POPULAR The Daily Moot (5/23/18)
1. Battlefield V Reveal!
Let’s just start by saying the reveal was incredibly underwhelming… Battlefield V seems like a complete reiteration of the previous Battlefield titles with a few new animations and moving techniques. The dev team revealed that there will be a big focus on campaign, co-op, Tides of War (unique chapters), and new ways to customize your characters, weapons, and vehicles. One cool aspect of the game is the lack of premium passes and the inability of paying to win. You will only be able to unlock items and enhance your gameplay by playing the actual game! With that said, unless the team over at DICE is waiting to reveal something huge, this game seems to have already been beaten by Black Ops 4. We would love to hear your thoughts so please share in the comments below!
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2. Runescape Classic is Shutting Down
The original version of Runescape from 2001, Runescape Classic, is officially shutting down. It is a sad time for die-hard fans but there is good reason for the game being shut down as it is too easy to abuse and bot. The dedication and overall commitment from Runescape Classic is second to none. The servers are going offline on August 6th around 1 pm, so you better play as much as you can while it is still available!
3. Double GTA$ Through This Weekend!
Due to unforeseen issues with the GTA V Online servers this week, Rockstar is making from now through this weekend a double GTA$ weekend! The offer will be available through the game modes Motor Wars, VIP and Biker Work, as well as Trap Door. Check out the full article from PCGamer for all of the special GTA V Online special offers!
4. New SCUF Vantage PS4 Controller Sony has officially created a new controller for the PS4 in order to rival the pristine Xbox Elite controller. The new controller is called the SCUF Vantage and it offers players the ability to play games at peak performance. The controller is set to launch with summer with the wired controller going for $170, while the wireless controller with run you $200. Check out the article from IGN to see all of the controller’s specs!
5. PlayStation to Come Out with Portable Gaming Console?
Josh Kodera, the new head honcho of PlayStation, said the company has plans to dabble in the portable console industry. There are no set specifics just yet, and PlayStation is in no position to share any details at all with the public just yet, but something may be on the way in the coming years. It only seems right for other companies to get in on the portable console scene after the unprecedented success of the Nintendo Switch. It will be interesting to see if these statement flourish into something real!
The Daily Moot (5/22/18)
1. Fortnite Patch Finally Introduces the Jet Pack
After teasing us with it early this year, Epic Games has finally given players the chance to play with the jetpack. They are a legendary item that can be found in treasure chests across the map. If you really want to get your hands on one, try the limited time mode available this weekend. Close Encounters is shotguns and jetpacks only. In the meantime, you can find the jetpack in normal play and the Solid Gold V2 limited time mode.
2. Overwatch Anniversary Event is Live, Bringing New Skins
The 2018 Overwatch Anniversary event is now live, meaning there are new skins and another Legendary Edition of the game on sale. There are 15 new skins and a total of 50 new cosmetic items for players to collection. There is also a new Deathmatch map called Petra. The Legendary Edition of the game is $40 and the regular version is currently $20.
3. Rocket League Update ‘Salty Shores’ Coming Next Week
Rocket League’s next update will take players to the beach to do battle on the new Salty Shores arena. The update, which releases next week on May 29th, will also mark the start of competitive season 8. Along with the new season comes a new crate and new music. Finally, there will be a new in-game event called ‘Beast Blast’ starting on June 11th. Details for the event have not yet been revealed.
4. Fortnite Announces E3 Charity Tournament
The tournament will feature 50 pros and 50 celebrities paired into duos, with the winning team choosing a charity to receive 3 million dollars. The prize is not counting toward the 100 million in prizes that Epic Games has promised to provide over the next year. There are only a few teams announced for the event so far, but we do know that Ninja will be teaming up with EDM artist Marshmello.
The Daily Moot (5/21/18)
1. Epic Games Providing 100 Million in Prizes Over the Next Year
With the Solo Showdown limited time mode coming to an end many players are left with a thirst for more high level competitive play. Luckily for us, Epic Games just announced they will be providing 100 million dollars to fund the prize pools of Fortnite competitions over the next year. How exactly the Fortnite competitive season will look is still unknown, but Epic Games says they “plan to be more inclusive, and [focus] on the joy of playing and watching the game.”
2. League of Legends Unveils Sudden Death Feature for Clash Game Mode
Clash is the new tournament game mode coming to League of Legends starting this weekend. Players will join as a full team and play in multi-round tournaments on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In order to keep things moving, Riot is introducing a sudden death feature for Clash games specifically. After 60 minutes have passed, both team’s structures will start deteriorating. First towers, then inhibitors, and finally nexuses. By 70 minutes, only one Nexus will remain standing.
3. Jeff Kaplan Hopes for Cross-Platform in Overwatch
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently revisited the idea of cross-platform play and said it is something he’d like to see come to Overwatch. Previous concerns regarding the imbalance between console players using controllers and PC players with mouse/keyboard kept the discussion from going anywhere. However, the recent success of Fortnite, which allows for cross-platform play with voice communication, has emphasized how badly players want the option to play with their friends regardless of platform.
4. Tencent Acquires Majority Share of Path of Exile Studio
Path of Exile is an action role-player game, similar to Diablo, that has been steadily growing in popularity over the last couple years. Over the weekend the studio behind the game, Grinding Gear Games, announced the Chinese company Tencent has acquired a majority stake in the company. Grinding Gear will stay relatively independent but will expand their ranks to continue releasing content for the game. The announcement update assures players that the game will not take on a pay to win model, but the game may see specific features coming exclusively to China.
5. More Details Revealed for Rainbow Six’s Operation Para Bellum
Ubisoft just revealed more information about Operation Para Bellum, the big content update set to come to the game in June. We will be getting two Italian defensive operators, named Alibi and Maestro. Alibi can deploy a Hologram that looks just like her and Maestro has a bulletproof remote access turret. The update will also include a new competitive map and an operator pick/ban system similar to those in other competitive games, like League of Legends.
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*Special* Daily Moot (5/18/18)
Happy Friday Mooties! Another Friday, another episode of Moot Points with Dylan and Brian. In this week's episode we talk about how games can compete with Fortnite, upcoming battle royale games, and as always the meme of the week. Check it out!
2. Fortnite Coming to Android Devices This Summer
Epic Games announced in a blog post this morning that Fortnite will be coming to Android devices this summer. Although there isn’t an exact release date, Epic Games has done a good job hitting their due dates recently so hopefully it will come sooner rather than later. The game will come with the same HUD customization that is come to iOS versions of the game this week.
3. No Man’s Sky Gets Co-op Multiplayer this July
If you can find anyone who still wants to play No Man’s Sky, starting this July you will be able to play together. Cooperative multiplayer will include all the features available in single player. The highly requested co-op feature is coming in a big content update. While more content and multiplayer are huge upgrades to the game, it may be too late to save No Man’s Sky.
The Daily Moot (5/17/18)
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Reveal Confirms Battle Royale Mode
To call the Black Ops 4 reveal ‘hype’ may be an understatement. They opened with explaining the mechanics of the general multiplayer game mode, segued to talking about the Zombies game mode, and then finally confirmed there will be battle royale. ‘Blackout’ will be a huge map that draws inspiration from previous Black Ops maps where players will fight to be the last one standing. We don’t know a lot, but we know players will have access to land, air, and sea vehicles and will have access to weapons from throughout the Black Ops franchise, including weapons restricted to Zombies in the past.
2. Mario Tennis Aces Free Demo Next Week
Mario Tennis Aces is set to release on June 22nd for the Nintendo Switch, but players will get a chance to play before then. A free demo is opening up for Switch owners starting on May 24th, available in the Nintendo Switch eShop. There will even be a three-day multiplayer tournament starting on June 1st. Winning matches in the tournament will provide players with points which can be used to unlock additional characters.
