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E3 2020 officially cancelled due to Coronavirus

Online-only announcements a possibility

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Add E3 2020 to the long list of events that have been cancelled due to the growing concerns over the Coronavirus or COVID-19.

The ESA — the organization responsible for holding the event — issued this statement:

“After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors, and our longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.”

ESA said they are looking at the possibly of having an online experience to still release the much anticipated announcements and news in and around gaming. Other tech-related announcements have resorted to an online-only approach to releasing new products in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

E3 is one of the biggest annual gaming events where the most-anticipated games are usually showcased. It’s where the trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake was first announced.

Although Sony PlayStation again opted out from participating this year just like in 2019, the previous year’s E3 was still home to some memorable things like Keanu Reeve’s “Your Breathtaking” moment at the showcase of Cyberpunk 2077.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Coronavirus is offcially a pandemic. This is due to growing number of countries where there have been confirmed cases of the virus.

TECH EVENTS AFFECTED BY THE CORONA VIRUS:
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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel price and availability in the Philippines

Gift for yourself this holiday season?

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Legion Phone Duel

Lenovo has joined the mobile gaming fray with the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. You can now grab this gaming smartphone in the Philippines.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragong 865 Plus SoC — the best in the business at the moment. It also comes with up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

The Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour. You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming.

Read our Lenovo Legion Phone Duel review for a more comprehensive look at the phone.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel comes in only two variants. Color, configuration, and pricing are as follows:

  • Blazing Blue — (12GB+256GB) — PhP 39,995
  • Vengeance Red — (16GB+512GB) — PhP 49,995
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Just Dance 2021 coming to next-gen consoles

The latest iteration gets a very special treatment

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Ubisoft’s most popular dance simulation game, Just Dance 2021, will make its way to the next generation. It already has its release for modern consoles set on November 12, on the same day as the PlayStation 5. With that in mind, it only makes sense to give it the next-gen touch, as well.

Just Dance 2021 will come with close to 40 new songs with new sets of moves to learn and master through and through. All these songs range from the two decades ago to recent hits from a variety of artists.

This year, artists like Billie Eillish, Dua Lipa, and TWICE make a fruitful return. Also, for the ONCEs playing this game, Ubisoft put in an Alternate Version for TWICE’s “Feel Special” featuring the song’s official choreography! Meanwhile, dance songs like Sean Paul’s “Temperature” and Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends” get their own set of moves, too! All of these will come to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on November 24, 2020.

SEE ALSO: Just Dance 2020 helps with your workout-from-home

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Ubisoft lays down post-launch plans for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Comes with a Season Pass with two major expansions and an exclusive quest

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

While the game hasn’t been released yet, Ubisoft already has big plans for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla post launch. Set to release on November 10, Valhalla takes you back to England’s Dark Ages as Eivor. The game offers exciting new features as you forge alliances to establish your Viking kingdom.

Now, Ubisoft bares its plans for all of its Assassin’s Creed players a month into picking up Valhalla. This new string of exciting content includes a Season Pass and frequent seasonal content. Through this Season Pass, players will discover new territories and stories surrounding the lore of Valhalla.

The Season Pass comes with two major expansions, the Wrath of the Druids and The Siege of Paris. In The Wrath of the Druids, players unravel the mysteries of ancient Ireland. Most of the worlds here consist of haunted forests and Gaelic kingdoms.

In The Siege of Paris, players relive the most ambitious battle in Viking history. You will take part in a prolonged siege of Frankia through Paris and the River Seine. In the end, what awaits players are secrets to unfold and alliances to forge.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on November 10 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. It will also be available for the PlayStation 5 when the console comes out on November 12.

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