Far Cry 6 Announced – El Presidente Antón Castillo Up For Father of the Year

Ubisoft is dealing with a lot of shit right now which is no bueno. However, they did announce Far Cry 6, which mucho bueno.

There is no gameplay in the initial trailer, but the production and storyline looks top notch.

Father of the year material here.

The Far Cry series has always been about its batshit crazy antagonists and it looks like that tradition continues.

Far Cry 6 is slated for a February 18 2021 release, coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and PC (via Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store)… and a partridge and a pear tree.

Xbox One and PS4 owners who opt to wait out the release on the PS5 and Series X will be eligible for free upgrades, when the make the plunge.

[Source: Ubisoft]

Xbox Dumps Cortana—Updates to Home Screen UI Underway

Microsoft announced that changes are coming to the Xbox One’s user interface.

First off, the home screen will be getting a face lift. Secondly, Cortana is being dumped. Cortana is going to need to pack her bags and find some place else to go. She’s a strong, brave, and independent AI so she will be fine, you’ll see.

Cortana being strong, brave, and independent.

Other than Cortana getting kicked to the curb, the updates to the home screen UI are welcome change.

“The Home on Xbox One is the first thing you see when you turn on your Xbox One, and we want to deliver an easy and seamless experience for you to navigate your console. We’ve heard your feedback and have continued to iterate on Home to get you into your gaming experiences faster and keeping more of your content front and center. With today’s update, we’re experimenting with a streamlined user interface.

With this new experimental Home design, the first thing you’ll notice is we’ve removed the Twists from the top of Home in favor of separate buttons that launch your gaming experiences. The goal is to let you jump into Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, Xbox Community and Microsoft Store quicker than ever. We’ve also shifted things around to make more room for your recently played titles.”

Microsoft

Xbox Insider members already have access to the new UI. The new UI will be rolled out to everyone this fall.

[Source: Microsoft]

Weird Windows 1.0 Tweet was a Stranger Things 3 Promo

Microsoft

Last week, Microsoft confused a lot of folks when they tweeted some some cryptic Windows 1.0 related shit. Sure some smart folks were able to put the clues together, with most settling on some sort of Stranger Things 3 tie-in. Turns out that those people were “dead on balls accurate.”

Today, Microsoft announced the release of the Windows 1.11 app, which users can fiddle around with to unlock Stranger Things 3 related easter eggs.

Details from the Microsoft app store:

Experience 1985 nostalgia with a special edition Windows 10 PC app inspired by Windows 1.0—but one that’s been taken over by the Upside Down from Stranger Things. Explore the mysteries and secrets plaguing Hawkins, unlock unique show content and easter eggs, and play retro games and puzzles—all building off Stranger Things 3. Join Eleven, Steve, Dustin and gang as they seek to save Hawkins and the world. Embrace the 80s and grab your hairspray, because it’s basically the raddest show companion experience ever. But fair warning: beware the Mind Flayer.

Microsoft

Microsoft is also giving away a Stranger Things arcade cabinet to a lucky fan.

As a child of the 80’s I thoroughly approve of these tie-ins. With the wife and kids away for a few days, I plan to enjoy a binge watching session of this great show.

[Source: Microsoft]

Gears Fans Will Be Able to Take Part in a Multiplayer Technical Test Starting July 17

Xbox Wire

Gears fans are going to get a chance to test out the Gears 5 multiplayer starting on July 17.

The Multiplayer Technical Test will take place over two weekends starting July 19 through July 21 and again on July 26 through July 29. Fans can pre-download on Windows 10 and Xbox One on July 17.

According to Xbox Wire:

Multiplayer fans of all types can enjoy these weekend test sessions, as you’ll get to play Escalation (our updated competitive gametype) along with Arcade (a new and approachable multiplayer gametype) and a longtime fan favorite: King of the Hill. For players new to Gears or those that want to practice their skills and learn new mechanics we’ve added our new training mode – Bootcamp. The Tech Test also features a short Tour of Duty, which is a series of challenges for players to earn content – completing all of these challenges unlocks an exclusive Tech Test Banner. Players can also unlock three Versus Weapon Skins by completing some additional challenges. For a closer look at Escalation, be sure to check out the ELEAGUE Invitational next weekend (July 13-14) and stay tuned for additional details about Arcade next week.

Fans of roided up chainsaw machine gun badasses rejoice.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

Some Lucky Xbox & Windows Insiders Already Testing Out xCloud in the Wild

According to a Twitter user by the moniker IdleSloth1984, Microsoft has rolled out xCloud testing for lucky Xbox and Windows Insiders on Android devices.

