GTA Online Is Bigger Than Anyone Realizes

Posted on February 26, 2020 by

Every few months, like clockwork, one of two headlines pops into existence. Either Grand Theft Auto 5 has extended its lead as the best-selling video game of all time with 5-10 million new copies sold, or Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the best-selling games in a given month despite first debuting in 2013.

The latter headline happened this week when NPD released new sales numbersGTA 5 is a top five best-selling title once again for the first time since August 2019. By last count it has sold 120 million copies, dwarfing pretty much every other game in existence by a significant margin.

Every time this happens, I find myself asking the same question. Why? Why this game? Why is it this successful? And even as a 10 year industry veteran and analyst, I still cannot for the life of me crack this mystery.

Let me be clear, nothing else is even close to the success of GTA 5. Here’s the list of the top 20 best-selling games of all time:

There are a lot of different things happening with this list, but to extract a few points:

Minecraft and Tetris are above GTA 5, and yet they are available on a zillion platforms and they have never been priced anywhere close to $60. The same is true for PUBG, which is priced much lower.

Games like Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 are so high mainly because of bundle deals with various Wii, Wii U or Switch consoles.

The first time you even start getting to a game on this list that is bundle-free and somewhat comparable to the AAA GTA 5, it’s probably Skyrim at 30 million copies sold, by last count, though I’d guess it was higher after a few more re-releases. And yet that is still just a quarter of what GTA 5 has sold in the 6+ gears. Red Dead Redemption 2 was a massive hit for Rockstar as well, and even that’s only about to crack 30 million at the bottom end of the top 20 list.

So, why has it sold this many copies, and why does it continue to sell so many copies to this day? As I said, this is something I have been trying to understand for years now, but I don’t have all the answers. As best I can tell:

GTA 5 Is A Perfect “Default” Game – Let’s say you’re an average gamer and have picked up X or Y console at some point in its lifespan. What’s the first game you buy? For many players, the answer has been GTA 5 with a frankly absurd attach rate. It has something for everyone. It has a solid single player story campaign, or a single player “goof around” sandbox if you want to play it that way. It has a grindable, healthy online mode in GTA Online, although you can also just mess around there too if you want. Within these modes there are deathmatch shooters, car races, co-op heists, it’s a huge range of activities. It’s potentially hundreds of hours of content from a franchise everyone knows and likes. And so, instant buy.

It Was Cross-Gen, Cross-Platform In A Big Way – GTA 5 was massive when it was first released near the tail end of the PS3/360 generation. And yet Rockstar then came out with a “next gen” remastered version of the game shortly just a year into the new console generation, which had a lot of people re-purchase it for the new platforms. And then they finally did a PC release alongside that as well, which expanded its reach even further. The timing of all this was perfect as it got to be a massive seller on two console generations within a year of each other, and forced many players to buy two copies, at least.

GTA Online Is Bigger Than Anyone Realizes – You really do not hear all that much about GTA Online on a day to day basis in this industry, and yet millions of players are spending millions of hours and dollars on the mode every single year. Rockstar has completely left single player content behind to do nothing but support GTA 5 MOBILE Online with frequent updates, and while there have always been controversies ranging from cheating to microtransaction prices, GTA Online is a slumbering giant in the industry that most people like myself continually ignore despite its massive playerbase. It also has the benefit of rewarding players who “work” in the mode to build a fortune through pure grinding rather than relying on random RNG and drops like many modern day loot-based games.

These are the main reasons I can think of, and honestly, it’s still not enough to make 120 million copies, 4x the sales of its closest comparable rival, make sense to me. I simply don’t understand that scale no matter how many contributing factors I can come up with. I am open to more theories but this remains one of the weirdest records in the video game industry and really, all of entertainment, as I believe that GTA 5 has now made more money than any book, album or movie in history as well.

How? How are you doing it Rockstar?

Fortnite is back with a brand new way of giving out challenges with a giant map

Posted on February 22, 2020 by

Fortnite is back with a brand new way of giving out challenges with a giant map in the middle of your crews hideout. This gives some vague location hints about where these are done, but I’m not ready to have my guides put out of business just yet.

The first challenge asks players to land at Lockey’s Lighthouse, Apres Ski and Mount Kay, and you have to do all three to complete the challenge. It’s a simple landing, nothing more, but you may not know where each of these exact locations are off the top of your head, so here we go.

