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At the end of the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019, Ninty announced that the sequel for the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is under development for Nintendo Switch. Although Nintendo was a bit careful with details, a teaser trailer accompanies the presentation to give us a short glimpse of what to expect.

In the teaser trailer, we’ve witnessed what seems to be a more horrifying and dark theme for Breath of the Wild. Link and Zelda, with their familiar animation, explores an underground lair where an ancient evil, embellished with what looks like Gerudo visual cues, is growing.

After Link and Zelda’s terrifying encounter with the diabolical entity, a Hyrule Castle quakes and rises from the ground.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released back on March 3, 2017, along with the Nintendo Switch. The game has become one of the most acclaimed titles of all time. At some point, Nintendo sold more copies of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild than the actual Switch consoles.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel announcement is currently trending worldwide on Twitter. It’s safe to say that fans from different parts of the world are excited to explore Zelda once again. Unfortunately, other details such as release date are still unavailable.

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Games Coming With Xbox Project Scarlett

Microsoft released a ton of new trailers for its E3 keynote to come along with the all-new Xbox Project Scarlett Click To Tweet

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Microsoft just dropped their teaser trailer to the new Xbox hardware codenamed Project Scarlett — it promises to make background loading times to be a thing of the past with its new processor and SSD innovations. Along with the cutting edge console, comes a whole new generation of games for Xbox users.

Microsoft says that there are hundreds of people from 17 studios — both from first-party studios and third-party studios — working on content production for the new Xbox with four generations of games coming. “Better than you’ve seen them before,” said a speaker from Microsoft in their latest video.

Here are some of the Games Microsoft Xbox mentioned during their E3 keynote:

Cyberpunk 2077 is Keanu Reeves — set in the metropolis of the future, where body modification has become an obsession. Users play as an outlaw — an enhanced mercenary working in the sleazy underbelly of the city. In other words, users get to enhance their characters through in-game choices such as swords coming out of your hand, as seen in the video above.

The John Wick star introduced the latest trailer of Cyberpunk 2077 during the E3 conference at Los Angeles including its release date set on April 20 next year.

Gears of War 5 will seemingly focus on Kait Diaz’s character and will give its fanbase a more in-depth look into the world of the Locusts as users explore Kait’s role further and her connection with Swarm.

Moreover, Gears of War 5 will also venture away from the typical big men with big guns storyline (which the game series is mostly popular with) for the first time.

Gears of War 5 will be available for playing this year on September 10th.

343 is saying that Halo Infinite will be the “spiritual reboot of Halo” with more realistic environments and new characters that should be a “perfect starting point for new players.” Halo Infinite will also focus more on the exploration side of the franchise.

For multiplayer gaming, 343 has confirmed a 4-player split screen but pushed back against the idea about a Halo Infinite battle royale feature.

Halo Infinite will also come to Xbox One and PC. “This story will mark the beginning of a new chapter and challenge for the Chief, but it will also respect and continue threads that led to this point,” says Chris Lee, studio head of Halo Infinite. “If you’ve never played a Halo game before, this will be a great place to jump into the story.”

The game will not be released until late next year.

Moon Studios, who created the multi-award winning Ori and the Blind Forest, is finally making a come back with its highly anticipated sequel: Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Announced during the E3 event two years ago, the beautiful cinematic game will finally arrive next year in February.

Ahead of its Minecraft: Earth application coming with advanced Augmented Reality tech, Microsoft released the latest trailer of its Xbox application for Minecraft called Minecraft Dungeons.

The Minecraft-based dungeon crawler will support local and online co-op play for up to four players and is set to be released Spring of next year. Minecraft Dungeons was initially set for an earlier release date during E3 last year, however, was later on rescheduled for this year’s release.

Similar to the same technology that’s making Minecraft Earth a possibility, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator will also be powered by Azure cloud artificial intelligence.

Moreover, the Flight Simulator is a hyper-detailed game that’s previously only available in PC. Its last installment was the 2014 Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition, a continuation of the 2006 Flight Simulator X.  Today, Microsoft’s introducing it to the Xbox through its Xbox Game Pass subscription service.

Bleeding Edge is a first-party Xbox game produced by Technical Alpha. It’s a classic team play game (four players on each side) with the usual assassins, fighters, tankers, etc. However, it has a highly melee-filled character base except for a few long-range heroes.

The goal of the game is to take over three control points situated within the game. Notably, there’s an interesting character balance that should make the game worthwhile, as described by IGN.Bleeding Edge comes out June 27th.

