How player feedback is shaping the way Avalanche makes Just Cause 4

One of the executive producers on Just Cause 4 talks about how an evolving feedback process has led to weather systems and a new focus on narrative design. …

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The 17 Biggest Game Sequels We Want To See

Whether they’re direct continuations that carry on the events of the previous game or unrelated follow-ups that share a general theme, gamers love–and love to hate–video game sequels. While you can argue that the emphasis on sequels seems to overshadow the creation of new, original IP, sometimes sequels produce unique experiences in their own right. Like the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild–the characters and themes are the same, but the game was a refreshing take on the entire open-world genre.

Sequels are a huge part of game development, but most creators shy away from revealing what they have in the works too early. But that doesn’t stop up from speculating on what would be. So in this feature, we’ve gathered together our wishlist of games that deserve sequels, or unannounced games that potentially could be announced.

Some of the games you’ll see in this feature are a little more far-fetched than others; Grand Theft Auto VI, outside of Rockstar Games seeming like it always disappears off the face of the planet, is going to happen someday soon. There are already rumors circulating of a new Bioshock. But Bloodborne 2, Bully 3, and Portal 3? Those aren’t necessarily guaranteed.

This isn’t a definitive list of every game that we want a sequel to, but it represents some of the titles the GameSpot editors feel most strongly about and would love to see. What unannounced games do you hope get a surprise announcement at a gaming event? Let us know in the comments below!

Animal Crossing | Switch

Nintendo hasn’t said explicitly it’s working on a Switch version of Animal Crossing, but one is almost definitely in the works. With Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on mobile last year, the company only whetted the appetite of fans who want a full-fledged entry in the relaxing life sim. And although Pocket Camp is surprisingly robust for a mobile game, it’s still missing many of the most important elements of the Animal Crossing franchise: a large list of collectible wildlife, the ability to write letters and notes to your townsfolk, and customization options for your villagers’ catchphrases. Pocket Camp is Animal Crossing in spirit, but not quite in execution.

But that mobile release does seem to portend that the next chapter on Animal Crossing, this time on Switch, is imminent. Nintendo has stated that the core purpose of its mobile games is less about making money and more about keeping people engaged with its core franchises. For Animal Crossing, all that’s left is the follow-through.

What new features a Switch release of the game could bring is anyone’s guess, but we imagine a large roster of potential neighbors and a more active way to connect and interact with other Animal Crossing players online. | Justin Haywald

BioShock 4 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Where the original BioShock launched to praise from fans and critics alike, the third and most recent game in the series–BioShock Infinite–divided opinion somewhat when it came out in 2013. While some–including our own reviewer–loved it, others felt it turned the series too far towards shooter territory, and the story felt muddled.

Time, then, for a new game in the series to unite everyone behind BioShock once again. One that can bring BioShock back to what everyone loved in the first place–its mystery, its atmosphere, its storytelling, and yes, its inventive powers–while also taking it to new frontiers. We’ve now done underwater and above the clouds; perhaps BioShock 4 could deliver another shock to our systems by taking us to space? | Oscar Dayus

Bloodborne 2 | PS4

From Software’s Bloodborne forces Souls players to step outside of their comfort zone; to stop peeking at horrors from behind a shield and instead charge headfirst into them. Its gameplay focuses on bluster and brutality, but feels like a delicate dance of sword swings, explosive gunshots, and timed dashes.

However, what really elevates Bloodborne is Yarnham, the mysterious gothic city where disease-ridden inhabitants wander around squalid streets, mindlessly attacking all that approach. It’s also a place where science clashes with faith, factions battle over ideologies, and the presence of an unseen cosmic evil pervades.

Bloodborne was both critically and commercially successful and, most importantly, fans of it are desperate for more. From Software recently teased a new project that adopts the studio’s distinct style, but the use of the phrase “shadows die twice” could be hinting at something entirely new. A new From Software game is exciting, but we can’t help but hold on to hopes of returning to the Bloodborne universe. The sweet blood, it sings to us. | Tamoor Hussain

Bully 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Leading up to Bully (2006), Rockstar had been best known for hyper-violent games like Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, and Manhunt. Then the developer adapted many of the core tenets that made those games great to craft an earnest, yet over-the-top tale of a troublemaker thrust into a private boarding school. Stereotypical cliques filled the student body at Bullworth Academy and painted a lively caricature of high school. It was your job as Jimmy Hopkins to navigate the dangerous waters of Bullworth and try not to get kicked out, all while trying to become the baddest, most respected fool on campus. Getting to class on time (presented as minigames), getting in fights, and causing all sorts of mischief makes up most of the game, but Bullworth and its surrounding town is also a believable place full of life. Not many games have topped the soundtrack’s funky basslines and whimsical xylophone melodies either.

Despite being twelve years old and one of Rockstar’s best games, it never got a follow-up (although it was remastered). There have been rumblings throughout the years of a possible sequel; producer and lead writer Dan Houser said he had ideas for a Bully 2 back in 2013, and concept art believed to be tied to a sequel was shown last year. That’s the extent of our hopes, though. Rockstar’s portfolio has evolved since 2006: GTA continues to succeed, Red Dead emerged as a huge franchise, and LA Noire showed that action can take a back seat to story. With a resume like that, it’s a lot of fun to imagine what Bully 2 could be.| Michael Higham

Bushido Blade 3 | PS4, X1, PC, Switch

Bushido Blade was a 3D, one-on-one sword-fighting game for PlayStation that was uniquely unforgiving. With no health bars, landing a clean hit on your opponent meant a crippled limb, if not instant bloody death. Tension was the name of the game, where every standoff was a strenuous task of reading your opponent, playing mind games and exercising quick reflexes. It was also a game concerned with maintaining honorable disposition and respecting your opponent. Bowing formally before a match, fighting fair, and never stabbing your opponent in the back was encouraged, and enhanced the game’s zen-like appeal.

But, you could also do the exact opposite: throw dirt in someone’s face, kick them when they’re down, and run frantically through the game’s large, open arenas to search for an environment that could put your opponent and their choice of weapon at a disadvantage–a bamboo thicket could restrict naginata slashing maneuvers, a deep river could mask the movements of your katana, for example.

Although Bushido Blade got a sequel in 1998, there hasn’t been a a game in the last 20 years that has successfully come close to matching its understated qualities and strict mechanics. Its nearest neighbour today would be Nidhogg, if Nidhogg could be slowed to a snail’s pace.

In a post-Dark Souls era where players celebrate pure, unforgiving game experiences, a true Bushido Blade sequel with online competitive multiplayer is just the thing Square Enix should think about bringing back. | Edmond Tran

Diablo 4 | PS4, X1, PC

While Blizzard had a rough start with Diablo 3, they made great strides with improving the game in the years since its release. Once the expansion Reaper of Souls launched, Diablo 3 had earned its spot as one of the most impressive loot-focused action-RPG games on the market. Even now, regular updates are still ongoing, and with successful launches on PS4 and Xbox One, there’s plenty of loot to go around for would-be adventurers traveling through Tristram and the underworld.

Though Blizzard is still going strong with Diablo 3–along with Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone–the developers should look to the future of loot-oriented action-RPG games and get started with Diablo 4. The series scratches a certain itch that not many other games can, and Diablo 4 can take advantage of the second-wind the series has experienced in D3’s post-launch life. | Alessandro Fillari

Elite Beat Agents 2 | Switch

There’s no reason to think that a sequel to Elite Beat Agents is in the works, but with the newfound success of Nintendo Switch, the quirky rhythm game from developer iNiS is a cult classic that’s due for a revival. EBA was actually a localization of the cheerleading game Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (which got a Japanese sequel on DS), but while the two versions are the same gameplay-wise, the soundtracks and overall themes were changed drastically to make the series fit into a Western archetype.

