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The Daily Moot: Minecraft to Require Microsoft Accounts

1. Minecraft to Require Microsoft Accounts
Minecraft will soon require all players to have a Microsoft account in order to play the game. This news is targeted at the large percentage of players who own the original version of Minecraft, the Minecraft Java Edition. This change means that players who currently sign into Minecraft with a Mojang account will be forced to migrate their Mojang account to a Microsoft account. Microsoft has made it very clear that “migrating from Mojang to Microsoft accounts is mandatory” and emphasized that “if you don’t make the move, in several months you won’t be able to log in anymore.” Microsoft will be migrating players in batches but reassured fans by saying that there is “no need to worry, because we’ll give you detailed and clear instructions on how to do so.” The first batch of migrations is set to commence in early 2021; you can check out Minecraft’s “Java Account Migration” announcement video below.
 
2. Genshin Impact Resin Changes
 
Genshin Impact has now improved certain aspects of its Resin system. Resin is required to complete many of the game’s various activities and is particularly necessary once players near the end game. The update has now increased the maximum amount of Resin players can store from 120 to 160 and also reduces the cost of the weekly battle pass challenge from 1600 Resin to 1200. Despite the improvements, many players have argued that the changes fail to address the root of the problem: the rate at which Resin is generated. Players currently earn just 1 Resin every 8 minutes, meaning that players, especially those near the end game, are often able to drain their Resin much more quickly than it regenerates. With that said however, it doesn't look like Genshin Impact has any plans to adjust the rate any time soon.
 
3. Apex Legends Coming to Steam
 
Apex Legends will soon be coming to Steam. This is just the latest game in the Electronic Arts library to make the move as EA slowly continues their migration back to Steam. The Steam version of Apex Legends will include full crossplay support with Origin and console devices, and players will be able to use the same account for both Origin and Steam and will have the ability to swap between them at any time. Players who login to the Steam version of the game at any point during Season 7 will be able to earn some free gun charms based on Valve’s Half-Life and Portal. Apex Legends will arrive on Steam alongside the launch of Season 7 on November 4.
 
4. Gears 5 Story DLC
 
Gears 5 developer The Coalition has announced that a Gears 5 story DLC is in the works. Zoe Curnoe, the lead producer for the game, didn’t provide many details about the upcoming DLC, but said, “the title is Hivebusters, so it might give you a little hint as to what that content might contain.” As of right now, the Hivebusters squad currently exists in the Gears universe via the Escape game mode, but they never actually make an appearance in the game’s campaign. The Hivebusters DLC is set to arrive sometime in December of this year and will be available on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Seires X/S.
 
5. Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Raid
 
Sucker Punch Productions has announced that an end-game raid called “The Tale of Iyo” will soon be coming to Ghost of Tsushima: Legends. Sucker Punch describes The Tale of Iyo as “the culmination of the story in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends” and strongly recommends that players complete all story and survival missions prior to attempting the raid. The raid itself will be divided into 3 separate chapters, each requiring a pre-arranged team of 4 high-level players with “excellent coordination and communication.” The Tale of Iyo update will also introduce weekly challenges to the game, enabling players to earn max-level gear for the raid, but Sucker Punch warns that “these missions are Nightmare Difficulty, intended to put you and your team to the test, and will be very difficult.” The Tale of Iyo is set to arrive on October 30.
 
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The Daily Moot: Fortnitemares 2020

1. Fortnitemares 2020
Fortnitemares, Fortnite’s annual Halloween celebration, is back. This year’s edition is officially named “Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge” and follows the plot of Shadow Midas who has taken over The Authority and is now transmogrifying fallen players into Shadows. Shadows are able to return to the land of living and wreak havoc against the remaining players, taking advantage of their newly acquired spooky skills such as the ability to possess vehicles. There’s also widespread speculation that a Ghostbusters crossover will emerge during the event, but Epic has yet to confirm the rumors. Despite the frightening theme of the festivities, Fortnitemares brings with it some pretty happy news for PC players: the update has reduced the total game size by more than 60GB on PC. Aside from the game changes, Fortnitemares will also be including a J Balvin concert, which will begin at 6pm Pacific Time on Halloween night. Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge is live now and is set to run through November 3; you can check out the trailer for the event below.
 
2. EA Loot Box Lawsuit
 
Electronic Arts has just been hit with a huge lawsuit in Canada claiming that EA’s loot boxes serve as an “unlicensed, illegal gaming system.” The lawsuit specifically names more than 50 different EA titles ranging from 2008 to the present day, including popular franchises such as FIFA, Madden, Battlefield, Mass Effect, and Apex Legends. The suit goes on to claim that “loot boxes contribute towards videogame and gambling addiction,” and states that “gaming is strictly controlled and licensed” in Canada and that EA acted “in breach of these laws.” EA has yet to comment on the matter.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Costume Quest 2 and Layers of Fear 2. You can grab your free copy of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until October 29. As long as you claim the games by October 29, they will stay in your library forever. The Epic Games Store is also having a Halloween sale right now with discounts of up to 75 percent off games such as Dead Cells, World War Z, Control, and Crysis Remastered. The Halloween sale is set to run from today until November 5.
 
4. New Kojima Project
 
It looks like Hideo Kojima is working on a new game. After teasing a new project back in June, it seems that the unnamed game has finally started development as Kojima Productions listed a series of job openings searching for “best-in-class talent.” Unfortunately, Kojima hasn’t unveiled any details about the project, which means that fans will likely be rife with speculation for the foreseeable future. Silent Hills, Death Stranding 2, and a new Metal Gear Solid game all seem to be candidates, but it’s entirely possible that the upcoming game will be something new altogether. At any rate, considering that the game is just now beginning development, it will likely be quite some time before Kojima reveals anything concrete about the project.
 
5. Hearthstone Massive Update
 
Hearthstone has just unveiled a massive new update which will completely revamp several key aspects of the game. In what Blizzard is calling “Hearthstone’s biggest systems update ever,” the popular collectible card game has introduced a new progressions system which is broken up into 4 parts: a new “Achievements System,” a “Central Rewards Track,” a “Quest Revamp” with both daily and weekly quests, and an “Updated Profile Page” where players can track all of their stats. In addition to the progressions update, Hearthstone has also received a new game mode called Hearthstone Duels which combines Dungeon Run with head-to-head battles. Hearthstone Duels is live now in early access, but the progressions revamp won’t arrive until November 12. You can check out Blizzard’s breakdown of all the changes below.

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The Daily Moot: Ubisoft Connect

1. Ubisoft Connect
Ubisoft has announced a next-gen player service called Ubisoft Connect, which will replace and expand upon both Uplay and Ubisoft Club. Ubisoft Connect will act as a cross-platform “universal interface” and will enable players to easily track their progress across all Ubisoft games as well as provide exclusive rewards through its loyalty program. This will enable complete cross-progression between devices and will include a cross-platform friends list, stats sheet, and leaderboard. Furthermore, Ubisoft Connect will also introduce a new “smart intel” feature which will provide gameplay tips and challenges for each Ubisoft game. Ubisoft Connect is set to arrive alongside the launch of Watch Dogs: Legion on October 29.
 
2. PUBG Season 9
 
PUBG Season 9 is officially live. While Season 9 introduces several changes to the game, the brand-new map Paramo is certainly the most significant. Paramo is by far the most dynamic map that PUBG has ever released as it evolves over the course of each match, presenting new challenges and opportunities as the terrain changes. On the rewards side of things, Season 9 will be split up into 2 different season passes, each lasting for 2 months with another sizable update between them. PUBG Season 9 is live now on PC and will arrive on console on October 29; you can check out the Season 9 Paramo launch trailer below.
 
3. Amazon Luna Early Access
 
Luna, Amazon’s new cloud gaming service, has now entered early access. According to the announcement, Amazon has “received hundreds of thousands of requests for early access” and “will begin granting invitations to a small set of customers in the U.S.” starting today. As of right now, Luna is available on PC, Fire TV, and iOS, with an Android version “coming soon.” In terms of pricing, the early access version of Luna will cost $6/month, with subscribers able to “play 50 games to start, with more added over time.”
https://blog.aboutamazon.com/devices/amazon-luna-early-access-begins-today
 
4. Ghost of Tsushima Sequel?
 
It looks like Ghost of Tsushima may be getting a sequel. According to a new job listing from Ghost of Tsushima developer Sucker Punch, the studio is looking for a narrative writer with the “desire to write stories set in feudal Japan.” While the listing doesn’t mention Ghost of Tsushima by name, it has understandably attracted the attention of fans as it aligns perfectly with the game’s theme and setting. Of course, considering that the job listing was just recently posted, it will likely be quite some time before the game actually comes to fruition if it is indeed a Ghost of Tsushima sequel. In the meantime, PlayStation players can enjoy the game’s free new co-op expansion, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, which just launched last week. You can check out the launch trailer for Legends below.
 
5. 2K Addresses NBA 2K21 Ads
 
Following widespread outrage, 2K Games has finally addressed the unskippable in-game commercials that were recently added to NBA 2K21. Specifically, 2K said that the ads were “not meant to run as part of the pre-game introduction” and promised that the issue “will be fixed in future episodes.” That said, 2K is still planning to keep the ads in general, they’re just going to be removing them from the pre-game introductions and instead have the ads “integrated into 2KTV segments.”
 
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The Daily Moot: The Haunting of Verdansk

1. The Haunting of Verdansk
The Haunting of Verdansk is officially underway. As Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone’s Halloween event, The Haunting of Verdansk is bringing some big name horror collaborations to the game. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Saw have both made their way into the Call of Duty universe via new items and cosmetics such as the Billy skin for Morte, the Leatherface skin for Velikan, and the Phlebotomozier Lethal Equipment piece. The Halloween-themed limited-time event also introduces a new trick-or-treat reward system alongside multiple new game modes for both Modern Warfare and Warzone. The Haunting of Verdansk is set to run from today through November 3; you can check out the trailer for the event below.
 
2. Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods
 
Doom Eternal’s first major DLC “The Ancient Gods: Part 1” is now available. The paid expansion adds plenty of new content to the game including 3 new campaign maps, new support runes, and the Maykr Slayer cosmetic collection. Alongside the launch of the DLC, Bethesda has also released the game’s third free update with minor improvements such as bug fixes, an upcoming “THANKSGIBBING” event, and new Battlemode features. You can watch the launch trailer for The Ancient Gods: Part 1 below.
 
3. Destiny 2 Beyond Light Story Trailer
 
Bungie has released a new story reveal trailer for Destiny 2’s upcoming major expansion, Beyond Light. The trailer reveals that Guardians won’t be the only ones with new powers, as Eramis, a Fallen Captain who has sold her faction out to the Darkness, has acquired the power of Stasis. The Beyond Light expansion is set to launch on November 10; you can check out the story reveal trailer below.
 
4. Hyper Scape Halloween Event
 
Hyper Scape continues to make improvements and attempt to regain some of its former glory, this time with a new Halloween event. The limited-time event includes 2 new game modes: The Crown Rush Solo mode which existed previously but this time will have Second Chance enabled, and the brand-new Dark Haze Squad mode which will arrive on October 27. As expected, the Halloween event also introduces plenty of cosmetics with a variety of new paid and free offerings available every day of the event. The Hyper Scape Halloween event is live now and will run until November 3; you can watch the trailer for the event below.
 
5. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Post-Launch Plans
 
Although Assassin’s Creed Valhalla won’t come out until next month, Ubisoft has already revealed some of their post-launch plans for the game. Along with a variety of free seasonal content, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will also be getting 2 major paid expansions shortly after launch. The first, which is expected to arrive in Spring 2021, is called Wrath of the Druids and will focus on an ancient Druidic cult in Ireland. The second expansion, The Siege of Paris, will arrive in Summer and will explore the saga of “the most ambitious battle in Viking history." Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set to launch on November 10; you can check out the post-launch and season pass trailer below.

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The Daily Moot: Rainbow Six Siege Xbox Game Pass

1. Rainbow Six Siege Xbox Game Pass
Rainbow Six Siege will soon be coming to the Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft announced the news by posting a picture depicting a medieval siege with 6 rainbows overhead on their Xbox Game Pass Twitter account, hinting at the upcoming collaboration. Rainbow Six Siege will be available on both the PC and console versions of the Xbox Game Pass, and Ultimate subscribers will be able to play Siege on Android devices via xCloud as well. Rainbow Six Siege is set to arrive on Game Pass on October 22.
 
2. Watch Dogs Legion: Aiden Pearce
 
In a recent AMA, Watch Dogs Legion producer Lathieeshe Thillainathan shared some details about the game’s inclusion of original Watch Dogs protagonist Aiden Pearce. Specifically, players will be able to replay the entire game with Aiden Pearce in their party, not just the DLC, and the team is “writing the full single player story again with Aiden’s personality.” Watch Dogs Legion is set to launch on October 29; you can check out the Aiden Pearce teaser trailer below.
 
3. NBA 2K21 Unskippable Ads
 
NBA 2K21 has now added advertisements to the game. Not only have these commercials taken the place of loading screens, they are entirely unskippable and take significantly more time than the previous loading screens. Furthermore, players are no longer able to edit their lineups during the new advertisements. This has understandably caused outrage amongst fans, especially considering that 2K chose to wait a month after the game’s release to introduce the ads, meaning that most players purchased the game prior to the “feature” being added.
 
4. Spelunky 2 Now Easier
 
Spelunky 2 is now a little bit easier. The long-awaited sequel to the critically-acclaimed roguelike platformer Spelunky, Spelunky 2 certainly hasn’t pulled any punches when it comes to difficulty. In fact, it turns out that a large percentage of players have been unable to get past even the very first area “Dwelling.” The game’s development team acknowledged the early-game difficulties by saying, “We know Dwelling is causing players frustration and think there's some fair criticism there.” The area has now been patched with “tuned monster spawn chances” in the early Dwelling zones, as well as “more room variety in the last Dwelling level.” While these changes still won’t make things easy, players who have struggled thus far should now find the early game to be at least a little less difficult.
 
5. Stardew Valley Split Screen Co-Op
 
Stardew Valley will soon be getting local split screen co-op. Developer Eric Barone has announced that the feature will be introduced with the upcoming Patch 1.5, although no release date for the patch has been revealed yet. Barone confirmed that split screen co-op will support up to 4 players on PC, but noted that it might be limited to 2 players “on some other platforms.” Stardew Valley has long supported online co-op, but the addition of local co-op is great news for families and friends who are hoping to play together without having to own multiple copies of the game.

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The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X & Bethesda Update

1. Xbox Series X/S and Bethesda Update
Xbox head Phil Spencer has shared some new details about the upcoming Xbox Series X/S as well as Microsoft’s plans with Bethesda. In general, the news sounds somewhat ominous for both Xbox and PlayStation fans. Specifically, in terms of the upcoming next-gen console release, Spencer said, “I think demand is just going to outstrip supply of pre-orders. For us and PlayStation,” suggesting that there’s a very real chance that many hopeful players will be unable to get their hands on the console of their choice come launch day. This is similar to the issue that Nvidia is currently experiencing with their inability to supply the demand for their RTX 3000 series graphics cards for PC players.
 
In regards to Microsoft’s plans with Bethesda, Spencer reiterated that the “deal was not done to take games away from another player base,” but also asserted that Microsoft could easily recoup their $7.5 billion investment without selling Bethesda games on PlayStation consoles. It sounds like Microsoft will likely approach each game on a case-by-case basis, but Spencer was rather non-committal on the issue, saying, “I don’t have to go ship those games on any other platform other than the platforms that we support. Whatever that means.” The Xbox Series X/S is set to launch on November 10; the PlayStation 5 will arrive 2 days later on November 12.
 
