- Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition launches through early access
- Sea of Thieves alpha getting gravity, islands, more in next update
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy to be released this June for PS4
- Knights, vikings, samurai, oh my! For Honor out for console, PC
- PSVR action-adventure title Unearthing Mars coming stateside
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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: E3 2013
Dice is once again welcoming players to the front with the release of Battlefield 4. Available today for 360, PC, and PS3, the latest entry continues the series’ tradition of open warfare with combat over land, sea, and air. Battlefield 4 includes a single-player campaign, focusing on an impending war between China, Russia, and the U.S., as well as an extensive multiplayer component that features destructible environments and a wide array of weapon, kit, and vehicle unlockables. For those thinking of making the jump to PS4 or Xbox One, gamers who buy the current-gen versions can upgrade to the next-gen versions for $10 when the systems launch next month.
Open-wheel cars will be making their Forza debut in Forza Motorsport 5, according to developer Turn 10 Studios. The new additions include cars from current and past grand prixs as well as Formula 1. Some of the announced rides include the 1976 McLaren M23, the 1976 Ferrari 312-2, and a selection representing four of the Izod IndyCar Series’ top teams (Andretti Autosport, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and Team Penske).
Rockstar has released the nine new screenshots from Grand Theft Auto V that were released during Sony’s E3 conference. New shots of the upcoming PS3 bundle and GTA V-branded Pulse Elite Headset were also included.
Square Enix had a very Final Fantasy-heavy E3 showing, with news about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, new media from Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster, and the reveal that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is now Final Fantasy XV. The studio also had surprises in store, including the announcement that Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut is going multiplatform and that the next entry in the Kingdom Hearts series is well underway.
Namco Bandai showed off a dozen titles at E3, many from their biggest franchises, and several of which are set to ship shortly. The full line-up features Armored Core: Verdict Day, Dark Souls II, One Piece Pirate Warriors 2, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, Pac-Man CE DX Plus, Pac-Man Museum, Power Rangers Megaforce, Project X Zone, Ridge Racer Driftopia, Tales of Xillia, and Tekken Revolution. Several of the highlights are detailed below.
Blizzard has released several new screenshots from the 360 and PS3 versions of Diablo III. The new batch focuses on the multiplayer component, which will allow up to four players to team up online, locally, or both. Give the dozen-plus shots a gander below.
Atlus is revisiting their past this fall with Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl. The follow-up to the fantastic Etrian Odyssey IV is a remake of the first Etrian Odyssey, and will feature two modes that will offer both new and traditional play styles. An expanded story mode will delve deeper into the origins of the Yggdrasil Tree, with greater character interaction and cutscenes, while a classic mode will feature the mechanic improvements but retain the series’ traditional style. Both versions will feature the same updated mechanics (3D graphics, StreetPass support, etc.) introduced in EOIV.
It seems as though Ubisoft has had an ace up their sleeve for some time with Tom Clancy’s The Division. Announced during their E3 conference, the Massive Entertainment-developed title is an open-world action-RPG set in New York three weeks after a pandemic hit the city during Black Friday. Since the outbreak, social order has collapsed and The Division, a secret unit of self-supporting agents, has been activated and sent in by the President. The trailer shown during the show has been made available, and it’s looking very good, with a mixture of co-op player-versus-environment and player-versus-player gameplay.
EA has pulled the curtains back on Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming shooter, Titanfall. The studio, founded by Infinity Ward alumni, has been working on the title for nearly three years. The game is multiplayer-only but will feature the set piece battles traditionally found in single-player campaigns. As an Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation or Militia soldier, players will be able to battle it out as an agile, jetpack-sporting assault Pilot or as the driver of a Titan, a 24-foot-tall mech.