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 Hanzo’s Scatter Arrow has been replaced by a new ability that lets him fire several arrows in rapid succession.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.
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!
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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.
The Daily Moot (4/11/18)
1. The Overwatch Archives Event is Now Live
Overwatch Archives is now live with a new brawl mission and new skins. The new brawl, called Overwatch Retribution, lets you play as a team of four Blackwatch members against a swarm of Talon units. If that doesn’t interest you, you can also play last year’s Uprising mission for the duration of the event. There are also over 100 new cosmetic items, plus last year’s item available in crates and for a discounted rate. Overwatch Archives will last until April 30th, so make sure to get what you want before it’s gone!
2. Fortnite Patch V3.5 is Out Now; Port-a-Fort, Replays, and 50v50 V2
Epic Games deployed a new patch for Fortnite today and it is a bit of a saucy one. The patch includes the Port-a-Fort that was announced yesterday, but it also includes the highly anticipated replay feature. The Moot team saw a bit of the replay feature for ourselves at GDC 2018 and were seriously impressed. As we saw with PUBG, we’re sure that moviemakers will love the new tool and start releasing amazing content very soon. The patch also brings back the 50v50 Limited Time Mode, but with some tweaks. Teams now start on different buses, have different sides of the map marked off, and will get to see the final circle location from the beginning.
3. Monster Hunter World’s First Global Event Launches
The Spring Blossom Festival is the first global event for Monster Hunter World, and it brings some exciting additions to the game. Event quests have returned, there is a new set of Blossom armor, and more. Players will receive extra login rewards, including both a second Lucky Voucher and a new Spring Blossom Ticket. Players will have the opportunity to receive not just new armor but also a new weapon, the Wyvern Ignition Greatsword. This fan-designed weapon awaits hunters who complete the event quest called “Every Hunter’s Dream.” Make sure to get everything finished by April 19th, when the event ends.
4. Xbox One X Enhances Backwards Compatibility, Includes Red Dead Redemption
In a continued effort to improve the experience of playing older titles of the Xbox One X, Microsoft recently announced a list of 6 titles that will see improvements on the new system. According to Microsoft, the enhanced games will be able to run at a significantly higher resolution and pixel count without needing to actually alter the original code. The list of recently enhanced games includes Darksiders, Portal 2, and Red Dead Redemption. The article below also links to a video where you can see a side by side comparison of Red Dead Redemption on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One X. Suffice it to say, the difference is impressive.
5. Radical Heights Early Access is a Mess With Potential
Radical Heights represents a couple growing trends in the gaming industry. For one, it’s another battle royale game in a rapidly saturating market. Additionally, it is in “X-Treme Early Access” with tons of bugs and missing features. Some areas of the map even have buildings with no textures whatsoever. But, according to some of the people who have tried it, the game is actually pretty fun. It has a couple unique takes on the battle royale genre, like how it handles the safe zone and the in-game currency system. Riding the bicycles in the game is reason enough to try it in our mind. Give it a shot, the game is free on Steam now.
The Daily Moot (4/10/18)
1. Fort Sprouting Grenades Coming to Fortnite, Called Port-a-Fort
Epic Games has teased the next new thing coming soon to Fortnite and it is the Port-a-Fort. These seem to be throwable items, not placed like traps, that spawn a ‘quick defensive position’ upon impact. The short teaser trailer shows a tower roughly 3 stories high spawning in about a second. Like most of the items introduced recently, the Port-a-Fort will surely shake up the game at least a little bit. It will be interesting to see who benefits most from the new item, either experienced players who could already build very quickly or less-skilled builders who struggled to defend themselves. Expect the Port-a-Fort in the next couple weeks.
2. Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 Release Date Revealed
The Mega Man X Legacy Collections will be digitally released on July 24th for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch for $20 each. You can also purchase a $40 bundle that includes both games. The first bundle includes Mega Man X, X2, X3, and X4 while the second bundle includes Mega Man X5, X6, X7, and X8. Players will get to choose to use optional updated settings or play the games with their original resolutions.
