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SEC filing hint of new Grand Theft Auto

According to a SEC filing by Take-Two, Rockstar Games is planning to launch the next Grand Theft Auto sometime in 2023.

The publisher expects to spend around $89 million on marketing in the year leading up to March 31st 2024, more than double that of any other period, leading to speculation that this is going to be the big push for Grand Theft Auto VI.

Delayed impact: Take-Two had previously scheduled this marketing outlay for 2023, but they are shifted to 2024 in their latest 10-K filings with the SEC. Analysts believe Rockstar’s development schedule has changed – perhaps due to COVID-19-related delays – and that this is the reason for the recent filing.

Follow the money: “We are not sure how much we should be reading into this shift, but we would note that this disclosure accurately predicted the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 prior to that game’s announcement,” said analyst Jeff Cohen. If this is the case, expect Grand Theft Auto VI between April 2023 and March 2024.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which stunt-based series did Hello Games create before No Man’s Sky?

  • OlliOlli
  • Pain
  • Joe Danger
  • Shred!

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.

Daily Fact

Almost a Konami code in Kid Dracula

Kid Dracula was Konami’s tongue-in-cheek Castlevania spin-off. It was originally named Akumajo Special: Boku Dracula-kun in Japan, and even supports the Konami code – sort of.

If you enter the classic string of keystrokes, the game would play a tone to indicate that the cheat code was recognized, but all you’d get was a message saying “Too bad. There’s nothing here!”

If you procured your copy of Akumajo Special: Boku Dracula-kun in less than wholesome fashion, an anti-piracy measure would trigger, which would remove all enemies in the game beyond the first level. The game finally appeared on Western shores in 2019, as part of the Castlevania Anniversary Collection.

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Pokemon News and Events

Gigantamax Meowth is on the prowl in new Pokémon Sword & Shield event

The Pokémon Sword & Shield Wild Area Event has changed again. Gigantamax Eevee leaves boosted raids, and Gigantamax Meowth takes the spotlight. Reality Blending has been added to Pokémon Go, allowing some objects to block others in AR mode.

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Changed Wild Area Event
    • Gigantamax Eevee leaves boosted raids
    • Replaced by Gigantamax Meowth with Shiny variant and Hidden Ability
    • Meowth’s Gigantamax form can only be collected through this event, which ends midnight on June 2nd

Pokémon GO

  • New features announced
    • Reality Blending: Changes to some objects in augmented reality mode on certain phones
    • PokéStop Scan: Level 40 players can record PokéStop and Gym locations to build 3D map
  • Changed Raid Bosses
    • Reshiram Level 5 Raid Boss until June 16th

Pokémon Masters

  • Star of the Contest story event coming soon
  • Spotlight Scout for Dawn has been announced
  • Dawn & Turtwig/Grotle/Torterra Sync Pair revealed

PS5 Games List

PlayStation 5 announcement round-up

The latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine UK features a list of upcoming games for the PlayStation 5, and apparently there are “38 confirmed games in development”.
Few next-gen titles have any concrete launch dates

Upcoming PlayStation 5 titles:

  • A Rat’s Quest: The Way Back Home by The Dreamerians/Handy Games – TBA 2021
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla by Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft – TBA 2020
  • Battlefield 6 by EA DICE/EA – TBA 2021
  • Chorus by Fishlabs/Deep Silver – TBA 2021
  • Cygni: All Guns Blazing by Keelworks/Keelworks – TBA
  • Dauntless by Phoenix Labs/Epic Games – TBA
  • DiRT 5 by Codemasters – TBA 2020
  • Dragon Age 4 by BioWare/EA – TBA
  • Dying Light 2 by Techland – TBA
  • FIFA 21 by EA Vancouver/EA Sports – TBA
  • Godfall by Counterplay Games/Gearbox Software – TBA
  • Gods & Monsters by Ubisoft Quebec/Ubiosoft – TBA
  • Gothic Remake by Piranha Bytes/THQ Nordic – TBA
  • Madden 21 by EA Tiburion/EA Sports – TBA 2020
  • MicroMan by Glob Games – TBA
  • Moonray by Everything is Full of Gods – Summer 2021
  • NHL 21 by EA Vancouver/EA Sports – TBA 2020
  • Nth^0 Infinity Reborn by Kitatus – February 2021
  • Observer: System Redux by Bloober Team – TBA 2020
  • Outriders by People Can Fly/Square Enix – TBA 2020
  • Path of Exile 2 by Grinding Gear Games – TBA 2020
  • PsyHotel by RG Crew/Ultimate Games – TBA
  • Quantum Error by Teamkill Media – TBA 2020
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine by Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft – TBA
  • Rainbow Six Siege by Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft – TBA
  • Redo! Enhanced Edition by Robson Paiva – TBA 2020

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What Else Happened Today?

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which stunt-based series did Hello Games create before No Man’s Sky?

Answer: Joe Danger!

Long before No Man’s Sky and the surrounding controversy, Hello Games made something very different: The casual stunt racing platformer Joe Danger.

Joe Danger puts you in the motorcycle seat as eponymous dare devil Joe Danger as he rockets through levels, performing stunts to fill his boost meter. It was released in June of 2010, nearly a decade ago.

Three games were made: Joe Danger, Joe Danger: The Movie, and Joe Danger Infinity. The first two were action platformers, while the third was an auto-runner for iOS. The series was quite successful, and was praised for its accessibility and included course editor. No matter how you feel about Hello Games, you must admit they’ve come a long way.

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.