Go here to see where to open doors locked by an ID scanner. Go here to see all the season 2, week 1 challenges.

As shown in the central map in the challenge display, here’s where the three different locations are for the landmarks:

Again, this is going to take three different matches. Here’s what your looking for when you get to each location:

I think you probably know what Lockey’s Lighthouse is at this point, as it’s one of the biggest individual fixtures on t

Apres Ski is the ski lodge where there is a constant dance party going on inside. I am still kind of sad we can’t actually ski down mountains now that hoverboards are no longer a thing.

And finally Mount Kay is one of the giant mountains on the map, the southern most of the two main ones in the south east of the map.

Once you land at these locations, you’ll get the big chunk of XP. If you’re looking for other places to lank, you might want to try the Shark and the Grotto as there’s another challenge for finding chests there. The Grotto is a large, underground cavern area that was just added this fortnie v bucks generator season that you can find just north of Retail Row. The Shark is in the north west corner of the map and is a little out of the way to get to, though it does have a helicopter pad if you want to leave. It’s essentially an island mansion on top of a giant stone shark, which is pretty cool to see.

Fortnite went from relative silence to releasing more or less a non-stop onslaught of teasers the past two days

Posted on February 18, 2020 by

Fortnite dropped yet another teaser for Chapter 2, Season 2, which you can see above. This one is pretty clear, as it seems to imply that dynamite is returning in season 2, and perhaps with all the “danger” signs in various languages, it could get an explosive buff. You could also read into this as perhaps the chaos engine being spooled up for greater destruction, but who knows.

Fortnite went from relative silence to releasing more or less a non-stop onslaught of teasers the past two days, all with this black and gold theme, all with the overall concept of “redacted” information with blacked out text. Fortnite’s tweet with this image attached has more blacked out entires that perhaps may be revealed later today with more tweets:

Fortnite

There has been a lot to process with the teasers we have seen so far, but I am going to try and recap everything that’s been revealed or potentially revealed so far.

– A teaser yesterday had a puzzle that formed the mask of Chaos Agent, the bad guy skin from last season. The text alongside this image says “minions” or “henchmen” in a bunch of different languages.

– One teaser showed a boat, possibly a cruise ship, as a potential new location.

– Another teaser showed a thunderstorm, meaning we could possibly get weather that isn’t the normal purple “kill you” storm.

– A helicopter pad symbol was seen hidden in the background of one of the teasers, implying that could potentially be a new vehicle this season to give the map some much-needed mobility.

– Also hidden in the background v buck generator appears to show the central island of the map being built up into potentially some sort of military base (this is currently where items are turning gold inside the house there).

– There is a clear picture of the [REDACTED] landmark on the map, the giant, unbreakable door that leads into the mountain, which says that perhaps that opens and has something to do with the events of this season. There is also a handprint scanner at that door, and a golden handprint has been the key symbol of these teasers so far. It’s in G7 on the map if you want to go see it for yourself.

– There have been a series of phone messages attached to international numbers that give out a variety of cryptic dialogue lines having to do with agents and operations and vaults and a couple with map coordinates (that haven’t panned out yet).

I think that just about covers it for now, unless I’m forgetting something. Yesterday brought about four different teasers as well as the “things turning gold” update, so I am expecting to see a lot more still to come today.

My advice? I will be compiling all of this as it happens, so check back here over the course of the day to see what else has happened and what Epic is revealing now.

Because of this new update, Epic has also pushed back the start of Fortnite Chapter 2’s second season.

Posted on February 9, 2020 by

Epic Games is changing up Fortnite’s physics engine. The popular battle royale game will move to the Unreal Engine’s new Chaos physics engine with the 11.50 update, which is currently scheduled for early February.

While a change in the game’s physics engine may sound like a big deal, in the announcement of the change, Epic says that the main goal is to make sure that “Fortnite still feels like Fortnite.” In other words, you shouldn’t notice much of a difference. To make things smoother, Epic is also rolling this change out slowly by “starting tests with a small group of players.”

