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William Franklin 2017-06-15
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Since Death Stranding was first unveiled at E3 2016, the mysterious upcoming game by famed creator Hideo Kojima has sparked plenty of speculation, theories and discussion.

Besides two dark, bizarre trailers and cryptic details from Kojima himself, concrete details about Death Stranding regarding its plot, characters and gameplay are still unknown.

Although Death Stranding did not make an appearance at E3 this year, Kojima did speak about the game during the E3 Coliseum Q session with Hollywood director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and revealed that his own team did not understand the game's concept when he first explained it to them a year ago.

"Every time I think of a plan, I explain what I'm thinking for the game system," Kojima said through a translator.

"The first person I explain this to is my team.

That's game making for me."

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Robert Flenard 2018-03-10

Microsoft first announced support for cross-platform play at E3 2016, but Sony has resisted supporting PS4 vs. Xbox One gaming.

In a surprise announcement yesterday, Epic Games revealed Fortnite will support cross-play and cross-progression between the PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and eventually the Android versions of the game.

The Xbox One was suspiciously absent from the list, but Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that it’s working with Epic Games to enable this in the future.

“We have been working closely with the team at Epic Games for some time to bring this functionality to all current and future versions of Fortnite and expect it to be available on Xbox along with other platforms,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.

“Microsoft has long been a leading voice in encouraging the adoption of cross-platform play and the potential of connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles.”

Microsoft doesn’t specifically confirm Fortnite players will be able to cross-play between Xbox One and PS4, but it’s clear there’s going to be some cross-play support involving Xbox and other platforms.

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Jeff Bautista 2019-11-01

Death Stranding was first announced back at E3 2016 to a confused and excited crowd.

And since that announcement, those feelings haven't changed much – they just swayed more into the confusion side.

We've seen bottled babies, sea otter costumes and even the appearance of Conan O'Brien, and every new trailer has filled us more with fear than hype.

But we can definitively say that Death Stranding is good.

It's not just good, in fact, it's incredible.

So much so that we awarded it our first five star rating (for gaming) of the year in our Death Stranding review.

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Emma Martin 2017-06-19
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During the chaos that defines E3, it is easy to get lost in the demos, trailers, and hype of the multitude of big titles coming down the pipe.

It is usually not until E3 is well over that we have time to sit down and process what we saw.

One question that inevitably comes up after E3 is, how many games were confirmed for each platform?

With the rise in popularity of console gaming, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of titles coming out on consoles, even surpassing PC titles in the past few years.

Console exclusive titles have ended up edging out the PC in past E3s.

For example, at E3 2016, PlayStation had 32 exclusive titles confirmed, Xbox had eight, and PC had only three games that were available exclusively.

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Arthur Morgan 2017-05-01
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Hideo Kojima has shared few more details on his much anticipated and mysterious upcoming game Death Stranding including its development and some of the details in its bizarre earlier trailers.

Speaking at the inaugural Tribeca Games Festival over the weekend, Kojima shed some light on why the character played by The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus appears naked in the game's first cryptic trailer that was unveiled at E3 2016.

"I wanted people to see Norman naked first, and from there you will see him in different hairstyles and costumes," the famed game designer said.

"Let's say that Norman's character is walking in New York," he said, noting that Death Stranding is not set in the US city.

"We're trying to see if what we can depict with Decima Engine actually looks like New York, if it scales correctly and feels good there.

What we're working on right now is what kind of table will be there, what kind of specific details will be there, what's on the specific menu for this restaurant."

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Debra Simonds 2017-06-08
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I’ve been to all but a couple of the Electronic Entertainment Expos (E3) over the past two decades.

We hope you enjoy the show.

If it’s your first trip, we recommend that you go into it prepared.

I talked with Mike Gallagher, CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, about this year’s show.

E3 has 81 new companies this year, and 126 of the exhibitors are virtual reality companies (it had 53 last year).

