Xbox was lonely at E3 2019. Phil Spencer asks Sony and Activision to come back and partake in next year's E3 conference.
E3 2019 is wrapping up and this year Sony was noticeably absent from the festivities. Sony didn't have a floor presence or offer a press conference. Activision also took a leave of absence from the event as well as many other companies. Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, recently shared that the conference did not feel the same without Sony or Activision, and he wishes they would come back.
Phil Spencer Opens Up
During an interview with website Giant Bomb for an E3 live stream, he spoke on the relevance of the event and what it means for the game industry and how the show's profile is hurt by Sony and Activision not being there. "I wish Sony was here," Spencer said. "E3 is not as good when they're not here," is what Spencer had to say on the two companies opting out of this E3 2019.
E3 is an important event for the gaming world, Spencer said. He expressed that it's a time of the year when people around the world are watching the industry, even those who are not particularly interested in gaming. One recent threat, Spencer pointed out, was the World Health Organization classifying Gaming Disorder as a recognized disease.
He said that E3 is an important time to show the world that video games go beyond just kids in basements. Without the help of industry juggernauts like Sony and Activision the event could take a huge hit in terms of recognition.
Spencer is on the board of directors at the Entertainment Software Association, the group in charge of running E3 every year, so obviously he has a vested interest in both companies returning to the event. Other board members include Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, and ZeniMax's CEO, Robert Altman.
Sony explained they did not attend E3 this year due to wanting to find new ways to engage and entertain their fans around the globe. Before the show started, they gave PS4 owners their first look at Death Stranding and shared the first details about PS5. Although, without the company being at E3 2019, it is unclear when fans will hear about upcoming first-party titles like The Last of Us 2.
Even with Sony's and Activision's absence, E3 2019 offered an incredible lineup of gaming news. Be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com to catch up with all the most exciting announcements from this monumental event.
Nintendo hosted a Nintendo Direct during E3 2019 and blew audiences away with a massive roster of exciting news. New games, unexpected announcements, and even sharing some disappointing delays, this is the place to find the top 5 moments from Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct.
Nintendo didn’t officially take to the E3 2019 stage but in standard Nintendo fashion, they hosted a Nintendo Direct during the massive video game conference. The Nintendo Direct kicked off on Tuesday, June 11 at 12 p.m. ET. There was a slew of information shared with audiences causing the gaming community to collectively lose their minds. From new games to disappointing delays and everything in between, Nintendo once again crushed their E3 appearance.
The entire Nintendo Direct from E3 2019 that took place on June 11th can be found below. Included beneath the video are the top 5 moments from this show-stopping event.
E3 2019: Top 5 Announcements from the Nintendo Direct
Two New Smash Ultimate DLC Characters
The time has finally come for those anxiously waiting to learn which DLC characters Nintendo would add to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo began the Super Smash Bros. DLC character announcement by unveiling the Dragon Quest XI hero that will be making his way to the game. This character has no name as of now but that didn’t stop fans from embracing this new fighter with open arms. As more information is revealed, check back here to find out more about this unnamed Dragon Quest XI hero.
There were rumors circulating that Steve from Minecraft would be joining the extensive list of fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This was not a rumor hard-core Super Smash or Nintendo fans particularly enjoyed. People were begging to play as Doom Guy, Master Chief, or the classic Banjo-Kazooie instead. Nintendo didn’t disappoint.
At the very end of the E3 2019 presentation, Nintendo gave fans the exact moment they’ve been waiting for. The game company announced Banjo-Kazooie will be joining the fray. Banjo-Kazooie and his famous cargo shorts are back, coming to Super Smash Bros in fall of 2019.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
Unfortunately, there isn’t much to report about the massive bombshell Nintendo dropped about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel. The short teaser was capped off with the words “The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development,” There was no additional information available such as a release date or its title. With the spectacular success surrounding The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo set the bar high. To deliver an experience beyond the first new Zelda game made for the Switch is nearly unfathomable. However, if they offer fans a Zelda game that even comes close to creating a similar experience for gamers, it would still be above and beyond most games on the market today.
