Shacknews - Kevin Tucker

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr hasn't been out for very long, but that doesn't mean the development team is ready to move on to new projects. Shacknews had a chance to get up with Gergo Vas, PR manager for NeocoreGames, to discuss the open world action RPG's ongoing development process.

Playing as an Inquisitor, players will be tasked with creating their own custom characters and diving into the open world to eliminate monsters and collect various loot either through the single-player campaign or by playing with random missions. NeocoreGames notes that the development is following an "ever-growing" approach, listening to game feedback and implemented changes that should make for a stronger overall experience.

NeocoreGames' latest Warhammer 40,0000: Inquisitor release is available on Steam right now, and will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 5. Be sure to keep up with the latest interviews and gameplay demonstrations by following Shacknews and over on YouTube.

Shacknews - Brittany Vincent

Pete Hines, Global Senior Vice President at Bethesda, discussed The Elder Scrolls: Blades with us at E3 2018, and we can't wait to get our hands on the downsized, perfectly mobile version of the game. It looks so tantalizing!

"After Fallout Shelter, a lot of the folks who made that started working on the next big thing. You have character stats, inventory stuff, which helmet you want to wear and which weapon you're going to use, and more," said Hines.

It looks just like the awesome, mobile-optimized Elder Scrolls we've been asking for. The main game mode is called Town, and through quests and other missions you begin rebuilding the town. As you rebuild it, you'll get new quests and other fun things to go out and do.

"You can play either landscape or portrait mode, use dual stick, touch, or swipe. It adapts to how you play the game," explained Hines. It certainly sounds interesting, we can say that for sure. 

"We want to put it on any platforms that will run it, including VR." Virtual reality for this game sounds like an awesome experience, but alas, we don't know when that might happen. This bodes well for a Switch release, though. 

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is currently targeting a 2018 release, but there's no official release date just yet. For more videos, including gameplay and interviews, visit the Shacknews and YouTube channels.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

Jurassic World Evolution from Frontier Developments has hit the scene with the Jurassic World sequel hitting theaters and we got a chance to speak with a dev about the long-overdue park manager at E3 2018. We met up with the executive producer and the head of animation on the show floor.

This game gives players an opportunity to manage their own park, bioengineer dinosaurs, and manage threats from storms, espionage, and more. The developers discussed the process of creating realistic behaviors for the dinosaurs, their massive exhibit on the E3 show floor, and more. Check it out in full below!

If you're not familiar, Frontier is also the powerhouse studio behind Elite: Dangerous and Planet Coaster. Don't forget to check out the Shacknews and YouTube channels for more interviews, gameplay, trailers, and more.

Shacknews - Bill Lavoy

After Fallout 4 released in 2015, I was certain that the next big game from Bethesda would be an Elder Scrolls title. I didn’t know when but I was sure they’d hop back and forth between the two franchises. It turns out that’s not the case at all, and the next big game from Bethesda is Fallout 76, and it has a release date for 2018.

Fallout 76 Release Date

Fallout 76 will be released on November 14, 2018. The game is scheduled to come out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. However, those who can’t wait that long can get access to the B.E.T.A., also known as the Break It Early Test Application. We don’t have a concrete date for that, but we do now how players can get into the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. and try the game early.

Fallout 76 was well represented at E3 2018. Shacknews was lucky enough to sit down and speak with Pete Hines, Global Senior Vice President at Bethesda. Hines discussed many different features that players can expect to see in Fallout 76, such as dedicated servers, the impact it will have on Fallout 5, and just what kind of a game Fallout 76 will be. For anyone looking to dig up more information on Fallout 76, an interview with Pete Hines is a pretty good place to start.

We know that Fallout 76 will launch globally on November 14, 2018 for the PS4, PC, and Xbox One, but there are plenty more games to try this fall. Visit the Shacknews video game release dates 2018 guide and stay current on your favorite upcoming titles.

Shacknews - Blake Morse

While Koei-Tecmo took a bold step in a new direction with the Dynasty Warriors series earlier this year. However, it would appear that things will be returning to the more straightforward Musou experience of hacking and slashing through massive armies in a level-based setting for the next installment of spin-off series, Warriors Orochi 4. The Orochi series takes all the characters from Dynasty and Samurai Warriors games and puts them into their own mash-up story. Previous installments have ended up being fan favorites and the latest addition is looking like it will be another par for the course.

This time around the ancient warriors of China and Japan will be joined by several deities on their adventure. That’s right, players will get to wield the power of the gods in the upcoming Warriors Orochi 4. While the full roster hasn’t been revealed just yet, players can expect to take up the mantle of the main man himself, Greek God of Lightning the big papa of Olympus himself, Zeus. Along with the new roster of omnipotent cohorts, Orochi 4 will introduce a new magic system to help expand combat and combo options. It appears 2-player co-op functions will be coming back this time as well.

While at E3 2018 we got a chance to sit down with Warriors Orochi 4 Producer Masaki Furusawa to get some in-depth details on what players can expect from the long-running series this time around. Check out the video below for a ton of gameplay and commentary from Furusawa-San’s translator on what’s new for the fourth installment. And be sure to check back for more Warriors Orochi news as we get closer to its October release date.

Warriors Orochi 4 is set to release later this year on October 16 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Shacknews - Brittany Vincent

Bethesda's Global Senior Vice President, Pete Hines, was available during E3 2018 to chat about Quake Live and Quake Champions. He also delved into the importance of sharing information at E3 2018 with everyone, including both journalists and the public. It was a rousing conversation that Quake fans (such as the fine folks at Shacknews) will undoubtedly enjoy. 

