The Daily Moot: Minecraft Movie, Xbox Series X Details
1. Minecraft Movie
A Minecraft movie is in the works thanks to Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia fame. While the project is the brainchild of McElhenney, he was unfortunately outed from the film in favor of Peter Sollett. Despite a complete script, a $150M budget, and having secured Steve Carell for the movie, personnel changes at Warner Bros. Studios led to the end of McElhenney’s vision. It’s disappointing to see McElhenney’s removal from the project, as he was clearly very passionate about the game, remarking on its ability to empower those who feel powerless. Peter Sollett’s version of the Minecraft movie is set to come out on March 4, 2022.
2. Xbox Series X New Details
Xbox head Phil Spencer just revealed a ton of new details about the Xbox Series X today in his Xbox Newswire blogpost. Most notably, the new Xbox will be fully backwards compatible and will introduce a new technology called “Smart Delivery.” Smart Delivery makes it so that if you own a game on the Xbox One, you will get the game for free on the Xbox Series X. While this may not work for all titles, games such as Cyberpunk 2077 have already committed to the program, ensuring that fans will receive a free copy of the game on the next-gen console if they have purchased it for the Xbox One.
The blogpost also noted that the Xbox Series X will have 12 teraflops of computing power thanks to a custom GPU from AMD which will support raytracing. This is comparable to the computing power of Nvidia’s GTX 2080 Ti, and definitely adds some serious competition to the upcoming console war.
3. Overwatch League Cancelled in Korea
The next 3 weeks of Overwatch League in South Korea have been cancelled amid growing concerns over the Covid-19 coronavirus. This includes Seoul Dynasty’s home event, which has now been postponed indefinitely. The gaming industry has been one of the hardest-hit sectors during this epidemic, but it’s good to see that companies are doing what they can to protect their personnel, players, and fans.
4. Baldur’s Gate 3 Coming This Year
Baldur’s Gate 3 is set to launch in early access this year. Based on the tabletop Dungeons & Dragons games, Baldur’s Gate 3 is a fantasy role-playing-game and takes place 100 years after the events of Baldur’s Gate 2. While there’s no concrete release date yet, Hasbro mentioned that they plan to put out a new D&D-based game every single year from now until 2025; fantasy RPG fans have plenty to look forward to.
5. Streets of Rage 4 Character Reveal
The final unknown character for the upcoming Streets of Rage 4 has been revealed. Floyd Iraia joins the 5-character roster and will use his cybernetic arms to wreak havoc on his opponents. Although he’ll be the slowest of all the characters, he will also have the longest reach in the game and will boast “tremendous power.” Streets of Rage 4 is set to come out in Spring of this year.
The Daily Moot: LoL Clash Returns, R6 Clash Disabled
1. League of Legends Clash Returns
Clash finally returns to League of Legends! The bi-weekly competitive 5v5 tournament was briefly teased in beta last season and now it’s finally here to stay. Assemble your 5 player team and take on the competition in an 8-team bracket-style tournament. Each team will play a total of 3 games and will receive improved rewards based on how many wins are secured. If your team manages to win the tournament by going 3-0, each member will receive enhanced rewards along with exclusive cosmetics that can only be earned by winning a Clash tournament. Be sure to head over to our League of Legends lounge to find the perfect Clash teammates for your region!
2. Rainbow Six Siege Clash Disabled
For the third time in just 10 months, Rainbow Six Siege’s Clash has been disabled. Ubisoft said in their statement, “We have become aware of an exploit, and have decided to deactivate Clash. As such, Clash will not be available for play until we have resolved the issue.” It’s clear that the defender has been one of, if not the, most problematic Operators in the game. Maybe this is why Ubisoft is targeting her for a rework?
3. PUBG Cross-Party Play
As part of its 6.2 update, PUBG has finally introduced cross-party play for Xbox and PS4 players. Previously, even though matches were populated with players from both consoles, you could only party up with players on the same console. This is a great improvement for PUBG and hopefully we’ll see more games follow suit.
4. Dying Light Free to Play Weekend
For the first time ever, Dying Light is going free to play. As part of its 5th anniversary celebrations, Dying Light is doing a free-to-play weekend from now until February 23. While one weekend isn’t exactly a lot of time to explore the game, it should give you a good opportunity to try out the all-new Story Mode option which makes the days longer and nights shorter. The free weekend is just the first of many events in honor of the 5-year anniversary, so players who already own Dying Light can look forward to plenty more festivities between now and March 19.
5. Borderlands Movie
First teased back in 2015, after 5 years of silence many fans expected the Borderlands movie to be permanently shelved. Well, according to Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, it seems like the film is back on the table. Pitchford prematurely unveiled on Twitter that Eli Roth, best known for the Hostel films, is set to direct the new movie. Eli Roth’s movies are typically very gory and violent, so we’ll have to see how his style plays a role in the cartoonish world of Borderlands. Borderlands 3’s Creative Director Paul Sage is apparently trying to get Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to play the role of Claptrap, but no word on whether or not his campaign is succeeding.
Fortnite's New Season is Meowgical!
Good meowning, Mooties! Our video this week focuses on Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2. The new season is called Top Secret and it has tons of wacky, wavy, inflatable, arm-flailing goodness for you to experience. Check out the video below, where we cover our favorite parts of the new season!
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Season 2: Top Secret, Apex Kings Canyon Returns
1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2: Top Secret
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is finally here! After several delays caused Chapter 2 Season 1 to be the longest season in Fortnite history, fans will no doubt be glad to enjoy the new season dubbed “Top Secret.” This season is all about spies and secret agents, and players will be forced to pick a side to fight for: Ghost or Shadow. Marvel's Deadpool will also be making an appearance this season, and will have his own set of challenges as a “secret” battle pass skin. Check out the Season 2 launch trailer below!
2. Apex Legends Kings Canyon Returns
Kings Canyon is returning to Apex Legends! Unlike the Grand Soiree event earlier this year which showed us the revamped Kings Canyon, this time we’re getting the original Season 1 map. Unfortunately it will only be available this weekend and will disappear again after February 24. Although you can only play the old map temporarily on the unranked playlist, the new Kings Canyon will replace World’s Edge as the featured ranked map for Season 4: Assimilation starting March 24.
3. Sea of Thieves Crews of Rage
The latest update to Sea of Thieves, Crews of Rage, is now live! Some of the highlights include new voyages, a new Fortress fight, and a new set of Tomes to collect. There are also some much-needed quality-of-life improvements to swordfighting combat. The update also introduces “Chests of Rage,” a type of cursed chest that can set your ship on fire if left unattended for too long. You can get your hands on the new chests by completing Duke’s latest Bounty Voyages or by conquering the Molten Sands Fortress.
4. Mount & Blade 2 Release Date Announced
Mount & Blade 2, the sequel to the Medieval sandbox game, finally has a concrete release date. The game will hit early access on March 31, and will be available for $50. Although it does have a story, Mount & Blade 2 is focused on exploration and is designed to be open and directionless, allowing players to carve their own path and create their own adventure. The new game is considered a prequel to the original, taking place 200 years prior during the collapse of the Calradian Empire.
5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct
The latest edition of Nintendo Direct features Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The video gives an in-depth look at what to expect from the upcoming game, showing a significant amount of gameplay. The video is pretty long at 25 minutes, but it’s extremely detailed so if you’re excited about the new Animal Crossing it’s definitely worth checking out. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to launch one month from today on March 20.
The Daily Moot: Bad News for The Last of Us Part 2
1. Sony Skipping PAX East
Over concerns of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Sony has decided to cancel their participation in the upcoming PAX East convention. While Sony’s absence will definitely be felt overall, fans will no doubt be most disappointed by missing out on The Last of Us Part 2. PAX East was supposed to provide the first opportunity for fans to get their hands on the game and demo it, but it appears that we’ll now have to wait until the game officially releases in order to play it. The Last of Us Part 2 is expected to launch on May 29.
2. Uncharted Film to Begin Shooting
After securing its seventh director in Venom and Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer, the Uncharted movie is finally ready to begin shooting. First announced in 2009, the film has gone through a tumultuous history, so it’s great to finally have something concrete in the works. The movie will draw inspiration from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but will explore the early years of Nathan Drake and serve as a prequel to the games. The Uncharted movie is expected to come out in 2021, and will star Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Sully.
3. EVE Online Shooter Scrapped
After four years in development, developer CCP Games has decided to scrap their EVE Online FPS game dubbed “Project Nova.” Designed as an FPS spin-off of EVE Online, Project Nova was first announced over four years ago and was CCP Games’ second attempt at creating a shooter in the EVE Online universe. Despite two failed attempts however, it seems that CCP Games is considering trying one last time. It’s expected that the new project will be much more ambitious than the previous attempts, with a spokesperson saying, “We're continuing to develop our sci-fi multiplayer shooter game concept actively evolving it beyond the original scope for what was formerly codenamed Project Nova.”
4. No Man’s Sky Living Ships Update
The latest update to No Man’s Sky is bringing biological spaceships to the game. The free Living Ships update will allow players to hatch ships from eggs and nurture them into adulthood. Once the ships are adults, you’ll be able to fly them around like their mechanical counterparts. It definitely sounds strange but strange is pretty much the status quo for No Man’s Sky thus far.
5. Desperados 3 Trailer
After missing its planned 2019 release date, Desperados 3 is now expected to launch this Summer. Desperados 3 is a Wild West tactical stealth game where Red Dead Redemption meets Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. The game will serve as a prequel to the series, taking place before the events of Desperados 1. Check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Diablo and Overwatch TV Shows, Warzone Details
1. Diablo and Overwatch TV Shows
According to Activision/Blizzard co-president Nick van Dyke, it appears that TV adaptations of Diablo and Overwatch are in the works. Although no formal announcement has been made, the info comes straight from Nick van Dyke’s LinkedIn page, which describes his work on the projects. There isn’t a lot of info about the upcoming Overwatch TV show, but we do know that Diablo will be in “anime-style” and will be distributed worldwide through Netflix. Who knows whether or not these shows will have the same success as other video game adaptations like The Witcher, but a Diablo anime definitely sounds awesome.
2. Modern Warfare Battle Royale Details
Some new info about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s upcoming battle royale mode “Warzone” has been revealed. Most notable is that the mode will be available for free as a standalone version, meaning that you can play the battle royale even if you don’t own Modern Warfare. Although the source for the new info is apparently straight from the US development team, these leaks (as with all leaks) should be taken with a grain of salt, as anything could change between now and launch. Barring any unanticipated delays, Warzone is expected to be released sometime in early March.
3. Siege’s Clash Likely Getting Reworked
As part of its new direction for Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft is planning to rework existing operators rather than release new operators. Starting in Year 5 and Year 6, Ubisoft will only be releasing 1 new operator each season instead of 2. Game director Leroy Athanassoff said that this is because they want to focus efforts on improving the current game state, both in core gameplay and in re-inventing current operators. Number 1 on the list for reworks appears to be Clash, which Athanassoff described as “problematic.” He went on to mention that they “have issues with shields right now” in general, and described shield operators as “super frustrating.” No word yet on what this means for other shield operators like Montagne and Blitz, but it's clear that Clash is their top priority right now.
4. Sonic Movie Dominates Box Office
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie dominated the box office on its opening weekend, raking in $57M domestically. This far exceeded expectations as the movie was only predicted to make around $40M. The Sonic movie has earned well over $100M worldwide, making it the most successful video game movie of all time. Sonic’s success likely means we’ll see more video game movies in the future; which games would you want to see on the big screen?