But either way, both versions were solid games that took advantage of the DS’ touch screen to let you tap out rhythms in time to the music. Ports of the originals would be great for a new generation of gamers to experience, though it’s likely the music licensing deals make that a difficult process. But a new version of the game that takes advantage of either the traditional controls or the unique joy-con capabilities of the Switch would be delightful–maybe a Just Dance-style game that tracks your hand movements as you go through the game’s on-screen choreography? | Justin Haywald

GTA 6 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

The last Grand Theft Auto game doesn’t feel like it came out almost five years ago. Of course, that’s partly due to the fact that its roll-out across Sony and Microsoft’s consoles and then PC took three years. But it’s also because the game is still consistently in the top 10 best-selling games of every month (here it is as number 10 for December and number 6 for the best-selling game of 2017).

Although the GTA games are known for their multi-layered, single-player stories, GTAV’s continued success is primarily driven by its multiplayer GTA Online mode. A sandbox set in GTAV’s world, the game has captured such a large portion of Rockstar’s resources that the long-ago promised single-player expansion has been dumped. But surprisingly, it’s both not something that gamers seem to be clamoring for, and it hasn’t affected the adoption of the game sales-wise.

GTAV casts a long shadow, and it’ll be interesting to see how its open-world model will affect the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2. But it’ll also be worth keeping an eye on how it affects the inevitable GTA VI. At some point, V’s popularity will start to wane and we’ll get another entry in the GTA world. But will this next game be a multiplayer-only experience that borrows both from elements that make GTA Online such a continuing success and other popular online games like Destiny 2? Or will GTAVI be a return to the single-player narrative with an even more robust online mode that just happens to exist alongside it?

It’s also worth noting that the gap between GTAIV and GTAV was only five years, so it’s possible a new chapter in the rampant crime saga might be closer than you’d expect. | Justin Haywald

Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 | PS4

Despite exclusively making shooters for its first decade-and-a-half of existence, Guerrilla Games tried something very different with Horizon: Zero Dawn, and it more than succeeded. Guerrilla’s debut open-world effort was impressive on a number of fronts, including its Monster Hunter-style combat and gorgeous visuals. But as with the first entry in any series, it had a number of areas that stand to be improved.

Although combat encounters could be intense and memorable, that was only really the case at range–melee combat was simplistic and boring. Navigating anything but flat surfaces could be a frustrating chore, particularly in comparison to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which made climbing so effortless. The bulk of the narrative, while interesting, was told through exposition dumps where you’d stand around and simply listen to someone talk. Improvements to these areas, combined with Guerrilla continuing to amaze from a technical standpoint (which we got a taste of with Zero Dawn DLC The Frozen Wilds’ improved snow effects), would make Horizon 2 something really special. | Chris Pereira

Metal Gear Solid 6 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

After Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima left Konami in 2015, fans began to question the series’ future and whether a new entry would be warranted. Months passed until publisher Konami finally revealed the next game in the long-running franchise: a survival-focused co-op spin-off with zombies, called Metal Gear Survive. As you’d expect, fan backlash was understandably negative, as it seemed diametrically opposed to the series’ lineage. At the same time, it left questions as to whether or not Konami would ever develop a true successor or reboot.

While a new mainline Metal Gear Solid game not directed by Kojima raises alarms for hardcore fans, it’s difficult to rule out how awesome it would be if Konami managed to let an ambitious studio build upon the series’ foundations or provide a completely new vision of what Metal Gear can be for its sixth entry. After all, a Metal Gear game doesn’t necessarily need Kojima to be good or interesting. You need only look to franchise spin-offs like Metal Gear Rising and Metal Gear Solid (GBC), which each played incredibly well despite lacking Kojima’s involvement.

But imagine the possibilities of what Metal Gear Solid 6 could be: a game starring The Boss during WWII, that Grey Fox spin-off we always wanted, or maybe an entirely new game starring a fresh face mercenary/government agent in a far-future, post-MGS4 world? The Metal Gear series’ universe is ripe with characters and concepts that could be used to create a fascinating new entry in the tenured franchise. Regardless of whatever shape or form it takes, we’re hoping Konami takes full advantage of Metal Gear’s rich history for whatever it has in mind for the series now that Metal Gear Survive is out. | Matt Espineli

No One Lives Forever 3 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Even before the saturation of first-person shooters in the mid-to-late 2000s, there were so many great single-player FPS games on PC. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and the original Call of Duty were staples of the genre, but nothing had quite the charm of No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way. For those not familiar, imagine the grandeur of James Bond and the absurdity of Austin Powers wrapped in an espionage tale with the highly capable operative Cate Archer at the helm. This was the foundation for a well-crafted shooter set in the Cold War era that took you across the world for hilariously ridiculous missions. Anyone who played it will never forget its incredibly adorable soundtrack, which so perfectly captured the campy spy theme.

That was 2002, and 16 years later, little-to-no hope is out there for Cate Archer’s return. NOLF 2 and its predecessor The Operative: No One Lives Forever are cult classics, but over time, the rights to the franchise went into a sort of limbo. Both games were developed by Monolith (known for the recent Middle-earth games), but were published by Fox Interactive. Fox was acquired by Vivendi, which merged with and separated from Activision. However, Monolith is now under Warner Bros. So, who the hell knows which company can even revive the series. Regardless, we’re holding out hope that this series lives to die another day. | Michael Higham

Portal 3 | PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Why hasn’t this happened already? Portal and Portal 2 are masterpieces, with the 2011 sequel successfully expanding on the first game’s amazing puzzle game base with an intriguing story, improved script, and more diverse environments. A third game would surely be even better. It wouldn’t even have to do much! It’s been long enough that just more Portal would likely be satisfactory for a lot of people.

But this is Valve we’re talking about. As we all know, this company doesn’t just make games for the sake of it. The developer even seems happy to almost troll its own fans by allowing other companies to use the Portal license in their own games: the past few years have seen Rocket League and Lego Dimensions recieve Portal-related content, and last year we even got a full game crossover with Bridge Constructor. And yet, still no proper sequel.

We might be waiting a long time for Portal 3. If only those wormholes allowed us to travel through time… | Oscar Dayus

Silent Hills | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Despite game director Hideo Kojima’s very public departure from Konami, the company is still seems adamant about supporting the auteur’s Metal Gear series. Kojima was also tied to the next game in Konami’s Silent Hill franchise, and while that project (a collaboration with film director Guillermo del Toro and actor Norman Reedus) is canceled, Konami has publicly stated that the Silent Hill franchise will continue on at some point. And despite Konami’s issues, Silent Hill is still a tortured video game location that we’d want to visit again.

Spanning multiple developers and a wide range of protagonists, the series is uniquely positioned for a follow-up that doesn’t strictly adhere to the games of the past. And a success with the long-running horror franchise could potentially mitigate the disastrous PR left by Kojima’s departure. It seems like a sure thing that Konami will get around to making another entry in the franchise, and even though it would’ve been fascinating to see what a horror mashup between Kojmia and del Toro would have been like, we’ll likely get a taste of that in Death Stranding. The next Silent Hill will be a new creature, but what form it takes has yet to be decided. Hopefully, it can return to its critically acclaimed roots, and avoid being another average spin-off like Downpour and Book of Memories. | Justin Haywald

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic 3 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Though there have been many games that have taken advantage of the Star Wars brand to great effect, one title in particular has stood out for many fans of the storied franchise. Bioware’s narrative-focused RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic followed the adventures of an up-and-coming Jedi and their crew as they explored the galaxy, thousands of years before the rise of the Empire. At its time, it was a rather seminal game for the Star Wars series. Instead of shoehorning new characters into established lore and repeating moments from the films, this RPG title told its own story with a memorable cast of characters. While KOTOR had two sequels, one of which was the moderately successful MMO The Old Republic, there’s been a yearning for a third game focusing on the single player experience with modern visuals and systems.