2. StarCraft 2 Stopping Major Development
 
It looks like StarCraft 2 is finally entering its twilight phase. In an open letter to the StarCraft 2 community, Blizzard has announced that the game will no longer be receiving any major updates or for-purchase content. While this means that no significant changes to the game will be made, Blizzard will continue to support the game’s stability via minor balance changes, season rolls, and bug fixes. StarCraft 2 first launched nearly 10 years ago and has been one of the world’s top competitive real-time strategy games ever since. While this certainly seems like the end of an era, Blizzard also suggested that there may be some silver lining for StarCraft fans by saying, “the good news is this change will free us up to think about what’s next, not just with regard to StarCraft II, but for the StarCraft universe as a whole.”
 
3. Wild Rift Open Beta
 
Wild Rift, the official mobile version of League of Legends, will soon be entering open beta on both Android and iOS. Unfortunately for most players however, the beta will be limited to only a handful of countries for the foreseeable future. Players in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand will all get access to the Wild Rift open beta on October 27. Europe, the Middle East, and Russia are expected to gain access sometime in December. Players in North America and South America on the other hand will likely have to wait an additional 6 months as Riot Games is targeting a spring 2021 release date for the open beta in those regions. While the delay may be a disappointment to the many League of Legends fans in the Americas region, Riot Games promises that the game “is a polished, legitimate LoL experience that’s worth players’ time.”
 
4. The Future of Marvel’s Avengers
 
In their recent State of the Game Update, Crystal Dynamics has outlined the future for Marvel’s Avengers. Although the game attracted widespread attention when it first launched last month, much of its popularity has quickly declined and players have been leaving the game in droves. In their statement, Crystal Dynamics admitted that “a number of issues detracted from players’ enjoyment of the game” and committed to releasing “rapid updates to address bugs, improve game stability, and refine the matchmaking system.” Furthermore, the developer explained that they intend to focus on more robust late-game content with feedback-driven features. In the meantime, players will be receiving some freebies via the “digital thank-you bundle,” as thanks for sticking around despite the game’s turbulent start.
 
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The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 UI Revealed

1. PS5 UI Revealed
The user interface for the PlayStation 5 has been revealed. With their latest “First Look” video, Sony provides an in-depth breakdown of the upcoming console’s new user experience, and it’s significantly different from the PlayStation 4. The home layout is broken down into various “cards” which act as portals to things like news, games, and your recent recordings and screenshots. In regards to games, the cards provide a surprising amount of information about your progress, including your current objectives and a personalized estimation of how long it will likely take you to complete them. The video itself is a bit lengthy at 11 minutes long, but it’s definitely worth watching if you’re planning on picking up a PlayStation 5 once it launches on November 12. You can check out the video below.
 
2. Cyberpunk Vehicles
 
CD Projekt Red has unveiled several of Cyberpunk 2077’s vehicles via the new “Rides of the Dark Future” trailer. It looks like there will be no shortage of options to choose from with some of the trailer’s highlights including a retro 1977 Porsche 911 (which would be 100 years old in the game), futuristic hypercars and armored vehicles, and a modified version of one of Keanu Reeves’ very own Arch motorcycles. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to arrive on November 19; you can check out the Rides of the Dark Future trailer below.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Kingdom New Lands and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. You can grab your free copy of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until October 22. As long as you claim the games by October 22, they will stay in your library forever.
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/free-games
 
4. TMNT Smite
 
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will soon be coming to Smite. This marks the second Smite x Nickelodeon collaboration after Aang, Zuko, and Korra from Avatar: The Last Airbender were introduced to the game earlier this year. As for TMNT, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo will all be joining the god-filled fray. Like the Avatar crossover, the Turtles won’t be completely new characters with their own unique abilities, but rather skins of existing characters with new animations and models. The crossover is set to commence via the Smite Battle Pass in November; you can check out the trailer for the collaboration below.

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The Daily Moot: Fortnite Daredevil Cup

1. Fortnite Daredevil Cup
A new Fortnite tournament called the Daredevil Cup has arrived. The first of 4 Marvel Super Series tournaments, the Daredevil Cup features a trios showdown, but unlike other Fortnite tournaments in the past, it will not involve the Battle Royale game mode. Instead, the Daredevil Cup will take place in the new Marvel Knockout mode which empowers players with abilities aligned with various Marvel superheroes. If you’re able to rank near the top of your region’s leaderboard, then you’ll earn the new Daredevil skin as well as accumulate points towards an eventual $1 million tournament final on November 21. If you’re not so fortunate, you can still pick up the Daredevil skin when it arrives in the Item Shop in the near future. The Daredevil Cup will run today from 5pm-8pm local time, with players able to participate in a maximum of 10 matches during the 3-hour window.
 
2. Blizzard Employee Strike?
 
It looks like Blizzard employees may soon be going on a strike. This news comes in response to Blizzard’s recent announcement saying that they will be shutting down their Versaille office. The closure will allegedly cause 285 employees to lose their jobs during the pandemic, drawing the attention of 3 major labor unions in France: CGT, SPECIS-UNSA, and CFE-CGC. A joint statement between the unions addressed the issue by saying, “This comes as a shock for employees. Many of us left their homes to join the company and truly invested their whole lives into Blizzard success." The unions are demanding Blizzard to cancel the closure of their Versaille office, and are calling for employees in France to strike until their demands are met.
https://www.pcgamer.com/unions-representing-blizzard-workers-have-called-for-a-strike/
 
3. Runescape Steam Launch
 
Runescape has officially launched on Steam. One of the most popular MMOs of all time, Runescape shows no signs of slowing down despite being nearly 20 years old at this point. Of course, the game has experienced many changes over the past 2 decades and another major update, “Orthen Digsite,” is set to arrive on October 19. Players who already have an existing Runescape account can link it to their Steam account and enjoy full cross-progression and cross-platform play between Steam, PC, and Mobile.
 
4. PUBG Paramo
 
A new map called Paramo has arrived on the PUBG test servers. One of the major updates for the upcoming 9th season of PUBG, Paramo will be the game’s smallest map yet, featuring a 64-player showdown across a 3x3km battlefield. Interestingly, the terrain of Paramo will evolve over the course of each match, creating a dynamic layout that is designed to force players to adapt their playstyle to their new surroundings. PUBG Season 9 is set to hit live servers on October 21; you can check out the teaser trailer for Paramo below.
 
5. Baldur’s Gate 3 Sales
 
Despite launching in early access just last week, Baldur’s Gate 3 has already sold more than 1 million copies on Steam. This is particularly big news considering that developer Larian Studios decided to launch the unfinished Dungeons & Dragons-inspired game at full price. Furthermore, Larian Studios admitted that the current version of the game is likely to contain plenty of bugs and other issues, but clearly players have not been deterred. Baldur’s Gate 3 is set to expand massively between now and its targeted official launch in 2021, with the game’s first major patch arriving today. You can check out our brand new lounge on Moot for Baldur’s Gate below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Amazon's Crucible Shutting Down

1. Amazon’s Crucible Shutting Down
Crucible, Amazon’s short-lived free-to-play shooter, will be shutting down for good. After the game launched to an overwhelmingly poor reception earlier this year, Amazon decided to un-launch it and bring it back into a closed beta period for improvements. Well, it seems that those improvements will never see the light of day as Amazon has now announced that they are shutting the project down entirely, saying, “ultimately we didn’t see a healthy, sustainable future ahead of Crucible.” While the game itself was free to play, it did include in-app purchases which Amazon will be offering full refunds for. The servers are set to shut down permanently on November 9.
 
2. Valorant Act 3
 
Valorant Act 3 is officially here, at least mostly. While Act 3 technically launched today, players will still have to wait somewhat for its 2 most highly-anticipated introductions: Icebox and Skye. Icebox is the game’s latest map and features a frosty terrain with a new zipline mechanic, but it will be restricted to the Unrated, Spike Rush, and Deathmatch queues for at least 2 weeks in what Riot describes as a “beta state.” Similarly Skye, the game’s upcoming new support Agent, won’t be arriving until October 27. In the meantime, players can enjoy the new battle pass along with a revamped Deathmatch mode which now supports up to 14 players and features extended match lengths with safer spawns. You can check out the battlepass trailer for Valorant Act 3 below.
 
3. Overwatch Halloween Event
 
Overwatch Halloween Terror 2020 is officially underway. The limited-time Halloween event brings back the co-op PvE mode Junkenstein’s Revenge, with this year’s edition introducing Baptiste and Ashe to the roster of playable heroes. Junkenstein’s Revenge will last for 3 weeks and each week will have 2 different challenge missions which add new mechanics to the game mode. As with every Overwatch LTE, Halloween Terror 2020 will have plenty of new cosmetics up for grabs including 5 new legendary skins, one each for Genji, Hanzo, Winston, Sigma, and D.Va. You can watch the trailer for Halloween Terror 2020 below.
 
4. Civilization 6 Pirates
 
Pirates will soon be making their way to Sid Meier’s Civilization 6. The new scenario will feature a sea-bound quest for treasure between 1-4 players, each with their own unique faction: Dread Pirate, Privateer, Swashbuckler, or Hoarder. The mode itself seems to be a throwback to one of Sid Meier’s very first games, “Sid Meier’s Pirates!” which first launched on the Commodore 64 back in 1987. The Pirates update is set to arrive on October 22 and will be free for all players who own the base game; you can check out the trailer for the update below.
 
5. Terraria’s Final Update
 
Terraria has just received its final update. Called “Journey’s Actual End,” today’s update follows up on the “Journey’s End” expansion which was released earlier this year. Although Re-Logic has made similar claims before, the studio expects that Journey’s Actual End truly will be the game’s final major update, bringing a close to nearly 10 years of Terraria expansions. In terms of content, the update includes balance changes, new achievements, and, most importantly, the game’s final NPC. You can watch the very brief "trailer" for Journey’s Actual End below.

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The Daily Moot: Microsoft Backs Epic vs Apple

1. Microsoft Store Changes Back Epic
Microsoft has announced a new approach to the Microsoft Store which seems to be a tacit endorsement of Epic Games in their battle against Apple. In what they describe as the “10 principles to promote choice, fairness, and freedom in the Microsoft Store,” Microsoft has highlighted their new internal guidelines which are built upon the tenets outlined by the Coalition for App Fairness. While the 10 principles don't explicitly mention the ongoing lawsuit between Epic and Apple, they directly address the major points of the dispute via principles such as “We will not block competing app stores on Windows” and “We will not block a developer's choice of which payment system to use for processing purchases made in its app.” The legal battle between Epic Games and Apple is set to go to trial in May 2021.
https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/10/08/app-store-fairness-caf-interoperability-principles/
 
2. PS5 Backwards Compatibility Details
 
Sony has just revealed new details about the upcoming PlayStation 5’s backwards compatibility features, particularly in regards to the current-gen PlayStation 4. Most notably, Sony has confirmed that save files can be transferred from PS4 to PS5, meaning that players won’t have to worry about having their progress reset when playing older games on their next-gen system. Furthermore, Sony said that the “overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 games are playable on PS5 consoles,” with only a mere 11 titles being incompatible. Lastly, Sony announced that all of the compatible games will benefit from increased performance on PS5 consoles via the system’s “Game Boost,” but games will have to be played natively, rather than streamed, in order to take advantage of the technology.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Abzu and Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. You can grab your free copy of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until October 15. As long as you claim the games by October 15, they will stay in your library forever. You can check out Ryan’s review of Abzu below.
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/free-games/
 
4. Developers Can’t Get RTX 3080s
 
Not only have consumers been unable to get their hands on Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs, even major development studios are having trouble sourcing them. This news comes after Larian Studios, which just released an early access version Baldur’s Gate 3 earlier this week, essentially begged Nvidia to send them an RTX 3080 because they still haven’t been able to get one. While the next-gen GPU shortage is certainly annoying for the many PC players who are looking to upgrade, it’s a significant problem for developers because it means that studios are unable to reliably patch their games in a way that ensures compatibility and stability with the new cards. In the case of Baldur’s Gate 3, Larian has now managed to fix the game’s “graphical quirks on Nvidia 3080 cards,” but this type of issue is likely something that will arise again in the near future, especially when it comes to smaller, independent studios.
 
5. Kingdom Come: Deliverance Movie?
 
A live-action adaptation of Kingdom Come: Deliverance is apparently in the works. This comes via a collaboration between the game’s developer, Warhorse Studios, and media producer Wild Sheep Content. It’s currently unclear whether the project will be a series, such as Netflix’s The Witcher, or a movie like Wild Sheep’s recently-announced adaptation of Yakuza, but we do know that it will consist of live action rather than CGI. It sounds like things are still in the very early stages of production for whatever this Kingdom Come: Deliverance project turns out to be, so it will likely be quite some time before it actually comes to fruition.

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The Daily Moot: Fall Guys Season 2

1. Fall Guys Season 2
Fall Guys Season 2 is officially here. The second season brings plenty of new content and features to the game including 4 new levels, the new “show selector,” and tons of medieval-themed cosmetics. The show selector feature essentially allows players to choose from a handful of different playlists, meaning that you can now avoid any levels that you truly hate and instead spend more time playing the ones you love. Fall Guys Season 2 is live now; you can check out the launch trailer for the season below.
 
2. Tachanka Rework
 
Rainbow Six Siege’s big Tachanka rework is set to arrive on test servers tomorrow. One of the most notorious operators in the game, Tachanka has long had the unfortunate reputation of being a terrible character to play. Ubisoft is finally looking to change that. Some of the improvements include giving Tachanka the Withstand ability, the removal of the tripod from his LMG, and most importantly, the addition of a new gadget called the Shumikha incendiary grenade launcher. You can check out Ubisoft’s breakdown of the Tachanka rework below.
 
3. OPL Shutting Down
 
Riot Games has announced that they will be shutting down the Oceanic Pro League for League of Legends. First established in 2015, the OPL serves as the main competitive league for players in the Oceanic region, including Australia and New Zealand. Riot Games said in their statement, “Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of our teams and players, the OPL has not met our goals for the league.” OCE players will now be able to join North America’s LCS teams without being considered an “import,” but it’s difficult to see the avenue for players to get the experience and attention they’d need in order to be scouted by LCS teams without having a major competitive league in their own region. Riot Games will also be closing its entire Sydney office, suggesting that the future is grim for Riot-based esports across the board in Oceania.
 
4. Mortal Kombat Rambo
 
Rambo will soon be coming to Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate as part of the upcoming Kombat Pack 2. While Rambo is certainly the most surprising addition to the game, the pack will also be bringing back 2 Mortal Kombat veterans in Mileena and Rain. Unlike The Terminator, which was introduced to the game last year but did not feature voice acting from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rambo will actually be voiced by the man whose likeness the character is based on in Sylvester Stallone. Mortal Kombat Pack 2 is set to arrive on November 17; you can watch the unsurprisingly gory trailer for the DLC below.
 
5. Outriders Delayed
 
The upcoming third-person shooter Outriders has been delayed once again. A collaboration between Square Enix and People Can Fly, Outriders is set to be a co-op looter-shooter taking place in a dark sci-fi world with a heavy emphasis on storytelling and RPG elements. The game will launch with seamless crossplay between PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Stadia, and players who purchase Outriders on a current-gen system will be eligible for a free next-gen upgrade of the game should they purchase a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S in the future. Originally expected to launch this summer and then this holiday season, Outriders is now expected to arrive on February 2 of next year. You can check out the release date announcement trailer for the game below.
 
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The Daily Moot: PS5 Breakdown

1. PS5 Breakdown
Sony has released a brand new breakdown video for the PlayStation 5 in which the vice president of PlayStation's mechanical division, Yasuhiro Ootori, literally breaks down the upcoming console and reveals all of its internal components. While we’ve long known the technical specs of the PS5, this new video provides the first true look at the console’s hardware and shows potential buyers exactly what they’ll be getting. One thing is immediately clear: the PS5 is designed to be easy to repair and upgrade. With removable sides and easy-to-access hardware components like the SSD, GPU, and cooling systems, it seems entirely possible for the more ambitious and tech-savvy players to tweak their consoles to become even more powerful than the PS5’s already impressive launch specs (be careful though: Sony warns that attempting to do so will immediately void your warranty). You can check out the PS5 breakdown video below.
 
