Nintendo Switch Gets Overwatch-Esque Shooter Paladins During E3

Hi-Rez’s Paladins: Champions of the Realm is coming to Nintendo Switch. The game is already up for pre-order on the Nintendo Eshop and will officially release halfway through E3 on June 12. Paladins will run at 60 frames-per-second on Switch in both docked and handheld modes. The Switch version will also support cross-play with Xbox One.

Paladins is a team-based shooter similar to Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch. Gamers play as Champions, powerful heroes who use a mixture of guns and magic to defeat their opponents. Each Champion belongs to one of four classes. Front Line Champions operate as tanks and protect their allies from enemy fire. Damage Champions spearhead offensive assaults with their faster speed and high attack output. Support Champions keep their allies healed up and ready to fight. Flank Champions excel at circumnavigating the battlefield to ambush enemy teams from behind. Players can equip cards to augment or transform a Champion’s abilities in order to experiment with different play styles.

Paladins features three different game modes. There’s the FPS classic Team Deathmatch. Siege has teams of Champions fighting over a payload that they need to push into an enemy base. Onslaught is two teams fighting over various control points on the map.

“We’re thrilled to bring one of the world’s most popular shooters to an incredible platform like Nintendo Switch,” said Paladins executive producer Chris Larson. “Players will experience the same fantastic team-based shooter gameplay they know and love in Paladins, now in the palms of their hands.”

This initial Switch version of Paladins will not be free-to-play, as on PC; it will cost $30 (no word yet on international pricing). Referred to as Paladin’s Founder Pack, this version of Paladins comes with all 36 Champions already unlocked. Buying this founder pack will also automatically net players every future Champion as they release and provide players with several exclusive cosmetic items.

An additional, free-to-play version of Paladins will release on the Nintendo Switch later this summer. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, it will most likely play like the Paladins on other systems, where players start with eight Champions and need to unlock the other 24 with in-game currency.

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Dead Or Alive 6 Announced Before E3; Releasing Early 2019

Dead or Alive 6 is on its way. An announcement trailer dropped on the eve of E3 2018, showing off a few of the fighters, arenas, and new combos that will be included. The game is coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC in early 2019. Dead or Alive 6 will be the first in the franchise to release exclusively on current generation hardware, and it shows.

The Dead or Alive franchise has always boasted impressive graphics, but Dead or Alive 6 appears to feature the most realistic visuals yet. The trailer for the game, which debuted on IGN, shows off how characters make different facial expressions in response to attacking, defending, dodging, or being hit. A more haggard look and bloody wounds appear on fighters who suffer a nasty combo, and delivering a flurry of blows will leave a combatant covered in sweat.

Visuals aren’t the only aspect that’s getting a makeover. Although Dead or Alive 6 features the same system of complex combat that appeals to fighting game veterans, it introduces two new mechanics to aid beginner players: Fatal Rush and Break Gauge. These new special combos let players pull off devastating attacks with very little practice. Mastering the perfect timing for these attacks will still prove challenging though, providing an extra incentive for more advanced players to learn the ins and outs of these new moves.

So far, only Kasumi, Hayate, Hayabusa, Helena, Jann Lee, and Zack have been confirmed for Dead or Alive 6. However, according to director and producer Yohei Shimbori, more familiar faces are on the way, as well as some brand new fighters that players haven’t seen before.

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Suicide Squad 2: 12 Monkeys And Gotham Star Co-Writing Script

Though he may have only lasted two episodes of Gotham–appearing as “The Mask” Richard Sionis in Seasons 1 and 2–Todd Stashwick isn’t ready to leave the DC universe just yet. The actor, who also stars on 12 Monkeys as Deacon, will co-write the sequel to Suicide Squad.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Stashwick and co-writer David Bar Katz will tackle the script, alongside Suicide Squad 2 director Gavin O’Connor. The duo is taking over from Adam Cozad (Legend of Tarzan), who previously worked on the movie’s script.

The movie will be Stashwick’s first feature writing credit. However, given his intimate knowledge of DC villains–thanks to his playing one–he could very well be the right choice when it comes to writing an entire movie about them. Katz has a bit more experience. After writing a number of projects with John Leguizamo in the 1990s, his script for The Man in the Rockefeller Suit landed on the black list–the annual list of highly regarded scripts that have not yet been produced. He’s also developing a film with Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr.’s production company.

The news was first revealed when Stashwick appeared on an episode of the web series Popcorn Talk. The actor says it came about after working with O’Connor as an actor, leading to them discussing the project and their shared DC fandom.

No release date or story details have been announced for the sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad. It’s also not the only villain-centric DC film in the works. It was recently revealed that Jared Leto’s Joker is getting a standalone movie. There’s also that Margot Robbie-led Birds of Prey film, in which she reprises her role as Harley Quinn.

