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E3 2016 - Surprise! Bethesda has not only announced Fallout 4 and DOOM receiving VR support through the HTC Vive in 2017, but they've teamed with developer Arkane Studios - known for Dishonored, on Prey.
Prey is a first-person sci-fi action game that has been rebooted from its original state from the 90s, and recently - but it now has an added psychological twist. The developers tease: "You are Morgan Yu, the subject of morally dubious experiments designed to improve the human race. You awaken aboard the Talos 1 in the year 2032 and must uncover the secrets hiding in the depths of the space station while being hunted by the mysterious alien force that has taken over. You'll have to rely on the tools you find on the station - along with your wits, weapons and mind-bending abilities - to combat the growing threat and, hopefully, survive".
E3 2016 - Microsoft today announced the Play Anywhere initiative that brings cross-buy to Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles.
When a game is marked with a "Play Anywhere" sticker, gamers can buy one version of the game and play it both on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One systems. Gears of War 4 will be one of the first games launched under the initiative, with full cross-buy and cross-play support across the two systems.
We know that Microsoft would tighten its focus on cross-platform gaming with Project Helix so this isn't really a surprise. I'm thinking that most of the high-profile exclusives will be marked with Play Anywhere, meaning the Xbox brand is now a service that bridges both PC and console. Microsoft also unveiled the new Xbox One S, the fabled Xbox One Mini console that's 40% smaller than traditional Xboxs, sports up to a 2TB HDD, full 4K UHD video playback, and a new Xbox One controller--all for $299.
UPDATE: As predicted the $299 Xbox One S is just the 500GB model, and the 1TB Xbox One S is $349 with the 2TB Xbox One S priced at $399. Check below for a box shot of the new slimmer Xbox One S console.
E3 2016 - Microsoft today announced the Xbox One S, a slimmer console with 4K video playback and HDR support.
The Xbox One S is priced at $299 and releases this August, Xbox division head Phil Spencer revealed at Microsoft's E3 event. The Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the current Xbox One console, and features up to 2TB HDD storage, an integrated internal power supply, and most notably, 4K UHD video playback. The Xbox One S also supports HDR for improve visuals.
Microsoft's Xbox One S is fully compatible with all existing Xbox One games and comes bundled with the new Bluetooth-ready Xbox One controller. We'll likely see the default 500GB consoles be priced at $299, and I'm predicting the 2TB models could hit $349 or up to $379 to stay competitive with the PlayStation 4.
E3 2016 - Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War III has been pushed at E3 2016 by developer Relic Entertainment, with official gameplay footage debuted at the show. Check it out below.
Relic Entertainment is buildinf up some hype here, especially when the franchise was previously with THQ and when the company closed down, fans of the Warhammer 40K series were left wondering what was going to happen with the franchise. Sega later purchased the rights to the franchise, and teamed with Relic Entertainment on the new game. There's no release date on the game just yet, but we know it's coming in 2017.
E3 2016 - Microsoft is set to kick off its E3 2016 livestream in just minutes now, and will likely show off the future of the Xbox brand.
Expect to see the new Xbox One S (Xbox Mini) at the event, along with the two new Xbox streaming sticks. We'll also see a ton of new Xbox and Windows 10 PC games like Dead Rising 4, Crackdown 3 and Halo Wars 2. We could even see some Xbox Scorpio teases!
You can also catch the stream on Xbox.com or YouTube.
E3 2016 - Bethesda announced VR support for DOOM and Fallout 4 earlier today on the HTC Vive, with the company now detailing future DOOM plans. DOOM's first 'premium' DLC will be released next month, dubbed 'Onto the Evil'. Onto the Evil will include:
- Three new multiplayer maps: Offering, Cataclysm and Ritual
- A new player-controlled demon: Harvester
- A new weapon: UAC EMG Pistol
- New equipment: Kinetic Mine
- New ways to customize your DOOM marine, including additional armor sets, patterns, colors and taunts
- New hack modules
id Software has also said that there will also be free updates to DOOM's multiplayer mode, with two new modes arriving next month. The first, is 'Exodus' that is a one-flag capture the flag (CTF) mode that was described as a "uniquely DOOM experience". The second piece of the DLC puzzle is 'Sector' which is a multizone capture-and-hold mode. There will also be three additional free-for-all modes, which will include the classic mode, which will be released in the summer. Bethesda adds: "all of these new modes will be playable on any existing or future maps, and will be free for all players".
