The Daily Moot (3/16/18)
1. Fortnite on Mobile Could Demonstrate the Future of Mobile Gaming
Fortnite has launched a mobile version of the popular battle royale game mode to mobile as of today. Although the game is only available to select individuals on iOS who signed up via the Fortnite website, plenty of people are playing it and giving their feedback. While some say the controls feel clunky and the game doesn’t run smoothly, others (perhaps with newer phones) are praising the game for its ability to run and operate smoother than anticipated. Any first person shooter game is going to struggle with touchscreen controls, and Epic Games has hinted at controller support in the near future. Check out this article to get a look at the layout of the controls and see some gameplay for yourself.
2. Release Date Revealed for Jurassic World Evolution
Jurassic World Evolution is a strategic management game, akin to Rollercoaster Tycoon, based on the Jurassic Park film franchise. The company developing the game, Frontier Developments, announced today that the game will be released on June 12th for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Frontier Developments is the company behind the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, so it is promising to see them working on this project.
3. EA is Bringing Microtransactions back to Battlefront II, but They’re Finally Only Cosmetic
We all remember the controversy regarding Battlefront II and their loot crates. Initially, loot crates in the new Star Wars game contained items that would make your characters stronger and give an unfair advantage to those who invested more money into the game. As a response to community outrage, EA removed all loot crates from the game with the promise that they would returned later. Well, later has come and the loot crates are back. Thankfully, though, the loot crates will now only contain cosmetic items. Progression in the game will now come exclusively from grinding out games and leveling up your character. You know, like how it should have been all along.
4. Kirby Star Allies Officially Launches on Nintendo Switch
After a short free demo period for the game last week, Kirby Star Allies officially launched today. The side scrolling platformer can be played solo, but it is meant to played with friends. You can team up with up to three other players to take on a host of enemies. In classic Kirby fashion, sucking up enemies to take on their abilities will help you get far in the game. But, as we said before, the real power and enjoyment of the game comes from teaming up with others to play. So get on out there, find some buddies, and get going.
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 May Be Getting Remastered
The popular game in the Call of Duty franchise may be next in line for a remastered release. Just today a listing on Amazon for ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered’ popped up with a April 30th release date. While this may be a placeholder for an unannounced game, it also could be exactly what it says it is. The current price point is listed as 20 Euros, which is roughly $25 USD. This strikes us a fair price for a remastered game, but it will be up to the potential customers to decide for themselves.
The Daily Moot (3/15/18)
1. Geralt's Crossover Officially Announced
After a week or so of speculation, the news is finally here; Geralt from The Witcher is officially doing a crossover with Soulcalibur 6! The news broke this morning in the form of a trailer that show Geralt in all of his glory showing off his sword skills and magic. Geralt will be voiced by the original voice actor, Doug Cockle, and is set to look even better than he has in the past. It makes perfect sense to put Geralt in the Soulcaliber franchise which is filled with old timey aesthetics and magic. Fans everywhere should be genuinely excited for this release!
2. Ninja’s Star Studded Streaming Crew Breaks Record
Ninja once again streamed Fortnite last night to a couple hundred thousand people, which is nothing new. What is new, is the fact that he was streaming with Drake, Travis Scott, and Juju Smith-Schuster, and broke the viewing record with over 600,000 live viewers! A record that was set a few weeks back upon Dr. DisRespect’s return with 480,000 viewers, was absolutely obliterated by Ninja last night. Ninja is officially the face of Twitch and can be crowned the best player in Fortnite. I think it is now official that PUBG will never catch up to Fortnite ever again.
3. Ark: Survival Evolved is Coming to Mobile
The dinosaur survival game, Ark, is making its way to the mobile industry for iOS and Android devices. There is no specific release date for the game but it is expected to roll out sometime this Spring. The game is expected to bring the full online dinosaur-survival experience, similar to the PC and console version. It seems every game is making their way to mobile, Ark is just one of the many.
4. Attack on Titan 2 is Brutal
Attack on Titan 2 is a game filled with naked man eating giants trying to get rid of the human race as a whole; it is brutal. Obviously this game takes after one of the greatest animes of all time, Attack on Titan, and it does a great job of letting you play through the story. It is an exciting and vibrant environment which comes with the highest of high and demoralizing lows. If you are fan of the show, you will definitely love the game which will soon be available on March 20th.
5. Narcos Video Games Announced
Curve Digital officially signed with Narcos to bring Pablo Escobar’s drug filled antic to consoles and PC. Narcos is a Netflix original tv show with an incredible story line which will hopefully make a wonderful video game. It will be interesting to see what kind of game the developers will turn this into. Will you guys be buying?
The Daily Moot (3/14/18)
1. Twitch Prime Now Gives Free Games
Starting tomorrow, March 15th, Twitch will be offering Prime users free games each month. The “freebie” initiative is called “Free Games with Prime” and it literally does just that. This is another impressive addition of free stuff given out by Twitch to their Prime subscribers which already includes free in-game items, ad-free viewing, channel subscriptions, and more. For the month of March, Prime users will have access to Superhot, Shadow Tactics, Tales from Candlekeep, Oxenfree, and Mr. Shifty. This is a great move by Twitch as streaming platforms are becoming more and more clutter by the day.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Hints at Battle Royale Game Mode
Activision hinted at a future battle royale game mode in Black Ops 4 by saying they are “keenly aware” of its success. While this is by no means an announcement is a battle royale game mode, it is giving us the implication that something may be on the way. The success of battle royale style games has been unparalleled and it only makes sense for other game developers to follow in the footsteps of games such as PUBG and Fortnite. What do you guys think, is Activision going to create a battle royale style game?
3. Stardew Valley Multiplayer Mode is Close
The Stardew Valley multiplayer mode has officially entered QA testing, which means it is somewhere close on the horizon. The multiplayer functionality is apparently just icing on the cake for what is expected to come in the next update. Eric Barone, the games creator, stated that the update will also bring a lot of “new single player stuff.” After the QA testing will come the beta testing, so expect the full release to come sometime soon!
4. Kirby Star Allies Review
Kirby Star Allies is set to come out this Friday, March 16th. The hype for the game has been pretty lackluster, but the reviews of the game after some players were given early access has been pretty stellar. IGN recently released a very in depth review of the entire game and gave it an overall score of 8.3/10. That is a pretty dang good score for a platformer style game. Here at the Moot headquarters, we are all planning on buying the game upon release; will you?
5. Skyrim VR Coming to PC
Skyrim Virtual Reality will make its way to PC on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive next month on April 3rd. Skyrim has been an amazing game since day one, and it looks like it is about to get even more awesome. Check out the preview for the VR version of Skyrim by clicking the link below!
The Daily Moot (3/13/18)
1. Former Halo Lead’s New Game
The former executive producer of the Halo franchise, Josh Holmes, is developing a new game called "Scavengers" with his indie gaming company, Midwinter Entertainment. The game is said to be a spiritual successor to the Warzone game mode from Halo 5: Guardians described as a multiplayer survival shooter “coopetition”. Multiple groups of players will face off against other teams as well as quick-witted and powerful AI. The game takes place in the near future where the Earth has been pushed into a new Ice Age. There is no official release date just yet but expect some more information to come at E3 this year!
2. Remote Explosive Coming to Fortnite Battle Royale
Surprise, surprise, Fortnite Battle Royale is adding even more weapons to the arsenal of existing weapons. This time, it is in the form of a stick bomb. The stick bomb is expected to take the place of the smoke bomb that is going to be removed from the game entirely due to the lack of usage. Fortnite Battle Royale is setting a new precedent in terms of how often developers should be releasing updates. Keep it up, Epic Games!
3. Monster Hunter: World Update
Monster Hunter: World is getting a new Devil May Cry update sometime in the near future. The update will contain new armor and weapons including a new charge blade variant described as a “devious combination of the Force Edge and Alastor” (swords from the original Devil May Cry). There has not been an official release date for the new DLC but expect it to arrive sometime in the next handful of weeks.
4. 9 Characters We Hope to See in Smash
IGN put together a list of 9 characters we are hoping to see in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. and it is honestly pretty spot on. The list is as follows:
- Shovel Knight (Shovel Knight)
- Crash Bandicoot (Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy)
- Solaire of Astora (Dark Souls)
- Papyrus and Sans (Undertale)
- Captain Toad (Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker)
- Breath of the Wild Champions (Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
- Geralt (The Witcher)
- Amaterasu (Okami)
- Spring Man/Ribbon Girl (ARMS)
Do you agree? Who else would you want to see in Smash? Let us know in the comments!
5. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 2018 Spotted
A listing for Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 2018 was spotted earlier today on Amazon by a Reddit user only to be quickly removed. The listing was shown with no description, cover art, price, or system, it simply had the name only. Granted this could be a speculative placeholder put into action by Amazon, or maybe this could be a title we will see later on this year. It has been 5 year since the last Splinter Cell, and would make a lot of sense to bring the successful title back to life. Would you buy as new Splinter Cell title? Let us know in the comments!
