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Everything announced at the Ubisoft E3 2018 press conference

Beyond Good and Evil 2, The Division 2, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey headline the Ubisoft E3 2018 media showcase.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2, The Division 2, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey headline the Ubisoft E3 2018 media showcase.

A typically packed E3 showing from Ubisoft saw the first gameplay footage of Beyond Good and Evil 2, a full unveiling for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and a dancing panda to promote Just Dance 2019.

Overall, the lineup was impressively diverse, and although there weren’t any unexpected surprises, it reaffirmed Ubisoft’s position as one of the industry’s leading publishers. The event’s occasional attempts at humour didn’t alway land, however. We don’t think Ubisoft will ever learn the lesson on that front.

Here’s the full rundown on the games revealed at the Ubisoft E3 2018 media showcase.

List of Ubisoft E3 2018 announcements

Just Dance 2019

  • Dancers.
  • Dancing pandas.
  • An instrumental rendition of “I’m still standing.”
  • Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Just Dance 2019.

Beyond Good and Evil 2

  • Jade returns in an impressive cinematic trailer for the much-anticipated sequel to Beyond Good and Evil.
  • We get our first glimpse of gameplay with footage taken from the behind closed doors E3 demo.
  • The game’s Space Monkey community collaboration programme is opening up to accept user-generated content. It will by managed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord organisation.

Rainbow Six Siege

  • Justin Krugar of Ubisoft Montreal reveals that Rainbow Six Siege now has 35 million players worldwide.
  • Rainbow SIx Siege esports tournaments will be taking place in August and November this year, and January 2019.
  • And finally, there was a sneak peek of the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege documentary, Another Mindset.

Trials Rising

  • RedLynx’s stunt motorcycle series returns in Trials Rising.
  • Registrations for a closed beta will open later this year.
  • The game will be released in February 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch,

The Division 2

  • Two cinematic trailers show new footage from Massive Entertainment’s cheery online action game, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.
  • “You are the last line of defence,” says a developer in a cap whose name we missed. Who are we to argue?
  • The Division 2 will be getting Raids that support up to eight players.
  • Year one plans include three free DLC episodes which will feature new areas and activities.
  • Release date is March 15, 2019, with beta registrations open now.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’s Donkey Kong Adventure DLC is promoted by a live performance from legendary composer Grant Kirkhope, and music ensemble, Critical Hit.
  • The add-on will be released for the Nintendo Switch on June 26, 2018, and is also available as part of the game’s season pass.

Skull & Bones

  • A new trailer for Ubisoft Singapore’s sea-faring online combat game, Skull & Bones.
  • New footage shows the ship customisation features, ship stealth, and naval combat. It’s very much an evolution of the naval gameplay from the Assassin’s Creed series. It looks solid, but oddly soulless.

Transference

  • Elijah Wood, Hobbit and co-founder of Spectrevision, makes an appearance to talk about Transference.
  • “Have you ever dreamed of entering someone else’s conscience, and exploring their innermost thoughts and desires?” he asks. Erm, not really, Elijah, but thanks for enquiring.
  • Available in late 2018, if you’re at a loose end.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

  • Toys-to-life space adventure, Starlink: Battle fo Atlas, gets a new trailer, and looks every bit the secret step-cousin to No Man’s Sky.
  • StarFox will also making a guest appearance in the Nintendo Switch version.
  • Released on October 16 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

For Honor

  • For Honor is free on PC for the next week, no catch. Well, there is a catch, it’s called Uplay
  • More For Honor content is also on its way in the shape of the Marching Fire update. It adds a new 4v4 multiplayer mode called Bridge.

The Crew 2

  • The Crew 2 open beta starts on June 21, 2018, with pre-load available in advance.
  • Released on June 29, 2018.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

  • The next game in the Assassin’s Creed series is set in ancient Greece, and builds on the template set by last year’s soft reboot, Assassin’s Creed Origins.
  • There are two lead characters to choose from, Alexios or Kassandra.
  • The series is evidently gaining more RPG-like features such and story affecting dialogue choices.
  • Released on October 5, 2018 for Xbox One , PC, and PlayStation 4.
  • We understand that promotional key chains are also available.

