The 12 biggest announcements from The Game Awards 2019

It’s that time of year again: The Game Awards, gaming’s most flashy awards celebration, which also doubles as an E3-style keynote packed with announcements. The 2019 edition was no exception. This year saw a massive revealed of the next Xbox — the Xbox Series X — along with the very first PlayStation 5 title. On top of that, we had news and trailers for big games like Final Fantasy VII Remake, Cyberpunk 2077, League of Legends, and more. Here are the biggest announcements from the show. Microsoft unveils Xbox Series X Things kicked off with a bang. Xbox boss Phil Spencer took the stage early in the show to reveal the next Xbox, previously known as Project Scarlett. It’s called Xbox Series X, and it’s launching next holiday season. It… Read the full article…

A Fast & Furious game is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC next year

Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel just appeared on stage at The Game Awards to announce Fast & Furious Crossroads, a new game coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It features both stars from the movie mega-franchise along with Tyrese Gibson, and is being developed by Project Cars creators Slightly Mad Studios. Bandai Namco is publishing. The trailer doesn’t give much away about how the game will play, but given the preceding information it is safe to say that it will involve driving cars very fast in close proximity to explosions. A Bandai Namco press release describes it as a “team-based, vehicular-heist action game” where players will “travel from the streets of exotic locales to the murky world of international espionage, pulling off… Read the full article…

Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us sequel is being resurrected

A second season of Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us is being produced, following the studio’s shutdown last year and its relaunch in August. The Wolf Among Us 2 had been in development before Telltale’s closure, and it’s now being created in conjunction with AdHoc Studio, which was founded by former Telltale developers. The original voice actors for Bigby Wolf (Adam Harrington) and Snow White (Erin Yvette) will also be returning. There’s not much more detail about the new season, except for a brief reintroduction to Bigby Wolf — the protagonist of the original 2014 adventure game based on comic series Fables. In a press release, LCG Entertainment — which purchased Telltale’s assets earlier this year — said the game would be available on… Read the full article…

Every New Game Announcement at The Game Awards 2019

The Game Awards 2019 celebrated the last year in gaming with plenty of major awards handed out, while also giving us a glimpse at the future of games to come. The awards show included more than a dozen new looks, game reveals, and more. So, without further belaboring the point, let’s dive into everything showcased during The Game Awards. Xbox Series X and Hellblade 2 OK, yes, it’s not a game announcement, but after a Phil Spencer tease earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled the official name of Project Scarlett — Xbox Series X. Read the full article…

The Game Awards 2019: All the Winners

From Control to Death Standing to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, here are all the winners of each and every category of The Game Awards 2019! Game of the Year Control (Remedy/505 Games) Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai-Namco/Sora/Nintendo) Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom) Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision) – WINNER The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division) Best Game Direction Control (Remedy/505 Games) Read the full article…

Convergence: A League of Legends Story Revealed

Riot Games announced a new title at The Game Awards on Thursday night called Convergence: A League of Legends Story. The game is being made under Riot Forge, the new collaboration initiative where Riot works with third-party developers on projects. It is a single-player action platformer where you play as Ekko, a young inventor who creates a time-manipulating device. Players will learn consequences received from messing with time. The game is made with Double Stallion Games, and does not have a release date as of yet. Another game was announced for League of Legends at The Game Awards, called Ruined King – Riot’s first single-player game. Read the full article…

Arcona uses machine learning to compose adaptive soundtracks in real time

Arcona Music took to the stage at Disrupt Berlin today to showcase its adaptive music service. The local startup utilizes machine learning to create musical beds capable of adapting to different contexts in real-time. The user simply needs to input a handful of parameters, and the service will adjust accordingly. “Give it a style, an emotion and a musical theme, and you can say, ‘play this,’ and the engine will take that blueprint and realize it,” service cofounder Ryan Groves explained, in a conversation with TechCrunch. “If, at any point, the emotion or style changes, it will adapt to that and create this essentially infinite stream of music. You can play a particular song blueprint for as long as is necessary in any dynamic environment.” The service is still in its infancy, at the moment. Its two founders are its only two full-time employees, along with a part-time developer. Groves Read the full article…

