Death Stranding’s new trailer is just as bizarre as the others and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Check out this week’s news.
We’ve got all the video game news you need right here! Mark your calendars because Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Death Stranding are releasing this fall! The Pokémon Company wants to turn your sleep time into training time and Xbox announces that Game Pass will be coming to PC! Without further ado, let’s get right into this week’s news!
Pokémon Press Conference unveils four new projects
The Pokémon Company kicked off the week with their Pokémon Press Conference. The 30-minute conference included four Poké-tastic announcements!
The first is that a new Detective Pikachu game is coming to Switch. Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of Pokémon Company, stated: “The 3DS story ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, but the conclusion of the story will be coming to Nintendo Switch.” The wording makes it unclear whether the game will be an expanded port or a full sequel. Stay tuned for details as they emerge.
To unite every core title under the Pokémon umbrella, Pokémon Home will be launching in 2020. The cloud-based service lets you transfer your Pokémon from the Pokémon Bank, Pokémon Go, Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee and the upcoming Sword and Shield to Pokémon Home. Trading functions will also be included. It’s 2019—who needs a Pokedex anymore when you have a smartphone?
The Pokémon Company knows you need a good night’s sleep to be at your very best, which is why they developed Pokémon Sleep. Ishihara hopes to “turn sleep into entertainment.” Not entirely sure what that means but it sounds right up my alley! Pokémon Sleep will work with a new peripheral called Pokémon Go Plus+ (yes, “plus plus”)—shoutout to whoever pitched that name!
Finally, there’s Pokémon Masters, a 3v3 battle game developed by DeNA. In the trailer, we saw trainers across the franchise like Lance, Cynthia, and a ridiculously jacked Brock! Pokémon Masters will debut later in 2019 on the App Store and Google Play Store.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has an October release date in its sights
Infinity Ward gave us the first look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This year’s FPS blockbuster is being treated as a reimagining of the Modern Warfare sub-franchise. The two-minute trailer only showed “actual in-game” footage of the campaign. Within the trailer, we caught a glimpse of riots breaking out in what may be London and soldiers stepping into war in the Middle East. The trailer revealed the return of Captain Price, the face of Modern Warfare.
On top of the campaign news, we got to hear the exciting announcement that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will support cross-play across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In addition, Modern Warfare will not include a season pass for purchase. Instead, Activision and Infinity Ward will release all new maps, post-game events and additional content for free to all players.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is deploying October 25th on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Death Stranding gets weird with a new trailer
We got a look at some brand-new footage of Death Stranding on Wednesday. After numerous vague tweets, Hideo Kojima unveiled a nearly nine-minute long trailer that was equally as cryptic. In the trailer, we see Sam Bridges traverse the open world and combat otherworldly soldiers. We are also introduced to new characters, including Mama, Heartman, Higgs and, yes, Die-Hardman (not played by Bruce Willis, unfortunately).
Kojima later tweeted out a message that helped flesh out the themes of the game. Focusing on the concept of reconnection through “strands,” Kojima ends with: “Through your experience playing the game, I hope you’ll come to understand the true importance of forging connections with others.”
If you’re as confused as I am, you won’t have to wait long before experiencing the game yourself. Death Stranding will be releasing on PlayStation 4 on November 8th, 2019.
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Xbox Game Pass is making its way to PC
Xbox’s “Netflix of games” service, Game Pass, will be launching on PC. Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, wrote a blog article outlining the importance of supporting PC players and the Xbox ecosystem.
Other notable bits of information include the confirmation that Gears 5 and Age of Empires I, II and III: Definitive Edition will join Master Chief Collection on Steam.
While the PC launch date is as much a secret as Master Chief’s face, Spencer’s note encourages you to tune in to Microsoft’s E3 conference. Spencer wrote: “Join us at our annual Xbox E3 2019 Briefing on Sunday, June 9 to hear more, including the amazing lineup of new games and offers coming to PC players.”
FACEIT’s Apex Legends tournament is dropping in
Apex Legends is going pro! Competitive gaming platform FACEIT has announced the FACEIT Pro Series: Apex Legends, an officially licensed tournament. Sixteen professional teams including Fnatic, CLG and Immortals, will begin squaring off on May 31st. The “Champion” team will walk away with their share from a $50,000 prize pool.
If you’re praying to Allfather to give you sight, you can check out the tournament as it unfolds on FACEIT’s Twitch channel.
What’s up next week?
Next week is a bit light on game releases. If you’ve been dying for more ESO content, The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyer update is dropping on June 4th on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Otherwise, tune into the Pokemon Direct on June 5th at 6:00 am PT/ 9:00 am ET for 15 minutes of Pokemon Sword & Shield news from Nintendo!