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  1. After coming to light last year via the teasiest of teasers, the new Battletoads game received its debut trailer during the 2019 Xbox E3 media briefing. Rash, Pimple, and Zit will bring their nostalgic flavor of beat em’ up fun exclusively to Microsoft’s console. Battletoads hasn’t had a proper sequel since Battletoads Arcade in 1994. That hasn’t stopped a dedicated sect of fans from keeping the dream alive (which includes pranking retail stores by requesting info on “the new Battletoads”). The possibility for a new game reignited in earnest 2013 when head of Xbox Phil Spencer expressed his affinity for the series and desire to see it return. In recent years, the Battletoads have made something of gradual comeback thanks to re-releases in Rare Replay as well as cameo appearances in Shovel Knight and Killer Instinct. 3-player couch co-op stands as perhaps the most exciting and important feature of the new Battletoads. Players punch, kick, and lick their way to victory against a myriad of foes and bosses. Battletoads sports a vibrant hand-drawn look that resembles a Saturday morning cartoon. Absurd, over-the-top animations accentuate the style–get ready for oversized fist and exaggerated, Looney Toons-esque mallet strikes. The most humorous/terrifying part of the trailer is the confirmation of a high-speed hoverbike segment. This tip of the hat to a similar and notoriously difficult segment in Battletoads for NES should hopefully result in far less headaches. Battletoads doesn’t have a release window though 2019 seems to be the assumed window. It will launch on Xbox One and arrive on Xbox Game Pass on day one. While there’s no confirmation of a PC release, one would have to assume given the arrival of Game Pass to the platform. How do you think Battletoads’ return is shaping up? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games
  2. After coming to light last year via the teasiest of teasers, the new Battletoads game received its debut trailer during the 2019 Xbox E3 media briefing. Rash, Pimple, and Zit will bring their nostalgic flavor of beat em’ up fun exclusively to Microsoft’s console. Battletoads hasn’t had a proper sequel since Battletoads Arcade in 1994. That hasn’t stopped a dedicated sect of fans from keeping the dream alive (which includes pranking retail stores by requesting info on “the new Battletoads”). The possibility for a new game reignited in earnest 2013 when head of Xbox Phil Spencer expressed his affinity for the series and desire to see it return. In recent years, the Battletoads have made something of gradual comeback thanks to re-releases in Rare Replay as well as cameo appearances in Shovel Knight and Killer Instinct. 3-player couch co-op stands as perhaps the most exciting and important feature of the new Battletoads. Players punch, kick, and lick their way to victory against a myriad of foes and bosses. Battletoads sports a vibrant hand-drawn look that resembles a Saturday morning cartoon. Absurd, over-the-top animations accentuate the style–get ready for oversized fist and exaggerated, Looney Toons-esque mallet strikes. The most humorous/terrifying part of the trailer is the confirmation of a high-speed hoverbike segment. This tip of the hat to a similar and notoriously difficult segment in Battletoads for NES should hopefully result in far less headaches. Battletoads doesn’t have a release window though 2019 seems to be the assumed window. It will launch on Xbox One and arrive on Xbox Game Pass on day one. While there’s no confirmation of a PC release, one would have to assume given the arrival of Game Pass to the platform. How do you think Battletoads’ return is shaping up? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games View full article
  3. The makers of Psychonauts, Broken Age, and Brutal Legend have officially joined the Xbox family. Microsoft announced during its E3 presser that it has purchased Double Fine Productions as its latest first-party studio. Double Fine is, of course, currently hard at work developing the long-awaited Psychonauts 2. Studio head Tim Schafer posted a humorous video that clears the air about the sale. First and foremost, the crowdfunded Psychonauts 2 will still launch on its advertised platforms despite the sale. RAD, the studio’s other project in-development, will still be published under Bandai Namco, as well. Schafer promises that Double Fine’s company culture won’t change (such as its Amnesia Fortnight company game jam) and says he’s ultimately happy that they’ll no longer need to shop ideas around to publishers. The primary reason Psychonauts 2 took so long to get off the ground was because Double Fine spent years periodically pitching it to publishers with no success. Starbreeze Studios eventually signed on to help publish the game, a partnership that appeared in flux when the company fell into its current financial crisis. Not long after this news broke, Starbreeze revealed that it sold the publishing rights to Microsoft for $13.2 million. In just the last year, Microsoft has greatly expanded the roster of studios under the umbrella of Xbox Games Studios. At E3 2018, the company announced the purchase of Playground Games (Forza), Undead Labs (State of Decay), Ninja Theory (Hellblade, DmC Devil May Cry), Obsidian Entertainment (The Outer Worlds, Pillars of Eternity), and Compulsion Games (We Happy Few). It also formed The Initiative, a new studio led by ex-Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher. The mission behind these acquisitions is to help rebuild Microsoft's notoriously scant library of first-party exclusive games. As far as Psychonauts 2 goes, Double Fine unveiled the sequel’s first gameplay trailer. For the uninitiated, the plot centers on Raz, now a full-fledged Psychonaut, who must unravel a dark secret within the organization of psychic crime-fighters. Traveling through the mental worlds look to be just as much of a wacky trip as it was in the first game. One segment, for example, sees Raz traversing a bizarre world made out of floating teeth and gums. We also get a look at returning mechanics like rolling atop the psychic bubble. Psychonauts 2 will arrive to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux sometime in 2020. How do you feel about Double Fine becoming a first-party studio? Are you excited for Psychonauts 2? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  4. The makers of Psychonauts, Broken Age, and Brutal Legend have officially joined the Xbox family. Microsoft announced during its E3 presser that it has purchased Double Fine Productions as its latest first-party studio. Double Fine is, of course, currently hard at work developing the long-awaited Psychonauts 2. Studio head Tim Schafer posted a humorous video that clears the air about the sale. First and foremost, the crowdfunded Psychonauts 2 will still launch on its advertised platforms despite the sale. RAD, the studio’s other project in-development, will still be published under Bandai Namco, as well. Schafer promises that Double Fine’s company culture won’t change (such as its Amnesia Fortnight company game jam) and says he’s ultimately happy that they’ll no longer need to shop ideas around to publishers. The primary reason Psychonauts 2 took so long to get off the ground was because Double Fine spent years periodically pitching it to publishers with no success. Starbreeze Studios eventually signed on to help publish the game, a partnership that appeared in flux when the company fell into its current financial crisis. Not long after this news broke, Starbreeze revealed that it sold the publishing rights to Microsoft for $13.2 million. In just the last year, Microsoft has greatly expanded the roster of studios under the umbrella of Xbox Games Studios. At E3 2018, the company announced the purchase of Playground Games (Forza), Undead Labs (State of Decay), Ninja Theory (Hellblade, DmC Devil May Cry), Obsidian Entertainment (The Outer Worlds, Pillars of Eternity), and Compulsion Games (We Happy Few). It also formed The Initiative, a new studio led by ex-Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher. The mission behind these acquisitions is to help rebuild Microsoft's notoriously scant library of first-party exclusive games. As far as Psychonauts 2 goes, Double Fine unveiled the sequel’s first gameplay trailer. For the uninitiated, the plot centers on Raz, now a full-fledged Psychonaut, who must unravel a dark secret within the organization of psychic crime-fighters. Traveling through the mental worlds look to be just as much of a wacky trip as it was in the first game. One segment, for example, sees Raz traversing a bizarre world made out of floating teeth and gums. We also get a look at returning mechanics like rolling atop the psychic bubble. Psychonauts 2 will arrive to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux sometime in 2020. How do you feel about Double Fine becoming a first-party studio? Are you excited for Psychonauts 2? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  5. 343 Industries slightly pulled the curtain back on Halo Infinite during last year’s Xbox E3 briefing. The latest entry in the legendary franchise hasn’t made much of a peep since. That changed this year with Halo: Infinite receiving its first full trailer and the reveal of its release plans. After kicking off the event last year, Halo Infinite tied the bow on the conference this time around. A cinematic trailer centered on Master Chief, suspended in the vacuum of space, being rescued and revived by a lone space faring soldier. After the Chief boots up in first-person, a scene that harkens back to the original Halo: Combat Evolved, he learns that something cataclysmic has befallen humanity–and perhaps the entire galaxy. If that wasn’t ominous enough, he gazes out of the ships window to discover a devastated Halo ring world. 343 clarified that last year’s reveal teaser was merely a showcase of the Slipspace game engine and not representative of Halo Infinite’s look. Thus, this new trailer is our first real look at the game. The studio has stated that they’re looking to significantly shake-up Halo’s well-worn formula with Infinite. So much so, in fact, that the game has been deemed a spiritual reboot of sorts. Unfortunately, they still didn’t elaborate on how the game will play. What is known is that the story takes place after Halo 5: Guardians and will focus heavily on Master Chief. Gameplay will reportedly implement RPG elements as well and may even be more open in scope. While multiplayer will undoubtedly return, 343 has stated outright that the game will not have a battle royale mode. Halo’s popular Forge map editor is said to make a return in Infinite as well. Microsoft later shared that Halo Infinite will release during the 2020 holiday season and will launch alongside its next console, codenamed Project Scarlett. The game is also coming to Windows 10 on PC. What do you think of Halo Infinite so far? Does its release do anything to sway you into picking up Project Scarlett at launch? Share your thoughts in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  6. 