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The Daily Moot: Deadpool Comes to Fortnite

1. Fortnite Deadpool Has Arrived
Deadpool has finally arrived! Hyped up since the beginning of Season 2 Chapter 2, Deadpool is now available in Fortnite. In order to unlock the Deadpool skin, you’ll need to complete 14 specific Deadpool challenges, the last 2 of which were released today. The Deadpool skin is available for free so long as you complete the challenges, but there are also some Deadpool-themed items in the shop that you can buy with V-bucks. Check out the official “Deadpool has Arrived” trailer below.
 
2. Hearthstone Demon Hunter
 
Hearthstone’s new Demon Hunter prologue campaign is now available and it’s free for all players. The campaign is a set of 4 story-driven missions that reveal how Illidan Stormrage became a Demon Hunter. Completing the campaign will earn you the right to play as the game’s first new class and grant you 30 new cards to play with. The Demon Hunter class will be fully available to play with the April 7 launch of the new expansion, Ashes of Outland.
 
3. Mixer Helping Streamers
 
Mixer has quietly decided to help out their streaming partners who may be struggling financially. The Microsoft-owned company decided to send their partners $100 each to support them during the pandemic, which could go a long way for those who have lost their normal jobs. Although Mixer hasn’t publicly mentioned the gesture, many partners have reached out on Twitter to thank the platform for the support.
 
4. BAFTA Game Awards
 
The 2020 BAFTA Awards took place last night and the results were pretty surprising. Control and Death Stranding were expected to have big showing as both games had 11 nominations each, but each only walked away with 1 minor prize. The night’s biggest winner was Outer Wilds, which took home 3 awards including Best Game.
 
5. Resident Evil 3 Remake
 
Resident Evil 3 Remake is now here! Available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the game is a remake of 1999’s Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, and follows Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira as they try to survive a zombie apocalypse. Check out the official launch trailer below!

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The Daily Moot: The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed Indefinitely

1. The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed Indefinitely
The Last of Us Part 2 has been delayed indefinitely. Naughty Dog announced that the launch of the highly anticipated sequel would not hit the planned May 29 release date and would instead be postponed “until further notice.” There is some good news however: Naughty Dog also mentioned that they are “nearly done with the development of The Last of Us Part 2” and “in the midst of fixing the final bugs.” Hopefully this means the game will be ready by Summer.
 
2. Apex Legends The Old Ways
 
The latest “Stories from the Outlands” Apex Legends cinematic is here and it accompanies a new event. Called “The Old Ways,” this cinematic features the backstory of Bloodhound, showing their traumatic childhood and how they transformed from a mere child into a fearsome hunter. The Old Ways event will be all about Apex’s hunter, with Bloodhound trials and a Bloodhound Town Takeover. The event will begin on April 7 and run until April 21. Check out the Bloodhound cinematic below.
 
3. Gearbox Developer Royalties
 
Gearbox developers are reportedly very upset because their royalty bonuses were lower than expected. Borderlands 3 was the best-selling game that 2K Games has ever produced so Gearbox developers were anticipating sizable royalty checks. Gearbox is unique in that they offer lower salaries in exchange for a profit-sharing agreement which gives 40% of royalties to the development team. Unfortunately for developers, the developer royalties for Borderlands 3 were much less than they had hoped. Gearbox says that this is because of the game’s increased publishing costs which the publisher had to recoup before starting to pay out royalties.
 
4. Starborne Open Beta
 
Starborne, a new massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game, has just entered open beta. Developed by Icelandic studio Solid Clouds, Starborne is a grand-scale strategy game which features thousands of players fighting for control of the galaxy. The game offers multiple paths to victory and has been described as “an eight-week-long game of Civilization but set in space on a map with over 5,000 other players.” If you’re a fan of RTS games and are interested in Starborne, check out their website to enter the free open beta.
 
