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Which games will shock audiences at E3 2018? Here are some of the biggest leaks out there...
The best part of any E3 show are the surprises. There's nothing quite like watching the biggest gaming show of the year with fans across the world and collectively gawking as that completely unexpected title appears on-screen. It's the kind of magical moment that elevates E3 above the status of just another industry show.
Of course, if you'd rather just say nuts to all that, then there are plenty of E3 leaks out there for you to enjoy now. Yes, without fail, every E3 season is accompanied by a series of industry leaks that spoil the surprises before publishers ever even hit the stage. This year is no exception. In fact, some of the leaks this year have been so strong that companies have had to reveal their games ahead of schedule.
Whether you're just trying to keep up with the "leaked" games that are actually coming to E3 or the wildest rumors making the rounds around the internet, here's a look at what's been leaked ahead of the show:
What began as part of the now-infamous Walmart leaks - more on those later - is now a confirmed part of E3 2018. While few people were expecting to ever see a sequel to the cult-classic shooter Rage, we can confirm that one is on the way. What's particularly interesting about this sequel is that it is reportedly being co-developed by the same team responsible for the excellent Mad Max game, Avalanche Studios. Add it all up and you've got an exciting post-apocalyptic open-world game that looks ready to surpass the success of the original Rage.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Activision and developer Treyarch have elected to reveal the next Call of Duty title ahead of E3 2018. Actually, the game's formal reveal was a presentation worthy of an E3 showcase. As for the game itself...well, Black Ops 4 looks like the most interesting Call of Duty title in years. Between the game's revamped multiplayer - which will emphasize team play and specialized roles - a time traveling Zombies mode, and the first battle royale mode in series history, Black Ops 4 might just have what it takes to free the Call of Duty franchise from its complacency.
There was no shortage of Battlefield 5 rumors leading up to E3 2018, so we weren't surprised to see DICE formally reveal the game ahead of the show. The next Battlefield game doesn't look like it will completely re-invent the wheel, but this World War II multiplayer shooter will tweak some of Battlefield 1's biggest annoyances while introducing an expanded character creation system that lets you evolve your soldier as you play.
We were shocked to learn that Bethesda is working on a new Falloutproject and even more shocked to learn that Fallout 76 will likely be an online multiplayer title that will take the franchise in a slightly new direction. We know for sure that Fallout 76 will feature a story that focuses on Vault 76, one of the first vaults to open after the nuclear war, and that it will be at E3 2018. Beyond that, there are just those fascinating reports regarding what kind of game this will be and how it will evolve the survival elements of the series.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
It looks like yearly Assassin's Creed games are back on the menu, as Ubisoft has confirmed the development of Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Based on early information made available through official - and unofficial - channels, this new game will take place in ancient Greece and will use many of the design elements and gameplay refinements introduced by Assassin's Creed: Origins. Considering how surprisingly good that game was, we're excited to see what Odyssey will add to this reinvigorated franchise.
Team Sonic Racing
Just hours after someone leaked a listing for a new Sonic racing game, Sega formally revealed Sumo Digital's Team Sonic Racing. Anyone familiar with Sumo Digital's previous Sonic racing games will tell you that this studio has been making some of the most underrated racing titles in recent years. We're excited to see what happens when Sumo Digital once again steps behind the wheel of this series and tries to overtake Mario Kart as the premier name in modern kart racing.
The Walmart Leaks: Gears of War 5, Splinter Cell, and More
The most notable E3 leak so far is a series of games that were "revealed" by Walmart Canada's website. The retailer featured listings for such major unannounced games as Gears of War 5, Splinter Cell, and Just Cause 4. While some wrote off these leaks as speculation on Walmart's part, the fact that some of the titles from this list - including Rage 2 and Assassin's Creed - have since been revealed means that the rest of the games on this list might get confirmed at E3 2018.
A New JRPG for Xbox One
Here's a fascinating pull from the rumor mill. Phil Spencer took to Twitter recently to inform a fan that Microsoft plans to showcase a JRPG for Xbox at E3 2018. While he didn't provide further details - and he mentioned that the game might not make it to the show - the fact that Microsoft is even talking about JRPGs when they've historically done little to feature that genre is certainly a noteworthy event.
Star Fox Racing from Retro Studios
File this one under solid speculation. Multiple sources are reporting that Retro Studios (Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze) are working on a new racing title featuring characters from the Star Fox universe. That information hasn't been confirmed, but we do know that Retro Studios has been working on a new project for quite some time, and there's quite a bit of evidence to support this rumor.
A New BioShock Game from 2K
Members of the Hangar 13 development team have suggested that there is a top-secret project in the works at 2K that they suspect is a new BioShock title. Details are few and far between regarding the nature of that title - some have suggested that the team behind it is currently trying to figure out what the game really is - but we've heard that 2K might just be ready to showcase something from the BioShock universe at E3 2018.
Devil May Cry 5
What we can tell you for sure about Devil May Cry 5 is that someone has registered a website related to the sequel. That website was also registered via a company that Capcom has used in the past for major video game releases. While that information doesn't automatically equal a Devil May Cry sequel, there are other aspects of this story that lead us to believe that these rumors are more than just speculation.
Fortnite for Nintendo Switch
This one is only included as a "rumor" because it hasn't technically been officially confirmed. However, we've already seen what appears to be official documents related to the reveal of Fortnite for Switch and the Korean Ratings Board has even issued a rating for the game. At this point, we'd be far more surprised to hear that Fortnite isn't coming to Switch than to hear that it is.
PlayStation One Classic Edition
On the extreme end of E3 rumors, we have comments from PlayStation CEO John Kodera which touch upon the possible release of some kind of classic PlayStation console. While his quotes could be taken to mean that Sony is just interested in re-releasing some classic games, there are some who believe that Sony could reveal a classic edition console as early as E3 2018.
Bloodborne 2, Resident Evil 2 Remake, and SOCOM
While this rumor is a little too thin to completely support at this time, a supposed "leaked" list of games that Sony plans on showing at E3 2018 made it's way to 4Chanrecently. While some of the games on that list have been confirmed by Sony - including Death Stranding and The Last of Us 2 - there are some games on the list which seem wildly speculative. Nevertheless, we feel obliged to inform you that it's possible that Bloodborne 2, Resident Evil 2 Remake, SOCOM: Coalition,BioShock Resurgence(VR), and Medievil will be showcased at E3 2018.
Our take? We honestly wouldn't be surprised if any of these games were shown during Sony's E3 2018 presentation, but there's very little information out there to support the validity of this leak.
Everything we know about E3 2018, including dates, times, confirmed games, and how to watch!
E3 2018 is almost here. The Electronic Entertainment Expo may have started as an industry trade show, but it is has ballooned into a full-on spectacle. Gaming companies from across the world converge on Los Angeles in June for a week full of exclusive announcements, incredible updates, and celebrations regarding the gaming industry in general. There's nothing else like it in the video game world, and this year's event figures to be one of the best yet.
This year's conferences will begin on Sunday, June 10 and run through Tuesday, June 12. The expo floor will be open from Tuesday, June 12, and will run until Thursday, June 14. As always, the event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the immediate surrounding area. Some studios, like Sony, have also elected to hold their conferences away from the show's main stage.
Between Microsoft making aggressive moves to get back into the console race, Sony loading up on exclusive titles, and Nintendo continuing to shock the world with its success and innovations, this year's major game studios will likely roll into E3 - or, in the case of Nintendo, an E3-themed Direct video - looking to steal the show. Competing with them are a host of major publishers - Bethesda, Ubisoft, and Electronics - that have recently been stealing the show from E3's biggest presenters.
You can expect more and more information about E3 2018 to be leaked out in the days and weeks to come, but for now, here's everything we know about the biggest gaming show of the year:
E3 2018 Conference Dates and Times
*All times listed are ET
EA: Saturday, June 9 - 2:00 p.m
Microsoft: Sunday, June 10 - 4:00 p.m (moved to the Microsoft Theater)
Bethesda: Sunday, June 10 - 9:30 p.m
Devolver Digital: Sunday, June 10 - 11:00 p.m.
Square Enix: Monday, June 11 - 1:00 p.m
Ubisoft: Monday, June 11 - 4:00 p.m.
PC Gaming Show: Monday, June 11 - 6:00 p.m
Sony: Monday, June 11 - 9:00 p.m
Nintendo: Tuesday, June 12 - 12:00 p.m
E3 2018 Games
These are the games that have been confirmed for the convention. Click on the titles to read more about them:
E3 2018 Floor Map
A Reset Era user has obtained the official show floor map for E3 2018.
The official map shows that Bethesda, Square Enix, Capcom, Activision, Sony, Nintendo, and Ubisoft all have very large booths on the show floor. Most of those aren't that surprising, but the size of Capcom and Square Enix's booths lead some to believe they might have some surprise announcements in store for the show. There's also some speculation that Bethesda's booth size may indicate that they'll have quite a few games available for attendees to play.
You can also expect Epic's booth to mostly be devoted to Fortnite while Microsoft's presence will likely be across the street at the theater they are holding their press conference at.
E3 2018: How to Watch
While E3 2018 will be open to the public, it appears that tickets to the show have once again sold out rather quickly. Unless you qualify for a media pass - which you can double check here - you'll have to settle for watching the show from home.
So far as that goes, you can expect that there will be plenty of ways to keep up with all the action. Every major conference from E3 should be streamed via Twitch and other popular streaming platforms. As for Nintendo, they will be publishing a special E3 Nintendo Direct video as they have done in recent years.
We'll be sure to provide you with all the links you need to watch E3 2018's biggest conferences as more information about them becomes available.
What might E3 2018 have in store? We make a few predictions, some reasonable and others a bit wild!
It's the most wonderful time of the year: E3 2018 has arrived and with it come all of the announcements and moments that could potentially change gaming history. What makes this year so interesting is the fact that we already know quite a few of the games that will be at the show, whether it be through leaks or pre-show announcements.
With so many games already confirmed for the show, we have to wonder what kind of surprises are still in store for fans tuning into the press conferences. Because I can't help but dream, I've put together a list of surprise announcements I hope will be at the show this year:
Halo 6 Confirmed
It's a foregone conclusion that 343 Industries is working on Halo 6. Whether it's ready to be shown to the public is another story. It's been almost three years since Halo 5 hit shelves and a lot has changed since then. Loot shooters, battle royale games, and more open-ended experiences are the order of the day, and it's difficult to imagine these new gaming trends haven't affected the game's development. 343 could take another year to adjust to the changing shooter landscape before formally announcing Halo 6.
While it's reasonable to assume that the next Halo will look and play like something closer to Destiny or The Division, we don't actually know much about the most obvious sequel in gaming. One thing we do know is that 343 has listened to fan feedback since the release of Halo 5 regarding the return split-screen cooperative play and multiplayer as well as a larger focus on Master Chief. Expect these two things to return when Halo 6 is inevitably revealed.
New James Bond 007 from Rare
Yeah, this is pretty outlandish, but we all have a right to dream. The James Bond 007 license has been dormant since Activision ditched Bond in 2013 after several maligned titles. Other studios have expressed interest in making Bond games, notably Telltale, makers of the excellent The Walking Dead, Batman, Game of Thrones, and Guardians of the Galaxy episodic adventures. Nothing has ever come of that despite rumors over the years. Bond continues to float through cyberspace, waiting for a worthy publisher to pull him out of obsolescence.
That company could very well be Microsoft, which has been hurting for Xbox exclusive for the past few years. Just look at its 2018 slate: neither Sea of Thieves or State of Decay 2 have exactly lit the world on fire and there's no word on whether we'll actually get Crackdown 3 -- the Xbox One's big exclusive -- this year. Things are looking tough for the Xbox One, which is why Microsoft might be looking to get fans pumped for 2019 with not just a Halo 6 reveal but also new Bond game.
Forget the fact that the Xbox One doesn't have much to show on the first-party front. Microsoft just so happens to own the studio behind the best Bond game ever made, Rare's GoldenEye 007. No, Microsoft's Rare is nowhere near the studio it used to be when it worked with Nintendo on the N64's first-person shooter blockbuster, but who says it can't rise to greatness again? With a new movie on the way in 2019, there's no better time than the present to bring Bond back from the dead.
A Stephen King Survival RPG
And you thought a new Rare James Bond game was outlandish! 2017 was without a doubt the year of Stephen King at the movies. It, Gerald's Game, 1922, and...well, The Dark Tower came out, too. It especially capitalized on the '80s nostalgia that took the world by storm, thanks to Stranger Things, which totally borrows from King's work in the first place, becoming a massive success. This year, King's putting out two new books, a novel called The Outsider, which is out now, and a novella titled "Elevation." There's also a little show coming to Hulu called Castle Rock that will bring different aspects of the King universe to one haunted town. That's a lot of King.
Missing from the generous King offerings is a video game. You can depend on more King books and movies, but where is Stephen King: The Game? Since It became the highest grossing horror film ever, with over $700 million at the global box office, quite a few production companies have been begging for that spooky King goodness. Universal is making a Tommyknockers movie for heaven's sake and NOBODY's ever asked for a Tommyknockers movie. So why shouldn't it also be time for a King video game?
A big AAA publisher would have to be crazy enough to bank on a new and unproven horror franchise, which isn't a very easy ask when it comes to appealing to the most consumers possible, but the King name would undoubtedly give any game a boost. What would a King game look like? While survival horror has sort of gone the way of the dinosaur unless you're Resident Evilor Outlast, the survival RPG genre has really come to life.
I'd love to play a survival RPG based on the 1975 novel 'Salem's Lot that's all about staving off the threat of vampirism as long as you possibly can while the rest of your neighbors turn into creatures of the night. How about it, Microsoft, you REALLY need a new franchise!