Pick Your Valentine: Operation Void Edge or Modern Warfare Battle Royale!
Happy Friday! This week’s Moot Points video focuses on two HUGE games right now: Rainbow Six Siege, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
We look into Rainbow Six Siege’s upcoming Operation Void Edge, breaking down what we know, what we think we know, and what we will know very soon.
Next, we explore the upcoming battle royale game mode that we think will be coming to Modern Warfare very soon. WE’RE HYPED! Are you hyped?!
The Daily Moot: Pokimane Scholarship, Modern Warfare Battle Royale
1. Pokimane Esports Scholarship
Popular streamer Pokimane just donated $50,000 to the University of California, Irvine for the foundation of the Pokimane Scholarship for esports. UCI is one of the top esports colleges in the world, having won the League of Legends National Collegiate Championship in 2018. Pokimane’s donation is the first ever esports endowment for the school, which was the first public university to create an official esports program. This is a really awesome way for Pokimane to give back to the gaming community, hopefully we can see more esports personalities follow in her footsteps.
2. Modern Warfare Battle Royale
It looks like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be getting a Battle Royale mode in the near future. According to some recent leaks, the new game mode will be called “Warzone” and will feature solos, duos, and trios. Much to the delight of fans, Warzone is expected to include an Apex Legends-style ping system, as well as a revive system. Vehicles will also be prominent in the new game mode, with one leaked image showing ATVs, SUVs, helicopters, cargo trucks, and tactical rovers. Of course, these are all just leaks and anything could change by the time Warzone actually comes out. Are you excited for a new Call of Duty Battle Royale?
3. Half-Life: Alyx Release Date
The release date for Half-Life: Alyx has finally been confirmed! Half-Life: Alyx is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it marks Valve’s first return to the fan-favorite franchise in over a decade. Earlier this year, Valve promised that the game would come out sometime in March, but amid all the recent delays fans were understandable wary of the guarantee. It turns out Valve was telling the truth; Half-Life: Alyx will launch on March 23.
4. Untitled Goose Game Wins GOTY
Untitled Goose Game just won Game of the Year at the 23rd Annual DICE Awards. The passion project indie game managed to come out on top of a stacked field, which included games like Death Stranding, Control, and Outer Wilds. Untitled Goose Game seemed to come out of nowhere last year but it really took the world by storm. Players flocked to wreak havoc on a small English village, using their goose powers in clever and creative ways. While all of the nominees are great games in their own right, it’s pretty cool to see a small indie game like Untitled Goose Game win a major award like this.
P.S. Check out the latest edition of Ryan's Always Right below! This week's featured game is Undertale.
The Daily Moot: Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge
1. Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge
Ubisoft just put out an awesome new trailer revealing the two upcoming Operators for Rainbow Six Siege, Iana and Oryx. Iana comes from a long line of engineers and is currently holed up at a space station. Oryx is a muscle-bound juggernaut who was Kaid’s second-in-command at the Fortress. Unfortunately today’s trailer is just a small teaser, but we can expect to get more details on Saturday at the Rainbow Six Siege Invitational. Check out the trailer below!
2. PUBG Team Deathmatch
In a world where every shooting game seems to be adding a Battle Royale mode, PUBG is now doing the opposite. As part of its 6.2 update, PUBG is adding an 8v8 Team Deathmatch mode to the game. The new mode is first-person only, and features 8 different Spawn Kits (loadouts) to choose from. PUBG’s Team Deathmatch is now live on the Test Servers; give it a shot and let us know what you think!
3. Epic CEO Condemns Loot Boxes
During his keynote speech at this year’s DICE Summit, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeny condemned the implementation of loot boxes and pay-to-win monetization strategies. He emphasized that the industry needs to regain the trust of their audience and move away from a “customer adversarial model.” It’s great to hear one of the most powerful names in gaming criticize pay-to-win systems; maybe this will be the catalyst the industry needs in order to re-emphasize focus on game quality rather than on cheap, exploitative monetization strategies.
4. Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
It’s been an awfully long wait but the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is finally here! It’s safe to say that this version of Sonic looks much, much better than his original animation design. Critics so far have been lukewarm towards the film, with many praising Jim Carrey’s performance as Dr. Robotnik. Although the movie officially launches tomorrow, many theaters are beginning to show the film today, so check your local showtimes if you want to be one of the first to see it.
5. Pokemon Sword and Shield Crashes
Trainers around the world have been experiencing game crashes on Pokemon Sword and Shield while trying to access online features. It appears that the issue is being caused by modders who have been introducing hacked Pokemon into the Poke-ecosystem. This has mostly been an problem for the Surprise Trade feature, which has made innocent players unwittingly receive hacked Pokemon. The issue doesn’t seem to be a major concern because it isn’t affecting save data, but players are understandably frustrated by the game crashes considering it’s completely out of their control.
The Daily Moot: Activision/Blizzard Hates Their Fans, Stardew Valley Sequel?
1. Activision/Blizzard Drops GeForce Now
GeForce Now is probably the best cloud gaming platform on the market, and one of its key selling points is its incredible library of games. Unfortunately, all games from Activision and Blizzard have been pulled from the service, including Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Diablo 3. There aren’t many details on why Activision/Blizzard has decided to drop GeForce Now, but it’s likely that it just comes down to money. While it’s of course important for publishers to get paid what they deserve, this just seems like yet another instance of Activision/Blizzard doing a disservice to their fans. As far as GeForce Now is concerned, you can still enjoy any of the 1,500+ non-Activision/Blizzard games that the platform provides.
2. Stardew Valley Sequel
The developer of Stardew Valley, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, is working on two new games, including what appears to be a Stardew Valley sequel. Although it won’t be a farming sim, the game will take place within the world of Stardew Valley. Concerning his new projects, Barone said that he is “approaching this game with the goal to surpass the quality of every aspect compared to Stardew Valley.” Stardew Valley is easily one of the most successful and well-liked indie games of all time. If Barone is able to achieve what he’s set out to do, we could very well be getting another masterpiece that greatly affects the video game landscape as a whole. Unfortunately, it sounds like we’ll have to wait awhile; as he still has to put in the “1000's more hours of work necessary to finish it.”
3. Borderlands 3 Increasing Level Cap
Borderlands 3 is getting its first-ever level cap increase. The maximum level will now be 53 instead of 50. While this may not seem like much, Borderland 3’s lead designer explained that they are taking a conservative approach because the skill trees are extremely powerful and Gearbox wants to ensure that the game doesn’t become unbalanced. Along with the level cap increase, the update will also include a limited-time Broken Hearts Day event where players can earn some free guns and skins. The February update goes live tomorrow.
4. The Division 2 Expansion
The Division 2 is getting a massive expansion called Warlords of New York. Taking place in a former Dark Zone in South Manhattan, the expansion is designed to tie up loose ends from The Division 1, including the conclusion of Aaron Keener’s storyline. Warlords of New York will also increase the level cap from 30 to 40, and will also introduce many quality-of-life improvements and an RPG overhaul. The expansion will cost $30, and is set to come out on March 3.
5. Metro Exodus Sam’s Story
Metro Exodus’ second major expansion "Sam’s Story" is now live! In the new expansion, players control a former marine who is trapped in the post-apocalyptic Soviet territories and is struggling to return home to the United States. Check out the official launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Nintendo Suing Gamers?
1. Nintendo Going After Leakers
Nintendo is sicking the chain chomps on video game leakers. After Portuguese website FNintendo accidentally leaked images of Pokemon Sword and Shield back in 2019, Nintendo has completely cut ties with the company after 14 years of collaboration. It’s not just major publications that Nintendo is going after; they have also begun taking legal action towards leakers on online platforms like 4Chan and Discord. While it’s completely understandable that a company would want to protect their intellectual property, it seems unlikely that threats of lawsuits will stop leakers anytime soon.
2. Big Changes Coming to Anthem
BioWare has announced their plans to completely revamp Anthem. It’s no secret that the game has been a commercial and critical flop, much like The Division 2 which it was set to compete against. BioWare says they are scrapping the upcoming season and updates, and instead are going to put all their efforts into redesigning the experience and reinventing the core gameplay loop. Whether or not their efforts will be successful remains to be seen, but BioWare is certainly optimistic as games such as No Man’s Sky have proven that huge comebacks are possible.
3. The Last of Us Part 2 PS4 Themes
The Last of Us Part 2 just released some new concept art along with a dynamic theme for the PlayStation 4. The theme is available for free from the PlayStation Store, and it transitions from day to night depending on your PS4’s clock. In order to unlock the theme, players in the Americas should use code 4FMP-BBNM-J5L3, while players elsewhere should use code 9DEK-PKNG-N445. The codes expire today, so if you want the new theme be sure to act fast!
4. Animal Crossing Chrome Extension
A fan-made extension for Google Chrome now lets you play music from any Animal Crossing game through your browser. Called the Animal Crossing Music Chrome Extension, the add-on changes the songs based on your local time and weather. The new extension could be the perfect thing to tide you over until Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches next month.
5. Outriders Trailer
Set in a dark and desolate sci-fi world, Outriders is a 1-3 player co-op shooter from Square Enix and People Can Fly. There aren’t a lot of specific details about the game yet, but they just released their first official “gameplay” trailer. Not sure why they’re calling it a “gameplay trailer” because it’s pretty much all cinematics and no gameplay. That said, the game does look interesting. Check out the trailer below.
P.S. Check out Rue's latest Tried and True review of Temtem!
The Daily Moot: Modern Warfare Season 2
1. Modern Warfare Season 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 2 starts tomorrow! Fan-favorite map Rust is finally coming back to CoD, along with plenty of other updates. Season 2 will introduce two new guns, an AR called the GRAU 5.56 and an SMG called the Striker 45. There will also be new and revamped game modes, including what appears to be a vehicle-based Ground War. Check out the official trailer below!
2. Steam Concurrent User Record
Steam just broke their all-time record for the most concurrent users with over 19.1 million players. The previous record of 18.8 million users was achieved just one week ago, suggesting that Steam is experiencing a surge in popularity right now. Prior to last week, the record of 18.5 million was held for over 2 years. CS:GO has been the biggest recipient of the surge, breaking their own concurrent user record with nearly 1 million players. The reason for the uptick in popularity isn’t clear, but some have suggested that it’s a consequence of the coronavirus which is leading people to stay indoors and play games for entertainment.
3. Parasite Wins Best Picture
The Academy Awards were last night, and Parasite won Best Picture in a huge upset. Parasite is a South Korean black comedy film from critically acclaimed director Bong Joo-Ho. This is the first time in Oscars history that a foreign language film has won Best Picture. Parasite also took home the awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director.
4. Broomstick League
Do you like Harry Potter? How about Rocket League? Well, you're in luck because Blue Isle Studios has developed a Rocket League-inspired Quidditch game that is being released next month. Fly around on your broomstick and warp the arena with your spells as you attempt to outscore your opponents in 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 matches. As gimmicky as it sounds, the game actually looks pretty fun. Broomstick League will hit early access on March 5; check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: EA is Bad Again, Delays Galore, and More!