If you can’t get somewhere like a big event, consider watching the livestream.

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Jason Vest 2017-04-03
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Ever since Sony launched the PlayStation 4 Pro last November, we’ve been anxiously awaiting Microsoft’s response.

During its press event at E3 2016, Microsoft announced Project Scorpio: a 4K, VR-capable console that would blow the competition out of the water.

Since that announcement last summer, the company has been all but silent on the upgraded hardware, but that might finally change this week.

According to Windows Central, “a major gaming outlet” visited Microsoft HQ recently to learn about the final specs of the console in preparation for “a planned exclusive blowout of coverage.” In order to demonstrate the power of Project Scorpio, Microsoft showed off Forza Motorsport 7, which reportedly runs in 4K and will likely release shortly before or on the same day as the Project Scorpio console itself.

Windows Central couldn’t nail down exactly when this “coverage blowout” would begin, but expect to learn more about the new Xbox One sometime this week.

Thursday might be the day to keep your eyes peeled.

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Debra Simonds 2017-06-19

It was a risky move, too – at the very same show, Microsoft had revealed the Xbox One S, which fell neatly into that pattern of physically smaller iterations of existing hardware.

Following the hardware reveal, WIRED sat down with Albert Penello, senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, to discuss the development and launch of Xbox One X, how increased power can help improve gameplay experience, and how the console could change the generational cycling of games consoles.

Albert Penello: I have learned in this business until I get to talk to people, the internet is not a good gauge of fan reaction.

The console business has worked within a certain contained environment for a long time, and now I think technology is changing.

It was a design goal of ours to share codebase, tools and development environment so that as [developers] refine their engines, everything gets better.

I'm sure there's going to be a developer out there that goes and builds a 1080p crazy game and loads-up the effects.

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Richard Lucarelli 2017-05-25
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p Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fantastic first-person shooter.

MachineGames revitalized the iconic classic with a surprising focus on narrative and all of the bloody violence we’d expect from the Nazi-slaughtering adventures of BJ Blazkowicz.

TrustedReviews has compiled everything we know about Wolfenstein 2017 including all the news, rumours, release date, gameplay and more.

Oh, and we've also put together a wishlist of things we'd love to see.

As we mentioned earlier, Wolfenstein is poised to be one of Bethesda’s big hitters at its E3 press conference this year.

First teased as "New Colossus" for a brief second or two at E3 2016 before Bethesda’s annual conference, the title can be seen in the image below:

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Justin Cornell 2016-08-27
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Hideo Kojima is one of the few developers in the game industry who carries enough name recognition that his mere presence onstage, barely speaking a word, will send an entire auditorium into a frenzy.

I know, because I was there when it happened a few months ago during Sony s Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016 PlayStation press conference.Late last year, after leaving Konami in spectacular fashion, the Metal Gear Solid creator established a partnership with Sony.

Then at E3, Kojima was onstage to debut the announcement trailer for his perplexing, yet strangely intriguing upcoming project, Death Stranding.

It s unclear whether or not that project or any others he is working on will include VR support, but he is certainly a fan of the immersive technology.Putting an exclamation mark on that interest this week, Prologue Immersive has officially announced that Kojima is joining its advisory board.

According to a press release, together with Kimberly Cooper, cofounder and CEO of Prologue Immersive, and partner Kyle Cooper, Hideo is applying his experience in gaming to shape the future of VR.

It s unclear what his role entails at Prologue, whether he is assisting on any actual game projects, or how exactly he intends to leverage his experience, but this is certainly big news for VR.

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John Wyckoff 2017-05-04
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p Third time’s the charm, hopefully.

After a marathon three-hour debut at E3 2015 and then being bullied out of its time slot by Ubisoft for E3 2016, PC Gamer's PC Gaming Show is back for a hopefully drama-free E3 2017—though a change in sponsors adds a juicy bit of intrigue of its own.