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The Daily Moot (3/12/18)
1. Fortnite Mobile Sign-Ups are Live!
Last week it was announced that Fortnite Battle Royale will be coming to iOS and Android devices. Today, those who have an iOS device are able to sign up for the waiting list which will give players an email invitation when you are able to play. Android users will have to wait for now, but your opportunity will be coming sometime in the near future! The game is set to support cross play between Mac, PC, PS4, and of course mobile. Fortnite is gradually taking over the entire gaming industry as they continue to reinvent the battle royale style game as we know it.
2. Super Smash Bros. Will Probably be a New Game
Last week Nintendo Switch fans rejoiced everywhere as the news was spread about Super Smash Bros. coming to the new console. The biggest question now is if the game will be a port from the Wii U, or will it be a brand new game for the Nintendo Switch? IGN has reason to believe it will indeed be a brand spankin' new game. A handful of their reasons are as follows: there is no specific title yet, the developers are a completely new team than before, their website has been revamped, and lastly the tweet from Masahiro Sakurai about the state of the game. Check out the article from IGN to see all the reasons why the next Super Smash Bros. will be a brand new game.
3. NHL’s First eSports Championship
The National Hockey League is putting on its first esports championship this month with a prize pool of $100,000. The best 24 players from Canada, Europe, and the U.S.A will come together to compete for the title as the best NHL player in the “world”. Registration is currently underway and the competition for qualifying pools will begin on March 24th with a total of 1,024 players. Expect other traditional sports to make a splash in 2018 in terms of gaming.
4. Vermintide II is Awesome
Warhammer: Vermintide II is the best four player cooperative role playing game since Left 4 Dead according to Time Rodgers of Kotaku. Rodgers states that the gameplay is just downright beautiful and the melee is impressive as ever. Check out the link to get a better light on the review of Warhammer: Vermintide II and why you just might enjoy the game as well!
5. Darwin Project Hits Early Access
The Darwin Project officially went into early access on Steam this past weekend and did exceedingly well. While the game is not necessarily for everyone, it does has its place for a large portion of video game players. The battle royale style game takes place in a snowy Canada and allows 10 players to duke it out in any way imaginable. In addition, there is a spectator tool built into Mixer and Twitch that allows viewers to influence the gameplay in many fashions. Right now the game is $15 on Steam and is looking to be the next big battle royale game.
The Daily Moot (3/9/18)
1. Fortnite Battle Royale Coming to Mobile
Epic Games is developing Fortnite Battle Royale for iOS and Android devices. There is no specific release date yet, but iOS users will be able to sign up for an early version of the game sometime this year (Android support will come later). The early sign ups will begin March 12th where users will be put on an email invite list and will receive a notice when the game is available. Both mobile versions will have the capability to play cross platform with PC, Mac, PS4, and Xbox. The future of gaming is having the ability to play your favorite game across all platforms, and Epic games is paving the way.
2. Sea of Thieves Last Open Beta
The Sea of Thieves final open beta begins today on Xbox and PC, and will be the biggest version of the game any players has seen. In addition to everything you had seen previously in the beta, you and your friends will now be able to test out Merchant Alliance voyages and Skeleton Fort attacks. Remember, the game is still a beta so there are bound to be sugs bugs, but the development team will take note and make sure the game is seamless upon the full release on March 20th. Sea of Thieves shows a lot of promise and is ready to make an impact in the gaming world in 2018!
3. Undertale Coming to Nintendo Switch
Yoyo Games has partnered with Nintendo and is bringing the classic game, Undertale, to the Nintendo Switch. The original creator of the game, Toby Fox, commented on the game saying he is very excited and hopes Mario plays his game. The game will be available sometime this Summer and is expected to be quite popular.
4. Days Gone Delayed
Sony has confirmed that Days Gone will be delayed until at least 2019. While there is no reason for the games delay, it is a fair to assume it has taken longer to develop than expected. The game takes place in a post apocalyptic world following a bounty hunter named Deacon St. John as he fights zombie-like enemies. The highly anticipated game will be heavily sought after in 2019!
5. Valve’s New Digital Card Game
Valve finally released some information on their next Dota-2 themed digital card game, Artifact. Artifact is a very unique take on a digital card game as it has hero cards that respawn after death, three lanes of play, and items to buy and equip to creatures. The digital card game sure is crowded, but Valve seems more than ready to take on the challenge of entering the market.
The Daily Moot (3/8/18)
1. Super Smash Bros is Coming to the Switch!
Well, the news is out, a new Super Smash Brothers game is coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018! The announcement came at the end of a lackluster 30 minute long Nintendo Direct where they announced a handful of irrelevant and boring games (for the most part). Fans everywhere were either hoping for news on Pokémon or Super Smash, and their wishes came true. Now, we do not know when the game will come out or what the game entails, but we do know it is on the way. Thank you Nintendo for not letting us down! What are your thoughts on the Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments!
Bonus! Here is a silhouette of the characters. Can you name any?
2. PUBG 2018 Roadmap
PlayerUnknown released a lengthy statement today highlighting the 2018 roadmap for PUBG. The statement included aesthetic improvements, new content and gameplay, an emote system, new vehicles, stability, optimization, security, sound improvements, esports, custom games, and more! It was quite the statement to the community and hopefully the developers stick to their words and truly improve the overall game. It is no secret that PUBG has been surpassed by Fortnite as the most popular Battle Royale game, so hopefully this can help boost the game and give them a fighting chance in the BR relm.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Confirmed
Activision confirmed today that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox on October 12th. There was not much released about the game besides that it will be a “game changing experience.” May 17th of this year will be the community reveal event where Activision will announce much more on the title and gives fans a good idea of what to expect. The game is the next chapter after COD: Black Ops 3, which is the best selling game in the entire COD series. Expect some big things from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4!
4. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is Coming
In today’s livestream of The Division State of the game announcement, it was confirmed that The Division 2 will indeed be created. We do not know the specifics of the game or when it will arrive, but the developers were saying they wanted to dive deeper into the exploration of The Division world. The first game initially did well, but took a nosedive a few months after the release; hopefully the next title will have a way to retain users! Expect more information at E3 this year in June.
5. H1Z1 is now Free to Play
Daybreak Games announced today that H1Z1 will now be free to play. Those who purchased the game will be given a significant reward called the “H1Z1 Appreciation Pack” from the development team which includes 10,000 skulls, 10 victory crates, and other cosmetic items. Going free to play after years of the game being premium could be a sign of panic from Daybreak Games as they are falling behind in a major way against the Battle Royale competition. Do you guys think H1Z1 will stay relevant in the Battle Royale scene? Let us know in the comments!
The Daily Moot (3/7/18)
1. Another Nintendo Direct is Coming!
Nintendo recently announced that there will be a Nintendo Direct coming tomorrow, March 8th. The company has stated the Direct will be giving more information on the upcoming title, Mario Tennis Aces, but there is absolutely going to something else involved in the presentation. The question is: what will they announce? Fans are expecting to hear something along the lines of Fire Emblem for the Switch, or maybe the release date for the upcoming Yoshi title. While some fans are hoping for a massive surprise such as details on the new Pokémon for Switch or even Super Smash Bros. What do you think will be announced?
2. Fortnite Battle Royale is Getting a 20-Player Squad Mode
Fortnite Battle Royale will be getting a limited time game mode where players team up in groups of 20 to take on four other 20 member teams, called Victory Royale. This is the first large team game mode since the 50v50 game mode that premiered at the end of last year. There is no specific release date for the new game mode as of now, but expect some news in the next couple of days or so. New and exciting game modes is just one of the ways Fortnite Battle Royale is the separating itself (in a good way) from PUBG.
3. Black Ops 4 Should be Coming Soon
Rumors and leaks have been popping up everywhere hinting that Black Ops 4 will be the next major Call of Duty title. A new rumor popped up yesterday as James Harden was wearing a hat featuring the Black Ops 4 logo when he arrived in Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder. Expect the game to be announced sometime in the near future and expect it to be developed by Treyarch, the company who developed the last three Black Ops games. Stay tuned for more information in the following weeks!
4. Rainbow Six: Siege Hits All Time High Players
The 2015 title, Rainbow Six: Siege, is making an unprecedented comeback in gaming as they just broke their all time high player count. Yesterday, it was reported there was a high of 176,000 players, which is up from last years high of just over 47,000 players. The all time high comes just one day after the newest update, Outbreak, where players fight off a parasitic infection in a remote town in New Mexico. It looks like Rainbow Six: Siege will be here to stay for a long time from now.
