The Daily Moot (6/15/18)
Happy Friday Mooties! We're sorry to say there is no 'Moot Points with Dylan & Brian' this week, but we have a great episode in the works for next week. We're wrapping up the last of the exciting things from E3 in today's The Daily Moot. Have a nice weekend!
1. Dota 2’s Battle Royale Mode is Now Live
We originally reported on Dota 2’s battle royale game mode when it was first announced and we are excited to say it is now live. The Underhollow pairs eight teams of three against each other in a fight to be the last team standing. The game mode is only available to those with the 2018 International Battle Pass, which costs $10 USD. It is uncertain how long The Underhollow will be available to players, so make sure you try it out while you can.
2. ‘My Friend Pedro’ is an Intense 2D Platformer
In My Friend Pedro your best friend is a talking banana who helps you through the game. The game is intense shooting action-platformer with sweet combat, an awesome aesthetic, and the ability to chain kills together in a perfectly bloody mess. My Friend Pedro also allows you to clip your best moments to share with friends and strangers on social media. The game is set to release on Nintendo Switch sometime next year.
3. Skateboarding simulator ‘Session’ Coming to Xbox One and PC
Indie developer Crea-ture Studios debuted a trailer for their upcoming skateboarding game called Session during Xbox’s E3 press briefing earlier this week. The game will be coming to Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview this year with an official release next year. What makes Session especially interesting is that it was crowdfunded via Kickstarter over the last year. In Session, you play with a dual analog controller scheme where each joystick controls one foot.
4. ‘Fear the Wolves’ is an Intense New Battle Royale
Fear the Wolves is a scary take on the battle royale genre that sees 100 players fight it out in a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl. Radiation spreads across the map as the game progresses, restricting the size of the safe zone for players. In a unique twist on the genre, Fear the Wolves offers an alternate route to victory; you win if you are the last man standing, but you can also win by making is to the single-seat extraction helicopter that appears in the final zone. Fear the Wolves is coming to Steam Early Access this summer.
5. Survival Game ‘Scum’ Coming to Early Access
SCUM is an open world survival game that is will be coming to Steam Early Access this year. The reveal trailer showed some exciting details, like robots that keep contestants in line. The end of the trailer also showed what appeared to be a zombie, so there’s definitely some weird things going on. Hopefully we get some more trailers and actual gameplay before too long.
The Daily Moot: E3 Edition! (6/14/18)
1. Death Stranding is Confusing and That’s a Good Thing
Death Stranding got another trailer at E3 this year and it answered a few questions while simultaneously raising even more. We finally got to see actual gameplay, as we watched Norman Reedus’ character walk through some mountains with a tremendous load on his back. We also saw some more familiar faces, and Lea Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner are both playing characters who featured in the new trailer. Death Stranding will be releasing on PlayStation eventually.
2. First Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Gameplay Revealed at E3
We knew coming into E3 there was another Assassin’s Creed game in the works, but fans of the series were happy to see an official trailer for the game at the popular gaming conference. The trailer revealed several features that will be in the new game, including the ability to choose which of two main characters you play as. This is fitting for Odyssey, which is attempting to emphasize player choice more than previous iterations of Assassin’s Creed. Assassin’s Creedy Odyssey is releasing on October 5th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
3. Gameplay Trailer for Spyro Reignited Trilogy Looks Awesome
Spyro games were well received in the past, which means there are a lot of people who are excited for the Spyro Reignited trilogy. Those people will be even more excited now because a gameplay trailer for the new game looks fantastic. The level layouts are all the same, but the updated graphics are breathtaking. Audio has also been enhanced, as all voice lines have been rerecorded. Check out the trailer in the article linked below to see for yourself. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy comes to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 24th.
4. Dying Light 2 Will Have Meaningful Choices
During Microsoft’s E3 conference earlier this week it was revealed that Dying Light 2 will have ‘meaningful choices’ for players to make. This is a growing trend in gaming, where players need to make choices that will influence the game in the future. Dying Light is best described as a zombie parkour game, where players need to navigate obstacles to stay safely above the zombie hoard. The first one was well received and the new game looks like a promising follow up. Dying Light 2 is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC but does not yet have a release date.
5. Rage 2 Gameplay Reminds People of Doom
Rage 2 had a playable demo at E3 and those that played it are all saying one thing: it feels like Doom and that’s great. Your player is equipped with an impressive arsenal of weapons. You can enter ‘Overdrive,’ where your character enrages and ratchets the violence all the way up to 11 using those sweet weapons. And you can upgrade your character using ‘Nanotrite’ abilities. Rage 2 also includes an open-world aspect, which means plenty of Mad Max-esque vehicle combat in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Uh, yes please. Rage 2 is set to release next year.