2. Hyper Scape Season 2
 
Hyper Scape Season 2 is officially here. Although the hype for Hyper Scape has certainly died down since the game burst onto the scene in July, Ubisoft remains committed to improving the battle royale in an effort to return it to its former glory. Hyper Scape Season 2 begins that process, introducing the new Neo-Arcadia map to the game as well as a powerful new weapon called Atrax. A new limited-time game mode “Floor is Lava” is also expected to arrive in the coming weeks, with a Halloween event set to follow on October 20. You can check out the launch trailer for Hyper Scape Season 2 below.
 
3. Valorant Icebox
 
Valorant will soon be getting a new map called Icebox. As you could probably guess from its name, Icebox will be full of frosty, frozen terrain, bringing the tundra to Riot’s ever-expanding tactical shooter. It appears that the upcoming map will also be introducing a new zipline system to the game, although it’s currently unclear precisely how it will work. Despite Riot Games’ previous assertion that no new maps would be added until the game’s next major Episode, Icebox will in fact be arriving sometime during Act 3 of the current Episode, with Act 3 set to launch on October 13. You can check out the map reveal video for Icebox below.
 
4. Steam Game Festival
 
The Autumn edition of the Steam Game Festival is officially underway. This season looks to be a big one, with free demos of hundreds of different indie games available up for grabs. All of the games included in the festival are expected to launch within the next 6 months, making this the perfect opportunity to try before you buy. Despite the incredibly wide variety of demos available, you’ll have to make your choices wisely; while there’s no limit to the amount of games you can try, the festival will only last until October 13.
https://store.steampowered.com/sale/steamgamefestival
 
5. Frostpunk Board Game
 
It looks like Frostpunk will soon be getting a board game adaptation. The strategy survival game began a Kickstarter campaign for a tabletop edition yesterday, and achieved its $234,000 funding goal in just 54 minutes. Now sitting at over $850,000 raised, it seems like only a matter of time until the campaign, which will run until the end of this month, eclipses the million-dollar mark. Although no concrete release date for the game has been announced yet, Frostpunk: The Board Game is expected to arrive in October of next year.
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The Daily Moot: Apex Legends Crossplay

1. Apex Legends Crossplay
Cross-platform play has finally made its way to Apex Legends. Although Respawn says the feature is currently in beta, PC and console players can now team up and play together for the first time in the game’s history. Today’s update also introduced a new limited-time collection event called Aftermarket, as well as a temporary game mode called Flashpoint. Last but not least, Wraith received a nerf to her sprint animations which is designed to “expose a larger area of her body to gunfire.” You can check out the trailer for the Aftermarket update below.
 
2. Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access
 
Baldur’s Gate 3 early access is officially here. The third game in the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired series, Baldur’s Gate 3 was originally expected to launch in early access last month, but was pushed back until today in order to address “stability issues.” In comparison to the tabletop version of Dungeons & Dragons, Baldur’s Gate 3 will have 6 different classes, each with its own subclasses, and is designed to be more favorable towards the player. Multiclassing is expected to arrive in the future, but players will only be able to select 1 class during early access.
 
3. RTX 3080 Virtual Queue
 
After yesterday’s news that Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series GPUs will likely be unavailable until next year, manufacturer EVGA has announced that they will be implementing a virtual queue enabling users to reserve an RTX 3080. The offer is limited to 1 card per household, and once your spot in the queue comes up, you’ll only have 8 hours to claim and purchase the card before it goes to the next person in line. While the queue will no doubt be extremely long, at least players will finally have a method of grabbing a next-gen GPU before the bots and scalpers buy up the entire stock.
 
4. Resident Evil Reboot
 
The cast for the upcoming Resident Evil Reboot has been revealed. Although the original six-film series starring Milla Jojovich hasn’t exactly earned any accolades, it has brought in a lot of money: over $1.2 billion to be exact. Now, the series is set to start all over with a brand new cast. Producer Robert Kulzer explained the decision by saying, “!e felt compelled to return to the year 1998, to explore the secrets hidden in the walls of the Spenser Mansion and Raccoon City.” The reboot will star Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, and Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine. There’s no word yet on when the reboot is set to debut, but there’s also a CGI version of Resident Evil in the works called Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness which is expected to arrive on Netflix in 2021. You can check out the trailer for Infinite Darkness below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk is Ready for Launch

1. Cyberpunk 2077 is Ready for Launch
After years of waiting in anticipation, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally ready for launch. CD Projekt announced the news today by saying, “Cyberpunk 2077 has gone gold!” which means that the game has officially been cleared for production. While this certainly doesn’t mean that work on the game is finished, it does mean that despite all of the delays and the recent implementation of development crunch, we really will be getting at least some version of Cyberpunk 2077 by the game's stated release date. Players can likely expect a hefty patch on Day 1 which will include all of the bug fixes and features that the team is able to develop between now and launch. Much of the game, including multiple DLCs and a multiplayer game mode, is set to arrive sometime after the game finally launches on November 19.
 
2. RTX 3000s Likely Unavailable Until 2021
 
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has bad news for the many PC gamers who have been hoping to get their hands on one of Nvidia’s new RTX 3000 series GPUs. Specifically, he said, “I believe that demand will outstrip all of our supply throughout the year.” Interestingly, Jensen Huang asserted that there is no issue on the supply side of things, but rather described the problem as a “demand issue,” saying that “this is a phenomenon like we've not seen in a long time, and we just weren't prepared for it.” This means that, although Nvidia is implementing certain anti-bot measures for the upcoming launch of the RTX 3070, the vast majority of players will likely still be unable to grab one. He did say that the company is ramping up production “really, really hard,” but it sounds like most people will end up having to wait until next year.
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-ceo-geforce-rtx-3080-and-3090-shortages-to-last-through-the-end-of-the-year
 
3. Minecraft Live
 
Minecraft Live took place this weekend, unveiling much of what’s to come in 2021. Developer Mojang let the Minecraft community determine the game’s next major mob, with a choice between Icelogger, Glow Squid, and Moobloom. Glow Squid came out on top and will debut as part of the upcoming Caves & Cliffs update, which will be revamping the world underground. Caves & Cliffs is set to launch during the summer of 2021; you can check out the update’s lengthy first look video below.
 
4. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remaster
 
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered has officially been announced. The original Hot Pursuit launched back in 2010 and won numerous accolades including “Best Racing Game” at the 2010 Game Critics Awards. In addition to updated visuals, the remaster will also include all of the game’s DLC and will be implementing cross-platform play on launch. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered is set to arrive on November 6 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and November 13 for the Nintendo Switch. You can check out the trailer for the game below.
 
5. The Witcher Season 3
 
It looks like the third season of Netflix’s The Witcher is currently under production. This news comes via the Writer's Guild of America, which has added “The Witcher Season 3” to the credits of the show’s executive producer, Lauren Hissrich. Even though the production of Season 3 is apparently underway, it will likely be a long time before it actually arrives considering that Season 2 is still yet to debut. Although no concrete release date for The Witcher Season 2 has been announced yet, it is expected to arrive sometime during the latter half of 2021.

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The Daily Moot: Rogue Company

1. Rogue Company Open Beta
The open beta for Rogue Company is officially live. The 4v4 cooperative team shooter saw more than 2 million players during its closed beta period and those numbers are almost certain to rise now. Rogue Company is completely free to play, but there are, of course, plenty of cosmetics that you can spend your money on should you choose to do so. The game supports full cross-platform play between PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and developer Hi-Rez Studios says that ranked play and an “advanced ping system” are both coming soon. You can watch the trailer for the game below.
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2. Hyper Scape Big Changes
 
Hyper Scape will soon be getting some “big changes” according to Ubisoft. Although Hyper Scape launched to significant hype and attention, the fervor for the game quickly dissipated. Ubisoft has now addressed the game’s decline by saying, “We were not able to achieve the high expectations we set for ourselves,” and explained that they will now be restructuring their development team in order to better address the issues. Only time will tell if Ubisoft’s efforts will be able to revitalize the game, but it’s good to see them acknowledge the game’s current shortcomings and commit to solving them. Season 2 of Hyper Scape is set to arrive on October 6; you can check out the announcement trailer below.
 
3. Apple and Epic File for Bench Trial
 
In a joint motion, Apple and Epic Games have both filed for a bench trial for their ongoing legal battle. This comes in response to statements made by Judge Gonzalez Rogers, who mentioned her desire to see the case tried in front of a jury. It appears that neither Apple nor Epic are interested in trying their luck in front of 12 of their “peers,” and would instead prefer for the presiding judge to hand down the final verdict. Regardless of whether or not the motion is accepted, the parties will likely have to wait until July of next year for the trial to commence.
 
4. Team Fortress 2 Player Count
 
Team Fortress 2 just hit its highest-ever concurrent player count. Despite being more than a decade old at this point, the classic multiplayer shooter is still pulling in seriously impressive numbers. According to SteamCharts, Team Fortress 2 peaked at 130,000 concurrent players last night, and has averaged nearly 70,000 concurrent players over the past 30 days. While these numbers are certainly impressive, data suggests that many of these “players” are actually bots, with estimates suggesting that only 25,000 are real human players.
 
5. RTX 3070 Delayed
 
Nvidia has delayed the launch of the RTX 3070 in an effort to avoid the many issues that plagued the arrival of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. While next-gen graphics cards are always in high demand, the 3000 series GPUs have garnered an unseen level of interest. While this isn’t particularly surprising considering that the RTX 3080 is twice as powerful and half the cost as the former king of GPUs in the RTX 2080 ti, very few players have been able to get their hands on a next-gen card as scalpers and bots purchased the entire stock within minutes. In response, Nvidia is now postponing the arrival of the RTX 3070 until October 29 in order to provide a larger stock of available cards on launch day. Whether or not their efforts will pan out remains to be seen, but hopefully this means that the debut of the RTX 3070 won’t be nearly as disastrous as the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090.

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The Daily Moot: Super Smash Bros. Minecraft

1. Super Smash Bros. Minecraft
Minecraft will soon be making its way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Minecraft DLC will bring 4 of Minecraft’s most iconic characters to the game: Steve, Alex, Enderman, and Zombie. Although details are still sparse, some of the abilities that have been revealed include building, explosives, mine carts, and flying wings. If the upcoming collaboration surprises you, you’re not the only one: Game Director Masahiro Sakurai expressed his shock at the collaboration by saying, “Even I didn’t think this day would come.” No release date for the new Minecraft characters has been announced yet, but more details will likely be revealed during the Minecraft Live livestream event this Saturday.
 
2. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is the surreal puzzle adventure game Pikuniku. You can grab your free copy of Pikuniku directly from the Epic Games Store from now until October 8. As long as you claim the game by October 8, it will stay in your library forever.
 
3. Overwatch Free?
 
It sounds like Overwatch may soon be available for free on PC. Overwatch League team Boston Uprising briefly hosted a link for free copies of the game on their website yesterday, but quickly took it down around an hour later, leading to widespread speculation about the possibility of Overwatch becoming free to play. Blizzard has now officially commented on the matter via Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spencer who confirmed that all Overwatch League teams will soon be giving away both Overwatch and OWL tokens. There’s no word on exactly when this promotion is supposed to start, but it’s worth keeping an eye on if you’re interested in the game and have yet to grab a copy.
 
4. Overcooked 2 Moon Harvest
 
Overcooked 2 just got a new, free DLC today called Moon Harvest. Moon Harvest brings the season of Autumn to the game, with a particular emphasis on the Mid-Autumn/Mooncake Festival which is celebrated in many countries across Asia including Japan, Korea, and China. In terms of content, the DLC introduces new recipes (including mooncakes), new perilous dangers, and 5 new kitchens. The Moon Harvest DLC is live now; you can check out the launch trailer for the update below.
 
5. Sea of Thieves Stand Up to Cancer
 
Sea of Thieves has announced a new partnership with the Stand Up to Cancer charity foundation. The partnership introduces a new cosmetic sail variant to the game called “Sails of Union.” The new sails are available for $6 and they glow with various stars and constellations during the nighttime. The proceeds will be donated to Stand Up to Cancer for purchases based in the United States and to Cancer Research for purchases made in the United Kingdom. The Sails of Union are available now through November 6; you can check out the announcement video below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk Crunch

1. Cyberpunk Crunch
CD Projekt Red has announced that they will be implementing a “crunch” period ahead of the Cyberpunk 2077 launch. CD Projekt Red has long advocated against crunch, which often sees developers working extremely long hours with very few breaks in order to ensure that a game is ready by its publicly stated launch date. In regards to the mandatory crunch for Cyberpunk 2077, studio boss Adam Badowski said, “I take it upon myself to receive the full backlash for the decision. This is in direct opposition to what we've said about crunch…but we've extended all other possible means of navigating the situation.” It is worth noting however, that unlike most companies during crunch, CD Projekt will only have their employees working 48 hour weeks (rather than 70+) and will be paying overtime rates for the extra hours.
 
2. Cold War Zombies Reveal
 
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s zombies mode has officially been revealed. As expected, the mode will take place in the Cold War era, and players will have to make use of Cold War-era weapons in order to fend off increasingly difficult waves of World War II-era Nazi zombies. Much of the gameplay will be exactly what players have come to expect from the game mode, but there are a few changes. Most notably, there will no longer be a limit to how many perks you can use, meaning that players could theoretically equip every single perk in the game as long as they have enough points to do so. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch on November 13; you can check out the reveal video for the game’s zombies mode below.
 
3. Diablo 4 Skills Overhaul
 
Diablo 4 will soon be getting a massive overhaul to its skills and talents system. Blizzard explained that they felt the current system was “too simple” and “created issues where a player would have no meaningful reason to spend their skill points.” The new system will consist of a skill tree which will present a wide variety of gameplay possibilities. Players will have to choose carefully however, as Blizzard estimates that endgame characters will only be able to complete 30-40 percent of the tree. No release date for the revamped system has been announced yet, but Blizzard is welcoming community feedback and “constructive discussions” in order to make the new system as good as possible before launch.
 
4. Golden Joystick Awards
 
Community voting for the Golden Joystick Awards is officially underway. The Golden Joystick awards is the largest annual community-voted gaming awards ceremony on the planet, and the 2020 edition marks the 38th anniversary of the event. There are currently 18 different categories open for voting, including the Game of the Year awards for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo. The winners will be revealed during a live-streamed ceremony in November of this year; you can check out the nominees for each category via the link below.
 
5. EA Play on Xbox Game Pass
 
EA Play will soon be coming to the Xbox Game Pass, both for PC and console. Microsoft first announced the partnership earlier this month, and now we know exactly how it will work. A huge chunk of EA’s library will be added to the console version of the Game Pass starting on November 10, including series like Mass Effect, Battlefield, The Sims, and Titanfall. PC players will have to wait a bit longer, with the migration set to happen sometime in December. Unlike Microsoft’s recent partnership with Bethesda, it doesn’t appear that every new EA title will be available via Game Pass on launch day. Regardless however, with EA and Bethesda now becoming a significant part of the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s subscription service is starting to look like a very good deal for most gamers. Xbox Game Pass is available for $10 per month for access on one platform, or $15 per month for the “Ultimate” edition which provides complete access on every compatible platform: PC, Xbox, xCloud, and Android.

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The Daily Moot: Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6

1. Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6
Season 6 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone is now live. Both games received plenty of changes with the Season 6 patch, adding new maps, modes, and of course, cosmetics. Most notably for Warzone, Verdansk now has a new fast-travel system called the Verdansk Metro, enabling players to travel from one station to the next in a matter of seconds. On the other hand, Modern Warfare introduced 4 new multiplayer maps as well as a new game mode based on Kill Confirmed. You can check out the cinematic launch trailer for Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6 below.
 
