Bethesda sets a date for its E3 2018 press conference

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Bethesda sets a date for its E3 2018 press conference

Bethesda Softworks’ annual pre-E3 2018 showcase, BE3, will take place on Sunday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. PT, the publisher announced today. This will be Bethesda’s fourth dedicated E3 event.

As is tradition, Bethesda’s BE3 event will be open to the industry, media and public. Bethesda said in a press release that details on how fans can register for a chance to attend the show are coming soon. BE3 2018 will also be streamed live on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Rainbow Six: Siege’s editions are getting updated for Year 3

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Rainbow Six: Siege’s editions are getting updated for Year 3

Ubisoft is making some big changes to the way fans buy Rainbow Six: Siege, and what it means for their in-game unlocks.

Right now, Siege has five different versions that players can buy that all offer slightly different amounts of content unlocked from the start. The rest of the game’s content is available to all players via Siege’s in-game currency, called Renown, which can be earned by playing matches.

The $1.4M Robotech Kickstarter is an absolute disaster

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The $1.4M Robotech Kickstarter is an absolute disaster

The Kickstarter campaign for Robotech RPG Tactics, a tabletop miniatures game that was successfully funded in 2013, is a failure. Role-playing game maker Palladium Books said this week that it is unable to complete the full range of products promised to backers five years ago. Furthermore, Palladium president Kevin Siembieda announced that, after holding the license for Robotech in the U.S. for more than 30 years, his company is now unable to renew that license with its owner, Harmony Gold.

In short, the campaign has become a complete disaster.

Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime talks about the future of Overwatch League

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Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime talks about the future of Overwatch League

Last week, at DICE, I spoke to Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime about his role at the company and how he sees esports — including Overwatch League — evolving in the years ahead.

Morhaime co-founded Blizzard back in the early ‘90s, steering it toward enormous success. He’s perhaps best known to the gaming public for his his annual appearance at BlizzCon where he addresses hordes of fans attracted to Blizzard game worlds like Overwatch, StarCraft, Warcraft, Hearthstone and Diablo.

PUBG is now partnered with the wealthiest man in China

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PUBG is now partnered with the wealthiest man in China

The Hurun Report, a leading luxury publishing group out of Shanghai, China, has published its annual list of the world’s wealthiest individuals. One of this year’s rising stars is “Pony” Ma Huateng, the founder of Tencent, who is now reportedly the richest man in China.

Tencent was founded in 1998 and rose to prominence with the QQ messaging platform that is now pervasive on mainland China. The last half-decade has seen Tencent make aggressive investments in the western games industry. That includes the purchase of League of Legends developer Riot Games, and an investment in Activision Blizzard, Epic Games and Supercell. Tencent even made a significant investment in developer and publisher Paradox, and has partnered with PUBG Corp. to publish PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in China. The megacorporation also has a Steam competitor called WeGame.

Nintendo Switch deletes playtime data after a year

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Nintendo Switch deletes playtime data after a year

Nintendo users are finding that their logged playtime data from one year ago, when the console launched, is gone. It appears that the system is resetting the amount of time for which games have been played since on or before March 2, 2017 — suggesting that the Switch only tracks the month and day players first started up a game, not the year.

This is best explained with an illustrative example. Polygon received a pre-release Nintendo Switch review unit on Feb. 24, 2017. We began playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that same day. Although we’ve poured hundreds of hours into the game since then (how else do you think we could have made our guides?), that same Nintendo Switch now says we only started playing Breath of the Wild six days ago. It appears that sometime around when the console turned 1 year old, it erased 365 days’ worth of activity from the Zelda playtime log.

A Blizzard tweet has everyone thinking Diablo is coming to Switch

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A Blizzard tweet has everyone thinking Diablo is coming to Switch

Earlier this week, Blizzard tweeted a video of Diablo, the Lord of Terror, the Prime Evil, the Dark Lord, in the form of a nightlight being switched on and off. “Sweet dreams,” Blizzard said in the tweet.

Naturally, many of Blizzard’s followers interpreted that as a harbinger of news: “Diablo is coming to Nintendo Switch.” Because the nightlight had a switch on it. That flurry of speculation spawned two very active threads on the Nintendo Switch subreddit and the Resetera forums.

Bungie bringing original Destiny’s Iron Banner to Destiny 2

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Bungie bringing original Destiny’s Iron Banner to Destiny 2

Destiny 2’s semi-regular Iron Banner event is going “old-school” this spring — the game’s next major update will make it so that Iron Banner matches work similarly to the way they did in the original Destiny, developer Bungie announced today.

Bungie previously said that it was working on six-versus-six Crucible matches for Destiny 2, after launching the game with a reduced player count of four-versus-four. Today, the studio provided more details on the revisions to Iron Banner that it is building into Destiny 2’s version 1.1.4 update, which is scheduled to be released March 27.

Yes, Xbox Live is down

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Yes, Xbox Live is down

In case you’re wondering why you can’t log onto Xbox Live right now, it’s because the service is down. The Xbox Support Twitter account confirmed that Xbox Live is experiencing widespread outages, which is why your online connection may currently be either unstable or non-existent.

“Hey everyone! We’re aware that some of you are having trouble signing into Xbox Live - the right teams are hard at work to get everything working again. Thanks so much for all your patience!” reads a tweet from the account, sent nearly one hour ago.