However, much has changed with the Star Wars IP in recent years, and making a direct sequel isn’t so clear cut. With Disney having acquired the Star Wars license, while also jettisoning much of the material from the 40-years of expanded universe fiction–including the plot of KOTOR–a follow-up would have to be a reboot. While this may draw the ire of hardcore fans, this also presents a wonderful opportunity to tell fresh stories with new characters.

A Star Wars RPG seems well overdue, and with Bioware a part of EA–and with the publisher currently possessing the exclusive rights to produce Star Wars games–the timing seems perfect for the original developers to return to the Star Wars universe. Which should totally happen sooner, rather than later. | Alessandro Fillari

Super Mario Maker 2 | Switch

Mario Maker was one of the last hurrahs for Wii U owners, and what an event it was. It offered a chance for people to get creative with one of gaming’s greatest icons, share Mario levels they’ve created online, and browse through thousands of levels made by other passionate players across the globe. If you followed game culture in 2015 and 2016, you probably saw plenty of people sharing videos of tremendously difficult stages being bested by skilled (or lucky) players; a testament to the game’s widespread popularity and its effectiveness as a game creation tool.

The Wii U GamePad touchscreen made the process of creating and editing levels a breeze, and all it takes is one look at your Switch to realize that it’s built for a game like Mario Maker. Given that Switch’s online environment is still a work in progress, it’s understandable why Nintendo isn’t rushing to make it happen, but given the massive Switch install base (relative to Wii U), it’s easy to imagine that we’ll see the next Maker game sometime down the road. | Peter Brown

Super Mario RPG 2 | Switch

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars blessed the SNES back in 1996, where our franchise favorite characters banded together to fight common enemies throughout the Mushroom Kingdom… in the form of a turn-based RPG. Squaresoft had created Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, and Secret of Mana by this time, but to wrap its refined RPG elements in the Mario universe made for one of the best mash-up/collaborations ever. Bowser was driven out of his castle, Peach was fed up with being held captive, and newcomers Geno and Mallow joined Mario in an adventure through new places that gave a nod to what we’ve seen in previous Mario games. What tied everything together and ingrained this game into our memories was the catchy, joyful soundtrack full of songs with layered instrumentation. You’ve probably heard the infectious “Beware the Forest Mushrooms” before. And shout out to those that fought Culex to the rearrangement of Final Fantasy IV’s boss battle theme.

Paper Mario, and its follow-up The Thousand Year Door, are incredible games in their own right, but are essentially spiritual successors separate from the world that was built in Legend of the Seven Stars. In this day and age however, the appetite for Mario spin-offs is strong; we got a tactical strategy game with Rabbids, and a remake of Superstar Saga on 3DS just in the last year. A proper follow up RPG should be on the shortlist for future Switch games. Of course, this is just wishful thinking given that there are no rumors, leaks, or cryptic messages from Nintendo that would indicate a true successor to one of its greatest games. | Michael Higham

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/the-17-biggest-game-sequels-we-want-to-see/2900-1770/

New Nintendo Switch Games Revealed At E3 2018: Fire Emblem, Fortnite, And More

E3 2018‘s string of big press conferences wrapped up with Nintendo, which yielded plenty of Switch announcements. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee was announced a few weeks prior, but we now know the release date for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

There were a lot of new games shown at E3 2018 across its half dozen-worth press conferences, so it can be hard to sort through all the news and get caught up on everything. To help with that, we’ve compiled every Nintendo game announced at this year’s E3.

Newly Announced Switch Games At E3 2018

In this feature, you’ll find each game announced during E3 2018 for Nintendo Switch. For all the news, trailers, previews, any gameplay videos, and more, click on the game’s name to see its full page on GameSpot.

For more E3 news, be sure refer run through all of our coverage. In the meantime, which Switch games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below.

Daemon X Machina

Daemon X Machina is an upcoming mech action game. It’s a collaboration between developers First Studio and Marvelous Entertainment, with an array of notable Japanese developers. In the game, you take your Arsenal, a fully customizable powered suit, out for an array of missions to fight the enemy at all costs. You can choose and equip your Arsenal with a multitude of weapons, obtain more from downed enemy Arsenals, and swap them on the fly to suit your strategy in the face of ever-changing threats.

Developer: Marvelous Entertainment, First Studio | Release Date: TBA 2019

Dragon Ball FighterZ

The critically-acclaimed Dragon Ball FighterZ is heading to Nintendo Switch. At launch, it’ll include all the characters featured in the original release at day one, with DLC characters (already released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC) arriving on the Switch version sometime later. The game is optimized for the Nintendo Switch and includes:

Developer: Arc System Works | Release Date: Summer 2018

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter is making its way to PS4 and the Nintendo Switch. Originally released on iOS, Android, and later on Xbox One, the game is a free-to-play survival simulator where you manage a Fallout vault.

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios | Release Date: Out Now

FIFA 19

FIFA is consistently one of the biggest releases of the year, and in a year where a World Cup will attract many new fans to the sport, FIFA 19 will likely be no different. The game will boast the UEFA Champions League license after primary rivals PES and Konami lost the rights to all UEFA club competitions earlier this year. The news means FIFA has a near monopoly over the world’s major soccer licenses, including the 2018 World Cup, which came to FIFA 18 just recently.

Introducing the prestigious UEFA Champions League, offering authentic in match atmospheres, featuring gameplay updates including elevated on-pitch personality and a striking overhaul, and providing new and unrivaled ways to play.

Developer: EA | Release Date: September 28

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the latest entry in Nintendo’s critically-acclaimed strategy series. It retains many of the core mechanics the series is known for. Though, it does offer some changes. Battle screens are filled with armies, and you directly command one character, but they’re leading a small battalion of other soldiers who join in on the attack. In addition, you can explore what looks to be a fully realized 3D world.

Developer: Nintendo | Release Date: Spring 2019

Fortnite: Battle Royale

The immensely popular Fortnite: Battle Royale has finally made its way onto Nintendo Switch. And in a rather surprising reveal, it’s out now.

Developer: Epic Games | Release Date: Out Now

Just Dance 2019

Just Dance returns this year sporting a new lineup of songs and dance routines. Like previous installments, players must mimic the on-screen dancer’s choreography using either motion controllers or the game’s associated mobile app.

Developer: Ubisoft | Release Date: TBA

Killer Queen Black

The 5v5 objective-based side-scrolling arcade multiplayer game Killer Queen Black is coming to Switch this Winter. Players either gather resources, kill the queen, or capture the snail to win in Killer Queen Black.

Fly solo, or team up with three of your friends as you race to complete one of three possible victory conditions. The game is a new take on the arcade eSport Killer Queen, which has been rebuilt from the ground up and optimized for console. Gameplay is immediately recognizable and familiar, yet it introduces exciting new twists and online play for the home audience. Killer Queen Black is the follow up to Killer Queen that fans have been begging for.

