I just played the first couple of hours of Anthem last night and I like it so far. Definitely a better start than Andromeda, at least. There's a bit more of that Bungie-style "Here are ten nouns you must memorise immediately if you want to understand what's going on" storytelling than I would like (Anthem, Cataclysm, Javelin, Freelancer, Bastion, Tarsis, etc. At least this game has a Codex ), but I find a few of the characters genuinely endearing and it does feel great to fly. I'm only really in it for the main story, so we'll see how it goes from here.
OK, video game news! Sick of Nintendo getting all the new hardware rumour spotlight, Microsoft has entered the ring with some juicy Xbox Scarlet rumours courtesy of JeuxVideo (which is in French, so I'm linking to Gematsu's translation). We're looking at two different devices, one an entry-level streamign box named Lockhart (with no disc drive) and a higher-end machine codenamed Anaconda which will be more akin to a traditional Xbox. Both apparently have 1TB NVMe SSDs, which surprises me. They're reporting that these consoles will be announced at E3 2019 and released in 2020 with Halo Infinite and perhaps Ninja Theory's next game as launch titles.
And some more on the potential Nintendo/Microsoft teamup, it sounds like Microsoft wants to turn Game Pass into a near-universal streaming system. As in, download the Game Pass app on your Switch to stream Xbox games. Download the Game Pass app on your Smart TV, your phone, your whatever. Going all in on the 'Netflix for games' idea. The world is changing around us.