Halo Infinite will be a joint development project from 343 Industries and Skybox Labs. The Vancouver based game studio has a long history of working with 343 Industries. They were the development team behind Halo 5 Forge Mode on Windows 10 and added the Xbox One X enhancements to the title. Although, this time around it sounds like their work on Halo Infinite will be much more substantial.
Skybox and 343 Going All In
In a press release, Skybox said that it will work together with 343 on “features across the game including AI, gameplay, networking, and cutting-edge graphics features.” (https://bit.ly/2LpycWh)
Halo FPS studio head, Chris Lee, mentioned in a statement that he believed Skybox is already doing great work on Halo Infinite. Meanwhile, Skybox’s co-founder Steven Silvester said that their studio is energized by Halo’s new art direction and engine which is being called, SlipSpace.
Skybox also clarified in their statement that most of their 100-plus developers are currently working on Halo Infinite’s development. The studio has been growing over the past couple of years and that hasn’t stopped the team looking for talented game developers with experience in a number of different disciplines.
“Jim, You Said You Remembered Where We Parked”
Halo Infinite was announced at E3 2018 during Microsoft’s press conference with a flashy trailer intended to show off the SlipsSpace Engine, but 343 has yet to reveal actual gameplay or story details. Although, the world does know for sure that the game’s new direction is meant to be a nod to the original Halo. Microsoft has said that Halo Infinite is bringing the franchise back to its roots with an entry that is bigger and bolder than any previous game in the series.
For more news on the upcoming Halo title be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!
After over a decade of anticipation, Square Enix finally set a release date for the long-awaited game, Kingdom Hearts 3. This title will mark the conclusion to the main trilogy that follows the adventures of Sora, Donald, and Goofy through Disney themed worlds with a splash of Final Fantasy thrown in for good measure.
The third game has big plans to expand the scope of the universe and prove that they still have what it takes to blend eastern and western characters. Kingdom Hearts 3 will release on both the Xbox One and PS4 on January 29th, 2019. Immediately following the announcement, Square Enix revealed a new trailer for the game during Microsoft’s E3 press conference.
The World is Stunned
Many were shocked at the sudden nature of this announcement, with the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account revealing the release date with no build up or celebration on the first day of E3 2018. While fans of the series are aware that Kingdom Hearts 3 has been in development for years, series creator Tetsuya Nomura said at last year’s D23 event that the game’s release date was planned for 2018. During a fan event for the game in May, he had announced that a final release date for the game would be made public very soon.
Fans can still expect to visit Disney themed worlds throughout their journey to save the universe from being consumed by darkness. Although, this time around Pixar is making their debut in the beloved series. As of now, Square Enix confirmed that Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero Six, Hercules, Toy Story, and Monsters Inc. levels are all present in Kingdom Hearts 3.
Keep Those Fingers Crossed
Hopefully, this will actually be the final release date for the game. With the amount of gameplay and details the developer has revealed, people have high hopes it will happy. Everyone at Gigamax Games is big fans of the Kingdom Hearts series and plenty of coverage for the game is on its way as the release date draws closer. So be sure to keep checking back at GigamaxGames.com!
When the zombie outbreak finally starts, it will take a large group of people working together to fight off the undead horde. Luckily for State of Decay 2 players, this new Xbox exclusive title hit 1 million players in two days after it launched worldwide last Tuesday (5/22/18).
Although, like Sea of Thieves, it is hard to gauge the number of sales State of Decay 2 received due to the game currently being available with the Xbox Games Pass, Microsoft’s relatively new game streaming service. Those that belong to the service pay a monthly fee to play games while they are available on the service.
Microsoft and Undead Labs also noted a couple of other impressive facts about the recent release. According to the companies, from May 18th to May 22nd players have played a collective 6 million hours and streamed 3.5 million hours on Mixer, Twitch, and Youtube with 41,000 broadcasts.
