Civilization Series Reaches 31 Million Units Shipped

The entire Civilization strategy series from Firaxis Games has now reached 31 million copies shipped.

2559583-screenshot_terrain_lush01.jpg

Parent publisher Take-Two Interactive announced the new shipment milestone today during a post-earnings financial call.

It’s up substantially from the 21 million franchise figure announced in April 2014.

The most recent Civilization game is last year’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. The game’s first expansion, Rising Tide, will launch in October, introducing aquatic gameplay and more.

We recently spoke with Firaxis Games at length about Rising Tide. Check out our in-depth interview with the game’s lead producer here.

Take-Two also announced today that Grand Theft Auto V alone has now shipped 54 million copies worldwide.

Weekly Recap: Fallout 4 Has 400+ Hours of Content, Final Fantasy 15 Confirmed for 2016

THE BIG STUFF:

Fallout 4 Has 400+ Hours of Content: A developer has played the RPG for more than 400 hours so far and still has not seen everything the game has to offer. Wow, this game is gonna be big. We also learned this week that Fallout 4 will let you keep playing after the game’s campaign ends.

Final Fantasy XV Confirmed for 2016: After years and years of development, Square Enix’s role-playing game will finally be here…next year! Director Hajime Tabata announced the news this week at Gamescom.

THE OTHER STUFF:

Now’s your chance to help make NHL 16 a better game. EA Sports wants your feedback. Take part in this survey to let them know what you think.

Here’s a great video interview in which Destiny creative director Luke Smith answers 104 questions about the game in rapid-fire succession. Watch the interview over at Game Informer.

Professional Call of Duty tournaments used to be played on Xbox platforms, but that’s changing this year, as MLG and other events will be played on PlayStation 4. This news follows the announcement that all DLC for Black Ops III (and maybe future games) will launch first on PlayStation platforms.

Did you know the late Chris Farley was originally eyed to play Shrek in the DreamWorks animated classic? He was, and now a video of him performing the character has emerged. His version is quite different than the Mike Myers version we know today. Listen here.

Scooby-Doo has finally been re-made in Grand Theft Auto V. Finally!

Doom developer id Software is expanding. Studio owner Bethesda has announced that id has opened a brand in Frankfurt, Germany. They’ll be support id’s main team in working on id Tech for Doom.

You know what Halo was missing? Dinosaurs, of course. That was obvious. Well thankfully, now it has them, thanks to this excellent Ark: Survival Evolved mod. Just wow.

How it Star Citizen‘s controversial FPS mode Star Marine shaping up? Check out this in-depth blog post from Chris Roberts and his team to find out.

More LEGO Minecraft sets are now available! Check ‘em out here.

Temple Run 2 and sprinter Usain Bolt have partnered to bring a new jersey to the game based on the uniform Bolt will wear at the upcoming World Championships of Running later this month. It’s an exact copy of what he’ll wear at the event, and you can buy it now for $1.

OK. This Resident Evil cosplay is too good. My goodness, wow.

Now’s your chance to give Nintendo some feedback about its E3 showing this year. This week, the company launched an online survey, asking people for their thoughts about the briefing and more.

The first update for MMO Cabal 2 is now available. Called “Blackwaves,” the update adds a new event that challenges you to fight off waves of mobs, with 24 players across four groups per event (there are 12 in all). As you might have guessed, there is all-new gear to earn if you’re successful.

Tough times for game publisher Majesco, as the company this week replaced its CEO and confirmed that the publicly traded company is down to just five employees. Get the full report here.

A PlayStation 4 mouse-and-keyboard controller with a vibrating wristband? Sure. Why not? Read all about it here.

Ahead of Until Dawn‘s release later this month, Sony has posted some of the game’s haunting music. The tracks were composed by Jason Graves. You might not know his name, but you probably are familiar with his work, as he did the excellent, creepy music for Dead Space. Listen to the tracks here.

The Angry Birds movie will be “unexpectedly smart.” That’s according to actor Josh Gad, who plays a lead role in the movie. Read this interview from IGN, in which Gad also talks about how he was originally going to turn down the role, until he talked with the producers who won him over with the pitch.

Have a great weekend!

