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PC Gamer has confirmed that it will hold another PC Gaming Show during E3 next month. The conference, which first began in 2015, will focus on both upcoming hardware and software and is looking to spotlight experiences that are unavailable on consoles. PC Gamer is teaming up with Intel, as well as other sponsors such as Bohemia Interactive, Tripwire Interactive, Cygames, and Nexon. Sean "Day9" Plott will return as host this year, continuing his onscreen leadership of the event. No word yet on what announcements will be made, but PC Gamer has promised this year's will be their "best one yet." The third PC Gaming Show will take place on Monday, June 12th, at 10:00 AM PST and will be available to view via Twitch and other streaming platforms.

Nintendo continues the hot streak it began with the Switch launch with the roll-out of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which has already surpassed a million sales in its first weekend on the market. Some doubted that the expansion title would be able to hold its own in the market, being an upgrade of a preexisting title. But the game is selling extremely well out of the gate and, considering the longevity that this franchise has demonstrated time and time again over the years, will likely continue to do well in the weeks and even months to come. It could be well on its way to passing Breath of the Wild as the Switch's most popular title.

As E3 looms, Nintendo is beginning to reveal its plans for the conference. The company announced today that it will be holding a pre-release tournament for Splatoon 2, which will arrive on the Nintendo Switch later this summer. In recent years, the publisher has hosted similar events during previous E3 weeks, promoting games such as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. This also positions Splatoon 2 as a title focused on competitive play, as Nintendo continues to push into the realm of eSports.

With the expo only a few weeks away, it's likely that Nintendo will continue to reveal its plans for its showcase very soon. Stay tuned!

One of the first great Kickstarter success stories, Shovel Knight is still alive and kicking almost two years after its initial launch. Yacht Club Games' retro platformer/RPG-lite ode to the 8-bit era has stuck around in the conversation for a while, and it seems like it won't be leaving anytime soon. The studio has announced that Shovel Knight's next DLC expansion is titled Specter of Torment and will launch sometime in the spring of 2017. Though the DLC was initially supposed to arrive sometime this year, a short delay is an incidental disappointment to the polish that Yacht Club has routinely demonstrated. Specter of Torment will be free to download for Shovel Knight owners, and a third expansion is still on the way.

To accompany the company's announcement of PS4 Pro, Sony debuted new footage of Guerilla's upcoming action-adventure title Horizon Zero Dawn. Though the new showcase isn't more than a minute or two, it showcases the graphical fidelity of PS4 Pro with stunning views and trees wavering in the wind. But, more importantly, it is now clear that you can climb dinosaurs in Horizon Zero Dawn. New hardware is nice and all, but it doesn't match up to the fact that you can climb dinosaurs like small mountains. We'll grab the footage as soon as it's available (update: it's now available after the jump!).

It has been two months since Pokémon GO was unleashed upon the world. Millions have been lost to the new deity, flicking their fingers and chasing virtual creatures across the country in an attempt to be the very best that no one ever was. The world has changed. For the better? For the worse? Nobody knows, but we as a society have now come to coexist with the immensely powerful mobile game. Some companies, like Sony, now seek that strength and plan to "aggressively" pursue it. Every empire must crumble, and Sony CEO Kaz Hirai will lead Sony's charge to the glory of mobile gaming. Head inside for the quote.

Hideo Kojima has joined the advisory board of Prologue Immersive, a virtual reality firm that is investigating new projects for the VR and AR markets. The developer will be working alongside Kyle Cooper, the designer for the credits of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The two have been close friends for years.

"I'm very excited to hear that masters of the visual arts such as Kyle Cooper and his team are taking on yet another challenge in this digital interactive media that is VR. Through VR, I am certain they will strive to connect films and video games and take us on to that bridge to the future that lies ahead." — Hideo Kojima

Whether or not this means Death Stranding is a VR game or if Kojima will be a figurehead for the market is yet to be seen.