3. Summit1G’s Fans are Upset With Him After he Played With Jake Paul
A couple days ago, Summit1G played a few squad games of Fortnite with controversial YouTuber Jake Paul. In the last couple weeks, the Paul brothers both migrated to Twitch in an attempt to capitalize on Fortnite’s success and further monetize their fanbase. While playing with Jake Paul and afterwards, Summit1G received a lot of complaints from his fans. The streamer took to twitter to say that he was was disappointed in his viewers for how they acted. Other streamers have spoken up and said they would never risk upsetting their viewers by playing with one of the Paul brothers. We will see how Summit1G’s viewership changes in the coming weeks.
4. Next Pokemon Go Limited Time Event Focuses on First-Gen Pokemon
Starting today (April 10th) at 1 PM PDT, players will find significantly more first-generation Pokemon out in the wild. While you will have a great chance of finding any first-generation Pokemon, a couple specific ones will stake out at gyms; Aerodactyl and Snorlax will be waiting for players who compete in Raid Battles until the event ends on April 17th. Also, for the duration of the event players will receive double candy for transferring Pokemon.
5. South Korea Fined Game Companies Almost $1M Over Loot Crates
Last week, The Korea Herald reported that several game developers in South Korea had been fined for a total of almost $1 million for deceptive loot box practices. The Korean Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said that Nexon Korea, Netmarble Games, and NextFloor all misstated the odds of earning high-level loot from their loot boxes. Nexon Korea was the most highly punished and paid the lion’s share of the fines, paying around $885,000 for their shady practices. Hopefully governments continue to crackdown on businesses misleading their frequently young customer bases.
The Daily Moot (4/9/18)
1. The Studio Behind ‘LawBreakers’ is Moving on to Battle Royale
If you haven’t heard of LawBreakers before, we don’t blame you. The game released around the same time PUBG came out in early access and was a bit overshadowed to say the least. As a result of both the game’s unimpressive player numbers and the success of battle royale games like Fortnite and PUBG, the team behind LawBreakers is reinvesting their energy into a new game called Radical Heights. Radical Heights, like a traditional battle royale, pits 100 players against each other to be the last man standing. It has a certain arcade-y feel to it and it some unique mechanics, but those may not be enough to draw players away from the established battle royale games. Early access starts tomorrow.
2. Blizzcon 2018 Dates Announced, Tickets on Sale in May
The highly anticipated Blizzcon will be in Anaheim on November 2nd-3rd this year. Tickets will go on sale in batches, with the first starting at 7 pm PT on May 9th and the second at 10 am PT on May 12th. Blizzcon features a wide array of events like Q&A sessions, cosplays, developer panels, and perhaps most importantly some big esports tournaments. Finals for all the big Blizzard games will take place at Blizzcon, including the finals for the Overwatch World Cup. Those who can’t make it in person have the option of buying the Blizzcon Virtual Ticket to get all the in-game goodies they’ve come to expect from Blizzcon.
3. Jeff Kaplan Says Overwatch Isn’t Ready for Player Role Queues Yet
When asked about role queues in Overwatch, where you can queue up as a tank, healer, or dps and find a team with a balanced composition, Jeff Kaplan said Overwatch was not ready just yet. The problem, according to Kaplan, said the two proposed systems both have problems. Either the game lets you queue as a tank but then switch heroes OR they lock you into only playing tank heroes after you queue up as one. The first way creates a system where role queue is effectively pointless and the second method doesn’t accord for the fluid nature of Overwatch. Hopefully the team can find some happy medium because many members of Overwatch’s community believe role queuing could fix many of the game’s perceived problems.
4. Paladins’ Team Shows Off Realm Royale’s Crafting System in Their New BR Game
Back in January, Paladins Battlegrounds came out for a few magical days. Although the battle royale game mode was in early access, it was a hit with those who got the chance to play it. After a few days though, Hi-Rez Studios recalled the game mode, announced they wanted to release it as a standalone game, and went silent. Finally, there is news: Realm Royale is still on track and they’ve made some changes, notably by introducing a crafting system. Players will be able to destroy unwanted items for materials and can bring those materials to forges where they will turn them into a random legendary weapon or ability. A lucky few have made it into the closed alpha test for the game, but there is a strict NDA so don’t hold your breath for any more info until Hi-Rez is ready to tell us themselves.
