The one thing that excited me the most about the initial Doom reveal last year was when they revealed Snapmap. At first I thought it was just going to be a mode where players in the community could create their own maps and share them online with others. Obviously, you can do just that in this game but after watching Bethesda's one hour stream of Snapmap, it's clear that this is more than just a map maker.
Want a certain piece of music to start once a monster appears? You can do that.
Want to set it so doors only open after a certain monster dies? You can do that.
Want to create your own game modes? A parkour arena? A music maker? A memory game? You can do that and so much more. You could even create your own campaigns as there are options to add text and voice samples into levels as well.
My hype for Doom is through the roof at this point and I cannot wait to get my hands on it and start seeing the what seems like infinite posibilities for Snapmap and the infinite replayablility that comes with it. The best part is that Snapmap will be a cross platform feature so any maps that are created on the PC, Xbox One or PS4 will be playable by anyone, regardless of what system you own.
Doom unleashes hell next Friday, May 13th
Well would you look at that, the running joke is coming to a close. Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune's Kickstarted, oft-delayed Mega Man spiritual followup, is finally getting released on June 21st in America and the 24th worldwide. It's been a long, rough ride for the game, its backers and its fans, but thankfully the rumor that it had been delayed again to December are unsubstantiated.
Inafune himself has a message about the game's release and emphatically states that the release date is "set in stone." That said the PS Vita and 3DS versions will come at a later time than the PC and console versions.
This is a pretty big deal as Mighty No. 9 was basically a punchline about delayed indie games for over a year now. I guess the indie community will have to find a new Duke Nukem Forever now. I just hope the final game was worth the wait.
The PlayStation Semi is fully loaded and ready to hit the road for the 2016 Road to Greatness tour. The PlayStation blog announced today that the tour will be hitting 27 stops between April 29th and November 13th. The tour has already closed up shop in Memphis and will be stopping next at Lincoln, NE at the Guardians of Freedom Airshow from May 7th - 8th.
Some of the features of the tour will be:
We saw many of these items at the 2016 CES (albeit the lines were long and didn’t get a ton of time with them), but it looks to be a pretty extensive list of locations and dates that can be found at the official site.
Harmonix just provided an update on the blog, but it wasn’t an announcement of this week’s DLC. In fact, it was the opposite with them stating that May DLC for Rock Band 4 starts on May 9th. However, they did give us a quick glimpse at who we can expect this week, and it looks like the DLC will hold true to the name of the game with some old school rockers. The month of May will see DLC from the following:
• Deep Blue Something
• Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
• Twisted Sister
The reason for no DLC this week? Well the free May Rock Band 4 update will be coming instead tomorrow. This will bring us the release of the new playable characters from Battleborn (Thorn and Miko) along with double kick pedal support and a whole bunch of bug fixes. The full list of patch notes should be out later today or first thing tomorrow and we will bring it to you.
It’s a whole new month! Wow, we’re already approaching the halfway point of 2016 as we roar into May. Hell, E3 is only a few weeks away, which should help paint a nice picture of what we can expect for the rest of 2016. As for this week though, we have plenty on our plates between new games heading to stores and updated selections of free games on the various subscription services.
This week’s headliner is Gearbox’s new cooperative shooter, Battleborn. With this one, you need to think MOBA meets Borderlands. I got a chance to check the game out in depth last Fall, and many gamers got to spend some time with the game in the recent open beta test. The game is a ton of fun but you absolutely must bring along some friends in order to get the most out of the experience.
As I mentioned, with it being the start of a whole new month, that means that a lot of gamers are getting new “free games” on their respective services. Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus will update their lineups of free games for May. Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to the following for May’s Games with Gold offerings:
The PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection will be update with tomorrow’s PlayStation Store update and will add the following to the service:
As for completely new games, this is what you have to look forward to this week:
Paradox Interactive is making sure that their upcoming space strategy and exploration sim Stellaris is packed with content. The game will generate a unique galaxy with up to a thousand different star systems and thousands of planets, but players can generate some unique experiences on their own. Paradox is including a 3D model exporting tool called the Clausewitz Maya Exporter, which allows quick and easy upload of custom models and assets.
