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This week in games: Mass Effect’s downfall, CD Projekt’s extortion, E3 rumors and more

E3 starts…tomorrow, so the “wrap-up” part of our weekly news wrap-up is more of a theoretical end to the week than anything else. We’ll be here at 12 p.m. Pacific on Saturday to start our coverage of EA’s press conference, and then it’s six days of straight gaming from there. If our E3 expectations and predictions come true, Microsoft will show off more Scorpio, Ubisoft will dump another Assassin’s Creed on us, and on, and on.

This week leading up to it was all about the teases, the trailers, and the leaks. It looks like we’ll see an XCOM 2 expansion soon, Hideo Kojima dropped a cryptic Death Stranding tease, and…there’s a new Bubsy?

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Apple gives productivity booster shot to iPad Pro

Apple this week bolstered its claim that the iPad Pro can perform as a personal computer by announcing significant changes to iOS 11, the mobile operating system upgrade slated to ship this fall, analysts said today.

“They don’t need to convince anybody, not when you look at what iOS 11 will be delivering,” said Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies, when asked why Apple did not restate its “iPad is a computer” message from the stage of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) Monday. Milanesi ticked off examples of the upcoming iOS 11 features she sees as helpful in improving the iPad Pro’s position as a computer: “[The] Files [app], drag-and-drop, multiple windows…and there’s a lot more there from a usability standpoint that makes you believe you can do this.”

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Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcements: First thoughts for the enterprise

Apple at WWDC 2017 made a wealth of announcements, many of which are likely of interest to enterprise users, these spanned iPads, iOS 11, AI, payments and, of course, Augmented Reality (AR).

What follows is a short first stop look at some of the news enterprise users may find interesting. I’ll provide more depth later this week.

The big opportunity: ARKit

While at face value you might see ARKit as being similar to Facebook’s Camera Effects, you’d be missing something.

Not only has Apple done years of groundwork to make sure these tools will work on tens of millions of devices, but its users are happy to cough up cash to engage in these experiences.

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Skype’s major redesign prioritizes helpful bots and a smart camera over traditional video chats

Microsoft announced a major redesign of its Skype app on Thursday, helping users foster an improved social network of sorts among their best friends, while an army of helpful bots stands ready to offer recommendations and cat GIFs. 

Skype hasn’t eliminated the ability to chat with your friends, and it’s actually enhanced it with a live camera feed and the ability to quickly share news and other information around your network. But among the first screens you’ll see is a new “Find” interface that taps into bots and other services to help you discover new information. And unlike releases past, the new Skype will first be pushed to mobile: specifically Android, with iOS arriving in a month’s time, then Windows to follow later. 

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Far Cry 5’s first trailer reveals religious cults and explosions in picturesque Montana

Dim the lights, blast the dubstep, and throw on some Aisha Tyler interviews in the background—Ubisoft just kicked off its E3 press conference three weeks before the event with the first-ever trailer for Far Cry 5.

Like every year, this early look has left me wondering “Why not just wait until the show itself?”, but I guess spoiling all the surprises in May is the new normal. In any case, here’s the trailer in question:

As revealed in teasers earlier this week, the game takes place in Hope County, Montana—yes, within the United States, which is a surprisingly rare move. And in shades of Outlast 2, the region’s been overrun by the religious cult Eden’s Gate, which will be your primary enemy in the game. “Religious cult” is the general wording Ubisoft uses, though all the imagery and the church architecture shown is not-so-ambiguously Christian in influence.

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