No More Heroes 3 for Switch
Fans have been waiting patiently waiting for a new addition to the No More Heroes franchise since “Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes” released in January 2019. Nintendo announced No More Heroes 3 during its Nintendo Direct at E3 2019, finally giving fans of this interesting mess of an adventure some relief. The action-adventure hack and slash published by MARVELOUS! will come to the Nintendo Switch in 2020.
No More Heroes 3 is expectedly weird just like its previous entry to the series. It will pick up 10 years after the first game and thrusts gamers into a mind-bending adventure. The story begins in Travis’ hometown of Santa Destroy where he will encounter a monstrous “artificial metropolis”. Travis is left to face countless unexpected challenges and there’s no telling how this strange story will progress.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Nintendo fans can’t wait to get their hands on the next Animal Crossing, which will also be the first Animal Crossing on the Switch. During the Nintendo Direct, the world got its first look at the new game. Dubbed, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it will undoubtedly be another serene adventure that gamers will play for years to come. Nintendo’s post-show Treehouse presentation dropped even more exciting news about the next installment of Animal Crossing, it will feature couch co-op, supporting up to four players. Gamers will also be able to enjoy doing chores and living their Animal Crossing life with up to eight players online.
There was some bad news to follow the reveal. Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release was pushed back until March 20, 2019.
Pokemon Sword and Shield Compatible with Poke Ball Plus
Those that purchased the Poke Ball Plus controller with last year’s Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee will be happy to hear it can be used once again. Real-life Pokemon trainers that pick up a copy of either Pokemon Sword and Shield have another chance to use that interesting peripheral. Nintendo hinted at a secret bonus when players send their Pokemon to the Poke Ball Plus controller and take them on walks. Even though the controller will be compatible with the game and allow gamers to take their Pokemon around town, it doesn’t sound like gamers will be able to use the Poke Ball Plus as a controller.
What were your favorites announcements from Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct? Leave a comment and let the Gigamax Games crew know! Check back again soon as E3 continues for even more of the latest news and announcements!
Bethesda's Fallout 76 new updates adds NPC's to the game. Players actions will have consequences that change how the game progresses.
Bethesda's always online Fallout 76 is about to feel a lot more like a traditional game from the series. The upcoming update, which is being called Wastelanders, is set to add human NPC's. Furthermore, how players interact to them will impact the game moving forward.
Fallout 76: Wastelanders Brings More to the Table
Bethesda made the big announcement during their E3 2019 press conference. The Wastelanders content update will include a full new story quest line for fans to complete, and the NPC's those players meet throughout the wasteland will play a major part in the journey. These interactions will offer branching dialogue choices as well.
Bethesda stated during their time at E3 2019, the first year of Fallout 76 was about leaving the vault, Wastelanders will be about reclaiming the wasteland from the terrors that now roam it. The choices players make on their journey will have a long-lasting impact on the story of the expansion, and the perks and skill points fans have invested in will offer them different options for solving problems.
On top of the new story and characters, Fallout 76's big update will contain plenty of fresh loot for players to get their hands on. Bethesda plans on launching Wastelanders is in the fall of 2019 for free.
Bethesda also revealed that Fallout 76 is getting its own battle royale mode called Nuclear Winter. This 52 player fight to the death has players competing to be the new Overseer of Vault 51. The mode includes all of Fallout 76's weapons and other mechanics, like C.A.M.P, perk cards, and nuclear weapons.
We've certainly played a lot of Fallout 76 here at Gigamax Games, so we're looking forward to any new content Bethesda adds to the wasteland. Be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details!
Since the release of live-service games like Fortnite and Apex Legends, many have worried that publishers would start steering away from narrative heavy/story-driven games. This is definitely not the plan for Sony according to Sony Interactive Entertainment president, Jim Ryan.
