Beyond Good and Evil 2 Gameplay Footage Revealed

New Beyond Good and Evil 2 gameplay was shown off for the first time yesterday evening in a 30 minute Twitch stream.

During the stream, developers talk through both melee combat and spaceship manoeuvres in an early glimpse at some of the game’s battle systems.

Fans got their first look at the ambitious upcoming release during Ubisoft’s E3 2017 press conference, with an impressive cinematic trailer.

Although the game has no release date as of yet, it is expected that we’ll see more of Beyond Good and Evil 2 at E3 2018.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed to Fall

Rockstar have today announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be delayed until the fall.

The highly anticipated release, which was originally set for the first half of 2018, will now launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 26th October 2018.

Earlier last year it was revealed that the upcoming game would be a prequel to its predecessor, with a new cast of characters and new lands to explore.

In a statement, Rockstar cited the need for “a little extra time for polish” and apologised to fans for the disappointment.

“Dear All,

We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. We apologise to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish.

We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it. In the meantime, please check out these screenshots from the game. We look forward to sharing a lot more information with you in the coming weeks.

With thanks, Rockstar Games”

PS Plus games for February

The PlayStation Plus games for February 2018 have been announced, with the original Knack and pretty puzzle adventure Rime looking to be the most worthwhile pick of the bunch.

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PS4 owner can get their hands on both Knack and Rime for extra cost, both of which are worth a try. In Knack you’ll use size-shifting abilities to defend the world from invading goblins in a quirky world.

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Rime is a stunning little adventure through a mysterious, secluded island that encourages exploration and curiosity as you uncover its shadowy secrets. The art direction alone makes Rime well worth a look, with a beautiful dreamy aesthetic that makes the puzzles far more engaging.

Here is the full line up for February;

PS4

Knack

Rime

PS3

Spelunker HD

Mugen Souls Z

PS Vita

Exiles End

Grand Kingdom, PS Vita (Also available on PS4)

PS VR

Starblood Arena

Nintendo Announce Nintendo Labo

Nintendo have announced the launch of their new Switch peripheral, Nintendo Labo.

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The new build-and-play experiences are aimed at a younger bracket of gamer, and are designed to work perfectly with the Switch’s Joy-Cons. Starting as flat card templates, the Labo kits come as perforated card that can be assembled into various toys. The video demonstrates examples such as a piano, a fishing rod or a robot suit – all making creative and clever use of both the Switch screen itself and the Joy-Cons.

These cardboard creations, which Nintendo call ‘Toy-Cons’, come in a variety of complexity and can be customized with all kinds of colours, stickers and stencils from Nintendo’s Customisation Kit, which will be sold separately for £8.99.

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The idea is that players can build these Toy-Cons themselves, and then bring them to life with the technology of the Switch. The piano for example, which takes roughly two hours to assemble, uses the IR Motion camera built into the right Joy-Con to read which keys are being pressed and communicate that to the Switch console, which then plays through the devices speakers.

Even the most basic of designs, the remote control car, makes clever use of the Joy-Con’s HD rumble to move whilst the player controls their vehicle through the Switch screen.

Two kits will launch in the UK on 27th April. The basic kit will be available for £59.99 and includes the RC car, Motorbike, Piano, Fishing Rod and House. The second will be available for £69.99 and contains just one design, the advanced giant robot.

Kit Toy-Con 01 – Variety Kit Toy-Con 02 – Robot Kit
Price £59.99 £69.99
Designs RC Cars (two cars included), the Fishing Rod, House, Motorbike and Piano. Robot suit
Software Software Included Software Included
What’s in the box? cardboard sheet x28 (includes extra sheet for customisation) cardboard sheet x19
reflective sticker sheet x3 cardstock sheets x4
sponge sheet x3 reflective sticker sheet
orange string orange string x2
blue string blue string x2
grey eyelet set large grey canvas strap
blue eyelet set medium grey canvas strap
large rubber band x2 + spares small grey canvas straps x2
small rubber band x6 + spares grey eyelet set x10
orange eyelet set x2

Nintendo to unveil Animal Crossing Mobile

Nintendo will finally unveil their Animal Crossing smartphone game this week in a Nintendo Direct on Wednesday 25th October.

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First announced in 2016, the mobile version of Animal Crossing has been on the cards for a while but was delayed along with Fire Emblem Heroes, which was eventually released earlier this year. The game’s casual yet slightly addictive style is ideal for mobile gameplay, and it will be interesting to see how the game will work and which price model it will follow. Fire Emblem followed a free-to-play with optional micro-transactions, whereas Super Mario Run opted for a free download with a price wall to unlock the full game. Animal Crossing seems perfect for the former, but we’ll see soon enough.

 

The 15-minute long Direct will air at 12pm local time in Japan, and Animal Crossing UK have confirmed you can tune in at 7am UK time to learn all about the new game.