2. Apple Epic Lawsuit Update
 
The ongoing battle between Apple and Epic Games resumed yesterday as the two companies met in front of the presiding justice for the case, Judge Gonzalez Rogers. Although the case is far from over, it seems that Judge Rogers has already begun forming an opinion on the matter - and it doesn’t look good for Epic. Judge Rogers condemned Epic Games as “not honest” when the company attempted to bypass Apple’s mandatory pay system and said that the company “lied about it by omission, by not being forthcoming.” This doesn’t necessarily mean anything in terms of the outcome of the lawsuit, as Judge Rogers expressed the desire to see the case tried in front of a jury when it comes time for a final verdict. According to Judge Rogers, this means that the trial won’t take place until at least July of next year.
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3. Spelunky 2 Steam Launch
 
Spelunky 2 has officially launched on Steam. The original Spelunky first launched back in 2008 to universal critical acclaim, and fans have been eagerly awaiting the game’s sequel ever since. Spelunky 2 features very similar gameplay to the first game, with heavy emphasis on rougelike elements amid procedurally generated levels. Although developer Derek Yu had originally intended for Spelunky 2 to launch with multiplayer, the mode will now be arriving in “a few weeks at most” as Yu explained that the team “decided to prioritize an earlier release so that Steam players could enjoy the game ASAP.” Once the multiplayer mode goes live, the game will have full cross-platform support between Steam and PS4. You can check out the launch trailer for Spelunky 2 below.
 
4. The Binding of Isaac: Repentance
 
The Binding of Isaac will soon be getting a huge new DLC called Repentance. Although it’s being marketed as a DLC, developer Edmund McMillen says that the expansion is so massive that it’s “basically a sequel at this point.” Repentance will add a whopping 25 new bosses, more than 100 new enemies, and over 5,000 new room designs to the game. Although no trailer for the DLC has been released yet, McMillen says that the team will start unveiling more information starting in the second half of October. The Binding of Isaac: Repentance is set to launch at the end of this year on December 31.
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The Daily Moot: Genshin Impact

1. Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact has officially launched. The highly-anticipated free-to-play RPG saw more than 10 million pre-registrations across the globe, and although it’s not an MMO, many players have been eager to try the game's surprisingly deep multiplayer gameplay. Much of the attention towards Genshin Impact has been focused on its open-world art style, which has frequently been likened to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Genshin Impact is available on PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android; you can watch the launch trailer for the game below.
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2. Yakuza 7 Release Date
 
A new release date for Yakuza : Like a Dragon has been announced. The seventh mainline game in the series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be deviating somewhat from its predecessors, focusing on a new cast of characters and implementing a turn-based combat system rather than the real-time beat ‘em up style the series is known for. Unlike many games lately which have been getting delayed due to complications presented by the ongoing pandemic, Yakuza 7 will actually be arriving sooner than originally expected. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is now set to arrive on PC, PS4, and Xbox One/S/X when the next-gen Xbox launches on November 10. Unfortunately, PS5 players will have to wait until March of next year to get their hands on the game. You can check out the trailer for Yakuza 7 below.
 
3. Major Hearthstone Update
 
Hearthstone’s upcoming patch will soon be bringing some big changes to the game. The update will introduce 3 new major pieces of content to the game: the Masquerade Ball LTE, the return of Dual-Class Arena, and a new Book of Heroes solo campaign. There will also be plenty of balance changes, including a nerf to Tortollan Pilgrim which had been terrorizing the meta via the Turtle Mage deck. Last but not least, all Battlegrounds ratings will be reset to 0 ahead of the patch in order to prepare for a new, revamped rating system. Most of the patch is set to go live tomorrow, with the new Book of Heroes campaign arriving shortly after on October 13.
 
4. 37 CS:GO Coaches Banned
 
The Esports Integrity Commission has banned a whopping 37 CS:GO coaches for cheating. This is in relation to a long-existing spectator bug which enabled coaches to see the location of the enemy team and relay that information to their players. Although a few coaches were banned for abusing the exploit earlier this year, it is now clear that the cheating was far more rampant than originally expected. Some of the notable teams who abused the bug include FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Heroic, which is currently ranked as the second-best team in the world.
 
5. FarmVille Shutting Down
 
It’s been a long time since FarmVille first took the world by storm when it launched back in 2009. The Facebook farming sim was largely responsible for the massive growth of Zynga, which has since gone on to become one of the largest mobile game developers on the planet. Although it certainly is the end of an era, it’s also not particularly surprising considering that Adobe will be disabling Flash at the end of the year. FarmVille will be removing in-app purchases from the game on November 17 and will shut down entirely on December 31.

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The Daily Moot: League of Legends World Championship

1. League of Legends World Championship
The 2020 League of Legends World Championship is officially underway. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, but unfortunately many of the planned celebrations had to be put on hold due to complications caused by the pandemic. Thankfully however, the tournament itself is still on. The League of Legends World Championship is not only the biggest tournament in all of esports, it also has been a driving force in legitimizing esports in the global sporting sphere, earning frequent attention from major publications such as ESPN. The Play-In Stage of the tournament is set to run from today through September 28, with the top 4 teams earning the right to face off against the best in the world in the Group Stage starting October 5.
 
2. Fortnite Rocket League Llama-Rama
 
Fortnite and Rocket League are set to collide in the upcoming Llama-Rama crossover event starting tomorrow. This is largely due to Rocket League’s recent free-to-play transition, which saw the racecar soccer sim migrate its PC platform over to the Epic Games Store. The Llama-Rama is essentially a series of 5 different Rocket League challenges that progressively increase in difficulty and must be completed in order. By completing the challenges, you’ll earn cosmetic rewards for both Fortnite and Rocket League, such as the Octane RL backbling for Fortnite and the Battle Bus car for Rocket League. The Llama-Rama crossover event is set to run from September 26 until October 12; you can check out the trailer for the event below.
 
3. RuneScape Coming to Steam
 
RuneScape, one of the most popular MMORPGs of all time, will soon be coming to Steam. This news comes just ahead of the game’s 20th birthday, but despite its age, the game reported its highest-ever player membership numbers earlier this year. Nearly 300 million accounts have been created over RuneScape’s 20-year history, and it seems likely that those numbers will continue to rise with the upcoming Steam integration. RuneScape 3 will be launching on Steam on October 14, with Old School RuneScape set to follow early next year.
 
4. The Talos Principle 2 Confirmed
 
Croteam has officially confirmed that The Talos Principle 2 is on the way. The original Talos Principle, which first launched in 2014, garnered universal acclaim for its philosophical 3D puzzle gameplay, and many critics have since heralded the game as one of the best video games of all time. While the prospect of a sequel is definitely exciting news for fans of The Talos Principle, it sounds like the game is still very early in production as Croteam has been focusing all of their attention on Serious Sam 4 which just launched yesterday. As such, no target release date for The Talos Principle 2 has been announced yet, but Croteam writer Jonas Kyratzes emphasised that “Talos 2 is definitely happening,” and that the team “definitely has a plan” for the game’s “very ambitious” story.
 
5. Destiny 2 Re-Download
 
Bungie has announced that all Destiny 2 players will have to uninstall and re-download the game once the Beyond Light expansion goes live in November. While this is certainly a bit of an inconvenience, it does come with an upside: the new download will be at least 60GB smaller than the current version. To help prepare for the update, Bungie announced that they are “planning to enable Beyond Light preloads sometime in the evening of November 9, which should give everyone at least 10 hours to download before the gates open.” You can check out the trailer for Beyond Light below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Amazon Luna

1. Amazon Luna
Amazon has officially announced their new cloud game streaming service Luna. Similar to Google’s Stadia, Microsoft’s xCloud, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Amazon’s Luna will enable users to play games remotely from a variety of devices. Luna will be available for a $5 monthly subscription and will be compatible with PC, Mac, Fire TV, and iPhone, with Android compatibility set to arrive shortly after launch. Amazon has also partnered with Ubisoft to bring all new Ubisoft titles to Luna on release day, meaning that players could enjoy upcoming games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on their 4K TV or mobile phone. No release date for Luna has been announced yet, but Amazon says that interested users who live in the US can request early access starting today.
 
2. Among Us 2 Cancelled
 
Among Us 2 has been cancelled. This news comes just one month after the sequel to the “multiplayer space mystery” game was first announced. Fortunately, it seems that Innersloth Studios has a good reason for cancelling the project, with the team explaining, “We have decided to instead put all our focus into improving Among Us 1. All of the content we had planned for Among Us 2 will instead go into Among Us 1.” While this seems like good news, it also sounds like it will be a lengthy, difficult process as the existing code has been derided as “outdated and not built to support adding so much new content.”
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition. You can grab your free copy directly from the Epic Games Store from now until October 1. As long as you claim the game by October 1, it will stay in your library forever.
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/free-games
 
4. Spellbreak Hits 5 Million Players
 
Spellbreak, the free-to-play battle royale from Proletariat Studios, has now reached 5 million total players. Spellbreak launched just 3 weeks ago which makes this a significant accolade, especially considering the overwhelming abundance of battle royales on the market today. Unlike most battle royales, however, Spellbreak incorporates RPG and roguelike elements and features class-based, arcane-themed gameplay mechanics. If you want to contribute to increasing the number beyond 5 million, you can play Spellbreak for free on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
 
5. Blizzard Co-Founder Opens New Studio
 
Blizzard co-founder and ex-CEO Mike Morhaime has announced that he is starting a new game company called Dreamhaven. Dreamhaven will initially consist of 2 internal development studios, Moonshot and Secret Door, which will each focus on their own individual projects. Moonshot will be headed by Jason Hayes, who previously worked as Blizzard’s executive producer on games like Hearthstone and Starcraft 2, while Secret Door will be led by Chris Sigtay, who was the lead producer for Heroes of the Storm and the original Warcraft 3. While these 2 studios will no doubt be getting plenty of attention due to the big names involved, Dreamhaven is also set to expand in the near future with efforts to provide funding and guidance to new game studios which can open under the Dreamhaven umbrella.

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The Daily Moot: Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6

1. Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6
Season 6 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone is right around the corner, and Infinity Ward just released a new trailer to hype up the occasion. Although it doesn’t offer anything concrete, the trailer seems to hint at several upcoming changes such as a new underground subway system beneath Verdansk. The trailer also seems to introduce 2 new operators: Farah, who appeared in the Modern Warfare campaign, and Nikolai, a “Russain patriot with a deep love for his country.” Call of Duty: Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6 is set to kick off on September 29; you can check out the cinematic trailer below.
 
2. Rocket League Now Free to Play
 
Rocket League is officially free to play. The popular race car meets soccer sim announced their plans to convert to a free-to-play model back in July alongside their PC platform migration to the Epic Games Store. The change also brings full cross-platform support to the game, enabling players to progress on the same account across all devices. Players who previously purchased Rocket League should also be getting their legacy status items today, including a special DLC, title, boost, wheel set, banner, and more. Furthermore, if you pick up your free copy of Rocket League on the Epic Games Store, you’ll get a $10 coupon to use on your next purchase. You can check out the cinematic trailer for Rocket League’s free-to-play transition below.
 
3. Destiny 2 Quest Honors Late Developer
 
Bungie has now added a short quest to Destiny 2 to honor developer Matt Helsom, who passed away last year after a difficult battle with brain cancer. Helsom had long been the senior artist and animator for the studio Vicarious Visions, and was integral to games such as Destiny 2, Crash Bandicoot, Spider-Man 3, and Guitar Hero. In their statement, Bungie said, “We wanted to memorialize his contributions in the Destiny universe. Thank you to everyone in the community who joins us in remembering this warm soul.”
 
4. The Game Awards
 
After months of speculation, Geoff Keighley has officially announced that the 2020 Game Awards will be happening later this year. The annual event not only recognizes the year’s biggest gaming achievements, but also serves as a platform for announcing and showcasing upcoming games. The 2020 Game Awards are set to kick off on December 10 and will be livestreamed from Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London.
 
5. Baldur’s Gate 3 Delay
 
Baldur’s Gate 3, the highly anticipated upcoming fantasy RPG based on Dungeons and Dragons, has been delayed. Developer Larian Studios explained the delay by saying that there are “still some stability issues” and that they need more time in order to ensure the game provides a “fun gameplay experience with as few crashes as possible.” Originally expected to arrive in early access on September 30, Baldur’s Gate 3 is now set to launch on October 6. You can check out the intro cinematic for the game below.

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The Daily Moot: BTS x Fortnite Collaboration

1. BTS x Fortnite Collaboration
The immensely popular K-pop group BTS will soon be coming to Fortnite. Epic Games announced that Fortnite will be hosting the world premier of BTS’s new choreography music video for the song “Dynamite.” This is just the latest media crossover for Fortnite, which has previously hosted movie events and music artists such as Young Thug, Diplo and, most recently, Anderson Paak. The BTS x Fortnite collaboration is set to kick off this Friday at 5pm Pacific Time.
 
2. Microsoft Bethesda Update
 
In response to the gaming community’s understandable concern regarding Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax Media, Xbox head Phil Spencer has released a statement explaining Microsoft’s plans with the company. In an interview with CNBC, Spencer said quite bluntly, “ZeniMax has an amazing track record of building great games. Our plan is to leave it alone.” While this doesn’t address the possibility of Bethesda games becoming Xbox exclusives, it should help quell the worry that Microsoft might micromanage Bethesda and “ruin” the company in the process.
 
3. Blizzcon 2021
 
Blizzcon 2021 has officially been announced. Typically held in Anaheim, California, the 2021 edition of Blizzard’s annual convention will instead be an online-only event and is being dubbed by the company as “BlizzConline.” Not many details about the event have been announced yet, but it’s reasonable to assume that it will consist of the usual news and hype-building around Blizzard’s most popular franchises such as World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Diablo. Blizzcon 2021 is set to take place as a 2-day event on February 19 and February 20.
 
4. Destiny 2: Beyond Light
 
Bungie has released a new trailer showing off some of the huge upcoming expansion for Destiny 2, Beyond Light. With plenty of new locations to explore on Jupiter’s moon Europa, Beyond Light is expected to delve into the origins and culture of the Exo, a robotic species of humanoid machines. Beyond Light is set to arrive on November 10; you can check out the trailer for the expansion below.
 
5. The Division 2 Free Weekend
 
The Division 2 will soon be kicking off another free weekend. Not only is this good news for players who are interested in the looter-shooter but have yet to try it out, it’s also good news for players who already own the game as the free weekend will include access to the Warlords of New York expansion. Any progress you make over the course of the free weekend will be saved to your main account should you purchase the game, and any progress you’ve made during previous free weekends will carry over to this upcoming free play period. The Division 2 free weekend is set to begin on September 24 and will last until September 27.
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The Daily Moot: Microsoft Buys Bethesda

1. Microsoft Buys Bethesda
Microsoft announced today that they have purchased ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. This means that franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, and Quake will all be under the Microsoft banner going forward. Microsoft explained that this new partnership “starts with a commitment to deliver a breadth of amazing games to discover and play on Xbox,” which suggests that many of Bethesda’s most popular games may very well be Xbox exclusives in the future. Furthermore, Xbox head Phil Spencer also said that Bethesda’s existing library will be added to the Xbox Game Pass and that Microsoft intends to “bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC.”
 
2. EA Origin Renamed
 
EA Origin, the PC game launcher for Electronic Arts, is being renamed to “EA Desktop App.” According to EA, the company is changing the name in an effort to create “a common and consistent brand that is centered around EA and what EA stands for.” While that’s all fine and dandy in theory, it seems like a strange goal to have considering the gaming community’s general vitriol for EA as a whole. Aside from the new name, EA Desktop App will also make improvements to “create a more frictionless, fast, socially-oriented experience.” No rollout date for the EA Desktop App has been released yet, but EA says they have already begun registering users for a closed beta.
 