Developer: Bumblebear Studios, Liquid Bit | Release Date: Early 2019

Overcooked 2

Overcooked 2 is serving up more chefs, more kitchens, more recipes, and more co-op madness. You can group up with friends or go it alone to cook up a storm, chopping, steaming and frying your way through levels that keep you on your toes. Online multiplayer can bring four chefs together to save the Onion Kingdom once again.

Developer: Ghost Town Games | Release Date: August 7

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Paladins is a team-based shooter similar to Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch. Gamers play as Champions, powerful heroes who use a mixture of guns and magic to defeat their opponents. Each Champion belongs to one of four classes. Front Line Champions operate as tanks and protect their allies from enemy fire. Damage Champions spearhead offensive assaults with their faster speed and high attack output. Support Champions keep their allies healed up and ready to fight. Flank Champions excel at circumnavigating the battlefield to ambush enemy teams from behind.

Paladins will be free-to-play later this year. Founders get early access, immediately unlock all Champions and their voice packs now and forever, and receive exclusive cosmetics.

Developer: inXile Entertainment | Release Date: Fall 2018

Super Mario Party

The antics continue in the upcoming mini-game collection, Super Mario Party. It’s the first new game in the series in three years; the previous installment released in 2015 on Wii U. The game introduces all-new ways to play, including Joy-Con controller enabled minigames, and new modes to enjoy with family and friends. Board game play goes back to the four-player basics as you take turns and race across the board searching for Stars. You can also pair up two Nintendo Switch systems and delight in this dynamic play style, such as in the new Toad’s Rec Room mode. With new modes and new minigames coupled with original board game play, the party starts anywhere, anytime, and with all kinds of players. New modes include:

Developer: Nintendo | Release Date: October 8

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/new-nintendo-switch-games-revealed-at-e3-2018-fire/2900-2054/

New PC Games Announced At E3 2018: Elder Scrolls 6, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Gears 5

E3 is often the stage to many big companies, like EA, Ubisoft, and Activision, take to debut its latest PC games. Whether it’s a new entry in one of gaming’s biggest franchises or a completely new IP, there are loads of PC games that get announced. And E3 2018 is no different, with big upcoming games like Fallout 76, Hitman 2, and Crackdown 3.

With so many games revealed at E3, it can be a struggle keeping up with what’s actually new. After all, some companies make small mention of games during investment reports or during smaller events all throughout the year. To ensure you’re up to date of all the latest PC games announced at E3, we’ve compiled them all here for your convenience. Below you can find a list of all the new PC games.

Newly Announced PC Games At E3 2018

Contained in this feature are brief descriptions of all the biggest PC games from the show, so if you’re curious to learn more, be sure to click through to each one’s individual game page. There you can find the latest news, features and gameplay videos.

Let us know in the comments below which of these games you’re looking forward to most, as well as what you’re still hoping is announced.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

It might have been leaked by merchandise, but this iteration of Assassin’s Creed has been confirmed to be at this year’s show. Titled Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the game will be set in Ancient Greece and allows you to play either a male or female Spartan warrior protagonist. It’ll also include dialogue choices and naval combat.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 5, 2018

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is the latest game by Dontnod Entertainment. It takes place in the universe of Life is Strange, and puts you in control of a young boy who’s greatest talent is his imagination. He thinks of himself as a superhero and explorer who fights against evil forces on his journey. Its events and characters are directly connected to the upcoming second season of Life is Strange.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: June 26

Babylon’s Fall

Babylon’s Fall is the latest game by famed studio, Platinum Games. Based on the reveal trailer, the upcoming project appears to be fantasy-themed action game. You appear to play as a knight with unique magical abilities.

Platforms: PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Battletoads

A brand-new Battletoads game has been announced. No gameplay was shown, but we did learn, however, that it will have three-player couch co-op and 2.5D graphics. In addition, the art in the game appeared hand-drawn–at least according to the announcement trailer.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA 2019

Control

Control is the latest game by Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind Alan Wake and Quantum Break. The debut trailer showcased a strangely shifting world, with a protagonist who can fly and control objects using telekinesis.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA

Dead or Alive 6

Kasumi, Hayate, Helena, and plenty of other familiar faces return to the arena in Dead or Alive 6. This fighting game will continue to utilize the franchise’s staple complexity when it comes to combos and counters, while upping the realism of its visuals. Two new mechanics, Fatal Rush and Break Gauge, shake up the combat by introducing an easier way for beginners to compete.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: Early 2019

Devil May Cry 5

After years of waiting, we’re finally getting a brand new Devil May Cry game. And in a rather surprising twist, it’s a direct continuation to the first four Devil May Cry games. The debut trailer mainly focused on returning protagonist, Nero, who appears to be accompanied by an unnamed woman. However, the last few seconds indicated that Dante will return too.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: Spring 2019

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal is the upcoming sequel to the critically-acclaimed Doom reboot from 2016. The game takes everything that the previous game did and pushes it forward: the Doomslayer is more powerful than before, the number of enemies have doubled, and it takes place on Earth.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Dying Light 2

In the sequel to the first-person apocalyptic survival shooter, players will have plenty more chances to practice their sweet parkour while killing zombies. However, this time around, player’s choices will have real effects on the world and push the story down different paths.

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA

The Elder Scrolls VI

Bethesda finally announced the next game in the Elder Scrolls series: The Elder Scrolls VI. No other details about the game were provided outside of a short teaser. It shows a mountainous region and some fog accompanied by a version of the iconic Dovahkiin music. A setting wasn’t specified, although fans are sure to do some sleuthing to narrow down the list of possibilities. Hopefully, we’ll get more details sooner than later.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

The Elder Scrolls: Blades

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a first-person, melee experience that focuses on the type of combat seen in other Elder Scrolls games. Players adventure through dungeons, but can also engage in PvP duels and city-building mechanics.

Platforms: iOS, Android, PC | Release Date: Fall 2018

Fifa 19

FIFA is consistently one of the biggest releases of the year, and in a year where a World Cup will attract many new fans to the sport, FIFA 19 will likely be no different.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: September 28

Forza Horizon 4

Microsoft and Playground Studios are back for another round of Forza Horizon, the open-world racing spin-off of Forza Motorsport on Xbox One and PC. The last time we saw the series was in 2016, with the game set in a condensed version of Australia. This time around it’s set in Britain where you and other players are free to drive around the world at your leisure and participate in a variety of racing events.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 2

Gears 5

Gears of War returns with its fifth entry. This time around you play as Kait, who originally appeared in Gears of War 4. This latest entry sees Kait embark on a journey to discover the truth behind the visions plaguing her mind–most likely an effect of the Locust necklace she inherited from her grandmother.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics is a turn-based strategy spin-off of the Gears of War franchise. The game takes place 12 years before the first Gears of War. You can customize your own squad to take on threats in what was described as a more aggressive version of the classical tactics formula. And of course, as a Gears game, it will feature larger-than-life boss battles.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA

Hitman 2

Hitman 2 is taking its assassination simulator to new locations, like a Miami racetrack, but unlike the previous game, these will not release episodically. IO Interactive promises even more methods of taking out targets this time around, so we’re curious to play around with Agent 47’s new killer options–and track down the mysterious Shadow Client.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: November 13

Overcooked 2

Overcooked 2 is serving up more chefs, more kitchens, more recipes, and more co-op madness. You can group up with friends or go it alone to cook up a storm, chopping, steaming and frying your way through levels that keep you on your toes. Online multiplayer can bring four chefs together to save the Onion Kingdom once again.

