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!
Devil May Cry 4 came out a decade ago and fans are finally getting a true sequel after 10 long years. Microsoft revealed during their E3 2018 press conference that Devil May Cry 5 will hit consoles and PC in spring of 2019. Along with the big reveal and release date announcement, the company offered fans a look into what the latest iteration of the series is all about.
As shown in the trailer above, Devil May Cry 5 plans on featuring more of the slick and stylish combat system rather than the hack and slash style that comes to mind when thinking about Devil May Cry. The director of the game, Hideaki Itsuno, walked on stage to speak about Capcom’s efforts to improve both the combat and controls of the beloved series. All of the game’s development is being handled internally at Capcom and as the trailer showed, Nero will be making his way back into the game with his trusty sword, Red Queen from Devil May Cry 4.
Get Ready To Be Impressed
Capcom also stated that the studio is working around the clock to create world-class visuals that are sure to impress both long-time fans and newcomers alike. Itsuno also pointed out that Devil May Cry 5 is a true sequel to the last numbered game in the series and is the best action experience Capcom has developed yet.
In a press release that came out after the press conference, Capcom revealed more details on the upcoming action game. “A brand-new entry in the legendary over-the-top action series comes to Xbox One in spring 2019, complete with its signature blend of high-octane stylized action and otherworldly and original characters the series is known for. Years have passed since the legions of hell have set foot in this world, but now a new demonic invasion has begun, and humanity’s last hope will rest in the hands of three lone demon hunters, each offering a radically different play style. United by fate and a thirst for vengeance, these demon hunters will have to face their demons if they hope to survive. The devil you know returns in the most over the top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of this generation.” (https://bit.ly/2sYj72R)
Be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com to stay up to date with all the biggest announcements from E3 2018. There was so much gaming news to break during this massive conference. What games are you most excited to play? Let the Gigamax crew know in the comments below!
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.
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!
Have you ever had dreams of sailing the open oceans with a couple of friends and going on an old school pirate adventure? Sea of Thieves is a new indie game that to lets you do just that. While this game can be played solo the developers are encouraging friends to play co-op. One of the biggest issues surrounding multiplayer experiences is friends who’ve spent a different amount of time with the game oftentimes have trouble playing together. Rare wants to rectify this issue with a progression system that works differently for Sea of Thieves.
Friends That Game Together, Stay Together
The ultimate goal of the game is to become a pirate legend, which can be accomplished by increasing reputation with each of the game’s factions. These trading companies offer quests, better known as voyages, for players to complete and earn a variety of awards. Some of these awards are gold, reputation gains, cosmetics, titles, and ranks.
You won’t earn items that put you on an uneven playing field though. This is to avoid a situation that would make it challenging to play with a friend that hasn’t put in the same amount of hours. Every voyage can be shared with any player so that they can be accomplished with a group. A team of players can also implement a democratic voting system so that everyone has a say in what they do next, this definitely comes in handy when playing with random matchmaking partners. Rare also pointed out that you can complete tasks on your own, but you still appear in a shared world with other players.
Sea of Thieves release date was finally revealed for both Xbox One and the PC. After a considerable amount of delays, the game will finally hit the virtual stores on March 20th, 2018. The game also offers cross-play so friends can share their experiences between the two platforms. Gigamax was recently invited to the game’s technical alpha so be sure to check back for some gameplay in the near future!
Seeing the success of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu inspired some of the leading game companies to emulate the idea. Sony used their own game streaming service, PS Now to some extent to show that it is possible, but more work needs to be done to make it a viable application. While speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference this week, EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen said you can expect the company to launch its unannounced streaming service within the next 2-3 years. According to Jorgensen, the company doesn’t plan on doing this alone and is working with an undisclosed partner.
The Time Is Now To Do It Right
Jorgensen also said one of the variables holding back streaming in recent years was the lack of widespread data centers. If your home is located relatively far from one of these facilities, then your streaming quality immediately goes down. He credited the work of companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple, saying that thanks to these companies and the data centers they’ve created, EA now has the confidence to build their own game streaming service.
The CFO also noted a host of other issues that needed to be addressed while they develop their platform. He added that internet speeds were going up in a lot of places, but not everywhere. This fact is one of the biggest downfalls of streaming services. Jorgensen also made it very clear that he doesn’t see game streaming replacing console gaming anytime soon if not ever.