Rocksteady Unveils Superman Game
Rocksteady's Batman Arkham series is oft-regarded as the finest superhero game franchise ever made. At the very least, Rocksteady is one of the studios responsible for bringing a bit of respectability to the licensed game business. Perhaps no other studio -- besides LucasArts -- has ever put so much passion into adapting a licensed product as Rocksteady. That's why Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment would have to be crazy not to set the studio on another superhero project.
We've heard the rumors for quite some time that Rocksteady is working on a Superman game. It's not really that hard to believe considering that the only superhero more famous than Batman is the Man of Steel. There are rumblings that Rocksteady will finally make the big reveal at this year's E3.
Fans hoping for a continuation of the Batman story -- after all, Arkham Knightended with a cliffhanger -- might want to keep an eye out for WB Games Montreal's upcoming DC project, which may very well be the next Batman game.
New Resident Evil Game from Capcom
It might be too soon to release another main Resident Evil installment after RE7's massive success last year, but Capcom will likely want to strike while the iron's hot. Expect some kind of Resident Evil presence at the show, whether it be a new entry in the Revelations series, which has been running parallel to the main entries for the past few years, or something else entirely.
Last year, RE7 exec producer Jun Takeuchi teased that Capcom was already thinking about "various plans for the next game." While I still think it's too early for Resident Evil 8 to be officially revealed, the studio might think otherwise. Either way, expect something Resident Evil at E3 2018...
Resident Evil 2 Remake Rises from the Dead
...Like the Resident Evil 2 remake that was announced all the way back in 2015. The Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield zombie adventure is being rebuilt from the ground up with all of the modern touches expected from a current-gen game...and that's about ALL we know about the remake. Capcom recently updated the domain registry for ResidentEvil2.com, which could mean that the studio is preparing for the big unveiling at this year's E3. The reveal would definitely be a crowd-pleaser and could keep Resident Evil 8's seat warm while the sequel is still in development.
Square Enix Reveals New Avengers Game
Square Enix first announced its partnership with Marvel in early 2017, just months after Sony revealed its Spider-Man game. The first game on the docket is the untitled Avengers Project, which is being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal of Tomb Raider and Deus Ex fame, respectively. We don't know much about The Avengers Projectat the moment, but there are rumors that the game could be a reboot of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, the beloved action RPG from 2006.
Whatever the case, the fact that Square Enix has put some major firepower behind the development of this Marvel game means that we should expect something big. With not much on Square Enix's North America's plate besides Shadow of the Tomb Raider, it makes sense that the publisher would be making a lot of room for its first Marvel game. Expect the big reveal during Square Enix's E3 conference on Monday.
New Onimusha Game Announced
Back in 2016, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono revealed that the company was discussing ways to continue the samurai action-adventure series. Just this year, Capcom filed Onimusha trademarks in several countries, which could mean nothing at all -- or it could mean the studio is ready to return to Japan's Sengoku period. Either way, we've heard little about Onimusha since the last game in 2006, which would make this a huge surprise announcement by Capcom.
It's no secret that the studio has been flying high in the last two years, dropping both Resident Evil 7 and Monster Hunter: World to critical acclaim. Later this year, Capcom is releasing Mega Man 11 as well as a Mega Man X remastered collection, and the studio has said it's interested in reviving even more of its franchises down the line. Who's to say Onimusha isn't next?
Metroid Prime 4 Returns
Metroid Prime 4was first announced at E3 2017 and you could hear the roar of the crowd in deep space. This long-awaited sequel is being developed by Bandai Namco Studios Singapore in conjunction with Nintendo as opposed to original developer Retro Studios, which is rumored to be working on a Star Fox racing title. While we know the game is coming, we don't know much else about it. Nintendo could use a portion of its Direct E3 presentation to formally unveil the game.
Respawn's Star Wars Game Unveiled by EA
EA's approach to the Star Wars license has been somewhat contentious among fans. The Battlefront 2 microtransaction fiasco and the shuttering of Visceral Games have left fans wondering if EA is the right company for their beloved franchise. But with at least two more Star Wars games on the docket at EA, it doesn't seem that license is going anywhere for the time being.
While we've heard that it may not arrive until 2020 at the earliest, Respawn's untitled third-person action-adventure Star Wars game is next in line. Considering that Visceral's game was also an action-adventure game, you have to wonder how Respawn's approach is different. Could it be that it's incorporating a more "live services" approach to the content as opposed to the linear epic that Visceral had in mind?
We also know that EA Vancouver has risen from Visceral's ashes and is developing an online multiplayer experience. How it will differ from Battlefront and what Respawn is working on remains to be seen. The point is that there's an opportunity for EA to flip the narrative to something positive at this year's show. The publisher should give us a look behind the curtain.
New Castlevania from Konami
It used to be a given that a new Castlevania game was always in the works at Konami, but those days have come and gone. As the publisher has scaled down its AAA publishing division, beloved franchises like Castlevania and Silent Hill have fallen by the way side. The last game in the Castlevania series, the poorly received Lords of Shadow 2, came out in 2014 and we've not heard a peep about the franchise since.
Thanks to the excellent Netflix animated series, there's the possibility that Konami could be looking at ways to bring back the franchise. The company knows that there's a demand for a new Castlevania game, especially after the Kickstarter success of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the side-scrolling spiritual successor headed up by Castlevania veteran Koji Igarashi, so why not give the fans what they want?
In April, Konami announced a new mobile Castlevania title for iOS, which would be unremarkable in any other circumstance, but is huge news due to the series' absence. Could this mean that Konami is considering a full return to Dracula's castle? A new Castlevania game reveal would certainly blow the roof off of a press conference. Sounds like something Sony would do...
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Microsoft has been experimenting with its on-demand subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, for the past year. For $9.99, you get unlimited access to more than 100 titles, and unlike streaming services like PS Now, Game Pass is simply an a la carte download service that lets you pick the game you want and zap it to your hard drive. It also gives players instant access to all new first-party Xbox games, such as Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2. So new games and plenty of classics for $9.99. It's a deal that no other service can currently match.
That's why we think Xbox Game Pass might actually be Microsoft's future in gaming. While the company isn't doing so well in terms of hardware, it could absolutely capitalize on the digital subscription side by releasing Game Pass on more than one platform, namely PC. Giving PC gamers access to the Xbox's library of games (most of which are already compatible with PC anyway) would instantly turn Game Pass into one of Steam's top competitors.
Microsoft could very well be ready to make the Game Pass push to PC at E3 2018. And we're absolutely here for it.
A New Zelda Game
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild broke several records for Nintendo last year and helped put the Switch on the map. It was also one of our top games of 2017. Breath of the Wild has enjoyed much critical praise and financial success, which is why Nintendo's absolutely fast-tracking a new Zelda game. In fact, a recent job listing confirmed that the Big N is already at work on the next installment.
What the next Zelda will look like is anyone's guess. While logic tells us that Nintendo won't be looking to stray too far from Breath of the Wild's award-winning design, the company isn't really known for making the obvious choices. It's what makes Nintendo such an innovative company (as well as such a frustrating one). If the Big N is looking to change things up, we'd gladly accept a new top-down Zelda adventure or even the return of Toon Link. Especially the return of Toon Link.
New F-Zero for Switch
Fans have been asking for a new F-Zero racing game for years, but Nintendo doesn't seem all that interested in making one. In fact, the company is so not interested that it hasn't released a new installment since 2004's F-Zero Climax for the Game Boy Advance. It's so not interested that it's reportedly making a Star Fox racing game instead. But there's always hope that Nintendo could surprise its fans with a new F-Zero. With the Switch's emphasis on handheld play and motion controls, it seems like now is the time. It's wishful thinking but it doesn't cost to dream!
Nintendo has dropped two retro consoles in the last two years, the NES Classic Edition and the SNES Classic Edition. Logic tells us that, since both consoles have sold extremely well, we're bound to get more. The Nintendo 64 is, of course, next in line as far as chronology goes. With The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time turning 20 this year, 2018 might be the perfect time to bring the game back as part of a shiny new retro console. But please, Nintendo, build more units this time. Fans clearly want to buy them.
Doom 2 Coming in Spring 2019
A few weeks ago, I would've guaranteed that a sequel to 2016's Doom revival would be one of Bethesda's big E3 announcements. I'm not so sure about that anymore. Bethesda already has what's turning out to be a pretty full slate at this year's show, including the newly-announced Rage 2 and Fallout 76. Add to that some time with Quake Champions, Elder Scrolls Online, and the rumored Prey expansion and there doesn't seem to be that much room left for Doom 2 at all.
Bethesda tends to announce games that are only a few months out from being released, which means that Rage 2 and Fallout 76 may be taking the coveted Fall 2018 slots. But if the publisher wants to show fans what's coming up in the first half of 2019, Doom 2 might be exactly the game to do it with.
New Mortal Kombat Game Announced
It's been three years since Mortal Kombat X hit shelves, just about the right amount of time for NetherRealm Studios to work on a sequel. Rumors have persisted that the developer is working on Mortal Kombat 11and I have no reason to argue otherwise. The only reason NetherRealm wouldn't announce a new Mortal Kombat game is because Injustice 2 came out just last year. The studio might not be ready to move on just yet.
There's another possibility, of course: what if NetherRealm is working on a new Mortal Kombat/DC Comics crossover? Now THAT would be a welcome, gore-filled surprise!
Bloodborne 2 Revealed by From Software
FromSoftware teased a new project at the 2017 Game Awards with a short, very vague teaser. We've not heard anything from the Dark Souls and Bloodborne developer since, but rumors have persisted that the studio's new game is the PlayStation-exclusive Bloodborne 2. The rumors aren't hard to believe, considering that FromSoftware has found great success with its signature brand of action RPG gameplay.
A new entry in the fast-paced Bloodborne series would be a fine addition to the PlayStation 4's slate and a proper closer to this console generation for Sony. Whatever FromSoftware is working on, whether it's Bloodborne 2 or a Tenchu revival or a Kuon remake, we'll probably hear about it at E3 2018.
New Left 4 Dead Announced
The company recently revealed that it's finally jumping back into game development. On top of the upcoming card game, Artifact, Valve is also working on a few VR titles as well as at least one proper single-player game. There's no mention of a multiplayer title, but we all know nothing is ever what it seems behind the curtain at Valve.
I just can't imagine a reality where Valve is looking at games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Strange Brigade, and Earthfall and not wondering whether fans are ready for the return of Left 4 Dead. After all, the game still has a sizable fanbase on PC. The time just seems right. Online multiplayer experiences are more popular than ever and a cooperative shooter like Left 4 Dead is a perfect choice if Valve is looking to capitalize on the trend.
The biggest gaming event of the year is upon us. Watch all of the big announcements with our E3 2018 live stream!
E3 2018 will be a bit different from previous years as more major publishers are hosting their press conferences during the weekend before the main show. You'll want to be sure to stay tuned a little earlier than usual, then, as studios like EA, Bethesda, and Microsoft kick off E3 on Saturday and Sunday.
Of course, the best way to know what games are going to show up at E3 is to actually follow the show as it happens. You can watch all of the press conferences and big announcements below:
E3 2018 Live Stream - Saturday
Electronic Arts: 2:00 pm ET
E3 2018 Live Stream - Sunday
Microsoft: 4:00 pm ET
Bethesda: 9:30 pm ET
Devolver Digital: 11:00 pm ET
E3 2018 Live Stream - Monday
Square Enix: 1:00 pm ET
Ubisoft: 4:00 pm ET
PC Gaming Show: 6:00 pm ET
Sony: 9:00 pm ET
E3 2018 Live Stream - Tuesday
Nintendo: 12:00 pm ET
While the usual series of leaks and rumors have preceded this year's E3, the truth is that we aren't entirely sure what to expect from the industry's major players. You can expect to see more of The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, and Spider-Man from Sony as well as Rage 2 and Fallout 76 from Bethesda. Nintendo will likely unveil gameplay from Metroid Prime 4 and perhaps even say more about the upcoming Yoshi game for the Switch. Microsoft's biggest announcement could be Gears of War 5 if a leak from Walmart is correct. EA will show up guns blazing with the new BioWare RPG, Anthem, as well as Battlefield V. Might we also see a new Star Wars game? Ubisoft will bring Assassin's Creed Odyssey to the show and maybe even the rumored Splinter Cell game.
You can follow all of our E3 2018 updates right here!
The zombie parkour open-world series from Techland is getting a sequel! Here's what you need to know about Dying Light 2...
Dying Light 2, the sequel to the beloved zombie parkour open-world RPG, has been announced by Techland. During E3 2018, it was also revealed that RPG legend Chris Avellone, who previously worked on Fallout: New Vegas and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, is working on Dying Light 2. Unsurprisingly, this sequel will have a bigger emphasis on decision-making, as you embark on missions for different factions. How you decide to handle certain situations will have huge consequences as you progress.
"The bold sequel to the open-world phenomenon, Dying Light 2 brings to life a unique post-apocalyptic vision of the Modern Dark Ages - a brutal, bleak and unforgiving reality where you are as likely to perish at the hand of a human as you are by the infected," said Techland in a press release. "In this exhausted world, your quick thinking, exceptional parkour abilities and brutal combat skills are the only things that let you dive into darkness and emerge alive. Make morally grey decisions and witness how they impact the world at multiple levels, shape the transformation of the City, and ultimately decide its fate."
The game is powered by the C-Engine, a new generation of Techland’s in-house technology dedicated to open-world action-adventure and action-RPG games.
