E3 2018 Roundup: Bethesda

Bethesda’s conference started out slow (even if they had Andrew WK come out for a live set on stage) but the second half made way for a lot of bombshell announcements.

Bethesda hit its stride halfway through the show with the announcement of a sequel for DOOM and continued to ride that energy all the way through the end of the show. Here’s a wrapup of the major announcements in order:


Rage 2 would’ve been a huge announcement if it wasn’t leaked by Walmart Canada almost a month ago. Even so, the gameplay they showed for the trailer was fast paced and showed offa lot of interesting abilities and ?grenades?.

Overall, it looked like the gameplay, and especially the car combat, was really well refined. Won’t know until we get our hands on it how it feels though, and the trailer did nothing in the way of fleshing out a story besides telling us the playable character was the “Last Ranger of The Wasteland.”


Elder Scrolls Legends

The Elder Scrolls card game is getting a visual overhaul in front of its leap from Mobile/PC to the Console Market. The game will soon be available on PS4, Xbox, and Switch.

Elder Scrolls Online

The developers of Elder Scrolls Online announced two new expansions that will be coming to the game. The first, titled Wolfhunter, focuses on Werewolves while the second, titled Murkmire, will take a deep dive into Argonian Lore. No release dates were confirmed but if they keep on their quarterly schedule of releases for that game they should both be out within the coming months.

DOOM: Eternal

The sequel to DOOM (2016) is titled DOOM: Eternal and is set to be fully revealed at Quake-Con in August. From the looks of the teaser it is similar to DOOM: Hell On Earth, and the developers went as far as to tease the fact that that was the basis for the game. This was the first real surprise of the event, and set Bethesda off on a good pace they kept throughout the rest of the show.


Quake Champions:

Quake Champions got a new trailer and a pretty huge announcement. It will be free to play, forever, if you download the test this week and play. If you don’t download this week it will be another game you have to whip out your wallet to play.


Arkane Studios came out to announce some new modes and DLC for last years suprise hit Prey. New Game plus as well as a Survival mode are released right now for the game (as soon as you finish the update).

The first of two DLCs is titled Mooncrash. It is a run-through of the original game, but with an added twist. All of the enemies, hazards, and loot will be randomly generated every time you play.

Finally, Typhon Hunter is a new DLC game mode that strikes some major similarities to Hide and Seek in Gary’s Mod. It is a game of seek with 6 players, one controlling a human player and the other 5 controlling mimics and trying to blend into their surroundings.

Wolfenstein Youngblood:

One of the more exciting announcements form the evening is that we will soon be going back to the world of Wolfenstein.

In Wolfenstein Youngblood player will take control of BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters in 1980’s occupied Paris, inspiring a new generation of rebels to the Fuhrer. The game will have Co-Op, a first for the series, as players can take control of both of the sisters.

The release window for Wolfenstein Youngblood is set for 2019

Fallout 76

Woooooooah Nelly here’s the big one. Fallout 76 is taking the world to a place its never been. The game is set just 25 years after the Great War (So 2102) as Vault 76 is one of the first vaults to ever open up.

But thats not all. The game is completly multiplayer.

Yeah. Read that correctly. And i’m not any more happy about it than you are.

Fallout 76 will be a Multiplayer survival RPG, though not totally in the vain of RUST and ARK, as death wont totally reset the player. There are quests throughout the world for players to embark on, but it sounds like there will be no solely singleplayer version of the game available, as the game will be “always online” Meaning there will be “Dozens” of players in the same world as you at all times.

You can play “solo” or with your friends, and the base building mechanic from Fallout 4 returns as you are able to create a hangout spot for you and your crew. But dont think it’s going to last forever, because there are also nuclear missiles in the game! Players can take control of multiple different nuclear missile launch sites and launch tactical warheads at any point on the map, vastly altering the landscape and presumably killing everything that was there. Then they can adventure into the nuclear fallout to find rare materials left behind by the blast. All while fighting a new cast of crazy monsters inspired by actual West Virginian folk lore.

