Today we bring tidings of the Switch Pro and budget models, reveal how you’ll be able to play Marvel’s Avengers offline, and wonder whether a new Banjo-Kazooie game could actually be in development!
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Which of these popular consoles was first revealed at E3?
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
No Good Boys in Watch Dogs: Legion
It is with heavy heart and empty paw we must report that Watch Dogs: Legion — despite its title — will not have any dogs. The oversight only seems more tragic in light of Watch Dogs 2 getting dogs so right, even including a dog petting achievement. This is almost as tragic as the Wolfenstein series cruelly and continually lacking wolves.
The absence of canine companions in Watch Dogs: Legion was confirmed by PCGamesN in an interview with creative director Clint Hocking. Blaming the new dynamic world systems where every NPC matters, Clint clarifies: “When you see the woman walking her dog and you shoot the woman, we really had to ask ourselves, what do we do with the dog?”
To prevent loads of stray abandoned sad little puppies roaming around London, the team cut them out entirely. Shame, as a dog shelter system would have been very on-brand.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the first Single-Player Jedi Game in 11 years
At E3 this week, EA revealed the first gameplay for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the latest Star Wars game due out this November. It’s an entirely offline, multiplayer-less, story-based game where you play as a Jedi. Seems like ages since we got a game like that, right? Correct: it’s been 11 years since the last one!
Sure, there have been other Star Wars games in that time. LEGO games, Disney Infinity games, multiplayer games like the Star Wars Battlefront series, and that Kinect one we don’t talk about, but a proper story-led lightsaber-swinging game that feels like canon – and not multiplayer, online, co-op, or a kid’s game?
We’d have to go back to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 in 2008. It’s actually interesting how much the two Force Unleashed games have in common with the new Jedi: Fallen Order. Both star human males learning the ways of the Force. Both are third-person action games where you fight with a lightsaber and throw stormtroopers about with magic powers. Both are set in the ”Dark Times” between Episodes III and IV, with the Empire rising and Darth Vader hunting the last Jedi.
Both were even supposed to be canon. The Force Unleashed was authorised by George Lucas, although after the events of the second game that seems rather embarrassing now. The Force Unleashed 2 ended with Vader captured by the Rebellion after being beaten by a clone of the first game’s character. And then, nothing. That’s the ending. Oh well.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, on the other hand, will be pure Disney-approved canon, so the tale of Cal Kestis and his fight against the Empire will live on in a way Starkiller didn’t. Well, still not enough to be mentioned ever again in the movies, Rebels TV show, books, comics, audio dramas that came later… still, we might get a sequel, eh?
Just because it’s E3 week doesn’t mean there aren’t any rumours floating about. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting rumours to come to light now that all of the E3 conferences are over.
Nintendo starts production on two new Switch devices
The Wall Street Journal has previously reported on two unreleased Nintendo Switch models, and are now claiming that they have entered production. The new devices are rumoured to be the Nintendo Switch Pro, a souped-up hardware revision, and a budget-priced version. WSJ’s sources claim that production of the new models has been moved from China to other South-East Asian production lines in order to avoid the potential U.S. tariffs on Chinese-made products.
WSJ remains adamant that the new hardware will launch sometime this year, while Nintendo previously declared that their E3 conference would focus entirely on software. This is pretty much par for the course for Nintendo, as the Switch, 2DS and 3DS were all revealed before or after E3.
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Marvel’s Avengers can be played single-player and offline
We knew it was coming, but one of the biggest game reveals of E3 2019 was Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers, a collaboration between the teams behind the recent Tomb Raider and Deus Ex games. We haven’t heard a peep since the eagerly-anticipated game was announced in 2017, but now we’ve finally seen the game in action!
But is it a purely multiplayer game? What if you have a terribly internet connection, and/or don’t have any friends, like most of the DailyBits team? Good news: you can play most of it single-player and offline.
This welcome news was confirmed by the game’s lead producer and lead designer (hi Rose and Phil!) as part of a Q&A about the game on Twitter. When asked if the game could be played single-player and offline, they replied “Yes. However, it’s strongly encouraged that you play with friends as it’s a lot more fun. You can do pretty much everything offline though.”
Avengers don’t Assemble
The developers also confirmed how the game would work, in multiplayer or single-player. “There’s a robust campaign where you play different heroes throughout the story. There will also be a base of operations where you can go and play multiplayer missions or the standard campaign. You’ll be able to go to many different places throughout the world.”
Since the game is called “Marvel’s Avengers” rather than “Marvel’s Avenger”, Square Enix is obviously hoping we’ll team up to take down Ultron or whoever, and the game is designed as a live service title which will be constantly updated with new content – including new superheroes, missions, and more. If you played Marvel’s Avengers offline you’d certainly miss out on that. “This will be a story driven game, but there will be updates to the game over time at no additional cost.”
Wolfenstein: Youngblood will have microtransactions
If there’s one word that can make a gamer’s blood boil, it’s “microtransactions”. If you don’t know what they are — congratulations! You’ve missed out on 90% of the gaming controversies in the last few years (honestly, well done; you’ve spared yourself a lot of grief).