3. Life is Strange 2 Now Free
 
Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 is now free to play on all platforms. Although considered a sequel, Life is Strange 2 follows an entirely different set of characters than the original game, although it shares many of the same themes and devices. While this will certainly be good news for fans of the first game who have yet to try the second, it isn’t particularly surprising considering that developer Dontnod made the first Life is Strange free indefinitely back in 2016. Unfortunately however, only Episode 1 of Life is Strange 2 is free right now, meaning you’ll have to purchase the other 4 episodes if you want to experience the complete story.
https://lifeisstrange.square-enix-games.com/en-us/games/life-is-strange/free
 
4. No Man’s Sky: Origins
 
No Man’s Sky will be getting its next major expansion this week. Called Origins, developer Hello Games described the upcoming expansion by saying that it “won’t be our largest update, but it is the start of something.” Of course, this doesn’t really shed any light as to what exactly Origins has in store, but considering that it’s designed to be “another small step in a longer journey,” it seems likely that Origins will merely set the foundation for future content instead of introducing a ton of new content itself. Hello Games has yet to announce a concrete release date for Origins, but the expansion is expected to arrive sometime this week.
 
5. Halo 3: ODST Master Chief Collection
 
Halo 3: ODST will soon be joining the Master Chief Collection. The Master Chief Collection is an impressive menagerie of Halo remasters designed to take full advantage of PC capabilities, implementing a wide array of improvements such as variable frame rates, ultrawide support, and customisable key bindings. The Master Chief Collection now includes Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 3: ODST. Halo 3: ODST will officially go live tomorrow, while the final game in the collection, Halo 4, is set to arrive “later in 2020.”

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The Daily Moot: League of Legends: Take Over

1. League of Legends: Take Over
Take Over, the highly-anticipated hype song for the 2020 League of Legends World Championship, is officially here. While League of Legends is by far the most popular esport on the planet and the World Championship is the game’s biggest event of the year, many fans look forward to the tournament’s annual song nearly as much as the tournament itself. Similar to last year’s Rise, Take Over is overflowing with easter eggs and features personified versions of many of the game’s most famous players such as Faker, xPeke, and Uzi. The track itself is a collaboration between Jeremy McKinnon (from A Day to Remember), MAX, and Henry. The 2020 League of Legends World Championship is set to kick off on September 25; you can check out the music video for Take Over below.
 
2. Save the World Removed from Mac
 
Fortnite: Save the World will soon be removed from all Mac devices. This is particularly significant because unlike Fortnite’s more popular free-to-play battle royale mode, Save the World has an upfront cost. Mac players who purchased Save the World between September 17, 2019 and September 7, 2020 will be automatically receive a full refund for the game, as well as for any V-Bucks spent on Llamas. Meanwhile, Fortnite’s battle royale mode will continue to be playable on Mac, but the game will not receive any updates and will be stuck on version 13.40 for the foreseeable future.
 
3. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
 
Super Mario 3D All-Stars is officially here. The collection, which is available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch, features 3 classic Mario titles: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. None of the games received complete remasters, but each comes with various technical and graphical improvements which should provide some nice quality of life changes for the Switch adaptation. You can check out the launch trailer for Super Mario 3D All-Stars below.
 
4. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Football Manager 2020 and Stick It To The Man. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until September 24. As long as you claim the games by September 24, they will stay in your library forever.
 
5. 3DS Discontinued
 
After a nearly 10-year run, Nintendo is discontinuing the 3DS. While this certainly marks the end of an era, it’s not particularly surprising considering that the Switch has largely replaced the 3DS as Nintendo’s flagship handheld console. Over the course of its lifespan, the 3DS sold over 75 million units and nearly 400 million games; the console’s best-selling game was 2011’s Mario Kart 7, followed by the 3 big mainline Pokemon generations: X/Y, Sun/Moon, and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.
 
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The Daily Moot: Warzone Mobile

1. Warzone Mobile
It looks like Call of Duty: Warzone will soon be coming to mobile devices. According to a new job listing on the Activision website, the company is looking for an executive producer who will “own product framing player experience of a new AAA mobile FPS in the Call of Duty franchise” called Warzone Mobile. Considering that Activision has just posted the job listing, it will probably be quite some time before Warzone Mobile goes live, but we can likely expect more details about the game to be shared as we near the launch of the next mainline Call of Duty, Black Ops Cold War, on November 13.
 
2. Splinter Cell Returns
 
After an absence of more than 7 years, Splinter Cell is finally making its return. While this is no doubt exciting news for longtime fans of the popular stealth franchise, it does unfortunately come with some caveats: the game will only be available in VR and will be exclusive to Oculus platforms. Splinter Cell isn’t the only upcoming Ubisoft game that’s getting this treatment; the company will be launching a VR version of Assassin’s Creed with the same stipulations. All of this news comes alongside the introduction of the Oculus Quest 2, which was just revealed yesterday. No release date for Splinter Cell VR or Assassin’s Creed VR have been announced yet, but the Oculus Quest 2 is set to arrive on October 13; you can watch the Oculus Quest 2 reveal video below.
 
3. VR Myst
 
The classic game Myst will soon be getting a VR adaptation. Originally released in 1993, the original Myst was a surprise hit that earned widespread critical acclaim for its immersive world and gameplay. In fact, Myst was such a big success that it was the best-selling PC game in history for nearly a decade until The Sims surpassed it in 2002. The VR version of Myst will be a “reimagining” of the game, complete with new art and audio. Myst VR is set to launch on the Oculus Quest 2 in December of this year; you can check out the announcement trailer for the game below.
 
4. Fortnite Ray Tracing
 
Ray tracing is officially coming to Fortnite. In a collaboration with Nvidia, Epic Games is bringing ray tracing to Fortnite alongside today’s launch of Nvidia’s incredibly powerful next-gen GPU, the RTX 3080. Fortnite’s ray tracing will include all the things players have come to expect from the technology, significantly improving graphical fidelity, reflections, shadows, ambient occlusion and real-time global illumination. All of those improvements take quite a lot of power to function however, and players will need an RTX 2060 or better in order to use the feature. For those who were hoping to pick up the new RTX 3080 today, you’ll unfortunately have to keep waiting; the card sold out near-instantly when it launched this morning.
 
5. Gods & Monsters Rename Explained
 
Ubisoft has finally revealed the reason as to why the highly anticipated upcoming game Gods & Monsters was renamed to Immortals Fenyx Rising, and it’s pretty bizarre. It turns out that the Monster Energy drink brand has the trademark rights to the name “Gods & Monsters” and filed a copyright claim against Ubisoft to prevent them from using it. Ubisoft denied the claim, but ultimately decided to change the name anyway in order to prevent any further conflict. Immortals Fenyx Rising is set to arrive on December 3; you can check out the trailer for the game below.

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The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 Price & Release Date Revealed

The big day is finally here. During today’s PlayStation 5 Showcase livestream, Sony revealed the price and release date for the PS5. The next-gen console war between PlayStation and Xbox has been raging on since the consoles were first announced at the end of last year, and has been the de facto gaming storyline of the year for 2020. Now console fans around the world finally have all the information they need in order to make their ever-important decisions this holiday season.
 
In alignment with Microsoft's approach, Sony will also be offering 2 distinct versions of the PS5 on launch: the “Ultra HD Blu-Ray” PS5, which costs $499, and the diskless PS5 Digital Edition, which will be available for $399. In comparison, the Xbox Series X will also cost $499, but the digital edition Xbox Series S will be available for $299, a full $100 cheaper than Sony’s offering. With that said, regional pricing will vary, so be sure to double check how much the console costs in your local currency so that you can plan accordingly.
In terms of release date, the PlayStation 5 will arrive on different dates depending on where you live. The United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea will all be getting a November 12 launch, whereas Europe and the rest of the world will have to wait one extra week for the global rollout on November 19. In comparison, the next-gen Xbox consoles are set to launch worldwide on November 10.
The PlayStation 5 livestream event didn’t just reveal information about the price and release date, it also showcased several of the console’s upcoming games. Some of the games that got sneak-peek coverage include Devil May Cry 5, Final Fantasy XVI, Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach, Hogwarts Legacy, and a new God of War title. Sony also confirmed that Marvel’s Spider Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Demon’s Souls will all be available on launch.
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The Daily Moot: Big Yeetus and the Anti-Cheatus

1. Fall Guys Cheater Island
Mediatonic just revealed that there’s been a secret “Cheater Island” in Fall Guys which forces cheating players to play exclusively against other cheaters, preventing the rule-breakers from ruining normal games. Unfortunately, despite Mediatonic’s intention to create “a magical place where cheaters could happily compete against themselves for the Cheater's Crown,” Cheater Island didn’t work out as planned and has now been removed. Instead, Fall Guys is implementing Epic’s Anti-Cheat which should hopefully be more effective. The new anti-cheat system is live now as the main focal point of today’s appropriately named update: “Big Yeetus and the Anti-Cheatus.”
 
2. Overwatch London Calling
 
Overwatch will soon be getting a five-issue digital comic book series called London Calling. London Calling, as you might expect from the name, will focus heavily on Tracer and her life in London. To celebrate the new comics, Overwatch is holding an in-game event called “Tracer’s Comic Challenge” which will allow players to earn various limited-time cosmetics including a new epic Tracer skin. Each of the comics will be available for free online and the first issue of the series is available now; you can check out the trailer for London Calling below.
 
3. Conan Exiles Expansion
 
Conan Exiles is getting its first major expansion. Entitled “Isle of Siptah,” the expansion will introduce a large new island region, completely unrelated to the game’s existing territory. As such, players will essentially have to “start over.” According to developer Funcom, “the island features more than a dozen new dungeons, surges of sorcery that spawn vile creatures and NPCs, and an ominous dark tower.” The Isle of Siptah expansion will cost $20 and is set to launch in early access later today; you can check out the trailer for the expansion below.
 
4. New PUBG Game Mode?
 
It looks like PUBG may soon be getting a new game mode. Following a leak last week, rumors have begun circulating about an upcoming mode called “Vostok.” Although details are sparse, Vostok is expected to be a tournament-style battle royale mode where players will face off in a series of 1v1 battles in a manner similar to the autobattler recipe. With that said, PUBG Corp has yet to address the rumors so, as with all leaks, it’s important to take this information with a grain of salt until an official announcement is made.
 
5. Borderlands Tabletop RPG
 
Borderlands will soon be getting a tabletop RPG adaptation. Called “Bunkers and Badasses,” the game is a throwback to the fictional tabletop of the same name which first appeared in a Borderlands 2 DLC. Featuring 10 classes, 3 different adventures, and a 200-page game book, Bunkers and Badasses will enable players to create their very own Vault Hunters and embark on an epic journey. Bunkers and Badasses is set to launch early next year and is available for pre-order now; you can check out the announcement video below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Ninja Signs With Twitch

1. Ninja Signs to Twitch
Ninja has officially signed with Twitch. After Mixer shut down earlier this year, many fans were wondering where the popular streamer would return to, or if he would return with any permanence at all considering he reportedly made $30M from his Mixer deal. Ninja has finally put all theories to rest, confirming that he has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with Twitch. In his statement, Ninja expressed his excitement to “get back to streaming full-time” and said that he plans to use his new platform to “bring more eyes to underrepresented creators.”
 
2. Immortals Fenyx Rising
 
Immortals Fenyx Rising has officially been revealed. Heavily inspired by the Legend of Zelda series, Immortals Fenyx Rising is essentially Ubisoft’s rendition of Breath of the Wild. Unlike the Legend of Zelda games however, Immortals: Fenyx Rising also pulls from history and Greek mythology, prominently featuring gods like Zeus and Prometheus. Immortals Fenyx Rising is set to launch on December 3; you can check out the world premier trailer for the game below.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Railway Empire and Where the Water Tastes Like Wine. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until September 17. As long as you claim the games by September 17, they will stay in your library forever.
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4. World of Warcraft Shadowlands
 
The World of Warcraft Shadowlands expansion is coming soon and Blizzard just revealed a bunch of new details about the next stage of WoW. In Shadowlands, players will join one of four Covenants which each offer unique rewards, perks, abilities, and end-game activities. Although choosing your Covenant may seem like a difficult task considering how impactful Covenants will be, Blizzard has assured fans that “a player who regrets their Covenant choice, and who wants to change their mind, should be able to do so straightforwardly at any point during the expansion, with no long-term drawbacks or disadvantages.” The Shadowlands expansion is set to arrive on October 26.
 
5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
 
Ubisoft has officially announced that a Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake is coming soon. A generic Prince of Persia remake was accidentally leaked last month on the Uplay store, but we now know that the remake will focus exclusively on The Sands of Time. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake is set to launch on January 21 of next year; you can check out the official trailer for the game below.

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The Daily Moot: Apple IDs Removed From Fortnite

1. Apple IDs Scrapped from Epic’s Games
Starting tomorrow, Apple will enact a change preventing Epic Games from interacting with Apple IDs. This means that players will no longer be able to sign into Fortnite or any other Epic app with the “Sign In with Apple” option. This change comes as part of the ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games which continues to grow in ferocity. For players who normally use the “Sign In with Apple” option to login to Fortnite, make sure the email and password for your Fortnite account are up to date so that you can still login after the change goes through tomorrow.
 
2. Black Ops Cold War Beta
 
An open beta for the highly-anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been announced. There will be multiple beta periods taking place across 2 extended “weekends.” The first weekend, which is only available for PS4 players, will take place from October 8-12, with the first 2 days limited exclusively to players who have pre-ordered the game. On October 15, the second beta period begins and opens up for PC and Xbox players who have pre-ordered the game. Finally, an all-platform true open beta will kick off on October 17 and last until October 19. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch on November 13.
 
3. CS:GO Majors Cancelled
 
Valve has cancelled all upcoming CS:GO Major tournaments. Following yesterday’s cancellation of the CS:GO Rio Major, Valve announced that they are “going to hold off on scheduling Majors until LAN events are safe to hold around the world.” Considering that Valve is looking at global stability rather than trying to key in on a few specific zones for competition, it might be quite some time before the highest level of Counter Strike competition resumes. Valve also addressed the recent cheating scandal in recent online CS:GO events like ESL, saying that any team that cheated will have their Regional Major Ranking points reset and are waiting to see the “punishments handed down by third parties” before taking further action.
 
4. Sea of Thieves Vaults of the Ancients
 
Sea of Thieves’ latest update, Vaults of the Ancients, is officially live. Vault of the Ancients introduces a slew of new content to the game including new voyages, secret treasure vaults, and a new enchanted compass. The update also introduced dogs to the game as a new follower pet, but unfortunately players will only be able to acquire them by using Ancient Coins which cost real money. Sea of Thieves’ Vaults of the Ancients is live now; you can check out the content update trailer below.
 
5. Spacebase Startopia Delayed
 
Spacebase Startopia has been delayed. Although not officially related to the original Startopia, Spacebase Startopia is a spiritual successor to the 2001 classic space station simulator game and is expected to feature a very similar style of gameplay. In terms of the delay, developer Realmforge Studios said, “The new release date will allow for more development time to further polish the game” and that the team isn’t planning to release the game until it “meets the high expectations of fans and beta testers.” Originally slated to launch in October of this year, Spacebase Startopia is now expected to arrive in spring 2021.
 
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The Daily Moot: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Reveal

1. Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Reveal
The multiplayer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has officially been revealed. Treyarch provided a significant sneak peek of the game mode today, showing off new maps, guns, and a completely revamped killstreak system. Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer will have “cross-progression” with the game’s Warzone mode, interacting in a similar manner to how the Warzone currently works with Modern Warfare. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is slated to launch on November 13; you can check out the multiplayer reveal trailer below.
 