343 Industries slightly pulled the curtain back on Halo Infinite during last year’s Xbox E3 briefing. The latest entry in the legendary franchise hasn’t made much of a peep since. That changed this year with Halo: Infinite receiving its first full trailer and the reveal of its release plans. After kicking off the event last year, Halo Infinite tied the bow on the conference this time around. A cinematic trailer centered on Master Chief, suspended in the vacuum of space, being rescued and revived by a lone space faring soldier. After the Chief boots up in first-person, a scene that harkens back to the original Halo: Combat Evolved, he learns that something cataclysmic has befallen humanity–and perhaps the entire galaxy. If that wasn’t ominous enough, he gazes out of the ships window to discover a devastated Halo ring world. 343 clarified that last year’s reveal teaser was merely a showcase of the Slipspace game engine and not representative of Halo Infinite’s look. Thus, this new trailer is our first real look at the game. The studio has stated that they’re looking to significantly shake-up Halo’s well-worn formula with Infinite. So much so, in fact, that the game has been deemed a spiritual reboot of sorts. Unfortunately, they still didn’t elaborate on how the game will play. What is known is that the story takes place after Halo 5: Guardians and will focus heavily on Master Chief. Gameplay will reportedly implement RPG elements as well and may even be more open in scope. While multiplayer will undoubtedly return, 343 has stated outright that the game will not have a battle royale mode. Halo’s popular Forge map editor is said to make a return in Infinite as well. Microsoft later shared that Halo Infinite will release during the 2020 holiday season and will launch alongside its next console, codenamed Project Scarlett. The game is also coming to Windows 10 on PC. What do you think of Halo Infinite so far? Does its release do anything to sway you into picking up Project Scarlett at launch? Share your thoughts in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  7. Last E3 Microsoft unveiled multiple Gears of War projects in Gears 5, the cutesy Gears Pop, and the strategy focused Gears Tactics. Two of those titles made an appearance with Gears 5 headlining thanks to the addition of several new modes. Gears 5’s campaign will of course be the centerpiece. The story places Gears 4 teammate Kait Diaz in the starring role as she fights to uncover her connection to the Locust horde. At the same time, Kait and her friends must stop the invading Swarm from taking over the human settlements. For the first time players can enjoy the story in 3-player splitscreen co-op. The campaign will be playable as part of an early access launch on September 6 . Other new modes such as Escape compliment the story. This 3-player co-op mode task players with infiltrating enemy hives, planting a bomb, and escaping before it detonates. However, they’ll have to fight through waves of enemy opposition to make it out in time. The Map Builder mode lets players create custom maps for Escape that can be shared with other players. Versus mode contains the competitive-focused Arcade. Not much is known about this mode other than that it’ll feature “frenetic” drop-in, drop-out play. However, The Coalition plans to launch a multiplayer tech test in July that will give players a chance to take Arcade for a test drive. Last but not least, Horde mode returns. While details are sparse, the fan-favorite mode will be playable at this year’s Gamescom. Those who either pre-order Gears 5 or are Xbox Game Pass members who play it before September 16 will receive the Terminator: Dark Fate character pack. The Jack Drone Collector’s Edition bundles an actual functional Jack Drone, in-game Jack skin, a collector’s booklet, and more for $269.99. Gears 5 launches September 10 for Xbox One and Windows. Like all first-party titles, it will premier on Game Pass upon release. Gears Pop got a bit of love as well. The arena style PvP focused game emphasizes bite-sized battle. Varied teams of Pop Doll-style Gears characters fight to make it to the opposite end of the field and take down the opponent’s leader. Like standard Gears, units can take cover behind barriers to avoid damage while pushing forward. Gears Pop is currently in a limited soft launch but will arrive in full to iOS and Android later this year. What do you think about Gears 5’s new features? Does Gears Pop pique your interest? Share your thoughts in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  8. Last E3 Microsoft unveiled multiple Gears of War projects in Gears 5, the cutesy Gears Pop, and the strategy focused Gears Tactics. Two of those titles made an appearance with Gears 5 headlining thanks to the addition of several new modes. Gears 5’s campaign will of course be the centerpiece. The story places Gears 4 teammate Kait Diaz in the starring role as she fights to uncover her connection to the Locust horde. At the same time, Kait and her friends must stop the invading Swarm from taking over the human settlements. For the first time players can enjoy the story in 3-player splitscreen co-op. The campaign will be playable as part of an early access launch on September 6 . Other new modes such as Escape compliment the story. This 3-player co-op mode task players with infiltrating enemy hives, planting a bomb, and escaping before it detonates. However, they’ll have to fight through waves of enemy opposition to make it out in time. The Map Builder mode lets players create custom maps for Escape that can be shared with other players. Versus mode contains the competitive-focused Arcade. Not much is known about this mode other than that it’ll feature “frenetic” drop-in, drop-out play. However, The Coalition plans to launch a multiplayer tech test in July that will give players a chance to take Arcade for a test drive. Last but not least, Horde mode returns. While details are sparse, the fan-favorite mode will be playable at this year’s Gamescom. Those who either pre-order Gears 5 or are Xbox Game Pass members who play it before September 16 will receive the Terminator: Dark Fate character pack. The Jack Drone Collector’s Edition bundles an actual functional Jack Drone, in-game Jack skin, a collector’s booklet, and more for $269.99. Gears 5 launches September 10 for Xbox One and Windows. Like all first-party titles, it will premier on Game Pass upon release. Gears Pop got a bit of love as well. The arena style PvP focused game emphasizes bite-sized battle. Varied teams of Pop Doll-style Gears characters fight to make it to the opposite end of the field and take down the opponent’s leader. Like standard Gears, units can take cover behind barriers to avoid damage while pushing forward. Gears Pop is currently in a limited soft launch but will arrive in full to iOS and Android later this year. What do you think about Gears 5’s new features? Does Gears Pop pique your interest? Share your thoughts in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  9. We knew that news of Cyberpunk 2077 would reveal itself over the course of E3, but what we didn’t know was that it would come from everyone’s favorite internet crush, Keanu Reeves. The actor's appearance surprised many fans and industry professionals, who had mainly been expecting more information about the dystopian sci-fi action game. News of the upcoming future-based game came out of the mouth of Reeves himself. Reeves took to the stage on June 9 during the Microsoft E3 press conference during their segment dedicated to Cyberpunk 2077. “I gotta’ talk to you about something,” said Reeves in all his aloof charm before revealing that developer CD Projekt Red reached out to him a while back to be a part of their project. “I’m always drawn to fascinating stories,” the actor behind Neo said, confirming that Cyberpunk 2077 met those qualifications for him. “We have a city to burn,” Reeve’s character says, his face concealed under a pair of aviators. He flickers in and out before bending down to look with those soulful brown eyes at the player. That’s all we get in terms of any story connection, but the presence of such a big name in Cyberpunk 2077 indicates that we’ll be seeing much more of him in-game. Keanu aside, the new footage revealed during the Microsoft press conference highlighted a continuation of the story that we saw from the previously released demo footage. The camera follows a version of V and their exploits. The trailer starts with some sort of conversation with “fixer” Dexter DeShawn. Since this game stays at a high-octane pace, we don’t stay stationary long and move on to drama with our old partner Jackie who seems to meet with an unfortunate end. The mantis blades make their return and we see some new powers or augments from a mysterious stranger named Bug. It’s quite a ride to say the least. If Keanu and story details weren’t enough to build the cyber-hype, CD Projekt Red revealed a release date, as well. Cyberpunk 2077 releases on April 16, 2020 with pre-orders available now. The game plays on multiple platforms and will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Are you excited to explore the streets of Night City? What augments would you get in this futuristic and tech-based world? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  10. We knew that news of Cyberpunk 2077 would reveal itself over the course of E3, but what we didn’t know was that it would come from everyone’s favorite internet crush, Keanu Reeves. The actor's appearance surprised many fans and industry professionals, who had mainly been expecting more information about the dystopian sci-fi action game. News of the upcoming future-based game came out of the mouth of Reeves himself. Reeves took to the stage on June 9 during the Microsoft E3 press conference during their segment dedicated to Cyberpunk 2077. “I gotta’ talk to you about something,” said Reeves in all his aloof charm before revealing that developer CD Projekt Red reached out to him a while back to be a part of their project. “I’m always drawn to fascinating stories,” the actor behind Neo said, confirming that Cyberpunk 2077 met those qualifications for him. “We have a city to burn,” Reeve’s character says, his face concealed under a pair of aviators. He flickers in and out before bending down to look with those soulful brown eyes at the player. That’s all we get in terms of any story connection, but the presence of such a big name in Cyberpunk 2077 indicates that we’ll be seeing much more of him in-game. Keanu aside, the new footage revealed during the Microsoft press conference highlighted a continuation of the story that we saw from the previously released demo footage. The camera follows a version of V and their exploits. The trailer starts with some sort of conversation with “fixer” Dexter DeShawn. Since this game stays at a high-octane pace, we don’t stay stationary long and move on to drama with our old partner Jackie who seems to meet with an unfortunate end. The mantis blades make their return and we see some new powers or augments from a mysterious stranger named Bug. It’s quite a ride to say the least. If Keanu and story details weren’t enough to build the cyber-hype, CD Projekt Red revealed a release date, as well. Cyberpunk 2077 releases on April 16, 2020 with pre-orders available now. The game plays on multiple platforms and will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Are you excited to explore the streets of Night City? What augments would you get in this futuristic and tech-based world? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  11. Moon Studios’ much-anticipated sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest finally has a concrete release date. A new trailer revealed the game’s newly delayed arrival date at February 11, 2020. Ori and the Will of the Wisps has been a long time coming. It debuted during Microsoft’s 2017 E3 briefing with a somber reveal trailer. After a year of relative silence, the game then reemerged in 2018 with its first gameplay showing and a 2019 launch window. Plans have obviously changed since then, with Ori’s encore coming much later than initially planned or expected. Will of the Wisps predecessor, Ori and the Blind forest, released to critical acclaim in 2015. The story centers on a Ori, a guardian forest spirit, on a mission to restore life to his dying forest home. Its winning blend of whimiscal presnetation, hardcore platforming, and Metroidvania world design won numerous awards. This year’s trailer showed off a few of Ori’s more colossal foes. We see Ori leaping from point to point in order to escape a giant spider in a high-speed escape sequence. Other large enemies shown include a supersized wolf, a molten worm, and a tentacled sea monster. Despite the dangers, the world and animation look as gorgeous ever. Narrative details are light but odds are the game will be another emotional romp aiming to pull apart players’ heart strings. Will of the Wisps takes place in a new world outside of the forest of Nibel. The first game’s Soul Link manual save points have been replaced by traditional auto-saving. The upgrade system has also been overhauled. Instead of gaining new powers sequentially through the narrative, a new shard system is said to create a less linear approach. The changes seemed aimed to make the game a bit more inviting (Ori and the Blind Forest is notoriously difficult) while giving players more agency in how Ori evolves. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is coming to PC and Xbox One on February 11, 2020. From launch, it will be available through Microsoft’s revamped Xbox Game Pass. Are you excited for Ori and the Will of the Wisps or bummed out by its delay? Share your thoughts in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  12. Moon Studios’ much-anticipated sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest finally has a concrete release date. A new trailer revealed the game’s newly delayed arrival date at February 11, 2020. Ori and the Will of the Wisps has been a long time coming. It debuted during Microsoft’s 2017 E3 briefing with a somber reveal trailer. After a year of relative silence, the game then reemerged in 2018 with its first gameplay showing and a 2019 launch window. Plans have obviously changed since then, with Ori’s encore coming much later than initially planned or expected. Will of the Wisps predecessor, Ori and the Blind forest, released to critical acclaim in 2015. The story centers on a Ori, a guardian forest spirit, on a mission to restore life to his dying forest home. Its winning blend of whimiscal presnetation, hardcore platforming, and Metroidvania world design won numerous awards. This year’s trailer showed off a few of Ori’s more colossal foes. We see Ori leaping from point to point in order to escape a giant spider in a high-speed escape sequence. Other large enemies shown include a supersized wolf, a molten worm, and a tentacled sea monster. Despite the dangers, the world and animation look as gorgeous ever. Narrative details are light but odds are the game will be another emotional romp aiming to pull apart players’ heart strings. Will of the Wisps takes place in a new world outside of the forest of Nibel. The first game’s Soul Link manual save points have been replaced by traditional auto-saving. The upgrade system has also been overhauled. Instead of gaining new powers sequentially through the narrative, a new shard system is said to create a less linear approach. The changes seemed aimed to make the game a bit more inviting (Ori and the Blind Forest is notoriously difficult) while giving players more agency in how Ori evolves. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is coming to PC and Xbox One on February 11, 2020. From launch, it will be available through Microsoft’s revamped Xbox Game Pass. Are you excited for Ori and the Will of the Wisps or bummed out by its delay? Share your thoughts in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  13. Microsoft doubled down increasing the value and availability of its already popular Xbox Game Pass. The Netflix-style service allows subscribers to install and play a sizable library of games for $10 a month. Microsoft announced Game Pass’ full launch on PC after a previous beta period. They also revealed new subscription option and a slew of new titles, some of which are available now. Game Pass’ previously leaked move to PC was both confirmed and launched today. Just as on console, PC players pay $10 a month to enjoy the 100+ game service. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Imperator: Rome, and Metro Exodus are just some of the games available to enjoy on Windows. Keep in mind that Game Pass for PC is a separate subscription; Game Pass users on consoles can’t access the service on Windows. However, those interested can jump in for a special $1 sign-up price. These newcomers then pay just $4.99 per month for a limited time. Furthermore, games from Xbox Studios will premier on the PC just as they do on console. In order to access Game Pass on PC, players will need to install the new Xbox app on Windows (currently in beta). Microsoft then revealed Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This premium bundle combines subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass for both consoles and PC for a single monthly price of $14.99. Players can subscribe now and pay just $1 for the first month. Those with existing Gold/Game Pass accounts can upgrade to Ultimate with Microsoft converting any remaining months from these subscriptions to the Ultimate account. Additionally, four new titles have been added to the Game Pass library beginning today: Batman: Arkham Knight, Metro Exodus, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and Hollow Knight. The traditional showcase of ID@Xbox titles, which include promising games like Afterparty, Creature in the Well, Riverbond, and The Good Life, ended with the exclamation point that every game shown will launch day one on Game Pass. As a whole, Microsoft boasted that over 60 games will premier on Game Pass. What do you think about Xbox Game Pass’ move to PC? Do any of these changes make you more enticed to sign up? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  14. Microsoft doubled down increasing the value and availability of its already popular Xbox Game Pass. The Netflix-style service allows subscribers to install and play a sizable library of games for $10 a month. Microsoft announced Game Pass’ full launch on PC after a previous beta period. They also revealed new subscription option and a slew of new titles, some of which are available now. Game Pass’ previously leaked move to PC was both confirmed and launched today. Just as on console, PC players pay $10 a month to enjoy the 100+ game service. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Imperator: Rome, and Metro Exodus are just some of the games available to enjoy on Windows. Keep in mind that Game Pass for PC is a separate subscription; Game Pass users on consoles can’t access the service on Windows. However, those interested can jump in for a special $1 sign-up price. These newcomers then pay just $4.99 per month for a limited time. Furthermore, games from Xbox Studios will premier on the PC just as they do on console. In order to access Game Pass on PC, players will need to install the new Xbox app on Windows (currently in beta). Microsoft then revealed Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This premium bundle combines subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass for both consoles and PC for a single monthly price of $14.99. Players can subscribe now and pay just $1 for the first month. Those with existing Gold/Game Pass accounts can upgrade to Ultimate with Microsoft converting any remaining months from these subscriptions to the Ultimate account. Additionally, four new titles have been added to the Game Pass library beginning today: Batman: Arkham Knight, Metro Exodus, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and Hollow Knight. The traditional showcase of ID@Xbox titles, which include promising games like Afterparty, Creature in the Well, Riverbond, and The Good Life, ended with the exclamation point that every game shown will launch day one on Game Pass. As a whole, Microsoft boasted that over 60 games will premier on Game Pass. What do you think about Xbox Game Pass’ move to PC? Do any of these changes make you more enticed to sign up? