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Everything announced at the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing

Halo Infinite, Gears 5, and a new Battletoads are revealed at the Xbox E3 2018 press conference.

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Halo Infinite, Gears 5, and a new Battletoads are revealed at the Xbox E3 2018 press conference.

Microsoft came into this year’s E3 with a lot to prove, again. Under the stewardship of Phil Spencer, the Xbox One has clawed back its reputation through a range of player-friendly services, and an impressive hardware revision.

Recent exclusives such as Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 – along with continued console exclusivity for PUBG – have also helped, but games remain the one area where the PlayStation 4 has an undeniable advantage.

This year’s E3 press conference showed 50 different titles, with 18 having complete or timed Xbox exclusivity. And although many games on show are not due in 2018, it was a clear statement of intent from Microsoft that was also backed up by the company’s addition of five new Microsoft Studios.

Here’s a whistle-stop tour of every game that was announced.

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List of Xbox E3 2018 announcements

Halo Infinite (Xbox Exclusive)

  • Halo Infinite revealed in new cinematic trailer.
  • The game is powered by the new SlipSpace Engine.
  • “Master Chief’s greatest adventure yet,” says Phil Spencer.
  • Release date: To be confirmed.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Exclusive)

  • New cinematic trailer for Moon Studios aesthetically stunning sequel
  • Release date: To be confirmed.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • A new action game developed by From Software and published by Activision.
  • Release date: 2019

Fallout 76

  • Todd Howard makes a guest appearance to present a new trailer for Fallout 76.
  • A prequel to all previous Fallout games. It’s set in West Virginia and has a map four times the size of Fallout 4.
  • Pre-orders open from June 15 on the Microsoft games store.
  • Release date: To be confirmed.

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

  • Reveal trailer for a new game set in the Life is Strange universe focuses on a young boy, and the interplanetary exploits of his imagination.
  • Release date: June 26, 2018.

Crackdown 3 (Xbox Exclusive)

  • Crackdown 3, again! A much more impressive trailer showing combat, and traversal.
  • Release date: 2019

Nier Automata

  • Coming to Xbox One with all previously released downloadable content.
  • Release date: June 26, 2018.

Metro Exodus

  • New trailer featuring gameplay footage.
  • Release date: February 22, 2019.

Kingdom Hearts III

  • The Kingdom Hearts franchise comes to Xbox for the first time.
  • New footage shows Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy, plus characters from Frozen, Monsters Inc, Wreck-it Ralph, Rapunzel, and Toy Story.
  • Release date: January 29, 2019.

Sea of Thieves (Xbox Exclusive)

  • Future content updates: Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores revealed.
  • Release date: July and September, 2018.

Battlefield V

  • A short preview of the War Stories Nordlys content for EA’s upcoming World War II shooter.
  • Release date: October 19, 2018

Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Exclusive)

  • Forza Horizon 4 is set in British Isles with countryside and city locations, including Edinburgh.
  • Features dynamic seasons that affect the racing environments of the shared online world.
  • There are also sheep, and you can drive a Black Cab.
  • The game will have a 60fps mode on Xbox One X.
  • Release date: October 2, 2018

Microsoft sets up new studio and acquires four others

  • So that’s how you fix your first-party problem. Phil Spencer announces the formation of The Initiative, a new Microsoft Studio based in Santa Monica.
  • Spencer also reveals the acquisition of Compulsion Games, Undead Labs, Playground Games, and Ninja Theory.

We Happy Few

  • A new trailer from Compulsion Games.
  • Release date: August 10, 2018.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

  • The Sanhok map is coming to PUBG on Xbox One in Summer 2018.
  • War Mode is also due this year.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

  • Remastered digital release of the classic 2008 JRPG.
  • Release date: To be confirmed.

The Division 2

  • Full reveal of The Division 2, developed by Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment.
  • The game is set six months after the outbreak in an autumnal Washington D.C.
  • Gameplay footage shows a mission set among the wreckage of a downed Air Force One.
  • Release date: March 15, 2019.

Xbox Game Pass update

  • Algorithm developed by machine learning powers the new Fast Start feature that helps start Xbox Game Pass titles faster. Coming in the service’s June 2018 update.
  • More third-party games added to Xbox Game Pass for day-and-date release, including Ashen, and Afterparty.
  • The Division, Fallout 4, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited are all available on Xbox Game Pass from today, plus a huge selection of [email protected] titles are on the way.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

  • A new trailer for Lara Croft’s latest adventure.
  • Release date: September 14, 2018.

Session.

  • Session is a new skateboarding game from creā-ture Studios.
  • Release date: To be confirmed.

Black Desert

  • A new trailer for the Pearl Abyss-developed MMORPG, Black Desert.
  • Release date: 2019.

Devil May Cry 5

  • The latest game in Devil May Cry franchise. It looks like a reinvention as much as it does a true sequel.
  • Release date: Spring 2019

Cuphead

  • MDHR Studio’s new action platformer gets a new DLC add-on, The Delicious Last Course.
  • Features new character, Ms. Chalice, plus new weapons and bosses.
  • Release date: 2019.

