Ubisoft E3 2017: What to expect

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Ubisoft E3 2017: What to expect

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, kicks off this weekend with a series of events hosted by major developers and console manufacturers. Ubisoft will be among them once again, and its press conference is scheduled to go live at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, June 12. So what’s on the agenda?

Assassin’s Creed: As far as leaks go, the Assassin’s Creed franchise is giving the White House a run for its money. Rumors, screenshots and even video clips have been surfacing for weeks now of the next entry in the franchise, which may or may not be called Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Some say it’s based in ancient Egypt, while others say that misses the mark entirely. Only one thing is certain: Ubisoft has confirmed that it will unveil the next title in the series during next week’s press conference. Expect the reveal to feature quite a spectacular CGI trailer. Whether we see actual gameplay, however, is anyone’s guess.

Bethesda’s E3 2017 press conference: time and live stream

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Bethesda’s E3 2017 press conference: time and live stream

Bethesda’s 2017 E3 press conference is taking place on Sunday, June 11 at 9 p.m. PDT / 12 a.m. EDT, June 12 / 5 a.m. BST, June 12. You can watch it live with us right here, at the top of this post.

This is the press conference that will likely bring some of the biggest news and surprises of E3 this year. The rumor is that something called Starfield will be announced, and the game will bridge the worlds of Fallout and Elder Scrolls. We’re skeptical, but that’s an exciting idea.

Watch today's Pokémon-themed Nintendo Direct live right here

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Watch today's Pokémon-themed Nintendo Direct live right here

Today’s Nintendo Direct begins at 10 a.m. ET, and will last only eight minutes. The only thing we know for sure is that we’ll be getting some Pokémon news. The rest should be a surprise.

Fans are hoping that Pokémon Stars will be made official, although we’re hopeful that Pokémon Snap is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. One of those pieces of speculation has a chance in hell of happening; the other concerns Pokémon Snap.

Gearbox writer Mikey Neumann, facing health issues, leaves studio

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Gearbox writer Mikey Neumann, facing health issues, leaves studio

Mikey Neumann, one of the more visible writers in the games industry, is leaving his position at Gearbox Software to focus on his health and his YouTube show, Movies with Mikey.

Neumann rose to prominence for writing games in the Brothers in Arms and Borderlands series, among others. (He was most recently announced as the writer on Borderlands 3.) But fans came to know him best for being an outgoing public face of Gearbox, where he served as chief creative champion.

Peter Jackson’s new AR studio just showed off its first game

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Peter Jackson’s new AR studio just showed off its first game

Wingnut AR today demonstrated a table-top augmented reality experience at Apple’s Worldwide Development Conference, which will eventually become the studio’s first game.

The demo featured a small bustling town located on a table on stage. A few seconds into the demo, airships began flying in to attack the town. The entire thing was created with Apple’s upcoming ARKit augmented reality developer kit and the Unreal Engine.

Overwatch players can start buying credits in China

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Overwatch players can start buying credits in China

Blizzard Entertainment will sell Overwatch’s in-game currency outright to players in China, thanks to the country’s new online gambling laws. Players can buy up to 120 credits with real life cash, which come with some loot boxes for their trouble.

The option to buy credits will go live with Overwatch version 1.12, according to a translation of a post on Blizzard’s Chinese forum. Credits will be available in groups of 5, 15, 30, 60 and 120, with prices ranging from about $1.75 for the smallest amount and $35 for the largest. The 120-credit tier also comes with 50 additional loot boxes, which could likely further supplement players’ credit supply.

The State of the PlayStation 4 Pro

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The State of the PlayStation 4 Pro

Heading into E3, the PlayStation 4 Pro faces challenges both real and imagined.

There’s a perception among some non-owners that the PS4 Pro doesn’t offer benefits for many games, that there’s not much reason to buy it if you haven’t made the jump to 4K. On the flip side, many PS4 Pro owners — at least anecdotally, via scouring social media, forums and Reddit — feel like the system should offer even more than it does.

Apple’s new App Store redesign comes with big changes for Games

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Apple’s new App Store redesign comes with big changes for Games

Apple announced today that it was introducing a completely new and redesigned App Store as part of its iOS 11 update that comes with some major changes, including a redesigned Games section.

In a demo showed off off on stage, Apple announced that App Store users would be able to watch Let’s Play videos in-app, along with new videos from developers and editors in the section. Those who use Apple Music and Apple News will be familiar with the changes that Apple is bringing to its Games section. There’s a stronger focus on videos and being able to watch in-line, instead of making users jump back and forth between pages.

Pokémon Go will support Apple’s new augmented reality tech

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Pokémon Go will support Apple’s new augmented reality tech

Apple has an advanced augmented reality tool, ARKit, in the works for iOS, and Pokémon Go will be one of several apps to support it. The company showed off a brief demonstration of what that might look like during the opening presentation for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

ARKit will use “fast, stable motion tracking,” as well as scale estimation and ambient lighting estimation for a more immersive version of augmented reality. In short: Expect a much more realistic, better-looking style of the technology than what is currently on display in Pokémon Go.