3. ‘Solo Showdown’ Limited Time Mode for Fortnite’s Competitive Players
Fortnite is innovating yet again with this week’s limited time mode, the Solo Showdown. The gameplay is exactly the same as a normal game but you can expect a higher level of competition. Players will receive points based on placement in the first 50 games they play in the new mode, and the top 100 players will receive V-bucks for their hard work. Expect a higher level of competition than a usual game as there’s actually something on the line.
4. Take Two CEO Believes E-sports Gambling Could Benefit Game Publishers
Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court shut down a law that prohibited gambling on sports. Although it didn’t explicitly mention e-sports, most are extending the ruling to our beloved games. Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, said this week that he believes gambling could seriously benefit games publishers as another revenue stream. The NBA has said they will seek a 1% payout from every bet placed on basketball and that model could be extended to e-sports to support game companies.
5. Microsoft Introduces a Disability-friendly Controller for Xbox
Yesterday Microsoft revealed a new controller they will be releasing this year meant to assist gamers with limited mobility. The base unit has some buttons and large touchpads on it, but the true appeal of the controller is its capacity for addons. There will be tons of accessories to customize the controller to fit the exact needs of the users. The controller will cost $100 and it is unknown how much addons will cost.
The Daily Moot (5/16/18)
1. League of Legends Introducing Weekly Tournament Mode
‘Clash’ is the name of a new tournament game mode coming to League of Legends next weekend. Players will sign up as a team during the week and then play in tournament matches over the weekend. On Friday, your team will play in a four-team bracket. The winning teams progress to eight team brackets on Saturday, and the teams that win on Saturday move onto sixteen team tournaments on Sunday. Players of any rank can join if they are at least honor level two and you will be paired against similarly ranked teams.
2. Battlefield V Reveal Set for May 23rd
Electronic Arts has been teasing a Battlefield reveal for the past few weeks and new information all but confirms the new game will be called Battlefield V. Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show, tweeted out that he will be hosting the Battlefield Live Reveal set for May 23rd. In an attached video, he sips from a coffee mug with a big letter V on it, which most take to be effective confirmation of the new game’s name.
3. Okami HD Gets Nintendo Switch Release Date
The official Okami Twitter account revealed today that Capcom will be releasing Okami HD on August 9th for the Nintendo Switch. In Okami, the player channels the power of the gods through brushstrokes to solve puzzles. The Switch will allow players to utilize the touchscreen while in handheld mode and motion controls while in TV or tabletop mode to play the game in an all new way.
4. How to Play Super Smash Bros on Switch at E3
If you were planning on waiting in line for hours at E3 this year to play the new Super Smash Bros., think again. To prevent long lines and disgruntled fans, Nintendo will be requiring players to sign up ahead of time to test the new Super Smash Bros at E3 this year. Players will sign up for either a ‘for fun’ or a ‘for glory’ match, with the former being casual and the latter being more competitive.
The Daily Moot (5/15/18)
1. Rainbow Six Siege Free This Weekend
Two new operators are coming to Rainbow Six Siege this weekend. To celebrate, Ubisoft is hosting a free weekend where anyone can play the game. Not only will the game be free to all, but newcomers will be able to play every map, mode, and operator during the trial period. Ubisoft suggested the game would be on sale during the free weekend, so keep an eye out for that. If you need some tips as you explore this awesome game for the first time, make sure to check out the R6 lounge on Moot!
2. Miramar comes to PUBG Mobile
PUBG’s desert map came to the mobile version of the game today in a new update. The desert map released on PC in December of last year and still is yet to release on Xbox. The desert map is not the only thing in the new update, as mobile players are getting access to a new season. The new season includes a stat reset, new Progress Missions, and new cosmetic items.
3. Rage 2 Reveals an Exciting First Gameplay Trailer
After being officially spoiled recently, Bethesda has now released the first gameplay trailer for Rage 2 and it is HYPE. The trailer shows a post-apocalyptic world with a wide assortment of environments. From dense jungles to barren deserts, the diverse world is filled with distinct factions for the player to interact with. According to Bethesda, players will play Walker, the last Ranger of the wasteland. Rage 2 will release in 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
4. Fortnite to Add Another Burst Assault Rifle This Week
While we have all been focused on the new Thanos game mode, Epic Games has been developing a new burst rifle to be added to the game this week. Based on a ‘coming soon’ notice when players launch the game, it looks like the new weapon is based on the Famas rifle. It will come in both epic and legendary rarities, which makes it similar to the Scar rifle.
5. Big Balance Changes Coming to Hearthstone Soon
Some highly requested and much needed changes will be coming to Hearthstone soon aimed at the top decks. Spiteful Summoner will now cost 7 mana instead of 6, Possessed Lackey will cost 6 mana instead of 5, and Call to Arms will cost 5 mana instead of 4. These are some of the most powerful cards in the strongest decks, so increasing their costs should bring the top end of the meta down at least a bit. There are other changes too, so make sure to check the link to see them all. All changes go into effect sometime after the HCT Playoffs.
The Daily Moot (5/14/18)
1. Boss Key Games Shuts Down for Good
The studio behind Lawbreakers and Radical Heights is officially shutting down. Boss Key Games was founded by Cliff Bleszinski, who left Epic Games several years ago to start his own company. Lawbreakers servers were taken down about a month ago, shortly before the studio announced Radical Heights. Although the new battle royale was seeing some success, it was described as ‘too little too late.’ Servers will stay up for the near future, but the future does not look bright for Radical Heights.
2. Hunt: Showdown gets First Major Content Patch
After almost three months in early access, Hunt: Showdown saw its first big patch over the weekend. The update’s main purpose is to reduce camping in the game. Several spots on the map have been adjusted to make camping more difficult. Additionally, if you are the one to actually kill the level’s boss you will be granted full health and even a bit of bonus health. The update also includes several new weapons, scopes, and Hunter Traits.
3. Rage 2 Finally Officially Announced
After the Walmart spoilers last week, Bethesda had a fun time teasing the game on their twitter. Today, Rage 2 was officially announced. The game is being made by two studios, id Software and Avalanche Sweden. Avalanche Studios worked on Mad Max and Just Cause 3, which is promising experience for a game that hopes to be an exciting open world FPS experience. No word yet on Rage 2’s release date.
4. Overwatch Second Anniversary Event Announced
Starting on May 22nd, Overwatch’s Second Anniversary Event promises a healthy mix of old and new. Old cosmetics will return as will previous brawls, which will rotate through the Arcade daily. As far as what is new, we are getting more skins, dances, and another map for Deathmatch called Petra. Deathmatch is even getting a competitive mode for the anniversary event, complete with placement matches, ranked tiers, and a leaderboard. The event will end on June 11th.
5. US Supreme Court Opens Door to Legal E-sports Gambling
This morning the US Supreme Court overturned a federal law that prohibited sports gambling. It will now be up to the individual states to determine the legality of gambling on sports and by extension e-sports. There are a couple tricky aspects to e-sports gambling. First, there is a serious danger for match-fixing in a less regulated environment compared to traditional sports. Additionally, the average age of both players and fans is lower for e-sports, which introduces an entirely new set of laws. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how this develops as we move forward.
*Special* Daily Moot (5/11/18)
Happy Friday Mooties! We are here again with the next episode of Moot Points with Dylan and Brian for you all. This week we talk about if esports should be considered real sports, Kingdom Hearts 3, and what's happening on Moot including our current #MyKratos event. Look at the bottom of this post for more info!