Several Fortnite players stand facing the camera with weapons in hand

Because of this new update, Epic has also pushed back the start of Fortnite Chapter 2’s second season. This marks the second delay of the current Fortnite season. This season began with the start of Chapter 2 back in October 2019. The season was originally set to end in Decemberbut was extended to Feb. 6. On Friday, Epic pushed the date for Chapter 2 season 2 back to Feb. 20.

As always, this delay doesn’t mean that nothing is happening in Fortnite. Along with the extra weeks added to the season, Epic free v bucks generator is also adding new Overtime Challenges for players to complete, and a new two-week event that hasn’t been announced yet. Epic says that it will tease this event on its social media channels.

Notably, Fortnite’s Twitter responded to a tweet about Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey movie just this morning, saying “See you soon Harley” Birds of Prey hits theaters on Feb. 7 so, www.contrainfoteca.info that seems like a good guess that the upcoming event could be a tie-in to the Harley Quinn-centric movie.

So far, Chapter 2’s first season has offered fewer changes than previous seasons — at least that Epic has noted publicly — but there’s no way to know if that will continue into season 2. The announcement post does include a few teases of the changes coming next season, but Epic has redacted them out so we can’t see what exactly they say. For now, we’ll just have to wait until Feb. 20 to see what kind of changes Chapter 2 season 2 will bring to Fortnite.

Fortnite x Birds of Prey crossover event in late January of 2020

Posted on February 5, 2020 by

Epic Games started teasing the Fortnite x Birds of Prey crossover event in late January of 2020, following previously successful events like Marvel’s Avengers, Netflix’s Stranger Things, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

ShiinaBR didn’t provide any images of the new Harley Quinn Fortnite skin, but they did tell us when the crossover event will start, and gave more details on the skin, itself.

An image of characters from Marvel's Avengers in Fortnite.

Items and cosmetics from Marvel’s Avengers made their way into Fortnite before the movie’s release, and Birds of Prey could work the same way.

To start, Shiina claimed that the Birds of Prey crossover event would begin on Thursday, February 6 at 7 PM EST – a day before the movie officially releases on Feb. 7.

Along with the original Harley Quinn skin, players will be able to unlock a completely new style of the skin by completing certain challenges, which have yet to be revealed.

Finally, to go along with the Harley skin, two pickaxes will be available in the Item Shop – and our money is on at least one of them being a large mallet

A source that has provided me with correct information about Fortnite in the past has told me information about the upcoming Harley Quinn outfit:

– Release: February 6 at 7pm ET free v bucks generator
– There will be Challenges that unlock another style
– Two Pickaxes will be sold in the Item Shop

“Of course, this should be taken with a grain of salt,” ShiinaBR advised, which is always a good plan to follow with leaks that are impossible to verify at the time.

“I can not fully prove the accuracy of this information myself, but this same source has only provided me with 100% correct information in the past,” Shiina added. “So I’ll fully trust them with the information they gave me for this outfit.”

The good news is: Fortnite fans will only have to wait a few days (until February 6) to find out whether this information is legit or not.

I can not fully prove the accuracy of this information myself, but this same source has only provided me with 100% correct information in the past, so I’ll fully trust them with the information they gave me for this outfit.

Although other skins and cosmetics for characters in Birds of Prey will likely crop up over time, Harley Quinn is definitely the heroine most people will be looking forward to.

Stick with Dexerto for all the info on everything in the Forntite X Birds of Prey crossover event when it gets going on February 6.

Fortnite update 11.40 leaked skins and new items

Posted on January 19, 2020 by

Needless to say, the big new numbered update is accompanied by a period of server downtime, which means no Battle Royale until it comes back online.

Fortunately, hardcore Fortnite v bucks generator fans like Lucas7Yoshi have been busy unearthing the secrets of update 11.40, which means there are lots of new leaks to pore over.

One of the more interesting new features is the new Sidegrading function, which was leaked in the newsfeed.

According to the in-game news, sidegrading lets players “use the Upgrade Stations to convert your AR to a Heavy AR”.

Fans have also uncovered a bevy of new challenges, which will be available within the coming weeks.

This includes the Ripley vs Sludge set of challenges, which task players with destroying Slurp Barrels, searching for hidden gnomes and catching fish.

Fortnite update 11.40 leaks

Fans will also be able to take on the 8-Ball vs Scratch and the Cameo vs Chic challenges, which include tasks such as destroying telescopes, dancing at the top of mountains and bouncing on objects.

