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This week in games: The Division 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Crash Bandicoot comes to PC, and Valve is “shipping games again”

Somebody should tell publishers it’s just a random week in March and not E3 or something, because seemingly everyone was announcing games this week—a new Division, a new Call of Duty: Black Ops, a Prey expansion, and a new game from the developer of Observer and Layers of Fear. Even Valve announced it’s going to “start shipping games again.”

That, plus a bevy of trailers for games we did know about, Crash Bandicoot is coming to PC, PUBG details its third map, the White House takes a look at violent video games, and Inside teases a collector’s edition partnership with…Realdoll?

This is gaming news for March 5 through 9.

Try, try again

The Division at release was one of the most disappointing games I’ve ever played—this beautiful and haunting recreation of New York City with…nothing in it. Empty streets, generic loot, bullet-sponge enemies. And the lone interesting aspect, a tense multiplayer area known as the Dark Zone, was ridden with cheaters and griefers.

Ubisoft somehow managed to turn The Division around though, and I can’t overstate how impressive that is. The team at Massive Entertainment salvaged a game I thought was unsalvageable, and new modes likes “Survival” and “Resistance” gave it surprisingly long legs.

So…maybe the newly-announced sequel, The Division 2, will be good from the start? It’s a tall order maybe, as other games (like Destiny 2) have learned, but I’m willing to give it another shot. Look for more news out of E3 this year.

Blops 4

Didn’t take long for these rumors to turn around. Earlier this week people spotted basketball player James Harden wearing what they suspected was a hat teasing a new Call of Duty: Black Ops. By Thursday, it was official. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII is 2018’s iteration of the popular shooter, and it’s releasing October 12.

“But wait, that’s not how Roman numerals work,” you might say, and you’d be right. But considering 2018 will also play host to Battlefield V, which is actually the sixth mainline Battlefield, plus Red Dead Redemption II, the third game in the Red Dead series…well, at least Activision got the number right.

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