2. Rocket League Updates 2018 Roadmap, Introduces Fortnite-Inspired Features
The recently released roadmap for Rocket League has outlined a wide array of upcoming events. Competitive season 8 will start in late May with a new arena, new music, and more new goodies. Shortly after that, the RLCS World Championships will take place in London. Later, around July or August, players will get in-game friends list, presumably to facilitate cross-platform play. Finally, a new Rocket Pass system will be introduced. This will be like Fortnite’s Battle Pass, with free and premium options.
3. Minecraft Will Get Cross-Platform Gaming on the Switch
Minecraft on the Switch will be getting cross-platform play with the release of Minecraft Bedrock Edition next month. The Bedrock Edition will also include access to the Minecraft Marketplace, where players can buy community creations like skins, texture packs, and maps. If you currently own Minecraft on the Switch, you will be able to download the Bedrock Edition for free when it releases. The new version of Minecraft will come to the Switch in June.
4. Streamers and YouTubers Coming Together for Fortnite Tournament
Several top streamers and YouTubers will be playing in a tournament today, streaming it on their own channels. The notable exception missing from the tournament is Ninja, the biggest Fortnite personality, but a few other big names are participating. TSM Myth, GreekGod, and Logan Paul will all play in the tournament. 32 players will split into 16 duos and fight it out over two games, with the winner decided by number of kills.
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The Daily Moot (5/10/18)
1. Monster Hunter Coming to Switch This Year
While the new Monster Hunter: World isn’t coming to Switch, the Nintendo console is getting Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on August 28th. The game is an updated version of Monster Hunter Generations, which originally released in 2016. Players will be able to hunt with up to 3 others for local or online play. You’ll even be able to transfer over your save data from the original version of the game.
2. Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Releasing Early
The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which is a remade collection of the first three Crash Bandicoot games, came out for PlayStation 4 in June of 2017. The trilogy is coming to Switch, PC, and Xbox One this year sooner than expected. Originally slated for July 10th, the trilogy is now releasing almost 2 weeks early on June 29th. This marks the first time Crash Bandicoot will be playable on a non-PlayStation platform.
3. New Phone and TV Apps Will Let you Stream Steam Games
The Steam Link app will let you stream games from your PC to your Android or Apple powered phones and TVs starting soon. The phones will need to be connected to the PC via a wired connection or 5GHz wireless connection for the service to work. The Steam Link app is set to come out the week of May 21st for both Android and Apple, although the Android app will be in beta when it releases. In a few months the Steam Video app will also release, which provides a similar service to Steam users but for Steam’s library of movies and TV shows.
4. New Official Switch Accessory Will Make Tabletop Play Easier
Nintendo announced yesterday a new accessory for the Switch coming soon. A new charging stand is set to release on July 13th meant to enable easier tabletop play. Currently, due to the location of the charging port at the bottom of the Switch, it is quite annoying to try and setup your Switch on a table while it is charging. This new stand is meant to fix that problem, as you can pop your Switch in and it will charge as you play. Unlike the original docking station, the new stand does not block any portion of the screen.
5. Sea of Thieves Finally Introduces Private Crews
In a Developer Update, the Executive Producer of Sea of Thieves announced a long-awaited feature: private parties. Players will now be able to set their crews to private, which will prevent random sailors from joining the party. In the same announcement, a new trailer for The Hungering Deep was teased. The trailer will be released next week, along with the release date of the content update.
The Daily Moot (5/9/18)
1. Pink Mercy Skin in Overwatch to Support Breast Cancer Research
Until May 21st, players can buy a limited time Pink Mercy skin in Overwatch. The skin costs $15 and 100% of the proceeds go toward breast cancer research. If you’re not interested in the in-game skin or want to support the cause even further you can also purchase a limited-edition shirt for $30. Finally, a series of Twitch Drops are available for users who watch sponsored charity streams on twitch over the next couple weeks.
2. Battlefield 5 Will Have Single Player
In a report yesterday, the EA CEO revealed more information about the upcoming Battlefield 5. Included in the revealed features is a single player campaign, probably similar to the single player experience in Battlefield 1. We also have been told the game will include a dedicated co-op mode and potentially battle royale as well.
3. Dota 2 Getting a Battle Royale Inspired Game Mode
The Dota 2 International 2018 is coming up soon and with it comes the 2018 International Battle Pass. This year’s battle pass includes plenty of goodies for players, but the most exciting new feature is The Underhollow. The Underhollow is a new game mode that is suspiciously similar to a battle royale game. Teams of three will fight to be the last squad standing in a map that slowly pushes you toward the center. Sound familiar? This game mode will probably only be a limited time thing, but it is exciting to see MOBA games get involved with the battle royale genre.
4. God of War Gets Photo Mode Starting Today
Starting today, players will be able to take and share photos in God of War. God of War is an absolutely beautiful game so it is not a surprise that the development team wants to enable their player base to share that beauty with the world. The photo mode comes with robust features, like preset filters to change the look of your photos. One of the coolest features, though, is the ability to change the facial expressions of Kratos and Atreus.
5. Details for Han Solo Content in Battlefront 2 Revealed
The Han Solo Season for Battlefront 2 is slated to start on May 16th and bring several new types of content. Jabba’s Palace is a new multiplayer map, set in the Dune Sea on Tatooine, that will be available in Blast, Hero Showdown, and Heroes vs Villain. The new Hero Showdown will be a 2v2 elimination mode where the winner team from each round will need to pick different heroes for the next round. There will also be a batch of The Last Jedi-inspired cosmetics introduced to the game.
The Daily Moot (5/8/18)
1. How to Play as Thanos in Fortnite
The new limited time Fortnite mode is now live and players can now play as Thanos himself! The new mode is solos only. Early in the game, Thanos’s gauntlet will fall from the sky inside the safe zone. The first player to pick it up becomes Thanos, with 800 health and 200 shield. Shields regenerate when you get a kill, but your health does not. When Thanos is killed, his gauntlet drops and a new player can pick it up.
2. For Honor Season Six Adds New Map and Hero Reworks
The Season Six update for For Honor is slated to release on May 17th. The update will bring balance changes to the Orochi and Peacekeeper classes as well as a new map to all multiplayer modes except Tribute. There is also a season event planned, but Ubisoft will not be releasing information on that until we are closer to the patch’s release date.
3. Egress is a New Battle Royale with Dark Souls-like Combat
Finally, a company released a trailer for a battle royale game with Dark Souls-like combat. Egress is a new game set to release this year with a new take on the battle royale genre that is currently taking the world by storm. Instead of a closing circle, Egress is set in a multi-leveled city with rising flood waters. The gameplay trailer shows several classes with unique abilities and up to 21 players. Solos and teams will both be supported. The below article includes the trailer and a link to sign up for the beta.
4. Switch’s Online Feature Will Let You Backup Saves
Nintendo has begun to release more information about the online services they will be releasing in September and one of the best upcoming features is the ability to save your games online. Also included in the online package will be access to the smartphone app, which is currently free, and 20 NES games. The online services will cost $20/year for Switch owners.
5. New PvP game Deathgarden Opens Sign Ups for Closed Alpha
The studio behind Dead by Daylight have been working on a new game and it is coming to closed alpha tomorrow. Deathgarden is an asymmetrical PvP game where 1 ‘hunter’ fights versus 5 ‘runners.’ The runners attempt to capture 2 of 3 points before the hunter kills 3 of them. Hunters get to choose different weapons and traps while runners get to choose their class and upgraded abilities. Sign up for the closed alpha today!
The Daily Moot (5/7/18)
1. Fortnite Gets Infinity War Crossover, You Can Play as Thanos
Fortnite’s new limited time mode is a saucy one, as players will be able to play as Thanos in an Avengers: Infinity Wars crossover. Thanos’s gauntlet will actually appear on the map and any player who picks it up will transform into Thanos, powers included. The crossover came about because the directors of Infinity War, like basically everyone else in the world right now, are huge Fortnite fans.
