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EB Expo is no more, absorbed by PAX Aus

Tags: australia, gaming

PAX Aus and EB Expo, the biggest gaming shows in the southern hemisphere, are teaming up to create the ultimate celebration of games and gaming culture at PAX Aus 2018.

This partnership will bring the world-class features of EB Expo to PAX Aus and include a dedicated area for the biggest game publishers to showcase upcoming titles, developer presentations, and Australia’s biggest pop-up EB Games store.

Like a “vanishing twin” absorbed in the womb… ewwwwww.

I guess that means no more Krusty Demons motor cross action then? I actually would’ve liked to have seen one of them fly over Polly Woodside.

On the upside it means that there’ll no longer be a split and show goers can see everything at one place. For instance Activision and Call of Duty have generally favoured EB Expo but they’ll now be a part of EB’s new sub-seciton (presumably) of PAX Aus.

Games, games & more games… News from EA, Nintendo, Ubisoft & more

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There’s just too much going on right now and instead of dragging you all through a bunch of little news posts here’s one bigger news post to cover them all.

Nintendo streamed on of their Nintendo Directs this morning. The biggest announcement to come out of it was that beloved brawler “Super Smash Brothers” would be coming to the platform before year’s end. It was also announced an expansion to the popular Splatoon 2 is coming soon as well as Ubisoft’s “South Park: The Fractured But Whole” would be coming to Switch April 24th.

Less than 24 hours earlier Ubisoft made another announcement releasing a statement that The Division 2 would be unveiled at E3 this year. The shared world shooter set in an outbreak raddled Manhattan made itself a tent pole of the Ubisoft lineup as it’s fastest selling title to date. Whilst perhaps not reaching the successes they’d hope the game, now two years old, continues to foster a large following and I’m excited to see what the new version brings.

EA’s distribution service EA Origin has opened its doors to allow other publishers to make use of the platform. The move pits the service against PC figurehead Steam and as a part of the announcement will see popular titles such as Batman & the LEGO series from Warner Brothers make its way to the platform.

And finally Activision revealed the latest title in the long running Call of Duty series will be none other than Black Ops 4. The reveal made a bigger splash not so much because of what the game is to be about (shooting things – it’s Call of Duty that’s about all of it) but more so the face the game’s logo was four “I”s instead of the roman numeral IV. Congrats to the marketing team, you had more buzz than a Trump tweet.

And there be the vidya-games news… beep boop beep.

David Cage’s Detroit: Become Human lands May 25th

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In a dystopian vision of our near future, Detroit is the story of three androids, three machines designed to obey, who start to feel emotions. Confronted with persecution and the violence of society, they will all have to decide who they want to be.

You’re either a fan of David Cage’s work you hate it. I don’t think there’s too much of a middle ground when you look at people’s reactions to his previous titles “Heavy Rain” and “Beyond: Two Souls“.

I had a chance to play through a sequence of Detroit: Become Human at last year’s Gamescom event and, having enjoyed the previous titles, found it to be an exciting evolution of Cage’s work.

Throughout Detroit you play as three androids, each with their own unique story and path. The first, Conor is a prototype designed to help human investigators on cases involving androids; Kara becomes a fugitive by empathizing with a little girl, united in their dream of freedom; and Markus whom will become the leader of the android revolution.

Really looking forward to its release!

Source: Quantic Dream’s neo-noir thriller Detroit: Become Human hits PS4 on 25th May – PlayStation.Blog.Europe

Assassin’s Creed: Origins’ new “Discovery Tour” lets you tour ancient Egypt

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Featuring 75 guided tours of monuments, buildings and even people, each tour takes you down a predetermined path with interactive checkpoints. Checkpoints are narrated and even include photos of the statue you’re looking at or blueprints of the room you’re standing in. Each tour can also be accessed through the map, along with the option to fast travel to them directly.

Unfortunately I skipped over Assassin’s Creed: Origins last year but with the release of “Discovery Tour” today I’m tempted to pick it up.

The new mode turns the game into an interactive tour of ancient Egypt utilising the many intensely detailed and well crafted reproductions of real-world monuments within the game.

From all reports this educational release is great value and being enjoyed by many. What a surprising and different approach to take on an open world title. Hats of Ubisoft!

Source: Discovery Mode Turns Assassin’s Creed: Origins Into A Museum | Kotaku Australia

The A-League’s esport counterpart is proving more popular

Tags: australia, gaming

The FFA dipped its toe into the rapidly growing world of competitive video gaming, E-Sports, with the launch of its E-League on Thursday night. It attracted an audience reach 16 per cent higher than the average A-League match, raising questions over the direction of sports broadcasting.

