Some of our favorite genre-based video games (from alien-blasting shooters to the divine combat of Diablo to the zombies of The Walking Dead) have exciting news this week. So let’s get cranking.
First up is Halo. The huge Microsoft series is coming out with its newest game, titled Halo: Infinite, which it announced at E3. Fans were a little shocked that it wasn’t a sequel in the traditional sense to Halo 5, but the company behind the game is now clearing up some of the confusion. Speaking on where Halo: Infinite fits into the Master Chief-fronted franchise, 343 said in a Mixer broadcast that the game is in fact a direct sequel.
"It is Halo 6," said 343's Jeff Easterling. "You should just consider it Halo 6. Don't think of it as a weird prequel kind of thing. It's the next story. It's the next chapter in what is going on." The Chief is the cut-and-dry protagonist of this game after sharing screentime with a few different faces across the games, including the latest, Halo 5: Guardians, back in 2015. But fans shouldn’t worry about the follow-up’s place in the canon, as 343 has made it clear that this is just another step in the narrative.
Another piece of updated familiarity is Blizzard’s Diablo 3, which is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Diablo 3: Eternal Collection, which contains the DLC content, will also feature an armor set based on The Legend of Zelda baddie Ganondorf and a delightful Cucco pet (just don’t hit it with your sword).
Check out the announcement trailer:
The game, which has been out for over half a decade on other systems, is a standard hack-and-slash dungeon-crawler — but on the Switch, everything in the game is unlocked. That means the main story, the supplemental seasonal gameplay, all the characters — everything — can be experienced by Switch owners and three of their friends thanks to the Switch’s four-player local multiplayer.
Finally, the Telltale The Walking Dead RPG’s final season is on the horizon — and now we know when all the episodes will be hitting our consoles. Thanks to a Twitter announcement, we learn that there will be some relatively large gaps between the episodes’ release. Cliffhanging fans will not be happy.
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The first episode of the final season, "Done Running", was released on the 14th of this month, but the upcoming episodes — titled “Suffer the Children”, “Broken Toys”, and “Take Us Back” — won’t be out until Sept. 25, Nov. 6, and Dec. 18, respectively. That’s a lot of wait time for a game threatening children with the undead.