After Avengers Game Criticism At E3, Dev Confirms It Won't Change Character Designs

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Square Enix officially announced its new Avengers game this week at E3 2019, and the reaction was mixed. Specifically, people on the internet got upset about the new character designs for main characters Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The designs are new for the game; they are not based on the actors from the MCU films.

Will Square Enix change the character designs in the wake of the criticism, like what's happening with the Sonic the Hedgehog movie?

No. Square Enix is committed to the character designs it's created for the game, according to lead creative director Shaun Escayg of developer Crystal Dynamics.

E3 2019: The Witcher 3.5 Would Have Made Money But Cyberpunk Dev Decided Against It

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The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red could have developed The Witcher 3.5 and made a quick buck. However, th studio decided not to because it runs counter to the company's ambition to always push the boundaries and try new things. That's according to founder Marcin Iwinski, who said at E3 this week that CD Projekt Red is "not a games factory."

"We would love at a certain point to tell more stories about The Witcher, but when and how I cannot tell you now," he explained at the E3 Coliseum. "We are not a games factory. We treat games as an art."

Iwinski said CD Projekt Red's ambition is to "push the bar higher" with every new release. As such, while the Polish studio theoretically could have made The Witcher 3.5, it decided to try something completely new with Cyberpunk 2077 instead.

E3 2019: Something Called "Ubisoft Pass" Leaks

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A listing for what could be a new Ubisoft streaming service has emerged online ahead of E3 2019 next month. Members of the Resetera forum (via VG247) spotted a placeholder listing for something called "Ubisoft Pass."

The listing has since been removed, but VG247 reports that the Ubisoft Store also had a page dedicated to subscription services that has also since been taken down. That is curious since Ubisoft does not currently operate any subscription services.

The original placeholder image was for a "Premium" version of the Ubisoft Pass. This wording suggests that the service, if it is real, may be available in different tiers.

Battlefield 5's Next Free Map, Mercury, Brings The Fight To Greece; See It In Action

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Battlefield V is adding a new map very soon, and now DICE has released a trailer for it. The new map, Mercury, is coming to Battlefield V on May 30 through a free update.

As you can see, Mercury is set in Greece in the Mediterranean. The map is part of Battlefield V's Chapter 3: Trial By Fire Update. "Based on the events of Operation Mercury in 1941, this map lets you deploy on the coast of Crete where the British take on the invading German forces," reads a line from the map's official description.

In a blog post, DICE said the gameplay for Mercury is focused on "verticality, all-out war, and asymmetrical vehicle forces." The British side have tanks and only a small number of plans, with the German side commanding the skies with more planes.

Pokemon Sword And Shield Nintendo Direct Announced For Next Week

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Nintendo has already announced the date and time of its E3 2019 Direct, but that isn't the only presentation fans have to look forward to next month. Ahead of the expo, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company are also holding a special Pokemon-focused Direct presentation, which will showcase some new details about Pokemon Sword and Shield.

The Pokemon Direct is set for Wednesday, June 5, at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM BST. According to The Pokemon Company, the presentation will run for approximately 15 minutes and will reveal "new information" about the upcoming Nintendo Switch games. You'll be able to livestream it on Nintendo's website, YouTube, and Twitch channels. GameSpot will also have a stream up so you can tune in right here.

Tune in on June 5 at 6 a.m. PT for roughly 15 minutes of new information on #PokemonSwordShield for #NintendoSwitch in a livestreamed Pokémon Direct presentation.