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1. Fortnite Season 10 Trailer Leaks
SPOILERS! This morning the Brazilian Fortnite account accidentally posted the official Season 10 trailer instead of the final teaser. The teaser you were supposed to see this morning shows the glowing orb over Loot Late exploding, while the trailer shows the aftermath. After the explosion, we see Jonesy flying through space as he travels back through time. Finally, he lands on Fortnite’s map right next to Dusty Depot just moments before the meteor strikes. Fortnite Season 10 starts tomorrow.
2. Monster Hunter World Iceborne Gets Release Date
Although Monster Hunter World’s Iceborne expansion releases on consoles on September 6th, PC players will need to wait until January 2020 to play it. Iceborne is the first and only big expansion to Monster Hunter World. Capcom has already released plenty of free content updates for Monster Hunter World, with more to come even after Iceborne releases. At least PC players don’t have to wait as long for Iceborne as we had to for the base game?
3. Oxygen Not Included Leaves Early Access
Oxygen Not Included is an adorable colony management game that has been in early access since 2017. Well, after two years the game has developed wonderfully and it is ready for a full release. In Oxygen Not Included, you manage a group of ‘Duplicants’ who attempt to create a colony from nothing on an asteroid. The game usually costs $25 USD but it is currently 33% off.
4. Garfield Kart: Furious Racing Releases This November
You know Garfield, right? The loveably lazy cat with a lasagna addiction? Yeah, that Garfield. Well, he’s getting a racing game. Garfield Kart actually already was a game that released back in 2013. It somehow miraculously slipped under the general public’s radar, which is nice because it means this new game will feel totally fresh. There are eight total characters in Garfield Kart: Furious Racing including Garfield, Jon, and Odie. The game releases on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam on November 5th.
5. Dragon Quest’s Hero is now Available in Super Smash
The Hero from Dragon Quest is now available in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. You can unlock Hero by purchasing the Fighters Pass or the Challenger Pack 2. You will also unlock the Yggdrasil’s Alter Stage and musical tracks from Dragon Quest. Version 4.0.0 also released today, introducing a few new features like a Very Easy Adventure Mode difficulty and new ways to spectate.
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1. Third Fortnite Season 10 Teaser
The third (and final?) Fortnite Season 10 came out this morning. The teaser image includes Ragnarok and Drift, two of the popular skins from Season 5. We can now see what may be a time travelling theme coming together. The first teaser image featured Dusty Depot (Season 3), the second featured the Traveler (Season 4), and now we have an image with Season 5 skins. We’ll figure it all out when Season 10 starts on August 1st.
2. Killstreaks Return in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Killstreak rewards were some of the flashiest plays in the original Modern Warfare games, but they’ve been missing from recent iterations. Well, we’ve now received official word that Killstreaks are making a return in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. A tweet from Infinity Ward revealed some of the Killstreaks we can unlock in the new game, including Juggernaut suits, White Phosphorus air strikes, and an Infantry Assault Vehicle.
3. $500,000K Apex Legends Preseason Invitational
EA revealed this morning an invitational Apex Legends tournament that will take place in Krakow, Poland from September 13th-15th. The three-day tournament will feature a double elimination bracket system with 80 teams. Instead of open qualifiers, EA is asking interested players to email them directly. Presumably, they’ll then select the best teams based on your stats.
4. Blizzard is Bringing Firelands Back to World of Warcraft
Blizzard just announced they will be bringing the Firelands raid back to World of Warcraft using the game’s Timewalking system. Starting with patch 8.2.5, Firelands will enter the rotation of raids that are temporarily available to players. Like other Timewalking raids, players get their gear scaled down to the appropriate power level. Firelands was one of the most popular raids of the Cataclysm expansion, so players should be incredibly excited about this news.
5. ‘The Outer Worlds’ is Coming to the Nintendo Switch
The developers of The Outer Worlds just announced their game will eventually release on the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch release will come after the game releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on October 25th. The Outer Worlds is a single-player sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/29/19)
1. Last weekend was absolutely INSANE for the gaming industry! Check out everything that happened in our newest episode of Weekly Wrap Up!
2. Bethesda Releases Original Doom Trilogy, and Disappoints Some Fans:
Bethesda quietly released Doom 1, 2 and 3 for all major consoles, but to the dismay of many players, they included a mandatory Bethesda.net log-in. Quickly dissipating the excitement of many, folks also found they could not play the game offline, in particular defeating the entire purpose of purchasing mostly singler-player games (we’re looking at you, on-the-go Switch players!). Kind of ridiculous, as each of these games is over a decade old. Yikes! Luckily, Bethesda is already addressing the issue and will be removing the mandatory log-in with a future patch for each game.
3. Death Stranding Gets A New Character Trailer, Continues to Raise More Questions:
Sony has released a character trailer for Death Stranding’s “Heartman”, a man with a unique medical condition where he “dies every 21 minutes”. In the trailer we learn that Heartman occupies his time alive by indulging in various media including music, reading and film; though he stresses he bides his time awaiting death. What for, you ask? Check out the trailer below, which premiered at SDCC:
4. Fire Emblem: Three Houses Hits #1 on the UK Charts
In gaming news that may surprise some, but probably not all, Fire Emblem: Three Houses has seen some massive success, especially in the UK. The massive addition of an already gigantic franchise has seemingly crept its way into popularity in the West; and the best thing to top off all this news of Fire Emblem growing in popularity is that the directors of Three Houses aren’t even sure why it’s so popular. Talk about humble!
5. The Nintendo Game Boy turns 30
What a time to be alive! The Nintendo Game Boy turns 30 years old soon! Nintendo first released the handheld console in North America on July 31st, 1989. Unbeknownst to many, the Game Boy would pave the way for future generations of gaming, gamers and consoles to follow in what may have been the biggest power-move in the history of gaming (not to forget the Game & Watch). Nintendo’s Game Boy would in its time evolve over various generations, including Game Boy Pocket, Color, Advance, Advance SP, and into the line of Nintendo DS… Bringing is here to our current generation Switch! It’s incredible what has becoming of gaming!
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/26/19)
1. What is goin' on party people?! The Fortnite World Cup Finals are LIVE and we could NOT be more excited! Check out this week's episode of Moot Points (without Brian 😊) for Fortnite news, the next Overwatch hero, and the PUBG Season 4 update!
2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses Launches Today
Today marks the official launch of the latest game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem: Three Houses. In this tactical role-playing game, players act as a former mercenary who must guide their chosen nation through battle. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the 15th game in the Fire Emblem series and is the first game in the series designed specifically and exclusively for the Switch.
3. Original Doom Trilogy Re-Release
In breaking news from QuakeCon, Bethesda announced that Doom 1, 2 and 3 will all be re-launching today. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Doom franchise and long-time fans will be thrilled to play the classic games on newer platforms with all three games being available on PS4, Xbox One, Mobile, and Switch. You can pick up Doom 1 and 2 for $4.99 and Doom 3 for $9.99.