In all actuality, i’m very cautiously optimistic about this game. Playing Fallout with friends sounds like something that will be super fun, but the game has to be very well executed for me not to be wishing it was a single player experience the whole time i’m playing it.


Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI

No information at all about either of these two games other than confirmation they exist and are both “next gen.”

Todd Howard said Starfield would be a “Next-Gen Singleplayer game” and that ES6 would be coming after Starfield. If we assume the next generation of consoles is released in 2020, id look for Starfield that year and ES6 somewhere in 2022.

That’s all from Bethesda and day 2 of E3! Let us know what you thought, and which games you’re most excited for!


E3 2018 Roundup: Xbox E3 Briefing

Microsoft knocked it out of the park, firing on all cylinders in their 2018 press conference. 

Microsoft delivered big time in their 2018 E3 press conference, announcing acquisitions of new studios, and a re-dedication to first party as well as new installments in tentpole franchises.

Halo Infinite

Microsoft opened their press conference with their heaviest hitting first party game, back to Halo and back to Master Chief. The games trailer shows Master Chief plugging some sort of AI (presumably Cortana) into the back of his helmet as the final tease.

The majority of the trailer is a showcase of nature, showing a new eco-system at work. There are various beasts and drawings around the world, as well as an underwater mech roaming the ocean and a squad of marines walking. The trailer is suprisingly peaceful for the Halo universe, but id assume that won’t be the case by the end of Halo Infinite

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FromSoftware’s Shadows Die Twice:

The creators of Dark Souls and Bloodborne are teaming up with publisher Activision to bring “Shadows Die Twice” out. It isn’t an exclusive to Xbox, but getting FromSoftware onto their stage was a massive win for Microsoft. There isn’t a whole lot of information about this game, other than it seems to be set in feudal Japan and looks to follow along in FromSoftware’s difficult combat action.

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Crackdown 3

The Crackdown 3 trailer shows Terry Crews destroying pretty much everything in sight. The game first appeared at E3 2014, and is approaching its 2019 release after being officially delayed before E3 began. The trailer showed a return to the kind of gameplay seen in the original Crackdown games, as opposed to city destruction the recent trailers had been taking.

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

The next game in the Life is Strange Universe was revealed on Xbox’s stage and seemed to center on a young boy who is dealing with school issues and his father who has an alcoholism problem. The game is also meant to set up Life is Strange 2

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is the first step towards showing you the true potential of Life is Strange, and the possibilities of a diverse universe filled with interesting characters and stories to tell,” The Life is Strange team wrote on the official blog post. “With it, we have created a self-contained narrative experience that’s brimming with content — the deeper you dig, the more you will discover. While this demo is designed in the usual Life is Strange way and allows you plenty of time to explore everything, it is at the same time structurally different to previous entries. You will most likely see and discover new content on subsequent playthroughs which you might have previously missed. And there are some secrets that may very well take a coordinated group of fans to unravel…”

The game is “100% free” and will laucnh on June 26th of this year.



Kingdom Hearts 3!!!

The theme song. The action. Oh man I cant wait. The release date for the game was revealed late last night at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra tour as January 25th 2019, but that doesn’t mean this trailer was void of any new information.

Frozen is officially a playable world in Kingdom Hearts 3, as well as the return of the gummy ship. Larxene is in the Frozen world causing trouble for Organization XIII.

Sora also talks in the trailer about Roxas, and how he knows he is still inside of him.

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Forza Horizon 4

Dynamic Seasons, a shared open world, and a hovercraft. The demo shown on stage showed many different players racing around in the shared world together, as well as the new setting of Britain. The seasons change how the game is played as well, as lakes freeze over in the winter and snow effects how vehicles handle on roads.