The Idea Is Building Steam
Interestingly enough head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has been openly discussing Microsoft’s own plans to release a game streaming service. Maybe not so coincidentally, the company stated that their service will launch around 2020 as well. This would match up with EA’s timeframe also indicating that these two gaming powerhouses could be working on perfecting the medium.
With streaming becoming the norm for most peoples TV and movie watching, it is no surprise that gaming companies would want to get in on the action. Ultimately, this work could pay off big time if the service hammers out the issues that currently plague services like PS Now. An incredible amount of effort is needed, but we’re confident EA has the resources to put together a decent game streaming service (whether or not you agree with their sometimes shady business practices). We’ll be keeping a close eye on their work so be sure to check back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest in gaming news and industry updates!
Time to take a look at the November video game releases. This month is shaping up to be an incredible month for gamers and it comes right after an amazing October. With huge titles and even a new console being released, let’s take a look at when people can expect to get their hands on these new games. [Full list at the bottom!]
Top 5 November Video Game Releases
Call of Duty: WWII (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 3rd
The next installment of the Call of Duty franchise hits stores on November 3rd and people can’t wait to get their hands on this classic rendition of the popular shooter. Call of Duty is a staple of the first person shooter genre but in recent years the developers (Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward) have been fixated on future warfare. People were getting sick of this theme so Call of Duty brought it right back to their origins and are embracing the World War II experience once again.
Footage From The Call of Duty WWII Closed PS4 Beta.
Xbox One X System Launch – November 7th
Microsoft is finally ready to release their highly anticipated Xbox One X. This new console is expected to blow every other console out of the water. More powerful than a PS4 Pro, gamers are excited to experience the most powerful gaming console the world has ever seen. With the disappointment in the power of the original Xbox One, Microsoft has some ground to take back from Sony and their more powerful PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. Let’s see if the Xbox One X can deliver all the promises Microsoft has made.
E3 2017 Official Announcement of The Xbox One X
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) November 14th
Any fan of the Lego games will be excited to find out that Warner Brothers Games is releasing the second installment of Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will bring together Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villians from all your favorite Marvel movies into one beautiful Lego package. The Lego games are known for being impressively well put together and Gigamax is expecting another knockout.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 – Inside Look
Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 17th
Many gamers had the chance to play the Beta for Star Wars Battlefront II in October and people were not disappointed. A huge step in the right direction, it completely overshadowed the previous Star Wars Battlefront and the community couldn’t be happier to see the improvements. The last title really did leave people with a bad taste in their mouths but hopefully, EA DICE learned from their mistakes and the full Star Wars Battlefront II will deliver an incredible experience.
An In-depth Look At The Star Wars Battlefront II Open Beta
Pokémon Ultra Sun/ Ultra Moon (3DS) – November 17th
What possibly could be the last Pokémon game coming exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Ultra Sun/ Ultra Moon will be available on November 17th. The world cannot wait for a chance to play another Pokémon game. It doesn’t matter how many Pokémon games hit the market, people just seem to eat it up and enjoy every second of them. It’ll be exciting to see what secrets and surprises the new Pokémon will have in store.
The Official Trailer of Pokémon Ultra Sun/ Ultra Moon from Nintendo
Full list of November Video Game Releases
Steven Universe: Save the Light! (Xbox One) – November 3rd
Nioh (PC) – November 7th
Sonic Forces (Ps4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – November 7th
Super Lucky’s Tale (Xbox One, PC) – November 7th
DOOM (Switch) – November 10th
Mario Party: The Top 100 (3DS) – November 10th
Need for Speed Payback (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 10th
The Sims: Cats & Dogs (PC) – November 10th
L.A. Noire Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – November 14th
Rime (Switch) – November 15th
The Inpatient (PSVR) – November 17th
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PSVR, Switch) – November 17th
Black Mirror (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 28th
Resident Evil Revelations Collection (Switch) – November 28th
Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time (PS4) – November 30th
When the Xbox One X releases in November it will be the most powerful console on the market and to show that their support for the console, Microsoft detailed a full list of titles that will receive enhancements for the new system. Microsoft’s Head of Marketing, Aaron Greenberg, had hinted toward the list during an Xbox livestream at the recent Gamescom event and mentioned that two big games receiving enhancements were Quantum Break as well as Halo 5.
PlayStation 4 Pro & Xbox One X: One Big Happy Family
Much like the PlayStation 4 Pro every game that receives optimizations on the Xbox One X will do so for free. Some of these enhancements include 4K resolution (Checkerboard or Native), anisotropic filtering, HDR, and high resolution textures. Although all of these updates are a possibility, it is still up to the developers on how they choose to upgrade their game.
