POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/17/19)
1. Operation Dark Hours Comes to The Division 2! (Moot Points Episode 54)
Happy Friday beautiful Moot family! In this week's episode of Moot Points, the guys talk about The Division 2's Operation Dark Hours. The update adds a new 8 player raid which DOESN'T haven't matchmaking?! What's up with that? Check out the video to hear what we think of the new raid and share your thoughts as well!
2. Microsoft Reveals ‘Minecraft Earth’
Well, this is a sweet surprise. Microsoft and Mojang have just revealed Minecraft Earth, a new augmented reality mobile game akin to Pokemon Go. In Minecraft Earth, you’ll collect critters and building blocks as you explore the real world around you. Then, you can start building with those blocks. Minecraft Earth will be a free game and you can expect a closed beta to start sometime this summer.
3. Warframe’s Jovian Concord Update is Coming Next Week
Digital Extremes has pulled back the curtain a bit on Warframe’s new update that is releasing next week. The Jovian Concord update will drastically improve the title region, similar to the Plains of Eidolon update. There will be improved graphics, better audio, and practical improvements to the region to accommodate the game’s updated parkour. There are also new enemies and bosses to face.
4. Bungie Nerfs Popular Destiny 2 Weapons
Last night, Bungie announced plans to nerf some of the most popular weapons in Destiny 2. Naturally, fans of the game are rather upset. Specifically, Whisper of the Worm will now refill with your reserve ammo instead of generating ammo out of thin air when you hit 3 critical shots in a row. Bungie also plans to nerf the Sleeper Stimulant and the Lord of the Wolves. While most of the community would rather see other guns buffed instead of their favorite guns nerfed, apparently Bungie disagrees.
5. Ubisoft Disables Clash in Rainbow Six due to Exploits
Ubisoft has taken action in response to several exploits currently plaguing Rainbow Six Siege. Clash, IQ, and a few other operators can currently exploit a bug with gadgets and shields. Clash can shoot through her shield, IQ can turn invisible, and some defenders can attach their shields to their weapons. Apparently, Ubisoft will be able to fix all of these bugs in a patch next week.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/16/19)
1. Fortnite x John Wick Limited Time Mode is Live
The new John Wick inspired Limited Time Mode ‘Wick’s Bounty’ is now available for Fortnite players. In Wick’s Bounty, your goal is to collect 1,000 gold coins. You earn 1 coin per elimination plus you’ll take all of the coins from a player when you kill them. As you get closer to victory, the game will get harder. For example, enemies will see you marked on their map once you have 400 coins. There’s also a new John Wick skin available in the game.
2. Ubisoft Teases New SPOOKY Rainbow Six Operator
Yesterday, Ubisoft posted a teaser on the official Rainbow Six twitter page teasing a new operator. The new attack operator is named Nokk and she seems like she’s going to be awesome. In the teaser, Nokk flickers between being visible and invisible; most are speculating that Nokk will have something resembling Vigil’s ability to make himself invisible to attacking drone cameras. Nokk and another operator will be fully revealed this weekend during the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Finals.
3. Super Mario Maker 2 Gets Story Mode, Co-Op, and Online Play
Yesterday, Nintendo hosted a 15 minute Nintendo Direct to showcase Super Mario Maker 2. During the Direct, Nintendo revealed some awesome stuff we can look forward to in the upcoming game. There will be a new story mode for you to explore on your own or a co-op creation mode for you to play with friends. You can also play online in either multiplayer co-op or versus. Super Mario Maker 2 releases on the Nintendo Switch on June 28th.
4. Steep is Currently Free to Keep on Uplay
You can currently grab Steep for free on Uplay until May 21st. Naturally, this only on PC. Steep is a open-world snowboarding game. Except it is not just snowboarding, as the game also includes skiing and wingsuiting. Steep is a silent killer; the game has a beautiful setting, exciting gameplay, and a radical soundtrack. If you’re a PC it is definitely worth picking this game up for free while you can.
5. Nintendo Offering Game Vouchers to Switch Online Users
Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can now purchase 2 game vouchers for $99.99. Each game voucher can be redeemed in the Nintendo eShop for one full priced Switch game from a small selection of games. The available games are mostly iconic Switch games like Super Mario Odyssey or Breath of the Wild. If you spend both vouchers on $60 games you’ll end up saving 20 bucks from the venture. The game vouchers are only available until through July 31st.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/15/19)
1. Fortnite Patch v9.01 Nerfs Drum Gun and Ballers
The first patch of Fortnite season 9 is here and hallelujah, they’re nerfing the Drum Gun! The Drum Gun’s base damage has been reduced by 4 damage per bullet at both rarities. The Baller has also been nerfed, as it now has only 150 health instead of 200. Finally, the patch introduces the Tactical Assault Rifle.
2. New Pokemon Mobile Game Announced
Pokemon Rumble Rush is a new free-to-play mobile game that will have you exploring a variety of islands with a companion Pokemon. Sound familiar? Yeah, this sounds a lot like the other Pokemon mobile game that came out in the last few years only to quickly disappear. Pokemon Rumble Rush is currently only available for Android devices in the Australia region, but it should hopefully become more widely accessible soon.
3. Valve Trademarks ‘Dota Underlords’
Valve has apparently applied for a trademark on a product called ‘Dota Underlords.’ Dota Underlords seems like a new game, but we really don’t have any concrete information. Given the recent abomination that was the release of Artifact, it may seem surprising that Valve is so keen to jump into another new game. What kind of game do you expect Dota Underlords to be?
4. New World of Warcraft Cinematic ‘Safe Haven’
While Blizzard’s cinematics tend to focus on Overwatch, this morning’s cinematic actually centers around World of Warcraft. This cinematic marks the return of Thrall, the Horde’s old Warchief. The current Warchief, Sylvanas, has gone a bit off the deep end and it seems like a good time for a change. The upcoming Rise of Azshara update is going to shake things up a ton, and with Thrall back in the mix anything is possible.
5. Rocket Arena is a New Rockets-Only FPS
Final Strike Games and Nexon just revealed Rocket Arena, a new 3v3 FPS with an interesting twist. In Rocket Arena, everyone uses rocket launchers only. The goal isn’t to kill your opponents, but instead to knock them off the map. Sign ups for the closed beta are open now (ironic, we know) for PC players. When the game launches, it will be on PC and Xbox with crossplay available.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/14/19)
1. World of Warcraft Classic gets a Release Date
The highly anticipated World of Warcraft classic finally has a release date. On August 27th you’ll be able to transport back through back to the earliest days of World of Warcraft. Classic will allow players to relive the magic that was World of Warcraft circa 2004. All World of Warcraft subscribers will be able to access WoW Classic servers for free. You can sign up for the closed beta if you absolutely can’t wait until August.
2. The Division 2 Operation Dark Hours Releases this Week
The first eight player raid will be coming to The Division 2 this Thursday. Operation Dark Hours will be a race to beat, as the first team to complete it will get their photo posted in the White House in game. All players who beat Operation Dark Hours in the first week after release will get a commemorative arm patch. You’ll need to have reached tier 5 and completed Tidal Basin to access Operation Dark Hours.
3. Red Dead Online Expands Co-op Campaign
Rockstar just released the biggest update yet for Red Dead Online. The update expands both the free roam aspect of the online experience and the cooperative campaign. You can also now trigger random events while you’re out exploring. Finally, you can now play poker online with up to six players. You can play private games, invite-only games, or join public tables for high stakes.