1. EA Raising Prices
EA just raised prices on their Steam games for players outside of the United States. While some of the price increases are fairly small, other games nearly doubled in price. This has understandably angered fans internationally, and many critics are suggesting that EA is trying to manipulate the prices to make sales seem like a better deal. Some of the games that saw price increases include Dragon Age: Origins, Sim City 4, and Dead Space 2. This is far form the first time EA has slighted consumers in a blatant cash grab. Is it time for another EA boycott?
2. The Outer Worlds Switch Delay
The Outer Worlds Switch port is the latest game affected by the coronavirus. Originally expected to release on March 5, the game has been delayed indefinitely in order to ensure the health and safety of the Virtuos team working on the project. The Outer Worlds is nowhere near the first gaming victim of the virus outbreak, with other Nintendo projects like the Animal Crossing Switch console also suffering delays, as well as professional gaming leagues such as LCK and Overwatch League.
3. Resident Evil Tribute
Daymare: 1998, a Resident Evil tribute, now has an official release date. The game was originally created as Resident Evil 2 Reborn, but Capcom thwarted those plans when they decided to make an official Resident Evil 2 remake of their own. Undeterred, Daymare developers decided to change the name but keep the game. It’s still essentially Resident Evil 2, but with different names and a couple of fresh ideas. Daymare: 1998 will be released on April 28, and will be competing directly with the Resident Evil 3 remake which launches on April 3.
4. Activision Remasters
During their Q4 earnings report, Activision announced that they are planning to release several new remastered games this year. Following the success of remasters like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Modern Warfare, it’s not hard to see why. Fans love replaying the nostalgic games with modern technology, and they're certainly easier to develop in comparison to creating an entirely new game. Which games would you like to see remastered?
P.S. Check out Ryan's latest First Impressions review! This week's featured game is Ticket to Ride.
Apex Season 4, Geforce Now, and Warcraft Refunds!
Happy Friday! Let's recap the biggest stories in gaming for the week, shall we?! 🙌
This week, Apex Legends Season 4 released, Nvidia launched Geforce Now, and Blizzard began to offer refunds for Warcraft 3 Reforged. We break down all these stories for you in this lovely little video. Let us know what you think down below!
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Harley Quinn, Ubisoft's Big Plans, and More!
1. Fortnite x Birds of Prey
The latest crossover has come to Fortnite! In collaboration with the upcoming Harley Quinn movie “Birds of Prey,” Fortnite is releasing a series of Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad skins. The first Harley bundle will be available later today, and will include the Lil Monster XoXo Harley skin as well as the Harley Hitter and Punchline pickaxes. What are your thoughts on the new skins? Birds of Prey hits theaters tomorrow.
2. Ubisoft’s Big Plans
Ubisoft just revealed that they have some big plans for later this year. During the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, Ubisoft is planning to release 5 AAA games. This news comes after several games were shelved or delayed by Ubisoft, including Watch Dogs Legion and Rainbow Six: Quarantine. There’s no word yet on the exact titles we can expect, but it is very likely that we’ll see some of these delayed games finally get their launch.
3. Overwatch League Stats Lab
Ben Trautman, the stats man for the Overwatch League, just released a new tool called the Overwatch League Stats Lab. The Stats Lab contains an insane amount of information on pro players, allowing you to dig into the smallest details of what makes pros so good. Although Trautman tried to make the tool as user-friendly as possible, he also released a series of tutorial videos to help you find exactly what you’re searching for.
4. The Witcher Season 2
The Witcher Season 2 will apparently feature an all-new original character who did not appear in the video games or books. The new character will be named Violet and will be played by Doolittle actress Carmel Laniado. In addition to the new character, series showrunner Lauren Hissrich also mentioned that the second season will be much more linear than the first. Filming for The Witcher Season 2 is expected to start this month, and will premiere on Netflix in 2021.
5. Gears of War Boss Leaves for Blizzard
It’s no secret that things at Blizzard haven’t been going too well lately. From Diablo Immortal to Warcraft 3 Reforged, it’s clear that they’ve gotten out of touch with their fanbase. In an effort to change their ways, Blizzard has hired Rod Ferguson, the head of Microsoft’s The Coalition Studio and the director for Gears of War. At Blizzard, Ferguson will be tasked with overseeing the Diablo franchise. It’s unclear how much his hiring will affect the upcoming Diablo 4, which was announced last year and is already in development.
The Daily Moot: Is Rockstar in Trouble?
1. Dan Houser Leaving Rockstar
Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games and head writer of Bully, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto, is leaving Rockstar. It’s not clear why Houser is leaving the studio, but it seems to be on good terms. Rockstar put out a statement thanking Houser, saying they are “extremely grateful for his contributions.” Dan Houser’s brother and fellow co-founder Sam Houser will still remain as President of the company. Rockstar is easily one of the most successful and critically acclaimed gaming studios, in large part because of Houser's writing on franchises like GTA and Red Dead Redemption. Let’s hope Dan Houser’s absence won’t result in a drop in quality.
2. Super Smash Bros. Fire Emblem
It’s no secret that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a lot of Fire Emblem characters. In total, there are 8 playable characters from the series and another 3 non-playable assist trophy characters. This has led to criticism from fans, which Nintendo has now addressed. Shockingly, it turns out that Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros., agrees with fans. In his statement Sakurai said, “There are too many Fire Emblem characters. But when something’s decided, I move ahead with it.” In other words, the decision to add the characters is determined by Nintendo and is out of the director’s hands. No word on whether or not anything will change in the future, but it seems unlikely.
3. First-Party PlayStation Studio Closes
PlayStation has officially closed Manchester VR, their first-party PlayStation Studio. Manchester VR was established to create exclusive virtual reality games for the PlayStation, but it’s now been shut down before ever releasing a game. Sony explained their decision was part of an effort to “improve efficiency and operational effectiveness.” Manchester VR is the third UK-based PlayStation studio to be closed in the PS4 generation.
4. The Mandalorian Season 2
The Mandalorian Season 2 has been confirmed by Disney during their recent quarterly earnings call. Although they didn’t provide an exact release date, they did mention that The Mandalorian Season 2 will launch in October of this year. Disney also promised more Baby Yoda merchandise and consumer products, including a $350 life-size statue. While efforts on a third season are still unclear, Disney boss Robert Iger suggested that Mandalorian spinoffs are a definite possibility. Maybe Baby Yoda will get his own show?
The Daily Moot: Death of the Google Stadia?
1. Nvidia GeForce Now
Nvidia has officially launched GeForce Now, their new cloud gaming service. With GeForce Now, gamers can play essentially any game on any PC, even if the PC lacks the necessary specs. This means that as long as you have a stable internet connection, you could play the latest ray-tracing AAA titles on your dilapidated, decade-old laptop. As a cloud gaming service, GeForce Now is a direct competitor to the Google Stadia, but Nvidia’s version has a lot of awesome benefits. For example, GeForce Now automatically connects to your Steam library, which means that unlike the Stadia, you don’t have to buy a second copy of games you already own. Oh, and GeForce Now is also available for free. Could this be the death of the Google Stadia?
2. PlayStation 5 Pricing
It seems that the next-gen console war is turning into a bit of a waiting game. Sony just revealed that their pricing of the upcoming PlayStation 5 will be largely determined by the Xbox Series X price. In other words, Sony is keeping their plans a secret until Microsoft reveals how much the new Xbox will cost. Sony’s Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki also mentioned that Sony will almost certainly be taking a loss on the consoles, which is unsurprising considering the impressive specs that have been released. Sony also launched the official PlayStation 5 website today, which means we could be close to the official reveal of the new console. Which side are you on in the console war?
3. Blizzard Finally Addresses Warcraft 3 Reforged
After the debacle that has been the Warcraft 3 Reforged launch, Blizzard has finally decided to address the situation. Blizzard “apologized” to fans who were unhappy with the game, and have now decided to offer full refunds to all players regardless of playtime. Blizzard also outlined some of their plans for the game, but it’s unlikely that the minor improvements will be enough to win over their disgruntled players.
4. Saints Row 4 Coming to Switch
Saints Row 4: Re-elected is headed to the Nintendo Switch. The port will come with 25 pieces of DLC, including the two main story expansions Enter the Dominatrix and How The Saints Save Christmas. Although the game was originally released in 2013, there will be many quality of life improvements for the Switch port, particularly for the drop-in drop-out co-op that Saints Row is known for. Saints Row 4: Re-elected is expected to launch on the Switch on March 27.
The Daily Moot: Apex Season 4, Super Mario Bros. Movie, and More!
1. Apex Assimilation Final Trailer
Apex Legends just released one final hype trailer in anticipation for Season 4! With a little mix of backstory and gameplay (as well as some shameless battle pass promotion), the new trailer gives us our first glance at Revenant’s abilities and voice lines. Check out the trailer below; Season 4 Assimilation starts tomorrow!
2. Super Mario Bros. Movie
A new Super Mario Bros. movie is in the works! Unlike the original Super Mario Bros. movie which came out in 1993 and was live-action, the new movie will be animated. That’s probably a good idea, considering the original was poorly received by critics and fans alike. Although Super Mario Bros. is the only movie currently in production by Nintendo, Mario creator Miyamoto suggested that many more games will likely make their way to the theaters. Unfortunately we’re gonna have to wait a while before that happens; the Super Mario Bros. movie isn’t expected to come out until 2022.
3. Wizards of the Coast RPG
Wizards of the Coast, best known for Magic: the Gathering, just announced that a new sci-fi RPG is in development. The currently untitled game will be produced by Wizard’s of the Coast’s new gaming studio Archetype Entertainment. They haven’t released a lot of details yet, but we do know that the game will be a “story-driven epic,” and will have a heavy emphasis on player choice.
4. Warcraft 3 Reforged Breaks Metacritic
Warcraft 3 Reforged is pretty bad to say the least. How bad exactly? Well, Warcraft 3 Reforged just officially became the lowest-rated game on Metacritic. With more than 20,000 negative reviews, the game currently has a user score of 0.5 out of 100. It's safe to say that Blizzard really blew it with this one.
The Daily Moot: FF7 Trailer, Trials of Osiris, Apex Mobile, and More!
1. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Trailer
Final Fantasy 7 Remake just released a new trailer today! While it’s being billed as a theme song reveal, the trailer packs much, much more. It confirms that while some elements of the game will be a true remake, there are also new twists in the story. Oh, and it also features a crossdressing Cloud. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
2. Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris
Dataminers have uncovered a ton of information about the upcoming season of Destiny 2 and all signs are pointing towards the return of the competitive PvP mode Trials of Osiris. According to the dataminers, the upcoming “Season of the Worthy” starts on March 9, and will launch after a series of events beginning with an Empyrean Foundation Event. It seems the dataminers’ predictions were spot on; Bungie just revealed that the “Empyrean Foundation rebuild effort” will launch next week.
3. Apex Legends Mobile
It looks like Apex Legends may be coming to mobile after all. In May of last year, shortly after the release of the game, Respawn mentioned their desire to bring Apex Legends to mobile. It’s been nearly a year since then, and a quiet one at that, but now EA finally confirmed their commitment to mobile during yesterday's Q3 earnings report. There’s no word yet on any sort of timeline, but we should learn some more information during their Q4 earnings report in May.
4. Animal Crossing Switch
Nintendo just unveiled its new Animal Crossing-themed Switch and it’s one of the best-looking Switch skins yet. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, and players who are buying the Switch specifically to play the new game will undoubtedly enjoy the themed console. The Animal Crossing-themed Switch will release on March 13, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch one week later on March 20.