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  15. E3 is right around the corner, accelerating towards us at an alarming pace that seems to increase every year. But no problem! Extra Life has your back. We collected the games and dlc that we expect to see at this year’s show and the rumors that we’ve heard. E3 runs from Tuesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 13. Before things even start though, plenty of gaming news drops via press conferences and events. It all can add up to a lot to keep track of surrounding gaming's biggest event. During the show, keep your social channels tuned to Extra Life’s social channels for updates from the show floor. Going to E3? Visit the Extra Life booth! The Press Conferences Before and during E3, many companies hold press conferences. These media events are the place for companies to showcase the upcoming year’s releases and build the hype. Many take the whole year right after the previous E3 to plan and offer extravagant and flashy presentations. Some devs/publishers hold them live and some like Nintendo or Devolver opt-in for pre-recordings. If we, the audience, get very lucky, we also experience lovely gems of human awkwardness. The conferences can be viewed on various streaming mediums. All of the times below are U.S. Pacific Time. Sunday, June 9 Microsoft 1:00 PM Bethesda 5:30 PM Devolver Digital 7:00 PM Monday, June 10 PC Gaming Show 10:00 AM Limited Run Games 12:00 PM Ubisoft 1:00 PM Kinda Funny Games Showcase 4:30 PM Square Enix 6:00 PM Tuesday, June 11 Nintendo 9:00 AM No Sony, What about Death Stranding? You might have noticed that PlayStation wasn’t listed above. That’s because Sony made an industry-shaking decision to not attend E3 this year. This marks the first year that Sony won’t attend the conference in the 25 years of the conference. News of the decision broke last year via a Kotaku report. Sony released a statement, “PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers.” Sony continued, “as a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.” So about those said plans, it’s speculated that Sony is gearing up for the release of the PlayStation 5 and possibly some next-gen VR hardware. The PS5 has a release window of Spring 2020 or later. An update on The Last of Us 2 and Death Stranding might not come directly from E3, but it’s likely Sony will ride the E3 hype wave with announcements adjacent to the event. On May 29, Kojima Productions released the Official Release Date Trailer for Death Stranding. Through the video, we received a slew of new details on the story, saw more gameplay, and got that coveted release date. The game will release later this year on November 8 exclusively to the PS4. FF7 Remake and The Avengers Project With Square Enix confirmed for E3, the Final Fantasy remake will most likely shine as a highlighted part of the company’s booth. We haven’t gotten a release date for the game. It was previously announced that the game would be released in an episodic format, so we may at least see the release date for that first installment. The latest we’ve seen from the FFVII front came in the form of a new trailer released on May 9. In that trailer, we got a look at more story and gameplay with a focus on Aerith, one of the iconic protagonists of FFVII. In the video description, there was a vague but promising note, “more details coming June 2019.” We got a teaser on a project partnering Marvel with Square Enix back in 2017. Then after some wait, the two companies revealed The Avengers Project announcement trailer. With a name like that, with an unfinalized game title, it was pretty obvious we would be waiting for a while until we’d actually see this game. On May 29, it was confirmed that The Avengers Project would be at E3 via a tweet from account @PlayAvengers. “Tune into Square Enix Live E3 2019 for the worldwide reveal of Marvel’s Avengers,” said the tweet. So hey, we’ve got a name now and confirmation that the game does indeed still exist. Cyberpunk 2077 At E3 2018, Cyberpunk 2077, the newest IP from The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red, kept mystique by remaining behind closed doors. Later on, we were able to see the 48-minute demo trailer that was reserved for select eyes. This year though, CD Projekt Red is ready to bare all on the public floor. https://mobile.twitter.com/AdamBadowski/status/1131468224665706496 Although the game will be presented to the public, the demo won’t be playable. Instead, the audience will see guided live gameplay. We haven’t had solid word on what will be shown in those demos, but CD had this to say in a recent blog post, “We will be taking part in the upcoming edition of E3, which is shaping up to be the most important fair in CD PROJEKT’s history.” Those are some pretty big words so it’s likely we’ll get some significant info on the game. Halo Infinite, Gears 5 and 12 Other Xbox Exclusives You may get deja vu from this quote from Microsoft. “This will be our biggest E3 presence ever and we can’t wait to share more about what we’ve got up our sleeves for the future,” said Will Tuttle, the Xbox Wire Editor in Chief earlier this year. Microsoft reportedly has 14 first-party games for E3. Included in that bunch are Halo Infinite and Gears of War 5. Microsoft announced the next installment of their flagship series last year and said it would be “greatest adventure yet." Halo Infinite deviates a bit from the rest of the games in the franchise, or at least that’s the sense we get from the announcement trailer since it showed off a game engine demonstration instead of straight story. Our prediction from 2018 was that “the new title might be willing to explore beyond the series' traditional linear FPS action, or at least offer a significant new spin.” Gears of War stands out as another storied series that has its roots firmly staked in Xbox. In 2018, we saw the announcement trailer for Gears of War 5 which unlike Halo Infinite seemed to stick to the formula. Except for the deviation of the main character Kait Diaz, who is the first female protagonist of the franchise. We will most likely receive more details on gameplay and a release date at E3. As far as the other 12 games, we don’t have solid details. However, Microsoft acquired some new studios since 2018 and titles are likely to come from there. Pokémon Sword and Shield, Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Pokémon Sword and Shield is the eighth generation Pokémon game fans have been drooling over. It will be a full main series game on the Switch that explores the new region of Galar. We’ve seen the three starters, Grookey the grass type, Scorbunny the fire bunny, and Sobble the water lizard. We’ve also seen gameplay which doesn’t seem radically different than Sun and Moon from the 3DS era. Luckily we won’t have to wait until E3 because a Nintendo Pokémon Direct happened on June 5. There we got a further look at new Pokémon, Wooloo the precious, Gossifleur and evolution Eldegoss aka walking embodiments of springtime, Corviknight the badass steel taxi and Drednaw our water/rock fanged turtle. Of course, we got to the Sword and Shield based legendaries as well, Zacian the sword puppy and Zamazenta the shield. It was confirmed that the camera would be controllable, a first for the mainline games. We were introduced to some new battle mechanics as well. The biggest (pun intended) being Dynamax which turn the mons into huge versions of themselves. That played into the raid boss feature where teams of local or online players can take on Dynamax Pokémon. Sword and shield comes out this year on November 15. The only news of Animal Crossing has been brief. But hey, at least we know it exists. In the announcement trailer for the game, we see a bleary-eyed Tom Nook gazing at a blinding computer screen in a dark office (a meta note on game dev crunch perhaps?). Nook babbles for a bit about Isabelle’s cameo in Super Smash, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, all his business and such. He says, “I’ve got to make sure everyone has a nice, new place to come home to when they’re ready.” Vague, but then we get an even more vague release schedule of 2019. Hopefully, Nintendo will spare us too much speculation in the meantime and will give us more during their press conference. With the Super Smash Fighter’s Pass we are due new characters to join the Super Smash roster, and what better place to announce the next installments than at E3? We recently got Joker from Persona 5, and Piranha plant back in Feb. Fans are already, understandably, hungry for more. It might be easy to make guesses from some clues about which fighter we’ll see next. And of course, the internet is a flurry of speculation throwing in guesses and fave characters up for nomination. However, some users took that hypothesizing a bit further with what is being dubbed Google Theory. After sifting through Google data people were able to come up with some data. The theory predicts that we’ll get to play as the likes of Banjo & Kazooie, Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden and Artorias from Dark Souls. Doom Eternal On the streets of LA you can spot giant murals of doom, Doom Eternal to be specific. Every year, E3 attendees get a preview of the impending festivities with gigantic painted billboards on the near the Figueroa Hotel. This year, the next in the Doom reboot series is the highlight. “Do you want to see hell on earth? We just teased it,” said creative director of id Software Hugo Martin when Doom Eternal was teased at E3 last year. The developer also said the game would be "the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat." Solid details, but we’re still without a release date. Watch Dogs 3 aka Watch Dogs Legion As of June 3, solid details on Watch Dogs 3 were revealed. Thanks to an Amazon leak, we were able to get a name and game description. The game will be Watch Dogs Legion and the game details read, “Watch Dogs Legion is set in a near-future, dystopian version of London.” it continued, “London makes total sense for WD, as the city has one of the highest surveillance levels in the world making this the perfect playground.” Another line said, “play as anyone, Every individual you meet in the open world, has a full set of animations, voice over, character traits and visuals that are generated & guided by gameplay systems.” The listing is gone of course, but the news was confirmed by Kotaku shortly after. Bonus: Rumors The Witcher 3 might be coming to the Switch. Capcom could be working on a Resident Evil 3 Remake. Netflix is going to be at the E3 Coliseum, do they have games in the works? There are very vague rumors of a new Batman game from Rocksteady. The Extra Life E3 2019 content team will be live at the show June 9-13 and covering all that the show has to offer. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games. View full article
