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‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ is confirmed by Ubisoft, with details to come at E3

The next installment in the popular Assassin’s Creed lineup of games will be Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The new title was officially confirmed by Ubisoft, although details won’t be more readily available for about a week or so. However, a teaser that Ubisoft released to the masses gives an idea of where the game will take place.

According to IGN’s report, Ubisoft released a quick teaser video on their Twitter page which reveals the game’s location will be ancient Greece. The video is only five seconds long and reveals one warrior kicking another off a rocky cliff with a city in the background. The teaser trailer ends with “See you at E3” on the screen, letting fans know to expect more details then.

The new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be the first title released for the series since 2017 when they brought out Assassin’s Creed Origins. The series has been going strong since 2007 when the original was released. It’s since spawned nine other major titles for the franchise as well as comic books and a 2016 movie starring Michael Fassbender.

The teaser trailer for the new game arrives not long after there was a leak about the new Assassin’s Creed title and information suggesting it would take place in Greece. That leak, according to TechRadar’s report, was of a keyring for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and showed an ancient Greek soldier’s helmet. Apparently, this latest entry into the series will bring new features along with it such as dialogue options and the ability to choose either a male or female hero to guide through the adventures.

Beyond those minor details, not much else is known about the gameplay or story. There is speculation that this new game is part of a trilogy as players have already been to ancient Egypt and Rome in other games. For now, fans will have to keep speculating until June 12th when the annual E3 event hits California. Ubisoft will probably have a lengthier presentation of the game in store for everyone to really wrap their heads around.

Detroit: Become Human has Finally Released

Detroit: Become Human is quite possibly the most popular game in recent months. It is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and it is the 10th PS4 exclusive to hit number 1 in the last twelve months.

The game was developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was only released a couple days ago, on May 25th, but it has already became the talk of the gaming community. The game has been praised for its ultra-realistic graphics and its excellent story telling. The game has been in development since at least 2012.

The game is about an android who has become deviant. He is taken down by the police with a trail of bullets and dumped off at a landfill full of broken androids. The android then proceeds to fix himself and leave. Eventually, the android, with the help from his fellow machines, finds his way to a safe haven for androids called Jericho. The rest of the game, without going into too much detail and providing spoilers, consists of the androids at Jericho struggling with a society that doesn’t accept them, even facing attack from government law enforcement agencies.

The game has been long awaited by fans. It was first announced in 2015 at a Sony press conference at Paris Games Week. It also appeared at E3 in 2016 and 2017, furthering raising the anticipation of fans. When anticipation of a game is so high, often it is a huge disappointment. Detroit: Become Human does not disappoint. The game received a 8 out of 10 on IGN, a 7 out of 10 on IGN, and an 8.5 out of 10 from EGM.

Rockstar bringing ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ & two other classics to Xbox One

The XBOX One’s backward compatibility feature will allow for several older Rockstar video games to be playable on the new console next week. That will include one of the popular Grand Theft Auto titles that were only available for the Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles, until now.

Rockstar Games dropped the news of the three popular titles that are coming to Xbox One. Leading off their announcement was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The Xbox and Xbox 360 versions will be backward compatible with Xbox One as of June 7th.

It’s mentioned that the saved games from the Xbox version won’t be able to transfer over to the newer console. However, the gamers using that original version will get the upgraded Xbox 360 version of the game on Xbox One. It has better overall gameplay and a higher resolution, plus special Achievements included.

The two other titles joining San Andreas will be Midnight Club: Los Angeles and Rockstar Games Presents: Table Tennis. That gives gamers access to three different genres of games all on the new console if they want a “blast from the past” or two, or three. All three games were generally well received and are considered classics from the past five years.

Midnight Club: Los Angeles received an 81 score via the Metacritic review site. Table Tennis received a “Metascore” of 81 on the Metacritic review site, with a 7.8 out of 10 from users. The 2014 Grand Theft Auto game didn’t receive a Metascore, but the game achieved a 78 out of 100 in a review from IGN website.

All three games become backward compatible on Thursday (June 7). Gamers who have physical copies of the original titles can put them into the Xbox One to download the game onto the newer console. Those who have digital versions will be able to access their games on Xbox One and simply download from the “Ready to Install” area on the console.

Atari VCS pre-order promotion: Over 5,000 systems sold in first six hours

A pre-order promotion to help generate more excitement for the Atari VCS console has seemed to show there is some anticipation for the retro gaming system. After just six hours of the promotion, over 5,000 of the new systems were sold. That may be a good sign for Atari as they prepare for the eventual release of the item once dubbed the “Atari Box.”

As Forbes reported, Atari put out a notice to boast of the success of their early pre-order promotion. In the notice, they told prospective customers to hurry up and order as they had “Over 5000 Backers in Just 6 Hours.” Forbes said that as of their report, the number had increased to over 7,200 backers and climbing, but that parts of that number may only be in reference to ordering the controllers.