2. Apple Launches Countersuit Against Epic
 
Apple has launched a countersuit against Epic Games in retaliation for Epic’s ongoing lawsuit against Apple. Apple’s countersuit claims that Epic has profited “as a direct result of Apple's investments” in the App Store and is seeking “compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and interest.” Furthermore, in response to Epic’s lawsuit, Apple’s countersuit asserted that “Apple is not a monopolist of any relevant market” and that Epic’s claims hold no ground. The case between Epic and Apple is set to resume on September 28.
 
3. Assassin's Creed Valhalla Launching Early
 
It looks like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be arriving sooner than expected. Originally expected to launch on November 17, it seems that Ubisoft decided to move the date up a bit in order to better coincide with the launch of the Xbox Seres X and S. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is now set to arrive on the same date as the next-gen Xbox consoles: November 10.
 
4. EA Play Coming to Xbox Game Pass
 
EA Play will soon be coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. EA Play, which is EA’s own game subscription service, will be added free of charge, bringing more than 60 additional games to the Xbox Game Pass library. No specific date for the merger has been announced yet, but players can expect it to happen sometime during the holiday season of this year. You can check out the announcement video for the collaboration below.
 
5. Madden Free Weekend
 
Madden NFL 21 will be free this weekend in order to celebrate the return of Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has been absent from the Madden series since 2017 as the quarterback has controversially not played in the NFL since 2016. Although Kaepernick remains unsigned by an NFL team, he is making his return to Madden and will be the highest-rated quarterback in Madden NFL 21’s franchise mode. In celebration, Madden NFL 21 will be free to play from tomorrow through September 13.

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The Daily Moot: Next-Gen Xbox Price & Release Date Revealed

1. Xbox Series S Reveal, Release Date
The Xbox Series S, including its price, has been revealed. The next-gen Xbox Series S is set to be “the smallest Xbox ever” but it will pack a powerful punch. The console will perform at up to 120 FPS at 1440p resolution, will support ray tracing, and will come with a 512GB custom SSD. Despite its next-gen capabilities, the Xbox Series S will launch at just $299 while the larger Xbox Series X will cost $499. Both consoles are set to launch on November 10 of this year; you can check out the world premier reveal trailer for the Xbox Series S below.
 
2. Cyberpunk 2077 Microtransactions Update
 
CD Projekt Red has released a statement regarding microtransactions in Cyberpunk 2077. Specifically, the studio has confirmed that there will be “zero microtransactions” and that everything the game has to offer will be included in your “one single purchase.” The studio also iterated that this refers to the single-player game Cyberpunk 2077, but explained that a separate, standalone multiplayer game based on the Cyberpunk universe will have microtransactions when it launches in the distant future. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on November 19.
 
3. Dirt 5 Delayed
 
Dirt 5 has been delayed once again. Originally expected to launch on October 9, then pushed back to October 16, Dirt 5 is now set to arrive on November 6. Developer Codemasters explained their reasoning for the latest delay by saying that it would allow them to “take advantage of the next-generation console launches which are expected in time for the holiday season.” Considering that the Xbox Series X has now been confirmed for November 10, it’s safe to assume that Codemasters will have next-gen editions of Dirt 5 ready to go on launch day.
 
4. Everspace 2
 
Everspace 2 has officially been revealed. The space-themed looter shooter is set in a completely open world and is much more ambitious than the original game. Developer Rockfish Games described the project by saying it’s “the kind of space game we've always wanted to make, but never had the money for.” Everspace 2 is set to launch in early access in December of this year; you can check out the new announcement gameplay trailer below.
 
5. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Returns
 
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 will soon be making its return. After a dispute between developer Frontier and publisher Atari led to the game being pulled from digital shelves in 2018, it appears that Frontier has now gained complete rights over RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and is looking to make a comeback. Frontier will be releasing a new edition of the 16-year-old game called “RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition” which, while not a complete remaster, will feature improved graphics, optimized controls, and widescreen support. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition is set to launch on PC and Switch on September 24; you can check out the announcement video for the game below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Marvel's Avengers Launch

1. Marvel’s Avengers Launch
Marvel’s Avengers is officially here. The highly anticipated action-adventure game was originally expected to launch back in May, but was delayed until today in order to “polish” the game. Marvel’s Avengers features both a single-player campaign and a co-op multiplayer mode, each of which includes a diverse cast of heroes and villains from the Marvel universe. Marvel’s Avengers is out now on PC, PS4, Xbox Series X, and Stadia, and players who purchase the game on current-gen systems will receive a free next-gen upgrade if they buy a next-gen system in the future. You can check out the launch trailer for Marvel’s Avengers below.
 
2. Minecraft Live
 
Mojang has made several changes to their upcoming Minecraft events. The Minecon Live 2020 livestream event has now been renamed to just Minecraft Live, and the new event now has a confirmed date of October 3. Minecraft Live is set to unveil everything that “Mojang Studios have been working on all year,” including updates for Minecraft, Minecraft Dungeons, and Minecraft Earth. Mojang also announced that the Minecraft Festival event, which was planned as a real-world event earlier this year, will now be postponed until at least 2022. You can check out the announcement trailer for Minecraft Live below.
 
3. The Division 2 Summit
 
The Division 2 will soon be getting a massive new PvE game mode called Summit. Summit will take place on a 100-story skyscraper which players will have to clear and ascend one floor at a time. Every 10 floors will be a boss fight, with the floor serving as a new respawn point if players are able to successfully defeat the boss. Summit is live on the test servers now and will be free for all players who own the Warlords of New York expansion.
 
4. Hearthstone Forbidden Library
 
Hearthstone will soon be getting a limited-time event called Forbidden Library. During the event players will be able to enjoy the popular Battlegrounds game mode in parties of up to 8 players, with ranked play limited to parties of 4 or fewer. Along with a pile of freebies and rewards, the event will also introduce new heroes, new lore, and new long-term single player content. Hearthstone’s Forbidden Library event will last 3 weeks and is set to kick off on September 8; you can check out the trailer for the event below.
 
5. The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Upgrade
 
CD Projekt Red has confirmed that The Witcher 3 will be getting a next-gen upgrade. Called “the complete next generation edition,” the upgrade will include all DLC and expansions and will take full advantage of next-gen technology like ray tracing. The edition will launch as a standalone on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X, but will also be given away as a free upgrade to players who already own The Witcher 3 on PC, PS4, or Xbox One. The Witcher 3 Complete Edition is expected to arrive next year.
 
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The Daily Moot: Super Mario 3D All-Stars

1. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Nintendo has announced that a new Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection will soon be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The collection includes the classic Mario games Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, as well as a music player that enables users to enjoy music from all 3 games while keeping the Switch screen off. The games will be fully optimized for the Switch with rumble controls and improved resolution, but it’s important to note that these versions will be ports rather than remasters. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is set to launch on September 18; for a preview of what Nintendo has in store, you can check out Nintendo’s 35th Anniversary Direct video below.
 
2. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games is Into the Breach, a strategy game from the makers of FTL. You can grab your free copy of Into the Breach directly from the Epic Games Store from now until September 10. As long as you claim the game by September 10, it will stay in your library forever. Ryan reviewed Into the Breach earlier this year, describing the game as “something spectacular” that “offers an incredibly engaging experience with tons of replayability.” You can check out Ryan’s review of Into the Breach below.
 
3. Ubisoft Forward
 
Ubisoft has planned its next Ubisoft Forward livestream event. Slated for September 10, the next Ubisoft Forward is expected to focus on the upcoming game Gods & Monsters, which was first revealed at E3 back in 2019. Ubisoft hasn’t confirmed which other games will be making an appearance during the livestream, but the digital trailer for the event shows clips of titles such as Rainbow Six Quarantine, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Hyperscape. Regardless of what games end up taking the spotlight, we should be getting a significant amount of information about Ubisoft’s next-gen plans when Ubisoft Forward happens next week.
 
4. Sands of Salzaar English Release
 
Sands of Salzaar, the popular Chinese open-world RPG, will soon be getting an English release. Despite only being available in simplified Chinese, Sands of Salzaar became an immediate hit when it launched earlier this year, selling over 50,000 copies on Steam in its first week. The English edition of the game features a complete translation of the game’s 500,000 word script, and will also include an expanded story with 30 new quests. The English version of Sands of Salzaar will be available in early access starting September 22.
 
5. Rockstar Resets GTA V Glitchers
 
Rockstar has riled up the GTA V community after coming down hard against players who abused the “apartment garage glitch.” The glitch enabled players to quickly earn large amounts of money by purchasing properties and then using an exploit to convert them into cash. Rockstar has completely reset the accounts of players who abused the glitch, meaning that all of the progress on those accounts has been wiped away, and that players will have to start completely from scratch. Affected players, some of whom had spent several years working on their accounts, aren’t too happy about the significant punishment, but it doesn’t sound like Rockstar will be changing their minds on the issue.

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The Daily Moot: India Bans PUBG Mobile

1. India Bans PUBG Mobile
India has banned over 100 apps across the country including PUBG Mobile. Although the notice didn’t mention China specifically, all of the banned apps are either based in or linked to China, with PUBG Mobile being owned by the Chinese tech company Tencent. India explained their reasoning for the ban by saying that the country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had received complaints alleging that the apps "steal" and “surreptitiously transmit” user data to foreign servers in an unauthorized manner. PUBG Mobile had previously been one of India’s most popular mobile games, but it seems unlikely that the ban will be reversed any time soon.
 
2. Nvidia Reflex Technology Monitors
 
Nvidia is not only changing the game with their upcoming new graphics cards, they’re also looking to improve monitors as well. Nvidia’s new Reflex Latency Analyzer is a screen-based technology designed to accurately measure and reduce a system’s input lag. Alienware, Asus, Acer, and MSI all intend to implement the feature in their upcoming new 360Hz competitive gaming monitors, but consumers will likely have to shell out around $700 to get their hands on one.
 
3. Vlambeer Shutting Down
 
After more than a decade of making games, Vlambeer is shutting down. Vlambeer, an indie studio founded by Jan Willem Nijman and Rami Ismail, is best known for games such as Nuclear Throne, Super Crate Box, and Ridiculous Fishing. In their statement, the Vlambeer said that they “had a beautiful run” and “made incredible games” but that it was ultimately “time for new things.” The studio will officially close after releasing their upcoming arcade game Ultrabugs.
 
4. Hello Games New Project
 
Hello Games is apparently working on a new project. The No Man's Sky developer announced that they have a “huge, ambitious” project underway, which studio founder Sean Murray described as “like No Man’s Sky.” That said, Murray asserted that the game would not be a sequel and confirmed that half of the development would stay committed to working on improvements for No Man’s Sky. It’s unclear exactly what the big new project will have in store, but we can probably expect more details to be unveiled in the coming months.
 
5. Nintendo Switch eShop Changes
 
The Nintendo Switch eShop has quietly undergone some changes aimed at improving user experience. The first change makes it so that games now display how long they will be discounted for when they are on sale, and is live now for wishlists, the Great Deals page, and the eShop homepage. The second change makes it so that users can now pre-order a game without having to immediately pre-pay. Under the new system, users won’t be charged until 7 days before a game releases, making it much easier for players to cancel a pre-order without having to go through a refund process.

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The Daily Moot: Nvidia's Next-Gen GPUs

1. Nvidia's Next-Gen GPUs
Nvidia has unveiled its next-gen series of graphics cards. The RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090 have all been announced, with specs and prices included. At $499 the RTX 3070 is set to provide better performance than the current king of GPUs, the RTX 2080 Ti, for less than half the price. On the high end, Nvidia claims the new RTX 3090 will be the “world’s first 8K gaming GPU,” and while it’ll no doubt be the best commercial graphics card on the market, it’ll cost a whopping $1,500. The next-gen series of Nvidia GPUs will start rolling out on September 24; you can check out the reveal trailer for the RTX 3080, which costs $699, below.
 
2. Crusader Kings 3
 
Crusader Kings 3 is officially here. The newest edition of the popular strategy series, Crusader Kings 3 has launched to widespread acclaim, earning a perfect 10 out of 10 score from multiple publications such as IGN. Crusader Kings 3 just launched today, but it will also be available as part of next month’s Xbox Game Pass for PC starting September 3. You can check out the release trailer for Crusader Kings 3 below.
 
3. CS:GO Coaches Caught Cheating
 
A number of professional CS:GO coaches have been caught cheating in tournaments by major esports pro league ESL. The cheating involved exploiting a spectator bug which allowed coaches to see where enemies were located and relay that information to their players. Some of the teams who exploited the bug include Hard Legion, Heroic, and MIRB; ESL has imposed bans on the teams’ coaches with durations ranging from 6 months to 2 years.
 
4. Fall Guys Charity Drive
 
A Fall Guys charity auction to raise funds for Special Effect has now wrapped up. The auction came down to the wire, with the winning bid coming as a combined effort between Ninja, MrBeast, G2 Esports, and Aim Lab totalling $1M. As a reward for winning the auction, Mediatonic will be adding 4 new Fall Guys skins to the game, one for each contributor.
 
5. Transient Trailer
 
A trailer for the upcoming Lovecraft-inspired horror game Transient has been released. A cyberpunk adventure game from Stormling Studios and Iceberg Interactive, Transient takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where you play as one of the last remaining humans on Earth. Although the release date has not yet been announced, Transient is expected to launch by the end of this year. You can check out the cinematic trailer for the game below.

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The Daily Moot: PS5 Backwards Compatibility

1. PS5 Backwards Compatibility
The backwards compatibility of the upcoming PlayStation 5 is coming under scrutiny after an Ubisoft support page seemed to leak that the console’s abilities will be limited. Specifically, the page said that the PS5 will only be backwards compatible with PS4 games, and that the PS5 will not work with PS3, PS2, or PS1 games. Considering that both Sony and Microsoft have been touting their upcoming consoles’ backwards capabilities, it would certainly seem that the Xbox Series X would have an edge if this news is true. Sony has yet to comment on the matter, but the Ubisoft support page has now been modified to remove any mention of backwards compatibility.
 
2. League of Legends Samira
 
The next League of Legends champion, Samira, has been revealed. Described as a “gifted, ruthless marksman who charges up her style meter as she hunts for the flashiest kill,” Samira’s kit looks to have a bit of everything. With guns, knives, swords, dashes, resets, and more, Samira looks incredibly fun to play but also extremely difficult to balance. It’s unclear when Samira will arrive, but she is available on PBE servers now. You can check out the reveal trailer for Samira below.
 
3. Sims 4 Star Wars
 
Star Wars will soon be making its way to The Sims 4. Called Journey to Batuu, the pack will include things such as spaceships, lightsabers, and familiar Star Wars characters. Journey to Batuu will also have a story campaign where players will have to side with either The Resistance, First Order, or the “scoundrels.” The Journey to Batuu Game Pack is set to arrive on September 8; you can check out the reveal trailer below.
 
4. Tellstones: King’s Gambit
 
Riot Games continues to put the “s” in “Games” as they have now announced a new tabletop game called Tellstones: King’s Gambit. Described as an “unforgettable game of bluffing, strategy, and recollection from the world of Runeterra,” Tellstones: King’s Gambit marks the second tabletop game from Riot following the release of Mechs vs. Minions in 2016. There’s no word yet on when the Tellstones: King’s Gambit will launch, but Riot released a cinematic trailer for the game today which you can check out below.
 
5. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
 
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, the spiritual successor to the classic game Suikoden, has completed its incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. Raising more than $4.5M, Eiyuden Chronicle is now the third most successful video game Kickstarter in history; first place belongs to Shenmue 3 with $6.3M. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes isn’t set to come out until 2022, but the developers released a short gameplay teaser last month which you can watch below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Fall Guys Season 2

1. Fall Guys Season 2
Fall Guys just launched earlier this month, but Season 2 is already on the way. Mediatonic has revealed that Fall Guys Season 2 will be medieval themed with things like wizards, warriors, dragons, and castles. Aside from the cosmetic changes, the new season will also be introducing plenty of new levels and minigames, some of which were revealed during the sneak peek. Fall Guys Season 2 is set to arrive this October; you can check out the sneak peek video below.
 
2. New Dragon Age Game
 
BioWare has revealed a sneak peek at the next Dragon Age game. The behind-the-scenes preview showed off some of the game’s concept art as well as some of its core concepts and aspirations. Although not many details about the currently unnamed game have been released yet, BioWare explained that they “want to tell a story of what happens when you don't have power,” suggesting a thematic shift from the previous games in the Dragon Age series. You can watch the behind-the-scenes video below.
 
3. Sea of Thieves Update
 
Sea of Thieves’ September update is looking to be a big one. The long-awaited introduction of dog companions will finally make its way to the game along with a new permanent voyage. There are also 2 live events going on right now, Hunters of the Deep and Summer of Sea of Thieves, which end on September 8 and 30, respectively. Rare also promises that next year will be the “biggest one yet,” so it seems that Sea of Thieves fans have plenty to look forward to in the near future.
 
4. Hitman 3
 
The release date for Hitman 3 has been revealed. IO Interactive has revealed that the highly-anticipated next game in the Hitman series will be arriving on January 20 of next year, and will be available on both current-gen and next-gen consoles. Not only that, but players who purchase a current-gen version of the game will receive a free next-gen upgrade should they choose to get a next-gen console in the future. On PC, Hitman 3 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store. You can check out the announcement trailer for Hitman 3 below.
 
5. Project Cars 3
 
Project Cars 3 has officially launched. Much like its predecessors, Project Cars 3 focuses on realistic graphics with a combination of fictional locations and real-life racetracks to tackle. The game has also added more than 40 new cars to the roster, bringing the total number of vehicles to more than 200. You can watch the launch trailer for Project Cars 3 below.

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The Daily Moot: Fortnite Season 4

1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 is finally here. Dubbed Nexus War, this season brings a whole roster of villains and superheroes to the fray, with characters including Thor, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Doctor Doom. If you’re curious how all these gods and heroes ended up on the Fortnite island, Season 4 has launched with its own comic book series enabling players to “experience the Nexus War.” Speaking of the island, the influx of heroes has also led to some map changes with new locations such as Doom’s Domain and Sentinel Graveyard. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 is live now; you can check out the trailer for Nexus War below.
 
2. K/DA The Baddest
 
The League of Legends virtual k-pop group K/DA just released their new single “The Baddest.” K/DA, which is voiced by (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon and Miyeon along with Bea Miller and Wolftyla, first attained viral fame with their debut single “POP/STARS” in 2018. The Baddest marks the long awaited return for the group, and serves as a preview single for their upcoming EP. Despite widespread rumors, The Baddest did not introduce Seraphine as a new member of the group, but that could certainly change once the EP is released in the near future. Unfortunately there's no music video yet, but you can check out the song The Baddest below.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Hitman and Shadowrun Collection. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until September 3. As long as you claim the games by September 3, they will stay in your library forever.
 
4. Little Nightmares 2
 
Little Nightmares 2 has been revealed. The long-awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed creepy puzzle-platformer, Little Nightmares 2 seems to be substantially different from its predecessor. Namely, Little Nightmares 2 will have you play 2 characters simultaneously rather than one, although it’s currently unclear whether or not the game will support co-op. Little Nightmares 2 is set to launch on February 11 of next year; you can check out the gameplay reveal trailer below.
 
5. Guild Wars 2 Steam
 
Guild Wars 2 will soon be coming to Steam. The popular MMORPG is over 8 years old at this point, but has been confined to its own independent launcher. Unfortunately, players will not be able to transfer their existing Guild Wars 2 accounts to Steam, meaning that players will have to start from scratch if they want to play on Steam. Guild Wars 2 is also getting a new expansion soon called End of Dragons. Guild Wars 2 is set to arrive on Steam in November of this year with the End of Dragons expansion slated for early 2021. You can check out the trailer for End of Dragons below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Black Ops Cold War Reveal

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Reveal
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has officially been revealed. The highly anticipated next edition of the Call of Duty franchise is set to be a direct sequel to the original Black Ops game, which was released back in 2010. Considering that Black Ops 2 was also a direct sequel to Black Ops, it’ll be interesting to see how Activision and Treyarch manage to make the 3 games coexist with each other. In terms of gameplay, the reveal confirmed that many fan favorites will be returning for Black Ops Cold War, including a robust single-player campaign, a new Zombies experience, and a continuation of the Warzone battle royale mode. Activision also confirmed that the game’s multiplayer will be both cross-platform and cross-generational, meaning that players on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, and Xbox Series X will all be able to play together. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch on November 13; you can check out the reveal trailer below.
 
2. Gamescom 2020
 
Gamescom 2020 is set to kick off tomorrow. The world’s largest annual gaming convention, Gamescom typically takes place in Cologne, Germany, but will be exclusively digital this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the highlights of this year’s event include never-before-seen trailers, exclusive developer interviews, and live gameplay demos. You can watch the Gamescom 2020 livestream on Twitch and YouTube starting tomorrow at 10am PT.
 
3. Fall Guys Cheaters
 
Fall Guys is cracking down on cheaters. In a recent statement, the development team for fall guys said that “dealing with cheaters is a top priority” and that they have already begun establishing advanced methods to identify cheaters, enabling them to take “immediate action.” This makes it so that cheaters will be blocked from the game as soon as they are detected, meaning that cheaters won’t even be able to finish their current ongoing game. Mediatonic says that this system will work automatically, and that there is no need for players to report cheaters.
 
4. Ring of Pain Demo
 
The demo for Ring of Pain is now available. Ring of Pain is a roguelike dungeon crawler card game which the developers describe as “a turn-based Binding of Isaac set in the darkest corner of your mind.” The demo for Ring of Pain is available for free on Steam starting today, with the game’s full release slated for October 15. You can watch the trailer for the game below.
 
5. Pokemon Go Mega Evolutions
 
Pokemon Go will soon be adding Mega Evolutions to the game. Similar to the Mega Evolutions in games like Pokemon X and Moon, Mega Evolutions will be stronger versions of specific fully-evolved Pokemon such as Charizard and Blastoise. In order to Mega Evolve a Pokemon, players will have to acquire Mega Energy by participating in raids against Mega Evolved Pokemon. The new feature is set to launch tomorrow and Niantic will be holding several events with Mega Evolutions starting next month.

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The Daily Moot: Epic Wins Lawsuit

1. Epic Lawsuit Update
Epic has won part 1 of its lawsuit against Apple. After Microsoft came out in support of Epic by asserting that Epic’s Unreal Engine is critical for game developers and creators, a judge has ruled in favor of Epic, granting the company a temporary restraining order against Apple. Specifically, the judge said that hindering Epic’s ability to maintain Unreal Engine would cause “significant damage to the gaming industry” but also said that the issue with Fortnite seemed to be “of Epic’s own making.” While this doesn’t mean that Fortnite will be returning to the App Store, it does mean that Epic will maintain its developer rights until the next stage of the lawsuit hits the courts in April of next year. The legal teams for Epic and Apple are set to reconvene on September 28.
 
2. Black Ops: Cold War Warzone Reveal?
 
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is set for its big reveal tomorrow, but it looks like Activision may be planning something a bit unique for the event. In a cryptic Tweet posted today, Call of Duty seems to be suggesting that the Black Ops: Cold War reveal will happen within the world of Warzone. It’s unclear exactly how this would play out, but the message is rather straightforward: “New contract. Coming to Verdansk. Aug 26.” The Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War reveal is set to take place tomorrow at 10:30am PT.
 
3. Summer Games Done Quick Ends
 
The 2020 edition of Summer Games Done Quick has come to a close. The speedrunning charity drive managed to raise $2.3M this year, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders which provides emergency medical and humanitarian aid across the world. While the $2.3M mark is certainly impressive, the number is actually down from last year’s event which raised over $3M. Since the annual event started in 2010, GDQ has raised over $27M in total for charities like the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Direct Relief, and AbleGamers.
 
4. New Nintendo Switch?
 
A new version of the Nintendo Switch is on the way. Set to enter production later this year, the newest edition of the Switch will have a better graphical display and improved “interactivity.” Not many details about the upcoming console have been announced yet, so it’s unclear what hardware changes will be made in order to achieve these improvements. The new Nintendo Switch is slated to hit retail shelves early next year.
 
5. EA Steam Achievements
 
EA has added more than 1,000 new achievements to their Steam games. These achievements were previously locked to the Origin versions of these games, despite the fact that EA transferred much of its library to Steam earlier this year. Some of the games which now have full Steam achievements include Titanfall 2, Need for Speed, Battlefield, and Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Any achievements you’ve earned will be automatically applied retroactively, meaning that you don’t have to worry about redoing achievements that you’ve already completed.

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The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk 2077 DLC, 2020 Game Awards

1. Cyberpunk 2077 DLC
CD Projekt Red has unveiled some new information about Cyberpunk 2077’s DLC. Specifically, CD Projekt Red has confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be supported with multiple DLCs shortly after launch, and that these DLCs will be free for all players who own the base game. This is akin to the studio’s approach with The Witcher 3, which got 16 free DLC packs within 3 months after release. While this news doesn’t rule out the likely possibility of additional paid DLC, it is certainly good news for fans because it shows that CD Projekt Red is committed to updating and supporting the game for all players across the board. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on November 19.
 
2. 2020 Game Awards
 
Geoff Keighley has confirmed that the 2020 edition of The Game Awards will be happening later this year. As you might expect, this year’s show will be exclusively virtual, with Keighley saying, they are “obviously not going to have 10,000 people in a room together.” Despite the online nature of the event, Keighley promises that this year’s Game Awards is “going to be the biggest show yet.” No date for the 2020 Game Awards has been announced yet, but the organizers are planning to reveal more details “in the coming weeks.”
 
3. Lord of the Rings Gollum Trailer
 
Daedalic Entertainment has just released a new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Described as a mix of stealth gameplay and “climbing parkour,” the upcoming game focuses on Gollum, the complicated antagonist who serves as the foil for the wizard Gandalf. The studio likens the upcoming game to Prince of Persia, saying that it is “mostly a non-combat game,” and that Gollum must use his cunning, rather than strength, to survive. You can check out the official teaser trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum below.
 
4. Team Fortress 2 Rick May Tribute
 
Team Fortress 2 has permanently added a statue in tribute to the late voice actor Rick May. Rick May, who passed away earlier, had been known for his roles in games like Star Fox and Age of Empires 2, but truly came to prominence by voicing Soldier in Team Fortress 2. The permanent tribute is inscribed with Soldier’s iconic voiceline “That was a hell of a campaign, son!” and can be viewed on the Granary Map, which served as the backdrop for the famous “Meet the Soldier” video over a decade ago. In case you haven’t seen it, or if you just want to enjoy it one more time, you can watch the classic video below.
 
5. K/DA Returns
 
K/DA, the virtual League of Legends k-pop group, will soon be making its return. The group debuted at the League of Legends World Championship in 2018, going viral with their massive hit “POP/STARS.” Their new single, “The Baddest,” is set to come out on August 27, and fans are speculating that there may be a full album in the works for this year’s World Championship. There’s also rumors that a new member named Seraphine may be joining the group, with further rumors that Seraphine will be joining the League of Legends roster as a playable champion. This stems from the fact that Seraphine released a cover of POP/STARS, but regardless it seems that we’ll likely get more information later this week. You can check out Seraphine’s POP/STARS cover below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Fortnite x Thor Crossover

1. Fortnite x Thor Crossover
Thor is coming to Fortnite. Although Epic didn’t provide many details about the event or the rest of Season 4, they finally confirmed the long-rumored crossover with a simple, emoji-filled tweet that referenced Thor’s Hammer, lightning, and the Rainbow Bridge. The announcement also seems to confirm the start date of Fortnite Season 4 as August 27, meaning that players have less than one week left to accomplish their goals for Season 3. Aside from the Thor crossover, Epic hasn’t unveiled much of what Season 4 has in store yet, but we can expect plenty of more information to come pouring in during the coming days.
 
2. Marvel’s Avengers Beta
 
The Marvel’s Avengers open beta is officially here. After a limited closed beta last weekend, Marvel’s Avengers is now available to be played by anyone. The open beta will give players a substantial taste of the game, offering 4 story missions, additional side missions, and multiplayer content. Unfortunately, however, any progress you make during the beta will be reset once the game launches. Available for preloading now, the Marvel’s Avengers open beta will unlock tonight at 9pm PT and will last until August 23. Marvel’s Avengers is set to launch on September 4.
 
3. FreeFortnite Cup
 
Epic has announced a new Fortnite tournament called the FreeFortnite Cup. The tournament alludes to Epic’s ongoing battle with Apple which erupted after Fortnite was removed from the tech giant's app store. Although it’s being described as a tournament, the FreeFortnite Cup has plenty of prizes available for players of all levels. The tournament period will last for 4 hours and all players who survive at least 10 minutes of gameplay during that time will earn the new Apple parody “Tart Tycoon” skin. While the skin is the easiest reward to get, the highest performing players will be able to earn prizes like Fortnite hats, Samsung Galaxy tablets, and even an Alienware gaming laptop. The FreeFortnite cup is set to kick off on August 23 but the start time has not yet been announced.
 
4. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Enter the Gungeon and God’s Trigger. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until August 27. As long as you claim the games by August 27, they will stay in your library forever.
 
5. Burger King Twitch Donations
 
Burger King has come under fire after their controversial advertisement campaign exploited Twitch’s donation system. Burger King’s “King of Stream” ad campaign worked by taking advantage of streamers who use text-to-speech for their donations. Burger King would leave a minimum donation (often $1) to streamers, which enabled the company to have an advertisement message for Burger King be read aloud to the stream. Burger King’s ad campaign was not only criticized for being unethical, it also violated Streamlabs’ terms of service. It’s currently unclear if Streamlabs is planning to take any action regarding the situation.
https://www.pcgamer.com/burger-king-takes-heat-for-using-twitch-donation-readouts-to-run-advertisements/
 
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The Daily Moot: Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War
It’s official: the next Call of Duty will be Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War. Activision finally confirmed the project with a new teaser trailer called “Know Your History.” As its title suggests, the trailer takes a look at some real-life historical events, cautioning viewers to know their history “or be doomed to repeat it.” Activision is set to follow up the trailer with a full worldwide reveal event on August 26. You can check out the trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War below.
 
2. PS5 Trailer
 
Sony has released its very first live-action trailer for the PlayStation 5. Called “Play Has No Limits,” Sony designed the trailer to “showcase some of the immersive gameplay you will experience on the new console.” Unfortunately, despite the description, the trailer doesn’t actually show any gameplay. It also doesn’t unveil any critical information fans have been waiting for such as price and release date, but it’s rumored that Sony may be planning a more informative event later this month. You can check out the Play Has No Limits trailer below.
 
3. Fall Guys Changes
 
A new patch just hit Fall Guys today, bringing plenty of welcome changes to the game. The most notable changes involve modifications to Fall Guys’ team games. Specifically, there will no longer be any back-to-back team game rounds, meaning that there will be at least one solo game between any team games. The update also implemented some map changes, limiting the maximum number of players on Fall Mountain to 15 and changing the timer on Team Tail Tag and Royal Fumble to 1:30.
 
