The LA based Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 as it is commonly referred, previously known as the worlds largest video game trade show has had a rough couple of years due to exhibitors moving away from paying for expensive booths and shutdowns due to the Covid 19 pandemic. E3 has struggled to redefine itself in a changing world and had been making moves towards a more consumer friendly show akin to PAX. This week those intentions were realised as the owners of E3 the ESA, announced that the show will now be produced by Reedpop, the company behind PAX, Star Wars Celebration, New York Comic Con and many others.
Local boy and Ex Reedpop Global Gaming Content Director Guy Blomberg has rejoined the company as the Business Development Director for E3.
New Skate game gets shown
Full Circle, the developer of hotly anticipated Skate sequel recently released a promotional video for the game titled “Still Working On It” to show fans the current state of the game and what they hoped to achieve in the final product. The game is still early in development and the humorous video bares the jank and bugs proudly but shows a lot of what they intend to include. What the developer didn’t intend however was that a copy of the build from September 2021 would leak onto the internet.
The state of the build is described as pre-pre-alpha and the developer took to their blog to recommend not playing the leak
“While we understand you’re excited to get into the game, we encourage you to be careful when downloading files from unknown sources[sic]. The best way to get the chance to play is by signing up for skate. insider playtesting”
Games with Gold loses 360 games
Microsoft has announced that as of October 1st this year Games with Gold will no longer include 360 games with it’s monthly releases. In an email to subscribers
“We have reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalogue; [sic]
This will not impact any Xbox 360 games that you downloaded before October 2022. Any Xbox 360 titles that you redeem via Games with Gold before that time are yours to keep on your Xbox account, regardless of whether you continue your subscription.”
Upcoming heavy hitters
Two hotly anticipated sequels have received release date for later this year. God of War Ragnarok will be released on the 9th of November continuing the tale of Kratos and his son in the world of Norse Mythology. Meanwhile Nintendo has tweeted out, along with a new three and a half minute long trailer, the release date for Bayonetta 3. You can get your witch on come the 28th of October.
Upcoming game releases
Escape Academy (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), Rune Factory 5 (PC) – July 14
As Dusk Falls (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) , Endling – Extinction is Forever (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) , Into The Breach (iOS, Android) , Stray (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – July 20
Bright Memory: Infinite (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch) – July 21