Developer: Ghost Town Games | Release Date: August 7

The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man is a brand-new game where you play as silent protagonist who appears to be deaf. The brief trailers showed him getting into a fight and quickly dispatching two hooligans in an alleyway. As the title implies, the game’s mechanics will likely involve silence and sound in some manner. According to Square Enix, more information concerning The Quiet Man will be revealed in August.

Platforms: PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA

Sea of Solitude

Sea of Solitude is an upcoming EA Originals game about a lonely girl whose emotions manage to turn her into a monster and the world into a flooded post-apocalyptic world. She must explore this world in order to find a way to turn back into a human.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Starfield

For the first time in 25 years, Bethesda is creating a new IP. We don’t know much about Starfield. However, based on the game’s title and brief teaser trailer, it’s probably safe to say that this RPG will take place in space.

Platforms: The next generation of consoles, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Team Sonic Racing

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was an unexpected hit after its launch back in 2012, and now–finally–we’re getting a follow-up called Team Sonic Racing. This time round, Sega has dropped the non-Sonic universe characters, but aside from a vague release window of “winter,” we don’t yet know much else about this promising racer.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch | Release Date: Winter 2018

Twin Mirror

Dontnod Entertainment is partnering with Bandai Namco to bring Twin Mirror, a new psychological thriller, to PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2019. Based on the E3 2018 trailer, the story focuses on a character named Sam who wakes up one day to discover a shocking amount of blood on his clothing with no memory of the cause. As Sam attempts to piece together the events from the night before, he will explore both the real world and surreal manifestations of his own psyche. Twin Mirror looks intriguing so far, but being one big mystery, we’ll have to wait until we see more of the game to get a grasp of how we ultimately fit into Sam’s harrowing investigation.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Wolfenstein: Young Blood

Wolfenstein Youngblood is set in an alternate 1980s Paris and follows the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It stars series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters, who are working together to continue the fight against the Nazis. The game can be played solo or co-op.

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch (Expected) | Release Date: 2019

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/new-pc-games-announced-at-e3-2018-elder-scrolls-6-/2900-2058/

New PS4 Games At E3 2018: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Elder Scrolls 6, And More

E3 is always an exciting time of the year for fans of video games. The event is packed with big reveals for some of the newest PS4 games from companies, like Sony, Activision, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and EA. Whether it’s a new entry in a fan-favorite series or a completely new IP, there are tons of PS4 games that get announced at E3. And this year is no different, with big upcoming games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Fallout 76, and Hitman 2.

With so many PS4 games being announced at E3 2018, it can be tough keeping track of what’s new and what’s old. To ensure you stay up to date on everything new, we’ve gathered all of the biggest new PS4 games announced at this year’s E3. Below you can find a full list of all the biggest PS4 games announced at the show.

Newly Announced PS4 Games At E3 2018

In this feature, you’ll find short descriptions of each newly announced PS4 game at the show. But if you’d like to know more about the game, be sure to click on its name to enter its game hub. There you can find all the latest news articles and previews we’ve written about the game. In addition, you can find new gameplay videos we’ve posted.

There were tons of exciting new games announced at E3 2018. Which games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

It might have been leaked by merchandise, but this iteration of Assassin’s Creed has been confirmed to be at this year’s show. Titled Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the game will be set in Ancient Greece and allows you to play either a male or female Spartan warrior protagonist. It’ll also include dialogue choices and naval combat.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 5, 2018

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is the latest game by Dontnod Entertainment. It takes place in the universe of Life is Strange, and puts you in control of a young boy who’s greatest talent is his imagination. He thinks of himself as a superhero and explorer who fights against evil forces on his journey. Its events and characters are directly connected to the upcoming second season of Life is Strange.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: June 26

Babylon’s Fall

Babylon’s Fall is the latest game by famed studio, Platinum Games. Based on the reveal trailer, the upcoming project appears to be fantasy-themed action game. You appear to play as a knight with unique magical abilities.

Platforms: PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Control

Control is the latest game by Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind Alan Wake and Quantum Break. The debut trailer showcased a strangely shifting world, with a protagonist who can fly and control objects using telekinesis.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA

Dead or Alive 6

Kasumi, Hayate, Helena, and plenty of other familiar faces return to the arena in Dead or Alive 6. This fighting game will continue to utilize the franchise’s staple complexity when it comes to combos and counters, while upping the realism of its visuals. Two new mechanics, Fatal Rush and Break Gauge, shake up the combat by introducing an easier way for beginners to compete.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: Early 2019

Déraciné

Déraciné is an upcoming PSVR game from Dark Souls developer, FromSoftware. As a spirit summoned by a young girl in a secluded boarding school, you must prove its existence and build up bonds with other students through subtle interactions.

Platforms: PSVR | Release Date: TBA

Devil May Cry 5

After years of waiting, we’re finally getting a brand new Devil May Cry game. And in a rather surprising twist, it’s a direct continuation to the first four Devil May Cry games. The debut trailer mainly focused on returning protagonist, Nero, who appears to be accompanied by an unnamed woman. However, the last few seconds indicated that Dante will return too.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: Spring 2019

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal is the upcoming sequel to the critically-acclaimed Doom reboot from 2016. The game takes everything that the previous game did and pushes it forward: the Doomslayer is more powerful than before, the number of enemies have doubled, and it takes place on Earth.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Dying Light 2

In the sequel to the first-person apocalyptic survival shooter, players will have plenty more chances to practice their sweet parkour while killing zombies. However, this time around, player’s choices will have real effects on the world and push the story down different paths.

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA

The Elder Scrolls VI

Bethesda finally announced the next game in the Elder Scrolls series: The Elder Scrolls VI. No other details about the game were provided outside of a short teaser. It shows a mountainous region and some fog accompanied by a version of the iconic Dovahkiin music. A setting wasn’t specified, although fans are sure to do some sleuthing to narrow down the list of possibilities. Hopefully, we’ll get more details sooner than later.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

FIFA 19

FIFA is consistently one of the biggest releases of the year, and in a year where a World Cup will attract many new fans to the sport, FIFA 19 will likely be no different. The game will boast the UEFA Champions League license after primary rivals PES and Konami lost the rights to all UEFA club competitions earlier this year. The news means FIFA has a near monopoly over the world’s major soccer licenses, including the 2018 World Cup, which came to FIFA 18 just recently.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch | Release Date: September 28

Hitman 2

Hitman 2 is taking its assassination simulator to new locations, like a Miami racetrack, but unlike the previous game, these will not release episodically. IO Interactive promises even more methods of taking out targets this time around, so we’re curious to play around with Agent 47’s new killer options–and track down the mysterious Shadow Client.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: November 13

NBA Live 19

The latest basketball game from EA Sports was revealed; NBA Live 19 shows some new features like dances, emotes, player customization, and a bunch of fresh kicks. This feeds into the return of the player creator and single-player story mode called The One.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: September 7

Nioh 2

In a rather surprising announcement, Sony announced the sequel to the critically-acclaimed samurai-action game, Nioh. Not much is known about the game’s story or if you’ll be playing as the original’s protagonist, WIlliam Adams.

Platforms: PS4 | Release Date: TBA

Overcooked 2

Overcooked 2 is serving up more chefs, more kitchens, more recipes, and more co-op madness. You can group up with friends or go it alone to cook up a storm, chopping, steaming and frying your way through levels that keep you on your toes. Online multiplayer can bring four chefs together to save the Onion Kingdom once again.

