Intel wants to make competitive VR a reality

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Intel wants to make competitive VR a reality

Virtual reality doesn't have much of a foothold in the eSports world. You can watch tournaments in VR, but competing in VR? Almost unheard of. Intel wants to change that -- it's teaming up with Oculus and long-time partner ESL to kick off the VR Challenger League. The competitive gaming series will have players donning headsets to take each other on through Insomniac's The Unspoken and Ready at Dawn's Echo Arena. The league will start with online-only competition in July, but the finalists will square off in person at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in 2018.

‘Starlink’ is ‘Skylanders’ for space babies

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‘Starlink’ is ‘Skylanders’ for space babies

In the spirit of games like "Skylanders," "Disney Infinity" and "LEGO Dimensions", Ubisoft Toronto announced at E3 on Monday that it is jumping into the toys-to-life genre with "Starlink: Battle for Atlas". In Starlink, you command a fleet of talented space pilots in their defense of the Atlas star system against a legion of robotic invaders. And this game isn't just a series of space battles, you'll be able to seamlessly travel between seven unique worlds, explore them and then jump back into the cosmos for more fighting.

‘Beyond Good & Evil 2’ is really happening

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‘Beyond Good & Evil 2’ is really happening

It's happening. It's really happening. I can't believe it's real, but it is: Beyond Good & Evil 2. At Ubisoft's E3 press conference, the long-awaited sequel was finally re-revealed with a brand new CG trailer. It starts with an anthropomorphic pig (is that Pey'j?) trying to strike a deal with a monkey in a rundown bar. It quickly turns sour, allowing the primate to escape with a mysterious woman on a hoverbike. The scene then peels back to reveal a clunky sci-fi city built on top of temples with broken and abandoned spaceship parts. It ends with the pair returning to a secret spaceship nestled in a misty valley, before blasting off in search of paradise.

'Far Cry 5' has a cult-fighting dog

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'Far Cry 5' has a cult-fighting dog

The next Far Cry is based in America, and our first glimpse of gameplay at Ubisoft's E3 2017 press event suggests a game where your band of misfit guns for hire are pretty darn important -- and one of them is a dog. Amazing Grace formed the soundtrack for the Far Cry 5 intro, sung by one of the antagonists as he holds a pretty darn meaty gun in the middle of a church.

A 'South Park' mobile game is coming this year

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A 'South Park' mobile game is coming this year

If you're bored with Pokémon Go and happen to be a fan of Comedy Central's animated misfits, you'll soon be in luck. Ubisoft's RedLynx teamed up with South Park Digital Studios for South Park: Phone Destroyer, a free-to-play mobile game that's set to arrive on Android and iOS later this year. Ubisoft says the game is designed so nothing is blocked behind a paywall and every part of the game is available to everyone -- whether they choose to spend money or not.

'Skull & Bones' takes open world online gaming to the high seas

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'Skull & Bones' takes open world online gaming to the high seas

Ubisoft Singapore just announced its next game here at E3 2017, called Skull & Bones. It challenges players to rise to the rank of pirate king, while playing with their friends and against their enemies in an online open world. During the conference, they showed off 5-on-5 multiplayer, as ships jostled about in combat and, eventually, escape with their ill-gotten loot. If this sounds a bit familiar, it shouldn't be a surprise, as the team's previous project was Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

'Transference' wants to scare you out of ever playing VR again

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'Transference' wants to scare you out of ever playing VR again

Today, we look at virtual reality mostly as a means of entertainment -- but the technology introduces some interesting questions. Can virtual experience be used to treat PTSD? Could it be used to create false memories? The idea of VR as a tool for "hacking" the brain seems to be the idea behind Ubisoft's new virtual reality title, Transference. That on its own sounds interesting, but if that's not enough, the title has star power: apparently, the game stars Elijah Wood.

‘The Crew 2’ expands open-world racing to the air and sea

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‘The Crew 2’ expands open-world racing to the air and sea

The middling reception to The Crew hasn't stopped Ubisoft from making a sequel. The open-world racing franchise returns with The Crew 2, this time with planes and boats throw into the mix. You'll be racing through 'Motornation', a fictional version of the United States which includes cities, forests and deserts. Think of it like Steep, Ubisoft's action-sports adventure game, but for motorsport. One minute, you'll be racing through New York City in a supercar, the next, you'll be carving through a swamp in a high-speed jet boat. You can't do the latter in Need for Speed, that's for sure.