Fallout 76

Bethesda Softworks’ Todd Howard took to the stage to announce the post-apocalyptic prequel to the Fallout Universe. The game takes place before any other Fallout games, and is “four times bigger” than Fallout 4.

The game takes place in the hills of West Virginia 20 years after the nuclear strikes that created the Fallout universe. In the game, players will emerge into the Shenandoah Valley tasked with rebuilding society only a few years after the nuclear weapons devastated the land. More from the game is expected from Bethesda’s own E3 keynote this evening.


The Division 2

The Division 2 is set in Washington DC, as the Division agents attempt to keep a corrupt portion of the former government from taking over 6 months after patient zero and the destruction the virus caused.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

The next entry into the rebooted Tomb Raider universe is set to release on PS4, Xbox, and PC September 14th 2018. The game is developed by Edios Montreal, whereas the previous two in the trilogy had been developed by Crystal Dynamics. The game is supposed to be the final chapter in Lara’s origin Story.

Dying Light 2

The trailer for Dying Light 2 focuses on the dire situation of the survivors, while also showing off their trademark verticality. The first game was a sleeper hit that showcased outstanding gameplay and a passable story, but the new game should recieve an upgrade in the story department with the addition of narrative designer Chris Avellone (KOTOR 2 and Fallout 2)

Cuphead DLC

New DLC for Cuphead “The Delicious Last Course” is coming in 2019. The DLC features new playable characterMs. Chalice. The DLC includes a new isle, bosses, weapons, and charms. The DLC is coming exclusively to Xbox and PC.

Next Console

The new Xbox console is “deep” into development says Xbox boss Phil Spencer. He also mentioned the company’s work on AI and cloud technology.

Gears 5

The first trailer for Gears of War 5 was revealed during the press conference as well, in what became a fakeout for the final trailer.

The trailer has a grim tone, and the sigil of the Locust re-appears around the neck of Kait, one of the heroes of the game. Marcus Fenix and son return alongside the rest of the Gears 4 team. Players appear to play as Kait Diaz, rather than JD Fenix as they did in Fears 4. Del Walker is accompanying her, as JD and Marcus seem to be on their own mission.

The trailer also shows off an extremely varied set of ecosystems including tundras as well as lush jungles. There are also some massive new melee weapons for players to use to crush their enemies. Gears 5 will be released in 2019.

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CyberPunk 2077

The actual final trailer from Microsoft’s 2018 E3 keynote was by far the biggest (probably in scale of the final game too). CD Projekt Red, the developers of the Witcher Franchise, are expanding their talents into the Sci-Fi department with CyberPunk 2077. The game has been announced for some time now, but this is the first time any art has been shown for it.

The trailer was not gameplay, but it was in the gameplay engine so it does shed some light onto the graphical fidelity and art direction of the game, which both look amazing. The trailer centers around what I would assume is the playable character describing the city he lives in while talking over a lot of very intense scenes. The city looks completly lawless, and that seems to fit our playable character just fine.


That is for Microsoft’s E3 2018 Press Conference! Let us know what you think and what you are most looking forward to!



E3 2018 Roundup: EA Play

Loads of stuff that looked okay/good. Really bad pacing. But Anthem happened and got a confirmed release date of February 22, 2019 so its all okayish.

EA’s showcase may have been hindered by some hard switches between themes and a lot of weird pacing, but the end of the show delivered giving a lot of in depth background on Bioware’s “Anthem” the newest entry to the shared world shooter race. EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson also took to the stage to announce Origin Access Premier, an increased subscription model that allows players on PC to play games as soon as they release, as well as gives them access to the EA Vault. He finished off his talk with an announcement that EA would be focusing on cloud gaming in the future.



Anthem is set in a world “left half finished by the gods.” Fort Tarsis is the last city and home to the player and the last of humanity (Sounds similar to.. cough cough Destiny). The player is a “freelancer” who controls a mech suit called a Javelin (which means the player can switch between the 4 styles every time they return to base). The developers announced the titles of all four of the Javelins, but only gave info on two.