5. Alien Hominid Returns
A new Alien Hominid game is in the works! The Behemoth, perhaps best known for Castle Crashers, just announced Alien Hominid Invasion, a throwback to the original flash game from 2004. Alien Hominid Invasion is the 5th game from the studio, and will be available for demo at PAX East next month. Check out the announcement video below!
P.S. Check out the latest edition of Ryan's Always Right below! This week's featured game is The Talos Principle.
Activision x Google Streaming Deal Plus the Death of a Legend!
Activision and Google have just announced a massive exclusivity deal that guarantees all of Activision’s streaming events, including the Call of Duty League and the Overwatch League, will take place on YouTube! If that’s not enough, we also update you on the Apex Legends situation building up to Season 4. Finally, the greatest pirate in all the lands makes an appearance (or multiple)!
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The Daily Moot: Revenant is VIOLENT, Say Goodbye to Overwatch Heroes
1. Apex Legends Revenant Trailer
Apex Legends just released their latest trailer for the upcoming release of Revenant and Season 4 and it is VIOLENT. “Revenant was the greatest hitman the Mercenary Syndicate ever had. But when his programming eventually failed, he saw what Hammond Robotics had turned him into: a walking nightmare of steel and vestigial flesh.” What could his abilities be? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
2. Overwatch Benching Heroes
There are some huge changes coming to Overwatch for Season 21. In order to switch up the meta, Competitive Play will have different hero pools every week. This means only certain heroes will be available to play each week and the rest will be disabled. The new hero pools will only affect Competitive Play and will not impact Arcade or Quick Play matches. In his statement, director Jeff Kaplan explained that the Hero Pools system is merely a test for Season 21, and it may go through several changes or be scrapped altogether depending on reception.
3. GTA Giving $2M to Every Player
December 2019 was the most popular month in GTA Online’s history, which is absolutely insane for a game that came out nearly 7 years ago. To celebrate, Rockstar is giving away $2M of in-game currency to every single player just for logging in. Log in between now and February 5 to receive the first $1M, and log in between February 6 and February 12 to receive the second $1M. Rockstar is also giving away freebies for Red Dead Online on the same schedule so be sure to log in and claim those as well.
4. Joker Comes to Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat 11 just got a new addition to its roster, adding Batman’s Joker to the fray. Reviews so far have been stellar, with many players considering Mortal Kombat 11’s Joker to be the best Joker in any fighting game yet. He’s incredibly strong and will likely get nerfed in the future, so be sure to give him a shot soon.
5. Dead Cells DLC
After 16 free updates since its release in 2016, Dead Cells is getting its first-ever paid DLC. Called Bad Seed, the DLC will introduce new creatures, companions, biomes, and weapons, including the game’s first double-slot weapon. The DLC is designed to spice up the early game for new players and those who have already played through the core game. Bad Seed is set to launch on February 11 and will cost $5.
The Daily Moot: Warcraft 3 is BAD, Resident Evil Updates, and More!
1. Warcraft 3 is Back and it’s BAD
Warcraft 3: Reforged is officially live! Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Warcraft, but first impressions of the remake have not been kind. Reviews have been universally scathing, with criticism towards rampant bugs, broken features, janky animations, and bad graphics. Players across the board are condemning Warcraft 3: Reforged as a catastrophe of a game and have already begun requesting refunds. Not a good look for Blizzard.
2. Resident Evil Resistance Not Canon
According to Resident Evil 3 Remake producer Peter Fabiano, Resident Evil Resistance will not be canon. While this may disappoint fans who were hoping for the story’s continuation, there will still be many familiar faces in the new game. Although the game may not be canon, it shares a thematic connection with the rest of the Resident Evil series, particularly with Resident Evil 3 Remake. Both games are set to launch on April 3.
3. PlayStation Plus February Games
Sony just revealed the list of games for February’s PlayStation Plus lineup. Starting February 4, Bioshock: The Collection, The Sims 4, and Firewall Zero Hour will all be available for free for all players with a PlayStation Plus membership. Download the games before March 2 and they will be available in your library forever as long as you remain a PlayStation Plus subscriber.
4. The Art of The Last of Us 2
The Last of Us 2 is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year and now you can get an inside peek behind the making of the game. The Art of the Last of Us 2 is a 200-page book featuring extensive insights into the making of the game. A deluxe edition was made available for pre-order today, and includes a gallery-quality lithograph, slipcase, and exclusive cover in addition to the book.
5. Stadia Pro Freebies
Stadia Pro will be getting 2 free new games next month. On February 1, Gylt and Metro Exodus will be added to the Stadia Pro free game library. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Samurai Showdown will both be removed from the free game library at the same time, so be sure to claim those games by January 31 in order to keep them.
The Daily Moot: Streamers Ditching Twitch, Xbox vs PS5, and More!
1. Streamers Ditching Twitch
Streamers seem to be having a mass exodus from Twitch and it’s not hard to see why. Although Twitch remains the biggest live-streaming service for gaming, competitors are offering huge contracts to streamers in an attempt to poach them. Shroud, Disguised Toast, and Valkyrae are just a handful of the streamers who have left Twitch. Here’s the crazy part: they all went to different services: Mixer, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube, respectively. As the competing platforms all vie for the biggest names in streaming, the result is some insane contracts with top stars like Shroud and Ninja raking in up to $30M with their deals. Sounds like it’s a good time to be a streamer.
2. Xbox Boss Says Frame Rate > Resolution
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has reinforced Xbox’s commitment to maximizing frame rates even if it means a decrease in resolution. Although he’s made similar comments in the past, Spencer said of the upcoming Xbox Series X, “The feel of the games [is] definitely something that we wanted to have more focus on, not just throwing more pixels on screen.” While high-resolution gaming certainly seems to be the focus for most companies (PlayStation announced 8k compatibility with the upcoming PS5), it appears Xbox is taking the complete opposite approach. Which do YOU think is more important: frame rate or resolution?
3. Pokemon Home Details Revealed
Pokemon Home is coming next month and we finally have some more details about the new service. Pokemon Home is an app designed to connect and manage all of your Pokemon needs across games and platforms. An evolution of Pokemon Bank, the new app will allow players to trade, move, and store Pokemon of different games all in one place. Pokemon Home will be available on Switch and Mobile, and will be a subscription-based service starting at $3/month or $16/year.
4. Dying Light: Bad Blood Free
After revealing that Dying Light 2 has been delayed indefinitely, developer Techland has decided to give Dying Light: Bad Blood to all players for free as an apology. Bad Blood is a battle royale version of Dying Light, where players survive against zombies and each other to become the last person (or team) standing. Although Techland is giving the game to all Dying Light players on all platforms, Bad Blood is only available on PC. You can claim your free copy from Dying Light’s official dockets website.
5. Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge
Mortal Kombat is getting an all-new animated movie called Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. The upcoming film will mark the video game’s first foray into full-length R-rated animated films. The movie features many fan favorite Mortal Kombat characters who have to battle to the death in a tournament to save Earth. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
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The Daily Moot (Apex's New Character Murdered!)
1. Apex's New Character Has Been Murdered
Just days after his announcement, Apex's new character Forge has been killed off. Apex Legends just released its latest "Stories from the Outlands" video which features Forge getting murdered during a live interview. His assassin? None other than Revenant. Does this mean that Revenant will be the new Season 4 legend instead of Forge or is Respawn just throwing us for a loop? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
2. Do In-Game Punishments Violate Your Rights?
After his in-game appeal was denied, gamer Amro Elansari recently sued Jagex for muting his Runescape account. The player alleged that Jagex had engaged in discrimination against him, and that the mute violated his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. While it was an interesting approach, the lawsuit was quickly dismissed with a US Federal Court determining, “The First Amendment and its constitutional free speech guarantees restrict government actors, not private entities.” In other words, Jagex can do whatever it wants with its own game because it’s a private entity. So no, as much as it may feel unjust, getting muted does not violate your civil rights.
3. Activision Signs Exclusive Deal with YouTube
Activision Blizzard has signed a partnership deal with Google which will put all of their streaming content exclusively on YouTube. This means that pro leagues such as Overwatch League and Call of Duty League will only be available on YouTube, and will no longer appear on other streaming services such as Twitch. Although Twitch is still the dominant force in the game streaming market, competitors such as YouTube and Mixer have been making huge strides and closing the gap through deals like this.
4. New Star Wars Game
According to a leak from Cinelix, a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game is currently in development. While rumors of a Knights of the Old Republic remake have been circulating for years, the new game will instead be a sequel to the first. BioWare created the much-loved original but it’s unclear whether or not they will have any hand in the upcoming game. There's not a lot of info yet, but expect more details to be revealed later this year at E3.
5. Chinese Professional LoL Suspended
China’s League of Legends Professional League has been suspended indefinitely due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The LPL’s official Twitter released a statement saying that matches would be suspended until they can "ensure the safety and health of players and fans." It’s unclear yet how this will affect teams and players who undoubtedly want to reach global competition at MSI later this year.
6. Hearthstone VR
Blizzard has apparently created a Hearthstone VR prototype, enabling players to play the card game in virtual reality. It’s not just the cards and board but the entire tavern, so you can really warm your toes by the hearth! Some of the features of the prototype allowed players to walk around the tavern, throw cards, and flip tables. Unfortunately, as fun as it may sound, it is unlikely that the VR version will ever see production.
The Daily Moot (Legends of Runeterra, Fortnite Season 2, and More!)
1. Legends of Runeterra
Legends of Runeterra is now live! Riot Games is finally putting the “s” in Games with the official launch of Legends of Runeterra, their new digital CCG. Unlike Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra has its own client and is being treated as a unique game completely independent of League of Legends. That said, there’s still a lot of League influence with many popular champions making an appearance. Check out the new game and join in on the discussion over on our new Legends of Runeterra lounge!
2. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 has finally been announced! After an extremely long Season 1, players will no doubt be excited for the arrival of Season 2 and the changes it will bring. There’s no word yet on what exactly we can expect in the upcoming season, but we’ll likely get some more news in the coming weeks. Chapter 2 Season 2 begins February 20.
3. Rocket League Closing Online Multiplayer
Rocket League is closing its online multiplayer for certain PC players. Starting in March, developer Psyonix will stop providing support for Linux and Mac users. This means all online content will be disabled, including things such as online matchmaking, friends lists, and shops. Psyonix recommends players who will be affected to download the Windows version of the game before March in order to continue playing with full functionality.
4. Steam Lunar New Year Sale
The Steam Lunar New Year Sale is here, offering huge discounts on thousands of games. Some of the highlights include 66% off Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, 75% off Vermintide 2, and 90% off Phoning Home. Even if you’re not looking to expand your gaming library, Steam is giving out Year of the Rat tokens every day to all users. You can spend these tokens in the Lunar New Year Night Market, which offers Steam enhancements such as animated profile backgrounds, chat room effects, and chat stickers.
5. Plague Inc. Resurgence
Plague Inc. has experience a huge surge in popularity in China amid the current Coronavirus outbreak. The game, which first launched in 2012, is now the top paid app in China's iOS store. Showing a display of a dark sense of humor among Chinese gamers, Plague Inc. is a strategy game where players try to eliminate humanity with a gradually mutating pathogen.
P.S. Check out Ryan's review of Legends of Runeterra and see what all the hype is about!
Fortnite Bans, Apex Legends Season 4, and 100T's New Compound!
Can you get BANNED for jumping in Fortnite now? Is the new Apex Legends character OVERPOWERED? Will Dylan leave his friends BEHIND?
