POPULAR The Daily Moot (8/17/18)
What is up Moot Squad?! It is Friday and we are back with THE BEST episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian to date! You don't want to miss this one as we discuss Fortnite coming to Android, as well as what we expect from Red Dead Redemption 2 after their HOT new gameplay trailer. Stay beautiful Moot Family and have an amazing weekend! 😊
2. Spyro Reignited Trilogy Pushed Back
The highly anticipated remastered version of Spyro has been pushed back all the until November 13th. The game was supposed to be released on September 21st but due to some setbacks, and the developers wanting to get everything perfect, it will have to wait a bit longer. The head of Toys for Bob (the studio behind the game), Paul Yan, stated the game needs “more love and care” and he knows once the game is released “the extra time [will be] worth the wait.” Team Moot is very excited for the upcoming game, are you guys? Let us know in the comments!
3. PUBG’s Newest Event Mode
The newest event mode for PUBG is supposed to bring back the loot and rules from the games early access phase, back when the game was at its peak of popularity. A big part of this game mode will be the ability to “find level 3 helmets throughout the map, and the Kar98k and Tommy Guns in care packages,” according to IGN. The new event mode is currently available to play and will end on August 19th at 7PM PDT. Click the link below to see the full details of the new game mode!
4. Warframe Adds New Fighting Mode
Digital Extremes’ popular third person shooter game, Warframe, received a brand new Street Fighter inspired game mode called Frame Fighter. Choose from a wide variety of fighters all with unique abilities and upgrades and fight your way to victory. The game mode looks like a new and fun alternative to the already successful game. Will you be trying it out?
5. Mad Machine Looks Like Robot Rocket League
Is Mad Machine the new Rocket League?! Probably not… However, it does look eerily similar and could be a popular alternative to the widely popular car-soccer game, Rocket League. In Mad Machine you play as sporadic robots who go head to head with other machines in a game of robot soccer. The gameplay looks upbeat and exciting, and it could prove to be a widely accepted game! Check out the link below to see for yourself.
The Daily Moot (8/16/18)
1. Diablo 3 Coming to the Switch this Year
Good news Diablo fans! Your favorite dungeon grinder will be coming to the Nintendo Switch by the end of year. The Diablo III Eternal Collection “will include the original game, the Reaper of Souls expansion, the Rise of the Necromancer pack, and all updates the game has received thus far.” There is also extensive multiplayer support, so you can play locally on one Switch, locally with multiple Switches, fully online, or a mix of local and online. The Diablo III Eternal Collection will cost $59.99.
2. Microsoft says Halo: Infinite is Halo 6
When Halo: Infinite was announced at E3, some fans were confused. They didn’t want some spinoff Halo game, they wanted the next REAL Halo game. Now, Microsoft is assuring fans that Halo: Infinite is effectively Halo 6 and fans should consider it as such. Halo: Infinite is a direct sequel to Halo 5: Guardians, and notably will focus more on Master Chief. Hopefully we will get at least the single player portion of Halo: Infinite by the end of 2019.
3. The Iconic MP5 Finally Comes to Counter-Strike: GO
As of an update this morning, the MP5 is officially in Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The gun has been a mainstay in FPS games for years, including earlier iterations of Counter Strike, so it is about time it came to Global Offensive. CS:GO’s version of the MP5 comes with an integrated silencer. Players will be able to test it out for themselves in offline modes and official casual and deathmatch servers today.
4. Sony Announces PlayStation VR has Sold 3 Million Units
A Sony blog post today revealed that they have sold over 3 million PlayStation VR units. They also shared a list of the most popular VR games to date, which includes Skyrim VR, Resident Evil 7, and Batman: Arkham VR. The blog post also included the info that Creed: Rise to Glory with release on September 25th and Evasion will release on October 9th.
The Daily Moot (8/15/18)
1. Fortnite Patch V5.21 Introduces Heavy Sniper and 2 LTMs
Another week, another exciting Fortnite patch! This week we’re getting the recently leaked Heavy Sniper Rifle, which can destroy walls with one shot. Alongside it, Sniper Shootout returns as a Limited Time Mode. There is also a new twist on the 50v50 LTM called Soaring 50s, where you’ll be able to pull out your glider if you’re ever falling more than 10 meters off the ground.
2. Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale Beta Starts September 10th
Players will finally get a chance to try the highly anticipated Blackout mode for Black Ops 4 starting on September 10th. The first wave of the beta is only available to PlayStation 4 players, but it is safe to assume it will be available to rest of us one week later. We’ve only seen bits and pieces of Blackout so far, but we know the map will feature popular areas from the history of Black Ops, like Nuketown. The beta will include solo, duos, and squads.
3. Realm Royale Struggling to Keep Players After Initial Success
Players are apparently losing interest in Realm Royale, as the game has lost 93% of its player base since peaking at 105K concurrent players shortly after it came to Steam. Shortly after Realm Royale first launched to early access, big streamers played it and drove a lot of interest. Now, those streamers only play it for the weekly Keemstar tournaments. The main criticism in the game’s negative reviews on Steam relate to gun balancing. Still, Hi-Rez is sticking with the game and plan to bring it to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at some point.
4. Hollow Knight Expansion Changes Name, Keeps Everything Awesome
The free content expansion called Hollow Knights: Gods & Glory will now be called Hollow Knight: Godmaster to prevent copyright issues with the popular mobile game Gods & Glory. The update will still bring tons of new content to Windows, Mac, Linux, and Switch on August 23rd. Godmaster will include new bosses, music, NPCs and quests for players to experience.
The Daily Moot (8/14/18)
1. World of Warcraft’s New Level Cap Attained in Four Hours
World of Warcraft’s new expansion Battle for Azeroth launched yesterday and players have already hit the level cap. While most of the faster players took six or seven hours, one player by the name of Gingi managed to hit level 120 in just four hours and 17 minutes. Gingi and his group are members of Method, one of the most competitive guilds in World of Warcraft, so it is no surprise they were able to achieve yet another world first.
2. Dark Souls Remastered Coming to Switch in October
After a lengthy delay, Switch players will finally be able to play the new remastered version of Dark Souls on October 19th. Dark Souls Remastered released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One back in May and was highly reviewed by all. Hopefully the Switch port of the game will deliver the improved graphics and gameplay the remaster saw on other platforms.
3. ‘Insurgency’ is Free to Keep for the next 48 Hours
If ‘free to keep’ is a phrase you haven’t heard before, it means that if you download and launch this game on Steam in the next 48 hours it will be yours forever. Insurgency is a tactical first-person shooter that appeals to a hardcore audience. The game is free as a way to build some hype for the upcoming release of Insurgency: Sandstorm on September 18th. Give the game a chance if you like strategic FPS game and remember, it’s free.
4. Box of Original 1999 Pokemon Cards Sells for $56,000
An unopened box of original 1999 Pokemon cards has just at auction for $56,000 USD. The box contains 36 packs of cards, each with 11 original Pokemon cards. It is unknown what the buyer intends to do with the box, but if he opens the packs he has a chance to get a holographic Charizard, worth almost the cost of the entire box if in pristine condition.
5. Fortnite’s Giant Rift is Slowly Shrinking
Starting with an update this last weekend, the giant rift in Fortnite’s sky has slowly begun to shrink. Prolific Fortnite leaker @FNBRLeaks on twitter claims the rift will completely disappear on August 21st. We’re only in week 5 of the current season, so this seems like the next step in the story developing. Within a few weeks we will also probably start seeing some teasers for what season 6’s theme will be. Personally, we hope the smaller rifts are unaffected because they are awesome.