Additionally, there'll be a free demo of DOOM available later this week, and for a limited time - during the E3 week. The demo of DOOM will be available for the PC, Xbox One and PS4 this week, featuring the first level of the game. Bethesda exec Marty Stratton explains: "With just a month past since our launch, we hope you've only scratched the surface of fun we packed into the game. And we can't wait to give you even more ways to compete, create, play and fight like hell".
E3 2016 - Battlefield 1 has been revealed, and it looks like DICE has pulled off one of the most exciting Battlefield games yet with its WW1 setting, and the tweak to gameplay with dynamic weather, and added destruction of the environment. It's like a super-powered Battlefield, based in World War 1. If you haven't seen the official gameplayer trailer, check it out below:
Now that Battlefield 1 has had its huge showing, some new information is being discovered. Reddit user 'Euden' was at the EA Play London event, where he got some hands-on time with Battlefield 1. Starting with Euden saying: "Best thing: the weather system and how it changes up the gameplay, the guns felt great and it felt really authentic. Best looking battlefield to date! My best moment was the map turning foggy, suddenly the control point I had taken in the sun became gloomy with troops hiding in the houses defending it, It truely felt like something out of a movie with allies running in bayonetting people. It was crazy".
The destruction is something I was hoping would be amplified, as this is a next-gen Battlefield title. It looks like DICE has made my dreams come true, with Euden elaborating on the destruction in Battlefield 1: "There was quite a lot of destruction in the game with houses coming down on people , the destruction is great, you can create craters with tanks and hide in them which is cool also".
E3 2016 - Rocksteady's Arkham series of Batman games have been huge hits, except for the last one which was totally FUBAR on the PC - but now we're expecting something truly new with Batman - The Telltale Series, an episodic Batman game from Telltale Games.
The studio has teased the first screenshots of the game, its cast, and its launch strategy. Batman - The Telltale Series will spin comic book-inspired artwork with the moodiness of modern Batman stories. We have some voice acting talent stepping up to the microphone for Batman - The Telltale series, with Troy Baker voicing Batman, Erin Yvette (who is a regular in Telltale's games) and Richard McGonagle (who voices Sully in the Uncharted series).
Batman - The Telltale Series will be a five-episode series which will drop on consoles, PC and Mac in the summer with the episodes to be downloaded as they drop - or you can pick up the Season Pass Disc at retail which will unlock the entire five-episode first series.
E3 2016 - Bethesda has a special surprise for PC gamers who already own Skyrim and all of its DLC or the Legendary Edition on PC.
No one likes having to re-buy games you already own. In this cycle of current-gen consoles, we've seen so many remasters...and it gets tiring. Now with the new Skyrim Special Edition remaster for PS4 and Xbox One, we get yet another remaster of a game that pretty much every gamer has in their library. In order to ease the annoyance, Bethesda is giving a free copy of the Skyrim remaster to PC gamers who already own the legendary edition or the base game and all its DLC.
This doesn't exactly help console owners though--especially those faithful that rushed out to buy the yesteryear RPG on Xbox 360. We assuredly won't see similar option for console players, but I'm betting not--Bethesda wants to make its money, after all, and the only way to do that is to coup console sales. If you don't happen to own Skyrim and all of its DLC, you have the perfect opportunity with the Steam Summer Sale kicks off on June 24.
E3 2016 - Bethesda has officially confirmed the Skyrim: Special Edition remaster on PS4 and Xbox One with full mod support.
Soon console gamers will get an upgraded port of Skyrim with the amazing ability to utilize mods--and as we all know, Skyrim with mods is just absolutely incredible. New graphical upgrades include volumetric godrays, amazing new art renders and textures, dramatically improved draw distance and dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and new snow shaders.