Xbox News: Xbox Gamescom 2017 Briefing Trailers and Thoughts

Xbox has kicked off Gamescom 2017 with a major “This is why you want to buy the Xbox One X” push as well as a deeper look at some games announced at E3 earlier this year and a look at some new…well I say new, the biggest go home message from Xbox was “you can play old and really old Xbox games ‘enhanced’ with Xbox One X….yeah, exactly

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

ReCore Definitive Edition:

Jurassic World Evolution

PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds:

World of Tanks Xbox One X:


Minecraft Custom Xbox One X

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Xbox One X ‘Project Scorpio’ Custom Console

As well as the above trailers Xbox went into talking about Forza 7 for Xbox One X and strangely spending time bigging it up for PC. State of Decay 2 is looking good but the biggest take home from this briefing is the utter lack of exclusives for Xbox One for this year and especially nothing special to showcase the Xbox One X on launch following yet another delay for Crackdown 3 announced just before Gamescom 2017.

Got to be honest here, I felt Xbox won E3 this year but the total lack of anything “only playable on Xbox” is making this platform look 2nd best right now. Third party games is all well and good but look at PlayStation who just this coming week will be launching Uncharted: Lost Legacy and already having had success with Nioh and NieR: Automata, and Xbox One is light in the exclusive game market right now. No HALO 6 information from E3 or Gamescom and nothing but delay’s to already launched titles or cancellations completely like Scalebound have damaged and continue to damage the brand. Hell most of their big name titles are 2018 and I fully expect Playerunknown’s Battleground to get pushed back to next year as well.

All in all, Xbox at Gamescom 2017 is a push to sell the Xbox One X and right now, Xbox is relying on third part titles to sell it….not good or confidence building.


Assassin’s Creed: Origins Gamescom 2017 Cinematic Trailer

Gamescom 2017 has kicked off in Cologne Germany, the European E3 and Ubisoft has released a brand new Cinematic trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Origins featuring  “You Want It Darker” by Leonard Cohen.

Available on October 27th, 2017 on Xbox One, Xbox One X (on console release) PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro.


Xbox News: Crackdown 3 Delayed till Spring 2018

Xbox have announced that Crackdown 3, the long awaited and already delayed multiple times and planned launch title for the new Xbox One X console, has been pushed back AGAIN until spring 2018.

Shannon Loftis, MS Studios Publishing General Manager, explained further:

“Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone, I’m proud of the progress and dedication the Crackdown 3 team has shown and their deep passion and love for this IP. We think it deserves the time we’re giving it,”

So there we go, yet another PR disaster for Xbox as again, a hugely hyped title has been lost from their 2017 lineup, a year that has so few exclusives for Xbox that fans again are questioning WTF is happening. Compared to PlayStation 4 which has big name exclusives coming at an almost monthly pace and already enjoyed huge success so far this year with Nioh and Nier: Automata, Xbox One is looking very light on big names.

Not to mention that this was the big Xbox One X launch title to showcase the power of 4K, now only Forza  7 remains. Microsoft right now are looking very weak going into the silly season of gaming for the year and as we go into Gamescom 2017, Xbox need to pull something pretty special out of their big briefing to get the confidence of fans back. Delays and cancellations (Scalebound) are damaging the brand right now, there is no doubt about how this is really becoming a “same old Microsoft” with each game release issue they have.

I really hope Xbox have something other than just shouting about how powerful the Xbox One X is at Gamescom, because you have have an amazingly powerful console but having no games for it on launch, games designed especially for the console kinda sucks!


Bioware Confirm No Story DLC for MASS Effect: Andromea

In perhaps the most blatant “Fuck You” to the MASS Effect community who stood by and supported the new and potentially final ever MASS Effect release in Andromeda, Bioware over night has confirmed that the hoped for story DLC for the game will never happen and that all single player experience updates will end with the next title update.

Announcing the news on the official Bioware website  the MASS Effect: Andromeda Team, notice no one head Bioware person has put their name to this statement, issued the following Statement:

Since the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, we’ve worked hard to address feedback from our community. From improving animations to expanding customization options, we looked to respond to your concerns, and build on what you loved.

With each patch, you let us know we were heading in the right direction, and we’re grateful to everyone who joined us on this journey. We’re proud of what we created, and we hope you enjoyed it as well.

Early in development, we decided to focus Mass Effect: Andromeda’s story on the Pathfinder, the exploration of the Andromeda galaxy, and the conflict with the Archon. The game was designed to further expand on the Pathfinder’s journey through this new galaxy with story-based APEX multiplayer missions and we will continue to tell stories in the Andromeda Galaxy through our upcoming comics and novels, including the fate of the quarian ark.

Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda. There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content.

In the coming weeks, our multiplayer team will provide details of their ongoing support and upcoming content, including new multiplayer missions, character kits, and what’s in store for N7 Day.

We appreciate all the millions of people who came with us to the Andromeda galaxy. We hope to see you again in the Mass Effect universe.