5. Sea of Thieves Headed to Steam
 
It looks like Sea of Thieves is headed to Steam. Sea of Thieves mysteriously released a Steam page today without any warning, prompting fans to think that a surprise launch was in the works. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case, but Microsoft did confirm that Sea of Thieves will be coming to Steam in the near future. As part of the announcement, Microsoft also mentioned that the Steam version will be cross-play compatible with both the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions. While there’s no concrete release date yet, we can likely expect to get some more details soon.

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The Daily Moot: April Fools in the Gaming World!

1. April Fools Day
It’s April Fools Day and there’s plenty of shenanigans going around in your favorite games. Overwatch decided to add googly eyes to all of its heroes as well as to many ultimate abilities (like Hanzo’s dragon). Meanwhile, Rockstar decided to bring Christmas in April and covered the worlds of GTA Online and Red Dead Online in a blanket of snow. Let us know down below what some of your favorite April Fools gags are!
 
2. Xbox Series X No Audio Port
 
The Xbox Series X will have no optical audio port. Considering how cheap it would be to include, this seems like a very strange omission. Phil Spencer explained the decision by saying that it is a matter of “marginal cost,” explaining that while it may only cost them $2 to include, the cost adds up when considering that they might sell up to 100 million units. Spencer also mentioned that Xbox is working with headphone manufacturers to develop headsets that will be able to work without an audio port. While this may seem like a decent workaround, this likely means that most users will end up having to purchase a new headset for the console.
 
3. No Bethesda Showcase
 
After yesterday’s cancellation of QuakeCon 2020, many fans expected that Bethesda would follow the footsteps of their competitors and do a digital showcase instead. Unfortunately, it seems these hopes were unfounded. Bethesda announced today that they will not be doing any digital showcases to make up for the lack of QuakeCon and E3. Instead, they will be releasing information over time and are expected to show off some of Arkane's Deathloop and Tango Gameworks' Ghostwire: Tokyo in the coming months.
 
4. Ubisoft Giveaways
 
Ubisoft is giving back during the pandemic, giving away a series of free games to keep you occupied while on lockdown. You can expect a series of giveaways during April, some of which will be games you can keep while others will likely just be trials. You can claim the free games directly from Uplay. The first offering is Rayman Legends which is available from today until April 4. As long as you claim the game before April 4 you’ll be able to keep it forever.
 
5. Epic Games Houseparty App
 
Epic Games believes there is a smear campaign going on against their Houseparty chat app. After allegations that the app was harvesting and selling users’ data, Epic Games has thrown up a $1 million bounty to anyone who can provide proof of these allegations. Many accusers seem to point at untrust towards Epic investor Tencent, but Epic CEO Tim Sweeny asserted that he is the sole controlling shareholder and that Tencent and other investors have no access to Epic or Houseparty data.

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The Daily Moot: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered

1. Modern Warfare 2 Remastered
As predicted by a recent series of leaks, the remastered campaign for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 surprise launched today. The game is a standalone release and only includes the single player campaign of Modern Warfare 2. For the time being at least, there will be no multiplayer modes in the game. Modern Warfare 2 Remastered costs $20 and is currently available exclusively for the PS4. The game is expected to release on PC and Xbox on April 30.
 
2. Fortnite Crash Pad
 
A huge update just hit Fortnite and it introduced a useful new item called the Crash Pad. The Crash Pad is a rare tool that has a trampoline-like effect, enabling players to break their fall or quickly gain height. The more you bounce on the Crash Pad, the higher you'll jump, easily allowing players to get in position to glide. Don't worry about fall damage either; if you jump off of a Crash Pad you won’t take any damage when landing.
 
3. PUBG April Fools Event
 
PUBG has announced an April Fools event called Fantasy Battle Royale. The new limited-time game mode will allow players to enjoy a fantasy RPG twist on the battle royale genre. The mode will have 4 playable classes and will be third person perspective only. Fantasy Battle Royale will be available for 1 week only from April 1-7. Check out the trailer below.
 
