The Daily Moot: Fortnite Diplo Collaboration Ends
1. Fortnite Diplo Higher Ground
Today marks the final day of Diplo’s collaboration with Fortnite. Diplo has served as Fortnite’s resident DJ for the past few months, and he finished off his tenure with today’s “Higher Ground” concert which Epic describes as a “deep house musical show featuring trance-inducing, sophisticated beats.” The event also introduced plenty of new concert-themed cosmetics, including new skins which change color in response to music. Epic will be holding a rerun of the concert on August 3 and the cosmetic goodies will be available until August 1.
2. Halo Infinite F2P Multiplayer
More news has been released about the upcoming Halo Infinite. Most notably, Halo Infinite’s online multiplayer mode will apparently be free to play. Although nothing has been confirmed, it seems that this offer will extend not only to Xbox Series X players, but PC and Xbox One players as well. The sources also state that the game will be able to achieve 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X which should definitely be a welcome improvement over the standard 30 to 60 FPS gameplay of the Xbox One. Halo Infinite is set to launch this holiday season.
3. Epic Games Store Achievements
The Epic Games Store has finally received some much-needed improvements. Game achievements, by far one of the most widely requested features from users, will finally be making their way to the storefront. The new system will allow users to track and display their achievements and is already rolling out for some games. Epic has also started to add mod support to certain games, which should finally pave the way for players to enjoy more mod-heavy titles on the platform.
4. Star Wars: Squadrons News
EA has revealed some promising new information about the upcoming Star Wars: Squadrons. The fantasy spacecraft dogfighting game will only cost $40 instead of the expected $60 or even $70 asking price. EA explained the decision by saying Squadrons doesn’t have a huge scale and is entirely focused on providing “access to as many people as possible who had that Star Wars fantasy to fly an X-Wing fighter or TIE Fighter, and be in a dogfight.” They also mentioned that the game won’t have any microtransactions despite the low price, and that the game will come included with plenty of cosmetic options for free.
5. New Battletoads Game
A new Battletoads game is on the way. Battletoads is easily one of the most legendary games of all time but it’s been over 25 years since the last edition came out. More info about the upcoming Battletoads will likely be revealed in the near future, but the game does appear to be a Microsoft exclusive as only PC and Xbox One versions have been confirmed so far. The new Battletoads is expected to launch on August 20; check out the official trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Hyper Scape Season 1 & Console Release
1. Hyper Scape Season 1
Season 1 of Hyper Scape has officially been announced. Not only will the inaugural season introduce plenty of new content to the game, it will also mark the launch of Hyper Scape on PS4 and Xbox One. Hyper Scape will be free to play for all players and Season 1 is set to arrive on August 11; check out the Season 1 announcement trailer below.
2. Cyberpunk Beta Scams
CD Projekt Red has announced that there will be no public betas for Cyberpunk 2077. This announcement comes as a warning against scams which have been falsely offering beta access to the game via Twitter messages and emails. Although a beta is out of the picture, we should be getting more information about the game soon as the second episode of Night City Wire is expected to arrive in the near future. As of right now, Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on November 19.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies courtesy of Epic Games is here. This week is a big one with 3 free games up for grabs: 20XX, Barony, and Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcercy. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until August 6. As long as you claim the games by August 6, they will stay in your library forever.
4. Splinter Cell Animated Series
Splinter Cell will soon be transformed into a Netflix animated series. A collaboration between Ubisoft and Netflix, the series is expected to have Derek Kolstad, who is known as the writer of the John Wick movies, as its head writer and executive producer. Although no premiere date has been announced yet, the show has already been booked for a second season so there should be plenty of Splinter Cell action to look forward to.
5. Total War DLC
The Total War games will soon be getting a ton of DLC. Total War Saga: Troy is set to arrive on August 13 and once the game launches, Creative Assembly will be releasing expansion after expansion. Total War Saga: Troy will be getting 2 expansions in September and October with multiplayer then launching in November, while Total War: Three Kingdoms and Warhammer 2 will also be getting DLC of their own. Much of the DLC will be available for free for players who are signed up to Total War Access, which is also free.
The Daily Moot: Marvel's Avengers Fortnite Crossover
1. Marvel’s Avengers Beta
A beta for the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers game has been announced and it’s coming with a Fortnite crossover. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players who complete the beta will earn unique Fortnite items such as the Hulk Smasher Pickaxe. Unfortunately it seems that the offer is not available for PC players, but Epic suggested that they might add the items to PC in the future. The Marvel’s Avengers beta is expected to start on August 7 for PlayStation preorders, August 14 for Xbox preorders, and August 21 for open beta.
2. Sekiro New Game Mode
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will soon be getting a new game mode. Called the Gauntlet of Strength, Activision says that the new mode will enable players to take on difficult “single-life challenges that will truly test only the bravest warriors… or the most foolish.” In order to ease into the difficult one-life-only challenges, players can first take part in Reflections of Strength to refine their skill. Reflections of Strength let you get straight to the action by enabling you to quickly rematch any previously defeated bosses, which should help you master your mechanics. The new update will be free for all players who own the base game, and is set to arrive on October 29.
3. Valorant New Agent
Riot Games has revealed Valorant’s next agent. A German genius named Killjoy, the upcoming agent is an inventor who uses robots and gadgets to outsmart her enemies. Killjoy is set to hit live servers on August 4; you can check out the reveal trailer below.
4. Sea of Thieves Ashen Winds
Sea of Thieves got a new update today, setting the world ablaze. Called Ashen Winds, the new update introduces several fire themed elements to the game including new fire bosses called Ashen Lords. Ashen Lords are able to appear on any island and interrupt your voyages with their fiery attacks such as flame tornados. If you’re able to defeat an Ashen Lord, you’ll be able to earn the new Ashen Winds Skull which acts as a flamethrower you can use against other players and ships. You can check out the trailer for the Ashen Winds update below.
5. Disintegration Free Weekend
Disintegration is holding a free weekend this weekend. The “FPS/RTS hybrid with hoverbikes” comes via the combined efforts of Halo creative director Marcus Lehto and former SOCOM director Mike Gutmann, but the game has been relatively unsuccessful since it first launched about a month ago. As such, the team is hoping that the free weekend will bring in a surge of players to try out Disintegration and give the game a boost of life. The Disintegration free weekend is set to kick off tomorrow and will last until August 3; you can check out the free weekend trailer below.
The Daily Moot: CES 2021 Cancelled
1. CES 2021 Cancelled
CES 2021 has been cancelled. One of the largest annual tech shows in the world, CES will not be taking place in Las Vegas next year. Instead, organizers are planning a digital replacement for the event, which is known for producing high-profile product announcements from companies like Nvidia, AMD, and Intel. No date for the digital replacement of CES 2021 has been announced yet, but we do know that the show will take place sometime in January. Organizers plan to return the event to Las Vegas in 2022.
2. Rainbow Six Siege Patch Delayed
Today’s planned patch for Rainbow Six Siege has been delayed. Ubisoft released a statement saying that “due to unforeseen circumstances,” the patch would be postponed to a “later date.” The patch was set to buff Gridlock, Orxy, and Fuze as well as provide some small mechanical changes to how Nomad's airjabs and Oryx's dash work with walls. It’s unclear when the patch will now arrive, but we’ll likely get some more info in the coming days.
3. Red Dead Online Naturalist Update
A huge new update is coming to Red Dead Online, bringing massive changes to the game. Called the Naturalist update, the latest patch introduces a new role and frontier pursuit called the Naturalist. As Naturalists, players can hunt down new legendary animals to study them or alternatively slay the beasts for their legendary pelts. Despite having multiple options, players will have to commit to either a lethal or non-lethal approach for their Naturalist campaigns as the Conservationists won’t do business with poachers. The Naturalist update is set to hit Red Dead Online live servers later today.
4. Cuphead on PS4
Cuphead is now available on PS4. Developer MDHR decided to launch the game as a surprise release, shouting out the “impassioned PlayStation fans” who have long been hoping for a PS port. Despite the PlayStation announcement, MDHR also mentioned that they are “hugely thankful to the wonderful team at Xbox” and said the Xbox version of the game will be receiving a free update which will introduce “a digital art gallery, behind-the-scenes commentary features, and playable soundtrack to the game.”
5. Eiyuden Chronicle
Eiyuden Chronicle, a spiritual successor to Suikoden, is now coming to fruition. The game is being developed by a team composed entirely of the original Suikoden developers and will feature many elements that were mainstays in the classic series. In order to fund development, Eiyuden Chronicle started a Kickstarter campaign which demolished its $500,000 goal in just 2 hours and has now raised over $1.5M in less than a day. With development ready to commence, Eiyuden Chronicle is set to launch in October 2022.
The Daily Moot: Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
1. Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
The next Call of Duty game has been confirmed to be Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. This news was revealed accidentally via a Doritos promotion which leaked the name of the previously unannounced game. The promotion itself runs from October 5 to October 31 and gives players bonus xp codes which may suggest that the game’s launch date will be around that time frame. At any rate, we can now expect many more details to start flooding in about Black Ops: Cold War now that the secret has been let out.
2. Hideo Kojima Horror Game
It sounds like Hideo Kojima may be working on a new game. According to a recent interview, Kojima recently invited manga artist Junji Ito to collaborate on a “horror-based game that he may be doing.” Although this doesn’t necessarily mean that the potential project will come to fruition, it certainly is great news for fans of Kojima’s horror games who have been patiently waiting for a new Silent Hill.
3. Apex Legends Crossplay Info
Crossplay will soon be coming to Apex Legends and Respawn has now released some more details about the upcoming feature. Although crossplay will enable players from Origin, Steam, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch versions to play together, some of the platforms will be disabled by default. Namely, console players will not be matched against PC players unless they have a PC player on their team. Crossplay is expected to hit Apex Legends sometime this fall.
4. Fortnite Cars Delayed
Cars are still coming to Fortnite, but they’ll be arriving a bit later than planned. Originally expected to launch this week, it seems that the shiny new vehicles had to be delayed in order for bug fixing. Epic Games released a statement acknowledging the delay, and saying that the new cars should now come to Fortnite in “a few weeks.”
5. Ghost of Tsushima Difficulty Levels
Ghost of Tsushima just got a new update today, adding additional difficulty levels as well as implementing more accessibility options. In case Ghost of Tsushima was too relaxed for you, you’ll now be able to play on “Lethal” difficulty which greatly increases enemy damage as well as your own. On the other hand, if Ghost of Tsushima is proving to be a bit too challenging, you can now turn down the difficulty to “lower intensity mode” so that you can enjoy the “heart and feel” of the game without having to worry so much about combat.
The Daily Moot: Halo Infinite Multiplayer Confirmed
1. Halo Infinite Multiplayer Confirmed
Halo Infinite developer 343 Studios has confirmed that Halo Infinite will have multiplayer on launch. This statement comes in response to rumors that claimed the game would only include the single player campaign on release day, but 343 shut down down those rumors saying simply, “this is not true.” 343 also mentioned that they plan on establishing Halo Infinite “as the start of the next ten years for Halo” and making it a game that can “grow over time.”
2. League of Legends Yone Reveal
League of Legends’ upcoming new champion Yone has been revealed. A skirmisher-assassin hybrid, Yone is the brother of one of League’s most notorious champions: Yasuo. Yone’s kit and gameplay style are reminiscent of his wind-dashing and sword swinging brother, and Riot released an epic cinematic to introduce the new champion to the world. Check out the Kin of the Stained Blade cinematic below.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Next Up Hero and Tacoma. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until July 30. As long as you claim the games by July 30, they will stay in your library forever.
4. Mixer is Officially Gone
Mixer is no more. After announcing their impending shutdown last month, Microsoft’s failed streaming service is now officially gone. The Mixer webpage now is nothing more than a message saying, “Thank you to our amazing community and partners” and a link redirecting would-be users to Facebook Gaming.
5. Hello Neighbor 2
Hello Neighbor 2 has been announced. The sequel to the strange stealth-adventure seeks to build on the foundation of the original while drastically improving quality and performance. According to developer TinyBuild, Hello Neighbor 2 will feature an “expanded universe” and “an AI where navigation patterns are fully dynamic.” Hello Neighbor 2 is expected to launch sometime in 2021, but a playable alpha version is already available for testing on Steam.
The Daily Moot: Next-Gen Games Revealed
1. Next-Gen Games Revealed
Microsoft unveiled a slew of upcoming games at the Xbox Games Showcase earlier today, including both Microsoft exclusives and third-party games. Perhaps the most notable announcement was the reveal of a new Fable game, although the first look at Obsidian Entertainment’s upcoming fantasy RPG Avowed is certain to grab some attention as well. As promised, Microsoft showed off a gameplay demo of the Halo: Infinite campaign which is set to launch “this holiday season.” Microsoft also announced that every game shown during the Xbox Games Showcase will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on launch, including third-party titles. This is fantastic news for Xbox Game Pass subscribers and is definitely a huge step for Microsoft in the ongoing next-gen console wars.
2. Roblox Player Numbers
Roblox is taking over. According to data recently released by Roblox Corporation, more than two-thirds of all US children under the age of 16 are currently active players of the game. This has led to Roblox smashing its all-time highs in player count despite the game having first launched more than a decade ago in 2004. According to Roblox Corporation, these unbelievably impressive player numbers are continuing to rise and show no signs of slowing down.
3. The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon
The Outer Worlds DLC Peril on Gorgon has been announced. The first of two narrative expansions, Peril on Gorgon will take players to the Gorgon Asteroid where they will have to investigate the origins of Adrena-Time. The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon is set to launch on September 9 on console and PC with a Switch launch expected at a later date. You can check out the announcement trailer for the Peril on Gorgon DLC below.