Speaking in an interview with CNET, Ryan said that Sony was enjoying the huge success of games like Spider-Man, God of War, and Days Gone. He followed up by saying that fans can expect more of these story heavy games.
Keep the Story Coming
"We've never had greater success with our own narrative-driven, story-based games than we're having right now," he said. "We feel good about that, and it's certainly not a genre of gaming we'll ever walk away from."
Ryan also acknowledged the rapid growth of live-service games and their contribution to the overall gaming economy, but he pointed out the difficulty in producing one of these titles.
"If you're going to do this you have to do it really well," he said about live service games. "It's a form of entertainment that has to be built incrementally, you can't sort of plunge in and build one of these live service games and get it right from day one. It's got to be evolved and iterated and it's not easy. It's really not easy."
The next big story game planned for Sony is The Last of Us: Part II, but with Sony not attending E3 this year, it may be some time before fans hear anything about the title.
We here at Gigamax are huge fans of single player story based games and can't wait to see what Sony has planned for the future of the genre. We'll be sure to have plenty of stories covering Sony's plans for the future so be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest developments.
Nearly halfway through 2019, it has already been an incredible year for video game releases. There have been some sleeper hits as well as hyped up games that fell incredibly short. In today’s current environment, it seems like there is a massive new video game release every week. With so many titles being announced every day, this list is here to help gamers stay on top of all the latest and upcoming video game releases in 2019.
Every month Gigamax Games will be revisiting and updating this list. Be sure to check back here to keep up with the latest 2019 video game releases.
Video game releases with a * in front of their name are Gigamax Games top picks.
March brought with it games like Devil May Cry 5, The Division 2, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Yoshi’s Crafted World. All of these games had a massive marketing presence but there are plenty of titles that flew under the radar.
Dead or Alive 6 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - March 1
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove (PC, Mac, Lin, Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - March 1
Left Alive (PS4, PC) - March 5
Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC) - March 7
*Devil May Cry 5 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - March 8th, 2019
Kirby’s Epic Yarn (3DS) - March 8th, 2019
Lego Marvel Collection (PS4, Xbox One) - March 12th, 2019)
*The Division 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - March 15th, 2019
Super Robot Wars T (Switch, PS4) - March 20th, 2019
The Sinking City (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - March 21st, 2019
*Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - March 22nd, 2019
Tropico 6 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - March 29th, 2019
*Yoshi’s Crafted World (Nintendo Switch) - March 29th, 2019
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered/Liberation Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - March 2th, 2019
April 2019 Video Game Releases
April gave gamers an eclectic mix of indie games that each deserves recognition. Along with these stand-out indie games, it will be time for gamers to see if some of these AAA games live up to the hype.
Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission (Switch, PC) - April 5th, 2019
Shovel Knight: Showdown (PC, Mac, Lin, PS4, Wii U, Switch, Xbox One) - April 9th, 2019
Super Meat Boy Forever (PC, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Switch) - April**
Dauntless (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - April**
Super Crate Box - April**
Nintendo Labo: VR Kit (Switch) - April 12th, 2019
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Xbox One, Switch) - April 16th, 2019
*World War Z (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - April 16th, 2019
*Katana Zero - April 18th, 2019
*Cuphead (Nintendo Switch) - April 18th, 2019
Our World Is Ended (PS4) - April 19th
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (Switch) - April 23rd, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 (Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PC) - April 23rd, 2019
Days Gone (PS4) - April 26th, 2019
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Xbox One, Switch) - April 30th, 2019
May 2019 Video Game Releases
PC gamers that want a chance to play Yakuza Kiwami 2 have a reason to celebrate this month. Also, those that own a Switch have the chance to snag Assassin's Creed III Remastered: Liberation Remastered. With few massive releases, there are some incredible remasters making their way onto new consoles which will absolutely keep gamers entertained until the next avalanche of AAA games begins to make their way to the market.
*Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PC) - May 9th, 2019
*Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) - May 9th
Rage 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - May 14th, 2019
Cytus Alpha (Switch) - May 14th, 2019
Darkwood (Switch) - May 16th, 2019
Team Sonic Racing (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - May 21st, 2019
*Resident Evil (Switch) - May 21st, 2019
*Resident Evil 4 (Switch) - May 21st, 2019
*Resident Evil Zero (Switch) - May 21st, 2019
Assassin's Creed III Remastered/Liberation Remastered (Switch) - May 21st, 2019
Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC) - May 23rd, 2019
June 2019 Video Game Releases
June might not look like much at first glance but after taking a closer look, there are some sleeper hits. Octopath Traveller is an absolutely incredible game and was only available on Switch, until now. Coming to PC on June 7th, anyone that loves a good RPG should take a close look at Octopath Traveller. Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled is making its way to consoles at the tail end of this month as well. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is launching on consoles and PC this month but the Switch version will drop a week after the PC, PS4, Xbox One release. Finally, Super Mario Maker is making its entrance onto Switch on June 28.
Warhammer: Chaosbane (PC, Xbox One, PS4) - June 4
The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - June 4
Octopath Traveller (PC) - June 7
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - June 18
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Switch) - June 25
Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) - June 21
Heavy Rain (PC) - June 24
Judgment - June 25
The Sinking City (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - June 27
Super Mario Maker (Switch) - June 28
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming soon however, last year, the developers offered up a little teaser. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is an 8-bit “mini-game” that was released as the developer, Inti Creates, worked on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Take a look at some Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon gameplay below!
The original Doom from 1993 just got an unofficial sequel from the creator of the game. Known as, Sigil, the humongous mod took John Romero two years to complete and is now free for everyone.
Sigil is Here for Everyone
Fans who purchased Sigil early had their chance at a number of premium goods that are now all sold out. Sigil serves as the fifth chapter to Doom's fourth episode "The Flesh They Consumed" and before 1994's Doom 2. Players with a good memory will remember that at the end of Doom, Doomguy's next stop is earth to save them from the demon hordes in Doom 2. In Sigil however, Baphomet has glitched the final teleporter that takes him to the even darker shores of hell.
“You fight through this stygian pocket of evil to confront the ultimate harbingers of Satan,” Romero said. Sigil is made up of 9 levels used in both single player and cooperative mode and is in "megawad" form, which is a batch of .WAD files that's about the size of a full game. Romero utilized Pascal van der Heiden's Doom Builder 2 to make the levels.
Romero worked on the game on weekends and off time over the course of 2017-2018 and was expected to release on Doom's 25th anniversary. Delays to the physical version of the game and the premium goods pushed the release back.
Fans who are interested can also pick up a soundtrack from metal artist Buckethead for the fitting price of €6.66, which is playable only in the megawad. The other two editions had plenty of more in them, but unfortunately, these sold out soon after being made available.
Team Sonic Racing is available now for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Developed by Sumo Digital, expectations were low when it was first announced. Lately, Sonic games haven’t held up well. However, Team Sonic Racing seems to have done enough to catch the attention of gamers.
Team Sonic Racing – YouTube Playlist
Team Sonic Racing will never be Mario Kart, but Sumo Digital was still able to deliver a fun experience. Fans of this lovable blue hedgehog will appreciate having the chance to race as their favorite characters from the Sonic franchise. Even though most of the characters can run faster than the carts they’re driving, it doesn’t take away from the pure joy of the race. All the different themed maps include stunning visuals around each turn. Every item has the power to cause an upset. There are so many colors, gamers might just lose sight of the track and smash into a wall or fly straight off the edge. Team Sonic Racing is absolute chaos, but the sweet soundtrack and sense of competition keeps gamers coming back.
There aren’t any mechanics that make Team Sonic Racing an innovative racing game. This game doesn’t need to be groundbreaking. What the game does deliver is a visually appealing, friendly feeling, Sonic racer that lets gamers play as some of their favorite characters.
Team Sonic Racing might not be for everyone. So before spending the money, take a few minutes to check out the gameplay and impressions in the playlist above.
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