Microsoft reiterates need for cordless VR, long-term support of tech

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Microsoft reiterates need for cordless VR, long-term support of tech

In the weeks leading up to E3, Polygon chatted with most of the key players in virtual reality about the current state of the technology.

Microsoft warned us at the time that VR wasn’t going to play a role in its big pre-E3 press conference and that the company wouldn’t be discussing VR on the Xbox One X. Instead, the company said, they were focusing on VR for the PC and working toward a console VR future that would be wireless.

Xbox head rejects Sony’s defense of blocking cross-platform play

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Xbox head rejects Sony’s defense of blocking cross-platform play

E3’s war of words over cross-platform play in games such as Minecraft and Rocket League continued this evening, with Xbox head Phil Spencer scoffing at Sony’s explanation for why it’s preventing PlayStation users from playing with people on other platforms.

Let’s recap the story so far. Microsoft announced during its press briefing that it is opening up Minecraft to allow for people on Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, virtual reality headsets and Windows 10 to play the game with each other. And when Psyonix announced a Switch version of Rocket League this week, the company said that the game will support multiplayer action across Linux, Mac, Switch, Windows and Xbox One.

Ni No Kuni 2’s creator talks about the game’s fresh direction

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Ni No Kuni 2’s creator talks about the game’s fresh direction

Ni No Kuni was one of my favorite games of 2010. It merged a beautifully rendered Studio Ghibli world with standard role-playing mechanics to create a huge story about childhood and loss.

At E3, publisher Bandai Namco is preparing a sequel for launch on Nov. 10. Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom’s protagonist is a young king named Evan ousted from his position by his subjects. He was perceived as “too nice” for the job. He joins a middle-aged leader from the real world (transported to the fantasy realm like the protagonist in the last game) on a quest to find himself and become more of a true leader.

Would you stand in line for 5 hours to play a 10-minute demo?

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Would you stand in line for 5 hours to play a 10-minute demo?

Today, I went in search of the longest lines at E3. I lurked in the corridors of the Los Angeles Convention Center in to ask gamers how long they’d been standing around, waiting for a turn on their favorite games.

The longest wait I discovered was at the Bethesda stand, for a chance to play one of the company's VR efforts, like Doom, Skyrim and Fallout 4. I spoke to a small group of friends, standing at the back of the line. E3’s organizers provided an assistant to warn people about the length of the wait. The Bethesda fans knew they were in for a five-hour wait, that the demo would be ten minutes long and that they were only allowed to play one of the games.

We played Shadow of War and wasted a whole bunch of Orc scum

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We played Shadow of War and wasted a whole bunch of Orc scum

Slogging through skill trees and ticking off encampments has become a rote feature of open-world combat games, and it’s pretty boring. I often find myself done after around 20 hours of such fare, and sometimes even less. But I’m pretty sure Middle-earth: Shadow of War is going to be an exception.

I spent around 30 minutes playing the game at E3 today, working my way through various missions around Gondor, using my deadly Ranger skills against orcs. I have to confess, right now, that I absolutely loved 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the first game in this series. I sucked the marrow out of that world’s bones.

Life is Strange prequel writer didn’t need to be a teen girl to tell a good story

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Life is Strange prequel writer didn’t need to be a teen girl to tell a good story

Zak Garris, by his own admission, has never been a 16-year-old girl. Yet as lead writer of Life is Strange: Before the Storm, he’s confident that he’s still qualified to tell the story of troubled teen Chloe Price — as well as aware of how important it is to have more women in the writers’ room than the prequel game’s predecessor.

“The idea of writing a 16-year-old female character poses unique challenges to me as a writer, because I am a man, and I am 35,” Garris told Polygon during E3 2017, shortly after we watched several scenes from Before the Storm. He’s never been a teen girl or known the nuances of their language, their relationships. But Garris could still relate to Chloe’s story, which is one of significant loss and grief and pain.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus starts off with BJ Blazkowicz in a bad way

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus starts off with BJ Blazkowicz in a bad way

The centerpiece of Bethesda’s slate of games at this year’s E3 is MachineGames Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. The team brought along a playable, 30-minute demo, which we were able to devour behind closed doors on the show floor.

The game has the same brutal gunplay as the original, but don’t expect to start kicking butts right off the bat. That’s because our hero, BJ Blazkowicz, is in a bad way.

Miyamoto: Pikmin 4 still in progress

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Miyamoto: Pikmin 4 still in progress

The Pikmin 4 game is still in progress, Nintendo chief creative Shigeru Miyamoto told Eurogamer this week during E3.

Nintendo followed up with a statement to the site saying: "We can confirm that Pikmin 4 is in development but that is all we can confirm at present."