Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, Final Fantasy XIV suffered a DDos (distributed denial-of-service) attack, Blizzard announced plans to make duplicate item drops in Overwatch and Hearthstone less of a pain, and Injustice 2 got off to a strong sales start.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

  • The DeanBeat: The 12 best games of E3 2017
  • Sea of Thieves should go into Early Access on PC and Xbox One right now
  • AR/VR Weekly: Virtual reality takes a bigger stage at E3
  • Nintendo has a plan to keep Switch owners happy, and it’s more than Mario
  • E3 2017: What the hell happened? GamesBeat Decides
  • How a 15-year-old coder balances her work and life
  • Cliff Bleszinski is so glad he un-retired to create LawBreakers
  • Watch Metroid Prime 4 make fans go nuts at Nintendo’s New York store
  • Super Mario Odyssey is a Sonic the Hedgehog clone
  • Grand Theft Auto Online gives Take-Two breathing room as it awaits Red Dead Redemption 2

Above: The Necromancer is coming to Diablo III soon.

Image Credit: Blizzard

News

  • Blizzard doesn’t want duplicate Legendary cards in Hearthstone
  • Overwatch is improving its highlights and loot boxes
  • Warner Bros. opens New York office to support games like Injustice 2
  • 26 VR startups debut at HTC’s Vive demo day
  • Final Fantasy XIV’s seemingly unstoppable DDoS attack is the new norm
  • Rocket League is NBC’s test drive for esports
  • Cities: Skylines is building a PlayStation 4 release
  • MIT accelerator Play Labs announces class of 13 AR/VR startups
  • AMD launches broad Epyc server processor line with up to 32 cores per chip
  • InXile launches its Bard’s Tale VR game, The Mage’s Tale
  • Twitch signs exclusive esports deal for 20 Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes events
  • Diablo III banks on a Necromancer to breathe life into its aging community
  • LG uses Augmented Pixels’ sensor for better robot navigation and VR tracking
  • Newzoo: Global game market to grow from $108.9 billion in 2017 to $128.5 billion in 2020
  • E3 thrilled fans, but everyone agrees: The show must change
  • Tobii Pro extends eye-tracking to non-game VR applications
  • Harvest Moon farm-life sim celebrates 20th anniversary with its first-ever PC game
  • May 2017 NPD: Mario Kart and Zelda outsell Prey
  • Call of Duty World League gains momentum as an official esport
  • FTC moves to block DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy sports merger
  • WWE 2K18 features Seth Rollins as its generational-shifting cover star

Mobile and social

  • 8i lets you superimpose holographic characters into photos with Holo mobile app
  • Mistwalker’s RPG Terra Battle is expanding with two new games for PC and mobile
  • IronSource joins playable ads movement with interactivity that far outperforms video ads
  • Sega Forever bundles a collection of classic video games on mobile
  • South Korea’s Lineage2: Revolution is now a No. 1 hit across Asia
  • SafeDK: Analytics and advertising are the most popular SDKs in free Android apps
  • MTG buys GameStop’s mobile game publisher Kongregate for $55 million
  • Jam City’s Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow debuts on June 29
  • Pokémon Go shows off gym system updates and upcoming co-op Raid Battles

Above: Knack 2 debuts in the second half of 2017.

Image Credit: Sony

Previews, reviews, and interviews

  • Super Mario Odyssey’s interdimensional travel is one of its best visual tricks
  • Creative’s Sonic Carrier megasoundbar was the most impressive tech at E3
  • How the ubiquitous game actor Troy Baker plays Talion in Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Days Gone will be an open world full of fast zombies, wolves, and bears
  • Build your own steampunk ice age society in Frostpunk
  • Gran Turismo creator expected a ‘more incredible’ PSVR
  • Super Mario Odyssey: Catching a ride on a sphinx
  • Cory Barlog paints a picture of a kinder, gentler God of War
  • How Microsoft’s Rare imagined the pirate world of Sea of Thieves
  • Polyarc’s Moss hides clever VR game design under its cuteness
  • Knack 2 is more fun than it should be thanks to co-op
  • Microsoft creative director on reviving Age of Empires and making PC-only games
  • How Sledgehammer games reinvented multiplayer for Call of Duty: WWII
  • How Machine Games envisioned an America overtaken by Nazis in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Hands-on with 3 missions of Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer
  • Watch us play Super Mario Odyssey — the best game at E3
  • Super Mario Odyssey: Clothes shopping at the short-and-squat store
  • Total War: Arena will be an accessible free-to-play strategy game
  • Crytek’s Hunt: Showdown is where the hunter becomes the hunted
  • Super Mario Odyssey: We find an expert treasure tracker
  • Watch us play Sea of Thieves on Xbox One X

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