The Daily Moot: E3 Edition! (6/13/18)
1. Ninja and Marshmello Win E3’s Charity Fortnite Tournament
To no one’s surprise, Ninja and his teammate Marshmello won the Pro-Am Fortnite celebrity tournament that took place at E3 yesterday. For the first-place prize, both Ninja and Marshmello now get to pick a charity to receive half a million dollars. It is worth mentioning that the million dollar prize is not a part of the 100 million dollars Epic Games has promised to give away in tournaments over the next year. Epic Games recently announced the Fortnite World Cup 2019, which will allow anyone to enter and compete in Fortnite tournaments.
2. Ubisoft Announces Skull and Bones Beta at E3
During the Ubisoft press conference earlier this week, the studio revealed another gameplay trailer for their upcoming pirate game Skull and Bones. The new trailer showed the ability to customize your ship and explained some of how ship combat will work. Ubisoft recently announced Skull and Bones will be delayed until 2019, but a beta is opening soon and hopeful players can sign up on Ubisoft’s website.
3. The Division 2 Looks to be a Nice Development in the Series
Set seven months after the start of The Division’s story, The Division 2 looks poised to be a fantastic follow up the original game. The new game takes place in Washington D.C., which has been decimated is a fashion similar to New York City in the first game. The Division itself has gone silent, leaving the remaining agents left to fend for themselves. One of the most exciting aspects of The Division 2 is the new ‘end-game first’ philosophy, which will hopefully reward players for sticking with the game.
4. Hitman 2 Looking Promising after Demo at E3
Although Hitman 2 has a new publisher it looks to be a welcome continuation of the series. According to people who played the live demo at E3, the sequel includes all of what made Hitman great. Agent 47 still has all of his delightful personality, the environments are still rife with intriguing ways to interact, and the missions are still exciting to play through in your own way. Hitman 2 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 18th.
5. Transference is a Psychological Thriller Coming from Ubisoft
Ubisoft revealed a trailer for their upcoming game Transference and it can only be described as trippy. The game is like a mix between a game and a movie, as the player explores the story of a boy caught up in his father’s destructive ways. The environment changes as the player explores and moves through it, which only increases the unsettling feeling of the game. The trailer makes it seem like the game is meant to be played in virtual reality, but it was also release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The Daily Moot: E3 Edition! (6/12/18)
1. Nintendo E3 Conference 2018
Nintendo held their annual E3 conference today and it was just about everything Nintendo fans could have hoped for. The announcement of Super Mario Party, Fortnite’s arrival on the Switch, and Hollow Knight on the Switch were high points of the conference, but the overall reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate definitely stole the show! Nintendo revealed that every character from every Smash game will be included in the newest addition to the franchise. The game also includes new fighting mechanics, enhanced graphics, and the ability to play with a GameCube controller! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate so far seems like a major success and will be available for purchase on December 7th of this year. Check out the article from Kotaku to see everything included in Nintendo’s E3 conference!
2. Marvel’s Spider-Man Gets Another Wicked Trailer at E3
A new Marvel’s Spider-Man gameplay demo shown at E3 has revealed more information about the game, which is set to release for PlayStation 4 on September 7th.. This recent video showed iconic villains Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, and Vulture. After chasing Electro for a while, Spider-Man faces off against the group of villains plus Mr. Negative. The trailer ends by teasing a mysterious sixth villain who seems to be leading the others. Check out the gameplay demo in the article linked below.
3. CD Projekt Red Reveals Cyberpunk 2077 Details at E3
A couple days ago, we got to see an amazing trailer for Cyperpunk 2077. Yesterday, more details about the game were revealed through a live demonstration at the convention. From the live demo, we have learned several things about how the new game will look. In a big change from CD Projekt Red’s last hit game, The Witcher 3, Cyperpunk 2077 will be a first-person RPG. You’ll be able to drive cars, as shown in the trailer, and even shoot out the window while driving. Read the attached article for the lengthy list of features revealed during the game demo.
4. First Last of Us 2 Gameplay Trailer Blows Everyone Away
Sony showed a new trailer for The Last of Us 2, this time including actual gameplay, and it was exciting to say the least. The trailer showed Ellie as a playable character. We watch as she sneaks and fights her way through a group of enemies, using the environment to her advantage. The movement and melee combat look at fluid as they did in the original game. Without spoiling too much, let us just say that you really should watch the gameplay trailer. The video is in the link below as always.
