This week in games: Payday 2 ditches microtransactions, The Division's becoming a movie

This is gaming news for May 30 - June 3.

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We are one week-ish out from E3. The perfect time for Ubisoft to announce it’s turning The Division into a movie.

That awful news, plus Payday 2 gets rid of its microtransactions, Mafia II ambles back onto Steam, and Rainbow Six Siege adds an edition for people with more time than money. This is gaming news for the week of May 30 – July 3.

On the House

EA’s back with another Origin freebie. This time around it’s the action-RPG Nox, released in January of 2000. It’s a good’un, though you’d be forgiven if it slipped under the radar the first time around—Diablo II released six months later and, well, people really liked that game.

It’s here, if you want to grab it. Once added to your account it’s there to stay, though act fast lest you miss your chance.

Not quite dead

Mafia II disappeared from Steam last year, which was surprising if only because 2K announced a sequel shortly thereafter. It’s back now, though! Mafia II is newly returned to Steam, which gives you a bit of time to plow through it before Mafia III releases in October.

Speaking of which, there’s a new trailer:

Payday 2 is okay again

Big news on the heist front this week, as Starbreeze managed to secure the Payday rights from publisher 505—and, in the same swoop, get rid of the microtransactions added last year. It’s a miracle. And if that’s not exciting enough, there’s this teaser:

“Furthermore, 505 Games will retain a 33% revenue share of Starbreeze’s net revenues from future sales of PAYDAY 3 capped at 40 MUSD, and after Starbreeze has fully recouped its development and marketing costs.”

No idea when we’ll see a Payday 3, as Overkill is still teasing eighteen more months of Payday 2 content. But someday.

Car fashion

Rocket League’s teasing an overhauled item system, for those of you who want better hats for your car. Part one: Painted items. Toppers and wheels now have a chance to drop in random colorful variants (i.e. “Titanium White.”)

Also in the pipeline: Certified Items. Psyonix uses a “Sniper Wizard Hat” as an example—a special variant of the wizard hat topper that tracks Long Goals and levels up over time based on your skill. Countdown to a Team Fortress 2-style item shop…

No No Man’s Sky

The universe needs a little more time to populate with weird bunny-bear hybrids and stuff, apparently. No Man’s Sky was supposed to release June 21, but as spotted by Kotaku it’s been moved to an August 9 release date. Whether it makes that date or slips again? We’ll see.

Onto Obduction

Okay, so no No Man's Sky, but Myst spiritual successor Obduction is still arriving this summer—July, according to this latest teaser.

Marrakesh Express

Another month, another Hitman mission. Episode Three sees Agent 47 head to the rug-filled Morrocan city of Marrakesh.


If you want to play Rainbow Six Siege but don’t want to pay full-price, Ubisoft’s got a devil’s bargain for you: A new “Starter Edition.” It’s only $15, and includes all modes, maps, weapons, and attachments.

The downside: Unlocking Operators is a pain in the ass. You’ll get four immediately, chosen from a pool of “the most intuitive Operators at entry level,” meaning Rook, Sledge, Ash, Fuze, Mute, and Smoke. The remaining sixteen will cost 12,500 credits each, instead of the 500-2,000 in the standard version.

So if you have a lack of money and an abundance of time? Pretty great deal—though be aware, it’s only on sale until June 19 for whatever reason. Just in time for summer.

Divided we fall

If you were enthralled by The Division’s storytelling—kill this hoodie-wearing guy, follow this yellow line, kill this armor-wearing guy—then I’ve got good news: Ubisoft is turning it into a film. Variety reports that Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star.

I can’t wait for the scene where he steals a dead guy’s denim jacket.

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