4. Super Mario Maker 2 Nintendo Direct Tomorrow
Nintendo just announced they’ll be hosting a Nintendo Direct for Super Mario Maker 2 tomorrow at 3 pm PST. Super Mario Maker was a popular game that allowed players to create custom Super Mario levels. The sequel game releases on June 28th for the Nintendo Switch and it looks like we’ll know a lot more about it by this tomorrow.
5. New Splinter Cell Game Apparently in the Works
While there were whispers of a new Splinter Cell game that would come eventually, we’ve now apparently got confirmation that the game is coming. Ubisoft’s creative director tweeted out that the’s “working on the next Splinter Cell” game. He followed that tweet up with another that said “Ok – plz don’t retweet. I may be in trouble.” Seems like maybe this wasn’t the place or time he was supposed to reveal a new Splinter Cell, but here we are.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/13/19)
1. Apex Legends may Start Punishing ‘Piggybackers’
Respawn Entertainment has identified different type of unsavory behavior that they may start punishing. ‘Piggybacking’ is when a player follows around their squad until the end of the match to earn survival time experience without actually contributing anything. Piggybackers apparently don’t loot, shoot, or even doot (granted, there aren’t any trombones in the game so we'll give a pass on this one).
2. Dauntless Gets a Console Release Date
Dauntless is a cooperative RPG that has been in open beta on PC for about a year now. The game was initially supposed to come to consoles last month, but it was pushed back. Now, it has been announced that Dauntless will release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on May 21st. On the same date, Dauntless will be available on PC through the Epic Games Store. Dauntless will come to Nintendo Switch and mobile devices later this year.
3. New Oddworld: Soulstorm Teaser Video
The newest teaser for Oddworld: Soulstorm finally shows some gameplay from the upcoming title. Soulstorm is the next title in a long line of games featuring Abe the Alien. The new game forces Abe to craft tools for himself in his struggle to save himself and his buddies. Check out the teaser trailer for Oddworld: Soulstorm below. The game is expected to release early next year.
4. Monster Hunter: World Free Trial on PS4 this Week
This week is your time to try Monster Hunter: World if you’re on PlayStation 4. Until May 20th, PS4 players will be able to download a free demo of Monster Hunter: World to see if the game suits them. Your save data will carry over if you ever decide to buy the full game, which is currently 60% off. Monster Hunter: World’s first expansion, Iceborne, was recently revealed and will be releasing on September 6th.
5. World of Warcraft Recruit-a-Friend Program Ending
After an incredibly long tenure, the Recruit-a-Friend program in World of Warcraft is coming to an end soon. Through the program, WoW players could invite friends to play with them and experience mutual benefits during the new player’s trial period. Bonus experience, in-game rewards, and more were available to both the new player and their recruiter. Blizzard has said they’re removing the Recruit-a-Friend program to replace it with something else but we don’t have any details about the replacement program yet.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/10/19)
1. Moot Points Episode 53: Fortnite Season 9 is LIT!
Happy Friday to all you lovely lads and ladies! In this week's episode of Moot Points, the guys talk about Fortnite's new season and all of the exciting changes. We also have a new segment called Buy or Bail we hope you'll love. Enjoy!
2. Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am Tourney Returning
The Fortnite celebrity Pro-Amateur tournament is making a return this year after the event’s massive success last year. The tournament will take place at the first ever Fortnite Summer Block Party on June 15th-16th. The Summer Block Party will be a big festival featuring events, meet and greets, mini golf, and more. It will be in Inglewood, California with tickets going on sale soon.
3. Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Expansion Revealed
Yesterday, Capcom revealed a new expansion for Monster Hunter: World called Iceborne. Iceborne is apparently a massive expansion that will introduce a new region, a new story, and new monsters. Iceborne will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6th, with PC players left to wait until this winter before they can get their hands on it. The expansion will cost $39.99 (!!!) on its own or $59.99 when bundled with a copy of the base game.
4. Tetris 99 DLC Adding Offline Mode
Tetris 99 is the Tetris battle royale we didn’t know we needed. For some, however, playing Tetris against 98 other real humans may be too daunting of a task. Now, you’ll have the option to play Tetris 99 offline against bots. The new Big Block DLC is available for $9.99 on the Nintendo eShop now. The update also includes a new marathon mode that seems to match the more traditional form of Tetris we all know and love.
5. Destiny 2 Season of Opulence gets a Release Date
Season of Opulence is the final DLC for Destiny 2’s Annual Pass. Bungie has now revealed the expansion will be available to play on June 4th. Unlike with previous Destiny 2 DLCs, this time the new raid will be available immediately. This means the race for a world first clear of Crown of Sorrow, the new raid, will start immediately instead of after the usual multi-day delay. Let the race begin!
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/9/19)
1. Fortnite Season 9 is Here!
Mama, it’s better than Christmas... it’s new Fortnite Season Day! The 9th Season of Fortnite is taking us into a new sci-fi future, where Tilted Towers and Retail Row have both been rebuilt. There are also several smaller changes around the map. Slipstream’s are this season form of fast travel. Perhaps the craziest aspect of Season 9 is that the Pump Shotgun has been vaulted! There’s a new combat shotgun to take its place. What has you most excited about Season 9?
Head over to the Fortnite lounge now to find teammates to explore the new season!
2. Reverse Friendly Fire Comes to Rainbow Six
Ubisoft has taken the next step in their attempt to ‘fix’ Rainbow Six Siege’s friendly fire and teamkilling issues. Starting today, reverse friendly fire will reflect damage dealt to teammates back onto the shooter. This only kicks in after a player has either killed a teammate who chose not to forgive them OR dealt enough to teammates in one game that reverse friendly fire activates on its own. What do you Rainbow Six Siege players think of the new solution to griefing and teamkilling?
3. Monster Hunter: World x Witcher 3 Event Begins
The Monster Hunter: World and Witcher 3 crossover event has started on PC. There is a new permanent quest that has you play as Geralt of Rivia. You’ll investigate some weirdness going down in the Ancient Forest in typical Witcher fashion. There is also a temporary multiplayer event where you play Ciri. You’ll only be able to complete that between May 17th and May 30th, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity.
4. Blizzard Reveals Hearthstone’s New Solo Adventure
The Hearthstone team just revealed the game’s next solo adventure, called The Dalaran Heist. The Dalaran Heist continues the story started with the recent Rise of Shadows expansion. In The Dalaran Heist, you’ll take on the role of different henchmen working for the League of E.V.I.L. as they attempt to steal the city. The Dalaran Heist will be available to play on May 16th.
5. Ubisoft Won’t Increase Division 2 Gear Score Cap in Next Update
Ubisoft planned to increase The Division 2’s Gear Score cap from 500 up to 515 with the upcoming Title Update 3. However, after listening to player feedback, they’ve decided against increasing the Gear Score cap. An increased cap just before the game’s first raid is set to come out would’ve invalidated players’ efforts to improve their gear over the past few weeks. Good looks, Ubisoft.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/8/19)
1. John Wick Video Game Revealed
In an unexpected announcement, Lionsgate and Good Shepherd Entertainment have revealed John Wick Hex, a new strategy based game coming soon. In John Wick Hex, you’ll play as the iconic character from the movies as you carefully maneuver through fights. The game has a pretty unique visual style which you can see in a few screenshots included in the article below. John Wick Hex does not yet have a publicly revealed release date, but it will be an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC.
