And, I don't know... if you've read some of the news of late about AIs and transcendent intelligence and humans being sympathetic to that and cover ups and a new age dawning, then maybe, just maybe, this game -- a "fully-fledged remake" of the classic System Shock -- might be a bit too on-the-nose.
Diablo 4 is coming in the first-half of 2023, and with the latest look at the game (including the fifth and final class, the Necromancer) it's shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of the year. But, with the recent release of the free-to-play Diablo: Immortal on mobile and PC, the recent controversy surrounding that game's monetisation is currently casting a shadow on Diablo 4.
Xbox Game Studios and Kojima Productions are working together to create "a video game for Xbox like no one has ever experienced or seen before leveraging the power of the cloud". No details other than that were provided by Hideo Kojima made an appearance at the Xbox & Bethesda Game Showcase earlier today to make the announcement.
From Obsidian and game director Josh Sawyer Pentiment is a new "16th-century narrative adventure" coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Xbox Game Pass this November. The art-style and presentation for this one is striking, taking on the form of manuscripts, prints, and other pieces of art and history come to life.
One thing to take note of in the trailer and announcement for Forza Horizon 5's first expansion Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels is that it's "all in game 4K footage", a testament to just how gorgeous the open-world racer is on Xbox Series X|S and PC. And yeah, adding giant Hot Wheels loops and tracks to Horizon's digital Mexico is a sight to behold.
Forza Motorsport, which is the pure racing sim from Turn 10, is being re-built from the ground-up for Xbox Series X|S and PC. And we got our first look at what that means at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase earlier today, with some truly impressive visuals. From real-time ray-tracing (reflections) on track and not limited to a photo mode through to a dynamic day-night system that plays into a physics system more realistic than ever before.
Redfall is another big Xbox title on track for a 2023 release (first-half of the year) and we got a bit of extended gameplay at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase earlier today. From Arkane Austin, the studio behind the awesome Prey, this looks like the best bits of that plus Dishonored and Left 4 Dead all rolled up into an open-world action game where you're up against vampires.
Closing out the big Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase today was a first look at Starfield's ambitious gameplay. From RPG character creation, customisable skills, fast-paced combat, to the ability to create your very own space port and spaceship, the next game from the team behind Skyrim and Fallout 3 is certainly something to behold.
When we first highlighted Forever Skies from Polish studio, Far From Home, we used the likes of Subnautica and Death Stranding to help explain its setup, but now an all-new trailer takes it a step further. I particular what we're getting here is that this is... well, its own style of game, really.
At The Future Games Show event, UK-based veteran publisher Team 17 dropped an impressive showcase, featuring a number of games across an eclectic range of genres that can only be described as featuring "something for everyone", to borrow one of the classics. We've collated everything the publisher showed, right here.
Which probably means we might see some Diablo 4 action at the big Xbox & Bethesda Showcase tonight. The official Diablo IV site has been updated with a button letting you register for upcoming betas, something that has been hinted at but not confirmed. Rumblings are pointing to a potential late 2022 beta for the game which will give players their first chance to hop into the highly anticipated sequel.
It's been a huge day of trailers and announcements and news items, and it just keeps rolling on. As part of the full Summer Game Fest showcase collection (find Devolver Digital's here), the annual Day of the Devs showcase also took place, and as you'd expect we've compiled a convenient home for everything shown for you.
The not E3 2022 season has begun in full today, with Summer Game Fest kicking off with industry veteran, Geoff Keighley, starting the Hype Train in style. From a full remake of The Last of Us through some gameplay for The Callisto Protocol and the latest Call of Duty. Plus, more sci-fi horror in the form of Fort Solis and ROUTINE. Let’s get to it.
The new Saints Row is taking customisation to a whole new level, with so many options you can create an oiled up Shrek, a suave suit-wearing gangster, or even someone who loves nothing more than heading our in full S&M gear. Saints Row Boss Factory is a new standalone customisation suite free to download on Xbox, PlayStation and the Epic Games Store today.
Goat Simulator 3 is on track for release later this year on next-gen platforms (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC) and it got a suitably crazy reveal trailer at the Summer Game Fest presentation this morning. Building on the surprise success of the original chaotic simulator, this time you'll be able to "herd of up to 4 friends to be the goats of your dreams, together".