Gaming Deals: $260 Wii U Bundle, $400 Batman PS4 + PS TV, $40 Bloodborne

ScreamRide

Best Buy is selling the Batman: Arkham Knight and The Last of Us PS4 bundles with three months of PlayStation Plus and a PlayStation TV for $400.

Similarly, Newegg’s eBay account has the Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 bundle with three months of PlayStation Plus and the wired Silver headset for $400.

The Super Mario 3D World/Nintendo Land Wii U bundle is back on eBay for $260.

Walmart is selling the Halo Master Chief Collection Xbox One bundle with a free second controller and game for $349. The selection of games has recently changed: You can now get a free copy of Evolve, Minecraft, Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition, or Sniper Elite III, or you can pay a bit more to replace it with Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition ($15), Mortal Kombat X ($25), Battlefield Hardline ($25), or Batman: Arkham Knight ($25).

The latest Humble Bundle features Bandai Namco games. You can pay $10 to get everything included, like Dark Souls, Enslaved, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+, and the surprisingly good DeadCore, or less to get only select games.

Amazon’s semi-secret discounts for Prime members currently include $50 preorders for Super Mario Maker and Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One/PS4), and $53 preorders for Halo 5: Guardians and Fallout 4 (Xbox One/PS4). Alternatively, all four games are $48 each with Best Buy’s GCU discount.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals divided by platform.

PlayStation 4

The Destiny Taken King limited edition PS4 bundle is now available for preorder for $400.

Buying a PS4 at Best Buy this week allows you to save $5 on a 12-month PlayStation Plus subscription.

Buy a used PS4 at GameStop, and get a free used game priced under $30.

The second (and final) week of PSN’s summer sale is live, and it includes some very nice deals whether or not you’re a PlayStation Plus member.

The Order: 1886 is $20 at Target this week. You can also save an additional 10 percent with Target Cartwheel, bringing the game down to $18.

Preorder Sword Art Online: Lost Song on the PlayStation Store and get a free copy of Sword Art Online: Re Hollow Fragment.

If you own a digital PS3 copy of Dishonored (including the freebie PlayStation Plus version from earlier this year), you can preorder the digital PS4 version of Dishonored: Definitive Edition for $20.

Other PS4 game deals:

  • Bloodborne — $39.46 (Walmart)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward — $30 (Amazon) / $30 (Best Buy)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight — $49 (Amazon) / $52 (Costco)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — $50 (Amazon) / $53 (Best Buy)
  • Mortal Kombat X — $49 (Amazon) / $49 (Walmart)
  • Mortal Kombat X: Kollector’s Edition — $90 (Amazon)
  • Dying Light — $40 (Best Buy) / $30 (Walmart)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Sign — $38.49 (Amazon)
  • Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition — $29 (Amazon)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — $40 (Amazon) / $40 (Target)
  • Driveclub — $33 (Walmart)
  • MLB 15: The Show — $36 (Amazon) / $40 (GameStop)
  • Destiny — $20 (Target)
  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round — $29.36 (Amazon)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 — $28 (Amazon)
  • Far Cry 4 — $32 (Amazon) / $20 (Target)
  • The Order: 1886 — $29 (Amazon)
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD — $33 (Amazon) / $35 (Best Buy)
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 — $40 (Amazon)
  • Final Fantasy XIV — $25 (Amazon)
  • Evolve — $26.49 (Amazon) / $30 (GameStop)
  • Grand Theft Auto V — $50 (Amazon)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — $32 (Amazon) / $40 (Best Buy) / $32 (Walmart)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition — $30 (Amazon)
  • Alien: Isolation — $21.49 (Amazon)
  • The Crew — $20 (Amazon)
  • WWE 2K15 — $29 (Amazon) / $30 (GameStop) / $35 (Target)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor — $30 (Amazon)
  • Infamous: Second Son — $30 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs — $16 (Amazon)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity — $20 (Amazon)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall — $23.33 (Amazon)
  • The Last of Us Remastered — $14.44 (Amazon)
  • The Evil Within — $20 (Amazon) / $20 (Best Buy)
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Starter Pack — $28 (Amazon)
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack — $33 (Amazon)

The free PlayStation Plus games for August are now available and include Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and Limbo.

