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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. Animal Crossing on the Switch remained a relative mystery until a new trailer revealed itself during the Nintendo E3 2019 release conference. Previously, all we had to cling on to was a Tom Nook monologue and a release window of 2019. While that window has been pushed back, we did gain quite a bit of new knowledge on the upcoming game. Dissatisfied with living the life of a small-time salesman, the wiley businessman Tom Nook has positioned himself as head of operations in the Animal Crossing world. He seems to have kept himself busy indeed with the establishment if Nook Inc. and the building of “The Deserted Island Getaway Package.” As the trailer moves along, we see a villager establishing themselves in this new world starting with the basics. They place a tent and get to work gathering resources to build up some sort of townscape. Time progresses and we see the layout getting more and more complicated as new items are crafted, areas are explored, and the world shapes up. More buildings pop up, causing residents to appear. Not only do the adorable furry and fuzzy creatures town denizens pop into existence, but fellow villagers also join the town. The presence of other human villagers firmly suggests multiplayer content exists or is at least planned. As this is Tom Nook, a further cut scene appears where he presents the villager with an itemized bill including everything from airfare to your “NookPhone.” I mean fair is fair. While this little scene acts as a joke making fun of Nooks ever-benevolent character, it does seem to bring up a subtle note of the mobile series Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. There may be a tie-in for the new game to the successful mobile title in some capacity. Maybe that connection will involve linking the social aspect of Pocket Camp into the multiplayer or perhaps a whole new gameplay element. While previously we had a release window, now we have a date. However, that date comes somewhat later than the 2019 timeframe we had up until this point. This upcoming game, fully titled Animal Crossing: New Horizons, will release on March 20, 2020. Further gameplay can be seen via the Nintendo Treehouse live event that aired after the press conference. The demo showcases the early game. Are you excited for Animal Crossing to come to Switch? What do you think of the new island setting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on the Extra Life social channels! 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. Animal Crossing on the Switch remained a relative mystery until a new trailer revealed itself during the Nintendo E3 2019 release conference. Previously, all we had to cling on to was a Tom Nook monologue and a release window of 2019. While that window has been pushed back, we did gain quite a bit of new knowledge on the upcoming game. Dissatisfied with living the life of a small-time salesman, the wiley businessman Tom Nook has positioned himself as head of operations in the Animal Crossing world. He seems to have kept himself busy indeed with the establishment if Nook Inc. and the building of “The Deserted Island Getaway Package.” As the trailer moves along, we see a villager establishing themselves in this new world starting with the basics. They place a tent and get to work gathering resources to build up some sort of townscape. Time progresses and we see the layout getting more and more complicated as new items are crafted, areas are explored, and the world shapes up. More buildings pop up, causing residents to appear. Not only do the adorable furry and fuzzy creatures town denizens pop into existence, but fellow villagers also join the town. The presence of other human villagers firmly suggests multiplayer content exists or is at least planned. As this is Tom Nook, a further cut scene appears where he presents the villager with an itemized bill including everything from airfare to your “NookPhone.” I mean fair is fair. While this little scene acts as a joke making fun of Nooks ever-benevolent character, it does seem to bring up a subtle note of the mobile series Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. There may be a tie-in for the new game to the successful mobile title in some capacity. Maybe that connection will involve linking the social aspect of Pocket Camp into the multiplayer or perhaps a whole new gameplay element. While previously we had a release window, now we have a date. However, that date comes somewhat later than the 2019 timeframe we had up until this point. This upcoming game, fully titled Animal Crossing: New Horizons, will release on March 20, 2020. Further gameplay can be seen via the Nintendo Treehouse live event that aired after the press conference. The demo showcases the early game. Are you excited for Animal Crossing to come to Switch? What do you think of the new island setting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on the Extra Life social channels! 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. A small sneak peek stole the entire show. At the end of the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019, a short trailer revealed the existence of the next installment in The Legend of Zelda franchise. There aren’t many details currently available, but here’s what we know so far. “We have more games in development beyond what you’ve seen today,” said senior managing executive officer at Nintendo Shinya Takahashi after a certain new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character was revealed. After saying no more, the stream cut to a trailer with very ominous tones. The trailer starts out ambiguous with glowing tendrils and two figures exploring what appears to be a dungeon. The music accompanying the imagery builds a sense of doom and sounds oddly familiar, yet distorted. In a strange way, it feels similar to another sequel that set a darker tone than its