Renowned actor and consensus Nerd King Mads Mikkelsen may be joining Hideo Kojima's latest project, or so the internet believes. Although there has been no official announcement on if Mikkelsen is working with Norman Reedus on the upcoming game Death Stranding, a theory has surfaced that one could be coming soon. Internet conspiracies are almost never to be trusted, but this one has a significant amount of evidence to support it. Not to mention that a collaboration between Kojima and Mikkelsen just makes sense.

Head inside to hear the case and judge for yourself.

Masochists, rejoice! In a fittingly ridiculous and ostensibly meaningless move, Ubisoft has unveiled their own product for the gaming headset market: the "Nosulus Rift." The device functions differently than competitors like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The Nosulus only covers the player's nose and is only compatible with the upcoming South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Whenever players fart in the game, the Nosulus funnels a flatulence-like gas into the mask, thereby allowing players to experience their playthrough through smell, not just sight and sound. It's like you're really in the game!

A few Gamescom attendees can try out the Nosulus for themselves at the convention. The device won't be available for the wide public as it has been developed as an exclusive experience during events. This industry is changing every day, and the Nosulus is another pioneering achievement for the medium. Head inside for a trailer.

The indie scene has only grown larger over the past few years, to the point that even Take-Two, the publisher behind one of the most successful franchises ever made, is now getting in on the niche. Following in the footsteps of other companies like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts, the Grand Theft Auto publisher has started its own indie program to support small developers and help in bringing their projects to fruition. The details of the program are currently being kept under wraps, so there's little to be said about the capacity of the support. Nevertheless, it's interesting to see indie gaming grow so large that it's intersecting with AAA developers. The lines continue to blur.

The latest update of Pokémon GO has created another notable glitch in the game. Some players are experiencing complete transformations of Pokémon after catching them, seemingly at random. That comes with both pros and cons, as a Rattata could become a Dragonite just as easily as a Mewtwo could become a Zubat. No word yet on if this glitch has been exploited by players, though the random nature of it will probably keep it a mystery. Niantic will likely release another update soon to address the issue.

Head inside to watch a Poliwag turn into a Rattata before your very eyes!

Other developers should envy the longevity of Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, two games that have consistently stuck around in the zeitgeist for years now. With a number of new ports that have trickled out over the years, both games have consistently popped up in conversation since their release. Now Edmund McMillen, one of two designers behind Super Meat Boy and the creative lead on The Binding of Isaac, is looking to the future by announcing a new platformer. After dropping a teaser on the Binding of Isaac blog, he went on to describe the upcoming game as a "Mega Man / Isaac-like crossover."

Head inside for the teaser.

My experience with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3 wasn't very epic or heroic. Most of my time was spent orienting myself within the game's environment. I dashed through some trees and climbed a few rocks, scouring for food and killing Moblins here and there. After one of the booth workers introduced me to fast travel, I teleported to a tower and promptly ran off it and died. Twice. All of this while Link only wore a pair of underwear.

But though my Breath of the Wild story mainly consists of accidental suicides and aimless meandering, it is still my story. Others roasted apples, some climbed mountains, and a lucky few even stumbled upon bosses. No demo was like the other; each player's adventure was uniquely their own. Everybody had their own story to tell after playing the E3 demo. Strike that. Those fortunate enough to land a spot in the game's seven-hour line had their own story to tell. The allure of a singular experience is what made The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild the breakout title of E3 2016, and it has also reinvigorated my adoration for this fabled franchise.

"And yes, you can do parkour in Crocs."

That's the one line that has continued to stick in my head from an E3 show floor demonstration of Watch Dogs 2. But a number of other moments stood out to me during the demo as well, such as a political scandal involving digital corruption and the pursuit of online followers being used as a game mechanic. The Watch Dogs franchise is upping its focus on tech culture with its sequel, but they've also replaced the previous game's straight-faced self-importance with goofy self-awareness. Ubisoft's deliberate tonal shift of the Watch Dogs franchise marks a clear break from the publisher's homogeneously serious demeanor, and that's a change worth getting excited for.

Between four different showings and a bunch of live streams, Monday was easily the busiest day of E3. New games, new franchises, new consoles. Old games remade, old franchises returning, old consoles with support. There was something for everyone during today's news cycle, indie to triple-A, and the week is only getting started. A full list of every story of the day is inside!