Team NINJA took the EVO Japan 2019 stage by storm today, making a flurry of announcements including the pre-launch DEAD OR ALIVE 6 Deluxe Demo, a new eSports venture – the DEAD OR ALIVE World Championship, and the first news on the upcoming DOA6 Season Pass 1; including the addition of two characters from SNK’s THEKING OF FIGHTERS XIV.
The Deluxe Demo will be exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members through the Microsoft Store, and PlayStation PLUS subscribers through the PlayStation Store. The demo will be playable on February 22, 2019 and will run through February 24, 2019 in North America. The DEAD OR ALIVE 6 Deluxe Demo will consist of online ranked and lobby matches, as well as Free Training, Tutorial, Command Training, Combo Challenge, and an introduction to Story mode. The demo will feature all 24 characters available at launch – all hairstyles and glasses will be available for each of the playable characters.
Team NINJA also revealed the first information on the upcoming DEAD OR ALIVE World Championship. Qualifiers will be held in North America, Europe, and Asia; with each region’s top players competing at the Grand Finals in Japan. Qualifiers and Grand Finals total prize will be equivalent to 10 Million Yen (JPY).
In addition, a collaboration with SNK’s THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV was confirmed. Mai Shiranui joins the battle this June as a guest character alongside another KING OF FIGHTERS combatant who has yet to be announced. The fighters will be sold separately, but both will also be included in Season Pass 1. DOA6’s Season Pass 1 will be available for purchase beginning March 1, 2019 and will also include 62 new costumes: DOA6 Happy Wedding Costumes Vol. 1 and 2, DOA6 New Costumes set Vol. 1 and 2, and additional character costumes for the two SNK fighters. Season Pass 1 bonuses will also feature new NiCO and Nyotengu costumes. All Season Pass 1 content will be made available between March and June 2019.
Bioware’s multiplayer action role-playing, "Anthem", is out now for Xbox One, PS4, and Windows PC users.
The wait is over, Anthem is here! Team with up to three other players in cooperative adventures that reward both combined effort and individual skill. Each player’s choice of Javelin exosuit will shape their contribution and strategic role. As you explore, you will discover a gripping story filled with unique and memorable characters. Seamless and intelligent matchmaking will ensure you can quickly and easily find other players to adventure alongside.
Anthem’s vast, ever-changing world features unpredictable conditions, hazards, and enemies. Over time, Anthem will develop and expand – introducing unique stories, challenges, and world-shaking events. This world is both beautiful and deadly – and will test you on each expedition you embark on with your Freelancer team.
ACT 01 – ECHOES OF REALITY - The world of Anthem was left unfinished — abandoned by the gods. It is a dangerous place. Chaotic. Unpredictable. As a freelancer, you are one of the elite few chosen to fight against the chaos. To wield the power of your javelin and bring order to the madness.
Developed by BioWare and published by Electonic Arts, Anthem is available today for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
There is something incredible in that how the online gaming world changed. Long ago it was just a set of simple products that could not provide some extreme feeling, only simulation of certain world. Today everything changed and playing virtual games became something incredible allowing full feeling of created atmosphere. All this became possible because of high technologies and bigger abilities of equipment.
First steps of video game industry
All started in the 1970's when first arcade games appeared. Some of them became extremely successful and gained wide popularity all over the world. In those times arcade cabinets were installed just everywhere. You could find them in restaurants, malls and stores. After some time games moved to small consoles that provided more comfortable gaming at home. It was a great decision for people preferring playing in some private place.
In the 1980's quality of products significantly grew and allowed users receive more exiting feelings from playing. It is the time when personal computers appeared, so games quickly moved to new platform. It was an extremely important step in development of gaming industry.
During the 1990's game products changed extremely fast. PC became more and more available and people started use them for their entertainment. It was an impulse for CD technology development, because it was the only one way for gaming software spreading. Moreover, gaming industry became an additional stimulus for CPU and hardware improvement. After the 2000's, game development became a multi-billion dollar industry and spread out to mobile phones, too.
Modern trends and gaming abilities
Today gaming industry has developed even more with the help of Internet. Multiplayer and additional abilities of game spreading made such entertainment more available. Now people can choose whether they want to buy licensed CD or just online in some market like Steam.
Along with that, players are free to use not only PC, but also special game consoles. Modern consoles significantly differ from Dandy and Sega – industry pioneers. Today you can buy Xbox or PlayStation and enjoy extreme quality of offered products. Moreover, you can play online with other users with the help of special services like Xbox Live. It is a perfect way to gather own dream team from professional gamers from around the world.
Another ability of modern gambling is playing directly in browser. Various MMO RPG, strategies and simple games provide big abilities for having rest with the help of Internet. Such gaming became more popular because of ability playing with other people.