2. The International 2019 Battle Pass now Available
The International 2019 is the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year. In fact, The International is usually the biggest esports tournament of the year as well. This year, players can purchase The International Battle Pass to unlock exclusive content. 25% of revenue generated by Battle Pass sales will go toward The International’s prize pool, which is sweet. The International 2019 takes place August 20th-25th.
3. Apex Legends Season 2 Details to be Revealed at E3
In EA’s most recent earnings call, the publisher said they plan to reveal the first details about Apex Legends’ second season at E3. Apparently, they have big plans for new content in the next season. Naturally, we can expect another Legend, another Battle Pass, and hopefully more. Consensus seems to be the first battle pass was exceptionally underwhelming, so hopefully the next one takes some major steps in the right direction.
4. Name of New Ghost Recon Game Leaks
There is a big reveal event planned for tomorrow, but the Ubisoft online store may have accidentally leaked the name of the new Ghost Recon game. Briefly, a collector’s edition for a game called Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint was available on the German Ubisoft store. The new game is supposedly set to release on October 4th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Tune into Ubisoft’s official announcement tomorrow at 11:30 AM PST.
5. China Bans PUBG, Replaces it With an Identical Game
Remember hearing about how popular PUBG was in China? Well, Tencent got tired of struggling with the Chinese government to monetize PUBG so they’ve taken PUBG away and replaced it with a more government friendly game called Game For Peace. The two games are almost identical, but Game For Peace apparently “pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard China’s airspace.” Also, characters wave at you when they die now, so it’s less violent?
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/7/19)
1. Overwatch’s New Map ‘Havana’ is now Live!
After what felt like a long stint on the game’s Public Test Realm, Overwatch’s Havana map is now on live servers. Havana is a new Escort map set in and named after Cuba’s capital city. The map is colorful and full of life, in typical Overwatch fashion. Like most Escort maps, there is a healthy mix of tight chokepoints and wide areas to do battle. The patch also introduces All Star skins which will be available for the next 2 weeks.
2. Anthem Patch 1.1.1 Releases Today
Anthem is getting a new patch today that unfortunately doesn’t look to address any of the game’s biggest issues. Patch 1.1.1 addresses some small issues like stats not displaying properly, but it doesn’t look to improve any of the game’s larger problems. This patch also marks the removal of Elsyian Caches, so we hope you used your remaining keys before the patch went live this morning.
3. EA Access is Coming to PlayStations This Summer
EA Access is a subscription service that gives subscribers access to a library of EA games, including all of their top titles. In 2014 the service came to Xbox, last year something similar came to PC, and this July the service will finally come to PlayStation 4. Subscribers will also gain access to EA’s Play First Trials, where they can test up new releases for up to 10 hours. EA Access costs $5 USD per month or $30 USD per year.
4. QuakeCon Comes to Europe This Year
For the first time, QuakeCon will take place in Europe this summer. QuakeCon Europe will occur the same weekend as the traditional QuakeCon in Dallas. While the event will be free to enter, you’ll still need to register for a ticket if you want to go in. Attendees will be able to play a medley of Bethesda games with Doom Eternal taking center stage. QuakeCon and QuakeCon Europe will take place July 26-27.
5. Private Servers Coming to Battlefield 5
Starting some time later this year, Battlefield 5 players will be able to start their own private matches. The new Private Games feature is an evolution of the Rented Server Program. EA has announced the base level of the feature will be free, which suggests there will be a higher level for those willing to pay a premium. In Private Games, you’ll be able to customize tons of things like map selection, game mode, friendly fire, and more.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/6/19)
1. Fortnite Season 9 Starts this Week
T’was the week before a new season and everybody was getting pretty hyped. This weekend Fortnite players saw the destruction of Tilted Towers and Retail Row. Now, we’re getting our first teasers for Season 9. The first teaser image shows a futuristic character with the caption “The Future is Unknown.” Not much to go on. What do you all think will happen in Fortnite’s new season?
2. San Francisco Shock Finish a Perfect Stage in OWL
The San Francisco Shock have just accomplished an Overwatch League first, as the California based team didn’t lose a single map during the most recent stage of the Overwatch League. This is especially impressive because the Shock started off as one of the league’s weaker teams during the first season of OWL. The Stage Two playoffs kick off this Thursday, with the San Francisco Shock facing the underdog Shanghai Dragons.
3. Ghost Recon World Premiere Coming This Week
Last week Ubisoft began to tease a new Ghost Recon game that were preparing to announce. Well, it is starting to look like the announcement is going to a more extravagant affair than initially expected. Ubisoft has announced the official Ghost Recon world premiere event will happen this Thursday at 11:30 am PST.
4. Respawn to Show Off Fallen Order Gameplay next Month
Last month Respawn Entertainment officially revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a new single player RPG game set in the Star Wars universe. While the teasers for the game have obviously been exciting, what we really want to see is gameplay. Well, now we know that we will get to see Fallen Order gameplay next month at EA’s EA Play event on June 7th. Do you guys think Fallen Order will be awesome, or do you expect it to flop?
5. Kerbal Space Program DLC Coming this Month
Kerbal Space Program is a hilarious space exploration game that is known for its accurate physics. The game’s second expansion, Breaking Ground, will introduce scientific experimenting to the game. You’ll be able to run science experiences, build science bases, and more once the new expansion comes out. While the expansion itself costs $15 USD, there will also be new features in the game for free to play players as well. Breaking Ground will be available on May 30th.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/3/19)
1. Moot Points Episode 52: Bloopers!
Happy Friday Froopyland residents! The Moot team was a bit busy this week, so we assembled some of the best bloopers from the last few months into an awesome montage for you all. We promise, we'll be back with fresh content next week. Enjoy!
2. First Call of Duty League Teams Announced
Activision has begun to announce teams that will participate in the upcoming Call of Duty league. Similar to the Overwatch League, the Call of Duty league will feature teams based in major cities from around the world. The first five teams revealed will be based in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris, and Toronto. The same organizations that control the Overwatch League teams in these cities will run their respective Call of Duty league teams as well.
3. Riot Games Reveals 90 Day Plan to Improve Workplace Conditions
Riot Games has been under fire since a Kotaku report late last year that revealed an unsavory work environment. Now, Riot has revealed a 90-day plan to make their company more diverse and inclusive. Riot’s 90 day plan looks to improve processes like interviewing, anti-harassment training, and pay equality analysis.
4. Epic Bans Fortnite Pro Who Cheated in World Cup Qualifiers
Fortnite’s competitive playerbase has been in a frenzy over the last few weeks as players attempt to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup. While many are trying their best to qualify, some have been caught cheating. One particular player, Damion “XXiF” Cook, qualified for the World Cup Finals before he was caught cheating. XXiF got several free kills in his qualifier matches, which you can easily see in his replays. All players involved have received 14 day competitive bans and XXiF has been forced to forfeit his spot in the finals. Sucks to suck, eh?
5. Fortnite In-Game Event Tomorrow at Noon PST
The next in-game event for Fortnite should be taking place tomorrow, Saturday the 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Whether the event will be the volcano exploding, the vault under Loot Lake opening, or something else entirely is still uncertain. What is certain is that you DON’T want to miss this so make sure to update your games and get into a lobby just before noon (Pacific Time) tomorrow!
