Start every weekday morning with Words About Games’ round-up of the latest news from in and around the games industry.
This morning – Activision tease a special Crash Bandicoot announcement at E3, EA will feature first looks at eight new games, Shenmue III has been delayed into 2018, Dontnod have confirmed Vampyr’s release month and Fortnite will have a paid early access period.
Special Crash announcement planned for E3 – Activision have teased a “special Crash announcement” amongst their pre-E3 reveals. The publisher talked up its big three games: Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2 and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. As well as revealing the brand new (and very interesting) War Mode and Headquarters modes for Call of Duty, the publisher is teasing some sort of Crash Bandicoot announcement.
EA will be offering first looks at 8 games – EA have announced that they will be offering first looks at eight new games during their EA Play press conference on Saturday evening, as well as promising “more surprises”. Star Wars: Battlefront II, Fifa 18, Madden NFL 18, NBA Live 18 and Need For Speed Payback have been confirmed, meaning there are three games unaccounted for. Likely candidates include Bioware’s “Dylan” project and Amy Hennig & Visceral’s much anticipated Star Wars project.
Shenmue III delayed to second half of 2018 – Ys Net have announced a hefty delay to Shenmue III. Project Director Yu Suzuki appeared on a video update on the game’s Kickstarter page to announce the delay, which has been attributed to an increase in the game’s scope and ambition.
Vampyr launching this November – Dontnod and Focus Home Interactive have announced that their upcoming RPG Vampyr will hit PC, PS4 and Xbox One in November. They did not give an exact date for the release, but promised that 45 minutes of gameplay would be revealed during E3 next week.
Fortnite heading to Early Access this July – Epic Games have announced that their post-apocalyptic co-op game Fortnite will be heading to Early Access in July. The game, which was announced alongside Unreal Engine 4, will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. To get into this Early Access period players will need to by a Founder’s Pack. Open free access is coming in 2018.
(via Epic Games)