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Naughty Dog Tweets E3 2015 will be Nathan Drake’s Last

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Naughty Dog Hints that Nathan Drake's Adventures are about to end

Tweet from Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann hints that Uncharted 4 will be Nathan Drake’s last appearance at E3

The Uncharted series has become a dominant series for the PlayStation since it first appeared in 2007. The Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider style action-adventure and puzzle solving gameplay has been irresistible to gamers right along with its story. Following the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, who has become a major mascot for the PlayStation brand. The treasure hunter and alleged descendant of Sir Francis Drake has become the favorite character of millions of gamers whose imagination he captured.

Now it appears that Nathan Drake’s days of searching for history’s greatest treasures will be coming to an end in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, judging by a recent tweet from Naughty Dog. In a tweet yesterday Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann showed a poster of the famous adventurer over the Los Angeles Convention Center saying “looking mighty good for his last E3.”

Gamers have already been expecting that Uncharted 4 would be the last of Nathan Drake’s grand adventures based on the name A Thief’s End. Its been hard to imagine what else the developer would be hinting at, its doubtful they’re planning to end the Uncharted franchise itself with it still so popular. The franchise has still been growing in popularity so the end its hero seems more likely. The case for Uncharted 4 only being the end of Nathan Drake’s adventures is hinted at even more by the little devil at the end of Druckmann’s tweet, suggesting Naughty Dog has something special planned.

It would make sense to introduce a new protagonist to the Uncharted series at this point, with Drake getting older it might be time for a new adventurer to take his place. In fact gamers might be introduced to this new hero at E3 2015 or at some point in a Thief’s End storyline. Either way it will be interesting to see what Naughty Dog has to say about Nathan Drake and his next adventure at Sony’s E3 press conference on Monday June 15.

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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