Marvel’s Avengers are set to dominate the gaming charts in 2020 just like they dominated the box office for going on a decade. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have a new video game on the way, as was revealed during the second day of E3 2019.
The 4-player action adventure game will feature Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Ant-Man. It looks like Hawkeye is being left out for now. Marvel’s Avengers is expected to ‘grow’ over time with new levels and characters, all of which will be available for free.
The upcoming game is being developed by Crystal Dynamics, the studio behind the recent Tomb Raider games. The lack of familiar faces would suggest the game operates outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Avengers was arguably the biggest announcement of the day. Although there were plenty of other great reveals. Over at Ubisoft, Watch Dogs Legion takes on a futuristic post-Brexit London setting, where you can play as anyone in the city, including a murderous grandma. While E3 Day 1 had Keanu Reeves on stage, day 2 had The Punisher – Jon Bernthal live, who is appearing in Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
The Final Fantasy 7 remake finally has a release date along with a new trailer, and a new rollerblading sport made its debut. All of this and more featured below.
Watch Dogs Legion – Available March 6, 2020
Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Available October 4, 2019
Final Fantasy VII Remake – Available March 3, 2020
Roller Champions – Available TBA
12 Minutes – Available TBA
Flight Simulator – Available TBA
Dying Light 2 – Available 2020
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 – Available 2020
Darksiders Genesis – Available TBA
Outriders – Available TBA
Zombie Army 4: Dead War – Available TBA
Gods & Monsters – Available February 25, 2020
Did You Know Top Live-Streamers Make $50,000 an Hour?
The next time your mum, dad, or girlfriend complains about how much time you spend playing video games, point them to the Wall Street Journal. A recent article titled “Top ‘Live-Streamers’ Get $50,000 an Hour to Play New Videogames Online” should be a strong enough argument that you are doing something with your life.
The article reports that companies like Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, and Take-Two Interactive Software are just some of the video game publishers that are paying out massive amounts of cash to popular live-streamers to play their games. The streamers broadcast their experiences with the games on Twitch or upload videos to their YouTube channels. “Having celebrity streamers play games is an important part of the business,” explains Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two’s CEO. “It’s relatively new, but it has to be organic. The streamers have to believe in it.”
And there’s definitely a career to be had in playing games. Take, for instance, Sean “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin. The “professional gamer” has more than 22 million subscribers and earns about USD$300,000 per month. Not convincing enough? Consider Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who also has over 22 million subscribers and rakes in between USD$500,000 and $1 million per month.
Now there’s a take-home pay that no one can complain about.
E3 2019: 20 Bangin’ Games Coming to Nintendo Switch
The third and final day of E3 2019 announcements saw a tonne of games revealed for Nintendo Switch. Plus, all the heavy hitters we already knew about scored new trailers or gameplay videos.
The biggest and arguably best Nintendo announcement was that a sequel to the award-winning The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development. A brief teaser revealed the good news. You can watch it below. The Breath of the Wild sequel is just one of three Legend of Zelda games on the horizon.
The previously announced remake of the Game Boy hit Zelda: Link’s Awakening scored a new trailer along with a release date of September 20, 2019. The last of the three launches this week. It’s a rhythm game from an indie developer, and it has a ridiculously long name: Cadence of Hyrule — Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda is available Friday, June 14. You can find its trailer below.
The other big Nintendo Switch exclusive is Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – a beat ‘em up multiplayer game starring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Deadpool, the X Men and Fantastic Four. Don’t confuse it with the other Avengers game announced for PC, PS4 and XB1.
Pokémon Sword and Shield scored a new trailer, as did Luigi’s Mansion 3 and the recently announced Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The 2015 Game of the Year The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is making its way to Nintendo Switch. Plus the popular Nintendo 64 characters Banjo and Kazooie are making their way to Super Smash Bros Ultimate as new fighters.
All of these trailers and more are featured below. See you at E3 next year.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 – Available TBA
Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Available September 20, 2019
Zelda: Cadence of Hyrule – Available June 14, 2019
Pokémon Sword and Shield – Available November 15, 2019
Super Smash Bros DLC: Banjo Kazooie – Available TBA
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Available March 20, 2020
Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Available 2019
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – Available July 19, 2019
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Available 2019
Minecraft Dungeons – Available TBA
Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Available November 2019
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Available 2019
Empire of Sin – Available 2020
Dragon Quest Builders 2 – Available July 12, 2019
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair – Available 2019
Dragon Quest XI S – Available September 27, 2019
No More Heroes 3 – Available TBA
Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Available July 26, 2019
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Available September 20, 2019
Astral Chain – Available August 30, 2019
Daemon x Machina – Available September 13, 2019
Stranger Things Lego Set Takes a Team Effort
Much like the Netflix series Stranger Things tells the story of a group of friends, you’ll need a friend if you’re putting together the Stranger Things LEGO set. The set comes with 2,287 pieces and two sets of instructions. That’s right, separate instructions, one for each dimension.
The first set depicts the Byers’ home, where Will Byers was dragged into the dark dimension called The Upside Down. The second set creates a mirror image of the Byers’ home, only it’s now the nightmarish dimension, complete with its own demigorgon and a terrified Will.
After assembling both sets, you’ll attach the two with the Upside Down set connecting to the bottom of the Byers’ home—literally upside down. Depending on your fancy, you can flip the whole thing upside down or right side up, using the four trees that attach to the side as legs.
The set is incredibly detailed with features you’ll recognise from the show. You’ll find the alphabet wall with fairy lights that actually work (they’re LEGO light bricks). Look even more closely and you’ll find a boombox, posters on the walls, and even the missing person’s flyer for Will. The set also comes with several mini-figures, including Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Joyce, and Sherriff Hopper.
Eleven sports a blond wig, and of course there’s the demigorgon lurking below.
The Stranger Things set is available now and sells for USD$200.
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