Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is a new action game from Team Ninja

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Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is a new action game from Team Ninja

Ninja Gaiden and Nioh developer Team Ninja is making a new Final Fantasy spinoff game for Square Enix. Titled Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and pitched as “a bold new vision for Final Fantasy,” the game is scheduled to launch in 2022 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is being developed by Final Fantasy veterans Tetsuya Nomura and Kazushige Nojima in conjunction with Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo Games.

Life is Strange: True Colors shows the power of Alex’s empathy

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Life is Strange: True Colors shows the power of Alex’s empathy

Life is Strange: True Colors developer Deck Nine revealed more information about the game’s empathy mechanic in a presentation during publisher Square Enix’s E3 presentation Sunday. The next Life is Strange game, which is scheduled to be released on Sept. 10, is about a 21-year-old Asian American woman named Alex Chen who moves to Colorado to reunite with her brother Gabe. When her brother mysteriously dies, Alex uses her supernatural power, Empathy, to find out what happened in the quiet mountain town.

The clip shows that Alex has long struggled with these powers; she calls them a curse rather than a gift, oftentimes becoming overwhelmed by others’ feelings of sadness, anger, and fear. Over the course of the story, she comes to terms with her powers and finds catharsis in unraveling what happened to Gabe, according to the trailer.

Marvel’s Avengers’ Black Panther expansion gets a cinematic trailer

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Marvel’s Avengers’ Black Panther expansion gets a cinematic trailer

Marvel’s Avengers: War for Wakanda is a new expansion coming this fall that will star Black Panther and add the Wakanda biome. Square Enix gave fans a fresh look at the expansion during its E3 2021 livestream on Sunday.

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics first announced the War for Wakanda expansion in March of this year. The original trailer was a call to cation from Klaw, the infamous Vibranium thief played by Andy Serkis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Klaw and his minions will invade Wakanda in the new expansion, and the Avengers will team up with the Black Panther to help him save his kingdom.

Square Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy game lets you be Star-Lord

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Square Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy game lets you be Star-Lord

Years after Eidos-Montréal’s Guardians of the Galaxy game was leaked in 2017, the Deus Ex developer is finally ready to show it off. Publisher Square Enix announced Guardians of the Galaxy, a single-player, third-person adventure game made in partnership with Marvel — part of a multiple-game agreement that included Marvel’s Avengers — during its E3 2021 presentation on Sunday.

Guardians of the Galaxy is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on Oct. 26.

Xbox and Bethesda at E3 2021: The 20 biggest announcements (and a mini fridge)

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Xbox and Bethesda at E3 2021: The 20 biggest announcements (and a mini fridge)

One of E3 2021’s biggest events was the joint showcase with Xbox and Bethesda. The event featured all-new information, announcements, and trailers for Starfield, STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl, Back 4 Blood, Battlefield 2042, Psychonauts 2, Fallout 76, Halo Infinite, Diablo 2: Resurrected, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Forza Horizon 5, and Redfall.

Here’s a roundup of the biggest announcements from the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021.

Xbox’s big bets are finally paying off

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Xbox’s big bets are finally paying off

Microsoft invested a fortune in Xbox and now we’re finally seeing why. It only took half a decade.

Let’s be real: for nearly five years, Xbox has been pretty boring. While Sony invested gobs of time and money into cinematic showpieces like God of War, Spider-Man, and The Last of Us Part 2, Microsoft filled its press events with news about studio acquisitions, familiar entries in established franchises, nascent subscription services, and cloud streaming platforms.

You’ll be able to buy an actual Xbox Mini Fridge later this year

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You’ll be able to buy an actual Xbox Mini Fridge later this year

The meme is real: An Xbox Series X-shaped mini fridge will be available to buy this holiday season, Microsoft announced Sunday during its E3 2021 showcase — a second “one more thing” surprise at the very end of the event.

Complete with an interior in the Xbox shade of green, the device is “powered” by the “Xbox Velocity Cooling Architecture,” according to its reveal trailer. As for its capacity, the dorm-room appliance appears to be capable of holding 10 12-ounce cans of beer, soda, or your beverage of choice. There’s no word yet on pricing.

Redfall is a new vampire multiplayer shooter from Arkane Austin

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Redfall is a new vampire multiplayer shooter from Arkane Austin

One day we will probably experience an E3 where not a single developer announces a new multiplayer shooter, but it certainly isn’t this one. Thankfully, Redfall, developed by Arkane Austin, actually seems like something pretty unique.

Redfall is an open-world, co-op shooter about a city overrun with vampires that’s somewhere between multiplayer and single-player. When introducing the trailer during Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2021 on Sunday, the company’s vice president of gaming Phil Spencer described Redfall as an open-world shooter that players will be able to enjoy on their own or with friends.

Forza Horizon 5 makes a run for Mexico in November

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Forza Horizon 5 makes a run for Mexico in November

Forza Horizon 5, announced at E3 2021 during the Microsoft and Bethesda E3 Showcase, takes drivers to Mexico and gives them miles of racing action, from the Sonoran desert to the lush Yucatán peninsula.

The fifth edition of Playground Games’ action-racing franchise will launch for Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on Nov. 9, 2021. Microsoft says it will be available on launch day to Xbox Game Pass subscribers. Earlier this week, Microsoft set a public goal of launching a new first-party game with Xbox Game Pass every quarter.