4. Artifact Reboot Update
 
Valve has just released new information regarding their Artifact Reboot plans. One of the most major announcements is that cards will not be sold and will only be earned through gameplay. This also means that cards will no longer be able to be bought and sold between players. This is obviously a massive change and represents a huge shift in Artifact’s identity. Expect more information in the near future as Valve’s begins focusing on Artifact in the wake of their successful Half-Life: Alyx release.
 
5. QuakeCon 2020 Cancelled
 
Bethesda has announced that QuakeCon 2020 will be cancelled. Although the convention wasn’t scheduled to take place until August, Bethesda said that the virus has caused too many “uncertainties” and has made planning the event impossible. This year would have marked the 25th anniversary of QuakeCon.

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The Daily Moot: Valorant Beta, New Paper Mario

1. Valorant Closed Beta
Riot Games has just announced the launch of a closed beta for Valorant. The beta period will begin on April 7 and will be available for players in Europe, Canada, Russia, Turkey, and the US. Unfortunately it doesn't sound like getting an access key will be too easy. Riot will be giving away beta keys via sponsored Twitch streams, so make sure that you have a Riot account linked with your Twitch account if you want a chance to get early access. It's unclear how long the closed beta will last, but it will be great to finally get to see if Valorant is deserving of all the hype and praise its been receiving so far.
 
2. Mario Remasters, New Paper Mario
 
In honor of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros, Nintendo has announced that they are planning to “re-release most of Super Mario's 35-year back catalogue this year." Some of the games you can expect to see include Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario 64. Not only will there be remasters, but Nintendo also announced that they are releasing a new installment in the Paper Mario series on the Switch this year. While they haven’t unveiled any hard release dates yet, it sounds like 2020 will be a great year for Mario fans.
 
3. Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
 
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is officially here! After 7 years of hype and anticipation, fans can finally get their hands on the latest game in the beloved action RPG series. Bannerlord is a prequel to the previous game, taking place 210 years before the events of Mount & Blade: Warband. Bannerlord is currently available in early access on Steam for $45.
 
4. GDC Relief Fund
 
To help support game developers who were impacted by the cancellation of GDC, Gamedev.world has created a 3-day fundraising event called the GDC Relief Fund. The event includes livestreams featuring developers, voice actors, and more, giving viewers an inside look into the game development industry. The fundraiser also includes a bundle of over 150 games, including titles such as Nuclear Throne, for a name-your-price donation, so it's a great opportunity to expand your library and help a good cause.
 
5. Castlevania Season 4
 
Netflix has announced that their animated Castlevania series will be returning for a 4th season. The series follows the adventures of an alcoholic vampire hunter and is loosely based on the classic video game Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse. Castlevania is easily one of the most influential video game franchises of all time so it’s nice to see the TV adaptation finding success as well.

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The Daily Moot: Corona Relief Done Quick

1. Corona Relief Done Quick
Games Done Quick, a speedrunning charity fundraiser, has announced a new event next month called Corona Relief Done Quick. Corona Relief Done Quick will be an online-only event from April 17-19 and 100% of the donations will go to Direct Relief. Unfortunately, this new event comes at the cost of Summer Games Done Quick being postponed. SGDQ will now take place in August and all previously accepted applicants will have to reapply to participate. If you’re a speedrunner and want to play some video games for a good cause, applications to participate in Corona Relief Done Quick are open from now until April 2.
 
2. Last Oasis
 
Last Oasis, a “Nomadic Survival MMO” developed by Donkey Crew, just launched in early access and instantly became the top-selling game on Steam. In Last Oasis, players must build “Walkers” which act as both your transportation and your base of operations. Unfortunately, the game’s immediate popularity meant that the launch didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, with many players getting disconnected from the game due to server issues. Donkey Crew released a statement saying that they are working “around the clock” to fix the problems, and have already put out multiple hotfixes to address connection issues. You can check out the launch trailer for Last Oasis below.
 
3. Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
 
More than 7 years after it was first announced, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is finally here. Originally expected to launch on March 31, developers decided to move the date forward and the game will now come out on March 30 in Early Access on Steam. Bannerlord will have a 10% discount during the first 2 weeks after launch, with an additional 10% discount for players who own the previous games.
 