Trends and future of industry
Another interesting tendency is that people can enjoy their favorite hobbies in a gaming mode. No matter what you prefer – tennis, football, fishing or just casino games – you can find them in a simulation variant. But still you are free to choose how to spend your free time. You can buy some high-quality fishing simulator or spend that money for visiting some picturesque lake. The same is about casino – instead of paying for money, you can open your favorite game, for example blackjack card game on your Xbox and play for free.
It looks like gaming industry development would never stop. New technologies, gadgets and capacities provide more and more abilities for creating fantastic or realistic worlds. Moreover, there are tendencies in gamer’s age change. Today it is not only about young males. Many adults prefer having rest sitting in front of their computer, smartphone or console. Such changes demand certain actions from developers – new products have to be interesting for various demographic categories.
The Trials Risingopen beta is now available for digital pre-download on Xbox One. Be among the first to explore the latest game in the Trials franchise.
Explore over-the-top action and physics-bending motorcycle racing in Trials Rising, the latest edition of the Trials franchise. Make your way through the new global multiplayer mode, compete in challenging tracks all around the world.
The open beta runs from February 21st to 25th! Play the Xbox Beta and unlock the Trials Turbo Bike at launch.Pre-order Trials Rising now to receive the Jungle Rider Pack and the Wild West Ride Pack!
Trials Rising launches on February 26 on Xbox One.
Mark your calendar with a big red circle around it because World War Z launches April 16th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
Fast-paced player-versus-zombie-game World War Z, inspired by Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster action film, will be released in stores April 16, 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
While World War Z’s core four-player co-op pits players against relentless swarms of AI zombies, the “Players vs. Players vs. Zombie”-mode (PvPvZ) offers a completely unique experience, challenging you to outlive both the living and the dead across a variety of competitive modes designed for 4v4 combat. What separates PvPvE in World War Z from other multiplayer games is the zombie swarm, which storms the arena throughout the match, forcing players to battle both each other and the undead and allowing the tide of the fight to turn in an instant.
World War Z will launch with the following multiplayer modes:
Scavenge Raid: players race to secure resources across the map to win
Vaccine Hunt: players must pick up and hold an object to earn point for the team.
Swarm Deathmatch: Two teams go head to head in a bitter fight to the end
Swarm Domination: Capture zones to earn points and win a team victory
King of the Hill: Capture a single hill, then control it to earn victory points
Powered by Saber’s dynamic Swarm Engine, World War Z unleashes hundreds of fast-moving, bloodthirsty zombies at a time on players in a nail-biting action experience around the world, including New York, Moscow, Jerusalem and more. Play in co-op with up to 3 friends using six distinct classes and an arsenal of deadly weapons, explosives, turrets and traps to demolish the undead menace and survive another day.
World War Z will be released April 16, 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in stores.
Respawn Entertainment's free-to-play battle royale experience Apex Legends is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Electronic Arts Inc. and Respawn Entertainment launched Apex Legends, a free-to-play battle royale shooter available right now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Origin for PC. Set in the Titanfall universe, Apex Legends shakes up the battle royale genre with a cast of unique characters, squad-based gameplay, innovative mechanics and more.
Apex Legends delivers a squad-based battle royale experience with a uniquely Respawn flavour. Players will select from one of eight Legends - each with their own unique abilities and playstyles - and the last team standing wins. Combatants can choose from unique characters like Bloodhound, the tracker who can see recent enemy activity on the map, or Lifeline, a battlefield medic who can shield teammates and bring them back from the brink of death. Balanced squads and teamwork are critical, as each Legend is easy to pick up and learn but challenging to master.
“Our goal in every game you play is that you come in with a plan, but you leave with a story,” said Drew McCoy, Lead Producer for Apex Legends. “We’re building a game that is not only going to deliver a fun and memorable experience at launch, but something we can keep growing for a long time to come.”
Apex Legendsshowcases several new genre-leading innovations, starting before players even start the match. Once players are ready to begin, they’ll choose their drop point with the Jumpmaster system, giving each squad full control over exactly where they drop in. Is it smarter to head straight for the most valuable loot and risk early conflict with other teams, or make for one of the outlying areas to plot an attack and let other squads pick each other off?
The innovations don’t stop there as Apex Legends also delivers Respawn Beacons, one-time use locations where defeated teammates can be revived, a contextual Ping communication system that allows players to call out enemies, weapons, locations and more with the push of a button, and an intelligent inventory system which automatically attaches gear and equipment to the appropriate weapons once players pick them up. All together it creates a battle royale experience unlike any other, complete with Respawn’s commitment to top-notch quality and fun.
The first season of Apex Legends is scheduled to kick off in March and will give players the opportunity to purchase a Battle Pass to gain access to exclusive cosmetic items earned through gameplay. Apex Legends will follow a seasonal model with each themed season bringing new content to the game in the form of new weapons, new Legends, new skins and more.