4. Epic Games Summer Sale
The Epic Games Summer Sale is underway, offering steep discounts on several big-name titles. Some of the most notable games included are Disco Elysium, Red Dead Redemption 2, Control, Outer Wilds, and Shadow Tactics, which range from 25-85% off. Unlike previous sales Epic will not be giving out $10 coupons with each purchase, however you can still any coupons you acquired in a previous sale. The Epic Games Summer Sale is set to run from now until August 6.
5. For Honor Free Weekend
For Honor is holding a free-play weekend for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 players. From now until July 27, you can try out For Honor and experience everything the game has to offer. If you end up liking the game and want to continue playing it after the free weekend, For Honor will be on sale at an 80% discount once the free period ends.
The Daily Moot: Xbox Games Showcase
1. Xbox Games Showcase
The Xbox Games Showcase is almost here, ready to provide us with the world’s first look at many of the upcoming Xbox Series X games. Microsoft has promised that the showcase will focus exclusively on the games themselves, so aside from gameplay footage showing off the capabilities of the Xbox Series X, don’t plan on the event revealing too much new information about the console itself. While several of the games will likely be surprise announcements, Microsoft has confirmed that Halo: Infinite will be making an appearance. Microsoft is also holding the Xbox Summer Game Fest which enables players to demo over 70 unreleased Xbox One games from now until July 27. The Xbox Games Showcase is set to kick off tomorrow at 9am Pacific Time.
2. Ubisoft Next-Gen Pricing
Ubisoft has revealed some promising news about their next-gen game pricing. All of Ubisoft’s 2020 game releases on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion, will maintain their $60 price tag. Considering that many next-gen games from other publishers have already committed to a $70 price tag, this is great news for Ubisoft fans who are planning to upgrade to a PS5 or Xbox Series X. It sounds like Ubisoft might raise prices in the future, but promised that “for Christmas releases, games will launch at $60.”
3. Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time now has an official release date. Battle Through Time is an action-platformer hack-and-slash game published by Adult Swim and based on the popular noughties cartoon Samurai Jack. Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time is set to launch on August 21; you can check out the release date trailer for the game below.
4. Star Wars: The Old Republic on Steam
Nearly a decade after its initial release, Star Wars: The Old Republic is now on Steam. The hugely ambitious MMO was originally confined to EA’s Origin Store as EA attempted to use the game’s popularity to bring more users to Origin. The Steam version of The Old Republic is free to play for the core game, but additional content, cosmetics, and expansions can be unlocked via an optional subscription.
5. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yakuza: Like a Dragon now has an official release date. The seventh installment in the Yakuza series, Like a Dragon will feature some significant changes to the previous games, including the implementation of turn-based RPG-style combat. Sega also confirmed that Like a Dragon would be getting an English dub version which will include voice acting by major stars such as George Takei. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available for pre-order now and is set to launch on November 13; check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Rocket League Going Free-to-Play
1. Rocket League is Going Free-to-Play
Rocket League will soon be free for all players. The popular car-meets-soccer game just hit its 5th birthday and in celebration, developer Psyonix has decided to make the game completely free to play. If you already own Rocket League, you’ll be getting over 200 items as a thank you for purchasing the game prior to the conversion. For PC players, Rocket League will also be moving to the Epic Games Store with the switch, but players who already own the Steam version will be able to continue playing it on Steam. Psyonix hasn’t announced the date of the switch yet, but it’s expected that Rocket League will be going free-to-play sometime this summer.
2. Warzone Trains
It looks like Call of Duty: Warzone will soon be getting trains. In a cryptic teaser for the upcoming season of Warzone, Infinity Ward appears to be hinting that they will be adding locomotives to Verdansk in season 5. The cryptic image also seems to suggest that the start date of season 5 will be August 5, although Infinity Ward hasn’t made any official statement regarding the matter. Regardless, it’s safe to say that some pretty big changes will be hitting Warzone in the very near future.
3. Risk of Rain 2 Release Date
Risk of Rain 2 now has an official release date. The acclaimed third-person roguelike shooter, which has been available in early access for over a year now, will finally be getting its full release. The official launch will introduce plenty of new content via the appropriately named “Launch Update” and the cost of the game will be going up from $20 to $25 to reflect the game’s new status. Risk of Rain 2 is set for its official launch on August 11.
4. FF7 Remake Part 2
Final Fantasy Remake Part 2 is officially in development. Game director Tetsuya Nomura has announced that the team is seeking to deliver the game “as soon as possible” and is now devoting their full attention to the project. Not only is the team trying to get the project done quickly, Nomura also said they “hope to make the next installment even better in quality that can make for an even better experience.” It is expected that more details about Final Fantasy Remake 7 Part 2 will be revealed in the near future.
5. Temtem: Kisiwa Island
Temtem just got a huge new update called Kisiwa Island. The Pokemon-like monster battler MMO continues to expand as it works through its early access roadmap. The Kisiwa Island update introduces a new explorable island complete with 23 new Temtem and unique story missions. You can check out the trailer for Temtem: Kisiwa Island below.
The Daily Moot: Tenet Postponed Indefinitely
1. Tenet Postponed Indefinitely
Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film Tenet has been postponed indefinitely. While this is now the third time that the movie’s premiere has been delayed, this time is unique because Warner Bros. has removed Tenet from their release schedule altogether. Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich explained that the studio is “not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release” and suggested that the film will likely not have a traditional theatrical release.
2. Rogue Company
Rogue Company, a new tactical shooter courtesy of Hi-Rez Studios, has now launched in early access. What sets Rogue Company apart from other tactical shooters like Valorant or CS:GO is that instead of spawning at a set location on the map, players will skydive in at the start of the round and choose their own starting location. The early access period is available for all players who purchase a founder’s edition of the game, which starts at $15, but a full release date has yet to be announced. You can check out the latest trailer for the game below.
3. Metacritic Review Waiting Period
Metacritic has now implemented a mandatory waiting period before users can review a game. Following the bombardment of reviews for The Last of Us 2, Metacritic will now force users to wait 36 hours after a game’s release before they are able to submit a review. In their statement, Metacritic explained their desire to ensure that “gamers have time to play these games before writing their reviews.” As such, the review option immediately following a game’s launch date will now be disabled, instead requesting players to “please spend some time playing the game” before reviewing.
4. PS5 Purchase Limits
It appears that Sony will be placing limits on PlayStation 5 pre-orders in an effort to prevent scalping. According to the source code on the PlayStation Direct retail website, players “can only purchase one version of the PS5 Console.” This suggests that Sony will be placing a limit of one pre-order per household as they had previously done during the launch of the PlayStation 4. Players will still be able to purchase additional consoles from third-party retailers such as Amazon, but it’s clear that Sony is doing what they can in order to prevent scalpers from buying up mass quantities of the PS5 to then resell at a higher price.
5. Overcooked: All You Can Eat
Overcooked: All You Can Eat has officially been announced for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. All You Can Eat will be a remastered bundle of all previous Overcooked games and will also feature an additional 7 levels, 3 chefs, and many new achievements. The remaster will enable gameplay in 4K resolution at 60fps and will include complete online crossplay support. Although no release date has been announced yet, Overcooked: All You Can Eat is expected to launch alongside the next-gen consoles later this year.
The Daily Moot: First Look at PlayStation 5's DualSense Controller
1. PS5 Controller Revealed
The PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller has officially been revealed. Although renditions of the controller had previously appeared in images, this is the first time we’ve seen it in real life and side by side to the PS4’s DualShock controller. One thing immediately stands out: the PS5’s DualSense is much, much larger than its predecessor. Aside from the new controller reveal, Sony also addressed rumors of PS5 pre-orders by assuring fans that pre-orders “won’t be a surprise.” This means that everybody who wants to pre-order the new console will have ample time to do so and should have no trouble securing their PlayStation 5 on launch.
2. No New Mario Characters
The dev team behind Paper Mario: Origami King just revealed something rather shocking: the characters within the Mario universe are set in stone. All new characters must be standalone within their game and any established Mario characters can’t be changed in any way. Nintendo veteran developer Kensuke Tanabe said very clearly that “it's no longer possible to modify Mario characters or to create original characters that touch on the Mario Universe.” As such, original characters like Origami King’s Olly will not be appearing in any other Mario games in the future. It’s unclear if Nintendo would ever consider changing this policy, but for now it certainly seems unlikely.
3. Remnant: From the Ashes Subject 2923
The final DLC for Remnant: From the Ashes has been revealed. Called Subject 2923, the expansion will finally bring closure to the mystery of the Remnant and explain its origins. Taking place after the events of the main game, the upcoming DLC will introduce plenty of new content including 2 new explorable biomes and a new campaign story. Remnant: From the Ashes Subject 2923 is set to arrive on August 20; check out the reveal trailer below.
4. US Army Breaks Twitch Rules
The US Army has been reprimanded by Twitch for running a fake giveaway and violating Twitch’s terms of service. A recent Twitch stream by the US Army included a supposed giveaway for an Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, but the “giveaway” link that the stream spammed and promoted was actually a link to a US Army recruitment form. Twitch’s official statement regarding the issue said, “This promotion did not comply with our Terms, and we have required them to remove it." It’s unclear if any further action will be taken, but Twitch has previously shown no fear in banning high-profile users.
5. Paradox Acquires Iceflake Studios
Paradox Interactive has acquired Iceflake Studios. Iceflake Studios is best known as the developer behind Surviving the Aftermath and, following the acquisition of Plarion Game Studio just two weeks ago, now becomes the second studio Paradox has purchased this month. Paradox Interactive is clearly looking to make big moves in the near future as the publisher now has 9 internal studios under its umbrella.
The Daily Moot: Dr Disrespect Addresses Twitch Ban
1. Dr Disrespect Addresses Twitch Ban
Dr Disrespect has finally addressed his Twitch ban, although he still seems unwilling to discuss the major details of the ban. In an interview with PC Gamer, Dr Disrespect explained his silence on the matter thus far by saying, “for legal counsel, I have to be careful.” Doc neither confirmed nor denied the many rumors regarding the reason for his ban, only saying that he’s “not interested in engaging in any speculation” and that he still “doesn’t know why Twitch banned him.” At one point during the interview, Dr Disrespect began to discuss his highly controversial conspiracy theories, at which point his publicist told him to stop talking and said, “we're getting really close to dangerous territory here.” Despite the persistent shroud of mystery that still looms over the situation, Doc did confirm that he plans to resume streaming in the near future but it certainly won’t be on Twitch.
2. Destiny 2: Beyond Light Delayed
Destiny 2’s next major expansion, Beyond Light, has been delayed. Originally planned for a September release, Beyond Light has now been pushed back to November. Bungie explained the delay by saying, “the past few months have been a challenge” due to the pandemic. Despite the postponement, Bungie also talked up the quality of the upcoming expansion by describing Beyond Light as “the beginning of a new era of Destiny 2.” The Beyond Light expansion is expected to arrive on November 10, and the current Season of Arrivals will be extended until that date.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is Torchlight 2, an action RPG set in a randomized world. You can grab your free copy of Torchlight 2 directly from the Epic Games Store from now until July 23. As long as you claim the game by July 23, it will stay in your library forever.
4. Escape from Tarkov Map Expansions
Escape from Tarkov’s main map “Customs” will soon be getting a major expansion. The expansion, which comes as part of Patch 12.7, will increase the map’s size by 30% and will unlock several buildings and areas that were previously inaccessible. The change is designed to reduce the amount of campers on the map by opening up new paths which encourage players to stay on the move. The map Shoreline will also be getting an expansion via a new scav boss called Sanitar. Although no concrete release date has been announced yet, these expansions are expected to hit live servers next week.
5. Superhot: Mind Control Delete
Superhot, “the most innovative shooter in years,” now has a sequel. Called Superhot: Mind Control Delete, the sequel continues the theme of the original game in which time only moves when the player moves. Owners who purchased the original Superhot prior to today will be able to get Mind Control Delete for free, with the game automatically added to your library. Superhot: Mind Control is out now; you can check out the launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: PS5 Officially in Production
1. PS5 Officially in Production
The PlayStation 5 is officially in production and the planned numbers for 2020 are absolutely massive. Sony has greatly amped up their production speed with the aim of having 10 million consoles ready for market by the year’s end. This completely dwarfs previous estimates which suggested a total of around 5 million consoles by Spring 2021. Although important information like pricing still hasn’t been released yet, this is a clear indication that Sony’s internal analytics are predicting an unprecedented level of success for the PlayStation 5 at launch.
2. Stadia Exclusive Games
Google has announced that the Stadia will soon have its very own exclusive games. Currently, Google has announced a total of 5 Stadia-exclusives, which surprisingly includes some pretty big names. One of the projects, which has already finished development, is a new online multiplayer game called Outcasters and comes courtesy of Gears Tactics developer Splash Damage. Perhaps the most notable collaborations are with Harmonix and Supermassive Games. These partnerships could very well mean that the Google Stadia will have exclusive rights to the next edition of Rock Band, Little Big Planet, or Until Dawn. It’s unclear exactly how these new collaborations will manifest, but Google is certainly starting to make some big moves with the Stadia.
3. DiRT 5 Features Trailer
A new trailer for the upcoming off-road racing sim DiRT 5 has been released. The trailer shows off several of the game’s features as well as many of the new maps and cities. The trailer also gives a glimpse of the game’s gameplay and game modes, including the much-requested return of Gymkhana. DiRT 5 is set to launch on October 9; you can watch the features trailer below.