Xbox One

Get a free 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold and a copy of Assassin’s Creed: Unity with the purchase of an Xbox One at the Microsoft Store ($349 500 GB/$399 1 TB). This is in addition to the bundled copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Receive a $20 gift card when you preorder the upcoming Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Xbox One bundle for $350 at Newegg.

Starting this Sunday, you’ll be able to pick up an Xbox One and a 40-inch Samsung TV for $500.

A new Xbox One bundle to be aware of includes the 1 TB system, Madden NFL 16, and a one-year subscription to EA Access for $400. You will, however, have to wait until August 18 for it to be available. Ditto for the new Halo 5: Guardians 1 TB bundle, which isn’t due out until October 20.

Buy a used Xbox One at GameStop, and get a free used game priced under $30.

Buy an Xbox One at Best Buy and save $20 on an Xbox One controller and $10 on three months of Xbox Live Gold.

You can buy a year of Xbox Live Gold on eBay for $36.

Preorder Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One from the Microsoft Store and get a $10 Xbox gift card. Also, Microsoft recently announced that if you buy Ultimate Edition this year (from anywhere, not just the Microsoft Store), you’ll get backwards compatible versions of Gears of War 2, 3, and Judgment.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is now free for EA Access members.

If you own a digital Xbox 360 copy of Dishonored, you can preorder the digital Xbox One version of Dishonored: Definitive Edition for $20. If you’re logged into an account that owns the 360 version, Definitive Edition should show up as the discounted price.

This week’s Deals With Gold are on and include sales on Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, FIFA 15, NHL 15, and more.

Other Xbox One game deals:

August’s free Games With Gold games are now available and include Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.

PC

The newest Humble Weekly Bundle is nearly over; it features games from Japan like Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth, Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser, and Neo Aquarium: The King of Crustaceans.

Buy select Nvidia GPUs (or Nvidia-equipped laptops) and get a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

If you have a free Green Man Gaming account, you can access the VIP area of the site where you can find some nice deals, including Pillars of Eternity for $27, Life is Strange for $15, and Cities: Skylines for $18.

You can save 23 percent at Green Man Gaming using the voucher SAVE23-WITHGM-GAUG15.

Zuma’s Revenge is free on Origin.

Other PC game deals:

  • Project Cars — $30 (Humble Store)
  • Retro City Rampage DX — $5 (Humble Store)
  • IL-2 Sturmovik 1946 — $2.49 (Humble Store)
  • Cosmonautica — $12.74 (Humble Store)
  • Metro Redux — $10 (GMG)
  • Solar Flux — $1 (Humble Store)
  • Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut — $2.49 (Humble Store)
  • JumpJet Rex — $5 (Steam)
  • Cannon Brawl — $11 (Steam) / $15 2-pack (Steam)
  • Zombie Kill of the Week: Reborn — $1.74 (Steam)
  • The Sims 4 — $40 (Best Buy)
  • The Sims 4: Get to Work — $30 (Best Buy)
  • Tower of Guns — $5.24 (Steam)
  • Worms Reloaded — $5 (GMG)
  • Sacred Gold — $2.49 (Steam)
  • Dirt Showdown — $4.49 (Steam)
  • The Whispered World: Special Edition — $3 (GOG)
  • Journey of a Roach — $2.24 (GOG)
  • Deponia — $2 (GOG)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward — $30 (Amazon) / $30 (Best Buy)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — $50 (Amazon) / $50 (Walmart)
  • The Evil Within — $30 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins — $12 (Amazon)
  • Diablo III — $31.59 (Amazon)
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls — $25.55 (Amazon)
  • StarCraft II: Battle Chest — $25 (Amazon)
  • Tropico 5 — $30 (Amazon)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth — $18 (Amazon)
  • Battlefield Hardline — $33 (Amazon)
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue — $31.56 (Amazon)
  • Evolve — $30 (Amazon) / $30 (GameStop)
  • Watch Dogs — $10 (Amazon) / $12 (Best Buy)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition — $30 (Amazon)

[New Steam deals will be added when they go live at 10 AM PDT.]