I’m an Xbox Insider, but apparently not hot shit enough to be invited. I’m also not unwashed Android user, but an iPhone carrying gentleman, thank you very much, so I don’t want to test out your precious streaming service anyway.

[Source: Twitter]

Bungie Clarifies: Destiny 2 Cross Save Does Not Mean Cross-Play—Dummy

Poor Cayde. Miss you.

When Bungie announced that Destiny 2 would be featuring cross save on every platform under the sun (even PS4), a lot of people most have lost their shit and assumed that meant cross-play too.

I mean, I didn’t, because I’m not stupid. Cross save and cross-play mean two totally different things, right? RIGHT!?!

I’m assuming that most people agree with this, as I’m a believer that people are generally smart. However, enough dimwits must have thought otherwise, so Bungie had to take to their boards and set things straight.

Q: Will Destiny 2 support cross-play matchmaking between different platforms?
A: No. Each platform will have its own matchmaking pool. 

Got it! But surely there will be cross-play on the Stadia.

Q: Will Stadia feature cross-play with Steam or other platforms?
A: Stadia is its own ecosystem, just like current existing platforms. Stadia players will only be able to play with other Stadia players. 

Everyone clear now?

[Source: Bungie.net]

The Xbox Backward Compatibility Program is Coming to an End

A new batch of games from the Xbox and Xbox 360 era are coming to the Xbox One, and after that, ‘poof’ — there will be no more.

The final batch is pretty good, so the program is ending on a high note.

The Xbox Backwards Compatibility Program was quite the endeavor and garnered a tremendous amount of goodwill from core gamers at a time when the PS4 was (and still is) kicking the Xbox One’s figurative ass.

All in, 600 original Xbox and Xbox 360 games were ported to the Xbox One. One would imagine that Microsoft has something similar planned for the Xbox Scarlett, but who knows.

Below is the full and final list of the last batch of games.

Xbox

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

Xbox 360:

  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Far Cry Classic
  • Far Cry Instincts Predator
  • Infinite Undiscovery
  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
  • Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
  • Skate
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syndicate
  • Too Human
  • Unreal Tournament III

Star Wars: Fallen Order Gameplay Trailer Does Not Look Like Crap

EA held their Play 2019 event today ahead of E3 and showed off a first look at gameplay from Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. It does not look shitty at all.

Looks like a fun — a cross between Titanfall and Uncharted, but with Star Wars shit sprinkled in.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is being developed by Respawn, a highly competent studio that makes great titles, who are under the boot of EA. Hoping it plays as good as it looks and that EA doesn’t not ruin it in some way.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order comes out on November 15, 2019, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Mysterious “Sources” Claim Destiny 2 Coming To Google Stadia and Getting Cross-Save Capabilities

Kotaku awaiting information from “Little Birds”

If Kotaku‘s sources are to be believed, they got the drop on the Google Stadia launch announcement planned for tomorrow and they are going to waste Google’s flavor.

If the “little birds” are to be believed, Google will announce tomorrow, along with price and launch date of the Stadia, that Destiny 2 is coming to the new streaming platform.

The informants also claim that cross-save functionality for Xbox One and PC will be enabled for the Google Stadia. So if you’re on a PC or an Xbox One, you can transfer your Destiny 2 progress over to the Stadia.

No news on the PS4 front, but given Sony’s past track record when it comes to playing nice “cross platform,” they’re probably not on board. They’ll have a lame excuse, like to protect the children, or some other lame ass bullshit.

Destiny 2 is probably a good title for the Google Stadia. If you think about it, Destiny 2 is not a twitch shooter, so any possible lag from streaming, can be hidden. Of course, if you’re playing in the Crucible, lag can be controller spiking infuriating.

We’ll see tomorrow, June 6 at 12:00 PM EST, when Google spills the beans.

[Source: Kotaku]

Meatheads with Chainsaw Guns 5 (aka Gears of War 5) to be Showcased at E3 2019

Microsoft is pretty much going to have E3 2019 to themselves, so they better make the best of it. So we’re going to get treated to some Gears of War 5 stuff at the Xbox press event on June 9.

Look. I like Gears of War. I was 26 when the the original was launched, kicking off the franchise. I was a big dumb meathead back then, so the game really resonated with me. 14 years later, I’ve blossomed into my dad bod, so I cannot really relate to these characters anymore.

I do like the idea of playing as Kait Diaz this time around. Playing as the same old meatheads with guns was getting stale. Also Kait is a badass and smokeshow, so bonus.

Fact: Badass and Smokeshow

[Source: Twitter]