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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.

 

Bethesda Games Releases Rage 2 Gameplay, Sets Release Date

Bethesda’s long-awaited follow-up to Rage, a fan-favorite action-shooter video game that debuted in 2011,has finally been revealed. This week, after some alleged Rage 2 details leaked to the media, Bethesda capitalized on the situation by formally announcing the title and posting some high-definition gameplay. Fan response to the reveal has been considerable; at the time of writing this piece, over 4,000 Twitter users have retweeted Bethesda’s official Rage 2 trailer.

 

 

 

The specified trailer showed off several weapons and abilities that will be available for use in Rage 2, but it didn’t detail too many of the title’s specifics, such as new features, game modes, and characters. To be sure, Bethesda also indicated (to the disappointment of quite a few fans!) that Rage 2 won’t hit store shelves until Spring 2019.

 

 

 

The work will release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms, according to Bethesda. (It’s worth mentioning that the widely circulated rumor of a Nintendo Switch version of Rage 2 being in the works hasn’t been confirmed or denied; there is still hope for Nintendo lovers!) Rage 2 is being developed by the company behind the original Rage, id Software, as well as the maker of Just Cause, Avalanche Studios. That two studios are coordinating to develop Rage 2 has led many fans to believe that the scope of the title will be extensive.

 

 

 

It’s expected that Bethesda’s upcoming E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) conference will be used at least in part to showcase additional Rage 2 gameplay. E3 2018 is scheduled for June 12-14, and Bethesda’s press conference will take place at 9:30 PM ET on 10 June. Fans unable to attend E3 in-person can watch companies’ press conferences over the internet and on television.

 

 

 

Lastly, perhaps in an effort to further excite those anticipating new games, Bethesda stated that their E3 2018 press conference will be longer than any of their previous showings.

 

 

 

Here’s to even more video game announcements at E3, from Bethesda and other developers!

 

 

‘WWE 2K19’ confirmed for release later in 2018

Professional wrestling fans and gamers who are fans of the genre finally have a release date for “WWE 2K19.” On Wednesday, the announcement was made on the “WWE 2K18” Twitter page that the next installment in the popular series of professional wrestling games is set for release later in 2018. There was no official date given, but based on previous releases fans may be able to make an educated guess on when “2K19” will hit online and real-world stores.

 

There has been an annual WWE video game title from Take-Two each year dating back to 2012. Last year, fans were able to get “WWE 2K18” on October 17th for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and personal computers. A version for the Nintendo Switch was released last December. The game sold over 1.7 million copies between the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. It received an overall “Metascore” of 66 on the Metacritic review site, while users gave it a 6.0 score.

 

The WWE 2K wrestling video games have combined current roster superstars along with legends. There have also been special modes which allow the player to progress through different story or career modes as a character they create. The 2017 version of the game featured WWE star Seth Rollins on the cover.

 

Last year, there were special Deluxe and Collector’s edition of the game released as well which included special bonus content such as extra playable characters as well as memorabilia related to certain superstars. For example, a Collector’s Edition included a John Cena action figure, an autographed Cena photo, and part of the ring mat from his match at the “2017 Royal Rumble” pay-per-view.

 

Each new WWE 2K title includes extensive rosters of playable superstars. With “WWE 2K18,” gamers had access to 29 new superstars who officially debuted within the video game title. This was in addition to many other current and former members of the professional wrestling company. It’s expected that many more new superstars will be unveiled in the weeks and months leading up to “WWE 2K19.” Nintendo Switch owners will hope 2K Sports has addressed the framerate issues that plagued last year’s game on their device.

Epic Games reveals ‘Fortnite’ release timeframe for Android

The popular co-op survival game “Fortnite” looks like it will be arriving for Android mobile in the near future. With the game already available for multiple platforms including the Apple’s iOS mobile version, it will be a welcome addition for non-iPhone gamers.

 

As Business Insider reported on Friday, “Fortnite” developer Epic Games hasn’t given a specific date but said they are “targeting this summer.” They also have yet to give any further details about which models of Android phones will be able to download and support the “Fortnite” game. The expectation is that it will feature similar “on-screen” controls to the iPhone/iOS version of the game.

