So now we can't complain we have to pay the price of a full game to get the good bits of Destiny 2, I guess?
I suppose this is one pro of the dark, Games-as-a-Service, never-ending lootbox-platform grind'em-up future we have to look forward to. After a year the base game's price drops so far that it's in the publisher's interest to just give it away, because you need it to play the newest expansion.
- Microsoft's show X018 is coming in just under 24 hours, teasing "over a dozen game announcements" for Xbox Game Pass, updates for upcoming and on-going Xbox games, and I'm hoping a new DMC5 trailer since Microsoft seems to have the marketing deal for that one.
- Crackdown 3 has been dela-... wait, what am I reading? Crackdown 3's has been... un-delayed? They've moved the release date up to February 15th, from its former spot on the 22nd. This is the multiplayer mode that has all the building destruction:
InXile is also acquired. They're responsible for Wasteland 2, upcoming 3, etc.
Wow. Wonder what this means for Wasteland 3.
Microsoft should get Obsidian and inXile to work together on a AAA first-person post-apoc RPG (Wasteland spinoff?) to compete with Bethesda's Fallout. There's plenty of room to compete now that Bethsoft is turning Fallout into a pure action FPS sandbox battle royale or whatever. People who want an actual RPG might flock to a competitor from the devs of F:NV and the original Wastland, Fallout, etc.
Or, at least, I would.
Just hope giant companies don't buy up all of the oldschool CRPG devs... Who's next, Larian?
"Come a day there won't be room for naughty men like us to slip about at all..."
And if you haven't been keeping up on it either, Sunset Overdrive has had numerous little details leaked about an extremely likely PC version coming soon.
Aaaaand, it's up already. $20 on Amazon with all the DLC included, releasing November 16th. And on Steam, too, so the Windows Store doesn't even come into it.
EDIT - Nominees for the 2018 Geoff Keighley Awards are out, and you can vote here. As expected it's a lot of RDR2 and God of War. Looking back at it like this, there sure were a lot of big open world games in 2018. Anyway they didn't even nominate Vampyr for Best RPG, but games like Ni no Kuni 2 (which is dreck) and Monster Hunter World (which isn't an RPG) got in there, so we still have a long way to go before this award really means anything. #salty
- Thronebreaker, the singleplayer Gwent game, is now on Steam, after having launched exclusively on GOG and apparently not done very well, according to CDPR. I feel like their bigger mistake was putting it out three days before Red Dead Redemption 2 hit, though. If it weren't for that I would happily have bought it on GOG day one, but knowing I'd be ensconced in RDR2 and probably wouldn't play it for a while I was happy to wait, and now I'll probably just get it on Steam.
As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” according to the statement. “PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. 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.
As the article states, E3's been around for 24 years and Sony's been at all of them, so this is pretty surprising. They've already mentioned that they aren't doing PSX this year, too. So I thought I'd use my EXPERT knowledge of the video game industry, which I am never ever wrong about and you can definitely take my word for that, to explore the possibilities that this announcement raises:
1. Sony is getting out of the video game business, everyone panic
Who's ready for next-gen, dorks? Honestly I'd be fine sticking with this one for another few years, since I think video games look pretty damn good right now, but then I did buy a PS4 Pro like a big sucker so I don't know how I'd feel if I was still on an OG PS4. 2020 is probably the right time. I also think that Sony probably doesn't have any major PS4 games left to announce; We've already seen The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding and Ghosts of Tsushima at the last two E3s, and you can't announce any PS5 games without revealing the PS5.
The company is planning to release an updated console next year, but this device will not be in the Scarlett family, according to people familiar with the company’s plans...
...In addition to the new console, there will be a ‘disc-to-digital’ program that, as the name states, turns your physical games into digital downloads. The idea is that you can take your disc to a participating retailer (like the Microsoft store) and trade in your disc for a digital download.
So that's cool for people who like that kind of thing. It seems like you can go pretty far with just Game Pass on an XB1, so a really cheap one will probably sell well. I think I'm going to get a regular Xbox One S this Black Friday, though. The 4K Blu Ray drive is a huge selling point for me, and going all digital isn't really an option where I live (bad internet, and games are much, much cheaper at retail).
Well next-generation is gonna be bottom line 10 Tflops as a minimum bar well except for Nintendo. Well one alleged rumor stats ps5 has close to 12 Tflops. That alone could offer a major upgrade visually that has not been seen before. There are a lot of rumors about upgrading the cpu to feature 12 threads and 8 cores. Which would mean part of the CPU would be bigger than the cell phone sized cpu cores. Both Scarlett and PS5 could be pretty massive powerhouse consoles.