One of the most important parts of the interview revolved around some of the issues with remaining in the game after a match has ended and waiting around for another one to start, as well as a host of other tweaks the game still needs. Recently, it did welcome the addition of bots, which was a massive boon for the title. 

"We know the frustrations with all those clicks and the number of work you have to do. Onboarding was a big one, bots, feeling like you have a chance to learn the game before being thrown into the deep end. It's sort of a neverending process of trying to make the game better," Hines stated.

It's clear Hines and the rest of Bethesda are hard at work on improving the game as much as possible on a viable schedule. It may take some time for Quake Champions to blossom into the game it was always meant to be, but we've got to continue supporting it as well if we want that to happen.

For more videos, including gameplay and interviews, visit the Shacknews and YouTube channels.

Shacknews - Kevin Tucker

Mario Tennis Aces made its proper debut just earlier today, and players are already jumping into the game's hot tennis action. However, many gamers are already being surprised by the title's depth, not only due to the game's different shot types and special moves, but also because of some of the various puzzle challenges. One of the first that seem to be stumping strikers is the Great Mirror Mystery Reflection Room puzzle, and fortunately, we know how to beat it.

How To Complete the Reflection Room Puzzle

The Reflection Room puzzle opens up with players facing a mirror. Within the mirror, players will see a bunch of different blue bubbles, and it's clear that the players are meant to hit them with accurate shots. What's unclear is which bubbles the players are supposed to be targeting, and with a countdown clock ticking away, this can lead to some frustration.

Fortunately, the answer is pretty simple once players know the trick. Any time a blue bubble is hit, one of two different sounds can be heard. One of the sounds corresponds to an incorrect hit, while the other — kind of a plink sound — will denote a correct hit. Hit balls at various bubbles and note which one makes a different noise from the others — this will be the bubble to target.

Once the correct bubble has been hit, a star will appear on the ground, allowing players to use a Zone Shot. Make use of the Zone Shot's ability to slow down time to deliberately target the correct bubble. Once it's hit, the bubbles will clear, and more will appear in their place. Rinse and repeat this process twice more (for three times total) to move on to the next part of this challenge.

After the bubbles are cleared, the mirror will begin to reflect a purple-hued clock as well as a number of moving gears. This part isn't nearly as tricky, though it can be more challenging — simply aim shots at the gears and take them out. Clearing one set of gears will make another set appear, with each set moving more quickly than the last. Eventually the gears will be moving so quickly that players will have to use their Zone Shots to aim the ball to where they anticipate the gears will be, not necessarily where they are at the time.

Again, complete this process three times, and the challenge will be over. Once the puzzle challenge has been completed, players will move into a separate stage for a fresh boss battle. Don't worry about failing it, though — even if the battle is lost, players won't have to return to the Reflection Room.

Our coverage of Mario Tennis Aces has only just now begun. Players who want to keep up on the latest information would do well to check out our guides on how to pull off trick shots, plus we've got a detailed writeup of all the characters featured in the Mario Tennis Aces roster, including information about their play styles and individual traits.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

Croteam revealed Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass for the first time at E3 2018 and we chatted with them about the creative process, paying homage to old-school shooters, and more.

The team demoed one level during E3 this year and Serious Sam 4 is slated for release in 2019. Enjoy the video where we give you the scoop on what is sure to be one of the most excited shooters around.

Croteam is also confirmed to be working on The Talos Principle 2, which will likely release before Serious Sam 4. Stay tuned to Shacknews for more updates and head over to the Shacknews and YouTube channels for more interviews, gameplay, and trailers.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

Developer Automaton secured $10 million to pursue their ambitious project Mavericks: Proving Grounds and we got a chance to speak with one of the devs about it during E3 2018.

Mavericks: Proving Grounds will feature a 12k x 12k playable area with a social hub called the capital. The battle royale instances are simply a part of the experience. They "take place within the context of an evolving open world" and there are other experiences in the works for Mavericks: Proving Grounds. 

The development team is aiming for launch by end of this year and there's a lot to Mavericks that hasn't been revealed as of yet. The game will be built on SpatialOS, which also powers the previously announced Destiny-esque Scavengers from Midwinter Entertainment. Stay tuned to Shacknews for more and visit the Shacknews and YouTube channels for a plethora of content.

Shacknews - Brittany Vincent

Thaddeus Cooper, head of community for Astro Gaming, was on hand to discuss The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild A10 Headset during E3 2018, as well as the company's 10th Anniversary A40 Headset. Both are sleek and svelte, but what really took the cake during the chat was the awesome-looking Zelda edition of the familiar headset, kicking off a partnership with Nintendo.

Cooper was on hand to show off the gorgeous Zelda-inspired headset, showing off all the familiar glyph and other iconography from the Switch title. It looks like a luxurious tribute to the popular game, and it's also an affordable version of the typical A10 headset line.

"This is a headset designed for the Nintendo Switch, so it comes with a Switch chat cable. It allows the headset to be plugged into a cell phone to access the app, into your Switch, and then on into the headset. All first-party games will be able to access the chat." If you want to play games like Splatoon 2 or other titles like Mario Tennis Aces, you'll be good to go. Plus, it's based on Zelda!

"It's really the perfect, iconic game to kick off our partnership with Nintendo," said Cooper during our interview at E3 2018.


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