The Week in Video Games:
I Took A Trip on A Hype Ship
By Matthew Arcilla
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, the world’s biggest celebration of interactive entertainment – basically video games – is just two weeks away and the hype ship is getting ready for launch. Rumors abound about what revealed games will be announced, what announced games will be highlighted and what highlights are going to blow everyone’s minds.
8. Bethesda teases a Rage 2 announcement after leak
Read more at PC Gamer
Earlier this week, retail giant Walmart put up a list of games that may have spilled the beans on what will be announced at E3 next June. The list got taken down, but not before Bethesda poked fun at the mistake. Regarding an unannounced Rage 2, the official Rage Twitter account came back to life mocking the Walmart listing and subsequently tweeting a series of cryptic images.
7. Sony announces a focus on four titles for PS4 at E3
Read more at GameSpot
Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Shawn Layden said that for E3 2018, their PlayStation conference will zero in on some “exclusive looks and deep dives” on four core titles: Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding, Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II and Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man. Hayden also insisted that no new hardware announcements are coming, so you can all stop talking about PlayStation 5.
6. Fortnite drama surrounds professional baseball player
Read more at Destructoid
David Price of the Boston Red Sox, one of the highest-paid pitchers in all of Major League Baseball, plays a lot of Fortnite. So when he missed a start due to a minor carpal tunnel, people naturally began to wonder if playing games after 2 AM had something to do with it. So much hullaballoo was made that Price has now sworn off the game for the rest of the season. It’s a small price to pay for a $31 million annual salary.
5. Shadow of the Tomb Raider will cost $100 million to make
Read more at Eurogamer
It’s very rare for a video game developer to put a number on the amount of money spent to make a big triple-A video game, but that’s what Eidos Montreal just did for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Eidos Montreal boss David Anfossi said the upcoming sequel will cost $75-$100m in production, with another $35m in marketing. This means the game will need to sell over 2 million copies around launch time to break even.