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New PlayStation 4 releases (September 21-25, 2020)

Mafia: Definitive Edition tops next week’s list of new PlayStation 4 releases.

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Mafia: Definitive Edition tops next week’s list of new PlayStation 4 releases.

Hangar 13’s ground-up remake of Mafia is this week’s PlayStation 4 pick. The original game is not an outright classic, but it’s certainly bold and was forward-thinking in its day. The remake includes new vehicles, improved visuals and audio, and a larger city of Lost Heaven to explore.

Another highlight is the console port of Port Royale 4. Kalypso Media’s trading and strategy game depicts the 17th-century Caribbean power struggle between Spain, England, France and the Netherlands. Turn-based naval encounters are the big new feature, and each nation has a full single-player campaign to complete.

Trading is also central to Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, the new space Western sequel from Double Damage Games. Outlaw improves on its predecessor with streamlined spaceship combat, seven new radio stations, and a fun cast of bounty hunters, aliens, and intergalactic ne’er-do-wells.

Other new PS4 releases include Tennis World Tour 2, Unrailed!, and Going Under. We’ll update this article throughout the week with news of any late additions. Here’s the full lineup of new PS4 games confirmed so far.

New PlayStation4 releases: September 21-25, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • 3 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
  • Tennis World Tour 2

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • CastleStorm II
  • Jet Set Knights – TBC
  • Unrailed!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

  • Dungreed
  • Ginga Force
  • Going Under
  • Gothic Murder: Adventure That Changes Destiny

Friday, September 25, 2020

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition
  • Port Royale 4
  • Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia

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New Xbox One releases (September 21-25, 2020)

Mafia: Definitive Edition and Rebel Galaxy Outlaw headline the list of upcoming Xbox One releases.

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Mafia: Definitive Edition and Rebel Galaxy Outlaw headline the list of upcoming Xbox One releases.

Xbox One owners can lead a life crime next week in the eagerly anticipated remake of 2002’s Mafia. The city of Lost Heaven has never looked better, but we’re interested to see how Hangar 13 has fleshed out the experience. The addition of motorcycles is a fun place to start.

Meanwhile, players of Rebel Galaxy Outlaw can live their lives on the outer rim of law and order. This sequel from Double Damage builds upon the strong foundations of the first game with improved dogfights, an engaging story, and an even better soundtrack. If you find Elite Dangerous too overwhelming, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is an accessible blend of arcade and simulation sci-fi that scratches the same intergalactic itch.

Other new Xbox One release highlights include Port Royale 4, procedurally generated track laying game Unrailed!, and satirical dungeon crawler, Going Under. Halo ODST‘s Firefight mode is also coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Tuesday.

Each new game can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft web store. We’ll update this post throughout the week with any late additions to the lineup.

New Xbox One releases: September 21-25, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • Halo ODST: Firefight (The Master Chief Collection)
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
  • Tennis World Tour 2

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • CastleStorm II
  • The Drone Racing League Simulator
  • Jet Set Knights
  • Unrailed!
  • Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure

Thursday, September 24, 2020

  • Going Under
  • Little Big Workshop
  • Tears of Avia

Friday, September 25, 2020

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition
  • Nexomon: Extinction
  • Port Royale 4
  • Sentinels of Freedom
  • Shotgun Farmers
  • Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia

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Hello Games announces No Man’s Sky Origins update

No Man’s Sky is the gift that keeps on giving, from a team we don’t even deserve.

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No Man’s Sky is the gift that keeps on giving, from a team we don’t even deserve.

Did you know that the procedurally-generated aesthetic for No Man’s Sky was based on pulpy, 70s science fiction novel covers?

(We did know, but it’s still fun to watch the video in the post linked above. For all of its “bazillion of procedurally generated planets” pitch, the aesthetic and the atmosphere of No Man’s Sky are still some of its biggest selling points, especially with the very scary Desolation update from a couple of months ago.)