The Daily Moot (8/13/18)
1. New Heavy Sniper Coming to Fortnite Soon
Fortnite battle royale is getting a new sniper rifle soon according to the game’s opening screen. The new Heavy Sniper comes in Epic and Legendary rarities and is designed to deal high damage to structures. A twitter account named Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks has posted the supposed stats for the weapon and even shown in game footage, where you can see the sniper destroying walls in one shot. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we get our hands on the new gun.
2. Battlerite Royale is now a Standalone Game
Battlerite Royale is a battle royale based on the popular MOBA game Battlerite. Much like the studio behind Realm Royale, the team working on Battlerite found it difficult to fully develop a battle royale game mode within another game. As such, Battlerite Royale is coming to early access next month as a standalone game. Splitting the two games will hopefully enable better balancing, matchmaking, and more for both versions of Battlerite.
3. Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend to Celebrate First Major Tournament
Ubisoft is offering another free weekend from this Thursday through Monday to celebrate their first even Rainbow Six Major championship. Sixteen teams will fight it out in Paris this weekend for a total prize pool of $350,000. Operation Grim Sky will also be revealed at the event. Grim Sky will add two new operators to the game and update Hereford Base to be more competitively balanced.
4. Elder Scrolls: Legends Will Only Come to Consoles that Support Full Crossplay
Bethesda’s digital card game Elder Scrolls: Legends will soon come to consoles after more than year on PC, but it may not come to all of them. Bethesda recently announced Elder Scrolls: Legends will only come to consoles that support full crossplay, meaning your collection spans all platforms and you can play opponents on any platform. While they didn’t mention the PlayStation 4 by name, given Sony’s recent stance regarding Fortnite crossplay the PS4 is the first console that looks like it may be excluded.
5. Unique Narrative Platformer ‘GRIS’ Coming Later this Year
GRIS is a new platformer with a unique and beautiful take on the genre. GRIS “aims to tell the story of a young girl lost in a mysterious world of her own making.” This world, based on the one trailer for the game, is stunningly beautiful and peaceful. The game notably is not meant to be difficult; any skill based challenges are entirely optional. The game apparently has no danger, frustration, or death. Just an entrancing story and world for you to explore at your leisure. GRIS is coming to PC and Switch, although we don’t know exactly when yet.
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The Daily Moot (8/10/18)
Happy Friday Jimmy Mootrons! In this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian, we discuss the highly anticipated digital card game Artifact and PUBG's new patch. Also we've opened a BRAND NEW, one of a kind lounge so be sure to check below for details!
2. Play Elder Scrolls Online for Free This Weekend
Bethesda is celebrating QuakeCon with a free weekend for Elder Scrolls Online. The free weekend even includes Marrowind, one of the game’s most popular chapters. Elder Scrolls Online is currently on sale, alongside every Fallout and Elder Scrolls game, for the QuakeCon Steam sale. So if you try Elder Scrolls Online this weekend and like it, you can get the base game for just $10 USD until August 13th.
3. Ubisoft Cancels Development for Steep on Switch
Although Steep was one of the very first games announced for the Switch, Ubisoft confirmed in a Tweet yesterday that they are cancelling plans to bring the game to the popular mobile console. Steep is an open world snow sport game that lets you snowboard, ski, or paraglide your way across a beautiful and vast mountain environment. The game was generally well received but many players have felt disregarded by the development team since the game launched in December 2016.
Cuphead Sells 3 Million Copies
The developer behind the popular game Cuphead just announced they have sold 3 million copies since launching in September of last year. To celebrate, Cuphead is 20% off on Steam and Xbox until tomorrow. Apparently, there will also be “some extra-special giveaways” over the next few days that will be announced on their social media accounts.
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The Daily Moot (8/9/18)
1. Fortnite Beta Comes to Samsung Devices
Alongside the Galaxy Note 9 reveal today, the Epic Games founder announced the beginning of the Fortnite beta on Android. The beta will start with Samsung devices and extend to other Android phones and tablets “in the next few days.” They also unveiled an absolutely amazing skin for those who own or buy a Galaxy Note 9 or Tab S4. Also, there is a sweet deal for those who pre-order the Galaxy Note 9; consumers can choose to receive 15,000 V-Bucks or a pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones.
2. Another Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay Trailer
For starters, this game looks absolutely stunning. The incredibly wide open world and extreme attention to detail from the developers will certainly keep you playing for hours on end and make you not want to put your controller down. If Red Dead Redemption 2 is anything like the first game, we can expect a vast story with twists and turns at every corner. The game takes place in the 1800’s amidst the American Industrial Revolution where the modern world began to take form. Get ready to play as America’s number one bandit, Arthur Morgan, and take on other grisly outlaws in the highly anticipated game releasing on October 26th, 2018.
3. PUBG’s new War Mode is Called ‘Dodgebomb’
PUBG’s new War Mode ‘Dodgebomb’ is exactly what it sounds like and it sounds awesome. 30 players will face on in 10-man teams in Erangel armed with only frag grenades, a single Molotov, level 3 armor, and a frying pan. Players will start with 30 frag grenades, die instantly to lethal damage, and respawn every 30 seconds. The explosive mode will be available starting tonight at 7pm PDT and will last until the same time on Sunday evening.
4. Discord to Start a Steam-like Game Store
Discord, the popular voice chat program, will start selling games similar to Steam. The Discord Store will feature a number of predominantly indie games for sale and will let you launch any game through Discord. There will also be free games included. The store beta has already started for 50,000 Canadian Nitro users. While Steam is a goliath in the digital game store marketplace, if any company could compete with them it would be Discord.
5. Fortnite Patch Nerfs P90 and Tommy Gun, Buffs Building
A tuning patch went live this morning on Fortnite servers that slightly nerfed the Compact SMG and slightly buffed building. The Compact SMG, or P90, now does 1 point of damage less at both the epic and legendary rarities. The Drum Gun is now less accurate, does less damage at range, and spawns 40% less. At the same time, walls of all materials will now start with slightly more health. Wood walls are now 90 instead of 80, stone walls are now 100 instead of 80, and metal walls now start with 110 health instead of 80.
The Daily Moot (8/8/18)
1. Nintendo Reveals 5 More Smash Characters and 103 Total Stages
Nintendo hosted a big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct this morning and revealed tons of new information about the highly anticipated upcoming game. The most exciting thing from the Direct was the reveal of five new playable characters. Simon and Richter Belmont from Castlevania, Chrom, Dark Samus, and King K. Rool are all coming to the new Smash. Nintendo also revealed new 3v3 and 5v5 elimination modes, where you’ll pick a set of fighters and battle until you don’t have any left.
2. PUBG Corp. Launches ‘Fix PUBG’ Campaign
Apparently tired of being told to fix their game, PUBG Corp. has now decided to attempt to actually do just that. The Fix PUBG campaign is a three month campaign that hopes to create a “better, more stable, and fairer game.” Specifically, the developers hope to fix bugs, deliver quality-of-life improvements, optimize performance, and make strides toward eradicating cheaters. While this sounds great, we’ve been promised all of these things before. The end result of those earlier promises? No delivery and a playerbase that switched to Fortnite.
3. Destiny 2: Forsaken’s Weapon Customization System
The Forsaken expansion comes to Destiny 2 on September 4th and it is introducing a new weapon customization system. In a livestream yesterday, Bungie revealed some more information about how the system will work. Players will be able to equip ‘mods’ into any weapon. These mods can provide a range of perks and will only come from dismantling weapons that have one. Each weapon will come with a random mod equipped, meaning getting weapon drops should be more exciting as there will also be a chance for upgrades.
