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The Outer Worlds 2 features all-new crew, is next-gen Xbox exclusive

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jun 13 2021 5:32 PM CDT

Microsoft confirms The Outer Worlds 2 is in development and it won't release on Xbox One hardware.

The rumors were right. The Outer Worlds 2 is happening, and it won't be available for PlayStation consoles--or base Xbox One consoles, either. Microsoft is taking over publishing The Outer Worlds 2 and is keeping the game secured to Xbox Game Pass platform. Private Division, who published the original Outer Worlds, previously confirmed this would be the case.

Not much is known about The Outer Worlds 2 other than it "takes place in a new star system with a new crew." We also know it's coming to Xbox Series X/S consoles, but no release window or exact date was announced.

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Halo Infinite and Doom Eternal can hit 120FPS on Xbox Series X

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jun 13 2021 4:55 PM CDT

Some of Xbox's best shooters can hit blistering 120FPS on the new Xbox Series X console.

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Today Microsoft announced a metric ton of new Xbox games, but existing games like Doom Eternal are getting some love too. id's new shooter is getting a next-gen upgrade for Xbox Series X/S that unlocks new perf modes like 60FPS with ray-tracing turned on, a 4K mode, and 120FPS ripping and tearing. The free patch is due out June 29.

"Doom Eternal will be optimized for Xbox Series X and S on June 29. Powered by id Tech, this next-gen upgrade will be free to everyone who owns Doom Eternal. And on Xbox Series X, it will over improved visuals at ray-tracing 4K 60FPS, a 4K mode, and an optimal performance mode of up to 120FPS," Bethesda's Pete Hines said during the event.

Halo Infinite is likewise being optimized for the Series X, and will also be able to hit a blistering 120FPS in multiplayer modes. No exact resolution targets were given for either game with 120FPS enabled, so expect scaled/dynamic res.

"Of course, you can't have a Halo game without multiplayer. And on Xbox Series X you'll be able to enjoy Halo Infinite's multiplayer action at up to 120 frames per second," 343i's Joe Staten said during the stream.

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Halo Infinite multiplayer gameplay revealed, bots confirmed

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jun 13 2021 4:14 PM CDT

Halo Infinite's multiplayer gets a tantalizing sizzle reel showing off a ton of new weapons, grappling hook takedowns, and general PVP chaos.

Halo turns 20 this year, and so does Xbox, so what better way to celebrate than with some Halo Infinite multiplayer footage? 343i showcased the first-ever multiplayer footage today, confirming details like the return of the Gravity Hammer, and new shield-based equipment. You can even grapple onto a flying vehicle and yank an enemy out of it.

The studio also confirmed bots are coming to Halo Infinite's mutliplayer: "We're also introducing bot matches so players new and old can warm up before they hit the battlefield."

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Final Fantasy 1-6 remasters: No console launch, sold individually

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jun 13 2021 3:40 PM CDT

Square Enix announced six new remasters for the original Final Fantasy RPG classics...but there's some news that will probably disappoint you.

The rumors were true: Final Fantasy's 1-6 are getting remastered. There's some bad news, though. For some reason the games aren't coming to consoles (yet?) and will release "soon" on Steam, iOS, and Android.

Second, the games will be sold individually. You didn't think Square Enix would sell a nice bundle for, say, $59.99 did you? According to listings on the Google Play Store, each game could be priced at $14.99.

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Eidos-Montreal's new Guardians of the Galaxy game is singleplayer-only

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jun 13 2021 2:50 PM CDT

Eidos-Montreal's new Guardians of the Galaxy game is a singleplayer-only action-adventure game, complete with frenetic combat and dynamic, reactive worlds.

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Today Square Enix announced the new Guardians of the Galaxy game, a new project from Deus Ex developer Eidos-Montreal. The game won't be live service like Avengers--it's completely singleplayer. You'll take the reins as Star Lord and lead a ragtag group of cosmic misfits--Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot--in frenetic team-based combat.