"Dying Light 2 will be a truly bold sequel, combining the much loved Dying Light DNA with completely new ways to play," said Pawel Marchewka, Techland CEO. "For the first time in the franchise, players will have the power to decide the fate of a decaying metropolis with their own choices and actions. Across the story, the melee combat, the parkour movement, and other aspects of the game, we’re giving players a completely new level of freedom."
Here's everything else you need to know about the game:
Dying Light 2 Trailer
Here's the announcement trailer:
Check out some gameplay as well:
Dying Light 2 Release Date
No release date has been set for Dying Light 2. The game is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
From the makers of Infamous comes the new Samurai action title, Ghost of Tsushima.
Ghost of Tsushima is something of an alternate history take on the era of the Mongolian Empire. The Mongol army has invaded the island of Tsushima, and you as the player must control one of the last samurai as he attempts to fight off the invading horde. Along the way, players will be forced to abandon their traditional ways and embrace a style of fighting referred to as the "way of the Ghost."
This stunning game from Sucker Punch, the makers of Sly Cooper and Infamous, features incredible visuals, a sweeping soundtrack, a methodical combat system reminiscent of what we've seen in God of War, and a lot of promising design choices.
We can't wait to get our hands on this game. For now, this is what we know about Ghost of Tsushima.
Ghost of Tsushima News
E3 2018 brought us our first real look at Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima. All we can say is...wow.
The footage above showcases the kind of samurai experience that we've been wanting from a video game for a long time. The combat looks exceptional, the graphics are stunning, the characters are interesting, and the entire world is one that we just want to dive in.
Based on the footage that was shown, we feel that the game's combat is going to be paced similar to what we've seen in games like God of War, but the boss battle almost resembled more of a fighting game. It's a fascinating gameplay dynamic that only highlights the intriguing story of a few remaining samurai in a world where the Mongol hordes are slowly taking over.
Ghost of Tsushima Trailer
Here is the first trailer for Ghost of Tsushima.
Ghost of Tsushima Release Date
Unfortunately, there's no word on when Ghost of Tsushima will be released, but we believe that the game will be available sometime in 2019.
What you need to know about Death Stranding, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!
Hideo Kojima, the famed creator of the Metal Gear series, returns after a brief hiatus after his highly publicized exit from Konami with his strangest concept yet: Death Stranding, a game that's all about connections, according to the developer. Kojima's goal is to create a game where players interact with each other beyond just trying to kill each other.
The game stars Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen. It also features some collaboration with beloved director Guillermo del Toro, who previously worked with Kojima on the ill-fated Silent Hills project.
Here's everything else we know:
Death Stranding News
E3 2018 featured the debut of Death Stranding's gameplay a few more details about its story. It's a long look at the game, but you've got to see it.
Death Stranding Release Date
Death Stranding doesn't have a release date at the moment. The game will arrive exclusively to PS4.
“It will be out before the Olympics,” said Kojima at TGS 2016, referring to the Tokyo 2020 Games. He then went on, “To go a little further, there is a movie called Akira, and it will be out before the year in which Akira is set.” (Akira was set in 2019.)
Death Stranding Trailer
A new Death Stranding trailer premiered at The Game Awards 2017 and it's our best look at this haunting game yet! Check out the trailer below:
The second trailer for Hideo Kojima's next game was revealed at the 2016 Game Awards. The big story here is the appearance of everyone's (at least second) favorite Hannibal Lecter, Mads Mikkelsen. Check it out:
Here's the very first trailer for the game:
Death Stranding Cast
Norman Reedus will star in the game and he will be joined by Mads Mikkelsen, who appears to play one of the antagonists. Guillermo del Toro will also appear in the game as revealed by the game's second trailer.
Emily O'Brien posted a picture on her Instagram account that confirmed that she and Troy Baker have joined the Death Stranding cast.
Death Stranding Gameplay
Hideo Kojima continues to leak out Death Stranding information a trickle at a time. The game auteur took the stage at a Tokyo game conference today and provided the briefest of glimpses regarding Death Stranding's design intent.
Death Stranding will be an action game with open world elements, but, according to Kojima, it will be a different kind of action game that emphasizes player interactions beyond just trying to kill each other. While players will fight both computer and human-controlled enemies via the game's single-player and online modes, Kojima is also working on ways in which they can experience the game together that emphasizes non-action based cooperation.
Kojima didn't go into further details regarding how, exactly, this will work, but there were trace elements of the Dark Souls' school of multiplayer design in his speech.
Speaking at the Develop: Brighton conference, Hideo Kojima expressed his belief that Death Stranding represents his greatest work.
"I'm very confident that we're working towards something completely new and that no-one has seen so far,” said Kojima. “This will be my best work so far, I'm very confident about that."
At this same event, Kojima also spoke of how excited he is about the ability of virtual reality to convey a new range of human emotions in video games. At this time, however, there is no word on whether or not Death Stranding will have VR features. Kojima also noted that he could never stop making video games because, as technology progresses, he comes closer to being able to make the type of games he dreams of.
In a YouTube upload by Hideo Kojima, the legendary developer also shared some information regarding the secrecy that surrounded Death Stranding's unveiling. According to Kojima, only about five people knew that the game was going to be revealed at E3 2016. In order to avoid any potential leaks, Kojima himself also avoided social media, refrained from taking photos and even stayed at an out of the way hotel during E3 just to avoid being spotted.
Death Stranding Story
Mads Mikkelsen recently caught up with Birth.Movies.Death. to talk about Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding and what exactly the actor is doing in the game's second trailer. It seems that Mikkelsen, who plays the game's villain, is as confused as the rest of us are, even though he's sat down to talk about the enigmatic game with the auteur.
While he can't talk about the plot of Death Stranding, Mikkelsen did say that "it's very intricate. I mean, you know [Kojima]. He's a very brilliant man. I mean, the stuff he told me? I only understood some of it. There was a lot of, 'What?' I have to see it before I understand. Because with Death Stranding, he's creating something completely new."
As Kojima described to Red Bull, Death Stranding's story "is all about connections, that are called 'strands' in psychology." That's not much to go on at all, but then again, Kojima likes to keep story details very close to the chest. Kojima continued, "It's too early to talk about the broader details of the story or to reveal the female lead, but we have a core structure already."
With the likes of director Guillermo del Toro and actors Mikkelsen and Norman Reedus joining Kojima on this project, we're sure to be in for something very special - if only slightly confusing as well.
Death Stranding Details
In a new interview with Glixel, video game auteur Hideo Kojima confirmed that his latest helping of interactive weird, Death Stranding, "is not a horror game." Despite the dark tone of the first two trailers and his recent work on P.T., Death Stranding will not be the creator's first full foray into horror after all.
"I don’t have a dark mindset in particular," Kojima told Glixel. "Death Stranding is not a horror game. I just wanted to make something that looks very unique, something you haven’t seen before, something with a more artistic slant to it. I’m not pursuing a dark aspect to the game."
It definitely looks unique, especially in the "using creepy babies to promote your game" department. Kojima also reassured fans that the game will still have a sense of humor - a staple of his past games, which have included running gags and breaking the fourth wall.
"Humor is a very important aspect for games. You play a game for a very long time – Death Stranding is a big game, too – and you put stress on the player and you lead them through peaks and valleys. Humor is an important aspect to make sure the player can enjoy playing across these peaks and valleys. So we’ll have humor in this game too, but to a degree that it doesn't ruin the world setting. It will be at an appropriate level."
Kojima also caught up with the BBC to talk about Death Stranding and how it's unlike anything he's created before.
"We want this game to be something that people can get into easily but after an hour or two they'll start to notice something a little different," Kojima said. "It's not like anything they've played before."
Kojima, who's never been shy about introducing very weird new elements to his games, says he's not too worried about how the risks he's taking with Death Stranding might drive some players away.
"Bands that everyone remembers take risks," he said. "They constantly change their music from previous albums, adapting and evolving through the ages. ... They might lose some fans along the way, but they bring in new ones. That's the kind of approach I want to take with my new game."
Kojima fans are undoubtedly expecting something new and strange from Death Stranding. So far, the trailers indicate that Kojima will indeed deliver the goods.
In other news, director Guillermo del Toro, who appeared in the second trailer for the game, has confirmed that he's not involved with Death Stranding in a creative role. He's simply an actor in the game, according to an interview with IGN.
"I’m involved as a character. Kojima-san called me and said, 'I want you to be a character in the game,' and I said, 'Gladly.' He’s discussed his ideas so I could understand the character, but other than that I’m not involved, creatively, at all."
Del Toro continued, "This is entirely Kojima-san’s game. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic game, 100%. But this is him and his ideas. I’m just a puppet in his hands. My contribution is limited to being a cheerleader for his ideas and being scanned for long hours at a time. That’s about it."
Death Stranding Poster
Kojima tweeted this promotional image for Death Stranding around the time of E3 2017. The image's use of the word "Bridges" is particularly interesting because, as IGN points out, that word was also seen in the game's second trailer.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally coming in 2019. Here is everything we know about the game!
The highly anticipated third installment in the main Kingdom Hearts series has been in development since at least 2012. First announced at E3 2013, it's been a long journey for this Disney-Final Fantasy mashup. There's some indication from Square Enix that Kingdom Hearts III will finally see the light of day in 2018, but only time will tell!
Until then, Square Enix hasn't been shy about slowly revealing some of the incredible Disney inspired worlds included in the upcoming game. From Toy Story to Monsters Inc., Kingdom Hearts 3 looks to explore nearly every aspect of the Disney universe while delivering an incredibly compelling RPG in the tradition of previous Kingdom Hearts adventures.
Here's everything we know about the game:
Kingdom Hearts 3 News
The PlayStation E3 2018 conference included a special preview of Kingdom Hearts 3 that focuses on the game's Pirates of the Carribean world.
Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date
Kingdom Hearts 3 will arrive on Jan. 29, 2019. It's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer
This trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 serves as a cinematic rundown of the stories and worlds that we've seen from the game thus far. Included is a brief look at a few new environments and what seems to be a glimpse at the sequel's basic plot.
The latest Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer showcases what is being referred to as Classic Kingdom. However, reports indicate that the Game and Watch footage included in the trailer doesn't pertain to an entire kingdom, but rather a collection of classic minigames featured throughout the adventure.
There's a new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer and it introduces the world of Monsters Inc. to the series. Check it out below:
Additionally, Disney showed off a trailer that confirms a world based on the Toy Story films will make an appearance sometime during Kingdom Hearts 3's campaign. Characters like Woody and Buzz will also make an appearance as party heroes during your time in this new world.
Here are the rest of the trailers that have been released:
This next trailer teases Rapunzel’s tower from Tangled and what looks like the streets of New Orleans from The Princess and the Frog:
Finally, here's the very first trailer from E3 2013:
Nioh 2 is the surprising sequel to Team Ninja's Dark Souls-like action masterpiece.
Team Ninja is working on a surprising sequel to their well-received Souls-like title, Nioh. Here's your first look at Nioh 2.
In a way, it's not too surprising to hear that Team Ninja is working on a sequel to Nioh. After all, the game reportedly sold even better than they were expecting it to sell and performed especially well on PC where the developers had some worries regarding its ability to succeed.
On the other hand, nothing leading up to E3 2018 suggested that Team Ninja was going to reveal a new Nioh game. After all, the original Nioh was released in February of 2017, so we're not that far removed from the franchise's debut.
We get the impression that there still might be quite a bit of work to do on Nioh 2 considering that Team Ninja didn't showcase any gameplay from the sequel or revealed any details regarding what we can expect from the upcoming game. However, we'd be a little surprised to hear that it will differ too wildly from the original game given its relatively quick turnaround time and the fact that the first game didn't demand too many improvements.
Story-wise, it's entirely possible that Nioh 2 will pick up relatively close to where Nioh left off, but it's not too much of a stretch to suggest that the game could go in a new direction entirely given that the story of the first game was clearly not specifically intended to be picked up at a later date.
Regardless, it's enough to know that Team Ninja is working on a new Nioh game given that the original title was a pretty fully-realized take on the Dark Souls concept. While there's still a lot we need to learn about this game, we're very excited to learn more about Nioh 2 as it nears its 2019 PS4 release date.
The long-awaited Resident Evil 2 remake finally arrives in 2019.
Capcom has finally unveiled its remake of the all-time horror classic, Resident Evil 2.
As shown during Sony's E3 2018 press conference, the Resident Evil 2 remake is much more than a new coat of paint, a few features, and fixes to the original game's janky camera system. This is a complete and total remake of the original title that actually looks better than most modern games. If the footage is to be believed, the amount of work that went into this remake is on par with the work that went into the original Resident Evil remake, and that game is considered to be the best remake ever made.
Unfortunately, we're going to have to speculate a bit regarding the remake's finer gameplay details, as the trailer was largely a cinematic affair that Capcom and Sony did not elaborate on. However, it appears that the game will utilize an over-the-camera system similar to what we saw in Resident Evil 4 and 5. It's possible that the system has been tweaked in some way to accommodate for improvements or even just the highly cinematic nature of the original Resident Evil 2 camera system.
Story-wise, we do see quite a few familiar faces and locations in the Resident Evil 2 remake trailer. Leon Kennedy is there, the lickers are back and deadlier than ever, and there's even a brief look at the fabled Raccoon City police station. That last one seems to indicate that this game will echo some of the major story beats of the original Resident Evil 2, but it's hard to say for sure how closely this game will follow the plot of the original. Also missing in action is Claire Redfield, but we'd be shocked if she doesn't make her way into the final version.
In any case, the Resident Evil 2 remake looks like it's going to be worth the unbelievably long wait. We never thought we'd catch ourselves saying that, but here we are.
Resident Evil 2 Remake is set to launch on January 25, 2019. There's no word on whether or not it will be a PlayStation exclusive.
The Quiet Man blends live-action filmmaking and action gameplay.