4. Aliens Come To Arma 3
Aliens have made their way to Arma 3 in the latest DLC “Contact.” Beginning with the discovery of an unknown object beneath the surface of the fictionalized European country Livonia, the player is sent on a mission to determine what the extraterrestrial visitors are and what they want. Although there are still plenty of combat encounters, the Contact DLC places emphasis on non-shooting gameplay and attempts to have the player progress via tactics and strategy. Contact is available now on Steam and the Bohemia Store.
5. Fallout 76 Tweaks Survival Mode
Fallout 76’s Survival mode was in an awkward state following the most recent patch which introduced a global marker showing the exact locations of the top 3 players in the game. Although the intentions were good in that they wanted to encourage more PvP combat, players argued that the new system was little more than a punishment for being good at the game. Well, it turns out that today’s hotfix has now reverted the change. Kudos to Bethesda for being so receptive to the community’s feedback, it’s not often that complaints get addressed so quickly.
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1. Fortnite World Cup Starts Tomorrow!
The biggest Fortnite tournament in history begins tomorrow! The Fortnite World Cup is a 3-day event where the best Fortnite players in the world will battle it out for their share of a whopping $30M prize pool. Tomorrow will feature the Creative and Celebrity matches, Saturday will feature the Duos matches, and Sunday will feature the Solo matches. Tune in to see who will emerge victorious! It all starts with the pre-show tomorrow, July 26th, at 9:30AM PT.
2. Echo Fox Sells LCS Spot
Echo Fox has agreed to a deal with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment to sell their League of Legends Championship Series spot for $30M. The management and financial side of Echo Fox has seen a lot of turmoil in the past year amid reports of an investor consistently exhibiting racist behavior to other investors and team personnel. Riot Games issued Echo Fox an ultimatum for forcing the investor off the team, but it appears they were unable to do so and are now selling the franchise spot which they purchased for $10M just last year.
3. New Yakuza Game To Be Revealed Next Month
A press conference slated for August 29th is expected to reveal the next Yakuza game. Both a commercial and critical success, the Yakuza series is best described as a Japanese GTA (but with less car jacking). The Yakuza games have a lot of interwoven storylines so fans will no doubt be excited to see what happens at the unveiling next month.
4. GTA’s New Casino Inaccessible To More Than 50 Countries
After years of hope and anticipation, GTA Online’s Diamond Casino finally opened its doors this week. While most players have been loving the new update, others haven’t been able to access it at all. Due to local gambling laws, all in-game gambling at the Diamond Casino has been disabled in more than 50 countries. Fans have been quick to complain about the exclusion, often pointing out the oddity that in-game gambling is disabled while real-money gambling is still permitted through loot boxes.
5. MechWarrior 5 Delayed, Will Be Epic Exclusive
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries has been delayed for 3 months and will now be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Many fans will be very disappointed by the news, as the game was originally going to launch on Steam where it was available for pre-order. Those that pre-purchased MechWarrior 5 will be eligible for a full refund until September 1 and will keep any bonus MechWarrior Online content or in-game currency included in their pre-purchase. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is now expected to launch on December 10th.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/24/19)
1. Chinese League of Legends Gets Anti-Addiction Tool
In an attempt to curb gaming addiction in China, Tencent has added an anti-addiction tool to League of Legends. This tool will only affect players under the age of 18 and will automatically kick off players who have played more than 2 hours in a day. Games in China are able to know the age of their players because Chinese games use national ID numbers to create accounts. What do you think about having your gaming time limited just because you’re under 18? Is 2 hours per day fair? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
2. PUBG Season 4 Now Live
PUBG Season 4 is now live on PC and it features some pretty awesome changes to Erangle. Erangle was PUBG’s first map and it has now been completely overhauled with both massive transformations as well as plenty of subtle tweaks. Season 4 also features the new Survivor Pass “Aftermath” which will feature skins and items that highlight Erangle’s history. PC players can jump into Season 4 now, but console players will unfortunately have to wait until “late summer.”
3. Microtransactions Coming to Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves has come a long way in its short history and managed to pull off something that few games are able to do: come back from the dead. Sea of Thieves had a lot of problems shortly after launch but has been revitalized thanks to a series of free updates and DLC. Sea of Thieves is still looking to improve their game, but it will now come at a cost through their new microtransactions shop which will feature new items such as pets and cosmetics.
4. Oxygen Not Included Launching Next Week
The wildly popular and critically acclaimed space-colony simulation game Oxygen Not Included is set to launch next week. After spending more than 2 years in early access, version 1.0 is finally ready to go. Although there have been a lot of improvements during the game’s stint in early access, there’s no word yet on precisely what changes will accompany the official launch. The full version of Oxygen Not Included will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store starting on July 30th.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/23/19)
1. GTA’s Diamond Casino Now Open For Business
GTA Online’s long-awaited Diamond Casino is finally open for business. The venue has no shortage of gambling options with games such as poker, blackjack, roulette, and even horse racing. It’s not all just fun and games though, once you’ve finished gambling you can relax at the luxurious and highly customizable Diamond Penthouse. Money is definitely the theme here and unlocking everything in the DLC will cost upwards of $60M. Better win your bets!
2. Sigma Hits The Test Servers
Sigma, Overwatch’s new hero, goes live on the test servers today. Sigma was just revealed yesterday through a short origin trailer and although the video was fantastic, it didn’t explain what his abilities would be. Now we know. It turns out that Sigma is a crowd control tank who can manipulate the battlefield to create shields and stop projectiles. Sound interesting? You can give Sigma a try on the test servers starting today.
3. Dota 2 International Supassses $30M prize pool
The International 2019, Dota 2’s biggest tournament of the year, has eclipsed a $30M prize pool. The International has been the reigning champion when it comes to massive esports prize pools, including a world-record-setting $25M prize pool last year. The International’s status seemed in jeopardy with Epic’s $30M Fortnite World Cup coming up this year, but it turns out that Dota 2 still reigns supreme. The International 2019 kicks off on August 20th.
4. Rocket League Fall Roadmap Revealed
Psyonix just released the Fall Roadmap for Rocket League and it contains some pretty big news. Following complaints about the gap between Rocket Pass 2 and Rocket Pass 3, Rocket League is extending Rocket Pass 3 until August 27th. This will completely erase any gap between Rocket Pass 4 which will release the following day. It’s not just the Rocket Pass that’s getting extended, the entire competitive season is. This means you’ll have until August 27th to climb as high as you can before the servers shut down and Season 12 starts on August 28th.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/22/19)
1. New Overwatch Hero Revealed: Sigma!
After a series of teasers Blizzard has finally revealed the next Overwatch hero! Sigma is described as ‘an eccentric astrophysicist who hopes to unlock the secrets of the universe, unaware he’s been turning into a living weapon.” There’s really not much information on Sigma yet beyond the origin story video posted today, which you should DEFINITELY watch.