As the free content updates kept coming for No Man’s Sky, each with its own science fiction cover, it built up a bigger picture: a “shelf” of those pulpy sci-fi book covers.

But when Sean Murray, of Hello Games, tweeted a picture of all the covers together following the Desolation update, it did not escape people’s notice that there was only “room” for one more cover left on that artificial bookshelf of pulpy book covers:

And with the No Man’s Sky Origins update set to be revealed next week, people have been worried that might be the last update we see for the game. The final space on the bookshelf will be filled, as it were.

But according to the blog post announcing Origins, “This update will be another small step in a longer journey.”

Perhaps Hello Games isn’t quite done with No Man’s Sky just yet.


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Play three cool games for free on Xbox One this weekend

This week’s lineup of Xbox One Free Play Days titles takes players to the high seas, a world destroyed by war, and a creature-infested Louisiana.

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This week’s lineup of Xbox One Free Play Days titles takes players to the high seas, a world destroyed by war, and, erm, Louisiana.

Shiver me timbers, Sea of Thieves is free to play on Xbox One this weekend. Rare’s online pirate adventure was somewhat cooly received on release, but who’s cool now? A treasure chest of content and gameplay updates has helped build a thriving community of shipmates, most of whom are welcoming to new deckhands. Nonetheless, take care, there’s always someone waiting to steal a Bilge Rat Doubloon or two when your back is turned.

Players should also keep their wits about them in Hunt: Showdown, the popular PvP first-person hunting game from Crytek. Up to 12 players must venture into the dangerous swamps of Louisiana. Your task is to retrieve a bounty from a vicious creature, but once you have that bounty, friends become foes, and you become the target. Hi-jinks ensue.

Finally, Warhammer: Chaosbane is moderately fun hack-and-slash action RPG from EKO Software. If the phrase “fighting battles in the sewers of Nuln” gets your blood pumping, this game is probably for you.

All three games are playable for free until midnight on Sunday for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. As always, any earned achievements and save states carry over into purchased copies of each game. Here’s the lowdown on this week’s related digital discounts.

Xbox One Free Play Days Discounts

Hunt: Showdown

  • Standard Edition – 60% off
  • Master Hunter Edition – 50% off

Warhammer: Chaosbane

  • Standard Edition – 65% off
  • Deluxe Edition – 65% off
  • Magnus Edition – 70% off

Sea of Thieves

  • Standard Edition – 50% off

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Surprise! The Long Dark is out now on Nintendo Switch

Another Nintendo Direct, another raft of surprise Nintendo Switch releases. One of today’s picks is The Long Dark.

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Another Nintendo Direct, another raft of surprise Nintendo Switch releases. One of today’s picks is The Long Dark.

Nintendo has developed a habit of doing the old “and it’s available on the eShop right now” trick during its Direct presentations. In a summer of interminable video press conferences and wall-to-wall Geoff Keighley and 15-minute trailers for games we won’t see again for a couple of years, it’s a lovely little trait, an instant dopamine hit.

And Nintendo used it again, a few times, during its September 2020 Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase. There were games we knew were coming at some point, like Hades, and games we didn’t, like Ori and the Will of the Wisps. But they were still a nice surprise.

Then there was The Long Dark, the brilliant, wintry survival epic from Hinterland Games. That, too, got a surprise launch on the Nintendo Switch today. This is a lovely turn of events for a couple of reasons:

  1. The Long Dark is really rather good.
  2. The last we heard, the game’s performance on Switch was quite poor, so it’s excellent that it’s now in a state good enough to release.

There’s also an excellent launch trailer to mark the occasion:

Meanwhile, Hinterland head honcho and The Long Dark director Raph van Lierop took to Twitter to address some players’ confusion that, uncharacteristically, the trailer wasn’t particularly bleak.

We’re looking to heading out into the wilderness and playing The Long Dark later this year. You know, when it gets really cold.


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