Bungie announced today that on September 17 it will be launching a free-to-play version of Destiny 2, downloadable on Steam, alongside the game’s upcoming expansion Shadowkeep called Destiny 2: New Light. Featuring the base game as well as all of the year-one content, including “foundational modes, activities and rewards.” Plus, the free-to-play version gives players the ability to explore areas introduced in year-two content without purchasing the expansions themselves.Read more for the full live stream video and additional information.
Google Stadia’s launch information has been revealed in the company’s pre-E3 2019 presentation. Available in November, there will be a $129.99 Founder’s Edition, available to pre-order now, which comes with a Chromecast Ultra puck, limited-edition Night Blue controller, a priority Stadia username, and a couple three-month Stadia Pro subscriptions. The Stadia Pro service itself is priced at $9.99 per month and gives you full access to Google’s library in 4K resolution / 60 frames per second, HDR and 5.1 surround sound. Read more for the complete E3 2019 presentation video, launch prices around the world and additional information.
Finally, after years in production, the finalized SMACH Z console will make its first appearance at E3 2019 next Tuesday (June 11th). Just to recap, it’s powered by AMD’s embedded V1605B APU (4 cores / 8 threads) with a base clock of 2.0GHz (3.6 GHz Boost frequency), up to 16GB of RAM and a Radeon Vega 8 GPU (1.1 GHz core clock) onboard with 512 shaders. Available in these configurations: $699 Smach Z (4GB RAM/64GB storage/no camera), $899 Smach Z Pro (8GB RAM/128GB storage | 5MP camera), and the $1099 Smach Z Ultra (16GB RAM/256GB storage | 5MP camera). Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Similar to the original game, Minecraft Earth focuses on building structures, gathering resources, crafting and exploration. Unlike the original game, players can now build augmented reality structures in collaboration with other players, gather resources through tapping on “tappables” in the in-game map, and access “Adventure” which may be a puzzle or a specific task, or a virtual location with hostile entities to defeat. These quests reward players with in-game currency, while collaborative construction is completed on “build plates”, and players can share copies of their completed structures. Plus, Earth features a progression system with levels and experience points. Read more for the first live augmented reality demo straight from WWDC 2019.
Developed and published by StudioMDHR, Cuphead is basically a run and gun indie video game inspired by the rubber hose style of animation used in cartoons of the 1930s, such as the work of studios Fleischer and Walt Disney Animation, and aims to emulate their surrealist qualities. It was most recently ported to the Nintendo Switch, but now is confirmed to be heading to Tesla vehicles this summer. “Cuphead, we’ve got working. The developers have been helping us make it work. It’s a cool game. It’s insanely difficult. It’s sadistically difficult. It’s a twisted plot. It’s dark. It looks like some cute little Disney thing,” said Tesla community veteran Ryan McCaffrey in a podcast. Read more for a video showing all the game’s secret bosses and additional information.
NetherRealm Studios has just released a new trailer for Mortal Kombat 11’s first DLC character, Shang Tsung, and teases Sindel, Nightwolf, and the highly anticipated Spawn. The add-on will cost players $40, and features six new characters, one week of early access starting with Shang Tsung on June 18th, 7 exclusive character skins, and 7 exclusive sets of gear. Read more for the video and additional information.
DOOM fans rejoice! SIGIL is a free megawad for the original 1993 DOOM game created by John Romero, with nine single-player and nine deathmatch levels. It’s now available and requires players own the original 1993 registered version of DOOM in order to play. Simply put, it’s the spiritual successor to the fourth episode of DOOM, and picks up where the original left off. Limited Run Games has also released two fan boxes featuring music by metal guitar legend Buckethead, and includes a custom song written expressly for SIGIL as well as cover art by Christopher Lovell whose iconic, detailed work has been featured on numerous metal albums. Read more for a speed run on the hardest difficultly level and additional information, including the download link.
Google’s DeepMind researchers have created an AI system that was able to reach human-level performance in Quake III Arena’s Capture the Flag mode. How? It uses “AI agents” to represent its players in the game, which can play with or against human opponents, and then trained with 450,000 rounds of capture the flag, or in other words, four years of gameplay. “Artificially intelligent agents are getting better and better at two-player games, but most real-world endeavors require teamwork,” said DeepMind’s researchers. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
HBO partnered exclusively with VIVEPORT to launch an immersive VR experience based on the massive hit show “Game of Thrones”, and it’s finally here, only on Viveport Infinity. “Beyond the Wall” transports players to the northern border of The Seven Kingdoms to fight and defend The Wall where they can test their sword-fighting skills against a terrifying undead polar bear and hoard of wights. “VR is the perfect pairing for Game of Thrones fans who can now step onto the battlefield of Beyond the Wall as part of Viveport Infinity. Beyond the Wall gives you the first-hand experience of joining the Night’s Watch and protecting the realms of men with your flaming sword from the army of the dead,” said Rikard Steiber, President of Viveport. Read more for a trailer video and additional information.
Saber Interactive has just announced Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered, an HD re-release of the popular action-adventure game featuring the original cast of Columbia Pictures’ classic films. This game features a unique story from Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis that captures the supernatural comedic fun and fright fans love from the franchise, while also celebrating the 35th anniversary of Ghostbusters this year. It’s expected to launch later this year on the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC via the Epic Games store. Read more for the trailer and additional information.