Notable game releases this week include:
- Jurassic World Evolution (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
- Super Bomberman R (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
- LEGO The Incredibles (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)
In a surprise move, Moss is no longer a PSVR exclusive with it launching last week on Steam for both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. [link]
Hi-Rez Studios’ fantasy hero shooter Paladins is coming to Nintendo Switch on 12th June. The Switch version will run at 60 frames per second and support cross-play multiplayer with the Xbox One version. [link]
Release Date Announcements
- The Walking Dead: The Final Season (14th Aug: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]
- Code Vein (28th Sep: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]
- Days Gone (22nd Feb: PS4) [link]
Sometime after the closed beta ended last week, The Crew 2 beta official site was updated with a message confirming that an open beta is “Coming soon”, with a promise of more details at E3. Meanwhile, support for The Crew is ending with no further updates planned: the servers, however, will remain operational for the foreseeable future. [link]
Total War: Three Kingdoms has been delayed until Spring 2019 with Creative Assembly saying “we’re giving it the time it needs to reach the highest levels of quality”. [link]
Avalanche has revealed Generation Zero, a new open-world FPS set in Sweden. It’s a four-player co-op game where you battle against robots in an alternate 1980s. Count me in! Generation Zero arrives on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 at some point in 2019. [link]
Hitman 2 is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on 13th November. It will continue Agent 47’s story from the recent episodic series and include six new locations from “Sun-drenched streets to dark and dangerous rainforests.” There is an interesting “Sniper Assassin” mode with a single level being made available now to people that pre-order. [link]
Insomniac Games have announced a new Oculus Touch game named Stormland. The open world VR game puts players in the body of an android left broken by a ominous force known as The Tempest. It’ll be available in 2019. [link]
Microsoft’s upcoming open-world shooter Crackdown 3 has been delayed again this time until February 2019. Seems like they need to put the crackdown (sorry) on their time management system… [link]
Almost seven years after the last numbered title, Dead or Alive 6 is planned for an early 2019 release on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Running on a new engine it introduces more refined and realistic visual details including dynamic facial expressions. [link]
Twin Mirror is a new story-driven adventure game coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4. It’s being developed by Dontnod Entertainment, the studio behind Life is Strange and Vampyr, so it’s no wonder the game will revolve around player choice as part of a branching narrative. More details will be unveiled during Sony’s E3 presentation. [link]
Square Enix has delayed Kingdom Hearts 3 to a firm date of 29th January 2019. More is expected to be showcased at E3. [link]
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a standalone narrative experience set in the Life is Strange universe that will launch on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on the 26th June.. and it’s completely free! There are apparently some choices in the game that will carry over and have consequences in Life is Strange 2. [link]
Capybara’s Below is launching this year, five years after its initial reveal at E3 2013, with a store page on Steam showing a 2018 release date. [link]
The Life Is Strange series is coming to Android in July and is available for pre-order now. Interestingly, it gains controller support which is something the iOS version lacks. [link]
Atlus has announced that Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight will get a western release on PS4 and Vita next year. [link]
Beat Saber, the popular lightsaber like rhythm game, is coming to PSVR “in the near future”. [link]
Nier: Automata is coming to Xbox One on 26th June and will contain some exclusive content. [link]
DLC and Updates
Rocket League is getting some Jurassic World DLC on 18th June in the form of the classic Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler with a T-Rex goal explosion. There is also a hat topper, flags, and banners. Hold onto your butts! [link]
Square Enix have launched the promised official mod tools for Final Fantasy XV on Steam, Origin, and Windows Store. [link]
E3 2018: Electronic Arts
EA had a fun time between showing off new games that definitely weren’t going to make the same loot box mistake as Star Wars Battlefront 2 and showing off sports games that most people don’t care about. They also unveiled and then released a new game!
- Anthem got a new trailer and a release date of 22nd February 2019. There will be no romances or loot boxes.
- Battlefield 5 had a Battle Royale mode confirmed.
- Command & Conquer Rivals is a Free-To-Play mobile title. What a sad end for a great series.
- Origin Access is getting a new premiere streaming tier.
- Madden NFL 2019 is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 and will be the first title in the series since 2008.
- Star Wars Battlefront 2 is getting some Clone Wars DLC.
- The Star Wars game that Respawn have been working on was unveiled as Jedi Fallen Order and is set between Episodes III and IV (the same time frame as Force Unleashed).
- Unravel 2 is getting a co-op sequel. Oh, it’s available now!
E3 2018: Microsoft
Microsoft made up for past E3 stumbles with a huge collection of games, most of which were cross platform. They also seemed to forget a Sunset Overdrive PC version… please say they just forgot and it is happening! Regardless, the combination of Forza Horizon 4, Fallout 76, and Just Cause 4 means I’m going to have a busy paternity leave at the end of the year.
- Battletoads is back and coming in 2019 with an amusing, if short, teaser trailer that reminded me of VIDEOBALL.
- Cuphead is getting some DLC next year with the chalice from the ghost sections becoming a playable character along with a new isle and boss fights.
- Crackdown 3 got delayed but also got a shouty Terry Crews in a new trailer.
- Cyberpunk 2077 was showcased in a trailer full of easter eggs. I can’t wait to play this - it looks amazing.
- Devil May Cry 5 is coming next Spring directed by Hideaki Itsuno.
- The Division 2 was announced for 2019.
- Dying Light 2 was unveiled with none other than Chris Avellone at the helm and a fancy “cause and effect” system.
- Forza Horizon 4 is coming on 2nd October complete with a new seasons mechanic. Oh, and it is based in the UK of all places! I hope there will be some Isle of Man DLC…
- There were 3 games in the Gears of War series announced including Gears of War V (traditional series entry in 2019), Gears Tactics (PC turn based strategy), and Gears Pop (a horrible mobile twist with Funko Pop that nobody asked for).
