E3 2017: Monster Hunter World Announced

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First mainline entry on a Sony platform since 2011.

Monster Hunter World was announced at Sony’s E3 2017 press conference today. It’s slated to come out in early 2018, and available for preorder now.

Monster Hunter World has also been confirmed for Xbox One, with a PC version arriving at a later date.

A couple of days ago we learned Capcom had filed a trademark for Monster Hunter World. It’ll be the first mainline Monster Hunter game for a Sony platform since 2011’s Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.

Capcom also recently announced Monster Hunter XX (pronounced “Double-Cross”) is coming to Nintendo Switch(at least in Japan).

You can watch the announcement trailer for that game up above. And don’t forget to follow our E3 2017 hub for all the news, trailers, and previews from the conference.

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E3 2017: Monster Hunter World Announced
E3 2017: Monster Hunter World Announced
E3 2017: Monster Hunter World Announced
E3 2017: Monster Hunter World Announced
E3 2017: Monster Hunter World Announced
E3 2017: Monster Hunter World Announced

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Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker

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Insomniac’s PS4 exclusive has a date and new story details.

Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man PS4 game, seemingly simply called Marvel Spider-Man, will be released in 2018, and will feature Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales as well as Peter Parker.

An extended gameplay trailer and an extra end-of-show tease at Sony’s E3 press conference showed off some of Spider-Man’s abilities, takedowns and (most importantly) wisecracks.

The demo also showed that Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin will be a character, as well as a gang called the Demons, led by Mister Negative, Martin Li. A character called Capt. Watanabe also appears to be the character currently known as Wraith in Marvel’s comics.

Insomniac first revealed its new Spider-Man game at last year’s Sony E3 press conference, saying the footage was running in-game, in-engine on the current, base PS4 technology.

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Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Spider-Man PS4 Coming in 2018, Features Miles Morales and Peter Parker

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Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann spoke to IGN earlier this year about how the company is aiming to tell original stories with its upcoming games rather than holding developers to established canon.

Marvel Games’ other projects include Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale SeriesMarvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite, and The Avengers project from Square Enix.

E3 2017: Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Gets New Characters, Demo Available Today

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Download the story demo today.

A story demo for Marvel vs Capcom Infinite is available for download today.

The news was announced during Sony’s E3 2017 PlayStation press conference. A new story trailer for the upcoming fighter was shown, during which several new characters were revealed, including Thanos, Gamora, Nova and Black Panther, as well as Zero from Mega Man X and Dante from Devil May Cry.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will be released on September 19 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. For our thoughts on the fourth entry in Capcom’s mash-up fighting game franchise, read IGN’s Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite hands-on impressions. It’s available for preorder now.

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E3 2017: Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Gets New Characters, Demo Available Today
E3 2017: Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Gets New Characters, Demo Available Today
E3 2017: Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Gets New Characters, Demo Available Today
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Sony kicked off its PlayStation press conference with a new look at Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, as well as a peek at Horizon Zero Dawn’s upcoming expansion The Frozen Wilds. Head over to IGN’s E3 2017 hub for all the big news coming out of this year’s expo.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

E3 2017: Exploring Absolver’s Crazy Customizable Combat System

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Personalize every punch.

Everytime I see more of Absolver’s slick exterior, I feel like I’m pulling back another layer of its mysterious shell. At it’s core, it’s a fighting game – mixing weak and heavy attacks that seamlessly flow in and out of fighting stances, while learning unique combos and attack strings. But Absolver is clearly more than just a brawler – it’s an open world community experience where players can meet and group up into three-person cliques, as well as a light role playing game, where you’re free to explore, collect, and grind your way towards becoming an expert fighter. Absolver is all these things – but its biggest mystery remains: how it’s all going to come together.

 It’s where you’re free to explore the semilinear landscape, customize your fighters’ movesets, loot equipment from chests and victims, and learn new moves from blocking, dodging, absorbing, and parrying enemy attacks.

