Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition
Blizzard announced the console exclusive Diablo 3 bundle that pairs the original game with the latest expansion pack, Reaper of Souls. Currently marked for an August 19th release date, the Ultimate Evil Edition will release for $39.99 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and for $59.99 on the PS4 and Xbox One.
Xbox One is a Changed Man and Wants You Back
The Xbox team understands that gamers need a little foreplay before game companies can be promised a place in our wallets during E3. Not one, not two, but three big pieces of news dropped this week pertaining to the Xbox One. I think it’s justifiable to say that two of the bigger advantages of owning a Playstation system are tied to memberships services; the first is that you don’t require a membership to use streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu, and the second is if you subscribe to Playstation’s membership service you get access to free games. Well, Xbox lands its first two blows this week with announcing that starting in June you won’t be required to subscribe to Xbox Live to use the streaming services you already pay for, and if you do decide to subscribe/stay subscribed Xbox will be launching its Games for Gold service on the Xbox One, giving gamers access to two free games a month. Although you won’t get to keep these games forever like the 360’s version of Games for Gold, you will still have access to them as long as you maintain a Gold membership to Xbox Live. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, Xbox has also announced that starting in June you can pick up a Kinect-less Xbox One for $100 less; yep, that’s right, same price as the PS4.
Far Cry 4
Ubisoft announced Far Cry 4 is releasing November 18th this year. While they do state that they want to make this game exceed fan expectations, I’m a bit skeptical considering this won’t be a current gen exclusive.
Halo 5: (insert unexplainable subtitle here)
343 industries General Manager, Bonnie Ross, officially announced Halo 5: Guardians. This new Halo is being built from the ground up with a more powerful engine and will take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware (lets hope they got the Kinect memo earlier than we did). However as awesome as this news may be, Halo 5 will not be coming out this year. She also goes on to mention in the announcement that Halo’s Xbox One journey will definitely begin this year with “a giant leap, rather than one small step”. You can be sure that we’ll get a good look at this giant leap on June 9th.
YouTube Possibly Buying Twitch
Sources are reporting that YouTube plans to acquire Twitch for $1 billion…. psshh, that’s all? The deal isn’t going through any time soon. Instead it’s being reported that this acquisition is in the early discussion stage, so as of right now there’s no confirmation of this actually happening. That being said, it’s not stopping people from giving their negative input on the situation and assuming that this deal will hurt streamers.