Microsoft officially announced that it will be acquiring Obsidian Entertainment This is the developer behind some major RPGs like Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Alpha Protocol. The company made the announcement during X018, an Xbox focused fan event that took place in Mexico City.
Microsoft Sets Sights on Xbox Exclusives
"As one of the industry's premiere RPG developers, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to add their expertise to Microsoft Studios, while enabling the studio to preserve its unique culture and build on its talent and vision to fully realize their creative ambitions," Microsoft said in their statement.
According to Microsoft, this is only one of two major acquisitions the company will be making, the second being inXile Entertainment, the studio responsible for Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep. Microsoft pointed out that both of these developers make relatively similar games and they will continue to utilize their talents to make games for Xbox consoles.
Big Moves for Microsoft Game Development
The company also mentioned that with the acquisition of both Obsidian and inXile Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is now made of 13 development teams that differ in development expertise. During this year's E3 press conference, Microsoft confirmed that they were acquiring Santa Monica-based, The Initiative, a new studio led by Darrell Gallagher, former Head of Studio for Tomb Raider developer, Crystal Dynamics.
Microsoft recently purchased State of Decay developer Undead Labs, Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, We Happy Few developer Compulsion Games, and the developer behind Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Heavenly Blade, Ninja Theory.
Obviously, Microsoft needs to make up for their lack of unique console exclusives that has consistently kept Xbox behind Playstation. We'll keep a close watch on this story to see what Microsoft has planned for the future for these companies. Be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest updates.
Destiny 2's latest expansion, Forsaken, on Xbox One, PS4, and PC failed to meet Activision's sales expectations and the DLC's ability to re-energize the franchise. This report comes from the most recent Blizzard-Activision earnings call.
"While forsaken is a high-quality expansion with strong engagement and new modes of play, it did not achieve our commercial expectations," Activision Publishing boss Coddy Johnson said during the earnings call. "And there is still work to do to fully re-engage the core Destiny fanbase." (https://bit.ly/2DaAMdt)
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Johnson also mentioned during the call that Activision plans on improving the pace of innovation and cadence of in-game content in Destiny 2. The company wants to create new ways for players to engage further with the game and purchase more in-game currency via microtransactions. This statement doesn't only reflect Destiny 2, but all of Activision's current franchises.
According to the company, those that are currently playing Destiny 2: Forsaken are deeply engaged with the content. However, Activision is starting to shift their focus on drawing in old players and bringing in a new audience. This is clearly evident with Activision's recent decision to make vanilla Destiny 2 free on PC for a limited time.
"We have not yet seen the full core re-engage in Destiny, which has kind of led to the underperformance against expectations to date," Johnson said. "Some players we think are still in 'wait and see' mode. If you're in, you're deeply engaged. If you're not, we're hoping now's the time to bring players back in and win them back." (https://bit.ly/2DaAMdt)
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Despite not reaching sales goals, monthly active users for Destiny 2 grew quarter over quarter and year over year for the period that ended on September 30th. Activision attributes the increased player figures to the release of Forsaken at the beginning of September.
The next big update to Destiny 2 comes in the form of the Black Armory expansion in December, which hopefully will take the games sales numbers a little closer to their projections. We here at Gigamax Games are big fans of the Destiny franchise so be sure to check back at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.
The Games Awards takes place on December 6th and Game of The Year 2018 will be announced. Any gamer keeping up with the latest titles knows the race for Game of The Year 2018 will be a tight one. It seemed every month brought with it at least one highly-anticipated hit. Gamers were on the edge of their seats, itching to play the next big thing. People didn’t even have time to beat the games they just bought before jumping back on their favorite online retailer to pick up the next one.
Below is a list of the top picks for Game of The Year 2018. Each one caused waves throughout the gaming community. Some are still waiting to be released. All are facing some incredibly stiff competition.
Don't forget to vote for your choice at the bottom of this article.
Monster Hunter: World
Release Date: January 26, 2018 Developer: Capcom Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Monster Hunter has been around as a series since 2004. Gamers are tasked with, well, hunting monsters. This grind is incredibly addicting and Monster Hunter: World took the game to an entirely new level. Gaining global attention, this niche franchise attracted gamers of all kinds. Taking out some of the more tedious mechanics, Monster Hunter: World appealed to a mass market.
Far Cry 5
Release Date: March 27, 2018 Developers: Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Ukraine, Ubisoft Toronto, Red Storm Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Far Cry 5 brought with it a beautiful open world based in Montana. Absolutely stunning, it gave gamers a story that pushed boundaries and made people think. Long-time fans weren’t all happy about the new title as the “wow” factor continued to fade after so many iterations. However, the developers were willing to make a statement and create an entertaining experience from start to finish. Only time will tell if Far Cry 5 can take home the Game of The Year title.