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The Daily Moot (New Apex Legends Character, GTA Update, and More!)
1. New Apex Legends Character
Apex Legends just revealed its upcoming new character named Forge! A five-time Hyper Fighting Federation champion, Forge is a brawler with a huge robotic left arm. Although his abilities are still unknown, Respawn described the new character as having “a mean left hook,” so you can expect his robotic arm to play a significant role. Forge will launch alongside the start of Season 4 which begins on February 4.
2. GTA Online New Car
GTA Online goes off-roading this week, with the release of the all-new Nagasaki Outlaw. The latest addition to the Casino Cars, the Nagasaki Outlaw is an off-road buggy with a protective roadcage, encouraging players to use the vehicle for some next-level exploring. Test it out in Overtime Rumble, where you can get double rewards for a limited time. If you were hoping for something more race-ready, the Progen Emerus supercar is available through the Lucky Wheel Podium this week.
3. New Hearthstone Heroes
Hearthstone Battlegrounds just got two new heroes in a recent update. The first is Tirion Fordring whose ability costs 1 mana and gives minions with no minion type +1/+1. The second new hero is Millhouse Manastor, whose ability is a passive where your minions cost 2 Gold, refresh costs 2 Gold, and you start with 2 Gold. Try out the new heroes and see if you can come out victorious in the Battlegrounds!
4. Vermintide 2 Update
Vermintide 2 just got a huge update today, releasing the first chapter of Curse of Drachenfels. In the first chapter, players will be returning to Castle Drachenfels to investigate the disappearance of Grey Mountain villagers. The remaining 2 chapters will be released later on in Season 2, and all 3 chapters will be completely free. The update also introduced a new in-game store called Lohner’s Emporium of Wonders which sells cosmetics in exchange for in-game currency. Currently the store only offers hats and hero skins, but expect more cosmetics to be added over time.
5. Dishonored Tabletop Edition
Courtesy of Modiphius Entertainment, Dishonored is the latest video game to be turned into a tabletop RPG. Unlike the Dishonored video game where players assume the role of an assassin, the tabletop version will let players choose other careers such as workers or explorers. The game will launch with a 300-page book, introducing the Empires of the Isles and the Void and providing a four-act campaign set in Dunwall. The Dishonored Roleplaying Game is expected to launch this summer.
The Daily Moot (1/22/20)
1. 100 Thieves Crazy New Compound
100 Thieves officially opened their new Los Angeles headquarters and esports facility today! Dubbed the 100 Thieves Cash App Compound, the 15,000 sq ft building is said to be the largest esports facility in America. The compound is designed to be a place where all facets of 100 Thieves can come together, including esports, content creation, and apparel and merchandise. To facilitate this, the building includes things such as esport training facilities, streaming rooms, and other dedicated areas for 100 Thieves affiliates to work independently or with each other. Could this be the future of streaming and gaming-related entertainment?
2. Half-Life Goes Free-to-play
In anticipation for the release of Half-Life: Alyx, every single Half-Life game is now free to play until the new game launches! This gives gamers plenty of time to catch up on the story before jumping into Alyx later this year. Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two are all available for free on Steam from now until the launch of Alyx on April 1 (assuming it doesn’t get delayed of course).
3. Hearthstone Galakrond’s Awakening
Hearthstone’s latest solo adventure, Galakrond’s Awakening, is now live! The adventure features two separate story campaigns, one for the League of Explorers and another for the League of E.V.I.L. Each chapter of the adventure features unique rewards, including new cards that are only available through the campaigns. The first chapter of the E.V.I.L. campaign is now available and is free for all players.
4. The Witcher Breaks More Records
As part of their Q4 earnings report, Netflix announced that The Witcher is its most successful first-season show ever. To date, The Witcher has had over 76 million households tune in. The Witcher seems to be one of those rare occasions where a video game inspired movie/TV show actually turns out well and has mass appeal. Maybe it helps that the games were originally based off books. At any rate, everything The Witcher is at an all time high now. We’ll have to see if CD Projekt Red can pull it off again and create another global phenomenon with Cyberpunk 2077.
5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Disney just dropped an all-new trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Originally on Cartoon Network and later on Netflix, The Clone Wars has now been resurrected by Disney+. It’s been nearly 6 years since the show’s last episode so expect the new producers to have some big surprises in store. The 7th and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premieres on February 21. Check out the trailer below:
The Daily Moot (1/21/20)
1. Ubisoft Making Big Changes
Ubisoft’s recent releases, such as The Division 2 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, have been commercial and critical disappointments. This has led to the delay of Rainbow Six: Quarantine, Gods and Monsters, and Watch Dogs Legion, as well as the cancellation of other projects. The studio is now looking to switch things up, announcing a restructuring of their editorial team in an effort to increase the diversity in their game lineup. Most notable among these changes is the rehiring of Splinter Cell Creative Director, Maxime Beland. While this has fans excited for a Splinter Cell resurrection, there’s no info yet about a new game. Instead, Beland’s role seems to be focused on the overall vision of the company and we will likely see some big changes represented in Ubisoft’s future games.
2. The Elder Scrolls 6
The Elder Scrolls 6 could be on the horizon as Bethesda has begun a mass hiring spree. According to the job listings, Bethesda is looking for programmers who are ready to push "the bleeding-edge of RPG development for the PC and consoles." This news had led fans to believe that Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi game Starfield is finally wrapping up production, meaning that The Elder Scrolls 6 will finally become the studio’s main focus.
3. Dying Light 2 Delayed
Delay, delay, delay. This time it’s Dying Light 2 getting hit with the delay hammer, albeit the details are a bit different. Unlike previously delayed games which claimed they needed more time for polish and fine-tuning, Techland is being vague with their reasoning, saying, “We will have more details to share in the coming months, and will get back to you as soon as we have more information.” Pretty sure they already have the “information” and just don’t want to share with us. At any rate, it sounds like Dying Light 2 is having some pretty serious development issues and won’t be launching any time soon.
4. Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops
It’s official: Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops will be here sooner than the actual game. According to an announcement at the London Toy Fair, Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops will be available on April 16, 2020. This is the same date that the game was originally supposed to release. Of course, its launch day has now been pushed back to September, meaning that the action figures will be here a full 5 months sooner than the game. How do you feel about buying merch for a game that hasn’t come out yet?
5. MHW: Iceborn Road Map
Monster Hunter World: Iceborn just released its 2020 road map, with detailed information on what’s to come between now and April. One major update is the PC version will be synced with console, and both versions will have the exact same content. This means that PC players will be getting new content such as the Volcanic Region and Tundra Region, as well as all the monsters that reside there. Check out the road map below:
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2020 - The Year of Delayed Games! (Moot Points)
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The Daily Moot (1/17/20)
1. Call of Duty Dominates
Market research company The NPD Group just unveiled its list of the best-selling games of the decade. Well, uh, it’s basically just Call of Duty. All of ‘em. Of the top 10 best-selling games of the decade, Call of Duty holds 7 spots, with every title from Black Ops to Black Ops 4 making the list. Incredibly, the top spot is NOT a Call of Duty game; that honor goes to Grand Theft Auto V. If you're surprised by the list, keep in mind that these are the best-selling games, not the top-earning. This means free-to-play games like Fortnite or League of Legends won't be making an appearance.
2. Overwatch Lunar New Year
The Overwatch Lunar New Year 2020 Event is now live! The Year of the Rat celebrations will run from now until February 6 (Chinese New Year is on January 25). The event brings an all-new limited-time game mode called CTF Blitz, a high-octane version of Capture the Flag where the flags are closer together. Weekly challenges are back with plenty of rewards including sprays, icons, emotes, and epic skins. There’s also 4 new legendary skins available during the event, one each for Sombra, Moira, Brigette, and Lucio. Check out the trailer below:
3. Yet Another Game Delay
Is 2020 the year of the game delay? Yet another game has been delayed for “polish and fine-tuning,” with the victim this time being Iron Man VR. At least this one isn’t nearly as long as the others. Originally slated to release on February 28, the game will now launch on May 15. That makes 4 major games that have been delayed for “polish” just this week, the others being Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Marvel’s Avengers, and Cyberpunk 2077. What on earth is going on?
4. Sekiro Manga
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is getting a complete manga edition. The manga, some of which has been available in Japan, serves as a prequel to the game, diving into the backstory of Hanbei the Undying. The complete edition will be released on February 27 in Japan, unfortunately there’s no word on an English version yet.
5. Bojack Horseman Final Season Trailer
Bojack Horseman is coming to an end. One of the longest-running Netflix original series of all time, Bojack Horseman has been universally acclaimed by critics, with multiple publications calling it the best TV series of the decade. The second half of the final season is almost here, and the creators have released a trailer to get fans ready for the finale. The final 8 episodes will premiere on Netflix on January 31.
The Daily Moot (1/16/20)
1. Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again
CD Projekt Red just announced that Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed. Again. Just like the developers of Marvel’s Avengers earlier this week, CD Projekt Red decided to delay the release of Cyberpunk 2077 in order to polish and fine-tune the game. In order to do so, they will be pushing the release date back a full 5 months. That sounds like an awful lot of polish and fine tuning. With the extremely high expectations for the game, it makes sense that the developers want to make it as good as possible on release, but fans have been anticipating the release for over a year now and are no doubt starting to get antsy. Cyberpunk 2077 is now slated to launch on September 17.
2. The Death of E3?
E3 has long been considered the premier video game expo but many pundits are saying that the death of E3 is looming. Sony confirmed they will not be attending the expo in 2020 and they’re not the only company bowing out. EA, Disney Interactive, and Blizzard will all be absent from the event as well. Developers seem much more interested in teasing games on their own terms, either through their own expos (like Blizzard’s BlizzCon) or through partnerships with popular streamers. Could this really be the death of E3?
3. Modern Warfare Season 1 Extended
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Season 1 has been extended. The extension not only gives players some extra time to achieve their goals, it also introduces some new challenges and rewards along the way. One of these rewards allows you to add a brand-new crossbow to your arsenal. Modern Warfare Season 1 will now end on February 11.
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is getting a new Fighters Pass which will introduce 6 new characters to the game. Sounds awesome right? There’s a catch. Nintendo isn’t willing to say who the new characters will be, even though they’ve already decided on all of them. Nintendo did say, however, that all the characters would be released by the end of 2021. If you’re okay with the mystery, the Fighters Pass will be available for pre-purchase starting January 28.
5. Sea of Thieves Gilded Voyages
Sea of Thieves latest update “Legend of the Seas” is now live! The update brings back Gilded Voyages for a limited time, giving players a great opportunity to fill their coffers and get some loot. There’s also a new NPC called the Masked Stranger who will give you double the normal gold for you Gilded Voyage loot. You can find her in the Reaper’s Hideout. Players are only allowed to do one Gilded Voyage, so make sure you’re up for the task before making your way to a tavern and requesting one from Duke.
The Daily Moot (1/15/20)
1. Ninja Get His Own Fortnite Skin
It has finally happened - Ninja is getting his very own Fornite skin. The skin is an exact replica of Ninja including his lightning blue hair and his blue and yellow attire. You can get the skin tomorrow at 4pm PT which will include the Ninja outfit, the Ninja Edge back bling, the Ninja emote (pon pon), and dual katanas pickaxe! The Ninja deal will only be available through January 19th at 5pm PT so get don't forget to get it tomorrow! Now that Ninja has his own skin.... who's next?!