This year’s iteration of the PC Gaming Show will take place on Monday, June 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

In the past that would’ve put them in conflict with Microsoft’s conference, but Microsoft’s pulled a Bethesda and shuffled off to Sunday afternoon instead, leaving the PC Gaming Show, Ubisoft, and Sony to hold down Monday.

The first two PC Gaming Shows were funded primarily by AMD, but this year it’s “powered by Intel.” I’m not sure whether AMD bowed out amicably or Intel outbid, but either way it’s an interesting shake-up.

AMD’s shown off new Radeon hardware at the show the last two years, and we might’ve expected to see the hotly anticipated Radeon Vega graphics cards make an appearance for 2017.

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William Jones 2019-03-20
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It's been nearly three years since Death Stranding was announced at E3 2016 and we still know very little about the mysterious upcoming title from Kojima Productions.

However, a panel at this year's Tribeca Film Festival may change that.

The Tribeca Film Festival is set to host 'Tribeca Games Presents: Hideo Kojima with Norman Reedus' next month, a panel which will - according to the event's description - see director Kojima and Death Stranding star Norman Reedus discussing the "boundary-pushing new game" (via GamesRadar).

In addition the panel will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, founder of The Game Awards.

So you know there's going to be some juicy details emerging.

What are we hoping for?

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Bruce Garland 2017-06-14
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For years, it was unclear whether there would ever be a Beyond Good and Evil 2.

The original Beyond Good and Evil came out way back in 2003, and although it earned good reviews and a cult following, underwhelming sales cast doubt on the possibility of a sequel.

Ubisoft confirmed the development of the much sought after sequel in 2008 with a teaser trailer at Ubidays in Paris.

After years of rumors, the project finally resurfaced in April 2016 when Ubisoft re-filed the game’s trademark.

Months later, at E3 2016, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemo said the project was still alive.

Michel Ancel, the game’s creative director, teased the project in late September, and a month later, Ubisoft confirmed its Montpellier Studio is working on Beyond Good and Evil 2.

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Kay Pry 2017-04-06

Today is a big day for the gaming world, as Microsoft has finally revealed the technical specifications for its incoming console known as Project Scorpio.

It seems that Project Scorpio will deliver on Microsoft’s promise of 4K console gaming, as what’s being revealed is unquestionably the most powerful console ever made.

Digital Foundry says Project Scorpio will be able to achieve the six-teraflop goal Microsoft discussed at E3 2016.

That’s largely thanks to the console’s GPU, which offers 40 compute units clocked at 1.17GHz – clock speeds we haven’t seen in a console before.

Have a look at the chart below for the full list of Project Scorpio specs and a comparison to the Xbox One and the PS4 Pro.

Microsoft wants every Scorpio game to run at 60fps in 4K resolution, and with a spec sheet like this, that shouldn’t be much of an issue.

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Alan Krieg 2017-06-21
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With two riveting trailers, Sony has held us spellbound with the story for God of War.

It’s why I play games, this idea of truly existing in a world.

There are always these layers.

That was a very heavy-handed design element, the designer telling you, “You are allowed to do this now.” Which is cool, but as a player, I always think, “What if I don’t want to do that now?” I don’t want to always follow the same pattern.

Barlog: There’s a little bit of Rudy in him, that concept of always pushing and pushing and getting back up.

Then, as I got older, the world seemed to expand a little, as I got to see more things and go farther away from home.

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Walter Winkel 2017-05-09

p After auteur video game developer Hideo Kojima left Konami in 2015, many wondered what his next move would be.

After auteur video game developer Hideo Kojima left Konami in 2015, many wondered what his next move would be.

Go small and develop an indie game?

In the end, it seems Kojima may be making his biggest game yet.

The odd title was revealed in an equally bizarre trailer, and since that announcement, Kojima and his team have teased various details about the game, but it remains largely an enigma.

He confirmed rumors that it would be an open-world game, saying “I can’t really speak on that right now but in a word, it’s an action game — an open world game, with a lot of freedom.”