5. GTA 5 Has Made More Money Than Any Film, Book, or Game EVER
An industry analyst has just revealed his findings that Grand Theft Auto 5 has sold over 90 millions copies and brought in $6 billion in revenue, making it the most profitable form of media in history. For comparison, a movie like Star Wars brought in around $3 billion dollars after adjusting for inflation, according to the analyst. Although GTA 5 came out years ago, it continues to sell copies every year in large numbers. While there isn’t any plans for a GTA 6 announced yet, Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out this year on October 26th. It almostly certainly won’t match GTA 5’s record numbers, but it should still be a great game.
*Special* Daily Moot (4/6/18)
Happy Friday everyone! Today we are doing the Daily Moot a little bit differently by giving you all a special treat... We present the very first episode of 'Moot Points with Dylan & Brian'!
The team is very excited about this project, and we hope you all enjoy it! Expect more videos like this to come in the near future. Have a great weekend!
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The Daily Moot (4/5/18)
1. Spyro Reignited Trilogy Announced, Release Date Set for September 21st
Activation announced today the Spyro Reiginited Trilogy, a remaster of the original three Spyro games from the Playstation 1 era. The game will launch with both newly remastered sound and graphics in what looks to be a massive upgrade over the originals. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy will be available on the PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, and Xbox One X on September 21st. Although we don’t know too much more about the game just yet, there is an announcement trailer that we highly recommend you check out. You can pre-order now for $39.99, if that’s your thing.
2. New PUBG Limited Time Mode is Shotguns and Melee Weapons Only
PUBG is releasing another limited time Event Mode that will last for only 72 hours. This new one is named ‘Tequila Sunrise’ and is only shotguns and melee weapons on Mirimar. The event goes live tonight at 7pm PDT. Shotguns, melee weapons, and level three armor all have drastically increased spawn rates. Bluehole is also experimenting with the safe zone settings with this one, as they are making the first safe zone much smaller and active as soon as the game starts. This should bring people together for some exciting close quarters combat. Tequila Sunrise is squads only, although you can still turn off auto-matchmaking if you really want a challenge.
3. Rainbow Six Siege Dev Cracking Down on Toxicity
In a blog post today, the Rainbow Six Siege development team outlined some new plans to combat negative player behaviors. In the short term, Ubisoft has implemented a chat monitoring system. The system will scan for inappropriate language, like racial or homophobic slurs, and track an individual’s use of them over time. Bans will be issued with duration based on severity, ranging from a few days up to a lifetime ban for the most egregious offenders. Ubisoft also mentioned a desire to combat intentional team-killing. Finally, they said Season 3 will include the ability to mute and the filter the game’s text chat. All in all, a welcome update in our eyes.
4. World of Warcraft’s Seventh Expansion Launching on August 14th
Battle for Azeroth, World of Warcraft’s next expansion, finally has a set release date. The new expansion will be launching on August 14th, which surprises many fans as a month or two ahead of schedule. While that is definitely exciting, let’s hope it isn’t being rushed through testing. The current expansion, Legion, has been wildly popular with players and will be hard to beat, but many players have high hopes for Battle for Azeroth. While Legion has seen the Horde and the Alliance, the game’s two factions, working together to fight the Legion army, the Battle for Azeroth again sees the two factions in direct conflict in what should be an amazing story.
5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery RPG Launches this Month with Impressive Voice Cast
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a new mobile RPG launching later this month. The goal of the game is to make the player feel like they’re a new student at Hogwarts, and one of the ways the developers are going about doing that is including some exciting voice actors. The impressive list of voice actors includes Maggie Smith and Warwick Davis, the original voice actors for Professor McGonagall and Professor Flitwick. Although we don’t know how exactly the game determines what house to put you in, we’re really hoping to end up in Gryffindor.
The Daily Moot (4/4/18)
1. Spider-Man Coming Exclusively to PS4 on September 7th With No Micro-transactions
The release date for the highly anticipated Spider-Man has just been announced as September 7th. The game won’t have any micro-transactions, but it will have unlock able skins for Spider-Man. While some of these skins will come from pre-ordering or the DLCs, most of them seem like they will be unlocked by playing the game. Hopes are definitely high for this game and the trailers looks good so far, but a large part of how the public will receive this game hinges on the the web slinging mechanics. If they get that right, the game will be a success. If they can’t though, it will be just another Spider-Man game that can’t live up to Spider-Man 2.