2. Radical Heights Introduces a Player Scanner in New Update
Radical Heights might perfectly sum up the current battle royale trend. The released in early access with tons of bugs but is somehow still amazingly fun to play. The second update to Radical Heights brings some fixes to the BMXs in the game and a new character scanner. The scanner will let players see the location of enemies when used. This should accelerate the pace of play in the mid and late game, something players have been asking for.
3. Boston Uprising Secure Overwatch League’s First Perfect Stage
The Boston Uprising were the top seed heading into the Overwatch League playoffs after finishing out the last stage with a perfect 10-0 match record. The Uprising were in sixth place coming into the stage and lost one of their star players, DreamKazper, to allegations of inappropriate behavior. The Boston Uprising still made it to the stage 3 grand finals, although they were ultimately taken down by the New York Excelsior.
4. PUBG’s 4x4 Map Receives Official Name, Open Beta This Week
PUBG’s upcoming map, previously called Codename: Savage, finally gets an official name. The new map is called Sanhok, which combines the Thai word for ‘fun’ and the Filipino word for ‘chicken.’ The map is based on southeast Asian islands, like Thailand and the Phillipines, so the name is appropriate. Sanhok will be available in an open beta on PC starting this Thursday evening through Monday morning.
5. First Details for Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Para Bellum
Operation Para Bellum will bring two new operators to the game, as well as a new map. We know both of the new operators are defenders but we don’t yet know about the new map. The new Operation will also introduce a Pick & Ban system, a mainstay in competitive games such as League of Legends and DOTA 2. The full reveal for Operation Para Bellum will take place during the Rainbow Six Pro League Finals on May 19th-20th on twitch.
*Special* Daily Moot (5/4/18)
Happy Friday Mooties! We have another episode of Moot Points with Dylan and Brian for you all too enjoy. This week we talk about PC vs console, upcoming games like Detroit: Become Human, and what's new on Moot including our current #MyKratos event. Look at the bottom of this post for more info!
2. Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Free This Weekend
If you’re looking for a way to spend some free time this weekend, consider Call of Duty: WWII. The multiplayer version of the game is currently free to play and will stay that way until Sunday at 1 pm PT. You will be able to progress your character, unlocking weapons and other items as you level up. If you decide to purchase the game, which is conveniently on sale until Monday, you will retain all unlocked rewards.
3. Destiny 2’s Fall Expansion Will Include a Secret New Mode
Next week brings Warmind, the next DLC for Destiny 2, but we got some exciting news about Destiny’s future fall update today. We don’t know any details about the new game mode except that it is supposedly new not just to Destiny 2 but to the first-person gaming genre as a whole. More details will be revealed at E3 so make sure to keep an eye out.
4. Activision says it’s Inspired by Battle Royale Games
Activision’s CEO expressed his admiration for Fortnite this week, saying he appreciated how the game was able to bring new players into gaming. He also said Activision is very good at drawing inspiration from successful games, which may be why we expect Black Ops 4 to have a battle royale game mode instead of a traditional single player campaign. Blacks Op 4 releases October 12th worldwide on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If it has battle royale, we’re certainly buying it.
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The Daily Moot (5/3/18)
1. Overwatch Patch Brings New Map and Hanzo Changes
Overwatch Archives was a massive success, but it is now gone and a new update has come to take its place. Today’s update brings us Rialto, the new map from the Retribution mission, as well as the Hanzo rework. Hanzo’s Scatter Arrow has been replaced by a new ability that lets him fire several arrows in rapid succession. Additionally, Hanzo can now lunge while in the air to leap horizontally. A few other characters also had minor tweaks. Check the attached article for full patch notes.
2. PUBG Introduces 50-player Team Deathmatch for a Limited Time
Last month, PUBG introduced an event called War that allowed three teams of 10 to face off in a fast-paced deathmatch game mode. This weekend’s event is similar but will bring more people to the arena. 10 teams of five players will duke it out on Mirimar in the new event, called Desert Knights. Another exciting change is players will spawn with level 3 armor and a high power weapon, like an AWM or Groza.
3. God of War is the Fastest Selling PS4 Exclusive Ever
If you bought into the God of War hype, you’re certainly not alone. The PS4 exclusive game sold over 3 million copies total by April 22nd, only 3 days after its release. We expect the game to continue selling well, as the positive reviews are still rolling in. Did you buy God of War? Let us know how you’re liking it so far, and be sure to enter our #MyKratos event, linked to at the bottom of The Daily Moot.
4. Battle Royale Mode Coming to MOBA Battlerite
Battlerite is a free-to-play MOBA that launched on Steam last November. The studio behind the game announced this morning they will be releasing a battle royale mode, aptly named Battlerite Royale, this summer. Battlerite Royale will only feature 20 players, either solo or in teams of two, on a map 30 times larger than Battlerite’s normal map. It will still use the top down camera angle that MOBA players know and love.
5. PUBG Temporarily Cuts Off Item Trading
The trading of in-game cosmetic items has been temporarily halted by PUBG Corp. due to third-party sites like OPskins. In-game items can be traded and sold on the steam marketplace for steam credit, but if a user wants to get actual cash for their skins they need to use third party sites. PUBG Corp. sees this as an abuse of the system and has decided to halt all trading while they work on a solution.
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The Daily Moot (5/2/18)
1. New Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer Reveals More Details
A new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 has revealed a bit more about the game’s story for excited fans. The trailer shows John Marston, the main character of the first game, so we know that he will at least be in the new game. Red Dead Redemption 2 is actually a prequel where we will play as Arthur Morgan, the right-hand man to the leader of the Van der Linde gang. Check the link to see the trailer yourself.
2. Paladins Officially Launching on May 8th
After over a year in early access, the free-to-play shooter Paladins will officially launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 next week. While the game will continue to get updates, Hi-Rez Studios say the official launch signals their commitment to the current direction of the game. Hi-Rez also recently began the closed alpha for their new battle royale game Realm Royale, which started as a Paladins game mode.
3. Destiny 2’s Second Raid Lair Launches Next Week
Spire of Stars is the name of Destiny 2’s second raid lair. It will go live on May 11th, just a few days after the Warmind expansion releases. Raid lairs are a new concept introduced with Destiny 2 that lets players fight a smaller raid with one boss near the actual raid. It seems like Spire of Stars will be restricted to those who purchase Warmind, so make sure you get the expansion when it releases on May 8th if you want to experience the new content.
4. South Korea Tops Overwatch World Cup Preliminaries
With the preliminary round of the 2018 Overwatch World Cup over and the teams sorted into 4 groups for the group stage, things are really ramping up. Although the Overwatch World Cup group stage matches don’t actually take place until August, there is a lot set to happen between now and then. Countries still need to set their rosters, which includes voting for coaches, and start practicing. You can cast your votes on the Overwatch World Cup site, linked in the article below.
5. Black Ops 3 Adds Prop Hunt in Operation Swarm Update
Even though the new Black Ops 4 is just around the corner, Black Ops 3 is still getting content updates. Black Ops 3 just got Prop Hunt as a new game mode. In Prop Hunt, one team of players hide around the map disguised as random objects and the other team tries to find them. The update also includes some new guns, weapon skins, and even a nighttime version of the map Fringe. Treyarch is officially revealing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on May 17th.
