With the lack of a PSX Event this year, Kinda Funny Games (headed up by Greg Miller and Tim Gettys who previously led the IGN team) have decided to run their first ever video games showcase featuring 69 games (half a dozen of which will go live during the show). The concept behind this show is to give game companies a chance to show off titles to the masses. This is the first annual KF Games Showcase and we aren’t sure if this will become a yearly event, but it is exciting to see a new showcase on the scene which will give more developers a chance to get attention on their games.
With a full orchestra, dozens of world premieres, and world famous presenters from within the entertainment industries, The Game Awards 2018 took place in the Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, California) and is one of the most digitally distributed products of all time and was streamed live in 4K HDR resolution as well as VR formats around the globe on more platforms than any other industry event or live awards show in history. In this article we will cover the play-by-play as well as provide coverage of the awards, world premiere announcements, game trailers, some commentary, and the full high definition replay footage of the event in case you missed the incredible ride.
Xbox provided a 2 hour livestream from Mexico City during their X018 Event showcasing their lineup for 2018 / 2019 and revealed world premiere content for first party and third party games. There was also two new studio acquirement announcements for Microsoft Studios and a large number of ways that Xbox plans to get more gamers into their brand by remaining consumer-friendly and increasing their investment on quality content for the future.
The well known Microsoft-owned creative sandbox franchise Minecraft will be expanding into the hack and slash RPG genre next year with Minecraft: Dungeons when it releases for PC. Landscapes include mines, swamps, canyons, and there’s a main villain being touted called Arch-Illager who you must save innocent villagers from on your journey.
Mojang will develop the title for the publishing arm of Microsoft Studios. Mojang has been producing the Minecraft titles since its inventor Notch handed the game off and had a hand in the development of Minecraft: Story Mode by Telltale Games. They’ve also created a number of other titles including Caller’s Bane, a mobile-focused digital card game in 2014 and Cobalt, a 2016 action side scrolling title made for the PC and Xbox platforms.
PlayStation Experience is a press industry event known as PSX in dedication to the original PlayStation game console. Every year since 2014 Sony has hosted one of these. It’s usually been a vehicle for Sony to make announcements outside of, and ancillary to, their annual E3 Press Conference. This year, perhaps more than ever, fans were looking forward to the event since their E3 showing was very light. Despite having a dominance in the market and never ending stream of great games, it appears Sony isn’t too worried about hosting big events and showing off their lineup right now.
A miniature PlayStation console will release this December from Sony with a number of high profile classic titles built-in to the system. During Tokyo Game Show the unit was given a surprise reveal which also held proof of some impressive licensing deals accomplished by Sony to include iconic third party PlayStation titles such as Final Fantasy VII. This unit has HDMI output and uses an included USB-C cable for power but you will need an AC to USB power adapter (any smartphone adapter should work, even if it isn’t specifically made for USB-C).
After a one week delay due to the recent earthquake in Japan, Nintendo dropped their biggest Direct presentation (that isn’t purely about Smash Bros.) in a long time. With some of the content announced by third parties leading up to the show, a little bit of thunder was missing from this conference – but all in all, fans have a lot to look forward to this year and next year on the Nintendo Switch handheld / console hybrid platform.
[Update: Release date announced at The Game Awards 2018. Mortal Kombat 11 will release April 23, 2019 with a community reveal January 17, 2019.]
Editor’s Note: DJ Killzown Jones is back and provides bleeding-edge coverage of an exclusive news item confirmed straight from the source, live on camera, during his attendance at the recent Mo Game Con convention. If you’re a subscriber to his media channels you may have seen this scoop early, if not you can find more about that here. Mortal Kombat is a series that has been around since 1992 and has filled many gamers’ childhood with a bloody good time fighting in the fun-factor focused arena. The franchise has over 35 million units sold in total and Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling game in the series. Check out the latest from DJ Killzown Jones in his RGN article below.
One of the lesser known Final Fantasy titles enjoyed by GameCube owners worldwide is the Crystal Chronicles entry into the series which will now see its way onto the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch next year with updated visuals, increased frame rate performance, and even new gameplay features. A trailer was launched for the game during Tokyo Games Show 2018 showcasing the improved look and launch window of 2019.
As we previously reported, NVIDIA stole the show at this year’s Gamescom 2018 with its next-generation PC Gaming graphics card lineup introducing Real-time Ray Tracing to the industry in what will arguably change the visual standard for decades to come. You can read more about that, watch the clips, and full public briefing provided in our NVIDIA RTX Press Conference WrapUp.
In terms of actual game announcements, this year was a little dry. We suspect a behind-the-scenes focus on the next-generation gaming consoles currently known as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlet(names may change closer to their release) have something to do with the lack of major AAA showings. That being said, there was still plenty of closer looks at upcoming titles to get excited about and we’ve decided to cover most of it at once here in this piece.
Jensen Huang (CEO of NVIDIA) took stage in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany where almost half a million press, analysts, distributors, and other industry professionals meet yearly for Gamescom to host a special NVIDIA RTX 2018 Press Conference. During this full length presentation we were given the unveiling of a brand new graphics card series that had been heavily rumored for some time now. Incorporating next-generation video memory of top tier quality, a new 12 nano-meter manufacturing process, and a new focus on Ray Tracing, the NVIDIA RTX line of GPU hardware will be set to release this year with the first model becoming available next month on September 20, 2018.
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the sudden change from GTX to RTX and it has left many gamers and tech experts scrambling to gather information about whether or not the RTX will be as big of a leap or as immediately compatible as NVIDIA claims. The jury is still out on that, and it would be best to both pay attention to emerging analysis as well as keep an open mind over the coming months, for now though, here’s everything we know…
Today Nintendo has provided a new Direct presentation all about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in which our late-night rumor from last night came true. Simon Belmont has been announced for the Nintendo Switch exclusive game and a lot more!
THQ Nordic has revealed what they intend to focus on during Gamescom 2018 which takes place in just 27 days in Cologne, Germany on August 21, 2018 and is one of the biggest gaming events in the world for 8 years running. Many European and American game companies showcase their titles at the event with Japanese studios also using Gamescom as an additional pillar to spread their promotions among.
The San Diego Comic Con and Los Angeles Anime Expo events of 2018 played host to a few important updates on games that many fans are waiting for. Lego DC Super-Villains, Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition, and Marvel’s Spider-Man were among the titles showcased at this year’s west coast events aimed towards comic book fans and the anime community.
It would seem the gaming world got a little too excited this morning when Microsoft vaguely hinted “all-new hardware” would be shown off at Gamescom 2018 only to later clarify that while this won’t be the reveal of Xbox Project Scarlet, the next-generation console expected to release in 2020 or 2021, instead they plan to announce a new Xbox One system bundle and new accessories (possibly including a rumored Elite Controller iteration that was alleged leaked recently).
This information was originally debuted in an article titled Xbox is coming to gamescom by Xbox media spokesperson Major Nelson, who himself started off as a self-made games journalist detailing news revolving around the original Xbox before eventually being hired on by Microsoft as a permanent figurehead to the brand. For those wondering, technically the event is meant to be spelled in all lowercase letters as per stylized renditions and logos, Major Nelson didn’t make an error it’s just the weird way the biggest gaming event in Germany likes to have their name typed out.
As for the leaked controller, nothing is certain yet but there are some details floating around the internet in the form of rumors as to what will be seen this August 21 – 25 when Gamescom commences.