5. Ghost of Tsushima is an Epic Samurai Game Coming to PS4
At E3 this week we got to see an awesome gameplay trailer for a new game coming to PlayStation 4 called Ghost of Tsushima. The game is set in Feudal Japan and you play as a samurai warrior named Jin. The trailer shows intense combat where strategy and timing are of paramount importance. It also shows, though, moments where stealth is the better option. Ghost of Tsushima is an open world game with no release date announced yet.
6. Dying Light 2 Revealed at E3
The original Dying Light was a delightful mix of fighting zombies and parkour. The sequel, which was officially announced during Xbox’s E3 conference earlier this week, looks to be more of the same. The new twist, though, is the idea that your game experience will change based on your decisions. This means each player’s experience should be different and unique as they play through the campaign. We don’t know when Dying Light 2 will come out, but we know it will release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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The Daily Moot: E3 Edition! (6/11/18)
Happy E3 week Mooties! This week The Daily Moot is going to be focused on E3, covering the most exciting recent announcements on a day by day basis. We will get back to our normal structure next week, but in the meantime lets get right into it!
1. The Elder Scrolls 6 Announced
Finally, we have confirmation that we will eventually get another Elder Scrolls game. At the end of Bethesda’s E3 conference, which was awesome by the way, there was a short trailer that showed some mountains and the words “The Elder Scrolls 6.” With no mention of a release date or even a working title, we have to assume it will be at least a couple years until this game comes out. But it is coming, and for now that is good enough.
2. Halo Infinite Announced
Microsoft hit the ground running in their E3 presentation with the reveal of Halo Infinite, the next game in the historic Halo series. Halo Infinite will feature Master Chief as the main character to appease fans who were upset with his minor role in Halo 5. The game will also utilize a new engine created by 343 Industries specifically for Halo Infinite. Finally, the game will feature a new modern art style to update Master Chief’s look. Watch the trailer in the article linked below.
3. Gears of War 5 Announced
During Microsoft’s press conference they also announced the continuation of another popular series, Gears of War. Gears of War 5 will focus on Kait, one of the characters introduced in Gears 4. The newest game in the Gears of War series seems to focus on exploring on your own more than previous games. Gears of War 5 is releasing next year and you can watch the trailer in the article linked below.
4. Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer Reveals More Disney Characters
Although Square Enix had already announced Kingdom Hearts 3, many fans were excited for E3 in hopes of learning more details about the new title. While there was a trailer, it didn’t reveal much new about the game. The trailer did, however, reveal that the loveable main character from Ratatouille, Remy, will make an appearance in the new game. The trailer also showed characters from Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Tangled, and Frozen. Kingdom Hearts 3 will be releasing in January of 2019.
5. Just Cause 4 Gets a Release Date
We already knew about Just Cause 4 due to leaks over the last few weeks, but the developers gave us more concrete details about the game during the Microsoft conference at E3. We now know the game will release on December 4th of this year. Just Cause 4 looks similar to previous iterations of the game, with some small updates. A new game engine allows for dynamic weather, which is showcased in the gameplay trailer. Otherwise, it is a traditional Just Cause game with open world gameplay, an assortment of vehicles, and of course classic wingsuit action.
What are you most excited about from E3 so far? Did we miss any big games? Let us know in the comments.
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The Daily Moot (6/8/18)
Happy Friday Mooties! Another beautiful week gone by and another fantastic episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian. We talk about Pokemon, Fallout 76, Battlefield, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey in this week's episode. Also, the intro is especially sweet so make sure you watch that.
2. PUBG Brings Back War Mode with a New Twist
PUBG’s War Mode returns to Erangel with 10-person teams and a new twist for the weekend. Players will drop into the map with a Kar98K, a 4x scope, a handgun, a frag grenade, and a ghillie suit. This week, though, you won’t get knocked down by those Kar98K headshots; you’ll die. Instant death is the new flavor of the week in PUBG’s limited-time event. Oh, and it’s raining. Make sure to check out the new War Mode before Sunday night when it ends.
3. Fighting Game ‘Dead or Alive 6’ Announced
This morning IGN revealed Dead or Alive 6 is coming early next year to Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is running on a new engine with more realistic visual details than the previous game in the series, which released almost seven years ago. While the game series looks to be sticking to their core mechanics, there is also a new combo and special attack system. Check out the trailer in the article listed below.