Wii U

If you don’t mind a refurbished system, Nintendo’s online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, or Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225.

  • Mario Party 10 — $45 (Amazon)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD — $39 (Walmart)
  • Wii Fit U + Fit Meter + Balance Board — $25 (Nintendo Store)
  • Bayonetta 2 — $48 (Best Buy) / $45 (GameStop)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker — $30 (Walmart)
  • The Wonderful 101 — $30 (Nintendo Store)
  • ZombiU — $9 (Best Buy)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate — $18 (Amazon)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut — $16 (Amazon)
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two — $11 (Amazon)
  • Hyrule Warriors — $48.39 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition — $14 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs — $18.40 (Amazon)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed — $20 (Amazon)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited — $18 (Amazon)
  • Transformers Prime: The Game — $16 (Amazon)

3DS

Walmart is offering a New 3DS XL bundle with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and your choice of select Amiibo figurines for $239.

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate — $33 (Amazon)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds — $34 (Walmart)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D — $25 (Amazon)
  • Etrian Mystery Dungeon — $23 (Amazon)
  • Disney Infinity Starter Pack — $13.42 (Amazon)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour — $26 (Amazon)
  • Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance — $20 (Walmart)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 – Record Breaker — $40 (Amazon)
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe — $33 (Amazon)
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire — $30 with bonus figure (Walmart)
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby — $30 with bonus figure (Walmart)
  • Pokemon Y — $29.49 (Amazon)
  • Pokemon X — $33 (Amazon)
  • Steel Diver — $6 (Best Buy)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate — $11.67 (Walmart)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited — $8 (Best Buy)
  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion — $12.57 (Amazon)
  • Code Name: Steam — $26 (Amazon)
  • Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars — $22 (Amazon)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed — $22.40 (Amazon)
  • Hometown Story — $13 (Amazon)

PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation TV is available for $40 at GameStop.

The second (and final) week of PSN’s summer sale is live, and it includes some very nice deals whether or not you’re a PlayStation Plus member, including the first two Danganronpa games for $20/$16 each.

  • LittleBigPlanet — $12 (Amazon)
  • God of War Collection — $20 (Amazon)
  • Persona 4: Golden — $20 (Amazon)
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale — $10 (Amazon)
  • Gravity Rush — $19 (Amazon)
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time — $5 (Best Buy)
  • Freedom Wars — $15 (Amazon) / $15 (Best Buy)
  • The Wolf Among Us — $13 (Amazon) / $15 (Best Buy)
  • Borderlands 2 — $20 (Amazon) / $20 (Best Buy)
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two — $15 (Best Buy)
  • Mind Zero — $30 (Amazon)
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed — $18 (Amazon)
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd — $22 (Amazon)
  • Xblaze Code: Embryo — $20 (Amazon)
  • Arcana Heart 3: Love Max — $30 (Amazon)
  • Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars — $22 (Amazon)
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational — $9.32 (Amazon)
  • 16GB Memory Card — $29 (Amazon)
  • 32GB Memory Card — $73 (Amazon)

The free PlayStation Plus games for August are now available and include Stealth Inc. 2 and Sound Shapes.

Hardware

  • Refurbished 24″ PlayStation 3D Display — $130 (Groupon)
  • Insignia Battery Charging Station for Xbox One — $15 (Best Buy)
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Wired Stereo Gaming Headset for Xbox One — $60 (Best Buy)
  • PDP Xbox One Kinect Mount — $8 (Walmart)
  • PlayStation 4 Camera — $40 (Best Buy) / $45 (Walmart)
  • Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows — $39.64 (Amazon)
  • Wired Xbox 360 Controller for Windows — $27 (Amazon)
  • Black Xbox One Wireless Controller — $48.50 (Amazon)
  • PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset — $80 (Amazon)
  • PlayStation Silver Wired Stereo Headset — $23 (Amazon)
  • Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 — $74 (Amazon)

Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.

GameSpot’s gaming deals posts always highlight the best deals we can find regardless of retailer. We also occasionally use retailer affiliate links, which means that purchasing goods through those links helps support all the great content (including the deals posts) you find for free here on the site.