Ranger: The Ranger was described as a “more generalized suit, suited for close combat specifically in a 1v1 situation.”

Colossus: The colossus looks like the tank unit of the Javelins. It showed off a shield ability, and the developers said it would be in control of most of the heavy weapons.

Storm: Bioware has been more tightlipped on this Javelin, but it seems this will be more of a “Caster” type javelin if I had to guess. It moves around in a Magneto-esque bubble

Interceptor: This is the Javelin that has been talked about the least of the four, but from its longer legs and streamlined body style, I would guess this suit would be more nimble and fast paced than the others, relying on speed to avoid attacks.

The developers opened up somewhat about the story and world of Anthem as well. In an interview with IGN Game Director Jon Warner said the world was not connected to earth in anyway and doubled down saying the people are humans, but not earthlings. The “Shapers” (gods) left the world half finished, but also left behind their “tools.” The tools were supposed to work with something called the “Anthem of Creation” but left alone they are more at odds with the Anthem and constantly create chaos. Humanity is stuck behind the walls of Fort Tarsis, struggling to survive against the chaos caused by the Shapers tools.

Bioware is known for their story-telling ability, and according to them this game will be no different. The story components, for the most part housed inside Fort Tarsis, will be completely single-player, while the outside world is meant for co-op exploration with friends. Not to say that it won’t be explorable on its own, as the developers did confirm you can play the game solo, but it would be “a bit more challenging.”

Respawn’s Star Wars Game:

The Developers from Respawn Entertainment made a short appearance at the event, confirming a Holiday 2019 release window as well as a title and timeframe for their upcoming single-player game. “Jedi: Fallen Order” will take place in the “dark times” for the Jedi order after Order 66

Battlefield V:

There wasn’t a whole lot of new information regarding Battlefield V at EA’s press conference, mainly some clarifications. The one big announcement was the inclusion of a Battle Royale mode, though no details about it were confirmed. The team doubled down on “no loot boxes, and no premium pass” as well as restating that all of the post-launch content will be free.

Gameplay-wise, they showed a new amount of destruction, with tanks being able to plow through walls of buildings, as well as moveable heavy equipment such as anti-air guns that will effect play styles and centralized points on the map.


Battlefront II:

Some new announcements for the future of Star Wars Battlefront II were announced at the E3 stage that seemed pretty exciting. The game will be diving into the Clone Wars in the future, as well as adding new game modes “that include capturing command posts and assaulting capital ships.” Hopefully that means a return to the style of game in the original Star Wars Battlefront II.

Unraveled two:

Unraveled two was confirmed at EA’s conference, and Yarny will be joined by a blue version of him/herself bringing in completly new gameplay mechanics. The two characters are tethered by yarn. The game can be played either solo or in co-op, with the two characters essential to the gameplay.

Sea of Solitude:

The next EA Original title is Jo-Mei Games’ “Sea of Solitude.” The game focuses on loneliness as the player character turns into a monster from her loneliness, and the objective of the game is to figure out why and try to turn her back into a human. The art style for the game is very well designed, and from the look of the trailer this game is equal parts beautiful and terrifying.


EA Sports:

Fifa 19, Madden 19, and NBA Live 19 all got trailers in the conference, though the first two were the only ones with people on stage to talk about them. NBA Live 19 got the worst transition award, as the conference cut from the deep talk about loneliness in Sea of Solitude, directly to the fast paced action of NBA Live 19 completely breaking their pacing.

NFL 19’s stage presence was Juju Smith-Shuster as well as some person named “Young Kiv” who apparently won the 2018 Madden Bowl. His presence really didn’t do anything besides reinforce the idea that he was a jackass, so there wasn’t a whole lot to talk about here.