4. CoD Border War Skin Renamed
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone have renamed the controversial “Border War” operator skin. Following criticisms which claimed that the skin promoted anti-immigration and had racist connotations, Infinity Ward has now changed the Border War skin into the “Home on the Range” skin. The description for the skin now encourages players to “play along with the deer and the antelope with the Home on the Range D-Day operator skin.” Although the skin’s name and description have been changed, the skin itself is still identical to the original version.
5. Most Expensive Game Ever
A rare Super Mario Bros. game has broken the record for the most expensive game ever purchased. The classic 1985 version of Super Mario Bros. was still in its original packaging, which is important because this particular casing for the game was only used for a very short period of time. Sold at auction to an anonymous bidder, the game went for a whopping $114,000, breaking the record for the most expensive game ever purchased. The previous record holder was another unopened 1985 Super Mario Bros. game which sold for $100,150.
The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X Velocity Architecture
1. Xbox Series X Velocity Architecture
Jason Ronald, the Director of Program Management for the Xbox Series X, just revealed new information about the console's “Velocity Architecture” design. Ronald described the feature by saying, “If our custom designed processor is at the heart of the Xbox Series X, the Xbox Velocity Architecture is the soul.” Specifically, Velocity Architecture is supposed to drastically improve loading times and can theoretically enable the Xbox Series X to achieve performance results beyond its expected hardware capabilities. According to Ronald, this should result in “the virtual elimination of loading times” and will enable developers to create “larger, more dynamic living worlds.”
2. Overwatch: Sigma’s Maestro
A new Overwatch event kicks off today. Called Sigma’s Maestro Challenge, the event provides players the opportunity to earn a variety of rewards, including a new legendary skin, by completing specific challenges. In order to maximize rewards and claim the legendary skin, players will have to secure 9 wins in Quick Play, Competitive, or Arcade. There are also 6 new sprays available, which can be claimed by watching Overwatch streamers on Twitch.
3. PUBG Sanhok Remastered
PUBG’s jungle map Sanhok will soon be getting a new look. As part of Season 8, Sanhok will be remastered to make the environment “more overgrown and dangerous.” The changes will both overhaul existing locations, such as Boot Camp and Quarry, as well as introduce entirely new locations. If you want to explore the overhauled map and work towards becoming king of the jungle, the remastered Sanhok is expected to be playable on the PUBG test servers starting tomorrow. PUBG Season 8 is set to begin on July 22.
4. Hearthstone Scholomance Academy
A new Hearthstone expansion is on the way. Called Scholomance Academy, the expansion is heavily magic themed and will inject 135 new cards into the game. Scholomance Academy will also be introducing a new mechanic to the game via dual-class cards which will allow you to take advantage of abilities unavailable to your own class. For example, a Mage could use Devolve and Combo mechanics and a Rogue could use Mage spells. Scholomance Academy is set to arrive in August; you can check out the cinematic trailer for the expansion below.
5. Hyper Scape Australian Servers
The Hyper Scape open beta just began earlier this week, but Ubisoft is already making improvements. In response to player feedback, Ubisoft has now implemented Australian servers for the game. This should drastically improve match quality and reduce latency for Oceanic players who will be automatically connected to the new Australian server. Although this change will have little impact on the vast majority of the playerbase, it’s still nice to see Ubisoft’s commitment to the battle royale and their willingness to listen to player feedback.
The Daily Moot: Far Cry 6
1. Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 has officially been revealed. Unveiled during the Ubisoft Forward livestream event, Far Cry 6 is set in a sprawling environment called “Yara” and features Giancarlo Esposito, who is famous for playing Gus in Breaking Bad, as the lead villain El Presidente Antón Castillo. As Castillo attempts to restore Yara “to its former glory” by any means necessary, players will assume the role of Yara local Dani Rojas and endeavor to thwart Castillo’s plans. Far Cry 6 is set to launch on February 18, 2021; check out the world premier trailer below.
2. GMTK Game Jam
The Game Maker’s Toolkit game jam is here. This year’s competition has over 5,000 entries, setting a new record for the highest number of submissions. The theme for the GMTK game jam is “Out of Control” and developers had just 48 hours to create a game that fit the theme. The games are all free to play during the contest duration and will be judged by public vote; check out the GMTK 2020 page on Itch to try out some new games and vote for your favorites.
3. Ghost of Tsushima Launch Trailer
The official launch trailer for Ghost of Tsushima has been released. The latest trailer for the highly-anticipated game features both cinematics and gameplay footage, providing a significant look at what players can expect from the game. Ghost of Tsushima will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 (and 5) and is set to launch worldwide on July 17. Check out the official launch trailer below.
4. Get Watch Dogs 2 for Free
Ubisoft is giving away Watch Dogs 2 for free (again). Ubisoft announced that they would be giving away copies of the game exclusively for live viewers of yesterday’s Ubisoft Forward livestream, but due to technical complications they have extended the offer to everyone. The next game in the series, Watch Dogs: Legion, debuted during the event and is expected to come out on October 29. You can claim your free copy of Watch Dogs 2 below.
5. Hyper Scape Open Beta
Hyper Scape has entered open beta. The free-to-play battle royale is now available to all players and can be downloaded directly from the Uplay app. Unfortunately for console players, Hyper Scape is still PC-exclusive for the time being, but the game is expected to launch on PS4 and Xbox One by the end of this summer. You can check out the official cinematic trailer for Hyper Scape below.
The Daily Moot: Sony Buys Stake in Epic Games
1. Sony Invests in Epic Games
Sony has purchased a minority stake in Epic Games, investing $250M in the company. According to Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony was impressed by Epic’s recently revealed Unreal Engine 5 and explained their decision to invest by saying, “Epic’s powerful technology in areas such as graphics places them at the forefront of game engine development with Unreal Engine and other innovations.” The fact that Epic Games is also home to one of the world’s most popular games in Fortnite certainly contributed to the decision as well with Yoshida calling the game a “revolutionary entertainment experience.” It’s unclear what impact this new collaboration will have, but it’s possible that we could see some Sony-exclusive content coming out of Epic Games in the future.
2. Watch Dogs 2 Free
Ubisoft will be giving away free copies of Watch Dogs 2 this weekend. With this year’s major gaming conventions having been cancelled due to the pandemic, Ubisoft has decided to host their own event called Ubisoft Forward. During Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft will be giving away free copies of Watch Dogs 2 to all viewers who watch the livestream while logged into Uplay. The event is also expected to unveil several of Ubisoft’s upcoming games including Assassins Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion. Ubisoft Forward is set to kick off on July 12 at 11am Pacific Time; you must watch the event live on Ubisoft’s website in order to be eligible to receive Watch Dogs 2.
3. New Half-Life Game?
Valve’s game development team is apparently looking to create a new Half-Life game. According to journalist Geoff Keighley, the team behind VR-exclusive Half-Life: Alyx is seeking to begin work on a mainline, non-virtual reality Half-Life game designed to be “accessible across all traditional gaming platforms.” Multiple Alyx developers have echoed this sentiment, with designer Phil Co saying that Valve is “afraid of Half-Life no more.” As critically acclaimed and impressive as Alyx is, fans will no doubt be glad to have a more accessible, non-VR Half-Life game hit the market. Of course, only time will tell if the game will actually come to fruition; Valve has been known to cancel major projects in the past, including Half-Life 3.
4. New World Delayed Again
New World, Amazon’s upcoming MMO, has been delayed once again. It seems that this delay comes as the result of feedback from Alpha testers, who noted the game’s lack of late game content. Amazon Studios director Rich Lawrence explained the desire for players “to feel completely immersed in the game [and] ensure that the most dedicated players have plenty of middle and endgame experiences.” New World was originally slated to launch in May of this year, was then delayed to August, and is now expected to arrive in Spring 2021.
5. Valorant Elderflame Set
Valorant’s first “Ultra” skin set is now available. Called Elderflame, the set includes 4 components and will cost a whopping $100 ($25 per component). As for the skins themselves, the Elderflame cosmetics will transform your weapons into fire-spitting dragon variants. You can check out the reveal trailer for the Elderflame skin set below.
The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 Backwards Compatibility
1. Sony's Cloud-Based Backwards Compatibility
Sony has apparently filed a patent for a cloud-based backwards compatibility system for the PlayStation 5. Sony had previously announced that the PS5 would be backwards-compatible with most PS4 games, but this new system would enable players to enjoy PlayStation games dating all the way back to the PS1 era. It’s unclear exactly how this new feature would work, or if it would be tied to Sony’s PlayStation Now service, but this new patent certainly provides some hope for those who are looking to play previous-generation games on their next-gen system.
2. CS:GO New Anti-Cheat
CS:GO’s latest update introduced a new anti-cheat system called “Trusted Mode,” but it seems to be doing more harm than good. Trusted Mode appears to be flagging many normal processes, such as OBS, Discord, and Spotify, as cheat systems. Not only is it booting players from the game for innocuous programs, but it doesn’t actually mention which process is causing the issue, making solving the problem a troubleshooting nightmare for players. The new anti-cheat also prevents players from playing in community servers or custom game modes, both of which are major aspects of CS:GO. While it’s clear that these issues need to be resolved soon, Valve has not yet released a statement regarding their plans.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Killing Floor 2, Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition, and The Escapists 2. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until July 16. As long as you claim the games by July 16, they will stay in your library forever.
4. Comic-Con at Home
IGN has announced a collaboration with San Diego Comic-Con for an upcoming digital event called “Comic-Con@Home.” The event will be completely free and will include many of the features SDCC is known for such as interviews, celebrity panels, and cosplay events. Some of the confirmed media attendees include The Walking Dead, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Adventure Time, Archer, Bill & Ted, and more. Comic-Con@Home is set to kick off on July 22.
5. Warzone Juggernaut Mode Removed
After just one week in circulation, Infinity Ward has removed the popular Juggernaut Battle Royale mode from the Warzone playlist. The 200-player battle royale mode, which was around for 2 weeks, has also been removed from the playlist. Although it was clear that both modes were limited-time events, most players expected them to be around for quite a bit longer, especially considering their popularity. In their place, Warzone has now added a regular Quads mode and a “Stimulus Trios” mode to the mix. Although there’s no timeline for the return of the Juggernaut and 200BR modes, it seems likely that both LTMs will make their way back into the playlist in the future.
The Daily Moot: Free Upgrades for Xbox Series X Games
1. Xbox Wants Next-Gen Upgrades to be Free
Microsoft has apparently reached out to third-party developers, instructing them that game upgrades should be free for any current-gen games on the Xbox Series X. While some games, such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, have already committed to providing next-gen upgrades free of charge, it seems that Microsoft is looking to make this a blanket policy for all games during the transition between the Xbox One and Xbox Series X. It’s unclear whether this is merely a request or if it’s something that Microsoft is making mandatory, but it’s definitely nice to see Microsoft looking to make full use of their impressive Xbox Smart Delivery system in a way that benefits consumers.
2. The Sims 4 Reality TV Show
The Sims 4 is getting a reality TV show spin-off competition. Called “The Sims Spark’d,” the show will require contestants to complete challenges testing players’ building and storytelling skills. There will be a total of 12 contestants, including some popular Sims YouTubers, and they will be battling it out for $100,000 in prize money. If you fancy your own Sims skills, EA will be hosting in-game challenges in The Sims 4 which will provide the opportunity for players to become contestants on future seasons of the show. The first season of The Sims Spark’d is set to premiere on TBS on July 17.
3. Destiny 2 Reward Caps Removed
As part of “Bungie Day 2020,” Bungie has removed the reward caps from several Destiny 2 raids. This change will enable players to farm the raids as much as they like, greatly improving the opportunity to get Exotic rewards. It’s important to note that this change has no effect on secret chests, which will maintain their weekly limit. The raids that had their reward caps removed are Leviathan, Eater of Worlds, Spire of Stars, Crown of Sorrow, and Scourge of the Past, each of which will be farmable from now until September.
4. WWE 2K Battlegrounds
WWE 2K Battlegrounds has been revealed. Earlier this year, 2K Games announced that they would not be continuing their mainline simulation-type series of WWE games, instead favoring the arcade-style approach of Battlegrounds. WWE 2K Battlegrounds will feature over 70 different playable characters and will have 4 game modes: Campaign, Exhibition, King of the Battleground, and Online. WWE 2K Battlegrounds is set to launch on September 18; you can watch the official trailer below.
5. Ready Player Two
Ready Player Two, the sequel to the novel-turned-movie Ready Player One, is now available for pre-order. No announcements have been made about the plot of the second book yet, but based on the title it seems likely that it will continue the story set in the first book. Although author Ernest Cline mentioned that he “bounced ideas” off of Steven Spielberg during the writing of Ready Player Two, it’s currently unclear whether or not there are any plans for a movie sequel. The Ready Player Two novel is slated to be released in North America on November 24.
The Daily Moot: Microsoft Buying Warner Bros. Interactive?
1. Microsoft Looking to Buy Warner Bros. Interactive
Microsoft is apparently looking to buy Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The massive studio was announced as “available for purchase” by its current owner AT&T, with AT&T allegedly seeking $4B for the sale. Warner Bros. Interactive includes several big name studios such as NetherRealm, Monolith, Avalanche, and Rocksteady. If Microsoft is able to close on the deal, this could mean that many prominent IPs such as Mortal Kombat, Batman, Lego, and Harry Potter could potentially become Xbox/Microsoft exclusive games in the future.
2. Gamescom 2020
Gamescom 2020 is officially happening. After the physical event was cancelled back in April, organizers promised a digital replacement but had been silent until now. Gamescom 2020 will be entirely online but will still feature some of the convention’s most notable aspects including the Gamescom Awards and cosplay competitions. Gamescom 2020 is set to kick off on August 27 and will run through August 30.