5. Final Fantasy XV is out on Steam
After over a full year, Final Fantasy XV is now available on Steam for $50. The game will feature free Half Life costumes if you purchase it anytime before May 1st. The game is a super fun RPG which takes you on an adventure through mystical fantasy worlds, so you should buy it now!
The Daily Moot (3/6/18)
1. Far Cry 5's Map Editor is Insane
Far Cry 5’s map editor, aka Far Cry Arcade, is going the be the best map editor in any game to date. The concept of a map editor is simple, give players tools to create and environment and then populate the environment with enemies, items, and vehicles. The combinations are endless and have essentially no boundaries. The coolest part is that you will now be able to include items, vehicles, and enemies from almost any Ubisoft game ever made. Get ready to let your imagination run wild when the game is released on March 27th!
2. Fortnite is the Most Watched Game on Twitch
Fortnite has officially passed PUBG as the most watched game on Twitch, averaging over live 150,000 viewers at any given time. In the past two weeks alone, Twitch viewers have watched over 5,000 years of gameplay. That is insane! Fortnite is showing unprecedented growth in the video game sector as it now seems that literally everyone is playing the game. Check out the article to see more statistics on Fortnite’s incredible run!
3. The Witcher Crossover?
Geralt, the star from The Witcher franchise, will be a guest star in a new game coming out later this year! Marcin Momot, the community lead for CD Projekt Red, sent out a tweet hinting at the possibility of a crossover including Geralt. Many people are already suggesting he could be coming to Soulcalibur 6, Final Fantasy XV, or even Monster Hunter: World. The possibilities are endless. What game do you think Geralt will come to? Let us know in the comments!
4. Fortnite PS4 and PC Crossplay Still Works
Fortnite, the extremely popular game developed by Epic Games, is still able to be crossed over between PC and PS4. It is pretty cool that you can cross platforms, but it seems a bit unfair because whoever has the PC has a inherently large advantage. If you don’t mind the advantage and you want to play with your buddy but he has an alternative system, worry no more! Check out the link to learn exactly how to make it happen.
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Gets a New Map and Game Mode
Activision’s 2015 entry to the Call of Duty series, Black Ops 3, just received a major update including a new game mode and new map. The new game mode, Infected, includes one singular player who is infected and tries to infect the rest of the players until the horde includes everyone, or a non-infected player outlives the clock. The new map, Redwood Snow, is a snow covered version of the already existing map, Redwood. It is always fun and exciting to see game developers care for older games by updating game modes and maps.
The Daily Moot (3/5/18)
1. Tekken Comes to Mobile
Tekken came out with “Tekken Mobile” last week for Android and iOS devices. The overall game is pretty solid as it features an RPG style level progression, in game treasures, and unlockable characters and items. However, the controls are a little wonky. Tapping on the left side of the screen blocks while tapping on the right side of the screen attacks, while holding the left or right side does a super block or super attack. While it is weird to see Tekken in the mobile gaming scene, it quite exciting to have it on the go at all times. Check out the full article from Kotaku to learn more about Tekken Mobile!
2. Ubisoft to Expand Division Team
Ubisoft is looking to add at least 25 people to their Massive Entertainment team, which is responsible for the popular shooter, The Division. Most of the people they want to bring on are designers, so we know he overall look of the game is set to get a large boost. In addition, the managing director, David Polfeldt, released a rumor saying there could be a sequel coming to The Division at some point in the future. Would this enough to bring back players to the “dead” game?
3. Monster Hunter: World to the Switch?
The studio that ported Skyrim to the Nintendo Switch, Iron Galaxy, has reached out to Capcom in an attempt to port Monster Hunter: World to the Switch. The CEO of Iron Galaxy, Adam Boyes, tweeted to Capcom in hopes of a response to proposition. Capcom has repeatedly stated that MHW is not coming to the Switch, but Iron Galaxy is hoping to change their mind. Hopefully Iron Galaxy is successful and does in fact bring Monster Hunter: World to the Switch!
4. Brigitte Tips & Tricks
The most recent character to come to Overwatch, Brigitte, is already making a major impact to the meta. Many players have learned how to play with Brigette and started using her as their main. If you are looking to learn more about Brigitte and how to effectively play as her, check out the link below from IGN!
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The Daily Moot (3/2/18)
1. PUBG’s Still has eSports Problem
Despite PUBG holding a star-studded tournament to the biggest names on Twitch, the game still will have a hard time becoming an esport. PUBG can be a very entertaining game to watch if players are trying to win, but when players are trying to not lose, it becomes boring. Due to the complete randomization of items dispersed around the map and lack of excitement in gameplay, there is no future in esports for PUBG. Until a drastic change is introduced to the battle royale survival style game, PUBG will remain stagnant.
2. ‘Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm’ Coming to Switch
The ‘Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm’ is making its way to the Nintendo Switch next month. The date is confirmed for April 26th in the UK, however, Bandai Namco North America has not disclosed the release date in the United States. The game will be available only digitally and will include a lot of DLC released for the original games. Stay tuned for more information on the game and when it will be released to the US.
3. ‘Far Cry 5’ Does not Include Loot Boxes, Includes Microtransactions
The long awaited AAA game, Far Cry 5, will not include loot boxes, however it will include microtransactions. The premium in-game content will include simply cosmetic items and time savers. The in game currency, Silver Bars, will also be included in the microtransactions, although it can be found around the map. We do not know the actual price of said premium items, but we will find out sooner rather than later. Hopefully this is not a repeat of microtransactions killing a game like the Battlefront 2 fiasco.
4. ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ One Month Later
Since its rough launch, Dragon Ball FighterZ has bounced back in a major way. The unique competitive fighting game has attracted players world wide from all backgrounds proving its worth day in and day out. The gameplay is very challenging, yet rewarding, and the overall look of the game is incredibly aesthetically pleasing. Dragon Ball FighterZ seems to be going nowhere, in fact it will be featured in this years EVO tournament. What are your guys thoughts on Dragon Ball FighterZ one month into its existence?
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The Daily Moot (3/01/18)
1. New Harry Potter RPG Trailer
‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ will be coming to Android and iOS devices sometime this spring. The developers of the game, Jam City, released the first trailer to give fans an inside scoop on what to expect later this year. The game takes you on a magical adventure through all kinds of danger and secrets as you explore the Harry Potter universe. Players are now able to pre register for the game giving them a notification the second the game is released to the world. Check out the link to see the full trailer and register!
2. Rainbow Six: Siege Makes Operators Easier to Unlock
Ubisoft is taking steps in the right direction in order to make Operators much easier to acquire. Starting on March 6th, all players will be able to play with any of the original 20 Operators without spending any Renown (R6S currency). In addition, all Renown costs will be removed from any prior or future attachments which will make it even easier to get Operators. Ubisoft is also implementing a handful of other updates which will increase overall gameplay. Click the link to learn more!
3. Nintendo not Focusing on Switch 2.0 at this Time
Nintendo is making it their goal to heavily focus on adding more peripherals to the Nintendo switch, rather than focus on updating its base hardware. In addition, they are also focusing on manufacturing and shipping to keep up with demand as well as adding more features to work with its USB Type-C port. Nintendo Switch’s birthday is coming up on March 3rd, so now is a good time to figure out what you are getting it for it’s birthday! 😉
4. Darwin Project Comes to Steam Next Week
The Hunger Games Style Battle game, Darwin Project, will be available on Steam next week on March 9th. The game has an interesting twist on Battle Royale style games where they allow viewers, aka Show Directors, to influence the game and what is happening in the environment. The game is designed to be watched just as much as it is played to create a chaotic environment. The game will go on sale next week starting at $15.
5. Fortnite 3.1.0 Goes Live
In the wake of the Jetpack being pushed back in Fortnite due to a last minute design flaw, Epic Games has filled the void with a different update. Update 3.1.0 brings new guns, new locations, tweaks to weapon drops, and more. The highlights of the update are definitely the Hunter Rifle as well as the new location called Lucky Landing which are exactly they sound like they are. Check the link to see what else is new in the update!
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The Daily Moot (2/28/18)
1. H1Z1 Leaves Early Access with New Game Mode
H1Z1 has officially left Steam’s early access and surprised its fanbase with the brand new game mode, Auto Royale. Auto Royale consists of up to 30 teams of four people who drive around recklessly while picking up power-ups, new weapons, and fuel all while destroying the opposition. The game also introduced new weapons and cars such as the Light Machine Gun and the Armored Recon Vehicle. Leaving early access has brought many new features, mechanics, and weapons to the game, and has pushed H1Z1 to a point where they can once again compete with PUBG and Fortnite as the best Battle Royale game.
2. Overwatch New Hero Announcement
Overwatch took to Twitter today to officially announce the new hero coming to the arena, Brigitte. Brigitte is an armor-clad support character who specializes in defense and just so happens to be the offspring of Torbjörn. Brigitte is the 27th hero added to the Overwatch game and she seems to be a pretty solid option. We do not know when she will be released, all we were told was “soon”. Overwatch continues to innovate and update in order to keep the game as good as it can be.
