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As we move a bit closer to the season of an overwhelming amount of game releases (I’m not complaining), the news is in a prosperous stretch, up until the holidays. Fallout 4’s Gamescom footage surfaced on a popular adult site, PS Plus members can now utilize the Vote to Play feature in regards to September’s free games lineup, Grand Theft Auto V reaches a new sales mark, and Fallout Shelter finally makes its way to Android. Here’s everything noteworthy from the news this week.

  • Fallout 4 Footage Leaked On Popular Adult Site

Fallout4During Gamescom last week, a select few attendees we’re able to feast their eyes on some brand new Fallout 4 footage behind closed doors. The gameplay was exclusive to the conference, and wasn’t intended for mass public viewing, but of course that didn’t stop the sneaky few. A secretly recorded video of the Fallout 4 demo quickly made its way onto numerous file-sharing sites, such as YouTube, before finding lasting residence on a popular adult site. Bethesda’s legal team hastily got on the removal of the unauthorized videos–disappearing from the larger file sharing websites within a matter of minutes–though the gameplay demo stayed up on one particular hub for a considerable amount of time. Titled “HIDDEN CAMERA SHOWS AUDIENCE TEASED BY BIG BUTT MAN IN TIGHTS LIVE” the seven-minute video features the game’s protagonist blasting down a horde of ghouls, aiming down sights, hacking computer terminals, lock-picking, and fiddling with his Pip-Boy. Those who were able to see the footage before it was inevitably removed from all sites, know it was of terrible quality. It’s quite likely that the Gamescom footage will, at some point, be officially uploaded by Bethesda as the release date nears.

  • Vote to Play Feature Available For PS Plus Members

growhomeFollowing the rumblings of a possible new feature making its way to PS4 in which PS Plus members can have their say on the upcoming free games, Sony has officially announced the Vote to Play program. The first-ever Vote to Play is now underway, allowing subscribers to cast their vote for which one of September’s free games they’d like to see become part of the lineup. The three choices consist of Armello, Zombie Vikings, and Grow Home. All three titles will be making their debut on PS4 in September, regardless of how the polls turn out. Voting will be open until August 24 at 8:30 A.M., with the winner being announced sometime shortly after that. Whichever title leads the votes will be free for Plus members during the month of September, with the other two games being offered at a discount. The charming and colorful climbing game, Grow Home, received my vote.

  • Grand Theft Auto V Ships Over 54 Million Units

GTA VGrand Theft Auto V has now sold 54 million copies across all platforms, Take-Two Interactive announced this Monday as part of its earnings report for the first quarter of its fiscal year. Sales are beginning to slow for the open world masterpiece, only rising from an extra two million from the 52 million mark revealed three months ago. The numbers being passed around for Grand Theft Auto V represent sold-in, which means sold to retailers, not sold through, which means sold directly to consumers. Still, nothing really compares to the juggernaut that is Grand Theft Auto V in terms of sales and lasting longevity. Rockstar’s release plan for the title was a smart one that capitalized upon the transition to new hardware. The re-released versions that made their way onto Xbox One, PS4 and PC, weren’t the same as the one that originally released back in 2013. You’d be hard pressed to find developers who respect their audience and know the industry as much as Rockstar does. Grand Theft Auto V is an one of a kind game, deserving of each and every sales mark it continues to blows past.

  • Fallout Shelter Debuts On Android

fallout-shelterThe free-to-play mobile management game, Fallout Shelter is finally available for Android users. Fallout Shelter was announced during Bethesda’s E3 briefing back in June, and was released shortly thereafter for iOS users. The game has done quite well for itself, making $5.1 million in its first two weeks, via the in-app purchase of virtual lunch boxes. Accompanying the Android release, all version will see a host of updates to the game, such new characters and rewards. Fallout Shelter is a fairly refreshing experience that offers plenty of enjoyment with no harassing mobile tropes to bog it down. You can get to commanding your own Vault for free, from Google Play right here.

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