Amid financial dips, Square Enix needs a win right now and E3 2019 is the perfect opportunity to stoke the fires of hype.
Today Square Enix announced its E3 2019 plans, confirming a showcase in Sony's old time slot. Fans everywhere have high hopes for the event, and for good reason: the publisher is working on a multitude of exciting projects including the insanely hyped Final Fantasy VII: Remake. The company has been relatively quiet as it develops these games, including transforming FF7 from a turn-based RPG into an action game like Final Fantasy XV, but that silence could be broken in a few months' time.
One project we should hear more about is Square Enix's ambitious Avengers game. Square Enix signed a big multi-year partnership with Marvel to make games based on the comic universe, and the Avengers will be the first of many games. We don't know much about the Avengers game other than it's a completely original story and that it's meant to be played for years to come, indicating live service elements.
A new announcement has come out from the Kingdom Hearts III Twitter account, the announcement reveals that the game will be getting a free 'challenge mode' sometime tomorrow.
Greetings, it's been a while since I last posted. Spring is here, and I hope everyone is doing well. #KingdomHearts III's long-awaited Critical Mode is available as a free update tomorrow (PT).— KINGDOM HEARTS (@KINGDOMHEARTS) April 22, 2019
We've changed things up from the previous games, so I hope you enjoy - Nomura pic.twitter.com/Npz8FeKmCK
For Kingdom Hearts III players who need a bit more of a challenge, Sqaure Enix will be releasing a new level of difficulty called 'Critical Mode'. The new mode will be arriving as a free update tomorrow for users and Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura, who is the director of the Kingdom Hearts series, have said "We've changed things up from the previous games, so I hope you enjoy".
According to the games co-director, Tai Yasue the critical mode will be "more technical and offensive" and is more so designed for those are would consider themselves "good at action games". It will be interesting to see how much harder Kingdom Hearts III will get after this update, for more information visit the official Kingdom Hearts website here.
The release of Mortal Kombat 11 is only a few hours away and as fighting game fans build that hype Capcom have decided to try and take a slice of NetherRealm Studios' pie.
As I reported last week, Capcom announced that Street Fight V would be going completely free of charge for a limited amount of time on PlayStation and PC. The free trial period is scheduled to begin on April 23 and will last two weeks until May 5th. What will be included within the trial has been listed on the official Capcom blog, a link to that can be found here.
This might seem like a bit of cheeky move by Capcom but that is just what these companies do to grab audience, its classic marketing tactics for their products. It is unclear if the tactic will actually have a drastic effect on Mortal Kombat 11 sales, but I would assume that it certainly wouldn't be helping them. Mortal Kombat 11 recently had gameplay released for the Nintendo Switch, check that out here. There is also the Shao Kahn gameplay trailer if you want to see some bloody action mixed with "you suck" taunts.
Epic Games have decided to ride the hype of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame release which is planned for launch this week. Epic Games will be bringing Avengers to Fortnite very soon.
In a recent Tweet that was posted onto the official Fortnite Twitter page, Epic Games has shown that Fortnite will soon be getting a cross-over from none other than the Avengers.
The Tweet is quite a simple one, all that Epic Games have said is "Whatever it takes. 4.25.19" with the hash tag #FortniteXAvengers. We can also see a Fortnite character holding Captain America's shield, which could suggest that this cross-over will give Fortnite players some of the abilities of the Avengers. We will know more on April 25th.
Just a day out from the official release of Mortal Kombat 11, some users have already gotten the title and have dived into the game files. Some peculiar file names have been spotted and have revealed what is to be believed as the games DLC line-up.
According to Redditor LeoNatan, who claims to already have a copy of the Nintendo Switch version of Mortal Kombat 11 and has already dived into the game files, there will be 9 DLC characters. The list that LeoNatan provides is the following; Shang Tsung (already confirmed), Joker, Nightwolf, Terminator, Sindel, Spawn, Ash Williams, Fujin and Sheeva.
Just like any 'data mined' information, please do take the above list as rumored information as there is has been no official confirmation for any of these characters except for Shang Tsung. Moving onto what could be possible, Sheeva has been spotted a few times in the story mode of Mortal Kombat 11, so her being included as a DLC character does make sense. As for Terminator and Joker, these characters would be absolutely awesome to play in Mortal Kombat and I personally hope that this just isn't a rumor and is actually true. Mortal Kombat 11 will be coming to the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch on April 23rd.
We are only one day out from the release of Mortal Kombat 11 and NetherRealm Studios has decided to drop a brand new gameplay trailer for the recently leaked fighter Frost.