4. Black Ops 4 Bringing Back 5 Popular Maps
Just when we thought we couldn’t get more hyped for the new Call of Duty game, Treyarch has announced they are bringing back 5 of the most popular maps from Blacks Ops past. We are getting Jungle, Summit, Firing Range, and Nuketown from the original Black Ops and Slums from Black Ops 2. All five of these maps will be available upon launch, alongside a group of new maps. E3 attendees will be able to play four of those new maps next week. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases October 12th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
5. Steam Store Accidentally Leaks Just Cause 4
The recent bout of video game leaks continues, as the Steam marketplace has apparently spoiled Just Cause 4. A pre-order advertisement for the game was visible on the Steam marketplace for some time before it was taken down. Steam is actually not the first place to spoil Just Cause 4, as the game was part of the Walmart leak that occurred last month. Just Cause 3 was tremendously successful and we are certainly excited for the new game, which is set to release next year.
The Daily Moot (6/7/18)
1. Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Para Bellum is Live
The highly anticipated update for Ubisoft’s popular game is finally live. Operation Para Bellum brings two new operators to the game, Maestro and Alibi. Season Pass owners have immediately unlocked the new operators and players without the season pass can unlock them with Renown Credits next week. The update also marks the launch of the game’s 20th map, Villa. Villa is set in a beautiful little Italian town, and Ubisoft claims it is their most tactical map to date. Check out everything that is new in the patch notes linked below.
2. WB Games Confirms Hitman 2, Set to Release This Year
After some leaks earlier this week suggested we might be getting another Hitman, WB Games has confirmed it. The game will feature Agent 47 as the main character again and will release on November 13th for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The entire game will be released at once instead of over time like the original Hitman. Hitman 2 will also include a co-op game mode called Sniper Assassin mode.
3. Valve Will Now Allow Almost Any Game on Steam
Last month, there was some controversy as Steam tried to censor ‘inappropriate’ games from their store library. The issue, which naturally arises in situations like these, is that different people have different definitions of inappropriate. Steam has decided to allow all games, except for illegal games or “straight up trolling,” as a work around. Players will have more control over what games they see, so if you don’t like a genre of game you can hide it from your store.
4. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is a Parody Battle Royale
Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is out now and we can’t tell if it’s a battle royale or a joke. The game comes from the developer Landfall to show off their upcoming game Totally Accurate Battle Simulator. Landfall as a studio is best known for ClusterTruck, another joke game where players had to jump from semi-truck to semi-truck without touching the ground. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is free on Steam until Friday, so pick it up and check it out.
5. Paladins Confirmed for Nintendo Switch
Hi-Rez Studios announced today that Paladins will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on June 12th. Paladins is a team-based shooter, similar to Overwatch, that uses a unique card-based ability loadout system to allow one to customize how they play their character. This confirmation gives more credibility to the leak that showed Fortnite coming to Switch, as Paladins was included in the same leak. Paladins will cost 30 dollars upon launch and will be free sometime this summer.
The Daily Moot (6/6/18)
1. ‘Realm Royale’ is Now Available on Steam for Free
Realm Royale is Hi Rez Studios’ take on the battle royale genre and is available now for free on Steam. The game is based on the MOBA game Paladins which creates a unique battle royale play experience, combining typical battle royale themes with MOBA features. Players choose a class at the start of each game and loot for weapons, abilities, and armor. The items you find that you don’t need can be broken down into shards, which you use at forges spread across the map to craft legendary loot for your specific class.
2. Overwatch Adding Looking for Group Feature
Blizzard has a big patch coming soon with some exciting updates to the game, including a looking for group feature. The new feature will let players create parties and seek out players that fit their desired traits, whether that is the ability to use voice chat or play a specific role. The update also introduces an ‘endorsement’ system that allows players to recognize good teammates. Highly endorsement teammates will receive periodic rewards, although we don’t know what those rewards are yet.
3. New Tetris Game Announced for Playstation 4 and Playstation VR
Tetris Effect, set to release this fall, is a trippy new take on the historic franchise. The game is named for the real-life effect in which players visualize Tetris blocks and lines even after they’ve stopped playing. While Tetris Effect will include fan-favorite modes such as Marathon and Sprint, it will also include a new modes and features. The first new feature revealed is called The Zone, which will let players temporarily pause time to either clean things up or get a few more lines cleared.