2. More Keys for PUBG’s Savage Beta and Some Welcome Updates
The initial response to PUBG’s new 4x4 km map Codename: Savage has been overwhelmingly positive. The new map lacks clothing spawns, has plenty of weapons and vehicles, and has interesting terrain. Now, Bluehole is expanding their test in a few ways. For starters, they’re bringing in even more people. You can try to get a beta key by visiting https://mapbeta.playbattlegrounds.com. Make sure you help your friends get keys too, because they just introduced squads to the new map. Alongside that update, they have increased loot spawns in smaller buildings to reward those who want to play it safe. Additionally, they shifted some values regarding the blue and red zones and have changed the balance of vehicle spawns on the map. Patch notes in full at the link below.
3. Far Cry 5 Breaks Franchise Sales Records
After doubling the first week sales of Far Cry 4, Far Cry 5 is now the fastest selling game in the series’ history. The only Ubisoft launch bigger than Far Cry 5 is Tom Clancy’s The Division, which grossed $310 Million USD in the first week. Ubisoft published an image with some amusing stats from the first week of Far Cry 5. We won’t put them all here, so make sure to check the link for the rest of them, but we’ll include some personal favorites. 8,651 players have been ambushed by skunks this week, 5.1 million fish have been caught already, and 1.1 million hours of quality time have spent with Cheeseburger the bear. Check out the rest at the link below.
4. Overwatch’s New Comic is All About Blackwatch
In a continued effort to build hype for the soon to be released Overwatch Archives event (this year’s version of Uprising), Blizzard released a new comic today. The comic features members of the Blackwatch team, the black ops division of Overwatch. Reaper, McCree, Genji, and Moira went on secretive missions to do what needed to be done. Without spoiling the contents of the comic, we’ll just say that you learn a bit more about these characters and what shaped them into the heroes we know now. You can read or download the comic at the link below. It is the one called Retribution.
5. Fortnite Will Slow Down Patch Schedule to Focus on Bug Fixes
The speed at which the Fortnite development team has released exciting new things to their game has been astonishing. Just in the last few weeks, they added multiple new game modes, several new cosmetics, and the new guided missile. While the new content will keep coming, actual updates that need to be downloaded will start occurring every 2 weeks (or one Fortnight) instead of every week. This will allow the dev team to focus on bug fixes as the game will change at a slower pace. I hope I speak for everyone when I say we love the new content but we also want to see some of the problems fixed. It’s good to see them listening to community feedback on this one.
The Daily Moot (4/3/2018)
1. PUBG Releases New Smaller Map on Test Servers
PUBG’s new 4x4 km map, Savage, was released this weekend on their test server to a very limited audience. Luckily for those of us who didn’t receive beta keys, twitch streamers and gaming journalists exist. The early consensus on the new map is that it is a HUGE step in the right direction. To list a few positives: there aren’t any clothing spawns, there is valuable loot all over the map, and there is interesting terrain to fight in. The guys at PC gamer wrote down some of their initial play test thoughts so feel free to check them out at the link below.
2. Overwatch Probably Won’t Ever Have a Battle Royale Mode
Responding to a healthy amount of demands for an Overwatch battle royale mode, Jeff Kaplan said it would be a tremendous amount of work to implement. Kaplan said, among other concerns, that “Overwatch wasn’t designed to be a 1v1. Every hero’s not balanced against every other hero.” While this is true, a similar style game (Paladins) had a successful alpha weekend with their battle royale mode. It seems unlikely that Blizzard totally skips on the battle royale craze, so if not Overwatch then what game? Personally, I suspect Heroes of the Storm.
3. Fortnite Mobile is Now Available on iOS for Everyone
After a closed beta of Fortnite Mobile last week, the game is now coming to all iOS users with recent enough phones. Fortnite Mobile will run on the iPhone SE, 6S, 7, 8, and X plus the iPad Mini 4, Air 2, 2017, and pro. The game won’t run on the iPhone 5S, 6, or 6 plus nor will it run on the iPad Air, Mini 2, Mini 3, or iPod Touch. Apparently Fortnite Mobile will be available on Android devices within the next few months. As in the beta, crossplay with PC is available and you can link your accounts so you can use all your skins on multiple platforms. Go get those victory royales.
4. New Rocket League Patch Lets Players Create and Join Tournaments
In this awesome update, Rocket League how includes a tournament functionality. Players can both create and join tournaments of up to 128 teams (with a minimum of 8). Tournaments have cross-platform functionality and the creator can set minimum and maximum thresholds for entry based on competitive rank. The new update also includes new chat bans for toxic players, inventory display changes, and some interface changes. Check the link to read the entire patch notes.