3. Fortnite's Jetpack Delayed
Fortnite has made the decision to push back the launch of the Jetpack due to a last minute design issue. Instead, the game has decided to release the Hunter’s Rifle as well as a new “lucky point of interest on the map”. We do not know exactly how the Jetpack will work, but we do know that it is quite far along in development and should be ready to rock sometime next week. Until then, let me us know in the comments what you think the Jetpack will entail!
4. Bloodborne Available in the March PlayStation Plus Lineup
Bloodborne will be the headline of the PlayStation Plus lineup coming next month in March. Bloodborne initially released in 2015 and received extremely high praise from some of the most prestigious gaming companies. In addition, the PlayStation Plus lineup with include a handful of favorite from PS3 and PS Vita. Check out the link to see the entire list!
5. Super Mario Odyssey Could Receive More DLC
An executive at Nintendo told IGN in an interview that there could potentially be more DLC coming in the future. It is really a matter of someone coming up with a practical idea that would would work out in a game such as Super Mario Odyssey. The game recently had additional DLC which included new Mario outfits as well as a new game mode, Luigi’s Balloon World. Keep your eyes peeled for what is next in Super Mario Odyssey.
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The Daily Moot (2/27/18)
1. Fortnite is Getting a Jetpack
Yeah, you read that right, a jetpack is coming to Fortnite to “take the fight to all new heights”! The announcement came via an in-game notification with not many supplementing details besides a yellow background which could possibly mean the item will be legendary. There is no specific time table for the release, but given how Epic Games usually announces Fortnite updates, we could see jetpacks in action in as little as a weeks time. Keep your eyes peeled for another update sometime this week on the release of jetpacks in Fortnite!
Oh and by the way, Fortnite also released a new game mode call “Solid Gold” where every weapon is legendary. This will only be available for a few days so get out there and battle!
2. ESRB Adds ‘In Game Purchases’ Labels to Games
After months of controversy, the ESRB will now be adding a new label to games telling the buyer if it includes in game purchases or not. The label isn’t necessarily for adults, rather it is to warn adults buying games for children. This seems to be one of the first real steps in reevaluating in-game purchases, specifically loot crates. What is next fur in game purchases in video games?
3. Rocket League Partners with WWE
Rocket League has announced a new partnership with the WWE which is set to include in-game crossovers as well as real life sponsorships. Expect to see some cool new items in the actual game of Rocket League, as well as seeing the game’s name posted all over anything WWE. We do not know exactly what we will see in the real life and the game regarding this sponsorship, but expect something big in the near future.
4. Planet of the Apes VR Game Announced
Planet of the Apes will be getting a VR game for HTC Vive and PlayStation VR on April 3rd. The game will be called “Crisis on the Planet of the Apes” where the players goes into the eyes of an ape to take on the human race. The game will be developed by Imaginati Studios. Is this something you guys would buy? Let me know in the comments!
5. Atari is Making a New Night Driver
After more than 40 years since the last Night Driver, Atari is set to release it again to iOS and Android devices. The game is currently available in the Canadian App Store where they are testing the waters to see how the market reacts. We do not know exactly when the game will be released in the United States, but hopefully it will be sometime this year. The game is developed by a U.K. company called Gameaholic.
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The Daily Moot (2/26/18)
1. ‘Monster Hunter: World’ Continues to Grow
Monster Hunter: World has continued to be one of the best game in the past few years as it has now become the fastest selling game in Capcom’s ‘star-studded’ history. In only one month it has sold over six million copies across PlayStation and Xbox One consoles. A moderately large part of the games success is due to the ability to bring on new players and make them feel at home thanks to the ‘Adopt-a-Hunter’ program. Monster Hunter: World is an incredibly well-polished game which will only improve and become more successful as time goes on.
2. More Information about Hero 27
Overwatch has provided another sneak peak at what could possibly be the 27th hero in the Overwatch universe. This time, Overwatch tweeted out a picture of “Slaga v 3.0” which appears to be a new melee weapon which could potentially be for Hero 27. This teaser further points us in the direction of believing Hero 27 to be Torbjörn's daughter, Brigitte, due to what we learned in the last teaser from Overwatch’s Twitter account. Stay tuned for more information regard Hero 27’s true identity!
3. Executive Producer’s Statements on ‘Kingdom Come: Deliverance’
Martin Klima, Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s executive producer, has released statements saying he wished the team had more time to polish the game. Despite the game’s early success with over a million copies sold in less than two weeks time, Klima says the game has plenty room to grow and be better than it is at its current state. The title received a score of 84 from pcgamer.com which is pretty good for a non-AAA game. Will you guys buy the game or will you steer away? Let us know in the comments!
4. PUBG PC Leaderboards Wiped Today
Today at 6:00PM Pacific time the PUBG PC leaderboards will be wiped says PUBG Corp.. The next season of multiplayer will be announced sometime in the near future but until then all matches will not be ranked. It seems as if this might be in direct correlation of the PUBG cheaters that have been the companies number one priority recently. As of now “99% of cheaters” have been permanently banned from competing in PUBG as the company vigorously works on getting all 100% of players banned.
5. Final Fantasy XV DLC Coming in 2019
Square Enix recently announced that there are four more DLC updates coming to Final Fantasy XV and all of them are most likely coming in 2019. It is interesting to see the company putting all of their efforts into updating Final Fantasy XV instead of focusing on creating Final Fantasy XVI at some point this year or next. Regardless, it is nice to know that Square Enix is taking their time to ensure quality in the upcoming DLC, rather than decreasing the quality in order to have everything release sooner.
The Daily Moot (2/23/18)
1. New Overwatch Hero?
Overwatch recently released a cryptic message via Twitter that is most likely hinting at “Hero 27”. The message details a combat engagement titled “Operation White Dome” which involves the heroes Captain Ana Amari, Lieutenant Reinhardt Wilhelm, and Chief Engineer Torbjörn Lindholm. However, there is one name listed in the bunch called “Private First Class Emre Sarioglu” which is unfamiliar to Overwatch fans. Could this be the name of the next hero? Probably. This tactic is nothing new for Blizzard as they teased us in a very similar way with Hero 24, Orisa. Hopefully Emre Sarioglu is indeed the next hero!
2. Color Blind Players are Concerned with Rainbow Six: Siege New Operator
Oliver “Lion” Flament, a new operator in Rainbow Six: Siege, is drawing some concerns from colorblind players. One of Lion’s abilities involves a drone that can detect movement in hostile areas by highlighting the player in a red aura, which is practically invisible to colorblind folk. The Ubisoft dev team has been notified of the issue and is currently working on a patch, but the patch has no timeline. Ubisoft has ignored gaming issues relating to colorblind players in Rainbow Six: Siege since the dawning of the game. It would be nice to see the patch come out sooner rather than later.
3. Nintendo Wins Big at DICE Awards
Nintendo had a huge night at the DICE Awards last night where they took home a plethora of awards including the most prestigious award, ‘Game of the Year’ for ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’. Other big winners included were games such as Cuphead, PUBG, and Snipperclips, but they didn’t even come close to Nintendo. Check out the full list of winner by clicking the link below!
4. League of Legends Loot Crate Drop Rates
Riot recently officially published the drop rates for Hextech chests in League of Legends. Hextech chests contain in-game items and can be earned through gameplay or purchased directly. Check out the drop rates below:
- Skin Shard—50 percent.
- Champion Shard—25 percent.
- Emote Permanent—10 percent.
- Ward Skin Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence—11.5 percent.
- Summoner Icon Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence—3.5 percent.
Click the link for more information regarding drop rates in Hextech chests!
5. MLB Home Run Derby Virtual Reality
A new home run virtual reality simulator has been made to put you in the position of a Major League Baseball player participating in the Home Run Derby. The player is put into a batting cage where they strap up a virtual reality headset and wield a weighty plastic bat in order to hit some Major League dingers. The game has been brought to events around the world in order to have users test it out and get a feel for what the final product will include. The game is set to release this spring for PlayStation VR as well as the HTC Vive.
The Daily Moot (2/22/18)
1. Fortnite Season 3 is LIVE
Fortnite season three has officially been released to the public and is well underway. However, there were some bumps in the road early on which caused the servers to be taken offline for three hours so Epic Games could fix the problem. Nevertheless, the servers are back up and things are going swimmingly. Season three includes a variety of new cosmetics from outer space, “turbo building” mode, as well as a feature to automatically switch your materials upon running out of another. In addition, Fortnite is now capable to run at 60 fps on console to make the game look even more beautiful. Epic Games is doing exceedingly well with providing consistent updates and keeping the fan base happy.