Developer: Ghost Town Games | Release Date: August 7

The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man is a brand-new game where you play as silent protagonist who appears to be deaf. The brief trailers showed him getting into a fight and quickly dispatching two hooligans in an alleyway. As the title implies, the game’s mechanics will likely involve silence and sound in some manner. According to Square Enix, more information concerning The Quiet Man will be revealed in August.

Platforms: PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA

Sea of Solitude

Sea of Solitude is an upcoming EA Originals game about a lonely girl whose emotions manage to turn her into a monster and the world into a flooded post-apocalyptic world. She must explore this world in order to find a way to turn back into a human.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is the upcoming Star Wars game created by Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind the well-received Titanfall series. It takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope during the Jedi hunts.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: Holiday 2019

Twin Mirror

Dontnod Entertainment is partnering with Bandai Namco to bring Twin Mirror, a new psychological thriller, to PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2019. Based on the E3 2018 trailer, the story focuses on a character named Sam who wakes up one day to discover a shocking amount of blood on his clothing with no memory of the cause. As Sam attempts to piece together the events from the night before, he will explore both the real world and surreal manifestations of his own psyche. Twin Mirror looks intriguing so far, but being one big mystery, we’ll have to wait until we see more of the game to get a grasp of how we ultimately fit into Sam’s harrowing investigation.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Unravel II

Unravel 2 focuses on the adventures of Yarny, a small, woollen toy. According to developer Coldwood, the sequel will be a more upbeat affair than the original, with a slight shift away from puzzler and towards the platformer end of the spectrum. Yarny is more agile than before, and this is utilized in some of the story mode’s trickier sections. New to experience this time around is the addition of drop-in / drop-out co-op play.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC | Release Date: June 9

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein Youngblood is set in an alternate 1980s Paris and follows the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It stars series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters, who are working together to continue the fight against the Nazis. The game can be played solo or co-op.

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch (Expected) | Release Date: 2019

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/new-ps4-games-at-e3-2018-assassins-creed-odyssey-e/2900-2052/

All The New Games Announced At E3 2018: Elder Scrolls 6, Gears 5, Halo Infinite

If I haven’t seen it, it’s new to me!

It’s E3 season, that magical time of year when game publishers and developers unleash their best (and worst) kept secrets to an audience starving for a taste of the future. One after another the likes of EA and Bethesda flaunt their next big game, and occasionally spring a new release without delay. E3 is a great opportunity to learn about games that we’ve seen before, but don’t kid yourself: you’re in it for the announcements and you know it.

The show brought on dozens of exciting new games. To ensure you won’t feel out of touch with all the new games from the biggest publishers and platform holders, we’ve gathered together all of the new ones announced at the show. Below you can find a full list of the newly announced games.

Newly Announced Games At E3 2018

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Battletoads
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
  • Rage 2
  • Anthem
  • Deracine
  • Halo Infinite
  • Nioh 2
  • Wolfenstein: Young Blood
  • The Quiet Man
  • Dead of Alive 6
  • NBA Live 19
  • Starfield
  • Trover Saves the Universe
  • Super Mario Party
  • Twin Mirror
  • Hitman 2
  • Daemon X Machina
  • Overcooked 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • FIFA 19
  • Gears Tactics
  • Skull & Bones
  • Unravel Two
  • Nieor Automata: Become as Gods Edition
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Doom Eternal
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Control
  • Gears 5
  • Tetris Effect
  • Sea of Solitude
  • Dying Light 2
  • Babylon’s Fall
  • The Elder Scrolls VI

To find every little bit of info we have on a particular game, from new gameplay to the tiniest bit of news, click on the highlighted titles in each slide to head over to the dedicated page for the game you’re after. We’ve provide links to other articles and videos produced at E3 as we play the included games and talk to their developers throughout the week.

Got something to say about a brand-new game? Let it all out in the comments and tell us what you’re excited for.

The first new game, in alphabetical order, is…

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

It might have been leaked by merchandise, but this iteration of Assassin’s Creed has been confirmed to be at this year’s show. Titled Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the game will be set in Ancient Greece and allows you to play either a male or female Spartan warrior protagonist. It’ll also include dialogue choices and naval combat.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 5, 2018

Further reading:

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is the latest game by Dontnod Entertainment. It takes place in the universe of Life is Strange, and puts you in control of a young boy who’s greatest talent is his imagination. He thinks of himself as a superhero and explorer who fights against evil forces on his journey. Its events and characters are directly connected to the upcoming second season of Life is Strange.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: June 26

Babylon’s Fall

Babylon’s Fall is the latest game by famed studio, Platinum Games. Based on the reveal trailer, the upcoming project appears to be fantasy-themed action game. You appear to play as a knight with unique magical abilities.

Platforms: PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Battletoads

A brand-new Battletoads game has been announced. No gameplay was shown, but we did learn, however, that it will have three-player couch co-op and 2.5D graphics. In addition, the art in the game appeared hand-drawn–at least according to the announcement trailer.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA 2019

Control

Control is the latest game by Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind Alan Wake and Quantum Break. The debut trailer showcased a strangely shifting world, with a protagonist who can fly and control objects using telekinesis.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA

Daemon X Machina

Daemon X Machina is an upcoming mech action game. It’s a collaboration between developers First Studio and Marvelous Entertainment, with an array of notable Japanese developers.

Developer: Marvelous Entertainment, First Studio | Release Date: TBA 2019

Dead or Alive 6

Kasumi, Hayate, Helena, and plenty of other familiar faces return to the arena in Dead or Alive 6. This fighting game will continue to utilize the franchise’s staple complexity when it comes to combos and counters, while upping the realism of its visuals. Two new mechanics, Fatal Rush and Break Gauge, shake up the combat by introducing an easier way for beginners to compete.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: Early 2019

Déraciné

Déraciné is an upcoming PSVR game from Dark Souls developer, FromSoftware. As a spirit summoned by a young girl in a secluded boarding school, you must prove its existence and build up bonds with other students through subtle interactions.

Platforms: PSVR | Release Date: TBA

Devil May Cry 5

After years of waiting, we’re finally getting a brand new Devil May Cry game. And in a rather surprising twist, it’s a direct continuation to the first four Devil May Cry games. The debut trailer mainly focused on returning protagonist, Nero, who appears to be accompanied by an unnamed woman. However, the last few seconds indicated that Dante will return too.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: Spring 2019

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal is the upcoming sequel to the critically-acclaimed Doom reboot from 2016. The game takes everything that the previous game did and pushes it forward: the Doomslayer is more powerful than before, the number of enemies have doubled, and it takes place on Earth.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Dying Light 2

In the sequel to the first-person apocalyptic survival shooter, players will have plenty more chances to practice their sweet parkour while killing zombies. However, this time around, player’s choices will have real effects on the world and push the story down different paths.

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA

The Elder Scrolls VI

Bethesda finally announced the next game in the Elder Scrolls series: The Elder Scrolls VI. No other details about the game were provided outside of a short teaser. It shows a mountainous region and some fog accompanied by a version of the iconic Dovahkiin music. A setting wasn’t specified, although fans are sure to do some sleuthing to narrow down the list of possibilities. Hopefully, we’ll get more details sooner than later.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

The Elder Scrolls Blades

The Elder Scrolls Blades is a first-person, melee experience that focuses on the type of combat seen in other Elder Scrolls games. Players adventure through dungeons, but can also engage in PvP duels and city-building mechanics.