5. Two New Legendary Pokemon Available in Pokemon Go Until June 5th
Starting today, the legendary Pokemon Latias and Latios will be available in Raid Battles in Pokemon Go. Until May 8th Latias will appear in Europe and Asia while Latios will appear in North America, South America, and Africa. On May 8th, the 2 Pokemon will switch locations for the remainder of the event. The new legendary Pokemon event starts shortly after Niantic introduced research missions to the game. Players are generally impressed with the amount of new content, but whether it will be enough to bring old players back is still undetermined.
*Special* Daily Moot (3/30/18)
Today we decided to do 'The Daily Moot' a little bit differently. Instead of giving you news stories, we decided to give you all a glimpse of our experience at GDC last week. Check out the video below featuring our admins Dylan & Brian at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco.
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The Daily Moot (3/29/18)
1. New Fortnite Patch Introduces Guided Missile and Sniper Showdown Return
Fortnite patch 3.4 will launch later today bringing with it the guided missile, the return of the sniper showdown limited time mode, and several highly requested bug fixes. The guided missile will give the user complete control, leaving their character vulnerable for the duration. The missile will do the same damage as normal rockets and can be found in chests and supply drops. The sniper showdown is similar to last time it was around, but with the hunting rifle and crossbow added. Additionally, downed players will die instantly. Lastly, in a series of amazing bug fixes bullseyes will disappear once the challenge is done, bushes will stop popping into view, and players heads will no longer float above the rest of their body at range.
2. Blizzard Announces the Return of Overwatch Uprising
Overwatch’s highly popular Uprising event will be returning on Tuesday April 10th. The Uprising event lets players travel into Overwatch’s past to play as some of their favorite heroes during significant moments in Overwatch’s history. Last year’s event saw players fighting Omnics in King’s Row; it is still uncertain what exactly the new event will be, but is almost assuredly going to be something new and not just a repeat of the King’s Row mission. Check out the tweet from Blizzard linked in the article to see the teaser.
3. Top Twitch Streamer Ninja Accidentally Uses Slur on Stream
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard Ninja’s name recently. He has made headlines for setting Twitch records for most subscribers and most concurrent viewers on an individual’s stream. Last night Ninja was playing with Nadeshot, the founder of 100 Thieves, when he fumbled over some rap lyrics and said a word that he certainly wishes he wouldn’t have. Ninja has been praised for being ‘one of the good ones’ and a generally stand-up dude; it will be interesting to see how the community’s perception of him changes moving forward. Ninja has apologized profusely on his twitter.
4. Team Fortress 2 Overhauls Their Competitive System
In a new update, Team Fortress 2 is attempting to get more serious with their competitive matchmaking. They’re overhauling their system and replacing it with matchmaking modeled off of CS:GO’s competitive environment. The patch includes other big updates, including creating more balanced casual matches and allowing you to queue for matches while in casual games. There are also weapon changes and tons of bug fixes, so make sure to check out the full patch notes if you’re playing TF2.
5. No Man’s Sky NEXT is a Free Update Releasing in Summer 2018
While most of us faulted the No Man’s Sky development team for false promises and moved on, they stayed hard at work. They’ve released several updates for the game already, and NEXT is apparently the most ambitious one yet. No Man’s Sky NEXT Will be a free update for people who already own the game. We don’t know anything about the nature of the update yet, but we know it is supposed to come out this summer. Alongside the announcement of the update, the team announced the game will be coming to Xbox One X when NEXT releases. This may come as a surprise to a few, as No Man’s Sky was presented as a PS4 console exclusive.
The Daily Moot (3/28/18)
1. LEGO The Incredibles Announced for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Today Warner Bros. Interactive and Disney announced the upcoming release of LEGO The Incredibles for all platforms. The game will release on June 15th in the US to complement the Incredibles 2 movie release on the same day. In the UK, the game and movie will release about a month later on July 13th. The game, in traditional LEGO game fashion, will be an open world hub. Players can explore, unlock new areas, and fight dozens of different crime bosses. Check the article for some screenshots.
