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Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Urges Sony & Activision To Return To E3

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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."

Twitter Breaks The News


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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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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Predator: Hunting Grounds Revealed During PS4 State of Play

Sony revealed a number of new games during their May State of Play stream. One of these new titles is Predator: Hunting Grounds, with a release date scheduled for an undisclosed time in 2020. The announcement was followed up with a trailer that you can find below.

Predator: Hunting Grounds - Reveal Trailer



Predator: Hunting Grounds is set up like an online-asymmetric shooter, where a group of players takes on one of the iconic hunters, who is also controlled by another player. The game is being developed by Illfonic, the same studio that made Friday the 13th: The Game. In the trailer, a group of soldiers is seen sneaking through the jungle being watched from the trees by Predator, only visible by his telltale shimmer.

"As the Fireteam attempt to carry out paramilitary missions--annihilating bad guys and recovering important items--the Predator will be closing in, using its advanced vision mode to track and ambush its prey," Illfonic CEO Charles Brungardt wrote on the PlayStation blog. He added that the game was in early development so it will be a while before fans get to see what this game is made of.

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Sony revealed a variety of other games during the State of Play stream. Riverbond, a 4 player couch co-op hack, and slash title is set to release this summer along with Away: The Survival Series, a third person adventure game where players take control of a sugar glider, seeking safety after natural disasters devastate his habitat.

Sony isn't ready to step off the gas in terms of original and exclusive releases. It seems as though fans have many more new adventures waiting for them in the coming months. To keep up with all the latest gaming news and latest announcements, check back on GigamaxGames.com!

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Bethesda Details Rage 2 PC Requirements

Rage 2 is the next big title from Bethesda and the developer confirmed that the game will be ready soon. The game officially releases on May 14th and to celebrate, Bethesda announced that the game has gone gold for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The company also revealed the PC specs necessary to run Rage 2.



Rage 2 Goes Gold

When a developer says a game has "gone gold" it means work on the initial version of the game is finished. Rage 2 was developed by the studio behind Just Cause, Avalanche Studios, with support from both Bethesda and id Software.

For fans that will be playing on the PC, the minimum specs for running Rage 2 will require a 64-bit OS running Windows 7, 8.1, or 10. Players will require an Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1330X or better processor, along with 8 GB of RAM. The minimum specs also mention that players will need Nvidia GTX 780 3G, AMD R9 280 3GB, or better for a graphics card. Rage 2 demands 50 GB of hard drive space. Those interested can find the full minimum and recommended settings below.

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Bethesda detailed Rage 2's resolution and frames rate across all versions of the game. The PS4 edition of the game will run at 1080p/30FPS, Xbox One clocks in at 900p/30FPS. Both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will run at 1080p/60FPS. Rage 2 will have no limit on the frame rate when played on more substantial PC's as well.

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PC Recommended Settings

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB or AMD Vega 56 8GB
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

PC Minimum Specifications

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD R9 280 3GB
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

Additional Visual Features

  • FOV Slider (50 to 120 degrees)
  • Show HUD (on/off)
  • Reticle Style (default/simple/none)
  • Motion Blur (on/off)
  • Depth of Field (on/off)
  • Ultra-wide (21:9) and Super Ultra-wide (32:9) display support (PC)

Source: https://bethesda.net/en/article/6y9pozm34bp07uV7zFBJOp/rage-2-has-gone-gold

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Apex Legends Update: New Buffs & Nerfs

Apex Legends latest patch introduced fan requested armor for two characters, a new bonus XP event, and tweaked a bunch of the weapons to make them a more viable choice for combat. The patch has already gone live so players are free to experiment with all the latest changes.

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According to the patch notes that have been posted on the Apex Legends Subreddit, the biggest changes have been introduced to both Caustic and Gibraltar. According to the community manager behind the game, Jay Frechette, these two characters as well as Pathfinder were taking more damage than other heroes because of their increased hitboxes. Readjusting them worked for Pathfinder, but Caustic and Gibraltar were still at a noticeable disadvantage. To compensate for this, the team added a 10% armor bonus passive ability to the two characters, which is known as Fortified. They also received a variety of other tweaks to make them more competitive in the meta.

Apex Legends Update: "But Wait, There's More!"

On top of those changes, Respawn added a way for players to earn more XP for their Battle Pass. Fans will notice that their first top 5 of the day will net them a whole Battle Pass tier, which can be taken advantage of every day until the bonus XP event is over.

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Other changes include weapon buffs for the Longbow DMR and the Havoc as well as nerfs for the G7 Scout, Wingman, and Spitfire. Respawn Entertainment has also increased the speed of the jump ship.

In Other Apex Legends News...

In other Apex news, Project Lead Drew McCoy recently said that there is no plan to bring the game to the Switch, but commented that it isn't out of the realm of possibility. For all the latest on Apex Legends, be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Cory Barlog Confirms No DLC For God of War

God of War was one of the biggest critical and economical video game success stories from last year. Sony has no plans for an expansion to last year's Game of the Year title. Cory Barlog, Director for God of War, confirmed this today on Twitter.

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What's Next for God of War?

"There is no DLC coming for the game. Sorry," said Barlog on Twitter. This was in response to a separate tweet that seemingly teased a new God of War announcement. Barlog wanted to clear up any confusion and confirm that this message was referencing the game's anniversary celebration.


It has already been confirmed that fans will receive a free PS4 theme and avatar set, and Barlog teased that even more was on the way. But this announcement won't be related to God of War DLC.

DLC is "Too Ambitious"

Barlog spoke earlier this year to Kinda Funny and said that he was interested in making a DLC, but he was told it was too ambitious and the idea was ultimately scrapped.

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It was allegedly going to be similar to the huge story expansions that both Last of Us and Uncharted 4 received, which warranted their own stand-alone expansions. "It would [have] ended up being its own thing," Barlog said of the God of War expansion we'll never see. "Rightfully so, everybody said, 'Dude, this is crazy, this isn't DLC, this is a little too big."

The future of God of War is still out of focus. It's not clear what the developers have planned to keep God of War alive. However, the Gigamax Games crew will be keeping a close eye on any announcements. Be sure to visit GigamaxGames.com again soon for the latest gaming news!

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Posts Impressive Sales Numbers

The latest unforgiving entry made by From Software, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, appears to be a critical and economic success. Activision, the publisher of the title revealed the sales numbers for the game so far, showing that Sekiro has already sold over two million copies.

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Over 2 Million People Love To Torture Themselves

This news is pulled from a post on Activision's website that reveals Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice sold two million copies across all of its platforms including Xbox One, PC, and PS4 in only 10 days. The announcement was also quick to note that the game was sitting at a 90 Metacritic rating across all platforms as well.

Sekiro Pulls an Audience

Sekiro was a massive hit on Twitch as well. It brought in 631 million minutes watched on its launch weekend. In only a week the title went on to be viewed for 1.1 billion minutes.

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Activision's VP of Product Management and Marketing, Michelle Fonseca, was impressed by players love of the game. "The fans have made Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice one of the most incredible game launches of 2019 thus far," Fonseca said. "The game has performed well on all platforms including PC and we’re excited by the continued support from gamers and critics alike. It has been gratifying to see the enjoyment from fans when they overcome each challenge."

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is currently out on Xbox One, PC, and PS4. If you're in the mood for a challenging but rewarding game we highly recommend you check it out! For all the latest on all things From Software be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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