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/2/19)
1. Epic Games Acquires Rocket League Developer
In unexpected news, Epic Games announced yesterday that they are working to acquire Psyonix, the studio that makes Rocket League. This means you can expect to see Rocket League on the Epic Game Store sometime soon. Meanwhile, Psyonix has announced they will continue to support Rocket League on Steam and will even continue to sell the game on Steam at least until it is available on Epic’s store. If you’re interested in Rocket League, be sure to keep an eye on the Rocket League lounge here on Moot. We have some exciting news coming soon!
2. BioWare Set to Focus on Dragon Age 4
So, Anthem wasn’t exactly a smooth launch. It seems BioWare is aware of the game’s troubles, as they’re moving several key members of the development team away from Anthem. Looking forward, BioWare is set to invest the majority of their resources into the next Dragon Age game. Still, it may be some time before we actually see Dragon Age 4 as the studio has been relatively silent on the actual content of the new project.
3. Classic Star Wars Battlefront Comes to GOG
In celebration of Star Wars day, GOG.com just announced the digital release of the classic Star Wars Battlefront game from 2004. The game is now available to purchase DRM-free for a 15% discount. There are also other Star Wars games on sale for the next week to really celebrate Star Wars week.
4. Borderlands 3 to have Cosmetic Only Microtransactions
Randy Pitchford, the CEO of Gearbox Studios, revealed yesterday that Borderlands 3 will have cosmetic microtransactions. Well, he said “there’s no microsanctions,” but other team members quickly clarified that you’ll be able to purchase fun ways to customize your game, but none of it will be pay-to-win. This model of mictrosanctions, where you can only purchase cosmetic items, is quickly becoming the industry standard.
5. Tilted Towers is Apparently Broken
Fortnite’s Tilted Towers has been a weird place for the last few days. Last week, some players were noticing their Tilted Towers was super low resolution with textures that didn’t load properly. Now, there’s a basement in Tilted Towers where players die immediately upon entering it. This doesn’t seem like an intentional teaser event, but it could be? Epic has said they’re working on a fix for the issue.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/1/19)
1. Big Updates to CS:GO’s Battle Royale Mode
Not too long ago, Valve released a battle royale mode for CS:GO called Danger Zone. The game mode has been generally well-received by CS:GO and battle royale fans alike. Today, Danger Zone is getting a new map and several other updates. Players can now respawn if any members of their squad are still alive. You can also now choose a perk at the start of the match. Finally, there are new items to use and new upgrades to unlock.
2. Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal Stream Today
Gearbox Studios is officially revealing Borderlands 3 gameplay today through a livestream on Twitch. The livestream started at 10 am PST this morning, so you should rush on over to Twitch to make sure you don’t miss out on any more of the action. You can expect to see the new Vault Hunters coming to the game, some of the new places for players to explore, and more.
3. Get Shiny Pokemon through the Pokemon Pass App
Nintendo released a new app this morning called the Pokemon Pass, which fans can use to get free content for games like Pokemon Let’s Go by visiting ‘designated retail locations.’ On May 11th those who have downloaded the free app can check in at their local Target to receive a free Shiny Pikachu and a Shiny Eevee for Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu or Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee. Future freebies will include more video game content plus digital content like stickers and wallpapers.
4. New Earthworm Jim Game in Development
Earthworm Jim was one of the classic Sega Genesis games from the 1990s. The game was so popular it got a sequel and then a high-definition remake in 2010. Now, a new game is in development. The new Earthworm Jim will release on the new Intellivision console, which will launch on October 10th, 2020. The original Earthworm Jim is a 2D run and gun sidescroller, so it stands to reason that we can expect something similar when the new game releases next year.
5. Steam now has Over 1 Billion Accounts
Just a couple days ago, Steam officially welcomed their one billionth unique account. This doesn’t actually mean Steam has one billion users, as many of these accounts are bots or previously banned users, but it is still a noteworthy milestone. The more interesting numbers are concurrent and monthly users. Steam is currently around 15 million concurrent users, slightly down from last year’s PUBG-fueled peak of 18 million.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (4/30/19)
1. Black Ops 4’s Operation Spectre Rising Out Now
The new operation is now live for Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 only, with PC and Xbox One to receive the update shortly. Spectre Rising introduces new maps, new mods, a new specialist, and more to Black Ops 4. Some of the content is free, like the new Assassin specialist. As far as paid content goes, you’ll receive access to three new maps in exchange for your hard-earned cash. Finally, the Hydro Dam on the game’s Blackout map has burst and the map is flooding with water.
2. Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update is Live
Sea of Thieves patch 2.0 just went live today, marking the game’s one-year anniversary. The massive anniversary patch introduces a new PvP game mode called The Arena where crews fight against one another. There is also a new campaign called Shores of Gold to explore. There are tons of other cool additions to the game as well, like the new ability to fish, hunt, and cook. Read the complete patch notes for more details.
3. New Mercenary Added to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Ubisoft just updated Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to add another mercenary to the mix. Testiklos the Nut is now in the game to fight or recruit. You may remember Testiklos’ brother, Testikles. Well, Testiklos the Nut has been distraught ever since he was separated from Testikles. We suggest proceeding with caution.
4. Mortal Kombat 11 Update Addresses Economy
There were some complaints regarding Mortal Kombat 11’s economy almost immediately after the game released. Apparently, it would be a tremendous grind to unlock all of the game’s skins. After the update, players will receive two to three times the amount of currency for post-fight rewards. The Towers of Time also received an overhaul to be less punishing to players.
5. Halo: The Master Chief Collection Testing Delayed
Remember when we told you the Halo Master Chief Collection would be available to test by the end of April? And then we told you it would MAYBE be available? Well, now we have the unfortunate pleasure of informing you that Master Chief Collection won’t be available to test this month, as the team has experienced more difficulty with porting to PC than they originally anticipated. There’s no new date for MCC testing on PC, but the developers promise us it will come eventually.
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The Daily Moot (4/29/19)
1. Watch Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal Streams this Week
On Wednesday this week you’ll have the chance to see Borderlands 3 gameplay for the first time (except for that leaked clip, but let’s ignore that for now.) Viewers watching the sponsored streamers will also get a chance to test out the Echocast Twitch extension, which enables you to check out the streamer’s inventory while they play. There’s also a chance to win free in-game loot as you’re watching. Read the article here for more info.
2. Moot x Sliver.tv Marbles Showdown Stream
Last Friday, Dylan and Brian headed to the Sliver.tv office to host an epic Marbles Showdown stream. There’s no way to fully relive the once in a lifetime experience, but you can watch the VOD if you’d like to try. Lots of fun, laughs, and gaffs were had as the guys commentated some marble races and answered questions about Moot. See the VOD here!
3. Riot Employees Plan to Walkout in Protest
Riot Games is the studio that brought the world League of Legends. They’ve experienced a bit of controversy of the last few months which seems unlikely to stop. Riot Games is currently attempting to stop two employees from taking legal action due to alleged gender discrimination. Due to this, some Riot Games employees are scheduling a walkout for next Monday in protest.
4. Poster Reveals Super Mario Maker 2 Details
While we knew Super Mario Maker 2 was under development, we didn’t have many details about the game itself. Well, we learned a few things this weekend due to a new poster that has popped up in Japanese game stores. We can see that Meowser and Charvaarghs will be included in the new game, for one. We also see levels in different settings like space, underwater, and the jungle.
