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BioWare Lays Out 3 Month Plan For Anthem

BioWare launched their new shared world shooter last week and although the game received mixed reviews on release the developer isn't giving up on the title. This has been made clear with BioWare's reveal of what changes and events players can expect over the next 90 days.

In a post that BioWare on their blog, Chad Robertson, Head of Live Service on Anthem, shared his vision for the first couple months of the game with a look at the 90-Day Roadmap of what the live-service team has planned.

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Anthem in 90 Days

Below is a list of the activities in order of the month that they will be deployed. None of these updates have been given proper release dates, just timeframes. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for any official word from BioWare on a hard release date.

Anthem – February 2019:

  • New Freeplay Event: "Outlaw Outrage"
  • New Freeplay Event: "There Be Giants"
  • New Freeplay Event: Shaper Surge

Anthem Live Services – March 2019:

  • New Cosmetics: "Elysian Stronghold Caches"
  • Rewards: New Items
  • New Missions: Legendary Missions - Phase 1
  • New Freeplay Event: TBA (To Be Announced)
  • Freeplay Event: "There Be Giants"
  • Freeplay Event: "Outlaw Outrage"

Anthem Live Services – April 2019:

  • Expanded Progression: Mastery System
  • Rewards: New Items
  • Multiple Freeplay Events: TBA
  • Freeplay Event: Shaper Surge
  • New Missions: Legendary Missions – Phase 2
  • New Stronghold: "The Sunken"
  • Social Play: Weekly Stronghold Challenge
  • Social Play: Leaderboards
  • Social Play: Guilds

Anthem Live Services – May 2019:

  • Freeplay Events: TBA
  • New Missions: TBA
  • Rewards: New Items

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Anthem fans have a lot to look forward to in the next couple of months. While post launch content has been a bit of a struggle for other shared world shooters, it seems BioWare is trying to get ahead of the issue by being clear with players on what gamers can expect.

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New Video Game Releases Coming This Week

Options are great, especially when it comes to new video games. This week, there are a bunch of new video games hitting the market, nearly all at the same time. Even though gamers love options, it’s hard when they cost about $60 each. Below is a list of the four video games releasing this week, details about each title, as well as a look into the near future. Make that choice just a little bit easier by reviewing the information in the list below.

Ready for Some New Video Game Releases?

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

  • Console: PC, Mac, Linux
  • Release Date: February 14, 2019
  • Developer: Firaxis Games

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Following Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, Gathering Storm will be the second official expansion for Civilization VI. This addition to Civ VI introduces a World Congress, holding empire leaders accountable for their actions. Empires can either punish or reward others depending on how they share the world with other leaders. The map is filled with resources ready to exploit, however, gobbling up too many could spark the World Congress to take aggressive action. Gathering Storm is all about consequences and encourages players to work through the modifiers the World Congress enacts along the way.

Metro Exodus

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer: 4A Games

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A continuation of the Metro series, this is the point in time where the main characters take the massive leap to find a safe place to live. They venture outside the metro tunnels beneath Russia’s icey, irradiated surface. If gamers that played the previous Metro games thought the underground was dangerous, just wait till the rest of Russia is explored.

Crackdown 3

  • Console: Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer: Sumo Digital, Reagent Games, Cloudgine, Certain Affinity, Ruffian Games

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Plagued with issues throughout development, news recently broke that the troubles won’t stop once the game is available to the public. The publisher, Microsoft, broke the news to GameSpot that players will not be able to immediately play with their friends in multiplayer on release. Microsoft ensures that players will soon be able to play with friends.

Those excited about picking up Crackdown 3 and exploring this third-person shooter will have the chance to pick up the game for a $1. New subscribers to Game Pass can sign up for a one-month trial for a buck and will be able to play Crackdown 3 at release. Current Game Pass subscribers will also be able to play Crackdown 3 day one.