2. Rainbow Six Siege: Road to Six
Rainbow Six Siege just got some awesome new updates in anticipation for the upcoming Six Invitational 2020. Among these updates is a brand new map called Stadium which features a kill house lined with bulletproof glass, guaranteed to create some unique and captivating gameplay. When playing on Stadium, players will have all Operators unlocked and available, making it the perfect opportunity to try out new Operators. There’s also a new battle pass available today, with loot spread out over the next 5 weeks. The Six Invitational, which will feature the top 16 Rainbow Siege Siege teams, begins on February 7. Ubisoft also dropped a new trailer for the event called "The Program," check it out below:
3. Destiny 2 Mystery
Something strange is happening in Destiny 2’s Corridors of Time. A new quest is enticing players to explore the corridors which are occasionally available through Osiris’s Sundial. Through the quest, you can gain access to a secret room with new lore cards, strange symbols, and a “mysterious thing.” The event has players and puzzle-solvers in a frenzy in an attempt to unravel the mystery but so far nobody has been able to crack the code. Perhaps you can be the first?
4. PUBG Season 6
PUBG Season 6 just hit the test servers, giving players a chance to preview what’s to come. Try out the all-new 64-player map Karakin. Karakin is a 2x2km map with big open spaces and is designed for fast-paced play. The map also features something called a “Black Zone,” which strikes a random area and transforms it. If the new map isn’t already enticing enough, it also features PUBG’s first flying vehicle, allowing you to rain down terror from the skies above.
5. Visions of N’Zoth
The latest update for World of Warcraft, Visions of N’Zoth, is now live! The Old God N’Zoth has made his return and must be defeated by the Heroes of the Horde and Alliance in the new Ny’alotha raid. That’s not the only new thing, Visions of N’Zoth also introduces two new races to the game, the fox-like Vulpera and the half-machine Mechagnomes.
6. Slay the Spire 2.0
Slay the Spire, one of the most unique and critically-acclaimed games of 2019, just got a massive new update. After months of beta testing, the first new character “The Watcher” has finally gone live. The Watcher is described as “a blind ascetic who is fond of miracles and peeping at cards in her draw pile.” The update also included a bunch of balance changes and quality of life improvements, including the introduction of an all-new Potion Lab. Think you have what it takes to slay the spire?
P.S. Also be sure to check out our new Indie Games lounge! In the Indie Games lounge you can talk about all your favorite games that don't have their own lounge on Moot! Our Admin team will also be posting a lot of great content in there so be sure to pin the lounge to stay updated!
The Daily Moot (1/14/20)
1. New Indie Games Lounge!
Introducing the all-new Indie Games lounge! Now you finally have a place to discuss all your favorite games that don’t have their own lounge. The Admin team will be posting a lot of awesome new content in the Indie Games lounge, so be sure to pin the lounge and follow your Moot Admins (Ryan, Rue, Dylan, and Brian)! Also check out our Best Games of the Decade List below; which admin do you think has the best taste in gaming?
2. Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Pass Leak
The Year 5 Pass for Rainbow Six Siege just leaked and you’re probably not gonna like what you see. The leak revealed a decrease in new Operators from 8 to 6. That’s not all, the pass which used to include 600 extra credits won’t include any this time. Hopefully this isn’t part of the “new vision” the new core development team was talking about. Although things aren’t looking good, the leak is still unconfirmed and the details could change by the time the pass actually releases.
3. Epic Confirms Free Games through 2020
Epic gave away dozens of incredible games last year and it appears there are more to come! Many people expected the weekly freebies would come to an end in 2020, and were surprised to see free games in the Epic Games Store earlier this month. Fortunately, Epic put fears to rest today, officially confirming that they will be giving away free games every week for the entirety of 2020. Yay for free games!
4. Marvel’s Avengers Delayed
The release date for the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers game has been delayed. Originally expected to launch in May, the game will now launch on September 4. The developers, Crystal Dynamics, said they want to spend more time polishing and fine-tuning the game. While fans will no doubt be disappointed by the delay, they certainly won’t mind as long as the end product truly is polished and fine-tuned. We’ll have to wait and see about that.
5. DOOM Eternal Trailer 2
Bethesda just dropped a new trailer for DOOM Eternal this morning. The trailer features hype cinematics certain to entice fans, as well as clips of real gameplay footage showing what you can expect in the game. DOOM Eternal launches March 20, 2020.
The Daily Moot (1/13/20)
1. The Witcher Interactive Timeline Map
The Witcher’s timeline of events is confusing to say the least. Good thing Netflix has our backs; they just released an interactive timeline map showing all the major events along with their dates and locations. Check it out and you’ll probably learn some things that you didn’t know (or didn’t want to know). For example, did you know Geralt is over 100 years old and Yennefer is 72? The power of magic is something else.
2. Borderlands 3 Event Postponed
The Borderlands 3 Takedown at Maliwan Blacksite event has been postponed due to technical difficulties. Takedown at Maliwan Blacksite is an endgame raid designed and balanced for a full party of 4 max-level players and it offers some of the best loot in the game. The planned event would temporarily make the raid scaleable to party size, meaning that players could take it on solo or duo and maximize the loot rewards. Originally planned for the start of the year, the event will now be live from January 16-30, after which the difficulty will ramp back up and force you to use a 4-man squad.
3. AGDQ Breaks Record
AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) is an annual gaming event where the best speedrunners on the planet attempt to push boundaries and break records while raising money for charity. This year’s event was the most successful yet, raising over $3 million and breaking a record for the most money raised in the process. The $3 million, which was the product of over 54,000 unique donations, will go to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
4. Legends of Runeterra Open Beta
Legends of Runeterra is entering open beta next week! Legends of Runeterra is a new digital card game based on League of Legends. Although they’re calling it a beta, it seems the game is pretty much complete as it will be launching with ranked mode ready. You will permanently keep all the cards you earn during the beta, so feel free to go all-out from the start. Unlike League of Legends and TFT, Legends of Runeterra will have its own client, and will also be available on iOS and Android. The open beta launches January 24.
The Daily Moot (1/10/20)
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1. League of Legends Season 2020
League of Legends Season 2020 has begun! The latest ranked season for the biggest esport on the planet is now live, with professional play resuming in just 2 weeks! If you’re not hyped already, check out this incredible Season 2020 cinematic from Riot Games.
2. Apex Legends Grand Soirée
Starting on January 14, Apex Legends is hosting a massive Grand Soirée (a fancy word for a fancy party). The party will last for two weeks, over the course of which you’ll be able to test out a bunch of new content. The Grand Soirée will introduce 7 different game modes which will rotate every 2 days throughout the event. Each game mode has its own challenges, allowing you to rack up points and earn prizes. There will also be new Dapper Legendary skins and art deco cosmetics available in the shop, as well as via Apex Packs and crafting.
3. New Red Dead Online Content
A batch of new content just hit Red Dead Online, introducing new cosmetics and expanding the Moonshiner update. Some of the new clothing options available include a Rivera Hooded Tunic, Pico Sandals, and a pair of new hats. The patch also expanded the Moonshiner Frontier Pursuit, offering discounts on all the gear you need to get started. Players who are able to reach Moonshiner Rank 3 by January 13 will earn an exclusive colorway of the new Kelley Boots.
4. Super Mario Maker 2 Expansion
Nintendo just expanded the amount of levels you can create in Super Mario Maker 2! Whereas the previous cap was 64 levels, players will now be able to upload up to 100 levels each. Nintendo announced that over 10 million player-created levels have been shared on the game, and decided to increase the cap in celebration.
5. Ciri Takes Center Stage
According to Lauren S. Hissrich, the series showrunner for Netflix's The Witcher, Ciri will be taking center stage in the next season. The show will look to explore the relationship and dynamic between Ciri and Geralt, and show how their trust is built despite initially being strangers. Unfortunately, The Witcher won't be returning until 2021, so we'll have to wait awhile before seeing how it all pans out.
The Daily Moot (1/9/20)
1. Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass
A new, paid DLC Expansion Pass is coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield. The Pass will cost $30, and will bring 2 DLC packs which will contain new environments, Pokemon, clothing items, and more. The first expansion is called Isle of Armor and not only does it introduce returning Pokemon from outside the Galar region, but also a brand new legendary called Kubfu. The second expansion is Crown Tundra, which focuses heavily on exploration. If you’re on the fence about purchasing the Expansion Pass, all players will be able to sample the new expansions for free later today. The first expansion is expected to launch this June.
2. Chinese is Steam’s Most Popular Language
According to the results of Valve’s December 2019 Steam Hardware and Software Survey, simplified Chinese is now the largest language demographic on Steam. This marks the first time that English was not the most popular language. It’s important to note that participation in the survey is optional, so the results are far from scientific and the data may easily be skewed.
3. New Hearthstone Solo Adventure
Hearthstone is getting a new solo adventure called Galakrond's Awakening. Galakrond’s Awakening will be a part of the Descent of Dragons, and will feature 24 encounters spread across 2 different stories. The expansion will also introduce 35 new cards which can be earned by completing the solo challenges.
4. New Nvidia Driver Drastically Improves VR
Nvidia new driver just gave a huge graphical and performance boost to VR games. Nvidia’s new Variable Rate Supersampling (VRSS) boosts overall graphical quality by cleverly selecting certain areas in the field of view to focus on. The driver update currently supports 20 different titles, and is only available for RTX graphics cards.
5. Free Games from Epic
Epic Games is officially continuing their weekly freebies. From now until January 16, players can claim Sundred: Eldritch Edition for free from the Epic Games Store. As long as you claim the game before January 16, the game will stay in your library forever. Sundred: Eldritch Edition is “a chaotic hand-drawn metroidvania where you resist or embrace ancient eldritch powers.” It also includes local co-op for those of you looking to try out a new game with friends.
The Daily Moot (1/8/20)
1. Overwatch 2 Launch Leak
According to a tweet from PlayStation Brazil’s official Twitter page, it seems that Overwatch 2 could be coming sooner than expected. The tweet, which has since been deleted, claimed that Overwatch 2 would be coming to PS4 this year. Blizzard has yet to comment on the leak, and has generally left the community in the dark regarding the upcoming sequel/expansion. Overwatch 2 was playable at BlizzCon last year, but project head Jeff Kaplan explained that it was still in early development and the team did not have a target release date at that time.
2. IGF Nominees Revealed
The Independent Game Festival just released their list of nominees for the best indie games of the year. While there are many categories including Art, Design, Audio, and Narrative, most eyes will undoubtedly be on the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. The Grand Prize nominees are Mutazione, A Short Hike, Untitled Goose Game, Slay the Spire, Eliza, and Anodyne 2: Return to Dust. Which game do you think will take home the trophy?
3. Twitter’s Most Popular Game is NOT Fortnite
Twitter recently shared some of its data, revealing the most talked about games of 2019. With more than 1.2 Billion tweets about gaming, many people expected Fortnite to come out on top because players have been very vocal about their love or hate for the game. Fortnite didn’t take the crown, so what was the most talked about game of the past year? Surprisingly, that honor goes to Fate/Grand Order. First released in Japan in 2015, Fate/Grand Order is an extremely popular turn-based RPG that got its US release in 2017. The game still hasn't been released in Europe, so it seems like there's still a lot of potential for upwards growth.