4. GameStop Closing 300 Stores
 
Despite a profitable 4th quarter, GameStop has announced that they are permanently closing more than 300 stores. GameStop closed 321 locations last year and said that they plan to exceed that number this year. As part of their statement, GameStop mentioned that they want to reduce their density and that they plan to improve the value of the brand through “interactive digital media.”
 
5. Fallout 76 Wastelanders Delayed
 
The upcoming Wastelanders update to Fallout 76 has been delayed. In their statement, Bethesda said that because their team is now working from home, it was difficult to do proper testing, and that the delay would push the release date back from April 7 to April 14. The Wastelanders update is expected to be enormous and will completely change the game, revamping the original main quest, changing the dialogue system, and adding human NPCs to the game.

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The Daily Moot: Animal Crossing Bunny Day

1. Animal Crossing Bunny Day
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has just announced “Bunny Day,” their inaugural Spring celebration. The event will take place from April 1-12 and will feature a visit from Zipper T. Bunny. You can expect to take part in classic Easter festivities such as the Egg Hunt Challenge and use your skills in the kitchen to make special egg dishes. Let us know how you're liking Animal Crossing: New Horizons so far and check out the trailer below for more details on Bunny Day.
 
2. Valorant Sage Showcase
 
Valorant just released the latest character showcase, this time featuring Sage. Sage is a support character who uses orbs to heal and create walls, and can bring enemies back to life with her ultimate ability. She seems to have a pretty strong kit overall, bringing an incredible amount of utility to her team. Check out the gameplay reveal below to see Sage in action.
 
3. Epic Games Free Games
 
It’s Thursday which means Epic is giving away another batch of games for their weekly freebies. This week’s games include World War Z, Figment, and Tormentor x Punisher. The free games can be claimed via the Epic Games Store and are available from now until April 2. As long as you claim the games before April 2, you’ll be able to keep them forever.
 
4. Nintendo Direct Mini
 
Nintendo released a 28-minute Nintendo Direct Mini today unveiling some of their plans for the near future. Some of the announcements in today’s reveal included a new character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the release date for Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition (May 29th). You can watch the full video below.

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The Daily Moot: 60 Years of Sega

1. Sega 60th Anniversary
Sega is celebrating its 60th anniversary and has just launched a new website to take you through its incredible journey. Founded in the 1960s, Sega first began its foray into the world of gaming in 1964 when the company began producing commercial arcade equipment. Sega’s first home gaming console, the SG-1000, was released in 1983 and sold over 160,000 units in its first year. Since then, Sega has gone on to produce some of the best and most well-known games of all time, including modern day titles like the Yakuza series and classics like Sonic the Hedgehog. Check out their 60th anniversary website below to relive some of the magic.
 
2. Silent Hill Reboot Rumor Debunked
 
Rumors have been circulating around about a potential Silent Hill reboot. Konami originally played coy when asked about the leaks a few months ago, saying that the company "could not share anything at this point.” Unfortunately, it seems that any plans of a new Silent Hill game have been scrapped. In their official statement yesterday, Konami said that they are “aware of all the rumors and reports but can confirm that they are not true.” It looks like fans of the horror genre will have to keep waiting.
 
3. YouTube Video Quality
 
YouTube has announced that they will be reducing their default video quality worldwide in an effort to combat the increased bandwidth usage by users who are staying home due to the coronavirus. Streaming services of all types have seen a large uptick in usage and video streaming now accounts for more than 60% of total internet downstream volume. YouTube videos will now all default to standard definition, but users can still manually increase the resolution if they choose to do so.
 
4. GDC 2020 Talks Released
 
The GDC 2020 talks and lectures have now been released on Twitch and the GDC Vault. These are the pre-recorded talks that were livestreamed after GDC’s initial conference dates were postponed. The talks are available for free for all viewers and cover topics ranging from the business of selling games, to machine learning for gaming, to mental health.
 
