Howdy! (Yes we’re really only doing that because of the Red Dead headline). Here are your essential stories for Wednesday, May 15th, 2019.
Skull and Bones won’t be at this years E3, among other development issues:
In a new video posted to the game’s social media, Ubisoft has shared its naval warfare based Skull and Bones game will be missing this years E3, on top of missing its vague release date of this year. Instead, it looks like the game will launch sometime after the next fiscal year, which in layman's terms means March of next year. Skull and Bones was first announced at E3 2017 and was seen as a competitor to Sea of Thieves (which launched the following year).
11 games are leaving Xbox Game Pass this month:
Its Xbox Game Pass funeral time! Microsoft has shared a new list of games that will be leaving the service, which includes Xbox One titles such as D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, DmC: Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition, JumpJet Rex, Knight Squad, Laser League, Layers of Fear, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings, and Super Time Force. Additionally, Xbox 360 titles include Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga and original Xbox titles include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Recently, Splosion Man, Comic Jumper, and Star Wars: Jedi Academy also left the service.
World of Warcraft Classic has locked its release date, among new details:
Blizzard’s biggest release of the year is arguably World of Warcraft: Classic, and now the nostalgic affair has been given an official release date of August 27th. There is also a beta that starts today and will end in July, but players can only gain access through sign-ups. Lastly, Blizzard is also releasing a $100 Collector’s Edition of the game which includes a statue of Ragnaros, a pin, mouse pad, and a print. World of Warcraft originally released in 2004.
Red Dead Online will be able to be played without PlayStation Plus in a new promotion:
Red Dead Online has officially left its beta phase, and as a result, some new promotions are being held between the live service game and PlayStation. The biggest one is non-Playstation Plus owners being able to access the multiplayer expansion (without needing a Plus subscription) which will last until May 27th. Additionally, sales are being offered for the game’s currency. (That ends on June 3rd). RDR is also experiencing a number of XP boosts this weekend (to celebrate no longer being in beta).
Nintendo is experimenting with a new Game Voucher program:
Nintendo is introducing Game Vouchers to the Switch’s online store, in which you can pay $100 to have access to two digital games that are worth around $60. So far, the list of eligible includes many Switch hits like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Octopath Traveler, and more and even includes upcoming titles like Astral Chain. Super Mario Maker 2 is also eligible, but only if you purchase a voucher before July 31st (a month before the game’s release date)