D23 2017 - Disney's Video Game Line Up
If you have literally been living in the dark ages over the past few days you may be unaware of the news regarding the video games coming from the Mouse House, and if you aren't aware of what D23 is - it's basically the E3 of Disney, a conference held in California every 2 years where the Walt Disney Company showcases it's upcoming releases and celebrates it's past productions and yes that, even includes Star Wars and Marvel! During the second day of the event a show was held called "Level Up! The Walt Disney Company's Video Game Showcase" Which as you can imagine was a showcase of their upcoming games! The showcase was an hour long and was streamed on multiple streaming sites so I managed to catch the whole show, for those who missed all of the fuss, here's my round up of the presentation!
Star Wars:Battlefront II
Star Wars Battlefront 2 was the first game showcased and here is what we learnt.
•The game will be set immediately after Return of the Jedi.
•A campaign mode has been re-introduced in this instalment.
•This will be the first Star Wars game with a female lead - Commander of the imperial army; Iden Version.
•Outside of the campaign mode you will have the ability to battle through all three Star Wars eras in a multiplayer mode.
•The Force Awaken's very own Finn - John Boyega made an appearance at the panel to announce that he will now be a playable character within Battlefront 2.
Star Wars: Battlefront II will hit shelves on the 17th November 2017.
Star Wars Augmented Reality Game
Remember that scene in A New Hope? and again in The Force Awakens with the Holo Chess? Yeah, soon you'll be able to play that in real life! Well in AR, if you don't know what AR is, it's when you incorporate computer generated content into the real world, for example; Pokemon Go, the Minecraft AR that was showcased at E3 2015, even the AR cards that you can use with the 3DS. So whilst wearing the AR headset you'll be able to play your own game of Holo Chess and more!
•This game is being developed in conjunction with Lenovo and Lucasfilm.
•This game is still in development.
•More information will be released over the coming weeks.
•You are required to use the headset and a LIGHTSABER when playing (yeah, that's pretty cool)
The Latest Spider-Man Game
There's been so much hype for this game for the longest time, it was so exciting to see more of it at E3 as well as D23! Here's what we know so far.
•It's being developed by Insomniac games - Developers of Ratchet & Clank.
•The game will be based off of the Ultimate Spider-Man comics
•It will feature an older Spider-Man who is around 23 years old.
•The game will feature a host of new and familiar characters as well as many, many villains.
•It is due to be released in 2018.
Marvel Powers Unite VR
As one of two D23 exclusives, this game got a pretty warm reaction. For those who don't know VR is different to AR, in AR you can interact with CG objects in the real world, however with VR you are literally inside of a CG world whilst wearing the headset. Here is what we know about Marvel's VR game so far.
•It's an Occulus Rift + Touch exclusive
•The characters showcased at D23 include Captain Marvel, The Hulk & Rocket Racoon.
•More characters will be announced at San Diego Comic Con 2017 as well as a playable demo.
•Online multiplayer available
Kingdom Hearts III
And now for the reason I sat down to watch the entire hour stream, Kingdom Hearts 3 news. As some of you may recall a new trailer was released last month at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra LA date and at the end of this trailer a message appeared telling fans to look forward to D23 next month for another trailer and another world reveal! So of course everybody was giddy with excitement and Disney knew this showing this game in the last 10 minutes of the presentation! Here is the new scoop on Kingdom Hearts 3.
•A Toy Story world! Pixar is finally part of the KH universe.
•Square Enix premiered a new trailer of the new world that lasted over 5 minutes
•After 4 years+ in development we finally have a release year: 2018.
•Pixar were in cahoots with Square Enix over the introduction of Toy Story
•This will be an original Toy Story plot with the game not following the movie's story line.
•It will be set after Toy Story 2
•The Gummi Ship will make a return on KH3
•There will be another playable character besides Sora
•Sora, Donald and Goofy take on toy personas
That's just the basics of what happened during the D23 presentation, if you want to hear what was said yourself - watch the entire presentation HERE!