Side Quest: Rocket League Makes a Killing & Rock Band 4 Crashes and Burns
What’s up TetraFam, it’s Jesse here bringing you the newest edition of Side Quest – Week of May 29th. This week’s Side Quest resulted in the following:
- Fallout 4 Xbox One Mods Go Live
- Watch Dogs 2 Confirmed via Social Media
- Rocket League Has Made Over $110 Million
- Xbox One Price Dropped To $299
- Vans Launches Nintendo Branded Shoe Line
- Mad Catz Loses $11 Million on Rock Band 4
1. Fallout 4 Xbox One Mods Go Live
Before I get started, the answer is yes; mods will go live for the PS4 next month. But seriously, whoa… Mods on a console, you definitely don’t see this everyday.
Bethesda has confirmed that mod support for Fallout 4 is now live for the Xbox One. With it, fans can create mods for just about anything on their PC, upload it onto the official Bethesda modding website and then share it with anyone on either console.
All uploaded mods will be screened for copyright material; so while you may redesign the game to go around blasting herds of sheep with a rocket-propelled dog launcher, don’t expect to be able to wander around battling wild Pokémon with light sabres…..yet….(fingers crossed).
2. Watch Dogs 2 Confirmed via Social Media
It’s official….well kinda.
While it has been known for some time now that a sequel to Watch Dogs is scheduled to be released before March 31, 2017, many are taking the photo of a Watch Dogs 2 gift box appearing on Social Media as the pseudo-official announcement that the game is confirmed and that their hopes will not be shattered.
Much more information will be provided, including gameplay (most likely), during Ubisoft’s press conference on June 13th and at E3:2016; and of course, Nic will bring you all the juicy details so stay tuned.
Only one more Side Quest and at long last the day will be upon us.
3. Rocket League Has Made Over $110 Million
Since Rocket League first debuted in July 2015 as a free game on PlayStation Plus for the PS4, the game gained a lot of traction (get it – traction- kekeke). The game made its way to Steam and Xbox One and now sells for $20USD on all platforms. Despite not even having been out for a year and initially being free-to-play, Rocket League has now sold over 5 million units and brought in over $100 million in earnings making it an extremely successful indie game.
I can only imagine the conversation that spurred the game:
“Hey guys, I got an idea for a game”
“Oh ya, what is it?”
“Let’s pit two teams of three gravity defying race cars against each other in an arena style soccer stadium and make them do crazy ass flips and barrel rolls as they attempt to knock an over-sized soccer ball that bounces around with the physics of a beach volleyball into behemoth sized nets. Oh, and they’re rocket cars!”
“……Holy sh!t, you’re sitting on a gold mine!”
4. Xbox One Price Dropped To $299
Don’t have an Xbox One yet? Well maybe this’ll be the push you need, Microsoft has dropped the price of the console to $299USD. This price drop isn’t only limited to the base console; several other bundles are listed on the Microsoft website with a $50 drop in price as well (See below for bundle details)….(PS4 FTW….*cough*)
500GB Special Edition Quantum Break Bundle – $299USD
1TB Rainbow Six Siege Bundle – $319USD
1TB Tom Clancy’s® The DivisionTM Bundle – $349USD
500GB The LEGO Movie Videogame Bundle – $299 USD
1 TB Rise of the Tomb Raider Bundle – $319USD
500GB Gears of War Bundle – $299USD
500GB Special Edition Gears of War Bundle – $299USD
500GB Name Your Game Bundle – $299USD
1TB Spring Bundle – $319USD
1TB Triple Game Bundle – $319
Elite Bundle – $449USD
Xbox One w/ Kinect – $349USD
5. Vans Launches Nintendo Branded Shoe Line
Nice shoes wanna ……partner up and sell retro shoes?
That’s right folks, Vans and Nintendo have partnered up to sell shoes with some of our favourite 8-bit heroes plastered all over them. The Vans x Nintendo Collection launched June 3rd and along with shoes sells t-shirts, backpacks, socks, and hats sporting Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda; and my favourite, Duck Hunt.
6. Mad Catz Loses $11 Million on Rock Band 4
Recording a loss is never good. Recording a $11 million loss on a single game when your market cap is only 12.49M is apocalyptic. Although Mad Catz did see an increase in revenue last fiscal year, this loss on Rock Band 4 contributed to the company experiencing a $11.6 million net loss resulting in a year-over-year drop in profits of 345%. Dear God…
I’m not gonna lie, I had no idea that they made another Rock Band. Granted, Rock Band and Guitar Hero were fun to play. I’ll even admit that I wouldn’t mind grabbing my dusty guitar from the basement to “jam” to a few songs; but let’s be honest, there is no way in hell that I’m buying another game. They really should’ve gotten off the band wagon the same time everyone else did.
That wraps up this week’s Side Quest. As always, feel free to leave a comment below about anything you liked, disliked or would like to see changed. Until next week, stay frosty!
– Jesse @Paxiphyst
Side Quest is a weekly column that summarizes the top gaming related news throughout the previous week intended for TL:DR readers. It is published every Sunday @ 12:00 pm EST.