One of the only real surprises from Square Enix's E3 2018 press conference was the reveal of The Quiet Man.
What began as a live-action trailer transitioned into what appears to be our first look at the gameplay of this still relatively obscure title. In the trailer, we see an individual wandering the streets of the city who confronts gang members in an alley. The individual - our hero? - appears to be deaf; hence the "Quiet Man" name and the use of the tagline “silence rings loudest.” Nevertheless, he is able to easily dispose of these thugs.
It seems that the trailer's use of live-action is more than just a stylistic marketing choice. According to the video's YouTube description, The Quiet Man"delivers an immersive story driven cinematic action experience seamlessly blending high-production live action, realistic CG and pulse-pounding action gameplay." It then promises an "adrenaline-fueled motion picture like experience which can be completed in one sitting." We have to admit that advertising that last part as a feature does strike us as a bit odd.
According to the game's website, it appears that Human Head Studios - the team you might know from the infamously canceled version of Prey 2 - is working on this project. However, Square Enix and Human Head have not confirmed the extent of the studio's involvement with this project.
Based on all of the information made available thus far, we suspect that this is going to be a kind of interactive motion picture experience more than a fully-fledged game. Actually, it looks like it might be closer to a movie than even games like Detroit: Become Human are.
What we can tell you is that the game is currently only bein advertised for release on PlayStation 4 and Steam. There's no word on the possibility of an Xbox One release, which isn't too surprising given that many high-profile Square Enix titles are not immediately released on that platform. In any case, we'll bring you more information on this game as it becomes available.
Halo Infinite is the next chapter in the Halo series. Check out the first trailer plus everything else we know about it!
Revealed by Microsoft during its E3 2018 media briefing, Halo 6 is actually called Halo Infinite. The game was announced with a cryptic two-minute trailer that doesn't really tell us what the game is. In fact, all we really know based on the first trailer is that the story could feature a Haloring. Master Chief turns up at the end of the video with what looks like a new helmet.
We're hoping for more details soon. Of course, it's only been three years since Halo 5 was released and the game still supports a respectably large community of players on the multiplayer side. That being the case, 343 may very well choose to wait until E3 2019 to fully unveil the game.
Here's everything else we know about Halo 6:
Halo Infinite Release Date
Halo Infinite doesn't have a release date as of yet. It will arrive for Xbox One and PC.
Halo Infinite Trailer
Here's the first trailer for Halo Infinite:
Halo Infinite Story
Kiki Wolfkill, head of 343 Industries, and longtime Halo director Frank O'Connor recently gave an interview to GameTM magazine in which the two acknowledged the disappointment some fans felt when they realized that Master Chief wasn't the focus of Halo 5.
"We very much realized that people wanted Master Chief's story of Halo 5," said O'Connor. "We definitely marketed in a way that we hoped was going to bring surprise, but for some fans and certainly fans of Master Chief, it was a huge disappointment because they wanted more Chief."
O'Conner goes on to say that he wasn't so much surprised by the reaction of fans who wanted to see more of Master Chief, but that he perhaps didn't quite fully appreciate just how much stock fans put into wanting to play as Master Chief at the outset of a new Halo adventure. He acknowledges that Chief is "slightly more important now than he has ever been, certainly to our franchise."
Understandably, O'Connor and Wolfkill are remaining coy as it pertains to any plans they may have in place to address this issue in Halo Infinite, but they did note that they plan on dialing back on introducing more characters to this universe in favor of "making the world a little bit more realistic and compelling."
There are few ways to interpret this information. It sounds highly unlikely that Halo Infinite will echo Halo 5's format by primarily focusing on a new character who must live in the shadow of Master Chief. However, it may be a bit of a stretch to say that the next Halo game will focus solely on Master Chief. That's certainly a path that 343 can go down, but there's also the likely possibility that the developer will choose to focus on existing characters - including Chief - instead of expanding the universe's mythology even more.
Halo Infinite Game Details
During her speech at D.I.C.E., 343 Industries' general manager Bonnie Ross stated that the studio realizes it was a mistake to not develop split-screen functionality for Halo 5.
"When we didn't put split screen in Halo 5, it was incredibly painful for the community and for us," said Ross. "I think it erodes trust with the community, as the community is a part of our world building."
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer had previously stated that the reason 343 dropped split-screen is that studies showed most gamers preferred to play cooperatively over Xbox Live. Given the size of the discrepancy, it was decided that it was no longer worth the development resources to continue to create similar modes. However, following the release of Halo 5, it soon became clear that those who still utilized the mode felt a sense of attachment to it that simple usage metrics could not quite account for.
Recognizing how passionate fans are about split-screen Halo gaming, Ross stated that "For any FPS, we will always have split screen support going forward." In other words, it sounds like 343 won't be releasing another Halo game that doesn't include some kind of split-screen multiplayer option.
Spider-Man and developer Insomniac is the best team-up since The Avengers. Here's what we know...
Insomniac's take on Spider-Man isn't just one of the PS4's biggest upcoming exclusive, it's one of the biggest titles in Marvel's new approach to game releases. Spider-Man will not be directly associated with the MCU or a particular film, but will instead tell a unique story of the studio's design.
Spider-Man will focus on young Peter Parker's battles against a still unconfirmed roster of classic comic book villains. As this game seems to take place relatively early into his superhero career, Parker will need to learn how to balance being the hero that NYC needs with the daily pressures of young adult life.
From what we've seen of Spider-Man thus far, we're expecting a high-octane superhero experience that doesn't skimp on the cinematic but also gives us the freedom we need to truly feel like we are Spider-Man. Call it a fantasy, but Insomniac looks to deliver on the seemingly impossible by gifting the world with a Spider-Man game that captures every aspect of this incredible character.
Here's everything we know about Spider-Man:
Spider-Man's E3 2018 gameplay trailer sheds a little light on the game's full roster of villains. It ends with a tease of one Spider-Man foe that Insomniac isn't ready to show yet.
Spider-Man Release Date
Spider-Man will be out on September 7, 2018. The game is coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4.
Insomniac has confirmed that you'll be able to wear various iconic Spider-Man outfits in their upcoming game. While we don't know the full roster of outfits Spider-Man can wear, this new trailer confirms that the Iron Spider armor that Spider-Man wears in Infinity War will be in the game. Furthermore, it seems that each Spider-Man suit will be upgradeable with custom powers.
Check out the announcement trailer!
Game Informer had previously debuted an exclusive story about Insomniac's Spider-Man coming out and have released some new gameplay footage from the title to celebrate the occasion.
This footage reveals a great deal of Spider-Man's combat system and exploration mechanics. Spider-Man's combat will seemingly utilize a kind of multi-man system featured in titles like the Arkham games, but Spider-Man's gadgets and abilities will allow him to dispatch of the city's baddies with considerably more flair. Navigation is also bolstered by Spider-Man's inherent abilities. We don't get a full feel for how swinging around the city works, but it looks like players will be asked to target where their next navigational web is going.
Insomniac and Sony also showcased a trailer for Spider-Man at the Paris Games show. This preview focuses on Peter Parker's role in the story and expands the game's little mythology twists more than previous previews have done.
Another arrived for Insomniac's Spider-Man game at D23 2017. Check it out below:
These trailers were preceded by the huge E3 2017 showing of the game which gave us our first good look at what we can expect from the most high-profile Marvel game in years.
Finally, have a look at the debut trailer that got the world buzzing about what happens when a great developer like Insomniac works on one of the most beloved comic book characters ever.
Control is a supernatural adventure from the studio behind Quantum Break and Alan Wake.
It turns out that a secret project from Remedy known as P7 is actually a new game called Control.
Shown during the PlayStation E3 2018 conference, Control is the next game from the developers responsible for Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Quantum Break. The game is being billed as a supernatural action title that follows the new director of a secretive agency in New York. After an unexplainable threat invades our world, you must help humanity regain control.
Based on what we saw in the trailer, it feels like Control's gameplay is going to feature the use of some pseudo-psychic abilities that kind of remind us of the gameplay featured in the cult classic action title, Psi-Ops. However, it does seem that there is some traditional gameplay sprinkled throughout the game.
What really excites us about this game, though, are the implications of its plot. The trailer gave off some serious Inceptionvibes with winks and nods that this agency has mastered a series of rituals that allow them to "keep traveling deeper" and manipulate reality itself. We're fascinated to see what, exactly, this agency has stumbled upon and how it has led to some of the events that we see in the trailer.
As anyone who followed Remedy over the years knows, the developers excel at creating atmospheric experiences, and the first footage of Control suggests that's exactly what this game is going to focus on. It certainly doesn't hurt that the action itself looks far more involved than the combat in games like Alan Wake. Actually, it looks like this title is going for the horror vibes of that classic.
Control is set to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC at an unknown date.
Vigor looks like the DayZ's team's second stab at a grand survival experience.
Bohemia Interactive, the studio behind Arma and DayZ, is working on a new survival game called Vigor.
Vigor is set in Norway during the '90s. Well...not the '90s as we know them. Instead, this version of the '90s is a decade that has seen parts of Europe engage in nuclear war. Such as it stands, Norway is one of the few safe harbors left in the region. That's theoretically good news, but as a horde of survivors descend upon the region and squabble over the remaining resources, it becomes clear that this region will soon host a war of a different kind.
Based on the information made available thus far, it doesn't seem like Vigor is a battle royale game. Instead, its combat seems to be instance-based, meaning that battles will be based on arranged conflicts featuring eight to 16 players. Said players will wield a variety of military weapons as well as melee items that were scrounged from the area. It also seems that there will be some kind of crafting and base building mechanics incorporated into the experience somehow.
Still, it's not entirely clear what other games Vigor is most easily compared to. It feels like there is more to this title than some pre-arranged fights and scrounging for items, but it's a little too early in the game's development cycle to say for sure what the full experience is going to be like from the moment you pick up the controller to when you set it down.
One interesting thing to note, though, is that Vigor runs off of the Unreal engine. Previously, Bohemia Interactive has relied on a proprietary engine for most of their games. The use of the Unreal engine in this instance might mean that Vigor will run a bit...smoother than some of the other games that we've seen from Bohemia in the past.
It's also worth noting that Vigor is currently set to be released exclusively for Xbox One via the Game Preview system. Given that Vigor is set to release via a premium model sometime this year, that means it could actually beat the long-digesting DayZ to consoles. Vigor is also expected to go free-to-play sometime in 2019.
Super Mario Party looks to feature the craziest minigames in franchise history.
The Nintendo Switch is getting a Mario Party of its very own. Here's your first look at Super Mario Party.
As shown during Nintendo's direct stream, Super Mario Party looks like about what you'd expect from a Mario Party game at this point. There's room for multiple players (four appears to again be the max), there are dice rolls that move you across a board, and there are minigames that you encounter as you hit certain points in the game.
One new thing we did spot in the trailer, though, is the way that these games will work. We see that it appears you'll be able to use multiple Switch screens to form a battlefield for some of the minigames, but it's not clear at this time whether or not you'll be required to utilize multiple consoles in order to play those minigames. We'd guess that isn't the case, though.
Generally speaking, it does look like the minigames featured in Super Mario Party are a bit more involved than some of the minigames that we've seen from the series in the past. The trailer indicates that the Switch is going to use all of the console's control options and portability in order to maximize the variety of minigame experiences. Obviously, that includes motion controls, but it's interesting to see how the portability of the Switch is accounted for in some of the minigames that we've seen thus far.
The question now is whether or not Super Mario Party will be able to make up for some of the deficiencies of recent titles in the series by curbing the extreme randomness that the games have come to rely on and by tweaking new mechanics to ensure that you'll be able to actually play those awesome minigames more often during the play of the board game part of the experience.
Here's hoping that the variety of minigames showcased during the initial preview is a good indication of how Super Mario Party will improve the series. We'll know for sure when Super Mario Party launches for Nintendo Switch on October 5th.
It's official: Fortnite, the most popular game in the world, is coming to the Nintendo Switch!
Fortnite has arrived on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo made the announcement during its E3 Nintendo Direct. You can download the game through the Nintendo eShop right now!
Check out the announcement trailer:
Bringing Fortnite to Switch opens up the battle royale to a whole new audience of gamers who might not have other consoles or the ability to play the game on their smartphones. It is unclear if the Switch version of the game will also feature cross-play with other consoles or phones.
Fortnite's inevitable arrival on the Switch hasn't been a very well-kept secret. In fact, the port was first leaked last week as part of a larger lineup of games that also included the reveal of Overcooked 2. The Korean game ratings board had also issued an official rating for the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite, which historically isn't the kind of thing that a ratings board does just because it's a slow Friday.
The game's move to the Switch isn't exactly shocking. Epic has been working to bring the title to all platforms at some point. The Android version of Fortniteis expected to be released sometime this summer.
There's no reason to believe that the Switch version of Fornite will have to make any technical compromises given that Fortnite runs pretty well on an iPhone. As far as cross-play goes, it's very likely that Fortnite will be compatible with other platforms given that Nintendo supports cross-play with games like Minecraft. Of course, we can't really guarantee that the Switch version will be compatible with the PlayStation 4 given Sony's uneven policies on the matter.
We'll keep you updated on all Fortnite news!
Fire Emblem: Three Houses marks the franchise's long-awaited debut on Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo has revealed the long-awaited Fire Emblem game for Nintendo Switch. Here's the debut trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
For the most part, Three Housesfeatures about what you'd expect from a mainline Fire Emblem game. There are grid-based tactical battles, a variety of characters with their own stories and designs, a kind of rock-paper-scissors battle system that dictates which units have an inherent advantage over others, and other such familiarities. That's good news for those who feared that Nintendo was going to get cute with a franchise formula that has worked incredibly well thus far.