The Mass Effect Andromeda Team

When I reviewed Andromeda on Xbox One on release, I was shocked by the state it released in, more over the crashes, glitches and bugs that just turned what should have been a great experience for long term ME fans and newcomers into a total shambolic release. The criticism then turned into more anger as the very troubled development cycle started to be revealed with numerous issues and changes plaguing this release. Updates did stabilize the game and the story itself once completed was far more satisfying than I had originally thought and the expectation of story DLC was something to look forward too.

But since release, EA and Bioware effectively shut down the development team, with the franchise “put on ice” to then reveal their next big replacement series at E3 in Anthem, something that clearly was their main focus away form MASS Effect: Andromeda. So here we are, a big fuck you and “thanks for your money” to fans and proving my review thoughts that this was turned into a final cash grab for the series with no intention post release to continue the series unless it made a shit tonne of money and instead, it is being tied off and buried with a middle finger and sour taste in the mouth. To say that the story will be continued in novels and comics is a joke at this point. I personally will not be supporting this cash grab any further and honestly, Bioware should be ashamed.

WWE2K18: Developer Spotlight Episode 4

The latest developer spotlight diary for WWE2K18 takes a further look at the visuals improvements that have been made by comparing wrestler models from last years WWE2K17 with this years WWE2K18. We also learn that some original roster superstars have been re-scanned to update their look in the game:

WWE 2K18 is scheduled for worldwide release on October 17, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with Early Access players receiving their copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on October 13, 2017.

PlayStation News: No Man’s Sky ‘Atlas Rising’ Update Available Now

The third free game update for No Man’s Sky is now available on PlayStation 4 and PC with a new trailer to highlight some of the new changes and features this 1.3 update will bring.

In a message from Hello Games:

Hello! It’s been a year since No Man’s Sky first released, and it’s been an exciting, intense and emotional time for us at Hello Games. We have been quiet, but we have been listening intently.

We’ve spent that year working hard on updates. Update 1.3 will release this week, is our biggest to date and will be available for free to all No Man’s Sky players.

Watch the trailer and read on to learn a bit more about what you can expect to discover in the latest update, a lot has changed in a year!

Deathmatch is Coming to Overwatch

A new game mode, Deathmatch, is coming soon to the Overwatch Arcade and is now available on the PTR (PC). Deathmatch is a simple game mode where players and teams compete to earn the most kills—an in-game scoreboard keeps track of the action and show who’s winning.

Deathmatch will include two modes and a new map:


In Free-For-All, eight heroes clash in a first-to-20-kills battle.

Team Deathmatch

Team Deathmatch is a 6v6 team-based fight with the first side to 30 kills claiming victory. Mercy resurrections will take kills away from the other team’s total score.

New Deathmatch Map

Several maps have been modified to accommodate the new Deathmatch mode. Additionally, we’re introducing a new map, Chateau Guillard, for Free-For-All games.

Bethesda Finally Reveal Fallout 4: GOTY for September 26th

Bethesda as announced via their own site that players can return to the Wasteland on September 26 with Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition. With all the latest gameplay updates (including Survival mode), graphical enhancements, the ability to play Mods for free on PC and consoles, plus all official add-ons included, this is the ultimate way to experience the award-winning post-nuclear adventure from Bethesda Game Studios.

Winner of more than 200 “Best Of” awards – including the 2016 BAFTA and 2016 D.I.C.E. Game of the Year – Fallout 4 is the studio’s most ambitious game yet. As the sole survivor of Vault 111, you enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours. Only you can rebuild and determine the fate of the Wasteland.

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition includes the fully updated original game along with all six add-ons: Nuka-World, Vault-Tec Workshop, Contraptions Workshop, Far Harbor, Wasteland Workshop and Automatron. Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition will be available on September 26 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Be sure to reserve your copy in the upcoming weeks from select digital and physical retailers.

To celebrate the Game of the Year Edition, Bethesda will release a limited quantity of Fallout 4 G.O.T.Y. Pip-Boy collector editions, exclusively available in North America at select retailers. The Pip-Boy Edition includes Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition and will retail for $99.99 USD, and will also release on September 26. (No EU Release so far: CC)

New Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Trailer asks…can you kill a God?

See a new side of Karnaca as Death of the Outsider takes you through its gritty underbelly. Investigate mysterious cults, infiltrate underground fight clubs, and even pull off a bank heist as you search for a way to do the impossible: kill a god.

Playing as a new assassin, you’ll have access to slew of powerful new supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets, all of which are designed to help you cut a bloody swath through Karnaca and leave your mark on the history. Or perhaps you’ll choose to be merciful and use your skills to slip unnoticed through the world. In true Arkane fashion, the intricately designed levels allow for a wide array of playstyles, with branching paths and heavy choices that will greatly affect the outcome of your mission.

Perfect for longtime fans and newcomers alike, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider releases on September 15, 2017, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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