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Microsoft and Nintendo fire shots at Sony

Microsoft and Nintendo fire shots at Sony

With the latest update for Minecraft on Nintendo Switch, the game has introduced cross-play with PC, mobile, and Xbox. The social media teams at Nintendo and Microsoft are clearly having a field day with this news at the expense of Sony.

It all started this morning with a cute tweet from Nintendo asking the Xbox account if they "want to build something together?". Microsoft replied with "Our bodies are ready", a nice little nod to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime saying "My body is ready" during a Nintendo E3 presentation a few years back.

Right now, cross-play is available for games like Fornite & Rocket League, while Sony is the only platform that refuses to play with others. They're basically that one kid at school who thinks he's just too cool to join with the rest of us.

This new series of jabs by Nintendo and Micorsoft is clearly taking advantage the recent frustration already amassing among PS4 gamers at the ridiculous account locking on Sony's platform.

At this stage Sony have been irritatingly coy when discussing the lack of console cross-play. Just this week, the ex-head of Sony Online Entertainment said "When I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money. They didn’t like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a Playstation. simple as that. dumb reason, but there it is."

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FromSoftware's Sekiro will be harder than Dark Souls

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FromSoftware's Sekiro will be harder than Dark Souls

After the reveal that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice would feature a resurrection system, some fans have voiced concern that FromSoftware's latest title would be much easier than its predecessors.

Those fans can now rest easy, as the studio has confirmed that Sekiro could well be harder than any Bloodborne orDark Souls games.

In an interview with Gamespot, FromSoftware president and Sekiro director Hidetaka Miyazaki stated the game is "probably even more challenging than previous From games."

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Quake Champions free early-access offer extended

Quake Champions free early-access offer extended

Those yet to play Quake Champions in early-access should do so now.

Until June 25th, players can download the hero arena shooter from Steam's Early Access program for free.

The offer was announced during Bethesda's E3 Press Conference last week, but due to a strong response, developer id Software has extended the free period another week.

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Fortnite Update 4.4 adds stink bomb and more

Fortnite Update 4.4 adds stink bomb and more

It's another week and a new Fortnite patch has arrived in the form of update 4.4, which adds the very unusual Stink Bomb item and more to the insanely popular Battle Royale mode. The patch is now live on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile.

The Stink Bomb is a new grenade type item that "creates a stinky cloud that deals five damage every half-second within the cloud" for a duration of nine seconds. You'll only find the Stink Bomb in Epic rarity chests, Vending Machines, and in floor loot so keep your eyes peeled for that telling golden glow while scavenging the map.

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World of Warships: Legends is coming to consoles

World of Warships: Legends is coming to consoles

Wargaming Studios, the developers of the hugely popular World of Tanks has just announced that World of Warships is coming to consoles.

World of Warships: Legends will see players taking to the high seas on Playstation 4 and Xbox One and is set to "bring the ultimate naval combat experience, never seen on consloe before".

Developed by the fine folks at Wargaming St. Petersburg, the team in charge of World of Warships PC, World of Warships: Legends provides a fresh take on naval warfare by taking advantage of the power and capabilities of the most popular modern consoles. In addition to thrilling, immersive battles with the most iconic warships from maritime history, the naval MMO will also contain content and features exclusive to console users.

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World of Tanks celebrates World Cup with Soccer Mode

World of Tanks celebrates World Cup with Soccer Mode

The crazy folks at Wargaming Studios have gone football mad and brought back the insanely fun Soccer Mode and new tanks with special abilities to their smash hit online warfare title World of Tanks.

While a normal match in World of Tanks sees players employing strategy and cunning to out-smart and out-gun their opponents, Soccer Mode throws combatants from the battlefield onto a soccer pitch and ups the ante by adding a huge over-sized soccer ball for tanks to fight for control and try to shoot into the oppositions goal.

Matches see two teams of three players fight on the field where only special maps and tanks are used. A winner is announced at the end of seven minutes of if a team scores three goals, whichever comes first.

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Todd Howard confirms Fallout 76 as online survival game

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Todd Howard confirms Fallout 76 as online survival game

Fresh from his Microsoft visit this morning, Bethesda Game Studios Director, Todd Howard took to the stage to talk Fallout 76, announcing that the title would be an shared online world.

"We've always wanted to tell the story of what it was like for you and other characters to be the first to leave the vault," said Howard "but there's one big difference with this game, and it's that each of those people is a real person because Fallout 76 is entirely online."

Noted earlier that day at Microsoft's press conference, the game will take place in a world four times the size of Fallout 4 and will feature all new lighting, rendering, and landscape technology that will allow for 16x the detail.

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Just Cause 4 confirmed on Steam

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Just Cause 4 confirmed on Steam

Thanks to a lovely little faux pas on Steam's end, it looks like Just Cause 4 is definitely on the way. With the game appearing in the massive Walmart leak of 2018, we already suspected that we would see more during E3 this year. The new leak on Steam all bit confirms we'll definitely be seeing Rico in action next week.

The folks over at Kotaku were the first to spot this happy accident. Clicking on the add loops the user back to the steam home page, so no other details about the game are available yet.

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Crackdown 3 pushed to early 2019

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Crackdown 3 pushed to early 2019

Those hoping to finally get their hands on Crackdown 3 will have to wait even longer, as the game has been pushed to February 2019.

The new date comes a day after Kotaku reported rumours of further delays.

"Our fans' response to the signature antics and explosive gameplay of "Crackdown 3" has been incredible," Microsoft said in a statement issued to Windows Central.

Friday 22 June

Microsoft and Nintendo fire shots at Sony
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Microsoft and Nintendo fire shots at Sony
Circle, Square, Triangle and (NOT) Cross(play)

Thursday 21 June

Quake Champions free early-access offer extended
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Quake Champions free early-access offer extended
Get it free until June 25... or when it releases.
Fortnite Update 4.4 adds stink bomb and more
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Fortnite Update 4.4 adds stink bomb and more
Clear a room the old fashioned way
World of Warships: Legends is coming to consoles
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World of Warships: Legends is coming to consoles
Take to the sea and crush your mates

Tuesday 19 June

World of Tanks celebrates World Cup with Soccer Mode
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World of Tanks celebrates World Cup with Soccer Mode
Super Slow Non-Acrobatic Diesel Powered Battle Tanks

Monday 18 June

Thursday 14 June

Wednesday 13 June

Nintendo Direct: E3 2018
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Nintendo Direct: E3 2018