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.

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Borderlands Studio Exec Leaves For "Dream Job"

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Ahead of the release of Borderlands 3 in September, Gearbox Publishing boss John Vignocchi is heading out. The games industry veteran announced on Twitter that he's left Gearbox for his "dream job" somewhere else.

"Leaving the company was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make and I wouldn't have done it if it wasn't for the love and support of everyone there," Vignocchi said on Twitter. "They understood and encouraged me to take this role as it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime gig."

Vignocchi said he had a great time working at Gearbox, where he served as executive producer for Gearbox Publishing for about a year. He specifically praised Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford and head of publishing Steve Gibson, saying they both know "how to bring out the passion and excellence of all the amazing [developers] that work there."

E3 2019: The Simpsons Producers And Writers Are Heading To The Show For A Panel

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The writers and producers of Fox's iconic animated TV show The Simpsons are coming to E3 2019. They will appear on a June 11 E3 Coliseum panel where they will discuss ... well, we don't know. Given E3 is a video game convention, people are naturally assuming there will be a discussion about video games and potentially some news.

But don't get too excited just yet. A sequel to The Simpsons Hit & Run would be fantastic news, but there is no word yet on if there will be any game announcements during the panel. We don't even know who from The Simpsons team will be there.

Whatever the case, you can catch The Simpsons panel at E3 on June 11. Presumably it will be streamed live like the rest of the E3 Coliseum panels including the one where Netflix may announce video game adaptations of its shows. The E3 Coliseum is organized by games media veteran Geoff Keighley in coordination with the ESA, which owns and operates E3.

John Wick 3 Exceeds John Wick 2's Lifetime Box Office After Just 2 Weeks

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The new John Wick movie, Chapter 3, is very popular. After another strong performance at the box office in its second weekend, Chapter 3 has now made $175.4 million worldwide.

What that means is John Wick 3 needed just two weeks to surpass the amount of money that John Wick 2 made during its entire theatrical run ($171.5 million). To put that number in context even further, the first John Wick made $88 million worldwide over its lifetime. The franchise is getting more popular with every release, which probably explains why John Wick 4 was announced so early. In addition, there is a John Wick film spin-off in the works, while a TV show called The Continental is also in development.

The John Wick series stars The Matrix actor Keanu Reeves as an assassin with a price on his head. He mows down everyone in his path. The series also features Laurence Fishburn, Lance Reddick, and Ian McShane, while Chapter 3 added Halle Barry and Anjelica Huston. The movie was directed by Chad Stahelski, who also made John Wick 1 and 2.

Nintendo Switch Exclusive Travis Strikes Again Is Coming To PS4 And PC

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Travis Strikes Again, the No More Heroes spinoff that launched in January as an exclusive for Nintendo Switch, is headed to new platforms. The game is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC, game director Suda51 announced at the Momocon 2019 event in Atlanta this weekend.

There is no word on when Travis Strikes Again will launch on PS4 and PC, what differences there may be compared to the Switch edition, or if it'll also release on Xbox One. Developer Grasshopper Manufacture says it will announce more details in due course.

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