The Daily Moot (5/1/18)
1. Fortnite Comet Destroys Dusty Depot
The long-awaited comet has finally struck Fortnite’s map, signaling the start of season 4. The comet struck Dusty Depot, not Tilted Towers, and left a massive crater in it’s place. The crater brought with it a new consumable for players to use called Hop Rocks. When a player uses a Hop Rock they can temporarily jump as if they were in low gravity. Lastly, the new season has two new locations on the map to be explored, new battle pass challenges, and new cosmetics.
2. Blizzard Teases Original Content for Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm is most known for being an arena where characters from other Blizzard games can do battle, but Blizzard plans to introduce more original characters and storylines to the game this year. Heroes of the Storm will continue to bring together characters from throughout Blizzard’s different games, and maybe even some characters from outside the Blizzard world, but the focus will be on expanding the unique overall identity of Heroes of the Storm.
3.Rainbow Six: Siege 1.2 Patch Brings Balance Changes
Patch 1.2 for Rainbow Six: Siege goes live today on PC and tomorrow for consoles. The patch brings several balancing tweaks for different operators and maps. Perhaps the most notable changes come to Lion, who’s scan ability is being nerfed. The cooldown has been doubled, from 10 seconds up to 20, and the amount of charges has been reduced from 3 to 2. Read the rest of the official patch notes at the link below.
4. FIFA 18 World Cup Update Free This Year
Electronic Arts has not been the most popular company in the gaming industry this year, which may explain why they have decided to give away this year’s FIFA 18 World Cup Update for free. The World Cup update includes lots of goodies, ranging from new team uniforms to new Russian stadiums. Players will be able to play through the entire World Cup and will even be able to include non-qualified teams, like the US, if they so choose.
5. Star Wars: Episode 1 Pod Racing Game Re-Released on PC
19 years ago, the popular N64 game Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer came to the PC. As time passed, the game became harder and harder to play on modern operating systems. Finally, the game has been re-released for PC on GOG.com. PC players can buy the game for just 10 dollars and relieve the amazing experience that is pod racing. You can even play with a controller, although you will need to map each button individually.
The Daily Moot (4/30/18)
1. CD Projekt Red to Reveal an RPG at E3 2018
According to the official E3 exhibitor directory, CD Projekt Red will be revealing a Roleplaying Game this year. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Most suspect the game in question to be Cyberpunk 2077, an open world game set in a dystopian near future. The game is said to be even more ambitious than CD Projekt Red’s last RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
2. Fortnite Season 4 Starts Tomorrow
Epic Games confirmed in a tweet this morning that Season 4 will start tomorrow. The tweet said “brace for impact,” heavily implying that the comet will finally strike the map. You can expect new skins, probably superhero themed according to teasers, and new challenges. Whether Tilted Towers will still be standing after impact is anyone’s guess.
3. Every Exotic Weapon in Destiny 2 Will Soon Be Upgradeable
Each exotic weapon in Destiny 2 will soon be getting a unique Masterwork edition through a “catalyst.” While we don’t know the exact details of what the Masterwork edition will bring, we do know it will at least include tracking kills and spawning orbs. Exotic Masterwork weapons will launch on May 8th and will be available to everyone, not just those who buy the Warmind expansion.
4. Fifteen People Arrested for Developing PUBG Cheats
15 people suspected of creating and distributing hacking programs for PUBG have been arrested and fined. The current fines total over $5 million according to Bluehole, the company behind PUBG. Some of the cheating programs even went so far as to include code designed to steal user information. This is not the end of cheating in PUBG, and more people are under investigation as we speak, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.
5. Stardew Valley Multiplayer Now Available
Steam users can now test a beta version of Stardew Valley’s latest update, which includes multiplayer mode alongside some single player updates. Players can now invite others to their farm, where they can work as farmhands. There’s plenty players can do together, like farming, mining, and participating in festivals. Players can even communicate with one another through text and emojis. Check the link below to see directions on how to access the beta.
*Special* Daily Moot (4/27/18)
Hello Moot family! We are back for another Special Daily Moot where we give you Moot Points with Dylan and Brian Episode 3! Enjoy and have a great weekend 😎
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The Daily Moot (4/26/18)
1. Meteors Have Actually Starting Hitting Fortnite’s Map
Just this morning, we have begun to see meteors actually connecting with Fortnite’s map on several different livestreams. The meteors come in at very high speeds and destroy trees and presumably buildings around their point of impact. A teaser on twitter from Epic Games suggests superheroes may be coming to save the day. Keep an eye towards the sky as you’re playing Fortnite over the next couple days and be sure to check the article below to see the clips for yourself.
2. Super Mario Odyssey Sells 10 Million Copies
Today Nintendo released an updated list of Switch sales and revealed that Super Mario Odyssey is their best selling game. Super Mario Odyssey sold over 10 million copies, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold over 9 million, and Breath of the Wild sold 8.5 million copies. At the BAFTA awards (British Academy of Film and Television) earlier this month, Super Mario Odyssey won awards for Best Family Game and Best Game Design.
3. More Details for Magic The Gathering Arena’s Economy and Events
Yesterday, in an exclusive event for popular streamers and personalities, Wizards of the Coast revealed more details about Magic: The Gathering Arena’s premium economy and events. The paid currency is gems, which players can use to enter draft or constructed events. Not all events will be available all week long, but Wizards hinted at a rotating schedule of events that should keep things interesting for players all month long. Magic: The Gathering Arena is currently in closed beta, but hopefully it won’t stay that way for much longer.
4. Riot Games Sponsors UC Berkeley Esports Program
Riot Games, the company that makes League of Legends, has partnered up with the University of California, Berkeley. Not only is Riot Games sponsoring scholarships for student-athletes, but they are also supporting the launch of a new Intramural Esports league for League of Legends. This is just another step in legitimizing esports as a career path, which we are all about.
5. Splatoon 2 Collaborates with Ninja Turtles for Next Splatfest
Splatoon 2 is hosting another Splatfest next month, this time with the purpose of determining the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. The collaboration between Nintendo and Nickelodeon for this event is probably timed to promote the new Ninja Turtles series coming to TV later this year. Players will be able to get Ninja Turtle branded t-shirts and sneakers to rep their favorite turtle in Turf War battles.
The Daily Moot (4/25/18)
1. PUBG Mobile Gets Arcade Mode and Shooting Range
PUBG Mobile got a new update yesterday and it brought some exciting features. Players will now be to play games in Arcade mode, which is designed to be faster paced than a normal game of PUBG. Arcade mode games only start with 28 players and are intended to take 5 or 10 minutes, instead of the usual 15-30 minutes a game of PUBG Mobile takes. Players on mobile can also now use the shooting range to practice their skills. It is unknown when these features may come to PUBG on other platforms.
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2. Hearthstone Gets New PVE Mode April 26th
Hearthstone got its first expansion of the year last month and tomorrow it will get it’s first new PVE game mode of the year. ‘Monster Hunt’ is similar to the first dungeon crawl event Blizzard made for Hearthstone, but with some notable differences. For one thing, players will use one of four unique heroes instead of a default class. Find out the rest for yourself tomorrow when Monster Hunt goes live!
3. Ubisoft Hints at Nerfs to Rainbow Six Siege’s Fastest Operators
Yesterday the Rainbow Six Siege development team gave some insight on the future of the game in a Reddit AMA. In response to a question regarding the relative power of 3 speed operators compared to 3 armor operators, a member of the Rainbow Six Siege team agreed that 3 speeds feel too dominant. It was hinted that some balance changes will be on the next test server.
4. Microsoft Blocks Halo Online Mod, Hints at Halo on PC
Back in 2014, Halo Online was developed for Russian markets as a bit of an experiment. After a couple years, the project was put on indefinite hold. A team called ElDewrito developed a mod to keep The Halo Online experience alive and well for PC players. Today, they were hit with legal action from Microsoft. Not all hope is lost for those of us who want to play Halo on our PCs, as Microsoft has hinted at a partnership with ElDewrito to develop an official Halo experience for PC in the future.
