The Crew 2 closed beta dates, Ride 3 announced, Battlefield V to be revealed soon, Mario Tennis Aces beta and more

Sac City Gamer’s regular feature “Gaming News & Notes” brings you a roundup of the hottest news tidbits from around the gaming industry.

May 16’s highlights include details on an upcoming closed beta for Ubisoft’s The Crew 2, announcements of several new games and more.

Ubisoft’s PS4, Xbox One and PC open-world, vehicle swapping followup to its hit racing series The Crew, The Crew 2 will be getting a closed beta soon. Those who have registered and are selected can play the game from May 31 through June 4. The game can be pre-loaded on May 29, according to the official website.

After lots of rumors and speculation, EA has confirmed Battlefield V is happening. The game will be revealed on May 23 at 1 p.m., according to the official website. The reveal can be viewed there as well when it goes live.

“The next chapter of EA DICE’s groundbreaking all-out war saga is Battlefield V,” the website states. “Tune in on May 23 for a first look into how your epic journey with Battlefield V will be.”

Nintendo Switch’s Mario Tennis Aces is coming to the console June 22, but an open beta featuring single player and online battles will be available June 1-3. Mario, Peach, Yoshi and Bowser will be playable. Nintendo notes that even playing single player matches will require an online connection during the beta period.

The game will be available at different times throughout the beta period. In the pacific region of North America it will be playable from June 1 at 6 p.m. to June 3 at 11:59 p.m. (PT) and in the eastern region from June 1 at 9 p.m. to June 4 at 2:59 a.m. (ET), according to Nintendo. You can visit the Mario Tennis Aces website for more.

Ride 3 has been announced and is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on Nov. 8, 2018. The game will feature more customization, tons of bikes, new tracks and AI and gameplay improvements, according to a press release from Milestone. Below is the list of new features, as written in the press release, and an announcement trailer for the game.

  • These are only some of the innovations that RIDE 3 is set to bring to the players, and if that’s not enough, key features of the game will also include:
    • More than 230 bikes at DayOne divided into 7 categories, including a new one;
    • 12 brand new tracks, for a total amount of 30 tracks;
    • Diverse customization possibilities, which will enable players to customize their bikes both from a mechanical and aesthetic point of view.

    Mechanical customization options will include more than 500 customizable bike parts: players will be able to create their perfect ride deciding whether to pimp their engine or intervene on brakes and suspensions, as well as modify the transmissions or adjust the wheels as they prefer. Aesthetic customization will include an innovative Livery Editor for limitless creativity, to design the livery of your dreams and share it online;

    • Extreme realism reached thanks to the introduction of Unreal Engine 4, used for the first time in a RIDE title, which ensures a great visual rendering as well as detailed particle and lighting effects and a photorealistic level of the environments. Moreover, with the new graphic engine Milestone’s team has been able to include night modes for the first time in a ride title. Last but not least, the Drone Scanning System has been used to reproduce all tracks down to the smallest detail;
    • A completely revised career mode based on volumes, a unique experience that tells the story of a specific bike category, manufacturers or iconic tracks;
    • Improved AI, a new physics simulation and a revised collision system.

Image courtesy Destructoid.

In not-so-exciting news, Sony has officially ended production of physical games for PlayStation Vita. According to a report by Kotaku, Sony says all production of physical Vita games will end by the end of March 2019.

For those who still enjoy playing the Vita, the company stated it has no plans on ending support for the Vita’s digital store.

It was recently announced that Stardew Valley is finally coming to Vita and will arrive in physical and digital form on May 22. The game will be cross-buy so those who already own it on PS4 or who purchase it on either system will gain access to both versions of the game. Unfortunately, the multiplayer update will not be coming to Sony’s handheld.


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