New Mode Coming To Star Wars Battlefront

Today is the day of Xbox’s press conference at Gamescom and I will be sure to have full details of the show first thing tomorrow morning. In the interim, let’s see what is coming to Star Wars: Battlefront.

EA has released a teaser trailer which appears to show a large-scale battle featuring the X-Wing fighters. In addition to the trailer, which you can see below, a post on their Facebook page showed a photo of an X-Wing fighter accompanied by the words “Prepare For Take Off.” The full reveal will come at EA’s Gamescom conference tomorrow. I am still not going to play this game, but everything I see does look impressive. I’m sure a lot of people will be even more hyped after tomorrow’s reveal.

If we are talking about highly anticipated games, I think it is safe to say that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be in the conversation. Well Konami has finally provided some good news (who knew they could do such a thing) for PC gamers, with the announcement that the PC version will also be releasing on September 1st. This is two weeks earlier than the previous date of September 15th, and comes in line with the console releases. With 4k support and additional graphic settings, PC may be the optimum place to experience Hideo Kojima’s farewell to Metal Gear. Konami also revealed that a new gameplay trailer will arrive during Gamescom, so I’ll be sure to share it with you all when it lands.

Another game coming this fall is WWE 2K16. We talked about the game recently when it was revealed that The Terminator would be joining the roster as part of a pre-order bonus. Well today we have learnt that the roster is very large – 120 unique playable characters to be exact. This is a very impressive number to be able to offer, and is a sizeable improvement on last year’s 75. Man, I used to love wrestling growing up, but I just don’t care for it anymore. I haven’t placed a wrestling game in a while and, unless reviews are amazing, I doubt I’ll pick this one up.

Moving away from games for a moment, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has revealed that the “V1” developer version of HoloLens will be available to developers “within the next year.” With this only being a development kit of the headset, I think it is safe to say that we won’t be seeing HoloLens in the consumer space for a few years yet. That Minecraft demo at E3 was awesome but, as I said then, I don’t see the benefit to such a device within video games.

Closing out today’s news, and PlayStation is celebrating 5 years of PlayStation Plus. If you were a supporter of the service from the very start then you will be entitled to “a limited edition gift.” While Sony has not revealed exactly what the gift will be, but gamers should be getting an email today about it. Unfortunately I have only been a supporter for 3 years so I miss out :-(. It is a nice touch of Sony to offer something, although I would say that gamers are already getting more than their money’s worth from such a great service. Here’s to another 5 years!

psplus

That’s it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow to break down Xbox’s press conference.

Matt