Platforms: iOS, Android, PC | Release Date: Fall 2018

FIFA 19

FIFA is consistently one of the biggest releases of the year, and in a year where a World Cup will attract many new fans to the sport, FIFA 19 will likely be no different. The game will boast the UEFA Champions League license after primary rivals PES and Konami lost the rights to all UEFA club competitions earlier this year. The news means FIFA has a near monopoly over the world’s major soccer licenses, including the 2018 World Cup, which came to FIFA 18 just recently.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch | Release Date: September 28

Further reading:

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the latest entry in Nintendo’s critically-acclaimed strategy series. It retains many of the core mechanics the series is known for. Though, it does offer some changes. Battle screens are filled with armies, and you directly command one character, but they’re leading a small battalion of other soldiers who join in on the attack. In addition, you can explore what looks to be a fully realized 3D world.

Developer: Nintendo | Release Date: Spring 2019

Forza Horizon 4

Microsoft and Playground Studios are back for another round of Forza Horizon, the open-world racing spin-off of Forza Motorsport on Xbox One and PC. The last time we saw the series was in 2016, with the game set in a condensed version of Australia. This time around it’s set in Britain where you and other players are free to drive around the world at your leisure and participate in a variety of racing events.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 2

Gears of War 5

Gears of War returns with its fifth entry. This time around you play as Kait, who originally appeared in Gears of War 4. This latest entry sees Kait embark on a journey to discover the truth behind the visions plaguing her mind–most likely an effect of the Locust necklace she inherited from her grandmother.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics is a turn-based strategy spin-off of the Gears of War franchise. The game takes place 12 years before the first Gears of War. You can customize your own squad to take on threats in what was described as a more aggressive version of the classical tactics formula. And of course, as a Gears game, it will feature larger-than-life boss battles.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite is the latest entry in the tenured first-person shooter franchise. Not much is know about the premise of the game or when it’s set, but it appears you’ll be once again playing Master Chief as he embarks on another mission to save the galaxy.

Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Hitman 2

Hitman 2 is taking its assassination simulator to new locations, like a Miami racetrack, but unlike the previous game, these will not release episodically. IO Interactive promises even more methods of taking out targets this time around, so we’re curious to play around with Agent 47’s new killer options–and track down the mysterious Shadow Client.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: November 13

Further reading:

NBA Live 19

The latest basketball game from EA Sports was revealed; NBA Live 19 shows some new features like dances, emotes, player customization, and a bunch of fresh kicks. This feeds into the return of the player creator and single-player story mode called The One.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: September 7

Further reading:

Nier Automata: Become As Gods Edition

Xbox One is finally getting the critically acclaimed Nier: Automata, which first released on PS4 last year. It will release at a discounted price and will include all previously-released DLC.

Platforms: Xbox One | Release Date: June 26

Nioh 2

In a rather surprising announcement, Sony announced the sequel to the critically-acclaimed samurai-action game, Nioh. Not much is known about the game’s story or if you’ll be playing as the original’s protagonist, WIlliam Adams.

Platforms: PS4 | Release Date: TBA

Overcooked 2

Overcooked 2 is serving up more chefs, more kitchens, more recipes, and more co-op madness. You can group up with friends or go it alone to cook up a storm, chopping, steaming and frying your way through levels that keep you on your toes. Online multiplayer can bring four chefs together to save the Onion Kingdom once again.

Developer: Ghost Town Games | Release Date: August 7

The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man is a brand-new game where you play as silent protagonist who appears to be deaf. The brief trailers showed him getting into a fight and quickly dispatching two hooligans in an alleyway. As the title implies, the game’s mechanics will likely involve silence and sound in some manner. According to Square Enix, more information concerning The Quiet Man will be revealed in August.

Platforms: PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA

Sea of Solitude

Sea of Solitude is an upcoming EA Originals game about a lonely girl whose emotions manage to turn her into a monster and the world into a flooded post-apocalyptic world. She must explore this world in order to find a way to turn back into a human.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Further reading:

Twin Mirror

Dontnod Entertainment is partnering with Bandai Namco to bring Twin Mirror, a new psychological thriller, to PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2019. Based on the E3 2018 trailer, the story focuses on a character named Sam who wakes up one day to discover a shocking amount of blood on his clothing with no memory of the cause. As Sam attempts to piece together the events from the night before, he will explore both the real world and surreal manifestations of his own psyche. Twin Mirror looks intriguing so far, but being one big mystery, we’ll have to wait until we see more of the game to get a grasp of how we ultimately fit into Sam’s harrowing investigation.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019

Further reading:

Unravel Two

Unravel Two focuses on the adventures of Yarny, a small, woollen toy. Developer Coldwood says the sequel will be a more upbeat affair than the original, with a slight shift away from puzzler and towards the platformer end of the spectrum. Yarny is more agile than before, and this is utilized in some of the story mode’s trickier sections. New to experience this time around is the addition of drop-in / drop-out co-op play.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC | Release Date: June 9

Further reading:

Starfield

For the first time in 25 years, Bethesda is creating a new IP. We don’t know much about Starfield. However, based on the game’s title and brief teaser trailer, it’s probably safe to say that this RPG will take place in space.

Platforms: The next generation of consoles, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA

Super Mario Party

The antics continue in the upcoming mini-game collection, Super Mario Party. It’s the first new game in the series in three years; the previous installment released in 2015 on Wii U.

Developer: Nintendo | Release Date: October 8

Tetris Effect

Tetris Effect is a new take on the classic puzzle game. The core mechanics remains the same; players arrange blocks to form lines to gain points, but the action has been increased thanks to an a focus on immersive sound and music.

Platforms: PS4 | Release Date: Q4 2018

Trover Saves the Universe

Trover Saves the Universe is the newest game from Rick and Morty creator, Justin Roiland. Like his most recent games, it’ll be a VR experience.

Platforms: PSVR | Release Date: TBA

Wolfenstein Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is set in an alternate 1980s Paris and follows the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It stars series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters, who are working together to continue the fight against the Nazis. The game can be played solo or co-op.

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch (Expected) | Release Date: 2019

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/all-the-new-games-announced-at-e3-2018-elder-scrol/2900-2051/

18 Biggest Battle Royale Games To Play In 2018

Going Battle Royale

After the smash success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, battle royale games are quickly evolving, moving past the genre’s humble beginnings as mods for large-scale survival games, like ARMA 2 and Minecraft, and into new territory. This year alone is packed with a slew of new battle royale games that aim to push the genre further by expanding its most well established tenets. To keep you informed of all the latest games in the genre, we’ve compiled 14 of the biggest battle royale games releasing in 2018.

Below you can find a full list of the battle royale games releasing this year. In addition, you find out more in the feature ahead.

Battle Royale Games Of 2018

While there’s plenty of battle royale games out there, we’ve decidedly narrowed it down to the ones most worth looking into this year. Many of the latest battle royale games are expanding upon it by throwing new mechanics into the mix. Some games add in spectator elements and dynamic environmental effects, while others are taking the experience to VR. It’s exciting to see how some developers are pushing the genre to entirely new directions.

There are also battle royale games this year are opting for a more traditional approach. Games like Europa and Mavericks: Proving Grounds are sticking to the last person standing approach but across different scales and with additional mechanics, like dynamic environmental effects and higher player counts. These games offer veteran players fascinating situations to test their skills.

Even the biggest gaming franchises are incorporating battle royale into its repertoire. The upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Battlefield 5 have battle royale-like modes. We can only imagine what other popular franchises plan to introduce the mode at E3 2018.

Regardless of what you prefer, it’s safe to say that there is likely a new battle royale game for you. But which one are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below. And be sure to check back often as we update this feature with even more new battle royale games as they get announced.

