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Monday, Jun 10, 2019

  

Rainbow Six Quarantine Breaks Out Next Year

Hopefully your inoculations are up-to-date, as Ubisoft announces Tom Clancy Rainbow Six Quarantine, the next installment in the Rainbow Six series of special ops shooters. This is in development at Ubisoft Montreal for release on PC and consoles early next year. The game already has a website which offers the E3 2019 teaser trailer with a look at what to expect. Word is they are hoping this does for the co-op first-person shooter what Rainbow Six Siege has done for PvP shooters. Here's word:

Today, during the E3 press conference, Ubisoft® revealed Tom Clancy Rainbow Six® Quarantine, the latest installment in the best-selling Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six franchise. This brand-new three-player, tactical co-op shooter will be available early 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Rainbow Six Quarantine will also be available on Uplay+, Ubisoft’s subscription service. More details on Uplay+ can be found on Uplay.com*.

Developed by a new dedicated team at Ubisoft Montreal, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Quarantine is set several years in the future of the Rainbow Six Universe. The Rainbow operators will face off against a highly lethal new breed of mutated alien parasite infecting human hosts and their surroundings.

“We set out to create a radically re-designed co-op experience built on the foundations of one of the best shooters of this generation. What Siege is to the PVP shooter genre, we want Quarantine to be to co-op.” said Bio Jade Adam-Granger, Lead Game Designer.

Players can prepare to launch into tense, chaotic and totally unpredictable missions as they will risk everything with their squad, every time they step into Quarantine.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine, please visit rainbowsixquarantine.com, follow us on twitter.com/ or facebook.com/ and join the conversation by using #rainbowsixquarantine.

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DEATHLOOP Announced

Bethesda.net has the announcement of DEATHLOOP, a first-person action game in development at Arkane Lyon that pits a pair of assassins in "an eternal struggle" on a lawless island. This trailer offers a look, but they aren't setting a release date at this time. Here's more:

"DEATHLOOP" transports players to the lawless island of Blackreef in an eternal struggle between two extraordinary assassins. Explore stunning environments and meticulously designed levels in an immersive gameplay experience that lets you approach every situation any way you like. Hunt down targets all over the island in an effort to put an end to the cycle once and for all, and remember, if at first you don’t succeed… die, die again.

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GhostWire: Tokyo Revealed

Also on Bethesda.net are first details on GhostWire: Tokyo, a new action/adventure from Tango Gameworks, the developers of The Evil Within. There's no release date yet, but this teaser trailer introduces the concept along with the following short blurb:

After strange disappearances hit Tokyo’s population, it’s up to you to uncover the source and purge the city of a strange, new evil. Armed with your own mysterious abilities, you will face down the occult, unravel conspiracy theories and experience urban legends like never before.

Don’t fear the unknown. Attack it.

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Ubisoft Announces Premium Uplay+ Service

Ubisoft announces Uplay+, a premium version of their gaming service that will offer access to an entire roster of their games for a single monthly subscription fee. This will launch on September 3rd, and will also be available through Google's new Stadia service. A free trial will be offered for those who sign up between now and mid-August through the Uplay website. The news comes with this trailer and these details:

Today at E3, Ubisoft announced that Uplay+, its new subscription service, will launch on September 3, 2019, for Windows PC. For $14.99/month, players will have unlimited access to download more than 100 games, including new releases, the latest released games, back catalog, premium editions and additional content packs. Players who sign up for Uplay+ between June 10 and August 15 will be able to access* a free trial of Uplay+ from September 3 to September 30. Uplay+ will also be available on the new generation gaming platform, Stadia, in 2020.

Uplay+ will give players the opportunity to discover the best Ubisoft games on PC, with unlimited access to more than 100 games, including DLC**, right at launch on September 3. In addition, subscribers will automatically be included in beta access and early access programs for upcoming titles***, including the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Breakpoint closed beta on September 5, and the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Breakpoint Ultimate Edition on October 1 – three days prior to the game’s worldwide launch.

With Uplay+, subscribers will have access to download Ubisoft’s growing catalog of 100+ games, including:

  • Upcoming Releases: Watch Dogs®: Legion, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Breakpoint, Rainbow Six® Quarantine, Gods & Monsters™ and more.
  • Latest Released Games: Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2, Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege, Far Cry® 5, Anno 1800™ and more.
  • Classic Ubisoft Titles: Titles from the Far Cry and Rayman franchises, Prince of Persia®, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell®, Beyond Good & Evil® and more.
  • Beloved PC Franchises: Heroes of Might and Magic, Silent Hunter, The Settlers, Anno and more.

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The Division 2 Free Episodes and Free Weekend Plans

Ubisoft's busy E3 rolls on with the announcement of plans for free episodic content coming to Tom Clancy's The Division 2 over the course of the next year. They also announce this weekend will provide everyone the chance to try out the game for free. Here's a Year 1 first look trailer and here's all the free goodness they have in the works:

The fight for Washington, DC has been raging for months in The Division 2, and over the next year, three free episodes will expand the battleground significantly. These new episodes will introduce new areas, modes, rewards, Specializations, and exotic gear and weapons as Agents face new challenges. Read on below for new details on what each free episode will bring.

