June 2019

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite Release Date Reportedly Announced

The release date for the upcoming Harry Potter Wizards Unite mobile game has reportedly been announced for June 21, 2019, according to Wizards Unite Hub.

The announcement came from an exclusive event in Los Angeles, where CEO of Niantic, John Hanke, released details about the upcoming game.

For all the details on Harry Potter Wizards Unite, check out IGN’s preview of the game, where we said, “There’s a lot going on with Wizards Unite, and it could certainly throw off some of the more casual players who just want to hang out with Harry, Ron, and Hermione or learn a few spells at Hogwarts. But by smartly trying not to deliver that fantasy of being a wizarding student, Niantic and WB have crafted a new type of adventure in the wizarding world — one that I’m excited for, and one I hope can bring a bit of magic to my everyday life.”

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Obsidian and inXile Both Tried to Get the Rights to Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3, the follow-up to two of the most beloved (and arguably best) CRPGs of all-time, was finally announced this month. It is being created by Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios, but it turns out that other prominent RPG developers tried to get their hands on it years ago.

“I love that title,” inXile CEO Brian Fargo told IGN. “You know, both me and

Feargus

were chasing that for years.

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too. All of us, for a decade.”

The longtime Interplay developer continued: “After I left Interplay, it was the first thing I went for. I got very, very close at one point. I had the financing all lined up and then Atari got into trouble…”

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7 Biggest Surprises of E3 2019

E3 2019 may have lacked some major names – notably a host of missing, upcoming video games – but that didn’t stop the yearly event from delivering a number of delightful surprises that were, to quote one of this year’s biggest surprises, breathtaking.

There may not have been a last-minute Sony surprise during E3, nor an unexpected new console reveal (Project Scarlett’s reveal had been in the cards for a while), but that didn’t stop these seven surprises from causing the IGN E3 newsroom to erupt into cheers, and hopefully delighted you, too.

Banjo-Kazooie Joins Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo took home the award for Best Surprise at The Game Awards in 2018 for its announcement of Persona 5’s Joker as a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character. (OK, fine, I was the one who gave it that award, and the company mailed back the trophy I tried to send them,) And, had it not been for the company’s own massive reveal at the end of the Direct, Banjo-Kazooie’s reveal as the third Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character would have been Nintendo’s biggest surprise at the show.

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Opinion: The Biggest Loser of E3 2019 is… The Year 2019

Note: we published this last week during E3, and have updated with a video component.

We get excited about E3 every year because we get to see what’s coming next. While developers have always called their shots well in advance, announcing games years before release, much of the action at the show revolves around showing games set to launch sometime between July and next year’s E3.

After spending the last week weighing all the publisher press conferences and the deluge of pre-show trailer drops and leaks, I took a step back and noticed that the second half of 2019 feels… light. Many of the biggest games at the show — new and returning — are coming out in the first few months of 2020, or later. And while the cupboard is far from bare — I doubt many of us will have trouble finding games to buy or put on holiday wish lists come December– the dearth of high-profile releases is noticeable.

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Xbox E3 Recap Part 2 (Avengers, 12 Minutes and More!)

Our Xbox E3 recap continues! After discussing our lukewarm reactions to Marvel’s Avengers game, we analyze the rest of the Xbox E3 press conference that we didn’t cover last week. That includes The Outer Worlds, Bleeding Edge, Ori 2, Minecraft Dungeons, Gears 5, Blair Witch, Battletoads, the Series 2 Xbox Elite controller, and more!

In case you missed last week’s Part 1 recap, film and TV star Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick, Men in Black: International, Stuber) joined our live-from-E3 episode to recap Microsoft’s biggest Xbox E3 announcements. Watch that video below:

Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or grab an MP3 download of this week’s episode. For more awesome content, check out this month’s episode of IGN Unfiltered, featuring a career-spanning interview with Bethesda creative force Todd Howard, who discusses next-gen consoles, Starfield, Elder Scrolls 6, Fallout games past and present, and his origins with a Terminator first-person shooter:

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Microsoft: Scarlett Will Play Every Xbox One Game Ever

Microsoft, with its next-gen Xbox currently known as Project Scarlett, has every intention of having it support four generations of games – the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and, of course, each new game coming to the platform.

During Inside Xbox, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed Microsoft’s commitment to “respecting the purchases” of its customers and the team’s goal to bring every past game over to Project Scarlett, the next-gen Xbox, as well as accessories like the original Xbox Elite Controller and the new Series 2 Elite Controller.

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Trailer Tuesday – Shattered Neon Love Treasure

Trailer Tuesday takes us back to the cruel days post WWII, into stories told three words at a time, and into the shoes of final bosses this week.

Svoboda 1945



Svoboda 1945 immerses you in the story of a small town in the Czech-German borderlands. Its past is scarred by the violence that rocked the region in the wake of the Nazi retreat at the end of World War II. Revisit dark personal histories in an attempt to find reconciliation in this new game from the creators of Attentat 1942.”

Svoboda 1945 is currently in development, but in the meantime, you can add it to your Steam Wishlist or follow its creation on the game’s site.

Reventure



“Choose your path, every decision leads to a new ending. Will you find the real one? Is there such a thing? Only one way to know…”

Reventure is available now on Steam.

Golden Treasure: The Great Green



Golden Treasure: The Great Green is a hand-painted game about choices, survival, and life as a non-human being. Players take on the role of a dragon and must survive the …read more


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Mortal Kombat 11, Days Gone Remain the Best-Selling Games of the Month

Mortal Kombat 11 and Days Gone are the best-selling games of May 2019 in the United States – both titles were also the best-selling games of April 2019.

Per this month’s official NPD report, Mortal Kombat was not only May and April’s best-selling game, but is now the best-selling game of 2019 year-to-date, dethroning the long-running leader Kingdom Hearts 3. The NPD Group notes that the second month sales of Mortal Kombat 11 are nearly double that of any other game in the Mortal Kombat franchise.

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Watch Dogs: Legion’s Permadeath Means Your Favorite Grandma Is Going to Die

Watch Dogs Legion, Ubisoft’s third game in its hacktivist open-word series, asks a lot of questions. Just how far are we willing to let authoritarianism and corporate greed dictate the course of society? What are the consequences of under-funded public services? What happens when ordinary people make a stand? Its most fascinating question, though, is what if every non-playable character was playable?

I recently visited Ubisoft Toronto to meet with the Watch Dogs Legion team and watch the game being played for 45 minutes. At first glance, Legion is what you would expect from the third game in the Watch Dogs series; there’s an open-world where you can drive cars, hack CCTV cameras, and play havoc with people’s lives and smartphones. But there’s much, much more to Watch Dogs Legion. Underpinning the entire game is an interconnected network of systems that allow for an astonishing set of possibilities.

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