RELATED ARTICLES

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 secret revealed before Season 1 end date

Fortnite 11.40 patch notes: Epic FINALLY makes big changes to Season 1
Fortnite: Epic Games introduces ‘weapon sidegrading’ update
Play Video

A new update also means lots of new skins, items and rewards for players to unlock.

As you can see from the leaked image below, new skins include the Oro outfit, the Zadie skin, Metal Mouth, Jellie and Komplex.

That’s on top of the Swift, Gan, Tigeress, Jade Racer, Clash and Snow Sniper skins. You can check out Lucas7Yoshi’s Twitter for a closer look.

The Fortnite dataminer has also uncovered plans for a new Creative event, titled Search and Destroy.

Participants will be tasked with earning gold, eliminating opponents and activating (or deactivating) timers.

Fortnite update 11.40 leaks

Fortnite update 11.40 leaked skins and new items (Image: LUCAS7YOSHI)
As for update 11.40, fans can expect fixes for a lot of long-standing issues that have plagued Battle Royale and Save the World.

According to the early 11.40 patch notes, the new update will fix an issue with the gifting process for console players.

Epic will also fix an issue with the Quick Bar, as well as Star Wars Legacy entries, Sniper Rifle crosshairs and editing.

Thankfully, the new update also includes a fix for the Overtime Challenge “Visit different bus stops” not tracking for all bus stops.

Perhaps Epic Games thought that implementing a fishing mechanic

Posted on January 15, 2020 by

Before Fortnite switched over to Chapter 2, Vending Machines that gave players some rare weapons and items covered the map, but they have since been removed – and players are wondering if they will ever return.

With the onset of Chapter 2, Epic Games removed many of the features Fortnite built up over 10 seasons.

While a number of the features removed were applauded, some of them are very missed, and players would be grateful to see them make an eventual return.

Epic GamesEpic Games
Fortnite players want even more content to return from the past.
One such feature includes the Vending Machines, which disappeared at the start of Chapter 2. These machines could make all the difference between a win or a loss at the end of the game, so it would certainly be nice to have them back in some capacity.

Perhaps Epic Games thought that implementing a fishing mechanic would remove the need of Vending Machines, since players could just fish up loot and ammo that way.

Given the fact that Epic v buck generator brought back some familiar locations from the first map, it’s not out of the question that they can make similar moves with the potentially life-saving appliances.

Epic GamesEpic Games
Are Vending Machines coming back?
For those who want a comeback for this easy method of getting rare loot, it looks like there might be something going on behind the scenes that indicates their return in the near future.

Read More: Ninja reveals Fortnite’s most “useless” gun and why it should be vaulted
Reddit user “whodatnola1025” captured a clip of themselves dropping into the map, and while the textures loaded, eagle-eyed viewers can catch a very quick glimpse of a Vending Machine popping up.

This is far from a confirmation that the machines will actually be making a return, but it does show that nothing’s ever really gone from Fortnite.

Read More: Ali-A explains why Fortnite’s original map should return
It’s certainly a blink-and-you-miss-it type moment, so if you can’t notice it while watching through the clip, we’ve got you covered.

Epic GamesEpic Games
The Vending Machine in all of its glory.
Epic Games haven’t mentioned anything about the machines returning, so it’s important not to put too much stock into this surprise appearance.

Until we get official word from the developers, we’ll just have to keep on speculating about the future of Fortnite.

As of January 14, it’s been over a month since the last update, so fans are starting to become impatient for new content.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Remedy Vs. Toxic Overtime Challenges

Posted on January 10, 2020 by

fortnite Chapter 2 lasts until February 15, and Epic Games continues to add missions to its Battle Royale to keep the player base engaged. The Remedy vs. Toxin Challenges have players finding bus stops, food trucks and dealing damage with certain weapons to gain experience. Two of the more unique challenges on the list require you to earn silver survivor medals medals in a match, the experience-boosting achievements that were introduced at the beginning of the season.

Fortnite Silver Survivor Medals Weapon Specialist Accolades
These challenges are needed to complete the Remedy vs.Toxic missionEPIC GAMES

Here’s exactly what you need to do to complete those challenges and earn more points for your Battle Pass.