5. Avalanche Studios New Game
 
Avalanche Studios, creators of Rage 2, Just Cause, and Generation Zero, just released a teaser for an unnamed new game. The upcoming game will be the first game released under Avalanche’s new sub-sudio called Systemic Reaction. Systemic Reaction is designed to operate as a self-publishing brand to “better mirror its unique offering,” and is composed of the same development team that created Generation Zero. Check out the trailer below.

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The Daily Moot: Big Modern Warfare/Warzone Update!

1. Modern Warfare/Warzone Update
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone are both getting some huge updates today. A new dog-wielding Operator, Talon, is headed to both game modes. Modern Warfare will be getting a new 6v6 map called Khandor Hideout which offers "long sight lines and interior spaces to complement diverse combat ranges." Warzone is getting 4 new weapons, the 725, MK2 Carbine, .50 GS, and EBR-14, which can be found across Verdansk. The update is expected to go live tonight at 11pm Pacific Time.
 
2. Minecraft Educational Tools
 
Minecraft has announced that it will be offering free in-game educational tools to help students learn from home. Minecraft: Education Edition will allow players to explore the inside of the human eye and the International Space Station, as well as learn useful skills such as coding. Each educational opportunity has its own world and comes complete with lesson plans that include things such as build challenges and puzzles. All of the educational worlds are launching today and are free to download from now until June 30.
 
3. Free Hearthstone Decks
 
Starting on March 26, Hearthstone will be giving away free decks to new and returning players. Players that have been away for at least 4 months will receive a deck for a class of their choice consisting of cards from the Year of the Dragon set. Blizzard hopes that the free decks will “help players feel empowered to jump right in and experience the latest of what Hearthstone has to offer.”
 
4. Unity Learn Premium Free
 
Ever wanted to make your own video game? Now is the perfect opportunity to learn Unity, which is easily one of the most popular game engines on the planet and has been used to create games such as Hollow Knight, Escape from Tarkov, and Cuphead. Unity is currently giving away 3 months of Unity Learn Premium, their professional-grade instructional videos. These videos are designed to teach users how to create a video game step-by-step and include valuable skills such a coding in C#.
 
5. Plague Inc. New Game Mode
 
A new game mode is coming to Plague Inc. and it’s pretty much the exact opposite of the current game. Instead of trying to destroy the world with your ever-evolving pathogen, the new game mode will have players trying to save the world from a deadly disease. The new mode is being developed "with the help of experts from the World Health Organisation, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and more," in an attempt to make it as realistic and informative as possible. The game mode will be free for all players, but a release date has yet to be announced.

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The Daily Moot: Half-Life Alyx Launches!

1. Half-Life: Alyx
Half-Life is finally back! Today’s launch of Half-Life: Alyx marks the first return in the Half-Life franchise since Half-Life 2: Episode 2 released more than a decade ago in 2007. While fans will no doubt still be awaiting Half-Life 3, the VR-exclusive Alyx will undoubtedly sate the players who have powerful enough rigs to run the game. Early reviews for the game have been overwhelmingly positive, marking Half-Life’s return to dominance. Half-Life: Alyx is available exclusively on PC.
 
2. Legends of Runeterra Changes
 
Riot’s collectible card game Legends of Runeterra is undergoing some changes. These changes are designed to make it easier for players to get new cards and to reduce the cost of extra content like the Expedition draft mode. Weekly Vault rewards have been improved across the board, offering more and better loot as well as a guaranteed Expedition token for level 2 vaults and above. Riot has also removed the experience decay from PvP matches meaning that players will be able to level up much more quickly. Overall these changes should make it easier for new players and veterans alike to get new cards and quickly build competitive decks.
 
3. Warzone Surpasses 30M Players
 
In just 10 days since its launch, Call of Duty: Warzone has already surpassed 30 million players. While its status as a free-to-play game combined with the lockdown due to the coronavirus are certainly contributing to the player numbers, this is still an impressive feat nonetheless. In fact, these numbers are competitive with Apex Legend’s launch which took the world by storm. For reference, Apex Legends had 25 million players in its first week and over 50 million players in its first month. Do you think Warzone can beat those numbers?
 