If you don't own The Division 2 yet, mark your calendars for the free weekend running from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It'll be the perfect time to explore the open world of DC and take on the diverse enemy factions creating havoc in the streets. And if you decide to purchase the game, not only will you keep all your free weekend progress, but you can also take advantage of discounts of up to 40% from June 7 to June 24.

Episode 1 D.C. Outskirts will take Agents outside of the city proper for the first time to explore the surrounding areas and woodlands as they hunt for President Ellis and the leader of the Outcasts. Among these areas will be the Washington National Zoo, where Agents will deal with threats throughout 11 different biomes. This episode will also introduce Expeditions mode, which will confront players with cooperative challenges to take on every week as they progress through different wings of Trinity College. Episode 1 D.C. Outskirts will release in July 2019, and Year 1 Pass holders will get early access to the episode one week before it launches for all players.

Episode 2 Pentagon: The Last Castle is slated for fall 2019. Agents will have to deal with elevated Black Tusk activity and tackle three new main missions inside one of America's most iconic buildings. Additionally, The Division 2's toughest challenge—Operation Dark Hours—will be getting some company as Episode 2 introduces a second 8-player raid. This time, players will travel to a remote foundry and take on the True Sons.

Episode 3 Brooklyn: Homecoming will take players back to New York City to confront new challenges at Coney Island. A nemesis is trying to spread the Green Poison virus, and a showdown is imminent when this episode arrives in early 2020.

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Watch Dogs: Legion Announced

Ubisoft officially announces Watch Dogs: Legion, after last week's confirmation of leaked details about the next installment in the surveillance state game. They offer first details on the game, and say it will be released for PC and consoles on March 6, 2020. An official world premiere trailer introduces the game, while another trailer offers a look at gameplay. Also, NVIDIA announces the game will feature support for their DirectX ray tracing technology. Here's word on the game and its Gold, Ultimate, and Collector's Editions:

Today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft® announced that Watch Dogs®: Legion, the newest installment of the blockbuster Watch Dogs® franchise will be available worldwide on March 6, 2020 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Windows PC. Watch Dogs: Legion will also launch on the new generation gaming platform, Stadia

In the near future, London is facing its downfall: people are being oppressed by an all-seeing surveillance state, a corrupt private military corporation controls the streets, and a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the most vulnerable. In Watch Dogs: Legion, the player’s mission is to build a resistance to fight back against the emergence of an authoritarian regime.

Thanks to a never-before-seen gameplay innovation created by Ubisoft Toronto*, the studio behind Watch Dogs: Legion, players will have complete freedom to ‘Play as Anyone.’ Every Londoner in the open world is fully simulated, with a persistent life and backstory, and players can recruit anyone from the entire population into their team. From an MI5 agent to a tough bareknuckle fighter, from a brilliant hacker to an illegal street racer, or from a rising football star to a geriatric grandma, anyone can join the resistance and become the hero of the story.

Every character also has unique gameplay traits, based on their profile. Once they join the team, players choose their class, level them up, and unlock new abilities and upgrades. They can easily swap between them and approach the challenges of the game the way they want using hacking and drones, stealth, melee or combat, lethal or non-lethal.

In Watch Dogs: Legion, the players' choices have real consequences. If non-lethal force is used, the enemy will attempt to subdue and arrest the player. But if the player shoots to kill, their characters could be wounded or even permanently killed.

In Watch Dogs: Legion, players can even bring their unique team online and team up with their friends in four-player co-op, while sharing their progression between single-player and online.

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Chivalry 2 Announced

Publisher Tripwire Interactive and developer Torn Banner Studios announce Chivalry 2, saying a sequel to multiplayer first-person slasher is expected next year. Word is this will be a one-year exclusive on the Epic Games Store. The announcement trailer shows off gameplay to go along with the following details:

RETURN TO THE ULTIMATE MEDIEVAL BATTLEFIELD
Chivalry 2 is a multiplayer first-person slasher inspired by epic medieval movie battles where players will experience the thrill of combat in massive 64-player battlefields brought to life. Chivalry’s flagship Team Objective game mode brings narrative to multiplayer by having players battle across multiple stages in contextualized objectives, thrusting the player into the action of all their favorite medieval movie scenes.

EPIC CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE
Players will immerse themselves in the sounds and sights of battle as they are thrust into iconic moments of the era, from the heavy thunder of cavalry charges to forest ambushes, sprawling castle sieges, and good old looting and pillaging. Survive waves of fiery arrows raining down from above, slay multiple enemies with a single strike and ride to war on horseback to claim glory by your blade. Riveting sound and effects ensure every blow lands with the sickening thud of steel sinking into bone, making Chivalry 2 the ultimate aggression outlet and emotional release. Think punching bag or stress ball!

