Ubisoft opened with a customary musical performance, except this time it was the orchestral melodies of the Assassin’s Creed Symphony, instead of the energetic pop of Just Dance kicking things off. Fans of the latter need not be disappointed, however, as Just Dance 2020 made its exuberant appearance later in the show, dancing pandas and all!
Breakpoint’s starring antagonist, TV’s John Bernthal (The Walking Dead, The Punisher), was joined on stage by a dog as he discussed Colonel Cole D. Walker’s rogue army from the latest Ghost Recon. The Wolves, as they’re known, are made up of former Ghosts who inhabit the fictional island of Auroa.
With their lethal technology and spec-ops training, it sounds like they’ll prove more formidable opposition than Wildlands’ Santa Blanca cartel and Unidad army.
Further reveals included AI teammates for solo players, a community feedback program, and confirmation of a beta taking place 5 September.
Post-launch support will include free updates and more crossover events, including a Terminator one (just like in Gears 5) that was hinted at during last night’s presentation.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint is out 4 October on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Gods, monsters and more Tom Clancy
There was also new content announced for The Division 2. Episode 1 arrives in July and takes players on missions outside the Washington D.C. city limits as they track down a rogue ally, take on a dangerous outcast leader in a zoo and try to find a missing convoy. The latter takes place in Kenly College, and is said to be home to an “entirely new gameplay experience.”
Episode 2 arrives later in the year and features more main missions, this time set in the Pentagon, and adds another 8-player raid. Episode 3, meanwhile, arrives early next year and brings back the New York City setting from the first game.
Finally, it was confirmed that Netflix will be making The Division movie, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.
New games announced during the show were Rainbow Six Quarantine and a new IP called Gods and Monsters.
The former releases early next year and sounds like an extended take on Siege’s Outbreak mode, which saw players fighting their way through levels infested with monsters. In Quarantine, players will take on a “devastating parasite” with their operators in cooperative action.
The trailer, while light on details, at least looks impressive. Check it out below.
We were also only treated to a vague cinematic trailer for Gods and Monsters, a new title from the makers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The game tells the story of a “forgotten hero on a quest to save the Greek gods.”
It sounds like it’ll be an open world affair, with players able to fight mythical creatures and “explore a beautiful fantasy world where tricky trials, treacherous dungeons, and heroic feats await.” Gods and Monsters is out February next year on Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC.
Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
Another new IP revealed was Roller Champions, a “skill-based team PvP sports game that is as fun to watch as it is to play.”
From the gameplay seen in the trailer, it looks like players race around an oval track on skates while trying to shoot a ball into a goal, as the opposition attempts to stop them. A pre-alpha demo is available to download now from Uplay on PC.
Uplay takes on Xbox Game Pass
Speaking of Uplay, Ubisoft announced a PC-only subscription service in Uplay+ during last night’s show.
Players will be able to enjoy 100+ games through the service, including early access to the full versions of every new Ubisoft game, including premium editions and all their expansions.
It’ll cost $14.99 (or regional equivalent) a month and launches this September. It’ll also be available through Google Stadia.
What did you think of Ubisoft’s E3 presentation? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Metronomik have announced a new partnership with Sold Out, who will be publishing their music action-adventure title No Straight Roads on PlayStation 4 and PC.
The collaboration means No Straight Roads will be getting a physical release on PlayStation 4 alongside the digital editions coming early next year to both the PlayStation Store and PC.
The game was originally scheduled to arrive later this year, but has now been pushed back into 2020. The boxed version of the game will have an RRP of £29.99/€39.99/$39.99.
“Partnering with Sold Out has given us the opportunity to turn the volume up to 11 on No Straight Roads, and we’re thrilled to also release a physical edition,” said Wan Hazmer, CEO of Metronomik.
“Pushing the game to early 2020 wasn’t an easy decision, but the extra time will let us fully deliver on our vision for No Straight Roads while sticking to our studio’s core values of providing a friendly, healthy workplace. We’re so proud of everyone on the team for what they’ve achieved so far, and we can’t wait to bring Vinyl City to life...!”
You can see more of the game in action in our EGX Rezzed video round-up above, and we’ll also have an extended interview with developer Metronomik coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more No Straight Roads content in the next few weeks.
No Straight Roads is out early next year on PlayStation 4 and PC.
Let us know your thoughts on the game below or in the forums.
Avalanche Studios and Square Enix have revealed the latest batch of DLC coming to their open-world action title, Just Cause 4.
The new content sees a “return to the popular liberation gameplay of Just Cause 3,” and will “seamlessly” integrate into the Just Cause 4 sandbox world, adding new missions, weapons and equipment.
“Los Demonios is the second DLC pack in the ‘Dare Devils, Demons and Danger' Expansion Pass, and it brings a totally new experience to Just Cause 4,” said Avalanche Studios’ Creative Producer, Bryan Rodriguez.