The pre-order promotion that went into effect on Wednesday (May 30) was exclusive to Indiegogo and reportedly the base systems with a controller were going for $279 to $299. The Atari VCS effectively eclipsed their goal of $100,000 raised, by taking in over $2 million in pre-orders.

The expectation is that the Atari VCS will officially be released in June 2019. The platform will basically be able to perform emulation for Atari 2600 games, but it’s also been said other games may be introduced via a Linux operating system on the console.

With all that said, there’s still over a year until the early backers will receive any of the perks they pre-ordered at this time. The Atari VCS won’t be making a serious challenge to the top platforms like Sony PlayStation 4 or Microsoft’s Xbox One, but it shows there are plenty of gamers out there interested in those “blast from the past” games of yesteryear.

The 2018 Video Games Released By The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco

The horrible news we read from the Internet may be too much, so what you need are light news, probably from topics like video game. One of the most recent video game articles you can read from Buzzfeed News is the one from 24 May 2018 where Buzzfeed’s GoodGame went to the Game Developers Conference in San Franciso and tested some wonderful series of games. Let’s try to recap all the highlights of the event and some of the games that would be exciting to many gamers today.

Downward Spiral: Horus Station is one of the newest games that would change the expectations of PC and Steam gamers. Planned to be released in spring of 2018, this game is seen to be the next big step to virtual reality gaming. There’s still a lot of development and tweaks needed for virtual reality to catch up with the demands of its users, and this new VR entertainment is the answer to that. Two players can enjoy this game, and it’s actually best played in pairs for more collaborative effort.

The testers from Buzzfeed encountered a lot of glitches while playing the game. There were rogue androids that just pop out of nowhere, but they had to admit it was such a fun experience shooting at the robots using a heavy-duty industrial nail gun.

Smoke and Sacrifice is the second new selection this 2018 that would push the boundaries of gaming today. This game is compared with Nintendo’s 2018 juggernaut creation, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is a reference point that should be exciting news for all enthusiasts. The longer the testers played with the game, the more likely they agreed that the comparison is not off-the-mark.

What makes the game extra exciting, too, is that it’s able to balance a colorful, bright, animated art style in its interface with a narrative that can get any gamer committed to finishing it. It starts with a character named Sachi, who ambles through a bucolic village that’s painted all over with a watercolor palette. It’s also noteworthy to say here that the game’s story is intuitive but still providing enough level of challenging excitement. Its perfect balance should excite all types of gamers.

 

A Closer Look at Fallout 76

Many gamers consider Fallout to be one of the most consistently strong franchises. It was first released all the way back in 1997. In that twenty year history it’s leaped from DOS, to Windows and all the way to full compatibility with game consoles.

And in all that time it’s been able to keep up a consistent and ever evolving storyline. Any trailer for a new Fallout game will soon attract detailed analysis. But the attention given in the wake of Fallout 76’s teaser trailer deserves special attention.

The analysis doesn’t just highlight the recent news. It also helps demonstrate that Bethesda knows how fans approach Fallout. The author was quick to note a seemingly minor detail within the trailer. It’s a single date on a small computer display. The date, 2102, might seem futuristic to outsiders. But fans of the series will recognize it as oddly anachronistic.

The past three games in the series have taken place around 2200. 2102 pushes the timeline so far back that it almost touches on the defining event of Fallout. The very event which left fallout covering the world in the first place.

The author puts forward a hypothesis that it might be more of a survival game. And Kotaku, in return, hinted rather strongly that this is the case. This could mark a big change for the Franchise as a whole. The line “war never changes” has been its tagline for quite a while now. To be fair, the gameplay of Fallout has changed with the years and decades. But it’s stayed stylistically consistent since those early days of DOS gaming.

The author also notes that the titular 76 probably refers to vault 76. This is one of the few fully functional fallout shelters within the franchise. When one puts all of these facts together it strongly hints at an interesting game. One where players might get to experience a whole new view of the franchise’s mythos.

Nintendo and Niantic unveil ‘Pokémon Quest’ & two upcoming Pokémon games for Switch

Pokemon trainers everywhere are able to download a new “free-to-start” game called Pokémon Quest for the Nintendo Switch. The newest Pokémon title was made available as Nintendo and Niantic also announced there will be two other Pokémon games on the way. While Pokémon Quest is already available to play, the other two titles will require a bit of a wait until players can begin those quests.

 

According to a TechCrunch report, Nintendo and Niantic made their latest announcements during a Tokyo press event. Two new titles, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are going to be released in several months. They indicated that the two new titles set to join the Pokémon lineup will arrive in late 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. These new titles are expected to have some sort of tie-in with Pokémon Go, with more details set to be available as the games get closer to release.

 

In the meantime, players are able to check out the new Pokémon Quest game. More details for the title were provided via the Pokémon Twitter page where they indicated a player can put together a team of up to three Pokémon to explore the secrets of Tumblecube Island.

 

Nintendo saw how much of an impact the Pokémon game has had on their sales. The company is hoping that the release of the “free-to-start” title and the announcement of the two other titles, will provide a similar boost to their Switch sales. The popular Niantic title Pokémon Go was downloaded over 750 million times, giving a boost to the Nintendo 3DS platform. In addition, there was a Pokémon Go Plus accessory launched to enhance gameplay which looks like it will integrate into Switch as a joy-con.

