It's the rumble of the E3 train approaching, as this week we saw glimpses of Destiny 2 and South Park: The Fractured But Whole just a month out from the show, as well as confirmation of Far Cry 5, a new Assassin's Creed, and The Crew 2. I swear, it starts earlier every year. That, plus ZeniMax sues Samsung, The Witcher heads to Netflix, a Pathfinder RPG, and more. This is gaming news for May 15 to 19. Activision and Bungie showed off the PC version of Destiny 2 for the first time this week, and overall people seem happy with the experience--though a few grumbles about using peer-to-peer connections have surfaced in the aftermath, as even the PC version will lack dedicated servers. Also, the game's being sold through Battle.net
Seems like every single 2018 release will be revealed by one or the other. This week it's Shadow of the Tomb Raider, probably one of the worst-kept secrets, which Square finally confirmed is arriving later this year. Oh, and those rumors about Geralt of Rivia coming to Soulcalibur VI also turned out to be true. This is gaming news for March 12 to 16. Uh...not much to add to this one except that it exists, and it's coming. Square claims Shadow of the Tomb Raider will release on September 14, an extended reveal is coming in April, and there's the short cinematic teaser below.
It seemed like a press conference of zero surprises as we rolled through Ubisoft's E3 2017 spectacular. Which is not to say there were no games--just that almost all the games on offer were announced beforehand, either officially or unofficially (read: leaked). That being said, we did get extended looks at all the above--some, like The Crew 2, for the first time ever. Then Ubisoft started pulling stuff out of left field. Transference had a bizarre cinematic trailer, while Skull and Bones looks to be the standalone pirate game Ubisoft hinted at after everyone loved Black Flag.
And hey, more CG footage of Beyond Good & Evil 2. With Ubisoft's E3 press conferences, you always know exactly what you're going to get, and yet it's also impressive (to me at least) to watch the machine at work, to watch Ubisoft trot out such a full lineup of experiences every year, without fail. We've rounded up all the trailers from Ubisoft's E3 2018 press conference below, and it's exactly what you'd expect. And damn, it might not be inspiring but on some level I can respect the craft. After a fever dream of an introduction for Just Dance 2019 (featuring a dancing panda), Ubisoft finally moved into something we could care about: Beyond Good & Evil 2. First up, just a stunning CG trailer. Like, good enough that I wish Ubisoft would make a Beyond Good & Evil film.