4. Fortnite Matchmaking Will Soon Pair Keyboard and Mouse Players Together
A current hot topic in Fortnite is what to do with players who use a keyboard and mouse on their consoles. Epic Games allows players to use any peripherals they’d like for their games, but a keyboard and mouse can create an unfair advantage due to the precision aiming a mouse provides. Well, pretty soon players who use a keyboard and mouse on their console will be put into PC lobbies so they are on a more even playing field. Admittedly, this doesn’t address those who use a XIM to trick their console into thinking they’re using a controller, but it’s a start.
The Daily Moot (8/7/18)
1. Fortnite V5.20 Adds Double Barrel Shotgun and new LTM
Although double pumping is gone, it now lives on in spirit with the new Double Barrel Shotgun. The Double Barrel comes in epic and legendary rarities and can do up to 188 damage with one shot ‘at extreme close range.’ The new Limited Time Mode is Steady Storm; there won’t be any safe zones and the storm constantly closes in. For Battle Royale, Vending Machines are getting buffed and Remote Explosives are receiving nerfs. Read the full changes in the patch notes.
2. Hearthstone’s New Expansion ‘The Boomsday Project’ is now Live
Hearthstone’s second expansion of the year is based around the iconic character Dr. Boom. The Boomsday Project introduces 135 new cards to the game, including legendary spells for the first time and the Magnetic keyword. Magnetic is a keyword found on mech minions that enables them to combine together into one minion. The expansion also introduces the Puzzle Lab, which provides players with challenging single player puzzles.
3. Blizzard Teases Summer Games Skins Ahead of Annual Event
Overwatch’s Summer Games event starts this Thursday and Blizzard has started teasing some skins on their twitter. The Summer Games has consistently delivered some of the best Overwatch skins to date, so it is always an exciting time for fans. Teased skins so far include Cabana Ana, Gridironhardt Reinhardt, Waveracer D.VA, and Catcher Winston.
4. Master Chief Confirmed as Main Character in Halo TV Series
While we probably all expected Master Chief to be the focal point of the upcoming Halo TV series, it is nice to have it confirmed by Showtime. The series is targeting a 2020 release date and will tell a new story in the Halo universe. The story is apparently meant to focus on “the inside human drama” more so than the tradition science fiction themes.
5. GTA Online Update Introduces B-11 Strikeforce and new DJ
Another week, another GTA Online update. This update introduces the B-11 Strikeforce, an all-new Military Attack aircraft vehicle you can purchase for $3,800,000 from Warstock Cache and Carry. There is also another real-life DJ making their premiere virtual appearance. This week’s DJ is Dixon, a Techno Music DJ coming out of Berlin. Finally, you can get 25% off certain vehicles and properties this week. Check the link below to see the full update breakdown.
The Daily Moot (8/6/18)
1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct Announced
This Wednesdy at 7am PT there will be another Direct stream from Nintendo focused entirely on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The new Super Smash Bros. game was originally announced during a Nintendo Direct back in March. According to the Nintendo Versus twitter account Wednesday’s Direct will feature “new game information delivered by director Masahiro Sakurai.” Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases on Nintendo Switch on December 7th.
2. Fortnite Leak Suggests More Customizable Options Coming Soon
A couple leaks on Twitter from popular Fortnite leakers @FNBRLeaks and @Siloxleaks suggests players will soon be able to customize how they play Fortnite in even more ways. There looks to be a new option that will let you ‘favorite’ certain cosmetics, including items that aren’t in the game yet. Options to favorite include: Hats, battle buses, map markers, vehicles, and more. As always, we don’t know if these leaks are accurate but they’re definitely exciting.
3. Overwatch’s Open Division Gives Aspiring Pros a Chance to Reach the OWL
A new Overwatch Open Division season is starting soon, where aspiring pro players will have a chance to earn themselves a spot in the Overwatch Contenders League. The Open Division season starts on August 18th and finishes on September 14th. It is completely free to enter and will have the top four teams competing against the bottom four teams from Contenders for their spots. You can sign up now on Overwatch’s website if you’re interested in competing.
4. FIFA 19 ‘Survival’ Mode is nothing like Battle Royale, the Developer Claims
FIFA 19 will be adding several new gameplay options for its play now mode and one of them sounds a lot like battle royale. Survival is a new game mode where teams will need to send off a player each time they score. The game ends when one team has fewer than 7 players, meaning the first one to score five goals should win.
5. Fallout 76 Beta is the Full Game with Progress Carrying Over
Fallout 76, the upcoming online multiplayer action role-playing game from the popular Fallout series, is set to have a beta before its November 14th release date. Bethesda, the studio behind the highly anticipated game, gave some more information about the game’s beta today. Players will have access to full game during the beta and all progress they make during the beta will carry over to the game’s full release. We don’t know the exact dates for the beta, but it will be first available on Xbox.
6. Pokemon Go Getting PVP by the End of the Year
A head of marketing at Niantic recently said in an interview that PVP will be coming to Pokemon Go before the end of the year. It is unclear whether the new feature will come alongside a new combat update, which mean feel is necessary for PVP to feel meaningful, but without word from Niantic we shouldn’t hold our breaths. There are also should be improvements to recently added friendship feature coming soon.
The Daily Moot (8/3/18)
Happy Friday Moot Squad! In this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian, Brian talks all about Fortnite. He covers the Summer Skirmish, a potential cheating scandal, and what makes him angry in Fortnite. There is even a Fortnite-themed giveaway so be sure to check it out!
2. Dragon Ball FighterZ Switch Beta Takes Place Next Weekend
The popular fighting game based on the even more popular anime is coming to the Nintendo Switch on September 28th. Before the release next month, there will be an open beta next weekend running from Thursday night at 9 pm PT through Sunday at 12 AM PT. 22 characters will be playable and there will be five game modes available for testers, including a new feature called the “Extreme Type” Control Scheme. This will enable players to unleash special moves with easy inputs.
3. Ninja is the First Twitch Streamer to Reach 10 Million Followers
Tyler Blevins, perhaps better known as Ninja, has seen explosive and unprecedented growth recently. Although Ninja has been streaming for several years, his channel took off with the recent success of Fortnite. Ninja was one of the first PUBG streamers to really invest in Fortnite and has reaped the rewards for his choice.
4. Fortnite on Android Devices Won’t Use Google Play
This morning Epic Games confirmed an earlier leak that their popular game Fortnite will not use Google Play to distribute their game on Android devices. Instead, users will download an installer directly from Epic’s website. While Google Play provides developers with exposure to potential users, Epic Games feels the exposure doesn’t outweigh the 30% ‘store tax’ Google would collect. We don’t know exactly when Fortnite will come to Android devices, but hopefully it is soon.
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The Daily Moot (8/2/18)
1. Overwatch League adds two new Teams
Activision Blizzard announced today the addition of two more teams to the Overwatch League. The new teams will be based on Atlanta, Georgia and Guangzhou, China. The official team names, logos, and rosters will be revealed at a later date. These will probably not the only teams added before the next season, as Activision Blizzard has said they want to add six teams to the league.
2. PUBG’s New Event Mode is Set on Sanhok
PUBG’s next limited-time mode takes place on Sanhok and starts tonight at 7 pm PDT. The game mode is called ‘Sanhok Forty-Fivers’ and restricts you to using 0.45 ACP ammo weapons. That means you’ll be able to use Tommy Guns, Win94s, P1911s, and Vectors. There are also throwable weapons for you to use. Games will have up to 20 four-person squads. The mode will be available until Monday evening.