4. Artifact 2
 
Despite the catastrophic failure that was the release of Valve’s TCG Artifact, all signs are pointing to a re-release of the game. Valve has apparently been working on the game nonstop and said they want to “try again” and are“getting ready to release” a revamped version of the game. Valve was apparently very surprised when the game flopped initially; we’ll have to see if they were able to learn from their mistakes and find better success in their second attempt.
 
5. GameStop Closing All Storefronts
 
After first trying to label themselves as an “essential” business amid the coronavirus lockdown, GameStop has now announced that they will be closing all US storefronts. Although the storefronts will be closed, GameStops will still be operating on a digital level and will remain open for curbside pickup.

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The Daily Moot: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is finally here! The first main-series Animal Crossing game in nearly 8 years, New Horizons has easily been one of the most anticipated Nintendo games of 2020. The real-time life sim has opened to rave reviews and currently boasts an impressive score of 91 on Metacritic. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has both single-player and multiplayer game modes and is available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Check out our Animal Crossing lounge below to stay updated and find new friends to play with!
 
2. Xbox Live and Nintendo Online Outages
 
Both Xbox Live and Nintendo Online have suffered outages due to increased traffic on the services. As many people are staying home due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, gaming has seen a huge boost of players as it offers one of the best forms of indoor entertainment. Playerbase numbers are up across the board and it’s unlikely that they’ll be going down any time soon. Hopefully Xbox Live and Nintendo Online can quickly make some changes to their infrastructure to ensure a stable connection for their users.
 
3. YouTube and Netflix Reducing Video Quality
 
YouTube and Netflix are both reducing video quality in Europe. This is in an effort to reduce stress on the systems and prevent overload outages which have affected other services such as Xbox Live and Nintendo Online. Although it may seem unfortunate to have the video quality reduced, this will likely result in an overall better user experience as it should prevent any lag that would occur due to high traffic and bandwidth usage. As of right now, this preventative measure is expected to last 30 days and only affects users in Europe.
 
4. Riot Boosting Server Capacity
 
There’s a very clear theme for today: people are staying home, playing games and watching videos, which is causing increased stress on servers. Riot Games explained that North American League of Legends servers were hitting 90% capacity which caused log-in queues and extended queue times. In an effort to combat the stress, Riot has announced that they are boosting the servers to increase the maximum capacity of players.
 
5. GDC Rescheduled
 
GDC 2020 has officially been rescheduled. After postponing the original Game Developers Conference due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, GDC 2020 will now take place this summer from August 4-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. While some of the content that was planned for GDC has been released online (such as the IGF Awards), there will no doubt be plenty of great new content unveiled at the event later this year. Furthermore, GDC organizers have assured fans that GDC Summer will feature an immersive two-day expo show and “retain the same high level of expert-led talks as the traditional GDC.”

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The Daily Moot: DOOM Eternal is Here!

1. DOOM Eternal
DOOM Eternal is finally here! One of the most anticipated games of the year, DOOM fans have been waiting for Eternal for nearly 4 years. Described as a “celebration of excess in sin, violence, scale, speed, and volume,” early reviews for the game have all been overwhelmingly positive. DOOM Eternal launches today at 9pm Pacific Time in the United States and at 11pm GMT in Europe.
 
2. GDC and IGF Awards
 
After the postponement of this year’s GDC, organizers decided to host certain parts of the convention online. Thankfully, one of those parts was the annual Game Developers Conference Choice Awards and the Independent Game Festival Awards. For the GDCA, the stacked field included games such as Control, Disco Elysium, and Baba is You, but it was ultimately the fan-favorite Untitled Goose Game that earned the title of Game of the Year. For the IGF Awards, the big winner was A Short Hike which took home both the Seumas McNally Grand Prize as well as the Audience Award.
 
