The Surprising Launch of Apex Legends and Disappearance of Titanfall 3

It looks like the pundits, analysts, and panelists coming into 2019 were indeed correct in believing that Respawn Entertainment had two games releasing this year. Well, we’re still pretty sure that Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is launching late this year.

The other game? It’s not Titanfall 3 as everyone thought.

I first heard rumblings about a new game from Respawn late last week, and as most of us know, the rumors turned into leaks, which then turned into actual news as the weekend went on. Crazier yet, this new game was set to launch only a couple days from when these leaks first started. Remembering how poorly the launch went for Titanfall 2, I was shocked that EA and Respawn were willing to launch a game with almost zero promotion or marketing prior to release.

And yet, here we are. Welcome to Apex Legends.

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Sunday Video Round Up: January 27 – February 2

Before the weekend comes to a close, it’s time to celebrate the past week of trailers and gameplay! That’s right, it’s time for an all-new Video Round Up! Here’s a small look at the full list of videos waiting for you after the break.

Metro Exodus, the third entry in the popular series, is just a few weeks away and the videos keep on coming! This week we have two new ones with the first taking a look at the world and characters, while the second takes a look at all of the ways players will be able to upgrade and modify handgun weapons.

Next weekend, players will finally get their chance to explore a reimagined and devastated Washington D.C. inside the private beta for The Division 2. This time around Massive and Ubisoft are showing players what they learned from the first game by revealing all of the content available in the beta including a couple of end game missions.

I’ve also got new videos for Kingdom Hearts 3, Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC, Far Cry: New Dawn, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Now Arriving: February 2019

Time to gear up, folks! After a slower December 2018 and January 2019, the gaming industry is once again putting the pedal to the metal with new releases this month. Here’s what’s coming in February 2019.

Arguably the biggest name this month comes from BioWare. Anthem has been a game long in development and as a new IP, many are curious as to how this looter shooter is going to turn out. With a handful of betas and demos now under its belt, one thing is for sure: Questions will finally be answered this month.

Speaking of long in development games, the oft-delayed Crackdown 3 finally comes to Xbox One this month. Announced probably a little too soon, this is a franchise that has seen its fair share of ups and downs with its previous two games. Thankfully, for those who are feeling a bit tentative, the game launches on Game Pass on launch day as well.

And that’s not all for February 2019! There are plenty more upcoming titles this month to check out like Metro Exodus. As always, you can see the full February release schedule below the break. Enjoy!

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Sunday Video Round Up: January 20 – 26

Welcome to the weekend, everyone! It’s time for a brand new edition of the Video Round Up, a weekly feature that brings you the best trailers and gameplay from the past seven days. Well, we may not have had a Mortal Kombat style event this week, but the new trailers and gameplay footage didn’t stop! Here’s a small teaser of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

Metro: Exodus is back again this week and making a hard push to capture gamer’s attentions in an increasingly crowded February 2019. This week, the team is showing off many of the weapons you’ll be coming across. What’s even more interesting is that many of them can be fully customized into a completely different type of weapon. It’s interesting stuff and a lifesaver for many of the horrors left behind in the old world.

Filed under the surprising and not so awesome category is a development update from Nintendo regarding Metroid Prime 4. The game that has gone missing for nearly 2 years after its tease at E3 2017 had some not great news this past week. I’ll let Nintendo discuss what’s going on in the video below.

I’ve also got new videos for Resident Evil 2, Days Gone, Far Cry: New Dawn, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Activision, Bungie, and The Future of Destiny

Typically, January is a month devoid of major events in the gaming industry. Not 2019 though.

As most of you have heard by now, Activision and Bungie have basically agreed to go their own ways. While it was clear that both companies viewed the Destiny franchise differently, having the publisher completely back out of the deal and give Bungie control over the IP was pretty shocking.

While we don’t know everything that happened behind the scenes or how Activision managed things, but it seems that friction between the two really heated up late last year. Activision’s COO Coddy Johnson announced that the publisher wasn’t happy with the sales of Forsaken and that it didn’t have the desired effect of re-engaging the full core of Destiny 2 players.

A day or two later, Bungie’s Luke Smith fired back on Twitter saying the studio isn’t disappointed and is very proud of what they were able to release. Building Destiny for players is what they set out to do and will continue to do so going forward. It seems the two companies had different priorities with the franchise at this point, Activision from a purely financial standpoint, and Bungie with the content and player wellbeing. Considering that reports indicated Bungie employees were popping champaign at the breakup news, things between the two couldn’t have been good.

Obviously, I’ve let the news sink in for a couple of weeks before commenting. I do have some thoughts and hopes for the future of Destiny. Let’s explore

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Sunday Video Round Up: Jan 13 – 19

After a month on the shelf, the Video Round Up is back to make its long-awaited debut in 2019. I’m actually a bit surprised it’s back so soon but this week has been absolutely bonkers with new trailers and gameplay footage so it’s a good a time as any. So, here’s a small taste of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

The biggest news this week came from Netherrealm Studios and their latest entry in the long-running Mortal Kombat franchise. Mortal Kombat 11 ramps up the violence and gore (if that’s even possible) with a new graphics engine, better lighting, and more realistic characters. Hope you don’t mind seeing faces ripped off or limbs being broken.

Ubisoft also followed suit and finally pulled the curtain back on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. This is a game which is quickly nearing its launch date and oddly enough, something we haven’t really seen since E3 2018. Multiple videos revealed more of the story as well as new features like the completely revamped Dark Zone experience.

I’ve also got new videos for Anthem, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Metro Exodus, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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The Best of the Rest: Games I Missed in 2018

The Backlog. It’s something most of us have to deal with and it never seems to get smaller. Being an adult means I just don’t have enough time in my day to play everything I want. Not only that, many games have moved to continuous updates or battle pass style content, which means I also feel obligated to continue playing over time to unlock new stuff.

If you managed to check out my annual Gamer Crash Awards (catch up with this handy link if you missed anything: HERE), it’s more than likely that you found yourself saying something along the lines of “but wait, why isn’t game x on this list?!” As unfortunate as that is, ‘Game X’ wasn’t left off by mistake. I pride myself on only including games that I’ve played during the year because frankly, how can I judge something if I haven’t played it? It wouldn’t make sense and frankly, I don’t want to betray your trust in me.

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Outside of the incredible Super Smash Bros Ultimate, December was, thankfully, pretty light in terms of new games. So with that extra time, I was actually able to check out some new stuff over the holiday break, or at least, catch up on some of the games I missed in 2018.

Naturally, discovering how great some of these games are, I would have absolutely added them to the various categories from the 2018 Gamer Crash Awards. While I don’t have a time machine, I still wanted to recognize them below by discussing the game and what category I would have nominated it to.

So without further adieu, here are my award amendments:

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