2. Fortnite Battle Royale Starting Pack is a Great Deal with an Awesome Skin
Yesterday, Fortnite introduced a new starter pack bundle to buy in game. The starter pack, which costs $4.99, includes 600 V-bucks, a cosmetic backpack, and a new skin that is instantly one of the best in the game. Right off the back, 600 V-bucks is $6 worth so you’re instantly getting value there. Games have started including starter packs, presumably to get users comfortable spending money on virtual items. We don’t know if the starter pack is a limited time offer or a permanent deal, so don’t wait too long before you pull the trigger on purchasing it.
3. Rainbow Six Siege Updates Recoil in an Attempt to Fix Weapons
Although most of the time the gun combat in Rainbow Six Siege feels buttery smooth, there has been a history of inaccuracies with fully automatic weapons. In order to fix this, the R6 team is reworking their recoil system. The guns in Rainbow Six Siege will be moving away from predictable recoil patterns. The team says the hope to keep the guns feeling as close as possible to their original recoils. It is promising to see the team explaining their thought process so well, and after the recent success from the Rainbow Six team they definitely deserve the benefit of the doubt.
4. Players are Already Using a Mouse and Keyboard to Dominate PUBG Mobile
Playing PUBG on a phone is already hard, although perhaps not as hard as many of us anticipated. Plenty of players have reported pleasant surprise at how playable mobile PUBG feels. Unfortunately for most, some players are finding ways to connect a mouse and keyboard to their phone. This let’s them play the game the same way they would on a PC, meaning they can completely dominate those who are actually using their phone to play. These players are mostly using emulators or bluetooth connections to take advantage of the PUBG mobile situation. It is unclear what Bluehole can do to stop players from exploiting the mobile situation for easy wins.
5. Dragon Quest 11 Gets a Confirmed Release Date for Western Markets
Although Dragon Quest 11 came out in Japan last year, it has not been released yet in the western world. Today it was announced that the game will launch on PC via Steam in North America and Europe on September 4th of this year. The game will be coming to PS4 this year as well, and the Switch eventually, but development is still in progress on that one. In traditional RPG fashion, Dragon Quest 11 will feature an immersive world and finely tuned turn-based combat.
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The Daily Moot (3/27/18)
1. Overwatch World Cup 2018 Announced
In what may not come as a surprise to most, Blizzard has announced today the Overwatch World Cup is returning for 2018. Starting today, Blizzard will track the skill rating of the top 150 players in each country. At the end of the season the top 20 countries will be invited to the Overwatch World Cup, with Korea, the United States, France, and Thailand automatically qualifying. These four countries will serve as hosts for the group stage of the World Cup. The top 8 and finals will take place at Blizzcon 2018 in November.
2. 2018 Finalists for World Video Game Hall of Fame
The 12 video game finalists have been announced to join games like Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, and World of Warcraft in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The contenders this year include both historic titles that helped shape gaming as a whole like Spacewar!, King’s Quest, and Asteroids alongside games that launched iconic franchises like Call of Duty, Dance Dance Revolution, and Half-Life. To see the full list of contenders, check the link below. You can vote once a day until the winner is announced on May 3rd.
3. Sea of Thieves Devs Respond to Feedback and Cancel Death Tax
Before the system even hit live servers, the Sea of Thieves developers say they heard the feedback and will not be implementing a ‘death tax’ system. The idea behind the system was pretty straight forward; players would need to pay a cost to the Ferryman each time they died. Further, this cost would vary depending on how the player died. If you died an embarrassingly clumsy death, you would pay more than someone who died in battle. While many feel the game lacks the substance to justify its $60 price tag, it is nice to see the developers respond to the community. Hopefully they continue to do so.
4. Xbox Live Gamers May Start Getting Banned for Offensive Language
If you’re on Xbox, don’t get alarmed, but you may need to start watching what you say. Microsoft has introduced a new content policy set to go live on May 1st that says their users may not “publicly display or use the Services to share any inappropriate content or other material (involving, for example, nudity, bestiality, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence or criminal activity).” There are a few concerning parts here, but the biggest problem is ‘offensive language’ is vague and will mean different things to different people. And this problem goes beyond just Xbox Live, as the new conduct policy is for all of Microsoft’s services. The point is, Xbox gamers need to be careful until we find out exactly what is and is not ban-worthy.