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How ‘Xbox Project Scarlett’ Is Microsoft’s Vision For The Future Of Gaming

Here's Microsoft Xbox's new console called Project Scarlett, its Xbox Gold and Game Pass bundle, and its latest Elite Wireless Controller (Series 2). Click To Tweet

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019 (E3 2019) kicked off its 25th year, and Microsoft took the opportunity to introduce one of the biggest announces this year: the Xbox Project Scarlett — a new generation of Xbox hardware.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 is one of the world’s most significant gaming events where hardware manufacturers, software developers, and publishers from the video game industry gets to present new and upcoming products to the world. This year, the event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Microsoft took center stage during its keynote and introduced innovations on how they see the gaming industry in the future through their new-generation Xbox consoles. Primarily, they indicated that one of the problems users encounter when playing console games is the load time.

In their reveal trailer, “sitting there in the fake elevator because you know that the game’s loading the background. It’s just an elevator ride forever,” the gaming giant said.

To innovate and address loading time, Microsoft discussed the development of its custom processor in partnership with AMD. The new CPU will “leverage” AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture, and it’s promising this new console will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. Microsoft is also using fast GDDR6 RAM, that it claims will “usher in resolution and framerates we’ve never seen before.”

Codenamed Project Scarlett will be able to provide framerates up to an impressive 120 frames per second, will support 8K-compatible gaming, ray-tracing, and variable refresh rates. “It’s real-time because it’s hardware is accelerated for the first time ever.”

Microsoft is also including an all-new SSD on Project Scarlett. “We’ve created a new generation of SSDs. We’re using the SSD as virtual RAM.” The new SSD will be able to boost performance speeds up to 40x compared to the current generation of the Xbox. Meaning, games will not just load faster but users will also have a seamless experience when playing games. “When you’re able to move through worlds without waiting for the screen to load; that speed, that performance is what the next generation’s about.”

In addition to the new Project Scarlett console, Microsoft also introduced the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2.

Microsoft’s high-end controller features adjustable tension thumbsticks that you can set according to your preference using an adjustment tool to improve precision. There’s also changes to the trigger locks that should make users apply more control and faster shooting speeds, for example. Even the paddles and thumbsticks have been overhauled for more customization.

The Elite Controller Series 2 also includes a USB-C support and Bluetooth connectivity, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 40 hours per charge.

Sony is also promising that the PlayStation 5 will also support up to 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSD storage, and backward compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 titles. The PS5 will also use an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line, and ship with a GPU that supports ray-tracing graphics. Sony is also teasing 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate support.

However, since Sony decided to skip this year’s E3 2019 event (for the first time), the upcoming PlayStation 5 and its specs and other details have yet to be confirmed.

Other than the Xbox Project Scarlett hardware, Microsoft also introduced new bundles for its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription — now includes PC games.

Moreover, users with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription will also benefit from the new range of content coming to the new Xbox Project Scarlett and Halo. With faster performance ratios, users will experience a new set of gaming.

Users can purchase the $14.99 bundle for both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for both Xbox and PC. Gamers who both use Microsoft’s PC and console games can significantly benefit from this bundle since Xbox Game Pass for PC are available at $9.99 per month, Xbox Live Gold at $9.99 per month, and Xbox Game Pass for Xbox at $9.99 per month. That’s a combined separate total of $29.97, so the Ultimate deal is a saving of around $15 per month if you want all three of Microsoft’s subscriptions.

There’s also a $1 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for first-time users available. Moreover, here are the available subscription services with its benefits included:

  • Xbox Game Pass PC – $9.99 per month, includes more than 100 PC games
  • Xbox Game Pass Console Games – $9.99 per month, includes more than 100 Xbox games
  • Xbox Live Gold – $9.99 per month, includes access to online multiplayer games
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – $14.99 per month, Xbox Game Pass PC, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass Console Games

The new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is available over at Microsoft’s site.

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Apple Announces Winners For This Year’s Design Awards

Here's the nine new winners for the Apple Design Awards — mobile games dominate. Click To Tweet

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Apple recognized App designers under its operating system for over a decade. They have given awards, and prizes for applications which showed exemplary features that best represents its platforms such as the iPhone, iPad, and MacOS devices.

This year, Apple officially announced the newest set of winners during the Worldwide Developer Conference — highlighting a range of apps that work as beautifully as they look, the company said.

Awardees are mostly comprised of apps ranging from puzzle games for the iPhone to powerful image editors for the iPad. Notably, this year’s winners are dominated by mobile games.

