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PlayStation E3 2016 Press Conference Highlights

Sony is the final Press Conference of the year, and like last year they saved the best for last.  There were a few lowlights in the conference, like Skylanders inclusion, so I’ve taken the big moments from the presser and condensed them below for you.  But that’s enough blabbering by me, let’s get started!

1. Kratos is back and in a Norse setting in God of War

Sony opened the press conference with a long and impressive demo for a new God of War game, simply titled God of War.  This demo follows Kratos and a young boy whom calls Kratos his father as they hunt for a deer and are attacked by Trolls.  Kratos no longer wields the Blades of Chaos, instead opting for an axe that is imbued with an ice rune by the look of it.  No release date or window was given for this title.

2. Last Guardian is launching this October!

Finally.  It’s finally happening.  The Last Guardian is actually going to be releasing this October.  Sony dropped a two minute long trailer during the presser and revealed the game will be coming exclusively to PS4 this October 25th.

3. Horizon: Zero Dawn wows with another massive demo

Guerrilla Games showcased a brand new demo of their upcoming action adventure game Horizon with a long extended gameplay demo.  In the demo, Aloy uses her hunter’s vision to determine enemies weak points to find new parts for crafting for her weapons and gadgets.  The demo showcased branching dialogue as well, with Aloy being able to ask a scared villager different questions.  On top of all of that, we saw Aloy tame a wild beast to ride and use in her fight against a Corrupter.  Horizon: Zero Dawn comes out on February 28th.

4. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare looks so much better than could be anticipated

When Infinity Ward announced the futuristic sci-fi setting for Infinite Warfare, they received a lot of flack.  Thankfully, this game looks like it is going to deliver as the team premiered an extended gameplay demo for the game during the Sony press conference.  During the demo, the player character Captain Reyes decided where to travel to with his crew, opting to attack an enemy frigate.  Reyes and his team took to their fighters, the Jackals, and put on an almost Ace Combat style demo.  Following that, we witness some zero-G gunfights that look so much better than I anticipated.  Infinite Warfare is coming to consoles and PC on November 4th.

5. Insomniac is making a Spider-man game!

A new Spider-man game from the creators of Ratchet and Clank and Sunset Overdrive?  I’m so in.  Sony revealed that their long time collaborators at Insomniac have taken the reins on the Webhead and will be making a game that is exclusively on PS4.  No release window was revealed, but one could guess it will be near either the July 2017 release of the film, or when it (presumably) releases on Blu Ray (Holiday 2017).

6. Sony Bend is taking us to the zombie apocalypse with Days Gone

Syphon Filter developers Sony Bend have created a new IP set in the zombie apocalypse with Days Gone.  You will play as a survivor “Deacon St. John, a Drifter and bounty hunter who rides the broken road, fighting to survive while searching for a reason to live.”  Sony Bend describes the game as an emotional tale about survivors and what makes them human.  No release window was spoken of, but below is an extended gameplay demo.

7. PS VR is coming this October with 50 games

Sony took a brief pit stop to talk about the PlayStation VR during the conference and to confirm that it will be launching this October 13th for $399.  It will have 50 games available for it, though they did not confirm how many will be there for launch.  Their defintion of games is also potentially suspect, as two of the games they showcased for it (Star Wars Battlefront: VR Mission and Batman Arkham VR) seem like tech demos rather than full games.  They did show off an internally produced game called Farpoint that did get me excited though.

8. Resident Evil 7 is real, first person, in VR, has a demo out right now, and coming out in January.

Holy crap did Capcom go big with this one.  With an absolutely terrifying trailer, Capcom revealed Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.  Capcom is taking the game into first person, with a photo-realistic art style that can also be played through fully in VR.  The game will follow the events of RE6 “taking place in modern day and revolving around a foreboding, derelict plantation mansion in rural America. Players must explore and survive the horrors within the mysterious, sprawling estate.”  Their is a demo available exclusively for PS+ owners right now on PS4, and the game will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 24th.

9. Hideo Kojima reveals his next game: Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima revealed himself at the press conference and showed off a trailer for his upcoming game from Kojima Productions.  What the game is actually about is anyone’s guess, but the trailer does feature a naked Norman Reedus (who is the game’s star) holding a baby fetus that transforms in black blood.  Yea, it looks absolutely bonkers, but I am completely onboard.  The game will be a PS4 exclusive, but do not expect to see this game anytime soon.

And that was the massive Sony presser for E3 2016, and I even left out the awesome Detroit Become Human trailer.  What was your favorite moment of the press conference?  How do you think their show stacked up with Microsoft or other publishers?  Let me know in the comments below!

by, Bobby Marquardt

 

PlayStation E3 Press Conference recap!