4. Ubisoft Announces Rainbow Six Pro League Skins
Skins for 11 Pro League teams will launch on June 11th alongside Season 8, with a revenue sharing model in place so fans can support their favorite teams. Teams will receive 30% of the sales revenue from their branded skins with the remaining revenue going into the Rainbow Six Invitational 2019 prize pool. Ubisoft is not the first company to adopt a model like this; Valve and Riot Games have both used similar models for their games in the past.
5. Job Listing Suggests a New Diablo Game is Coming Soon
Although there hasn’t been an official announcement, a job listing for a dungeon artist at Blizzard has many people believing there is a new Diablo game in the works. We don’t know yet if this will be Diablo 4, a rework of an older Diablo, or something else entirely but hopes are high for Diablo fans. Blizzard specifically said they’re looking for people who are “passionate about working on the dark gothic world of Diablo,” so expect to get more of that wonderful Diablo flavor sooner rather than later.
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The Daily Moot (6/5/18)
1. New Gun System and Game Mode in Destiny 2’s ‘Forsaken’ Expansion
After a short period of hype, Bungie has revealed more details for their upcoming expansion. ‘Forsaken’ is set to release in September and will pit players against seven different Fallen bosses. The expansion brings a few big changes to the game, including a new mode called Gambit and a complete overhaul of the weapon system. Gambit combines PVE and PVP elements, while the new weapon system will allow players more flexibility in the weapons they choose to use.
2. Fortnite Adds New Bouncer Trap
Another week, another awesome new contraption coming to Fortnite Battle Royale. This week’s new gadget is the Bouncer trap, a rare trap that will bounce you in any direction based on how you hit it. The effect the Bouncer trap gives is similar to Hop Rocks; you fly higher and farther than normal and won’t take fall damage after your first jump. Rumors even suggest that if you hit the Bouncer with a shopping cart you’ll go flying.
3. PUBG Adds Longer Market Restrictions on Selling Crates
About a month ago PUBG Corp took away the ability to trade their cosmetic items from one player to another in order to prevent sales on third-party websites. Now, to further combat unsavory market practices PUBG Corp has decided to restrict selling their crates on the marketplace for a few weeks after they release. When new crates are released in PUBG, they sell for a high price on the marketplace as big spenders try to open the rarest items.
4. GOG Summer Gaming Sale Has Some Great Deals
GOG Summer Sale is live now through June 18th with some sweet deals for PC gamers. The best deal in the whole sale is Xenonauts, which you can get for free right now! Notable titles on sale include the Fallout series, Divinity Original Sin 2, and Cuphead. There are also discounted Star Wars games, like the classics Republic Commando and Knights of the Old Republic. Check out all the sales at gog.com
5. Action RPG ‘Code Vein’ Gets September Release Date
Code Vein is an anime-style, post-apocalyptic action RPG which is set to release on September 28th of this year. According to eurogamer.net, “the main character of the game is a vampiric Revenant who’s able to access supernatural powers after a drink of blood.” The gameplay involves you exploring a large, connected world with a buddy as you obtain new powers and weapons. There is a trailer for the game in the article attached below, so check it out and see if it’s worth marking your calendars.
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The Daily Moot (6/4/18)
1. Rocket League Announces Jurassic World DLC
In unexpected and exciting news, Rocket League announced this morning an upcoming Jurassic World themed DLC. The Jurassic World Car Pack will be available on all platforms starting June 18th for only $1.99. The car pack includes the classic Jurassic Jeep Wrangler car, a T-Rex goal explosion, a Jurassic Park hard hat topper, and Jurassic Park themed player banners and flags.
2. Sky Noon Gets Early Access Launch Date
After multiple closed beta tests, Sky Noon is ready to come to Early Access on June 14th. The game is a shooter set high in the sky, where players shoot air at each other instead of bullets with the goal of knocking enemies off the map. Although it sounds a bit silly the game is actually a ton of fun to play. Beyond just guns, players have access to grappling hooks, jet packs, jump pads, and more to maneuver around the map. Sky Noon will cost $15 upon launch.
3. ‘Echoes of Alterac’ is Heroes of the Storm’s Newest Event
The newest Heroes of the Storm event is a World of Warcraft themed event called ‘Echoes of Alterac.’ The timing makes sense, as Blizzard’s popular MMO has a new expansion called Battle for Azeroth coming in just a couple months. The Heroes of the Storm event brings both a new battleground, called Alterac Pass, and a new hero: Yrel. Yrel is a paladin from World of Warcraft who will fill the tank role in her team.