However, there is one thing about Fire Emblem: Three Houses that is quite different from what has come before. It seems that the Switch version of Fire Emblem will utilize a fairly simple visual style for battles when you are in the overhead planning view of the fight and then switch over to an incredibly details battlefield perspective when an attack has been ordered. Those visuals lend Fire Emblem fights the epicness that we always assumed was there but hasn't been specifically showcased in the past.
In fact, the battlefields themselves appear to be fully-rendered environments that look to take advantage of the Switch's surprising levels of processing power. We even see some of our heroes wandering around what appear to be non-battlefield environments. This suggests that players might have direct control of some of the story segments that occur between fights.
As for the story, it appears to involve a goddess who watches over the kingdom who is under attack. The three houses tagline suggests that there will be multiple parties involved in the conflict, but we're not entirely sure how everyone involved will factor into the grand scheme of things.
This looks like a nice evolution of the Fire Emblem franchise that still maintains all of the things we've come to expect from the series at its best. Look for Fire Emblem: Three Houses to hit Nintendo Switch sometime in the spring of 2019.
Everything you need to know about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including latest news, release date, trailers, roster, and more!
Since its N64 debut, the Super Smash Bros. series has been one of Nintendo's most beloved properties. What began as a simple amusement that pitted some of Nintendo's best characters against each other in a brawler fighting game has become an institution. Everyone from casual Nintendo console owners to hardcore fighting fans has fond memories of waging war across Smash Bros. many levels.
Now, Smash Bros. Ultimate is preparing to make its debut on the Nintendo Switch. Following the success of Super Smash Bros. Wii U - a game that grew to include one of the most incredible rosters in fighting game history - expectations are high for the next entry in the long-running franchise. If Nintendo's history with highly-anticipated Switch titles is any indication, though, then we fully expect this will be a special title that will boast a truly impressive collection of playable characters.
Here is everything we know about Super Smash Bros. for Switch:
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Release Date
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will arrive on Dec. 8, 2018. The game is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Trailer
Nintendo fully unveiled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at E3 2018. Here's the full, 25-minute announcement video:
The game was first teased in a Nintendo Direct earlier this year. Check it out below:
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will feature every single character who has ever appeared in the series, including Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid, Ryu from Street Fighter, and Cloud from Final Fantasy. That means that the game will boast a roster of over 60 characters!
Here's the full list of fighters:
Plus, the new fighters:
Overcooked 2 introduces more chefs, more kitchens, and online multiplayer.
Overcooked, the game that taught us all to hate our friends while working in the fast-paced world of cartoonish kitchens, is back. Here's the first trailer for Overcooked 2:
For the most part, the sequel to Overcooked will cover much of the same ground that the original title touched upon. For those unfamiliar, the original Overcooked was a couch co-op game that required up to four chefs to share a kitchen and prepare an array of orders as they cam in. The game itself was incredibly simple, but the sheer number of orders that come in - combined with the ever-changing nature of the levels themselves - meant that the game could get incredibly difficult and cause friends to yell at each other in a (mostly) playful manner.
This time, you'll be able to share that Overcooked experience with players that aren't on the same couch as you.
Yes, Overcooked 2 will introduce online multiplayer to the Overcooked experience. While that will make it much easier to find a game and play it at will, we do wonder if a group of online chefs will be able to work together well enough in order to complete the game's hardest levels. That challenge might be amplified by the Switch's awkward method of online communications.
Still, we're eager to experience more Overcooked insanity given that the first game was so much fun and that Overcooked 2 looks to enhance that insanity in every way. There are more kitchens, more chefs, and more recipes to burn in a desperate attempt to just get the order out on time.
Whether you love the first Overcooked or you're looking to get into the franchise for the first time, you might want to check out Overcooked 2 when it launches for Nintendo Switch on August 7th. There's no word on the release date for other platforms, but we expect that news will be coming soon.
What you need to know about Pikmin 4, including latest news, release date, and much more!
Nintendo's legendary game developer Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that Pikmin 4 was in development back in 2015, but we've not yet seen much of the game or know when it's coming out.
"I've been told not to share anything about this from PR," Miyamoto told Eurogamer at E3 2017 regarding the status of Pikmin 4, "but I can tell you it is progressing."
Miyamoto appeased the PR gods by limiting the specifics of the game's development to his assurance that the game is "actually very close to completion" and that "Pikmin teams are always working on the next one."
Nintendo confirmed Miyamoto's assertions in a separate statement by claiming that "Pikmin 4 is in development but that is all we can confirm at present."
It's been a few years since Pikmin 3 released for Wii U in 2013. The game received overwhelmingly positive reviews for its innovative use of the Wii U tablet and general advancement of the Pikmin mechanics. By all accounts, Pikmin 3 also sold extremely well with some reports suggesting that it sold over 200,000 units before the end of 2013.
The lack of a Pikmin sequel in all that time seems to speak more to Nintendo's unique release strategy than it does their faith in the franchise as a whole. Now that the Nintendo Switch is selling extremely well, it seems that Nintendo is a touch more eager to bring back some of their most popular series as well as re-introduce some of the Wii U's best games to the switch audience.
Here's everything else we know:
Pikmin 4 Release Date
Pikmin 4 doesn't have a release date as of yet. The game is coming to the Nintendo Switch.
Pikmin 4 Details
Some suspected that Shigeru Miyamoto had finally lost his mind when he announced that he was working on a strategy game based on his gardening experiences, but it wasn't long before the quirky little title known as Pikmin became a beloved Nintendo franchise. As popular as the franchise is, though, it has remained suspiciously off the radar since Pikmin 3 released to wide acclaim in 2013. Aside from Miyamoto mentioning that Pikmin 4was nearing completion in 2015, fans have been left to speculate when, exactly, they will be able to get their hands on this anticipated sequel.
Sadly, Miyamoto's latest update doesn't offer much hope that they can expect that day to come anytime soon. In an interview with Game Rant, Miyamoto had this to say on the subject of Pikmin 4:
"We're working on (Pikmin 4). So, you know, when we’re in development we have to create a list of priorities and it has been hard to kind of fit that into that list, but we’re hopefully starting to see that on the list now.”
While Miyamoto does not explicitly say so during the course of the interview, given that he had previously suggested that the game was nearing completion around this time last year, it certainly does sound like Pikmin 4 has been delayed. Though this may be due to the usual complications that can arise during the development process, the popular theory at the moment is that Pikmin 4 has been shuffled to the side while Nintendo focuses on the release of the Switch as well as their ever-expanding list of new ventures.
Given that Breath of the Wild is shaping up to be the last major Wii U release, it certainly does appear that Pikmin 4 may end up becoming a Switch title. It would be a bit of a shame if that came to pass considering how well the Pikmin games translate to the Wii U controller, but it's looking like Pikmin fans may be waiting until 2017 to experience more of this franchise's bizarre adventures.
Microsoft is reportedly working a series of next-gen Xbox devices.
The next-generation Xbox reportedly has a codename.
According to a report from Thurrott which claims to be based on insider information and internal documents, members of the Xbox team have already started referring to the next device as "Scarlett." The original report indicated that the name was Scarlet, but an update based on internal document information suggests that the name is actually Scarlett. Some of you may remember that the Xbox One X was codenamed "Scorpio" until its release.
That's not the most interesting piece of information from this report, though. It also appears that the Scarlett name doesn't just apply to a single next-gen Xbox console but rather a "series of devices" that seem to all be related to gaming in some way. The report does not confirm when these devices will be released, but the most popular rumors at the moment suggest that 2020 is the anticipated year of arrival for whatever Microsoft is currently working on.
As for what "series of devices" Microsoft could be working on, we've got some theories to share.
The most obvious of those theories is that the next Xbox will be released across several price tiers that are divided by the incorporate features of the console. We've seen Microsoft do this in the past as it pertains to the storage space each console ships with, but it's possible that the next Xbox might also follow the Xbox One X's lead by featuring "consumer" and "pro" models.
However, the way that Microsoft emphasized streaming during their E3 2018 presentation when talking about next-gen devices leads us to believe that Scarlett could also apply to some kind of streaming software initiative or even a Microsoft handheld gaming device to be used specifically for game streaming.
E3 2018's biggest presentations are over. What were the best reveals of the show? Here are the highlights...
E3 remains the biggest show of the year despite the fact that it's no longer the one place to go to go for video game news. Still, developers across the world manage to converge on this one event every year in order to remind gamers everywhere just why they love gaming so much. More often than not, that reminder comes in the form of some shocking or incredible game announcement.
E3 2018 was no different. While some of the biggest reveals of the show were leaked ahead of schedule, that didn't stop the biggest game studios in the world from blowing us away with reveals and showcases of some games that we can't wait to get our hands on.
Of course, it's sometimes hard to know which announcements were just noise and which ones are the ones that you absolutely must see. After all, there are just too many games revealed every year to possibly keep up with. That's why we're here to help. Of all the E3 2018 stories we've covered this reveal season, these are the games and announcements that you absolutely must know:
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The best reveal of EA's conference was the mere mention of the name of Respawn's much-anticipated Star Wars game. Jedi: Fallen Order's story will occur between the events of Episode III and IV. It follows a Jedi who managed to escape the Order 66 death squads and must survive in an increasingly hostile world. We can't wait to hear more.
Dying Light 2
We wouldn't have been too excited about the idea of a Dying Light sequel in the weeks leading up to E3 2018, but the reveal of this game showcased a sequel that is so much more than we ever thought we'd see from this series. Not only does Dying Light 2's action look even better than what we saw in the original game, but this sequel's story is being written by RPG legend, Chris Avellone.
Microsoft Acquires Ninja Theory
While Microsoft also acquired PlayGround Games and Undead Labs, its biggest "get" was Ninja Theory. The studio behind Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting developers in gaming. Whatever the studio makes next will now be exclusive to Microsoft consoles and devices. We can't wait to see what it is.
Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer
Our first real look at Cyberpunk 2077 showcased a world that is a little more playful and even cartoony than we were expecting. Yet, there is something undeniably compelling about the world that CD Projekt Red has crafted. It's full of life, wonder, and mystery. All-told, this could very well prove to be a game that lives up to the immense hype.
Devil May Cry 5 Premiere
It's been over 10 years since Capcom has released a mainline Devil May Cry game. While some of us loved Ninja Theory's take on the franchise, the series' most ardent fans will no doubt welcome Capcom's return to the series. Will the studio be able to add another classic title to one of the most celebrated action franchises ever?
Gears of War 5
Gears of War is a few years removed from its prime at this point, but Gears of War 4showed that there is still room for the series to grow. Gears of War 5 looks to follow-up on the promise of the previous game by telling a more heartfelt story that focuses on Kate Diaz as she leads a squad of soldiers on a personal mission. It could prove to be the best Gearsyet.
There's a new Halo game brewing over at Microsoft. We can tell you that much for sure. However, there's still quite a bit of speculation regarding what Halo Infinite is and how it will fit into the franchise's timeline as it currently stands. We can also tell you that Halo Infinite will be something very different and might just give us a glimpse into the future of the franchise.
For years, fans of developer Rare have been asking, "Why don't they just make another Battletoads?" It has been quite some time since the famous developer has given us a new Battletoadstitle, and this new three-player co-op game revives the cult classic franchise. Those looking for classic 8-bit style action will surely want to keep an eye on this one.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
FromSoftware moves beyond the considerable shadow of the Dark Souls series in order to provide a new kind of action experience. This strange samurai game plays off some of the same trademark trends of Dark Souls - including the impact of death - while delivering a fascinating new universe that touches upon Dark Souls' subtle themes of horror.
We thought that we might be treated to the reveal of a new Doom game at E3 2018, but we certainly weren't expecting it to come in the form of Doom Eternal. Doom covers some of the same ground we saw in the infamous Doom II: Hell on Earth, but it's the Eternal part of the title that has us wondering what changes this game has in store.
We also didn't expect a new Wolfenstein game so close to the release of Wolfenstein II, but Wolfenstein: Youngblood isn't the kind of Wolfensteingame anyone could have anticipated. This co-op shooter follows the adventures of B.J. Blazkowicz's daughters as they shoot their way through an alternate version of the '80s.
Opinions are divided on Bethesda's full reveal of Fallout 76, but nobody denies there's something intriguing about this game. For the first time, a Fallout video game is going multiplayer. Yes, Fallout 76 will let you explore the wasteland with your friends and maybe even launch a nuclear weapon or two along the way.
We've heard rumblings about Starfield for years now, but we were beginning to wonder if Bethesda would actually reveal its fabled sci-fi project. Details are thin at this time, but many are already dreaming of a Bethesda sci-fi RPG in the grand tradition of the Fallout and Elder Scrolls games. This next-gen title is already reason enough to buy a new console.
The Elder Scrolls VI
Count us among the shocked. Nobody could have predicted that Bethesda was going to name drop its most-anticipated title at E3 2018. Yet, the studio broke tradition by naming a game that likely won't be released for many years to come. Even still, we've got some theories about what the next Elder Scrolls game will be and why you should be very excited about it.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
While it's easy to write-off the Assassin's Creed franchise due to how stagnant the series has been over the years, Assassin's Creed Originsreally did revive our interest in the potential of the series. Now, Odyssey continues the good work of that game by taking us to ancient Greece and expanding the storytelling style and potential of the series.
The Last of Us Part II Trailer
Naughty Dog's The Last of Us elevated the bar by which all video game narratives are judged. The game's incredible storytelling, legendary characters, and fascinating stealth gameplay are all present in this gameplay trailer for The Last of Us Part II. Now, it's just a question of whether or not Naughty Dog can raise the bar yet again.