 

The most exciting announcement for Nintendo Switch fans could be the tease of a new title for 2019. As The Verge reported, Game Freak is planning to release a “core” RPG Pokémon game sometime next year. Fans will certainly be anxious to see that title arrive once they’ve mastered the other three games on the Switch.s

New Game Modes Confirmed for Black Ops 4

After the controversial announcement that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 would not feature the standard single-player campaign seen in every other game of the franchise, Blizzard has just announced what will be replacing it: A battle royale mode.

 

In what many see as a rather shameless attempt to capitalize on the popularity of games like Fortnite: Battle Royale, the latest Black Ops has just been confirmed to feature its own battle royale mode during the live reveal event. Called Blackout, this game mode will likely work the same as its predecessors, pitting a large number of players against each other in a last-man-standing firefight.

 

While the addition of Blackout is arguably the biggest news to come out of the event, several other features of the new game were also confirmed at the same time. A franchise staple by this point, Black Ops 4 will feature the requisite zombie fighting mode, but with a twist – there will now be three different zombie modes to choose from.

 

As one would expect, there is also the traditional multiplayer versus mode that will be making up the bread and butter of this year’s release now that the campaign has been axed, pitting players against each other in teams using different weapons and strategy to kill each other. Finally, the game will also feature exclusively single player missions that, rather than compose a campaign, are simply small tasks to be completed using the characters from the multiplayer mode. More explicit details as to what the missions will entail has not yet been revealed.

 

Black Ops 4 will release on October 12 this year, available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Additionally, the PC release of the game will not be on a distribution platform like Steam, but available on Blizzard’s own Battle.net exclusively as a first for the series.

 

ID and Avalanche Studios Partner for Rage 2

The original Rage was released to mixed reviews from gamers and critics. The original game released in 2011 and is a post-apocalyptic first person shooter. Critics claimed the game had excellent gameplay, but it lacked in the story department.

 

ID Software, the developers of the original Rage, continued working on the first person shooter genre, eventually creating the commercial successful Doom reboot.

 

Avalanche Studio recently created the official Mad Max game, a game which was also a commercial and critical success.

 

Now these two game studios are teaming up to create Rage 2. With the announcement of Rage 2 came an announcement trailer. The trailer features bright, vibrant colors, and a loud soundtrack that fits the chaotic cinematic. The trailer didn’t give away much towards gameplay, as the trailer is purely cinematic, but it did showcase a new type of weapon. A boomerang of some sort can be seen in the hand of one character in the trailer. It is unknown if this weapon will be featured in the actual game.

 

Gamers seem to be taking to the trailer positively, excited for the team up between ID and Avalanche.

 

The original Rage was a unique experience. ID Games took the familiar apocalyptic settings and made it more beautiful than ever before. The game had an emphasis on fun gameplay, almost completely ignoring the story line and character progression.

 

The game also made excellent use of a wide variety of vehicles, providing gamers with a means to get from combat area to combat area. The vehicle combat is surprisingly fun even though the primary use of the vehicle is just to get to the next area.

 

The online competitive gameplay of Rage focused entirely on car combat; the cooperative online gameplay put two players together in order to see how long they van survive, ranking up points in order to get a high score.

 

Rage 2 doesn’t have a release date, but if the first Rage is any indicator, a Holiday release is highly likely.

Upcoming 2K Games Title Postponed Prior to Announcement

Take-Two is the parent company both of Rockstar Games and 2K Games, together responsible for some of the best games to ever hit the market. For quite some time, fans have been teased as to an upcoming 2K Games title, supposedly a new entry into one of the company’s “biggest franchises” without actually confirming what the game could be. Turns out they need a bit more time to work on it, so fans are just going to have to keep waiting.

 

New reports from the company indicate that the currently unknown game will be released sometime in fiscal year 2020 (April 2019 to March 2020) if current plans do not change further, rather than the original 2019 fiscal year (April 2018 to March 2019). When announcing the delay, 2K said that they are still as excited about the game as ever and believe that the extra development time will improve the end product players get, even if it takes longer than expected.

 

However, the CEO of Take-Two, Lainie Goldstein, made sure to mention that some amount of money has been reserved for marketing this upcoming game during the 2019 fiscal year, indicating there may be a reveal on the way in the near future.

 

As one would expect, speculation as to what this new game could be has been going on since it was first announced. Many believe it could be Borderlands 3, the latest in the popular Gearbox Software-developed Borderlands franchise. However, Gearbox president Randy Pitchford has claimed that, while a new Borderlands is currently in development, it likely will not be done in time to present it at the upcoming E3 (though it’s still a possibility).

 

There has also been news of a “top secret” BioShock sequel in the works for at least some time now. With how long this has allegedly been in development, it would make sense for them to announce it sooner or later.

 

If this question is answered soon, it would likely be at E3, so stay tuned for more information.