This week in games: Mass Effect's downfall, CD Projekt's extortion, E3 rumors and more

E3 starts...tomorrow, so the “wrap-up” part of our weekly news wrap-up is more of a theoretical end to the week than anything else. We’ll be here at 12 p.m. Pacific on Saturday to start our coverage of EA’s press conference, and then it’s six days of straight gaming from there. If our E3 expectations and predictions come true, Microsoft will show off more Scorpio, Ubisoft will dump another Assassin’s Creed on us, and on, and on.

This week leading up to it was all about the teases, the trailers, and the leaks. It looks like we’ll see an XCOM 2 expansion soon, Hideo Kojima dropped a cryptic Death Stranding tease, and...there’s a new Bubsy?

In non-E3 news, there’s a scathing indictment of Mass Effect: Andromeda’s development woes, courtesy of Kotaku. Sources claim most of the game was developed in just the last eighteen months, and there’s more dirt where that came from.

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This week in games: Overwatch goes to the moon, Tropico 6 teased, Shadow of War delayed

One-ish week left until E3, and the release dates are really flying fast and furious now. Fully 50 percent of the news this week was just focused on what we'll be playing over the next six months.

The rest? Tropico 6 was teased, Overwatch took players to the moon, and Papers Please announced some sort of short-film adaptation. This is gaming news for May 29 to June 2.

El Presidente

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This week in games: The Witcher heads to Netflix, Far Cry 5 confirmed

Can you feel that? It's the rumble of the E3 train approaching, as this week we saw glimpses of Destiny 2 and South Park: The Fractured But Whole just a month out from the show, as well as confirmation of Far Cry 5, a new Assassin's Creed, and The Crew 2. I swear, it starts earlier every year.

That, plus ZeniMax sues Samsung, The Witcher heads to Netflix, a Pathfinder RPG, and more. This is gaming news for May 15 to 19.

Destined

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This week in games: Square Enix abandons Hitman, Assassin's Creed rumors point to Egypt

Count ‘em. It’s one month until E3, and that means it’s time for the rumors, leaks, and let’s-get-ahead-of-the-flood announcements to start appearing. Need for Speed and Assassin’s Creed kicked off the season this week with a below-the-radar announcement and a leak, respectively.

That, plus a steep discount on the Steam Link, a 20-minute Prey run, Hitman and Mass Effect put on hiatus, and an amazing Strafe “movie trailer” as we head into the weekend. This is gaming news for May 8 to 12.

The Lil’ Steam Machine that Could

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This week in games: Dota 2 co-op, Darksiders III revealed, and The Witcher 3 in glorious 8K

The Witcher 3 in 8K. Eight. K. I can’t even believe it. Not too long ago 4K was just a glimmer on the horizon, then I laughed when people started talking about 5K. Now we’re at 8K? What happened? Where did 6K and 7K even go? And when can we stop talking in Ks?

That news, plus Rocket League is free for the weekend, Oculus shuts down its acclaimed Story Studio team, Valve opens up about receiving 75,000 support requests a day, Remedy confirms “Project 7,” The International 2’s funding campaign kicks off, Darksiders III comes back from the dead, and more.

This is gaming news for May 1 through 5.

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This week in games: Call of Duty returns to World War II, Syberia II is free and more

The blockbuster rush of March might be over, but apparently April is the new indie and semi-indiepile-up. This week we got Rick and Morty's VR game, Full Throttle Remastered, Voodoo Vince Remastered, Late Shift, and Everything. Next week: Dawn of War IIIOutlast 2, What Remains of Edith Finch, Wilson's Heart, and probably some I'm forgetting. Crazy.

But the news keeps piling on too. Call of Duty is returning to World War II next week, EA's giving away copies of Syberia II, N++ added 2,000 more levels, Patrice Desilet's ambitious human-documentary project got another teaser, and more.

This is gaming news for April 17 to 21.

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This week in games: EVE players hunt for real-world exoplanets, Battlefront II's trailer leaks, and more

I busted up my knee pretty badly last Sunday and missed most of this week. Luckily video game news seems to have taken the week off also, and so this'll still be a relatively short wrap-up.

Some good tidbits, though. EVE Online players have started scouting for real-world exoplanets, Star Wars Battlefront II gets its first (leaked) trailer, Bandai-Namco invites you to "Dine in Hell," Dawn of War III shows off its campaign intro, and Oculus asks for another trial in the ongoing ZeniMax dispute.

This is gaming news for April 10 to 14.

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