- Master Chief is being roped back into another game in Halo Infinite. Very light on detail but enough to get people excited (allegedly).
- Just Cause 4 - it was leaked prior to the show but my goodness it looks amazing. Explosions, freak weather, and the same voice actor. It arrives in December.
- Sea of Thieves received trailers for its next two expansions but not a whole lot of detail. Microsoft seem committed to it though.
- Sekio: Shadows Die Twice, a new game from the Dark Souls developer was revealed with a 2019 release date.
- Xbox Game Pass got a number of decent games added to the roster (Fallout 4, The Division) along with Elder Scrolls Online but more interestingly they’re adding a “Fast Start” feature that will allow Game Pass games to be downloaded and started twice as fast with some nebulous “machine learning”.
E3 2018: Bethesda
Bethesda had the best joke so far, the best teaser so far, and then ruined it all with a mobile title.
- Doom Eternal, a follow up to the 2016 DOOM reboot which they couldn’t possibly name Doom 2. Looks like more of the same and that’s a damn good thing. Well, the single-player anyway.
- The Elder Scrolls Blades, a free piece of mobile madness that is also said to be coming to consoles and VR at some point. Count me out.
- The Elder Scrolls Legends is coming to Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 later this year with improved graphics.
- Fallout 76 got a slightly longer trailer and a lot more detail. In fact, 16x more detail than Fallout 4 and a map that is 4x the size. This is not the DLC-like experience I was expecting. It launches on 14th November and will be free if you have Xbox Game Pass. A collectors edition has a wearable helmet.
- Fallout Shelter is now available on PS4 and Switch.
- Prey is getting some moon based DLC.
- More details were unveiled for Rage 2 after that unfortunate Walmart leak and subsequent trailer. It’ll be arriving in Spring 2019.
- Their first new IP in almost 25 years, Starfield was teased in a tiny little trailer. More detail to come but obviously people are interested.
- Wolfenstein Youngbloods was announced and will see you play as BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters in the 1980s. It is also coming in 2019.
Oh, and they announced The Elder Scrolls 6.
E3 2018: Devolver Digital
Devolver Digital are always an odd bunch and this year was no exception with a Robocop skit and a looboxcoin. Nonetheless there were some announcements including:
- Metal Wolf Chaos, a remake of the 2004 classic that was described as a “motherfucking legendary piece of cold-rolled amazing [that] was forged in the most sacred elements of videogame development: mechs, explosions and overly-dramatic voice acting”.
- My Friend Pedro: Blood Bullets Bananas, a sequel to an online 2D bullet time platformer that you can still play for free.
- SCUM, the prison riot based survival game got an Early Access trailer and will launch in August.
It looks like Xbox One is getting voice control support from third-party devices, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. [link]
Valve is apparently refreshing the Steam UI for chat and groups, and the updated style is very reminiscent of Discord. [link]
A wireless driving wheel controller titled “Project S” is being made for the Xbox One, according to sources speaking to IGN. The wheel controller will connect using Xbox’s wireless chip and the controller’s dock will become a charging dock when put in place. [link]
Intel announced a 28-core single socket CPU clocked at 5GHz that you could feasibly use in a home build (if you have the money). Obviously running at that speed you’ll need some [pretty epic cooling]… [link]
WWDC game and went with Apple deprecating support for OpenGL and OpenCL with the release of macOS 10.14 Mojave. Bearing in mind Carbon was deprecated but ran just fine for 8 years you’ll probably be safe gaming on the Mac for a while but it isn’t a great look for those wishing to avoid the freemium shit show that makes up the bulk of games Apple promotes using Metal. [link]
The Nintendo Switch eShop has received a bit of a facelift to help improve discoverability. [link]
Nvidia has some new drivers (398.11) that add support for Vampyr and Jurassic World Evolution. It also adds support for those tasty new HDR-capable G-Sync displays. [link]
Of course, to support those 4K HDR displays you may also need a firmware update so Nvidia released a tool that will detect if that’s the case. [link]
Apple gave out a number of awards to games at WWDC last week. These included Alto’s Odyssey, Florence, Oddmar, FROST, and Inside. All worthy winners but they all come from teams who have won awards from Apple previously (with the exception of Alto’s Adventure which you would have thought would have won an award). Hardly encouraging for new talent… [link]
Paradox Interactive has acquired Seattle-based developer Harebrained Schemes, the studio behind BattleTech, Shadowrun, and Crimson: Steam Pirates, for $7.5 million. [link]
Valve is addressing recent controversy over what types of games - and what kind of content - can be sold on Steam with a new policy that will let virtually anything appear on the storefront, as long as it’s not “Illegal or straight up trolling”. This has garnered a significant debate. For what it is worth, I’d rather see Valve making games and promoting great ones than trying to be a lawmaker over what is and isn’t allowed. Apple would do well to take a similar tact. [link]
Subnautica, the open world underwater survival and exploration game, teamed up with Valve last weekend to donate 15% of their profits to The Whale and Dolphin Conservation. [link]
Scratch is an online coding community where kids can create and share their own games and animations; students have started creating Fortnite clones in it after the game was banned on their school network. Amazing. [link]
Skyrim: Very Special Edition is an amazing video that was genuinely funny. Bethesda has kept the joke going as it is actually a real thing you can play on your Alexa right now. EAT ALL THE CHEESE WHEELS. [link]
UK game retailer Game is launching a new video game magazine. Ironic that a dying store should launch some dying media. [link]
Dungeon Defenders II is set to become the “First major game” to offer blockchain rewards. [link]
A Pokémon Vending Machine called “Pokémon Stand” is to be installed in 4 locations in Japan… [link]
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