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Weekly Warp-Up: E3 2016 Aftermath

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The 2016 E3 Expo closed up shop last week, but many of gaming’s biggest names were still eager to talk about their upcoming projects.

Nintendo was the most talkative of all as Eiji Aonuma revealed that players can go straight to the final boss in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Shigeru Miyamoto hinted at a Legend of Zelda spinoff game he wants to make starring Sheik.

Elsewhere on the show floor, NetherRealm’s Ed Boon revealed that he still wants to do a fighting game starring “horror icons.” And an executive from Marvel confirmed the comics company has “quite a few” unannounced console games in the works. Finally, Platinum Games and Hideki Kamiya would like to make another Bayonetta game. Maybe Nintendo can help.

Also this week, we reviewed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, and Andrew Rainnie filed another edition of his Kickstart This! column, this time focusing on Transmission, a sci-fi RPG for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One from developer Paper Unicorn.

More news from the past seven days can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: The A-Z of E3 2016

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The 2016 edition of the E3 Expo has come to a close, so it’s time to look back on the weeklong festival upcoming games with our annual alphabetical rundown of everything from the show floor, the press conferences, and the pre-Expo hype period. You can find Warp Zoned’s E3 A-Z after the break, but first let’s talk, about that polarizing “Beginning Hour” demo for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

Looking ahead, Sony will bring a little piece of E3 to stores across the country next weekend with their plan to install PlayStation VR demo units in hundreds of retail outlets. We even got a sneak peek at next year’s E3 Expo when Shigeru Miyamoto mentioned that he’s working on “A New Kind of Mario.”

But the future is now, and the A-Z of E3 2016 is available after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: T-Minus Four Hours Until E3 2016 Begins…

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The 2016 E3 Expo will unofficially kick off in just four hours with EA’s annual Press Conference, where we’ll hear a lot about sequels, Star Wars, and sports. Bethesda has staked out a Sunday night spot for their Press Conference, and Monday will feature presentations from Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Sony. But what about the week that was?

Believe it or not, the biggest announcement from the past week wasn’t connected to E3 at all. And that’s because while Sony confirmed the PS4 Neo is real… they have no plans to showcase it during the E3 Expo. There’s no release date, no price, and no explanation about how it’s better, but it exists. And that’s enough for now.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, UK Correspondent Andrew Rainnie shined the Kickstart This! spotlight on Death Story, and I reviewed the simply amazing Superhot.

More news from this past week can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: E3 2016 Countdown Edition

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You know that the 2016 E3 Expo is right around the corner, because Microsoft just permanently lowered the price of all Xbox One bundles by $50 earlier this week. But the biggest news from the past seven days doesn’t have much of anything to do with E3.

Mojang announced that more than 100 million copies of Minecraft have been sold for the PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and mobile devices. This sales milestone also makes it one of the most popular games of all time.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this, I filed a hands-on report about Perception, Deep End’s upcoming first-person narrative horror game. And the Warp Zoned staff got together to discuss What We Played in May 2016 and The Games of June 2016.

More news from this past week can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Memorial Day 2016 Edition

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The end of May is near, and Memorial Day is tomorrow, so game publishers mostly took this past week off. But be sure to take a look back at what the Warp Zoned staff was up to the last seven days, including Chris Cobb’s detailed look at what he wants from Resident Evil 7 in Warp Zoned Wish List: What We Want From Resident Evil 7.

Also this week, Andrew Rainnie filed another entry in his Kickstart This! series, this time focusing on Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale, an online shooter.

Not every game publisher took the week off, and big announcements from Square Enix, Bandai Namco, Codemasters, and WB Games can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Rumors About Red Dead Redemption 2 and Quake 5 Abound…

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With the 2016 E3 Expo inching ever closer, more and more rumors have started to crop up about what the major publishers are working on next. Just look at Rockstar Games, the publishing label hasn’t produced an original game since 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V, but this week we learned they’re working on “multiple projects,” and that one of them might be Red Dead Redemption 2.

I don’t doubt that something big is brewing within the walls of Rockstar, but it’s a little harder to believe that id Software is going to jump straight from Doom to Quake 5. However, I also can’t picture them trying something new just yet, so a return to one of gaming’s biggest franchises could be a very real possibility (albeit one we might not get to play until 2018).

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, we reviewed Renegade Kid’s Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, and if you’re a fan of retro-inspired platformers, you might want to give it a chance.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Walt Disney Shuts Down Disney Interactive and Cancels Disney Infinity…

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The biggest news this week wasn’t an exciting new announcement or confirmation of a long-awaited release date. The biggest new this week is that The Walt Disney Company has decided to shut down their Disney Interactive division and brought an end to the Disney Infinity franchise. Disney didn’t go into too many details about why the shutdown took place, but they did say that the plan going forward is to license their characters and films to other game publishers.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned, we published Part Two of It’s In Your Blood: A History of Horror Games this week. Moving into the 90s, it’s time to relive Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil, Clock Tower, and a few others. A review of Enter the Gungeon was also published this week, and it might be worth a look as the twin-stick shooter/roguelike-like hybrid definitely has its moments.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Battlefield 1 Versus Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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The battle lines are being redrawn as Activision and EA will go head-to-head this Fall with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1. However, players will get the chance to choose whether they want to go back to the future with Infinite Warfare or travel back in time to Battlefield 1’s World War I setting. Naturally, the two gaming superpowers had a lot to say about their marquee franchises this week.

On the Call of Duty front, Activision delivered a Debut Trailer for this November’s game, while also revealing that Deluxe Editions will come packaged with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. They later announced a few details on Infinity Ward’s first Zombies Mode, and confirmed that Modern Warfare Remastered will not be sold on its own.

Meanwhile, EA dropped a lot of details about Battlefield 1’s World War I setting, and unveiled a massive Collector’s Edition and a special Early Enlister Edition that’ll be available three days before the regular release date.

In the more immediate future, we published the latest entry in our Kickstart This! series, which took a look at In the Shadows this week. The Warp Zoned staff also got together to discuss What We Played in April 2016 and The Games of May 2016.

Finally, the World Video Game Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2016, which included The Legend of Zelda, Grand Theft Auto III, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, The Oregon Trail, and The Sims.

There were also plenty of smaller skirmishes all around the world of gaming this past week, and you can read all about them after the break. (more…)

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