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1. Moot Points: Fortnite x Avengers: Endgame (Episode 51)
Good morning you Mootiful beauties! In this week's episode of Moot Points the guys talk about the new Fortnite x Avengers: Endgame Limited Time Mode and how awesome it is! Check out the episode here:
2. Bungie is Nerfing a Couple Destiny 2 Guns
Bungie is set to nerf PvP all-star hand cannons Luna’s Howl and Not Forgotten in Destiny 2’s upcoming Season of Opulence. Both guns have the Magnificent Howl perk, which leads to such a fast time to kill that it makes other weapons feel weak in comparison. Bungie plans to nerf the Magnificent Howl perk and reduce the firing speed of both hand cannons from 180 RPM down to 150 RPM.
3. League of Legends’ New Champion is a Magical Cat
Yesterday Riot Games revealed Yuumi, the next champion to come to League of Legends. Yuumi is a magical cat with some unique abilities. Most notably, Yuumi can attach to allied champions so she doesn’t need to control her own movement. When attached, some of Yuumi’s abilities change slightly. Yuumi comes to League of Legends’ live servers on May 14th.
4. More Information About Death Stranding
Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus technically revealed some more information at the Tribeca Film Festival this week. We say technically because everything about this game is extremely confusing and we have no clue what’s going on. Kojima emphasized Death Stranding is a metaphor for connection, either between players or the player and the world. Sooo, maybe the game’s multiplayer? Either way, Death Stranding looks dope. Check out this article to read more about what new Death Stranding info was revealed.
5. Risk of Rain 2 Roadmap Promises New Characters and Bosses
The team behind Risk of Rain 2 just released a roadmap outlining their content plans for the game moving forward. Starting in June, Risk of Rain 2 will be getting a series of updates that introduce new survivors, stages, bosses, items, and more. These updates will continue up through Spring 2020 when the game will officially launch version 1.0.
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1. Fortnite x Avengers: Endgame LTM is Here
Well, it’s finally time! The new Avengers: Endgame Limited Time Mode has come to Fortnite and it is incredible. In the limited time mode, two teams of 50 face off against one another. On one side, you have Thanos and his army. On the other side, there is an army of heroes who can utilize some of the Avengers weapons. Will Thanos gather all of the Infinity Stones and eliminate the heroes, or will the heroes defeat Thanos once and for all?
2. Respawn Outlines Plans for Apex Legends’ Future
Respawn Entertainment posted on an EA blog earlier today to outline their future plans for Apex Legends. Their main focuses in the short term will be fixing laggy servers at the start of matches, addressing audio issues, dealing with cheaters, and improving hit registration. Respawn also revealed their future content plans will take a more seasonal cadence, instead of surprise releasing content. Each season will introduce a new legend, a new battle pass, and more to keep things fresh.
3. Epic Games Would End Exclusivity Deals if Steam Paid Developers More
When the Epic Games Store was announced, the biggest thing to draw attention was their revenue sharing model. Compared to the 30% cut Steam takes from game sales, Epic’s 12% cut seems extremely generous to game developers. In response to a question on Twitter, the CEO of Epic Games announced they would immediately stop signing exclusivity deals if Steam reduced their 30% cut down to 12%. He even said Epic would go so far as to put their own games on Steam.
4. Ubisoft Launches Bug Hunter Program for Rainbow Six Siege
Ubisoft has just announced a new Bug Hunter program for Rainbow Six Siege’s test server. Players who report three acknowledged bugs on the test server will be eligible to receive unique in-game rewards. The first reward is a “raptor legs” weapon charm. This is a pretty interesting way for Ubisoft to incentive users to report bugs. Rainbow Six fans, does this make it any more likely that you’ll mess around on the test server?
5. BlizzCon 2019 Dates Announced
Blizzard just announced the dates for BlizzCon 2019. The massive convention featuring all things Blizzard will take place in Anaheim, California on November 1st-2nd. In even more exciting news, the convention will also feature the Overwatch World Cup 2019. There will also be the Hearthstone Global Finals, a Starcraft 2 tournament, and multiple World of Warcraft tournaments. Tickets go on sale on May 4th and again on May 8th.
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1. Overwatch Introduces the Workshop
In a surprise developer update this morning the Overwatch team revealed the Workshop, a new custom game mode editor. Jeff Kaplan described the feature as one for “power users,” and explained that the new tool will be easiest to utilize for those with game development or programming experience. The Workshop enables players to build custom game modes and even prototype new heroes. Check out the video below to hear more about it!
2. Modern Warfare 4 May be the Next Call of Duty Game
Activision hosted a private event this past weekend to show off the next Call of Duty game to several NFL and college level football players. Using a video posted on one of the player’s Instagram’s, some internet detectives have concluded the new game is Modern Warfare 4. You can apparently hear the words “Modern Warfare 4” and “Killstreaks.” We’ve all be hoping for Modern Warfare 4 for years so fingers crossed this turns out to be true.
3. Days Gone Getting Free DLC Starting this Summer
Although Days Gone hasn’t even released yet, the developers announced this morning that the game will be receiving free DLC a couple months after launch. The DLC will include a new Survival difficulty that sounds effectively like playing the game on ‘hard mode.’ There will also be new challenges and rewards for players who complete challenges or Survival mode. Days Gone releases on PlayStation 4 this Friday.
4. Cheaper Nintendo Switch Reportedly Coming Soon
There have been whispers about Nintendo’s plans for new Switch models and today we got some more information about what is supposedly in the works. Apparently, there will be a cheaper version of the Switch coming out sometime this June. There is also word of a “modest upgrade” for the original Nintendo Switch, although Nintendo is not working on a “more powerful version” of the console so make of that what you will.
5. Planet Zoo Announcement Trailer
The creators of Zoo Tycoon and Planet Zoo have just revealed ‘Planet Zoo,’ a new zoo simulation game. The game includes both a campaign and a sandbox mode, so you can build your zoos however you like. Based on the trailer, the game’s aesthetic is niiice. According to the description, the animals display lifelike behaviors as they explore the habitats you create for them. Planet Zoo is coming to PC in Fall of this year.
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1. Next Fortnite x Avengers Crossover Event Teaser
Fortnite posted another teaser image this morning to build hype for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame crossover event. While yesterday’s tweet showed an image of Captain America’s shield, this one features Thor’s hammer. This seems to hint that players will be able to play as multiple Avengers characters, unless last year’s crossover event that featured only Thanos. Are you excited for Avengers: Endgame and the Fortnite crossover event?
2. Anthem Update Adds New Stronghold, Other Fixes
Patch 1.1.0 comes to Anthem today, introducing the new Sunken Cell stronghold and offering fixes for several of the game’s issues. Sunken Cell is available to all players who have completed the game’s main story. The most welcome aspect of the new patch may be the ability to change your gear without returning to Fort Tarsis or the Launch Bay. Read the entire patch notes in the below article right here.
3. Sea of Thieves ‘Shores of Gold’ Cinematic Trailer
Sea of Thieves’ big anniversary update is coming out on April 30th. The free update is introducing several new things to the game and today Rare released a trailer for the new Tall Tales store mode. The story campaign, called Shores of Gold, will take you and up to three friends on a lengthy search for a mysterious island full of treasure. Check out the incredibly awesome trailer for Shores of Gold now!