Sony’s E3 press conference is where dreams come true.  While watching this press conference a grown man wept at the announcements, and we all cheered with joy.  I apologize for not have much objectivity, but the excitement this created is unparalleled.  Sony opened with the long awaited Last Guardian.  Yes, The Last Guardian was shown for the first time in nearly a decade.  We got a six minute gameplay demo of the game, and it was revealed it will be launching on PS4 in 2016.

Next up, Guerrilla Games unveiled their newest IP called Horizon: Zero Dawn.  It is set post apocalypse, when humanity is rebuilding all while dealing with robotic animals that look like dinosaurs that roam the landscape.  No release date was announced, but we got a significantly long demo for the game, which culminated in our heroine fighting a mechanized T-Rex of sorts.

Square Enix showed a new trailer next for a new Hitman game with a CG trailer.  No release date or any real info was given, but Square does have their own press conference tomorrow, so expect info then.  Ubisoft followed them announcing exclusive content for the PS4 version of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate would have exclusive content on PlayStation.  They also showed off a trailer for the game’s secondary lead, Evie Frye.

Capcom revealed two new characters for Street Fighter V: Birdie and the returning Cammy.  PS4 owners will also get an exclusive beta starting on July 23rd.  Expect SFV in early 2016.

Hello Games took the stage next and showed off an extended walkthrough of their upcoming sci-fi exploration game No Man’s Sky.  Sean Murray of Hello Games showed the massive scale of the universe, and let us see just what we’d do in the game.  We will be exploring new worlds, scouting new life, and battling the NPC forces that prevent you from doing this.  No release dates were announced.

Media Molecule returned to the PlayStation stage to demo their new game called Dreams.  The unique game will let players create their own dream worlds where anything is possible.  More of the game will be shown at Paris Games Week, but no release window was given again.  We also got a trailer for the upcoming indie title Firewatch, which again had no release window.

Adam Boyes took the stage next to announce the new Destiny Expansion: The Taken King.  It was exactly what was in the leaked document, and Boyes promised that the new expansion would give new supers, as well as PlayStation exclusive maps, strikes and gear.  It launches on September 15th.

Next up we had two Final Fantasy reveals.  One was obviously bigger than the other.  First was a reveal of a Chibi-style World of Final Fantasy. But never mind that, Sony and Square Enix announced a remake of Final Fantasy VII.  A full blown remake of the beloved PS One classic.  No release date was announced but honestly, don’t expect it anytime soon.

Dreams continued to be fulfilled with the announcement of a Kickstarter for Shenmue 3.  That’s right folks, the long awaited game will be made if fans fund the $2 million goal on Kickstarter.  You can fund it here.  It’s expected release window is late 2017, so it’ll be a while.

We also got new trailers for Batman: Arkham Knight which launches next Tuesday, and four new games from Devolver Digital.  Sony went on to talk about Project Morpheus and talked about a few titles that they are bringing to it.  From there, they announced their streaming tv service PlayStation Vue will have an ala carte style of channel purchasing.  So, if you don’t want HGTV, you don’t have to get it.

Sony’s Andrew House announced a new deal with Activision, revealing that all DLC for Black Ops III will be coming to PS4 a month early, a similar deal to Xbox’s in previous years.  We got a four player co-op campaign demo for Black Ops III as well as a multiplayer reveal trailer.  It looks like it takes a lot of ques from Titanfall as well.  Check them both out below.

Star Wars was next, with Sony announcing an exclusive limited edition of Disney Infinity 3.0 that will include the Rise against the Empire playset, and it will be the only place to get it for the first month.  This limited edition will also come with a Boba Fett figure, which will once again be exclusive for a month.  DICE took the stage next to show off their survival mode, which pits four players against 15 waves of co-op.  It all looks really good.  Look for Infinity in September, and then Battlefront on November 17th.

Finally, PlayStation closed with an all new demo for Uncharted 4: Thieves End.  This extended gameplay demo was a return to the swashbuckling style of previous games with Nate and Sully fighting through a bazaar and running away in a 4×4 from a massive APC.  They were chasing Nate’s brother, only for it to end with an awesome grappling hook moment.  Uncharted 4 launches sometime in 2016.

Holy cow.  PlayStation announced a ton of things that everyone has been waiting for, but no real massive titles exclusive for this year.   What was your favorite moment of the presser?  Let me know in the comments below and get hyped for even more E3 tomorrow with Nintendo and Square Enix!

by, Bobby Marquardt

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer reveal recap!