Along with the ability to modify nearly any value in the game's code, this makes Stellaris ripe for modding and new stories long after fans have completed the main campaign. Stellaris launches on May 9th.
Sony and Naughty Dog have a plan for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer, and they are sharing it this morning over at the PlayStation Blog. Detailed on a blog post by lead designer Robert Cogburn is a very specific path to how Sony and Naughty Dog plan to implement their Multiplayer DLC philosophy, the Multiplayer Economy and what the Multiplayer roadmap looks like form from Sumer 2016 until Spring 2017. In addition, they also laid out what the Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Modes will be at launch with a list of six modes (Raked, Command, Team Deathmatch, Plunder, Warm Up Playlist and Trials) with descriptions.
As far as the roadmap, I have included the infographic below (along with the economy and DLC philosophy), but it looks like a continuous nine months of maps, weapons, boosters, skins and vanity items.
Infinity Ward let loose with the reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare earlier this morning, and now they have sent over the rest of the info for the game along with details on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Some of the goodies from the release state that you will be able to pilot your own warship, introduces new weapons (duh, space), environments and inventive abilities for your character and near seamless loading times.
Per Eric Hirschberg, CEO of Activision…"This year, we're both honoring the heritage of Call of Duty while taking players to incredible new heights," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a bold, new vision from the studio that created the original Call of Duty and Modern Warfare, and an adventure on an insanely epic scale that only Call of Duty could deliver. And Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is one of the most beloved games of all-time, reborn for a new generation. We have lovingly remastered it with a whole new level of graphical fidelity and realism that wasn't possible when the original was released. It's going to be a great year for Call of Duty players."
As for the Remastered CoD MW, it is being developed for current consoles by Raven and executive produced by Infinity Ward. The updated versions looks to boost the visuals, texture, lighting, animations, sound and basically everything about the game. It will include the full campaign including all missions, and have the online multiplayer mode including killstreaks, XP, Prestige and more. It only mentions 10 maps, specifically calling out "Crash," "Backlot" and "Crossfire." While the game is being touted an “included”, it doesn’t appear to be free, the editions of CoD Infinite Warfare that include the remastered edition of CoD MW start at $79.99, a full $20 above normal retail. It was not stated if you can by the remastered edition standalone.
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (along with MW Remastered) will be available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 4th 2016.
How about that, we now know what that mysterious trailer was that showed up last week. Infinity Ward let loose with the first Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Reveal Trailer and it reveals that the game will be moving to the final frontier…space. In the reveal trailer, it is stated that they are now at war with the Settlement Defense Front after a surprise attack that no one saw coming. As the trailer progresses, it goes form war ravaged Earth, into the launch of space vehicles to a full-fledge battle just off Earth and on other locations in space. All to the a cover of David Bowie's “Space Oddity”.
While the trailer looks exciting and I like the continual advancement of the games direction, I think I am ready to get rid of all the razzle dazzle, super advanced weaponry and see what how one of these companies can take the series BACK to WWII and the roots of the game with advanced game mechanics. While CoD II was fabulous, with the advances in computing and graphics power that we have seen in the last 10 years, a WWII version that focuses strictly on campaign and less on multiplayer would be something that many people would welcome.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launches worldwide on Nov 4th, 2016.
The monthly Games with Gold freebie list is out for May, and it has a nice selection of Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles available. Between the two platforms (with all playable on Xbox One), you can download Peggle (360), Grid2 (360), Costume Quest (One) and DG2 (One) between May 1st and Jun 15th. In addition, if you previously missed it, Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One is still available for free until May 15th.
Peggle: May 16th - 31st
Grid2: May 1st – 15th
Costume Quest 2: May 16th – Jun 15
DG2: May 1st - 31st
Sunset Overdrive: Apr 16th – May 15th