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Halloween Movie Reboot Trailer Is Here, And It’s Terrifying

The first trailer for Halloween is here. The movie is the latest entry in the long-running horror franchise, and it is a direct sequel to the John Carpenter’s 1978 original movie. The film sees original star Jamie Lee Curtis return as Laurie Strode, and it hits theaters in October.

The movie ignores every previous Halloween film since the first one, and the trailer opens with a documentary crew going to interview Michael in prison, where he has been for 40 years. Inevitably Myers escapes while being transported, and heads back to his home of Haddonfield. We learn that Laurie has been getting ready to face him ever since, and there’s a nice in-joke about the fact that Michael isn’t her brother, a detail that was invented for 1981’s Halloween II. There’s also plenty of menace and scares–in short everything you’d want from a new Halloween movie. Check it out above.

Halloween is directed by acclaimed indie director David Gordon Green (George Washington, Pineapple Express), with a script co-written by comedian and actor Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down, Alien Covenant). Carpenter is involved as a story advisor and is composing the movie’s score.

In a recent interview with Collider, Green spoke about Carpenter’s involvement with the film. “His advice was brilliant: make it relentless, ” he said. “He had notes, which is something I was extremely nervous about, we worked very hard on the script, we were all very excited. It’s one thing for three movie nerds to geek out over the opportunity of manoeuvring within this property, another to basically go kiss the ring of the godfather and see how that goes.”

Halloween hits theaters on October 19. For more, check out GameSpot’s look at the best upcoming horror movies of 2018.

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Code Vein Release Date And Trailer Confirmed Ahead Of E3

As if there weren’t enough Souls games already, Bandai Namco has announced the release date for its Souls-like RPG, Code Vein. The game is scheduled to launch on September 28, following the releases of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (September 4), Spider-Man (September 7), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (September 12), and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy (September 21). It seems September is a pretty jammed-packed month this year, and E3 2018 is still just a week away.

Back in October of last year, we had a chance to check out Code Vein, saying, “Dubbed ‘anime Dark Souls’ by many, it draws heavy influence from From Software’s acclaimed Souls series, most notably in its difficulty.” Around the same time, we learned that Code Vein will not feature an easier difficulty setting. Instead, you’ll be able to “freely change your character’s Blood Code during the course of the game, allowing you adjust your character’s stats to adapt to new challenges.”

And, of course, in similar Souls fashion, Code Vein will feature online co-op. “You can send out a distress signal to summon a different player,” but “this player will have to fulfill ‘certain conditions,’ although it’s unclear what these conditions will be.” We’ll have a few months to see what those conditions are.

Code Vein will be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Just Cause 4 Leaks Again Before E3 2018

Just Cause 4 has now leaked twice. An ad served through Steam (via Kotaku) shows promotional art with a call to pre-order. This is the second retailer listing hinting at the existence of the game, after Walmart spilled the beans on several games with placeholder pages for several unannounced games last month.

Clicking to pre-order reportedly bounced users back to the main Steam page, and the ad has seemingly been removed. We expect to see it announced at the showcase for Square Enix, the current publisher of the Just Cause series. That presentation will take place on Monday, June 11 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST (3 AM AET on June 12).

Just Cause 3 was released in 2015, and received a mixed reception from critics on GameSpot sister site Metacritic. In the GameSpot review, Mike Mahardy called it a “stunning display of cause and effect” thanks to its destructible environments and toolset.

The near-confirmation of Just Cause 4 gives further credence to the Walmart leak, which has already struck gold with more than one confirmation. The biggest surprise was Rage 2, which Bethesda playfully responded to in cheeky fashion. We also now know that a new Assassin’s Creed (named Odyssey) and Lego DC Super Villains were accurate as well.

Various others in the Walmart leak haven’t panned out yet, but may well in the future. Unconfirmed games include a new Splinter Cell, Borderlands 3, Gears of War 5, and Dragon Quest 2. Others seem less likely, like “Forza Horizons 5”–even though the name of the series is “Horizon” and it would be on its fourth game.

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Hitman 2 Release Date And US Pre-Order Guide

It’s official: Hitman 2 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 13, 2018. Developed by IO Interactive and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Hitman 2 follows the further bloody adventures of everyone’s favorite bald, barcoded assassin, Agent 47.

This time around, the game will not be episodic like the previous entry. Instead, the full game will be available at launch, though two additional locations will be added as post-launch DLC. As before, the globetrotting murderer will land in exciting locations, including a rainforest and a Miami motorsport track during a big race. Your job will be to take out your targets in any way you see fit.

If you’re ready to secure yourself a copy of Hitman 2, you’ll probably want to know what comes in the various editions, where you can buy it, and how much it costs. Read on for all the information you need to pre-order Hitman 2.

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Hitman 2 Pre-Order Bonuses

Pre-order any version of Hitman 2, and you’ll receive instant access to Hitman: Sniper Assassin Mode. This new mode lets go solo or play with a friend to pull off sniper assassinations.

