Okay so for the most part the EA Play conference was, well, mostly terrible. Not in the games they had to talk about but in the ways in which they chose to do so. Talking about a game before a trailer? Yeah, the opposite of how it works for something we already know about. That being said, we're still super excited for Anthem. BioWare's shared world shooter that looks incredible.
Comprised of "in-game footage" and no doubt a few cinematic flourishes at EA Play early this morning we got a good look at Battlefield V's multiplayer in a trailer. From a visual standpoint it's definitely impressive stuff. From the new destruction model that means tanks can level houses and buildings through to new climbing and diving through window abilities.
With the recent announcement by Valve that Steam would be an open platform with little to no moderation outside of removal of things that were illegal or trolling, turns out that yes controversial games will also be removed. With Valve removing seven titles from the platform in the past day or so.
The long running fighting game series from Team Ninja has just received a surprise new entry announcement, with the reveal of Dead or Alive 6. Sporting a brand-new engine and full support for modern consoles, it's time to get excited again for Ryu Hayabusa, Zack, and ground-breaking jiggle-physics pioneer Kasumi.
Developed by Dontnod and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment comes a new cinematic psychological thriller that takes place in a small town where protagonist Sam wake up with a bloody shirt and no memory of what happened. Announced as part of Sony's pre-E3 reveals, it marks the first narrative choice-driven game for Bandai Namco.
In that by changing all menu navigation, including frame customisation and foundry stuff, to rely almost entirely on a Virtual Mouse - well, seasoned players found themselves wrestling with a much slower system. And getting frustrated. One such, player, Our very own Adrian Haas - who has put together a piece on the changes, and well, why they don't work. Yet.
We mentioned almost this time last year that IO Interactive had managed to retain the rights to the Hitman franchise, after severing ties with publisher Square Enix. Today, the studio has revealed Hitman 2 which will be being published by Warner Bros. Interactive, just ahead of this year's E3, taking place next week.
After rumours began to surface and credible sources revealed a potential Crackdown 3 delay, Microsoft today has confirmed that yes, Crackdown 3, is being pushed back to 2019. In a statement made to Windows Central, the delay is "to ensure we deliver the experience they [fans] deserve". Also confirming that it will be at E3 next week.
Alongside a new trailer and a new tagline - "This World Comes For You." Days Gone, the biker zombie apocalypse jam from Sony's Bend Studio, has made an appearance at the last couple of E3's on Sony's stage so perhaps it's being set aside for other titles with a post-apocalyptic vibe this year. Like The Last of Us 2.
Launching June 12, Hi-Rez Studios hero shooter Paladins is making its way to Nintendo Switch. The popular free-to-play title recently hit the 25 million player milestone across PC, Mac, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. For the Switch release Paladins will first be made available with the Founder's Pack before the free-to-play version hits in the coming months.
Growing up in the baggy pants obsessed early '90s, not only did we have a firm grasp on what Hammer Time was but we were able to properly schedule meals and playtime around it. We also knew that in order to play some of the most impressive games of the era, you had to venture down to a local arcade. Where, in a ritualistic fashion, you'd put your coin on the occupied Street Fighter II cabinet to signal that you were next.
Shape of the World was successfully crowdfunded back in 2015 by Stu Maxwell, a senior VFX artist who worked on Gears of War 4. A fact that doesn't provide any hint as to what one might expect. If you were to say, "Hey, maybe it's a digital exploration along the lines of Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Vol II in game form", then you'd be be pretty close to describing Shape of the World.
Ubisoft's business model and post-release content plans for games, of late, has been a revelation for the publisher-developer. The Division, For Honor, Assassin's Creed Origins, Far Cry 5 and Rainbow Six Siege have all been well nurtured after being let loose out in the gaming world, and now the same kind of love is coming to their open-world racing title, The Crew 2.
At this point the only real way that we can see Microsoft salvaging any anticipation left out there for the long-delayed Crackdown 3 would be to showcase an impressive Xbox One X enhanced version at E3 and announce a release date of either "right now" or "next week". But, according to a new report over at Kotaku - Crackdown 3 has been delayed to 2019.
Last week Valve removed a controversial and shoddily produced shooter from its store, one that simulated school shootings to the extent where you could pick up a gun and mow down children. As to whether a game like that should be illegal, well, that's a separate question. The real question is, if you owned a video game store - would you sell it? The answer for Valve has now switch to Yes, Of Course*.
And sure, the idea of a new Tetris doesn't exactly fit the mold of what one expects from the E3 Hype Train, but somehow Sony has managed to create a truly spectacular trailer for Tetris Effect - coming to PS4 with PSVR support in Spring 2018. Which boils down to the involvement of Rez and Lumines creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi.
As it introduces a new line of tanks and a new reality. As in some sort of war-zone where mercenary groups create new machines of war from scavenged parts from various nations, as civilian and soldier groups fight for themselves. To accommodate this new cinematic direction, a new Mercenaries Nation is coming with its own tech tree and five available tanks at launch.
With Episode One on track to release August 14, 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Dubbed The Final Season, it will conclude the story of Clementine - now a fierce warrior. In the teaser trailer which has just debuted, we get to a see a clearly battle-hardened Clementine but also a look at the most visually impressive Telltale adventure to date.
And for the first time in a historical Total War release, the main inspiration is a work of fiction. Where here it's Luo Guanzhong's 14th century historical epic 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms', which has been used in mainland China epics and cinema for quite sometime. Total War: Three Kingdoms takes this romanticised version of 2nd and 3rd century China to deliver a breathtaking new entry in the series.