2. Rainbow Six Quarantine Will Launch Before April 2020
Rainbow Six Quarantine is an upcoming game from Ubisoft that branches off from Rainbow Six Siege. Quarantine is based on the highly popular ‘Outbreak’ game mode from last year. When Quarantine was announced at E3 we were told it had an ‘early 2020’ release date, but that just got narrowed down. The game will release before the end of the current fiscal year, which means before April 2020. Personally, we’re hoping for January.
3. Modern Warfare Gunsmith Feature Revealed
Although the full multiplayer reveal for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is slated for next week, Activision chose to tease a new feature called ‘Gunsmith’ today. Gunsmith enables you to customize your weapon loadouts to suit your style. Each weapon can equip five custom parts at one time, although many of them will have more than five slows available so you’ll need to make some tough choices. Examples of slots include: muzzle, optic, stock, magazine, underbarrel, and perks. The full multiplayer reveal is slated for August 1st.
4. Twitch Plays Teamfight Tactics
The Twitch Plays channel, where Twitch viewers collaborate to play a game together, has started playing Teamfight Tactics. Viewers can participate by typing commands into chat, and then those choices are carried out in game. Currently, Twitch Plays is ranked Gold 4 in Teamfight Tactics which is pretty good. You can watch and participate by following the link below.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/19/19)
1. Overwatch Introduces Role Queue! (Moot Points Ep. 62)
Happy Friday everyone! In this week's episode of Moot Points we discuss the exciting news from Blizzard: Overwatch Role Queue! Hear our thoughts (and share yours) by clicking below!
2. Twitch Prime Members will get Free GTA Penthouse Access
If you link your your Rockstar Social Club account to Twitch Prime before the end of today, you’ll earn yourself free access to the Master Penthouse in the Diamond Casino & Resort when it opens up next week. Owning a penthouse will earn you VIP membership, a parking space (with valet), high-limit gambling, and more. The GTA Online casino and resort will be available on July 23rd.
3. Leaked Marvel’s Avengers Video Shows Gameplay
This morning, a San Diego Comic Con attendee recorded and leaked some gameplay from the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers game. The short clip shows some Thor gameplay. We see Thor smashing bad guys with his hammer, even sending some flying off into the distance after what looks like a combo move. Honestly, with how low our expectations are for this game after E3, this clip looks decent. Marvel’s Avengers launches on May 15th, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.
4. 4K Footage of Modern Warfare’s Gunfight Mode
Even though we got the Gunfight game mode reveal stream last week, apparently that wasn’t enough. Infinity Ward just released a 6 minute video of Gunfight gameplay at 4K resolution. In the video we see gameplay from 3 different maps: Pine, King, and Stack. Whoever’s perspective we’re watching is a beast, too, as they don’t die once in the entire video. Check it out to build some hype for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which releases on October 25th.
5. Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Drift Class Action Lawsuit
A United States based law firm is preparing to file a class-action lawsuit against Nintendo over Joy-Con drifting issues. If you don’t know, Joy-Con drift is a big issue many Nintendo Switch owners have faced; the joystick on the Joy-Con controllers will frequently pull to one direction or another even when they are not being touched at all. This can naturally interfere with gameplay and lead to an unpleasant gaming experience. Read the article below for more information and to participate in the class-action lawsuit if you have been affected.
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1. Role-Locking is Coming to Overwatch
A leaked video for the Overwatch League confirms previous reports that role-locking will be coming soon. Teams will be forced to play compositions featuring 2 tanks, 2 healers, and 2 damage dealers. This change may not be restricted to just professional players though. Role-locking may trickle down to Overwatch’s ranked playlist or even the casual queues as well.
2. Plants vs Zombies 3 Pre-Alpha Starts Today
PopCap Games announced today they’re working on Plants vs Zombies 3. Not only are they working on the game, but they’re even launching a pre-alpha for it today on the Google Play Store. A limited number of people will be able to download the game on their Android devices to help test it out. Read the announcement post below to learn how to enter the pre-alpha.
3. GTA Online’s Diamond Casino Opens Next Week
The Diamond Casino & Resort will be opening their doors on July 23rd. GTA Online players will be able to use Chips to play Three Card Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, and Slot Machines. There will also be virtual horse racing. Finally, you can purchase a penthouse at the resort which will immediately earn you access to VIP status. You also unlock new missions to complete once you purchase a penthouse.
4. Ubisoft Claims Porting Games to Stadia Will be Affordable
In a quarterly earnings call yesterday, the Ubisoft CEO claimed the cost for porting existing games to Google Stadia is “not that high.” This means existing Ubisoft titles like Rainbow Six Siege could come to the cloud-based platform sometime in the future. We already know Ubisoft titles including Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and The Division 2 will be on the Google Stadia at launch.
5. Sea of Thieves’ Black Powder Stashes Update is Live
A new update to Sea of Thieves has introduced new missions that are sure to be a blast with players. The new missions send you out to collect gunpowder barrels and bring them back. You can exchange the barrels with various factions for commendations and doubloons. There are also several quality of life changes, bug fixes, and more in this month’s update.
We just released the Teamfight Tactics Simulator, which is a tool that helps you build team compositions for TFT to maximize synergies! Read more about it here:
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/17/19)
1. Fortnite Patch v9.40 Reintroduces the Tactical Shotgun
The Tactical Shotgun has made its return to Fortnite in a new and improved form. The Tactical Shotgun has a new look to it and now only comes in Epic and Legendary rarity. The new max damage per shot is 83 or 87, depending on rarity. This patch also reintroduces the Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle, replacing the suppressed equivalent. Finally, there are some quality of life improvements and tons of bug fixes as we prepare for season 10.
2. Overwatch Summer Games 2019 Begins
The Overwatch Summer Games event has kicked off, meaning Lucioball is back! There are also, of course, several new legendary skins to unlock. These include new skins for Reaper, Genji, Torbjorn, and a few more. The Overwatch Summer Games event ends on August 5th so be sure to get your fill of Lucioball while you can!
3. PUBG Season 4 Cinematic Trailer
PUBG just released a cinematic trailer to build hype for the game’s fourth season, which will introduce an overhaul of the original map. The trailer reveals some of Erangel’s origin story, which is honestly something we never stopped to consider before. Along with the map changes, season 4 will introduce balance changes to vehicles and weapons as well. You can see the trailer for yourself at the link below.
4. Luigi’s Mansion 3 Gets a Release Date
Nintendo just announced Luigi’s Mansion 3 will release this October. Specifically, it will release on October 31st aka Halloween. That’s a natural fit, given the game is set in a haunted mansion. In Luigi’s Mansion, you play as Luigi as you attempt to hunt down some spooky ghosts. Luigi’s Mansion will release on the Nintendo Switch only.
