With the lack of a PSX Event this year, Kinda Funny Games (headed up by Greg Miller and Tim Gettys who previously led the IGN team) have decided to run their first ever video games showcase featuring 69 games (half a dozen of which will go live during the show). The concept behind this show is to give game companies a chance to show off titles to the masses. This is the first annual KF Games Showcase and we aren’t sure if this will become a yearly event, but it is exciting to see a new showcase on the scene which will give more developers a chance to get attention on their games.
With a full orchestra, dozens of world premieres, and world famous presenters from within the entertainment industries, The Game Awards 2018 took place in the Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, California) and is one of the most digitally distributed products of all time and was streamed live in 4K HDR resolution as well as VR formats around the globe on more platforms than any other industry event or live awards show in history. In this article we will cover the play-by-play as well as provide coverage of the awards, world premiere announcements, game trailers, some commentary, and the full high definition replay footage of the event in case you missed the incredible ride.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a tactical adventure game based on the classic tabletop RPG called Mutant with elements of real-time strategy, stealth, and exploration combined to make a compelling and original new IP for gaming. Players take control of three mutants also known as Stalkers (Bormin, Dux, and Selma) who are on a mission to explore an area called The Zone for their leader the Elder who runs the Ark, which is where survivors live.
If you’re a member of PlayStation Plus you’ll be getting some new games for free this upcoming December. Currently, November subscribers are able to download Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, Yakuza Kiwami, and a handful of other titles. Even if you don’t have the space on your PS4’s hard drive, you’re able to add the games to the PSN account’s library for downloading at any later date, so long as you remain subscribed to the PS+ service. If at any time you are locked out of playing your free PS+ games, all you have to do is re-subscribe to the service and they’ll unlock again.
Xbox provided a 2 hour livestream from Mexico City during their X018 Event showcasing their lineup for 2018 / 2019 and revealed world premiere content for first party and third party games. There was also two new studio acquirement announcements for Microsoft Studios and a large number of ways that Xbox plans to get more gamers into their brand by remaining consumer-friendly and increasing their investment on quality content for the future.
[Update #2: Lord Fluffy, the Diablo streamer who asked if Diablo Immortal will come to PC, has released a detailed overview of the context behind his question and Activision Blizzard’s reaction]
[Update: Activision Blizzard stock value has dropped 7.2% (resulting in $3.7 billion USD lost) following the Diablo Immortal announcement discussed below]
Some companies are so loved by gamers that they can do no wrong. Others discover, they are no longer part of that club! In a disastrous move, Activision Blizzard announced Diablo Immortal for mobile to close out their keynote speech at this year’s Blizzcon 2018. The game is being developed by NetEase and will see the franchise delve into the free-to-play MMO genre.
The original Diablo 2 producer has come out and said he doesn’t believe Blizzard understands gamers anymore. Fan reactions to this announcement have been so negative that the PR team behind this game is now censor criticism from the internet as a petition against its release is gaining momentum. So why are people so upset? Where did it all go wrong?
It’s like classic Resident Evil, the samurai version. In my experience few titles have lived up to the awesome nostalgic feel and excellent gameplay design, level design, as well as atmosphere of the original Onimusha: Warlords released for Sony PlayStation 2 in the first month of 2001. It was a magical time. A powerful console none of us knew would take the world by storm in such a way to end up leading the industry as the highest selling games console to this very day. Onimsha was an enchanting title encompassing a perfect mix of action, role playing level ups, balanced equipment, strange and unique enemies, and a solid story to drive it all.
Atelier Online ~ Alchemists of Brasier is a brand new MMORPG based on the GUST Corporation franchise recently released for smartphones in Japan. Keeping true to the Atelier series in many ways while also adding new functionality such as letting you play with other alchemists online who are also pursuing their own adventure. Even while being a massively online game though, Alchemists of Brasier still maintains the series’ tradition of being heavily story-focused.
