Square Enix E3 2019 press conference: watch it here

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Square Enix E3 2019 press conference: watch it here

Square Enix will hold its annual E3 2019 conference on Monday, June 10, where it will reveal some of the company’s upcoming games for the year and beyond.

We’ll definitely be hearing more about the Final Fantasy 7 Remake (which finally got a release date last night), Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers, and Marvel’s Avengers. Square Enix will also likely show off titles announced during previous streams and conferences, like Oninaki from Tokyo RPG Factory, Babylon’s Fall from PlatinumGames, and Dying Light 2 from Techland. Fingers are crossed for an announcement about the unnamed Deck Nine collaboration, People Can Fly’s new game, and maybe a follow-up to 2017’s Nier: Automata, if we’re really lucky. Maybe Square Enix will have other Final Fantasy games to show as well.

Midnight Ghost Hunt pits you against a squad of ghost hunters

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Midnight Ghost Hunt pits you against a squad of ghost hunters

Midnight Ghost Hunt was shown off at the PC Gaming Show by developer Mellowsoft, and it looks like a fantastic title for fans of asymmetric multiplayer. Sam Malone, the creative director and one-man team behind Midnight Ghost Hunt, explained the title.

The trailer shows the ghost hiding as objects like a lamp and a chair, staying safe from hazmat suit wearing ghost hunters. These Ghostbuster-esque characters have powerful ghost-hunting tools and trackers, so the ghost has to stay on the move. Staying in one lamp is a good way to get caught.

Chivalry 2 announced, coming to Epic Games Store in 2020

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Chivalry 2 announced, coming to Epic Games Store in 2020

At the PC Gaming Show, Torn Banner Studios and Tripwire Interactive announced Chivalry 2, the follow-up to the 2012 PC hit, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare.

Chivalry 2 will add some additional elements to the medieval, first-person battlefield that was Chivalry. The developers have doubled the player count, up to 64 players. But the developers consider horses to be the biggest addition to the game.

Pistol Whip is a VR game that mixes Beat Saber with John Wick

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Pistol Whip is a VR game that mixes Beat Saber with John Wick

Cloudhead Games announced a new VR game at E3 this year, and the upcoming Pistol Whip mixes the sort of rhythmic play of games like Beat Saber with the more creative gunplay of games like Superhot VR, creating a mixture of all these influences that reportedly makes you feel like John Wick when everything comes together.

You can watch the first trailer for the game above, and it does a great job of explaining what the game is and what Cloudhead is trying to do with the feel of the experience. And it does seem to be all about the feel of moving forward in a relentless path, destroying anyone that stands in your way.

Rebellion reveals first trailer for Evil Genius 2 at E3 PC Gaming Show

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Rebellion reveals first trailer for Evil Genius 2 at E3 PC Gaming Show

Fifteen years after the original Evil Genius was released in 2004, Rebellion has finally unveiled the sequel to the cult-classic villain simulator. During the E3 PC Gaming Show on Monday afternoon, the developer showed off the first trailer for Evil Geniuses 2.

Just like the original, it looks like the sequel will cast the player as a villainous super genius intent on taking over the world. You’ll even have all the tools you’ll need like an army of henchman and a base under a volcano. During the game you’ll manage your super villain lair by upgrading parts of your evil arsenal all in preparation for ambitions missions of world domination.

Here’s what makes Fallout 76’s battle royale unique

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Here’s what makes Fallout 76’s battle royale unique

Fallout 76 is introducing NPCs as well as a branching story. Those are exciting additions to the game, and they’re coming with the upcoming Wastelanders expansion pack. While we wait for that to roll out, Bethesda is testing their new battle royale mode, Nuclear Winter.

Nuclear Winter is a much safer addition to the game, since everyone has been rolling out battle royale modes. But what makes Nuclear WInter different from its competitors? The pre-beta sneak peek answers some of our most pressing questions.

Riot Games is making its own League of Legends Auto Chess game

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Riot Games is making its own League of Legends Auto Chess game

Today, Riot Games unveiled Teamfight Tactics, a new League of Legends game mode heavily inspired by Dota Auto Chess. Teamfight Tactics will feature League of Legends champions, items, and abilities.

In the mode, players earn and use gold to buy new characters, and place them on the battlefield strategically. But when the fight starts, players have no influence on how their pieces move and attack. When the fight is over, players take damage depending on how many enemy units are still alive on their board. The last team standing wins.

State of Decay 2’s Heartland is harder, but serves up a stronger narrative

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State of Decay 2’s Heartland is harder, but serves up a stronger narrative

Heartland, the biggest State of Decay 2 update yet, is a love letter to the first game. It’s also a mode that relies far less on the emergent narratives and focuses more on a deliberately paced experience.

Heartland is a traditional narrative with some twists that picks up 18 months after the end of State of Decay. As zombies and plagues are wont to do, they’ve mutated. A starting pair of survivors make their way to the titular heartland, and that’s when State of Decay 2’s gameplay loop starts — with some big changes.

PC Gaming Show E3 2019 schedule, start time, and how to stream

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PC Gaming Show E3 2019 schedule, start time, and how to stream

While the major console manufacturers and publishers tend to dominate E3 news, there’s really just one press conference entirely dedicated to PC gaming. The PC Gaming Show returns to E3 this year with another line-up of Windows-centric titles.

The press conference starts at Monday, June 10 at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT. You can follow along live right here:

Hands-on with Bethesda’s game streaming tech, Orion

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Hands-on with Bethesda’s game streaming tech, Orion

Bethesda invited a small amount of press to its Rockville, MD-based headquarters in the days before E3 to demo one of its more business-oriented announcements of the show: a package of patented game streaming “techniques” they’re calling Orion. While Bethesda set some time aside for Orion during its E3 press conference, it was worried that the complexity of the technology would require more than a three-minute stage demo. They were right.

Orion is both a complicated pitch, but also easily capsuled: The technology team at id Software has created a suite of tools to help lower bandwidth and latency demands for streaming games, in an effort to improve the performance of the most demanding games. For example, id Software’s own Doom (2016) is as challenging a test for streaming technology as one could imagine and informed their decision to pursue this project in the first place. That’s the easy pitch. Here’s the rest of it.