Game Rant Open Discussion: May 13, 2016

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In this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, we’re discussing Battlefield 1, Civilization 6, Pokemon Sun & Moon, and more. Come join in on the conversation!

Another week is coming to a close, and that means it’s officially time for the Game Rant Open Discussion! The middle of May has brought plenty of huge gaming announcements, ranging from the reveal of Battlefield 1 and Civilization VI, all the way to some exciting Pokemon news and more.

We’ve taken the liberty of compiling what we think are some of the must-read items from the past seven days, so that gamers are able to quickly catch up on anything they may have missed. Beneath this article is a comments section, where we invite our readers to discuss anything that happens to be on their mind, whether it happens to be related to gaming or not. The Game Rant Open Discussion is a place where our community is free to let the discussion flow over whatever topics our readers find the most pressing.

Here’s a quick recap of some of this week’s biggest news items:

Battlefield 1 Trailer Reveals World War 1 Setting


Last week, the coverage was all about the sci-fi reveal for Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare. Seven days ago, DICE changed the conversation entirely with a gritty and visceral trailer that revealed Battlefield 1, which is set to take the Battlefield franchise back to The Great War for the first time ever. Featuring calvary, tanks, bi-planes, and sheer chaos, the trailer has since captured over a million likes, while the rival Infinite Warfare trailer has seemingly split the fanbase.

Electronic Arts confidently called the game its most innovative title for the franchise yet, and the recently released screenshots seem to indicate plenty of diverse options when it comes to multiplayer matches. Shooter fans have been requesting a return to older timelines for years now, and the move by DICE seems to have paid off: fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, and a World War 1 title with high production value has given them an invaluable spot under the spotlight.

Battlefield 1 is prepared to invade on October 21, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Will Be Present At E3 2016

Mass Effect Andromeda logo

Although the news that Mass Effect: Andromeda would be facing a 2017 release was accidentally more-or-less confirmed two months ago by an EA executive, BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn has now made the 2017 timeline official. Fans won’t have to wait until the new year to get the scoop on the next installment to the franchise, however, as Flynn also confirmed that Andromeda will be deck at E3 2016.

The game will be part of of the EA Play press conference, where many will be expecting a trailer that will introduce fans to the main cast of the new title. A recent fan survey has revealed that the main character’s new squad will be comprised of military-trained soldiers, all of which will face opponents in a galaxy where the player’s squad are known as the aliens. The game is also poised to include jetpacks in regular gameplay, which will hopefully provide a more natural-feeling mode of transportation than the Mako ever did.

Mass Effect: Andromeda currently holds a tentative release date for early 2017.

The Pokemon Sun & Moon Starters Have Been Revealed

Pokemon Sun and Moon Art

The official Pokemon YouTube channel launched a video this week which not only revealed what the new three starter pocket monsters for Pokemon Sun & Moon, but also showed them in action. Fire-type lovers get a sassy kitten-like creature named Litten, while water-type fans will get a sealion-styled creature named Popplio. The coup de grâce seem to be the grass-type, a majestic bowtie-leaf-wearing owl named Rowlet, which we have completely deemed the Greatest Pokemon Ever. Sorry, Pikachu.

Nintendo also released a touching commercial to build up hype for the game, which takes place as a young boy prepares to move to a locale similar to where Sun and Moon will be based, and uses the power of Pokemon to bond with his new social group. For the adult version of that commercial, fans can probably take a gander at the new Pokemon line of lingerie, which implies a completely different type of bondage.

Both Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are scheduled to arrive exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on November 18, 2016.

Civilization VI Announced, Due This Holiday Season

Civilization 6 Announced - Pyramids

Last week, those looking for new Civilization content were delving through a filled-to-the-brim custom content workshop that featured everything from the Targaryen dynasty to moose units for Canada. In short, the last Civilization title came out six years ago, and it has had a good life filled with just about every manner of modification, but content for the game is – as everything inevitably becomes – pretty stale. 2K Games and Firaxis came out of nowhere to solve that this week, though, and announced Civilization VI with a short trailer.

The Sean Bean-like narrator talked a good game, though the trailer showed no gameplay. The Steam page reveals more cartoon-inspired graphics than the old games, and plenty of new gameplay enhancements that will certainly kick things up a notch. Notable are the new support units, which impact the “one unit per tile gameplay” by allowing themselves to be merged with other units – for example, a warrior group unit could combine itself with settlers, making for a settler unit capable of self-defense.

There’s plenty more to come, and we’re excited to see some gameplay from the newest Sid Meier title.

Civilization 6 is scheduled to release on October 21 via Steam.

The Division Is Poised To Get A Huge Update

Division Incursion Challenge Solo

With the confirmation that Ubisoft Massive is releasing a new incursion sometime later this May, many fans are expecting the large 1.2 patch update to come along at the same time. Despite several setbacks related to exploits, hackers, and game-breaking bugs, Tom Clancy’s The Division still has an impressive userbase of over 9.5 million players, although the PC player base is apparently dropping by an alarming rate. Ubisoft Massive will be hoping the new patch will help retain some of those at-risk agents.

Here’s what we know about the 1.2 update so far: it’s set to buff the loot received from all major activities, add a new bracket to the Dark Zone, employ a nerf to the Brutal Talent, implient an increase to the Pheonixc Credit cap, and insert many more smaller-scale changes. It’s set to be one of the largest updates that The Division has seen since it released in March.

As we mentioned before, it currently has no specific date set, so we’ll keep you posted when more news drops for the patch.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Dust Line Expansion

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