Welcome back to The Game News Bar. Have a seat, grab a beer, and get ready for a rundown of all of the latest game news that I’ve collected for this week’s edition of The Game News Bar.
Baldur’s Gate III by Larian Studios?
If this is true I’m preordering it as soon as it’s available. It’s been leaked by Liam Robertson (a pretty reliable source of information) and is being developed by Larian Studios (the creators of Divinity). The biggest news of all is that it’ll be at Google’s conference and is heavily rumored to be one of their launch games. If this is true I’ll most likely be getting myself a Stadia when it launches.
Destiny 2 Free To Play?
This has been pretty much confirmed. Destiny 2 will be leaving Battle.net and going to Steam. It will be free to play and is getting a name change. Destiny 2 will become Destiny 2: New Light and will be free to play for all platforms. Bungie is also ending their exclusivity deal with Sony. Destiny 2 will also have cross-save support on all platforms except the PlayStation 4. I wonder what’s going on with that last bit? The rumor states that the free to play version of Destiny will go live when the upcoming expansion (Shadowkeep) launches in September.
Gears of War 5 Will Release in September
Microsoft’s next big exclusive will be launching this year. Gears of War 5 has been rumored to release on September 10th. This is just a rumor so take it with a grain of salt.
Two New Xbox Consoles Rumored To Be Shown Off At E3
Microsoft has two Xbox models codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart. The rumor has it that at least one of these two consoles will be shown off. The first console is supposedly a budget-friendly entry into next gen while the other one is a premium console. Think the Xbox One S and Xbox One X for comparison.
Xbox Gamertag Changes
You’ll be able to change your Gamertag name whenever you wish now and even to a name that’s already taken. It’ll have a hashtag next to it and some numbers. This means you can keep your favorite names and not have to worry about coming up with something ridiculous, like Thunderfartsxx012.
New Nintendo Switch Model Rumor
Nintendo is supposedly showing off a new Switch model this year. If you believe the rumors one version of the Switch will be a mini to replace the 3DS and the other will be a more powerful version of the regular Switch. You can expect a crazy ass name if this true. Like the New Switch!
Zombie Army 4 Leaked
The popular Nazi Zombie series is getting a fourth installment according to this leak. This new game will have a 4 player co-op campaign and will take place in Europe and that’s all I’ve got for you with this so take from that what you will.
Darksiders Genesis Announced!
Darksiders Genesis is a spinoff in the Darksiders series. This game plays more like Diablo than your average Darksiders game and I’m really interested in it and I’m not even a fan of the series, but I love the genre and I need to play something good after Chaosbane… Strife and War will be playable and it looks really good.
Lots of Google Stadia Stuff
A huge leak from Lapresse has revealed a bunch of Google Stadia information. The Google Stadia will apparently launch with 31 games. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, all of the Tomb Raider games, and possibly Baldur’s Gate III (information above) amongst other titles. It will have two sub plans. The Pro plan will come with many games for free and will run everything at 4K 60 fps. The founders edition (it’s listed with a Canadian price so I didn’t mention it here.) will include a gamepad and the Stadia will only be available on Chromecast at launch. Other Google platforms will be available in 2020. The basic version of Stadia will launch in 2020 and will be cheaper than the pro version and play games at 1080p. Some games will be free and you’ll have to buy other ones. I’m assuming brand new releases will cost money. The required Internet for the Stadia is 10-35 Mbps.
I’m not going to lie really like this. I have no problem supporting this if all of this information is legit. We’ll find out later today if it is.
Watch Dogs Legion Confirmed
Since everyone was going crazy leaking Watch Dogs information Ubisoft went ahead and confirmed it. In Watch Dogs Legion you’ll be able to play as any random NPC. How will that work? I have no clue. We’ll see soon enough though. My hype for this game is at an all-time low. I never liked any of the games though so…