It’s been a big day for video games, some of which have broken studio sales records, some of which have had sequels accidentally announced, and some of which feature a dancing Thanos. It’s hard to judge which particular story is the most important, but let’s leave Thanos for last just to be safe.
Variety reported a few pieces of gaming news that may concern fans: one about Rage, the other about Monster Hunter: World. First, Rage -- the 2009 shooter from the same company that made the iconic Doom series -- has an official Twitter. Not only that, but that Twitter has been primarily inactive over the near-decade of its existence. Until today. And it’s not a particularly happy tweet, either (even if it is rather colorful).
Check it out:
That’s a reaction to Walmart’s listing leak of various unannounced titles by posting pre-order pages with blank boxes and no information besides the title. Gears of War 5, Just Cause 4, and Rage 2 all suffered the possible usurpation of normal announcement schedules. Rage responded by fixing much of the info in a jokey way that doesn’t deny that the sequel is on its way -- that could be verification or a very roundabout denial. However, seeing as Bethesda -- the game’s publisher and parent company for its studio, id Software -- replied “Dude” to the image, odds are the retailer spoiled some plans.
In happier news, Capcom’s earnings report was recently released for the fiscal year, which confirms that Monster Hunter: World is Capcom’s best-selling game of all time. Since the game’s release in January, it’s sold almost 8 million copies.
Variety also reports that Capcom is building on this success by releasing “two major titles” in the next financial year, in addition to maintaining Monster Hunter: World with frequent updates. Little is known about the new titles besides that they will be, like Monster Hunter, a “global expansion of major brands.”
Meanwhile, in Fortnite (possibly the most popular game in the world), people are discovering exactly what kind of secrets the game’s crossover event with Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has in store for them. The Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup mode allows one player per game the ability to don the gauntlet and become the purple Titan -- boosting their power and unlocking a unique set of abilities.
It also allows that player to use all the dances and emotes the game includes, which makes for some pretty entertaining viewing (unless you’re still shell-shocked from his film’s finale):
If you’re afraid of Thanos’ snap, wait until you see him drop it like it’s hot.