Fifa 19 had the most going on for it out of the EA Sports titles, and was probably full of cool announcements for people who cared about the franchise. The main inclusion in 19 is the arrival of the UEFA Champions League. They also announced that Fifa 18 would be getting World Cup specific challenges and unlocks during the event.

Command And Conquer: Rivals

Well I saved the worst for last. Command and Conquer Rivals is a competitive mobile RTS. Yeah all of those words go together apparently. The game didn’t seem super great, as the playing field was small, and their was no Fog of War over your opponents actions making it more like chess than it is a real RTS game. They also played a really bad trailer with a cinematic battle that had some realllllllly hard cuts to actual mobile gameplay that was completely out of place.

Thats it for EA Play 2018! Check in all week long on Popcorn Culture for updates and reactions from all of the major press conferences!



‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Looks Insanely Cool.

Sony Pictures entertainment released a full trailer for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” this morning and it skyrocketed up my list of movies i’m excited for.

The art style, the writing, Miles Morales, SPIDER GWEN. WHAT?! I would looooove for Sony to knock this out of the park. I can’t wait to get to see this on the big screen. Just look at these screenshots:80hMlYb.jpgSpider-Man-Into-The-Spider-Verse-Official-Teaser-Trailer-2.jpgSpider-Man-Into-the-Spider-Verse-Miles-Morales-1.jpg

Christmas can’t come soon enough.

E3 Predictions!

It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiiiiime of the year!

It’s time for a roundup of everything I think/hope will happen at E3 2018 for all of the Press Conferences and Nintendos Direct! I’m going to work through this in order, and its probably all going to be wrong. But here we go!:

EA – Saturday, June 9th – 11 AM PT

EA needs to try and put it’s reputation behind them, and focus on their new titles coming out. Anthem is going to be their tentpole game, and I would expect to get a release date announcement for November of this year. They already did a live gameplay demo last year, and will extend their demo this year to be a sizable chunk of their conference. They will also double down on the “no loot boxes” and announce that all of the post launch content will be free. This is actually one of my most anticipated games coming out soon, and I really hope they nail their delivery.


Other than Anthem, EA will focus on the upcoming Battlefield 5 (again doubling down on free expansions), as well as their yearly titles like Madden and FIFA.

Microsoft – Sunday, June 10th – 1 PM PT

Microsoft is the one company that could really be all over it, and has a strong chance at winning best press conference. They’ve got a lot of ground to make up on Sony before the next console generation begins, and it really needs to start at this E3. Obviously Microsoft knows this, and I would assume they are ready to deliver.

My main prediction for this E3 for Microsoft will be a new HALO and a new Gears of War game shown on stage. I don’t think this will be HALO 6, but instead some sort of interstistial game, and the next true sequel will be released with their next console in a couple of years. Gears of War on the other-hand will be a full game and (here’s the kicker) will include a Battle Royale game mode in it’s multiplayer.



I also believe Microsoft will take aim at rebuilding its connection to smaller games. Xbox Arcade has fallen to the wayside in the current generation, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Xbox return to its roots.

Bethesda – Sunday, June 10th – 6:30 PM PT

Bethesda is my most anticipated conference, because it includes my second most anticipated game. A new entry into the Fallout series is always going to catch my eye, as Fallout 3 was one of the first games that I really fell in love with growing up. Even though I am not super into the rumors idea of a multiplayer survival game akin to ARK, I will definitely give Bethesda the benefit of the doubt and give Fallout 76 a try no matter what it is.


Another important game for Bethesda at E3 will be RAGE 2, the sequel to the long dormant RAGE franchise. If the gun-play is anywhere near as good as it was in the first, RAGE 2 will be worth picking up on that merit alone, but I would definitely like to see some exposition shown in Bethesda’s E3 conference.

Square Enix – Monday June 11th – 10 AM PT

Square Enix returns to the E3 stage after a few years of absence, and brings with it quite a few heavy hitters. The most important (to me) is Kingdom Hearts 3, the long awaited full Kingdom Hearts game. This is far and away my most anticipated game of the year, and I fully expect Square to announce a release date for it on their E3 stage this year after a lengthy game play demo. Whether they hit that date… Well i’ll see it when I believe it.