Ghost of Tsushima Trailer
As much as we love developer Sucker Punch, we weren't sure what to expect from Ghost of Tsushima before E3 2018. Could this studio deliver the kind of samurai epic we've always wanted? Well, the game's first trailer suggests that Sucker Punch is well on its way to making one of the best samurai games ever. Keep an eye out for this one.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
After years of hearing about how Capcom was working on this high-anticipated remake, we finally got our first look at this reimagined version of Resident Evil 2. The game's first trailer showcased a stunning take on the classic horror game that just might end up being the remake that we've been waiting all of these years for.
We would never have guessed that we would be talking about a new Nioh game so close to the release of the first title, but here we are. Given that Nioh is one of the absolute best Souls-like titles out there, we can't wait to see what developer Team Ninja does with this sequel now that it's got the foundation in place.
Super Mario Party
Maybe Nintendo just got tired of counting so high, but we think that the fact there isn't a number in this Mario Party's title indicates that Nintendo also feels that it's time to approach this franchise from a new direction. Super Mario Party's minigames aim to take advantage of the Switch's capabilities in order to offer the best Mario Party experience yet.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
We were already excited about the idea of Super Smash Bros. on Switch, but the full reveal of this game left us absolutely buzzing. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn't just another Smash Bros.game; it's essentially the ultimate collection of Super Smash Bros. titles released so far. Every Smash Bros. character in franchise history will return in this epic fighting game.
Sony's cross-platform policies are causing some serious issues for Fortnite fans.
Fortnite fans are angry at Sony over the way that the company's cross-platform policies have affected the Nintendo Switch version of the popular battle royale title.
Such as it stands, if you have created your Fortnite account on PS4, you are not able to use that same account for the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite. Attempting to do so will prompt a log-in error that prevents you from accessing your account on the PlayStation 4. That message reads, in part: “This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch."
The problem is that there are quite a few Fortnite players out there who did create a Fortnite account on their PlayStation 4, have leveled up their characters, unlocked new skins and items, and are now unable to simply use their accounts to play on Nintendo Switch.
Usually, such a problem would just be the result of an odd technical glitch that would surely be fixed as soon as possible. However, it seems very likely that this issue is the result of Sony's policies regarding cross-platform play. Microsoft has already confirmed that Sony is blocking cross-platform play between Xbox and PS4 gamers, and we know that the Switch version of Fortnite only allows for console cross-play with Xbox One devices. Indeed, Xbox's UK Twitter account is already mocking Sony over the matter.
Xbox is having a little fun with the situation, but fans are struggling to find the humor in this situation. Many users are storming various social media outlets to beg Sony to fix this matter so they can properly use their accounts. Some are satisfied just hurling insults in the meantime. Some have tried just unlinking their accounts from PS4, but that doesn't seem to fix the issue and instead creates further problems.
What remains to be seen is whether or not a Sony fix is as easy as just flipping a switch. If the problem can only be fixed if Sony allows for cross-platform play, then we're not so sure that they will address the issue. Hopefully, though, some kind of middle-ground can be found.
Mario Tennis Aces looks to bring the series back to championship form. Here's what we know:
During Nintendo Direct announcement back in January 2018, the studio revealed Mario Tennis Aces for Nintendo Switch.
Mario Tennis Aces will be the first Mario Tennis game since the Game Boy Advance Tennis titles to incorporate a story mode. As anyone who played those games - or the brilliant Switch title Golf Story - knows, these sports story modes tend to be incredibly entertaining detours from the competitive play that are loaded with creative minigames. That seems to be what this new story mode is going for, but it also seems that this particular plot might abandon the tennis academy setting of previous Mario Tennis stories in favor of something a little wackier.
Thankfully, the story mode is expected to include those wonderful boss battles from previous titles.
Regardless of the story's setting, we're just happy to see it return. We're also quite thrilled to see Nintendo return to Mario Tennis so quickly after 2015's Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash was met with an overwhelmingly negative reaction. Considering that the primary criticisms of that game revolved around its lack of content and innovations, we'd say that the quick reveal of Mario Tennis Ace's story mode suggests that Nintendo is aware of what went wrong and is willing to fix it.
Here's what we know about the game:
Mario Tennis Aces News
The latest trailer for Mario Tennis Aces gives us our best look yet at the game's extensive adventure mode. It seems that the mode will consist of minigames and boss battles that serve to further a story about Luigi being kidnapped by diabolical forces. You know...tennis stuff.
Mario Tennis Aces Release Date
Mario Tennis Aces will release on June 22. It will be playable exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.
Mario Tennis Aces Trailer
The March 2018 Nintendo Direct arrived with an in-depth look at the new gameplay mechanics in Mario Tennis Aces. Check out all the fun below:
Here's the announcement trailer in case you missed it:
Fortnite's first World Cup is next year, but you can qualify for the event starting soon.
Epic has confirmed that the game's next competitive season will mark the start of the Fortnite World Cup.
The Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers will be open to all of Fortnite's reported 125 million players (that number is probably more accurately described as 125 million accounts). The qualifiers will be determined by a series of events that occur both online and as part of organized competitions. Most of those events will focus on solo and duo competition, but Epic did tease some squad-based events as well. The details of the dates of those events and any additional requirements are set to be released at a later time.
What we do know is that the World Cup Qualifiers will culminate in the actual Fortnite World Cup, which is set to run sometime in late 2019. It seems that event - and many qualifier events - will be broadcasted. Epic wants players who only enjoy watching Fortnite to be part of all the fun.
These World Cup Qualifiers will all be part of the $100 million prize pool Epic is contributing to the first season of global competitive Fortnite play. That's a big number that's made all the more impressive by the fact that there's still some doubt regarding whether or not Fortnite will succeed as an eSport.
Interestingly, Epic noted that they are not selling teams or franchises and won't allow third parties to do the same. Furthermore, they intend to release formal rules of conduct leading up to the start of the events.
Fortniteis certainly popular - it's arguably the most popular game in the world - but the battle royale genre has had some trouble finding a foothold in the world of eSports. Simply put, it's not easy to get 100 professional players in the same room to compete at the same time while casters and cameras easily relay the action.
The reveal of the World Cup format seems to hint how Fortnite will break that trend, though. First off, that massive $100 million prize pool will surely attract some of the best Fortniteplayers and teams in the world. There are already Fortnite teams emerging across the globe and the best Fortnite players are beginning to distinguish themselves from the pack. Somewhere near the top of that list is popular streamer Ninja, who has already distinguished himself at several Fortnitetournaments. Of course, he might end up taking a bit of a pay cut if he focuses too much on the competitive Fortnite play.
Mostly, though, the idea of an open competition held at least partially online is what makes us believe that Fortnite will overcome the awkwardness of arranging physical battle royale tournaments.
Team Sonic Racing is a formidable karting game with a lot of potential. Here are our hands-on impressions!
For the last few years, Mario Kart 8 has been the undisputed champion of video game kart racing. It's for good reason: the game is basically perfect, a showcase of everything the series has done right since it first appeared on the SNES. But that doesn't mean there haven't been other landmark karting games to give Mario a run for his money. Diddy Kong Racing and Crash Team Racing specifically come to mind, and now Sega's latest Sonic endeavor, Team Sonic Racing, may be joining that list.
It's difficult not to make the obvious comparison. On the surface, Team Sonic Racing may very well be a Mario Kart clone with all the bells and whistles offered by Nintendo's racer -- including power-ups, weapons, and even a drifting ability -- but with the Sonic family of characters. Yet, there's something really charming about Sonic and friends zipping through race tracks inspired by Zones from the platformer series, this time in teams of three that protect, boost, and help each other to the finish line. At the very least, I couldn't stop playing even after my E3 demo was over.
To be fair, Sega offered a relatively short demo: one race on one course (inspired by the Planet Wisp Zone from Sonic Colors), three laps. It's enough to pick up the flavor of Team Sonic Racing's gameplay, though. It's familiar in all the right places. Drifting, for example, feels really good once you get the hang of it, a smooth way to get a speed boost during a winding turn. Power-ups, which involve a combination of projectiles and speed boosts, are less successful due to the fact that there's just not enough variety. Items, which are also based on Wisps, simply lack the gusto of Mario's dreaded blue shell or the impervious star power. That said, since it was a limited demo, there's a good chance I didn't experience everything courses will have to offer in the final product.
As a solo experience (and I suspect that the game's Team Adventure campaign is going to be delightful), the team gameplay really works. You're of course at the center of the team and your teammates are largely there to offer you support, although racers are ranked by both individual and team-based performance. Actually, your team's position in the standings is ultimately the most important factor overall and decides whether you're going to win the cup or not.
Luckily, your AI teammates won't fail you. In fact, they'll offer you items when you need them most. The AI will intelligently throw you a speed boost when you're on the last stretch of the race or a weapon when there's another team of racers in front of you. Your teammates are perhaps the most useful when you're drafting behind them, which offers a considerable speed boost and is key to staying ahead of your competition.
There's also a handy Team Ultimate, which you can use once you've filled up your team's power bar. It mostly amounts to a star power-like boost that can help you get from last to first place in a bind. You'll have to be smart about when to unleash this ability, of course.
Team mechanics add an interesting new twist to kart racing, but it's a concept I'm more excited for in theory than in execution. While playing with a team of AI is pretty delightful, I wonder how it will translate to online play, especially when you don't know your other two teammates. Will random players cooperate or end up racing each other to the finish line? I'd suggest finding two friends to race with.
The game's limited demo only featured six characters from two teams: Team Sonic consists of the beloved hedgehog, Knuckles, and Tails while Team Shadow is made up of Shadow, Rouge, and E-123 Omega. Developer Sumo Digital has promised 15 playable characters in the final roster. Each race features 12 participants, which make up four teams, so there's a fair bit of variety overall.
Characters are also categorized by the kind of racers they are. Sonic and Shadow are Speed-focused characters, while Tails and Rouge are Technique racers and Knuckles and E-123 Omega are Power-focused. Your racing strategy will change based on what character you choose. I played best with Sonic himself and got my only 1st place win with the blue hedgehog.
You'll be able to participate in the usual mix of modes and challenges, including Grand Prix, a story mode, time trials, and exhibition races. Of course, online play will be the real trick. If Sega and Sumo can get the online element of team-based karting right, Team Sonic Racing could ultimately offer up a more complex experience than the more straightforward Mario Kart 8.
What Sonic's new racing game lacks in flash, it more than makes up for in spirit. And it already has the most important quality of all: it's addicting. I can't wait to play it again! Team Sonic Racingwill be out later this year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Everything you need to know about Call of Cthulhu: The Video Game, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!
Call of Cthulhuis a new detective game that takes place in the grotesque world of H.P. Lovecraft, the master of cosmic horror. Strange creatures from beyond our plane of existence, gruesome murders, and an evil cult make up the meat of this yarn, which might very well be the best game based on the Lovecraftian mythos.
This journey into madness comes to us courtesy of developer Cyanide Studio, who you may know from their work on the Blood Bowl series. Though the studio has never developed a pure horror game before, you would never know it based on Call of Cthulhu's trailers, which show private investigator Edward Pierce navigating the terrifying island known as Darkwater in order to investigate a mysterious string of deaths.
Here's everything we know about the game:
Call of Cthulhu Trailer
Here's the new E3 2018 trailer!
Call of Cthulhu is bringing H.P. Lovecraft's famous mythos to consoles and Cyanide Studio's released a trailer at E3 2017. Check it out below:
Here's another preview - titled Depths of Madness - gives us a brief glimpse at protagonist Edward Blake's descent into Lovecraftian madness.
Though the dark cosmic entity known as Cthulhu has made quite a few appearances in video games over the years, few titles have attempted to really capture the Lovecraftian horror atmosphere that typically accompanies the tentacled wonder's exploits. In fact, the last game that was able to really successfully convey the horrific elements of this character's world was 2005's Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.
The upcoming Call of Cthulhu game may not share a direct lineage with Dark Corners of the Earth but, if its first trailer is any indication, this project most certainly shares that title's love for a good gothic atmosphere.
Call of Cthulhu Release Date
There is currently no set release date for Call of Cthulhu, but it is expected to release in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows.
Call of Cthulhu Story
Here's the official synopsis:
Plunge into the troubled mind of private investigator Edward Pierce, as his perception of reality becomes more and more skewed the closer he gets to the Great Dreamer’s sphere of influence. Clutch to your withering sanity to discover the conspiracies, the cultists and otherworldly terrors that inhabit the twisted universe imagined by Lovecraft… it is said that madness is the only way that can bring you to the truth.
Sent to Darkwater Island to uncover the truth behind a mysterious death of a family, your original assignment spirals out of control against a backdrop of suspicious locals, mutilated whales, and disappearing bodies. Pierce’s mind will suffer - balancing a razor-thin line between sanity and madness, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one. Creeping shadows hide lurking figures… and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.
Call of Cthulhu Screenshots
Cyberpunk 2077 is going first-person, but is it still an RPG?
Developer CD Projekt Red surprised quite a few people recently by revealing that Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person RPG and not a third-person RPG like we saw in CD Projekt Red's Witcher series.
While there are segments of Cyberpunk that play out in third-person - most notably the driving sequences - it seems that the vast majority of the game plays out from a first-person perspective. That includes the game's combat which plays much closer to a first-person shooter than fans were expecting. There are even numbers that appear above enemies to indicate damage that is being done similar to what we see in titles like Destiny and even Fortnite.
This change in player perspective has changed the perspective of several potential players who worry that CD Projekt Red is abandoning the hardcore RPG stylings of TheWitcher series for a more digestible shooter action game. Already, we see fans threatening to not purchase the game due to this recently confirmed feature.