3. Spyro Reignited Trilogy Will Require Download to Play Games 2 and 3
The highly anticipated Spyro Reignited Trilogy, which includes remasters of all three games in the series, will require a serious download of some kind to play the second and third games. We don’t know exactly what kind of download will be necessary, but it could range from a day one patch up to requiring you to download the games in their entirety. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is releasing on September 21st for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
4. Combat Racing Game GRIP to Full Release on November 6th
GRIP is an intense combat racing game that has been in Steam Early Access for quite some time. Well, the game is almost ready for mass consumption according to its producer. On November 6th the game will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. GRIP allows you to customize your car, equip weapons, use powers, and race on dozens of different tracks.
5. Popular Board Game Gloomhaven Gets Video Game Adaptation
Earlier today at Gen Con 2018, Asmodee Digital announced they will be developing an adaptation of the board game Gloomhaven. According to BoardGameGeek, Gloomhaven is the top-rated board game of all time. The original creator of the board game is directly involved in the project, which will hopefully mean the video game maintains much of the original game’s flavor. Expect the single-player dungeon crawler to launch into Steam Early Access early next year.
The Daily Moot (8/1/8)
1. Big PUBG Patch Comes to Test Servers on PC
PUBG is definitely stagnating a bit with the success of other battle royale games, but they released a pretty nice patch to the test servers today that may give some players a reason to try the game out again. Bullets will now penetrate through hands and arms, which has been a big complaint from players for a while. If you remove or replace an attachment on a weapon with a full inventory it will now drop straight to the ground. Perhaps most exciting, dynamic weather has come back to Erangel and Miramar. There are a ton more changes, so be sure to check the patch notes linked below.
2. Stardew Valley Multiplayer now Live on PC
The highly popular farming game Stardew Valley may grow more popular now because a patch that enables multiplayer play just went live on PC. The patch will let your friends join your game to work towards a common goal. You can play with friends online or on LAN, and using invite codes you can even crossplay between Steam and GOG. There’s more to the new patch than just multiplayer, so make sure to check it out to see all that’s new.
3. Valve’s New Card Game ‘Artifact’ To Release in November
Despite the memes, Valve is finally releasing another game in the form of a digital collectible card game called Artifact. Artifact is based on the lore of DOTA 2. The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux this year and Android and iOS devices in 2019. Attendees at PAX West 2018 will be able to play Artifact before it comes out and even have a chance to win 2 free keys for the game upon release. Artifact will cost $19.99 USD.
4. Free PlayStation Plus Games Announced for August
Mafia III and Dead by Daylight highlight this month’s free games for PlayStation Plus users. Mafia III is set in 1968 Louisiana and has a nice mix of story and open world action. Dead by Daylight is a 4v1 horror game where one player tries to kill the other four while the other four try to survive as long as possible. Other free games include Bound by Flame, Serious Sam 3, and Knowledge is Power.
The Daily Moot (7/31/18)
1. Sea of Thieves gets a New Free Expansion Today
Many complained about a lack of content when Sea of Thieves originally dropped, but the developers are trying the best to make up for that. They have been providing weekly events and today the second free expansion for the game drops. Cursed Sails brings skeleton ships, cursed ammunition, and a new three-crew ship to the game. There are also new cosmetics and player customization options. As always, the expansion is free to all Sea of Thieves players.
2. Bungie Accidentally Improved Quick Play in Destiny 2
A bug in a recent Destiny 2 update messed with the matchmaking system for quickplay PvP and most players are actually happy with it. Usually, quick play is supposed to use skill-based matchmaking to create balanced matches. Currently, that isn’t happening meaning games are happening faster but with wider skill ranges. These quick queue times and fast paced games are generally popular with players, so Bungie said they won’t be instantly fixing the bug.
3. Donut County Gets Late August Release Date
For those of you who don’t know Donut County, it is a unique puzzle game where you control a hole. The goal of the game is to suck up as many things as possible. As you make things fall into the hole, it grows. We played this game at GDC 2018 and were surprisingly impressed by it. Check out the short release trailer in the attached article. Donut County is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and iOS on August 28th.
4. League of Legends Getting New Game Modes
The first in a line of experimental game modes is now available on the League of Legends Public Beta Environment. Riot Games wants to start experimenting with new game modes in search of potential permanent additions to the game. The first game mode is called Nexus Blitz. Nexus Blitz is a 15 minute game that includes a single, split lane and a jungle meant for two players. The game mode will be coming to public servers with Patch 8.16 in a few weeks.
5. Fortnite Patch 5.10 Brings Back Guided Missile
As predicted, the Guided Missile has made its return to Fortnite’s battle royale game mode. The Guided Missile will now move slower, do less damage, take longer to reload, and last for less time before auto detonating. Still, we’re sure players are going to have fun with it. The patch also introduces a new Limited Time Mode called Fly Explosives; in this mode players have access to explosive weapons and Jetpacks.
The Daily Moot (7/30/18)
1. The London Spitfire are the First Overwatch League Champions
The first season of Overwatch League wrapped up this weekend and the London Spitfire are the first champions of the league. The Korean roster is lead by superstar DPS players Birdring and Profit. The Spitfire won the first match of the series 3-1 and then 3-0d the second match to take the overall victory 2-0. The Overwatch League playoffs have been especially exciting for gamers because they have been on national TV, with the finals taking place on ESPN during primetime hours on Friday and Saturday evenings.
2. New Blacks Ops 4 Trailer Reveals More Blackout Details
With the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta starting later this week the studio behind the game felt it was the perfect time for another multiplayer trailer. The trailer showed gameplay from the new battle royale mode called ‘Blackout’ for only a short time, but it was enough to assume a few things. The trailer showed teams of players, suggesting a squads game mode. It also showed what looked like highly customized outfits. There will be a beta for Blackout in September.
3. Guided Missiles Coming Back to Fortnite
The Guided Missile was highly controversial during its short time in Fortnite’s battle royale. It only lasted a couple weeks before going to the vault, but the explosive weapon will be making a return soon. The new and improved Guided Missile is nerfed in several respects, but it will hopefully still be fun to use. The new Guided Missile will move slower, turn slower, do less damage, and have a smaller damage radius.
4. Adidas Partners with Dragon Ball Z for some Awesome Sneakers
Adidas is reportedly partnering with Dragon Ball Z to bring a line of seven new sneakers to market this fall. The sneakers will all be based on different characters, with the first two being Son Goku and Frieza. There will also be sneakers for Son Gohan, Vegeta, Majin Buu, and two shoes for Shenron. All of the sneakers will reflect the character’s costume from some part in the epic story. Check the article linked below to see some pictures of the already revealed sneakers.
The Daily Moot (7/27/18)
Happy Friday Moot fam! In this week's episode of Moot Points we talk about the great flop that was The Culling 2! What went wrong and how are the devs trying to fix it? Watch the episode to find out!
2. Fortnite's Solo Showdown is Back this Weekend
The competitive limited time gamemode with real prizes is back again this weekend. Solo Showdown gives competitive minded players a chance to prove their skills and earn amazing prizes ranging from a few V-bucks all the way up to an invite to the Summer Skirmish. Points will be awarded for the first 25 matches you play in the playlist and you have until Monday morning at 7 am PDT. Good luck!
3. NBA Live 19 Lets you Create a Female Player
For the first time a professional basketball game is offering players the chance to create their own female athletes. NBA Live 19 gives players that option and will let female characters play in all game modes with "access [to] all the same skills, progression, and gear as their male counterparts." Female gamers will even have the option to scan their face into the game with the NBA LIVE companion app for a more true to life representation.