While the figures and interest in esports don’t particularly surprise me there are a couple of things they sort of fail to mention…

For a start, to watch A-League games in Australia you need a Pay-TV subscription with access to Fox Sports. There’s also one game a week shown on free-to-air TV that SBS hosts but with Pay-TV numbers in the toilet they’re never going to get astronomical numbers.

The “E-League” was streamed on Twitch, where it pulled in (at one point) 138,000 simultaneous viewers.  it was also broadcast on Fox Sports but they don’t have those figures yet and are basing the 16% increase on the streaming alone.

Does this mean the A-League is dead? No, of course not. Is it a surprise? Not really.

Less than 20% of Australian households have Foxtel, a smaller subset of those have a sports package to watch the A-League. More than 80% have the Internet, and Twitch streams globally, for free, where people watch random crap all the time.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see esports doing so well and this was an interesting event to watch. I just think the article is a bit of fluff to get more eyeballs.

Source: FFA’s E-League proves a bigger hit than A-League games

Hoyts to revitalise business model by turning cinemas into esports arenas

Tags: australia, gaming

Hoyts and Gfinity will work together to build a chain of broadcast-ready esports arenas within existing Hoyts theatre locations. The idea is that, with these state of the art locations already installed and ready to go, they will be well placed to pull global touring esports events looking for a base in the Oceanic region.

The first location ear-marked is Moore Park in Sydney beginning in the 2nd quarter of 2018 for the inaugural Gfinity Elite Series.

The first of these events spans seven weeks and includes competitions for Counter Srike: GO, Street Fighter V and Rocket League.

Source: Gfinity Esports and Hoyts are building a chain of esports arenas here in Aus | The Iris

Red Dead Redemption 2 lands October 26th, 2018

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

It’s ok Rockstar, you take as long as you need to get this baby just perfect. Although; if you have a look through the screenshot gallery below I’m not sure how much more “polish” they can add?!

God damn this game looks good. Gimmie, gimmie.

Source: Red Dead Redemption 2 is Coming October 26th 2018 – Rockstar Games

Xbox Game Pass now includes Microsoft Studios’ new releases 

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Today, we’re excited to announce plans for a major expansion to Xbox Game Pass that underscores our commitment to deliver our fans the ultimate gaming subscription service.

Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.

Xbox Game Pass is A$10.95 a month. That’s A$131.40 per year or one collectors edition of a single triple-A title. Maybe 2 triple-A’s if you get them on special at Big-W, but definitely not if you’re buying things digital at full RRP these days.

So when you add day one, triple A releases to an already attractive package at what I think is a fairly reasonable price for the available catalogue,  that’s makes Xbox Game Pass a really, really, really attractive package!

Source: Xbox Game Pass Expands to Include New Releases from Microsoft Studios – Xbox Wire

God of War arrives April 20

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People of PlayStation the world over, God of War is launching April 20, 2018.

Get excited people! Probably my most anticipated title of 2018, the new God of War is a combination of old and new.

This latest version has you playing as “Pappa” Kratos who battles in the lands of the Norse whilst protecting and helping his son in the shadow of the gods.

Source: God of War Out April 20 on PS4 – PlayStation.Blog

Nintendo Labo on the Switch is Nintendo at its most bizarrely magical

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Imagine being able to turn a simple piece of cardboard into almost anything: a motorbike, a fishing rod, a piano or whatever you can imagine!

By assembling sheets of cardboard into a variety of shapes called Toy-Con, and combining them with Nintendo Switch, you can bring them to life!

This is some bizarro Nintendo shit. It’s beautiful and magic and I love it! Despite the hot takes spreading like wild fire across the internet by “hardcore” gamers and Nintendo fans alike I have little doubt in my mind that these kits are going to sell like hot cakes and kids are going to eat them up.

Available April 20th Labo will be available in two versions. The first is called “The Variety Kit” will retail for A$99.95 and includes cardboard templates for a myriad of creations including a RC car, fishing rod, house, motorbike and piano.

The second version is slightly more expensive at A$119.95 and is a single constructible called the “Toy Con Robot”. The robot is in fact a backpack and goggles that the player wears whilst playing titles that appear to emulate being a giant robot.

Nintendo are also selling a Nintendo Labo sticker pack for A$14.95 however, as you can see in the trailer, it’s encouraged to colour and decorate your Labo creations as you please and by no means are reliant on the sticker pack.

Source: Nintendo Labo