Today, Sledgehammer Games and Activision hosted an event to reveal the multiplayer mode of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.  First showing the above trailer, Sledgehammer set out to shake-up the traditional Call of Duty game with the introduction of Exo Movement.  This new feature incorporates the Exo Skeleton’s from the game’s single player mode, allowing players more freedom of movement then ever before.  Players will be able to jump incredibly high, dodge from side to side, and slam down onto your opponents.  On top of that, standard movements like sprinting and sliding have returned.

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Next to be revealed was a brand new feature for Call of Duty: Supply Drops.  The best way to describe the Supply Drops is they are a loot system for COD.  These drops will be earned by completing challenges, or playing for a certain period of time.  The drops will give players different “flavors” of weapons, like a variation on an assault rifle that does more damage, but has far less accuracy, and it can give players killstreaks that will be available to use immediatelty as their next game starts (think of the killstreaks drops like the Burn Cards from Titanfall).  These drops are quite similar to the Supply Packs from Mass Effect 3, but there was no indication that you will be able to purchase these with real money.

Creating a Class is a staple of the Call of Duty franchise, and Sledgehammer is bringing back the Pick 10 create-a-class system but expanding it further to a Pick 13 system.  Now, players will be able to choose how they want their class to play, all the way to their killstreaks.  If the player wants no killstreaks, they can use those extra three points on attachments and perks.  Scorestreaks are returning, and Sledgehammer is introducing a new Co-op Scorestreak option to Call of Duty.  These Scorestreaks will allow two players to use a scorestreak; one example shown was to players controlling different guns on a UAV.

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The Create A Class system is being expanded even further with the introduction of the Virtual Firing range.  Have you ever purchased a gun in Call of Duty and immediately hated it?  The virtual firing range will change that forever.  With the simple press of a button, players can try a new gun on a virtual firing range before purchasing it.  Appearance customization is coming to Advanced Warfare, with gamers being able to change next to anything about their Operator’s appearance, all the way to their gender.  Players will be able to show off their Operator’s look in the new “Virtual Lobby”, which is Advanced Warfare’s pre-match multiplayer interface.

Next, Sledgehammer spoke about Advanced Warfare’s maps and gamemodes.  The team showcased four maps today: Biolab, Riot, Ascend, and Defender, as well as revealed the game will ship with 12 game modes.  Sledgehammer only confirmed eight today though, and those were Team Deathmatch, Domination (Which will be round-based), Kill Confirmed, Capture the Flag, Search and Destroy, Hardpoint, Momentum (a twist on War from Call of Duty: World at War) and Uplink , which looks like a variation of Richochet from Halo 4.  Sledgehammer went on to confirm many features that ESports clans have been clamoring for, including Ranked Playlists, LAN Lobbies, and a Broadcaster Mode.

Activision closed the show by announcing the Day Zero Edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.  For no additional charge beyond a standard pre-order, players who pre-order will be able to access the game one day early on November 3rd.  On top of that, Day Zero includes the AK-12G assault rifle, the Crossbow B2, and a bullet brass Exo decoration.  In addition Collector’s Edition copies will be available for early pickup and will come with the early access bonuses.

by, Bobby Marquardt

source: Beyond Entertainment

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s new trailer sheds light on a world in flames

The hype machine for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare continues to roll, with Sledgehammer Games giving us an all new story trailer today.  Those who have been following along with the many news releases from Sledgehammer won’t find many massive new story details in this trailer, but hot damn is still impressive.  The trailer gives more clarification on how the Atlas Corporation comes to be such a well loved, and respected part of the world.  From there, I’m guessing you can figure out it doesn’t turn into all sunshine and rainbows for the world at large.

On top of the story peek, the trailer showcases tons of the awesome future-tech that will be at your disposal, like the exo-skeleton, thruster packs and spider tanks.  It all looks like a blast to play, and it looks like at least some of these elements are translating to multiplayer.  The trailer ends with a brief sneak peek of the title’s multiplayer.  The peek confirms previous rumors that the exo-skeleton will appear in multiplayer, adding in a super jump ability.  How it will be regualated is still up in the air, but Sledgehammer has promised a full multiplayer reveal on August 11th.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Activision sued by ex-dictator Manuel Noriega over “Call of Duty”

Manuel noriegaFormer Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision over the usage of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.  If you recall, Noriega played an integral portion to Black Ops II’s plot, complete with the dictator aiding the CIA in order to capture the game’s antagonist: Raul Menedez.  Lawyers of Noriega claim the game feature him as “a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state.”  The story also saw Noriega sending his PDF forces to kill Menedez’s family and burning a village.