4. NHL 19 Open Beta Started Today
EA surprised hockey fans today with an open beta for NHL 19 available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One until August 2nd. The open beta introduces CHEL to players. CHEL is "a hub that introduces a unified progression and customization system for created players." NHL 19 introduces some crazy new modes to the franchise so we definitely recommend you check out the beta and give them a try. NHL 19 releases on September 14th.
A GTA event is happening right now on Moot! Are you ready? All you gotta do is show off your nightclub and explain why it's the best in Los Santos! Check the post below for more details.
POPULAR The Daily Moot (7/26/18)
1. Fortnite Hotfix Nerfs Compact SMG
Epic Games introduced the Compact SMG to their battle royale mode earlier this week and it made an instant splash. The SMG, based on the P90, quickly came to dominate all fights and was declared overpowered by the vast majority of the community. The new weapon was perhaps poorly timed, as it came out at the same time as the new building nerfs which weakened the starting health of wooden walls. The Compact SMG will now do slightly less damage and it has a reduced fire rate.
2. Destiny 2: Forsaken Trailer Shows off New Exotics
A new trailer for the Forsaken expansion came out today and it showcases some of the exotics that will be coming to the game in September. While some of the exotics in the trailer have been seen before, like the Two-Tailed Fox and The Trinity Ghoul, others were never before seen. Malfeasance is a new hand cannon, The Black Talon is a sword, and One Thousand Voices is a new trace rifle to name a few. Check the trailer in the below article to see all the new weapons for yourself.
3. Forza Motorsport 7 to Remove Free Loot Boxes by Year’s End
Forza Motorsport 7 is a game that seems like it wouldn’t need loot boxes but has them anyway. Although the loot box system in the game is all free, players were still ultimately unhappy with the system and the studio has said they’ll be removing the crates by the end of the year. The crates aren’t being removed right away because the studio needs time to work out what exactly will be replacing the crates, as they were the main way for players to gain access to driver gear, mods, and badges.
4. Another Overwatch Free Weekend Starts Today
If for some reason you don’t already own and actively play Overwatch, this weekend is the perfect chance to get involved. The Overwatch free weekend will give new players access to all Overwatch characters and all game modes except for competitive. New players will even get the chance to play as Wrecking Ball, the newest addition to the Overwatch roster. You’ll even be able to unlock loot boxes and can keep all your skins if you decide to buy the game.
5. H1Z1 Officially Launching on PS4 on August 7th with New Features
H1Z1 has been in open beta on the PS4 for a few months now and is ready to upgrade to a full release. The official release will take place on August 7th and will bring several new features to the game. There will be a new RPG, a new semi-auto sniper, and a new vehicle. There will also be a battle pass with 3 tracks; free, premium, and PS4 plus.
The Daily Moot (7/25/18)
1. Paladins is now Free on Nintendo Switch
Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a hero shooter game, similar to Overwatch, that came to the Nintendo Switch last month. Originally, the game was only available to those who paid $30 USD for the Founder’s Pack. Starting today Paladins is free to play on Nintendo Switch. Paladins supports cross play between Switch and Xbox and runs at 60 FPS on the Switch.
2. World of Warcraft’s First Raid in New Expansion Available September 4th
World of Warcraft expansions are incredibly exciting times and we are quickly approaching Battle for Azeroth’s release. While the new expansion releases on August 14th, it will be three weeks before the first raid actually opens up. This is to provide players ample time to level and gear up before they race to be the first ones to kill things. If it wasn’t for the three-week buffer period, we would see some incredibly unhealthy habits from the most competitive players. The new raid is called Uldir and it opens up on September 11th.
3. Fortnite may be Getting a Wall-Piercing Sniper Rifle
While nothing is confirmed, several Fortnite leakers are reporting on the next weapon coming to battle royale and it is intimidating to say the least. The Heavy Sniper Rifle will apparently be able to penetrate the first wall it hits. This will provide players will even more tools to use against strong builders, which has been a controversial topic among Fortnite players recently. If these leaks are true, the Heavy Sniper Rifle could come as early as next week.
4. No Man’s Sky Hits 40,000 Concurrent Players with NEXT Update
If you asked us a few months ago we would’ve told you No Man’s Sky was a dead and gone game. Luckily for fans of the series, we may have been wrong. The studio behind the game is seriously focused on improving the experience they provide their players, and NEXT was a huge step in the right direction. The update introduced multiplayer, a highly requested feature, among several other improvements. 40,000 concurrent players may not seem like a lot when compared to PUBG at its peak, but it is twice as many players as No Man’s Sky’s last expansion brought in.
The Daily Moot (7/24/18)
1. GTA After Hours Update is now Live!
After an extended wait, GTA Online’s After Hours nightclub update is now live on PC. The update allows players to create their own nightclubs online, where they can manage everything from club design to staffing decisions. We are actually running a GTA nightclub themed event here on Moot right now! Share your nightclub, explain why it’s the coolest in Los Santos, and have a chance to win sweet prizes! Look at the bottom of The Daily Moot for more information.
2. Fortnite Patch V5.10 Goes Live with New SMG
Fortnite Patch V5.10 went live this morning with a ton of exciting changes. Perhaps the most exciting change is the introduction of the Compact SMG, an epic and legendary rarity weapon. The first impression of most is the weapon is too strong so we will see how soon it takes Epic to tune it down a little bit. The update also includes a birthday event, some balance tunings, and the return of the highly popular Playgrounds mode which won’t go live until tomorrow.
3. Guacamelee! 2 Gets August Release Date
Guacamelee! 2, which the Moot team actually played at GDC earlier this year, is coming to PC and PS4 on August 21st. Guacamelee! is an incredibly fun Metroidvania style game. The sequel will feature a new upgrade system, improved graphics, and even drop-in 4 player local co-op. The original Guacamelee! was a highly popular game and we have high hopes for the sequel. Gaucamelee! 2 will cost $19.99 USD when it releases.
4. Wrecking Ball is Now Available in Overwatch
The adorable hamster in a spherical mech is finally available on Overwatch’s public servers after a few weeks on the test realm. Wrecking Ball, or perhaps better known as Hammond, has some unique new abilities to bring to the battlefield. Perhaps the most noteworthy is the combination of his Roll ability and his Grappling Claw, which enables Wrecking Ball to swing through the air in a tremendously fun acrobatic maneuver.
5. ‘Green Hell,’ a Jungle Survival Sim, Releases Next Month
If you like hyper-realistic survival games, Green Hell will be perfect for you. The survival game drops players into a dangerous jungle environment where they’ll need to manage all the things you’d expect in a survival game, like hunger and their physical well-being. The game is coming to PC Early Access on August 29th. The Early Access period will have half of the final map available as well as a taste of the story mode.
A GTA event is happening right now on Moot! Are you ready? All you gotta do is show off your nightclub and explain why it's the best in Los Santos! Check the post below for more details.
The Daily Moot (7/23/18)
1. Fortnite Gets Tons of Updates for Birthday Patch
Fortnite is officially turning 1 year old tomorrow and there are some big things coming in the birthday patch. Patch 5.10 introduces some birthday challenges that will allow players to unlock some cosmetics, including a Birthday Cake Back Bling. The patch also changes Slurp Juice after Epic Games noticed a fan’s suggestion; the item will now heal for 75 points total instead of 50. Players will regenerate 2 health per second after taking a slurp juice and once they are full health they will start gaining shields. There is also a new epic and legendary SMG coming to the game soon.