5G wireless, 128 GB Blu Ray standard.
Sony is skipping E3 entirely just to get an edge on knowing what Xbox Scarlett might feature I believe so that they can make adjustments to be more powerful. The baseline specs are set, but adjustments can be made. The rumors point at mid 2019, but out of the 12 months that's June/July. Not long after E3 2019. I believe if they do an early reveal in 2019 they won't speak about the specs. Just give out a glimpse of PS5 games and a date. Both PS5 and Scarlett should have some early alpha dev kits out there in the wild. Microsoft has bought itself a nice collection of studios to build a set of first party exclusive titles.
Kenobi joins in (with 212th Clone Skins) Battlefront II, as a counter to Grevious on Geonosis, bringing his lightsaber, the force, and his sass.
Fun Facts 2 and 3. The AT-TEs shown in the trailer are not the on-a-rail style vehicles like the AT-AT, AT-M6, and MTT used in Galactic Assault, they are their own seperate vehicle like CIS AAT. And Kenobi is just as sassy as his normal TV/Movie counter part, as evidenced by a few of his voice lines, namely "When I cut you in half, I should have aimed for your neck instead" (to Maul), “Trandoshans. Always so touchy.” (to Bossk), and “Oh my. And here I thought Master Yoda was sending me somewhere relaxing.”
Oh and "Hello There" is both an Emote and a voice line he can say.
- Evidence is growing that Rocksteady's next game is called Superman: World's Finest. It started as a rumour from the darkest nether region of the Internet which shall not be named, then some promotional art leaked back around E3, and now there's an entry on a database of game system requirements all with that same name (this same system requirements site had an entry for DMC5 pop up shortly before that game was announced, btw). So it's looking plausible, at least. Superman and Batman in a video game together.
Phil Spencer and Shawn Layden are also confirmed to be there, as you'd probably expect, and Nintendo has Tweeted about the show but it's not yet confirmed whether Reggie will be there to continue his never-ending feud with Geoff Keighley. But what I didn't see coming is that, your friend and mine, professional Twitter Roastmaster General, the undisputed greatest living video game director, one Hideki Kamiya has just touched down in LA:
Pure coincidence? Just taking the opportunity to beat up Phil Spencer back stage for cancelling Scalebound? ANNOUNCING A BRAND NEW GAME!? I couldn't possibly say. But it's definitely the third one and we should all get super hyped.
Heads up, losers: The Game Awards pre-show is on now, with the main show starting in just under 15 minutes. I suspect that nobody's going to be awake to watch this with me, since this is basically the only show of the year that's at a reasonable time for me which means everyone else in the world will be asleep, but I'll keep you posted.
EDIT - Starting the show with a showstopper: Reggie, Phil Spencer and Shawn Layden are all on stage together. Forget The Avengers. Iron Curtains are falling. The console wars are over. And now Hans Zimmer is here with an orchestra to play The Game Awards theme on an electric guitar.
EDIT - RDR2 wins best narrative, and they just announced Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 exclusively for Switch, made by... Team Ninja? Now Jonah Hill is here with bleached hair, presenting an award to Greg Thomas, who I'm not familiar with, but he has the longest legs I've ever seen on a human being:
- Christoph Waltz came out and somehow managed to make scripted awards show patter captivating. He gave the award for best performance to the guy who played Arthur in RDR2, which is fair enough. Now there's a trailer for Far Cry New Dawn, which takes place after the nuclear apocalypse at the end of FC5 and looks an awful lot like Rage 2.
Also the new Supergiant game is another isometric action game called Hades, and apparently it's in Early Access tonight on Epic's new store.
EDIT - There's a whole bunch of awards show-y stuff that I really can't be bothered with. You can probably imagine it anyway. Casey Hudson came out, acting like he didn't kill Mass Effect, and showed a new Anthem trailer, then Christopher Judge and the child actor who played Boi came out to present some ghastly influencer award, and Christopher Judge did a like "BOI".
There's a remake of Crash Team Racing, in the style of those new Crash/Spyro remakes.
Now Obsidian's new game is here, a first-person shooter on an alien planet with bright, Sunset Overdrive-y art. It's called The Outer Worlds, for PS4, XB1 and PC, and I'm cautiously hyped.