Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Sandbox

GTA Online getting Bikers, Motorcycle Clubs, new kit and businesses

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GTA Online is getting the ability to become a biker as well as create Motorcycle Clubs. Up to eight players can band together, and new roles are being being added to create a club hierarchy, including Prospects and Presidents. The update will expand on the theme with new motorcycles, tattoos, weapons, and properties, such as mechanics and clubhouses. The release also notes “a massive slate of new competitive and co-op gameplay.” Risky vehicle-based business ventures will also be added throughout Los Santos and Blaine County.

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And then there was … a TGS trailer! for Birthdays the Beginning

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NIS has released a trailer for their upcoming sandbox title Birthdays the Beginning. Currently in development at Toybox, and headed by Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada, the god-game-style sim allows players to create a cube-shaped world that will become home to various lifeforms. Players can transform the world by adjusting the terrain and weather to influence the evolution of the creatures, from single-celled organisms to dinosaurs. The video is fresh from this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

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See nearly 20 minutes of Watch Dogs 2 in new gameplay video

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Ubisoft has released a new gameplay video for Watch Dogs 2. The walkthrough video runs over 19 minutes long and debuts the sequel’s single-player free-roam gameplay, with protagonist Marcus wandering around the San Francisco Bay Area. He visits a few notable locations, including Coit Tower and Fisherman’s Wharf. Also highlighted are some of the revamped hacking and driving mechanics, as are drones, customization options, and multiplayer.

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State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition available physically for PC

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Microsoft and Nordic Games have released the physical version of State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition for PC. The retail release is bundled with a handful of digital and physical extras, including two add-ons (Breakdown and Lifeline), a double-sided A3 poster, and a soundtrack CD packaged inside of a slip case. Note that the game is on a DVD but requires a Steam account for activation.

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GTA Online adds Stunt Race Creator, Entourage Adversary Mode

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GTA Online’s creator tool is expanding today with the addition of Stunt Race Creator. The kit allows players to add stunt courses throughout Los Santos and Blaine County, with mode options for GTA, Rally, Non-Contact Stunt Races, and Standard. A trailer for Stunt Race Creator has been posted below, and a how-to guide for it here. Tracks can be created with tools for snapping and stacking objects, splitting checkpoints, and adding loops, tubes, raised tracks, and such hazards as flaming rings. To spice things up, there are over 250 new Stunt Props. Additionally, a new Adversary Mode, Entourage, tasks bodyguards with extracting a target to an extraction point. The additions kick off a week of bonuses. Players will earn double GTA$ and RP by playing the Entourage Playlist, beginning today until August 12, along with 25% off Cunning Stunts tattoos and clothing.

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State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition getting physical release

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Nordic Games is once again teaming up with Microsoft to deliver a physical copy of an MS-published title for PC, State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition. As with Oni and the Blind Forest, the retail version will come with the game and several extras, including two add-ons (Breakdown and Lifeline), a double-sided A3 poster, a soundtrack CD, and premium packaging. Note that, while the game is on a DVD, Steam is required for activation.

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GTA Online getting In And Out Adversary mode, event next week

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GTA Online will be kicking off a week of festivities on Tuesday, May 3, with In And Out Week for GTA Online. To celebrate the release of the new Adversary mode, players will receive double GTA$ and RP from certain Adversary playlists. There will also be discounts of up to 50% on guns, explosives, ammo, and weapon mods. A playlist rundown and a discount breakdown can be found below.

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GTA Online getting new adversary mode on April 12, bonuses all week

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GTA Online will be receiving new content in an update scheduled to go live on April 12. In addition to the Vapid Minivan, the patch will also add Inch By Inch Adversary Mode. Inch By Inch pits teams against one another for the possession of a package that they must take back to their end zone. Carriers cannot use weapons, but to compensate, they get a burst of speed to help dodge incoming fire. All this week, players will receive a set of bonuses—double GTA$ & RP—for select Adversary Mode playlists as well as a discount at Ammu-Nation. The playlist schedule for the bonuses is listed below.

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Just Cause 3: Sky Fortress now available for non-Season Pass-ers

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The first pack from Just Cause 3’s Air, Land, and Sea Expansion Pass, Sky Fortress, is now available for all players. The drop contains a new set of missions that revolve around a new enemy, the eDEN Corporation. Based out of their Sky Fortress, the corporation commands an army of robotic drones that need to be tackled before the leaders can be brought down. Rico has access to several new weapons to handle the threat, including a new upgradeable, rocket-powered Bavarium Wingsuit that sports machine guns and missiles, a Bavarium Splitter assault rifle, and the new Eviction defense drone.

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GTA Online Lowriders: Custom Classics up, adds rides and more

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The Lowriders: Custom Classics update has gone live for GTA Online. The download expands the number of Lowriders stocked at Benny’s Original Motor Works, adds new weapons at Ammu-Nation, and increases the amount of clothes and accessories. Some of the additions include two upgradeable muscle cars—Vapid Slamvan and Dundreary Virgo Classic—Compact Rifle, Double Barrel Shotgun, 16 tattoo designs, and three hairstyles. Sumo Adversary Mode has also been added, pitting solo players or a team against others in an attempt to force one side out of a marked area.

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