4. Biggest Minecraft Update Ever ‘Village and Pillage’ is Out Now
A new update came to Minecraft today, introducing tons of new features. The update, titled Village and Pillage, is apparently the largest ever to come to Minecraft. Among the (lengthy) list of new features added to the game you’ll find: crossbows have been added to the game, cats got new features, pillagers and pillagers outposts have been added, and more. Check out the lengthy patch notes now!
5. PUBG Unbanned in Nepal
A few weeks ago, it was announced that PUBG was banned in Nepal due to gaming addiction concerns. Now, the Nepalese Supreme Court has ruled addiction concerns are not enough to justify outlawing one particular video game. While PUBG is unbanned for now, the game’s detractors in Nepal will have a chance to gather evidence to argue their case. What do you all of think of this idea that videos encourage addictive or violent behaviors among youth?
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1. Fortnite Teases Avengers Crossover
Avengers: Endgame releases this week and it seems like Epic Games will be hosting another crossover event to promote it. Whole some suspect a return of last year’s Thanos event, the teaser shows a Fortnite character holding Captain America’s iconic shield so this year’s event may be different. The teaser says something will happen on April 25th, the day before Avengers: Endgame releases.
2. Apex Legends Stream Views Drop 75% in a Month
This time a couple months ago Apex Legends was on top of the world. The streaming world, that is. But over the course of March and the first half of April, Apex Legends experienced a sharp decline in Twitch viewership. In comparison, Fortnite remained steady during that same period of time. It is hard to understand why Apex Legends hasn’t maintained viewership, but it could be due to a lack of new content in the game. What streams are you watching these days?
3. Kingdom Hearts 3 Critical Mode Coming This Week
When Kingdom Hearts 3 released this year it was notably missing Critical Mode, the most challenging difficulty from past Kingdom Hearts games. Well, franchise director Tetsuya Nomura took to Twitter this morning to announce Critical Mode will be coming to Kingdom Hearts 3 tomorrow. Critical Mode can make the game more difficulty by changing several variables like damage taken, AP or HP gains, and more.
4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Update
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was a masterpiece of a game, at least according to our very own admin Rue who wrote an excellent Rueview of the game here on Moot. However, great games can still improve and FromSoftware is releasing an update today to accomplish exactly that. The new update focuses on balancing different tools so that players have more relevant strategic choices to make during combat.
5. Smash Bros. Player Assaulted with Crab after Winning Tournament
Immediately after Juan ‘Hungrybox’ DeBiedma was the grand finals at a tournament this weekend someone from the audience threw a dead crab at him. Luckily, the crab did not hit Hungrybox but he was immediately aware of it. The assailant was identified by the event organizers and he will be permanently banned from future events with the tournament organizer.
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1. Moot Points Episode 50: Is Apex Legends Dead?!
Happy Friday MootTubers! We have a VERY special episode of Moot Points this week as we are celebrating 50 episodes! There's even a giveaway in this episode, so we highly encourage you check out the episode RIGHT NOW!!!
2. Floating Rune Shows Up in Fortnite
Here we go again! A floating rune just appeared in Fortnite near Paradise Palms. The metallic object has a massive health meter that all players can see. Every time the object takes enough damage, it moves a little bit. This will probably be a lot like Kevin, the famous purple cube, where we’re frantically chasing the rune around the map for the next few days or weeks as the buildup to Season 9 continues.
3. Epic Catches Hundreds of Cheaters in World Cup Qualifiers
Last week was the first round of Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers and Epic Games has caught hundreds of players participating in unsavory behaviors. 206 players will forfeit their winners as a result of their actions. Some players went around region locks to participate in more qualifiers. Others were banned for account sharing. A small number of competitors were even caught teaming. The next round of World Cup Qualifiers takes place this weekend.
4. Overcooked 2’s Campfire Cook Off DLC is Live
Overcooked 2 is awesome cooperative cooking game where you work with a friend or loved one to prepare meals until it eventually ruins your relationship. Super awesome! The game just got a new DLC called Campfire Cook Off that introduces new levels, new chefs, new recipes, and more. The base game is also 30% off this weekend!
5. Apex Legends’ Gibraltar is Currently Bugged
Apex Legends patch 1.1.1 introduced a new passive perk to both Gibraltar and Caustic that makes them take 10% less damage. This was implemented to account for the larger size of these two Legends, which makes them easy targets. Unfortunately for Gibraltar fans, there is actually a bug currently where he seems to take a bit of damage to his health when shot even if he still has shields. You can see the bug in action in the article right here.
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1. Fortnite: World Cup Creative Announced
Epic Games has just announced another event to the Fortnite World Cup. The Fortnite World Cup Creative will run from April 29th to June 7th. The World Cup Creative will feature five different creative maps made by community creators. 15 participants will be selected to compete in the final Creative competition at the Fortnite World Cup Finals.
2. Mortal Kombat 11 Launch Trailer
Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios just released an awesome launch trailer for Mortal Kombat 11, which comes out next week. The launch trailer features the iconic music that has defined the Mortal Kombat series for over 20 years. In the trailer, we see Kronika, the Keeper of Time, attempt to rewind time to reset history. Players will need to battle as fighters from different eras to restore balance to the world. Mortal Kombat 11 releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 23rd.
3. Halo: The Master Chief Collection Beta Tests may be Delayed
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC some time this year. When the news was announced last month, it was also revealed that PC beta tests COULD start as early as this month. Now, we’ve gotten the word that we may have to wait a bit longer than expected before we can start testing Halo on PC. Much of the difficulty apparently comes from porting Halo Reach to PC, as Reach was not in the original Master Chief Collection.
4. Sea of Thieves Playtesters Broke the Harpoon Mechanic
Sea of Thieves players are patiently waiting for a large update coming out on April 30th to celebrate the game’s anniversary. The update is set to bring a new campaign, new activities like fishing and cooking, and a new PvP mode called Arena. Additionally, it will introduce harpoons which can be used to help maneuver your ship. The Sea of Thieves team released a hilarious behind the scenes video this morning that shows playtesters getting up to wacky hijinks with the harpoon, including using it to ‘climb’ mountains with their boat.
5. ‘Steel Division 2’ Delayed Until June
Steel Division 2 is a sequel to the Real Time Strategy game Steel Division: Normandy 44. The sequel, which is also set during World War 2, has been delayed until June 20th. There will still be beta tests between now and then for those who have pre-ordered the game. Apparently, it is being delayed so the developers can gather more feedback from players and implement relevant updates.
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1. Vault Unearthed Below Fortnite’s Loot Lake
Ah jeez, Rick. It’s time for Fortnite Season 9 teasers. Just this morning, a massive vault revealed itself below Loot Lake. This happens to be the location where the purple cube affectionately named Kevin disappeared. Players have reported hearing a low, lurching noise at the sight of the vault which is surely a sign of something. What do you think is inside the vault?
2. Microsoft Unveils Xbox One S All-Digital Edition
Yesterday Microsoft unveiled the next edition of the Xbox One, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. As the name suggests, the new version of the Xbox One S is completely disc-free. The Digital Edition Xbox can be pre-ordered for $249.99, which is $50 cheaper than the original Xbox One S. The new console will be available on May 7th.
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0 Comes Today
Update 3.0 comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today, bringing with it some new game modes and Joker from Persona 5. There is also a stage based on Persona 5’s Mementos location plus music from the game. Update 3.0 introduces the recently leaked Stage Builder mode. Finally, there is also a new Video Editor mode.
