E3 is the biggest gaming event in the world where game developers showcase their new games and initiatives. However, E3 is not just about PC and console games as there are also games for macOS and iOS.
In reality, Apple started taking their steps into the gaming industry years ago. In May, we saw the unveiling of Warren Buffett’s Paper Wizard, Apple’s first original game since 2008. Plus, iOS 13 includes support for PS4 and Xbox controller, meaning that you can play your favorite games using elite controllers.
At this year’s E3, there are tons of new updates for existing macOS and iOS games. With that in mind, we rounded up the biggest game and service announcements for macOS and iOS.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Final Fantasy franchise is a big name on the market. At this year’s E3, we saw the debut of two Final Fantasy gaming titles including Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. The last one is the third expansion to the classic MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
In the game, you continue your journey to become Warriors of Darkness. To do this, you need to fight dark forces that stand in your way. We did not hear too much about the game yet, but the trailer shows the return of Minfilia, a young girl under the protection of Thancred.
Plus, the game introduces new classes including the Gunbreaker and the Dancer, offering new combat skills and modes for all players. The game will be available on macOS on July 2 and cost $39.99. We will write a full review for this game when it hits the market to see how it will run on your Mac.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades
The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a great role-playing game for iOS and Android. The game has been out there for months as early access. At this year’s E3, Bethesda officially gave us some more details about when it releases. Indeed, the Blades will arrive on your iPhone in mid-2019.
Bethesda also announced some new updates to the game, including new quests, new player-versus-player arena battles, new missions, and new decorations. The game will also hit Nintendo Switch and iOS players will be able to play the game using the same account.
Empire of Sin
If you are looking for a Mafia 3-like experience on your Mac, then Empire of Sin is a solid choice. Empire of Sin is set in 1920s Chicago and a combat-strategy game where you fight other gangs to reclaim your territory.
I spent two hours with this game and I really enjoyed its atmosphere and graphics. The streets filled with vehicles and NPCs and 1920s-style buildings. I drove out of my safe house and expanded my empire by taking back casinos, hotels, and brothels owned by other gangs.
One major problem I had with the game is that it sometimes crashes on Mac. It seems that it needs some polishing ahead of its final release. Empire of Sin is coming to Mac in Spring 2020 and we expect to hear more from it this fall.
Commander Keen is a side-scrolling platform game that was first introduced for MS-DOS in 1990. At this year’s E3, Bethesda made waves by announcing that Commander Keen will return as a free-to-play iOS game. Basically, the game maintains its gameplay style from the original game while adding some tweaks to make it compatible with the iPhone.
In the game, you play as Commander Keen who defends the Earth and Galaxy from alien threats. The game received a wide welcome at launch in 1990, with praise directed at its fun gameplay. Bethesda says that the graphics have been tweaked to make it more visually appealing.
Project xCloud is a game-streaming service that allows you to play graphics-intense games on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac without the need for new hardware. This is Microsoft’s answer to Google’s Stadia gaming service, which is set for late 2019 release. The new project focuses on Xbox games and lets users stream over 3,500 Xbox games to their Macs.
Microsoft says that the streaming quality will vary depending on your internet connection. And we expect to see a native 4K gaming experience. There is no word on when the service will come out, but it’s likely to make its debut in 2020. This is something similar to Xbox Game Pass, a game-streaming service for Xbox console and PC.
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