FIFA 18 launched worldwide. 

EA Sports has officially launched the latest edition of their popular football game, FIFA 18, which claims to provide an unbeatable gaming experience. The game will be offered in three variants viz FIFA 18 (Standard Edition), FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition and FIFA 18 Icon Edition.

fifa 18FIFA 18 has been launched in major markets across the globe today, but it will take a few more days for the game to reach the Indian market. EA Sports has partnered with Amazon India to sell the game through its shopping portal and the title will be up for grabs starting October 3 in India.

Xbox Smart-watch

Back in 2013, there were rumours that Microsoft was planning on launching an Xbox branded smartwatch. However, the Redmond giant tested a few prototypes and probably decided that it wasn’t a great product.Now, images of one of these prototype Xbox smartwatches have leaked out on the internet, and it looks a lot like the Apple Watch. Funnily enough, the Apple Watch was released two years later, in 2015. Maybe… just maybe, Microsoft’s smartwatch could’ve been huge had the company decided on releasing it to market. The specs certainly were decent:

  • 6GB storage
  • Magnetic connectors on the back
  • 1.5-inch display
  • Replaceable watch-straps

Whether or not Microsoft missed out on the smartwatch ship, we may never know, but I find it hard to believe that it’d have done the company any harm.

Ubisoft Refreshes the Assassin Creed franchise with a new mobile game

Ubisoft’s latest offering in the Assassin’s Creed franchise features familiar faces like Ezio and Aguilar, but that’s all that it borrows from the previous games. 

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is a turn-based strategy RPG for mobile which promises a completely new experience for fans of the franchise.Users can choose from more than 40 familiar characters from various titles in the franchise, 

who they have to train to defeat the Templars. Additionally, users can develop a fortress, craft new equipment, gather resources, and collect DNA fragments to unlock new heroes.

As of now, an unreleased version of the game is available on the Play Store (Free), but Ubisoft is expected to push out the final release sometime soon.

Call of Duty themed PS4s launched by Sony

The Tokyo Game Show was kicked off by Sony a day before the actual start with the announcement of upcoming games and two new themed PlayStations. The customized PS4s and DualShock controllers are detailed with Call of Duty: World War II and Monster Hunter World artwork.

The CoD-themed PS4 releases on November 3 and carries a camouflage design on the casing while the controller is military green. The second themed unit, titled PS4 Pro Monster Hunter World: Liolaeuse Edition, depicts a flying wyvern (Rathalos) on the casing while the DualShock controller is detailed with Monster Hunt engraving atop a red base and will be available starting December 7.

The CoD PS4 will carry a 1TG hard drive with a copy of the game inside and will sell for 39,980 yen (~₹23,100), while those picking up the 49,980 yen (~₹29,000) Monster Hunt variant will have to wait until January 26, 2018 for the game to launch. Both the themed PS4 will initially be available only in Japan.

EA Games will no longer be Amazon Exclusives in India

EA is likely to end its two-year long trend of launching games exclusively on Amazon India. Zupitex, a Delhi-based distributor, is preparing to supply EA titles for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch to offline retail stores across India.

As reported, Zupitex will distribute existing and upcoming titles including Battlefield 1, FIFA 18, Need for Speed Payback, and Star Wars Battlefront 2 in India. The “Ronaldo Edition” of FIFA 18 will, however, sell exclusively on Amazon India. But, the games sold offline will be priced ₹300 higher i.e. at ₹4,299 compared to Amazon India’s ₹3,999 price tag which may force retailers to import stocks of games instead of buying via Zupitex.

AI learns how to Re-Create Games  by Observing Someone Play

Unlike other popular AI in the market, which are capable of analyzing and learning video games to beat professional players, a group of researchers from Georgia Institue of Technology is working on observing video games to re-create them in real time.

The team published its findings in a paper titled “Game Engine Learning from Video” in which it is detailed how the AI observes a game and then re-creates it without the actual code at hand. The game engine is currently capable of re-creating legendary titles like Super Mario Bros, just by watching someone else play it.

Although the renders created by the research are not user-friendly, it is possible that the AI engine might start making its own games in the near future.