3. Mafia: Definitive Edition Delayed
Mafia: Definitive Edition has been delayed. It appears that the delay is the result of development complications due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a joint statement by developer Hangar 13 and publisher 2K Games, the team explained, “This has been a passion project for us...and the last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience.” Mafia: Definitive Edition, which was originally slated for August 28, is now expected to launch on September 25.
4. Halo 3 on PC
Halo 3 is finally coming to PC. More than 13 years since the game first launched on the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s PC players will now get their chance to relive the saga and attempt to save the universe from the Covenant and Flood. While the Master Chief Collection is already available for purchase on Steam, the Microsoft Store, and Xbox Game Pass for PC, the Halo 3 port will officially launch on July 14. Halo: Infinite, the next game in the series, is expected to be revealed during the Xbox Games Showcase later this month on July 23.
5. League of Legends Lillia Trailer
League of Legends will soon be getting a new champion. Named Lillia, the “Bashful Bloom,” the new champion is a half-human half-fawn and resembles that of a centaur. Lillia is expected to be a tank-mage whose abilities harness the power of nature. You can check out the Lillia Champion Teaser cinematic trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Game Prices Going Up
1. Next-Gen Game Price Hike
The price of games is going up. As the first PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X games become available for pre-order, it’s clear that publishers have decided to increase the retail price of their games on next-gen consoles to $70. For example, 2K Games has already committed to the price hike, announcing that NBA 2K21 will cost $70 on the PS5 and Xbox Series X compared to $60 on the PS4 and Xbox One. While fans have never had an issue with paying the full price for the games they love, the increase in price will undoubtedly cause a rift in the community if the next-gen games contain pay-to-win microtransactions along with their $70 price tag.
2. Evo Online Canceled
Evo Online has been canceled. Evo has long been considered the world’s premier fighting game competition, but following sexual misconduct allegations against Evo president Joey “MrWizard" Cuellar, several of the genre’s most prominent figures decided to opt-out of this year’s tournament. As a result, Evo Online is being shut down completely and there will be no Evo event for 2020.
3. Xbox Games Showcase
An Xbox Games Showcase has been announced. Microsoft hasn’t released a ton of details about the event, but the showcase is expected to provide a first look at several of Microsoft’s upcoming first-party games. The main focus of the event will undoubtedly be the Xbox Series X, with first-party games being uniquely designed to maximize the impact of the console’s next-gen capabilities. The Xbox Games Showcase is set to take place on July 23 at 9am Pacific Time, and will be viewable on most major streaming services including Twitch and YouTube.
4. Paragon Spin-Offs
Multiple MOBAs based on Epic Games’ Paragon have been announced. Paragon closed down permanently back in 2018 but after its closure, Epic decided to release the game’s assets for free on the Unreal Engine 4 Marketplace. Fast-forward 2 years and there are now at least 4 new Paragon-based MOBAs in the works: Overprime, CORE, Predecessor and Fault, all of which appear to be coming soon. Fault will be heading to Steam Early Access on July 17 and Predecessor will begin its closed alpha period on July 10. It’s unlikely that all of these games will be able to survive the internal competition between each other, but MOBA fans will certainly have plenty of new options to choose from while they battle it out.
5. Shadow Warrior 3 Trailer
Flying Wild and Devolver Digital have just released the first teaser trailer for Shadow Warrior 3. Known for their unusual and often gory announcements, Devolver Digital has certainly lived up to expectations with the trailer for Shadow Warrior 3. Although details about the game are currently slim, we can expect plenty of more information about Shadow Warrior 3 and other upcoming games to be revealed during the publisher’s Devolver Direct digital showcase next week. You can check out the teaser trailer for Shadow Warrior 3 below.
The Daily Moot: Hyper Scape
1. Hyper Scape
Hyper Scape has officially been revealed. Ubisoft’s new free-to-play FPS battle royale was just leaked a few days ago and is already playable in its beta state. Hyper Scape takes an extremely streamlined approach to the battle royale genre. There are no health packs or armor pickups, there are no weapon attachments, and guns are upgraded by looting duplicate copies of the gun you want to upgrade. Much like Valorant’s beta, in order to gain access to Hyper Scape’s closed beta, you’ll need to watch a Hyper Scape Twitch stream and be lucky enough to receive a beta key drop. If you're fortunate, you can gain access to the beta starting now. The game’s full launch is set for July 12 on PC, with a console release expected shortly thereafter. You can check out the gameplay overview trailer for Hyper Scape below.
2. Fallout TV Show
A Fallout TV show is in the works as part of a collaboration between Bethesda and Amazon Studios. It’s unclear at what stage of production the upcoming show is currently at, but we do know that it will be headed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are best known as the creators of Westworld. Considering that the Fallout storyline takes place in many different cities and spans hundreds of years, it will be interesting to see if the TV show follows one game, the entire series, or if it presents an entirely new story altogether. No premier date has been revealed yet, so we’ll probably get more information about the show later in production.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is Hue, “a vibrant, award-winning puzzle-adventure, where you alter the world by changing its background color.” You can grab your free copy of Hue directly from the Epic Games Store from now until July 9. As long as you claim the game by July 9, it will stay in your library forever.
4. Rocket League Esports Overhaul
Rocket League is massively overhauling their esports league. Called RLCS X, the new format will replace the previous bi-seasonal system with an open event-based circuit. Developer Psyonix explained their reasoning behind the change by saying, “We believe this format strikes a healthy balance between open competition and rewarding consistent, high-level performance.” RLCS X will include both regional and international competition, and will boast a total prize pool of over $4.5 million.
5. Valorant Report Update
Valorant has updated their report system to include a feature that many fans love: report feedback. If a player you have reported is confirmed to have broken the rules, you will now receive a notification letting you know that your report was successful and the player has been banned. You will only get the notification if you are logged into the client when the player gets banned, meaning that you likely won’t get a notification for every single banned player you’ve reported.
The Daily Moot: Crucible Un-Released; Crysis Delayed
1. Amazon’s Crucible Un-Released
Amazon’s free-to-play shooter Crucible, which was released back in May, has now been un-released. Crucible’s initial reception was not good and Amazon Game Studios is now trying to rectify the situation by bringing the game back into closed beta to iron out its many issues. If you already have Crucible downloaded then you will automatically be included in the closed beta, otherwise you will have to sign up for eligibility. Whether or not Amazon will be able to revive the game through these drastic efforts remains to be seen, but it’s good to see them admit their failings and attempt to fix them.
2. Crysis Remastered Delayed
Crysis Remastered has been delayed. Developer Crytek had planned on releasing their debut trailer today, but the trailer was leaked yesterday and led to a wave of poor reception with fans describing the trailer as “the original Crysis on low settings.” The Crysis series has long been the benchmark for hardware-crunching graphical intensity, so it’s understandable that fans were underwhelmed with the tame quality of the trailer. In response, Crytek announced that they would be delaying the game by “a few weeks,” explaining that the “extra time until release will allow us to get Crysis Remastered up to the PC- and console-breaking standard you’ve come to expect from Crysis games.”
3. Kerbal Space Program ESA Collaboration
Kerbal Space Program just released a new update called Shared Horizons which introduced several new missions and features to the game. The update comes as part of a collaboration with the European Space Agency and allows players to take part in real-life ESA space missions. One of the most exciting new opportunities is the BepiColombo mission which seeks to land a probe on the planet Mercury. While the real-life probe won’t reach its destination until the year 2025, you can get a glimpse into the future by guiding your virtual version to Mercury starting today.
4. Cyberpunk 2077 Removes Wall-Running
CD Projekt Red has officially removed wall-running from Cyberpunk 2077. Wall-Running was one of the very first features announced for the game, with CD Projekt Red saying that the team had taken inspiration from the freedom of movement in Titanfall 2. In his statement, Cyberpunk 2077 level designer Max Pears explained that the wall-running feature had to be “removed due to design reasons” but also assured fans that “there's still going to be a lot of flexibility in how you move.” Cyberpunk 2077 is slated for a worldwide release on November 19.
5. PlayStation Indies Initiative
Sony has announced its “PlayStation Indies Initiative” which seeks to promote games from small studios and independent developers. Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida highlighted the initiative’s mantra “to spotlight and support the best of the best indie games” and explained the company’s desire to “make PlayStation the best place to develop, find, and play great indie games.” It’s unclear exactly how Sony plans to manifest their ambitions, but Yoshida did mention that a new indie game will be making its way to PlayStation Now every month. The first game, Hello Neighbor, will be available this month, but it seems likely that the initiative will focus on new releases in the future.
The Daily Moot: Warzone Season Four Reloaded
1. Warzone Season Four Reloaded
Call of Duty: Warzone’s “Season Four Reloaded” is here, bringing plenty of new and exciting changes to the game. One of the most notable changes is an increase in the battle royale’s match size, which will now feature a whopping 200 players per game. The update also introduced a few gun changes, including a nerf to the meta-defining Grau 5.56 as well as buffs to all sniper rifles in an effort to bring them up to par with the newly-released Rytec AMR. Just in case Warzone wasn't already hectic enough for you, these changes should all combine to create a much more action-packed environment for the ever-evolving battle royale.
2. Fortnite Leaves Early Access
Fortnite has officially left early access. After 3 years of development, Epic Games has announced that the main story behind Save the World is now complete, and thus they are shedding their long-held early access label. Unfortunately for fans, Epic also announced that Save the World would remain a “premium experience” which is a stark contradiction to their previous statements. Epic has long promised that the mode would be free-to-play and reiterated that promise several times over the past few years, so long-time fans have every right to be upset with Epic’s new decision.
3. Monster Hunter Alatreon
Monster Hunter World is getting a huge new update next month and has now released a teaser trailer to show us what’s in store. The Alatreon update will be free for all players who own the base game and will introduce the new epic monster Alatreon, the Blazing Black Dragon. Alatreon will pose a mighty threat to those who dare to challenge it as the dragon is able to use 3 different elemental powers: ice, lightning, and fire. The Alatreon update is set to come out on July 9; check out the trailer below.
4. Crysis Remastered Release Date
The release date for Crysis Remastered has been revealed. As with many “reveals” lately, the date was accidentally leaked by an official source, in this case the Microsoft Store. Considering that the official gameplay trailer premier for Crysis Remastered is set for tomorrow morning, it seems that the Microsoft Store simply jumped the gun and revealed the information a day early. Crysis Remastered is expected to launch on July 23 and you can check out the gameplay trailer tomorrow at 9am Pacific Time on the Crysis YouTube channel.
5. Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Drift
Nintendo has officially addressed the joy-con drift issue on the Nintendo Switch. As part of a formal apology, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said, “Regarding the Joy-Con, we apologize for any trouble caused to our customers.” Furukawa declined to mention if Nintendo is planning to take any actions to rectify the issue, saying that they “would like to refrain from responding about any specific actions” because Nintendo is currently involved in a class-action lawsuit regarding the Joy-Con in the United States.
The Daily Moot: Ubisoft Battle Royale
1. Ubisoft Battle Royale
Ubisoft will soon be launching a new battle royale called Hyper Scape. Designed by the same teams that created Rainbow Six Siege and Assassin’s Creed, Hyper Scape is expected to feature significant sci-fi elements and will be played exclusively in first-person perspective. Ubisoft is also working with Twitch to introduce brand new “levels of integration” which will enable Twitch chats to directly influence and change the game in real time. Hyper Scape will be free-to-play and is set to launch on July 12.
2. Ghost of Tsushima New Trailer
A new trailer for the highly-anticipated Ghost of Tsushima has just been released. Called “A Storm is Coming,” the new trailer unfortunately doesn’t show any actual gameplay footage of the upcoming Playstation-exclusive, but it does feature some pretty awesome cinematics and hints at the game’s themes and backstory. Ghost of Tsushima is expected to launch worldwide on July 17; check out the trailer below.
3. Harry Potter RPG
A Harry Potter RPG courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is in the works. The game is expected to be an open-world experience that “takes place at Hogwarts and its nearby locations.” Many details about the upcoming game are being kept under wraps, but the development team has apparently been working on the project in secret for multiple years. Although Warner Bros. has yet to make any official announcement, the Harry Potter RPG will likely come out on PS5 and Xbox Series X in 2021.
4. Death Stranding Sequel?
Hideo Kojima is working on a new game, and in typical Kojima fashion, he’s dropping subtle hints about what the project might be. In a series of Tweets describing his creative process for designing the “new title,” Kojima appeared to suggest that the upcoming game may very well be a Death Stranding sequel. Of course, Kojima is widely known to troll his community, so only time will tell what exactly he’s working on. At any rate, fans will no doubt be glad to hear that another Kojima game is on the way.
5. Super Nintendo World Delayed Indefinitely
The grand opening of Super Nintendo World has been delayed indefinitely. The Mario-themed expansion of Universal Studios Japan’s Osaka park has been widely publicized and highly anticipated throughout its development. Although the main theme park re-opened with restrictions last month, Universal expressed concerns about opening Super Nintendo World during the current pandemic as they expect the crowds to be overwhelming and uncontrollable.
The Daily Moot: Microsoft Stores Shutting Down
1. Microsoft Stores Shutting Down
Microsoft has announced that they will be permanently closing all of their physical retail stores. Instead, Microsoft has decided to fully commit to their digital storefronts saying, “We are grateful to our Microsoft Store customers and we look forward to continuing to serve them online.” The first Microsoft Store opened more than a decade ago and there are now more than 100 stores worldwide, many of which were lauded for their frequent community events such as free-to-enter gaming tournaments. The London, New York, Sydney and Redmond locations will be turned into “Microsoft Experience Centers” while the rest will be closed entirely.
