Daily Xbox News Roundup – March 19th

Before we all go into hibernation for the next century to play tomorrow’s Sea of Thieves, here’s every announcement that’s been set loose today, in one easy-to-access place.

Contents

New Far Cry 5 Video is all About Boomer
Avalanche Studios’ Next Game is an Open-World Action Title
Warriors Orochi 4 Gets English Trailer
Sea of Thieves New Launch Trailer Released Plus Day One Patch
Beach Buggy Racing 2 Coming This Year
LEGO The Incredibles Game Confirmed
My Hero Academia: One’s Justice New Characters Announced
Need for Speed Payback: March Update Detailed and Dated
Nine Games Leave Xbox Game Pass on March 31st
Penguin Wars launches May 15th

New Far Cry 5 Video is all About Boomer

In Far Cry 5 you’ll be able to use help from ‘Fangs for Hire’ as you go to take down the cult in Hope County, Montana. Boomer is a loyal companion to those he can trust. He also has a penchant for fetching all kind of weapons, as made apparent in the new video below.

Freely explore Hope County’s rivers, lands, and skies with the largest customizable weapon and vehicle roster ever in a Far Cry game. You are the hero of the story in a thrilling world that hits back with every punch, and where the places you discover and the locals you ally with will shape your story in ways you’ll never see coming. There’s not long to wait now, Far Cry 5 is set to launch on March 27th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Avalanche Studios’ Next Game is an Open-World Action Title

Developer of Just Cause and Mad Max are currently working on an open-world action game, according to a recent job listing on their official website. Interestingly enough, the game will be self-published, which rules out a Just Cause sequel. The listing states:

At Avalanche Studios, we’re hard at work developing our next, as of yet unannounced, self-published title. We can’t say much about the game itself (or we’d have to kill you), but it will be created in true Avalanche Studios fashion and offer players tons of our trademark emergent, open-world action. In the game you will play as a young adult, whom we will bring to life using cutting-edge face scanning technology.

We are now looking for 12 adults, ages 18-25, to become the faces of our in-game characters. Not only will the 12 chosen ones have their likeness be visible in the game for years to come – played and enjoyed by gamers worldwide – but they will also get a chance to visit the studio. During the day, they’ll meet he development team, scan their faces, have lunch and fika (the latter is a cornerstone of the Swedish diet) and most importantly – get a bit of insight into how the magic of game development happens.

That’s a very interesting listing, and unless I’m reading too much into this, it appears that Avalanche are planning to support this game in the long run. Standby for more.

Warriors Orochi 4 Gets English Trailer

Last week we let slip that a new Warriors Orochi game was “possibly” coming to the West, following its reveal in Japan, and now, we can safely assume that we were correct. Koei Tecmo has unleashed a new trailer, seen at the head of this article, that not only confirms that the game is West-bound, but Western localisation too.

The trailer doesn’t showcase an awful lot of information, but we suspect that this will be unveiled in due course. Warriors Orochi 4 is slated for a 2018 release on unspecified platforms. Take a peek for yourselves, and stay tuned for more info, as and when we have it.

Sea of Thieves New Launch Trailer Released Plus Day One Patch

Rare has released a new launch trailer for their upcoming Sea of Thieves, which is set to finally launch on March 20th for Xbox One and Windows PC.

Meet the familiar-looking curator of the Museum of More Pirate (and just a few of his legendary exhibits) in this cinematic footage featuring Sean Astin. Furthermore, the day one patch for the game has been discovered, but it’s not what you think…

Those that pick up the game in time for launch will be granted a day one eye patch, clever, Rare, very very clever. If that floats your boat (pardon the pun), you know what to do.

Beach Buggy Racing 2 Coming This Year

At the 2018 Game Developer Conference today, independent developer Vector Unit announced Beach Buggy Racing 2, the long-awaited sequel to its world-renowned off-road kart racer.

The first Beach Buggy Racing introduced over 70 million international mobile players to console-style kart-racing with a playful off-road twist. With the sequel, Vector Unit has upped the ante with a ton of new content, upgradeable powerups, and for the first time will enable players to compete against each other in online competitions and tournaments.

With over 50 powerups to discover and upgrade, Beach Buggy Racing 2 adds a layer of strategic depth to the classic kart racing formula. Players collect abilities like “Chain Lightning”, “Donut Tires” and “Killer Bees”; customize strategic load-outs of powerups, cars and characters; and then test their skills and abilities online against other players from around the world.

Vector Unit says they do not yet have a release date (“We’ll release it when it’s ready!”) but they are targeting early summer for the worldwide release of the free-to-play mobile version of the game. A premium version of the game will be available later in the year for consoles and Steam. Check out two new videos below.

LEGO The Incredibles Game Confirmed

Thanks to the eagle eyed Reddit community, we now know that the LEGO The Incredibles game is indeed a thing. LEGO Juniors Incredibles 2 sets have started to be released at retail, and as seen in the link above, outs the game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC.

We suspect TT Games will formally announce this, hopefully with a teaser trailer, in the coming days. One thing is for sure, it’s certainly a good mashup.

My Hero Academia: One’s Justice New Characters Announced

Bandai today reveal more characters for My Hero Academia: One’s Justice scheduled to be launched in 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

– Tsuyu Asui is a U.A. student with a frog-like appearance. Her Quirk allows her to do anything a frog can do such as extending her tongue to a maximum of 20 meters. She can also stick to walls and use a Camouflage ability. Tsuyu’s hero costume changes colors along with her, in order to blend in with her surroundings.

– Denki Kaminari’s Quirk allows him to channel electricity from his body and shoot it. He cares for his allies deeply and is often afraid of hurting them with his electrical powers. Once he knows they are safe, he can unleash his true powers using his special move “Indiscriminate Discharge 1,300,000 volts”.

– Momo Yaoyorozu is the Vice President of Class 1-A. She is an extremely smart student who acts as a natural leader to her classmates, she was born in a famous Hero family and dreams of becoming a pro hero. Her Quirk is extremely powerful as it gives the ability to create any non-living materials via molecular manipulation. If she understands how something is made, she will be able to create it herself using her fat cells as material.

Information about this game, or some gameplay footage at least, is thin on the ground at the moment, but as soon as we learn more, we’ll keep you updated.

Need for Speed Payback: March Update Detailed and Dated

The march update for Need for Speed Payback has been detailed and dated. The patch is set to arrive on March 20th, and brings with it a heap of game changes.

You can read the notes in their entirety right here, which collectively aim to improve the overall health of the game, as well as refine the experience.

Nine Games Leave Xbox Game Pass on March 31st

It’s been revealed that a total of nine games will leave Xbox Game Pass on March 31st, leaving you with just under two weeks to mop up any achievements and completion.

The games in question are; Kyub, Roundabout, A World of Keflings, Comix Zone, Hexic 2, Jetpac Refuelled, Ms. Splosion Man, Stacking, and The Maw.

Penguin Wars launches May 15th

It’s been announced that Penguin Wars will release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch, on May 15th of this year. Unsurprisingly, PlayStation 4 and Switch versions will be sold at retail, whereas Xbox One will more than likely be digital-only. The official description for the game reads:

The classic rule of using 10 balls to throw at each other is still the core of the game. However, now you can evolve your characters in Story Mode and use those suped up characters in both local and online game play against your friends. This release also introduces multiple sets of new rules, which new and seasoned gamers can both enjoy. Music from the original version released in 1985 has been remixed and updated by notable musicians from Japan, which will make you want to listen to the music while you’re out for a run or dance to on a Friday night with the family.

We’ve included the trailer for the Nintendo Switch version below, so feel free to check that out if the above description has caught your attention.

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