Weekend Warrior – Ramping Up To E3

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Weekend Warrior – Ramping Up To E3

With E3 right around the corner, the Game Informer team will be split into two groups: those who venture to the mystical land of Los Angeles, and the home team sticking in Minnesota to hold down the fort. There is still a bit of time to squeeze in some games before things get too hectic, and here’s what we’ll be doing before being consumed with conferences. We would love to know your pre-E3 plans, let us know in the comments!

Kimberley Wallace (@kstar1785) – This weekend I’m prepping for the E3 storm by getting my beauty rest. I can’t wait for the surprise announcements, even if we’ve already had our share of leaks. There has got to be something I don’t know about. Let it be a cool RPG, please! I’ve been pretty addicted to Overwatch, so I’ll try to get a few matches in before my life revolves around E3. 

Something Strange Is Afoot As Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter Misses Today’s Console Launch

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Something Strange Is Afoot As Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter Misses Today’s Console Launch

If you want to play Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter today, you can. You just have to do it on PC. There is something strange going on with the console version.

In press releases provided as recently as May, publisher Bigben Interactive tagged the game with a June 10 release date on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Steam rollout happened as plan, but the game is absent from both the Xbox games store and PlayStation Store.

Marketing we just received has replaced the date with an amorphous “summer 2016” release window. However, it’s done so for all versions, including the already released PC edition.

The Game Awards To Return In December

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The Game Awards To Return In December

The Game Awards is a streamed award show for video games produced by Geoff Keighly that debuted in 2014 and took place in Las Vegas, with a second show happening in Los Angeles in 2015. Probably surprising no one, the show will run for a third year and will return in December.

Keighly confirmed the show would be coming back on December 1st with a tweet revealing a banner for the award show going up at E3: 

Banners starting to go up at @E3 so I can confirm @thegameawards return December 1st. More details this summer. pic.twitter.com/Zob8Vv0rFP

Overwatch Cut Together As An Anime Opening Is Super Kawaii

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Blizzard has given us some fantastic Overwatch animated shorts so far, but fans are hungry for more. One fan has taken a crack at re-envisioning the characters as anime stars.

YouTube user Inkling Inkling has cut together a number of in-game character animations with the animated shorts to create something new. The anime style opening below is where this begins. The “show’s” ending is still on the way.

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Pre-Order For Dark Souls Artorias Figure Opening On June 14

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Pre-Order For Dark Souls Artorias Figure Opening On June 14

The first of a series of Dark Souls character figures will be available for pre-order from First 4 Figures on June 14.

The figure is of Knight Artorias, also known as Artorias the Abysswalker, who is a Dark Souls boss exclusive from the Artorias of the Abyss DLC and was also one of the Four Knights of Lord Gwyn. This is a new series so a low quantity will be available for purchase.

Artorias is a popular boss in the series, and in April some extremely skilled blacksmiths recreated his great sword for their Man At Arms: Reforged series on YouTube. The First 4 Figures will have a launch countdown for the figure shown in their F4F Collector's Group on Facebook if you want to count down the minute until you can purchase the first in the Dark Souls figure series. 

New Neo Tokyo Level Announced For Rocket League

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Psyonix has announced a new free level for Rocket League called "New Tokyo." It will be available on June 20.

Available on July 18 will be two new premium DLC cars, one called Masamune and the other Esper – the latter being a possible nod to the Espers from the film Akira, which also takes place in a city called Neo Tokyo. The two new cars will be available as a timed exclusive for anyone who bought the upcoming retail version of the game releasing on July 5. 

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Game Of Thrones' Kit Harington Will Star As Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's Villain

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Yesterday rumors were flying about that Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, was involved in the new Call of Duty thanks to a video of him in a mo-cap rig. Activision has revealed that not only is he in the game but he's actually playing Infinite Warfare's villain, marking a rather dramatic shift to the kind of character Harington usually plays.

Infinite Warfare's narrative director, Taylor Kurosaki, said "Our story is about an epic showdown of opposing forces, and Kit immersed himself into the role and truly became the embodiment of the enemy, the Settlement Defense Front.  We can’t wait for fans to see Kit play an entirely different kind of character.”

The publisher also stated that Guy Ritchie, who directed Snatch and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., is working with Infinity Ward on the game in an unspecified production support role.

Bots And Private Matches Coming To Doom As Id Software Takes Over Multiplayer Support

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Since its release, Doom has received praise for its exhilarating, goofy single player campaign. However, the multiplayer component, developed separately from the campaign by developer Certain Affinity, has been taken to task for being barebones and uninteresting.

According to a recent interview conducted by Eurogamer with game director Marty Stratton, it looks like Id Software is ready to address those complaints. The studio will be taking the reins from Certain Affinity and applying a series of updates to multiplayer. 

Chief among the new additions will be bots, allowing players to practice their skills against A.I. controlled opponents. Stratton also says the team is working to add "private matches with custom settings" to the game. The private matches update is expected to hit this summer and will be free, with bots being added sometime later.

Injustice 2 Gameplay Premieres On June 11

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Injustice 2 Gameplay Premieres On June 11

Earlier this week, we got confirmation that Injustice 2 is coming in 2017. Tomorrow, you can see it in action.

The first gameplay footage will be revealed via live stream at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. You can tune in on NetherRealm’s Twitch channel.

Warner Bros. says that this is a taste of what we’ll be seeing next week at E3. You can check out the reveal trailer and check back for more information from the show floor.

July Cover Revealed – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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With its annual installments, the Call of Duty franchise is constantly tackling the challenge of reinventing itself while retaining the strong elements that put it on the first-person shooter map. In Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Infinity Ward preserves the strong ground combat elements from past games while also bringing bold new changes to bear by taking the battle into space.

We recently spent several days at Infinity Ward, taking an in-depth look at features, mechanics, weapons, vehicles, and more. Our 12-page cover story examines how this upcoming Call of Duty title makes some big changes to the standard campaign formula, all within a framework that keeps the longtime fans of the franchise in mind. Players take the role of Lt. Reyes as he assumes a position of command to take on the threat of the Settlement Defense Force, a merciless opponent bent on galactic domination.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is releasing on November 4 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Click the image below to see the full cover, front and back.