A Playable KINGDOM HEARTS 3 Will Be Featured At E3 2018

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Kingdom Hearts fans who will be attending E3 2018 are in for a treat as the highly-anticipated title, Kingdom Hearts III will be playable at the gaming conference. The announcement was shared by developer Square Enix via a Twitter post sharing that fans can get a hands-on experience at the developer’s booth. 

Square Enix initially announced Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2013 where the developer showed a brief teaser with an announcement that the title is in development. Ever since then the studio was silent on the progress of the upcoming title besides releasing a few teasers. However, a more concrete announcement was made during last year’s D23 Expo where Square Enix revealed that the game is “coming in 2018.”

Currently, besides the release window of 2018, Square Enix still has not announced a specific launch date for Kingdom Hearts III. However, it is reported that the studio will share the long-awaited time early this June, which coincides with this year’s E3, so it is expected that the announcement will be made at the event. 

In other Kingdom Hearts news, Square Enix announced last month that they will be featuring mini-games inspired by classic Disney animated shorts from the 1980’s Disney LCD games. The mini-games will feature iconic Mickey Mouse cartoons that will include “Giantland,” “The Karnival Kid,” “Musical Farmer” and “The Barnyard Battle.” These nostalgic mini-games will be featured in a Game & Watch handheld device in-game that pays homage to the iconic Disney cartoons. You can check out all the details on the mini-games plus the trailer here

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Sony Is Going To Try Portable Gaming Again

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Sony’s first attempt with the PlayStation Vita wasn’t really what the company had expected. Sure, the first few years were good, but the Vita was not able to take over the dominance of the Nintendo 3DS in the handheld game. Now, Bloomberg reported that Sony’s gaming division head John Kodera said that Sony is now looking at mobile gaming and believes that it will be part of PlayStation’s strategy moving forward. 

“Rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of [portable gaming] as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable,” Kodera said. It seems that Kodera is suggesting in his announcement that Sony’s plan for mobile gaming will probably be somehow tied with the PS4 or better yet, the next PlayStation console. 

This announcement is definitely good news, given that Sony plans to end the production of physical Vita games in North America and Europe. Furthermore, Sony announced a few months ago that Sony will cease support for free PS Vita games that come with a PS Plus subscription. 

As of now, it seems that Sony is still not set on what they actually plan for mobile gaming in the future. It’s possible that the company will make a successor to the PS Vita, which will aim to rival the Nintendo Switch. On the other hand, Sony might also take advantage of the growing market of smartphone games that they may link somehow with the next PlayStation console. Probably an Xperia phone that has Switch like capabilities? Only time will tell. 

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RUNESCAPE CLASSIC Is Shutting Down Soon

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A year ago, developer Jagex revealed their plans to port RuneScape and Old School RuneScape to smartphones and tablets, and they also announced yesterday that the original RuneScape servers for the PC will be shutting down permanently. However, it is worth noting that only RuneScape Classic will be going offline, the servers of Old School RuneScape will remain live. 

The old browser-based MMORPG has been running for almost 17 years now, which is why longtime fans of the game will be experiencing the end of an era. RuneScape was one of the games that pioneered the online fantasy genre together with titles such as EverQuest and Asheron’s Call. Starting on August 6 at 3 AM ET, RuneScape Classic will no longer be available. 

“It has been amazing to see such dedication amongst those of you who have kept playing RuneScape Classic over the last few years,” Jagex shared in a post on their website, “However, it’s not all fun and games.” The developer talked about the challenges with botting and the growing list of bugs that became too much to maintain for the team. 

The good thing is that the servers will remain open for at least three more months so fans of the game can take this time to enjoy the last few moments of RuneScape Classic. 

What was your best moment in the game? Will you miss RuneScape Classic when the servers shut down? 

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BATTLEFIELD V Details Revealed

A few days ago, developer EA revealed the pre-order details of Battlefield V, the latest installment to the popular franchise. The game will be released on October 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

Currently, the game is already available for preorder. For players who are interested in purchasing the game’s Deluxe Edition, they’ll be getting early access to Battlefield V, and can start playing on October 16. Moreover, if you are subscribed to EA Access, you’ll be able to play the game one week early on October 11. Furthermore, players who pre-order any edition of the game that contains the Battlefield V Enlister Officer will receive access to the Open Beta and other exclusive benefits such as soldier customization options and access to five weapons. 

