheme for Xbox Wireless Controller will be available on August 31st

What game is “All Your Base are Belong to Us” from?

Villain CATS giving us that beloved line

ANSWER: Zero Wing!

“All your base are belong to us” was one of the very first internet memes, and is now deeply woven into the cultural fabric of the 21st century. But where is it from? Why, the Mega Drive version of Toaplan’s arcade game Zero Wing from 1991, of course!

It’s a fun little shoot’em-up, but Toaplan clearly didn’t think it was worth spending much on localization. Yet whoever spent an afternoon with a dictionary directly translating the Japanese text into English also revolutionized Engrish! Lines like “Main screen turn on” and “Move ‘ZIG’ for great justice” prove that a bad translation can be much more memorable than a bland one.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!