Survive The Chaos
Gamers surviving the apocalypse have murdered over 675 million undead monsters, distracted the beasts with 6 million firecrackers and fireworks, satiated their hunger on 6 million bags of snacks, gained knowledge from 2 million textbooks, and the average survival rate is three in game days.
Despite the impressive numbers, State of Decay 2 had a bit of a tough launch. Many reviewers scored the game on the low side due to the amount of bugs they encountered while trying to take on the zombie menace. Critics also spoke poorly about the game’s lack of depth and the amount of systems that go unrealized throughout the experience.
Gigamax Games is currently playing State of Decay 2, but are too early in the game to give a proper impression. Hopefully, Undead Labs can address fans concerns surrounding the number of bugs because too many poor reviews on an exclusive for a system that has very few could really hurt Microsofts sales and the console as a whole.
Sea of Thieves: Unprecedented Demand According to Rare
Sea of Thieves has seen a huge amount of players join its open world pirate adventure since it launched. This has largely been the reason the game has had an extensive amount of technical issues that are frustrating those sailing the oceans. Despite the glitches, developer Rare issued an update from the studio head, Craig Duncan, and executive producer, Joe Neate, stating that the game reached 1 million players across the PC and Xbox One in just 48 hours. The blog post also detailed what the company is doing to address the bugs players are encountering.
What Comes Next?
“We have seen unprecedented numbers coming into Sea of Thieves and playing Sea of Thieves. The interest has been insane; the amount of people playing has been mind-blowing,” Neate said. (https://bit.ly/2IYTRzV)
Currently, Sea of Thieves is free for subscribers of Xbox Games Pass. Although, Microsoft has yet to share the details on how many people have purchased the game as opposed to the free download their subscription service offers. Another factor to consider is that Xbox Games Pass offers a free trial for the service and many players may have taken advantage of that to try the massively marketed game. Despite those factors, 1 million players in only two days is a huge feat.
In the video, Rare explains that at one point after the game came out on March 20th, the player count was rising at a rate of 5,000 people per minute. Even though Rare held multiple stress tests before release, they were not prepared for the massive influx of pirates that were ready to set sail. Now, most of the game’s problems are scale related and the team is reportedly working 24/7 to make sure the issues are resolved.
Sea of Thieves just got a huge new patch that fixed many of the issues with the game’s online infrastructure but many are still experiencing problems that will hopefully be solved soon.
What do you think about Sea of Thieves? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook!
Microsoft is struggling to keep up with their exclusive game list. The Xbox One was not a failure by any means but with a lackluster selection of exclusives, they are far from winning the console war. The easiest way to go about acquiring exclusives is by purchasing studios with a long list of hits under their belt. With rumors and reports of Microsoft in talks to purchase the long-beloved Valve, it could be the push Microsoft needs to make a larger impact on the gaming world. Imagine all the amazing games and opportunity that could become a reality if Microsoft buys Valve!
The profits they could rake in from PC gaming alone could make this move worth the investment. However, the exclusives Microsoft could secure as well as the future games that could be created with all of Valves franchisees are enough to cause excitement.
Let’s take a look at the top 3 games we want to see if Microsoft buys Valve.
A long-running joke throughout the video game industry, it would almost be unimaginable for gamers to finally get their hand on Half-Life 3. One of the most renowned franchises that was long thought to be a dead-end could have another chance at life. Since Valves purchase is still up in the air, Microsoft hasn’t made any comments about if they’re humoring the idea of making Half-Life 3 a reality. However out of all the Valve games the gaming community would love to see return, Half-Life 3 is at the top of the list.
Left 4 Dead 3
There are few games that held gamers attention like Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Killing hordes of zombies with a bunch of friends on a mission is an absolutely addicting concept. In classic Valve fashion, after the second Left 4 Dead, they dropped the franchise to work on new projects. Gamers held on hope for a revisit to the Left 4 Dead series but Valve never fails when it comes to moving on after the second release of a beloved game.