2. Rocket League Tournament Beta is Available Now
The Rocket League tournament beta will be live for the next few days to give players a taste of what will be available sometime in the spring. So far everything seems to be performing as promised even though it takes quite a long time for everything to load (that is to be expected in a beta). There a still a few things missing such as chatting with participants and an option to spectate a tournament once you lose, but overall it’s nice. It will be exciting to see what the final product looks like!
3. Super Mario Odyssey DLC is Live
Super Mario Odyssey released their new and exciting DLC today. The DLC includes a new game mode with Mario's brother, Luigi, call “Luigi’s Balloon World”. In the game mode, you essentially play hide and seek with random balloons hidden in a condensed area. The more balloons you find, the higher up you rank on the leaderboard. In addition, a handful of new Mario costumes have been released, including the fan favorite ‘Dark Souls’ costume. Keep the cool content coming Nintendo!
4. Warcraft 3 gets Major Patch
In the wake of rumors for a remastered version of Warcraft 3, Blizzard has implemented a major patch which includes hero balancing, widescreen support, and 24 player lobbies for custom games. The developers hinted again at a remastered version coming to consoles by saying this patch is the last patch for to supports Windows XP. A remastered version for current consoles would definitely bring in a widespread audience of individuals.
5. Bungie’s Updated Plan for Destiny 2
Bungie announced today that the initial plan to improve Destiny 2 has been altered with certain features being pushed back to make sure they are done properly. It is great that Bungie is trying to ensure quality in the updates, but it seems as if they are running out of time. By the time Bungie finalizes all of the updates it simply will be too little and too late to bring back the fanbase.
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The Daily Moot (2/21/18)
1. New Rocket League DC Super Heroes DLC
On March 5th, Rocket League will be getting a new DLC filled with everything DC Super Heroes. The pack, priced at $4, will include two brand new versions of the Batmobiles as well as the following:
- Aquaman -- Decal (Breakout), and Player Banner
- Batman -- Decal (Paladin), and Player Banner
- Cyborg -- Decal (Roadhog), and Player Banner
- Flash -- Speed Force Boost, Wheels, Decal (Venom), and Player Banner
- Green Arrow -- Decal (Hotshot), and Player Banner
- Green Lantern -- Decal (Merc), and Player Banner
- Superman -- Decal (Octane), and Player Banner
- Wonder Woman -- Wheels, Decal (X-Devil), and Player Banner
- DC Comics -- Player Banner
All of the new content looks incredibly cool especially the Wonder woman wheels and decal on the X-Devil. Will you guys be buying the DC Super Hero DLC? Let us know in the comment section below!
Here is the full trailer:
2. New PUBG Loot Crates
The PUBG developers have added two new loot crates to the game as well as some updates to the ‘PUBG economy’. The first new crate is called the ‘Fever Crate’ and it will include a handful of retro style cosmetics; while the second crate will include traditional combat gear, called the ‘Militia Crate’. In addition, the ‘Fever Crate’ will be a premium crate which requires players to purchase a key in order to reveal what is inside. Check out the link to read more about the updates and to see some of the new items!
3. Metal Gear Survive is a Slow Grind
Metal Gear Survive, the side story to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, features a customizable mercenary who must do anything in his power to save survivors and return home. Most of the game features your character running around in a barren wasteland in order to find ways to survive in the apocalyptic environment. With supplies such as guns and ammunition are scarce, you must determine the most efficient way to use your resources in order to be successful. The game is a slow, yet fun, RPG that is indeed not for everyone. Check out the full review by Heather Alexandra from Kotaku.com by clicking the link below!
4. Everything We Know and Don’t Know about Nintendo’s Premium Service
Nintendo Switch’s premium service is somewhere on the horizon and arriving soon. We do not know everything about what it will have to offer, but we do know some vital information. The premium service will be called ‘Nintendo Switch Online’ and will be able to be purchased in increments of one month ($3.99), three months ($7.99), or a full year ($19.99). The service will include a handful of classic games such as ‘Super Mario Bros. 3’ and ‘Balloon Fight ’which can be played by any of the buyers. However, there are still many questions to be answered about Nintendo Switch Online such as: What does this mean for the Virtual Console? How many classic games will be available? Will the service be available everywhere? For now, it looks like we will have to wait and find out sometime in the future!
5. Tips for Playing ‘Subnautica’
Subnautica, an underwater expedition game, has gained relevance recently for its mysterious gameplay and aesthetically pleasing graphics. The game is challenging yet rewarding, but it can be quite frustrating swimming in circles for hours on end. Thankfully, Kotaku has provided a handful of tips to help you enjoy Subnautica as much as possible. The tips are as follows:
- Scan everything
- Read your PDA to advance the story
- You swim faster with nothing equipped
- Food and water don’t tick down if you're sitting in a chair
- Pass the time in a bed
- You can throw things away in a trash can
Check out all of the tips for you to learn by visiting the article below!
The Daily Moot (2/20/18)
1. ‘Rainbow Six: Siege’ Will not get a Sequel
Although Rainbow Six: Siege started off slow, the game is proving to be worthy with its recent success. The developers are claiming there will not be a sequel to the game as R6: Siege is intended to stick around for another 10 years or so. There are plans to release at least 100 total operators into the game (36 currently with eight coming soon) over the span of the title’s lifetime. R6: Siege is one of the greatest comeback stories in video game history as it now has reached a total of 27 million players according to Ubisoft. Expect big things for Rainbow Six: Siege in the year of 2018 and for many years to come!
2. Can Playing Video Games be Beneficial?
In a recent study done by the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, researchers came to the conclusion that playing one hour of League of Legends can positively affect brain activity. Although the sample size was quite small at 29 players, there was a wide variety of players in terms of skill level and amount of time played who were included in the study. In the wake of the “Gaming Disorder” news, it is quite pleasant to see the media isn’t only focusing on the “negatives” of gaming. Check out the link to see the full study on why gaming can be beneficial!
3. Fortnite’s Season 3 Battle Pass Revealed
Fortnite’s newest Battle Pass contents have been revealed and they surely will not disappoint. The upcoming theme is (drumroll please!): SPACE! That’s right, the newest cosmetics coming to season three of Fortnite will take you and your squad to space. So far, only the space suit has been revealed but expect some other awesome gear to come out in the near future. We do not know exactly when the battle pass will be released but it could come as early as February 21st, the day after season two is over. It is time to prepare for liftoff as Fortnite’s space cosmetics are right around the corner!
4. A New PUBG Map is Coming in March
The developers of PUBG have been spending 100% of their efforts locating and banning cheaters worldwide. Due to this issue, there have been many setbacks in the advancements and updates to the actual game of PUBG. But have no fear! The shiny new updates are just around the corner which are set to include gameplay enhancements as well as a brand new map that will be announced in March. To see the entire plan for the future of PUBG, check out the article by pcgamer.com.
5. H1Z1 Continues to Struggle
It was not too long ago when H1Z1 was consistently the third most popular game on Steam with an average of 86k players per hour. It seems the tides have changed as today the game is struggling to even break the top 50 games on Steam, or even break 10k concurrent players per day, according to data analysts from GitHyp. The competition, PUBG and Fortnite, is getting the best of H1Z1 and taking up a large majority of the ‘Battle Royale’ market share. Despite the game’s recent struggles, they are still set to announce the 15 teams that will participate in the ‘H1Z1 Pro League’ which is set to kick off sometime in the first quarter of 2018. Will the game ever get back to where it once was?
The Daily Moot (2/16/18)
1. For PUBG, 99% of Accounts That Were Banned for Cheating are From China
We previously mentioned the drop in player base that PUBG has recently been suffering from. News is surfacing revolving around the banning of many cheating accounts in PUBG. In January of this year, one million accounts were banned for cheating in PUBG and another ban wave is incoming. BattlEye, PUBG’s anti-cheat detection system provider, recently stated that 99% of the cheating accounts banned were from China.
Tencent has announced they are creating a Chinese server for PUBG players and are planning on making sure cheating software does not slip through their systems.
Maybe this huge surge and removal of cheaters is the reason for PUBG’s active player base dropping steadily...
2. System Shock, a Kickstarter Game Backed by $1.35 million, Goes on Hiatus
The expansive project of Nightdive Studios, System Shock, is going on hiatus after almost two years of ‘public development’. Their kickstarter campaign launched in 2016 and reached $1.35 million in funding, beating out their $900k goal. System Shock was deemed a remake of the game’s 1994 version, with many backers extremely passionate about the developers and their project.
But things started to shift in different directions. CEO Stephen Kick stated: "We moved from a Remaster to a completely new game. We shifted engines from Unity to Unreal, a choice that we don’t regret and one that has worked out for us. With the switch we began envisioning doing more, but straying from the core concepts of the original title."
Development will be paused for the near future, but Kick and Nightdive Studios promise to release a finished game.