God of War
Release Date: April 20, 2018 Developers: SIE Santa Monica Studio Platform: PlayStation 4
The first PlayStation exclusive to make it to this list is also in high contention for Game of The Year 2018. God of War made those without a PlayStation 4 jealous to the point of running out and buying the console for nothing else but a chance to play. A completely new take of Kratos, long-time fans loved seeing this historically brutal non-hero in a new light. Kratos with a heart and the all-important 'Boy'might just take home this year's Game of The Year 2018.
Release Date: September 7, 2018 Developer: Insomniac Games Platform: PlayStation 4
Addicting, emotional, and an absolutely spectacular take on Spider-Man, the PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man captured the imaginations and hearts of gamers worldwide. Swinging through an incredibly accurate New York City never felt better. The developers did an amazing job staying in-line with the light-heartedness the Spider-Man series is known for. It was difficult to put this game down. With its addicting nature and entrancing story, Spider-Man is high up on this list.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Release Date: October 5, 2018 Developers: Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Montreal Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch (Japan), Microsoft Windows
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be the last Assassin’s Creed the world will see for quite some time. The developers seem confident this game will be enough to hold fans over. Its massive world and RPG elements make a perfect mix for a game that is expected to continue expanding. Fans were a little confused about its story. It is unclear which side the main character, either Alexios or Kassandra was supposed to be fighting for, however, the game is absolutely a fun ride. Even with its drawbacks, Assassin’s Creed has a chance to take that all important title as Game of The Year.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Release Date: October 26, 2018 Developer: Rockstar Games Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
The incredibly detailed and unbelievably hyped Red Dead Redemption 2 made its way to consoles close to the end of the year and made a massive impact. It was well reviewed and yet still faced criticism by gamers. The ultra-realistic direction Rockstar Games took made the game both immersive and frustrating for some. With all the excitement, with all the detail, and all the hard work that went into Red Dead Redemption 2, the question remains if it will be enough to let this game achieve the honor of being titled Game of The Year.
Release Date: November 14, 2018 Developers: Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Game Studios Austin Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Fallout 76 is Bethesda's experimental take on a multiplayer RPG. Never before has Fallout given gamers the opportunity to play with their friends, in the same world, at the same time. Fans were shocked when they heard the news. Some were even enraged that Bethesda would force its single-player loving fan base to play with others. However, the developer thought about this and made some interesting additions to protect those that enjoy playing solo. Making its appearance close to the end of the year, it only has a couple months to have an impact on the industry.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Release Date: December 7, 2018 Developers: Nintendo, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Studios Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is cutting it close. Releasing a day after The Game Awards, fans don't even have a chance to play before a Game of The Year is announced. Nintendo has done a spectacular job getting fans excited about the new Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch. Without getting hands-on with Ultimate, it’s too early to tell if it has what it takes to beat out all the unbelievable competition it will face.
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The Diablo series spent most of its life tied down to the PC, but recently Blizzard introduced the series to consoles with Diablo III. Now, they're transitioning the game over to mobile platforms with a new title named, Diablo Immortal.
Diablo Immortal Mobile Game
Blizzard made this surprising announcement during the Blizzcon 2018 opening ceremony, revealing the brand new mobile Diablo game. The company claims that they are going to uphold their value of gameplay first and ensure that it feels like the Diablo fans all know and love. Diablo Immortal is described as full-fledged action RPG that users can play anytime, anywhere, and with anyone. The title is being developed in collaboration with NetEase, a Chinese company that has helped Blizzard port their games over to the country.
Diablo Immortal plans to fill in the story between Diablo II and Diablo III. It will follow characters that fans will recognize like Tyrael, Malthael, and other returning favorites. Blizzard also played a cinematic trailer that focused on the story after the destruction of the Worldstone, eventually leading to an entertaining action sequence that revealed the classes included in the game.
Blizzard offered a look at how the game will perform on mobile devices with a short gameplay trailer. The gameplay is easily recognizable and even features all the classes from Diablo III. New abilities for each class will be available along with an expansive new world to explore. Online multiplayer is a core function of the game with the trailer showing upwards of 6 characters on the screen at once.
While this certainly wasn't the news fans expected, it will be interesting to see what Blizzard has planned for this controversial game. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on Diablo Immortal so check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details!
Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay, Review, and Impressions
The critically acclaimed video game series, Red Dead Redemption is finally ready to make another impact on the world. Red Dead Redemption 2 is leaps and bounds beyond the first game. Its mechanics create an incredibly immersive world all connected with an engrossing story that will leave gamers speechless. Red Dead Redemption 2 definitely isn’t for everybody. The same mechanics that make the game so great might turn some gamers off.
You decide is Red Dead Redemption 2 is for you by checking out the gameplay below.