5. Nintendo Announces Updated Switch Model
First of all, this is NOT the Nintendo Switch Pro many of us may have hoped for. Instead, this is simply an upgraded version of the original Nintendo Switch. The only significant update is an improved battery life. Whereas the original Nintendo Switch boasted a battery life between 2.5 and 6.5 hours, the new version will last between 4.5 and 9 hours. The updated Nintendo Switch will be available for purchase in August.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/16/19)
1. Resident Evil 5 and 6 for Switch Get a Release Date
Capcom has confirmed an October 29th release date for Resident Evil 5 and 6 on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo announced the Switch ports at E3 but did not mention a release date at that time. The games will be available in the Nintendo eShop, but there will also be the Resident Evil Triple Pack available for retail. The triple pack will feature a copy of Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6.
2. Borderlands 3’s Reveal this Morning was Pointless
We were supposed to learn something about Borderlands 3 this morning during a so-called “Celebration of Togetherness.” Instead, it was just a new trailer for the game centered around co-operative play. Well, we sort of already knew we could player Borderlands with friends. That’s… sort of the point of Borderlands. While we can appreciate the Borderlands 3 team trying to build hype for their game, maybe don’t promise exciting news and then give us…this?
3. Sega Reveals New Super Monkey Ball Game
Sega has revealed a new Super Monkey Ball game they will release this year for Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. The game is actually a remake of the 2006 Wii game Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz. The new game will release for PS4 and Switch at the end of October. The PC version of the game will come to Steam sometime in December.
4. Hunt: Showdown Introducing Trinity Mode
Hunt: Showdown is a sweet game where you hunt monsters (and other hunters) in a spooky swamp. The game is traditionally played in teams of two, but starting with the official game release there will also be a Trinity mode. Apparently, many Hunt: Showdown players have been asking for a way to play with teams of 3 for some time. Hunt: Showdown releases on Xbox and PS4 on August 27th.
5. Tetris Effect Coming to PC Next Week
Tetris Effect is an intense Tetris experience that is currently available on PS4 and PS VR. Well, starting next week it will also be available to PC players. In Tetris Effect, everything is synced to your actions. That means the lights, music, sounds, and special effects all react to how you play. All of that sounds particularly sweet, especially when you remember this game is in VR. Tetris Effect releases on the Epic Games Store on July 23rd.
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1. Borderlands 3 Won’t Launch with Crossplay
The official Borderlands Twitter account posted an image announcing a big reveal set for tomorrow morning that included the phrase “a celebration of togetherness.” Fans immediately took this to mean we were finally getting the crossplay announcement. Unfortunately, Gearbox Studios CEO Randy Pitchford quickly clarified that Borderlands 3 won’t have crossplay at launch and tomorrow’s reveal is about something else. Thoughts?
2. Apex Legends to Start Matching Cheaters Against Each Other
Respawn Entertainment caught fire with Apex Legends, but they quickly were faced with an army of cheaters attempting to ruin their game. One thing they’re going to start doing is pairing detected cheaters against one another. Many other video games have used this tactic to deter cheating in the past. When your game is free, banning cheaters isn’t practical. How can you best discourage cheating, then? Make it not fun. What’s not fun? PLAYING AGAINST CHEATERS.
3. Dota Underlords Introduces a Free Battle Pass
Although Season 1 for Dota Underlords hasn’t stated yet, Valve has already introduced a battle pass for the game. The pass is called the Proto Pass and it is free to all players. Think of the Proto Pass as a test run before the actual battle pass that will presumably come with Season 1. You can unlock cosmetic rewards like new game boards, win streak effects, and more.
4. The Division 2 Director Considering Single-Player
Over the weekend, the creative director of The Division 2 asked his Twitter followers whether they’d be interested in a single player version of their game. Naturally, the response was overwhelmingly positive. What do you all think? The Last of Us x The Division sounds like it would be a pretty sweet crossover, eh?
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1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gunfight Mode Revealed! (Moot Points Ep. 61)
Happy Friday everyone! In this week's episode of Moot Points the guys talk about the new Modern Warfare game mode 'Gunfight.' It was just revealed yesterday and there's a lot to unpack, so check out the video now to learn all about it!
2. Red Bull to Host WoW Race to World First Event
A new World of Warcraft raid is always an exciting spectacle, as top raid teams from around world attempt to defeat the new raid first. Previously, a guild called Method has hosted the Race to World First event. Well, now Red Bull is throwing their hat into the ring as well; Red Bull will host their own Race to World First event featuring some of the top guilds in the world, but not Method. Method is still going forward with their own Race event. Everything will be streamed starting on July 16th, when the Azshara’s Eternal Palace raid releases.
3. Ubisoft Bans XP Farming Quests in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Ubisoft introduced a new tool for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey last month that enables players to create their own quests. Unfortunately, some players have been taking advantage of the tool to make easy quests with the sole purpose of farming XP. Well, Ubisoft is nipping that right in the bud as they will begin banning some of the quests. They may also look to restrict some players from creating new levels if they continue to try and exploit the level creator tool.
4. Gears of War 5 Removes all Smoking References
It has officially been revealed that Gears of War 5 will include zero depictions of smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products. Anti-smoking organization Truth Initiative originally approached ELeague about removing smoking from Gears 5. While many of us may not consider it, characters in video games smoking cigarettes can have a powerful impact on young gamers. Good job to all involved.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/11/19)
1. First Look at Modern Warfare’s Gunfight Mode
Infinity Ward has officially revealed this morning the Gunfight game mode that will be in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Gunfight is a 2v2 game mode where duos face off on a small map. Your loadouts are random and will change from round to round. You can see this in action right now on Twitch. There will also be a big reveal of the multiplayer for Modern Warfare on August 1st.
2. R6 Siege to Ban Chat Cheaters
There was an exploit in Rainbow Six Siege last week that enabled you to crash another player’s game by spamming the chat. It has since been hotfixed and now Ubisoft will begin dishing out bans to those who exploited it. If you just tried the exploit to test it or whatever, you’re in the clear; Ubisoft has reported they will only be giving bans to those who used it 10 or more times.
3. Jordan Bans PUBG, More Games to Follow
Jordan (the country) just banned PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds due to concerns with the “negative impact” of violent video games. PUBG is just the start, though, as the country looks to ban six more games soon including Fortnite. With as much respect as we can muster, this seems pretty hecking dumb. While we’re sure the people in charge of this decision are intelligent people, it is sad to see older generations create laws on topics that they clearly misunderstand on a fundamental level.
4. Valve Introduces a New Steam Tool to Recommend Games
For a store with effectively unlimited games to play, Steam has historically done a poor job helping users find games they may actually like. In an effort to change that, Valve introduced a new tool today that uses machine learning to recommend games you may like. This is a part of Steam Labs, a new program that gives users a chance to test work-in-progress features.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/10/19)
1. Nintendo Reveals the Switch Lite
Nintendo revealed a new version of the Nintendo Switch this morning called the Switch Lite. The Switch Lite is designed for handheld play and does not include detachable Joy-Con controllers. It also does not connect to a television, so you’re completely restricted to handheld mode. The battery life will last longer, which is nice, and it will cost less. The Switch Lite will cost $200 USD and will be released on September 20th this year.