  • Earn Silver Survivor Medals- In order to earn a Silver Survivor Medal, you need to be one of the last 25 players in a match. You can complete this challenge in Solos, Duos or Teams but you still need to be in Battle Royale mode. Earning three of these medals requires playing three different matches and earning a top-25 spot in all of them. If your only goal while playing a match is to earn this medal, feel no shame when hiding under a bunker or inside a field of greens. Your enemies might not approve of your camping-style tactics, but a true warrior knows the proper time to strike.
  • Achieve Weapon Specialist Accolades by Dealing Damage with Weapons- Weapons Specialist Accolades are earned by hitting a certain threshold of damage done to players. The damage done can be with any weapon rarity, as long as it’s an actual projectile hitting item. It’s unclear how much damage you actually need to deal to hit the threshold, but I managed to earn my first v buck generator medal by chunking down someone with a full shield bar with an Assault Rifle.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Remedy Vs. Toxic Overtime Challenges

Earning these medals is just one aspect of the larger Remedy Vs. Toxin Overtime Challenges. Players who complete them all will receive rewards like extra Battle Pass XP, new styles, a Back Bling and a Pickaxe. These challenges will remain active for the robux generator remainder of Season 1, so players have plenty of time to get them done. The full list of Remedy Vs. Toxic Overtime Challenges is below.

  • Reach Battle Pass Tier 40 (40)
  • Complete ‘Remedy Vs Toxin’ Mission Objectives (nine)
  • Visit different food trucks (three)
  • Earn Silver Survivor Medals (three)

a strange audio message played across the Fortnite map, suggesting a big event is on the horizon

Posted on December 7, 2019 by

Fortnite is at it again. Moments ago, a strange audio message played across the Fortnite map, suggesting a big event is on the horizon, which recent teasing and in-game developments have also suggested. For those that missed it: the PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile battle royale game briefly interrupted and scared players with a bizarre audio message that repeated “testing, 1, 2, 3.” It’s unclear what the audio message means, but many players are convinced it involves the imminent event and Risky Reels.

At the moment of publishing, Epic Games hasn’t said a peep about the audio interruption, seemingly confirming it’s by design, and not a weird accident.

 

As you can see, the test made the bots dance. What this means, who knows, but it suggests bots will be involved somehow. Further, the voice plug-in being used here is the same that was used for the Marshmellow live concert. Again, this indicates a big event is about to happen, and it likely has something to do with The Game Awards 2019, which are poised to take place next week on December 12.

Fortnite is available for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. For more news, rumors, leaks, media, and information on the game, be sure to peep all of our previous and extensive coverage of the title by clicking right here.

This seems to be the format that we’re working with here in Fortnite: Chapter 2

Posted on November 25, 2019 by

This seems to be the format that we’re working with here in Fortnite: Chapter 2. We haven’t had any “search gnomes” sorts of challenges, but we’ve had a couple that have you visiting a list of three things, and that’s what we’re working with this week. It makes a kind of sense: the season is still about exploration, and so we’re not quite ready for hidden object hunts. It’s still time for the game to introduce us to the new locations that will soon become favorite haunts, and that’s what these challenges are all about. One such challenge has shown up here in the “Trick Shot” missions, so here’s a map, guide and location for where to dance at the Pipeman, the Hayman and the Timber Tent.

We’re covering good distance on these, so you’d be hard pressed to snag them all in one match. Not tat you need to, of course, but sometimes one likes the additional challenge. Here’s where you’re dropping:

In the center-east of the map we’ve got the Hayman, easily the toughest one to miss out of the bunch. He’s large, in-charge, jolly and waving, taking up residence in the southwest of Frenzy Farm:

And then we’ve got the Pipeman: a more contemplative, calm creature, sitting on the v buck generator southern edge of the map and staring out at the water, with a chest in his head that no doubt holds some sort of essential truth that he has figured out in his long repose. Or a SCAR!

And then the Timber Tent. Sort of off-theme! Looks like episode hack a bonfire about to happen, though it’s fairly short on kindling. Regardless it’s sort of in the center-West of the map, north of Holy Hedges and big enough that it’s hard to miss:

And that will do you: visit all locations to complete this part of the challenge and find yourself more in-tune with this new map. We’re nearing the end of Chapter 2 now,