The environments I explored in my brief demo ran the spectrum of derelict locales: an overgrown sunlit forest, a dank swamp dotted with ancient ruins, and the dilapidated remains of a cliffside village. All had a distinctly unique feel – gorgeous, yet eerily quiet, serene, and sad. Each area hints at an unspoken lore to delve into, but our playtime mostly consisted of running between the checkpoint-like altars. In our team of three (both strangers and friends can meet up and exchange emotes, form parties, start a PVP brawl, or simply ignore each other), we journeyed from place to place beating up nameless, faceless combatants – and each other – while experimenting with the vast customization system that lets every player design their own unique fighting style, move-by-meticulous-move.

Under the guise of Meditation, players can browse through a roster of available fighting styles – I got to experiment with two of these styles: my character’s default Windfall style, which is focused on avoiding and countering attacks, and the drunken-boxing-inspired Stagger style I unlocked, which stumbles between offense and defense to create a more versatile fighter.

You can pick and choose the individual kicks, punches and strikes that work best for your playstyle.

More can be unlocked as you progress through the game, and each individual move can be learned through combat. You’ll inch your way towards unlocking a Spinning Back Elbow attack by blocking it, dodging or parrying it. At the end of a fight, when your opponent finally slumps down in defeat, it’s invigorating to see your understanding of the punches, kicks, and wild elbow attacks you deflected during the fight slowing tick toward completion, when you’ll be able to unlock and use them yourself. It’s almost like collecting cards in a CCG, but instead of opening foil packages you’re breaking noses instead.

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Each fighting style contains different moves for multiple combat scenarios. Regardless of whether you’re bare-knuckle boxing or using a weapon, there are dozens of moves that cater to each style’s four combat stances. While manually swapping between these stances during combat feels a bit clunky, especially when you’re still learning the timing on an attack combo, there’s no denying the satisfaction of assembling and landing a combo that flows seamlessly from one to another and another to another.

Pulling moves from your Combo Deck, you can pick and choose the individual kicks, punches and strikes that work best for your playstyle. Need to deal a lot of damage up front? There’s a deck set for that, which peppers in guard-breaking kicks and haymakers. Need to perform a quick flurry of attacks instead? There’s a moveset for that too. So long as you manage to keep chaining attacks, you can create a potentially infinite loop of face-punching precision. The deck building system is especially useful when grouping up with friends to explore the world in 3-player co-op. Sure, you can spend your time fighting one another instead, but there’s an extra-gratifying crunch when your heelkick lands as a perfectly timed follow-up to your partners punch.

All these elements blend together well, but I still find myself asking what the sum of these parts will be. Absolver has the potential to be one of the most intricate fighting games ever made, but it’s hard to know from my brief playthrough what lies beyond the fight.

 

JR is an editor at IGN. When he’s not writing wikis, he can be found screaming endlessly into the void on Twitter.

E3 2017: Destiny 2 PC Release Date Announced, Coming Almost Two Months After PS4/Xbox One

Activision had previously indicated that Destiny 2 might not arrive on PC until after the console versions. Alongside news that the console versions are actually coming a bit sooner than anticipated, the publisher confirmed a PC release date.

Destiny 2 launches for PC on October 24. That’s just under two months after it’s due out on PS4 and Xbox One; those versions are now scheduled for release on September 6. Additionally, details of the beta were confirmed for consoles. The PC version will be getting a beta, but a precise date was not shared–we only know it’s due out in “late August.”

Sony’s E3 press conference brought with it a new trailer for Destiny 2, which you can check out above. It also revealed the PS4-exclusive items that will be available–there’s a Strike, multiplayer map, and other content that will only be on PS4 until at least Fall 2018.

Although the wait is unfortunate for those on PC, the computer version sounds as if it may be worth the wait. It supports higher resolutions and framerates and will operate off of Blizzard’s Battle.net platform.

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