4. Ubisoft Giving Away Assassin’s Creed Unity
In response to the horrible fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in France, Ubisoft has pledged to donate €500,000 to the restoration efforts. They are also giving away Assassin’s Creed Unity for free. Unity released in 2014 and includes a beautiful representation of the Notre Dame cathedral. You can download Assassin’s Creed Unity for free through Uplay or the Ubisoft Store.
5. Fortnite Brings Back Planes for Limited Time Mode
Fortnite Planes are back! There’s no need to worry though, as the planes have only returned for a Limited Time Mode. This week’s patch is small, probably because Epic doesn’t want to shake things up too much with World Cup Qualifying taking place. However, there is a new addition in the form of Epic and Legendary versions of the Infantry Rifle.
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1. Apex Legends Patch 1.1.1 Balances Legends and Weapons
The first patch in what feels like forever released for Apex Legends this morning and it is PACKED with exciting changes. Caustic and Gibralter have new aspects in their passive that prevent 10% of all damage taken. Snipers will do more damage to arms and legs. The Wingman and Spitfire both have smaller magazines. The gold weapons now have GOOD ATTACHMENTS, like a Digital Threat on a Gold Wingman and a Turbocharger for the Gold Havoc. Finally, your first top 5 of the day for the next 2 days will earn you an entire battle pass level’s worth of experience!
2. Sony Reveals Next-Gen PlayStation Details
This morning, the lead system architect for the next PlayStation showed off some internal components for the system. The most exciting aspect of the new PlayStation is the inclusion of a solid state drive, which will drastically improve loading speeds. The console will also accept physical disks and include backwards compatibility for at least PlayStation 4 games. Finally, it was confirmed that the next PlayStation will NOT release this year.
3. Is There a New Lego Star Wars Game?
Star Wars Celebration took place this past weekend and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was the video game we all had our eyes on. However, an employee of Skywalker Sound, the studio that makes sound effects for all things Star Wars, mentioned in an interview a new Lego Star Wars game set to release this year. This is the first public mention of any such game. Apparently, the new Lego Star Wars game will focus on the entire saga instead of just a specific episode.
4. ‘Fate of Atlantis’ DLC for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Coming Next Week
Ubisoft just dropped the launch trailer for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Fate of Atlantis DLC and it is striking. The first chapter of the DLC, which releases on April 23rd, is titled Fields of Elysium. In it, you will explore the afterlife of Greek mythology. The remaining two episodes of the DLC release in a couple months and will take us even further into the mysteries of the Greek gods. The Fate of Atlantis DLC costs $24.99 by itself, but it is also included in the game’s $40 season pass.
5. GameStop Launches “Guaranteed to Love it” Program
GameStop is offering a new deal starting with Days Gone; if you buy a game and within 48 hours decide you don’t like it, you can turn it in for full value in store credit. This should give console gamers who like to own physical versions of games some more flexibility. Theoretically, you could even beat the game within 48 hours and return it for maximum value. Will this save GameStop? Who knows? Who cares?
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1. First Look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Respawn Entertainment revealed their new game ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ at Star Wars Celebration this past weekend. The game is a single-player experience that has you play Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan who survived Order 66. Fallen Order will introduce several new planets and characters to the Star Wars universe. It will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 15th, 2019.
2. Massive Clash Royale Monthly Update
Supercell just released a major update for Clash Royale that looks completely awesome. The biggest thing in the update is Trophy Road, a new way to earn rewards as you earn more trophies. There is also a new card called Earthquake, that does massive damage to buildings and slows troops. Finally, there are some new game modes coming. Watch the update video linked here to learn more!
3. Path of Exile Looks to Rework Melee Combat
Path of Exile is a free to play dungeon grinder, similar in gameplay to Diablo, that has been highly popular among fans of the genre. The game’s latest expansion reworked spellcasting, and now the game’s next expansion looks to do the same for melee combat. The 3.7.0 expansion due in a couple of months looks to improve animations, feedback, movement, and more for up close and personal fighters.
4. Sony Blocks Destiny 2 Account Transfers
Bungie was hoping to enable transferring Destiny 2 characters across platforms, but Sony quickly shut that down. Sony “wants people to associate Destiny with PS4” which means we all suffer. Sony has historically fought against cross-platform measures, shutting it down in games like Fallout 76. Fortnite was the exception due to the game’s massive size and popularity.
5. Square Enix Confirms Octopath Traveler is Coming to PC
Last week, there was a leak that suggested the JRPG Octopath Travler would be coming to PC. Square Enix, the studio that developed the game, confirmed this morning that the game will release on Steam on June 7th. The game will be receiving some Steam-specific updates, like achievements and trading cards, but other than that there should not be too many additions to the year-old game.
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1. Moot Points Episode 49: Reboot Vans Added to Fortnite
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen! In this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian, the guys discuss the controversial Reboot Van that was just added to Fortnite. Are you loving or hating the Reboot Vans so far?
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2. Rainbow Six Siege Update Bringing Operator Changes
Ubisoft released Designer Notes this morning that lay out operator balance changes coming in Rainbow Six Siege’s next patch. The patch includes reworks for both Lion and Capitão, which should not be surprising. What may be surprising, however, are the surprise nerfs to Nomad, Blitz, and Maestro. There is also a buff for Kaid’s AUG-A3. Read the full upcoming changes in the article linked below.
3. World of Warcraft Introducing Mount Abilities
Starting in patch 8.2, World of Warcraft players will be able to customize their mounts with abilities. This is in response to players using the Water Strider mount almost exclusively because of its ability to walk on water. Blizzard has revealed three mount abilities so far: a saddle that prevents damage from knocking you off your mount, a parachute that prevents you from taking damage when falling, and shoes that allow you walk on water.
4. Mega Update Releases for Atlas Today
Massive multiplayer pirate game Atlas got a massive update today that added to the map and introduced a new game mode. There are now apparently 40% more islands and unique land masses for players to explore. There is also a new game mode called Colonies that encourages cooperation between players. There were significant problems with Atlas at launch, so it is nice to see the game get large updates.
5. World War Z Launch Trailer
Co-op zombie survival game World War Z is set to launch next week and the developers just released a launch trailer to celebrate. You’ll be able to play World War Z with friends or against others in the game’s Player vs Player vs Zombies game mode. World War Z launches on April 16th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Note: it will be on the Epic Games Store on PC, not Steam.
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1. Battlefield 5 Firestorm gets Duos Mode
Firestorm, the battle royale mode for Battlefield 5, originally launched with only 4 player squads and solos. Now, at least for this weekend, you can play duos. EA has said they personally love the game mode and want to bring it to the game, but they want to hear from the community before permanently adding it. In your battle royale experience from Firestorm or other games, have you enjoyed duos mode?
2. Apex Legends Glitch Makes Gibralter Temporarily Popular
Some Apex Legends players have discovered an interesting glitch with Gibralter that makes him temporarily not useless. Gibralter has a Gun Shield when he aims down sights and the game recognizes this as a flat surface for other legends’ abilities. Specifically, you can stick Caustic Gas Traps or Octane’s Jump Pads to the Gun Shield. This means Gibralter can walk around with a Gas Lightsaber to swing at people or permanently bounce around on a Jump Pad. Kind of neat.