Far Cry: New Dawn

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

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Coming off of Far Cry 5, Ubisoft Montreal is ready to release Far Cry: New Dawn. Based in a shockingly beautiful post-apocalyptic world, 17 years after a global nuclear catastrophe, it’ll be up to the player to restore order. New Dawn actually shares an extremely important similarity to Far Cry 5, they’re both based in Montana. However, this isn’t the Montana Far Cry 5 players have come to know and love. Completely upended by a nuclear catastrophe and reborn anew, there are Highwaymen trying to horde the last of the remaining resources. Players are tasked with putting an end to these Highwaymen and their leaders, the Twins.

Gamers will be able to build and expand their home base, play online co-op, and in classic Far Cry fashion, discover all the new locations around the map. Combining a new take on Far Cry by stepping out of their comfort zone and going straight to a post-apocalyptic landscape, Ubisoft Montreal is still holding true to the essence of Far Cry.

Jump Force

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer SPIKE CHUNSOFT

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Published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, this crossover fighting game brings together characters from a plethora of manga series. The characters are coming from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump anthology and nearly anyone that has ever watched an anime or read a manga will know at least one of the names included in the massive character roster.

It uses the 3D battle arenas that anime fighting games commonly use. Flashy, nostalgic, and intersting truly encompasis the image of Jump Force. Still, these anime fighters have the tendency to let fans down but only time will tell if Jump Force will stand out from the norm.

Bonus: Next Week Video Game Release

Next week brings the world one of the most anticipated games of 2019. It may still be early in the year but Anthem has raised eyebrows since it was first announced.

Anthem

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 22, 2019
  • Developer: BioWare, Motive Studios



Some call it “Destiny 3”, others are incredibly excited to get their hands on the full game after trying the beta’s. Either way, Anthem is ready to launch on consoles next week. Using Iron Man-like suits called Javelins, players fly around the beautiful landscape, complete quests, use super-powers and lay waste to monstrous creators on an alien world. Made with cooperative play in mind, it does share similarities to Destiny but the addition of flight and being able to swap and collect all the unique suits truly makes it stand out. A single “Freelancer” can change their Javelins when in the hub world, so one gamer can play all the unique classes without having to level up new characters.

The next couple weeks are big for gamers of all kinds. There are some massive titles just waiting to be downloaded. However, with all these choices, it’ll be important to pick and choose the right game or games that fit a specific individuals taste. Be sure to stick around GigamaxGames.com. for gameplay and more coverage of each of these games as the year goes on.

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Nvidia Reveals RTX 2060 Video Card & Announces Price

Nvidia used some time at their CES 2019 press conference to reveal their new video card, the GeForce RTX 2060. It launches into the RTX 20 series of cards next week on January 15th with a price tag that starts at $350 deepening on the make and modle.

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Nvidia's RTX 2060 is Powerful

The tech company made plenty of claims about the new video card's performance and it is said to be on par or even better than the GTX 1070 Ti. According to the CEO of Nvidia, Jensen Huang, the GeoForce RTX 2060 can run Battlefield V at 1440p resolution at an average of 60 FPS. The company showed off plenty of benchmarks and metrics that compared the card to last year's mid range card, the GTX 1060. The RTX can allegedly run 1.4 to 1.9 times better than the GTX at 1440p with high settings.

The RTX line of video cards from Nvidia has the ability to perform real time ray tracing, which directly affects reflections, lighting, shadows and makes them look more life like. Other video cards have struggled with how taxing ray tracing is on the device but the RTX 2060 features RT cores directly responsible for handling the task to reduce its impact on frame rate. RTX cards utilize an AI based antialiasing technique known as DLSS, which offers better image quality with a minimal impact to the overall performance of the game.


To help sell the card, Nvidia is offering a few deals for those that purchase either the RTX 2060 or 2070. Specifically, early buyers will get to choose between a copy of Battlefield V or Bioware's upcoming RPG, Anthem. Purchasers of the higher end card, the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti, will get both games with the device. For more information on the card, check out Nvidia's page for the RTX 2060 right here.