Noriega is seeking lost profits and damages, as he claims his likeness was used to “heighten realism” that translated directly into sales.  Black Ops II was a massive success, making over $1 billion in under two weeks.  The story was praised as one of the better in the franchise as well.  Noriega’s reign as Panama’s dictator came to an end in 1989 with a US-led invasion, but he has returned to the country, and has been living there since 2011.  Do you think Noriega has a case here?  Let me know in the comments below!

by, Bobby Marquardt

Activision sees strong Q1 2014, raises 2014 outlook, and announced Destiny beta release window

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Activision-Blizzard released it’s Q1 2014 earnings today, and it was quite a strong for publishing giant.  Quarter 1 revenue for Activision saw $1.11 billion in revenue, over $300 million more then the originally projected $885 million.  This revenue is down from Q1 2013, which saw $1.32 billion in revenue, but they kept the same earning per share of .40.

Because of this news, Activision is raising it’s outlook for the fiscal year 2014.  Activision-Blizzard previously expected $4 billion in net revenues for the year, but has upped the amount to $4.22 billion.   “The increase in Activision Blizzard’s GAAP outlook for 2014 is a result of the company’s actual Q1 GAAP performance (which was higher than its prior Q1 GAAP outlook for the reasons cited on the first page of this press release), as well as the company’s current expectations for the remainder of the year.”

The rise in revenue has been attributed to better then expected results from Brlizzard franchises like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Hearthstone, as well as Activision’s two juggernaut franchises Call of Duty and Skylanders.  This strong performance is expected to continue as the year goes on, especially in September with the launch of Destiny, which allegedly costs $500 million dollars.

“We have a strong product pipeline for the balance of the year, beginning with the September 9th
planned launch of Destiny, which we believe could become our next billion
dollar franchise and the largest new videogame IP launch in history. Activision Publishing also recently announced that Skylanders: Trap Team and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are expected to be released on October 5 and November 4, respectively. In addition to plans for new content for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and the release of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition™ on console later this year, Blizzard Entertainment expects to launch World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor™, which is already one of the fastest selling expansions in the franchise’s history based on pre-sales, in the second half of 2014.”

Destiny’s beta was revealed to be launching this June as well, and will be coming to the PS4 and PS3 first.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Infinity Ward and Neversoft are merging into one “super studio”

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Giant Bomb has obtained word that Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward is merging with fellow developer Neversoft, who has previously worked on Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero, and Call of Duty titles.  The new studio will take the name Infinity Ward, with the Neversoft name and logo being retired as a result.  Eric Hirshberg, Activision’s CEO of publishing, announced the new in an internal memo.

“As you know, Neversoft and Infinity Ward teamed up for the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts,” wrote Hirshberg. “And through that process, it became clear that the two studios have very complementary skill sets. Between these two excellent studios, it seemed like a single ‘super-studio’ could emerge.

“As already mentioned, we are merging these two very talented teams and obviously had to choose a name for the combined studio. Since the Infinity Ward brand is indelibly tied to the Call of Duty franchise, it is the sensible choice. While it will be strange to not see the Neversoft logo on future games, the important things–which are the Neversoft team’s talent, creativity, professionalism and commitment to creative excellence–all remain unchanged as part of this new chapter.”

Infinity Ward logoMajor shakeups are happening at each studio as a result.  Neversoft Studio director Scott Pease and Studio Head Joel Jewett “have made the difficult decision to retire” from games.  These two have been with the Neversoft through it’s entire lifespan, with Jewett being one of the studios three founders.  Dave Stohl, Activision’s current executive VP of worldwide studios, has been assigned to lead the new super studio.  According to Giantbomb, Stohl helped lead Infinity Ward through it’s previous dramatic changes as well.

This is not the first time a studio has been merged with another by Activision.  In 2005, after shipping the Call of Duty expansion United Fronts, Grey Matter Interactive was merged with Treyarch.  That merger, arguably, worked out for the best, as the quality of Treyarch’s titles continued to rise afterward.  No game was mentioned, but with the new three year Call of Duty development cycle, it’s assumed they will be making 2016’s Call of Duty title.

This reporter’s opinion:  This is surprising and a little sad.  Infinity Ward has been in trouble ever since the mass exodus in 2010, with studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella being forced out.  Since then, Infinity Ward has had to rely on studios like Neversoft, Raven Software, and Sledgehammer Games to complete their previous two titles (Ghosts and Modern Warfare 3).  This move will hopefully allow for the quality of the games to rise, as Ghosts was arguably the worst game in the franchises’ history.  I will certainly miss seeing Neversoft’s sweet logo animations though, and wish those effected by the merger all best with the transition.

by, Bobby Marquardt