This weekend, Disney, Electronic Arts, and Respawn Entertainment are expected to take the wraps off Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, a new video game that will explore an untold part of the Star Wars universe. It is expected to come out this fall, and it could be another sign that EA’s most valuable studio may now be Respawn, whose Apex Legends swooped in from nowhere and … [Read more...] about The DeanBeat: The landscape of gaming in 2019
The Game Developers Conference will draw more than 20,000 people to San Francisco next week, and it will be like dropping another quarter in the arcade machine to play games like Platform Wars and Battle of the Game Engines. With so many developers attending, the platform, tool, and engine companies are jockeying to be noticed. They want the developers to use their stuff, and … [Read more...] about The DeanBeat: GDC 2019 will escalate gaming’s tool, engine, and platform wars
The life of a journalist is complicated. It’s a craft with many ways to ply it. When we don’t do our jobs right, critics view us as paid shills for the industry. When we do our jobs well, we find out secrets and publish them, regardless of whether the companies sanction these “scoops” or not. Much of the time, we get manufactured news from PR people … [Read more...] about The DeanBeat: Keeping secrets and spilling them
2019 is only 25 days old, but I feel my pile of shame is already growing. I am falling behind on games this week. I haven’t cracked either Kingdom Hearts III — which GamesBeat’s Mike Minotti swears by — or Resident Evil 2, which GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb played. I’ve got my hands on Episode 2 of Life is Strange 2, but I’ve been slow to … [Read more...] about The DeanBeat — What’s the best way to experience a game for the first time?
While the movies get scheduled pretty tightly, we often must guess when our favorite games will be coming. The Game Awards last week helped us figure out part of what’s coming in 2019, and game publishers and developers and platform owners have given us other clues. And that’s how I’ve pieced together my list of the most anticipated games of 2019. Last year, … [Read more...] about The DeanBeat: The most anticipated games of 2019