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E3 2016

Ed Boon Updates His Twitter Profile and Seems to Be Teasing Injustice: Gods Among Us II

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Another rumor we’ve been keeping an eye on for the past few days is the probable announcement of Injustice II at E3 this year. Ed Boon seems to have finally joined in on the fun.

As of today, the creative director at NetherRealm Studios has updated his Twitter profile to reflect what is most likely a teaser for the sequel  to Injustice: Gods Among Us. Rumors and potential leaks have been flying around the net for the past few days regarding this title, and with Boon’s latest profile update it’s looking like a sure thing now.

The rumors started circulating at French gaming news outlet, Gameblog, who had unnamed sources tell them the game was coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PC in March 2017. Neither NeatherRealm or Warner Bros. have commented on the rumors at this point in time. With E3 less than two weeks away now, keep any eye out for an official announcement in the next few days.

Stay tuned to OnlySP on Facebook and Twitter for further updates regarding Injustice II and its campaign mode.

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E3 2016

Obduction Hands-On Preview – Not Your Standard Western

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IndieCade showcased a lot of gorgeous independent games at E3, including award-wining Cyan Inc.’s latest title, Obduction. Featuring a compelling storyline, dynamic characters, and taxing yet intuitive puzzles, Cyan evokes the spirit of Myst and Riven by creating an extremely immersive world that tests your powers of observation, rather than your reflexes.

The premise: an organic artifact plucks you from your serene night-time walk in the woods and transports you to a strange planet, to a small town that juxtaposes scenery of the old west and elements of futuristic technology. Holographic messages that you can play with the simple push of a button dot the town against the natural desert plant life and mine car tracks. Homes and other structures are built along side and into towering walls of red rock. There’s some imagery of Calico (California), Sedona (Arizona), and maybe a few other abandoned mining towns west of the Mississippi–but this isn’t Earth. Far from it.

Most of the holographic messages at the start of the demo were from the town mayor (acting as a sort of tour guide as he welcome you.) These are strategically placed at key points in the main part of town and, much like a self-guided tour of a museum, he’ll tell you about everything–from the people to the water. This part of the demo had a theme park feel to it, as it seemed oddly formal and detailed, and impersonal at the same time. The mayor himself was a little too “excited to see me,” even for a hologram. For as much information as he had about the town, he couldn’t seem to tell me where I actually was. There was something inherently sinister about him.

I did find one hologram of a woman outside the first house you’ll come to–a farmhouse with a porch and a white picket fence blocking in the front yard that could have been caught up in a Kansas twister itself. The woman’s message is friendly, albeit foreboding, as she tells you the name of a man not to trust in the area. There’s a giant laser-beam pointed into the sky, glowing and sparking, and a distinct lack of actual people. I did come across one gentlemen barricaded behind a high-tech vault door, unwilling to set foot outside. We conversed for about a minute or two, and that was that. I wandered away to explore the area further.

By sprinkling little bits of story from several characters right out the gate, it not only aids in creating Obduction’s immersive atmosphere, but it gives the player a mystery to solve–the chance to play detective and to figure out not only where they are and how they got there, but what secrets is this near-abandoned town is trying to cover with cacti and dry heat.

Obduction will be released for PC via Steam on July 26th and will be available for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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