3. For Honor Getting a Much Needed Game Mode
An event has been added to For Honor called ‘Apollyon’s Legacy’ which consists of a new co-op game mode called ‘Test Your Metal’. This game mode assembles a team of four players to fight off waves of bosses, with each wave increasing in difficulty.
Apollyon’s Legacy is live NOW and is going on until March 8th.
Here’s a trailer for more information:
4. What if Overwatch was a fighting game? 🤑
This needs no explanation. An awesome rendition of Overwatch with a fighting game layout, similar to what you would see in a Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter game.
Check it out!
(Made by TGN)
5. Free PS4, Xbox One, and PC Games to Play Over the Weekend
There are a bunch of free-to-play events going on this weekend for many popular game titles. Here’s a list for you to enjoy. Hopefully you find something you haven’t played yet and give it a try!
(These are all free-to-play this weekend, though some require PS Plus or Xbox Gold to play)
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Metal Gear Survive (beta)
- PS Plus members get a free Fortnite item pack too!
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Overwatch (Requires Gold)
- NBA 2K18
- Metal Gear Survive (beta)
- Assasins Creed Chronicles: India (Games w/ Gold)
- Crazy Taxi (Games w/ Gold)
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Dungeons 2 (only on GOG)
- Civilization IV: Complete Edition (Twitch Prime Members)
- Metal Gear Survive (beta)
The Daily Moot (2/15/18)
1. CD Projekt Red, Makers of The Witcher 3, Respond to the Loot Box Controversy
With controversy continually stirring around the loot box fiasco, CD Projekt Red remains a shining star of hope for players who do not want to pay for additional cosmetic and/or beneficial items that may harm the ecosystem of a game. Co-founder Marcin Iwiński stated that “if you buy a full price game, you should get a big, polished piece of content, which gives you many, many hours of fun gameplay.” The Witcher 3 focuses on addons and DLC, which may seems like ‘snipped’ pieces of content should be in the base game, but really adds an extensive story line with much depth and items that enhance a single player experience for a very minimal cost.
2. Steam Lunar Sale 2018
Speaking of The Witcher 3, it’s on sale! (Btw, this is not sponsored; it’s just a really great game)
Notable Mentions of Sales:
- Witcher 3: $19.99 USD @ 60% off
- Nioh: $34.99 USD @ 30% off
- Tekken 7: $24.99 USD @ 50% off
- Pyre: $9.99 USD @ 50% off
- Left 4 Dead 2: $1.99 USD @ 90% off (great buy)
- Undertale: $4.99 USD @ 50% off
- Planet Coaster: $11.24 USD @ 75% off
- Cities: Skyline: $7.49 USD @ 75% off
- Okami HD: $13.99 @ 30% off
You can check out the rest of the games on sale here:
3. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC, is Under Investigation Over a $3.9 Billion Media Deal
Net Neutrality news is back! We won’t get too political on the topic, but it affects every gamer and general media consumer as well, so it’s definitely a topic we should touch on. Besides, there’s interesting news about Ajit Pai participating in a $3.9 billion dollar deal with Sinclair Broadcasting while they were negotiating to buy Tribune Media. Back in 2017, Pai and the FCC approved of a set of rules that allowed television broadcasters to increase the amount of stations they can own. Following two weeks after these rules were set in place, the acquisition of Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcasting took place.
The FCC inspector general is currently investing Pai in suspicion that he was involved in the deal. We’re unsure if anything will come of the investigation, but it will definitely raise some eyebrows revolving Pai’s siding with the ISP’s around Net Neutrality.
4. Kingdom Come Deliverance Has Sold Nearly 500k Copies
Having only released two days ago on February 13th, Kingdom Come Deliverance has sold 100,000 retail copies and over 300,000 Steam copies (SteamSpy), peaking at 75,000 concurrent players on Steam. The game is currently placed as the top-selling game on Steam and is gaining very positive reviews. If you’re into medieval combat RPG’s, you’ll definitely enjoy the interesting mechanics and immersive story that Kingdom Come Deliverance has to offer.
The Daily Moot (2/14/18)
This mobile game has tried to break into the mainstream esports scene in the past. Will it be successful with this update?
1. Vainglory Introduces 5v5 Game Mode
Vainglory, the popular mobile MOBA title developed by Super Evil Mega Corp, recently launched a major update that would allow players to battle 5v5 like your other popular MOBA titles, notably League of Legends. This update will keep the three-lane-map experience, online performance, and frame rate the same while adding four additional players. 3v3 matches will still be allowed with this update.
For esports lovers, Super Evil Mega Corp will integrate the 5v5 game mode this April into their esports program, including the regular season of Vainglory Premier League. The format will be a double-round-robin with playoffs at the end of the season. World Champions will be determined by a single relegation tournament and regional championships.
Vainglory is F2P and can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices.
2. CD Projekt Red Unveils Gwent Draft Arena, a New Draft-Based Game Mode
The new Gwent draft mode will allow players to build a deck with no restrictions on card factions, rarity, or duplicate cards. Once players construct their decks they will face down Gaunter O’Dimm, the boss. Rewards will be based on how many wins you get before losing 3 times, with a guaranteed legendary card for those who get 9 wins, which is the maximum.
It makes us incredibly excited to see Gwent introducing an arena mode, but.... it also makes us more than a bit sad that we won’t get to play against other players and their drafted decks. Maybe it will be as fun as Hearthstone’s dungeon run is, but we're skeptical that it will have the staying power, especially if we play every match against the same boss.
3. Supercell, the Company Behind Clash Royale, Reports 810 Million in Profit for 2017
Supercell, the company behind popular mobile games like Clash of Clans and Clash Royale, has reported their financial figures for 2017 and they’re pretty impressive. Even though they did not release a new game last year, they still brought in 2 Billion in revenue and 810 Million in profit. Supercell is owned by the Chinese company Tencent, who will be happy with those numbers. Supercell's long term focus on creating sustainable games will continue as we move into the rest of 2018. Fans are hoping for a full release of Brawl Stars or even an unannounced title to be released some time this year. We'll have to wait and see.
4. Senator Calls on ESRB to Reconsider Loot Boxes
A Democratic senator from New Hampshire has called on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, or ESRB, to start accounting for microtransactions when rating games. ESRB ratings are the famous ‘T for Teen’ or ‘M for Mature’ that we all know. The senator, Maggie Hassan, says “as technology advances, ESRB must work to keep pace with new gaming trends, including the in-game microtransactions and predatory gaming tactics, particularly as they are deployed on minors.” In October the ESRB said they did not consider loot boxes to be gambling because the player always got something out of the purchase, equating them to buying a pack of trading cards.
5. “Predatory” Loot Boxes Could be Banned for Minors in Hawaii
Hawaii’s very own Democrat Chris Lee has helped introduce a pair of bills that would limit the sale of video games with “gambling mechanisms” in Hawaii. The first bill is HB2686 which talks about video game’s “predatory mechanisms”. Mechanisms such as loot boxes promote users to pay money for a chance at winning something within the game. In the document, it notes how digital stores exists as a way for players to sell in-game items to cash out their winnings, similar to gambling at a casino.
HB2727 is the other bill which includes the same text, but goes on to say how video games should enclose the odds of obtaining certain items. If this law passes, Hawaii’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, could access probability rates to ensure data is accurate through audits. At this time, lawmakers in Washington and several other states have put forth similar bills.
The Daily Moot (2/13/18)
We've got some interesting rumors surfacing in the industry today 😲
1. #RUMOR Pokémon Game for Nintendo Switch Being Localized Now: Planning for 2018 Release
According to a job listing posted recently by The Pokémon Company, European translations are slated to be finished sometime between April and June of this year. The game is currently going under localization editing and is seeming to have everything finalized for a big announcement over summer; E3 in June possibly?!?
Critics are claiming the new Pokémon game will not be too ambitious due to the tight schedule and follow-up revolving around Sun and Moon. Additional rumors of a 3DS ported engine (similar to how Sun and Moon run) have been circulating and are leaving critics and fans skeptical. For good reason, a 2018 release on this Switch title may be too rushed.
Fans are also speculating the release of an RPG variant, possibly open world focused, off of the original Gen 1 & 2 of Pokémon. We’ll have so wait and see for The Pokémon Company’s announcement and advertising coming sometime (hopefully) this year.
2. For Honor Hits Over 7 Million Players and has 1.5 Million Unique Monthly Active Players
According to a sourced call between an Ubisoft employee and unknown party, For Honor is boasting over 7 million players and 1.5 million monthly unique active players. It’s impressive that Ubisoft managed to turn For Honor around and resolving their lag and disconnection issues that persisted during and after launch; the same treatment seems to have taken place for Rainbow Six: Siege, as the lifetime value of that game has been extended and the player base is continually growing.
