E3 2017 - Japanese games-maker Nintendo missed a big opportunity to discuss its Virtual Console plans for the Nintendo Switch at E3.
It remains unclear of Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid will receive a traditional Virtual Console presence or not to allow on-the-go play of classic games. Nintendo's Virtual Console service is a multi-platform digital shop that sells classic games like Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past from older Nintendo hardware generations, including the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and Game Boy Advance.
Nintendo announced that the Switch owners would get free monthly installments of classic NES games as part of its new paid Switch Online subscription plan, which costs just $20 for a year. The range of classic NES games included in the service will support online play, hinting that only two-player titles will be available. The service will debut with such games as Super Mario Bros 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario.
E3 2017 - Rockstar Games' massively anticipated Western skips E3 -- should we be worried, or is this all part of the plan?
It's been seven months since Rockstar revealed Red Dead Redemption 2 with a cinematic trailer, and the game was noticeably absent at E3 2017. We expected to see a new bit of Red Dead Redemption 2 footage at E3, likely at Sony's presser since PS4 has exclusive content hinting Sony secured a marketing deal.
Since Red Dead Redemption 2's delay announcement Rockstar hasn't said a peep about the game. Now we know that Rockstar typically plays by their own rules and releases content when they want, but with Microsoft's new Xbox One X and Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro pushing 4K throughout 2017, we expected to see some sort of teasers that harness this new tech shown off at E3 proper. But Rockstar's Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube feeds are all focused on GTA Online.
E3 2017 - Curious what Destiny 2 on PC looks like at 4K 60FPS? Bungie and NVIDIA have you covered.
Bungie is taking Destiny 2's PC version very, very seriously. The developer promises to tap the raw horsepower of higher-end rigs to deliver buttery-smooth frame rates and eye-popping 4K visuals, and we already know that the game can hit 4K 60FPS+ with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Bungie says that Destiny 2 on PC will have staples like uncapped frame rates, 21:9 UltraWide support, FOV sliders, a galaxy of video options, customizable keyboard and mouse mapping, and much more.
"We know we have to come out of the gate and be legit on day one. So we tried to focus on the things that we think will most say, to the PC gamer, 'we hear you, we love you and we want to support you,'" Bungie's Luke Smith said in a recent interview with PC Gamer.
E3 2017 - Nintendo today confirmed that its new first-party Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey, will release in October exclusively on the Nintendo Switch handheld-console hybrid.
Nintendo Switch's big mainline Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey, lets players take control of wacky characters and objects throughout a multitude of different worlds. Armed with Mario's trusty hat, players can toss the hat on nearby objects like robots, Bullet Bill, or even a Chain Chomp and take control of them--you can even toss his hat onto T-Rex's, frogs, and other objects for hilarious and zany fun. The world itself becomes alive in 3D platforming fun.
Super Mario Odyssey releases October 27, 2017 on the Nintendo Switch.
E3 2017 - Nintendo today made our dreams come true: a new Metroid game is in development!
Nintendo is making a new Metroid Prime 4 game exclusively for Nintendo Switch. Metroid Prime 4 (working title) is a first-person adventure game currently in development from series producer Kensuke Tanabe and a new development team--that's right, Retro studios isn't making this one. Tanabe affirms that his new dev team are working hard to bring the "action, isolation, and exploration of the Metroid Prime universe to life" on the Nintendo Switch.
"Metroid Prime 4 (working title) returns to the first-person adventure roots of the original Metroid Prime game and introduces a new storyline that ties together the events of the Metroid Prime universe and takes the storyline in new directions," according to series produce Kensuke Tanabe.
No release date has been announced for Metroid Prime 4, but we probably won't see it until 2019 or thereabouts.
E3 2017 - Nintendo confirmed that a "core" Pokemon RPG game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch.
The Pokemon Company today confirmed that a new "core" Pokemon RPG game is in development for the Nintendo Switch. This will be an exclusive, but it own't be available any time soon possibly as far as next year.
For 2017 The Pokemon Company is bringing Pokken Tournament to the Nintendo Switch.
E3 2017 - Sony Santa Monica's ambitious new God of War game won't release this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment today confirmed.
As Waypoint's Patrick Klepek said days before E3 started, Sony's E3 presser showcased games we won't be playing until next year. Take Sony Santa Monica's new Norse-themed God of War game, for instance. Announced at E3 2016 and showcased at E3 2017, the game doesn't even have an official release date yet and Sony has given it an "early 2018" release window on PS4.
The new God of War title is a re-imagining of the series set in a unique fantasy backdrop where Norse mythology comes alive with creatures like the World Serpent Jörmungandr and the fearsome dragon Níðhöggr. Kratos is now a father who makes a long trek through this interesting world, teaching his son Atreus important lessons about survival and being a warrior. Sony showcased a gameplay trailer during their E3 showcase to give us a taste of the visceral combat, and although the game certainly has some Skyrim fantasy elements, it's still God of War deep down inside.
E3 2017 - Destiny 2's release on PC will come a month after the game's launch on consoles.
Bungie has confirmed that Destiny 2 will launch on PC on October 24, 2017. Destiny 2's launch on PC marks the first time Destiny has ever come to the platform, and Bungie promises the game will fully leverage the raw power of high-end desktops with uncapped frame rates, 4K textures and resolution support, native 21:9 UltraWide support, FOV sliders, and many more video optimizations. For comparison, Destiny 2 is locked at 30FPS on consoles. Destiny 2 on PC, on the other hand, can run at 4K 60FPS+ on rigs outfitted with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card.
Destiny 2 on PC won't be available on Steam. Instead the game will be hosted on Blizzard's Battle.net service framework, but Bungie will still host the game on their own servers.
E3 2017 - Sony today confirmed that its PlayStation 4 console has sold through more than 60 million units worldwide.
Sony Interactive Entertainment has accumulated a total of 60.4 million PlayStation 4 console sales worldwide since the system debuted in 2013. This sales milestone includes the full family of PlayStation 4 consoles: the 2013 launch PS4, the new PS4 "slim", and the higher-end PlayStation 4 Pro, all of which were sold across 123 countries and territories.
Along with strong hardware sales, the PlayStation 4 has enjoyed a phenomenal software attach rate throughout its lifetime. Sony confirms that 487.8 million copies of PS4 software have been sold digitally and in retail stores across the globe, meaning the average PS4 owner owns at least 8 games.
Intel and ESL have been partnered for 17 years now, but are now taking it to the next level with the Intel Grand Slam, the latest CS:GO championship.
Intel will provide all of the gaming PCs to each player and team, with Senior VP and General Manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel, Gregory Bryant, saying: "Intel's involvement in esports and the gaming community has spanned more than 15 years, and we're always looking for ways to take the player and fan experience to the next level. In this next phase of our long-time partnership with ESL, we're investing in the development of future esports stars, further expanding our global footprint with the Intel Extreme Masters circuit, and exploring fresh formats like the Intel Grand Slam that we announced today".
The massive competition itself is the new Intel Grand Slam for CS:GO, with an additional $1 million for any team that manages to stop the Intel Grand Slam winner. The game is split into a few factors: with an additional $1 million being offered to the team that wins 4 of the last ten $200,000 events between DreamHack and ESL. The first Intel Grand Slam event takes place during ESL One Cologne 2017, which takes place between 7-9 of July.