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E3 2017 Conference Schedule

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E3 2017 officially starts Tuesday, June 13. As in previous years all the major publishers will be presenting press conferences and media showcases in the days leading up to the biggest video game event of the world.

For this year’s E3 we’re expecting news on: Super Mario Odyssey, XCOM 2 expansion, Star Wars Battlefront II, Far Cry 5, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, new Bethesda announcements, Project Scorpio, and most of the games Sony showed last year that have yet to come out.

Here is the full schedule of conferences and links to where you can watch them.

Note that once again Nintendo will be presenting a pre-recorded Nintendo Spotlight in lieu of a live conference. It will be followed by Nintendo Treehouse live streaming.

Saturday, June 10

Electronic Arts 12 PM Pacific/3 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube

 

Sunday, June 11

Microsoft 2 PM Pacific/5 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter

Bethesda 9 PM Pacific/12 AM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube

Devolver Digital 10 PM Pacific/1 AM Eastern, via Twitch

 

Monday, June 12

PC Gaming Show 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern, via Twitch, Facebook, Steam

Ubisoft 1 PM Pacific/4 PM Eastern, via Twitch

Sony 6 PM Pacific/9 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook

 

Tuesday, June 13

Nintendo 9 AM Pacific/12 PM Eastern, via Twitch, YouTube

 

Join The Elder Scrolls Online Free Play Week

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As part of their three-year anniversary event, The Elder Scrolls Online will open its digital doors this week. The Free Play Week begins tomorrow, April 11, at 10 am Eastern/7 am Pacific on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and Mac (Steam). It ends April 18 at the same time.

When the Free Play Week begins, you’ll be able to download The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. The Free Play Week includes the base game, but not any of the DLC areas. When creating an account, you’ll receive 500 crowns to spend in the in-game Crown Store. You can purchase XP boosts, unique outfits, and other items.

Any character progress and Crown purchases you make will carry over if you decide to purchase the game after the Free Play Week. Likewise if you have participated in previous Free Play events, your characters will still be preserved and ready to play (assuming you use the same account).

The three-year old MMORPG’s anniversary event also grants some additional goodies. A unique cake vendor will spawn in Vulkhel Guard, Daggerfall, or Davon’s Watch depending on your faction. Completing his quest will reward you with the new 2nd Annual Jubilee Cake. Anyone in your group can eat a slice of cake to enjoy a two-hour 100% XP boost. Additionally all daily and weekly quests completed during the event grants an Anniversary Gift Box. These boxes contain the usual crafting materials, but also at least one rare item. The three-year anniversary event also ends on April 18.

The Elder Scrolls Online originally released on April 4, 2014 as a spin-off MMORPG to the popular single-player RPG series. It began with a subscription model and was met with mixed reactions. A year later in 2015, it dropped the sub model and was re-branded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Now it’s a one-time purchase, along with a real-money store for extra stuff and DLC that adds new areas and content.

The first major expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online is Morrowind, coming this June.

 

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Dishonored 2 Free Trial Available April 6

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Bethesda is offering a Dishonored 2 free trial, available this Thursday, April 6. The free trial will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It offers the first three missions of the campaign, and you can choose between playing as Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano.

Dishonored 2 released last Fall. It is the sequel to stealth-action title Dishonored, released in 2012.

When the mad witch Delilah seizes the throne, the fate of your Empire is left hanging in the balance. As Emily or Corvo, travel beyond the legendary streets of Dunwall to Karnaca, the once-dazzling coastal city that holds the keys to restoring Emily to power. Armed with powerful supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets, how far will you go to hunt down your enemies and take back what’s yours?

The series is set in a unique steampunk-whaling fantasy setting and gives the player choice between playing stealthily or action-packed or some combination in between. You can read our review here. Dishonored 2 won “Game of the Year” from PC Gamer, “PlayStation 4 Game of the Year” by IGN, and “Best Action-Adventure Game” at The Game Awards last year.

Emily and Corvo have different shadow powers you can unlock by finding runes. You can also reject the powers and go through the game with only weapons and wits. Missions are quite large and sprawling (other than the prologue/intro). The free trial’s first three missions could easily take five or six hours – twice that if you want to run through with both Emily and Corvo.

Dishonored 2 has also received significant post-launch updates that addressed some of the criticisms at launch. New features include mission select and restart and a New Game Plus mode.

If you decide to purchase Dishonored 2, you can continue the save game from the free trial.