3. Thanos Limited Time Mode may Return to Fortnite
Last year, there was a Fortnite Limited Time Mode that let players equip the Infinity Gauntlet to become Thanos. Dataminers have uncovered a few lines of text in the latest patch that suggests Thanos may be making a return to Fortnite. The timing on this makes sense, as Avengers: Endgame releases at the end of this month. Did you enjoy the Thanos Limited Time Mode when it was last available?
4. The Division 2 is getting a Public Test Server
Public test servers are dope for both game companies and gamers. Public test servers enable a game’s more dedicated fans to test new updates before they come to the live game. Ubisoft just announced they will be launching a Public Test Server for The Division 2 ahead of the game’s next big update. The Division 2 players on PC will be able to use their existing characters on the PTS so they can test without starting over. Note the PTS will NOT include the raid coming to the game soon, so have no fear of spoilers.
5. Octopath Traveler is Coming to PC
Octopath Traveler is a JRPG from Square Enix that initially launched exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Well, the game’s platform exclusivity seems to be coming to an end as a non-deleted blog post on the Square Enix website announced it will soon be available on PC. Apparently, Octopath Traveler will be available on both Steam and the Square Enix Store. A release date is unknown as of yet.
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1. Fortnite Introduces Respawning in Patch v8.30
Well, the madmen actually did it. The Reboot Van is now in Fortnite, which means you can now respawn your teammates just like in Apex Legends. Honestly, respawning is one of the best features in Apex Legends and personally we’re excited to see it come to Fortnite. You’ll have 90 seconds to pickup a dead teammate’s Reboot Card. Respawned teammates will drop in with 100 health, a common pistol, some ammo, and 100 wood.
2. Bungie Blocks Xbox and PC Destiny 2 Players from Using PS4 Exclusive Weapon
Xur, the travelling salesman in Destiny 2 that is as much of a meme as he is a saleman, briefly offered a PS4-exclusive weapon to Xbox and PC players. This weapon is not supposed to be available on those platforms until September, so Bungie has decided to prevent players who purchased the exclusive weapon from using it until then. At least they can still look at it in their inventory until then?
3. PSN Name Changes are Live
Finally, the ability to change your PSN name is here for PlayStation gamers. Your first name change will be free, with subsequent name changes costing $5 for PlayStation Plus members and $10 for the rest of us. It is VERY IMPORTANT to note that several games have “critical issues” with name changes that may result in you losing achievements, progress, or even specific game accounts. Sony has a complete list of games with known issues, so please check it before changing your PSN name.
4. Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update will be Massive
Sea of Thieves has received a chain of free content updates since the game released, but the anniversary update slated for April 30th will be the biggest one yet. The biggest additions included in the update are The Arena and Tall Tales. The Arena is a competitive match that pits teams of players against one another and Tall Tales are a new campaign-type mission coming to the game. This whole update sounds pretty sweet and like always it will be completely free to Sea of Thieves owners.
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may be Getting Stage Builder Soon
A Nintendo advertisement posted to YouTube yesterday shows a menu option for Stage Builder, a feature not yet in the game. Stage Builder is a mode that lets players design and create their own battle stages. Naturally, a game mode that enables players to customize and create is in high demand. Hopefully we hear more about Stage Builder from Nintendo soon.
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1. ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Teaser
EA and Respawn Entertainment are set to unveil a new Star Wars action-adventure game this Saturday at the Star Wars Celebration convention. The reveal will also be livestreamed on EA’s Star Wars Twitch channel. A teaser posted on Twitter today includes the phrase “Don’t stand out” which suggests the main character in Fallen Order may need to keep their Jedi abilities a secret. We can except a late 2019 release for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
2. New Red Dead Online Showdown Mode ‘Plunder’
Rockstar continues to add content to Red Dead Online in the form of Showdown game modes. A new mode called Plunder sets two teams against one another in a battle for frontier resources. Both teams fight to capture supplies from a central location and bring those supplies back to their base. You can also just steal supplies from the enemy base. Be careful though, as you’ll be visible to everyone when holding supplies.
3. Destiny 2 Patch Increases Drop Rates, Buffs Arc Subclasses
Destiny 2’s new patch 2.2.1 came out this morning. After the patch, drop rates for both Gambit Prime weapons and Dreaming City cosmetics have increased significantly. Bungie is also updating older Arc variants for each class. Finally, there are new Catalysts available to improve your old Exotic weapons. You can read all the Arc changes and the rest of the patch notes using the link below.
4. Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows is now Live
The new Hearthstone expansion Rise of Shadows is finally upon us. The new expansion focuses on the return of some of the game’s most famous villains as a part of The League of E.V.I.L. This also marks the annual set rotation that removes old cards from the Standard Mode. Cards from Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds and Catacombs are no longer playable except in Wild Mode.
5. Fallout 76 Patch Introduces Sheepsquatch and New Dungeon
A new patch came to Fallout 76 today, bringing new content for players to experience. There is a new questline called Lying Lowe that tasks players with hunting down the Sheepsquatch, a West Virginia legend. Find one of the ‘Sheepsquatch Ate My Brother’ posters in Lewisburg to start the quest. There is also a new high-level dungeon called The Burrows which will be available on April 16th.
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1. Overwatch: Storm Rising Event Announced
The next Overwatch event has been announced and is set to begin next week. Blizzard took to Twitter to release a teaser video for Overwatch: Storm Rising, which looks to be the next lore-based PvE event like Retribution and Uprising. In the video, it is revealed that Tracer, Winston, Mercy, and Genji will attempt to take down Doomfist’s accountant Maximilian. Storm Rising starts on April 16th and lasts until May 6th.
2. Apex Legends May Start Punishing Leavers
We reported on Apex Legends stressful patch release last week. The update, which was meant to be small, temporarily reset the account of everyone who downloaded it. While that has since been fixed, it was not the only thing that slipped into the update. There was also briefly a feature that made quitters wait up to 5 minutes between matches after preemptively leaving games. This feature has ALSO been reverted, but it shows Respawn is exploring ways to discourage players from leaving matches before they should.
3. World of Warcraft Classic PvP Plan Revealed
World of Warcraft Classic is a throwback to the game’s original release, with very limited modern touches. About a month ago Blizzard revealed their plan for content updates post release, but they remained silent on PvP (player versus player) content until this morning. When the game releases, PvP will exist but only informally. Over time, battlegrounds and rewards will be rolled out in a way that mirrors the initial vanilla WoW experience. You can read the entire plan in the post below.
4. Steam Flags Angry Borderlands 2 Reviews as “Off-Topic”
When Borderlands 3 was announced as an Epic Games Store exclusive, many outraged PC gamers took to Steam to express their discontent. Borderlands 1 and 2 were both bombarded with negative reviews on Steam from April 3rd through April 6th. Utilizing a new feature, Steam has tagged these negative reviews as “largely unrelated to the likelihood that you would enjoy the product.” In other words, they have nothing to do with the game itself. The tagged negative reviews do not affect the game’s scores, although they are still available to read.
5. Black Ops 4 Combat Record is Now Accessible
Combat Record is a feature that lets you view personal stats for different weapons and attachment. The feature has been in every Call of Duty title since the original Black Ops in 2010. Well, Combat Record has finally come to Black Ops 4 but unfortunately not in the way many players wanted. You can only access your Combat Record via the game’s official companion app.