Bethesda Suing Warner Bros. — Claims Westworld Game Rips Off Fallout Shelter

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Bethesda is suing Warner Bros. and Behaviour Interactive for allegedly ripping off Fallout Shelter, according to the lawsuit filed on June 21. The suit, which was filed with the U.S. District Court for Maryland, seeks payment for damages and for Warner Bros. to cease sales of its Westworld game, which does look a lot like Bethesda’s 2015 game, Fallout Shelter.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Will Have Every Character in Smash History — Nintendo E3 2018 Release Date, Character Roster and More Detailed at Nintendo's E3 Presser

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The next Smash game is called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it will feature a roster filled with every playable character ever to appear in the series. 

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The Last of Us Part II gameplay reveal at Sony E3 2018 Sony Debuts Gameplay of Naughty Dog's Next Game

The Last of Us Part II gameplay reveal at E3 2018

Sony opened its E3 2018 presser with a gameplay debut for The Last of Us Part II, which will feature Ellie as the main playable character.

Sony made quite a spectacle of this first reveal, ushering the conference attendees into a church-like tent recreated from the demo’s opening scene. Gustavo Santaolalla, composer for The Last of Us, preceded the showing with a solo rendition of the game’s theme on a sweet banjo-guitar. It came at the cost of having to pause the conference in order to escort the crowd of attendees to the actual theatre, but it was an exciting showing nonetheless.

It was quite apparent throughout the demo that The Last of Us Part II will offer a very similar gameplay experience to that of its predecessor. In it, we see Ellie attempting to bypass groups of enemies undetected, using a bow and arrow, handgun, and brutal hand-to-hand combat to subdue those that catch sight of her. Arising circumstances like low ammo reserves and getting constantly outnumbered calls back to the first game’s back-against-the-wall dynamic.

Like the first game, The Last of Us Part II appears to be, unsurprisingly, a marvel of graphical fidelity and animation. Ellie slams into a car door after dodging a lethal blow, blood pours from the bullet wounds and machete gashes of her victims, and shelves collapse under the pressure of fallen corpses.

The Last of Us Part II is super violent.

Lastly, the demo was completely void of Joel, Ellie’s adopted father figure and the previous game’s playable protagonist. He made a brief visit in the reveal trailer back in 2016, but the extent of his involvement in The Last of Us Part II remains to be seen.

No release window was indicated for The Last of Us Part II. During its conference, Sony also showed gameplay debuts for Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Takes Ubisoft E3 Stage to Announce Beyond Good and Evil 2 Partnership The actor and HitRECord founder reveals partnership with Ubisoft at E3 2018

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In spectacularly on-brand Ubisoft style, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt took the stage at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference following a CG trailer of the hotly anticipated Beyond Good and Evil 2 to announce a partnership with Ubisoft and Gordon-Levitt’s production company to bring fan-based original content to the game.

HitRecord, an online collaborative production company focused on producing independent artistic projects, will collaborate with Ubisoft to produce original art, music, and other content to Beyond Good and Evil 2, potentially featured as a large billboard or a song playing on the radio in the game’s expansive world. To illustrate this concept, an image displayed on the Ubisoft stage showed a large structure in the game’s futuristic metropolis, with the words “YOUR ART HERE” emblazoned on the building’s side.

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Prior to today’s announcement, Ubisoft had been promoting community participation in building the Beyond Good and Evil universe through the Space Monkey Program, where fans can post and discuss their hopes, concerns, and ideas for the unreleased sequel. Ubisoft hopes to take this community-developer relationship one step further with this HitRECord partnership.

“We want our community to participate in a way that’s never been done before through the Space Monkey Program,” said Guillaume Brunier, senior producer and product developer at Ubisoft. “We want our fans and people all over the world to really be a part of creating the game.”

After making the partnership announcement, Joseph Gordon-Levitt clarified on Twitter that contributors will be paid through this system.

Beyond Good and Evil 2, a long-anticipated sequel to a game released fifteen years ago(!), opened Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, first with a CG trailer featuring many of the characters first seen in the game’s first reveal last year, and then a very brief gameplay demo that showed footage of a large futuristic city swimming with flying cars and jetpacks.

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Fallout 76 is an Online Open World Game — Release Date and Gameplay Revealed Bethesda finally revealed details on the next Fallout game at E3 2018

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Bethesda closed out its E3 press conference with an extensive demo of Fallout 76, revealing that the mysterious title is an online open-world RPG set in West Virginia. The game will be out on November 14, 2018.

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EA Starts E3 2018 With Explosive Showing of Anthem and Battlefield V Everything EA announced at its E3-adjacent show

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EA kicked off the E3 festivities with its own EA Play press conference where the publisher revealed more details on Bioware’s highly anticipated shared-world shooter, Anthem, announced a Battle Royale mode for Battlefield V, showed off some surprise EA Original indie titles, and had Respawn describe—while sitting in a seat in the audience—what its upcoming Star Wars game will be like.

Anthem

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Anthem – EA Play Conference E3 2018 – image courtesy of EA

EA closed out its press conference with a gameplay demo of Anthem, a mock panel interview with Bioware discussing more details on the game, and a release date announcement for February 22, 2019.

During the on-stage interview, Bioware revealed that Anthem will be a shared-world game with a single-player-style story told in between cooperative missions. Players will go out into the shared world, complete missions, procure loot, then return back to their respective home bases to continue the game’s narrative.

