“Please Stand By.”
With just 10 days before E3 dominates the internet, Bethesda stole the spotlight a little early with their extremely anticipated Fallout 4 reveal. Most everyone else looking to make headlines over the last few days took a step back in order to avoid being massively overshadowed by Bethesda’s surprise announcement. That didn’t stop a few lucky stories from making waves, however, as The Nathan Drake Collection made its reveal before anticipated. This surely isn’t the last wave of teases to hit the web before E3, as companies officially break the news of much awaited projects in order to stay ahead of possible leaks. Here’s everything that caught my attention this week.
Fallout 4 Officially Announced
The internet showed just how excited it could get when a “Please Stand By” message surrounding the post-apocalyptic adventure series, surfaced this past Tuesday. The Fallout official website was then taken over by a countdown leading to the next morning, where we’d soon get our first look at the game. Fallout is a franchise that undoubtably means a lot to it’s fan, and Fallout 4 looks to continue, as well as build upon what’s propelled the series into the category of the all-time greats. The announcement trailer focuses on a dog wandering about a tarnished world. Cutting back and forth between an intact house and a devastated one, the trailer shows both sides of the coin, possibly alluding to a playable section in which the nukes’ haven’t launched yet. A post-apocalypse depiction of Boston is also shown, with a bit more color making its way into the picture. Also worth noting is the entrance to Vault 111, which is likely where the player’s journey into the wasteland will begin. Though not confirmed, I’d guess a 2015 release date for the title. We’ll definitely know this following Sunday when Bethesda unveils more about the project during their E3 conference. Fallout 4 is set to ship on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and has made its way to my most anticipated slot for this year.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Is Coming
To absolutely no surprise, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is real, and is coming to PS4 this fall. Set for an October 9th release date, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will join the ever growing list of games having received the remastered treatment. Helming the project is Bluepoint Games, already responsible for a number ports and remastered releases. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is said to run at 1080p and 60fps with improved lighting, textures, and models. The collection will also add a range of improvements and various additions across all three stellar games including new trophies and a Photo Mode. Notably missing from the remaster is the multiplayer offerings from Uncharted 2 and 3. Exclusive access to Uncharted 4’s multiplayer beta will be granted to any owner of the collection, but the absence of fully-fledged multiplayer is quite unfortunate. Uncharted is a magnificent series that definitely deems the remaster treatment, as its importance and relevancy is as pertinent as ever.
Rise of the Tomb Raider Trailer
A new cinematic trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider dropped this week, confirming that we’ll get a good look at gameplay footage during Microsoft’s E3 press conference on June 15. The trailer is set to Lara’s voiceover, talking about adventure and sorts, while navigating a nasty blizzard that would surely kill anyone in real life. Rise of the Tomb Raider is without a doubt one of the most interesting upcoming games, as its exclusivity deal with Microsoft has never been fully explained. I loved 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot, as I thought it was an all-around incredibly well-made game and expect no less from its follow-up. Whether or not it’s a game with the merits to move units during its exclusive window, only time to tell. I hold out hope for a strong continuation of the series and trust developer Crystal Dynamics to create a more than stellar adventure romp.
XCOM 2 Announced
As it turns out, last week’s cryptic website, AdventFuture.org, wasn’t in relation to a possible BioShock as I previously assumed. In fact, 2K was hinting at Firaxis Games’ upcoming sequel in the acclaimed turn-based tactical combat series XCOM. According to 2K, XCOM 2 is a full sequel to 2012’s Enemy Unknown and is exclusive to the PC. The title will feature new gameplay systems, procedurally-generated levels, community-focused tools and much more. XCOM 2 is set to release sometime this November.
New Xbox One Bundle
A new Xbox One bundle seems to be on the horizon sporting a 1TB hard drive. According to a since removed listing on Amazon, the console will be bundled with the slightly-redesigned controller, announced just a few weeks ago, which finally features a headset jack. Along with a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, all rounding up to a $400 U.S. price point that indicated a June 15 release date. This would lineup perfectly with Microsoft’s E3 conference, making the listing all the more believable. If true, this is an excellent deal that addresses and caters to minor problems with the Xbox’s 500GB unremovable hard drive and jackless headphone controller. If you’ve been on the fence about picking up an Xbox One, now’s definitely the time to strike.
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