To take home the prize, the apps’ had to excel across three areas: visual design, technology, and innovation. Specifically, Apple looks for apps that take full advantage of its latest devices and technologies.

Aside from a cube-shaped trophy and exposure in the App Store, all Apple Design Award Winners will get the chance to take home an iPhone XS (512GB), a 12-inch iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, an Apple Watch Series 4, a pair of AirPods, an Apple TV 4K, a maxed out MacBook Pro and iMac Pro.

Ordia (England)

Ordia is a one-finger action platformer that blends simple gameplay and rich visuals with a clever concept. As a new life-form exploring its primordial world, you’ll slingshot yourself through a burbling alien landscape. Playing couldn’t be simpler: Drag to aim, leap from dot to dot, avoid hairy-looking obstacles, and try to keep up as the game gets trickier over its dozens of levels.

Available on iPhone and iPad

Flow by Moleskine (Italy)

Flow is a practical and artful note-taking app worthy of the Moleskine name, coupling powerful functionality, and elegant design. It’s packed with helpful touches: a hidable interface to help you stay focused on the task at hand, colors for every last pen (everything from Corellian Gray to Electric Pink), and more paper options than a big-city print shop. If you’re serious about your scribbles, Flow is a notable choice.

Available on iPhone and iPad

The Gardens Between (Australia)

The Gardens Between is a stirring example of how games can be powered by heart. Yes, it’s a surreal puzzler in which you control the passage of time instead of characters. But it’s also the story of two best friends and how their relationship is changed over the years. The beautifully crafted graphics alone make the game worth playing, but it’s the sweet narrative that truly hits home.

Available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Asphalt 9: Legends (France)

Asphalt 9: Legends is no stranger to acclaim. For more than a decade, the Asphalt series has offered console-grade arcade racing with all the trimmings: incredible graphics, blazing speed, exceptional production value, and gameplay that pushes the boundaries of hardware performance. Like previous editions, Asphalt 9 is deep enough for advanced players but easy enough that anyone can get behind the wheel. It once again proves an unyielding truth: Racing games are awesome.

Available on iPhone and iPad

Pixelmator Photo

(Lithuania)

Pixelmator Photo manages to deliver impressive editing power in a beautiful, uncluttered interface. For beginners, Pixelmator is surprisingly approachable (your edits are conveniently nondestructive). For experts who wish to maximize every last pixel of their iPad screen, it offers a robust toolset and support for RAW images. Most helpful of all, it offers machine-learning-powered editing tools that have been trained using more than 20 million photos.

Available on iPad

ELOH (Austria)

ELOH is the rare puzzle game that keeps you pleasingly perplexed while also totally chilling you out. The goal is to shift blocks to help bouncing balls get from point A to point B — but with the aid of rhythm and percussion. Rearranging blocks builds a soothing beat that adds a whole new dimension. ELOH’s hand-painted visuals and charming animations belie the game’s trickiness, which sneakily compounds over its many levels. But the organic vibe and earthy soundtrack transform the game into your own moment of Zen.

Available on iPhone and iPad

Butterfly iQ — Ultrasound (USA)

Butterfly iQ is an innovative whole-body ultrasound app that’s CE-approved, FDA-cleared, and a total game changer. When coupled with a supported device, it enables mobile ultrasounds anywhere. Simple enough to be operated by laypeople but advanced enough to use AR and machine learning to guide users along the way, Butterfly iQ offers an uncluttered UI that can be operated with one hand. Its images can be uploaded to a secure cloud for remote review by a medical professional — or elated family members.

Available on iPhone and iPad

Thumper: Pocket Edition

(USA)

Thumper: Pocket Edition, a heavy-metal rhythm game, is all about blistering speed, glowing electric visuals, and adrenaline. The idea is simple enough — tap the screen to keep your metallic beetle on a sleek chrome track. But the masterful combination of ’80s neon, thumping electronica, and smooth 60-fps gameplay is like nothing else you’ve tapped.

Available on iPhone and iPad

HomeCourt – The Basketball App

(USA)

HomeCourt has revolutionized basketball practice more than anything since the advent of the orange cone. Thanks to real-time A.I.-powered shot tracking, advice from real coaches, and clean design, HomeCourt has established itself as the go-to for players of all skill levels who want to grow their game. And its excellent social features let players interact with coaches thousands of miles away or in a gym down the street.

Available on iPhone and iPad

Apple also announced that a video of the Apple Design Awards ceremony will be available online soon, and it will be seen on the Apple Design Awards website.

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