 

The iOS version of “Fortnite” was deployed for iPhone back in April. The iPhone 6S, iPhone 6SE, and newer models all are able to support the game. That could indicate that Android phones from the past two years will support “Fortnite.” That might include the original Google Pixel phone or the Galaxy S7, according to Business Insider’s speculation.

 

The massively popular survival game was first released as an early access title for various platforms back in July of last year. That included Microsoft’s Xbox, Windows, macOS, and the Sony PlayStation 4. However, the game is a downloadable product rather than one that can be purchased online or at a real-world store, yet. It’s expected there may be release dates for the physical copies of the game this year as well.

 

There is also a standalone version of the game called “Fortnite: Battle Royale” involving up to a 100-person battle royal style battle where the last character alive wins. That particular game was said to be nearing 50 million players this past March, showing just how popular the “Fortnite” titles have been. Making sure the game is on Android will be another huge boom for Epic Games.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ revealed to be multiplayer game with solo missions

The brand new “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” game was officially revealed on Thursday and brought with it the news that there won’t be any single player modes. Instead, the newest edition of the first-person shooter video game will be completely multiplayer and also include a competitive mode. Here are the latest details on what was announced with regards to the latest game in the line of Activision shooter titles.

 

To the dismay of many fans, there won’t be any real single player gameplay or a story tying things together like in past editions of the game. A report from Forbes confirmed that instead of having any single-player campaigns, the new “Call of Duty” game will have solo missions for multiplayer Specialists.

 

While there was a trailer released on the Call of Duty YouTube channel for the solo Specialist missions, it was more of a narrative teaser with a bit of video footage mixed in. Basically, there isn’t much information in the trailer with regards to what these particular missions might entail. There will probably be more information about them coming in the weeks and months ahead.

 

What the new game will feature is a competitive game mode called “Blackout” in which players are in a battle royale sort of competition. It will also include one of the biggest maps in the history of the game featuring iconic settings from previous installments of the game. The cooperative multiplayer mode will be called “Zombies.”

 

While there have been some pretty disgruntled fans sounding off on social media after the news of this title’s lack of a single player campaign, the new “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” game will probably still sell more than a few copies. It’s slated for release on October 12, 2018, for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and Windows platform PCs.

The new Harry Potter Game Disappoints Fans Everywhere

Fans of Harry Potter have been waiting for a new video game for years. When Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery finally released, fans were instantly turned off by the game’s microtransactions. People are even claiming that these microtransactions are directly targeted at children.

The biggest gripe with the new Harry Potter game is its energy system, a system that mobile gamers are all too familiar with. An energy system is basically a timer that runs out as you play the game. It takes energy to complete tasks and progress in the game. Players can purchase more energy with cash, creating one of the harshest, most common pay-to-win systems in gaming today.

The Devil’s Snare, a plant that should be familiar to all Harry Potter fans, is a random event in the game. When a player is captured by the Devil’s Snare, even if they have full energy, they must either put the game down or be forced to shell out real world cash to be freed. This is an example of a money-hungry game that is abusing the curiosity of children.

Errors concerning canon are also prominent in the game, showing that the developers did little research during the creation of the game. One of the most obvious canonical errors is a particular broom that didn’t exist in the Harry Potter universe in 1984, the time in which the game takes place.

This game has left a sour taste in the mouths of Harry Potter fans everywhere. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was anticipated as a great RPG for mobile devices, but upon release it has been bashed and criticized into notoriety.

With lootboxes and microtransactions coming under scrutiny from governments all over the world, it is interesting to see if government regulation will be sped up due to this world-renowned IP.

Mysterious New Atari VCS Console Available for Pre-Order Soon

The brand new Atari VCS console is on the way and avid gamers can pre-purchase one soon, although details still remain scarce as to what all the new console will feature. The consoles won’t actually be in use for about a year and so far nobody seems to know which modern video games might end up being available for the new system.