4. Sea of Thieves is the Most Successful Microsoft Exclusive
Executive producer of Rare, Joe Neate, just released a statement that Sea of Thieves is the most successful Microsoft-exclusive game of this generation. Since its launch in March 2018, over 10 million people have played the game across Xbox Game Pass, PC, and Xbox One. In celebration of the news, players who log in to Sea of Thieves between January 15-22 will receive a free custom sail and a special new emote. Furthermore, January 15 marks the launch of the game’s latest free expansion “Legend of the Seas.” It’s a good time to be a pirate.
5. Sonic Movie Merch Hits Stores
The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie will get its worldwide theatrical release next month, and the merch is already flying in. There’s a lot of different items available, ranging from kinda cool to outright bizarre. Some of the items include plushies, Sonic Mad Libs, a blatant rip off of a Hot Wheels game, and a notebook that says “Speed Freak” on it. We have no idea why any of this stuff is considered “movie merch,” but we’ve learned by now to expect the unexpected when it comes to the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie.
The Daily Moot (1/7/19)
1. Kentucky Route Zero Final Act
Seven years have passed since the first act of Kentucky Route Zero was released in 2013, but it seems the end is now in sight. Developer Cardboard Computer has announced that the fifth and final act will be released on January 28. For those who have never heard of the game, Kentucky Route Zero is a point-and-click adventure described as “a magical realist adventure game about a secret highway running through the caves beneath Kentucky, and the mysterious folks who travel it.”
2. Nintendo Switch Gets a Stylus
The first official Nintendo Switch stylus is now available. Coinciding with the release of Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training, this marks the first time that a Nintendo-branded Switch stylus has been available for purchase. Unfortunately, most of us will still have to wait as the stylus is currently only available in the UK via Nintendo’s UK store.
3. Sony Reveals PlayStation 5 Logo
During its 2020 CES press conference yesterday, Sony revealed the logo for the upcoming PlayStation 5. The new logo follows in the footsteps of the previous PlayStation generations and is basically exactly what you would expect it to look like. Sony also released some sales numbers, revealing that the PlayStation 4 sold over 104 million units. This makes the PS4 the 2nd best selling console in history, behind the PS2 which sold 158 million units.
4. New Video Game Stamp Series
The Royal Mail is honoring classic British video games with a new commemorative stamp series. There are 8 stamps in total, each representing a classic UK-developed video game. Some of the featured games include Worms, WipEout, and Lemmings, as well as a special Tomb Raider collection. The stamps will go on sale starting January 21, but they are available for pre-order now.
The Daily Moot (1/6/20)
1. New Nintendo Switch to Start Production
A new Nintendo Switch is reportedly starting production with a target release date of mid-2020. According to rumors, Nintendo will be making 2 new variations of the Switch, with the currently available Switch model serving as a bridge between the two. One will be a budget model dubbed the Switch Light, which will focus more on the traditional handheld format. The other model will be a premium variant called the Switch Pro, which will have “enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers.” Of course, these are still just rumors so we’ll have to wait for the official Nintendo announcement before we can get any concrete details.
2. Dota Underlords Falling into Oblivion
Things aren’t looking too good for Valve’s Dota Underlords. The peak player count has dropped more than 90% since the game officially launched 6 months ago. While the autobattler genre has declined in general, competitors such as Riot Games’ Teamfight Tactics are still maintaining strong player counts. It seems Valve is striking out lately, first with colossal failure of their digital collectible card game Artifact, and now with Dota Underlords. Let’s hope they can turn it around with Half-Life: Alyx.
3. Cyberpunk 2077 Action Figures
The game might not be here but the merch sure is. Crafted by McFarlane Toys, the all-new Cyberpunk 2077 action figures represent the latest edition of Cyberpunk merchandise. There are 4 different variants available, including Male V and Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand. The action figures come with plenty of accessories, ranging from guns, to sports bags, to guitars. The figures themselves all have at least 22 moving parts, enabling you to customize them to heart’s desire. You can pre-order the figures starting today, with the first batch expected to ship this Spring.
4. Origin Releases “Big O” PC
Ever wanted to play your PC and your console at the same time? Well now you can. Origin PC just released their new “Big O” model which contains a console inside of a gaming PC. You can choose between the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One S. While you could, hypothetically, play a console game and a PC game simultaneously, the main draw of the Big O is that it allows you to play console exclusives on a PC. This makes it easy for content creators to stream console exclusive games and it also means you can crank up the game specs to their maximums.
The Daily Moot (1/3/20)
1. Fortnite Crowned the Top-Earning Game of 2019
Once again Fortnite was the highest-earning game of the year, raking in an insane $1.8 BILLION last year. While it’s not quite as much as they made in 2018, it’s still an unbelievable amount of money for a single game to pull in. It also proves that there is serious money to be made with a free-to-play business model. Hopefully this will incentivize other game developers to release free games with a cosmetic-based revenue stream. Mobile was the most successful platform of the year, earning a whopping $64B. PC came in second with $30B, while console netted $15B.
2. GTA V Now Available on Xbox Game Pass
Players with an Xbox Game Pass subscription can now get GTA V for free! This also includes GTA Online for Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Despite the fact that GTA V first launched in 2013, it has experienced a resurgence like no other and remains one of the most popular games on the planet. In fact, according to Twitch data, GTA V was the 3rd most watched game of 2019.
3. Respawn Founder to Take Over DICE
The CEO and founder of Respawn, Vince Zampella, will be taking over the DICE LA studio with his eyes set on a complete rebranding. Under Zampella’s leadership, the studio is expected to begin work on a new, original game. As the creator of massive franchises such as Call of Duty and Titanfall, it’ll be interesting to see what new original concept Zampella will come up with. Leading the new studio will undoubtedly be hard work, but Zampella is still expected to keep his position as the CEO of Respawn Entertainment.
4. Portal Prequel "F-Stop" Revealed
Valve recently revealed that they had previously planned on creating a Portal prequel called F-Stop. Portal and Portal 2 are some of the most well-known and critically acclaimed puzzle games of all time, so it’s a shame that F-Stop was cancelled. Valve gave permission to indie developer LunchHouse Software to investigate the scrapped project and bring some of its details to light. While the reveals only show off the base mechanics of F-Stop, they are straight from the original source code, giving us a unique look of what might have been. LunchHouse is currently working on their own physics-based puzzle game called Punt, so it’s possible we could see some of these mechanics in the future. Check out the first reveal video below:
The Daily Moot (1/2/20)
1. Modern Warfare Gets New Game Mode
Are you ready to Grind? The new “Grind” gamemode has now come to Modern Warfare. First featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grind combines Kill Confirmed and Harpoint in a mode that requires both tactics and gun skills. It’s unclear whether or not the new mode is here to stay, as it replaced the temporary Drop Zone mode which was available for about a week. That means if you want to Grind, now is the time.
2. The Uncharted Movie Loses its 6th Director
It may be a new year, a new decade even, but some things just don’t change. The Uncharted Movie has failed once again as yet another director has left the project. Travis Knight (director of Bumblebee) was the 6th director to join and then leave the project since it was first announced in 2007. The Uncharted Movie is supposed to be a prequel to the game’s narrative, but at this point who knows if it will ever come out.
3. Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Leaked
The Final Fantasy VII Remake demo leaked on the PlayStation store, enabling players in certain regions to download the game prematurely. Dataminers were quick to investigate the code, and they came across some pretty big news. Originally expected to be a PlayStation exclusive, the demo contained code for AMD and Nvidia compatibility, which essentially confirms a PC release. While it will likely release some time after the PS4 version, the PC port is huge news for Final Fantasy fans who have been eagerly awaiting the FFVII remake ever since it was first announced in 2015.
4. Skyrim is Getting a Granny Mod
Grandma Shirley is officially coming to Skyrim! The 80-year-old Shirley Curry is known as the “Skyrim Grandma” and she has gained quite a following, boasting nearly 800k subscribers on Youtube. The Skyrim Grandma will soon be made into an NPC follower mod, complete with her own quest lines, interactions, and observations. The character will be a classic Barbarian and will be voiced by Shirley Curry herself. There's no official release date yet, but the mod is expected to be available early this year.
The Daily Moot (12/31/19)
1. Deadpool 3 is in Production
Deadpool fans rejoice! Ryan Reynolds just confirmed that Deadpool 3 is in production! Many fans were concerned about the future of the R-rated franchise after Fox and Marvel Studios were acquired by Disney who is known for their family-friendly content. There is no official release date for Deadpool 3 yet, but apparently “the whole team” at Marvel is currently working on the project. It’s time to get hyped!
2. Epic’s Weekly Giveaways Continue
Today is the final day of Epic Games’ 12 Days of Christmas and they’re ending it with a bang! While all of the games they have given away have been great, today’s game, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, is by far the newest as it just launched a couple months ago. Fans were concerned that the 12 Days of Christmas would mark the end of Epic’s weekly giveaways but you can rest assured that the weeklies will continue (at least for now). From January 1-9, Epic will be giving away 2 free games, expected to be Darksiders 2 and STEEP.
3. Pokemon Go Hatchathon
Pokemon Go has been going non-stop with events and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Starting January 2nd, the Hatchathon event gives bonuses to all things eggy. During the event, you’ll be able to earn extra Stardust, Rare Candies, and Unova Stones. You’ll also have the chance to hatch special Pokemon, such as party hat Pichu and Wurmble from 2km eggs. For a limited time, party hat Pikachu can be encountered in the wild, with party hat Raticate and Wurmple appearing in two-star Raids.
4. G-Man Returns
For the first time in 12 years, Half-Life’s mysterious G-Man speaks. Mike Shapiro, the voice actor for G-Man, posted a short, creepy monologue as a teaser for the upcoming Half-Life: Alyx. Much like the man himself, the speech is cryptic and shrouded in mystery. Check it out below:
The Daily Moot (12/30/19)
1. The Witcher 3 Breaks Playerbase Record
In an unprecedented resurgence, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has broken its own record for concurrent players. With nearly 100,000 concurrent players on Steam, The Witcher 3 now has an even larger playerbase than it did on its launch day back in 2015. There are likely multiple contributing factors, but the biggest and most obvious is the wildly popular Netflix series “The Witcher.” Also helping is the fact that the game is now steeply discounted, which has given new players a chance to snag the critically acclaimed title for as low as $12.
2. New Details on PlayStation 5
New details on the upcoming PlayStation 5 have arrived, including a soft release date. As confirmed by Sony executives, the PlayStation 5 will release during the 2020 Holiday season. The PS5 will feature an 8-core AMD chipset, an SSD storage system, 3D audio, 8K TV support, and (best of all) will be backwards compatible with PS4 games. The PlayStation 5 is also expected to feature an all-new futuristic design as well as a new controller with haptic feedback to maximize player immersion.
3. New JRPG from Fire Emblem Creator
Shouzo Kaga, best known as the creator of Fire Emblem, just released a new JRPG called “Vestaria Saga I: War of the Scions.” After his departure from Intelligent Systems in 1999, Vestaria Saga marks the first game from Shouzo Kaga in over a decade. While the game may seem simple at first, fans are praising its sprawling, complicated maps and its emphasis on tactical decision making. Vestaria Saga I: War of the Scions is currently exclusive to Steam and is available for $20.