5. PUBG’s New Map May Help Save the Game as an Esport
If you’ve played PUBG at all you know how thrilling the game can be. If you’ve watched any PUBG streams, you know how exciting some moments can be. But if you’ve watched any PUBG tournaments, you’ll know how uneventful most of the games are. Most of the tournament games have less than 100 players, for one thing, and the teams play ultra-conservatively. These leads to games with too little action, yet the spectators still find a way to miss most of it. Well, the 4x4 map may be exactly what PUBG as an esport needs. A smaller map will mean more action throughout the game that will be easier for the spectators to capture. As someone that loves to watch almost any competitive esport, I’m looking forward to it.
The Daily Moot (3/26/18)
1. Weapon Skins Come to PUBG’s Test Server
Although Bluehole is still working hard on all the bugs and requested features in PUBG, they announced today a feature many of us have wondered about for some time: weapon skins. Weapon skins will be obtained through the game’s crate system. You will find weapon skins in both the premium crates and the free crates. If you don’t like the randomness of opening crates, you can always buy the skins you want from the steam marketplace. The skin market in CS:GO, for example, is thriving and is what keeps many players invested in the game. We’ll see if it works for PUBG.
2. Far Cry 5 Skips Loot Boxes and Has Healthy Microtransactions
Far Cry 5 doesn’t have any loot boxes, but there are micro transactions. The game has 2 currencies: in-game dollars and silvers bars. Silver bars are the premium currency you can buy with your hard-earned money, but you can also find them in the game. While many games of the past have had a similar system, what makes Far Cry 5 satisfying (or at least not frustrating) is that it doesn’t force you to spend money to progress at a normal pace. Instead, the game constantly rewards you with gear and cash so you can progress your character.
The author of the article summarizes the entire micro transaction issue perfectly with their closing paragraph. They say “Far Cry 5 has the best situation possible for microtransactions: People with more money than time can put some cash in to get what they want a little ahead of their peers, and the rest of us can ignore the system and save some real-world money as we have fun collecting cash in-game.”
3. Fortnite Mobile is the New Thing Kids Are Using to Avoid Learning in School
With Fortnite Mobile out on iOS for those who have been invited, it has quickly become the hottest app out right now. And like most mobile games, the most popular market is teenagers with smartphones. The game is so popular with kids that it has become a problem in schools across the country. Some schools have even gone so far as to ban the game on their Wi-Fi networks. With Fortnite coming to Android soon and a full release of the mobile game on the horizon, this problem doesn’t seem like it’ll go away any time soon.
4. Pokemon Go Gets Storylines, Quests, and Mew
Pokemon Go at the start felt like capturing a bunch of Pokemon for the sake of capturing Pokemon, and that was okay. But as time went on, players wanted some other reason to play the game and Niantic did not instantly deliver. Soon, players may again feel a reason to play Pokemon Go. Niantic will be adding quests to the game, such as ‘Visit 5 Pokestops,’ ‘Win 3 Gym battles,’ or ‘Catch a Dragon-type Pokemon.’ These quests will be complemented by new storylines to progress through, which may eventually lead the player to capture Mew, the legendary Pokemon. Check out the article for some screenshots of what quests will look like. Personally, I might have to re download the app and give it another shot.
5. A Fortnite Stream on YouTube Last Night Got Over 1 Million Viewers
Last night Spanish YouTuber elrubius hosted a for-fun tournament featuring 100 of the top Spanish-speaking Fortnite streamers. YouTube confirmed elrubius’ stream received over 1.1 million views while even more watched the other participants’ streams. These numbers trump the Twitch viewer records set by Ninja and Drake earlier this month.
The Daily Moot (3/20/18)
1. Brigitte, Overwatch’s Newest Hero, is Now Available to Play Across All Platforms
Brigitte, the newest support hero added to Overwatch, is now available to play. She is a rather aggressive support as her kit combines offensive and defensive abilities to aid her team. The young hero is the daughter of Torbjorn, everyone’s favorite Swedish armorsmith. Brigitte is actually not new to Overwatch lore; she was Reinhardt’s squire in the comic ‘Dragon Slayer,’ which came out before the game released. Just remember, Brigitte won’t be available for competitive play until the start of Season 10.
