This years E3 looks to be quite different then previous years. Two more companies have announced press conferences this year which is unlike previous years. However, there are some constants. One of those being EA which, to nobody’s surprise, announced they’d be holding a press conference. The EA conference will be held June 15th at 1:00pm Pacific. We can expect to see more on Star Wars: Battlefront, more on Mirror’s Edge 2, and possibly more on Mass Effect. Not to mention, there will likely be surprises and of course established series’ getting new games. It won’t be too long now. E3 is less then two months away.
Over the weekend the world was treated to one of the most epic, riveting, SLOBBER-KNOCKING super-fights of all time! I got to watch it live on Pay-Per-View! I’m talking Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd “Money” Mayweather! There was Justin Bieber! There was the Burger King “King”! There was some guy who looked like he was part of Run DMC! It was so intense! So action-packed! Somebody even made an incredibly-accurate recreation of this fight of the century using the only tool you’d ever need! Punch-Out!!
Over the years, Square Enix has put out quite a few tech demo’s. Whether it was showing off what Final Fantasy XI could look like on Xbox 360 under the codename Rapture, showing off what Final Fantasy VII would look like on PS3, or showing off the tech for a game that’s actually coming out, Square Enix has a history of showing off their tech. Well, they’re at it again. Square Enix shown off a new tech demo at Microsoft’s 2015 Build conference and boy was it a jaw dropper. The tech demo, titled Witch Chapter 0 [cry], was used to show off what DirectX 12 could achieve. Let me tell you, this engine is pushing visuals that are easily on par with what you see in movies.
In a bit of random news, Activision was asked on twitter why people could connect their Nintendo Network ID’s to the Call of Duty site. Activision Support responded with “Stay tuned for more Wii U releases.” Who knows what this could mean. For all we know, this could amount to nothing. We’ll soon find out though, E3 is right around the corner.
For the past few years when you think of E3, you have a handful of conferences. One for each of the console companies, one for Electronic Arts, and one for Ubisoft. This appears to be changing, however, with Nintendo bowing out of the traditional conference and going digital two years in a row. Earlier this year, Bethesda announced that they’d be a holding conference for the first time. Today, Square Enix has announced that they, too, would be holding a conference.
The conference will be held in downtown LA on Tuesday, June 16th at 9AM PDT/ 5PM BST/ 1AM JST. You can view it at Square Enix’s Twitch and Youtube channels. This conference will be before E3 officially starts so make sure to be ready nice and early.
Not too long ago, Nintendo was one of the few game companies out there that wasn’t doing DLC. This stance was praised by some due to the countless instances of bad DLC in games but was a complaint by others who wanted Nintendo to keep their games alive by expanding on them. This stance however is no more. Over the past few years, Nintendo has been introducing DLC in various different titles. Recently, it seems Nintendo has fully embraced DLC with most of the larger games integrating it as well as the Amiibo’s being used as a form of it.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is right around the corner for consoles and like many MMO’s, they want people to test out the game. That’s why starting tomorrow, from April 23 to April 27 they’ll be running a “limited, closed public beta” (say that five times fast). The beta will be through invite only and is only going out to those who signed up. If you didn’t sign up and you want to try the game out, you may be out of luck. The good news is that it’s out right now on PC and will be available June 9th on Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
In a bit of different news, apparently the game is too big for the 50GB Blu-ray.
With the console beta just around the corner, we’re sure everyone is interested to know the size of the game client in order to get your hard drives ready. ESOTU is an incredibly massive game, both in terms of sheer scope and the data required to bring you this truly enormous experience. At the moment, the client will exceed a 50GB Blu-ray disc which means there will also be a large day-one patch that is somewhere in the region of 15GB.
I can tell you from my experience on PC, this game is HUGE. No it’s not one single map and each area is separated into their own zone, but each zone is massive and if you do everything in them, you can easily get 25+ hours out of the small ones and 50+ hours out of the large ones. There’s also a ton of voice work in this game. I can easily see why this game takes up so much space. Anyways, make sure you clear up some hard drive space for this one.