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William Franklin 2017-06-15
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Since Death Stranding was first unveiled at E3 2016, the mysterious upcoming game by famed creator Hideo Kojima has sparked plenty of speculation, theories and discussion.

Besides two dark, bizarre trailers and cryptic details from Kojima himself, concrete details about Death Stranding regarding its plot, characters and gameplay are still unknown.

Although Death Stranding did not make an appearance at E3 this year, Kojima did speak about the game during the E3 Coliseum Q session with Hollywood director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and revealed that his own team did not understand the game's concept when he first explained it to them a year ago.

"Every time I think of a plan, I explain what I'm thinking for the game system," Kojima said through a translator.

"The first person I explain this to is my team.

That's game making for me."

Jeff Bautista 2019-11-01

Death Stranding was first announced back at E3 2016 to a confused and excited crowd.

And since that announcement, those feelings haven't changed much – they just swayed more into the confusion side.

We've seen bottled babies, sea otter costumes and even the appearance of Conan O'Brien, and every new trailer has filled us more with fear than hype.

But we can definitively say that Death Stranding is good.

It's not just good, in fact, it's incredible.

So much so that we awarded it our first five star rating (for gaming) of the year in our Death Stranding review.

Arthur Morgan 2017-05-01
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Hideo Kojima has shared few more details on his much anticipated and mysterious upcoming game Death Stranding including its development and some of the details in its bizarre earlier trailers.

Speaking at the inaugural Tribeca Games Festival over the weekend, Kojima shed some light on why the character played by The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus appears naked in the game's first cryptic trailer that was unveiled at E3 2016.

"I wanted people to see Norman naked first, and from there you will see him in different hairstyles and costumes," the famed game designer said.

"Let's say that Norman's character is walking in New York," he said, noting that Death Stranding is not set in the US city.

"We're trying to see if what we can depict with Decima Engine actually looks like New York, if it scales correctly and feels good there.

What we're working on right now is what kind of table will be there, what kind of specific details will be there, what's on the specific menu for this restaurant."

Jason Vest 2017-04-03
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Ever since Sony launched the PlayStation 4 Pro last November, we’ve been anxiously awaiting Microsoft’s response.

During its press event at E3 2016, Microsoft announced Project Scorpio: a 4K, VR-capable console that would blow the competition out of the water.

Since that announcement last summer, the company has been all but silent on the upgraded hardware, but that might finally change this week.

According to Windows Central, “a major gaming outlet” visited Microsoft HQ recently to learn about the final specs of the console in preparation for “a planned exclusive blowout of coverage.” In order to demonstrate the power of Project Scorpio, Microsoft showed off Forza Motorsport 7, which reportedly runs in 4K and will likely release shortly before or on the same day as the Project Scorpio console itself.

Windows Central couldn’t nail down exactly when this “coverage blowout” would begin, but expect to learn more about the new Xbox One sometime this week.

Thursday might be the day to keep your eyes peeled.

Richard Lucarelli 2017-05-25
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p Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fantastic first-person shooter.

MachineGames revitalized the iconic classic with a surprising focus on narrative and all of the bloody violence we’d expect from the Nazi-slaughtering adventures of BJ Blazkowicz.

TrustedReviews has compiled everything we know about Wolfenstein 2017 including all the news, rumours, release date, gameplay and more.

Oh, and we've also put together a wishlist of things we'd love to see.

As we mentioned earlier, Wolfenstein is poised to be one of Bethesda’s big hitters at its E3 press conference this year.

First teased as "New Colossus" for a brief second or two at E3 2016 before Bethesda’s annual conference, the title can be seen in the image below:

John Wyckoff 2017-05-04
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p Third time’s the charm, hopefully.

After a marathon three-hour debut at E3 2015 and then being bullied out of its time slot by Ubisoft for E3 2016, PC Gamer's PC Gaming Show is back for a hopefully drama-free E3 2017—though a change in sponsors adds a juicy bit of intrigue of its own.