2. Fallout 76 Beta Launches in October
When Fallout 76 was revealed at E3 Bethesda announced the game would have a beta before it launches on November 14th. This morning, Bethesda confirmed the Fallout 76 beta will start in October. Beta testers will be randomly selected from people who have pre-ordered the game. You’ll need to create an account on the Bethesda website with the code you received when you preordered. More beta testers will be added over time as we approach the game’s official launch.
3. Dragon Ball FighterZ Comes to Switch with New Game Modes
While Dragon Ball FighterZ is known for its traditional 3v3 structure, the game will be coming to the Switch with 1v1 and 2v2 matches to add some diversity. Switch players will also have access to an offline six-player party match mode. There will be a beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ on Nintendo Switch starting next month. The game releases to the popular mobile console on September 28th.
4. Rocket League Reveals Loot Drop Rates
With plenty of controversy surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions in gaming it is nice to see Psyonix open up with their loot box drop rates. Psyonix has revealed the exact chance to receive an item of each rarity out of their crates, which has stayed the same since 2016 when they introduced a crate and key system. We can expect the drop rates to stay the same in the future and Psyonix has promised they’ll post about any changes as they’re implemented.
5. Fortnite’s Playground Mode Returns on Wednesday
Despite a shaky launch, Fortnite’s Playground mode was an instant classic. Players finally had the freedom they wanted to get as creative as they wished. However, Epic Games made it clear Playgrounds mode can be so much more and they took it down for a couple weeks to add to it. This Wednesday, the mode comes back with tons of new features. There will now be team select, extra loot, and more. Epic Games will announce all the details in the 5.10 patch notes tomorrow.
A GTA event is coming to Moot tomorrow! Are you ready? All you gotta do is show off your nightclub and explain why it's the best in Los Santos! Check the post below for more details.
The Daily Moot (7/20/18)
Happy Friday Moot family! In this week's Moot Points with Dylan & Brian, we discuss Fortnite season 5. The new season has tons of exciting stuff and we talk about our favorite things so far. Enjoy!
2. Fortnite Summer Skirmish Week 2 Tournament
Last week marked the first Summer Skirmish, a new series of Fortnite tournaments with big cash prizes, and it was a disaster. This week looks much more promising though, as the solo format rewards players for playing more aggressively. You’ll be able to watch your favorite Fortnite streamers participate in the Summer Skirmish today at 2 pm PT. Players will play 10 solo games where they will earn points for kills and wins. The player with the most points in their 10 games will receive $60,000 USD and players will also receive $10,000 for each game with 20 or more kills.
3. No Man’s Sky to Begin Free Weekly Updates
Most people you ask would tell you No Man’s Sky is a dead game, but don’t tell the developers that. Hello Games is releasing a huge update for No Man’s Sky called NEXT that introduces, among other things, four-player multiplayer, third-person perspective, and character customization. Immediately following the update on July 24th, the studio will start weekly updates to bring free community events to their game. While this sounds promising, we’ll have to wait and see if it actually brings anyone back to the game.
4. Hearthstone is Getting Another Crazy Legendary Minion
Hearthstone expansions usually have 1 or 2 wacky legendaries. These cards frequently have highly random effects that, while not competitively viable, are usually tons of fun to play with. Let me introduce you to Whizbang the Wonderful. If you start a game with Whizbang in your deck he will replace your entire deck with a prebuilt one from a pool of EIGHTEEN different decks. You don’t know what class or archetype you’ll be playing as until you’re already in game. Whizbang the Wonderful, and the rest of the Boomsday expansion, will be available August 21st.
Also be sure to check out our brand new v1.6.0 update!
The Daily Moot (7/19/18)
1. GTA Online Update ‘After Hours’ Coming July 24th
Last month, Rockstar announced a nightclub-themed update that would be coming to GTA Online. This morning, they announced the update is called After Hours and will be releasing next Tuesday, July 24th, for all platforms. In After Hours, players will be able to open their own nightclubs where they will be responsible for everything from setup, design, and staffing. We even have a nightclub themed event coming to Moot to celebrate this update, so make sure to check at the bottom of The Daily Moot for more details!
2. Overwatch Update Buffing Supports, Nerfing Mercy
An Overwatch balance patch is coming soon. The patch is ever so slightly nerfing Brigitte by adding a second to her Shield Bash cooldown, but the main victim is Mercy. Mercy’s healing output will be reduced by 10 HP per second, while other support heroes are seeing buffs. Ana’s ult will now instantly heal its target for 300 HP, Lucio will provide more shields, and Moira’s base regenerate rate for her healing resource will be upped 20%. Zenyatta is the only support with no changes.
3. Jurassic World Evolution Sells 1 Million Copies
In just over five weeks, Jurassic World Evolution has sold over one million copies across physical and digital sales. The game lets you manage your own dinosaur-themed amusement park based on the movies and has been generally well received. Jurassic World Evolution features voice acting from Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong, who are both in the recent movies. The game even features Jeff Goldblum who voices Dr. Ian Malcolm. Jurassic World Evolution is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
4. PUBG’s Metal Rain Event Mode is Back
The incredibly popular limited time mode Metal Rain is coming back to PUBG starting tonight at 7 pm PDT. For those that missed it the first time around, Metal Rain is a game mode where players can find flare guns around the map. When shot, the flare guns summon an airdrop crate that will contain either special weapons or an armored UAZ. Metal Rain features squads of eight players and takes place only on Erangel.
5. Total War: Rome 2 Reveals Next DLC titled ‘Rise of the Republic’
Total War: Rome 2 is a strategy game that has been out since 2013, but it is still receiving new content. Late last year the Empire Divided DLC released and now fans of the game will be excited to hear the next DLC is coming on August 9th. Rise of the Republic is a prequel DLC that focuses on Italy and its neighbors. Players will be able to reenact historical events as they happened or build their own timelines.
A GTA event is coming to Moot next week! Are you ready? All you gotta do is show off your nightclub and explain why it's the best in Los Santos! Check the post below for more details.
The Daily Moot (7/18/18)
1. The Culling 2 is Shutting Down
After launching earlier this month, The Culling 2 is already shutting down. Fans of the series were upset when the team stopped supporting the first game in order to develop a sequel. The developers heard those complaints and have decided to reinvest in their original game. The Culling is getting rebooted as a free-to-play battle royale. They’re undoing all the changes they made to their original game and issuing refunds to all who purchased The Culling 2.
2. Antonio Brown Announced as Madden NFL 19’s Cover Star
The All-Pro wide receiver from the Pittsburgh Steelers has been announced as the cover star for the upcoming Madden NFL 19. Antonio Brown was recently revealed to be a 99-rated player in the game, making him the fifth cover star in the last six years to hold a 99 rating. Terrell Owens, the controversial Hall of Fame wide receiver, will be on the cover of the game’s Hall of Fame edition. Madden NFL 19 launches on August 10th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
3. Bowser Jr. is Getting Nerfed in Mario Tennis Aces
Fans of Mario Tennis Aces share at least two things in common. First is their mutual appreciate for the game and second is a communal hatred of Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr has been the strongest character in the popular tennis game since it released, and Nintendo is finally doing something about it. Bowser Jr. is getting slowed down significantly plus his return shot is getting weaker. Nintendo said they will continue tuning the balance between characters in the lead up to the big online tournament set to take place in August.