  16. E3 is right around the corner, accelerating towards us at an alarming pace that seems to increase every year. But no problem! Extra Life has your back. We collected the games and dlc that we expect to see at this year’s show and the rumors that we’ve heard. E3 runs from Tuesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 13. Before things even start though, plenty of gaming news drops via press conferences and events. It all can add up to a lot to keep track of surrounding gaming's biggest event. During the show, keep your social channels tuned to Extra Life’s social channels for updates from the show floor. Going to E3? Visit the Extra Life booth! The Press Conferences Before and during E3, many companies hold press conferences. These media events are the place for companies to showcase the upcoming year’s releases and build the hype. Many take the whole year right after the previous E3 to plan and offer extravagant and flashy presentations. Some devs/publishers hold them live and some like Nintendo or Devolver opt-in for pre-recordings. If we, the audience, get very lucky, we also experience lovely gems of human awkwardness. The conferences can be viewed on various streaming mediums. All of the times below are U.S. Pacific Time. Sunday, June 9 Microsoft 1:00 PM Bethesda 5:30 PM Devolver Digital 7:00 PM Monday, June 10 PC Gaming Show 10:00 AM Limited Run Games 12:00 PM Ubisoft 1:00 PM Kinda Funny Games Showcase 4:30 PM Square Enix 6:00 PM Tuesday, June 11 Nintendo 9:00 AM No Sony, What about Death Stranding? You might have noticed that PlayStation wasn’t listed above. That’s because Sony made an industry-shaking decision to not attend E3 this year. This marks the first year that Sony won’t attend the conference in the 25 years of the conference. News of the decision broke last year via a Kotaku report. Sony released a statement, “PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers.” Sony continued, “as a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.” So about those said plans, it’s speculated that Sony is gearing up for the release of the PlayStation 5 and possibly some next-gen VR hardware. The PS5 has a release window of Spring 2020 or later. An update on The Last of Us 2 and Death Stranding might not come directly from E3, but it’s likely Sony will ride the E3 hype wave with announcements adjacent to the event. On May 29, Kojima Productions released the Official Release Date Trailer for Death Stranding. Through the video, we received a slew of new details on the story, saw more gameplay, and got that coveted release date. The game will release later this year on November 8 exclusively to the PS4. FF7 Remake and The Avengers Project With Square Enix confirmed for E3, the Final Fantasy remake will most likely shine as a highlighted part of the company’s booth. We haven’t gotten a release date for the game. It was previously announced that the game would be released in an episodic format, so we may at least see the release date for that first installment. The latest we’ve seen from the FFVII front came in the form of a new trailer released on May 9. In that trailer, we got a look at more story and gameplay with a focus on Aerith, one of the iconic protagonists of FFVII. In the video description, there was a vague but promising note, “more details coming June 2019.” We got a teaser on a project partnering Marvel with Square Enix back in 2017. Then after some wait, the two companies revealed The Avengers Project announcement trailer. With a name like that, with an unfinalized game title, it was pretty obvious we would be waiting for a while until we’d actually see this game. On May 29, it was confirmed that The Avengers Project would be at E3 via a tweet from account @PlayAvengers. “Tune into Square Enix Live E3 2019 for the worldwide reveal of Marvel’s Avengers,” said the tweet. So hey, we’ve got a name now and confirmation that the game does indeed still exist. Cyberpunk 2077 At E3 2018, Cyberpunk 2077, the newest IP from The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red, kept mystique by remaining behind closed doors. Later on, we were able to see the 48-minute demo trailer that was reserved for select eyes. This year though, CD Projekt Red is ready to bare all on the public floor. https://mobile.twitter.com/AdamBadowski/status/1131468224665706496 Although the game will be presented to the public, the demo won’t be playable. Instead, the audience will see guided live gameplay. We haven’t had solid word on what will be shown in those demos, but CD had this to say in a recent blog post, “We will be taking part in the upcoming edition of E3, which is shaping up to be the most important fair in CD PROJEKT’s history.” Those are some pretty big words so it’s likely we’ll get some significant info on the game. Halo Infinite, Gears 5 and 12 Other Xbox Exclusives You may get deja vu from this quote from Microsoft. “This will be our biggest E3 presence ever and we can’t wait to share more about what we’ve got up our sleeves for the future,” said Will Tuttle, the Xbox Wire Editor in Chief earlier this year. Microsoft reportedly has 14 first-party games for E3. Included in that bunch are Halo Infinite and Gears of War 5. Microsoft announced the next installment of their flagship series last year and said it would be “greatest adventure yet." Halo Infinite deviates a bit from the rest of the games in the franchise, or at least that’s the sense we get from the announcement trailer since it showed off a game engine demonstration instead of straight story. Our prediction from 2018 was that “the new title might be willing to explore beyond the series' traditional linear FPS action, or at least offer a significant new spin.” Gears of War stands out as another storied series that has its roots firmly staked in Xbox. In 2018, we saw the announcement trailer for Gears of War 5 which unlike Halo Infinite seemed to stick to the formula. Except for the deviation of the main character Kait Diaz, who is the first female protagonist of the franchise. We will most likely receive more details on gameplay and a release date at E3. As far as the other 12 games, we don’t have solid details. However, Microsoft acquired some new studios since 2018 and titles are likely to come from there. Pokémon Sword and Shield, Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Pokémon Sword and Shield is the eighth generation Pokémon game fans have been drooling over. It will be a full main series game on the Switch that explores the new region of Galar. We’ve seen the three starters, Grookey the grass type, Scorbunny the fire bunny, and Sobble the water lizard. We’ve also seen gameplay which doesn’t seem radically different than Sun and Moon from the 3DS era. Luckily we won’t have to wait until E3 because a Nintendo Pokémon Direct happened on June 5. There we got a further look at new Pokémon, Wooloo the precious, Gossifleur and evolution Eldegoss aka walking embodiments of springtime, Corviknight the badass steel taxi and Drednaw our water/rock fanged turtle. Of course, we got to the Sword and Shield based legendaries as well, Zacian the sword puppy and Zamazenta the shield. It was confirmed that the camera would be controllable, a first for the mainline games. We were introduced to some new battle mechanics as well. The biggest (pun intended) being Dynamax which turn the mons into huge versions of themselves. That played into the raid boss feature where teams of local or online players can take on Dynamax Pokémon. Sword and shield comes out this year on November 15. The only news of Animal Crossing has been brief. But hey, at least we know it exists. In the announcement trailer for the game, we see a bleary-eyed Tom Nook gazing at a blinding computer screen in a dark office (a meta note on game dev crunch perhaps?). Nook babbles for a bit about Isabelle’s cameo in Super Smash, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, all his business and such. He says, “I’ve got to make sure everyone has a nice, new place to come home to when they’re ready.” Vague, but then we get an even more vague release schedule of 2019. Hopefully, Nintendo will spare us too much speculation in the meantime and will give us more during their press conference. With the Super Smash Fighter’s Pass we are due new characters to join the Super Smash roster, and what better place to announce the next installments than at E3? We recently got Joker from Persona 5, and Piranha plant back in Feb. Fans are already, understandably, hungry for more. It might be easy to make guesses from some clues about which fighter we’ll see next. And of course, the internet is a flurry of speculation throwing in guesses and fave characters up for nomination. However, some users took that hypothesizing a bit further with what is being dubbed Google Theory. After sifting through Google data people were able to come up with some data. The theory predicts that we’ll get to play as the likes of Banjo & Kazooie, Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden and Artorias from Dark Souls. Doom Eternal On the streets of LA you can spot giant murals of doom, Doom Eternal to be specific. Every year, E3 attendees get a preview of the impending festivities with gigantic painted billboards on the near the Figueroa Hotel. This year, the next in the Doom reboot series is the highlight. “Do you want to see hell on earth? We just teased it,” said creative director of id Software Hugo Martin when Doom Eternal was teased at E3 last year. The developer also said the game would be "the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat." Solid details, but we’re still without a release date. Watch Dogs 3 aka Watch Dogs Legion As of June 3, solid details on Watch Dogs 3 were revealed. Thanks to an Amazon leak, we were able to get a name and game description. The game will be Watch Dogs Legion and the game details read, “Watch Dogs Legion is set in a near-future, dystopian version of London.” it continued, “London makes total sense for WD, as the city has one of the highest surveillance levels in the world making this the perfect playground.” Another line said, “play as anyone, Every individual you meet in the open world, has a full set of animations, voice over, character traits and visuals that are generated & guided by gameplay systems.” The listing is gone of course, but the news was confirmed by Kotaku shortly after. Bonus: Rumors The Witcher 3 might be coming to the Switch. Capcom could be working on a Resident Evil 3 Remake. Netflix is going to be at the E3 Coliseum, do they have games in the works? There are very vague rumors of a new Batman game from Rocksteady. The Extra Life E3 2019 content team will be live at the show June 9-13 and covering all that the show has to offer. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games.