Valve says Half-Life: Alyx will be a ‘one-way journey’ with no multiplayer

Image: Valve The first Half-Life game in 13 years might prove to be the first killer app for VR. In the 23 days since Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, its first full-length VR game, the company’s Valve Index headset has continually been number one on Steam’s top sellers list — until yesterday, when another VR game called Boneworks surpassed it. Even though Alyx may be pushing some to spend serious money on VR, the company tells The Verge that it’ll be a traditional Half-Life game in some key ways: it’ll be a linear adventure from start to finish, one that’ll let you save the game whenever you’d like. Valve also suggests that you’ll be able to play it for hours on end — even though you’ll be wearing a headset that’s physically tethered to a computer. “… Read the full article…

How Was PlayStation’s Final 2019 State of Play?

On this week’s episode of IGN’s weekly PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Brian Altano, Max Scoville, and Ryan McCaffrey to discuss the final PlayStation State of Play of 2019. The crew tackles the big announcements like Resident Evil 3, Predator: Hunting Grounds’ release date, Ghost of Tsushima’s teaser for a Game Awards trailer, and more. Plus the cast also discusses MLB: The Show’s multiplatform future, Max’s hands-on time with Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and much more. Read the full article…

Nintendo stock spikes as Switch console goes on sale in China through partnership with Tencent

Nintendo’s Switch console has now reached nearly 37 million units sold over its lifetime. (Nintendo Photo) Nintendo stock is the highest its been in 18 months after the gaming giant began selling the smash-hit Switch console in China this week. Nintendo, whose North American headquarters is based in Redmond, Wash., teamed with Chinese tech giant Tencent to bring the console to the notoriously challenging-to-enter country. Mobile and computer gaming are the primary forms of gaming in China, primarily because of a 14-year government ban on consoles that was lifted in 2014. Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation haven’t gained a huge following in China, but Nintendo has a chance to make a move because of the portable nature of the Switch and the fact that several of its major franchises — Mario, Pokémon and Zelda — already have a significant following there. Analysts told CNBC that Switch has a chance to Read the full article…

The biggest announcements from Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase

Just ahead of the holidays, Nintendo held a showcase event focused entirely on indie games coming to the Nintendo Switch. Most of the games on display are scheduled for next year, and that includes sequels to hits like Axiom Verge and Golf Story, but there are also a handful of titles that you can download today. Here are the highlights from the event. Axiom Verge is getting a sequel The brilliant Metroid-like adventure Axiom Verge is getting a sequel. We don’t know much else besides the name — Axiom Verge 2 — but given how great the original was, and how great it was on the Switch in particular, that’s more than enough to get excited about. It’ll be out sometime next year. Dauntless is available on the Switch today The… Read the full article…

Shovel Knight’s new expansions are great for fans, but they won’t sell you on the series

Image: Yacht Club Games Shovel Knight came out back in June 2014, and it’s a wonderful 8-bit-inspired 2D platformer that’s one of my favorite games from this decade. As part of the Kickstarter for Shovel Knight, developer Yacht Club Games promised an enormous amount of content in the months and years to come. This week, the studio finally released the third and final expansion, Shovel Knight: King of Cards, as well as an entirely new fighting game called Shovel Knight Showdown. For fans of the series, the new releases are a welcome excuse to dig further into Shovel Knight’s charming world. But if you didn’t love the original, they likely won’t change your mind. King of Cards stars the humorously pompous King Knight, and just like the other three Shovel Knight… Read the full article…

Final Fantasy VII Remake is a PS4 timed exclusive until March 2021

The upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII will only be a PlayStation 4 exclusive for the first year of its release. After March 3rd, 2021, it’s likely to move to platforms like the Xbox One and PC. The news was first spotted by Wario64 on Twitter, who posted the game’s cover image with the exclusivity noted in the bottom corner. Final Fantasy VII Remake is being broken up into several episodes, with the first one focusing exclusively on Midgar (better known as the game’s opening). But where the original put only a few hours into Midgar, Square Enix has promised an experience that will span two Blu-ray discs worth of content. The first installment will be out on March 3rd, 2020. Development has already started on the next game in the… Read the full article…