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Gears 5: Free DLC Maps, No Season Pass, No Random Loot Boxes

The upcoming Microsoft exclusive Gears 5, which got another cinematic preview at this year's E3, is right around the corner. As the September release date draws near, more details are being revealed about the third-person shooter. A recent post on the Gears 5 website informed players the game will include free DLC and the lack of a season pass.

Gears 5 Cinematic Preview



The blog post shows off a cinematic look at the new character Fahz. The developer also explains the new 3-player co-op mode, Escape. Although, the biggest reveal was how Microsoft plans on handling the additional content releasing over the course of the game's life span.

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The developer behind Gears 5, The Coalition wants to ensure they create a player first experience, which means some of the additional content will be free. Gears 5 will not have a season pass or loot boxes and will feature free DLC maps for both public and private play. Also included are microtransactions, but the post ensures that all purchases will be direct and not feature any RNG. The different types of cosmetics up for purchase include costumes, weapon skins, banners, expressions, executions, blood sprays, and marks.

Gears 5's story follows Kat Diaz as she looks into her heritage and her connection to the Locusts (bad guys of the Gears series). Xbox boss Phil Spencer is confident in Gears 5 and said that the game was looking great when he went to visit the Vancouver based studio. Gears 5 releases on September 10th on Xbox One and PC with a versus technical test scheduled for Friday, July 19th. We here at Gigamax are excited for the next game in this long-running series, so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest updates.

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Shenmue 3 Developer Addresses Fans Concerns Over Epic Store Exclusivity

The developer behind Shenmue 3, Ys Net, revealed last week during E3 that the crowdfunded sequel will appear on the PC as an Epic Store exclusive at launch.

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Initial fan reaction was mixed, with many feeling agitated that Ys Net had moved back from their initial statement that said the game would be available on Steam. The developer still plans on launching the game on the platform, but not for 12 months after the initial release.

Ys Net has responded to the disparaging comments on their Kickstarter Page, saying that they are listening to fans. Important Representatives from the studio are currently on their way back from E3 2019, but the studio assured fans that they plan on sitting down and finding a way forward in returning fan confidence to the game when they get back home.

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"We want to make sure that the Backers are aware that we are listening to their concerns," Ys Net says in the update. "We kindly ask all our fans to have some patience, we are currently at E3 demoing the game and need to get back to our respective offices to assess the situation and together find a way forward to justify the trust you placed in us." (https://bit.ly/2ZuKek0)

Back in 2015, development was funded on Kickstarter for Shenmue 3 by 69,000 backers contributing a total of $6.3 million. The publisher behind Saints Row, Deep Silver, later stepped forward to take on publishing rights for the game.

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Shenmue 3 was just one of the titles the Epic Games Store said was coming to the platform as a timed exclusive. The studio clarified that this move was made because Epic offered them a unique sense of stability that they could not find anywhere else.

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Bethesda Announces Massive Fallout 76 Expansion, Wastelanders

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.

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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!

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Creator Of Doom Releases Unofficial Sequel

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.

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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.

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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.

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Pokemon Go Adventure Week Revealed

Another week-long event is about to kickoff in Pokemon Go. Adventure Week is set to start on Tuesday, June 4th, and it gives trainers a chance to earn a variety of extra rewards, catch rare rock-type Pokemon, and a higher chance to catch a shiny Pokemon.

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Over the course of Adventure Week, Geodude, Rhyhorn, Omanyte, Aron, Lileep, Anorith, and other Rock-type Pokemon will appear more frequently than they normally do. Certain type rock-types will also hatch from 2 km eggs like Onix, Larvitar, Lileep, Anorith, and Shieldon. Onix and other rock-types will appear in Raid Battles. On top of all that, trainers will have the chance to catch Shiny versions of Onix, Lileep, and Anorith.

Pokemon Go Adventure Week - Bonus XP and Candy

Players will earn four times the amount of Buddy Candy over the course of Adventure Week. Trainers will also receive 10x bonus XP when they spin a Photo Disc at a new PokeStop for the first time. Fans that have Adventure Sync turned on will obtain 50,000 Stardust and 15 Rare Candies when they walk 50 km.

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Lastly, Niantic will be distributing special Field Research tasks during Adventure Week. Players can find these tasks by spinning Photo Discs at PokeStops. Adventure week is set to end on 4 pm Eastern Time on June 11th. For more information, fans can check out all the latest details on the Pokemon Go Website.

We'll be sure to keep our eye out for any new information regarding Pokemon Go so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details!

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Google Set To Reveal Stadia Price And More This Summer

Back when Google first revealed their upcoming gaming console, the Stadia, they unveiled the potential of their streaming platform, but many questions lingered in the publics minds. Now, Google is teasing that answers are coming sometime this summer.

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Google Ready to Introduce Stadia

The timing of the announcement is vague though, as the company simply said summer. This could mean Google is preparing to reveal more about the Stadia at E3 2019, although they have not yet announced if they will be attending the event. The company could also be avoiding the costs of E3 and just stream any major reveals live on their own platforms.

Google Stadia is a streaming-only platform for video games that can run through a browser as simply as it could run through a TV with a pass-through box. Google will sell a dedicated controller for the device, but the company did mention that any controller will work on the console. While many that have gone hands-on with the console are impressed, the pricing model is still a complete mystery.

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Microsoft is another that's hard at work on their own game streaming platform, Project xCloud, which it intends to use to compete with the Google Stadia. This appears primed and ready for an E3 debut and Microsoft has said they've already moved into a testing phase with select developers. The company is stressing the ease of development and an extensive backlog of Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One titles.

