E3 2019

Fallout 76 update brings new story arc and a battle royale mode

New weapons, new quests, and a siege-like battle royale

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Bethesda Game Studios faced several, well-deserved criticism over the release of Fallout 76 last year. Since then, they’ve handled the situation quite well, producing content updates and more stable gameplay. And at their pre-E3 2019 showcase, they revealed their biggest update to date.

The latest update promises a new story arc, new weapons, more NPCs, and its own version of a battle royale mode.

The “Wastelanders” story arc takes place as Year 2 of Fallout 76’s story line, when people start returning to the Appalachian Wasteland. A new faction of Wastelanders will emerge, seeking to take back the land which players have been trying to rebuild. Along the way, players will encounter human NPCs, a much-requested feature by many players since the game’s initial launch.

Such encounters will enable new and enhanced dialogue trees, all of which contribute to the player’s decision to trust the new faction. Apart from new dialogue trees, Bethesda also promised to bring in new weapons and full quest lines for “Wastelanders.”

Bethesda did not stop there as they also unveiled a new game mode for everyone still stuck on the whole battle royale craze! “Nuclear Winter” is a brand new game mode that takes place at the unmanned Vault 51 area.

The mission is quite simple: outlast 51 other players in a battle royale to seize control of Vault 51 while fighting through a nuclear storm. It’s a mix of strategic use of weapons, building your own stronghold, and defending yourself against other players and monsters. Initial gameplay from their E3 showcase hints at a party of three people against several other teams of three.

The update that will bring all of these new features will be free for download, and will come Fall 2019. A sneak peak of “Nuclear Winter” will be available starting tomorrow.

E3 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel is on its way

Following up the Switch’s best game

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Leave it to Nintendo to make the announcements that are worthy of closing the pre-E3 keynotes.

During Nintendo’s keynote, the company announced that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in the works. A trailer was provided but didn’t show anything in terms of gameplay.

Instead, we see main characters Link and Zelda exploring a cave, seemingly continuing where they left off from the first game, and finding a ghastly corpse that awakens.

You can watch it here:

Breath of the Wild is considered by many to be the best game on the Switch (along with Super Mario Odyssey), as well as the highest-rated entry in the long-running series, so any mention of a sequel is fantastic news.

Sadly, Nintendo didn’t provide a release date or any other details. All we know for sure is that this will be another Switch-exclusive.

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E3 2019

Final Fantasy VIII is getting the remaster it deserves

It’s not a remake though

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At long last, Final Fantasy VIII is releasing on newer consoles. It had been notably absent when Square Enix launched fellow FF-series games lately. Somehow, they got their shit together for this.

Unfortunately, it isn’t a remake like what we’re getting out of Final Fantasy VII for the PS4. Rather, this is only a remaster of the classic PlayStation title with the same gameplay mechanics and slightly improved graphics.

This is the official trailer:

“Coming 2019” is all we have for a release schedule. The good news is we’ll see it on the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and Steam — no mobile version, however. Previously, a vanilla version of FFVIII arrived on PC in late 2013.

For context, the original game came out in 1999. It’s time for younger millennials to get a taste of emo protagonists from the 90s.

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E3 2019

Ubisoft announces third Watch Dog installment, coming in 2020

Set in post-Brexit London

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Ubisoft has announced Watch Dogs Legion during its E3 2019 keynote in Los Angeles. It’s the third installment in the Watch Dogs series and has a release date of March 6, 2020. As earlier leaks suggested, the new Watch Dog game is set in a hyper-surveilled, post-Brexit London.

What’s new in Watch Dogs Legion‘s gameplay is the use of multiple characters with different skill sets. Instead of just a single protagonist throughout the game, gamers can finally take control of other characters of interest.

Characters include an MI5 agent, a tough bare-knuckle fighter, a brilliant hacker, an illegal street racer, a rising football star, and a geriatric grandma.

Each character has “a persistent schedule and backstory,” according to Ubisoft. Gamers can recruit them to the hacker group DedSec by convincing them to fight “criminals, a corrupt private military corporation, and an oppressive surveillance state amidst a collapsed government.”

Here’s the world premiere trailer:

As for the gameplay details, it’s explained in the video below:

The original Watch Dog was first released in 2014 as an open-world action-hacking title. It was an interesting game despite the so-so reception of critics. It still got its sequel in 2016 which was more well-received than the first one.

SEE ALSO: Cyberpunk 2077 features the real Keanu Reeves, to be released in 2020

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