What’s known so far is that Atari will launch an Indiegogo campaign at the end of the month and will give customers the ability to lock in a pre-order to get the console in the future. There will be a $199 price available for “early bird adopters,” with a $300 price tag for the later release. The early birds can secure their console for just $199 but will be waiting for a year to receive the system. There will be an Onyx black variant version released as well as a “Collector’s Edition” woodgrain model. The design of the new gaming system is similar to that of the classic Atari 2600.

This particular gaming system was previously dubbed as the “Ataribox” and thought to be a console capable of only playing older Atari classic games. However, it appears the Atari VCS will try to become a competitor to the latest modern gaming systems based on its previously-announced technical specifications. These specs seem in-line with other popular systems on the market in terms of what it can handle for graphics, storage, and connectivity. The new game console will also feature a Linux operating system, allowing for installation of additional apps by users. These might include apps for streaming content, music playback, and web browsers, similar to other gaming systems.

A Forbes report indicated that the new VCS is set to launch with “100 classic games.” There will also be new modern titles that the company will announce at a later date, leaving it a mystery as to exactly which titles might arrive for the new platform. The new Atari game console won’t ship for a year, giving plenty of time for the company to partner with popular game makers ahead of the official product release to consumers.

It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me!

Sea of Thieves is one of XBOX’s latest gaming hits. It offers a versatile open-world player experience. Explore the vast oceans with friends, or sail all by thy lonesome. Live the pirate life you’ve dreamed about since you were a kid. Spend the day solving riddles or fighting for gold on the open seas.

This wide virtual world offers adventure for any type of pirate. With XBOX Live Gold, you and your friends can play Sea of Thieves together. Set sail on the deep blue ocean and find another ship worthy of your plundering. Ships are loaded with cannons and weapons to make it interesting. Battle other pirate ships to gather as much booty as possible!

Swashbuckling pirates will enjoy the diverse and personal combat experience. Players can fight against other players as well as computer characters. The computer characters come in the form of a scary skeleton. They’re usually located on islands with the most treasure to hold, but they roam the rest of the map as well. Wild animals are also found on islands and can be used for supplies.

Sail on to uncharted waters with your mates. Dive into Davy Jones’ locker and find abandoned shipwrecks to explore. You never know, they may contain something your ship needs for repairs. Master the art of solving riddles to uncover where x marks the spot. There’s treasure waiting! If you aren’t the riddle type, then scope the seas for your next ship to conquer for treasure. However, be careful because some treasures contain terrible curses that can sink your beloved ship.

This game is a blast. It’s a great game to play co-op with friends, or just to entertain yourself for an evening. It’s only available on XBOX. Sea of Thieves is constantly receiving updates, so look for amazing improvements in the game’s future.

Players can choose to fight each other or to join one another’s ranks. It’s all about where the adventure takes you. This fantastical world of myths and monsters will deliver you to another time and place. Drink up me hearties, yo ho!

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has Cut the Costs in the Real-Cash Shop

Fans of Harry Potter received a new video game for their mobile devices, but they were less than satisfied when they realized it was completely pay-to-win.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery uses an energy system similar to city builder games. The game limits your activity based on the amount of energy you have. If you have no energy, you can’t advance. The only option you have is to put the game down for a few hours ot pay real cash to continue playing.

For example, in the Harry Potter books and movies, the Devil’s Snare is a plant that traps individuals in its vines, but will release a person when they relax. In the video game, it is impossible to escape from the Devil’s Snare unless you have full energy. The Devil’s Snare is a nightmare for gamers. When you are capture by this plant, your only option is to put the phone down and wait or shell out hard-earned cash in order to be released from its grasps.

Taking into consideration the popularity of Harry Potter and the controversy surrounding loot boxes and other microtransactions in some country, it will be interesting to see what comes of video game microtransactions if the new Harry Potter gains mass popularity.

The outrage against Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was so bad that the developers of the games have cut the cost of the real-cash shop.

Not everyone is seeing these price cuts right away. Screenshots show that some people are seeing the lower rates, but others are still seeing the expensive, original prices.

If you would like to try the Harry Potter game for yourself, it is available now for Android and iOS devices.