The Sci-Fi Games We Hope To See At E3, But Likely Won't

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The Sci-Fi Games We Hope To See At E3, But Likely Won't

The future of games is on display next week at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo. Better known as E3, this week-long show is used by game publishers and developers to show off their latest works and surprises. Thanks to a rash of sizeable leaks, there may not be many secrets at this year's show, but we'd like to think some games are still tucked away under lock and key. Part of the fun of E3 is seeing the unexpected, and being wowed by something you didn't know was in development.

What surprises could still be out there? We haven't heard a peep from Rocksteady Studios or Guerrilla Games in many moons. In this edition of Science-Fiction Weekly, I provide my best guess as to what these studios may be working on, along with the odds of that game actually appearing at E3. There's a chance we won't see any of this stuff at the show, but it's always fun to speculate about what could be coming next.

2018 Video Game Release Schedule

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2018 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2018, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

New additions or changes to the list are in bold.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

2018 Video Game Release Schedule

about X hours ago from
2018 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2018, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

New additions or changes to the list are in bold.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

E3 2018 Predictions: Microsoft

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E3 2018 Predictions: Microsoft

E3 is one of the most exciting times of the year, but in some ways the road to E3 is even more exciting because we have time to speculate and dream about the possibilities. We’ve been doing a lot of dreaming this year. Here are several of our predictions for what Microsoft has planned for E3 this year.

A New Forza On The Horizon This is pretty much a no-brainer. Forza has been on a yearly cycle for a long time – bouncing between the main Motorsport series and its Horizon offshoot. If the series follows this cycle, we can expect another entry in Horizon’s open-world playground. Rumors have speculated that this entry will be set somewhere in the U.K., but we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out for sure. Expect to see another high-end supercar on Microsoft’s stage this year.

Probability: Sure bet

E3 2018 Predictions: Microsoft

about X hours ago from
E3 2018 Predictions: Microsoft

E3 is one of the most exciting times of the year, but in some ways the road to E3 is even more exciting because we have time to speculate and dream about the possibilities. We’ve been doing a lot of dreaming this year. Here are several of our predictions for what Microsoft has planned for E3 this year.

A New Forza On The Horizon This is pretty much a no-brainer. Forza has been on a yearly cycle for a long time – bouncing between the main Motorsport series and its Horizon offshoot. If the series follows this cycle, we can expect another entry in Horizon’s open-world playground. Rumors have speculated that this entry will be set somewhere in the U.K., but we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out for sure. Expect to see another high-end supercar on Microsoft’s stage this year.

Probability: Sure bet

Check Out The 2018 Into The Pixel Video Game Art Collection

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Every year the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) round up a collection of the most impressive video game concept art to out up for auction. This year's gallery is particularly impressive, featuring work from Concrete Genie, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, Days Gone, and others. 

Check out the images in the gallery above (which you can view full screen). 

The 15 pieces will be available for auction on eBay starting June 12 at noon PDT. 

All Of The E3 2018 Leaks

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All Of The E3 2018 Leaks

Given how many people are attached to the development of a game, keeping it under wraps is challenging. Knowing secrets are harder to keep these days, we're seeing more games get announced prior to their official introduction at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Even these plans are sometimes bested by leaks from the most unforeseen of places, like Walmart Canada. In the months leading up to this year's E3, we've seen leaks from almost every major publisher, including Nintendo, which has historically been one of the best at keeping secrets.

Many of the leaks that hit the Internet end up being fake, fan-made creations, but some are legitimate, and have been verified by Game Informer or other press outlets. Here's a roundup of all of the verified leaks that we've seen thus far, along with the means to which we learned about them:

A Tale Of Intertwined Destinies

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A Tale Of Intertwined Destinies

After a strong first year, Nintendo Switch owners are looking for the next game they can sink hours upon hours into from their couch or on the go. Role-playing games are particularly suited for portable platforms, and this summer delivers an RPG that many Switch owners have been eagerly anticipating. From the team behind the popular Bravely Default and Bravely Second: End Layer, Octopath Traveler expands on concepts explored in those games and ties everything together with a beautiful, distinct art style that mixes pixel art with realism. After playing a couple hours, I’m excited for the ways it harkens back to retro role-playing games through its robust systems and fun turn-based combat.

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The Sports Desk – The NBA 2K19 Wishlist

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The Sports Desk – The NBA 2K19 Wishlist

The NBA 2K series is a sales juggernaut that won't quit. Year in and year out, hoops addicts buy the game throughout the year, making it a perennial listing alongside the Grand Theft Autos and Call of Dutys of the world in the NPD sales charts. Playing the game year-in and year-out, it's easy to see why. While developer Visual Concepts has its share of clanks off the rim (and even the occasional air ball), the team behind 2K continually pushes the boundaries of sports video games with ambitious new features.

NBA 2K18's bright new features like a MyGM storyline, all-time franchise teams, and improved player models were largely obfuscated by public outcry about the overly aggressive microtransaction system. The backlash didn't keep the game from selling, but if past sports games are any indication, the successor typically pays for the sins of its predecessor. If Visual Concepts hopes to keep the franchise growing, it will need to take the overabundance of negative fan feedback into consideration and integrate solutions alongside its ambitions for NBA 2K19.

As a longtime player who has owned every copy of NBA 2K since its debut in 1999, Matt Bertz has his own ideas about how NBA 2K19 could rise above the doubt. Here's his wishlist for this year's game.

The Sports Desk – The NBA 2K19 Wishlist

about X hours ago from
The Sports Desk – The NBA 2K19 Wishlist

The NBA 2K series is a sales juggernaut that won't quit. Year in and year out, hoops addicts buy the game throughout the year, making it a perennial listing alongside the Grand Theft Autos and Call of Dutys of the world in the NPD sales charts. Playing the game year-in and year-out, it's easy to see why. While developer Visual Concepts has its share of clanks off the rim (and even the occasional air ball), the team behind 2K continually pushes the boundaries of sports video games with ambitious new features.

NBA 2K18's bright new features like a MyGM storyline, all-time franchise teams, and improved player models were largely obfuscated by public outcry about the overly aggressive microtransaction system. The backlash didn't keep the game from selling, but if past sports games are any indication, the successor typically pays for the sins of its predecessor. If Visual Concepts hopes to keep the franchise growing, it will need to take the overabundance of negative fan feedback into consideration and integrate solutions alongside its ambitions for NBA 2K19.

As a longtime player who has owned every copy of NBA 2K since its debut in 1999, Matt Bertz has his own ideas about how NBA 2K19 could rise above the doubt. Here's his wishlist for this year's game.