Here’s your daily tech digest, by way of the DGiT Daily newsletter, for Tuesday, June 11, 2019!

1. Square Enix and Ubisoft announcements: Hello franchises

Two of the gaming world’s biggest publishers talked their upcoming games, and you might have heard of some of them…

A screenshot of Watch Dogs 3.

We’ll start with Ubisoft

  • The big news from Ubisoft was our first look at the third game in its Watch Dogs series, Watch Dogs Legion.
  • Coming March 6, 2020, the new title is set in a future London where things have taken a bit of a downward turn (insert obligatory Brexit joke).
  • Previous Watch Dogs fans will find it immediately familiar – there was plenty of tech-centric action on offer. The new gameplay hook this time around is that you’ll be able to recruit and play as other NPC characters as you “build the resistance” to fight back against the forces of oppression (hence the title’s Legion moniker).
  • Strong violence and language in the trailer here, but the most offensive aspect is probably the narrator. The trailer doesn’t quite pull off the “we are cool” vibe it seems to be aiming for…

There were few Assassin’s Creed announcements from the show, though there’s a Story Creator Mode now available for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. And speaking of said title, there’s a new game in the works from its creators.

A screenshot of Gods & Monsters.

  • Gods & Monsters promises an “epic journey through the fantastical world of Greek mythology.”
  • No gameplay footage was revealed in the trailer, but it seems like it was rendered in the game engine, so at least we’re pretty confident in what it will look like.
  • It’s set in a painterly, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-esque (open?) world.
  • The Zelda vibe was also sold through the roaming monsters and the kid in the hat with the sword.
  • It’s supposed to be released February 25, 2020. I feel like there could be a delay on the cards though – it looked far from finished.

Other stuff:

  • A standalone, co-op, Rainbow Six title is coming: Rainbow Six Quarantine. Trailer plus details here.
  • Three new episodes for The Division 2 are on the way soon. One is set at the Pentagon, one in the Washington D.C. woodlands, and one in New York. First episode arrives this July, free for The Division 2 owners.
  • A Tom Clancy mobile game called Elite Squad was announced, featuring Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher.
  • And a new roller skating game called Roller Champions is on the horizon. The concept is certainly intriguing – it’s a free-to-play, multiplayer, arena sports title something like Rocket League.

Everything Square Enix

Square Enix had a hit-and-miss show, with well-established franchises doing the heavy lifting.

A screenshot showing the Avengers: A-Day title.

  • The company dropped the first trailer for its upcoming Marvel title, Avengers: A-Day, set for release May 15, 2020.
  • Details are scarce but it looks like a third-person action title featuring single player and co-op gameplay.
  • This trailer was also cut from the game engine, so we have a good idea of what it will look like. And what it looks like is…a little wonky?
  • Marvel’s Avengers: A-Day will also apparently be updated for years to come with free DLC.
  • And there won’t be any loot boxes.
  • It’s all very suspicious, considering this is a AAA title with the Marvel name attached to it.
  • It was one of the few titles Square Enix discussed that didn’t have a number higher than six in its name.

Another look at the Final Fantasy VII remake, and a Final Fantasy VIII remaster:

A screenshot showing the Final Fantasy VII remake.

  • We didn’t get tons of new info about the FF VII remake, but we did get a look at Tifa and Sephiroth in the almost four minutes of new footage.
  • The gameplay shed some light on the battle system too, which seems to be shaping up nicely.
  • It just continues to look pretty hot all around, really. It’s set for release on PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020.
  • As for FF VIII remastered, this won’t be a complete do-over like FF VII. That said, it has been a long time coming, so it’s an exciting development nonetheless. It’s heading to PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One in 2019.

More Final Fantasy:

  • A four-minute video for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers landed. This is a new expansion for the Final Fantasy XIV MMO. Comments and ratings have been disabled for that video on YouTube, which is rarely a good sign for a new game announcement.
  • And another remaster is coming in the form of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, heading to PS4, Switch, and mobile. Why make something new when you can sell a barely altered version of something old, eh?

Anything else from Square Enix?

  • A trailer for Co-op action game Outriders landed, from the devs who brought you Bullet Storm.
  • Oninaki is a pretty slick-looking JRPG about reincarnation. Coming this August.
  • Square Enix music is also now available on your favorite streaming platforms. Yay.

Finishing off the gaming news:

2. Google Pixel 4 renders look a lot like 2019 iPhone renders (Android Authority) -Leaker @OnLeaks and PriceBaba teamed up to bring some renders showing what the Google Pixel 4 may look like. The phone is still expected to be some months away, and its design may change, but OnLeaks has leaked some accurate stuff in the past.

3. How to legitimately get paid apps for free! (AA). It isn’t always easy, but it is possible.

4. Dynamic email in Gmail becoming generally available on July 2, 2019 (Google). This means, from next month, you’re going to be able to get more stuff done without leaving the Gmail email client.

5. Don’t smile for surveillance: Why airport face scans are a privacy trap (Washington Post). This is a brilliant piece from WaPo – if somewhat alarming. “Mostly in the name of efficiency, airlines and the U.S. government are, at a large scale, scanning the faces of people who aren’t suspected of crimes. It’s America’s biggest step yet to normalize treating our faces as data that can be stored, tracked and, inevitably, stolen.” Speaking of…

6. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says traveler photos and license plate images have been stolen in a data breach (TechCrunch). Oh, bother.

7. AMD tells all about its $449 Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU, the company’s first next-generation “RDNA” video card(Engadget).

8. Amazon has deployed 200,000 warehouse robots to help it out, but insists human staff will always be needed (BBC).

9. Huawei says Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram still works on its phones (AA). We were a bit worried for a hot second there.

10. Microsoft adds new gamer tag options for Xbox Live – (MSPoweruser).

11. Steven Spielberg is writing a horror series you’ll only be able to stream when it’s dark (The Verge). Quite a novel idea!

12. Google Stadia games – the updated list following the E3 announcements (Android Authority).

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