E3 is still two months away, which means publishers are just...going to announce all their games in April, apparently. Between Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, a Age of Empires II expansion, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Tony Hawk 5, and whatever Square Enix is doing, it's been a weird week for reveals both official and unofficial.
Welcome to Missing Pieces for the week of April 6.
Surprise! There's a new Call of Duty this year. Surprise! It's Black Ops III. Surprise! I don't actually know what surprise means. But neither does Activision apparently, so I guess it's okay.
Look for a full reveal on April 26, if you're interested. Otherwise, here's a teaser trailer:
Welcome to the new age
In more interesting teaser news, Age of Empires II is getting a new expansion. Yes, an expansion for a game that released sixteen years ago.
This will actually be the second Age of Empires II expansion released in the modern era, after The Forgotten released alongside Age of Empires II HD Edition in 2013. According to the announcement post this week, the new expansion will include "new civilizations, campaigns, game modes, units, and more." Also, camel archers.
My one wish: That the campaigns receive a bit more polish than those in The Forgotten, which were none too impressive in comparison to the original Age of Empires II campaigns.
Save some for E3, why don't ya?
On top of Square Enix's Deus Ex: Mankind Divided reveal this week, there's yet another Square Enix reveal apparently scheduled for Monday, April 13 (via DualShockers). All we've got so far is this cryptic half-message:
So far, a new Star Ocean is the dominant theory.
Ace of Spades
And for one last, informal reveal this week: Chef Joe Youkhan posted a photo today to Instagram of him standing in a half-pipe, catering at a Tony Hawk event. Oh, and there's a big ol' Tony Hawk 5 logo in the background.
Hopefully this means the new Tony Hawk game is going back to its beloved Tony Hawk Pro Skater roots. (Via Alex Rubens)
But do we need it?
Now that Furious 7 is out and I'm facing an interminable wait for Furi8s or whatever it ends up being called, there's just not enough speed or anger in my life.
Luckily(?) Variety reports that EA is in the planning stages for a sequel to last year's Need for Speed movie, which wasn't great but was sort of like...knock-off Fast and Furious. Except with Aaron Paul looking moody for most of the film.
Sure, I'd go see another.
Like Chuck E Cheese
As of this week, you can now pay for your World of Warcraft subscription with in-game gold if you've got a ton lying around: The new "token" system, revealed in March, is now in place. Tokens cost either $20 real-world money or 30,000 gold, so if you've been stockpiling for ages the game is effectively now free for you to play.
Enormous Theft Auto
That PC version of Grand Theft Auto is so close I can almost lick my hard drive and taste it. Hopefully you've got the Internet bandwidth to download its 65GB of glory, though—otherwise, looks like you'll be stuck installing off seven discs (according to an image posted on Reddit). That's the most ridiculous install I've heard of since Baldur's Gate and its expansion came on six CD-ROMs.
On the other hand, these graphics options:
Another game that's finally around the corner? The Witcher 3. Like, so close. Here's a five minute gameplay trailer if you'd like a look at the game in action:
- CD Projekt Red announced two expansions for The Witcher 3 this week—and the game's not even out yet.
- Killing Floor 2 is basically the Left 4 Dead 3 Valve didn't make. Or if you prefer: Killing Floor 2 is basically just more Killing Floor. It's great.
- In the spirit of this week full of reveals, Square Enix unveiled the first trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
- Path of Exile is getting its first major expansion —and it's still free.
- Assassin's Creed Rogue is the best Assasssin's Creed game you never need to play.
- Speaking of Deus Ex, last week we published 15 classic games you should revisit. This week? 15 more classics you should revisit, based on your community feedback.