Tunic

  • More footage of Tunic, the super-charming third person adventure puzzle game from Andrew Shouldice.
  • Release date: To be confirmed.

Jump Force

  • A new fighter from Bandai Namco featuring characters from DragonBall Z, One Piece, Naruto, and Deathnote.
  • Release date: 2019.

Dying Light 2

  • Reveal trailer and gameplay demo for Techland’s zombie apocalypse sequel.
  • Features a new parkour system, and improved melee combat. A functioning eco-system based on decision points will affect the environment, and the life of its inhabitants.
  • Release date: To be confirmed.

Battletoads

  • No gameplay footagem but the name is enough. Battletoads is back!
  • Features 4K 2.5D graphics, and multiplayer features.
  • Release date: 2019.

Just Cause 4

  • Rico returns in a new open-word adventure that offers more of the same in a way that we completely appreciate.
  • Release date: December 4, 2018.

Gears Pop

  • A Gear of War game featuring Funko Pop characters. Luckily, it’s on mobile so we can all ignore it.
  • Release date: 2019.

Gears Tactics

  • A new turn-based PC strategy game, set 12 years before the first Gears of War.
  • Release date: To be confirmed.

Gears 5 (Xbox One Exclusive)

  • First look of the next full Gears of War title shows Kait and JD engaging in some soap operatics.
  • There’s also a brief glimpse of some varied and beautiful new locations, from forests to glaciers.
  • Release date: To be confirmed.

Cyberpunk 2077

  • Reveal trailer for the latest game from CD Projekt Red.
  • Think, well, Blade Runner, with more colour and sunshine. It looks amazing, frankly,
  • Release date: To be confirmed.

Check back throughout the week for more E3 2018 coverage from Thumbsticks.


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A remake of a GBA classic is out today on Nintendo Switch

The much-loved Harvest Moon game gets a new lease of life as Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town on Nintendo Switch.

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A much-loved Harvest Moon game gets a new lease of life on Nintendo Switch.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a ground-up remake of Marvelous Interactive’s classic Game Boy Advance life simulation, Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town. (The reason for the name change is that Harvest Moon is now used exclusively by Natsume following a split between the two companies in 2014.)

The game is out today for Nintendo Switch in Europe and Australia, and will be released in North America next week, on July 14, along with a PC edition on Steam.

The new version of the game retains the gameplay of the 2003 original but adds bold cartoon-like HD visuals. The new look reminds us of recent Pokémon games, which is no bad thing. It’s also accompanied by new animal-themed cosmetic DLC that lets players dress up like a cow, chicken, dog, chick or sheep. Dreams can come true, it seems.

On the surface, Friends of Mineral Town might look similar to Animal Crossing: New Horizons but it’s a distinctly more structured experience. In our humble opinion, the game’s core loop of farming, animal husbandry, and relationship building has never been bettered by the franchise, and we’re looking forward to playing a life sim that keeps things simple.

The game has its own easy-going rhythm and is well worth a look if you have exhausted Nintendo’s effort or had your fill of Stardew Valley.


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The new PS5 box art design compared to PS4, PS3, PS2, and PS1

Sony reveals the box art design for PlayStation 5 games with the cover of Spider-Man Miles Morales. Here’s how it compares to PlayStation box art design from the past.

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Sony has revealed the box art design for PlayStation 5 games with the cover of Spider-Man Miles Morales. Here’s how it compares to PlayStation box art layouts from the past.

There’s not a huge amount to say about the PlayStation 5 box art design. PS5 games will come in a standard-sized Blu-ray case, and the cover art will feature the PS5 logo in black on a white stripe. The design is pretty consistent with the box art layouts Sony has used in the past, with a couple of notable exceptions.

Here’s a look back at previous PlayStation box art designs, using old Spider-Man games as examples.

PlayStation 4 – Marvel’s Spider-Man

Spider-Man PlayStation 4 Box Art

The PlayStation 4 design includes a similar stripe across the top of the box, but in blue. Late PS3 games also adopted this design in 2015. We love the cover art for Marvel’s Spider-Man. It’s bright, bold, dynamic, and refreshingly simple. Top marks.

PlayStation 3 (Second version) – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man PlayStation 3 cover art

Sony revised the PlayStation 3 cover art layout with the introduction of the PS3 Slim console in 2009. It’s a sleek and stylish improvement over…

PlayStation 3 (First version) – Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man PlayStation 3 Box Art

The original PlayStation 3 branding caused much mirth by using the same typeface as Sony’s Spider-Man movie franchise. The font is not particularly readable and when used on a Spider-Man game, it’s all kinds of messy.

PlayStation 2 – Spider-Man

Spider-Man PlayStation 2 cover art

The PlayStation 2 branding retains the original PlayStation font and colour version of the logo. The design is now so iconic that it’s almost impossible to critique. Simple and timeless.

PlayStation 1 – Spider-Man

Spider-Man PlayStation 1 Box Art

We’re in CD-ROM country. Again, it’s basic, but all the better for it. The layout does a much better job of selling a game than Nintendo managed with its fussy and inconsistent N64 boxes.