“For the first time, Rico is tangling with an otherwordly threat that will push him to his limits. This is our chance to see if Rico is as good at squashing demons as he is at toppling dictators!”
As well as news of the new expansion, Square Enix also shared details of a large patch that went live yesterday as part of the game’s Spring Update.
The patch “completely changes” the in-game lighting, according to the publisher, improving the way it reacts to the environment. Also added were destructible bridges and statues and new chaos objects, plus a “dialled-up ‘heat’ system that will have the Black Hand challenging Rico like never before.”
Los Demonios is available to expansion pass holders and owners of the Gold Edition of the game on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from 26 June, with everyone else getting access a week later.
What do you think of the demonic twist? Let us know below or in the forums.
Asobo Studio and Focus Home Interactive are celebrating the successful launch of A Plague Tale: Innocence with a special video starring Sean Bean.
Sam described the game as a “memorably melancholic adventure with a life-affirming side of joy” in his recent review, which you can read in full here.
If you’re interested in playing A Plague Tale be sure to enter this week’s giveaway where you could win a copy of the game on Xbox One. You can find out how to enter here, but be quick, as the giveaway ends tomorrow!
A Plague Tale: Innocence is currently available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
What did you think of Sean Bean’s reading? Enjoying the game so far? Let us know below or in the forums.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition and A Woman’s Lot DLC delayed on console, PC versions out later this month
Warhorse Studios have announced a delay for the console versions of Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition and the fourth major expansion, A Woman’s Lot.
It’s a similar story for the fourth expansion, A Woman’s Lot, which stars Theresa the miller’s daughter and romance option for main protagonist Henry. Players take on the role of Theresa in a standalone questline which offers an alternative perspective on one of the major events in the game.
The DLC is out 28 May for PC players, but once again console users have to wait until 11 June to access the new content. According to Warhorse, the delay is to ensure the studio “deliver the highest quality for all players.”
Have you played KCD? Looking forward to the latest expansion? Let us know below.
Bigben and Zordix Racing have announced a new off-road simulator called Overpass, which will be making its way to PC and consoles later this year.
The game features a career mode where players must “manage their buggies and quads” as they try to win races and attract sponsors, while multiplayer has you competing against others to place the best track times.
Overpass is out this October on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch and PC.
What do you think of the game? Let us know below.
Wired Productions and Storm in a Teacup have announced the release date for their first-person horror title, Close to the Sun.
Players have no weapons or means to defend themselves whilst exploring – save for the help of an ally who helps Rose navigate the ship - and instead must use “running, hiding and quick thinking” in order to survive.
Close to the Sun is out 2 May on PC via Epic Games Store with an RRP of €29.99 (or regional equivalent). Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are scheduled to arrive later in the year.
What do you think of the game? Let us know below or over in the forums.
11 bit studios (This War of Mine) have announced plans to bring the Bafta-nominated Frostpunk to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year.
While there’s no release date just yet the game “should be out in the summer,” according to lead designer Kuba Stokalski, with the studio currently focussing on ensuring the console versions’ control scheme feels “natural” and “intuitive.”
Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions of the game come with all previously released updates and content found on the PC version, including The Fall of Winterhome scenario.
Did you play Frostpunk on PC? Looking forward to the console release? Let us know below.
The Game Bakers have rolled out a free update for their boss rush title, Furi, across all platforms.
One of the most notable new additions is Invincible Mode, which lets players skip a particularly tough boss fight or repeat a certain phase of an encounter to practice it. As the name suggests, you can also become immune to damage.
The mode is targeted at those who want to practice fights before attempting speed runs or players that want to better experience the game’s atmospheric setting and narrative.
“We’ve been listening to Furi’s community about the features and improvements that they were hoping for and we have been releasing some of those over the months in our Steam version,” said Audrey Leprince, co-founder of The Game Bakers.
“With the Freedom Update we’re happy to be able to share them with players regardless of the platform they play on.”
To celebrate the update’s launch, Furi is currently discounted by up to 70% on Switch, Xbox One and PC.
Let us know what you think of the new content below or in the forums.
2K and Gearbox have confirmed a September release date for Borderlands 3 and shared new footage of the game in action.
The game supports drop in/drop out co-op for up to four players, including local split-screen action for you and a friend, with the experience scaled to each player. Loot will be instanced individually, with rewards that are “yours alone.”
Fans of the series will be glad to hear there’s no shortage of over-the-top weapons available, including rifles that spawn volcanoes and guns that chase enemies whilst hurling insults.
Head on over to the official website to pre-order and take a look at the special editions on offer.
Arriving alongside news of the release date is the remaster of the original game. Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is available as of today on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and boasts improved visuals and includes all previously released DLC.
Gearbox also released a free Ultra HD Texture Pack for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which offers improved visuals and textures for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2. The pack is completely optional, with players able to download it from the games’ relevant store pages.
Borderlands 3 is out 13 September on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.