Last week, an image of Mortal Kombat 11's full fighting roster was leaked out and we saw that Frost was going to be included. Now, NetherRealm Studios has released the above gameplay trailer of Frost which has officially introduced her into Mortal Kombat 11. Frost is an old returning character, and was first introduced into the Mortal Kombat franchise as Sub-Zero's apprentice in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
Frost seems to be somewhat like an android or perhaps, more accurately, a Frost Cyborg. She uses a combination of very fast attacks that include her conjuring frost weapons to press her advantage, or even taking her own head off to use as a frost grenade. Frost seems to be best suited in mid to close range combat, using her weapons as a kiting tool players will be able to run frost rings around their opponent if they correctly utilize all of the options her kit displays. Mortal Kombat 11 is coming to the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch on April 23rd.
Nexon could become the latest force in Disney's massive arsenal of world domination.
Nexon founder Kim Jung-ju plans to sell off his enormous 98.6% stake in the company's Korean branch, and major players like Tencent, Comcast, Amazon, and even Electronic Arts are interested in buying. But the Korea Herald reports the Nexon exec wants to sell his $8.9 billion valuation to Disney, an entertainment behemoth notorious for straying far away from making its own games.
Right now Nexon is among the top 12 most lucrative games-makers on the planet, and earned $2.25 billion in 2018 thanks to its wide array of monetized mobile and PC games. Disney would of course have Nexon run as it has, and not meddle with the Asian corporations' business model--if anything it'd just enjoy a steady stream of revenues from mobile games and maybe use it as a wheelhouse for Marvel games.
Anthem hasn't gone very well, and BioWare has been playing catch up since the game's hotly-contested launch. Gamers are jumping ship en masse and the game's live service roadmap, which is critical for its long-term success, has seemingly been disrupted. But starting tomorrow this drip-feed of updates will end and gamers will finally get some new content to chew on.
After a lapse of communication with fans, BioWare confirms Anthem's long-awaited new stronghold will release tomorrow. BioWare community lead Andrew Johnson confirmed the news, saying that the latest stronghold will be accompanied by a host of bug fixes and tweaks. "Our next game update (1.1.0) will be released tomorrow with the new Stronghold and various other game improvements and fixes. We will detail all of that out in our patch notes tomorrow, as well as give an update on the 90-Day calendar," Johnson said.
Over the last few weeks BioWare has been exceedingly cautious about interacting with the Anthem community. The Anthem subreddit now looks just like Destiny's: there's tons of posts lambasting the studio, lost of suggestions on how to fix the game, and a lot of discourse that ultimately creates a negative atmosphere. BioWare has affirmed that Anthem is here to stay and that the studio isn't giving up any time soon.
Sony could merge two of its biggest strengths--gaming and movies--to bolster the PlayStation 5's service roadmap.
Services are very important for companies like Sony. Long after hardware is sold, it's services like PS Plus and sales on the PS Store network that continually make money. With the next-gen PS5 on the horizon, which has some serious power with an AMD Zen 2 CPU and Navi graphics, Sony has to get creative to add more value to its services to compete against the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo, Google, and even Apple. What's Sony to do? Maybe make a new streaming service that combines games and film into one bold interactive experience, Bandersnatch-style.
Yesterday I saw something Hideo Kojima said and this idea was born. Kojima spoke about how game streaming will ultimately merge into services like Netflix, creating boundless interactive opportunities. Gaming could become synonymous with watching. Bandersnatch and the recent You vs Wild are key examples. Kojima said he had something "big" planned for this unification, and it got me thinking...what if Sony made interactive choose-your-own adventure game/movies out of first-party IPs like Uncharted, Death Stranding, The Last of Us, Days Gone, Horizon: Zero Dawn and God of War?
RAGE 2 is Bethesda's latest experiment to find a niche in the live gaming market, and is quite an important piece of the publisher's puzzle.
Yesterday I said that RAGE 2 definitely needs multiplayer. It's clearly set up to be played for a long period of time, featuring grindy Ubisoft-esque mechanics like material hunting, open-world exploration with vehicles, RPG level ups, and an involved weapon mod system. It's just missing one big thing: co-op play with friends.
This, strangely enough, is by design. RAGE 2 is a singleplayer-only game that will have optional live service content. It aims to engage players with new updates and additional content, all while missing the critical key in any live game: multiplayer. Online multiplayer sees users engaging with each other as well as a constantly-evolving world with new things to do. The idea is the more gamers play, the more they'll be engaged--ie the more they'll want to keep playing--and the more likely they are to spend money on optional stuff like microtransactions, DLC, and subscriptions.