2. The Division 2 Adds Raid Matchmaking
FINALLY, Ubisoft caved to the pressure and implemented matchmaking for Operation Dark Hours in The Division 2. Why was there pressure, you ask? Well, Ubisoft promised raid matchmaking would be in The Division 2 and then the game released and it was nowhere to be found. You can now play through Operation Dark Hours on a new ‘Discovery’ difficulty that lets you find teammates to play with, but you won’t be able to earn Exotic loot.
3. Dauntless Releases First Major Content Update
Dauntless is releasing its first major content update next week, titled Fortune and Glory. There will be a new hunting mode called Trials that will present you with modified Behemoths to fight off against. Two different difficulties will offer unique rewards. There will also be a new season called High Skies, that offers two new Hunt Passes full of cosmetics and consumables. Fortune and Glory launches on July 16th.
4. Amazon is Developing a F2P Lord of the Rings MMO
Yooooo a Lord of the Rings MMO? Let’s goooooooooo! Amazon is working with Leyou, a Chinese game publisher. Leyou owns the studio that develops Warframe, so hopefully some of that MMO experience will transfer over. The new game is set well before events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We don’t even have a name for this game yet nor do we know a release date.
Check out our latest YouTube video! In this video Brian analyzes Hollow Knight, a critically-acclaimed indie platformer, to answer the question: Should You Play It?!
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/9/19)
1. Fortnite Content Update Adds Air Strikes
Fortnite v9.30 content update 3 released this morning, introducing the Air Strike item to the battle royale mode. The Air Strike is a throwable that calls in a, you guessed it, airstrike on a location. The Air Strike calls in 20 missiles that each deal 75 damage to players and 200 to structures. You’ll be able to find Air Strikes anywhere, but they’re legendary rarity so that may be difficult to come across.
2. The Cuphead Show is Coming to Netflix
Holy smokes, Batman! A new TV show is bringing the iconic Cuphead and Mugman characters from the digital screen to, uh, another digital screen. The Cuphead Show will be a hand-drawn animated series on Netfix that expands upon the world created in the Cuphead game. Apparently, the show will match the darker vibe of the game. There is currently no official release date.
3. Operation Apocalypse Z Begins in Black Ops 4
A new wave of content has started for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, at least on PlayStation 4 anyway. A new multiplayer specialist, Reaper from Black Ops 3, is now available to play. There are new map updates to both Blackout maps and new game modes to boot. Finally, the Zombies story continues as players move to a revamped Nuketown map that is 400% larger than ‘Nuketown Zombies.’ The update will be available on PC (and Xbox?) next week.
4. Dr. Mario World is now Available on Mobile
WARNING: Extreme freemium model in place. Dr. Mario World is a new mobile puzzle game based on previous Dr. Mario games. While the gameplay itself seems pretty satisfying, the game currently has an extremely unfavorable freemium model. The game is technically free and you can technically play for free, but each level you play uses up a ‘heart’ and you’ll need to spend money on more ‘hearts’ if you want to play more than a few games at a time. Still, maybe check it out?
5. Offline Multiplayer Coming to Tetris 99
Tetris 99 is that DOPE Tetris battle royale that released for the Nintendo Switch a while back. A recent DLC added multiplayer single player modes that could be played offline, but there is not yet an offline multiplayer mode. Well, that will hopefully be changing soon as a listing on Nintendo’s Australian website shows a new expansion that references offline multiplayer. Anyone interested in Tetris 99?
Last week we released update v2.16, which included a few sweet introductions we don't think you'll want to miss. Learn all about the new update in the post below!
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/8/19)
1. Weekend Wrap Up: Pokémon, Destiny 2, and Borderlands 3!
2. Runescape Introduces Dinosaurs
A new Runescape update called Land Out of Time launched today, introducing DINOSAURS to the game. Members can face off against the prehistoric creatures in a new zone that also features tons of treasure to find. You can visit the new location by taking a boat from the Digsite or contacting the Royal Messengers near the lodestones.
3. Batman Arkham Collection Coming to Consoles
The Batman Arkham Collection combines remasters of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City with a version of Arkham Knight into one purchase. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of playing any of the Arkham games, let us tell you they are all exquisite. The Arkham Collection will be available in Europe this September and hopefully the rest of the world shortly afterwards.
4. Earth Defense Force 5 Coming to PC this Week
Earth Defense Force 5 will be available on Steam for the first time later this week. The third-person arcade shooter originally launched for PlayStation 4 in 2017. In Earth Defense Force 5, the year is 2022 and aliens are raining down from the sky. It is up to you to hold off endless hordes of enemies to keep humanity’s hopes alive.
5. Harvest Moon Coming to the Nintendo Switch
The fan-favorite game Friends of Mineral Town is being reworked for the Nintendo Switch, as confirmed by Publisher XSeed Games. The game will officially be called Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town and it currently only have a Japan release date confirmed. Story of Seasons will be out in Japan on October 17th and it will come to North America presumably a few months later.
Last week we released update v2.16, which included a few sweet introductions we don't think you'll want to miss. Learn all about the new update in the post below!
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/5/19)
*Sorry, no episode of Moot Points this week 😭. Have a nice weekend and we'll see you on Monday!*
1. There’s a Giant Robot in Fortnite’s Volcano
First noticed this morning, there’s the beginning of a giant robot being built inside Fortnite’s volcano. As of the time we write this, there is only a pair of legs but they’re massive. We don’t know who is building the giant robot or why. Fortnite Season 9 has a few weeks left, so this could be something to do with Season 9’s storyline. Or, perhaps more likely, this could be the first teases of what we can expect in Season 10? Thoughts?
2. Mythbusters: The Game – Official Reveal Trailer
Finally, exactly what we’ve all been waiting for! Fortnite, Halo, The Witcher… they’ve all just been training us for this moment. An official Mythbusters game is apparently coming out and we’re not sure how to feel. We also know next to nothing about the game itself because the trailer basically tells us nothing, but it is labelled a “Crazy Experiments Simulator” so maybe it’s a scientific sandbox type game? Who cares, we’re pre-ordering it now!
3. Gears of War 5 Test Opens up in 2 Weeks
A technical test of Gears of War 5’s different multiplayer modes will open up on July 19th. The test will include Escalation, Arcade, King of the Hill, and a few others modes and challenges. Escalation is the game’s competitive multiplayer mode, arcade is a more casual playstyle, and King of the Hill is, well, King of the Hill. Xbox Game Pass subscribers and pre-order customers will have access to the technical test when it opens on the 19th.
4. Final DLC for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Coming this Month
Ubisoft went all out when it came to post-launch content for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Both last year and this year saw multi-part DLC pack releases, but it seems like the end of the road is near. In less than two weeks Judgment of Atlantis will release, marking the end of this year’s Fate of Atlantis DLC package. Perhaps this means the next Assassin’s Creed game is closer than we think?
5. Mewtwo Returns to Pokemon Go Next Week
Mewtwo will be making his return to Pokemon Go as a raid boss next week, but with a fitting update. Mewtwo will be armored out of his mind to match his style in the upcoming movie Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution. Mewtwo will be in Pokemon Go starting on July 10th and the movie comes out just a couple days later, on July 12th.