This year’s iteration of the PC Gaming Show will take place on Monday, June 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

In the past that would’ve put them in conflict with Microsoft’s conference, but Microsoft’s pulled a Bethesda and shuffled off to Sunday afternoon instead, leaving the PC Gaming Show, Ubisoft, and Sony to hold down Monday.

The first two PC Gaming Shows were funded primarily by AMD, but this year it’s “powered by Intel.” I’m not sure whether AMD bowed out amicably or Intel outbid, but either way it’s an interesting shake-up.

AMD’s shown off new Radeon hardware at the show the last two years, and we might’ve expected to see the hotly anticipated Radeon Vega graphics cards make an appearance for 2017.

Bruce Garland 2017-06-14
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For years, it was unclear whether there would ever be a Beyond Good and Evil 2.

The original Beyond Good and Evil came out way back in 2003, and although it earned good reviews and a cult following, underwhelming sales cast doubt on the possibility of a sequel.

Ubisoft confirmed the development of the much sought after sequel in 2008 with a teaser trailer at Ubidays in Paris.

After years of rumors, the project finally resurfaced in April 2016 when Ubisoft re-filed the game’s trademark.

Months later, at E3 2016, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemo said the project was still alive.

Michel Ancel, the game’s creative director, teased the project in late September, and a month later, Ubisoft confirmed its Montpellier Studio is working on Beyond Good and Evil 2.

Alan Krieg 2017-06-21
img

With two riveting trailers, Sony has held us spellbound with the story for God of War.

It’s why I play games, this idea of truly existing in a world.

There are always these layers.

That was a very heavy-handed design element, the designer telling you, “You are allowed to do this now.” Which is cool, but as a player, I always think, “What if I don’t want to do that now?” I don’t want to always follow the same pattern.

Barlog: There’s a little bit of Rudy in him, that concept of always pushing and pushing and getting back up.

Then, as I got older, the world seemed to expand a little, as I got to see more things and go farther away from home.

Robert Flenard 2018-03-10

Microsoft first announced support for cross-platform play at E3 2016, but Sony has resisted supporting PS4 vs. Xbox One gaming.

In a surprise announcement yesterday, Epic Games revealed Fortnite will support cross-play and cross-progression between the PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and eventually the Android versions of the game.

The Xbox One was suspiciously absent from the list, but Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that it’s working with Epic Games to enable this in the future.

“We have been working closely with the team at Epic Games for some time to bring this functionality to all current and future versions of Fortnite and expect it to be available on Xbox along with other platforms,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.

“Microsoft has long been a leading voice in encouraging the adoption of cross-platform play and the potential of connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles.”

Microsoft doesn’t specifically confirm Fortnite players will be able to cross-play between Xbox One and PS4, but it’s clear there’s going to be some cross-play support involving Xbox and other platforms.

Emma Martin 2017-06-19
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During the chaos that defines E3, it is easy to get lost in the demos, trailers, and hype of the multitude of big titles coming down the pipe.

It is usually not until E3 is well over that we have time to sit down and process what we saw.

One question that inevitably comes up after E3 is, how many games were confirmed for each platform?

With the rise in popularity of console gaming, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of titles coming out on consoles, even surpassing PC titles in the past few years.

Console exclusive titles have ended up edging out the PC in past E3s.

For example, at E3 2016, PlayStation had 32 exclusive titles confirmed, Xbox had eight, and PC had only three games that were available exclusively.

Debra Simonds 2017-06-08
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I’ve been to all but a couple of the Electronic Entertainment Expos (E3) over the past two decades.

We hope you enjoy the show.

If it’s your first trip, we recommend that you go into it prepared.

I talked with Mike Gallagher, CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, about this year’s show.

E3 has 81 new companies this year, and 126 of the exhibitors are virtual reality companies (it had 53 last year).