Pre Orders for the Xbox One X are already available for the Scorpio Edition, which is a special edition of the system that will only be available in limited quantities.
Currently, the list of games being enhanced is more than 100 games strong and it will only grow as gamers embrace the new system. Make sure you’re ready for the consoles release by checking out the list below! This list will be updated as more games are announced so be sure to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for more information on the Xbox One X.
Xbox One X Enhanced Games
A Plague Tale: Innocence
ARK: Survival Evolved
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Dark and Light
Dead Rising 4
Deep Rock Galactic
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Dynasty Warriors 9
Farming Simulator 17
Final Fantasy XV
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Motorsport 7
Gears of War 4
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo Wars 2
Hand of Fate 2
Homefront: The Revolution
Jurassic Park Frontier
Killing Floor 2
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Madden NFL 18
Mantis Burn Racing
Metal Gear Survive
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Monster Hunter: World
Need for Speed Payback
Ori and the Will of the Wisp
Outcast – Second Contact
Path of Exile
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
Project Cars 2
Raiders of the Broken Planet
Real Farm Simulator 2017
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Sea of Thieves
Star Wars Battlefront 2
State of Decay 2
Super Lucky’s Tale
Tennis World Tour
The Artful Escape
The Crew 2
The Darwin Project
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
The Last Night
The Long Dark
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Train Sim World
TT Isle of Man
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
We Happy Few
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
World of Tanks
WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship
Xbox Boss Confirms Xbox One X Pre-Orders Open Soon
Looking forward to preordering Microsoft’s latest gaming console, the Xbox One X? Then rest assured that you won’t have to wait much longer. According to Xbox Head Phil Spencer, pre-orders will be going live very soon.
Replying to a fan on Twitter, Spencer confirmed that the company was simply waiting for approvals before opening up the pre orders.
Our plan is set for this. All approvals are done so now just landing the announce with all the info, won’t be too much longer.
Finally revealed at E3 2017, the Xbox One X was Microsoft’s long disguised Project Scorpio. This powerful device is their response to the PS4 Pro and will allegedly be the most powerful gaming console on the market. When the pre-orders eventually open, the console will run buyers US $500, £ 449, and AU $649. The device will be hitting store shelves on November 7th globally and according to the company, it is the smallest console they have ever sold. Microsoft also revealed recently that the console will be able to stand vertically, a design choice that was featured on the Xbox 360 and ditched with the original Xbox One.
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Spencer also confirmed on Twitter that their upcoming exclusive Crackdown 3, also releasing on November 7th, will be featured at the upcoming conference Gamescom in August. This comes after Microsoft’s big reveal of the character Terry Crews will play in the upcoming title. Gigamax Games will be covering the Xbox One X closely so be sure to keep checking back for more information on the upcoming console!
In an attempt to make a challenging game even more difficult, the developers behind PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds will be adding “First Person Only” servers in the next update. This news was confirmed by a tweet sent out by the creator of this indie hit, Brendan Greene, who confirmed the new servers would be available in the next monthly update.
PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds already offers both first and third person perspective in there servers, but players are able to freely switch between the two styles on the fly. Third person is useful for checking your corners upon entering rooms and for having a wider perspective when traversing outdoors. First person however, is perfect for lining up those tricky shots that can be deceiving while using third person. Most people would agree that knowing when to switch between these two camera angles is essential to mastering Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds meta.
Image Source: pcgamer.com
Time To Get Hardcore
Fortunately for the hardcore gamers out there, these indie developers agree with the philosophy that third person mode in competitive play can be very cheap and unrealistic. Using this camera mode players are able to look over walls, check windows, and peak around doors that wouldn’t be possible in first person. Removing the player’s ability to get this tactical advantage will ultimately add to the competitiveness of this already ultra competitive game.
Image source: rockpapershotgun.com
More To Come
This isn’t the end of new updates for Battlegrounds though. Right before E3, the developers announced a zombie mode would be making its way into the game along with two new locations for fans to battle it out. To impress players even further, they unveiled new vaulting and climbing mechanics and an Xbox One version of the game at E3 itself. Unfortunately the game will remain in early access a little bit longer then expected but ultimately this will only benefit the full release of the game.
Player Unknown’s Battleground has been updating at a steady pace since launch and these new servers only prove the indie studio’s commitment to the game. Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on this indie hit so be sure to keep checking back for more information!