Battlefield V will explore the events of World War 2. However, instead of focusing on famous battles from history, developer DICE aims to shine a light on untold stories during the historical event. One of the stories that DICE teased was of a female resistance fighter who is on a mission to save her family. Also, Battlefield V will feature a new co-op mode called Combined Arms where players will team up into a four-person squad playing the role of a paratrooper. The mission is to infiltrate behind enemy lines, which will favor a stealth approach to complete objectives. 

Lastly, rumors have been circulating regarding the presence of a battle royale mode in Battlefield V especially after Black Ops 4 revealed that the upcoming game will feature the mode. However, EA announced that Battlefield V will have their own unique take on the popular mode. Dubbed as the Last Stand, this won’t be a standalone mode but will be the final round of Grand Operations. Players will be fighting for four rounds which equals to four in-game days. Resources will be low, and all players will compete until one player remains. However, the game incentives players who stay in a squad as it is the only way to obtain ammo and health items.

EA’s Battlefield V will be released on October 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Are you going to pre-order Battlefield V?

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TEKKEN 7 Gets Free DLC To Celebrate One Year Anniversary

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It's almost difficult to believe that the 7th King of the Iron Fist tournament has been challenging and demolishing players for a year now. In acknowledgment of this milestone, Bandai Namco has announced a load of new free content to come for Tekken 7 on May 31st.

The DLC update is going to contain a large list of items, from costumes to auras, for the players to be able to change the way their fighter appears. Here's the full list announced:

  • Story Mode Costume Set
    • Blood Vengeance Outfit
    • Final Battle Outfit
    • The Evil Eye
    • Vagabond
  • Aura Set
    • Arm Aura
    • Leg Aura
  • Female Hairstyle Set
    • Wave Ponytail
    • Bob Hairstyle
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling Set
    • T-shirt (BULLET CLUB x Heihachi)
    • T-shirt (Kazuchika Okada x King)
    • T-shirt (Kenny Omega x Bryan)
    • Hiroshi Tanahashi x Lars costume, health gauge, panel, and plate
  • Kuma and Panda Set
    • Assorted costumes for both characters
  • Metallic Item Set (Silver)
    • Assorted silver accessory items for characters

While the content being gifted to all Tekken 7 players is majorly cosmetic, it shows that time and attention is still going into the game from the developers. It's always nice to see dedication for the consumer base is still active within Bandai Namco for a game they launched a year ago. After looking over the list of content being added, what are you looking forward to using to update your fighter?

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Take-Two Interactive Boss Promises That RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Won’t Get Delayed Again

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Red Dead Redemption 2 will never be delayed again said the CEO of Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive. In an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Strauss Zelnick revealed that he is confident that the game will actually be released on October 26 to the PS4 and Xbox One. Zelnick practically made a promise in the interview that the game will come out as scheduled. When the interviewer asked him again, he revealed that a thousand people are working on the project from all over Rockstar’s studios to ensure it comes out on time. 

Of course, it's not really advisable for developers to promise release dates to gamers given the many elements that make up a game, one of which could go wrong at any time and delay the release. This isn’t the first time Zelnick shared his confidence in the game’s launch. A few months ago, Zelnick said that he was sure the game would not be delayed again after it was moved from Spring 2018 to its current release date on October 26.

You can check out Zelnick’s full interview with CNBC in the video posted below. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place in 1899 and will serve as the prequel to the original game, which took place in 1911. The game will follow “the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van Der Linda gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America to survive.” You can check out the game’s latest trailer here

Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled to release on October 26 to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Will the development team be able to keep their promise this time? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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T-Minus 3 Weeks – Developers Tease DEATH STRANDING And THE LAST OF US 2 For E3 2018

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As E3 2018 gets nearer with only a few weeks to go, video game developers and publishers are pre-occupied with ensuring that their games get the maximum exposure in the event as possible. Now, the developers behind two of the most highly-anticipated games in the event recently posted images teasing players of what to expect. 

First was Neil Druckmann, Vice President at Naughty Dog, who tweeted what looks like a screenshot of a post-apocalyptic neighborhood. Of course, it wouldn’t take that much to figure out that this is an image from Naughty Dog’s upcoming title, The Last of Us Part II. Druckmann’s tweet was captioned: “T-minus 3 weeks. #E32018”

Several hours after Druckmann’s tweet, Metal Gear Creator Hideo Kojima also posted a teaser for his upcoming game Death Stranding. The image posted also looked like a screenshot from the anticipated trailer that will be featured at E3. The image is captioned, “+1 on the T-minus 3 weeks. #E32018 DecimaxKojima=DS.”