BECOME A WARRIOR OF LEGEND
Whether you seek to become a Heroic warrior, a blood-soaked murderer or the village goofball, enhanced player expression brings thousands of new voice-lines, deep character customization and a wide range of emotes expanding upon the series iconic battle cries allow for an impressive range of epic and hilarious roleplay opportunities. Whether you want to experience the intensity of Braveheart or the comedy of Monty Python, all the romance of the medieval era awaits.

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Roller Champions Free Demo

Ubisoft also announces Roller Champions, a free-to-play arena sports game based on a skating mechanic. This is to officially launch next year, but there is a special E3 demo that's available to check out between now and June 14th. You can download the client through the Roller Champions Website. You can get a look at this in action in the E3 2019 trailer and this gameplay trailer. Here's the plan:

Today, Ubisoft unveiled Roller ChampionsTM, the free-to-play team-based sports game where players skate, pass, dodge and score in a fan-packed arena. Players can download and play the Roller Champions E3 demo for four days only, from now through June 14 at 1 pm UTC (6 am PT) on Uplay for Windows PC. Roller Champions will release in early 2020.

Fast and Fun
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal with Ubisoft Winnipeg and Ubisoft Pune, Roller Champions is a new sports sensation delivering exhilarating and fast-paced team PvP gameplay – on wheels. Two teams of three players are pitted against each other in arenas around the world, and players are cheered on by crowds of roaring fans as they acquire the ball, pass it to teammates and dodge and tackle opponents to score a goal in the illuminated hoop that appears above the rink.

Fierce and Friendly
Competition is everywhere, so teamwork is crucial on the road to becoming Roller Champions! Roller Champions combines fun and collaborative team play with fierce and friendly competitive action. Three players team up and use speed, wit, tackles and dodges to lap around the arena to be the first team to reach five points. Ride up and down the walls of the elliptical arena to gain speed, pivot, pass or race toward the goal to take a shot.

Roll up to Glory
As players progress, they will gain more and more fans – eventually filling up an entire arena! Once one arena is filled to the max, players will move to a bigger arena to fit their growing fan base. They will unlock customization items like new gear, fan celebrations, fan outfits and animations and more. Roller Champions leaderboards keep track of those making Roller Champions history.

For four days only, download the Roller Champions E3 demo for free and play now through June 14: www.rollerchampions.com.

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Gods & Monsters Announced

Ubisoft's flood of new game announcements from E3 continues with the unveiling of Gods & Monsters, an action/adventure in the works at Ubisoft Quebec for release on February 25, 2020 for Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Stadia. Here's the world premiere cinematic trailer, and here are the details:

Today, Ubisoft announced Gods & MonstersTM, an all-new action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Quebec, the team behind Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey, will launch worldwide on February 25, 2020. This open world fantasy adventure features a beautiful painted art style, engaging players in a fantastical world as they use godlike abilities to defeat famed mythological beasts and save the Greek gods in a heroic journey for the ages.

In Gods & Monsters players embody Fenyx, a forgotten hero on a quest to restore power to the Greek gods after it was stolen by Typhon, the deadliest creature in Greek mythology. Players will explore the Isle of the Blessed and prove their heroism as they face dangerous mythological creatures, including fearsome Gorgons and Harpies and mighty Cyclopes. Gifted with special powers from the gods of Olympus, players must overcome treacherous dungeons, challenging trials and perform heroic feats on their journey to save the gods.

A storybook adventure at heart, Gods & Monsters features a lively and colorful open world to discover. Players will roam freely on the ground and glide in the air, taking advantage of their extraordinary abilities to explore this vibrant world full of surprises, epic battles, quests and fantastical creatures. The journey will be as challenging and rewarding as the destination, and players will emerge as the heroes they were meant to become.

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint Beta in September

Ubisoft offers new E3 videos for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Walker Manifesto and Jon Bernthal on Bringing Walker to Life covering the new star of the series, a We Are Brothers trailer showing off gameplay, and a Delta Company trailer introducing a new community program. They also reveal a beta test for Breakpoint will get underway on September 5th. Those interested in testing the next installment in the shooter series can sign up for a chance at being selected to participate. Those who do not want to leave this to chance can guarantee access by preordering the game, which, of course, carries its own risks. Here's word:

Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Breakpoint, the latest installment in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise, will hold a beta phase from September 5 to 8. It will be available on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC. Players can sign up now for a chance to participate at ghostrecon.com/beta. Players who pre-order any edition of the game will gain access to the beta.*

In Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ghosts confront foes with the same training and experience that they have. The Wolves, a lethal ex–US military unit gone rogue, have seized the archipelago of Auroa, home of tech powerhouse Skell Technology. The Wolves are now armed with powerful killing machines from Skell’s cutting-edge drone factories. Stranded behind enemy lines and hunted down, players will face an intense military experience as they fight to survive and take down the Wolves and their leader, Lt. Colonel Cole D. Walker.

The game stars critically acclaimed actor, Jon Bernthal, as Cole D. Walker, the most formidable villain ever in a Ghost Recon game. A former brother-in-arms, Walker took part in several missions alongside the Ghosts in the past. While his ties with his former brothers still exist, he is ready to do whatever it takes to defend Auroa and pursue his own ideals, which players will discover as they confront him in the game.

