Welcome to a new episode of the TiX Podcast, a special episode celebrating 2017.
Join Greg Giddens and Neale Jarrat as they discuss their highlights from the year in terms of games, explore the new hardware paradigm of the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, gush over PSVR, and even take a quick stab at the loot box controversy. Welcome to State of the Industry 2017.
It finally looks like Microsoft is adding the much requested game gifting feature to the Xbox store. In a tweet this week, Mike Ybarra, Xbox Vice President, revealed hat the company is “not far” off adding the support to gift purchases.
Game gifting has been a highly requested feature on the Xbox feedback site, where fans can request and vote on new features for the console. This request has amassed nearly 5,000 votes over the past three years. It’s not clear when Microsoft plans to launch this service, but with Ybarra’s tweet it appears it will most likely be sooner rather than later.
2K and Firaxis Games announced at the E3 2017 PC Gaming Show that XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, a expansion pack to the terrific XCOM 2, will be coming to Xbox One on August 29 this year.
XCOM 2 Creative Director, Jake Solomon, revealed XCOM 2: War of the Chosen on stage at the PC Gaming Show, with the following trailer:
War of the Chosen focuses on ADVENT’s bid to recapture the Commander, with deadly alien heroes being deployed called the ‘Chosen’. XCOM must approach and win over three new resistance factions, each with their own Hero class, to help combat this new threat and liberate Earth.
Firaxis continues to redefine the award-winning XCOM franchise with XCOM 2: War of the Chosen,
said Matt Gorman, VP of Marketing at 2K.
XCOM 2 fans are going to love the all-new narrative and features, enhancing the XCOM experience and providing endless reasons to re-play through the campaign.
We’re thrilled to offer our fans an unprecedented amount of cool new toys and features in XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, challenging and empowering players in exciting new ways never seen before in the franchise,
added Jake Solomon, creative director of XCOM 2 at Firaxis Games.
The expansion also includes a bunch of new enemies, missions, environments and increased depth to the strategic gameplay. Your soldiers now bond with their teammates, adding new abilities and perks as that bond grows and they’re deployed together. Meanwhile, regular community challenges with a global leaderboard extend the replayability beyond the new story content.
Capcom have revealed Monster Hunter World in the PlayStation E3 conference, showing off some attractive monster hunting tactics and combat in a neat reveal trailer you can find below.
Shortly after the reveal, the Monster Hunter official Twitter confirmed that the title will be coming to Xbox One as well as PS4, making this the series’ debut on a Microsoft console. Monster Hunter World is due out early 2018.
With a familiar Fast and Furious theme to it, the visuals of last year’s title but with some sunshine, collectable classic cars to find like in Forza Horizon, the crash sequences of Burnout, and a little of the track events last seen in Split Second, Need for Speed Payback looks to be incorporating some of the best elements of car racing films and games into their latest entry in the series.
At the EA E3 conference, Need For Speed Payback was shown off, treating us to some of the high speed racing, traffic dodging and pursuits we can expect come release, November 10th. A section of it’s story mode was highlighted, showing a stunt seen multiple times in the Fast and Furious franchise of films, where one of the three protagonists you’ll play as jumps from a high speed car onto a truck, before stealing the sport’s car within and driving off. It was exhilarating to watch, and we here at TiX towers are pretty hyped.
We look forward to seeing more, but for now, there is a reveal trailer:
Today, THQ Nordic announced that hack-n-slash action adventure Darksiders III is currently in development and is slated for release in 2018 on Xbox One.
As promised, we have taken our time to ensure that this next Darksiders will be everything action-adventure gamers and especially Darksiders loyalists could dream of and more,
said Lars Wingefors, Co-Founder and Group CEO, THQ Nordic AB.
The company also announced that it is working with the team at Gunfire Games, which is largely comprised of the original creators of the Darksiders franchise, on development of the long and highly-anticipated project.
The Gunfire team brings an intimate involvement with every aspect of the Darksiders franchise since its inception,
said Reinhard Pollice, Director of Business and Product Development, THQ Nordic.
There is simply no team better qualified to create Darksiders III, beginning with our unpredictable and enigmatic hero FURY – a mage who is considered the most powerful of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!
Bandai Namco’s Get Even is coming out on May 26th on Xbox One and is been touted as “unlike any game you’ve previously experienced”.
Described as mixing multiple fun mechanics and featuring superior storytelling, incredible 3D sound design and stand-out composed music by Olivier Deriviere and writing by Stephen Long and Iain Sharkey, Get Even appears to be a real labour of love for Bandai Namco.
The single player narrative experience, where nothing is what it seems, is set to shock, scare and stir deep emotions as you experience the journey.
In the lead up to launch the studio, musicians and writers have created a series of ‘side story videos’. These will appear weekly and give you snippets of intriguing information, however you’ll have to find out for yourself what happens.
The new trailer highlights the mysterious and captivating universe along with a quick look at the challenging weapon-based combat found in Code Vein. The trailer also teases the companion gameplay mechanic. As players venture out into the world, they will be able to choose a partner companion from the various residents of Vein. Added strategy presents itself when players choose companions that compliments their play style to give them a fighting chance against the vicious enemies they’ll be up against through their journey.
In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the centre of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.
Code Vein will be released in 2018.
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Capcom have released their latest business overview document, which talks about the companies plans leading up to March 31st 2018, and amongst the dull strategies is the mention of a “Major title” that Capcom plan to release within this financial year.
You know what that means, speculation time!
Something Resident Evil related, Dragon’s Dogma perhaps, Devil May Cry? The possibilities are numerous, but I guess we’ll have to wait until Capcom officially announce something. Roll on E3.