Humble Bundle is adding a subscription service, Humble Monthly, to its offerings.
The Humble Monthly service will cost US$12 a month, and will deliver subscribers a handful of mystery games on the first Friday of every month.
Humble Bundle executive Robert Bowling explained that the service is somewhat similar to a book of the month club.
"We spent a lot of time with developers and publishers to walk through the value of having a large group of people dive into your game every month at the same time,” said Bowling.
“It really allows for some unique marketing opportunities, much like a book club, where you know you have a set number of people being introduced to your community at the same time."
Competitive first-person shooter Block N Load is now free-to-play.
“We know from working together with our amazing player community, that the vast majority of our players wanted Block N Load to be a free-to-play game, so that’s what we’ve done!” said Jagex Studios vice president David Solari.
“We took the time to develop and implement a fully-rounded free-to-play experience, and added a ton of new content and improvements on top.”
Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Maker has sold more than one million units internationally.
Since its launch, more than two million Super Mario courses have been designed, and these courses have been played more than 75 million times.
“For Mario fans around the world, including myself, Super Mario Maker was a dream 30 years in the making,” said Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will have microtransactions, the game’s development director Francois Pelland has confirmed.
In an interview with IGN, Pelland said that the microtransactions would only speed players’ progress up and would not withhold any game content.
“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will include paid options to save time and accelerate progress,” he said.
Trackmania Turbo, which was to release in November, has been delayed until early 2016.
In a blog post, developer Ubisoft Nadeo said that the delay will allow them to ensure the game provides the best multiplayer experience possible.
“Since multiplayer is such a strong component of the Trackmania experience, we also plan to continue improving Trackmania Turbo’s multiplayer modes,” the studio wrote.
Survival horror game Soma has sold 92,00 copies in its first week.
In a Facebook post, developer Frictional Games revealed that the game generated enough from first week sales to cover the company’s expenses for the next two years.
The studio outlined that the game’s sales goal was 100,000 copies in the first month – a milestone it is well on the way to achieving.
Square Enix has cancelled its unpopular “Augment Your Pre-order” program for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
In a post on the game’s website, it explained that it was shutting down the program due to the “resounding amount of negative feedback”.
The program allowed players who pre-ordered a choice of several bonuses for every tier of pre-order numbers the game reached internationally.
The Xbox One and the Xbox One app on Windows 10 have been updated to include 12-person party chat.
The feature is now live for all users, and will not require an update as it has been implemented server-side.
The previous maximum party size was eight people, and the update has been released just in time for the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, which includes a 12v12 multiplayer mode, Warzone.
There’s a new review aggregation site on the block, and it has its sights set on Metacritic.
OpenCritic, which launches today, has released a not-so-veiled broadside at the incumbent review aggregation powerhouse.
OpenCritic co-founder and Riot Games product manager Matthew Enthoven said the new site seeks to present aggregate scores of video games with complete transparency as to how those scores are calculated.
“Nothing is resolved, it just abruptly cuts to the end credits around the four-hour mark – on a cliffhanger of all things.”
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