“The team was thrilled to work with Jon Bernthal to bring Cole D. Walker to life,” said Nouredine Abboud, executive producer at Ubisoft Paris. “Walker is a complex villain, and it was important for us to find someone who could bring the necessary level of depth to the character. Jon did a fantastic job, and we can’t wait for players to see him in action!”

Ubisoft also presented its new community program, Ghost Recon Delta Company, which will support the passion and creativity of community members with special content and direct discussions with the lead development studio. Available globally and in more than ten languages, this is the largest community program Ubisoft has ever launched. Submissions to join Ghost Recon Delta Company are available at ghostrecon.com/DeltaCompany.

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Vermintide 2 Versus Announced

Fatshark announces a new Versus mode for Vermintide 2 which brings four-versus-four mode to the fantasy action game. This trailer offers a look, and this page is accepting signups to beta test. Here's word:

Today independent developer Fatshark announced a new game mode to their multimillion selling and award-winning hit game Warhammer: Vermintide 2.

With millions of gamers watching the PC Gaming Show held at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, Fatshark announced the new Warhammer Vermintide 2 game mode Versus.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will now let gamers play as the enemy and fight the heroes. With Versus, Fatshark will bring a 4 vs 4 gameplay to Vermintide 2, and when human players control the enemy factions, they might just be tougher than ever.

“The player has always been the hero of the game, but in the Versus mode, players will now be able to play as the enemy factions.” says Martin Wahlund, CEO Fatshark. “Versus is a competitive game mode where two separate teams of four players take turns playing as the enemies and heroes.”

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PC Shenmue III an Epic Games Store Exclusive

A Kickstarter update for Shenmue III reveals the PC edition of the game will be an Epic Games Store exclusive (thanks Devinoch). There is backlash to this news in the comments, as the crowdfunding campaign for the action/adventure sequel previously promised a Steam key to backers, which goes unaddressed by the new update, which is reproduced below:

We are happy to announce that Shenmue III for PC will be will be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Development for Shenmue III has been moving forward using Unreal Engine and the support we have received from Epic has been excellent. But most importantly, in looking for the most enjoyable experience on PC, it was decided together with Deep Silver after much discussion that the Epic Games Store would be the best distribution platform option.

*For inquiries regarding the General Sales such as Epic Games Store exclusive or Pre-Order, please see our FAQ page. For other inquiries please visit Deep Silver customer support.

Bethesda Announces Orion Streaming Tech

Bethesda Softworks announces Orion, "a patented collection of software technologies that optimize game engines for superior performance in a streaming environment." Developed by id Software, they say this is "platform-agnostic" game streaming technology to allow games to stream with lower latency and lower bandwidth at higher quality. Here's a bit:

In contrast to game streaming services that focus on hardware solutions to stream games, Orion is game engine-based technology that optimizes a game for the cloud. Integrated within the game engine itself, Orion can achieve dramatic latency reductions of up to 20% per frame and requires up to 40% less bandwidth. The Orion technology is complementary to the hardware technology in data centers built by other streaming providers, ensuring much better results when paired together.

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Into the Black

RAGE 2 Roadmap

Bethesda.net offers an E3 2019 trailer for RAGE 2, offering a look at the future of the shooter sequel in a clip styled after an 80s television intro. The clip shows off the free weekly content coming to the game, as well as a glimpse of the Rise of the Ghosts expansion coming later this year. Here's the roadmap:

Oh, that’s right. It’s a bunch of awesome free shit, including new vehicles like the pilotable Mech and the one-wheeled Armadillo, new dynamic events, new Cheats, and so. Much. More. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Wow. Why are they giving all this stuff away for free?” That’s a stupid question. It’s because we just love you guys, like, so much. We would give you the moon if that weren’t such a stupid gift. Seriously, where would you keep a moon? That’s not a present; it’s a responsibility. Take a look at the latest RAGE 2 trailer for a sneak peak at everything coming up and get the full breakdown of everything you’ll see below.

Here’s everything you’ll have access to over the next month:

  • Pilotable Mech “Boom Bringer” vehicle – Mechs aren’t just for the River Hogs anymore. Hop into the new Boom Bringer Mech and…. Well, bring the boom. And the explosions. And the mindboggling amounts of pain.
  • Global Worming dynamic event – Aside from having a really excellent name, the Global Worming event introduces the Sand Worm, a massive new enemy that will require all your Ranger skills to take down.
  • Bug Swarm dynamic event – Don’t you love leaving your house in the warmer months and immediately being assaulted by millions of flying insects? Yeah, neither do we. Let’s kill all those little bastards.
  • One-wheeled “Armadillo” vehicle – The name is cute, and if you ask us, the vehicle is pretty cute, too. Cute in an “Oh god, it’s coming this way and it’s not slowing down and it’s going to run right over me” kind of way. So maybe not that cute. Definitely rad, though. (Did you know that armadillos can transmit leprosy to humans? So cute!)
  • “Ghost” motorcycle – Be the edgiest kid in the wasteland with the new Ghost motorcycle. A hint of what’s to come in the upcoming Rise of the Ghosts expansion, perhaps?
  • Stanley Express missions – Visit key locations around the map and find Stanley, an excellent source of missions and a machine-shaped friend.
  • New Cheats – Get the TV fatal and OzzyMan voice packs, the Rejector Seat Cheat, and more!
  • New weapon skins
  • New Daily Events
  • New Wasteland Challenges and Community Events