5. Sonic Mania Plus Gets Amazing New Trailer
Sonic Mania released last year to relatively high reviews. In a couple months, Sonic Mania Plus is coming out to expand on the original game. The expanded edition will release on July 18th for the Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. To hold us over until then, Sega released a beautiful new trailer for the game today. Check it out at the link below!
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The Daily Moot (4/24/18)
1. Sticky Grenades and Limited Refunds Come to Fortnite
In perhaps expected news, Epic Games has introduced another exciting new item to Fortnite. The ‘Clinger’ is a sticky grenade that was just added to both Save the World and Battle Royale. This plunger+grenade abomination will stick to structures or enemies and then blow up. The item is uncommon rarity, meaning you should be able to find plenty to test around with. Additionally, this patch will let players refund 3 items they bought with V-bucks if the purchase was made in the last 30 days.
2. Wolfenstein 2 Nintendo Switch Release Date Announced
Bethesda announced this morning that Wolfenstein 2 for Switch will release on June 29th. Wolfenstein 2 is being ported to the Switch by the same company that handled the Doom and Rocket League ports. Like Doom, Wolfenstein 2 will utilize the Nintendo Switch’s unique motion controls. Wolfenstein 2 released late last year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game received high reviews and was lauded as a fantastic single-player experience.
3. H1Z1 Coming to PS4 on May 22nd, Free to Play
The open beta for H1Z1 on PS4 starts May 22nd. H1Z1 recently decided to go free-to-play on PC and that will carry over to the version of the game on console. The PS4 version of H1Z1 will have an even heavier focus on action, with more guns and faster matches. Games will be 15 minutes or less with the gas closing in faster than normal.
4. Fortnite is Coming to China, Getting Big Esports Investments
Fortnite will soon be coming to the Chinese market in what is another big step toward world domination. The game will be published in China by Tencent, China’s biggest gaming company. Tencent will also be investing $15 million into esports both in China and internationally. Tencent notably owns League of Legends completely and holds a 40% stake in Epic Games. Ironically, they are also the Chinese publisher of PUBG mobile.
5. Xbox Players Can Soon Link to Their Discord Account
Pretty soon, you’ll be able to tell all your Discord friends what you’re playing on your Xbox. Linking Discord to your Xbox will function exactly like the other social media account integrations, and as far as we can tell you won’t be able to actually connect and use Discord on your Xbox, but you’ll be able to show people what you’re playing! Hopefully Microsoft and Discord continue to develop the partnership to bring Discord to the console eventually.
The Daily Moot (4/23/18)
1. PUBG Global Invitational 2018 Features $2 Million Prize Pool
The PUBG Global Invitational will take place in Berlin later this year and will be the first major PUBG tournament officially hosted by PUBG Corp. Regional qualifiers will take place throughout July as they narrow down to 20 teams. Although we don’t know much about the event yet, like specific dates or venues, we do know there will be separate winners for first-person and third-person gameplay.
2. Ninja’s Fortnite Event in Vegas Beats Old Twitch Record
This past weekend, Fortnite streamer Ninja broke his old Twitch viewership record when he starred in a live competition at the new Esports Arena at the Luxor Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The event featured 9 solo games and had players buying in to play for $75 a game, with $2,500 rewards for killing Ninja or winning the game. Ninja won a single game and got second twice. The twitch stream peaked at 667,000 viewers which barely surpasses the old record set during Ninja’s stream with Drake.
3. ‘Detroit: Become Human’ Demo Available Tomorrow on PSN Store
Detroit: Become Human is a Playstation 4 exclusive game set to release next month, but the developers will be letting us play the first mission starting tomorrow. In Detroit: Become Human the players choices matter in a meaningful way as they explore the story of three androids unfolding. In the first mission, you will play as Connor, an android sent to save a kidnapped girl held hostage by another android. Make sure to check out the demo soon, as the official game releases on May 25th.
4. GTA 5: Premium Online Edition Announced
In what seems to be a move meant to bring in new players, Rockstar announced yesterday a new special edition of GTA V. The Premium Online Edition will be available on Steam, Xbox One, and PS4 and includes the entire main game and a Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack for online play. The starter pack includes an assortment of weapons, properties, and vehicles plus in-game currency to help new players out. The total in-game value of the items is about $10,000,000. The Premium Online Edition of GTA V costs $80 USD on console and $85 on Steam.
5. PUBG Getting Weapon Balance Patch Soon
In a community post on Steam, the PUBG team said they wanted gun choice to be based on personal preference and a given situation instead of objective power. To accomplish this, they will be tweaking the balance of guns in an upcoming patch. Level 3 helmets will also get rarer, as they will soon only spawn in loot crates. This will drastically increase the power level of the Kar98K, which kills any player in a single headshot if they do not have a level 3 helmet.
*Special* Daily Moot (4/20/18)
Happy Friday everyone! Today we are bringing you the second episode of 'Moot Points with Dylan & Brian,' a show where we talk about all things gaming. You can expect to see a new episode every Friday.
Also, The #FortniteIRL grand finalists and winners have been announced, so make sure to check the link at the bottom to see if you won and to vote for your favorite finalist!
1. Moot Points With Dylan and Brian (Episode 2)
2. PUBG’s New Event Has Falling UAZs and 8 Man Squads
In what will hopefully be a continuation of a nice chain of weekend events, PUBG brings us ‘Metal Rain’ this weekend. Metal Rain takes place on Erangel, where players fight in eight player squads. The game mode features flare guns which can summon air drops. If the flare gun is fired in the safe zone, a normal care package will drop. However, if a flare gun is used outside the safe zone an armored UAZ will fall from the sky instead of a care package. Sound sweet? We think so. Make sure to play it while you can and let us know your thoughts!
3. Darwin Project Goes Free to Play
In a developer update today the studio behind Darwin Project have announced the game will be free to play effective immediately. While Darwin Project has several new takes on the battle royale genre, this move brings them in line with other games contending in the same space. The move to free to play is taking place to “bring in new players and maintain a level of activity that ensures players are able to get the most of out [sic] Darwin Project.” Players who purchased Darwin Project will receive a Founder’s Pack with cosmetic items as compensation.
4. Kickstarter Horror Game ‘Agony’ gets Late May Release Date
After missing the initial release date, Agony will be hitting the market on May 29th. The highly anticipated horror game will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Agony’s Kickstarter promises ‘the most terrifying vision of hell in the history of gaming’ and the trailers back up that promise. If you want to share your hype for Agony, come check out the game’s board in the Incubator lounge.
5. Ben Brode Leaves Blizzard, Starting New Company
In a surprising piece of news, Ben Brode announced today he will be leaving Blizzard behind. Brode has been the Game Director and popular face of Hearthstone since the game’s inception and many will be sad to see him go. Ben Brode said he will be helping to start a new company that will “probably make games,” but he doesn’t know or isn’t yet ready to share more than that.
The Daily Moot (4/19/18)
1. PUBG Is Finally Getting Map Selection
Friends, the time is finally upon us: PUBG Corp. listened to the complaints and will be introducing map selection soon. Despite near universal calls for map selection as soon as Miramar was announced, the PUBG team was radio silent on the issue for months. In an update posted this morning, PUBG Corp. explained their hesitation was apparently based on concerns regarding matchmaking times. Even though they had the most popular game in the world, they were concerned about splitting their player base. This is another step in the right direction for PUBG, but it may have come too late.