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Anthem From Bioware Gets “Delayed” Until 2019

Anthem From BioWare Gets "Delayed" Until 2019

Unfortunate news for anyone excited about the upcoming action RPG, Anthem. Gamers are going to have to wait an extra year for the ambitious title to come out. Anthem was initially slated to be released in 2018 but now the game that shares many qualities with Destiny will release in 2019. EA confirmed the delay in their quarterly earnings calls with investors. Although, BioWare is claiming that this move is not a delay.

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Right before the call, EA spoke with the Wall Street Journal, confirming a recent report from Kotaku that claimed Anthem was delayed. While speaking with the Wall Street Journal, EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen said that this was not actually a delay, but when the game was supposed to come out all along, going on to state that people were "just trying to make a story." However, this story doesn't seem to be line up because the company had previously slated the game to release on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.

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EA did not go into further detail into why their latest IP is now expected to drop in 2019. The initial Kotaku report claims that it was due in part to issues with development. Their statement to Wall Street Journal seems to suggest that BioWare instead wants to wait for a less saturated period for their launch window. Their earnings report made no mention of the news either, so it seems they are sticking to their guns continuing to insist it was not a delay.

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In other Anthem news the executive producer behind Dragon Age, Mark Darrah recently confirmed he had joined the project, maintaining his role as executive producer. BioWare has recently gone through a ton of restructuring after the critically frowned upon launch of Mass Effect: Andromeda. While there's not much hope we'll hear about an Anthem release date anytime soon, we'll be sure to deliver all the latest news surrounding the game so be sure to check back for more information.

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Most Anticipated Video Games of 2018

Most Anticipated Video Games of 2018

The time is almost here when a new year brings in a host of new adventures to experience. In this list, we take a look at the most anticipated video games of 2018 and when they will be available to play. Unfortunately, not all these dates are set in stone but check back as time goes on for more information as it becomes available.

What games do you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook.

God of War (PS4) - “Early 2018”

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With a groundbreaking series to live up to, this latest look into God of War seems to be the right step for the developers. Experiencing the world as an older and wiser Kratos, the trailers seemed to show a different side of this epic warrior. The world hasn’t had a new God of War since July 14th, 2015 and even that was just a remaster. Gamers are itching to get another chance to play as this powerful god. With no official release, gamers are keeping a close eye on any announcement surrounding this new release.

Days Gone (PS4) - “Early 2018”

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Any fan of the survival horror genre will be excited to hear SIE Bend Studio is expected to release Days Gone this upcoming year. The release trailer showed off in 2017 (find it below) immediately left people asking what happened to this decimated world. The main character, a former biker outlaw seems to embrace the terrible situation he finds himself in, ready to shoot and slaughter anything that gets in his way. The impressive gameplay available as of now ranks Days Gone high on the most anticipated video games of 2018.

Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - Fall 2018

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EA had a rough year in 2017. From a loot box controversy and the fallout that followed, it looks as though they want to make up for their blunder with the release of Anthem in 2018. Dubbed a shared-world action-RPG, the gameplay released is visually stunning. The world looks immense and dangers could lurk around every corner. Flying through the world in what resembles an Iron Man suit, players explore the impressive primeval landscape. The graphics and gameplay look absolutely exquisite but depending on how they handle the game post-launch will most likely determine its succus. 

Monster Hunter: World (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - January 26th

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The Gigamax crew are all huge fans of the Monster Hunter franchise. From the very first time they picked up the PlayStation controller and slain their first monster, they were hooked. Bringing the Monster Hunter experience back to console and those as powerful as the ones we have today is a reason to celebrate. The Monster Hunter: World Beta left people on the edge of their seats just waiting for a chance to play the full game. This is surely set up to be unlike any Monster Hunter that has come before it.

Sea of Thieves (Xbox One, PC) - March 20th

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Recently, Gigamax was invited to the Alpha test for Sea of Thieves. Unfortunately, the NDA blocks any gameplay from being shared but the concept is what got people excited. Who hasn’t at one time wanted to bring their friends on a pirate adventure? Sea of Thieves finally gives gamers this opportunity. Take to the high seas in this open-world adventure, completing quests and collecting booty. The progression system ensures everyone and anyone can experience this adventure together, no matter how long anyone has been playing, too.