2. Atari Reveals New Console’s Sleek Design
It may be surprising to hear, but Atari is working on a new console to be released this year. Although more information will be coming out at the Game Developers Conference this week, yesterday they revealed the visual design of the console and it is intriguing. The new console, named the Atari VCS, has a clean black look that is both a nice nod to the past and an inspired look forward. Although we don’t know what kind of games to expect on the Atari VCS, we have our hopes up that we can see a nice mix of classics alongside new titles.
3. Dragon Ball Legends Announced: The Mobile PVP Fighting Game You’ve Been Waiting For
Yesterday, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Bandai Namco announced Dragon Ball Legends for iOS and Android. The mobile fighting game will include global real-time PVP, meaning you will be able to fight against the best around the world. You will be able to control your characters using ‘Universal Cards’ that are tied to specific characters and tell them what move to do. Tapping Universal Cards in succession will trigger combo attacks. With the mention of constant content updates, this game certainly looks promising.
4. Sims Creator Announces a New Mobile Game Called ‘Proxi’
Will Wright, the man who designed The Sims and SimCity, has just announced that he is working on a new mobile simulation game called Proxi. Wright has said that the game is a bit different from his previous games, as players will start with a completely blank world to build on. Players build using memories to create new islands which can eventually connect to one another to create a complex 3D world.
5. Fortnite Mobile Brings in $1 Million in First Three Days
Although Fortnite Mobile isn’t available to everyone yet, the game has already broken the million dollar mark for Epic Games. The money comes from in-app purchases for cosmetic items, of which there are plenty in Fortnite. What makes Fortnite cosmetics so awesome is that players link their Epic Games account across platforms so you can use skins that you buy on all platforms. If you’re waiting for Fortnite to fail I hope you’re not holding your breath because it could be a while.
The Daily Moot (3/19/18)
1. New Battle Royale Game Mode for Fortnite Called Blitz: Fast-Paced Games Suited for Mobile Play
Blitz, the new game mode for Fortnite Battle Royale, is available now on all platforms (including mobile). Blitz is just like normal squads in Fortnite, except the game is rapidly accelerated. There is already a storm circle when you jump from the battle bus and new circles form and close-in at a faster rate than usual. On top of the accelerated clock, the game also includes higher spawn rates for top tier weapons and healing items. Additionally, you will even harvest resources faster! All of these factors combine to create a seriously intense, fast-paced game.
2. PUBG Mobile Officially Launches for iOS and Android Around the World
In the ever present arms race between Fortnite and PUBG, Bluehole has matched Epic Games today with the official release of a mobile version of their game. Although there have been PUBG knockoffs available on mobile for some time, fans will be excited to get their hands on the official mobile game for free on both iOS and Android starting today. The mobile version of PUBG, like the original version of the game, pits 100 players against each other in a fight to the finish. Unlike the Fortnite mobile app, PUBG mobile lacks cross-platform play and account progression.
3. Epic Games Releases $12 Million Dollars Worth of Paragon Assets Following the Game’s Failure
Paragon, a multiplayer battle arena game from Epic Games, is shutting down it’s online servers on April 26th for good. The MOBA never really took off the way that Epic Games would have wanted it to, but they aren’t going to let all their hard work go completely to waste. Many of the visual assets from the game, including both characters and environments, will be completely free for developers to download and use on the Unreal Engine Marketplace.
4. HTC Vive Pro Coming Next Month Represents Another Step Forward for VR Gaming
HTC announced today the new Vive Pro HMD. The new Vive headset has an increased resolution of 2880x1600 and includes built in headphones. You can pre-order the new model starting today for $799, the same price the original Vive launched at back in 2016. Speaking of, the currently available Vive is dropping $100 in price down to $499. It’s important to note that the new Vive Pro HMD does not include the base station or controllers. If you already have your setup, this will be nice for you as you don’t need to buy stuff you don’t want. If you’re just looking to get into VR gaming, though, it means it will cost you more than just the base $799 price tag.
5. Lego The Incredibles Game Confirmed by Toy Packaging
Finally, it has been confirmed that there will be another Legos game coming. The next confirmed game in the Legos series is based on the highly anticipated animated movie ‘The Incredibles 2.’ The Legos video games have brought us some surprisingly satisfying games in the past, most notably Lego Batman and Lego Star Wars. Although we don’t know exactly when the game will come out, we can assume it will be around the time of the Incredibles 2 movie release slated for June of this year.