To this day, players continually request dedicated servers for the game to smooth out lag issues and compete with other AAA online multiplayer games. There no doubt that For Honor has improved on their imperfections and will continue to grow from the brilliant idea that was birthed by Ubisoft.
SOURCE (CALL): https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/kntgxbrg
3. #RUMOR Spyro Trilogy Coming to PS4 Later This Year
Activision is currently working on a Spyro the Dragon: Trilogy Remastered edition. The treasured childhood game of many, Spyro the Dragon was a platformer that dominated the late 90’s with its fantastic artwork and iconic protagonist.
The trilogy will include Spyro the Dragon, Ripto’s Rage!, and Year of the Dragon with promise of connected scenes/cuts from the original games. The Spyro remaster will be announced in March of 2018 and is planned for a Q3 2018 release. The game will be tied to Sony’s PS4 as a one-time exclusive, then be ported to all other systems one year after its release.
4. Kingdom Hearts III Release Date False Reports
During D23 Expo and the flooding of Kingdom Hearts III news this past weekend, a release date was claimed in a Japanese tweet that the release date for the game was scheduled to be announced during E3 2018. It was later found out that the author of the tweet was not in attendance of D23 Expo in Japan, and has later been confirmed by Square Enix that there has been no word of a release date.
It’s still clear to fans that a release date is scheduled sometime during 2018, and a confirmed release date being announced at E3 isn’t completely out of the question, but we will have to see come June.
Here’s the most recent Kingdom hearts III trailer:
The Daily Moot (2/12/18)
1. Half of Activision Blizzard’s Revenue in 2017 Came From Microtransactions?!?
Activision Blizzard revealed in their Quarter 4 financial results that they made $7.16 billion in revenue during the entire fiscal year. Of that amount, $4 billion was made in microtransactions. Granted, Activision Blizzard owns King (makers of ‘Candy Crush’) which net $2 billion of the total, but a further $2 billion was made for Activision Blizzard’s PC and console in-game purchases.
Big money makers for their bottom line include Call of Duty: WW2, Destiny 2, and Overwatch. These games have many means to monetize after the initial purchase of the game. It’s become clear that Activision Blizzard will stick with this model of creating games and release future titles catered around the microtransaction flow.
We did, however, see this backfire immensely with Destiny 2’s Eververse Store and even EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 Star Cards. It’s only a matter of time before all AAA game developers adopt the microtransaction model and develop + market their games as a ‘service.’
2. Has PUBG Passed its Prime?
It’s no doubt that PUBG had explosive growth over the course of late 2017 and even into 2018 with an astounding 3.2 million concurrent players count peaking in January. PUBG set new records on Steam that seemed unreachable, beating Valve’s Dota 2 at 1.2 million concurrent players.
The PUBG community as of late has been on the decline for a various amount of reasons, specifically this past week. In February, PUBG hasn’t been able to break 3 million concurrent players and is continuing on the decline daily. According to GitHyp and Steam charts, PUBG was down 17% concurrent players to 2.6 million.
Fortnite’s recent success has taken PUBG players away from the game due to it’s different style of gameplay and free-to-play model. Fortnite is more accessible to the general gaming population, and because of that, recently reached 34 million concurrent players last week in early February. This is also accounted for with Fortnite’s growing viewership on Twitch.tv and Youtube.
With competition between PUBG and Fortnite continues, consumers everywhere hope to see innovations in the battle royale genre moving forward. Yay for competition!
3. An Insane Dark Souls 3 Speedrun for the Record Books
Dark Souls 3 speedrunner ‘Nemz38’ finished a ‘Souls Level 1 All Bosses’ speedrun world record, with a time of 1:36:46. This gives Nemz the title of holding eight accolades and now becoming a prominent figure in the Souls speedrunning community. The run is extremely impressive due to Nemz defeating all bosses at level 1 😲
Check out his run here:
4. Dragon Ball FighterZ Concurrent Player Base Dropped by 80%
This past weekend, Dragon Ball FighterZ was struggling to make it past 9k concurrent players, compared to their launch at 44k players on Steam just two weeks ago. It’s predictable that hype brings many players onto fighting games, especially one with a heavy hitter franchise like Dragon Ball. However, once the player base normalizes, there tends to be a huge drop off for practically any fighting game after initial release due to the player versus player style.
The awesome news is that we’ll be seeing Dragon Ball FighterZ at EVO 2018, which may spark a lot of players to come back and continue playing towards the hope of a Dragon Ball FighterZ ‘golden age.’
The Daily Moot (2/9/18)
1. Bandai Namco to Develop Metroid Prime 4?
There are rumors swirling the video game industry that Bandai Namco is currently in development of Metroid Prime 4. Eurogamer originally broke the story claiming the Nintendo Switch exclusive is currently in development in Singapore. The previous three Metroid titles were all developed by a division of Nintendo called Retro Studios, so to hear that a different company could be developing the next Metroid is shocking, yet exciting. There are a lot of rumored games coming to the Nintendo Switch, but Metroid Prime 4 is definitely near the top of that list.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Coming Later this Year
Call of Duty will be releasing the next version of arguably their most popular subseries, Call of Duty: Black Ops, sometime later this year. Eurogamer has reported that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be developed by one of Activision’s subsidiaries, Treyarch. The game is set to be released on all major platforms including Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Not much is known just yet about the game, but there are very high expectations to live up to based on the success of the previous titles. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming news on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4!
3. Monster Hunter: World is Selling Rapidly
The hot new game, Monster Hunter: World, is selling at an incredibly fast rate. Such a fast rate that it has now become the fastest selling game in Capcom’s history. The title has sold over 6 million copies in about two weeks solely on the PS4. Once the game is released on other platforms such as the PC and potentially the Nintendo Switch, expect the sales to skyrocket even more. The developers are expected to continue rolling out new content through free updates in order to keep all 6+ million players happy!
4. PUBG’s Mobile Game is Looking Nice
The mobile version of the popular title, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds, was recently released in China. If you are wondering how the game looks on smartphones, well, it came out looking pretty nice. Of course with every new game there are bound to be glitches and other various errors, but overall, the game is solid. Check out footage of the game for yourself by clicking the link!
5. Major Destiny 2 Expansion Coming in 2018
Bungie recently confirmed that Destiny 2 will be getting at least one more major expansion sometime in 2018. It is fair to expect the expansion to be massive and somewhat on par with The Taken King. We do not know much about what the expansion will entail, but developers are hinting that it will be quite large. It is really awesome to see Bungie working so hard to keep Destiny 2 players happy.
6. Every Confirmed Kingdom Heart 3 World (So Far)
Square Enix has begun to slowly unveil pieces of what is to come in Kingdom Hearts 3. Recently, they released a list of all of the known worlds that will be in the upcoming title. Check out the article by IGN to see every world coming to Kingdom Hearts 3!
The Daily Moot (2/8/18)
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1. Fortnite's Valentine’s Day Event
Fortnite has revealed their plans for the Valentine’s Day event and it is pretty epic (see what I did there… epic, like Epic Games. I’ll see my way out.). For starters, there will be a handful of new Valentine’s Day skins that are just downright weird and moderately creepy. In addition, a new weapon will be introduced in the form of a pink and gold crossbow. Epic games commented on the weapon saying, “[you will be able to] hunt your prey the old fashioned way.” The weapons will come in rare and epic styles, with fire arrows included. The update is set to release on February 14th and should be one everyone will enjoy.
2. Sweden Could Declare Loot Boxes as Gambling in 2019
Sweden is the most recent country to get a closer look and better understanding of what loot boxes really are. Ardalan Shekarabi, the Minister of Public Administration, is on record saying that loot boxes just might be considered gambling by 2019. If proven to in fact be gambling, the country would be able to entirely regulate the loot boxes and potentially deem them illegal. More and more countries are becoming aware of the dangers of loot boxes and we just might see their demise in the near future.
3. Vampyr Coming this June
Vampyr, from the creators of Life is Strange, will arrive on all consoles (except Nintendo Switch) in June. The game will take place in London in the year of 1918 where you play as a vampire doctor who will become very intertwined in the lives of the people around you. Not too much is known just yet about the game, but it is lining up to be something pretty special.
4. Destiny 2’s Valentine’s Day Event
Destiny 2 has their plan for their Valentine’s Day event and it is looking like it will revolve around a 2v2 ‘Crimson Day Crucible” game mode. This will be a new take on 2v2 where certain aspects of your gameplay give you certain benefits to the overall game. The 2v2 mode will be the best way to earn rewards specifically created for the Valentine’s Day event such as Crimson Engrams. The event will start on February 13th and run through February 20th.
5. New Monsters Added to Pokemon GO
The legendary Pokemon Rayquaza will be available to catch starting on February 9th. The legend will only be available for a limited time, say Niantic, so get ready to start hunting right when it is released. In addition, various other Pokemon from the third generation will be released such as Salamence, Tropius, and Chimecho. We are still waiting on all the Legendary Pokemon to be released, but this is still an awesome start!
