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Phil Spencer On Xbox’s Unusual Strategy, Working With Sony, And More Phil Spencer On Xbox’s Unusual Strategy, Working With Sony, And More

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has heard from the skeptics. They think that what he’s doing with Xbox means that Microsoft is giving up on consoles, or even going third party. That’s all wrong, he told me during an extensive interview in Los Angeles last week, where we discussed his vision for Xbox, the recently announced…

The Division 2's Developers Have A Plan For Overcoming The Backlash The Division 2's Developers Have A Plan For Overcoming The Backlash

The people making The Division 2 always expected that their fans would start grumbling about the game.

Shark Role-Playing Game Maneater Is Like Grand Theft Auto, Of All Things Shark Role-Playing Game Maneater Is Like Grand Theft Auto, Of All Things

“Picture Grand Theft Auto, but as a shark,” game designer Bill Munk said near the end of a demonstration of Maneater at E3 in Los Angeles last week.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 Developers Promise Better Bosses And More Puzzles Luigi’s Mansion 3 Developers Promise Better Bosses And More Puzzles

Preventing one of the biggest shortcomings of the second Luigi’s Mansion from making it into the third is a high priority, the game’s top producers from Nintendo told Kotaku during an E3 interview in Los Angeles last week.

The New Lego Star Wars Is Impressive And Surprisingly Different The New Lego Star Wars Is Impressive And Surprisingly Different

If a hands-off theater demo of a new video game can over-deliver E3, then Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga sure did. The amount of changes I was shown to the 20-year-old Lego video game formula was startling.

Elite Wrestler Kenny Omega Loves Mother 3 And Talks Business Over Apex Legends Elite Wrestler Kenny Omega Loves Mother 3 And Talks Business Over Apex Legends

It’s not surprising these days to hear that pro wrestlers are into video games, but Kenny Omega, currently one of the world’s best performers in the ring, probably can claim that he’s into them even more than most. Not many others can hold court about Mother 3 or are in a position to recruit talent to his upstart WWE…

Hollow Knight: Silksong Is Drawing Crowds At E3 For Good Reason

There’s been a long line of people queuing up at Nintendo’s booth every day here at E3 to play the sequel to Hollow Knight on the Switch. These people have good taste. Hollow Knight was a great modern execution of classic Metroid-style 2D exploration and combat, set in gorgeous, mostly subterranean areas. Its sequel, …

When Crash Invaded The Fortnite E3 Booth When Crash Invaded The Fortnite E3 Booth

Here’s something silly. The people promoting the Crash Bandicoot racing remake, Crash Team Racing, were walking through E3's South Hall with a Crash mascot, having some fun as they went along. I caught sight of them in the Fortnite booth, where Crash posed in front of the battle bus.

Gears Tactics, One Of E3 2019's No-Shows, Is Still In Development Gears Tactics, One Of E3 2019's No-Shows, Is Still In Development

At E3 2018, longtime Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson showed off a new PC game called Gears Tactics and announced Gears 5 and Gears Pop as well. This year, Microsoft’s Xbox briefing only mentioned those last two.

Here at E3, where once sat the PlayStation booth now mostly sits a bar and lounge. Downside: no PlayStation games. Upside: couches.

Minecraft Dungeons has no Minecraft-style building. It’s a loot-filled dungeon crawler for up to four players with all sorts of Minecraft characters. Players can equip and enchant a wide array of outfits, armor, and gear. It’s pretty, and was fun to romp through here at E3 in that Lego game kind of way. Coming to Xbox…

A Killer, A Secret, And A Time Loop Make For A Harrowing 12 Minutes A Killer, A Secret, And A Time Loop Make For A Harrowing 12 Minutes

We last previewed time-loop game 12 Minutes back in 2015 after I saw it at PAX East in Boston and chatted with Luis Antonio, who was singlehandedly making the game for a desired 2016 release. Here we are in 2019. 12 Minutes is still looking good, but it’s not done.

10 Minutes Of The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening On Switch

The Switch remake of 1993's The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is here at E3, and we’ve capped as much footage of it as we can to show you. It’s beautiful, largely faithful to the source material and just a bit stumbly on the framerate, which they can hopefully smooth out by the game’s September 20 launch.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says Banjo In Smash Was An Easy Deal To Make Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says Banjo In Smash Was An Easy Deal To Make

Nintendo’s penultimate E3 announcement today involved the addition of a Microsoft-owned character to Smash Bros. This kind of company crossover between two platform holders might seem extraordinary, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that it was actually a pretty easy deal.

Hands-On With The Secret-Filled Luigi’s Mansion 3 Hands-On With The Secret-Filled Luigi’s Mansion 3

I played Luigi’s Mansion 3 at an embargoed Nintendo event on Sunday, where I also spoke to some of the game’s developers. It’s already feeling just as good as the great 2013 Nintendo 3DS game Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon.

We Put Microsoft’s Project xCloud To An Unexpected Test We Put Microsoft’s Project xCloud To An Unexpected Test

It’s unclear how accurately one can judge a new game-streaming service at a show like E3 here in Los Angeles, when the value of the service is going to be whether it works in normal situations. E3 ain’t a normal situation. But after Xbox chief Phil Spencer asked me yesterday if I wanted to try, I figured I should give…

Hands-On With Watch Dogs Legion, A Radical Rework With 'Something To Say' Hands-On With Watch Dogs Legion, A Radical Rework With 'Something To Say'

There is no main character in the new Watch Dogs, no “guy on the box” in this adventure set in post-Brexit London, the game’s creative director, Clint Hocking, said during a behind-closed-doors demonstration of the bold game this past Sunday.

Gods & Monsters Is A New Ubisoft Game That's Like Zelda With Greek Mythology Gods & Monsters Is A New Ubisoft Game That's Like Zelda With Greek Mythology

Somehow, the makers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey are deep in development on a game that looks like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild crossed with Greek myth. It’s a big surprise, especially because the makers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey just shipped a 100+ hour game last October and now they’ve got a gorgeous new…

Whoever owns this truck is really into Xbox! As spotted in a parking lot near Microsoft’s big E3 showcase last night. It could be a promotional truck or one owned by a dedicated fan. We’re not sure.

It Sure Looks Like E3 Around Here It Sure Looks Like E3 Around Here

It’s E3 time in Los Angeles, which means that the LA Convention Center and nearby building are covered in giant video game ads—though less-covered than in years past thanks to Sony not being around and some signs not up yet because they are for secret games (!).

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