Microsoft has just debuted the second definitive edition for the Age of Empires series, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. So when are we going to get the third definitive edition?
The release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition just happened, and if you are an Age fan then I highly recommend you picking up the game as its fantastic. I've personally been pumping hours into the title, and I can't express how much I've been enjoying reliving my childhood in HD graphics.
So now that we have Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, when are we going to get the third game? According to a recent rumor by FairyEmpire, who reportedly had a conversation with some Microsoft developers at XO19, Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is planned for launch sometime through mid-2020. If this rumor is true, it will line up with the other rumor of Age of Empires IV being launched the following year.
Back at XO19, Microsoft revealed Age of Empires IV to fans, and now that the hype train has officially left the station, when should we expect the final stop?
Since the official reveal, fans have been teased with some facts about the game. We have got the confirmation that Age of Empires IV will feature next-gen AI and that the title is specifically designed for 4K on the PC. There is also the recent announcement that Age 4 won't have any microtransactions and instead follow a traditional DLC path for extra content.
Now the rumors are starting to fly. According to ResetEra user FairyEmpire, who reportedly managed to speak to some developers at XO19 and found out that Age of Empires IV has been in development for just three years. If that is true, a further two years sounds like an appropriate amount of time for the title to be completed and then released. Which means that we are looking at (most likely) a release date somewhere throughout 2021.
Halo: Reach is coming to PC in just a few weeks, but 343i will take a break before it starts testing out its next Halo PC project.
Once Reach ships on December 3, the next up for a PC launch is Halo: Combat Evolved. But don't expect to try out Master Chief's original FPS adventure on PC before 2020 (unless of course you play the old-school version).
"Once Reach comes out next month, after the holiday we will start to reset and we'll start to flight Halo CE. We're just going to keep going down the road until we fill out the rest of the collection," 343i's Brian Jarrard told PCGamesN.
Stadia's biggest drawback (or streaming in general) is latency and lag. They can interrupt gameplay tremendously in action games where reaction times are critical, which includes nearly the entire Stadia launch lineup.
Latency was always one of the biggest concerns about Stadia, Google's new game streaming service. But how bad can it get? Pretty bad. The Washington Post recently illustrated Stadia's potential latency issues in a few GIFs, and they're not too pretty.
Since your internet speeds are always in flux, there's no guarantee you'll have a constantly-stable session unless your connection doesn't dip below a certain threshold. Admittedly enough, though, we haven't actually played Stadia and are going off of second-hand reports. I did try Project Stream last year, though, and found it to be an amazing experience.
A recent Sony patent shows how the PlayStation Network could get much, much more socially interactive, complete with save state sharing and user-created game demos.
Sony is currently ramping up its services to prepare for its next-gen PlayStation 5 console, and PS Now is a big part of that acceleration. But how can PlayStation Now actually evolve? It already allows offline downloads, and just got a cheaper $10 a month price tag. Now all it needs is more innovative and interactive social features that allow subscribers to spread the word organically, and to do that, Sony is taking plays out of Google Stadia's playbook while making some interesting moves of its own.
According to a new Sony patent, PlayStation Now's game streaming service may eventually let users share their saves with other gamers. The idea is to create a save point in a specific game, then beam it to a friend via social media or even email, who can then click on the link and take over. This isn't exclusive to PS Now, either, and should work with any game sold on the PlayStation Store. It's an extension of Share Play and mirrors Stadia's save-state sharing functionality.
A new announcement from Square Enix says that PC gamers will be getting Dragon Quest Builders 2 by the end of the year.
Dragon Quest Builders 2, the block-building RPG title, will let PC players explore a brand new fantasy land that is under threat by an evil cult. Players will be jumping into a title that allows them to build structures, slay creatures, collect materials, improve upon skills, and be a fearsome warrior. Not only will players be able to play a single-player campaign, but they will also be able to enjoy a creative online open sandbox world with up to 4 other players.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 will be arriving on Steam, and it will include all the Season Pass content that was previously released on the console version. What is the Season Pass content? Packs included are Hotto Stuff Pack, Modernist Pack, Aquarium Pack, Designer's Sunglasses, Legendary Builder Outfit, Dragonlord's Throne, and more. Dragon Quest Builders 2 will be coming to PC on December 10th. For more information about the title, check out the official Steam Store listing here.
Who doesn't love a bit of data mining, am i right? Well, I for sure do as we can see ahead of time what could be coming to a game.
According to That1MiningGuy, who recently data mined Apex Legends, a new SMG is on the brink of being released into the live game. At the moment, there are only three SMGs available to players: R-99, Alternator, and the Prowler. The data mine suggests that Respawn is currently testing the 'kick-back' of a new SMG, but what could this new be and where is it from?
Since Apex Legends is based in the Titanfall universe, this new SMG could be a weapon from the Titanfall games. GamesRadar says that it's possible that this new SMG could either be a CAR or the VOLT. The CAR is a fully automatic SMG that comes with decent accuracy, and the VOLT is an energy SMG that fires blue traces with its bullets. If I were to guess at which weapon they are going to add, I'd say the VOLT since the last new gun to come to Apex was the Charge Rifle with energy rounds.
Sony's latest PS5 patent reveals key features of the DualShock 5, including a built-in microphone, USB Type-C charging, and no lightbars for improved battery life.
A new controller patent from Sony gives us an idea of what to expect from the next-gen PlayStation controller. Overall not much has changed, but there are a few noticable differences. There's a built-in microphone fastened to a metallic strip on the bottom that's likely used for the PS5's new voice-activated AI assistant feature, complete with two(?) auxiliary headphone ports, and USB Type-C charging for quick and easy battery top-offs.
The lightbar has apparently been nixed to ensure longer controller battery life (thank god), too. There's no mention of the controller's purported LED touchscreen, indicating our supposition that the DS5 is relatively the same as the DS4 is somewhat accurate.
Nintendo is doubling-down on its mobile gaming monetization, this time adding another paid subscription to a free-to-play game.
Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is getting not one, but two monthly paid subscriptions, Nintendo recently announced.
These two plans are part of the new Pocket Camp Club, and come on top of the randomized gacha-style microtransactions the game currently has and give access to extra in-game content. One subscription gives you an assistant to help you around the campsite, and the other lets you store furniture in a shed and gives free fortune cookies.
It's finally happening! After 15 years, Valve is returning to Half-Life with a flagship VR game.
After lots of leaks and rumors, Valve today confirmed Half-Life: Alyx is indeed real, and will be revealed Thursday, November 21 at 1PM EST.
No official details other than the game's principal protagonist Alyx Vance have been confirmed just yet. Expect FPS chaos with full utilization of current-gen Vive VR tech, along with Valve's own proprietary Index HMD.