The trailer also teased the Rise of the Ghosts expansion, which is coming later this year. This huge expansion will add an entirely new questline, region to explore, and faction to the game, in addition to a new weapon and ability to add to your already impressive arsenal.

The teams at Avalanche and id Software have been listening to your comments and feedback and are also working on new difficulty modes and a New Game+ mode, and we’ll have more on that in the coming weeks.

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Gears of War 5 in September

The Escape Announce is the E3 2019 trailer for Gears of War 5, the next installment in the steroidal shooter series. Word is the game is due before the end of summer: "Destroy from within and escape with your lives in #GEARS5, launching September 10, 2019. Play four days early with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, playable on Xbox One and Windows 10." The Xbox website has details on the inclusion with the Game Pass, and details on preordering, either of which will earn you the Terminator Dark Fate Character Pack featuring Sarah Connor and the T-800 from the film, the Vector Lancer Skin, and 7 days of Boost. Word is:

From one of gaming’s most acclaimed sagas, Gears is bigger than ever, with five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet. With all-out war descending, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself.

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LEGO STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA Announced

WBIE and TT Games announce LEGO STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA, a new installment in their toy/movie/game crossover series that is going to brick PCs and consoles next year. This trailer offers a look at the game, which will cover all nine of the main storyline movies. The clip includes the following description:

The galaxy is yours with LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga! Play through all nine Star Wars™ saga films in a brand-new LEGO video game unlike any other. Experience fun-filled adventures, whimsical humor, and the freedom to fully immerse yourself in the LEGO Star Wars universe like never before.

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DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT Next Year

DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT is the new official title for the upcoming game previously known as DRAGON BALL GAME – PROJECT Z, announces BANDAI NAMCO. They say this anime action/RPG will roll out for Windows and consoles early next year:

Leading anime video game developer and publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announced DRAGON BALL Z™: KAKAROT as the final name for the previously announced DRAGON BALL GAME – PROJECT Z. Coming to the Americas in early 2020 for the Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and PC, DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT is an all-new Action RPG (role-playing game) that will take players on the most accurate, dramatic, and epic telling of the DRAGON BALL Z canon storyline – the story of Kakarot – the Saiyan better known as Goku.

Developed in Japan by video game developer CyberConnect2, the game tells the legendary story of DRAGON BALL Z, taking players on an unforgettable adventure to experience over-the-top battles and challenging quests while creating life-long friendships as they crusade to protect Earth from fearsome villains. Additionally, DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT will also present resolutions to long unanswered questions from the DRAGON BALL Z storyline through light-hearted side quests.

Tales of Arise Arising Next Year

BANDAI NAMCO also announces Tales of Arise, a new installment in the JRPG series coming to Windows and consoles next year. Here's a trailer with an overview, and here are some details:

Tales of Arise takes place in a solar system containing the two neighboring planets of Dahna and Rena. The inhabitants of Dahna have always paid reverence to their planetary neighbors on Rena – a planet they can clearly see in their sky – as a land of the righteous and divine. For the people of Dahna, legends and lore about Rena and its inhabitants have been handed down for countless generations, and through time, have become facts in their minds that have actually masked a cruel reality for the people of Dahna. For 300 years, the people of Rena have ruled over Dahna, pillaging the planet of its resources and stripping its people of their dignity and freedom. Tales of Arise begins with two people, born on different worlds, each longing to change their fate and create a new future for themselves and perhaps their people. Featuring an original cast of characters, a dramatic storyline, dynamic combat, breath-taking environments, with some classic Tales Of elements included, Tales of Arise marks a new beginning for the famed JRPG franchise.

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ELDEN RING Announced

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment announces ELDEN RING, a fantasy action/RPG game in development at FromSoftware that's coming to Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This confirms the report that this is the title of FromSoftware's collaboration with acclaimed fantasy author George R.R. Martin, who needed some way to fill his free time. The game does not yet have a release date, but the official website is online where you can sign up to stay informed on the project. The site offers this announcement trailer with a disarming cinematic look at what to expect, though this is more mysterious and atmospheric than informative. Here's all they are revealing about this for now:

Leading interactive entertainment media developer and publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announced ELDEN RING™, an expansive fantasy Action-RPG game developed by FromSoftware, Inc. under the direction of Hidetaka Miyazaki for the Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and PC.