Pre-Order Hitman 2 Standard Edition

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Pre-ordering the standard edition of Hitman 2 gets you the game, plus the bonus above. Here’s where you can pre-order it now.

  • GameStop — $60 — PS4 | Xbox One
  • Microsoft Store — $60 — Xbox One
  • PlayStation Store — $60 — PS4
  • Steam — $60 — PC

Pre-Order Hitman 2 Silver Edition

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The Silver Edition is digital only. It comes with the Executive Pack, which includes an additional pistol and briefcase, plus Expansion 1, which brings a new location, with new missions, sniper map, outfit, and weapons.

  • Microsoft Store — $80 — Xbox One
  • PlayStation Store — $80 — PS4
  • Steam — $80 — PC

Pre-Order Hitman 2 Gold Edition

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The Gold Edition comes with everything in the Silver Edition, plus four days of early access to the game (November 9), as well as Expansion 2, which will add a new location, with new missions, outfits, weapons, and a sniper map.

  • GameStop — $100 — PS4 | Xbox One
  • Microsoft Store — $100 — Xbox One
  • PlayStation Store — $100 — PS4
  • Steam — $100 — PC

Pre-Order Hitman 2 Collector’s Edition

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The Collector’s Edition comes with everything in the Gold Edition, plus the Collector’s Pack, which contains a concussive rubber duck and a new suit. It also includes physical goodies like a replica Agent 47 gun case, a bullet keyring, a rubber duck, and a signature coin.

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Hitman 2, New Sniper Assassin Co-Op Game Revealed During Pre-E3 Stream

Hitman 2 is official; publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed the game during a pre-E3 stream on its site. We’ve learned a few details about the game. It will be a direct sequel to Hitman, but unlike the previous title, which featured regular updates to its story via live content, Hitman 2’s story will be revealed all at once on the day of launch (though there will still be some additional DLC, like new locations, released over time). Check out the reveal trailer below.

Hitman 2 will feature “hyper-detailed sandboxes full of living, breathing environments.” During the reveal stream, its developers hinted that interacting with environments and objects would play a bigger role and “everything in the environment can be deadly.” It features multiple international locations, but it will highlight Miami and an in-progress motorsport race that form a key part of the game’s story.

For the first time, this Hitman game will be a direct follow up to the previous one. The story will delve deeper into Agent 47’s past, and get closer to Agent 47 and Diana’s story than before. You embark on a mission to hunt the Shadow Client and unravel his militia for good, but after revelations about Agent 47, “nothing will ever be the same.”

Hitman 2 will also bring co-op to the game. Sniper Assassin mode allows you to jump into the Hitman series with another player and work together to take down targets. The mode can also be played by a single player and is available now for those who pre-order the standard, Silver, Gold, or Collector’s editions of Hitman 2. Get a look at Sniper Assassin mode in action in the video below.

The game releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 13 (Gold and Collector’s editions get you into the game on November 9). Standard, Silver, and Gold editions of the game are available for pre-order now, with the Collection’s Edition coming soon. For more of the latest news and updates, follow GameSpot’s full E3 2018 coverage.

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Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2018 Press Conference Length Estimate Revealed

How long will the Xbox E3 2018 briefing be? According to Phil Spencer, you should expect the show to run for about 100 minutes. That estimate was based on the company’s last run-through. The real runtime could differ, but it should be something in that area.

Microsoft’s press conference kicks off Sunday, June 10 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST (6 AM AET on June 11). We don’t know yet what Microsoft will show during the event, but game announcements, new gameplay footage for existing games, and surprises are expected.

You will be able to watch the entire event here on GameSpot, while we will have a liveblog of the show as well so you can see a blow-by-blow breakdown of the event.

Following Microsoft’s briefing on Sunday will be Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET. The show then rolls on from their with Ubisoft and Sony on Monday and then Nintendo on Tuesday.

For more, check out GameSpot’s E3 2018 hub to get up to speed on all the big news, videos, previews, and more.

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Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2018 Press Conference Length Estimate Revealed

How long will the Xbox E3 2018 briefing be? According to Phil Spencer, you should expect the show to run for about 100 minutes. That estimate was based on the company’s last run-through. The real runtime could differ, but it should be something in that area.

Microsoft’s press conference kicks off Sunday, June 10 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST (6 AM AET on June 11). We don’t know yet what Microsoft will show during the event, but game announcements, new gameplay footage for existing games, and surprises are expected.

You will be able to watch the entire event here on GameSpot, while we will have a liveblog of the show as well so you can see a blow-by-blow breakdown of the event.

Following Microsoft’s briefing on Sunday will be Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET. The show then rolls on from their with Ubisoft and Sony on Monday and then Nintendo on Tuesday.

For more, check out GameSpot’s E3 2018 hub to get up to speed on all the big news, videos, previews, and more.

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