2. Cyberpunk 2077 Anime
A Cyberpunk 2077 anime adaptation is in the works. Called “Edgerunners,” the spin-off will be produced by Studio Trigger and directed by the studio’s founder Hiroyuki Imaishi. Imaishi is widely renowned in the industry, particularly for his work on shows such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gurren Lagann, and Kill La Kill. Very few details about the upcoming anime have been revealed yet, but the studio promises that Edgerunners will be an anime “that both Cyberpunk fans and those who are not so familiar with the game can enjoy.” Edgerunners is expected to premier on Netflix in 2022.
3. Warframe Hard Mode
Warframe will soon be ramping up the difficulty for the game’s top players. Called Steel Path, Warframe’s upcoming hard mode will provide higher level challenges along with new, exclusive rewards to show off your accomplishments. Steel Path will be going through a 1,000-player beta test this weekend but in order to participate, you must have already completed the existing map.
4. The Last of Us Part 2 Sales
The Last of Us Part 2 is officially the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive ever. The highly controversial sequel sold more than 4 million copies in its first 3 days, blowing past previous record holder Marvel’s Spider-Man which sold 3.3 million copies. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to compare these numbers to games such as Red Dead Redemption 2 (which sold a total of 14 million copies on PS4) because Sony doesn’t release their 3-day-sale statistics for non-exclusive games. At any rate, The Last of Us Part 2 has undeniably been a massive success for Sony and Naughty Dog, and although there are no plans for any DLC, creative director Neil Druckman hasn’t ruled out the possibility of The Last of Us Part 3.
5. Cuphead TV Show
The immensely popular cartoon-inspired game Cuphead will soon be getting a cartoon spin-off of its own. Dubbed “The Cuphead Show,” the upcoming Netflix series will closely resemble the video game but is not expected to be an exact match. Unfortunately, no concrete air date has been announced yet, but Netflix did release a new first-look trailer which you can check out on their Twitter post below.
The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk 2077 Reveal
1. Cyberpunk 2077 Reveal
CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 showcase this morning provided a wave of new information and gameplay footage. Two unique trailers were debuted during the livestream event, one called “The Gig,” which showed significant footage of the game’s prologue, and another which featured demo footage of Cyberpunk's “braindance” gameplay. CD Projekt Red also announced that they are planning a second livestream event in the coming weeks, but the exact date of the upcoming event is still unknown. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on November 19; you can check out both “The Gig” trailer and the gameplay demo below.
2. Valorant Ranked Mode
Valorant’s ranked mode is finally here. Originally expected to come out earlier this week, the mode was delayed due to a significant bug which compromised the competitive experience. In order to be eligible to play the competitive “Rated” mode, players must have completed 20 Unrated games. After playing 20 Unrated games, players will then play 5 Rated placement games which will determine their starting rank. There are 3 divisions per rank, and the ranks in order from lowest to highest are as follows: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and Radiant. Think you can make it to the top?
3. QuakeCon 2020
The QuakeCon 2020 replacement event has been announced. Originally slated for a live event in August, Bethesda’s annual convention was cancelled back in March over concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming digital event will be called “QuakeCon at Home” and is expected to include various livestreams, tournaments, and exclusive sneak-peeks. QuakeCon at Home is scheduled to take place from August 7-9.
4. Epic Freebies
Another week of free games from Epic Games is here. This week’s offerings are Aer: Memories of Old and Stranger Things 3: The Game. Aer: Memories of Old is an indie puzzle-platforming game while Stranger Things 3: The Game is, predictably, a video game adaptation of the third season of the hit TV show. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until July 2. As long as you claim the games by July 2, they will stay in your library forever.
5. Steam Summer Sale Begins
The Steam Summer Sale is now underway, bringing big discounts to a huge variety of games. The sale provides some great deals on indie games as well as AAA games, with discounts of up to 90% off. Some of the notable games included in the sale are Borderlands 3 and Doom Eternal, which are both 50% off, and Metal Gear Solid V which is available for just $6. You’ll also get an additional $5 off from purchases of $30 or more, so if you’re planning to buy multiple games during the sale, keep that in mind in order to maximize your savings.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Movie Night
1. Fortnite Movie Nite
Fortnite will soon be hosting several full-length films as part of its “Movie Night @ Party Royale’s Big Screen” event. While there will be a total of 3 different films shown, they will be country-specific, with each region only getting 1 designated movie. Each of the films will be a Christopher Nolan classic and, depending on your country, you’ll either get to watch Inception (US), The Prestige (UK), or Batman Begins (BR). The event is set to kick off on June 26; to check out the movie and showtimes for your specific country, you can consult Epic’s Party Royale page here: https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/partyroyale
2. Cyberpunk 2077 Reveal
CD Projekt Red will be holding a Cyberpunk 2077 show tomorrow, providing many new details on the long-awaited game. The 25-minute showcase will include a “brand new trailer” and “fresh gameplay” as well as an in-depth chat about the game’s “braindance” system. If you want to watch the event live, it will be streamed on CD Projekt Red’s official Twitch account tomorrow at 9am Pacific Time. If you happen to miss it, we’ll be sure to include the highlights in tomorrow’s Daily Moot.
3. Valorant Ranked Mode Delayed
Valorant’s massive 1.02 patch just hit live servers, but one of the key promised features was missing. That feature is, of course, the ever-important ranked mode. Riot Games explained that they uncovered a bug that “puts competitive at risk” and that they would be delaying the mode’s release until the bug is resolved. Despite the delay of competitive play, Patch 1.02 still included plenty of important updates such as UI improvements and the ability for teams to surrender a match after round 8. Riot expects to launch ranked mode by the end of this week.
4. Project Cars 3
Project Cars 3 now has an official release date. First announced earlier this month, Project Cars 3 will be the first game in the series under the Codemasters umbrella which acquired developer Slightly Mad Studios last year. Despite the change in producers, the upcoming game is expected to closely follow the precedent set by its predecessors with heavy emphasis on high-quality, realistic graphics. Project Cars 3 is set to launch on August 28.
5. Halo Infinite Trailer
A new teaser trailer for Halo Infinite was just released, giving a sneak peak of what the highly-anticipated game has to offer. Unfortunately, the trailer doesn’t show any art or gameplay, instead consisting of an audio recording that hints at some of the game’s lore. Most notably, the trailer confirms the return of the Banished and Brutes who were absent in Halo 4 and 5. You can watch the brief teaser trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 & 2 Remake
1. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remake Update
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remake are coming soon, and a ton of new details about the upcoming games have been revealed. We now know that while much of the original roster of skaters will be playable in the remakes, the games will also include several of today’s most popular skaters, such as Nyjah Huston and Shane O’Neill. The game is now available for pre-order, which includes access to a demo version of the game which is expected to arrive several weeks before official launch. The collector’s version of the game, which includes a signed Tony Hawk Birdhouse skateboard deck, sold out instantly, but more copies may be available in the future.
2. Minecraft Nether Update
Minecraft just got a new update today, overhauling the game’s underground world. The Nether update introduces new explorable biomes, ecosystems, and NPCs to the game, greatly expanding the Nether realm that lies beneath the surface. If you happen to fall in love with the new underground world, you can choose to make it your home and can even set the Nether realm as your new respawn point.
3. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is in the works. Producer Koji Igarashi announced the sequel today, along with a short interview and gameplay trailer. Like its predecessor, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 will feature a dark, 8-bit aesthetic and Castlevania-inspired gameplay. Igarashi’s first game in the series, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, became one of the most successful video game kickstarter campaigns of all time, so it will be interesting to see whether he is able to follow up on his previous successes. You can check out the interview and gameplay preview below.
4. Chicken Run 2
Chicken Run 2 has just been announced by Netflix. It’s been 20 years to the day since the original classic movie first hit theaters, and it is widely considered one of the most recognizable and influential stop-animation films of all time. The sequel will continue the story of Ginger the chicken and is expected to begin production next year.
5. Limited Edition RDO Items Return
Red Dead Online’s limited edition Wheeler, Rawson & Co. Catalogue items are returning this week. Although it only includes this season’s limited-time cosmetics, it’s a great opportunity to snag some items that you may have missed previously. Players will also receive 50% bonus experience from Moonshiner and Bounty Hunter activities and will also earn 50% more RDO$ for their efforts. In addition, Twitch Prime members will get an extra RDO$1,000, 5 Gold Bars, and 6,000 trader role experience.
The Daily Moot: Mixer is Permanently Shutting Down
1. Mixer is Shutting Down
Microsoft just announced that they will be permanently shutting down Mixer. As part of a “strategic move for the future of xCloud,” Microsoft has decided to shut down their own streaming service in favor of a partnership with Facebook Gaming. The massive change is already underway, with Mixer’s partners and streamers being transitioned to Facebook’s streaming service starting today. Mixer will be semi-active during the transition, but on July 22 it will shut down completely and the official website will redirect users to Facebook Gaming. Ninja, Shroud, and other popular Mixer streamers will have the option to follow the transition to Facebook Gaming or to leave for an entirely different service such as Twitch or YouTube.
2. Smite x Avatar: The Last Airbender
Smite is getting an Avatar: The Last Airbender crossover that will enable you to play as characters from the popular show. Aang, Zuko, and Korra will each be joining the Smite roster, albeit with some caveats. Instead of being entirely new characters with their own unique kits, they’ll take on the kits of existing characters and essentially function as Avatar: The Last Airbender skins. You can check out the trailer for the crossover event below.
3. Cyberpunk 2077 Comic Series
Cyberpunk 2077 may not be a playable video game yet, but it will soon be a readable comic book series. Published by Dark Horse Comics, the series will be called Trauma Team and will focus on the story of Trauma Team International, one of the most powerful organizations in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe. The first edition of the comic series is set to arrive on September 9 while the Cyberpunk 2077 video game is expected to launch on November 19.
4. Suicide Squad Game
It seems that Rocksteady, the studio behind the Batman: Arkham series, is working on a Suicide Squad game. The game has apparently been under development for multiple years, but has been kept under wraps until now. Based on the domain registered by Warner Bros. Interactive, the upcoming game is expected to be called “Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League,” and will likely arrive alongside a new Batman game called Batman: Court of Owls. Although Rocksteady hasn’t made any official announcements yet, both of these games are expected to be revealed at the DC FanDome Virtual Event on August 22.
5. Crash Bandicoot 4 Trailer
Activision has officially announced Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. The game was originally supposed to be a surprise, but it was leaked by the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee last week. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is designed to be reminiscent of the classic games, with the developers saying, “Our intent was to give folks the sequel they never got.” Crash Bandicoot 4 is set to come out on October 2 of this year; check out the announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot: The Last of Us Part 2
1. The Last of Us Part 2
The Last of Us Part 2 is finally here. One of the most anticipated games of this generation, fans have been eagerly awaiting the launch of The Last of Us sequel ever since the first game came out in 2013. While The Last of Us Part 2 has received widespread acclaim from critics, it has been very polarizing among players; the game currently holds a 95 Metacritic score from critics but only a 3.4 from user reviews. Feel free to let everyone know what you think about the game in the comments down below, but please keep it spoiler-free.
2. Skate 4
The Skate evolution continues as EA just announced that a new Skate game is on the way. After frequent requests from fans for Skate 4, the development and publishing teams finally caved in, prompting creative director Cuz Parry to say, “We're back. We're doing it... You commented this into existence.” Parry repeatedly mentioned that the game is still in “very early” development and it will likely be a long while before Skate 4 actually sees the light of day. Still, this is undoubtedly great news for Skate fans who have now been waiting more than a decade since Skate 3 launched in 2010.
3. Crash Bandicoot 4
It appears that a new Crash Bandicoot game called Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is coming soon. This news comes courtesy of the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee which accidentally leaked what was intended to be a surprise release. The game has been confirmed for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One although no release date has been revealed.
4. Billy Mitchell’s World Records Reinstated
Controversial competitive gamer Billy Mitchell has officially gotten his Guinness World Records for Pac-Man and Donkey Kong reinstated. Mitchell was stripped of his titles back in 2018 after allegations of cheating arose via Twin Galaxies, a company that specializes in verifying video game records. According to the allegations, Mitchell used an emulator to achieve his perfect Pac-Man game (a feat which he has since repeated) and his 1 million point Donkey Kong score. Although Mitchell remains a controversial figure in the competitive gaming world, Guinness explained their decision by saying, “In the end, we found that there just wasn't sufficient evidence to support the disqualification.”
5. Apex Legends Crossplay
Apex Legends will soon be getting crossplay. This news comes alongside an announcement that Apex Legends will also be launching on Steam and the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately for Steam users, players will still need to use the EA Origin launcher even if they purchase the game on Steam. Apex’s crossplay will connect Origin, Steam, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch players and is expected to go live when the Nintendo Switch version of the game launches this Fall.
The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again
1. Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again
Will Cyberpunk 2077 ever actually come out? For what feels like the hundredth time, Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed again. With more than a mere tinge of bolstering self-promotion, CD Projekt Red released a statement today explaining that “with such an abundance of content and complex systems interweaving with each other, we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics and fix a lot of bugs.” While gamers would, of course, prefer to have a polished and bug-free game, eager fans have now been more than 7 years since the first teaser trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 was unveiled. At any rate, the game will be missing its most recently planned September 17 release date and will now (maybe) come out on November 19.
2. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here, although there seems to be some minor issues with one of the titles. This week’s offerings were supposed to be both Pathway and The Escapists 2, but Epic Games has encountered an issue with The Escapists 2 and it now appears that the game will come at a later date. You can grab your free copy of Pathway directly from the Epic Games Store from now until June 25. As long as you claim your copy by June 25, it will stay in your library forever.