Unparalleled adventure awaits in ELDEN RING, the next epic fantasy title created by FromSoftware, Inc. and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. ELDEN RING is FromSoftware’s largest game to-date and is set in a sprawling realm steeped in a rich and bloody history crafted by Hidetaka Miyazaki – creator of the influential and critically acclaimed DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin – author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

“Collaborating with George R.R. Martin to create the ELDEN RING mythos has been a genuinely delightful experience and a source of wonderful inspiration. The team is working hard to ensure that the world of ELDEN RING will be a fascinating place for players to explore, filled with peril and wonder from its furthest reaches to its lowest depths. This is a FromSoftware title through and through, rich in fantasy and RPG action. We sincerely hope you look forward to it.” Said Hidetaka Miyazaki, President of FromSoftware, Inc. and Game Director for ELDEN RING.

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Blair Witch Game This Year

Bloober Team announces Blair Witch, a new video game coming to Windows and Xbox One on August 30th. This marks just over 20 years after the sensation of "found footage" horror classic The Blair Witch Project, or three years after the less successful third installment in the series. By our count this will be the fourth PC game based on the series, as Gathering of Developers released a trilogy of Blair Witch games around the turn of the millennium. A NSFW reveal trailer shows off what its description calls "a first-person, story-driven psychological horror game based on the cinematic lore of Blair Witch." Here's the announcement:

Grab your camcorder and run like hell! Today the Bloober Team, in partnership with global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), revealed Blair Witch, live from The Xbox E3 Briefing. From the masters of fright, this brand-new first-person psychological horror game will return players to the dreadful woods in an original story inspired by the iconic Blair Witch. Currently in development for the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and PC, Blair Witch is set to launch worldwide on August 30, 2019.

“We are so thrilled, and honestly a little scared, to bring all players, especially fans of Blair Witch, back into the haunted woods. It is genuinely an honor to be working on such a hair-raising, paradigmatic experience, which defined so many of our lives!” said Piotr Babieno, CEO at Bloober Team.

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Microsoft Acquires Double Fine

A new video from Double Fine Productions features Tim Schafer announcing the acquisition of the company by Microsoft. Double Fine is now to be part of Xbox Game Studios. They promise more details on this "real soon." In the meantime, though they say that "going forward we'll be focusing on Xbox Game Pass and PC," they offer assurances that their Psychonauts sequel will still come to all the platforms it was announced for, including PlayStation 4: "More answers to all your questions real soon - but the big one: Psychonauts 2 will still be coming to *ALL* promised platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and of course - Xbox :)" Continue here to read the full story.

DOOM Eternal in November

The official E3 story trailer for DOOM Eternal is now available on Bethesda.net. This includes the revelation that the sequel to the 2016 DOOM reboot will launch on November 22nd. Don't let the story trailer moniker fool you, this includes gameplay footage, making for a pretty action-packed experience. The accompanying post does shed more light on the game's plot:

The forces of Hell have claimed Earth, overwhelming the planet with demons.
It’s time for you to once again fill the skull-crushing boots of the DOOM Slayer and save humanity from utter destruction.

Of course, there’s only one way to stop the chaos: rip and tear through every demon in your path, until it is done.

RAZE HELL
In DOOM Eternal, fight through the relentless demon onslaught with unmatched speed, devastating weaponry and evolved aggression-first combat as the legendary DOOM Slayer. See the newest trailer for a taste of the adrenaline-fueled combat, engaging gameplay and expanding universe that awaits in DOOM Eternal’s single-player Campaign.

The Slayer is deadlier this time around, but so are the enemies he faces. To annihilate the demon onslaught, players need to master a deadly combination of raw firepower, fast movement, aggressive resource management and old-fashioned instinct in DOOM Eternal’s demanding encounters.

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The Outer Worlds in October

The E3 2019 trailer for The Outer Worlds offers a look at Obsidian Entertainment's upcoming sci-fi RPG with a look at some of the failed promises of a utopian future and the arrival of a newcomer to unravel a mysterious conspiracy. The clip includes a release date, saying the game is coming to Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on October 25th (putting an end to a rumor this would come in August). Here's the description of the clip:

Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.

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Halo Infinite Next Year

A new Discover Hope trailer is the E3 2019 presentation for Halo Infinite, the upcoming infinityth installment in the shooter series. The cinematic clip sets up the story of the new game by rebooting Master Chief and setting the stage for what's to follow. It also offers a release Window, saying to expect the game in the 2020 holiday season. Here's the description:

The Master Chief returns in Halo Infinite – the next chapter of the legendary franchise launching holiday 2020 with Project Scarlett.

Developed by 343 Industries for Xbox One, Windows 10, and Project Scarlett, Halo Infinite continues the Halo 5: Guardians storyline and takes the franchise in ambitious, unexpected directions.

Powered by the all-new Slipspace Engine.