Battlefield 5 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

During EA’s E3 2018 press conference, Battlefield V developer DICE confirmed that a battle royale mode will be available in the game at some point. DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson stated that games like Fortnite and PUBG are popular among the developer’s employees. The idea to add a battle royale mode to Battlefield V came from conversations DICE developers were having about the game inside the studio as opposed to being a directive that EA handed down to the studio, he suggested.

Release Date: TBA (Mode expected to release sometime after October 11 launch)

Fear the Wolves | PC, PS4, Xbox One

Fear the Wolves is a battle royale game set in an apocalyptic Chernobyl-like wasteland. It brings an interesting twist to the formula by introducing unpredictable weather cycles. In addition, there are radioactive zones that players can only explore with the proper gear.

Release Date: PC Early Access TBA 2018 (Console version expected to launch in 2019)

Rapture Rejects | PC

Rapture Rejects is an upcoming battle royale game set in the popular Cyanide & Happiness cartoon universe. Unlike its contemporaries, the game sets players in a hellish otherworld where God has abandoned humanity, and the only option left is to kill until only one person is left standing.

Release Date: TBA 2018

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

The upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is going to feature a battle royale mode. Dubbed Blackout, the new mode pits players against each other in a fight to be the last one standing. Where it differs from other battle royale games, however, is that it draws heavily on previous Black Ops titles. Developer Treyarch says it wanted to create a battle royale mode “the Black Ops way,” and to that end, it has incorporated elements from the entire series into the mode.

Release Date: October 12

Battlerite Royale | PC

Battlerite Royale is an upcoming mode for the team-based arena brawler where 20 players fight on a map 30 times larger than the game’s standard arena mode map. You can play solo or as a pair, with 27 distinct heroes to choose from. The rules are standard fair as a battle royale game: drop in, gather supplies, kill people, and come out as the last person alive.

Platforms: PC | Release Date: Summer 2018 (Standard Game is Available Now)

Maelstorm | PC

Maelstorm offers an interesting spin on the battle royale genre. Rather than take on the format of a first-person or third-person shooter, the game focuses on naval combat in a fantasy setting. You’re pitted against 15 other players in a a battle to be the last “ship” standing. While you fight off other players and NPC ships, there are also sea monsters to worry about that’ll attempt to sink you. And if the game’s premise isn’t enough to pull you in, it also offers progression and loot systems to keep you invested in and outside of battle.

Release Date: Available Now via Steam Early Access

Egress

Egress is an RPG battle royale game with a Soulsborne-like combat system. It’s set in an alternate universe that combines visuals elements from Victorian-era architecture, Lovecraftian mythology, and Retrowave.

Release Date: TBA 2018

H1Z1 | PC (PS4 and Xbox One Versions Coming Soon)

Formerly known as H1Z1: King of the Kill, H1Z1 is the battle royale version of the zombie-survival sandbox game, Just Survive. It pits 150 players against each other in a last-man-standing deathmatch; players can choose to play solo, with a partner, or in groups of five. In addition to the game’s standard battle royale mode, H1Z1 features a mode called Auto Royale, where four players drive a car into battle, collecting power-ups in order to emerge the last team driving.

Platforms: PC | Release Date: Available Now

Proxima Royale

Proxima Royale is a sci-fi-themed battle royale where up to 60 players duke it out in a last “robot” standing conflict on an alien planet. The game is in early access, having had a few closed alphas over the past month or so.

Release Date: TBA

SOS | PC

SOS offers something unique: it requires a microphone, and your social skills and sense of showmanship will be put to the test. Each player has to present themselves in an interesting way to stand out and earn the favor of a live audience. Each game is broadcast live online via the social gaming platform Hero, with spectators voting on possible in-game events like supply drops or bombing runs. The main goal is to find one of four relics spread across the map, and then signal for extraction and make it onto a helicopter. This sounds simple on paper, but 15 other players are also striving to accomplish the same goal, and with only a few seats on the helicopter, you’re going to need to be clever and ruthless if you want to survive.

Release Date: Available Now via Steam Early Access

Realm Royale | PC, PS4, Xbox One

Realm Royale is a 100-player battle royale spin-off of Paladins: Champions of the Realm. It takes on qualities similar to other battle royale games, but attempts to redefine them by introducing mechanics from hero shooters, with myriad playable characters, each with their own unique skills and abilities. In addition, it emphasizes cooperative play, as it’s designed to be played primarily in four-person squads.

Release Date: Available Now via Steam Early Access

The Darwin Project | PC, Xbox One

The Darwin Project is a third-person competitive multiplayer battle royale game with more of an emphasis on survival than its competitors. In order to win, you must endure extreme weather conditions, while tracking opponents and setting up traps in order to be the last one left alive. It’s most noteworthy quality is that it incorporates reality TV show elements into its gameplay, like spectator interaction and a show director who controls varying aspects of the arena.

Release Date: Available Now via Steam Early Access and Xbox One Game Preview program

Mavericks: Proving Grounds | PC

Mavericks: Proving Grounds is an first-person battle royale game where up to 400 players do battle in a highly dynamic environment. For example, you can set fire to a map, tactically spreading it to others parts of the map to either damage other players or cut them off. In addition, the game promises more intelligent mission systems, social hubs, and a player-driven narrative that informs your experiences playing the game.

Release Date: TBA 2018 (Beta opens Summer 2018)

Islands of Nyne | PC

Islands of Nyne is a sci-fi-themed first-person battle royale game that’s more skill-driven than its competitors. Based on how well you play, you’ll earn special armor sets and weapon skins for your character. There’s also a player betting system, which allows you to use in-game credits to place bets on individual players or teams during a match to win more equipment or skins.

Release Date: TBA 2018 (Currently in Closed Alpha, which you can get into by pre-ordering the game)

Dying Light: Bad Blood | PC, PS4, Xbox One

Dying Light: Bad Blood is a standalone battle royale-esque expansion of the critically acclaimed Dying Light. It seems an almost unexpected release, but apparently it was made by developer Techland due to numerous fan requests. In Bad Blood, six players are dropped into random locations around the map in a race to acquire enough samples from several powerful infected zombies. As you take down these special zombies, you’ll collect samples and potentially level up your character–boosting their health, agility, and attack power. The first one to acquire all the samples and escape in the evac chopper wins.

Release Date: TBA 2018 (a Global Playtest is schedule for sometime this year, which you can sign up for via the Dying Light website)

Europa | PC

Europa is Chinese publisher Tencent’s contribution to the battle royale genre. Unlike its competitors, the game will feature real-time weather, underwater exploration, environmental kills, and destructible cover. Whether Europa releases anywhere besides China remains to be seen.

Release Date: TBA 2018 in China only

Survival Games: Battle Royale | PC

Survival Games: Battle Royale retains the genre’s tried and true premise, but provides some twists of its own. Maps are procedurally generated and you must keep track of your stats and hunger as you fight to be the last one standing. In addition, the game sports a map editor that allows you design your own custom battle royale arenas.

Release Date: Available Now via Steam Early Access

Stand Out: VR Battle Royale | PC (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)

Playing a battle royale game in VR sounds like a huge challenge, but developer raptor lab is looking to make it happen with Standout: Battle Royale VR. In order to survive a match, you’ll literally have to crouch down to avoid enemy and lean in and out of cover to get a clear line of sight on opponents; you can even reach out and snatch a magazine from a player’s hands.

Release Date: Available Now via Steam Early Access

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/18-biggest-battle-royale-games-to-play-in-2018/2900-1933/