4. Destiny 2 to Announce ‘Forsaken’ Expansion Tomorrow
Bungie is hosting a big reveal stream tomorrow morning to kick of the second year of Destiny 2’s lifespan. A twitter teaser revealed the name of Destiny 2’s September expansion to be ‘Forsaken.’ The logo revealed in the teaser suggests the main enemy in the expansion will the be the Fallen. The announcement will cover new features including weapon slot changes, new modes, and mode so be sure to tune in at 9 am PT.
5. State of Decay 2 Reaches 2 Million Players in 2 Weeks
State of Decay 2 is an open world zombie survival game that has apparently been quite popular in its first few weeks out. You can play co-op with up to 4 players, which may explain some of the popularity. There’s nothing quite like fighting off zombie hordes with friends. State of Decay 2 lets you play as different classes to maximize your chances of survival, but time will tell if that gives the game enough replayability to stay relevant.
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The Daily Moot (6/1/18)
1. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Confirmed by Ubisoft
In response to a leak yesterday, the official Assassin’s Creed twitter account has confirmed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the next game in the popular series. The announcement came in the form of a 5 second clip, which showed a Spartan warrior kicking someone off a cliff. More details with be revealed at E3, but we do know the game will reportedly have dialogue options and even the ability to choose a male or female protagonist.
2. Epic Brings Back Competitive Play with Blitz Showdown
After the smashing success of the first Solo Showdown limited time mode, it is exciting to see Epic Games bringing back another showdown LTM so soon. The new and improved Blitz Showdown has all the hype of Solo Showdown while simultaneously addressing many of the community’s concerns. You will only need to play 25 games instead of 50, it now uses the Blitz rules so you don’t need to spend so long farming mats, and you will get 3 points for each kill. Finally, the leaderboards will be split by region which means more prizes will be distributed. You have until Monday at 10 am ET to finish your matches.
3. PUBG’s Popular 4x4 Map Sanhok Live for Testing Again
Sanhok is live yet again for testing until June 4th at 4 am PT. PUBG Corp has hinted that this will be the final round of testing for Sanhok. They have suggested the map, which is 1/4th the overall size of PUBG’s two current maps, will come to live servers by the end of June. The map has been popular with testers so far, as the higher pace of play is a welcome change from Erangel and Miramar. PC players who own PUBG can access the test server for free on Steam.
4. Fortnite is Apparently Coming to the Switch
After massive demand for Fortnite, the world’s most popular video game, to come to Switch it looks like fans may get their wish. An image leaked recently which apparently shows Nintendo’s E3 booth layout that includes Fortnite. Fortnite is already available on Mac, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and iOS. With an Android launch coming later this summer, the Switch is the one significant platform the game is missing from. Nintendo’s press conference at E3 will take place on Tuesday, June 12th at 9 am PT.
5. Destiny 2 Bug Preventing Players from Earning Nightfall Reward
Bungie confirmed this morning that the exclusive reward for this week’s Nightfall event is bugged. This means players who spent hours grinding the event hoping to receive the powerful D.F.A hand cannon have been wasting their time. Bungie says it currently investigating the issue but a cause is not yet known. There is no word yet regarding how Bungie plans to compensate their angry player base.
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The Daily Moot (5/31/18)
1. ‘Fractured Lands’ is a Mad Max Style Battle Royale Coming Soon
Fractured Lands is a new battle royale game set to begin testing in June of this year. That games looks to draw inspiration from Mad Max and PUBG, as it features scrappy competitors driving janky vehicles in a desolate wasteland. It seems Fractured Lands is going to focus more heavily on your vehicle than other games. You can even upgrade your vehicle and store loot inside it. Check out the trailer and sign up for the closed beta at fractured-lands.com
2. PUBG Overhauls Grenades on Test Server
A new build has come to PUBG’s test server and it includes some pretty drastic changes to the game’s grenades. The Molotov grenade, historically PUBG’s least used grenade, will now have a significantly larger area of effect. In addition, the fire will spread along walls and wooden surfaces. Stun grenades also got buffed, as they’ll affect enemies more. Finally, frag grenades will have increased range and damage but will no longer knock enemies back. The test server build also includes a new anti-cheat technology.
3. ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ Might be Next in Series
A leak from a French video game website posted an image of a novelty keychain that says Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on it. The keychain features a spartan helmet on it, suggesting the series may be going to Greece for the next game. There has no word from Ubisoft yet in response to the leak, but they will hopefully confirm the next Assassin’s Creed game at E3 in two weeks.