Learn more: https://www.xbox.com/games/halo-infinite

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New Microsoft Flight Simulator Next Year

Microsoft announces plans for a new installment of Microsoft Flight Simulator, saying their eponymous aerial series will take off once more in 2020. The website indicates this is coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One. There's not much more to go on for now besides the caption that the video was captured in real-time 4K, and the following description:

Coming 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood Trailer

Bethesda.net offers the official E3 2019 trailer for Wolfenstein: Youngblood, the upcoming continuation of this alternate history co-op shooter. They accompany the clip with this write-up:

Check out the latest trailer for a fresh dose of alternate-history Paris, intense co-op action and taking out every goose-stepping goon that gets in your way.

As BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters, Jess and Soph, you’ll take to the streets of 80s Nazi-occupied Paris as you search for your father. Establish a home base in the Parisian Catacombs and take on missions in any order you want. If you choose to roll solo, you’ll be paired up with an AI companion. As you complete missions, you’ll level up and unlock unique abilities, weapon attachments, gadgets, cosmetics and more.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood releases July 26 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Also launching in July, take the battle to virtual reality with Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, where you’ll join the French Resistance and hack into mechanized infantry to use against the Nazis!

Pick up the Wolfenstein: Youngblood Deluxe Edition for a bevy of in-game bonuses plus the Buddy Pass, which will let you partner up with a friend even if that friend doesn’t own the game. Learn more here.

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Minecraft Dungeons E3 Trailer

The E3 2019 trailer for Minecraft Dungeons offers a look at gameplay from this upcoming outside the box dungeon-crawler set in the Minecraft universe. This was announced for release next year, but this trailer narrows that window to spring 2020. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Well, now that it's over, that was a fun and exciting E3, with lots of new announcements, some of which we're still getting to this morning. What? The show doesn't start until tomorrow? Well okay then! The good news is we'll hopefully be all caught up in time for the PC Gaming Show today at 1:00 pm EDT. This is a more convenient time slot than the past couple of shows, though this makes it a bit early for any game announcement drinking games.

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Sunday, Jun 09, 2019

Free Borderlands 2 DLC Released

Gearbox announces Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary is now available as free DLC for Borderlands 2 owners. This confirms the the leak on the topic, and that this is to help bridge the gap between Borderlands 2 and the upcoming Borderlands 3. Here's a trailer showing off what to expect. Word is this is free for about the next month:

Announced during today’s Microsoft Xbox E3 2019 Briefing, Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary is the fifth campaign DLC for Borderlands 2. This all-new adventure not only sets the stage for Borderlands 3 but also introduces some exciting new features along the way. We’re talking new areas to explore, new enemies and bosses to battle, a new level cap to hit, new aesthetic options for your Vault Hunters and vehicles, two new endgame OP levels, and a new better-than-Legendary Effervescent tier of weapons and equipment to loot. And it’s free until July 8!

Led by the legendary Firehawk Lilith, The Crimson Raiders are in possession of the Vault Map and are preparing to leave Sanctuary in search of its secrets. But when Dahl-branded ships full of soldiers arrive and deploy a chemical weapon, the team is forced to change plans, and a hasty escape leaves Lilith and the Vault Hunters scattered across the Pandoran desert. Enemies infected by Dahl’s toxic gas pose a new threat to Pandora, and only you and your friends can stop it.

If you want to start the new Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary with one of your existing Vault Hunters, you need to visit the new “Fight for Sanctuary” location, which is accessible via Fast Travel stations. Note that attempting to play the new DLC content is not recommended unless your Vault Hunter is at least level 30.

Want to jump right into the DLC without delay, regardless of how much Borderlands 2 you’ve played? You also have the option to create a new level 30 Vault Hunter already loaded into the start of Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary. Go to the Select Character screen, create your level 30 character, and then start the game to automatically be transported to the new content.

That’s not all! If you’d like to play Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary but don’t have a copy of Borderlands 2, you might be interested in one of the great deals that are currently available for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection.

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Fallout 76 Battle Royale Revealed, Free Trial Tomorrow

Bethesda Softworks offers the Official E3 2019 Wastelanders gameplay trailer showing off a free update coming to Fallout 76. Word is: "One year after the opening of Vault 76, other humans have returned to Appalachia. Factions of Settlers and Raiders aim to make the world their own and claim a rumored fortune. Embark on a new main quest of choice and consequence, interact with characters and their unique stories, discover the faction settlements of Crater and Foundation, and collect powerful new weapons and armor. Your choices decide their fates." They also announce Nuclear Winter, a new 52-PLAYER battle royale "experience" coming to the irradiated RPG this fall, saying a sneak peak at this will be available to all starting tomorrow during a Fallout 76 Free Trial Week. This video developer diary explains that this take on the genre will retain the core focus of the game, and will include PvE elements, story elements, base building, and, of course, nukes. Here's word on what makes this S.P.E.C.I.A.L. from the Fallout website:

Nuclear Winter is an all-new 52-player PvP Battle Royale mode, free for Fallout 76 players. Nukes have set the world ablaze and the battle to claim your spot as Overseer of Vault 51 has begun – will you be the last one standing or be consumed by the ring of fire? Rank up, unlock exclusive perks and build your C.A.M.P. to weather the storm in true Fallout fashion. Scavenge for weapons, supplies, and nukes to take on other players and creatures and earn unique cosmetic rewards. Sneak Peek Starting June 10, 2019.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Date

The official E3 2019 cinematic trailer (NSFW) for Cyberpunk 2077 is online, revealing an April 16, 2020 release date for CD Projekt RED's highly anticipated sci-fi RPG, confirming a recent report the game will come next year. In an unexpected twist, the clip concludes revealing that the game will include the voice and likeness of a Hollywood star quite well known for his starring role in a cyberpunk film trilogy of his own (we won't spoil it further than we have already). Here's word:

Mark your calendars — Cyberpunk 2077, the open-world, action-adventure story from CD PROJEKT RED, is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC April 16th, 2020.

