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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rockstar has released Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for Android. As with last December’s iOS release, the Android version features upgraded real-time lighting and shadows, textures, art, and draw distance. Performance has also been improved for touch controls with analog steering and rebalanced targeting. Saves are also cross-platform compatible through Social Club. A release-window promotion is also going on until February 24, with gamers capable of purchasing the game for Android and iOS for $3.99. For Grand Theft Auto Online players, logging into Liberty City Stories and then Social Club will unlock an I Heart LC shirt for GTA.
Microsoft is expanding Minecraft’s presence in education with the acquisition of MinecraftEdu. The version, specifically built for classrooms, is being enhanced, renamed, and re-released as Minecraft: Education Edition. The announcement notes that an advisory board of educators is going to assist in the evolution of the product, and that a free trial will be available worldwide this summer. A new site is launching as well, which will feature lesson plans and other resources, including Minecraft Mentors, a program that will allow those who are about to introduce the title to their classroom the chance to reach out to experienced educators.
A new trailer has gone live for Grand Theft Auto Online’s upcoming update Executives and Other Criminals. The free add-on will feature customizable apartments and stilt houses in Vinewood Hills, the Super Yacht, and new modes that allow players to run their own crime ring. In Freemode, players who head their own operation will be able to take on new challenges and co-op jobs, access special abilities, hire and fire other players as bodyguards, and battle other organizations. Those who take on the role of bodyguard will receive payment in the form of RP, GTA$, and stat boosts. Organizations that go to war will be able to access new missions as well as armored vehicles variants , such as the Turreted Limo. A few Freemode Events will work when played by organizations, including King of the Hill and Moving Target, along with the new Extraction Adversary Mode, which has bodyguards search wreckage for an Executive before they’re found by a Hit Squad.
Yakuza 5 is out! After announcing its launch date on Saturday, Sega has released the download-only title on PSN. In the crime-themed, open-world action title, players control five characters who are being drawn into the underworld. Some, including series regulars Kazuma Kiryu and Taiga Saejima, have tried to leave that life behind, while others find themselves caught up in recent events. In addition to busting heads, players can also engage in a variety of mini-games, such as drag racing and gambling.