3. Sea of Thieves Haunted Shores
A new update just hit Sea of Thieves, bringing plenty of new, spooky things to game. Most notably, the appropriately named Haunted Shores has introduced ghost ships to the game. Ghost ships are ethereal sailors and ships trapped between the worlds of the living and dead by the power Captain Flameheart. While you’re likely to encounter the ships on your normal voyages as they spawn randomly, you can also target them specifically via commissions from the Order of Souls. Check out the trailer for the Haunted Shores update below.
4. Steam Game Festival
The Summer Edition of the Steam Game Festival is underway, offering free demos for hundreds of different games. The week-long event will also have plenty of activities such as livestreams and developer AMAs, with the festivities lasting until June 22. Some of the notable demos that are available include Something Ate My Alien, Haven, and Destroy All Humans, but with more than 900 demos available there’s probably a little something for everyone.
5. Square Enix on GeForce Now
Square Enix games have now returned to Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud streaming service. Originally expected to be included along with the launch of GeForce Now, Square Enix was apparently unhappy with the terms of their agreement with Nvidia and decided to pull their games from the service at the last minute. Thankfully the dispute was short-lived as several of Square Enix's most popular series, such as Just Cause and Tomb Raider, can now be played on GeForce Now.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3
1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 is finally here. It wasn’t an easy journey to get to this point but after several delays and postponements, Fortnite’s third season has now kicked off, transforming the map into a waterworld. Although Season 2’s mascot Deadpool is gone, the superhero theme persists with Aquaman as the figurehead for Season 3. Fortnite’s redesigned map features plenty of new areas to explore and secrets to discover, and as the water slowly recedes over the course of the season players will gain access to places that were once inaccessible. Check out the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 launch trailer below.
2. PAX Online
This year’s physical PAX events may have been cancelled, but organizers are planning a massive online replacement. Called PAX Online, the digital showcase will run 24-hours-a-day for 9 straight days and it will be completely free to watch for all viewers. The event will also include free downloadable game demos, digital concerts and competitions, and custom chat rooms. PAX Online is set to begin later this year on September 12.
3. Apex Bunkers
It looks like Apex Legends’ bunkers will soon begin to open. An ominous timer displaying the “hatch status” has appeared on the bunker between Salvage and Water Treatment and is slowly ticking down. It seems that Respawn will open each bunker one-by-one as the other bunkers across the map currently display a “locked” hatch status. Based on the timer, the first bunker should open by June 23.
4. Rainbow Six Siege Sound Update
Ubisoft is looking to change the way that sound works in Rainbow Six Siege. As part of a new blog post, Ubisoft acknowledged “that various sound issues in the game have been problematic for players for some time.” Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like it will be an easy fix as Ubisoft is now planning to completely rebuild the audio, a process which they are describing as “a major undertaking.” The first sound repackaging updates will roll out during Season 3, but the complete rework will be a lengthy process that “will not be finalized in Year 5.”
5. New Pokemon Snap
A new Pokemon Snap game has been announced. More than 20 years have passed since the original Pokemon Snap launched on the Nintendo 64 in 1999; now it’s finally time to resume some Poke photography. The upcoming game will include a variety of environments including “deserts, jungles, and more” and will feature Pokemon from many different generations. No release date has been announced yet, but it’s possible that we’ll get some more information during next week’s Pokemon Presents on June 24. Check out the announcement trailer for the new Pokemon Snap below.
The Daily Moot: Video Games are Medicine
1. Video Games are Medicine
The United States Food and Drug Administration just announced that video games can now be prescribed as medicine. The FDA approved its first medically certified video game, EndeavourRX, which has shown to be an effective treatment for symptoms of ADHD. EndeavourRX is reminiscent of classic platformers like Crash Bandicoot, but unlike other games you can only play EndeavourRX if your doctor prescribes it to you. It’s great to see the world finally begin to realize and promote the positive aspects of games. You can check out the trailer for EndeavourRX below.
2. Fortnite Device Event
Fortnite’s Device event happened yesterday, flooding the map with water and paving the way for Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3. The event replaced the game’s classic purple storm with a “fish-filled wall of water that you can swim in.” The Device event also included interactive first-person cutscenes which many players think could lead to a first-person game mode in the near future. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 is set to kick off tomorrow, June 17.
3. Valorant Esports
Riot Games has officially announced an esports league for Valorant. Dubbed the “Ignition Series,” Riot will hold a series of tournaments in several regions across the globe. The first tournaments will be the G2 Esports Valorant Invitational (which will feature teams from Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and the Rage Valorant Japan Invitational. Both tournaments are set to begin this Friday on June 19. As for the Americas region, the Ignition Series is expected to begin on June 26 but many of the details are still unconfirmed.
4. Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality Ends
Itch’s Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality has now come to an end. The bundle, which ended up offering nearly $10,000 worth of games for just $5, was a massive success. As the result of more than 800,000 individual contributions, the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality raised over $8 million, smashing its $5 million goal. All of the proceeds will be evenly split between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund.
5. Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory
A new Kingdom Hearts game is on the way, but it’s probably not what you were expecting. Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory will be a rhythm game that tests your timing like Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, or most similarly Final Fantasy Theatrhythm. Square Enix explained that the game is part of the “Kingdom Hearts series 2nd Phase,” which also includes Kingdom Hearts 3: Re:Mind and Kingdom Hearts Dark Road. You can check out the trailer for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory below.
The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X Smart Delivery
1. Xbox Series X Smart Delivery
Microsoft just released a slew of information about the Xbox Series X’s Smart Delivery system. Smart Delivery will enable players to seamless play their existing Xbox One games on the Xbox Series X. The best part about Smart Delivery is that it not only makes the Xbox Series X backwards compatible, but it also upgrades the quality of older games by taking advantage of the next-gen hardware. Smart Delivery will be automatically enabled for all Xbox Game Studio games and Microsoft is encouraging third-party developers to make full use of the technology. The Xbox Series X is scheduled to launch later this year during the holiday season.
2. Star Wars: Squadrons
A new Star Wars game called Star Wars: Squadrons has officially been revealed. The first-person “space dogfighting game” will feature both multiplayer and a single-player campaign and will take place in the time period following Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: Squadrons will be available on PC, Xbox one, and PS4 and will be VR compatible on PC and PS4. Star Wars: Squadrons will retail for $40 and is set to launch on October 2; check out the official reveal trailer below.
3. Heroes of the Storm Mei
Overwatch’s Mei will soon be making her way to Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard released a series of hints and teasers that all but confirm that the ice-cold character will be coming to their flagship MOBA. Mei’s trusty robot Snowball will also be coming along with her. Although HOTS will provide a new battlefield for Mei, many of her abilities such as Ice Wall and Blizzard will have significant overlap with her existing Overwatch kit. Mei will be the 9th Overwatch character introduced to the game and is expected to launch alongside the upcoming Nexomania 2 event.
4. Escape from Tarkov New Map
Escape from Tarkov will soon be getting a new map as part of its patch 12.7 update. The new map will take place in an eerie, rundown city and will be the game’s “biggest and most detailed location ever.” The update will also bring improvements to custom maps, enlarging the “overall area by 30 or even 40 percent.” The map is currently unnamed, but Battlestate Games released a gameplay trailer for the upcoming location which you can check out below.
5. Star Citizen Eclipses $300M in Funding
Star Citizen, the highly anticipated multiplayer space simulator, has now eclipsed $300 million in funding. This lofty figure comes as the result of nearly 3 million unique contributions. It has been nearly 7 years since Star Citizen first opened its Kickstarter campaign and despite the fact that funding efforts have clearly been successful, there is still no planned commercial release date for the game.
The Daily Moot: PS5 Unveiled
1. PS5 Unveiled
The PlayStation 5 has been revealed! The upcoming console’s unconventional design has already stirred controversy among loyalists but Sony president Jim Ryan explained the team’s desire to create something “bold and daring [that] would really grace most living areas” and that, in a way, could be considered an artistic, technological type of furniture. Yesterday’s PS5 reveal also unveiled some of the games that will be introduced on the console including Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, and a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel called Horizon Forbidden West.
2. Riot Games Executive Fired
A Riot Games executive has been fired after making disparaging remarks about George Floyd. Ron Johnson, the Global Head of Consumer Products at Riot Games, drew instant criticism from the community after it was revealed yesterday that he made a Facebook post which blamed George Floyd for his own death. Although he held an executive position, Johnson had only been with the company for a few months and was immediately fired. In their statement, Riot said that the remarks were “abhorrent and runs directly counter to our values” and pledged a $1 million donation to support justice reform and “long-term solutions to address racial bias.”
3. Resident Evil Surpasses 100M Sales
The Resident Evil series just hit a major milestone, surpassing 100 million sales. The survival-horror series, which first debuted in 1996, has encountered a boost of sales due to its recent string of remakes and remasters. In reaching 100 million sales, Resident Evil became the first-ever Capcom series to reach the accomplishment in the company’s 40-year history. Resident Evil 8: Village was unveiled yesterday during IGN’s Summer of Gaming livestream event and is expected to launch in 2021.
4. Modern Warfare Free Weekend
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is having a free weekend from now until June 15. Unfortunately, the event only includes multiplayer and even the access to multiplayer content is limited. Players will only have access to 5 maps in standard multiplayer in addition to 7 maps in the Gunfight playlist. Even if it’s not a comprehensive trial, the free weekend is probably still worth checking out for those of you who already have Warzone installed and have been curious about what the base game has to offer.
5. Destiny 2 Removes SBMM
Destiny 2 has removed skill-based matchmaking from many of its PvP modes. Bungie decided to make the change in order to transform the Crucible into “less of a high stakes environment.” Bungie also iterated that this should result in faster queue times and improved connection quality within the matches. For those who are still seeking competition, the Trials of Osiris and the Elimination and Survival playlists will continue to use skill-based matchmaking.
The Daily Moot: The Future of Gaming
1. The Future of Gaming
The world will finally get its first glimpse at the next-gen technology and gameplay of the PlayStation 5. Today’s digital event is aptly called “The Future of Gaming,” and it kicks off a series of updates and reveals as Sony slowly begins to roll out the PS5. It’s unclear whether or not we’ll get to see the official design for the upcoming console today, but we do know that we’ll get some first-hand footage of actual gameplay from some of the most anticipated games of the year. The Future of Gaming event begins today at 1pm Pacific Time and will be streamed on all major streaming platforms including Twitch and YouTube.
2. Epic Freebies
Another week of Epic freebies is here. This week’s offerings are some big ones with Ark: Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection. Many people had anticipated that the dinosaur-filled survival game would make an appearance, but Samurai Shodown was a complete surprise. The NeoGeo Collection, which just launched today, contains six of the most popular Samurai Shodown games. You can claim your free games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until June 18; as long as you claim your copies by June 18, they will stay in your library forever.
3. Xbox Game Pass June Games
June’s month of games for the Xbox Game Pass have just been added to the service and it brings some pretty significant names. Notable among them include No Man’s Sky, Dungeon of the Endless, and Kingdom Hearts. While No Man’s Sky and Dungeon of the endless are available on both the PC and Xbox versions of the Xbox Game Pass, Kingdom Hearts is only available on Xbox. If you’re not currently subscribed to the Xbox Game Pass but are interested in the service, the “Ultimate” 3-month subscription is currently available for half-price.
4. Siege Free Weekend
Rainbow Six Siege’s free weekend is back. From now through Sunday players on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 can try out the wildly popular tactical shooter completely free. During the free weekend, players will have access to everything that Siege has to offer, including all maps, modes, and operators. Siege will also be on discount during the event so if you give it a shot and like what you see, it’s the perfect time to pick the game up permanently and add it to your library.
5. Chivalry 2
Chivalry 2, the upcoming sequel to the popular medieval warfare game, just got a wave of announcements along with a new trailer. One of the most significant pieces of news is that Chivalry 2 will be available on both current and next-gen consoles and that the game will have fully supported crossplay at launch. There hasn’t been a definite release date announced yet, but Chivalry 2 is expected to come out some time this year. Check out the official announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot: IGN Summer of Gaming; Modern Warfare Season 4
1. IGN’s Summer of Gaming
IGN’s Summer of Gaming is here! Following the cancellation of E3, IGN announced the Summer of Gaming event as a digital replacement for the many gaming conventions that were cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. The Summer of Gaming will run from now until June 25 and will feature the world’s first look at several upcoming games and nex-gen technology such as Yakuza: Like a Dragon on PlayStation 5. You can watch the Summer of Gaming livestream on any of IGN’s channels including YouTube, Twitch, and the IGN mobile app.
2. Modern Warfare Season 4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 is launching tonight. Originally planned for June 3, Infinity Ward decided to delay the upcoming season in order to show solidarity with “those speaking up for equality, justice, and change.” Both Modern Warfare and Warzone will be receiving significant updates, but fans will have to wait until tonight to see exactly what’s in store. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 begins tonight at 11pm Pacific Time.
3. The Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality
Itch’s Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality is now offering an incredible 1,429 games for a minimum donation of just $5. The bundle, which is available through June 15, has already raised more than $4 million for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Bail Fund. If you purchased the bundle previously when it was at (only) 742 games, don’t worry; you will automatically get all of the extra games which have been added to the bundle.
4. Destiny 2 Witherhoard Glitch
The eleventh season for Destiny 2 launched yesterday to rave reviews, but it appears that one of the new items is causing a bit of an issue. The newly released Witherhoard, an exotic grenade launcher, has a glitch that makes it extremely overpowered. In fact, the Witherhoard’s glitch is so powerful that it enables players to instantly kill raid bosses. It’s unclear what's causing the glitch and it doesn’t seem that Bungie is particularly motivated to patch it immediately, so if you want to have a bit of fun grab yourself a Witherhoard and see what it can do.