Red Dead Redemption 2 | Gameplay, Review, and Impressions
With so much of this glorious country to explore, the Gigamax Games crew will absolutely be adding more videos to the Red Dead Redemption 2 playlist. This will be the place to find them all! There’s just an endless stream of content to consume. Even wandering around the open planes can spark a series of events that gamers won’t ever forget.
Quick Gameplay Overview
Red Dead Redemption 2 is absolutely stunning. Its graphics are amazing and every ounce of detail adds up to a beautiful game. However, its graphics aren’t the only aspect of the game that makes Red Dead 2 stand out. It’s unbelievably immersive. Gamers are tasked with keeping Arthur alive by resting, eating, drinking, and maintaining their camp. All the mechanics this game uses makes anyone playing feel like they’re actually trying to survive as an outlaw in the late 1800’s.
This was one of the most highly anticipated games of 2018 and for good reason. The original is still considered to be one of the best games to ever release. Red Dead Redemption 2 blew away the critics but some fans aren’t happy. What do you think about the latest Red Dead Redemption game? Do all those complex mechanics actually take away from the experience? Or is it perfect just the way it is?
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Fallout 76 Early Access Beta - Gameplay and Impressions
Bethesda is teasing fans leading up to the release of Fallout 76. Gamers that pre-order the new multiplayer Fallout game have a chance to try the game out but only on specific days.
Below you will find unedited gameplay from the beta. Listen in as the Gigamax Games crew offers their review and impressions of Bethesda’s latest apocalypse simulator.
Fallout 76 Beta Gameplay, Reviews, and Impressions [Twitch Stream]
Many long-time Fallout fans were crushed when they heard the news about Fallout 76. People wondered how this epic RPG would retain the elements that made them love the game after it was turned into an online multiplayer RPG. But Bethesda was clever. They truly made an environment where even gamers that want to play solo can enjoy themselves and those that want to embrace the multiplayer aspect can also do so. PVP isn’t toxic and the game itself is essentially just another Fallout game, just online.
Based in West Virginia, Fallout 76 brings new environments, locations, and mechanics that all help it stand out. It truly has its own unique identity and the modifications they had to make to allow the game to work as a multiplayer game didn't take away that special something that makes Fallout, Fallout.
The goal of this beta is to push their servers to the absolute limit and find any weak links before the game officially launches. It seems as though Bethesda is doing something right, after an hour of playing the Fallout 76 beta, the Gigamax Games crew only experienced one disconnect.
Top 5 Reveals from Nintendo's November Super Smash Direct
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a little over a month away and Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain on the final details regarding their plans for the immensely popular fighter. For this special Nintendo Direct the creator of the Super Smash series, Masahiro Sakurai, revealed a ton of details ranging from new fighters to intricate new systems meant to shake up the game.
Below we'll be listing our top 5 big reveals, but for a more detailed look, you can watch the full Direct below!
Ken & Incineroar Join the Fight
To round out the humongous roster of 74 characters, Nintendo revealed that Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon Sun/Moon will be making their way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ken is going to be an Echo Fighter to Ryu, mimicking most of his moves with slight differences and increased run speed. Incineroar on the other hand is a completely new fighter and the latest Pokemon to join the battlefield utilizing a number of moves fans will recognize from the series.
Brand New Spirit System
Instead of the long-running trophy system the series is known for, Nintendo is trying something different for Ultimate. Spirits are supporting characters that didn't quite make the cut for the final roster and can power up fighters with a variety of abilities and bonuses. Spirits can counter each other and they all have unique artwork that makes them fun to collect!
Online Mode is Getting an Overhaul
Super Smash 4 on the Wii U was the first game to introduce online matchmaking but separated it into two modes known as For Fun and For Glory. Ultimate is getting rid of this system and implementing a new one that will allow players to choose their own rules and find those looking for a similar experience. Those looking for a more competitive system can look forward to the Global Smash Power Ranking System where fighters are ranked based on skill. Gamers that are ranked high enough, a new special mode is unlocked.
Paid DLC Makes a Return
Along with the 74 characters featured in the base game, five more fighters are also making their way into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate post-launch. Each character comes with a new stage and song. Each character cost $5.99 or $24.99 for the season pass bundle. On top of the five DLC characters, those that purchase the game before January 31st, 2019 will get Piranha Plant as a fighter for free a few months after the game comes out.
A New Story Mode Named "The World of Light"
For the story mode in Ultimate, Nintendo is looking back at how all of the characters got turned into the toys that have to fight their way back into the real world. This new adventure features an ongoing battle to free the fighters from the clutches of the Master Hands that are cloning evil versions of the popular heroes. The adventure starts with Kirby, the lone hero to make it away from the nasty beams, but will eventually involve the entire roster attempting to thwart evil.