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E3 2018

Microsoft Announces Three New Gears of War Games



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Just before the climax of its E3 2018 press conference, Microsoft brought out The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson to announce three brand new Gears of War games.

First up was the reveal of the mobile game, Gears POP!. Little is presently known about this title, aside that it will feature the Funko POP! versions of famous Gears characters such as Marcus Fenix, Kait Diaz, Clayton Carmine, and several Locust.

The next project is a turn-based strategy shooter akin to X-COM, called Gears Tactics, set 12 years prior to the first Gears of War and coming to PC. Players will be able to create and customise their own squad as they face hordes of enemy locust and take down massive boss creatures like the Brumak.

To top it all off, Fergusson ended The Coalition’s announcements with the unveiling of Gears of War 5. Taking place right after the fourth installment, Kait struggles with her inner demons as she embarks on a quest with companion Del Walker in search of answers. Gamers can expect even more gruesome foes to chainsaw down in some truly horrific looking environments.

Gears of War 5 will be released in 2019 along with Gears POP!, with more information on Gears Tactics coming “soon”.

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E3 2018

Konami Willing to Make More Remasters



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Konami has said that it is willing to remaster more games if fans ask for them.

During an IGN interview at E3 about Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars, Konami brand manager Benjamin Kinney expressed the company’s willingness to produce more remasters:

“Eventually if you’re loud enough and you speak with one voice, anything is possible.”

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars is a remastered version of the PlayStation 2 game featuring a new VR mode, coming to PC and PlayStation 4. The title was initially announced at Sony’s Tokyo Games Show in 2017.

The remaster will come native at 4K with recreated textures, updated particle effects, and new control schemes to name just a few of the many improvements across the game. The title also includes a new Very Easy mode so players can experience the story.

The most notable addition is VR support. Playing Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars in VR will put the gamer in the cockpit of Jehuty, the character’s giant mecha. Konami has recreated the cut scenes and assets to contribute to an immersive situation. The developers have worked with first-party VR companies such as PlayStation VR and HTC Vive to refine the game, making it as smooth as possible to reduce any chance of motion sickness.

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars has a gallery mode with VR where users can tumble and look at various models in game. The game will sport “next-gen audio,” supporting Dolby Atmos and Dolby 7.1 surround sound.

The first game has not been remastered for the PlayStation 4 nor VR, but if the fans ask for it, Konami may listen.

4K and VR demos are available on the PlayStation Store to download.

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