predecessor: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. A few moments in, we see our heroes, Link and a now short-haired Zelda, exploring the darkness. They seem to be searching for something specific rather than going on a general expedition. It’s then we see some semblance of a terrifying enemy either forming or, perhaps more worryingly, decaying. The figure reaches out into the world with a deadly touch. In flashes, we see bits of moments of the story, and then, we finally get to look into the genuinely disturbing eye of a beast. After these subterranean scenes, the camera cuts to the outer world. Where we once saw the gently rolling lands of Hyrule, we now see the ground greatly disturbed by whatever has awakened from its slumber. Text reading, “The sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development,” pops onto the final screen. Since this is very early on in the development, no news of a release date appears. We can gather that the sequel likely takes place in the same universe as Breath of the Wild and continues on with the story. The graphics are very similar to BotW, so we can reasonably conclude that gameplay will be similar and the game may be made using the same engine. Link and Zelda are together in this trailer, so it could be possible that Nintendo heard our cries for a playable Zelda. Being able to switch between the two and explore Zelda’s fighting style and powers would be a catchy hook for newbie players as well as Legend of Zelda franchise veterans. It’s a hook that hasn’t been fully utilized in The Legend of Zelda series since Zelda’s Adventure, one of the terrible Philips CD-i games and could stand out as a redemptive moment for an often underutilized character. The big baddie looks like a dark change of pace for the series, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a grim and harrowing story this time around to match. This new game could focus more on building up characters with a more streamlined story, an aspect many found wanting in Breath of the Wild. “I’m looking forward to the day we can introduce them to you,” said Takahashi. Hey, us too. What do you expect from the next installment in this storied franchise? When do you think we’ll see its release? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on the Extra Life social channels. 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. A small sneak peek stole the entire show. At the end of the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019, a short trailer revealed the existence of the next installment in The Legend of Zelda franchise. There aren’t many details currently available, but here’s what we know so far. “We have more games in development beyond what you’ve seen today,” said senior managing executive officer at Nintendo Shinya Takahashi after a certain new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character was revealed. After saying no more, the stream cut to a trailer with very ominous tones. The trailer starts out ambiguous with glowing tendrils and two figures exploring what appears to be a dungeon. The music accompanying the imagery builds a sense of doom and sounds oddly familiar, yet distorted. In a strange way, it feels similar to another sequel that set a darker tone than its predecessor: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. A few moments in, we see our heroes, Link and a now short-haired Zelda, exploring the darkness. They seem to be searching for something specific rather than going on a general expedition. It’s then we see some semblance of a terrifying enemy either forming or, perhaps more worryingly, decaying. The figure reaches out into the world with a deadly touch. In flashes, we see bits of moments of the story, and then, we finally get to look into the genuinely disturbing eye of a beast. After these subterranean scenes, the camera cuts to the outer world. Where we once saw the gently rolling lands of Hyrule, we now see the ground greatly disturbed by whatever has awakened from its slumber. Text reading, “The sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development,” pops onto the final screen. Since this is very early on in the development, no news of a release date appears. We can gather that the sequel likely takes place in the same universe as Breath of the Wild and continues on with the story. The graphics are very similar to BotW, so we can reasonably conclude that gameplay will be similar and the game may be made using the same engine. Link and Zelda are together in this trailer, so it could be possible that Nintendo heard our cries for a playable Zelda. Being able to switch between the two and explore Zelda’s fighting style and powers would be a catchy hook for newbie players as well as Legend of Zelda franchise veterans. It’s a hook that hasn’t been fully utilized in The Legend of Zelda series since Zelda’s Adventure, one of the terrible Philips CD-i games and could stand out as a redemptive moment for an often underutilized character. The big baddie looks like a dark change of pace for the series, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a grim and harrowing story this time around to match. This new game could focus more on building up characters with a more streamlined story, an aspect many found wanting in Breath of the Wild. “I’m looking forward to the day we can introduce them to you,” said Takahashi. Hey, us too. What do you expect from the next installment in this storied franchise? When do you think we’ll see its release? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on the Extra Life social channels. 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. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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. 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  21. 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!
  22. 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
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