4. Black Myth: Wukong
 
Black Myth: Wukong was surprise-revealed today and it’s attracting a lot of attention. The soulslike game is styled after the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West,” and features the monkey king Sun Wukong as its protagonist. Although the game is still early in development, developer Game Science Studio chose to reveal the project with a lengthy trailer that’s overflowing with real, pre-alpha gameplay footage. It will likely be quite some time before Black Myth: Wukong actually hits the market, but it certainly seems like a game for soulslike fans to keep an eye on. You can check out the reveal trailer for Black Myth: Wukong below.
 
5. Bloodlines 2 Fires Team Leads
 
It looks like Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will be starting over from scratch. Developer Hardsuit Labs announced last week that they were looking to implement some “organizational changes” and have now fired 2 of their team leads. Lead writer Brian Mitsoda and creative director Ka’ai Cluney have both been removed from the project as part of a “joint decision made by the leadership of Hardsuit Labs and Paradox Interactive.” These firings will no doubt be controversial, especially considering that Brian Mitsoda was intimately involved with the first game and heavily featured in the upcoming sequel’s promotional content. As a result of the organizational changes, Bloodlines 2 has now been delayed until at least 2021.

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The Daily Moot: Prince of Persia Returns

1. Prince of Persia Returns
It looks like Prince of Persia may be making its comeback. This news comes as the result of a leaked store listing, which showed an upcoming Prince of Persia game scheduled for launch on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. The mainline series of the critically acclaimed adventure game has been absent from the gaming sword since its last edition, The Forgotten Sands, arrived a decade ago in 2010. Unfortunately for fans who were hoping for a completely new game, it appears that Prince of Persia’s return will likely come in the form of a remake. Assuming the store listing is accurate, we can probably expect Ubisoft to make a formal announcement about the game in the coming weeks.
 
2. Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access
 
The early access release date for Baldur’s Gate 3 has been revealed. Fans were no doubt disappointed when the game was delayed earlier this year due to the pandemic, but it looks like the wait won’t be too much longer. If everything goes as planned, developer Larian Studios expects to launch the early access edition of Baldur’s Gate 3 as soon as September 30. The early access version of the game will be limited, however, as it will not include multiplayer and will only allow players to reach up to level 4. Larian Studios expects that Baldur’s Gate 3 will remain in early access for “at least one year.”
 
3. Quake 3 Free
 
Bethesda is giving away Quake 3 for free today as thanks for a successful QuakeCon charity drive. The classic FPS, which first launched in an entirely different millennium back in 1999, revolutionized the genre with its focus on multiplayer gameplay. In fact, Quake 3 is exclusively multiplayer, so keep that in mind if you decide to pick it up. You can grab Quake 3 for free from the Bethesda launcher from now until 9am PT tomorrow.
https://bethesda.net/en/game/bethesda-launcher
 
4. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe Delayed
 
The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe has been delayed again. The Ultra Deluxe edition is set to be the biggest version of the game yet, introducing new areas, more choices, and new endings to the strange exploration game. The developers explained that “multiple factors have contributed to developmental challenges” and said that the extra time will help them “deliver the most ambitious Stanley game ever.” Originally set to launch in 2019, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is now expected to arrive sometime in 2021.
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-stanley-parable-ultra-deluxe-has-been-delayed-again/
 
5. TimTheTatman Wins in Fall Guys
 
Streamer TimTheTatman has finally won a game of Fall Guys. The popular streamer had been severely struggling in the game, so much so that news outlets such as ESPN started tracking his progress. After 8 days of trying, Tim finally won his first game Fall Guys by outlasting his opponents on Hex-a-Gone.
 
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The Daily Moot: Microsoft Flight Simulator

1. Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is officially here. The modern rendition of the classic game, which first launched way back in 1982 with little more than white lines on a screen, has been highly anticipated since it was announced last year. With a wide array of planes, airports, and scenic routes, Microsoft Flight Simulator is already being lauded by aviation enthusiasts for its dynamism and quality. You can check out the trailer for Microsoft Flight Simulator below, which shows the game’s history and progression from 1982 to now.
 
2. Untitled Goose Game Co-Op
 
Untitled Goose Game will soon be getting a co-op mode. The mode will essentially be the same as the standard single-player mode, just with a second goose that boasts its own “horrible honk.” Unfortunately for those who were hoping to play with their friends remotely, it seems that co-op will be limited to local play only. Co-op is expected to hit Untitled Goose Game on September 23; you can check out the trailer for the mode below.
 
3. Deathloop Delayed
 
Deathloop has been delayed. Originally expected to launch alongside the PS5 this holiday season, eager players will now have to wait a bit longer before they can get their hands on the 60’s-inspired FPS assassin game. Developer Arkane explained their reasoning for the delay, saying that the pandemic had created difficulties for the team and that the extra time will enable them “to bring Deathloop's world to life.” Deathloop is now expected to arrive in spring of 2021; you can watch the trailer for the game below.
 
4. Hitman 3 Changes
 
Hitman 3 is apparently dropping several of its planned game modes. According to developer IO Interactive, Hitman 3 will not include the 1v1 multiplayer “Ghost Mode” from Hitman 2, or any PvP modes for that matter. Additionally, Hitman 3 will also be removing co-op from the series. Not only is IO Interactive scrapping these features from Hitman 3, they’re also planning to remove these existing modes from Hitman 2 by the end of this month. It’s unclear if IO Interactive is planning to add new features to replace these modes, but the company says they will share more details about the upcoming game “in the coming months.” Hitman 3 is expected to launch in January of next year.
 
5. Total War: Three Kingdoms Expansion
 
Total War: Three Kingdoms is getting its first ever expansion. Called “Furious Wild,” the upcoming expansion will take the world of Three Kingdoms to the jungles of ancient China. Along with the new jungle zones, Furious Wild will introduce 4 new factions, more than 25 new units, and new tech trees. The Furious Wild expansion will cost $19 and will be available starting September 3. You can check out the trailer for the expansion below.

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The Daily Moot: Operation Shadow Legacy

1. Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Shadow Legacy
The massive upcoming season of Rainbow Six Siege, Operation Shadow Legacy, has officially been revealed. Shadow Legacy will be the first new season since Ubisoft announced earlier this year that they would be greatly changing their approach to Siege updates, focusing more on improving existing content rather than introducing new content. As such, Shadow Legacy will be bringing tons of quality-of-life improvements such as an improved ping system, new scopes, and a Chalet map rework. Of course, there’s still a new operator coming and it’s a big one: Sam Fisher. Although it seems that Sam Fisher will be the only new operator in Shadow Legacy, Splinter Cell fans will no doubt rejoice as the iconic character makes his way to the Siege roster under the codename “Zero.” You can check out Ubisoft’s breakdown of everything Operation Shadow Legacy has to offer below.
 
2. Summer Games Done Quick
 
The 2020 summer edition of Games Done Quick is here. The annual charity event features some of the best speedrunners on the planet showing off their incredible skill in games such as Witcher 3, Portal 2, Bioshock Infinite, and DOOM. All proceeds from the event will go to Doctors Without Borders which provides lifesaving medical and humanitarian care across the globe. Summer Games Done Quick 2020 is set to run from now until August 23 and will be livestreamed on Twitch.
 
3. Ubisoft Fires Assassin's Creed Director
 
Ubisoft has fired Ashraf Ismail, the creative director for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Ismail stepped down from his position in June after allegations of sexual misconduct began to surface, but he remained with the company until now. Although Ubisoft didn’t go into details due to its “confidential” nature, the company explained their decision by saying, “Following an investigation by an external firm, it was determined that Ashraf’s employment with Ubisoft had to be terminated.” Following the investigation, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot committed to a “structural shift” in the company but denied any accountability, implying that he too was a “victim” because his trust was betrayed.
 
4. Fallout: New Vegas Revoice Project
 
Fallout: New Vegas modders have finally completed “Brave New World,” one of the most ambitious modding projects in gaming history. A collaborative project with over 30,000 contributors, Brave New World took over 4 years to finish and features a full revoicing of Fallout: New Vegas. In total, the project has completely overhauled nearly 150 NPCs but has left alone characters with “exceptional acting” such as Caesar and Doc Mitchell. You can check out the reveal for the Brave New World mod below.
 
5. Batman Treasure Hunt?
 
WB Games Montreal is sending fans on a treasure hunt. The studio has begun teasing what many expect to be the next mainline Batman game, but WB Games Montreal isn’t making things easy. In order to access the teasers and clues, fans will first have to crack a series of codes on WB’s new “r3dakt3d” website. It’s unclear if there will be any prizes for solving the puzzle, but one thing is certain: big news is on the horizon.
https://r3dakt3d.com/

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The Daily Moot: Epic Sues Apple and Google

1. Epic Games Sues Apple and Google
Epic Games has filed lawsuits against Apple and Google over “monopolistic practices.” This news comes just one day after Apple and Google removed Fortnite from their app stores in retaliation for Epic’s new direct payment system. Epic’s new payment system was designed to circumvent the 30 percent fees that are charged for every App Store and Play Store transaction, with Epic then passing those savings onto their players by reducing the price of V-Bucks across the board. It’s unclear exactly how these lawsuits will play out, but considering that Epic Games was a step ahead of their competition and drew the favor of the community by promising to pass down their savings, it’s clear that Epic was prepared for this type of scenario from the beginning. You can check out Epic’s “Free Fortnite” video below, which parodies Apple’s iconic 1984 commercial and condemns the company for their practices.
 
2. Steam Game Festival
 
The Steam Game Festival will be returning this fall. Although the annual event was originally scheduled to take place during the holiday season, Valve decided to run the Steam Game Festival earlier this year in March in an effort to make up for the cancellation of GDC and to help give a boost to the indie games community. March’s Steam Game Festival was a huge success, providing nearly 1,000 free demos for players and developers to enjoy alike. Hopefully the Steam Game Festival can maintain its impressive showing and continue its success when the fall edition of the event kicks off on October 7.
 
3. Forza Horizon 3 “End of Life”
 
Forza Horizon 3 is officially entering its “end of life” cycle. Starting on September 27, Forza Horizon 3 will no longer be able for purchase and will be pulled from all shelves, both retail and digital. This is nothing new for Microsoft’s flagship racing series as previous iterations of Forza have all been phased out once they reached their “end of life” as well. There are no plans to remove online content from the game, so you can rest assured that you can enjoy Forza Horizon 3 to the fullest if you decide to purchase the game before September 27.
 
4. Lazlow Leaves Rockstar
 
Lazlow, one of the most popular radio hosts in the Grand Theft Auto series, is leaving Rockstar. Although he is best known for his contributions as an in-game radio DJ, Lazlow’s contributions to GTA stretched far and wide over his nearly 20 year career with Rockstar Games. Aside from voice acting, Lazlow also worked on game trailers, in-game animated shows, and even helped write the dialogue in GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2.
 
5. EA Play
 
Origin Access and EA Access will soon be no more. Instead, EA is unifying them into one overarching service called EA Play. Most of the benefits with EA Play will be the same as the current services, but there will be some additional new features such as in-game challenges and monthly rewards. Despite the unified moniker, players will still need to purchase a new subscription of EA Play for each individual platform they wish to play on. This means that, for example, you would need to purchase 2 EA Play subscriptions in order to use the service on both PC and Xbox. EA Play is set to rollout on August 18.

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The Daily Moot: Fortnite Removed From App Store

1. Fortnite Mega Drop
The Fortnite Mega Drop is here, permanently making V-Bucks cheaper. Along with the rollout of their new Epic direct payment system, Epic has decided to permanently reduce the cost of V-Bucks by up to 20 percent in an event they are calling the “Fortnite Mega Drop.” Epic’s new direct payment system is designed to circumvent the 30 percent fees that Google and Apple charge for Google Play and App Store transactions, and Epic Games is giving back to their fans by passing on the savings to the players. Apple clearly isn't happy with Epic’s attempt to avoid fees, as they have now retaliated by completely removing Fortnite from the App Store. It doesn’t seem like either side is planning on backing down any time soon, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.
 
2. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Remnant: From the Ashes and The Alto Collections. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until August 20. As long as you claim the games by August 20, they will stay in your library forever. Epic is also giving away the latest Total War game, A Total War Saga: Troy, which just launched today. The free copy of A Total War Saga: Troy is only available today so be sure to hurry if you want the game; after today the price will go up to $50.
 
3. Dead by Daylight Crossplay
 
Dead by Daylight now has crossplay. Starting today, you can play with and against players on PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The developers are also planning to add crossplay to the Google Stadia in the future, but will not be implementing crossplay for mobile platforms.
 
4. THPS Renames Trick
 
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remastered is renaming a skateboard trick in order to pay homage to the trick’s creator. The trick, previously known as the “Mute Grab,” will now be called the “Weddle Grab” to honor its creator Chris Weddle. The trick was originally misnamed; Chris Weddle is deaf but not mute, and although he had no ill feelings towards the original name, Weddle expressed that he would have preferred “Deaf Grab” or “Weddle Grab.” Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remastered is set to launch on September 4.
 
5. Metamorphosis
 
Metamorphosis, a game about being a bug, has now launched. Metamorphosis is based on the Franz Kafka short story of the same name and features a combination of first-person puzzling and platforming elements. To celebrate its launch, the game will be available at a 10 percent discount from now until August 19. You can check out the launch trailer for Metamorphosis below.

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The Daily Moot: Shroud Returns to Twitch

1. Shroud Returns to Twitch
Shroud has officially returned to Twitch. After signing with Mixer last year in a deal reportedly worth up to $20M, Shroud looked poised to stay with Microsoft’s streaming service for the long haul before it abruptly shut down last month. Shroud was on a brief hiatus following the collapse of Mixer, but he has now returned to streaming and will be doing so exclusively on Twitch. There’s no word on whether Shroud managed to pocket several more millions with his new Twitch deal, but fans will be happy to have him back nonetheless.
https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/11/21363758/shroud-twitch-exclusive-deal-michael-grzesiek-mixer
 
2. Hearthstone Battle Pass
 
It sounds like Hearthstone may soon be getting a battle pass. Rumors about a Hearthstone battle pass started circulating a few days ago after a survey about a potential battle pass was accidentally leaked. Today, Hearthstone Game Director Ben Lee addressed the rumors and essentially confirmed their plans to implement a battle pass in the future. Lee emphasized that rewards will not be lower in the new system, the grind will not be increased, and that the new system will make the game more free-to-play friendly.
https://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/hearthstone-battle-pass-more-info-about-the-new-progress-system/
 
3. DiRT 5 Delayed
 
DiRT 5 has been delayed. The rally racing game has been touting its upcoming new career mode which stars Uncharted 4’s Troy Baker and Nolan North, but it seems that fans will have to wait a bit longer before they get to try it out. Developer Codemasters didn’t provide any reason for the delay, but thankfully it’s not a long one. DiRT 5, which was originally planned to launch on October 9, is now expected to arrive on October 16.
https://www.pcgamer.com/dirt-5-has-been-delayed-but-only-by-a-week/
 
4. Yoshinori Ono Leaving Capcom
 
Yoshinori Ono, the longtime executive producer of the Street Fighter series, is leaving Capcom. After nearly 30 years with the company, Yoshinori Ono announced that he will be stepping down from his positions at Capcom later this year. In his statement, Yoshinori Ono thanked his fans and colleagues, and expressed his excitement to enjoy the next generation of Street Fighter games “as just one of the regular gamers next time around.”
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-08-10-yoshinori-ono-leaves-capcom
 
5. Free Quake Games
 
Bethesda is giving away Quake 2 and Quake 3 for free as thanks and celebration for a successful QuakeCon charity drive. You can grab your free copy of Quake 2 from the Bethesda launcher from now until Saturday. Quake 3 will then become available for free on the Bethesda launcher starting on August 17. In order to claim the games, all you have to do is log into the Bethesda launcher during the correct time periods and the games will be automatically added to your library.
https://www.pcgamer.com/quake-2-is-currently-free-on-the-bethesda-launcher-quake-3-follows-next-week/

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