Pre-order now: https://www.cyberpunk.net/pre-order

About Cyberpunk 2077:
In the most dangerous megacity of the future, the real you is not enough. Become V, a cyber-enhanced mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant — the key to immortality. Customize your cyberware and skillset, and explore a vast city of the future obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. The choices you make will determine the story and shape the world around you.

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Apex Legends Trailer and Season 2 Details

This video is the EA Play presentation for Apex Legends, going into detail about what's coming in Season 2 for the battle royale game, including a new mode, a new weapon, an improved battle pass, and the reveal of a 10th legend coming to the game. Also, Stories from the Outlands – “A Father’s Letter” is a new trailer rolled with a little bit of storytelling. Here's the description of that:

Natalie “Wattson” Paquette made the Apex Arena’s Ring a reality. Her proud father congratulated her on the breakthrough in a heartfelt letter – but that’s not all he had to say.

Apex Legends™ is a free-to-play battle royale game where legendary characters battle for glory, fame, and fortune on the fringes of the Frontier.

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Battlefield V Plans and Trailer

Also from EA Play is this post recapping the showing of Battlefield V. It includes this video of the entire presentation stream. They also offer this trailer to introduce Marita, a new map coming to the military shooter sequel next month in a free update for all players. Here's word on the next two maps coming to the game:

Al Sundan: Desert Fights on a Vast New Map
We know you’ve been hungry for more maps. Therefore, we were pleased to reveal that a lot of fresh fighting grounds are being cooked up. First stop: The North African desert. Coming in June, the Al Sundan map is based on the vista used in the single player War Story Under No Flag.

Optimized for all-out multiplayer action, the location focuses on large distances, vehicle-based teamplay, and battles across all ranges. Al Sundan is classic Battlefield. We can’t wait to let you play it.

Marita: Infantry-Focused Map Coming in July
Following the release of the Mercury map, the Battle of Greece will continue with Marita. Here, you’ll deploy on a sloping mountain ridge and within the tight streets of a rural town, where Allied forces are making a last stand to halt the Axis army.

Marita is an infantry-focused map, where all four soldier classes will be able to shine. Tanks and aircraft will stand aside for intense infantry gunfights and sneaky flanks in the cobbled streets. We look forward to letting you tackle this vertical environment as the Battle of Greece rages on.

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FIFA 20 Volta Football Details

Capping off the EA Play recap, EA announces details about EA SPORTS FIFA 20, revealing an all-new VOLTA Football mode coming to the association football/soccer sequel when it's released on September 27th. Here's a trailer and here's word:

VOLTA Football lets players build their own character, express their individual style, and immerse themselves in a realistic street football experience. A brand-new style of gameplay grounded in football realism immerses players in the flow of the street with new tools including simplified flicks and skill moves, new flair animations, or using the wall as a teammate.

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The Sims 4 Island Living This Month

A new trailer for The Sims 4 shows off some fun in the sun in Island Living, the upcoming thousandth expansion for the lifestyle simulation. This will come to the Windows and macOS editions on June 21st, and to consoles on July 16th. Here's the announcement with more details on the break this will offer your Sims from their workaday world:

The expansion pack introduces the beautiful, sun-soaked world of Sulani, where for the first time in The Sims 4, Sims can enjoy activities in the clear blue waters surrounding the island, setting sail in a peaceful canoe or going on a wild aqua zip ride alongside pods of playful dolphins that surround the island. Sims can also swim to their heart’s content, build sandcastles on the shore, or kick back and relax under the sun. Sims will immerse themselves into the Sulani lifestyle by learning local folklore, tasting traditional delicacies, dressing in tropical garb or decorating their new oasis with objects inspired by the local culture.

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Steam Top 10

Here's the new list of the 10 bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  1. Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
  2. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  3. MORDHAU
  4. BATTALION 1944
  5. Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition
  6. Hell Let Loose
  7. Stellaris: Ancient Relics Story Pack
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. OCTOPATH TRAVELER
  10. Cooking Simulator

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Out of the Blue

The pollen around here is absolutely crazy today, which is saying something because it's been quite heavy for some time now. I don't generally suffer from allergies, but when it gets this bad, it starts to get to me. I've got the full raft of symptoms, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and my throat is starting to feel like it's actually accumulating a coating of pollen. I'm pretty sure that's not the actual case, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if bees start following me around.

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