2. Radical Heights First Patch Includes Weapon Melee and Bike Tricks
The new battle royale game Radical Heights launched in early access last week to some moderate success. People are playing it, and some of them are having fun, but the game definitely has some issues. The first patch hopes to address some of those. Players will now have more control over the BMX bikes which means they should spin out less frequently. Players also can now quick melee while holding a weapon, which will make looting cash registers significantly easier. Finally, there is a new assault rifle, the FAL. Are you guys enjoying Radical Heights? Let us know in the comments!
3. Overwatch League Casters Refuse to Say a Player’s Name
Recently, the Korean casters for Overwatch League have decided not to say the name of the Dallas Fuel’s new tank player, ‘OGE.’ The Overwatch League suspended OGE last month for account boosting, which is the act of playing on someone else’s account to boost their rank in exchange for payment. English fans are particularly upset with the Korean casting team for refusing to say the player’s name, and even some of the English broadcasting team got involved. ‘Montecristo,’ experienced video game commentator, called out the Korean team for being unprofessional. Although he has since apologized for the tone of his message, he still stands behind the message that refusing to say a player’s name is failing to do the job of commentating.
4. Destiny 2’s Power Cap in ‘Warmind’ DLC Will Take Longer to Hit
In this week’s weekly update from Bungie, the senior designer on Destiny 2 talked about how the power level grind will change with the upcoming DLC, Warmind. The soft level cap in Warming is 340, which is only a 10 level increase from the current max, but the hard cap is 380. Those extra 40 levels will be harder to obtain than any before them, with the last 10 being an extensive grind. Estimates suggest the most dedicated players will take several weeks to hit the hard level cap. This should be good news for Destiny 2, which has needed reasons for players to come back and keep playing the game.
5. Assassination Party Game ‘Murderous Pursuits’ in Open Beta This Weekend
Murderous Pursuits is a rather unique game that releases next week on April 26th, but anyone can try it this weekend for free on Steam. The game is set in an airship and your goal is to kill other players while staying alive yourself. Your best protection is to blend in with the NPCs by checking out art exhibits, talking to people, and other boring things that NPCs do. On paper, the game reminds us of Assassin’s Creed multiplayer which was always popular. Definitely check out the open beta this weekend and let us know if you enjoy Murderous Pursuits!
The Daily Moot (4/18/18)
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Potentially Dropping Campaign, Adding Battle Royale
Although Treyarch is not slated to fully reveal Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 until May 17th, recent rumors may have all the infos fans of the series need. The rumors claim that the single player campaign for the new game would not be finished by the October 12th release date, so it was scrapped entirely. Instead, Treyarch could be focusing on delivering the best multiplayer experience possible. While this will almost certainly include traditional online multiplayer and the iconic Zombies game mode, it may also include a battle royale mode.
2. World of Warcraft’s New Expansion Removes World PvP, Replaced with ‘War Mode’
Blizzard announced at BlizzCon 2017 the end of PvP servers in Battle for Azeroth, the new World of Warcraft expansion set to release on August 14th. This week, game director Ian Hazzikostas revealed an effective replacement for world PvP in ‘War Mode.’ War Mode is something players can toggle on or off when they’re in their faction’s capital city. Players with War Mode turned on will be migrated to a dedicated server where they can fight the opposing faction at will. Specific rewards haven’t been revealed yet, but there is an implied risk/reward aspect to the new system. Hopefully we will get more information soon.
3. Epic Games Removing Guided Missile From Battle Royale
Only a few weeks after the Guided Missile went live, Epic Games has decided to move it to the vault. Although the new weapon gave us some amazing clips, kills, and memes it also felt generally unfair, particularly in the late game. The Guided Missile allowed players to scope out others and go for kills without exposing themselves, something which should be avoided in the battle royale genre. Weapons that go to the vault may return at some point after internal testing and tweaking.
4. Wave Race Producer Teases A New Game for Switch
For those who may be too young to remember, Wave Race is a jet skiing game for Nintendo consoles. The first debuted in 1992 on the Game Boy, a sequel came to the Nintendo 64 in 1996, and the most recent game came to the GameCube in 2001. After such a long time, it is quite the pleasant surprise to hear the game’s producer tease a potential new game for the Switch. Although there’s no official confirmation yet, Wave Race seems like a perfect game for the Switch and we’re keeping our hopes up for an official announcement soon.
5. For Honor Adding Training Mode Over a Year After Release
A new training mode will be available in For Honor starting on April 19th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The training mode will let players new and old learn the controls and hone their skills. A grading system will give feedback on how to improve and measure one’s progress. Finally, new Training Media will help players learn about the different game modes, factions, and other in-game features.
The Daily Moot (4/17/18)
1. Monster Hunter: World Introduces Kulve Taroth, new Elder Dragon
As the Spring Blossom Fest draws a close, Monster Hunter: World gets ready to launch a new limited-time event. This time, hunters will have the opportunity to team up in groups as large as 16 to track down Kulve Taroth, the elder dragon. Hunting parties will split into groups of four, but will still ultimately be working together. As players weaken the elder dragon, weapon relics will fall off of it’s shell. These new weapons also will have random stats, a new introduction to Monster Hunter: World. The hunt begins on April 18th at 5pm PDT and we do not know when exactly it will end so make sure to move fast.
2. NBA Playgrounds 2 Announced, Coming This Summer
The arcade style basketball game NBA Playgrounds 2 will be releasing on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch this summer. The new game will include two new online modes. The Playgrounds Championship mode sounds like a tournament structure of sorts while the ‘worldwide online league’ sounds like a more traditional online ladder experience, with several ranked divisions. The game will also feature a complete single player mode, allowing you to take your team all the way to the NBA Championship.
3. PUBG’s New 4x4 km Map ‘Savage’ Will Feature a Dynamic Blue Zone
After a wildly successful first round of testing, Savage is back for more. The test started last night and will only run until tomorrow at 6pm PDT, so make sure you play while you can! Notable changes in the new round of testing include reduced redzone size and duration, a dynamic bluezone, and tweaked grenade and boat spawn rates. According to the patch notes, the new bluezone will “calculate and adjust its waiting time based on the number of players left alive.” Pretty exciting stuff if you ask us.
4. GTA Online’s New Mode Pays Homage to ‘The Italian Job’
In a recent update GTA Online introduced ‘The Vespucci Job,’ a mission where two players try to escape in Weeny Issi Classics while their two opponents try to shoot them up from pursuing cop cars. It is a pretty direct nod toward ‘The Italian Job,’ where a very similar scene took place. The new game mode is another in a long line of cool missions brought to GTA Online, and if you play it between now and April 23rd you’ll gain double GTA$ and RP.
5. Deadmau5 Streams ‘Mad Early Alpha Alpha’ Version of His Game
Joel ‘Deadmau5’ Zimmerman is in the early stages of developing a new game and streamed some early alpha footage over the weekend. Early alpha might even be an overstatement, as the game is so early on in it’s development process, but it is cool to see the project. Deadmau5’s character has a sniper rifle and appears to be in some sort of small arena, but this may just be an area for testing. It is unclear what genre the game will be beyond a first person shooter, but there is still plenty of time to find out. Check out the article to see the minute long clip.
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The Daily Moot (4/16/18)
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1. Sea of Thieves Will Receive New Content Starting in May
Just a few days ago, the Sea of Thieves development team finally announced plans for the new content the game so desperately needs. The first content update is called The Hungering Deep and will release in May. The Hungering Deep will introduce ‘a new AI threat to the world’ for players to battle against. There will also be new mechanics and unique rewards for players to unlock. After The Hungering Deep, Sea of Thieves will start to see weekly updates with new events, mechanics, and rewards. Two more big content updates are slated to release later in the summer, called Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores.