4. Fortnite’s Map is Evolving with the New Update
Fortnite’s map had some drastic changes at the start of the season, the most notable of which was a meteorite destroying Dusty Depot and turning it into Dusty Divot. That meteorite is now cracking apart, revealing more of what is inside. Additionally, grass is starting to regrow inside Dusty Divot. There are also mysterious roots starting to sprout up all across the map. These roots cannot be destroyed or interacted with in any way.
5. Battlefield V Introduces Airborne Mode and Individual Progression
A tweet from the official Battlefield twitter account announced Airborne, a game mode where players parachute onto the map and fight over heavy artillery weapons. An additional tweet from the Battlefield account mentioned individual progression trees for each player class. It is nice to see more details about Battlefield V after the original announcement, which didn’t cover much. Hopefully we will learn even more about the new game at E3 in a couple weeks.
The Daily Moot (5/30/18)
1. Fortnite Adds Shopping Cart to Battle Royale in Update v4.3
Fortnite’s new update brought several things to both Battle Royale and Save the World, but all focus is on the Shopping Cart. One player can push it and another can ride inside while still being able to shoot. Battle Royale players can also now find Mushrooms in game, which give 5 shield when consumed. These are very similar to Apples, which grant 5 health. Mushrooms can be found ‘around shady wooded or swampy areas’ and Shopping Carts can be found across the map.
2. Bethesda Reveals ‘Fallout 76’
After a teaser trailer gave us the official name of the new Fallout project, anonymous sources have claimed the new game will be an online survival game, similar to DayZ or Rust. If the rumors are true, Fallout 76 will have a main storyline, base building, and multiplayer activities. The game is named after Vault 76, an iconic vault in Fallout’s history that was set to open to the world hundreds of years before the other games take place.
3. Pokemon Announces New Games for the Switch
The first Pokemon role-playing games to come to the switch will be ‘Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!’ and ‘Pokemon, Let’s Go, Eevee!’ While these games are not a part of the main Pokemon series of games, they seem to draw extensively from the original Pokemon games but with heavy Pokemon Go elements. If you want to start playing Pokemon on your Switch now, though, you can download Pokemon Quest. The radical new take on a Pokemon game looks like Minecraft and plays a bit like it too. Finally, we’re still patiently waiting for the core role-playing Pokemon game that is set to release in 2019.
4. New Sonic Racing Game Releasing Later This Year
Sega announced today a new game called Team Sonic Racing, which will release this winter for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The game will have single player and multiplayer options, as well as the ability to play online or locally. There is a total of 15 characters, including the iconic trio of Sonic, Tails, and Shadow. Check out the reveal trailer and some screenshots in the article linked below.
The Daily Moot (5/29/18)
1. Moot Points with Dylan & Brian (Episode 7)
Happy Tuesday Mooties! In this episode of Moot Points, our hosts Dylan and Brian share their thoughts on the upcoming Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4. We also talk about some insightful original content posted to Moot, and of course there is the Meme of the Week at the end as well.
2. Blizzard Wants More Teams for Overwatch League
The CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues explained in a recent interview that they hope to add six teams to the Overwatch League for the next season. They hope to get two teams each from the American region, the Asian-Pacific region, and the European and Middle Eastern region. The second season will still have all games taking place at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, but hopefully teams will get proper home games by the third season.
3. Bethesda Teases a Fallout Announcement on Twitter
The official Bethesda Studios twitter account posted a short clip this morning that shows the iconic ‘Please Stand By’ message that is present in all Fallout games. The leading theories we’ve seen so far are either Fallout 5, a Fallout 3 remaster, or Fallout coming to the Switch. It seems unlikely that Fallout 5 would be released before Elder Scrolls 6, as Bethesda has been altering games from the two series over recent years.
4. Fortnite Might Finally Get a Drivable Vehicle
If you thought Fortnite would stop innovating once they released the Jet pack, you were definitely wrong and had no reason to think that! Epic Games has started teasing a Shopping Cart which will be coming to the game soon. The tagline ‘roll into battle alone or with a buddy’ suggests the Shopping Cart will be Fortnite’s first vehicle, capable of seating up to two players. Vehicles were notably absent from Fortnite when the game released, so it will be interesting to see how exactly the Shopping Cart functions in the game.
5. PUBG Corp sues Epic Games for Copyright Infringement
After rumors of legal action over the last few months, it has finally come to light that PUBG Corp actually sued Epic Games Korea in January of this year. PUBG Corp has accused Epic Games of copying their game’s weapon designs and user interface. While the similarities between the two games are obvious, people who have played both games will agree there are also tremendous difference between the games and how they play.