Bioware also stated that the game was designed with the intent to “add stories for years to come,” backing up statements that claimed Anthem would be geared towards a GaaS (Games as a Service) model rather than iterative editions or sequels. The developers also mentioned that the game will feature no lootboxes, cosmetic-only microtransactions, and no PvP.

The gameplay demo showed footage of a mission called Scars and Villainy, wherein players infiltrated a cave of monsters and other enemies, resplendent in the Javelin exo-suits seen in last year’s reveal trailer. The four suit classes—Ranger, Colossus, Interceptor, and Storm—each have distinct abilities and roles, and every player can have one of each suit class, meaning you will not be locked into one role permanently.

Anthem launches worldwide on February 22, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Battlefield V gameplay — Battle Royale mode announced

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EA kicked off its conference with more details and gameplay for Battlefield V, including gameplay, destructive environments, a better look into the Ground Operations mode, and the announcement of “Royale,” Battlefield‘s new battle royale mode.

Details were scant on the new BR game mode, though it will feature the “pillars of Battlefield—distraction, team play, [and] vehicles.” Additional details on Royale will be revealed later this summer.

Additional gameplay was also revealed, showcasing some tanks tearing through abandoned houses and other destructible edifices, footage of the Ground Operations game mode, and more explosive encounters in DICE’s portrayal of the Second World War.

DICE also confirmed that Battlefield V will launch with no loot boxes and no premium pass, a promise made several times throughout the conference. More Battlefield V is expected to show up at Microsoft’s press conference tomorrow.

Respawn’s Star Wars game is called Jedi: Fallen Order

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Jedi: Fallen Order – EA Play Conference E3 2018 – image courtesy of EA

In spectacularly awkward style, Respawn’s Vince Zampella announced that its mysterious Star Wars game is called Jedi: Fallen Order and is expected to be released Fall 2019.

In lieu of a gameplay demo, cinematic, or any other tangible evidence of the project’s existence, EA Play host Andrea Renae sat next to Zampella (seated in the audience) to ask him about more details on the expected Star Wars title. Zampella confirmed that the game will take place in a “dark age” of Star Wars history, canonically set between Episodes III and IV.

Renae was also able to get some further, shocking details out of Zampella.

Renae: So you’ll play as a Jedi.

Zampella: Yes.

Renae: Does that mean you’ll be able to hold a lightsaber?

Zampella: Yes.

Unravel Two is out now!

Developer ColdWood Interactive took to the EA Play stage to announce Unravel 2, a sequel to the quaint EA Original 2D platformer from 2016. The game is out now(!) and sees the return of Yarny alongside a second playable yarn doll. The game can be played single-player (you control both Yarnys) or with a friend (one Yarny for you, one for a friend). Both Yarnys are attached by a thread, allowing for creative problem-solving techniques like one Yarny climbing to a high place and swinging the other by their attached string.

The reveal by ColdWood’s creative director Martin Sahlin was complete with a similar atmosphere of endearing nervousness and candor, complete with a game crash proceeding the gameplay demo and a heartfelt message from Sahlin to his team of creators.

Unravel 2 is available right now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC for $19.99. The beginning of Unravel 2 is available to EA Access and Origin Access members at no extra charge.

Sea of Solitude is the next EA Original game

Sea of Solitude is a game about loneliness from German studio Jo-Mei Games. The game was revealed by creative director Cornelia Geppert, who spoke briefly about writing, creative design, and the struggles of loneliness and depression, before showing some gameplay of what looks to be an explorative 3D platformer with a fantastical environment and surrealist imagery.

Battlefront II’s next content drop goes to the Clone Wars

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After briefly acknowledging the Battlefront II debacle of last fall, DICE announced that the next content drop for the Star Wars shooter will focus on the Clone Wars. The next map will be set on Planet Geonosis, and will be the “largest level…ever built for Battlefront.” New playable characters will include General Obi-Wan Kenobi, Pre-Vader Anakin Skywalker, Count Dooku, and General Grievous.

EA announces Origin Access: Premier

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Origin Access: Premier – EA Play Conference E3 2018 – image courtesy of EA

Origin Access: Premier seems to be EA’s answer to Microsoft’s Xbox Games Pass—a subscription service offering access to a large library of games from EA and other publishers, including launch-day access to games like Anthem, Battlefield V, Fifa 19, and Madden NFL 19.

Origin Access: Premier is expected to launch later this summer.

Command & Conquer returns as a mobile game

Command & Conquer: Rivals is a competitive mobile RTS coming to iOS and Android later this year. The preview showed a familiar looking (albeit flashier and updated) isometric perspective with multiple units on-screen engaging in combat. The trailer finished with a brief appearance by the original game’s goateed antagonist, Kane. The pre-alpha for Command & Conquer Rivals’ will be available to iPhone users today and Android users sometime in the future.

Other announcements

Madden 19 and NBA Live 19 announced for later this year, expected to drop during their respective annual release windows.

FIFA 19 will launch on September 28 and will feature a “Champions League” tournament mode. FIFA 18 will receive a new World Cup mode alongside the actual, real-life World Cup. The update will come to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.


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New Pokémon Games Revealed for Nintendo Switch — Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee Will Have a Poké Ball Controller and Pokémon Go Integration

Pokémon Game Revealed for Nintendo Switch — Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee

The first Pokémon game for Switch will be Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, Nintendo revealed on Tuesday. The games will feature Pokémon Go compatibility, cooperative multiplayer gameplay, and a new Poké Ball controller for Switch.

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