  17. Obsidian Entertainment’s open-world RPG The Outer Worlds (not to be confused with the newly released Outer Wilds) got a new trailer and release date during Microsoft’s E3 2019 conference. The game sees players controlling a custom character to explore a solar system ruled by mega corporations that seek to colonize every planet they can get their hands on. The makers of Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity first announced the title during the 2018 Game Awards. A new gameplay highlight reel showcases the game’s premise while emphasizing the wacky weaponry and lighthearted tone. The video also touches on the various ways players can mold their protagonist. Will they perform deeds heroically, behave idiotically, or lash out in an evil, psychotic manner A look at the game’s arsenal reinforces the goofy sense of humor. For example, a gun that sends a target into a suspended state that allows the player to easily blow him apart with a shotgun. A shrink ray does exactly what you would expect, comically reducing a soldier to half their size. Bethesda-style character interactions harkon back to the studio’s previous work with the Fallout franchise. The trailer also manages to squeeze in quick glimpses at the many exotic, colorful locales. The creators of the original Fallout games Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky sit in the director’s chair for The Outer Worlds. Similar to Fallout: New Vegas, The Outer Worlds boasts a variety of factions to engage with as well as many companions for players to recruit. A bevy of dialogue options steer the story in multiple directions based on the player’s behavior and choices. Experience points unlock a pool of skills divided into three categories: Science, Medical, and Engineering. The Flaw system burdens players with several negative drawbacks. However, Flaws also reward helpful perks that could prove to be difference makers if players are willing to saddle themselves with them. Despite Microsoft acquiring Obsidian as a first-party studio in November 2018, The Outer Worlds will be a multi-platform release. It launches October 25 for Xbox One (arriving to Xbox Game Pass on release), PlayStation 4 and PC via the Microsoft and Epic Games Stores. Due to the game’s timed exclusivity on PC, it won’t release on Steam until roughly one year after launch. How do you think The Outer Worlds is shaping up? Are you looking forward to playing it? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  18. Obsidian Entertainment’s open-world RPG The Outer Worlds (not to be confused with the newly released Outer Wilds) got a new trailer and release date during Microsoft’s E3 2019 conference. The game sees players controlling a custom character to explore a solar system ruled by mega corporations that seek to colonize every planet they can get their hands on. The makers of Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity first announced the title during the 2018 Game Awards. A new gameplay highlight reel showcases the game’s premise while emphasizing the wacky weaponry and lighthearted tone. The video also touches on the various ways players can mold their protagonist. Will they perform deeds heroically, behave idiotically, or lash out in an evil, psychotic manner A look at the game’s arsenal reinforces the goofy sense of humor. For example, a gun that sends a target into a suspended state that allows the player to easily blow him apart with a shotgun. A shrink ray does exactly what you would expect, comically reducing a soldier to half their size. Bethesda-style character interactions harkon back to the studio’s previous work with the Fallout franchise. The trailer also manages to squeeze in quick glimpses at the many exotic, colorful locales. The creators of the original Fallout games Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky sit in the director’s chair for The Outer Worlds. Similar to Fallout: New Vegas, The Outer Worlds boasts a variety of factions to engage with as well as many companions for players to recruit. A bevy of dialogue options steer the story in multiple directions based on the player’s behavior and choices. Experience points unlock a pool of skills divided into three categories: Science, Medical, and Engineering. The Flaw system burdens players with several negative drawbacks. However, Flaws also reward helpful perks that could prove to be difference makers if players are willing to saddle themselves with them. Despite Microsoft acquiring Obsidian as a first-party studio in November 2018, The Outer Worlds will be a multi-platform release. It launches October 25 for Xbox One (arriving to Xbox Game Pass on release), PlayStation 4 and PC via the Microsoft and Epic Games Stores. Due to the game’s timed exclusivity on PC, it won’t release on Steam until roughly one year after launch. How do you think The Outer Worlds is shaping up? Are you looking forward to playing it? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  19. Today, Microsoft announced that they would be bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS devices, officially lending its support to the wider world of mobile game development. This move isn't entirely unprecedented. Xbox Live support has been available on mobile before, however it was only included in apps and games developed by Microsoft itself, like Minecraft. This new move will put Xbox Live within reach of any developer who wants to integrate their app or game into the wider Xbox Live ecosystem. Microsoft initially teased back in February that they might be making an announcement related to mobile soon. The move, revealed today, will allow apps and games across the mobile world to access the suite of services associated with Xbox Live. Developers will be able to use the tools released by Microsoft to connect as many or as few Xbox Life services with their project as needed. Now we know, thanks to The Verge, the full extent of the program and tools. Microsoft's new mobile development kit (SDK) will enable devs to add Gamerscore, open up clubs, friend lists, and include account family settings. On top of that, developers will be able to implement a single sign-in for Xbox Live and grant devs online protection for their apps and games. The new SDK will come together with Microsoft Game Stack, a collection of tool sets designed to get developers up and running with Microsoft's cloud technology, something the tech giant has been pushing across a wide variety of its services outside of gaming. A rumor has been going around the industry that Xbox Live integration will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch, though a rep from Microsoft didn't deny that it's in the works. However, even if Xbox Live comes to Nintendo Switch, it's unlikely to make its way onto Sony's flagship platform, the PlayStation 4. Microsoft, for its part, appears to be very willing to partner with companies many might consider to be rivals, but Sony's reticence makes the possible team up all but impossible. While it might seem like a similar roll out on a rival platform would be impossible, Minecraft on Switch does implement an Xbox Live sign-in. That puts the Switch in a similar position as the mobile market was prior to this announcement. The ability to put Xbox Live on Switch is already out in the wild with Minecraft; all it would take is the okay from Nintendo and some additional fine-tuning of the software for it to work well on Switch. We could very easily see the next battle for gaming supremacy take place not in hardware, but in the realm of software support and service features. If that's the case, Xbox Live just created a huge lead for itself. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  20. Today, Microsoft announced that they would be bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS devices, officially lending its support to the wider world of mobile game development. This move isn't entirely unprecedented. Xbox Live support has been available on mobile before, however it was only included in apps and games developed by Microsoft itself, like Minecraft. This new move will put Xbox Live within reach of any developer who wants to integrate their app or game into the wider Xbox Live ecosystem. Microsoft initially teased back in February that they might be making an announcement related to mobile soon. The move, revealed today, will allow apps and games across the mobile world to access the suite of services associated with Xbox Live. Developers will be able to use the tools released by Microsoft to connect as many or as few Xbox Life services with their project as needed. Now we know, thanks to The Verge, the full extent of the program and tools. Microsoft's new mobile development kit (SDK) will enable devs to add Gamerscore, open up clubs, friend lists, and include account family settings. On top of that, developers will be able to implement a single sign-in for Xbox Live and grant devs online protection for their apps and games. The new SDK will come together with Microsoft Game Stack, a collection of tool sets designed to get developers up and running with Microsoft's cloud technology, something the tech giant has been pushing across a wide variety of its services outside of gaming. A rumor has been going around the industry that Xbox Live integration will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch, though a rep from Microsoft didn't deny that it's in the works. However, even if Xbox Live comes to Nintendo Switch, it's unlikely to make its way onto Sony's flagship platform, the PlayStation 4. Microsoft, for its part, appears to be very willing to partner with companies many might consider to be rivals, but Sony's reticence makes the possible team up all but impossible. While it might seem like a similar roll out on a rival platform would be impossible, Minecraft on Switch does implement an Xbox Live sign-in. That puts the Switch in a similar position as the mobile market was prior to this announcement. The ability to put Xbox Live on Switch is already out in the wild with Minecraft; all it would take is the okay from Nintendo and some additional fine-tuning of the software for it to work well on Switch. We could very easily see the next battle for gaming supremacy take place not in hardware, but in the realm of software support and service features. If that's the case, Xbox Live just created a huge lead for itself. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  21. Today marks the official release of Capybara Games' Below, which first appeared at E3 2013 and then went dark for years. Between the official announcement and Below's release, the studio released Super Time Force and OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes, but now their highest profile game is out in the world. Capybara Games made a mark for itself when it released Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP for mobile and PC back in 2011. The title wove a magnificent soundtrack by Indie Game: The Movie composer Jim Guthrie into a mysterious RPG adventure that just felt great to play. Below seems to follow in those footsteps while relying on a set of roguelike dungeon-delving mechanics that include punishing combat and perma-death. The tag line, according to the developers, is, "Explore. Survive. Discover." Players take on the role of an enigmatic explorer of The Isle, a small island in the middle of the ocean that holds the entrance to an underground ruin and cavern system that spans an unfathomable distance into the earth. The long abandoned ruins are home to all manner of perilous traps, deadly monsters, and rich rewards. As players proceed, they'll pick up many scavenged materials that can be used to craft tools and elixirs that could prove the difference between life and death. No one knows what awaits at the bottom of The Isle's ruins, but perhaps your journey will be the one to make it there in one piece. Below has launched on Xbox One and PC. While there are no announced release dates for PlayStation 4 or Switch, it's safe to assume that those will be coming sometime in the future as Capybara has only signed a timed exclusive deal with Microsoft for the game to release on their platform first. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  22. Today marks the official release of Capybara Games' Below, which first appeared at E3 2013 and then went dark for years. Between the official announcement and Below's release, the studio released Super Time Force and OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes, but now their highest profile game is out in the world. Capybara Games made a mark for itself when it released Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP for mobile and PC back in 2011. The title wove a magnificent soundtrack by Indie Game: The Movie composer Jim Guthrie into a mysterious RPG adventure that just felt great to play. Below seems to follow in those footsteps while relying on a set of roguelike dungeon-delving mechanics that include punishing combat and perma-death. The tag line, according to the developers, is, "Explore. Survive. Discover." Players take on the role of an enigmatic explorer of The Isle, a small island in the middle of the ocean that holds the entrance to an underground ruin and cavern system that spans an unfathomable distance into the earth. The long abandoned ruins are home to all manner of perilous traps, deadly monsters, and rich rewards. As players proceed, they'll pick up many scavenged materials that can be used to craft tools and elixirs that could prove the difference between life and death. No one knows what awaits at the bottom of The Isle's ruins, but perhaps your journey will be the one to make it there in one piece. Below has launched on Xbox One and PC. While there are no announced release dates for PlayStation 4 or Switch, it's safe to assume that those will be coming sometime in the future as Capybara has only signed a timed exclusive deal with Microsoft for the game to release on their platform first. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