Breaking down the caption, we can assume that the +1 is referring to the similar caption by Druckmann on his The Last of Us 2 tease. As for the DecimaxKokima=DS caption, we’re guessing that Decima stands for the game engine that Death Stranding will be using, and as for DS, I’m sure you know what that means. Given Kojima’s reputation of putting hidden meanings and secret signs in his games, could the image of what appears to be a moss, covering something underneath? Is it a dead body? Or is that too easy? 

Which game are you most excited to see on E3? Death Standing or The Last of Us Part: II? Share your pick in the comments below. 

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Sony’s Declining PS4 Sales Will Be Balanced Out By The Growing Number Of PS Plus Subscribers

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Yesterday, Sony revealed that the PlayStation 4 would enter its final phase as the company expects hardware sales to decline in the coming future. However, the company also shared that any negative impact concerning profits will be offset by the revenue that Sony’s services will continue to rake in. Sony announced this week that the number of active PSN users risen to 80 million, which is a 10 million increase from last year’s 70 million. 

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Most importantly, the number of people who subscribe to PlayStation Plus has risen from 34.2 million, which is a significant rise from last year’s 26.4 million. Furthermore, PS4 users are reported to be spending almost 800 million hours on the system every week, which also increased from last December’s figure of 600 million hours per week. Also, PS4 players have been asking Sony for backward compatibility support ever since the console's release in 2013. However, given that Sony's online game subscription service called PS Now recently added PS2 games in their library, it is likely that Sony will head in that direction and just release games from previous consoles to the PS Now. 

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All of the information came from Sony’s recent Corporate Strategy Meeting, where the company announced the PS4’s entry to the end of its lifecycle. The PS4 has been in the market for almost five years now, and within that time, Sony was able to sell 79 million units according to the company’s latest tally. Despite the company’s prediction of the console’s decline, the PS4 is still expecting many exclusives from different developers such as Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II, or Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man. 

Currently, Sony still hasn’t revealed any plans for the PlayStation 5, and Sony’s CEO Shawn Layden confirmed that no hardware announcements will be made at E3 2018. So if you’re hoping for a PS5 reveal, you may be disappointed. However, the company will be focusing on four games at E3 and revealed their plans for the event, which you can read in detail here

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HALO 6 Is On Its Way Afterall

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A few days ago, 343 Industries revealed Halo: Fireteam Raven, which is a cool arcade cabinet develop by arcade moguls Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix together with 343 Industries. Although the new arcade game looks fun and all, several fans of the franchise wondered whether the game’s developer has focused their resources on the arcade game rather than on Halo 6, or whatever the next main installment in the franchise will be called, but for now, let’s just settle at Halo 6. 

Now, Halo community manager Brian Jarrard revealed to Twitter that Fireteam Raven did not affect the team on 343 Industries that is hard at work on Halo 6. Jarrard made it clear that Fireteam Raven was made by Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix. Of course, 343 Industries was involved in the process, but actual work and development were done by the arcade companies. 

Given that Halo 5 was released three years ago, and Halo 4 and 5 also has a three-year gap, it looks like this year is the perfect time for Microsoft to start stirring up some hype for Halo 6. Good thing that E3 is coming up in a few weeks from now, which will be the perfect venue for Microsoft to do the reveal. 

Are you excited for Halo 6? What would you like to see on the next Halo game? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Sony Says That The PlayStation 4 Is Approaching Its End Of Its Lifecycle

In  Sony’s Corporate Strategy Meeting yesterday held in Tokyo, CEO John Kodera revealed that the PlayStation 4 is entering the final phase of its lifecycle. This means that the company is expecting that Sony will start to see a decline in the sales of new PS4 consoles. 

However, this predicament will not mean that Sony’s revenues will dip overall as the PlayStation Plus service will still rake in some profit that will offset the decline in sales. Wall Street Journal reporter, Takashi Mochizuki, who was in attendance at the meeting reported some of the statements said by Kodera. It is important to remember that it will still be a long time before Sony discontinue the production of the PS4 as the company hasn’t announced the console’s successor. Furthermore, the console is still expected to sell well, given that new exclusives are on the way such as The Last of Us: Part II and Spider-Man. 

Of course, Kodera’s statement does not mean that Sony will be pulling the plug on the PS4 soon. Instead, his statement only says that the company’s focus will now shift from selling consoles to keeping PS4 owners engaged. Kodera was quoted as revealing that Sony will continue to invest and focus on first-party exclusives either new titles or sequels to existing games. 

Given that the PS4 launched in 2013, it makes sense and is even expected that the console would be entering its final phase. Currently, the PlayStation 4 has sold over 79 million units according to Sony’s records, which puts in just below the PS3’s record of 80 million units in 2013. 

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