You'll collect equipment, rank up your skills, and explore vast planets, all while interacting with your team. Speaking of which, each member is independent. Characters will say what they want, make their own decisions, and you have to react and adapt to what happens. Your decisions will also affect them and the in-game world, leading to certain circumstances.

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Forza Horizon 5: Ray tracing, high-end 12K photogrammetry textures

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jun 13 2021 2:19 PM CDT

Forza Horizon 5 is a technical marvel that will push the Xbox Series X to its limits.

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Today Playground Games announced Forza Horizon 5, a crazy next-gen spectacle that will show what the Series X is truly capable of. The game looks stunning and features high-resolution textures based on 12K resolution photogrammetry captures, and was built from the ground up for Xbox Series X/S consoles (however it's also coming to Xbox One). The devs promise real-time weather events like dust storms, intense tropical storms, and dynamic seasonal changes over time.

The devs also confirm raytracing will be enabled for Forza Horizon 5, complete with HDR and 4K graphics. "This is the largest, most diverse open-world ever for the franchise. We can see in miles in every direction."

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Phil Spencer might've teased new Wolfenstein game at E3 2021

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jun 13 2021 1:46 PM CDT

Microsoft's E3 show delivered a ton of announcements and gameplay reveals, but one thing caught me off guard: Mention of the Wolfenstein franchise.

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Although Halo Infinite dominated the Xbox E3 2021 show, Phil Spencer might've teased the next Wolfenstein game from MachineGames. "We unveiled the stunning multiplayer mode for the world's most beloved shooter in Halo Infinite, adding to the roster of iconic Xbox shooters alongside Wolfenstein, Gears of War, Perfect Dark, and Doom," Spencer said at the end of the show.

On the surface this doesn't mean much. However, we know a new Gears of War is in development, as well as a new Perfect Dark. Wolfenstein was mentioned alongside these in-development games (and there's a good chance a new Doom is in the works, too).

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Diablo II Resurrected releases September 23, 2021 on PC and consoles

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jun 13 2021 1:08 PM CDT

Blizzard finally announced a release date for Diablo II Resurrected, and it's sooner than you think.

Diablo II Resurrected will launch September 23, 2021 on consoles and PC, completely with overhauled graphics, new quality-of-life improvements like an expanded stash, chat rooms and lobbies, as well as trading and everything else the original classic was known for. And yes, Diablo II Resurrected is built on Lord of Destruction (v1.13 to be exact).

The new trailer doesn't list Xbox One as a platform. This is strange because Blizzard recently said DIIR would launch on current- and next-gen consoles and PC.

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Battlefield 2042 isn't coming to Xbox Game Pass at release

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jun 13 2021 12:52 PM CDT

Battlefield 2042 isn't coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one, EA and Microsoft today confirmed.

Today DICE showcased the first gameplay footage for Battlefield 2042, revealing crazy world-breaking storms, wingsuits, grappling hooks, ziplines, and on-the-fly weapon attachment changing.

The biggest surprise was something that didn't show up. Rumor has it Battlefield 2042 was to release on Xbox Game Pass day one, but those reports were wrong. The end of the trailer had no mention of Game Pass, so the shooter will only be available via a subscription on EA Play Pro on PC.

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Starfield built on next-gen Creation Engine 2 tech for Series X, PC

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jun 13 2021 12:32 PM CDT

Bethesda confirms its new sci-fi space epic will use a next-gen iteration of its Creation Engine.

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Today Bethesda announced Starfield will release on November 11, 2022 exclusively for PC and Xbox Series X/S consoles. It won't be coming to Xbox One. The team is building the game with its new and enhanced Creation Engine 2, which was scaled specifically to harness the raw power of new hardware, including the Series X's Zen 2 CPU, Navi GPU, and PCIe 4.0 SSD.

"In this next generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, create any character you want and explore with unparalleled freedom. Harnessing the power of next-gen technology and built on the all-new Creation Engine 2, Starfield takes you on a journey through space as you strive to answer humanity's greatest mystery," Bethesda said.

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