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    The first ever "Fight for Your Life" Tournament Come on over to the Microsoft Store in Destiny USA for a day of competing in one or all of a slew of fighting games. Tournaments will be held in five different fighting games: DBZFIGHTERZ, KI, Injustice, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, and Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown. Complete in any of them, one of them, all of them, or not at all! Players of all skill levels are welcome, our goal is to have fun and raise some money for Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. $10 DONATION is asked to participate, we will also have a Surface Pro with a link to donate(all tax deductable) Check out the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/567201947051967/
  24. If sheer quantity decided the victor of E3, Microsoft would easily walk away with the win. Just as they did last year, the Xbox brand packed a ton of information into an over 90-minute presentation in front of their largest-ever live audience. To quote a stat from Xbox head Phil Spencer, Microsoft showed off 50 titles; 18 of them were console exclusives, and 15 that were world premiers. Microsoft addressed their first-party issue by announcing studio acquisitions, beefed up Xbox Game Pass, and even teased new hardware. Gamers walked away with a lot to digest, so let's make things easier by breaking down each announcement. I can think of few titles better suited to kick off a Microsoft show than a Halo reveal. In this case, we got a teaser trailer for Halo Infinite. We didn’t see much beyond scenic landscapes, some warthog riding, and a glimpse of Master Chief himself. 343 Studios later clarified that the video represents a tech demo for the Slipspace Engine and is not indicative of the actual game. Even still, Halo Infinite captured the imagination of the fans in attendance and started the presentation on a high note. We got our first look at gameplay for Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It looks just as beautiful, and challenging, as the original and arrives sometime in 2019. That same year will also see the release of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The next title by FromSoftware was previously teased during last year’s Game Awards. It eschews medieval influences in favor of ninjas and a feudal Japan setting. Don't worry fans; it still looks pretty tough. It arrives in 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Bethesda Game Director Todd Howard took the stage to give the world another look at Fallout 76. This prequel to the Fallout series takes place in West Virginia 20 years after the nuclear war. Howard stated the game boasts a world 4-times larger than Fallout 4’s Commonwealth. The player controls a member of Vault 76, one of the first vaults to open and begin rebuilding the country. The trailer gave glimpses of various locations while Todd briefly spoke about the game’s general focus of survival and restoration. Life is Strange developer Dontnod’s lightened the mood a bit with a trailer for The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. This charming title centers on a lonely boy who uses his imagination to escape a less whimsical reality. More importantly, it serves as a precursor to the still mysterious Life is Strange 2. In a cool move, Captain Spirit launches June 25 as a free download. Crackdown 3 suffered yet another delay prior to the show (this time to 2019), but a new trailer reminded everyone of what the wait will be for. The Terry Crews-narrated trailer showed off the over-to-top firefights and platforming, with some Hot Wheels-esque driving thrown in. Another crazy game in Nier: Automata, Platinum Game's breakout hit from last year, will arrive on Xbox on June 26. Packaged as the Become As Gods Edition, it includes all previously released DLC. Metro Exodus served up a new helping of gameplay. We got quick peeks at weapon customization, night vision segments, and terrifying creatures such as huge lake monster. Metro: Exodus continues to impress and arrives February 22. A new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III confirmed the game's arrival to Xbox, a first for the series. We got our first look at the world of Frozen, which stood as the video’s centerpiece. Tangled, Toy Story, and Hercules also got some spotlight. Aqua fans had their hearts broken when she appeared seemingly possessed by Xehanort at the trailer’s conclusion. Overall, this was a nice look at the game (one of several during the week) that had fans frantically counting down to the game’s January 29 release. Sea of Thieves left much to be desired, but Rare announced plans to fix that problem with two expansions. The first, Cursed Sails, launches in July. The other, Forsaken Shores, arrives in September. Outside of a short cinematic, no information was given regarding the actual content of these updates. DICE followed up their EA showing with a very brief cinematic for one of Battlefield V’s Nordlys campaign story. It centers on a Norwegian resistance fighter battling against German occupation while also trying to save her family. No gameplay was shown and the video lasted maybe less than a minute. Forza Horizon 4 raced on stage. The next entry boasts dynamic seasons that developer Playground Games promises will dramatically alter races. Winter, for example, freezes over bodies of water, opening up new areas for players to reach. Additionally, the Xbox One X version features a 60 fps mode. Forza Horizon 4 comes to Xbox One and Windows 10 on October 2 and hits Xbox Game Pass the same day. On the subject of bolstering the Xbox library, Phil Spencer announced the formation of new first-party studio The Initiative. He doubled down on that news by announcing the acquisition of third-party studios Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games. Since Microsoft paid Compulsion some lip service, we got new story trailer for We Happy Few. It showed off more of the wacky premise, showing how far the project has come. It has an August 10 release date. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has new maps arriving in the coming as soon as this summer. Additionally, a new destination called War Mode is on the way. JRPG fans were happy to learn that 2008's Tales of Vesperia is getting remastered for Xbox One. This Definitive Edition includes previously Japanese-only content and characters and arrives this winter A gameplay demonstration for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 took viewers through a squad-based mission in the games Washington D.C. setting. The squad engages in a firefight against in and around a destroyed Air Force One. The Division 2 launches March 15 and you can sign up for the beta now. Ashley Speicher, head of Xbox Engineering, took the stage to talk about Xbox Game Pass. First, a new FastStart feature that launches select games twice as fast will be included in the June Xbox update. Additionally, Fallout 4, The Division, and The Elder Scrolls Online became available on Game Pass that day. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will join the library later this year. Future releases, such as Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3, and others, will be playable on Game Pass the same day that they launch. Next we got the required ID@Xbox rapid-fire showcase showed off upcoming indie titles. The highlight reel included Outer Wilds, Afterparty, Warhammer II: Vermintide, Super Meat Boy Forever, Sable, Generation Zero, Dead Cells, and Ashen. A new Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer showed off more locations, including a Day of the Dead festival. We got a look at possibly the main villain, watched Lara stare down vicious jaguars, and watched her narrowly survive as a massive flood swept through a village. Following that was a short trailer for Session, a Kickstarted skateboard game that drew some comparisons to Skate, as well as a teaser for the Xbox port of mmorpg Black Desert. The stylish reveal of Devil May Cry 5 offered a huge surprise. As a direct sequel to Devil May Cry 4 (and thus ignoring Ninja Theory's DmC), Nero returns as the leading man alongside a new female sidekick. Gameplay showed off Nero's new robotic arm and a what appeared to be a time-stopping power. Oh, and Dante rode in for a quick cameo at the end. Director Hideaki Itsuno proudly declared DMC 5 as the best game he's ever made and has a spring 2019 launch window. Another surprise came in the form of a DLC expansion for Cuphead. Titled The Delicious Last Course, it releases next year and includes a third playable character, Ms. Chalice, along with a new island populated with bosses. Meanwhile, Tunic, the adorable Zelda-style game starring a cute fox, emerged from hibernation and looks as pretty and fun as ever. Phil Spencer returned to state that everything shown going forward would be never-before-seen world premiers. That kicked off with the reveal of Jump Force. This crossover fighter cherry picks characters from Shonen Jump anime like Dragon Ball and Naruto and pits them against each other. Look for it in 2019. Dying Light 2 premiered sporting a new emphasis on dynamic choice-making. The demonstration showed the player negotiating with a faction hoarding a crucial water supply. Depending on whether or not you follow them, the consequences physically alters the city and affects the population's morale and general way of life. Dying Light 2 features improved parkour mechanics and night gameplay, though not shown, remains a terrifying factor. Remember Battletoads? Rare hopes that you do because a new game is in development for launch in 2019. We didn't see anything of it, but we do know it'll support 3-player couch co-op and have a hand-drawn 2.5D presentation. Just Cause 4 made its official debut after being leaked twice before the show. A story trailer set up Rico's battle against the Black Hand private army. Fans also got to see the new weather effects, including a tornado (which Rico promptly jumped into). Just Cause 4 launches December 4. The Gears of War franchise has not one but three new titles on the way. First was Gears Pop!, which features Funko Pop versions of the Gears cast. For strategy fans, Gears Tactics blends turned-based strategy with the series cover-based gameplay. Finally, a cinematic trailer for Gears 5 (yes, just Gears) established Gears of War 4's Kait Diaz as the new protagonist. The trailer appeared to center on her ancestral connection to the Locust, with J.D. and Marcus Fenix serving as support roles. Phil Spencer returned to the stage one last time to tease future projects such as Microsoft AI and a game-streaming service. He even confirmed that the next Xbox console was already deep in development. Just as he was bringing the show to a close, the briefing's feed was abruptly hijacked by one more game waiting to make itself known. CD Projekt RED's long-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 made its big debut after spending years in hiding.The trailer showed off the sci-fi beauty of Night City as well as its seedy underbelly. The almost Grand Theft Auto-esque style trailer checked off the many of the cyberpunk genre's calling cards: humans with crazy machine parts, flying cars, and building-sized holograms. Everything looked gorgeous to the point of looking next-gen, though the game has been confirmed for this console generation. We still didn't get a release window but this incredible first look made arguably the biggest splash of any title shown throughout the show. So how do you think Microsoft's briefing shaped up? Let us know in the comments. You can also watch it yourself down below. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  25. If sheer quantity decided the victor of E3, Microsoft would easily walk away with the win. Just as they did last year, the Xbox brand packed a ton of information into an over 90-minute presentation in front of their largest-ever live audience. To quote a stat from Xbox head Phil Spencer, Microsoft showed off 50 titles; 18 of them were console exclusives, and 15 that were world premiers. Microsoft addressed their first-party issue by announcing studio acquisitions, beefed up Xbox Game Pass, and even teased new hardware. Gamers walked away with a lot to digest, so let's make things easier by breaking down each announcement. I can think of few titles better suited to kick off a Microsoft show than a Halo reveal. In this case, we got a teaser trailer for Halo Infinite. We didn’t see much beyond scenic landscapes, some warthog riding, and a glimpse of Master Chief himself. 343 Studios later clarified that the video represents a tech demo for the Slipspace Engine and is not indicative of the actual game. Even still, Halo Infinite captured the imagination of the fans in attendance and started the presentation on a high note. We got our first look at gameplay for Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It looks just as beautiful, and challenging, as the original and arrives sometime in 2019. That same year will also see the release of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The next title by FromSoftware was previously teased during last year’s Game Awards. It eschews medieval influences in favor of ninjas and a feudal Japan setting. Don't worry fans; it still looks pretty tough. It arrives in 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Bethesda Game Director Todd Howard took the stage to give the world another look at Fallout 76. This prequel to the Fallout series takes place in West Virginia 20 years after the nuclear war. Howard stated the game boasts a world 4-times larger than Fallout 4’s Commonwealth. The player controls a member of Vault 76, one of the first vaults to open and begin rebuilding the country. The trailer gave glimpses of various locations while Todd briefly spoke about the game’s general focus of survival and restoration. Life is Strange developer Dontnod’s lightened the mood a bit with a trailer for The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. This charming title centers on a lonely boy who uses his imagination to escape a less whimsical reality. More importantly, it serves as a precursor to the still mysterious Life is Strange 2. In a cool move, Captain Spirit launches June 25 as a free download. Crackdown 3 suffered yet another delay prior to the show (this time to 2019), but a new trailer reminded everyone of what the wait will be for. The Terry Crews-narrated trailer showed off the over-to-top firefights and platforming, with some Hot Wheels-esque driving thrown in. Another crazy game in Nier: Automata, Platinum Game's breakout hit from last year, will arrive on Xbox on June 26. Packaged as the Become As Gods Edition, it includes all previously released DLC. Metro Exodus served up a new helping of gameplay. We got quick peeks at weapon customization, night vision segments, and terrifying creatures such as huge lake monster. Metro: Exodus continues to impress and arrives February 22. A new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III confirmed the game's arrival to Xbox, a first for the series. We got our first look at the world of Frozen, which stood as the video’s centerpiece. Tangled, Toy Story, and Hercules also got some spotlight. Aqua fans had their hearts broken when she appeared seemingly possessed by Xehanort at the trailer’s conclusion. Overall, this was a nice look at the game (one of several during the week) that had fans frantically counting down to the game’s January 29 release. Sea of Thieves left much to be desired, but Rare announced plans to fix that problem with two expansions. The first, Cursed Sails, launches in July. The other, Forsaken Shores, arrives in September. Outside of a short cinematic, no information was given regarding the actual content of these updates. DICE followed up their EA showing with a very brief cinematic for one of Battlefield V’s Nordlys campaign story. It centers on a Norwegian resistance fighter battling against German occupation while also trying to save her family. No gameplay was shown and the video lasted maybe less than a minute. Forza Horizon 4 raced on stage. The next entry boasts dynamic seasons that developer Playground Games promises will dramatically alter races. Winter, for example, freezes over bodies of water, opening up new areas for players to reach. Additionally, the Xbox One X version features a 60 fps mode. Forza Horizon 4 comes to Xbox One and Windows 10 on October 2 and hits Xbox Game Pass the same day. On the subject of bolstering the Xbox library, Phil Spencer announced the formation of new first-party studio The Initiative. He doubled down on that news by announcing the acquisition of third-party studios Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games. Since Microsoft paid Compulsion some lip service, we got new story trailer for We Happy Few. It showed off more of the wacky premise, showing how far the project has come. It has an August 10 release date. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has new maps arriving in the coming as soon as this summer. Additionally, a new destination called War Mode is on the way. JRPG fans were happy to learn that 2008's Tales of Vesperia is getting remastered for Xbox One. This Definitive Edition includes previously Japanese-only content and characters and arrives this winter A gameplay demonstration for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 took viewers through a squad-based mission in the games Washington D.C. setting. The squad engages in a firefight against in and around a destroyed Air Force One. The Division 2 launches March 15 and you can sign up for the beta now. Ashley Speicher, head of Xbox Engineering, took the stage to talk about Xbox Game Pass. First, a new FastStart feature that launches select games twice as fast will be included in the June Xbox update. Additionally, Fallout 4, The Division, and The Elder Scrolls Online became available on Game Pass that day. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will join the library later this year. Future releases, such as Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3, and others, will be playable on Game Pass the same day that they launch. Next we got the required ID@Xbox rapid-fire showcase showed off upcoming indie titles. The highlight reel included Outer Wilds, Afterparty, Warhammer II: Vermintide, Super Meat Boy Forever, Sable, Generation Zero, Dead Cells, and Ashen. A new Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer showed off more locations, including a Day of the Dead festival. We got a look at possibly the main villain, watched Lara stare down vicious jaguars, and watched her narrowly survive as a massive flood swept through a village. Following that was a short trailer for Session, a Kickstarted skateboard game that drew some comparisons to Skate, as well as a teaser for the Xbox port of mmorpg Black Desert. The stylish reveal of Devil May Cry 5 offered a huge surprise. As a direct sequel to Devil May Cry 4 (and thus ignoring Ninja Theory's DmC), Nero returns as the leading man alongside a new female sidekick. Gameplay showed off Nero's new robotic arm and a what appeared to be a time-stopping power. Oh, and Dante rode in for a quick cameo at the end. Director Hideaki Itsuno proudly declared DMC 5 as the best game he's ever made and has a spring 2019 launch window. Another surprise came in the form of a DLC expansion for Cuphead. Titled The Delicious Last Course, it releases next year and includes a third playable character, Ms. Chalice, along with a new island populated with bosses. Meanwhile, Tunic, the adorable Zelda-style game starring a cute fox, emerged from hibernation and looks as pretty and fun as ever. Phil Spencer returned to state that everything shown going forward would be never-before-seen world premiers. That kicked off with the reveal of Jump Force. This crossover fighter cherry picks characters from Shonen Jump anime like Dragon Ball and Naruto and pits them against each other. Look for it in 2019. Dying Light 2 premiered sporting a new emphasis on dynamic choice-making. The demonstration showed the player negotiating with a faction hoarding a crucial water supply. Depending on whether or not you follow them, the consequences physically alters the city and affects the population's morale and general way of life. Dying Light 2 features improved parkour mechanics and night gameplay, though not shown, remains a terrifying factor. Remember Battletoads? Rare hopes that you do because a new game is in development for launch in 2019. We didn't see anything of it, but we do know it'll support 3-player couch co-op and have a hand-drawn 2.5D presentation. Just Cause 4 made its official debut after being leaked twice before the show. A story trailer set up Rico's battle against the Black Hand private army. Fans also got to see the new weather effects, including a tornado (which Rico promptly jumped into). Just Cause 4 launches December 4. The Gears of War franchise has not one but three new titles on the way. First was Gears Pop!, which features Funko Pop versions of the Gears cast. For strategy fans, Gears Tactics blends turned-based strategy with the series cover-based gameplay. Finally, a cinematic trailer for Gears 5 (yes, just Gears) established Gears of War 4's Kait Diaz as the new protagonist. The trailer appeared to center on her ancestral connection to the Locust, with J.D. and Marcus Fenix serving as support roles. Phil Spencer returned to the stage one last time to tease future projects such as Microsoft AI and a game-streaming service. He even confirmed that the next Xbox console was already deep in development. Just as he was bringing the show to a close, the briefing's feed was abruptly hijacked by one more game waiting to make itself known. CD Projekt RED's long-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 made its big debut after spending years in hiding.The trailer showed off the sci-fi beauty of Night City as well as its seedy underbelly. The almost Grand Theft Auto-esque style trailer checked off the many of the cyberpunk genre's calling cards: humans with crazy machine parts, flying cars, and building-sized holograms. Everything looked gorgeous to the point of looking next-gen, though the game has been confirmed for this console generation. We still didn't get a release window but this incredible first look made arguably the biggest splash of any title shown throughout the show. So how do you think Microsoft's briefing shaped up? Let us know in the comments. You can also watch it yourself down below. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
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