PSP and PS Vita

Spider-Man PSP PS Vita Box Art

The box art branding for PSP and PlayStation Vita games is also reflective of their respective eras.

We apologise for bringing up memories of bad Activision Spider-Man games in this article.


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Sony invests $250m in Fortnite developer Epic Games

Sony Corporation has invested a cool $250 million into Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games.

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Sony Corporation has invested a cool $250 million into Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games.

PlayStation owner Sony has ploughed $250 million into Epic Games via a wholly-owned subsidiary, acquiring a minority interest in the Fortnite creator. In a joint press statement, the two companies say that the investment will broaden collaboration across Sony’s entertainment portfolio and Epic’s social entertainment platforms.

Sony chairman, president, and CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida says:

“Epic’s powerful technology in areas such as graphics places them at the forefront of game engine development with Unreal Engine and other innovations. There’s no better example of this than the revolutionary entertainment experience, Fortnite. Through our investment, we will explore opportunities for further collaboration with Epic to delight and bring value to consumers and the industry at large, not only in games, but also across the rapidly evolving digital entertainment landscape.”

Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic, adds:

“Sony and Epic have both built businesses at the intersection of creativity and technology, and we share a vision of real-time 3D social experiences leading to a convergence of gaming, film, and music. Together we strive to build an even more open and accessible digital ecosystem for all consumers and content creators alike.”

Epic and the PlayStation-side of Sony have long been on good terms with both the PS4 and upcoming PS5 used to demonstrate the capabilities of Unreal Engine.


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Earn Double Gold Points on the Nintendo eShop for the next month

A new Nintendo eShop promotion gives players Double Gold points for buying Nintendo Switch games.

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A new Nintendo eShop promotion rewards players with Double Gold points for buying Switch games.

The Nintendo eShop Double Gold Points Fest has launched in today in Europe. During the promotion, selected games give customers double the usual amount of My Nintendo Gold Points on selected games. In some cases, this is the equivalent of getting up to 10% of your money back, albeit in Nintendo’s digital currency.

The first games to be included are Square Enix’s masterful JPG, Dragon Quest XI, the brilliant Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!, and puzzle adventure, Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy.

Three new games will be added to the promotion every Thursday until July 30, 2020. We’re not sure if the promotion is coming to North America but update this page if we get confirmation.

Nintendo eShop Double Gold Points Fest – Week 1

  • Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! – 200 EU / 180 UK
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition – 600 EU / 500 UK
  • Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition – 400 EU / 350 UK

And what can you do with Gold Points? Well, they can be redeemed against future game purchases on the Nintendo eShop. Recent titles we’ve enjoyed include Star Wars Episode 1: Racer and The Eternal Castle.

They can also be exchanged via the My Nintendo website for Nintendo 3DS game discounts and digital themes. Read our roundup of the latest rewards to see what’s on offer.

If we’re honest, we’d rather a nice big eShop sale. But if you were thinking of picking up one of the included games, the Gold Points Fest is a nice bonus.


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The Sims 4 is free to play on Xbox One this weekend

The latest Xbox One Free Play Days promotion features two new games, including The Sims 4. Trust us, you’ll need more than a weekend.

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The latest Xbox One Free Play Days promotion features two new games, including The Sims 4. Trust us, you’ll need more than a weekend.

The Sims 4 is a big game, a fun game, and, for its keenest players, almost a way of life. Speaking as someone who has put over 200 hours into Animal Crossing: New Horizons without even thinking about it, there is something both comforting and compelling about life simulation games. If you like experiences where the most mundane of tasks gives as much pleasure as saving the universe, The Sims 4 is worth a look.

The Sims 4 is now free to play on Xbox One until Sunday, July 12 at 11:59 pm. That’s just enough time to scratch the surface of the game and see if grabs you. There’s a 75% discount on the standard edition to tempt you into a full purchase. There are also savings to be had on many of the game’s expansions and content packs. Just make sure you have plenty of free time in the calendar.

Online sandbox RPG Citadel Forged is also free to play for the next four days. Again, it’s probably just enough time to see if you click with the game’s loop of heroic activities and busywork.

Save progress and achievements in both titles are carried over to the purchased copies.

Xbox Free Play Days Discounts

Citadel Forged

  • Standard Edition – 60% off

The Sims 4

  • Standard Edition – 75% off
  • Deluxe Party Edition – 75% off
  • Dogs & Cats Bundle – 50% off
  • City Living Pack – 50% off
  • Dine Out Pack – 50% off
  • Discover University Pack – 50% off
  • Get Famous Pack – 50% off
  • Get to Work Pack – 50% off
  • Pack Bundle – 50% off
  • Get Together Pack – 50% off
  • Island Living Pack – 50% off
  • Jungle Adventure Pack – 25% off
  • Outdoor Retreat Pack – 25% off
  • Parenthood Pack – 25% off
  • Realm of Magic Pack – 25% off
  • Seasons Pack – 25% off
  • Spa Day Pack – 25% off
  • StrangerVille Pack – 25% off
  • Vampires Pack – 25% off

For more Xbox One games, you can grab savings of up to 90% in this this week’s four new sales.


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