Square Enix Assembles The Avengers At E3 2019

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Square Enix Assembles The Avengers At E3 2019

We've known for some time that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics had teamed up with Marvel to bring us a new Avengers game project, but the game has been kept tightly under wraps. Tonight, we got our first real glimpse of the title at the Square Enix press conference, and the Marvel heroes came out swinging. 

Marvel Avengers is an online enabled action/adventure game with a focus on cinematic storytelling, built to be played by up to four players online at the same time. While the main characters at launch (Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Iron Man) should be familiar to anyone who hasn’t been hiding under a rock in the last few years, it’s notable that Crystal Dynamics is crafting their own takes on these characters and their world, so they won’t be part of the same storytelling continuum as the same characters in the comics of movies.

We'll be updating this article with additional info as it rolls in. 

Respawn Talks About The Future Of Apex Legends

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Respawn Talks About The Future Of Apex Legends

Respawn Entertainment's Apex Legends came out of nowhere early this year to be the surprise hit of early 2019. From its rock-solid launch, the battle royale set in the Titanfall universe experienced a meteoric rise, drawing in more than 50 million players in a month and surpassing even Fortnite's growth trajectory. Now comes the even harder part: Convincing everyone to stick around. 

During EA Play this week, Respawn outlined its plans for Season Two, which include adding a new legendary hero to the roster, introducing ranked mode, and improving the battle pass. We spoke with Respawn executive producer Drew McCoy and lead product manager Lee Horn about what fans can expect in the coming months.

How hard is it to go from traditionally developing a game to developing a service game?

Unpacking Keanu’s Cyberpunk 2077 Cameo – E3 Kings

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Unpacking Keanu’s Cyberpunk 2077 Cameo – E3 Kings

We may be down a king (sorry!), but that doesn't mean that our E3 coverage is lacking. In our second episode of E3 Kings, Leo Vader revisits some of the highlights from Microsoft and Bethesda's press conferences, including a glimpse of new Xbox hardware, more Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and an appearance from Hollywood's own Keanu Reeves!

There's a lot to get into, so we'll ... just get right into it! Thanks for watching, and be sure to come back every day for more episodes of E3 Kings!

Unpacking Keanu’s Cyberpunk 2077 Cameo – E3 Kings

about X hours ago from
Unpacking Keanu’s Cyberpunk 2077 Cameo – E3 Kings

We may be down a king (sorry!), but that doesn't mean that our E3 coverage is lacking. In our second episode of E3 Kings, Leo Vader revisits some of the highlights from Microsoft and Bethesda's press conferences, including a glimpse of new Xbox hardware, more Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and an appearance from Hollywood's own Keanu Reeves!

There's a lot to get into, so we'll ... just get right into it! Thanks for watching, and be sure to come back every day for more episodes of E3 Kings!

Unpacking Keanu’s Cyberpunk 2077 Cameo – E3 Kings

about X hours ago from
Unpacking Keanu’s Cyberpunk 2077 Cameo – E3 Kings

We may be down a king (sorry!), but that doesn't mean that our E3 coverage is lacking. In our second episode of E3 Kings, Leo Vader revisits some of the highlights from Microsoft and Bethesda's press conferences, including a glimpse of new Xbox hardware, more Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and an appearance from Hollywood's own Keanu Reeves!

There's a lot to get into, so we'll ... just get right into it! Thanks for watching, and be sure to come back every day for more episodes of E3 Kings!

Everything Missing From EA Play – E3 Kings

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Everything Missing From EA Play – E3 Kings

My goodness, is it E3 already? Close enough! EA held its annual EA Play event this afternoon, a day after Google unofficially started the show with its Stadia livestream. It's still early, but we've already seen some good stuff, including a 15-minute demo of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, new Apex Legends season two details, and some sports stuff that people are bound to be excited about.

If you missed out, we're here to help in our new E3 video feature, E3 Kings. Here, we'll break down the gameplay highlights, exciting reveals, and embarrassing blunders. We'll be posting new episodes every night throughout the week, so be sure to come back and see what we're up to!

Everything Missing From EA Play – E3 Kings

about X hours ago from
Everything Missing From EA Play – E3 Kings

My goodness, is it E3 already? Close enough! EA held its annual EA Play event this afternoon, a day after Google unofficially started the show with its Stadia livestream. It's still early, but we've already seen some good stuff, including a 15-minute demo of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, new Apex Legends season two details, and some sports stuff that people are bound to be excited about.

If you missed out, we're here to help in our new E3 video feature, E3 Kings. Here, we'll break down the gameplay highlights, exciting reveals, and embarrassing blunders. We'll be posting new episodes every night throughout the week, so be sure to come back and see what we're up to!

A Familiar Face From Star Wars’ Past Returns In Jedi: Fallen Order

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A Familiar Face From Star Wars’ Past Returns In Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order introduces us to a new ensemble of characters, including a mysterious padawan, an equally mysterious Jedi Knight, a never-before-seen alien species, and an entirely new droid type. These characters also take us to planets that haven’t been featured in any Star Wars movie, book, or game. Respawn Entertainment and Lucasfilm’s story group worked together closely to add extensive amounts of content to Star Wars’ canon.

As much as I love exploring unexpected sectors of this universe, one of the top moments in Jedi: Fallen Order’s E3 demo is when a familiar face swings in to take a closer look at Cal and BD-1, who just hijacked an AT-AT. The character of note is Saw Gerrera. Most of you probably know Saw from his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Played by Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker, Saw was the resistance fighter who brought a young Jyn Erso under his wing, and later was seen as a wary fighter in hiding.

Some of you may have first gotten to know Saw through either The Clone Wars or Rebels animated shows. The version that appears in the game has the facial features of Forest Whitaker and armor design close to the one he wore in Rebels.

A Familiar Face From Star Wars’ Past Returns In Jedi: Fallen Order

about X hours ago from
A Familiar Face From Star Wars’ Past Returns In Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order introduces us to a new ensemble of characters, including a mysterious padawan, an equally mysterious Jedi Knight, a never-before-seen alien species, and an entirely new droid type. These characters also take us to planets that haven’t been featured in any Star Wars movie, book, or game. Respawn Entertainment and Lucasfilm’s story group worked together closely to add extensive amounts of content to Star Wars’ canon.

As much as I love exploring unexpected sectors of this universe, one of the top moments in Jedi: Fallen Order’s E3 demo is when a familiar face swings in to take a closer look at Cal and BD-1, who just hijacked an AT-AT. The character of note is Saw Gerrera. Most of you probably know Saw from his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Played by Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker, Saw was the resistance fighter who brought a young Jyn Erso under his wing, and later was seen as a wary fighter in hiding.

Some of you may have first gotten to know Saw through either The Clone Wars or Rebels animated shows. The version that appears in the game has the facial features of Forest Whitaker and armor design close to the one he wore in Rebels.

The Metroid And Dark Souls Inspirations Of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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The Metroid And Dark Souls Inspirations Of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

To gain the best understanding of the experience Respawn Entertainment is building for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, you basically need to forget about past Star Wars games. Kill them if you have to. Certain elements that have become gameplay standards for Jedi-focused games still remain, like timing a button press to send a laser blast back at the stormtrooper that fired it, but the flow of combat and exploration are quite different than we’ve seen in a Star Wars title, and in fact have more in common with Metroid and Dark Souls.

The Metroid connection is exactly what you would expect. When protagonist Cal Kestis and his droid friend BD-1 explore a world, they may see areas that are out of reach or blocked by something. As the game unfolds and Cal and BD learn new abilities or are upgraded, they use new powers to open up previously unreachable zones.