Nintendo have made clear on their website that the direct will not shed any light on games for 3DS or Switch, but will focus on their next big smartphone game.

Han Solo Spin-off Loses its Directors

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will no longer be directing the Han Solo film.

“We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true,” the pair said in a statement, citing a difference in vision and process.

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Lord and Miller, who directed the Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, were signed-on to helm the Star Wars spinoff in 2015. Actors Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover and Woody Harrelson are set to star in the project, along with Alden Ehrenreich in the lead role. Shooting began in February this year and, despite the director crisis, the film is still set to be released 25th May 2018.

In a statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed a new director would be announced soon, adding, “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways.”

It’s news that we’re all too familiar with, after a flurry of similar creative conflicts in recent years. The last Star Wars spin-off Rogue One experienced similar issues, bringing in Tony Gilroy to fix up and reconceptualise the film that Gareth Edwards had put together.

Prequels are a sensitive issue in this franchise, let’s hope this ends well.

E3 2017: 7 Highlights from Ubisoft

Ubisoft’s conference was a strong display of creativity and a real celebration of the talent behind the studio. Despite the excessive leaks around certain projects, Ubisoft proved they still have a few surprises up their sleeves.

Here are some of the night’s biggest moments.

  1. Rabbids Kingdom Battle Revealed (shocker)

The most unlikely rumour, a Rabbids Mario crossover, turned out to be accurate earlier this year when presentation slides containing artwork, gameplay details and marketing strategy leaked early.

 

 

 

 

Ubisoft finally confirmed the project officially at their E3 conference with the help of Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto and some ridiculously funky props.

The game looks just as vivid and hysterical in the flesh as we all imagined, setting Nintendo’s greatest mascots against Rabbid incarnations of themselves in tactical, turn-based gameplay.

 

  1. Assassin’s Creed: Origins Trailer

Following a trailer during Microsoft’s E3 (and again, a monumental amount of leaked material from the game’s title to actual merchandise), we already had good idea of Ubisoft’s new Assasin’s Creed game.

 

 

 

 

 

Still, Origins was always going to be a big part of their conference, and the segment really stressed the work that has gone into its creation over the past two years. The break in an otherwise annualised title seems to have really payed off.

 

  1. Elijah Wood introduces Transference VR

Transference’s developers hope to leave you unsettled with their virtual reality thriller, and that really came across in the short, creepy trailer.

 

 

It comes as a collaborative project from Ubisoft and Elijah Wood’s studio Spectrevision, and the actor himself opens the trailer to set the stage. The game is framed as part-film, part-game – which seems in-line with many VR experiences and popular story-driven games, dubbed ‘walking simulators’, where interactivity is second to exploration and narrative.

 

  1. South Park Fractured But Whole Coming October 2017

Release dates for Ubisoft’s sequel to Stick of Truth can be taken with a pinch of salt, after several delays, but the title had a presence at E3 with another trailer and a playable demo.

Originally pegged for late 2016, Ubisoft confirmed (for now) that the Fractured But Whole will now be with us October 2017.

We also got something completely new from Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s show, with the news that a mobile game is on the way. South Park: Phone Destroyer is a free-to-play card game that will, like the rest of their games, gently mock itself and its industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since South Park once did an entire episode devoted to the horror of micro-transaction addiction, it will be interesting to see the game’s price model.

 

  1. Skull and Bones

The rumours were true, Ubisoft have been working on a pirate-themed online multiplayer.

As close to Black Flag online as we’re likely to get, Ubisoft’s brand-new IP does look familiar in its basic mechanics, but it promises a genuinely fun multiplayer adventure. Control your ship and join up with friends to form a pirate fleet in the Golden Age of piracy.

 

 

 

Following the original trailer and a look at the gameplay in action, a short teaser was aired in the conference that hinted at some supernatural elements, so there may be way more to this game than we know so far.

  1. Far Cry 5 Gameplay

Far Cry 5 was announced just last month, with artwork released alongside a trailer that revealed our first look at Hope County Montana and its cult fanatics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where the first trailer set the mood, Ubisoft took the opportunity at E3 to show off the gameplay in greater detail with a look at your fighting companions – a sharp-shot sniper, death from above pilot and, best of all, fangs for hire Boomer the dog.

  1. Beyond Good and Evil

Of course, the most exciting news of the night left waves of fans in tearful awe with an outstanding trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2.

Ubisoft proved they can keep some cards close to the chest, shocking E3 with a beautiful cinematic trailer for the highly anticipated, long awaited sequel to their 2003 cult hit. A sequel was originally announced almost ten years ago, but after reported development issues the project was scrapped entirely. Instead, all these years later we finally have a solid vision for the next game and it was absolutely worth the wait.

Michel Ancel, the series’ creator, personified the emotion in the room as he finally let us in on what they had been working on.