The Daily Moot (2/7/18)
1. Google’s Game Streaming Service
Anonymous sources are claiming that Google is currently working on a game streaming service codenamed, “Yeti”. As of now there is not too much information on the product, but it is known that something big is coming that could shake up the $100+ billion gaming market. Google is known to be extremely wide spread by putting their footprint in almost every kind of tech industry. If Google is to successfully infiltrate the gaming industry, the only thing left on their task list would be to join forces with Elon Musk take over the entire world.
2. New Battle Royale Game ‘Fear the Wolves’
A team of ex-STALKER developers, Vostok Games, are currently in the process of creating a new battle royale game called Fear of Wolves. Fear of Wolves will be similar to PUBG but will include many new and exciting twists. Players will have to worry about much more than just other players such as weather, day and night cycles, mutated creatures, and much more! The developers also confirmed multiple game modes in addition to the usual battle royale. Keep your eyes peeled for future announcements on the state of Fear of Wolves.
3. EVO 2018 Lineup
The Evolution Championship Series (EVO) 2018 lineup has just been announced and is set to be one for the books. The lineup goes as follows: Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Cross tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Injustice 2, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. The competition is set to run from August 3rd-5th in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
4. What Can Bungie do to Bring Back Players?
Bungie has kind of blown it with Destiny 2, that is a fact. But is it too late to make a comeback? Maybe. Or maybe there is still time to fix a couple of things in order to make the game successful. PCGamer put together a list of six thing they think can be done to turn things around; they are as follows:
1. Unlock the subclass skill trees immediately
2. Add hybrid shotguns, snipers, and energy fusions to the energy slot
3. Bring back every old exotic in the next patch
4. Free dust for everyone
5. Have Tess sell all the shaders, all the time
6. Reduce the cooldowns (seriously, all of them)
Do you guys agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments!
5. Overwatch Year of the Dog Event
Blizzard recently released a developer video which gave a little teaser on what is to be expected in the “Year of the Dog” event. So far we know there will be a new map based off Thailand which will be specifically designed for capture the flag with both ancient and modern themes. In addition there will also be major update the capture the flag game mode in multiple fashions. Lastly, there will be 6 new legendary skins and 50 new seasonal items to be unlocked. Check out the link to see the full video!
The Daily Moot (2/6/18)
1. Dr. DisRespect Returns
The two time Blockbuster video game champion has graced the world with his presence once again via Twitch. After a hiatus from streaming due to family issues, the Doc returned with a whopping 389,000 concurrent viewers as he destroyed the competition in PUBG. He somehow managed to get a chicken dinner in his very first game with 12 kills as the cherry on top. The Doc ended up getting countless donations with a handful of them being over $1,000. It was an incredible return for the face of Twitch and it should be an even better year for the one and only, Dr. DisRespect.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 Battle Royale Leak
Red Dead Redemption 2 recently had a few features leaked to the public. The leaks include the main characters, map information, and new game modes. However, the biggest takeaway from the leak is one of the new game modes, battle royale. With battle royale being all of the buzz in today’s games, Rockstar has decided to take on the challenge of joining the trend. It was always expected that many games would try to create their own version of battle royale gameplay, but it was not expected to see it from a game like Red Dead Redemption 2. Click the link to see the full list of leaks!
3. Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend
Rainbow Six Siege will be free for anyone who wants to play later this month starting on February 15th. The free trial will showcase the entire game including all the maps, modes, and Operators. Rainbow Six Siege is set to release a new game mode called Outbreak on March 5th and is currently on sale for 40% off on the Ubisoft store. Get ready to dive into some free Rainbow Six action later on this year!
4. Battlefield 1 Cheating Update
EA released a statement informing the community that they will begin focusing more of their efforts on finding and banishing cheaters in Battlefield 1. The company is improving their “FairFight” initiative by removing as many cheaters using third-party assist software as possible. Even if Battlefield 1 is an older game, it is always refreshing to see companies taking cheating serious and reacting in a proper manner.
5. Shadow of the Colossus Review
Kotaku recently released a review on the remastered version of Shadow of the Colossus highlighting both the positives and the negatives. For those who are unfamiliar with Shadow of the Colossus, the game follows you and your horse as you travel a barren wasteland in hopes of finding and slaying 16 roaming monsters. Click the link to see the entire review to get a much more detailed evaluation of the game!
The Daily Moot (2/2/18)
1. Destiny 2 Major Balance Changes
Destiny 2 is getting some major balance changes sometime in the next few months. To quote Josh Hamrick, the design lead at Bungie, the balance changes are intended to “provide individual players with more hero moments by increasing overall speed and mobility, increasing the amount of supers you charge to demolish your enemies, and increasing the frequency and impact of our most montage worthy weapons, especially in the Crucible.” It seems like Bungie is putting in a lot of work to make the community happy, however it is almost certain the community will still have something to complain about. To learn more about what is to come, check out the full article from Polygon!
2. Far Cry 5 Season Pass
Ubisoft recently announced exactly what will be in the Far Cry 5 season pass. First, there will be “Dead Living Zombies” where players will team up to fend off hordes of zombies. Second, there will be “Hours of Darkness” where you will travel to Vietnam to go head-to-head with the Vietcong. Lastly, “Lost on Mars” will take you to a red planet in outer space where you attempt to fight off giant alien spiders. The season pass will also include access to the upcoming remake of Far Cry 3, called Far Cry 3: Classic Edition. Far Cry 5 is looking like a really solid game which will come out on March 27th!
3. Dragon Ball FighterZ Sells 2 Million Units
Dragon Ball FighterZ has been extremely successful in the first week since the release last Friday. The worldwide shipments have already surpassed 2 million total. It is by far the best Dragon Ball game in terms of gameplay as well as sales. Expect the title to break 3 million sales sometime very soon!
4. Bayonetta 1 & 2 are Great on the Switch
The Bayonetta games are finally making their way to the best gaming platform on earth, the Nintendo Switch. The game will both run at 60 frames per second and 720p which is an awesome upgrade from when it first came to the Wii U. This is the perfect game for those looking to bring back a little bit of nostalgia from about 5 years ago. The game is planned to be released on February 16th.
5. Yakuza 6 Delayed
More and more titles are being delayed as gamers expect games to be completely flawless. Yakuza 6 was the most recent game to fall victim to a delay. Sega, the games developers, announced via Twitter that the game will be delayed until at least April 17th for the western launch. While it is nice to see developers taking time to perfect games, it is irritating having to wait longer to get what we want. Hopefully the game will live up to the hype!
The Daily Moot (2/1/18)
Happy February to all! Hope it is a great month 🙂
1. Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed Again
The highly anticipated role playing game, Red Dead Redemption 2, is being delayed yet again. Rockstar Games says they are planning for an official release on October 26th, 2018. The developers issued a statement where they apologized for another delay but insisted the game needed further “polishing”. While more delays are definitely irritating, it is nice to see Rockstar Games taking Red Dead Redemption 2 very seriously and attempt to get it as perfect as possible. Expect another announcement regarding the progress of the game sometime in the next few weeks. In the meantime, click the link to check out a few screenshots of the game shared by Rockstar.
2. Are Aliens Coming to Rainbow Six Siege?
The update coming soon to Rainbow Six Siege called Outbreak, will be a sci-fi event set to include aliens. Outbreak will focus on an infestation of an unknown virus in a city called Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. The city is has been entirely quarantined off, and it will be up to you and your squad to infiltrate and destroy the virus. The full Outbreak content will come to all servers on March 6th. Are you excited for some alien hunting action?
3. Nintendo Labo Lets You Customize Robots
Nintendo Labo will be releasing a new product called Toy Con Garage which will allow players to build and customize their own cardboard robots. The program will give people simple “building blocks” that can then be put together in many different fashions giving the user a fully customizable robot. This will let Nintendo expand in many different directions with the new Nintendo Labo product, which could potentially market to a wide variety of gamers. Is this something you guys are excited for?
4. Nintendo Switch’s Premium Online Service Set to Launch in September
The premium online service for the Nintendo Switch was originally planned to launch in 2017, however it has received various setbacks. Nintendo announced today via a tweet that the service will officially be ready to launch in September of this year. Until then, the service will remain completely free so enjoy it while you can! Hopefully when the service is no longer free there will be a plethora of new features added.
5. Notmycar Will be Introduced to the World Tomorrow
Notmycar, a game considered to be a mix of PUBG and Twisted Metal, will be released to the world via live stream on Mixer tomorrow, February 2nd. The game is very mysterious as there is no official release date and not much is known about the game in its entirety. However, it looks like a pretty fun battle royale style driving game for all ages that should make a splash in the gaming community. Tomorrow should be very helpful on getting a better understanding of what the title will have to offer.