We Happy Few (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - April 13th

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This game has been in early access for a while now and Compulsion Games was making some impressive progress. It seemed as though any time gamers picked it back up, something was being added or improved. Finally, the time has come and on April 13th, 2018 people will have the chance to experience the full game in all of its glory. The story seemed fascinating and that was surely just the beginning. Be sure to check the gameplay below to see what’s in store in We Happy Few.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One) - Spring 2018

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People absolutely lost their minds when the official announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 came out. One of the most popular games in its day, it’s hard to find someone who didn’t like the first game. Now with Red Dead Redemption 2 expected to drop in Spring of 2018, gamers are anxiously waiting for that official release date. There are very few western games out there and Red Dead did it right. Be sure to check back as more information surfaces surrounding one of the most anticipated video games of 2018.

The Last of Us Part II (PS4) - 2018? (Revised) 

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The Last of Us was an absolutely mind-blowing adventure all the way through. The thrilling yet heartwarming story of a jaded adventure stuck in a world falling apart at the seams meeting up with an unlikely companion left its mark on the gaming community. People just didn’t want it to end and Naughty Dog ensured that the adventure didn't have to. With more and more reports coming in about The Last of Us Part II is only around halfway completed, it's looking as though it might miss their 2018 release. Be sure to keep checking back for more information as more details become available. 

 

Don't forget, let us know what you would put on this list! Add your most anticipated games of 2018 in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook!

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5 Biggest Announcements From E3 2017

5 Biggest Announcements From E3 2017

E3 2017 has finally wrapped up but in its wake are plenty of huge games to be excited for in the coming months. Between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, it's hard to decide which company had the best conference between these big 3 and we certainly can't forget Bethesda or EA. That's why we've decided to pick the biggest announcements and pile them into a convenient list. Don't forget to let us know your favorite E3 announcements in the comments below!

Xbox One X

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Right off the bat, Microsoft wanted fans to know that they were going to make up for last year's lackluster performance. Announcing that the Xbox One X is more powerful than the PS4 Pro was a big move on the company's behalf and it paid off. They immediately followed this up with 44 games that were all impressive, indicating that software is going to be a huge focus for the new console and more importantly improving their sad list of exclusives. (RIP Scalebound)

Anthem

Initially revealed during EA's press conference, Microsoft raised the hype to unprecedented levels by showing this beauty of a gameplay trailer. Exoskeletons, an environment that has its own ecosystem, loot, friends... THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE GREAT! Zip through the sky in your custom exoskeleton and show nature what missiles feel like or go on dungeon like instances with your party. We can't wait to play this game. Did we mention there's loot.

Creation Club

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One of the biggest things stopping us from using mods in Skyrim and Fallout is that you lose the opportunity to gain trophies or achievements. Bethesda has officially announced their remedy to that situation and it is called creation club. Install mods without fear and earn all the satisfaction possible. The only downside to this is that these "certified" mods will cost you and they are not always cheap, bringing back a model that did not go well when implemented on PC.

Monster Hunter World

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Sony surprised us all when it announced that the popular Monster Hunter series would be returning to Playstation consoles. Nintendo has long held a monopoly on these games and it's time for the big boys to get it back. A flashy trailer was shown off to make sure the crowd was excited and the later gameplay demos confirmed that this title will have us obsessed. Also there are no more loading screens in the hunting zones (YES!).

Super Mario Odyssey

We've long been Nintendo fan boys here at Gigamax so this Number 1 E3 2017 announcement may be a little biased. But did you see Mario become that T-Rex with his hat?! Super Mario Odyssey looks like an amazing next step for our overall wearing friend and we could not be more pleased with his new mind control powers. Nintendo is approaching the open world a little differently this time around by having Mario enter the real world and mingle with us in the big city. This is our favorite announcement from E3 and definitely are most anticipated title of this year!

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