For you happy few who remain ignorant, a microtransaction is a minor purchase made after buying the game actual, enabling some sort of bonus or upgrade. Oh, and next month’s Wolfenstein: Youngblood will feature them.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the latest addition to the Wolfenstein series, quite successfully helmed by MachineGames since 2014. None of the three earlier games featured microtransactions, only extra content sold as DLCs — but according to VG247, senior game designer Andreas Öjerfors has confirmed this is about to change.
This is an unexpected development, because barring MMO Fallout 76 and their mobile games, publisher Bethesda doesn’t usually go for microtransactions. However, as this Wolfenstein is a co-op multiplayer game (although it is playable in single-player) there will be skins and emotes for sale — which isn’t really a big deal. No, the big deal is Gold.
We’ll all be rich! Rich as Nazis!
Gold has always been a collectible in the Wolfenstein games, and in MachineGames’ titles it can be spent on character upgrades. Now, however, you’ll be able to buy it with real money – cash for gold, if you will.
However, Öjerfors insists this isn’t a problem. “I’ve been playing through the game at work for the last two weeks and I haven’t done any microtransactions. You don’t really need to, but they are there if you want to, if you want to speed things up. But I never felt the need to do that. When I play the game it doesn’t even cross my mind.”
Somehow we don’t think the internet will be as kind.
Halo 5 may have been accidentally confirmed for PC
There are many ways to announce a game, and with E3 2019 going on there are a lot of options, particularly when you’ve got your own frigging conference. It’s odd, then, that Microsoft chose to announce a game accidentally, subtly, hidden deep in something that’s not even finished. What are we talking about? Halo 5: Guardians may well be coming to PC, if this leak from Microsoft’s own promotional material is anything to go by.
Microsoft announced all the details for the new Xbox Game Pass for PC at its E3 press conference, which includes all of the publisher’s own games and a lot more. The new Xbox client for PC is in beta now, as is the pass itself — and there was something interesting lurking on Microsoft’s page for the client.
The page’s background image shows a PC surrounded by games that are on the Xbox Game Pass for PC, including Sea of Thieves, Age of Empires, and the upcoming Gears of War 5. However, as DSOGaming spotted, there is an odd man out – Halo 5: Guardians!
Also known as “the Halo no one likes” but we want it anyway
Microsoft recently announced that the Halo Master Chief Collection is coming to PC, and will be available on the Xbox Game Pass for PC. It features all the Halo games up to and including Halo 4, and at their conference Microsft confirmed that next year’s Halo Infinite (which is Halo 6) will definitely be coming to PC. That leaves out only Halo 5, so it seems obvious that Halo 5 will be coming to PC sooner or later.
However, while it’s pretty certain that Halo 5 will come to PC, there’s definitely no official word yet. Microsoft has since updated the image on the Xbox Game Pass page , and Halo 5 has been replaced with the Halo Master Chief Collection. So it was a mistake, this time.
We don’t know the release schedule for the Master Chief Collection games yet, except that they will all release separately “when they’re ready”, but we do know that Halo 4 will be the last released and that Halo Infinite is scheduled for November 2020. We’d put money on Halo 5: Guardians arriving between those two.
Is there a Banjo-Kazooie game for Switch on the way?
The reveal of classic Nintendo 64 platformer pair Banjo-Kazooie coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate was one of the best things at Nintendo’s E3 direct, especially surprising since they and their games are the property of Microsoft now. Which makes it even more surprising that a listing for a Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo Switch game was spotted on Amazon shortly after.
Could a new Banjo-Kazooie game be coming, exclusively for Switch? Seems unlikely that Microsoft would not release it for Xbox, so it could be a remaster or re-release of the old games. Most likely, however, it’s probably the Banjo-Kazooie Amiibo toy (since every Smash character has one)… or just a complete mistake on Amazon’s part.
You can’t dismember stormtroopers in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Bad news folks – you can’t do to Stormtroopers what Ben Kenobi did to that pushy alien in the cantina in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, as IGN has confirmed that there is no lightsaber dismemberment in the game. Well, you can cut the legs off spiders and bits off droids, but no lopping limbs off humanoid folks. Blame the squeamish Disney for that decision. For fans of the Jedi Knight games, that’s a bitter disappointment.
Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?
Which of these popular consoles was first revealed at E3?
A: PlayStation 3!
Despite being known as “the” place for all videogame announcements, surprisingly few consoles actually get announced at E3. The PlayStation 3 is one of the few, as it was revealed at E3 2005 – rather infamously, in fact. The announcement of the “five hundred and ninety-nine US dollars” price point is a classic PR disaster, although Sony did turn things around later…
Xbox 360 had a big show at the same E3 in 2005, but it was actually announced on MTV beforehand. Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch, was actually unveiled in October 2016 and released the following March, so missed out on E3 completely. And no one cares about the Dreamcast. Go home, Dreamcast.
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