Update 2.16 is out now for iOS and Android! Read about it in the post below!
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/3/19)
1. Let's Play: Harry Potter Wizards Unite!
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite came out a few weeks ago and Dylan was incredibly excited to try it. Come along on the journey as Dylan loads up Harry Potter: Wizards Unite for the first time!
2. Fortnite x Stranger Things Crossover
Things on Fortnite’s battle royale map are starting to get a bit… Strange. Portals from the popular TV show Strangers Things have popped up in and around the Mega Mall. When you walk through one of the portals everything goes dark for a second before you’re teleported to somewhere else on the map. This is hopefully just the start of a bigger crossover event to build hype for Season 3 of Stranger Things, which releases tomorrow.
3. Hunt: Showdown Leaving Early Access
Next month, Hunt: Showdown will finally leave early access and join the big boy world of fully released games. In Hunt: Showdown, you compete with other bounty hunters to find and kill a horrible monster. With the PvP elements in Hunt: Showdown, it captures a lot of the tension that makes battle royale games exciting without actually being a battle royale itself. Hunt: Showdown officially launches out of early access on August 27th.
4. First Official Teamfight Tactics Tournament Announced
Riot Games announced this morning they will be hosting the first official Teamfight Tactics tournament with the help of Twitch Rivals. The tournament, set to take place on July 17th-18th, will feature 64 popular Twitch streamers and a prize pool of $125K USD. The full lineup of streamers for the tournament will be revealed on July 8th. We have a growing lounge for Teamfight Tactics here on Moot if you want to find out what the game is or how you can improve at it.
5. Reloading will be Different in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
In the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game, reloading will be different from previous games in the series in a few ways. The most prominent change is the new ability to reload while aiming down sights. This way you won’t be taken out of the action so much every time you reload your weapon. There will also be different reload animations based on how many bullets are left in the magazine. This is to try and foster a more immersive feeling as well. Modern Warfare launches on October 25th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/2/19)
1. Apex Legends Season 2 Begins Today!
Apex Legends Season 2 is here and it is bringing tons of changes! First and foremost is the new battle pass, which you can finally level up through new daily and weekly challenges. There is also a new Legend, Wattson, available to play now. Next, there’s some big changes to the map as the Leviathans are loose and they’re wreaking havoc. Finally, there are now Ranked Leagues to really put your skills to the test.
2. Fortnite Content Update adds Drum Shotgun
If you thought the OG Drum Gun was broken, just wait until you meet its big brother: the new Drum Shotgun. The Drum Shotgun has a 12 round clip and will deal between 45 and 50 damage per shot, based on rarity. Like most shotguns, this one won’t be available in chests so you’ll need to look toward Floor Loot, Vending Machines, and Loot Carriers if you want to get your hands on it. Thoughts on the new gun, Fortnite fiends?
3. Rainbow Six Siege Introduces ‘Showdown’ Mode
A new Limited Time Event in Rainbow Six Siege will bring players to the Wild West, at least in spirit. The new Showdown limited-time event is a 3v3 mode where players will duke it out western style. What the heck does that mean? Great question. In this mode, you’ll have a restricted HUD and can only use the BOSG 12.2 and Magnum LFP586 weapons. Showdown will be available to play for the next two weeks.
4. Dr Disrespect Apologizes
Guy Beahm, the man behind Dr Disrespect, took to Twitter to apologize for the actions of Dr Disrespect at E3. In his apology, Beahm explains that once he was fully in-character for his E3 livestream, he didn’t stop to think about laws or repercussions. The doc takes responsibility for what happened and promises to learn from this incident to come back stronger than before.
5. Dr. Mario World Multiplayer Trailer
Dr. Mario World is a new puzzle game coming to mobile devices on July 10th. A trailer for the game posted this morning shows off some of the game’s social and multiplayer aspects. It seems like you’ll need to connect to a social media platform if you want to play multiplayer with your friends. We also learned from today’s trailer there will be different playable characters with unique abilities. Dr. Mario World will be available on both iOS and Android devices worldwide next week.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/1/19)
1. Weekend Wrap Up is here! Check out the most recent episode as we discuss the Clash Royale update, PUBG news, and Black Ops 4!
2. Apex Legends Season 2 Starts Tomorrow
Season 2 of Apex Legends is just a day away! The new season will bring several big changes to Apex Legends. First and foremost is the new Legend, Wattson. There will also be a new ranked mode and a new battle pass. Season 1 of Apex Legends was a bit underwhelming, specifically in regards to the battle pass, so we have our fingers crossed that Respawn will have learned a lesson or two. Will you be purchasing the new battle pass?
3. Hearthstone’s next Expansion is ‘Saviors of Uldum’
Blizzard just revealed the next Hearthstone expansion, set to release on August 6th. The expansion is called Saviors of Uldum and it focuses on the League of Explorers. Reno, Finley, Brann, and Elise will return to take on the League of E.V.I.L. from the most recent expansion. There are a total of 135 new cards with several new mechanics, including new Quest cards, the Reborn mechanic, and a Plague mechanic.
4. Destiny 2 Teases new Exotic Hand Cannon
A new quest will open up to Destiny 2 players today, where the light at the end of the tunnel is fittingly called Lumina (literally “the light” in Romanian, if our translations are correct, so please laugh now.) Lumina is a new exotic hand cannon that will be able to heal your allies. When you kill an enemy with Lumina, there will be a Remnant left behind. This Remnant will turn your next shot into one that seeks out allies to heal and buff them.
5. NBA 2K20 Cover Athletes Revealed
Anthony Davis has been revealed as the cover athlete for both the Standard and Deluxe Editions of NBA 2K20. The Legend Edition will be graced by none other than Dwayne Wade, who just played his last season in the NBA. Anthony Davis had been the center of attention recently when he demanded a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite the successful trade, Davis isn’t wearing a Lakers jersey on the game’s cover.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (6/28/19)
1. Teamfight Tactics is Fantastic! (Moot Points Episode 60)
Happy Friday Fortnite fans! In this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian, the guys discuss Teamfight Tactics and the other auto battlers that inspired it.
2. PUBG Patch Introduces Parkour
A patch came to PUBG’s PC servers today that introduces a new vehicle, a new weapon, and parkour to the game. The new vehicle is a Russian tank called the BRDM-2. It’s an amphibious armored vehicle that you can only get from care packages. The new weapon is the DEAGLE, an iconic handgun that deals a ton of damage. Finally, you can now parkour in PUBG instead of simple vaulting. Run at any wall, roof, or ledge then jump to and grab on. It is unknown when these new features will make their way onto consoles.
3. Tetris Royale is Coming to Mobile
Tetris 99 is a Nintendo Switch game that lets you battle against 98 other players to be the last one standing. Tetris Royale is a new mobile game that the Tetris Company just revealed today. Based on the name, it will probably operate very similarly to Tetris 99. Apparently, there will also be “massive daily competitions of thousands of players.” There will be a beta for Tetris Royale sometime this year.