5. The Last of Us Part 2 Official Launch Trailer
It’s been a long, difficult journey, but The Last of Us Part 2 is finally on the horizon. One of the most highly-anticipated games of the decade, the long-awaited sequel has experienced more than its fair share of delays, leaks, and controversies. Despite the hardships, The Last of Us Part 2 is still expected to be one of the biggest and most spectacular games of the year. The Last of Us Part 2 will launch worldwide on June 19; check out the official launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals
1. Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals
Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals is finally here. The eleventh season of Destiny 2, Season of Arrivals is injecting a ton of new content into the game as well as a host of new activities, gear, and rewards alongside it. One of the most notable additions to the game is the new Prophecy dungeon which will be opened up today at 5pm Pacific Time. The Prophecy dungeon will enable players to earn new DAITO Foundry armor and "reprised" Trials of the Nine armor sets, all without requiring a season pass. Check out the trailer for Season of Arrivals below.
2. Overwatch Removes Hero Pools
Overwatch has officially removed hero pools from competitive play. First announced in January of this year, Blizzard decided to implement rotating hero pools as an attempt to quell calls for hero bans and in order to encourage diversity in the meta. It appears that Blizzard did not get the results they were hoping for; hero pools have now been eliminated from the game at all levels of play and Blizzard has stated that they have “no tentative date for re-implementation.”
3. Need for Speed: Heat Final Update
Need for Speed: Heat is getting its final update. Although most of the patch consists of things like bug fixes, it’s also introducing one major new feature: crossplay. Starting today, players across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 will all be able to race with each other on the same server. Need for Speed: Heat will also soon be added to EA Access and the Origin Access Basic Vault, both of which should help the game maintain a solid playerbase from now until the next Need for Speed comes out.
4. Okami Sequel?
Ikumi Nakamura, noted for her work on games such as Bayonetta, Resident Evil 2, and Okami, has announced her plans for an Okami sequel. Okami, which was first released in 2006, is often considered one of the best and most influential video games of all time. Despite its widespread acclaim, the original game did not sell well which has deterred Capcom from producing a sequel. Nakamura is now planning to change that, calling for fans to rally behind her as she prepares to pitch a new sequel concept to Capcom. We’ll have to wait to see whether or not her efforts will pay off, but this is certainly good news for Okami fans who agree with Nakamura that there is "still a lot [left] to tell in that universe.”
5. Nemesis: Distress
Nemesis: Distress, a popular board game, will soon be getting a video game adaptation courtesy of Ovid Works and Awaken Realms. The first-person multiplayer horror game will combine PvP and PvE elements as each player attempts to finish their own unique hidden objective before their opponents. Unfortunately it sounds like it might be awhile before the game actually sees the light of day as no release date has been announced yet. You can check out the official reveal trailer for Nemesis: Distress below.
The Daily Moot: Twitch DMCA Debacle; PS5 Reveal Event
1. Twitch DMCA Issues
Twitch streamers around the globe are panicking after a massive wave of DMCA copyright claims hit the service. The claims, which largely concern background music that appeared in streams between 2017-2019, have created massive issues for some of Twitch’s biggest streamers. This is in part due to Twitch’s internal policy regarding copyright infringements which forces the permanent ban of any user who gets “3 strikes.”
Many of the most popular streamers are also some of the most prolific and tenured, meaning that they often have huge backlogs of previous streams which can now lead to their permanent ban from the service. To make matters worse, many of the DMCA claims - which are automatically approved - have been fraudulent. Twitch has released a statement noting that they are aware of the issue but it’s currently unclear what action the company will take.
2. PS5 Reveal Event
The PlayStation 5 game reveal event now has a new confirmed date. Originally expected to take place on June 4, the event is now set for June 11. The reveal event will offer the world’s first look at many upcoming PS5 games and will feature a broad spectrum of titles from “innovative studios that span the globe.” Unfortunately, the previews won’t be an entirely accurate representation of the gameplay you can expect in the future. The broadcast will be limited to 1080p and 30fps, prompting Sony to release a statement assuring fans that “the games you’ll see on Thursday will look even better when you play them on PS5.”
3. Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality
Itch’s Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality launched this weekend, raising proceeds for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Bail Fund. The bundle, which is name-your-own-price, offers a whopping 742 games for a minimum donation of just $5. Some of the notable titles include Night in the Woods, Minit, A Short Hike, and Oxenfree, but with 742 games there’s probably a little something for everyone in there. The bundle will be available on Itch.io from now through June 15, and has already raised over $2.5 million via more than 200,000 individual donations.
4. Crucible Game Modes Removed
Crucible, Amazon’s free-to-play multiplayer shooter, has removed 2 of its 3 game modes. Released just last month, Crucible has not received a warm reception so far with early reviews being mixed at best. Developer Relentless Studio is looking to change that by focusing exclusively on one game mode. The Harvester Command and Alpha Hunters game modes will both be removed from the game, leaving Heart of the Hive as the lone survivor. It’s unclear whether or not either of the removed game modes will eventually make a comeback, but according to developers they will remain retired “for the foreseeable future.”
5. Devotion Release
Devotion, a first-person horror game from Red Candle Games, is finally getting released. Devotion was pulled from the Steam marketplace last year following controversy regarding the game’s inclusion of a Winnie the Pooh meme that mocked Chinese president Xi Jinping. Unfortunately, just because the game is coming out doesn’t mean that you’ll get to play it; Devotion will only be sold in Taiwan exclusively as physical editions. Devotion is expected to launch on June 15.
The Daily Moot: Valorant on Console
1. Valorant on Console
It’s confirmed: Riot Games is working on a console version of Valorant. While this certainly seems like fantastic news for console players, it’s still unclear whether or not a complete console version of the game will actually come to fruition. Anna Donlon, Executive Producer for Valorant, explained that although prototypes are already under development, the team feels “there's a way to experience this game that we're not entirely sure translates completely to console play.” Ultimately, Donlon says that the decision to release Valorant on console will come down to the consistency of the core gameplay experience, assuring fans that “if we feel like we can deliver this experience on those platforms, we absolutely will.”
2. Sony Fined by Australia
Sony has been fined $3.5 million by the Australian government for “making false and misleading representations” regarding their refund policies. This comes as the result of a recent lawsuit in which the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission sued Sony over their 14-day return policy for digital games. According to the ACCC, Sony acted in violation of Australian law as consumer rights “do not disappear after 14 days or any other arbitrary date claimed by a game store or developer.” While this is great news for Australian video game consumers, it seems unlikely that Sony will amend their refund policies in other countries such as the United States.
3. EA Games Come to Steam
Several EA games have finally made their way to Steam. This comes as the result of a partnership between Valve and Electronic Arts, and is just the first wave of over 25 games that will eventually hit the marketplace. Some of the games that were released today include classics like Dragon Age Inquisition, Need for Speed, and Crysis 3, all of which are available at deep discounts. EA will also be bringing EA Access to Steam in the coming months, enabling PC players to access an expansive library of games and take part in exclusive trials via the subscription service.
4. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s offering is Overcooked, a “chaotic couch co-op cooking game for one to four players.” Overcooked is a great, fun game to play with friends, but many players might be disappointed by this week’s freebie considering that Epic Games already gave it away last year. At any rate, if you weren’t able to pick it up previously then it’s definitely worth grabbing now. You can claim your free copy of Overcooked directly from the Epic Games Store from now until June 11.
5. PUBG Free Weekend
PUBG is holding a free play weekend from now through Sunday. Unfortunately, however, the offer is only available on Steam, meaning that only PC players will be able to take advantage of the opportunity. The free weekend includes access to the full game, including the new ranked playlists, making this a great opportunity to try out some of the latest updates to the game. PUBG will also be on sale during the free weekend, so it’s a good time to buy the game at a discount if you’ve been looking to add it to your library.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Delayed Again
1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Delayed Again
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 has been delayed yet again. This marks the third time that the upcoming season, which was originally slated to begin in May, has been delayed. In their statement, Epic Games expressed their desire to show solidarity with the current protest movements and explained that they needed to “balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families and their communities.” Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 will now launch on June 17, with the lead-up event “The Device” expected to take place 2 days prior on June 15.
2. GTA Online and Red Dead Online Shut Down
GTA Online and Red Dead Online both shut down their servers today in order to honor the memory of George Floyd. Rockstar Games is one of many prominent figures in the gaming community that have shown solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement this week, joining others such as Humble Bundle, EA, Ubisoft and more. The servers for GTA Online and Red Dead Redemption were shut down for a total of 2 hours, from 2-4 pm Eastern Time, and are now back online.
3. Infinity Ward on Racism in CoD
Infinity Ward has announced that they are cracking down on racism in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. In their statement Infinity Ward said, “there is no place for racist content in our game,” and admitted that they needed to “do a better job.” In order to accomplish these goals, the studio has committed to adding new resources for combating racist content and usernames, and will be amping up the punishments for violators.
4. Battlefield 5 Final Update
The final major update for Battlefield 5 is now live. The update introduced 2 new maps to the game, Al Marj Encampment and a redesigned Provence, as well as an arsenal of new weapons and vehicles. Battlefield 5 will continue to receive minor patches and quality-of-life improvements, but this will be the game’s final major content update. As for the future of the Battlefield franchise, the next game in the series is expected to arrive sometime during the 2022 fiscal year.
5. Project Cars 3 Announced
Slightly Mad Studios has just announced Project Cars 3. The racing sim, which is known for its heavy emphasis on realistic graphics and vehicle physics, is expected to bring a lot of new features to the table. Compared to its predecessors, the upcoming sequel will have a completely rebuilt career mode and will finally introduce car mods and upgrades to the game. Project Cars 3 is expected to launch this summer; check out the announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot: The Gaming Community Shows Solidarity
1. The Gaming Community Shows Solidarity
In a show of solidarity with protesters across the globe, several gaming companies have announced donations to Black Lives Matter and related causes. Studios large and small have pledged their support along with many game publishers and retailers. Some of the most notable donations include a $1 million fund from Humble Bundle to support Black game developers and contributions from EA, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and more to support organizations like the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative.
2. The Last of Us Part 2 Commercial
Naughty Dog has released the official full-length commercial for The Last of Us Part 2. The commercial features a stylized cinematic of the upcoming survival story but it’s unclear whether or not any of the footage is actually from the game. The Last of Us Part 2 is set to launch on June 19; check out the extended commercial below.
3. Sony Day of Play
Sony’s annual Day of Play is here, providing discounts on many PS4 games. The sale will last from now until June 17 and offers price cuts of up to 50% on some of the most classic games in PlayStation history. Some of the most notable deals include The Last of Us Remastered and 2018’s God of War, both of which are available for just $10.
4. Sea of Thieves on Steam
Sea of Thieves has finally made its way to Steam. While the game has been available on PC for quite some time, it had previously been confined to the Microsoft Store. This is great news for PC players who have been interested in the game but wanted to avoid the many issues of the Microsoft Store. The Steam version of the game costs $40 and features seamless crossplay with the other versions.
5. IGN Summer of Gaming Delayed
IGN’s Summer of Gaming event has been delayed. The multi-day digital event is expected to provide a first look at several upcoming games and is largely considered to be a replacement for some of the physical events that have been cancelled this year. In their statement, IGN explained that they decided to postpone the event “out of respect for and in support of those rightfully demanding justice and change across the United States and the world.” Originally expected to begin on June 5, IGN’s Summer of Gaming will now kick off on June 8.
The Daily Moot: Valorant Now LIVE!
1. Valorant Now Live!
Valorant is finally here! After an extremely popular closed beta period, Valorant is now live and free-to-play for all players. Along with the official 1.0 launch, Valorant also introduced a ton of new features including a new map and new game mode called Spike Rush. There’s also a new operator, Reyna, who hails from Mexico and can sap the life force from her enemies. Give her a shot and let us know what you think about the official launch of Valorant below!
2. CoD Seasons Postponed
The upcoming season for Call of Duty games across the board have been postponed. This includes Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Call of Duty: Mobile. In their statement, Call of Duty echoed the sentiments shared by Sony yesterday, saying that “now is not the time.” The new season of Call of Duty was expected to arrive on June 4 but it will now come at a later, unspecified date.
3. A Total War Saga: Troy
A Total War Saga: Troy is on the way. A blend of history and mythology, A Total War Saga: Troy will feature an epic clash between the Greeks and Trojans. The game will launch exclusively on the Epic Games Store and will be available for free for the first 24 hours after release. A Total War Saga: Troy is set to come out on August 13.
4. Destiny 2 Next Chapter
The next chapter of Destiny 2 is almost here. Bungie has released a new trailer for the upcoming season, showing Eris Morn trekking through a frozen tundra assumed to be Europa. Bungie has been intentionally vague about the next chapter but many fans are expecting that it will delve into The Darkness, a major yet mysterious facet of the Destiny universe. The next big update is expected to be revealed on June 9; in the meantime, check out the teaser trailer below.
The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 Reveal Postponed
1. PlayStation 5 Reveal Event Postponed
Sony has postponed the PlayStation 5 June reveal event. The event, which was planned for June 4, was expected to provide the world’s first look at several future PS5 games. In their statement, Sony said, “We do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.” The PlayStation 5 is still set for a holiday 2020 launch and we will certainly see more of what the console has to offer in the coming months.