4. Fortnite Themed Funkopops Coming Soon
It was only a matter of time before this specific crossover between the two wildly popular brands took place. Coming by this year’s holiday season, Fortnite themed Funkopops are sure to sell well. A deal between Epic Games and Funko, Inc. promises to bring fans ten different product lines including the iconic figurines, keychains, and more.
5. Fear the Wolves Early Access Delayed
Fear the Wolves came to closed beta recently with mostly positive reviews. Still, there was enough negative feedback from testers that the developer Vostok Games has decided to delay their Early Access launch. Although Fear the Wolves was supposed to come to Early Access today, technical issues were the main thing leading to delay. The game will remain in closed beta for now, meaning testers will be able to continue playing and providing the developer with feedback. Fear the Wolves is still expected to come to Early Access sometime soon.
The Daily Moot (7/17/18)
1. Fortnite Patch Introduces New SMG
Before the dust can even settle from the launch of Season 5, Epic Games is hitting us with the season’s first content update. Patch V5.0 introduces a new Submachine Gun for players to use. It takes the place of the Tactical SMG, which is going to the vault. The new SMG comes in Common, Uncommon, and Rare rarities and has a 30-round magazine. The Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle is also getting buffed, as it will now do 12 more points of damage per shot.
2. Final Hollow Knight DLC Announced
Hollow Knight: Gods & Glory will be the final DLC for the popular platformer and it will be available for free on both Nintendo Switch and PC. Don’t get confused by the non-existent price tag, though, as the Hollow Knight team has said this will be their biggest DLC yet. There will be new bosses, music, NPCs, and quests. Hollow Knight has received tremendous praise from PC and Switch players alike. The game has a beautiful atmosphere, fantastic music, and polished gameplay.
3. PUBG Custom Matches in Beta, Free for Now
After promising custom matches for a long time, PUBG Corp has finally brought them to their test servers in an open beta. The hype may be short-lived, however, as the developer has said they may need to eventually put custom matches behind a paywall so the system can ‘remain sustainable long-term.’ In our opinion, putting custom matches behind a paywall sounds like a terrible business idea and would set PUBG even further behind Fortnite. What do you think?
4. No Man’s Sky Update Introduces Multiplayer, Other New Features
Hello Games is set to release a big update for No Man’s Sky that finally introduces multiplayer capabilities. Players will be able to team up with friends and interact with other random space travelers. The update also enables you to play in either first or third person view. Finally, it gives players the ability to command fleets of spaceships while they explore the universe. The update, called Next, comes out on July 24th and will be free on PlayStation 4 and PC. It also comes to Xbox One, but it seems they may need to pay for it.
5. PUBG Update for Xbox One Introduces New Gun and Car
PUBG players on Xbox One rejoice, as a new update finally brings you into the future with the rest of us. The new update brings the highly popular SLR rifle and the sleek Mirado vehicle to Xbox One servers. The patch also brings significant weapon balance changes that PC servers saw back in April. Assault rifles got worse in general and SMGs got significantly stronger. There are also less level three helmets overall, as they will now only spawn in airdrop crates.
The Daily Moot (7/16/18)
1. First Fortnite Summer Skirmish was a Big Failure
Fans of watching competitive Fortnite were disappointed this weekend, as the first installment of Summer Skirmish was riddled with lag issues. The game took place online, instead of on LAN, and Fortnite’s servers were uncooperative. Unpredictable lag issues meant most players decided to play safe instead of risking dying due to lag. The event was supposed to run for 10 matches but it was called early after only 4. We will see how Epic Games chooses to change the event to address these issues by next week.
2. Monster Hunter: World comes to Final Fantasy 14 on August 7th
Last week, we shared details about the patch that will bring Final Fantasy 14 to Monster Hunter: World. Today, details about the other half of the epic crossover event have been revealed. Final Fantasy 14 players will get to battle the legendary Rathalos from Monster Hunter: World on August 7th. Players will also have a chance to earn Rathalos-inspired armor, Poogie and Palico minions, and even a Ratholos mount.
3. Overwatch Endorsement System Has Already Reduced Toxicity
Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch’s game director, took to the game’s forums today to share some statistics since the new endorsement and looking for group systems were implemented. On the American servers, competitive matches have 26.4% less abusive chat than before the update. Also, the number of daily players who acted abusively is down 28.8%. We will need to wait and see whether this is a temporary change until players get bored of the new system, but for now things are looking great.
4. EA Confirms Open Beta for Battlefield 5, Set for September
Although there is not a set date yet, EA has confirmed there will be an open beta for the upcoming Battlefield 5. EA has several issues from their alpha they hope to get fixed by the time the beta opens up. One of the worst issues with the alpha was in matchmaking, as it was sometimes hard for players to even find matches. Battlefield 5 is available on October 11th for Original Access subscribers, October 16th for Deluxe editions owners, and October 19th for everyone else.
5. Octopath Traveler Sells Out of Physical Copies
It seems Square Enix underestimated the demand for their recent JRPG game Octopath Traveler, as gamers are having a hard time buying a physical copy of the game. The company issued an apology on their twitter account that also reminder players they could buy the game straight to download if they didn’t mind owning it digitally. Octopath Traverl has received praise for its unique art style and inspired combat.
The Daily Moot (7/13/18)
Happy Friday Mootiacs! In today's Moot Points with Dylan & Brian we talk about whether randomization or consistency is better in a battle royale game. What do you think?
2. New PVP Mode in ‘Destiny 2’ in the Forsaken DLC
Destiny 2 players will be receiving a new PVP game mode called Breakthrough in the Forsaken DLC that is set to release on September 4th. Breakthrough has multiple rounds, each with two phases. First, teams fight to capture a single point called the Breaker. Next, the team that successfully captures the Breaker attacks the other team’s Vault. If the attackers successfully capture the Vault they receive a point and if they fail then the defending team gets the point.
3. ‘Black Ops 4’ Will Have Multiple Betas, First is a PS4 Exclusive
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been highly anticipated ever since they announced they were including a battle royale game mode. Treyarch announced today their beta schedule, which includes two main windows where the game will be available. On August 3rd through August 6th most of the multiplayer game modes will be available only to PS4 players. On August 10th the game will be temporarily available to players on all platforms. In September the Blackout game mode will get its own beta.
4. Rainbow Six Siege Will Now Automatically Ban People Who Use Slurs
Starting yesterday, those who type certain racial or homophobic slurs in Rainbow Six Siege’s text chat will see automatic bans. The first use will be met with a 27-minute ban from all R6 game modes, the second and third offenses will warrant 2-hour bans, and after the third offense an official investigation will be conducted on the account that could lead to a permanent ban. Rainbow Six Siege players, thoughts?
The Daily Moot (7/12/18)
1. Big Map Changes to Kick Off Fortnite Season 5
Fortnite Season 5 has brought tons of exciting changes, with the changes to the map at the top of the list. The most glaring change is at the southeast part of the map, where a desert has replaced Moisty Mire. In the center of the desert is Paradise Palms, an urban area with some cool buildings. At the top of the map, a golf course called Lazy Links has replaced Anarchy Acres. Dusty Divot is seeing nature take over even more, as the entire crater is now filled with trees and even a pond. We’ll leave some of the smaller additions for you to find yourselves, but rest assured it looks like it’s going to be a fun season.
2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Introduces Dueling
The Dueling Club is coming to Hogwarts starting today. Players will receive three tickets to enter the first event with and lose a ticket each time they lose a battle. Once you’ve lost all tickets, you’ll be unable to duel until the next event starts. Winners will receive special rewards, although it is still unclear what those are exactly. There will be several multiplayer events throughout the summer, so pay attention in your classes and practice your spells now.
