Did you step away this week? Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest stories and others you may have missed.
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Infinite Warfare, Revealed
After rumors, reports, leaks, and teasers, Activision officially announced Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on Monday. One of the biggest differences from past games is that this one is set in space–partially, at least. There is dogfighting, zero-G combat, and more. Coming November 4 for PS4, Xbox One, PC. [Full story]
Battlefield 5 Is Battlefield 1
The sequel to Battlefield 4 is not called Battlefield 5. EA announced this week that the game is called Battlefield 1, as it’s set in World War 1. It sounds very cool and very ambitious. [Full story]
Windows 10 continues to soar. Microsoft’s latest operating system has now reached 300 million installs across all devices–PCs, Xbox Ones, and phones. Additionally, people have spent 9 billion hours playing games on Windows 10 devices to date. One more thing: the free upgrade offer expires on July 29, so upgrade now before it’s too late. [Full story]
The World’s Best GPU, According to Nvidia
Nvidia this week announced a new GPU called the GeForce GTX 1080. It’s the beefiest GPU on the planet, the company said during a news event on Friday night. Thousands of engineers worked on it; altogether, the R&D budget was “several billion dollars,” Nvidia’s CEO said [Full story].
Dawn of War 3, Detailed
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3, the first new, numbered entry in the RTS series since 2009, was announced this week. PC Gamer spoke with the development team at Relic about it and there is a lot to know about what is being called Relic’s biggest game ever! Check out PC Gamer’s story here.
“Recognize All eSports As ‘Legitimate’ Sports”
People are calling on the White House to recognize eSports as a “traditional” sport so athletes can get a Visa to get into the country. It needs 100,000 signatures to get a response from the White House, and so far, it has 51,000. You can read the petition for yourself here.
Here’s a video of an epic Fallout battle where some 30,000 robots duke it out. My goodness, take a look and be amazed/scared. The action starts a few minutes in. As you might have guessed, YouTube’s Cosmic Contrarian, maker of other mass-scale Fallout battle videos, is also behind this one.
Go watch it here.
Microsoft has announced a new Xbox One indie game promotion called ID@Xbox Fest. This is a month-long event where Microsoft will highlight some top indie titles; you can get the rundown on what to expect here.
Deadmau5 <3s Video Games
EDM DJ Deadmau5, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman, is a big fan of video games. He even appeared in DJ Hero. So it may not surprise you to learn that video games have affected his music. Check out this cool Rolling Stone story to learn more.
Game Informer’s June issue has arrived. In it, there is an excellent 14-page story on Arkane’s Dishonored 2. Really, it’s good. Go read it here.
The next character-focused video for next month’s Warcraft movie has been released. This one focuses on the character Garona, who is played by Paula Patton. Check it out.
A new update for dinosaur game Ark: Survival Evolved landed this week, introducing, among other things, a prehistoric creature that gives you extra XP when you hug and pet it. Really. Check it out.
Ubisoft has spoken up to clear up some “misinformation” about how The Division’s online infrastructure works. You can learn all about the technical details in this podcast and blog post, featuring insight and explanations from technical director Anders Holmquist.
Motor Racer 4 Dated
Moto Racer 4, the sequel to 2002’s Moto Racer 3 finally has a release date. The game will be out on October 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, publisher Microids announced this week. The game, which runs on Unreal Engine 4, aims to provide “stunning graphical quality” and a “robust” featureset.
A Big Week
This past Wednesday was Star Wars Day (May 4) and Captain America: Civil War came to theaters on Friday. In support of those events, Walmart launched new Star Wars items, including a new 3.75″ Black Series line of collectible action figures from The Force Awakens. Among them are new figures for Starkiller Base Han Solo, Captain Phasma, and General Leia Organa available now.
As for Civil War, Walmart, has released “hundreds” themed items, including a Funko Pop Onyx Black Panther toy, which is sold only at the store.
For more on these items, head to Walmart’s website here.
The official descriptions for the fourth and fifth episodes of Game of Thrones sixth season have now been published. They are cryptic and teasing–you can read them here at Mashable.