Now, this third spot was a toss-up between Portal 3 and Team Fortress 3. The reason Portal 3 was the winner is the simple fact that linear and incredible single-player experiences are relatively rare when compared to the recent trend of hero-based shooters. Portal was one of those games that continues to be brought up in conversations about modern gaming, renowned for its creativity and amazing story.
With no official word from Valve or Microsoft, these three titles will have to remain a blissful dream. However, the fact that word continues to circulate about a potential purchase and Microsoft struggling with their exclusives, a purchase could happen. There might be a brand new joke floating around the internet about Valve and their fear of counting to three if Microsoft decides to breathe new life into titles like Half-Life 3. Be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com for any breaking news about Microsoft and Valve.
What game did we leave off this list that you want to see if Microsoft buys Valve? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below!
Today (1/24/18) marks the start of Microsoft’s closed beta for the upcoming pirate simulator, Sea of Thieves. Eligible players for the trial can download the game now so the minute it’s available, they can start playing.
Much like the technical alpha held back in December, the closed beta is restricted to those that entered the Sea of Thieves Insider Program before December 1st or have pre-ordered the title. Xbox One players that already bought the game digitally can find the beta waiting in the ‘My Games and Apps’ section while those who pre-ordered on PC will find it waiting in their library. If you reserved a physical copy at your local retailer, you will need the redeem the code for the Black Dog cosmetic pack on the Microsoft or Xbox store before installing the beta. Xbox One owners should expect a file size of 7.45 GB. If you’d like to read more about the installation process, check out their official website.
When You Can Play
The Sea of Thieves closed beta will begin at 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET / 12 PM GMT on January 24 and runs until 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM GMT on January 29. While the developer, Rare, hasn’t specified what exactly players can expect from the beta, they did say it would not be a portion of the full game. Rare did assure that it would offer a taste of the pirate life.
Sea of Thieves is set to release for both Xbox One and PC on March 20th and will be one of the few games to offer cross-play between the two platforms. It will also be the first game on the Xbox One’s Games Pass program that is available on the service the same day it comes out.
Gigamax Games will be taking part in the closed beta so please don’t forget to check on Youtube or below for an inside look into what Sea of Thieves has to offer!
While the January game releases for the start of 2018 may not be an extensive lineup, most will agree that the first month of this year has some impressive titles. We’re spending most of our time going back and finishing up the long backlog of big releases that came out at the end of 2017, that is until the some of our most anticipated games of the year are released over the next couple weeks. Look below to find the full list of games kicking off 2018 so you know what to spend that hard earned money on!
January’s Biggest Game Releases
Dragon Ball Fighter Z (January 26th)
The Z-Fighters are back with a new fighting game experience that looks like it will finally pull the long-running series out of its video game slump. Players will take control of many iconic characters from throughout Dragon Ball’s history and pummel their friends in a fighting system that seems very similar to Marvel Vs. Capcom. Whether you’re playing as Super Saiyan God Goku or were unlucky enough to get stuck with Krillin, this game is sure to be a blast!
Monster Hunter: World (January 26th)
Killing monsters, gathering materials, and forging new armor, these are a few of our favorite things. Plenty of Monster Hunter fans certainly share our sentiment and on this month players will be able to hop into the iconic world again, but this time in 4K. The series is making its debut on current-gen consoles and based on the beta gameplay, Monster Hunter: World will be eating up a lot of our time in the first quarter. Both longtime fans of the series, as well as newcomers, will find something to love in this incredible hunting game so be sure to check it out!
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (January 26th)
Are you a fan of the Final Fantasy series? Then Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is a game you can’t miss. This fighting game is an ode to the long-running compendium of games. Players take control of leading heroes including Cloud, Titus, and the most recent protagonist Noctis. The gameplay trailers certainly haven’t disappointed and the cinematic trailers are as beautiful as ever. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of playing a Final Fantasy title this is the game for you!
