Back in August last year, Facebook launched Instagram Stories, a feature that allows users to post disappearing stories for a 24-hour period, similar to Snapchat's capabilities.
Instagram Stories now has 250 million daily active users, which is more than Snapchat's 166 million daily active users.
Sony may have secured rights for a marketing deal with Ubisoft for Far Cry 5, and if so, we could see PS4 get exclusive content.
Sony has scooped up marketing deals for a swath of high-profile multi-platform games including Red Dead Redemption 2 and Destiny 2. It appears Far Cry 5 could be another triple-A game pulled over to the PS4's sphere of influence, meaning E3 2017 might be a massacre in terms of showcased third-party games. However, Ubisoft's deal for Far Cry 5 may only be for Europe.
Today Ubisoft officially released multiple teaser trailers for Far Cry 5, confirming the game is set in modern-day Montana. Interestingly enough, three out of the four released Far Cry 5 trailers aren't available in the United States...but that hasn't stopped uploaders from capturing and re-uploading them. Far Cry 5's official European trailers clearly show PS4 and PS4 Pro as the available platforms, but the single trailer released in North America doesn't list any platforms. The US Far Cry 5 lists PS4, Xbox One and PC as available platforms.
There are some people that use Facebook so much that they might not have many other apps installed on their phone, and for the people who want an even easier food delivery service with their phone will soon be able to tap the 'Order Food' button on Facebook.
TechCrunch is reporting that the new Order Food button will be made available on the Facebook app for mobile, as well as the desktop. It will be accessed by the main navigation menu, where it will be found at the bottom, with a hamburger icon. The ordering process itself is smooth, with Delivery.com and Slice powering it. You can type the specific location or general area you're in, where you'll be greeted to a list of available restaurants.
The options of restaurants and outlets won't be large at first, but it will continue to grow as the service expands with more users and businesses signing up. As TechCrunch said in their article, it seems like Facebook is building itself into a much larger ecosystem, where you will not need to leave Facebook at all, even if you're hungry.
Destiny 2's highly anticipated PC version won't be available during the game's official release in September, and has been delayed to ensure optimum performance.
With the help of Blizzard's Battle.net service, Bungie will bring its illustrious shared-worlds shooter to PC for the first time...but there's a caveat: the PC version doesn't officially have a release date. Destiny 2 is set to launch on September 8, 2017 on PS4 and Xbox One, but the PC flavor will be delayed. The developers affirm the game's delay on PC is to ensure Destiny 2 is fully optimized with all the greatest features PC gamers expect, including uncapped frame rates, 4K support, native Ultrawide 21:9 support, FOV sliders, mouse and keyboard support, and other features.
Since Destiny 2's PC port is such a monumental step forward for the franchise, Bungie has enlisted the help of Blizzard to ensure the online-based shooter runs smoothly. As we previously reported, Destiny 2 will be exclusive to Blizzard's Battle.net client, meaning the game won't arrive on Steam. Here's what Bungie's Luke Smith had to say about the PC version's delay: "We're not committed to a PC date yet, but at Bungie we're totally committed to making a PC build as great as we can. Our partnership with Blizzard and being on Battle.net, we want to make sure that this version of the game has the time it needs to bake in the oven so it's a delicious piece of bread when it comes out."
Ubisoft has now officially confirmed a new Far Cry and Assassin's Creed game will release in its Fiscal Year 2018 timeline, which extends from April 2017 - March 2018.
Ubisoft today filed its financial earnings for last year, and delivered a roadmap for upcoming releases for 2017 and beyond. The company announced that it will release four AAA games this fiscal year: Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, The Crew, and South Park: Fractured But Whole. Before you get too excited, Ubisoft says that FY2018 will have stronger emphasis on recurring player investment, which translates to microtransaction spending--so expect all of these games to have some sort of live service with microtransactions.
The French games entertainment company expects to make $1.88 billion (1.7 billion Euros) this year, strongly bolstered by digital sales and recurring player investment. Since Ubisoft will manage six live titles this year versus three last year, we may see extensive online components added the four AAA releases planned for this year. Digital content is expected to make more than 50% of Ubisoft's revenues and earnings from its back catalog of games--such as Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division--are expected to rise further.
Sony's new God of War game will likely be a major highlight of its E3 2017 showcase, and we could see the game release this year.
As for the God of War game, Sony Santa Monica has chosen a unique Norse mythology theme for the game, and it'll take place at a fantasy period when gods walked the earth.
YouTube has started opening up a preview of the new design to a small group of people from all around the world so they can get feedback.
The design is aligned to look and feel more like YouTube's mobile apps. The site design is built on a new, faster framework named Polymer, which enables quicker feature development from here on out. One of the biggest changes is a new "dark theme", which turns your background dark throughout your entire YouTube experience.
Facebook has announced that they are starting to roll out Instant Games on Messenger for more than 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month. Instant Games were launched in November last year in the States, but now they will become available globally.
Facebook is also launching new features that they previewed to developers at their annual F8 conference. Those features allow developers to create unique game bots that can communicate with players about new levels and rewards.
Messenger will now support turn-based games instead of just single-player games with score leaderboards. One of the first games to take advantage of the new gameplay features is Zynga's Words With Friends.
In October 2016, Facebook released Facebook Messenger Lite, a stripped-down version of Messenger with a reduced feature set.
The app is aimed primarily at old Android phones and, when released, regions where high-speed Internet is not widely available. The app was first made available in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela.
Facebook has now finally decided to expand Messenger Lite's reach, and the company made the app available in 150 additional countries, including Germany, Colombia, Italy, Vietnam, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan and the Netherlands.
Google has very, very quietly launched a new app with Areo, a new destination that lets you order food and home services. The major downside here is that Areo is only available in Bangladore and Mumbai in India, but we should expect Google to eventually launch it around the world.
Areo lets you order food from local restaurants from a single tap to your smartphone, with search features built-in, and more. Google is also pushing in some home services into Areo, with local electricians, plumbers, pest control, cleaners, and more can be ordered from an app and a tap of your finger.
There's no news on whether Google will bring Areo to other countries, but if it's this useful, I don't see why they wouldn't either roll it into its own app available throughout the world, or build it into Google Now.