Yesterday we reported on an SEC filing that pointed to drastically increased spending (more than double) for Take-Two during fiscal year 2024 (year period ending March 31, 2024). Analysts estimate that the massive marketing spend was related to the planned release of one of Take-Two’s biggest tentpole franchises: Grand Theft Auto VI. The publisher, however, is now denying these reports, saying that its FY2024 budget estimates—and more broadly, the SEC filing for five years worth of estimates—are for third-party obligations unrelated to Grand Theft Auto VI or any first-party marketing budgets within the company. That would include anything from Rockstar, which is owned by Take-Two.
Remember that Fast & Furious game that served as the big reveal for 2019’s The Game Awards? Well, it’s still trucking along. The new title from Slightly Mad Studios will not launch this month as previously scheduled, however. Fast & Furious Crossroads is now slated to hit the PlayStation 4, PC via Steam, and Xbox One on August 7, 2020.
All of the kerfuffle around an early June PS5 reveal event seems to finally be solidifying. Recent reports are now indicating that Sony plans to unveil more about the PS5 one week from today on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. This report comes via a joint byline from both Jason Schreier and Takashi Mochizuki at Bloomberg, and follows earlier reports from VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb citing early June plans.
Earlier this week, Sony confirmed Call of Duty WWII will count as one of June 2020’s PlayStation Plus freebies. In fact, the title is available to download now for PS Plus subscribers. Shortly after this announcement went live, rumors began circulating about the second potential PS Plus offering–Marvel’s Spider-Man. But a reportedly deleted Instagram post from PlayStation’s official account suggests the second free game may actually be Star Wars Battlefront II.
People who have been lurking around social media or browsing Steam might have noticed an indie suddenly making a name for itself. Helltaker has been growing in notoriety, partially because the Lukasz Piskorz title has some tight puzzles that really make you think. But another big part of it comes down to the heart of the game. Namely, the Helltaker characters are all pretty lovable, and even the general purpose of the game leads to a refreshingly positive harem.
The Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Japan debut has been dated. People in that region will be able to begin gathering myrrh on August 27, 2020. The Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 versions will each cost 4,800円 (~$45), while the Android and Apple iOS versions will be 2,820円 (~$26). [Thanks, Resetera!]
Shinji Aoba, the Kyoto Animation arsonist responsible for the deaths of 36 animation professionals, is finally being arrested. The attack took place in July 2019 and, due to a variety of factors, Japanese law enforcement has been unable to formally arrest Aoba. Nearly a year later, those issues are ostensibly smoothed out and an arrest has been made. The issues getting in the way were a combination of Japanese law, medical recovery on Aoba’s part, and the COVID-19 pandemic. This news was reported over at Yahoo! Japan and translated by multiple news outlets [thanks, SoraNews24!].
Square Enix has really opened the floodgates on its music catalog lately. May 27, 2020 is the official release date for the Final Fantasy VII Remake soundtrack, and the physical Special Edit Version for sale on the Square Enix store is already on waitlist. However, if you aren’t willing to wait for a physical version to become available again, Square Enix has also dropped the multi-disc album on multiple digital music marketplaces. You can get the Final Fantasy VII Remake soundtrack on the Amazon Music store, the Google Play store, and iTunes. It’s also available to stream if you have an Apple Music subscription. Spotify is left out here, but newer soundtracks typically show up there after some time has passed.
Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation‘s English version just added Misaki’s older sister, Nagisa. While Nagisa cares a lot about her younger sister, she can be a bit overprotective at times and she certainly shows that side to the Owner.