Full List of January Game Releases
The Escapists 2 – (Nintendo Switch) – Jan 11
Street Fighter V Arcade Edition – (PC, PS4) – Jan 16
The independent developers, Studio MDHR have brought the world, Cuphead. This indie game offers a host of unique features that made it truly stand out. Hand-drawn, it looks like something straight out of the 1930’s and this is not the only aspect of the game that caught people’s attention. Cuphead is one of the most challenging platformers the Gigamax crew has had the chance to play.
Warning: Hard More
Even though it’s incredibly difficult, the unique art style and exciting gameplay makes it easy to keep on playing. In the beginning, it opens with the player walking through a tutorial to get them comfortable with the controls. After this brief introduction to the game, it sends the gamers off on an adventure. Cuphead is tasked with fending off the sentient vegetables and other whacky creatures around the world. Navigating the overworld allows the player to freely choose missions and bonus levels. Shops and other locations are scattered around this overworld and it adds another level of adventure to Cupheads’ quest.
Overall, the game delivers an incredible experience through and through. From the amazing art and graphics to the challenging platforming along with the difficult 2D shooting mechanics, Cuphead earns its spot as one of the best Indie Spotlights this year.
Cuphead: Indie Spotlight on YouTube
Thank you so much for taking the time to watch! More Cuphead episodes will be coming soon. This game is unlike anything else out right now and it absolutely deserves a playthrough. Because of how challenging this indie game actually is, it will take some time to make it to the end. Come offer some support with a Like or Comment!
September is here, school is back in session, and vacations are over but that only means this year’s biggest game releases are about to start! This is the time of year developers start letting the punches fly in an attempt to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. With so many big name games coming out in a short timeframe, it can be hard to keep track of what’s coming out and when. But fear not, Gigamax has your back! Below you’ll find the top September game releases so you know when to save those hard earned dollars. Check back next month for the biggest games coming out in October!
It’s finally here fellow guardians, Bungie’s follow up to arguably one of the best shooters of all time. It’s time to prepare your ghost for resurrection and step back into the fight to reclaim your light. This time around, Bungie promised to fix many of the problems that fans found with the previous entry. More story, more loot, more planets, and more fun. Definitely don’t miss this big hit!
Marvel VS. Capcom: Infinite
Fighting fans, prepare yourselves for more universe combining action with the next game in line for the Marvel VS. Capcom series. This time around, Ultron and Sigma believe all human life needs to be killed so they’re teaming up to take care of the problem. Unfortunately for them the heroes from both universes feel differently so the ultimate alliance of heroes is joining forces to make sure humans keep on living. If you’re into Marvel or Capcom, make sure you pick up this love letter to the series!
Metroid: Samus Returns
Hunters, it’s time to return to SR-388 and fight the metroid menace in this reimagining of Metroid II released all the way back in 1991 on the Gameboy. This is the first core Metroid game to come out since Other M, meaning we haven’t seen our hero, Samus in seven years. This is a perfect addition for any Nintendo lover’s 3DS library and the perfect start for newcomers to the Metroid series!
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Alright Dishonored fans you’re in for a treat this month! Step into the shoes of Billie Lurk a companion from Dishonored 2 and start your quest to kill the omnipotent Outsider. Typically known as the guy who hands out super powers, this time around the Outsider is the hit and the only solution to Billie’s beef with him is a knife in the throat. This expansion is similar to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in that it is a small addition that is separate from the main game but also a little cheaper. If you’re a fan of Dishonored and stabbing Gods then this game is for you!