However, all reports from the game's closed doors demo indicate that Cyberpunk is very much an RPG. While the game will clearly differ wildly from The Witcher(some say it feels a little closer to a deeper Deus Ex game) it still utilizes elements like complicated storytelling, character traits, and other RPG staples.
In fact, there are quite a few new RPG elements to consider in this game. For instance, there's a meter that keeps track of the street cred you gain from wearing certain clothing, and there's even a "cool" stat that seems to tie into your player's charisma. Also, you don't really pick a character class from the outset, but rather build your own backstory for your character and then develop them as you play the game in whatever manner you deem fit. Everyone who saw the demo emphasizes how much your choices matter and how often they come into play.
All-in-all those who witnessed the Cyberpunk demo note that you should stop expecting this to be a cyberpunk version of The Witcher. Instead, it looks like CD Projekt Red are going for something a little different with this game. Still, it sounds very much like the kind of grand RPG experience you'd expect from this studio.
Yoshi's streak of incredible solo game's looks to continue on the Nintendo Switch. Here's what we know:
Th new Yoshi game is simply being referred to as Yoshi. The game is based on a fairly fascinating gimmick involving the depth of stages. Basically, Yoshi is able to move in-between and interact with background and foreground elements that would usually be considered static in many such platforming titles. There are numerous instances of this mechanic being utilized during the trailer, but some of the most fascinating examples of this dynamic mechanic involved Yoshi attacking enemies in the foreground and flipping a stage at will to reveal brand new paths that simply looked like background objects before.
It certainly doesn't hurt that the game's vibrant art style contributes to the storybook nature of the level design and the use of this flip mechanic. The Switch may not be a technical powerhouse, but games like this showcase why a bright color palette and creative design will sometimes best pure processing power.
Indeed, Yoshi may very well be the game for Switch fans who still harbor a deep love for classic platformers. While Super Mario Odyssey promotes a more open-world take on the platformer genre, Yoshi looks like the kind of classic platforming experience that we might have dreamed of as kids if we could dream quite as big as game's clearly imaginative development team.
Here's everything we know about Yoshi for the Nintendo Switch:
Yoshi Switch Release Date
Yoshi has been delayed and will now be released exclusively for Nintendo Switch sometime in 2019. Nintendo has not given a specific reason for the delay.
Yoshi Switch Trailer
While not the most high-profile reveal of Nintendo's E3 2017 showcase, this trailer for an upcoming Nintendo Switch Yoshi game was certainly one of the most interesting previews of the show.
The Last of Us Part 2 will seemingly focus entirely on Ellie's story.
Naughty Dog has confirmed that Ellie is the only playable character in The Last of Us Part II.
IGN notes that during a closed-door presentation of The Last of Us Part II, co-lead game designer, Richard Cambier, stated that he cannot confirm if there are multiple playable characters in the game. However, creative director Neil Druckmann soon contradicted that statement by saying that “Ellie is the only playable character in the game.”
Even though that seems like a pretty clear statement, not everyone is convinced that Druckmann is being entirely truthful. Some fans remember that a similar statement was made regarding Joel in the first game. However, it turned out that you could play as Joel's daughter during the first part of the game. Of course, there was also an excellent Last of Us DLC release, Left Behind, that let us play as Ellie in a prequel story.
Still, we highly doubt that Druckmann would make this statement if it wasn't at least true that you spend the vast majority of this game as Ellie. Naughty Dog has previously said that they consider Part II to be Ellie's story, so the game will undoubtedly focus on her quite heavily.
So where is Joel? That's a great question that nobody from Naughty Dog has answered with absolute certainty up until this point. However, a character in The Last of Us Part II's most recent gameplay trailer made reference to Ellie's "old man," which we logically assume is Joel. It seems that Joel may have become the leader of the Fireflies following the events of the last game.
Oddly, The Last of Us Part IIstill does not have a verified release date. However, it is expected to arrive on the PS4 sometime in 2019.
Popular Netflix series Stranger Things is getting the Telltale video game treatment.
Developer Telltale Games (creators of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us) are working on a video game adaptation of Netflix's Stranger Things.
That story was initially reported by TechRadar who claimed to have heard from a source close to the deal that an adaptation was in the works. Since then, both Netflix and Telltale have confirmed that they are working on an adaptation of the popular streaming series.
"We're thrilled to confirm that Telltale is developing a game based on Stranger Things that we'll publish to consoles and computers at a later date," reads a statement from Telltale regarding the matter. "Our partnership with Netflix is something we're incredibly proud of, and while we don't have anything more to share right now, we're excited to reveal details on these projects later in the year."
The deal is being compared to the one that Telltale reached with HBO in order to adapt the Game of Thrones series. That is to say that Telltale's Stranger Things game will likely feature characters and stories from the TV show, but will probably tell an original story set within the Stranger Things universe. Of course, it's going to be interesting to see how Telltale pull that off considering that the Stranger Things series is a bit more focused on a select group of characters. It's possible that the game will cover the adventures of some of the other escaped "experiments" such as the ones we saw in season two of Stranger Things.
For those unfamiliar, Telltale's games are comparable to graphical adventures or, more accurately, elaborate choose your own adventure games. They often require players to make important decisions that will affect the shape of the story from that point on.
There's no word on when Telltale's Stranger Things game will be released.
Rocksteady's much-anticipated mystery project isn't ready to be shown quite yet.
Leading up to E3 2018, members of the Rocksteady Studios development team (the same team responsible for the creation of the Batman: Arkham series) were teasing the impending reveal of their next major project. However, E3 has just about come and gone with no word on what the team is currently working on.
Today, Rocksteady co-founder Sefton Hill tweeted an update regarding that very topic.
"We know that some of you were disappointed that we were not at E3 this year. The whole team has been reading your comments, and all of us here at Rocksteady really appreciate your passion for our next project," said Hill. "Knowing how much it means to you keeps us inspired and energised to deliver a game that you will be proud of. We'll share it with you as soon as it's ready."
While that update is sadly short on any details regarding the studio's next game, it at least offers some explanation regarding why Rocksteady wasn't present at E3 2018. Of course, we're not sure why members of the Rocksteady team were teasing an E3 2018 reveal if the studio wasn't ready to show anything. Was the decision to skip the show made at the last minute?
So far as what Rocksteady is working on goes, there's no shortage of theories regarding that topic. Some believe that Rocksteady's reported work on an open-world Superman game is the worst kept secret in the business. Rocksteady has long expressed their interest in making a Superman adaptation that does justice to the character much like their Arkham games did justice to Batman. They even sent a Superman cake to the Injustice 2 team to celebrate the release of the fighting game.
At this point, we'd be shocked if Rocksteady was working on anything other than a Superman game, but there are other rumors that suggest they are actually developing a Justice League game. That rumor hasn't been completely ruled out.
What we know about Strange Brigade, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!
Sniper Elite development team Rebellion has revealed the latest supernatural addition to the series. Strange Brigade will take players to the "remote corners of the British Empire" where they will the need to combat various supernatural forces with the help of firearms, explosives, and good ole' melee attacks.
Much like the Nazi Zombie Army series, Strange Brigade is a 1-4 player shooter experience that emphasizes co-op gameplay. Basically, you should be thinking of Left 4 Deadwhen imagining the kind of chaotic gameplay this title will surely offer.
Strange Brigade distinguishes itself from the co-op shooter pack with its serial adventure inspired universe that seems to take more cues from the Universal monster movies than George Romero. The brief reveal trailer for the game reveals what appears to be ancient Egyptian mythological monsters, cave-dwelling creatures, and other guardians of legend who look a tad bit more formidable than the average member of the walking dead.
Here's everything else you need to know:
Strange Brigade News
This developer playthrough of Strange Brigade from E3 2018 reveals a new level from the promising co-op shooter.
Strange Brigade Release Date
Strange Brigade will launch on August 28, 2018. The game is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Strange Brigade Trailer
It's been a little while since we've seen footage of Strange Brigade, but the game's latest trailer shows that the co-op shooter is progressing nicely and is still loaded with '30s serial adventure style.
Check out the new story trailer below:
Here is the first trailer for Strange Brigade:
And here are 14 minutes of gameplay:
FIFA 19 is on the way! Here's everything we know about the latest entry in the soccer series...
FIFA 19 is the latest edition of EA Sports' popular soccer series. This year's entry adds a few new features to the package.
For one thing, EA has picked up the rights to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. (Konami recently lost the Champions League license for its Pro Evolution Soccer series.) FIFA players will now be able to compete in Europe's premier club competitions. You'll be able to play in the Champions League through the competition's very own mode, career mode, or The Journey story mode.
Speaking of The Journey mode, this year's chapter is called Champions. It's the final part of protagonist Alex Hunter's story, as he chases after the coveted Champions League trophy and glory at the European stage.
Here's everything else we know about the game:
FIFA 19 Release Date
FIFA 19 will arrive on Sept. 28, 2018. The game is coming to XBO, PS4, Switch, and PC.
FIFA 19 Trailer
Check out the debut trailer for the next edition of the FIFAseries:
FIFA 19 Cover
This year's cover star is no other than Portuguese powerhouse Cristiano Ronaldo in his signature Real Madrid kit. Check out the cover below:
Gears of War is getting a mobile game, but it's nothing like what you'd expect...
A new Gears of Warmobile game is coming from Microsoft in collaboration with Pop Toys. It's a surprising mix of Gears' violent brand of action and Pop's chibi-like toys. It's definitely not something we expected to ever see from the franchise, but the E3 2018 announcement does a good job of showing that the concept is kinda cute.
Here's the adorable announcement trailer:
Marcus Fenix and Kait Diaz will both be featured in the game as well as the Pop versions of a few Locust soldiers. That's about all we know about Gears Popat the moment. The game will be available in 2019 and is coming for iOS and Android.
Meanwhile, Microsoft also announced two other Gears games. Gears Tactics is a strategy game that brings turn-based XCOM RTS gameplay to the Gears world. It takes place 12 years before the first game and appears to be a PC exclusive at the moment. We'll have to wait and see if this will in fact be an cross-platform title with the Xbox One.
The biggest announcement of all is Gears of War 5, which continues the story of Kait Diaz and Marcus Fenix as they face off against the Swarm. This sequel will be out in 2019, as well.
Stay tuned for more Gears and much more E3 news at Den of Geek!
E3 2018 was filled with exciting games, but we couldn't help but notice a few titles were missing...
If E3 2018 confirmed anything, it's that there are too many great games coming out in the next year or so. Normally, that would be a good thing, but come on...there's only so much time (and money) in the day. Somehow, we're going to have to get around to playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Cyberpunk 2077, Ghosts of Tsushima, Gears of War 5, and so many more titles.
Yet, it felt like there was something missing from this year's E3. Actually, it felt like there were many things missing. Maybe that's because there are several major games that we either know about (or strongly suspect exist) that weren't a part of the biggest show of the year. While there's nothing that unusual about a game taking a year off from E3, there is something strange about the number of high-profile games that were missing from this year's show. From previously revealed remakes to promising projects that will revive major series, some of the games that we are most looking forward to didn't make their expected appearance at gaming's most celebrated yearly event.
Here are some of the biggest games that were missing from E3 2018:
Final Fantasy VII Remake
This one just confounds us. For years now, Square Enix has been playing a dangerous game of expectations with the Final Fantasy VII remake. At first, it was just a tech demo designed to showcase the power of the PlayStation 3. Many people at Square said they would love to remake the game, but nothing came of all the talk until 2015 when Square Enix said it was actually remaking the game. Since then, though, we've heard few updates about the title. Its absence at E3 2018 doesn't bode well for this remake.
Square Enix's Marvel Avengers
Square Enix's disappointing E3 2018 showcase could have been saved by the reveal of its long-awaited Avengers game. Instead, the company didn't even bother to reference the title or throw together a teaser trailer. Considering that Avengers: Infinity War just crossed the $2 billion gross mark, we're stunned that Square Enix didn't choose this year to reveal this much-anticipated title. To be perfectly honest, that can't mean anything good for this project. It's possible that the studio is just waiting until the release of the next Avengers film, but we have our doubts.
Here's another bizarre omission. Yoshi was revealed at E3 2017 and appeared to be well on its way to a 2018 release. Naturally, many suspected that Nintendo would showcase the game in some capacity at E3 2018. Instead, we heard nothing about Yoshi. Not even a release date. That would suggest that the game is no longer coming out in 2018, even though it's still possible that Nintendo will find a way to sneak the title into this year's release schedule. We're not sure what the hold up here is, but we hope it's nothing long term.
Retro Studios' New Game
We can tell you for sure that Retro Studios (Metroid Prime, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze) is working on something. The studio has essentially confirmed as much. However, we're not quite sure what that something is. Rumors that were circulating prior to E3 suggested that the studio was working on a new racing game based on the Star Fox series, but those rumors haven't been confirmed. Whatever Retro is working on, it's safe to assume that it won't come out until at least next year (or 2020) given its absence at E3 2018.
Metroid Prime 4
Given just how much of Nintendo's E3 Direct was devoted to Super Smash Bros., we can't help but wonder where some of the Big N's other major titles were. The biggest question mark as it relates to upcoming Nintendo games is certainly Metroid Prime 4. While we weren't expecting Metroid Prime 4to be released this year, many were expecting to see something from this game given that it is one of the Switch's most-anticipated exclusives. Ultimately, we didn't even get another teaser trailer. Hopefully, this game makes next year's show.
The Nintendo block of our list continues with the case of the mysterious Pikmin 4. We know that Pikmin 4 is in development. We know because Shigeru Miyamoto himself told the world about the game -- even though he suggested that the PR team didn't want him to say a word about the game. Maybe the reason they didn't want him talking about it is that Pikmin 4 isn't close to completion. That would certainly explain why it wasn't at E3 2018 and Nintendo ended up having to rely so heavily on Super Smash Bros.