If you can’t get somewhere like a big event, consider watching the livestream.

Debra Simonds 2017-06-19

It was a risky move, too – at the very same show, Microsoft had revealed the Xbox One S, which fell neatly into that pattern of physically smaller iterations of existing hardware.

Following the hardware reveal, WIRED sat down with Albert Penello, senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, to discuss the development and launch of Xbox One X, how increased power can help improve gameplay experience, and how the console could change the generational cycling of games consoles.

Albert Penello: I have learned in this business until I get to talk to people, the internet is not a good gauge of fan reaction.

The console business has worked within a certain contained environment for a long time, and now I think technology is changing.

It was a design goal of ours to share codebase, tools and development environment so that as [developers] refine their engines, everything gets better.

I'm sure there's going to be a developer out there that goes and builds a 1080p crazy game and loads-up the effects.

Justin Cornell 2016-08-27
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Hideo Kojima is one of the few developers in the game industry who carries enough name recognition that his mere presence onstage, barely speaking a word, will send an entire auditorium into a frenzy.

I know, because I was there when it happened a few months ago during Sony s Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016 PlayStation press conference.Late last year, after leaving Konami in spectacular fashion, the Metal Gear Solid creator established a partnership with Sony.

Then at E3, Kojima was onstage to debut the announcement trailer for his perplexing, yet strangely intriguing upcoming project, Death Stranding.

It s unclear whether or not that project or any others he is working on will include VR support, but he is certainly a fan of the immersive technology.Putting an exclamation mark on that interest this week, Prologue Immersive has officially announced that Kojima is joining its advisory board.

According to a press release, together with Kimberly Cooper, cofounder and CEO of Prologue Immersive, and partner Kyle Cooper, Hideo is applying his experience in gaming to shape the future of VR.

It s unclear what his role entails at Prologue, whether he is assisting on any actual game projects, or how exactly he intends to leverage his experience, but this is certainly big news for VR.

William Jones 2019-03-20
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It's been nearly three years since Death Stranding was announced at E3 2016 and we still know very little about the mysterious upcoming title from Kojima Productions.

However, a panel at this year's Tribeca Film Festival may change that.

The Tribeca Film Festival is set to host 'Tribeca Games Presents: Hideo Kojima with Norman Reedus' next month, a panel which will - according to the event's description - see director Kojima and Death Stranding star Norman Reedus discussing the "boundary-pushing new game" (via GamesRadar).

In addition the panel will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, founder of The Game Awards.

So you know there's going to be some juicy details emerging.

What are we hoping for?

Kay Pry 2017-04-06

Today is a big day for the gaming world, as Microsoft has finally revealed the technical specifications for its incoming console known as Project Scorpio.

It seems that Project Scorpio will deliver on Microsoft’s promise of 4K console gaming, as what’s being revealed is unquestionably the most powerful console ever made.

Digital Foundry says Project Scorpio will be able to achieve the six-teraflop goal Microsoft discussed at E3 2016.

That’s largely thanks to the console’s GPU, which offers 40 compute units clocked at 1.17GHz – clock speeds we haven’t seen in a console before.

Have a look at the chart below for the full list of Project Scorpio specs and a comparison to the Xbox One and the PS4 Pro.

Microsoft wants every Scorpio game to run at 60fps in 4K resolution, and with a spec sheet like this, that shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Walter Winkel 2017-05-09

p After auteur video game developer Hideo Kojima left Konami in 2015, many wondered what his next move would be.

After auteur video game developer Hideo Kojima left Konami in 2015, many wondered what his next move would be.

Go small and develop an indie game?

In the end, it seems Kojima may be making his biggest game yet.

The odd title was revealed in an equally bizarre trailer, and since that announcement, Kojima and his team have teased various details about the game, but it remains largely an enigma.

He confirmed rumors that it would be an open-world game, saying “I can’t really speak on that right now but in a word, it’s an action game — an open world game, with a lot of freedom.”