I think its a safe bet to say that Tomb Raider and Life is Strange will both be present in some form at the conference, but we may also see the first real showing of their previously announced Avengers game.

Ubisoft – Monday, June 11th – 1 PM PT

Ubisoft will certainly be showing off Assasins Creed Odyssey, the still unannounced (but very leaked) next entry into the storied franchise, at their press conference this year. But more exciting than that is possibility for story details and some gameplay from Beyond Good and Evil 2! The Division 2 will also most likely be at the press conference, as the game is set to release in this fiscal year (ends March 2019).


Sony – Monday, June 11th – 6 PM PT

Sony has said that they will be highlighting 4 first party games at their E3(Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2, Spiderman, and Ghost of Tsushima), but that isn’t all we will see. Sony will be announcing games throughout the week leading up to their press conference, and it is pretty guaranteed that we will see more of Call of Duty Black Ops 4 at Sony’s stage this year.


Nintendo – Tuesday, June 12th – 9 AM PT

There will be a heavy dose of Super Smash Bros. featured in Nintendo’s E3 Direct, that is as sure of a bet as you can make. As far as predictions for how that will go, I would assume there will be at least one (if not more) 3rd party characters confirmed for the game. I wouldn’t be suprised at all to see a character from Microsoft (STEVE FROM MINECRAFT) or a Ubisoft Rabbid end up on the launch roster of Smash. The precedent has already been set for outside characters, and honestly it makes a little too much sense for Steve to be in the game.


Outside of Smash I would expect some sort of sequel to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom battle to be announced. We will also hopefully be getting a new trailer for Metroid Prime 4, which was revealed last E3.

Thanks for reading along! Let me know on Twitter @PopcornCLTRE what your most anticipated announcements from E3 2018 are!


Bethesda Announces “Fallout: 76”

Bethesda Game Studios is back at it! Not with a new Elder Scrolls Title (at least not publicly), but instead going back to the Wasteland for “Fallout: 76”

Bethsda announced their new game via a teaser trailer early this morning:


There is little to be learned from the trailer, other than the fact Vault 76 will be used in some capacity, a vault previously seen in an un-released mod to Fallout 3. Kotaku reports that the game will have some sort of online functionality, a first for the franchise.

The trailer looks a lot like Fallout 4, and it would be assumed they are using the same engine as the previous game which was released in 2015. The leadup to that game was extremely short, with Bethesda announcing it via a teaser trailer at around this same time of year, and the game being released in November.

Netflix is now “more valuable” than Disney.

Thats a wild sentence to read in the headline huh? What an accomplishment for Reed Hastings and Netflix.

It’s stock today rose to $349.29 per share with a market cap of $161 billion, while Disney took a small hit and fell to $102.11 per share, with a market cap of $152 billion. Thats an insane amount of money for both of these media empires.

Netflix consistently churns out quality originals, and supplements them with a good assortment of movies and TV shows from the past to keep people entertained. They’re set to put out more than 800 pieces of original content in 2018, and have an ever expanding library of outstanding standup specials (my most recent addiction). It makes sense, but will it last?

Disney is still set to release their own streaming service at some point in the near future, or potentially focusing on Hulu, where they will be majority owners if their purchase of 21st Century Fox goes through. That means all of their content will leave Netflix (after the contract is up) and migrate to a new platform. I hope they expand their lineup of streamable movies as well, and reach deep into their backlogs ( Really I just want to be able to watch Robin Hood.)

I would also assume that ESPN (who’s parent company is Disney) would have their content placed on Disney’s service, meaning all of the 30-for-30 content that they have produced. That even further increases the value of said service, and I would assume at its launch would bump Disneys stock up and make them the top dog again.

For now though, Netflix is King.

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