The Daily Moot (5/25/18)
1. PC Gaming Critic Legend, John “TotalBiscuit” Bain, Dead at 33 Years Old
TotalBiscuit was a massively influential game critic and YouTube content creator. He was known for his passionate opinions and dedication to fighting for consumer rights. Bain was originally diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014. After he initially fought the cancer into remission, last year Bain announced the cancer was back and had spread to his liver and spine. Although he is gone, his legacy and positive impact on millions of gamers and the industry as a whole remains.
2. ‘Detroit: Become Human’ Release (Review)
Finally, Detroit: Become Human has released to the general public. The game takes place in the city of Detroit in the year 2038. Almost everything is the same, except for the fact that people can purchase lifelike androids to help out around the house. The game focuses on 3 different androids. Kara cares for a father and her daughter, Markus looks after an elderly painter, and Connor tracks down deviant androids. The game utilizes the PS4 controller is new ways in an attempt to fully immerse the player into the environment. While the idea is novel, the execution is clunky. Read more of Kotaku’s review at the link below.
3. ‘Madden 19’ Announced
EA Sports officially announced that Madden 19 will be released to PlayStation and Xbox on August 10th of this year. The Hall of Fame edition will be available August 7th and will feature legendary wide receiver, Terrell Owens on the cover. The game will feature a few new updates consisting of coneected Franchise mode and additional player animations. While we do not know who will be on the cover of the regular version of the game, it is a safe assumption it could someone like Todd Gurley, Carson Wentz/Nick Foles, or even Alvin Kamara. Who do you guys think will take the cover? Let us know in the comment section below!
4. New Fortnite Mode Includes Llamas and Respawns
Epic Games is currently developing a new game mode which includes player and item respawns as well as a boat load of llamas. The game mode will not track any stats, rather it will be just to mess around and have fun with your buddies. This seems like a nice and refreshing twist to the original Fortnite game modes and could provide some much needed not-so-competitive fun! Expect to hear more updates on the game mode some time next week.
5. Battlefield V Will Include Real-Money Currency
Despite DICE telling their fanbase that Battlefield V would not include any in-game premium options, it actually will. However, the premium currency will only be able to be used on cosmetic items that will have no effect on gameplay. The cosmetics include skins for weapons, face paint, clothing for your character, etc… The only way to make your character and weapons better is grind it out by playing the game, which is very refreshing. The game is set to launch October 19th on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation.
The Daily Moot (5/24/18)
1. ‘Ghillie Crossing’ is PUBG’s New Event Mode
We’re not sure if PUBG’s new event mode is utterly unplayable or the best idea ever, but we’re certainly excited to try it. The new PUBG mode removes all guns and vehicles from play and leaves players with ghillie suits, crossbows, and a dream. You can also still use grenades, heals, and attachments but not much else. There won’t be red zones or air drops either. The game mode starts today and lasts until Sunday night.
2. More Trademarks Hint at Mini N64 Console
Yesterday Nintendo filed even more trademarks that have fans excited for the possibility of a new Nintendo 64 console. The trademark discovered yesterday “is listed to cover purposes including video game program, controller, joystick, and download-capable electronic game program.” This covers basically everything Nintendo would need for a new console, although Nintendo may just be renewing trademarks to protect their property.
3. H1Z1 Gets 1.5 Million Players on PS4 Open Beta
After only a few days on console H1Z1 has drawn in 1.5 million players. H1Z1 went free to play back in march and came to PS4 on Tuesday. Although H1Z1 used to be incredibly popular, it lost a lot of players when PUBG and then Fortnite came to dominate the battle royale market. H1Z1 has since rebranded themselves as the most action-packed battle royale, taking measures to drastically increase the pace of play in their games.
4. Steam Spring Sale is Now Live
Get ready to open your wallets and lie to your loved ones because the next Steam sale is now live! For those interested, there are several daily tasks and projects to unlock trophies and profile badges. Steam is also offering several games for free this weekend so players can try before they buy. Free games include Borderlands 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Cities: Skylines. The sale will only last until May 28th, so make sure you act fast before you lose the chance to buy new games you’ll never play.
5. Xbox One Players Can Finally Play PUBG’s Miramar
After a month on the Xbox One test server, Miramar has finally been released on the Xbox One. When PUBG first came to Xbox, Miramar was the hot new thing on PC and many console players felt left out. Now, Xbox players can explore the long-awaited desert with all of the new vehicles and weapons it has to offers. The update also includes stability updates for PUBG and some cosmetic items.
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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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