Full List of the September Game Releases
Knack II (PS4) – September 5th
Destiny 2 (PS4, Xbox One) – September 6th
NASCAR Heat 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 12
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC) – September 12
Divinity: Original Sin 2 (PC) – September 14
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 15
NBA Live 18 (PS4, Xbox One) – September 15
NHL 18 (PS4, Xbox One ) – September 15
Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) – September 15
Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 19
NBA 2K18 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 19
Pokémon Gold/Silver (3DS) – September 22
Pokkén Tournament Deluxe (Switch) – September 22
Project Cars 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 22
Blue Reflection (PS4, PC) – September 26
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4, Vita) – September 26
Ruiner (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 26
Cuphead (Xbox One, PC) – September 29
FIFA 18 (PS4, Xbox One Switch, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) – September 29
Gundam Versus (PS4) – September 29
Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC) – September 29
That wraps up the September game releases! Make sure to keep an eye on the list whenever you’re itching to spend some cash. Make sure to check back next month for a look into October’s biggest releases!
Taking place in Cologne, Germany, Gamescom 2017 is Europe’s largest gaming event and is unofficially touted as Europe’s more consumer friendly version of E3. Kicking off with briefings from Microsoft and EA, the event has officially begun. Opening to press on August 22nd, there has been a flood of information about the latest games and gaming news and it’s only the first day. The event opens to the public August 23rd and runs until August 26th.
Even the German Chancellor Angela Merkel stopped by to hang out with cosplayers and she shared some very important words with the gaming community.
“Computer and video games are of the utmost importance as cultural assets, as a driving force for innovation and as an economic factor, which is why I was also very pleased to come to Cologne to provide this developing industry with my recommendation,” Merkel said. http://bit.ly/2vnnYs
Big Crowds, Bigger Games
Crowds are expected to reach into the hundreds of thousands, all coming out to see what’s new in the world of gaming. With the first Press Day out of the way, gamers are starting to get a better picture of what they can expect.
With only a handful of major press conferences planned for the show, Electronic Arts (EA) and Nvidia will be taking center stage at Gamescom 2017. However, that’s not all attendees and all those throughout the gaming community can expect to come out of Europe’s largest game conference. Take a look below to see some of the major press conferences being featured this year at Europe’s largest game conference.
Microsoft: Xbox One X
Microsoft didn’t opt for their conventional press conference this year and instead showed up early to the party with a live stream on Sunday, August 20th. They mentioned the Xbox One X pre-orders, and the list of the more than 100 confirmed Xbox One X enhanced titles coming to the console. A new Middle Earth: Shadow of War trailer was premiered and an all new cinematic trailer for Assassin’s Creed Origins made it to the stream as well. Those excited for Sea of Thieves will be happy to know it will support cross play between PC and Xbox. Microsoft also said they are publishing remasters of Age of Empires II and III and people can expect a completely new sequel, Age of Empires IV.
For more information, you can watch the archived livestream below.
Electronic Arts (EA)
EA held their EA Live Show keynote a day before the show opened to the press on August 21st. They showed off brand new footage of Star Wars Battlefront II, gamers were excited to get a bigger taste of this highly anticipated title. Need for Speed Payback also made an appearance so fans of the classic racing series got a glimpse of what the latest game may offer. Of course, Battlefield 1’s DLC was featured as EA continues to build on their successful shooter. This is just some of the incredible content featured at EA’s Live Stream, you can watch the entire stream below.
In a unique move, Nvidia held a hands-on event for the press for some of the most renowned PC games. They didn’t live stream the event, however they are expected to release a video later this week. Once that is available, check back here to see Nvidia’s unique press conference.
Wednesday, August 23rd Nintendo will be opening up their Press Conference with new gameplay of their unique take on classic Mario, Super Mario Odyssey. Yoshiaki Koizumi, the game’s producer will hold a special developer discussion seemingly to discuss the development process and what actually went into this reimagined Mario. This will be featured along with Splatoon 2, Mario Rabbids, and Pokken Tournament. Once it becomes available, check back here for the stream.
This Is Only The Beginning
This is only a small taste of what Gamescom 2017 has to offer. As the event heats up, more news from the biggest names in gaming are sure to reach the press and public. Gigamax will be watching this event closely and will be sure to update this page and release more content as information becomes available. Be sure to check back soon for more updates coming out of Cologne, Germany.