2. Dallas Fuel Fire Head Coach and Star DPS Rascal
Last night it was announced that the Dallas Fuel fired their head coach ‘KyKy’ and star DPS player ‘Rascal.’ The Dallas Fuel were fan favorites coming into the first season of the Overwatch League, but quickly experienced a host of issues. While many of the Dallas Fuel’s issues revolved around recently removed tank player ‘XQC,’ the team has continued to struggle after his departure. The Dallas Fuel have been plagued by internal struggles, including poor communication due to language barriers. We’re hopeful they can get things sorted out and start competing for the top spots in the Overwatch League soon.
3. Kingdom Hearts 3 Will Feature Classic Mini-Games
Square Enix revealed in a new trailer several 1980s-era mini games that will be playable in Kingdom Hearts 3. The trailer shows Sora using a handheld device to play four different games. The included games are The Barnyard Battle, The Carnival Kid, Giantland, and Musical Farmer. It is still unclear how to unlock these mini-games or if there will be any additional ones. Kingdom Hearts 3 will release later this year on both Xbox One and Playstation 4.
4. Unique FPS Brawler ‘Sky Noon’ Hosting Closed Beta This Week
Sky Noon is a unique new game set to release later this year that has players battling each other on levels set high in the sky. Instead of using traditional weapons, players are equipped with weapons that shoot air bullets with the goal of knocking enemies off the map. To maneuver around, and save themselves, players are equipped with a trusty grappling hook. The closed beta for the game will launch this Thursday (4/19) and last through the weekend. Interested parties should check out the game’s official discord server to enter the beta key giveaway. A link to the discord is in the article below.
5. PUBG Creator Defends Red Zone, Tells Players to Get Better
In a recent interview Brendan Greene, better known as PlayerUnknown, defending the red zone and called out those who are asking for it to be removed from the game. Many argue the red zone has no point, adds unnecessary randomness to the game, and is a serious health risk to players due to the loud nature of the bombings. Greene, however, argues that the red zone brings excitement to the game and only bad players die to it. The main purpose of the red zone, according to Greene, is to use the audio cover to move in on enemy positions.
The Daily Moot (4/13/18)
1. Micro-transactions Return to Battlefront 2 Alongside Endor Update
After an outraged response from passionate fans, EA removed micro-transactions from Star Wars Battlefront 2 but said that they would be back this year. Well, the time has come and micro-transactions will be returning to the game next week alongside the Endor update. It seems that EA recognized the problem with linking micro-transactions to anything other than cosmetics, as the revamped system only lets you purchase skins with real-world money. We will see if EA actually learned their lesson on the topic later this year when they release some other titles, like potentially Battlefield V.
2. PUBG Releases New Deathmatch Mode, This Weekend Only
After the success of Tequila Sunrise, the shotgun-only limited time mode, it makes sense that PUBG Corp. would have a follow-up. Last night they released War, which resembles team deathmatch more than any other PUBG mode before it. War pits three teams of 10 against each other in a small zone. The zone never gets smaller and players can respawn and will do so with a random weapon, a single grenade, and level one armor. If that interests you, make sure you play it before April 15th at 10 PM ET when the game mode goes away.
3. Hearthstone’s New Expansion Already Has a Broken Combo
Hearthstone expansions are always exciting times. New cards means new possibilities and it usually means there is something broken that slipped past QA testing. This time, it took only hours for players to confirm that the new Shaman legendary Shudderwock is as broken as expected. Shudderwock has a ‘Battlecry’ (which triggers when you cast it) that repeats all other Battlecries from cards you played earlier in the game. The deck casts a very specific set of cards, then casts Shudderwock and wins on the spot. Blizzard has shown they dislike one turn kills in Hearthstone, so we will see how long this goes without a nerf. Check the link to see the combo in action.
4. A Way Out Sells 1 Million Copies in 2 Weeks
A Way Out is a unique co-op game that can only be played with two players, either online or split-screen. The game tells the story of two prisoners who attempt to escape together. The players have plenty of choices for how they approach certain situations, which means replaying this game is certainly on the table. Reviews for A Way Out have been overwhelmingly positive and it should continue to sell well as more people sit down with a friend to play it.
5. Gwent Receives a Promising Roadmap, Returning to Witcher Roots
The directors of Gwent announced today a six month plan to bring back Gwent to its roots. Over the last year, Gwent has taken on more RNG elements and moved away from the aspects that made it unique as a digital card game. The team behind the game has heard the community’s feedback and outlined exactly how they plan to fix the game in a big update called ‘Homecoming,’ set to release in six months. The only concern now from the community is that six months may be too long, as the game is losing players every day.
The Daily Moot (4/12/18)
1. God of War Gets Amazing Critic Reviews, including 10/10s
Critics are starting to release their reviews of God of War and they are certainly exciting. Multiple websites, including Polygon and IGN have given it a perfect 10/10 and metacritic currently has it is a 94 out 100. The author for Polygon’s review, Chris Plante, focuses on how God of War makes some notable changes from the original game. Kratos is a parent now, and as such acts a bit differently than he did in the original game. Don’t fret though, it is still a God of War game with the fluid combat we know and love. Read the rest of the review below and get hyped for God of War, releasing on 4/20. We know Team Moot is hyped! 😉
2. Destiny 2 Expansion ‘Warmind’ Announced for May 8th
Bungie announced yesterday both the name and release date of their next expansion. Warmind will feature new locations, new heroes, and new enemies for players to fight and will release on May 8th. There’s no trailer yet, but according to Destiny 2 community manager Deej we can expect one on April 24th. In the same announcement, Bungie elaborated on their roadmap for 2018. While the roadmap does include some highly requested features, like weapon randomization, many of them are slated to come much later in the year. Warmind better be a great expansion for us to still be around by then.
3. New PUBG Patch Changes Speed of Blue Zone to Improve Pace of Play
Yesterday Bluehole announced a new update with changes to Mirimar and the blue zone. On Mirimar, they have added some new roads, vehicle spawns, and high-tier loot areas to draw more action to the Northeastern and Northwestern parts of the map. Regarding the blue zone, it will now start moving sooner meaning players have less time between zones to loot, heal, and get moving. However, it will start to move more slowly towards the end of the game while dealing higher damage. It will be interesting to see how serious of an effect on the pace of play this change has. Finally, they have removed clothing spawns from the game! We think everyone will be happy about that one.
4. COD: WWII DLC Introduces Aerial Combat and the Egyptian Front
The second DLC pack for the new Call of Duty game is now available. ‘The War Machine’ DLC brings players to the historic Dunkirk location, a rocket testing site in Germany called V2, and even to the oft-forgotten Egyptian front. Those three locations comprise the new maps in the DLC for multiplayer. Players also get to fly a plane for the first time in the Call of Duty franchise in the new Operation Husky. Lastly, the new Zombie map is located in Berlin and features NPCs getting attacked by the undead horde alongside the players, which is a nice touch in our opinion.
5. King of Kong’s Billy Mitchell’s High Scores Wiped Out by Twin Galaxies
If most of the words in the title confuse you, don’t fret. Billy Mitchell is a classic video gamer who has held several high score records since the 1980s. Twin Galaxies is a company that tracks official high scores for games, including many held by Billy Mitchell. King of Kong is a 2007 documentary that told the story of rivals Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe. Recently, several of Billy Mitchell’s high scores in Donkey Kong came under suspicion and this morning Twin Galaxies announced they were tossing out all of his high scores. The evidence against Mitchell confirmed he used an emulator when he got over a million points in Donkey Kong. Although some high-score organizations allow emulators, Twin Galaxies only accepts scores on the original machines. With Mitchell’s scores erased, Steve Wiebe now holds the title for the first 1 million point game in Donkey Kong.