Update: Following this leak, sources seemingly close to the project have revealed to press outlets that the name of the game is likely to be set as “Harry Potter: Magic Awakening” with runner ups including “Harry Potter: Magic Forever”, but this could be subject to change in the coming weeks / months.
Harry Potter doesn’t go looking for trouble, it usually finds him. A user on Reddit (credit) has came forward with a fact sheet, screenshots, and even gameplay footage of what appears to be a brand new open world Harry Potter action role playing game. The video has been since taken down with a copyright strike issued by Warner Bros. Entertainment Interactive, but half a million views had already been obtained before that so there’s probably a copy roaming around somewhere. The person doing the leak claims that there was no agreement signed for secrecy and that they were a part of focus group testing for the game.
While major gaming CEOs continue to push the idea that streaming games is the future, which would be convenient for them since they won’t have to pay royalties anymore to console makers, many gamers remain uninterested in the technology. OnLive was perhaps one of the biggest flops of the video game streaming service industry that helped prove internet connections and demand for such a product just don’t exist to support the business model yet.
Despite that, the game industry continues to develop software and technology geared towards a streaming future in which you wouldn’t own your games but instead pay a monthly fee for the right to stream them. Google announced today that they are testing one of the world’s most advanced video game streaming services ever conjured up – currently nicknamed Project Stream. In a partnership with Ubisoft, Google Project Stream will allow beta testers to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in their web browser even if their computer is fairly weak (as long as their internet connection is strong).
The well known Microsoft-owned creative sandbox franchise Minecraft will be expanding into the hack and slash RPG genre next year with Minecraft: Dungeons when it releases for PC. Landscapes include mines, swamps, canyons, and there’s a main villain being touted called Arch-Illager who you must save innocent villagers from on your journey.
Mojang will develop the title for the publishing arm of Microsoft Studios. Mojang has been producing the Minecraft titles since its inventor Notch handed the game off and had a hand in the development of Minecraft: Story Mode by Telltale Games. They’ve also created a number of other titles including Caller’s Bane, a mobile-focused digital card game in 2014 and Cobalt, a 2016 action side scrolling title made for the PC and Xbox platforms.
Each month PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold give away from games for paying subscribers of the online services. While Sony is soon to drop support for PS3 and Vita, they haven’t yet. And even though Microsoft is selling an Xbox Game Pass with all first party Xbox One titles included, they’re still offering something up for Gold members. Sony has focused on giving less but bigger games for the PS4 in recent times, while Microsoft is giving indie titles and lesser known games a chance to shine in their Games With Gold service since Xbox Game Pass already holds many major titles from first and third party studios.
In this week’s eShop update for Nintendo Switch there’s a lot of new games available for gamers. In addition to the Mega Man 11 Demo which many of you have already been experiencing, there are some modern day classics, retro hits, and indie delights newly launched on the market.
After a one week delay due to the recent earthquake in Japan, Nintendo dropped their biggest Direct presentation (that isn’t purely about Smash Bros.) in a long time. With some of the content announced by third parties leading up to the show, a little bit of thunder was missing from this conference – but all in all, fans have a lot to look forward to this year and next year on the Nintendo Switch handheld / console hybrid platform.
[Update: Release date announced at The Game Awards 2018. Mortal Kombat 11 will release April 23, 2019 with a community reveal January 17, 2019.]
Editor’s Note: DJ Killzown Jones is back and provides bleeding-edge coverage of an exclusive news item confirmed straight from the source, live on camera, during his attendance at the recent Mo Game Con convention. If you’re a subscriber to his media channels you may have seen this scoop early, if not you can find more about that here. Mortal Kombat is a series that has been around since 1992 and has filled many gamers’ childhood with a bloody good time fighting in the fun-factor focused arena. The franchise has over 35 million units sold in total and Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling game in the series. Check out the latest from DJ Killzown Jones in his RGN article below.