2. Escape From Tarkov Reset
Escape From Tarkov just underwent a total reset, completely wiping the progress of every player. This reset coincided with the release of the game’s latest patch, which signaled the start of a new season of gameplay. Developer Battlestate Games announced that the new season has been a huge success so far, with the game hitting a new record peak of over 200k concurrent users. Battlestate Games also said that they had banned over 3,000 cheaters at the start of the new season, reiterating their commitment to a cheat-free environment.
3. Trackmania Reboot
A Trackmania reboot isn’t coming until later this year but its planned monetization model is already drawing criticism. Fans who have been eagerly awaiting the upcoming game were disappointed when Ubisoft unveiled what appeared to be a subscription-based model. Ubisoft has responded to criticism by saying that the game doesn’t offer a subscription, but rather that players have to re-purchase the game every year if they want to keep playing it. Trackmania is set to launch on July 1.
4. Outward DLC
Outward, an open-world survival RPG, is getting its very first DLC. Called Soroboreans, the upcoming expansion will introduce a new region, skill trees, enchantments and more, enabling players to completely change how they approach the game. One of the most notable new features is corruption, a mysterious new system that can have dire effects on those who are unprepared. The Soroboreans DLC is expected to come out on June 16.
5. Paradox Strategy Studio
Paradox Interactive is opening a brand new gaming studio. Called Paradox Tinto, the new studio will be based in Barcelona, Spain and will focus exclusively on strategy games. The team will first be working on Paradox’s current flagship strategy game, Europa Universalis 4, before transitioning onto the next generation of games.
The Daily Moot: Hideo Kojima's Next Game Scrapped
1. Hideo Kojima’s Next Game Scrapped
Hideo Kojima’s next “big project” has been scrapped. Hideo Kojima is one of the most famous and acclaimed video game designers of all time but his most recent game, Death Stranding, was polarizing despite positive reviews. Fans have been curious about the future of Kojima Productions and eager to hear more about the studio’s next game. Unfortunately, Kojima just announced that the “big project fell apart” and that eyes are now set on a new venture. Kojima assured fans that the studio has already begun planning a new game, but also confirmed that there are no plans yet for a Metal Gear or Silent Hills revival.
2. Valorant Closed Beta Ends
Valorant’s closed beta has officially come to a close. The beta period for Riot’s upcoming tactical shooter was a massive success and broke numerous records. During the beta, Valorant averaged over 3 million daily players and netted over 470 million viewing hours with more than 1.7 million peak concurrent viewers on Twitch. Valorant’s full official release is set for June 4.
3. Far Cry 5 Free Weekend
Far Cry 5 is free to play this weekend from now until May 31. Players can enjoy everything the game has to offer and all progress made will transfer over if you decide to purchase the game in the future. You can download Far Cry 5 through Ubisoft’s Uplay app; unfortunately the free weekend is only available to PC players.
4. Sonic the Hedgehog Sequel
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is getting a sequel. It wasn’t an easy journey, but the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie ultimately turned out to be a record-setting box office hit. Details about the upcoming sequel are still scarce. We do know that the core writing and directing teams will be returning, but there’s no word yet on whether the cast, including Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey, will reprise their roles.
5. Sludge Life
Sludge Life, a first-person open-world vandalism sim, just launched on the Epic Games Store. It looks outright bizarre and it certainly won’t appeal to everyone, but it’s available for free right now so it may be worth checking out. You can watch the trailer for Sludge Life below.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Delayed
1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Delayed
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 has been delayed. This is undoubtedly a familiar feeling for Fortnite fans as several Fortnite seasons have been postponed and delayed over the game’s history. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3, which was set to launch on June 4, is now expected to come out one week later on June 11. Epic also announced that they will be holding a special “one-time-only live event called The Device” in-game on June 6. Epic has kept much of Season 3 under wraps so far but it’s likely that The Device will show us a glimpse of what’s to come.
2. Phantasy Star Online 2 Launch
Phantasy Star Online 2 finally got its western launch but it didn’t go as smoothly as players had hoped. After an 8 year wait, many players were eager to start their adventures in the free-to-play MMO. Unfortunately, the Microsoft Store caused a number of issues that prevented users from installing the game or logging in. Although the issues didn’t affect everybody, the problems were widespread enough that the game has received a wave of negative reviews as part of the backlash.
3. Epic Free Games
This week’s freebie from Epic Games is another big one. From now until June 4, you can pick up Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for free from the Epic Games Store. The collection includes Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and is definitely worth grabbing for those of you who haven’t played them yet. As long as you claim your free copies by June 4, you’ll be able to keep the games forever.
4. Sea of Thieves Checkpoints
The latest update just hit Sea of Thieves, adding checkpoints to Tall Tale adventures. Until now, the long, narrative adventures had to be completed in one sitting and could not be saved partway through. The update also introduced new game mode and LTEs, including a weekly “Fort Nights” event. Check out the update trailer below.
5. Half Life: Alyx Liquid Physics
Valve has now added liquid physics to Half Life: Alyx. Various containers in-game, such as beer bottles, will now have liquid inside of them, giving players a new medium to mess around with in the virtual reality world. Half: Life Alyx has already received unanimous acclaim for its realism so it’s great to see that Valve is continuing to push the boundaries and trying to make the game as immersive as possible.
The Daily Moot: League of Legends In-Game Ads
1. League of Legends In-Game Ads
League of Legends will soon be getting in-game ads. Riot Games, which has always been vocal about their vision of bringing esports up to par with physical sports, is now looking at in-game ads as the next step towards realizing their goal. Similar to physical sports which feature advertisement banners around the stadium or arena, the banners within Summoner’s Rift will be turned into advertisements. The sponsored banners will only appear in official LCS matches so you don’t have to worry about advertisements in your own games (yet, at least).
2. FNCS Winner Caught Cheating
The winner of the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational for the Asia region has been caught cheating. Japanese player Sekosama won the solo component of the tournament but broke the rules by teaming up with at least one other competitor. Some of the rule breaking behavior included communicating and coordinating with enemies during the match to funnel good loot onto Sekosama. Epic Games has since revoked Sekosama’s winnings, which totaled $15,000, and issued a 14-day ban against the player.
3. Overwatch Novel
Blizzard is set to release their very first official Overwatch novel. Titled The Hero of Numbani, the novel features an all-new original story about the origins of Orisa and her fight to protect Numbani from the villainous Doomfist. The Hero of Numbani will be available in both physical and digital versions and is set to release on June 2.
4. Kingdom Hearts TV Show
A Kingdom Hearts TV show is apparently in the works. Very few details about the project have been released yet, but it’s expected to be a fully-animated adaptation of the Kingdom Hearts series, following the events of Sora, Goofy, Donald Duck, and more. According to multiple sources Disney has already begun casting for the show, with Disney’s original voice over actors expected to reprise their roles.
5. Formula E Driver Fired Over Video Game
A Formula E race car driver has been fired after cheating in an online race. During the Formula E Race at Home Challenge, Audi driver Daniel Abt allowed Lorenz Horzing, a sim racing esport pro, to drive for him in the competition. After competitors became suspicious of his drastically improved performance, Abt admitted to the swap, saying that it was a prank that the duo had planned as “something funny for the fans.” Unfortunately for them, the joke was not well received. Daniel Abt has been suspended from the Audi Sports racing team and forced to pay a $10,000 fine while Horzing received a complete ban from the esport Race Challenge series.
The Daily Moot: BlizzCon 2020 Canceled
1. BlizzCon 2020 Canceled
BlizzCon 2020 has been cancelled. Following in the footsteps of many other conventions and gaming events, Blizzard will be hosting an online alternative. Unfortunately, however, it seems that the online event won’t take place until next year. Several major tournaments were expected to take place at BlizzCon 2020 such as the Hearthstone Global Finals and the Overwatch World Cup. It’s currently unclear how Blizzard will proceed with these global competitions, but we will likely receive more information in the near future.
2. The International Battle Pass
The International 2020 Battle Pass is now live. Offering exclusive access to new content and rewards, the annual battle pass is best known for contributing to the massive prize pool for DOTA’s The International tournament. Unfortunately this year’s The International 10 likely won’t happen due to the pandemic, but thankfully Valve has made the battle pass rewards extra special in an effort to compensate. Proceeds from the battle pass will still go towards the prize pool for The International 10 when the tournament eventually takes place.
3. My Friend Pedro TV Show?
John Wick writer Derek Kolstad wants to turn some of his favorite video games into TV shows. More specifically, he’s looking to create 2 new series; one based on My Friend Pedro and another based on Bendy and the Ink Machine. Considering his success with the John Wick franchise, it would certainly be interesting to see how Kolstad would approach a similarly-themed My Friend Pedro. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Keanu Reeves play as a gun-wielding, time-altering banana man?
4. Risk of Rain 2 Delay
The official launch of Risk of Rain 2 has been delayed. After spending more than a year in early access, the acclaimed sequel was expected to arrive this spring. Developer Hopoo Games explained that although the studio has been “mostly unaffected” by the pandemic, the team wanted to ensure that the game was “truly a complete experience” on launch. Risk of Rain 2 is now expected to come out in August of this year.
5. No Man’s Sky on Xbox Game Pass
No Man’s Sky is headed to the Xbox Game Pass for June. No Man’s Sky had an awful launch, receiving widespread negative reviews. Since then, the space exploration game has been massively improved and experienced a near-complete resurgence. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber then No Man’s Sky is at least worth checking out, even if the game didn’t appeal to you when it first launched.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Theaters; Star Citizen Launch Week
1. Fortnite Theaters
It looks like Fortnite is getting into the movie business. From video game to concert stadium, Fortnite is no stranger to genre-blending evolutions; now it looks like they’re set to take the next step as they prepare for a full-length in-game screening of an “iconic” Christopher Nolan film later this summer. There’s no word on what movie we can expect to see (Christopher Nolan has plenty of blockbuster films), but fans seem to think that it will likely be one of the Dark Knight movies due to Fortnite’s previous Batman collaborations. We’ll have to wait for more details before the Fortnite cinema is truly opened; in the meantime, check out the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Tenet, which premiered during a Fortnite event last night.
2. Star Citizen Free Fly
Star Citizen, the highly-anticipated upcoming space simulator, is free to try from now until June 1. While it might not have the name recognition of other massive undertakings like Grand Theft Auto V, Star Citizen is easily one of the most ambitious games of all time. In development since 2011, Star Citizen has received over $250M in crowdfunding to support the project and is now in alpha stages. Check out the launch week trailer below.
3. Pac-Man’s 40th Birthday
Pac-Man, one of the most legendary video games ever, is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. While several events will likely be held to commemorate the occasion, one of the most notable is an upcoming, free-to-play Pac-Man game on Twitch called Pac-Man Live Studio. The upcoming game will enable players to enjoy the complete Pac-Man experience, including co-op, multiplayer, and user-created levels, straight from their Twitch app or browser. Pac-Man Live Studio is expected to launch this June.
4. Neversong Launch
Neversong, the sequel to the Flash game Coma, launched yesterday after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately however, the launch wasn’t as smooth as expected. Developer Thomas Brush made an error when distributing game keys to his Kickstarter supporters, accidentally sending every backer 3,500 Steam keys each. Thankfully the error has been resolved and Neversong is now live. Check out the game’s launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Valorant Launch Announced
1. Valorant Release Date
The release date for Valorant has finally been announced! After an extremely successful, record-breaking closed beta period, Valorant is now ready for its official launch. In less than 2 weeks from today, on June 2, Valorant will go live for players across the globe. The closed beta period will wrap on May 28, after which the game will go offline, resetting every player’s progress in preparation for June 2. Riot is also adding a handful of new servers prior to launch to ensure that players across the world can enjoy the game with minimal latency, furthering their attempts to make Valorant the best-feeling, most precise online shooter in gaming history. The time is finally here; are you ready?
2. DOOM Eternal Anti-Cheat Disabled
DOOM Eternal will be disabling its Denuvo Anti-Cheat in its next update. The recently introduced anti-cheat drew criticism from DOOM players because it uses a kernel mode driver, enabling it to have access to a player’s system even when the game isn’t running. Surprisingly, id Software is being receptive to the negative feedback and has vowed to change course and find a new solution. While it’s unclear how id Software will approach this situation, they released a statement saying that their future efforts would ensure that “anti-cheat integration better aligns with player expectations around clear initiatives.”
3. Take-Two’s Big Ambitions
Take-Two Interactive, the parent company for developers like Rockstar and 2K Games, has some ridiculously massive ambitions for the future. Specifically, they plan to release 93 different games over the course of the next 5 years. This massive wave of games is set to include 63 “core experiences,” 17 “mid core games,” and 12 “casual/arcade” titles, and is expected to start pouring in during the 2022 fiscal year. Unfortunately Take-Two didn’t mention these games by name so we don’t have any update on things like GTA 6, but it’s clear regardless that video game fans are going to be absolutely spoiled in the coming years.
4. Civilization 6 Free
Epic Games is back with another huge giveaway! This week’s freebie is Civilization 6, the latest game in Sid Meier’s critically acclaimed strategy series. The giveaway includes the base game as well as the Aztec DLC, with the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm DLCs both available at a discount during Epic’s Mega Sale. You can claim your free copy of Civilization 6 directly from the Epic Games Store from now until May 28. As long as you claim the game before May 28, you’ll be able to keep it forever.
5. Area F2 Shut Down
Area F2 has been officially shut down. Following Ubisoft’s lawsuit claiming that the mobile game was a direct ripoff of Rainbow Six Siege, Area F2 has now been removed from the App Store and Google Play. It doesn’t seem that the Ejoy, the Alibaba-owned studio that developed Area F2, provided any resistance to the delisting and players who made purchases in the game can now apply for refunds. It’s unclear whether or not Ejoy will try to make the changes necessary to re-launch the game or if Area F2 will simply be gone for good.