The Update for Week ending 19th February 2017

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are here with the top 3 gaming news stories of the last week, we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases for the next week and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Microsoft moving E3 Press Conference forward

Microsoft will hold the Xbox E3 2017 press briefing at 2 p.m. PT on June 11, the company announced this week.

That’s the Sunday of E3 week, which is a first for Microsoft — the company has traditionally occupied a Monday morning timeslot. Three makes a trend, as they say, and Microsoft now joins Electronic Arts and Bethesda Softworks as publishers holding press briefings on Sunday.

Bethesda has hosted its own event on Sunday evening for two years in a row, and last year, with a livestream called EA Play, EA shifted from its usual Monday afternoon slot to Sunday afternoon. EA have not yet announced when they will hold their E3 2017 press conferences.

This year, Microsoft will return to the Galen Center in Los Angeles, a 10,000-seat arena on the campus of the University of Southern California.

Expect to hear much more about Project Scorpio, as well as the console’s games lineup and Microsoft’s efforts to combine the Xbox ecosystem with Windows 10.

Aaron Greenberg, head of marketing for Xbox games, confirmed on Twitter that Microsoft will also hold another Xbox FanFest at E3 this year. Through that initiative, the company invites a few hundred lucky fans and allows them to attend the E3 press briefing and partake in related events.

2)80 new Pokémon added to Pokémon GO

A Pokemon Go update is rolling out now on Android (0.57.2) and iOS (1.27.2), so check Google Play and the App Store to see if your region is ready to rock the new content, which includes more than 80 new Pokemon.

This is the big Pokemon Go update Niantic revealed earlier this week, and represents the first major expansion of catchable Pokemon since the app launched in July 2016.

The new Pokemon are Generation 2 beasties, first found in the Johto region. Some of them come in gender variations, so be sure to grab them all.

There are some other cool changes to Pokemon Go in this update, including increased rewards when catching evolved Pokemon and new night mode map and music.

Here are the full patch notes for the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update:

  • Over 80 additional Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region can be caught.
  • Gender-specific variations of select Pokémon can be caught.
  • Added new encounter mechanics.
  • Added Poké Ball and Berry selection carousels to the encounter screen.
  • Added two new Berries.
  • Added new avatar outfit and accessory options.
  • Added new night-mode map and encounter music.
  • Added bonus Candies for catching Evolved Pokémon.
  • Implemented Apple Watch connection stability improvement.
  • Various bug fixes.
  • Minor text fixes.

1)Crash Bandicoot n. Sane Trilogy is coming 30th June

The remastered Crash Bandicoot collection headed to PlayStation 4 arrives on June 30, Activision announced today.

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy collection includes the first three Crash games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

The remastered trilogy features new lighting, animations, cinematics enhanced for 4K and the PS4 Pro, and a fully remastered soundtrack. It also will have full analog stick support, along with new unified save and checkpoint systems.

Vicarious Visions, which is handling the work of updating the classics, also improved the game’s bonus levels and time trials, and recreated the intro cinematic with updated graphics and sound.

The trilogy will cost $39.99.

UK GAME CHARTS

Launched on Tuesday, For Honor debuts on top, giving Ubisoft their first No1 since Tom Clancy’s The Division almost a year ago. It is the biggest entirely new IP to launch at No1 since No Man’s Sky with 57% of sales on PS4 and 43% on Xbox One.

Sniper Elite 4 published by Sold Out Sales & Marketing, also launched on Tuesday and is a new entry at No2, meaning Grand Theft Auto V has been knocked off No1 yet again, falling to No3 despite an increase in sales. The last time there were new titles at No1 and No2 was with FIFA 17 and Forza Horizon 3 back in September last year.

Retailer promotions give old favourites a boost; FIFA 17 is a non-mover at No4 even though sales jumped, while Battlefield 1 enjoys a similar sales increase, up one place to No5. Forza Horizon 3 re-enters the Top 10 at No9 while Lego Dimensions re-enters the Top 40 at No15, both on the back of retailer special offers. Bandai Namco Entertainment’s Dragon Ball Fusions on 3DS makes a first appearance at No36.

Up 1 to No.5:                     BATTLEFIELD 1

Still at No.4:                     FIFA 17

Down 2 to No.3:              GRAND THEFT AUTO V

New at No.2:                     SNIPER ELITE 4

New at No.1:                      FOR HONOR

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY
Halo Wars 2 (PC, Xbox One)
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4)
Chime Sharp (PS4)
Night in the Woods (PS4)
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PSVR)
Warhammer Quest (PS4)
Ys Origin (PS4)
Clouds & Sheep 2 (PS4)
Malicious Fallen (PS4)
Mervils: A VR Adventure (PSVR)
Typoman (PS4)
Vaccine (PS4)

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 23RD FEBRUARY
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past DLC (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
ACA NeoGeo Neo Turf Masters (PS4)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
Hollow Knight: Beneath and Beyond (PC)
Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch (PS4)
A Pixel Story (PS4)

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. The Update will be back next week with more news, uk charts and game releases.

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