Something to look forward to: EA's Respawn Entertainment subsidiary -- responsible for the ever-popular Titanfall series and Apex Legends -- is reportedly working on three new Star Wars games in some capacity. Two are being directly developed by the studio, whereas the third will merely be published by them. It seems the success of Respawn's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has reignited EA's interest in more varied Star Wars experiences. EA's time with the Star Wars franchise has not produced much in recent years. During its decade with exclusive rights to the license, EA released four major games: Star Wars Battlefront and its sequel, Fallen Order, and Squadrons. The former two titles were plagued by controversy during and after their respective launches and were all EA had released for years until 2019's Fallen Order hit store shelves. That is precisely why today's news is so exciting. Though one of the newly-announced titles will be a shooter, the other two will not. We'll be … [Read more...] about EA is working on three new Star Wars games: a Jedi title, a first-person shooter, and a strategy game
Audio player loading… Reviews for Pokémon Legends: Arceus are out in the wild, giving us an idea of whether Game Freak’s latest entry in the pocket monster series lives up to the hype – and from what we’ve read so far, it certainly sounds like it does. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is currently sitting at a respectable Metacritic score of 86, with a few critics giving the game full marks. The next mainline title in the Pokémon series, Arceus marks a major change in direction for the franchise. Here’s a roundup of what the gaming press are making of the latest Pokémon release. In Polygon's review , Ryan Gilliam recommends the game, and says it finally gives Pokémon fans something new, even if it “stumbles often on its way to innovation… and brings equal parts brilliance and frustration in its updated systems”. Pokémon Legends: Arceus review: A messy, worthwhile experiment https://t.co/8IhHxSEzvC pic.twitter.com/dXgutZQF09 January 26, 2022 See … [Read more...] about Pokémon Legends: Arceus reviews roundup – a breath of fresh air
Audio player loading… Ubisoft has confirmed that no more updates will be coming to Watch Dogs Legion , the publisher's third game in a trilogy of open-world hack-em-ups. The game's current multiplayer season will be the last, cycling through older seasons going forward in lieu of introducing new ones. As reported by Eurogamer , Ubisoft itself has actually been quite late in confirming this via a blog post on the game's website, which states that the game's last major update, Patch 5.6, was the last it will receive. That patch launched way back in September 2021. "TU 5.6 was our final update for Watch Dogs: Legion," the blog post states. "However, you can look forward to reward tracks in the Online Mode, containing both new and returning rewards. "The current season 4 Rebels track, containing 80 ranks, will run until January 22, 2022, followed by Season 5 Stripes . After that, Seasons 3-5 will continue to cycle and return to the game, giving … [Read more...] about Watch Dogs Legion’s final update actually happened last year
Audio player loading… Characters from the hit series Arcane are blasting back into Fortnite, and this time Jinx is bringing her sister Vi along for the ride. The League of Legends (LoL) champions rose to new levels of fame after appearing in the hugely popular Netflix series , and Fortnite is once again collaborating with LoL developer Riot Games so players can roam around the new Chapter 3 island as the dynamic duo. Arcane Vi will make her Fortnite debut on Saturday, January 22 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT (Sunday, January 23, 12 AM GMT / 10 AM AEST) when she lands in the Item Shop – with Jinx returning to the store at the same time. Alongside the Fortnite skins , players will be able to pick up a slew of different cosmetics to create a full Arcane-inspired loadout. The Pow Pow Crusher Pickaxe and Playground (Instrumental) Lobby Track will make a comeback. Meanwhile, players will also be able to snatch up the new Piltover Warden Hammer Pickaxe, the … [Read more...] about LOL champion and Arcane hero Vi comes to Fortnite Chapter 3
Audio player loading… A bevy of franchises will likely soon be joining team Xbox, as Microsoft today announced it’s agreed to buy gaming publisher Activision Blizzard for close to $70 billion. Alongside Call of Duty , Warcraft, Diablo , and other huge brands making their to the company’s portfolio, another much-loved series received a mention: Guitar Hero. The rhythm game series got a brief shoutout on the official Xbox website , hailing it as one of many titles heading to Microsoft, along with the likes of Crash Bandicoot , StarCraft, and Overwatch . It’s the first mention of Guitar Hero from a games publisher in several years, as the series hit a dry patch of mainline releases some years ago after focusing on a mobile release. The most recent game in the series, Guitar Hero Live, was released back in 2015 to a middling critical and commercial reception. So much so that Activision sold its developer, FreeStyle Games, to Ubisoft a couple of years … [Read more...] about Does Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard give Guitar Hero a new lease of life?
Bottom line: The gaming landscape has been shaken to its core, and we’re not even a full month into 2022. More deals could be in the pipeline, but regulators' response to Microsoft's buyout of Activision Blizzard will likely play a big role in determining when or if they happen. Take-Two Interactive got things going with its $12.7 billion acquisition of Zynga , but it was Microsoft that really stirred the pot with its $68.7 billion offer to purchase Activision Blizzard. Regarding the Microsoft deal, many have questioned how Sony and others might respond. Analysts at Enders Analysis believe that if Sony wants to hop aboard the merger and acquisition bandwagon, its best bet might be a buyout of Electronic Arts. With a current market cap of around $37 billion, however, it’d be far more affordable for Sony to go after lower value targets like Take-Two or Ubisoft, which are valued at $18.33 billion and $6.9 billion, respectively. MKM Partners analyst Eric Handler, … [Read more...] about Sony could respond to Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard by purchasing EA
In brief: The Sandbox game is partnering with Warner Music Group (WMG) to create the first music-themed world inside the game's metaverse. Named Warner Music Group LAND, the music company's world will have a venue for live performances, as well as a theme park for visitors. Have you ever imagined seeing a concert of Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Cardi B, Ed Sheeran, or Michael Bublé in the metaverse? Well, thanks to WMG's new partnership with The Sandbox , that's now a possibility. The deal between the record label conglomerate and the developer is Sandbox's first deal with a prominent music company and marks the entrance of WMG into the NFT-verse. Considering WMG's portfolio of labels, which includes Atlantic, Warner Records, Elektra, and Parlophone, The Sandbox now has access to a vast roster of artists for live music experiences. With this partnership, WMG hopes to create a new virtual space for musical entertainment, allowing fans to engage with some of their favorite … [Read more...] about Warner Music and Sandbox are bringing live concerts to the metaverse