The "Core" Pokemon Game for Switch
Considering that the recently revealed Pokemon Let's Go titles didn't exactly go over well with long-time Pokemon fans, we were a little surprised that Nintendo didn't choose to show its core Switch Pokemon game. However, it appears that the company isn't quite ready to share more information about that game at this time. With any luck, we'll hear much more about this at next year's show.
Shenmue III made its debut at that epic 2015 E3 conference that also gave us the reveal of Final Fantasy VII's remake. The game's road to release since then has been anything but smooth, though. After a Kickstarter campaign that drew some controversy, there came some early footage from the sequel that wasn't exactly inspiring. Following that, the game's developers revealed that the title had been delayed yet again to 2019. While we don't want to be cynical about its prospects, a good showing of this game at E3 2018 would have eased existing concerns.
Days Gone (Kind Of)
The "kind of" disclaimer used here is meant to clarify that Sony did show off a new trailer - and a release date - for Days Gone leading up to the start of E3 2018. However, some wondered why the game wasn't featured during Sony's conference. After all, Sony said that it was going to focus on its upcoming major projects. The popular theory is that Days Gone's delay, combined with the number of showings its had at E3s thus far, could have led to a meme-type situation if Sony showed it on the big stage yet again.
Granted, Valve usually doesn't showcase its games at E3, but given that Artifact is one of its first...err... game-type games in quite some time, we were hoping that the company would show a bit of it off during the PC gaming conference. While this CCG game might not be up everyone's alley -- or even the Valve game that everyone wants to see -- it's still a promising project that would have been welcome at the biggest gaming show of the year.
Age of Empires 4
Age of Empires 4 made a shocking appearance at last year's E3, so it wasn't completely out of the question that it might appear at this year's show as well. Instead, we didn't hear a peep about this sequel. While there's no reason to believe that its E3 absence means anything so far as the progress of the project goes -- Microsoft never confirmed what its release date would be -- an appearance from this RTS title would have been nice.
It's hard not to be excited about Witchfire. A moody first-person shooter with Painkiller-like rapid gameplay from the people who made the stellar The Vanishing of Ethan Carter? Where do we sign-up? We're still waiting to hear the answer to that question as the Witchfire team hasn't really said much about the game since the release of its teaser trailer. Given that this title debuted in December of last year, E3 2018 would have been the perfect time for a follow-up. Instead, we're left to wonder what is going on with this game.
Rocksteady's Next (Superman?) Game
Rocksteady - the studio behind the revolutionary Batman Arkham series - is working on something. Nobody seems to know quite what that something is, but most people believe that it's the Superman game the studio has always wanted to make. Even though the developer was teasing the reveal of something leading up to E3 2018, the major conferences of the event have come and gone without any word regarding what the studio is working on. There's some room for hope that we'll hear about this game soon, but its absence was certainly felt.
In retrospect, most of the games revealed by the infamous Walmart Canada leaks turned out to be true. Bethesda even joked about that leak during its conference. However, there is one major game from that list that wasn't at E3 2018 even though rumors suggested it would be at the show. While Ubisoft hasn't technically confirmed that it's working on a new Splinter Cellgame, statements from executives at Ubisoft certainly suggest that they've got a Splinter Cell sequel on their minds. Was this one game from those leaks that just wasn't true, or is Ubisoft just not ready to show it?
A New BioShock Game From 2K
Granted, this one is still floating around the rumor mill, but given the reliability of the sources who reported it, we were half-expecting to see BioShock at E3 2018. For those who don't know, comments from members of the studio that made Mafia III suggested that some of their friends at 2K were working on a top-secret project believed to be related to the BioShock series. 2K has not confirmed -- or strongly denied -- those rumors. If this game does exist, it will likely be shown at next year's E3 or possibly the year after.
Here's another game that was included on that list of leaked games from Walmart Canada. Even though Gearbox denied its intentions to show off Borderlands 3 at E3 2018, the leak was not confirmed beyond the point of a reasonable doubt. Considering that Gearbox bothered to show off a tech demo of Borderlands 3 running off the Unreal 4 engine, some suspected the sequel would get a full reveal at this year's big show. We suppose that there's always next year.
E3 is usually a celebration of gaming's future, but E3 2018 was about the future nobody is talking about.
Start saving your money because E3 2018 told the world that the next console generation will start in 2020. No, nobody took the stage and declared 2020 to be the start of the next gaming generation. Doing so would have caused panic. Or, at least, panic relevant to the video game corners of the internet.
Microsoft and Sony still want to sell as many PlayStation 4s, Xbox Ones, and all the games that go with them as they possibly can before telling people that it’s time to upgrade. Any deviation from that plan by a company employee would result in a visit to the corporate gaming gulag (which we are told is eerily similar to an actual gulag).
Nobody had to come out and say that the next generation of gaming will begin in earnest in two years, though. Microsoft and Sony spent so much time at E3 2018 dancing around the elephant in the room that one might think they were participating in some kind of ritual designed to appease it.
To Microsoft's credit -- which is a phrase we haven’t been able to use often enough lately --the did announce that it's working on a next-generation Xbox. Granted, nobody really expected Microsoft to come out and say that Mr. Gates has decreed that that three shalt be the number of Xbox generations thou shalt count (although we did float the merits of that approach), but it was nice that someone at least acknowledged the impending arrival of the next generation of gaming consoles.
Otherwise, the next generation would have been the specter that silently lingered over this year’s show and blocked some of the light from shining on what is typically the biggest video game event of the year. That’s not to say E3 2018 was bad or even a disappointment. However, the overall show sometimes felt like the second to last day of school. At this point, everyone’s attendance is beginning to feel a bit inconsequential.
Nowhere was the impending arrival of the next generation more obvious than at the Sony conference. While Sony’s conference was kind of awkward in general -- needlessly shuffling a hundred game journalists from room to room felt like the kind of power play you read about in a discount “How to get ahead in business” book -- Sony’s decision to almost entirely focus on games that we already know exist or games that will be coming out no later than 2019 was an odd move for a company that once revealed Shenmue 3 and the Final Fantasy VII remake in the same, tragic year.
On the opposite end of that approach was Bethesda, which couldn't help but announce the first two confirmed next-gen titles - Starfieldand The Elder Scrolls VI - in what we assume was a move executed to both generate buzz for the company at the biggest media event of the year and to ensure that Walmart Canada won't screw them out of another big reveal ever again.
Nintendo, meanwhile, decided to devote an astonishing amount of its E3 Direct presentation to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While company representatives have said that Nintendo just wanted to focus on titles set to be released soon, it’s not hard to imagine that someone at the house that Mario built thought it best to hold off on showcasing some of the company’s biggest upcoming games so that they can be used to help derail the hype train that will carry the announcements of the next PlayStation and Xbox to next year’s show.
Of course, it’s more than a feeling that’s got us talking about 2020 as the possible arrival date of the next generation of gaming. Even if you put aside Microsoft’s confirmation that it's working on a next-gen console, you still have Ubisoft’s CEO talking about how the next generation of gaming might be the last, you have Sony admitting that the PlayStation 4 is entering the final phase of its life cycle, as well as insiders from development studios identifying 2020 as the year that at least one major next-gen console will debut. Nevermind the fact that the Nintendo Switch is, for all intents and purposes, a next-gen console that is tearing up the sales charts.
Still, it was E3 2018 that served as the strongest proof yet that we are living in the final days of this console generation. In a way, the feeling is haunting and a bit disconcerting. The spectacle of games like Ghosts of Tsushima, Cyberpunk 2077, and Gears of War 5 reminds us that it is in a console’s final days that we typically see that system’s most impressive games. Developers have figured out what makes the current breed of console hardware tick and they’re more than capable of maximizing the potential of these devices to create the games that they have dreamed of making for years.
The end of a console generation is a magical time when the possibilities are endless and gaming’s greatest maestros offer up their swan songs. Ultimately, that’s why we’re so sure that gaming’s next generation will begin in 2020. You just don’t get games this good unless they come in at the very end.
Capcom's Resident Evil 2 Remake is a love letter to the survival horror classic. Here are our hands-on impressions!
In 1998, Resident Evil 2 had the unenviable position of following up one of the most important survival horror games ever made and delivered an experience every bit as scary and cinematic as the original. It introduced beloved franchise mainstays Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, the duplicitous rogue Ada Wong, and a gruesome city play area beyond what fans of the zombie genre could have imagined at the turn of the century. With Resident Evil 2, the series reached its true potential.
Now again must Leon and Claire explore the depths of a zombified Raccoon City as the T-virus spreads from a secret Umbrella laboratory to a police station under siege. But Resident Evil 2 Remake is much more than a simple remaster of the game. It's more of a reimagining with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a current gen title. I stumbled through the zombie-infested Raccoon City Police Department during my E3 2018 demo and discovered a horror title that might very well be 2019's best.
Despite how some fans might feel about Resident Evil 2 Remake remaining faithful to the original, Capcom has made a few big updates that help the game not ultimately feel like such a dinosaur, something the Resident Evil Remastered and Resident Evil Zero Remastered editions can't quite avoid. The studio has done away with the fixed camera, for example. Now the game plays with the over-the-shoulder camera first popularized by another Leon S. Kennedy adventure, Resident Evil 4.
You might be worried that this change compromises some of the scares in the game. After all, the early Resident Evil games thrived when it forced the player into a long hallway, directing the camera so he/she couldn't see what was waiting ahead ready to claw at the player from a corner or crash through a window. But I have to say it's almost more unnerving to see a zombie banging on a window ahead of you, drooling for your flesh as you head towards it. Where the blind spot encouraged you to approach, the knowledge of the terror ahead makes you want to turn around and run.
I don't have to tell you how much better shooting is from the shoulder. It's a necessary improvement made for a more modern audience and cracking the necessary headshot feels great. The zombies don't go down easy, of course. It'll take three shots to the head to kill them, but that doesn't guarantee that they won't rise from the dead once again. In fact, when you re-enter an area where you fought a stalking corpse, there's a good chance it'll get up for one last scare (or a few more).
Unsurprisingly, the visuals are much improved. I dare say that Resident Evil 2 Remake might actually feature the scariest zombies I've ever seen, from bloodied police officers to hungry pedestrians pushing their way into the building. The dynamic facial expressions add so much to these night stalkers, as they growl or shout with rage.
The game is also gory as hell, which isn't exactly awe-inspiring when it comes to Resident Evil but is worth mentioning due to the execution. My brief time inside the police station was a showcase of gruesome violence. Blasting a zombie in the face with a shotgun will leave nothing but a stub for a head -- it looks like a few meaty bits hanging onto what's left of the monster's spinal cord. At one point, a zombie fell from the ceiling and its rotting head split in half, opening up like two flaps to reveal red, oozing muck. Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero fans will be absolutely delighted.
By far, the remake's most impressive technical update is the sound design, which becomes the most vital complement to the gameplay at times, as you slowly make your way through the empty corridors, hearing every footstep, scream, bang on a door, and shattering of glass -- which indicates that more zombies have gotten in and are coming for you. There's a speeding of the heart when you hear these sounds and sometimes even Leon will comment on the noises, which really is quite fun. The game also knows how to masterfully manipulate noises to scare the player, even if there's nothing waiting to jump out at you. It becomes a mind game of sound that is reminiscent of other horror classics like Silent Hill 2and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
I played Resident Evil 2 Remake for about an hour and there's honestly not much I can criticize about it. If anything stood out, it was perhaps the repetitiveness of some of the scares. I could predict when certain zombies were going to show up behind me or when one was going to come through a window. But I think that has more to do with the length of the demo as well as the tried and true trademarks of the franchise. The technical updates are more than enough to make Resident Evil 2 Remake feel like a fresh experience.
Resident Evil 2 Remake is out on Jan. 25, 2019.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider's new 4K trailer showcases impressive visuals.
Archaeologist, explorer, and all-around badass Lara Croft returns for a new adventure in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the upcoming sequel from Eidos Montreal. Despite the fact that Crystal Dynamics isn't behind the wheel of this title, Deus Ex veteran Eidos Montreal looks to be delivering a quality installment in the classic action-adventure series.
Nvidia has released an all-new, 4K trailer that showcases the stunning visuals players can expect with the right rig. The demo is running on a PC with Nvidia's powerful GeForce GPU. We follow Lara as she scales ancient Mayan ruins and into a dangerous cave system. Check out the gameplay below:
Shadow of the Tomb Raider features a more seasoned Lara, who is adventuring in Latin America in search of an ancient Mayan relic. Her search quickly becomes a race against time when Trinity shows up to find the artifact, which they believe will help them take over the world. Lara will have to once again face the dangerous underground world of ancient tombs, booby traps, and supernatural forces. But when Lara sparks the end of the world foretold by the Mayans during her quest, has the explorer finally met her match?
Luckily, Lara is bringing a few new tools with her, as she treks through the South American jungles. Most impressive is her ability to use camouflage to hunt down her enemies. She can cover herself in mud to blend in with her environment and strike fear into her enemies. In fact, the use of fear is a big part of her technique this time around.
“The emotion of fear is a driving force in combat,” level designer Arne Oehme told VG 24/7. “When Lara strikes fear into her enemies, she’s like a predator. They feel like the jungle itself is attacking them. She’s reached the pinnacle of her craft.”
Lara can hang subdued enemies from trees to scare her other targets -- not unlike the predator system in the Batman: Arkham games. Or she can use "fear arrows" covered in a powerful hallucinogen to literally inject fear into her enemies. With so many new tricks, this is a Lara Croft you absolutely don't want to mess with.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is out on Sept. 14, 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.