We'll be sure to keep an eye out for any more details regarding the Google Stadia so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest news!

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Trailer And Closed Alpha Revealed For Nioh 2

The developer behind Nioh 2 revealed some new information regarding the title. The Tokyo based studio shared a new trailer that includes details on an upcoming closed alpha for the upcoming Dark Souls like game.

Nioh 2 Close Alpha Trailer



Fans of the original Nioh will notice that the trailer looks a lot like the first game with some notable additions. Along with playable male samurai, fans will notice that there is now playable female characters. Transformations into yokai are also shown in the gameplay, revealing different move sets that can be utilized when player characters go into this ultimate state. Many different weapons are also seen throughout the trailer, including a nodachi, dual wield axes, a naginita, and more.

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The trailer explains that the closed alpha will be held for a full week. The test starts on Saturday, May 25th and will end on Sunday, June 2nd. Strangely, Team Ninja hasn't revealed a way to request an invitation into the alpha. According to a tweet from their Twitter account, "Some PS4 users are invited to take part in the Nioh 2 closed alpha to help gather feedback for the development."

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Nioh 2 was first spotted during the Sony's 2018 press conference. The short teaser showed a samurai retreating from a yokai attack and after he succumbs to the wounds he grows horns and rips them from his head revealing a demon underneath. Although, Sony has said that they will not be attending E3 2019, so it is not known when the next big look at the game will drop. We will be sure to keep our eyes open for any new information so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Ubisoft Reveals Next Rainbow Six Siege Season Phantom Sight

After a week of teases, Ubisoft finally revealed the next Season of Rainbow Six Siege. As per usual, Operation Phantom Sight will include two new operators known as Nokk and Warden. The update will also include a map rework and some tweaks to characters already in the game.

Phantom Sight Operator Gameplay



Nokk appears to be an attacking version of the operator, Vigil. She carries a gadget called Hel that allows her to become invisible to cameras. Although the ability is set to a timer, it could be very useful for making a fast push to the objective room. Nokk's load out includes the FMG-9 SMG, the Six12 SD shotgun, and her sidearm the D-50.

Warden is a defense operator that utilizes a pair of smart glasses, which allows him to see through smoke while standing still. On top of that, his ability makes him impervious to flashbangs and other gadgets that disrupt the screen.

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Part of the update includes alterations to their popular sniper character, Glaz. The thermal scope on the operator's rifle now takes more time to acquire the profile of defenders through smoke. This is intended to keep the character off of the front lines while still maintaining his long-distance advantage.

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Lastly, the map Kafe Dostoyevsky has been reworked. While the changes to the map are not as extensive as the ones previously made to Hereford Base, they are a necessary step to modernizing the map for how Rainbow Six Siege has changed. As of now, Ubisoft has yet to reveal exactly when Operation Phantom Sight will start, but typically the update is added three weeks after the official reveal.

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Hunt: Showdown In Beta On Xbox One

The developer behind Crysis, Crytek, has a new game on the way. Fans who take a few extra steps can play the first person, matchmaking survival/bounty hunting title, Hunt: Showdown, on Xbox One in Beta form right now.

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Hunt: Showdown, Get The Beta

To access the Beta, players will need to log into the Xbox Insider Hub on their Xbox One. From there you'll see Hunt: Showdown. Then they will need to click the join button and the download will start.

Crytek pointed out to fans that space in the beta is limited and that spots in the game are on a first come first serve basis, so those interested in testing out this unique experience will need to act quickly.

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This play test will run until 9 AM ET on Monday, May 20th. Since it's only a beta Crytek warns that their may be bugs and other issues due to the game being unfinished. The company wants fans to report all problems they see so they can improve the experience for everybody.

"There are a lot of ways to play Hunt. You can work alone, or you can work in pairs," Crytek says. "You can take a smaller risk and grind for XP, or you can risk it all and try to take out every enemy, every Hunter, and every boss you come across. And those are just a few of the options. There are so many strategic possibilities that players have a lot of space to make the experience theirs."

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Publisher Behind Payday 2 Starbreeze May Not Last Another Year

The publisher of Overkill's The Walking Dead and Payday 2 may not make it another year according to its Q1 2019 financial report. The report details the company's gross profit as well as its operating profit losses.

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Starbreeze Facing Financial Pressure

As reported by the UK based trade magazine MCV, Starbreeze did not try to hide that they were in a challenging situation. It was revealed that the company would have a liquidity shortfall before the middle of the year if no further funding was secured. This means that Starbreeze would not have enough money to keep the company running.

According to the in-depth look at their Q1 2019 financial results, it showed that their net sales totaled SEK 47.8 million ($4.9 million USD), with Payday 2 making up for SEK 26.7 million ($2.7 million USD), which was an increase from last quarter. Although, Starbreeze's earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization showed a loss of SEK 106.7 million ($11.1 million USD), which accounts for more than double the loss experienced in Q1 of 2018.

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The company attributes their decreased earnings "due primarily to lower net sales, higher administrative costs related to the reconstruction and the negative accounting effect of the sale of System Shock 3” amounting to SEK 68.1m ($7.1 million USD).

As for the company's plans to avoid a complete shutdown, the acting CEO Mikael Nermark indicated that his main goal is to secure funding for Starbreeze to avoid this devastating situation.

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“My main task is to secure financing for the company’s future operations,” Nermak said. “This involves both long-term financing we can use to build the Starbreeze of the future, but also making sure that the assets we have determined are unrelated to the core business are managed in a commercially viable way. Once this financing has been secured, we will be able to look ahead and present a more detailed strategy for the future.”

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