4. More Twitch Prime Apex Legends Skins Coming Soon
If you were a Twitch Prime member when Apex Legends first released you probably got a (frankly ugly) Pathfinder skin. Soon, you’ll be able to get even more free skins for Apex Legends through Twitch Prime as a part of Amazon Prime Day celebrations. You’ll get an exclusive Legend skin and a weapon skin on July 3rd and then a few more goodies throughout July and August.
5. Days Gone Challenge Mode Available Now
Starting today, Days Gone players will get access to a new challenge every Friday. This will go on for at least the next three months. This week’s challenge is ‘Surrounded,’ where players will have to fight off a never-ending horde of Freakers. As you kill Freakers, you’ll earn yourself more time to stay in the game and raise your score.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (6/27/19)
1. Apex Legends Season 2 Trailer Teases a New Legend
The trailer for season 2 of Apex Legends officially released at 10 am this morning, but it had already leaked online. You can expect some big changes to the Kings Canyon map at the hands of a yet to be revealed new Legend. They may be called Crypto, and their ultimate might be an EMP. You can watch the season 2 trailer below!
2. Twitch Introduces Subscriber Only Streams
Twitch has begun to roll out a feature for streamers that will enable them to stream only for their subscribers. These won’t be “private” streams according to Twitch, and the streamers will still need to adhere to all content guidelines. Previously, the best way to incentive users to subscribe was by adding sub-only emotes and restricting access to chat. What are your thoughts on sub-only streams?
3. More Details about Pokemon Masters
Pokemon Masters was revealed during E3, but despite the game’s mobile status we didn’t know much. This morning, Nintendo posted a video outlining more aspects of the game. In Pokemon Masters, each trainer has a single Pokemon that they’re paired with. Trainer/Pokemon pairs, called a Sync, will battle against each other in teams of 3. Also, the battles will take place in real time. Pokemon Masters will release on Android and iOS this summer.
4. Terraria Launches on Nintendo Switch
Terraria is now officially available on Nintendo Switch! The base game came out for PC in 2011 and has since expanded to Xbox, PlayStation, and mobile. Although the original game cost only $10, the Switch version looks like it costs $29.99. Also, despite the game’s age, the developers are still adding content to the game for free. A new update called Journey’s End will be out later this year.
5. Final Fantasy XIV is Coming to TV
Sony has just announced a partnership with Square Enix to develop a live-action TV series based on Final Fantasy XIV. The TV show will tell an original story set in Eorzea, but the specifics are still unknown. The story will explore “the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict.” Like all video games turned TV shows, there’s probably a 50% shot at best this actually makes it to screen without being cancelled. Still, exciting right?!
POPULAR The Daily Moot (6/26/19)
1. The ARENA! Episode 1: Clash Royale
Good morning lovely lads and ladies, and welcome to the arena! This is a new series where Dylan and Brian face off in a different game to determine who's the better gamer. This week's Arena is Clash Royale!
2. Dr. Disrespect is Unbanned on Twitch
Although the doc isn’t officially back yet, his channel is. Last night, Dr. Disrespect’s twitch page was unbanned and ever since fans have been pouring into the arena despite the channel’s offline status. His chat is full of emotes, subscriptions, and overall ecstatic messages from his excited fan base. A message from the doc says “stream will resume TBD. Twitter will have all the answers."
3. One Punch Man Fighting Game Revealed
Saitama is coming to PC and consoles in a newly revealed One Punch Man fighting game. The news release from Bandai Namco states the game will feature 3 vs 3 battles, but the initial trailer only shows off 1 on 1 fighting. In the trailer we see Saitama, Genos, Speed-o’-Sound Sonic, Mumen Rider, and Lord Boros. Visually, the game looks to stay true to the source material just as other recent fighting games have. A release date beyond ‘Coming Soon’ is still unknown.
4. PUBG Narrative Game Begins Development
PUBG Corporation has revealed a new game studio they’ve formed to develop an “original narrative experience within the PUBG universe.” Leading the studio is Glen Schofield, formerly of Sledgehammer Games and Visceral Games. We’re expecting the “narrative experience” to be a classic FPS campaign, but the possibilities are endless. Does this pique your interest at all?
5. Reports of Extreme Crunch to Finish Black Ops 4
A report from Jason Schreier at Kotaku has revealed extreme working conditions at Treyarch during Black Ops 4’s development. While everyone worked long hours to create the game within deadlines, QA testers in particular reported horrible working conditions. They were treated like second-class citizens and worked up to 70-hour weeks for $13 an hour on average. You can read more below, including a general statement on the topic from Treyarch.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (6/25/19)
1. YouTuber Etika Found Dead
After a week-long search for Etika the New York police confirmed his death today. Desmond 'Etika' Amofah was a popular gaming YouTuber known for his energy and personality. Etika primarily created content for Nintendo games. He had experienced a semi-public struggle with mental health for several months and went missing last week. Fans were immediately concerned about suicide, and then doubly so after Etika’s belongings were found. May he now rest in peace. The US National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1 – 800 – 273 – 8255, available 24/7.
2. Steam Summer Sale 2019 Starting Today
According to a reliable leak, the Steam Summer Sale should be starting today at 10 am. Steam seasonal sales usually feature tens of thousands of games at reduced prices. The sale should last about two weeks, so you’ll have plenty of time to find some sweet deals. The Epic Games Store just held the Epic Mega Sale, which may encourage Steam to go even bigger than usual with this year’s Summer Sale.
3. Fortnite Content Update Brings Back the Pump!
Baby we’re back! The Pump Shotgun has returned, available in both floor loot and Vending Machines. On the reintroduction of the Pump Shotgun, Epic says after receiving feedback about the Tactical and Combat shotguns, they want to experiment “with a world where the Pump Shotgun joins the current shotgun lineup.” The Shockwave Grenade and Suppressed SMG have also been unvaulted. Finally, the Rare Tactical AR, Impulse Grenades, Rift-To-Go, and Pirate Cannon have all been vaulted.
4. Teamfight Tactics Open Beta Starts Tomorrow
Teamfight Tactics is the League of Legends version of Dota Auto Chess. It has been on the LoL PBE for a week, but it will finally be coming to a full open beta starting tomorrow. In Teamfight Tactics eight players build a team of fighters and then let them loose to battle against one another. Apparently, the game is incredibly fun despite some bugs and glitches. You can download and play it tomorrow starting at 10 am PT if you’re in North America.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (6/24/19)
1. Weekend Wrap Up!
Happy Monday! This week we've got something new we hope you'll enjoy. In the Weekend Wrap Up we quickly cover the top stories from the weekend in a short video. Included stories are:
Harry Potter: Wizard's Unite release
14 Days of Fortnite
2. Hearthstone Update looks to Redefine Class Identities
In a surprise announcement, Blizzard has revealed they will be sending two iconic Hearthstone cards to the Hall of Fame. Hall of Famed cards are only playable in Wild and not Standard, the competitive format. Mind Blast and Vanish are the two cards; Priest and Rogue fans should not fret though, as new cards are being added to replace the old. In fact, 8 new cards are being added to the game to help define classes and archetypes more clearly.