4. Pokemon Go Wayspot Contributions Disabled
Pokemon Go has temporarily disabled wayspot contributions because they were “too successful." Niantic has been steadily rolling out their new Wayfarer Tool which allows players to influence key areas of the map with Gym and Pokestop contributions. Due to the “overwhelming response” from players, Niantic has now disabled these contributions in an effort to prevent stability issues. There’s no timeline on when we can expect the Wayfarer Tool to be back up and running, but Niantic has promised to keep players updated via their social media channels.
The Daily Moot (12/27/19)
1. Best of Steam 2019
Steam has unveiled its "Best of 2019" charts, looking back at the some of the best-selling and most played games of the year. Unfortunately, Steam isn’t releasing the exact numbers. Instead, there are several “winners” in each category, divided into tiers of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Total War: Three Kingdoms dominated this year, both appearing at the top of several categories.
2. Pokemon Go Gets New Pokemon
The Pokemon Go holiday event is bringing new Gen 5 Pokemon and an opportunity to catch some holiday-themed Pokemon. From now until January 1st, you’ll have an increased chance to run into Ice-type Pokemon such as Sneasel, Delibird, Snorunt, and the all-new Cubchoo. You’ll also be able to catch holiday versions of Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu. Last but not least, the Gen 5 legendary Virizion will be available until January 7th. Time to go catch ‘em all!
3. New Titles for Stadia Pro Subscribers
Stadia Pro subscribers are getting 2 new free games this New Year. On January 1st, premium subscribers will be able to download Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper for free. In less-positive news, Google will also be removing one of its current free games from the Stadia Pro catalog on December 31st: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. It seems like Stadia is still trying to figure things out, but limiting their premium subscription to only 5 games probably isn’t the answer considering the massive catalogs offered by competitors like PlayStation Now.
4. Whispering Hills Mod Update
One of the most popular mods for Fallout 4, Whispering Hills, just got a scary new update. Directly inspired from the horror game series Silent Hills, the Whispering Hills mod turns Fallout 4’s wasteland into a foggy, frightening world of horrors. The latest update introduces Siren Head to the game, just in case the Silent Hill nurses, Twin-Head Screamers, and mutant Dogs weren’t horrifying enough already.
The Daily Moot (12/26/19)
1. R6 Siege Giving Away Free Operators
Rainbow Six Siege is giving away 1 free operator to everybody who logs in before January 5th. While you won’t be able to choose your specific operator, we do know that the pool contains all operators from the Year 1 through Year 4 expansions (including Kali and Wamai). If you happen to own every single operator, you’ll instead receive the very festive and highly-exclusive "Little Helper" Montagne outfit.
2. Call of Duty: Snowball Fight
A new game mode has come to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare but it won’t be here long. From now until December 31st, you can take part in the new holiday-inspired “Snowfight.” Gameplay is similar to the standard Gunfight mode, but players will start the first round with snowballs instead of guns. The Winter Docks map is also fully decorated with wreaths and Christmas lights to immerse you in the holiday theme. There's also a fun seasonal Easter egg available for those who can find the four snowmen and destroy them.
3. Doom Eternal Release Delayed
Originally expected to release in 2019, Doom Eternal is now slated to arrive on March 20, 2020. The PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions of the game are confirmed for the new release date, with a Nintendo Switch version expected shortly thereafter. Bethesda also revealed a new 3-person multiplayer game mode called “Battle Mode,” eliminating previous fears that the game would be exclusively single-player.
4. Hackers Infiltrate Fallout 76
A catastrophic exploit hit Fallout 76, allowing hackers to open up other players’ inventories and steal everything inside. While Bethesda claims they have now fixed the issue, it is likely that thousands of players had their items stolen (including over 500 streamers who had their inventories hacked on camera). If you happened to be affected by this exploit, you can contact Bethesda’s customer support team for compensation.
The Daily Moot (12/23/19)
1. League of Legends Takes Down Fortnite
League of Legends has been on top for a long, long time. That all changed last year when Fortnite smashed the competition and took over as the most popular game on the planet. While Fortnite is still extremely popular, its dominance has waned. League of Legends now reigns supreme once again, reclaiming the title of Most Watched Game with nearly 1 BILLION hours on Twitch. Fortnite sits in second place with ~880M hours while Grand Theft Auto V snagged third place with ~500M hours.
2. Moon Studios Working on New RPG
Moon Studios, best known as the developers of Ori and the Bind Forest, are setting their sights on a new action RPG. Inspired by Diablo, Zelda, and Dark Souls, Moon Studios says their goal with the new game is to “revolutionize the ARPG genre.” Ori and the Blind Forest is easily one of the best metroidvanias of all time, and a guaranteed candidate for Game of the Decade. Let’s see if Moon Studios can maintain the same quality in a vastly different genre.
3. CD Projekt Red Strikes New Witcher Deal
The relationship between CD Projekt Red and Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher series, has been rocky to put it mildly. Here’s a brief recap: CD Projekt Red wanted to make a video game based on The Witcher. Sapkowski thought video games were stupid (😱) and wouldn’t make any money. So, he wanted an up-front payment for the licensing rights instead of getting a percentage via royalties. CD Projekt Red happily agreed, and then proceeded to make some of the best and most popular games of all time, earning an insane amount of money in the process. This made Sapkowski angry and he demanded $15M from the developers who basically said “lol no.” Well, it seems all the drama is in the past now as the two parties have apparently reconciled and struck a deal, solidifying their relationship for the future.
4. Horizon Zero Dawn Getting Comic Book Sequel
Titan Comics announced a brand new comic book series based on PS4’s Horizon Zero Dawn. Rather than mirroring the video game, the comic book series will serve as a sequel and take place in the aftermath of the game’s events. The first installment of the new series will launch on May 2nd, and it will be available for free as part of Free Comic Book Day 2020.
The Daily Moot (12/20/19)
1. PUBG Takes Flight
The very first flying vehicles are coming to PUBG! The new motor gliders have room for a pilot and a passenger, and will spawn around the map just like normal vehicles. In order to take off, you need to first be travelling at least 65kmph, so you’ll definitely want some space for a makeshift runway. Motor gliders are available for playtesting in PUBG Labs from now until December 23rd.
2. It’s Christmas Time in Red Dead Online
The Wild West is getting festive as the holiday spirit makes its way to Red Dead Online. Winter weather has hit the landscape, leaving it covered in snow. Make your way to Saint Denis and enjoy the festivities, complete with Christmas trees, lights, and decorations. If you’re more of the drinkin’ and gamblin’ type, you can enjoy some Christmas tunes while you’re pounding shots at the Saloon. To top it all off, players who are active between December 23-25 will get a box full of gifts, including a Krampus shotgun variant.
3. Big Updates Coming to WoW
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is getting a new update called Visions of N’Zoth. The old god N’Zoth has broken out of jail and the heroes of Azeroth will need to fight in a new raid, Ny'alotha The Waking City, in order to take the monster down. The update will also introduce a couple new races which will allow you to play as a fox or a robotic mechagnome. Visions of N’Zoth goes live on January 14th, and will kick off Season 4 of Battle for Azeroth.
4. Rainbow Six Siege’s New Vision
In yesterday’s Daily Moot, we talked about the replacement of Siege’s development team and the focus on a “new vision” for the game. Today it seems we have a better idea of what that new vision is. With the announcement of their new Nighthaven Collection, Rainbow Six Siege appears to be expanding the lore within the game, attempting to develop a story connecting all the operators and explaining why they’re still fighting. Ubisoft has released a brand new animated short highlighting the new operators and the new Nighthaven Collection cosmetics. Check out the trailer below, but be advised that it contains explicit language.
The Daily Moot (12/19/19)
1. Rainbow Six Siege’s Core Dev Team is Leaving
Big changes are coming to Rainbow Six Siege. After 4 years with the game, the entirety of the core development team is leaving the project. The developers will still be working at Ubisoft, but not on Rainbow Six Siege. Instead, they will be replaced by a new team with a new vision for the game. There aren’t many details on what exactly this “new vision” is. The new creative director said they will focus on “expanding the game universes.” We have no clue what in the world that’s supposed to mean, but Siege is already a fantastic game. Let’s hope they don’t mess this up.
2. Fortnite Winterfest Begins
14 Days of Fortnite is a thing of the past; Winterfest is here! Like 14 Days of Fortnite, Winterfest offers challenges to complete with plenty of freebies and rewards along the way. Between now and January, you can open presents in the Winterfest lodge, which you can access by clicking the snowflake tab in the lobby. While the presents are free, the contents are a mystery (although the Millenium Falcon Glider was leaked yesterday). If you happen to miss out on a couple days of presents, don’t worry: you can open any presents you missed as long as you return to the lodge by January 7th.
3. The Steam Winter Sale is Back
The 2019 Steam Winter Sale is here just in time for the holidays! There are thousands of awesome discounted games, including Monster Hunter: World (60% off), Dark Souls 3 (75% off), Stardew Valley (40% off), and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (35% off). There are also Holiday Quests which allow you to earn Festivity Tokens. You can use the Festivity Tokens to unlock new chat stickers, chat room effects, and the Steam Winter Sale coupon. The sale ends on January 2nd, so if you see something you like be sure to get it soon!
4. Epic’s 12 Days of Christmas Starts Today
Starting today, Epic Games is giving away a free game every single day for the next 12 days. The first offering is Into The Breach, a turn-based strategy game from the makers of FTL (Faster Than Light). Epic is keeping the upcoming games a mystery, so we won’t know which games will be offered until the day they arrive. You can claim your free games each day directly from the Epic Games Store.
The Daily Moot (12/18/19)
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Brings Back the Classics
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is holding a “Season One Refresh” event which will re-introduce some classic maps and game modes. You can expect to encounter maps like Vacant and Shipment in the 6v6 rotation. They’ve also brought back the “Cranked” game mode from Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was inspired by the movie “Crank” starring Jason Statham. It’s not all old news though, there’s also a new Spec Ops mission and new operator named Nikto, a former FSB undercover agent who has joined the Allegiance. Unfortunately, you can’t earn Nikto in-game and he won’t come cheap; you’ll need to spend 2400CP in order to play him.
2. Fortnite Gets New Customizable Mode
A brand new update just hit Fortnite and it introduced a new mode called “Battle Lab.” Battle Lab lets you push your creativity as you craft an island in ways you never thought possible. Pick from LTM loot pools, change the gravity, and tweak all the settings to your preferences. It’s not quite the sandbox that Playground is; Battle Lab is more like the regular battle royale mode and is geared towards playing with your friends under unique conditions. For those of you that love Playground mode: don’t worry. Playground is still here, it’s just been moved to Creative.
3. Respawn Likely Working on New Star Wars Game
According to some new job listings, it appears that Respawn is likely working on a new Star Wars game. Although Respawn is more known for Titanfall and Apex Legends, they also produced the most recent Star Wars game, Star Wars: Fallen Order, which was well-received and had great sales numbers. There are very few details available this early in the process, but it seems likely that the upcoming game will be a direct sequel to Fallen Order, and will be a single-player third-person action/adventure game.
4. More Games Coming to Stadia
It’s been a slow start for the Google Stadia but it might finally be getting the boost it needs. Borderlands 3, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and Ghost Recon Breakpoint are all launching on the Stadia over the next 24 hours. There are some issues however. To be specific, you’ll be getting an “old” version of the game. For example, the Stadia’s version of Borderlands 3 will be from an October patch, meaning that all new content and bug fixes from the past couple months will be non-existent. The Stadia definitely has some promising features, but it’s clear it still has a long way to go before it can really break into the mainstream.