3. Final Fantasy XIV Comes to Monster Hunter World on August 1st
Monster Hunter World has had a string of popular crossovers since its release, and Final Fantasy XIV is the next in line. The iconic Behemoth from FFXIV will be a huntable monster in the game. There will also be craftable armor and other goodies inspired by Final Fantasy. This isn’t the end of Final Fantasy XIV coming to Monster Hunter World, as we will also eventually get Rathalos as a monster that will take a party of eight to take down.
4. Fortnite Summer Skirmish Series Announced with $8 Million in Prizes
Remember when Epic Games said they were going to give out $100 Million USD in prizes for competitive events? Well, they’re starting to deliver on that promise. The Summer Skirsmish series is an 8-week long series of competitions with $8 Million USD in total prizes. The series kicks off this weekend with a duo tournament consisting of content creators and top Fortnite players.
The Daily Moot (7/11/18)
1. Overwatch League Coming to ESPN, Disney, and ABC
ESPN announced this morning that Overwatch League will be broadcasted live on their network of TV channels starting with this season’s playoffs. The agreement is not restricted to only live matches, meaning we may see talk shows and other original content surrounding OWL as ESPN tries to bring it to a more mainstream audience. It is important to note that this new deal does not cancel any existing distribution agreements, meaning Overwatch League will continue to be streamed on Twitch.
2. ‘Subnautica’ Announced for PS4
The highly popular underwater survival game Subnautica will be coming to the PlayStation 4 this holiday season. Panic Button is the studio bringing the game to the Sony console. Panic Button is the studio that brought Doom and Wolfenstein II to the Nintendo Switch and they are working on Warframe from the Switch as well. Subnautica is a beautiful game and we highly encourage you check it out when releases if you own a PS4.
3. Shroud Gets Banned from PUBG for a Month After Playing with a Hacker
A few days ago, Shroud teamed up with a hacker in one of his games. The hacker had been in a couple of his previous games and eventually Shroud decided to embrace it. Shroud rode in a flying car with the hacker and killed one person after the hacker told him where to find the enemy. Yesterday, PUBG Corp. banned Shroud for a month. Shroud joked while playing with the hacker that he would get banned and doesn’t seem particularly shaken up by the news. Recently, he’s been playing Rainbow Six Siege.
4. New ‘Sea of Thieves’ Weekly Event Brings You Underwater
Many were disappointed with the lack of content in Sea of Thieves when it released, but the team behind the game has been impressing fans with the content they’re putting out ever since. The first expansion, The Hungering Deep, was generally well received and Cursed Sails is coming this month. In the meantime, weekly events have been keeping players engaged. This week’s event sees players going underwater to fight off a curse.
5. ‘The Gardens Between’ Coming to the Switch
The Gardens Between is an adventure puzzle game set to release later this year and the studio behind the game has just announced it will be on the Nintendo Switch. It will launch on the Switch at the same time it launches on PlayStation 4, Windows, and Mac. In the Gardens Between, the player follows two best friends named Arina and Frendt. It is an emotional journey that examines the meaning of true friendship. Watch the Switch announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot (7/10/18)
1. New Battle Royale ‘The Culling 2’ Releases Today
The Culling, which released in early access in 2016, was one of the original battle royale games. While it wasn’t incredibly popular, the sequel may stand a better chance of success now that the genre is so mainstream. The Culling 2 will drop 50 players instead of the usual 100 into each game. It also will only cost $20 dollars, which is $10 cheaper than PUBG and infinitely more expensive than Fortnite. We’ll see over the next few days how streamers like the game and if it will have much relevancy in the scene moving forward.
2. Wasteland 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch
Wasteland 2 originally released on PC in 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, the team behind the game is porting it to the Switch. The post-apocalyptic roleplaying game will be available in August on this year. The Switch is getting the Director’s Cut of the game, which includes the original game as well as additional perks for character creation and tons of new voice-overs.
3. Procedurally-generated Metroidvania ‘Chasm’ Arriving July 31st
Procedurally-generated games were super hyped up a few years ago, and now another one is finally coming to market. Chasm is a Metroidvania game, which is a style of platformer. In Chasm the sequence of rooms the player encounters as they play through the game will be different each time. In other words, the rooms themselves aren’t procedurally generated, but the order the player sees them is. This is to avoid the most common issue of procedural generation, which is rooms or worlds feeling like they were designed by a computer.
4. Nintendo Hopes to Release at Least 20 Indie Games a Week on the Switch
During a shareholder meeting a couple weeks ago, Nintendo executives addressed the future of indie games on Switch. One Nintendo executive had a promising message for indie developers and their fans; Nintendo hopes to bring 20 to 30 indie games to the Switch each week! Nintendo is already close to that mark, as last week we saw 18 new indie games come to the eShop.
5. Next Hearthstone Expansion is Called ‘The Boomsday Project’
Hearthstone’s next expansion is set to launch on August 7th and is based around one of Hearthstone’s most iconic cards, Dr. Boom. There will be a total of 135 new cards, some new mechanics, and a new single-player puzzle mode called The Puzzle Lab. ‘Magnetic’ is a new keyword that lets players merge mech minions to combine their stats and abilities. There are also new Projects and Omega cards. Projects benefit both players and Omega cards have extra boosts if you cast them when you have 10 mana crystals.
The Daily Moot (7/9/18)
1. Monster Hunter World Releases on PC August 9th
Capcom has finally revealed when the popular game Monster Hunter World is coming to PC. The game will be available on August 9th on Steam. Monster Hunter World will be capped at 60 fps on PC, which is double the FPS the game currently gets on console. If you choose to pre-order Monster Hunter World for PC you’ll receive the Origin Armor Set and the Fair Wind Charm.
2. Things are Getting Weird in Fortnite Before Season 5
Epic Games did a fantastic job teasing Season 4 of Fortnite. The build up the meteor that eventually struck Dusty Depot saw tons of hype from fans who couldn’t wait to see what was coming to the popular game. Now, it seems like Epic Games is trying to outdo themselves. Rifts have opened up inside the game and several items have popped into the map, like a wagon and an anchor. But there are also Fortnite items spawning in the real world! Last week, a hamburger disappeared from the game and appeared in California. Now, Fortnite llamas are sprouting up across Europe. Whatever season 5 is going to be, we won’t have to wait much longer as it comes out on July 12th.
3. Darksiders 3 Comes Out on November 27th
In the Darksiders games you fight as one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse against the Seven Deadly Sins and their evil armies. In the first game you fought as War, in the second game you fought as Death, and now in the third game you’ll fight as Fury. Darksiders games have been praised for their combat in the past, so hopefully the third can live up to that expectation. You can preorder Darksiders 3 on Steam or GOG for $60 USD before the November 27th release.
4. Overwatch’s Pink Mercy Skin Raised $12.7 Million For Charity
A few months ago, Blizzard revealed a Pink Mercy skin that they sold for $15 USD. All proceeds from the skin sales were to go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition to the Mercy skin, players could also buy a Pink Mercy themed t-shirt or donate directly through a handful of Twitch streams. Well, the final numbers are now in and the Overwatch team has revealed the total amount raised was almost 13 million dollars! Good job everyone!
5. Moments of Triumph Return in Destiny 2
Yesterday Bungie revealed they have brought back Moments of Triumph, the popular achievement mechanic from the original game, for Destiny 2. Some of the challenges are available now, but the full list and the ability to redeem rewards will not be available until July 31st. Players will only have until October 1st before Moments of Triumph comes to a close, so make sure you get moving. You can go to bungie.net to check your current progress.