3. Mario Royale Returns as DMCA Royale
You may have missed Mario Royale last week. It is like Tetris 99 in that it pits a bunch of players against each other as they play an iconic, traditionally single player game. Mario Royale specifically is a race through multiple Super Mario levels. The browser game got copyright struck almost immediately by Nintendo, but it has now returned from the ashes as DMCA Royale. All assets have been updated to hopefully avoid a lawsuit from Nintendo.
4. Steam Adds LGBTQ+ Tag for Games
Tags are one of the best features on Steam to help you find new games that match your interests. If you just beat The Witcher 3 you may look at the tags “Open World,” “Story Rich,” or “Atmospheric” and think ‘yeah, that’s what I loved about this game.’ Then, click the tag and BOOM! Tons of games that you may love. Well, now there’s an official LGBTQ+ tag to help smaller developers creating games of that genre.
5. ESL One Hamburg 2019 will Host the First Offline Dota Underlords Tournament
ESL One Hamburg 2019 is a DotA 2 tournament, but it will feature a Dota Underlords tournament as well. The side event will have a €5K prize pool and will be open to all attendees to join for free. Dota Underlords is the official Dota Auto Chess game Valve is developing after the mod became so popular. ESL One Hamburg 2019 takes place October 25th-27th.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (6/21/19)
1. What's goin on Moot fam?! Happy Friday aka Moot Points Day! In this weeks episode the boys breakdown the highly anticipated Apex Legends Season 2 and everything we can expect to see. Check it out below!
2. Dota Underlords DOUBLES Artifact Player Count in One Day
The Beta is finally live for Dota Underlords and it is performing rather well. According to SteamDB, the game has already eclipsed 170k concurrent players which is more than double the amount of players on Artifact at the games peak. Underlords came about initially from a mod called Dota Autochess that took a moon ride straight to success-ville quickly after release. The game seems to be an instant classic and is showing no signs of slowing down, check out the Dota Underlords lounge here!
3. Halo Master Chief Collections Tests on PC Next Week
The long awaited and highly anticipated Master Chief Collection on PC will enter its testing phase next week! This is super exciting news for gamers everywhere, but mostly for those who have been waiting for Halo to come to PC for years on end. Apparently only a very small number of Registered Halo Insiders will be able to get their hands on the test version, so the chances of playing it next week are slim to none. Nonetheless, the entire world is ready for the next rendition of the Halo Master Chief Collection!
4. Anthem CEO Admits the Game is Lackluster
When the CEO of a AAA title is saying the game “is not working very well,” you know there is a big problem. This is the exact case for the highly controversial game, Anthem. Anthem was one of the most hyped up games the world has ever seen when it was announced back in 2016, but the results have been lackluster at best. EA’s CEO, Andrew Wilson, has been critical of the game even stating “the Javelin suits weren’t compelling, or traversing the world and participating in the world wasn’t compelling…” Do you think Anthem will ever figure things out? Let us know in the comments section below.
5. Crash Team Racing is Having Troubles
Crash Team Racing, the Mario Kart impersonator, is having its fair share of troubles with online gameplay. Many players are reporting various bugs including constantly disconnecting as well as disappearing off the course entirely. The developers behind the game, Beenox, are aware of the issues and are doing everything they can to get the game back on track!
6. EA Supports Loot Boxes
To what comes as a surprise to no one, EA backs their stance on loot boxes in video games. EA has called their loot boxes “Surprise Mechanics” and event went onto say they are being “used ethically.” We all know EA has a history with loot boxes and it is not a pleasant one at that, so it is surprising to hear this quote coming from a senior executive at Electronic Arts. Check out the link below for more on EA’s controversial comments!
POPULAR The Daily Moot (6/20/19)
1. 500K Global PUBG Tournament Announced
PUBG Corporation just announced a global tournament that will take place in Seoul, South Korea later this year. The tournament will feature teams representing 16 different countries competing for their share of a 500K USD prize pool. The tournament will take place August 9th-11th and it will be the last global tournament before the 2019 PUBG Global Championship in November.
2. Cyberpunk 2077 may get Witcher 3 Style Expansions
Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be out for almost a year, but the developers are already discussing post-launch content. Specifically, they mentioned how Cyberpunk 2077 may get big, classic expansions like The Witcher 3 had. These expansions weren’t like modern DLC where you get a bit of extra content, possibly even content cut from the main game. Instead, in the Witcher 3 each expansion was almost like a brand-new game.
3. Settlers of Catan Launches on Nintendo Switch
The incredibly popular board game Settlers of Catan has been adapted for the Nintendo Switch! In the game, called CATAN, you strategically collect and use resources to build settlements, roads, and cities. The Switch version supports up to 4 player multiplayer but apparently you can’t play multiplayer locally. CATAN is available on the Nintendo eShop now for $19.99.
4. Bungie is Reworking Destiny 2’s Eververse System
After breaking free from Activision Bungie has taken to reviving Destiny 2. Yesterday they revealed their plans for changing the Eververse in the game to create a system that feels better for Destiny 2 players. Starting this fall, all Eververse armor will be converted to Universal Ornaments; these are visual cosmetics without stats that can then be applied to any piece of armor. Now, you can look however you like while still using your strongest items.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (6/19/19)
1. Dragons Sighted in Apex Legends!
That’s right, real dragons have been seen inside Apex Legends! The dragons soar through the air and can be shot and damaged. They also apparently pick up death boxes, as you can see in some of the clips of them, which they’ll drop upon being damaged enough. Loot raining from the sky? Yes please! There were some teasers of dragons coming soon, but we expected that to be a part of Season 2 which doesn’t start for a couple weeks.
2. Teamfight Tactics now Available on LoL PBE
You can now play Teamfight Tactics on the League of Legends PBE if you’re honor level 3 or higher. The PBE is the Public Beta Environment, where Riot Games allows certain players to test upcoming builds of their game, and Teamfight Tactics is a DotA Auto Chess knockoff. Teamfight Tactics will be available with the release of patch 9.13, which is expected sometime next week.
3. Rise of Azshara Launch Trailer
Rise of Azshara is the name of World of Warcraft’s next big patch, set to release next Tuesday, June 25th. Rise of Azshara will introduce TWO new zones, ONE new raid, and an reworking on the Azerite system. The star of the show in Rise of Azshara is (surprise!) Queen Azshara. The Naga have been a common enemy in WoW since vanilla so it is sweet to see them in the mix again.
4. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Launches this Friday
The Pokemon Go-esque game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to release in the US and UK this Friday, the 21st. Wizards Unite appears to have more mechanical complexity than Pokemon Go, which was notably simple. You can watch the launch trailer for Wizards Unite below.