3. Get Watch Dogs and The Stanley Parable for Free
 
This week’s free games from the Epic Games Store are both fantastic goliaths. Watch Dogs is a third-person action game where you play as a masterful hacker on a quest for vengeance. The Stanley Parable is a strange first-person narrative experience that, although undeniably odd, is universally acclaimed and has earned a cult-classic status among fans. You can download both Watch Dogs and The Stanley Parable for free from the Epic Games Store from now until March 26. As long as you claim the games before March 26, they are yours to keep forever.
 
4. Tekken 7 Fahkumram
 
A new character is headed to the Tekken 7 arena. Making his first appearance in a Tekken game, Fahkumram is a muscle-bound fighter covered in scars. Once considered a local hero in Thailand and a Muay Thai legend, his career was halted after he was struck by lightning when he was 12 years old. Fahkumram was able to overcome the adversity, eventually becoming a Muay Thai champion by the age of 18, but his personal life was still riddled with hardship. Fahkumram will join the Tekken 7 roster as part of DLC 14&15 on March 24. Check out the trailer below.
 
5. City: Skylines Expansion
 
Popular city builder game City: Skylines is getting a new expansion next week called Sunset Harbor. The expansion will introduce fishing to the game which will allow players to control fishing boats and fish farms, adding a new commercial element to the game. The expansion will also include 5 new maps, each featuring different climates. The Sunset Harbor expansion is expected to launch on March 26, although the price has yet to be revealed.

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The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 Reveal

1. PlayStation 5 Reveal
The PlayStation 5 specs have finally been revealed! For processing power, the PS5 will feature 8x Zen 2 Core CPUs at 3.5GHz and a 10.28 TFLOP custom GPU with 36 CUs at 2.23GHz. While these numbers may seem a bit lower than the Xbox Series X specs, Sony explained that the PS5's custom RDNA 2 GPU is optimized and "improved in ways beyond teraflop count, such that it will offer power beyond that expected from it.”
 
The console’s internal storage will be a custom 825GB SSD. Again, Sony has explained that the SSD has been modified to provide extremely quick launch times and to eliminate long patch installs. 825GB seems like far too little storage space for a next-gen console but unlike the Xbox Series X, additional storage can be added using off-the-shelf components. Now that both consoles have been revealed, which one are you looking forward to the most?
 
2. Overwatch New Hero
 
Overwatch just revealed their upcoming new hero, Echo. While we don’t know too much about Echo, we do know that she was designed by the creator of the Omnics in order to “help the world.” Echo has technically been in the game for years, appearing in cinematics as well as on map Route 66. The launch of the new character will bring the roster total to 32, although it’s unclear whether Echo will be an attacker, defender, or support. Check out the reveal and origin story below.
 
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Free Weekend
 
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is having a free weekend from March 19-22. While you won’t be able to keep the game after March 22, dedicated players should be able to beat the main storyline during the 4-day stretch. The game is available for pre-loading now so that it’s ready to play when the free weekend starts tomorrow. If you end up loving the game but aren’t able to finish it, you can take advantage of a 75% discount which will be available during the free weekend. The free weekend is available to all PC, PS4, and Xbox One players.
 
4. Blizzard DDoS Attack
 
Blizzard’s Battle.net had a rough day yesterday as players were unable to log into their accounts or had to sit through long queues in order to do so. For those that were lucky enough to log in, many were experiencing extremely high latency and were getting disconnected from their games. Blizzard has explained that this was the result of widespread DDoS attacks on the servers, primarily aimed at Call of Duty: Warzone. Blizzard is currently investigating the issue which was affecting players around the globe.
 
5. GameStop Cancels Midnight Releases
 
GameStop has announced that they are cancelling the midnight releases for DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This is, of course, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. GameStop has also decided to shut down all interactive gaming stations in their stores for the time being. While it may be unfortunate for those who like to collect physical copies of games, if you were hoping to be one of the first players to get their hands on DOOM Eternal or Animal Crossing: New Horizons, your best bet is to buy a digital copy.

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The Daily Moot: Warzone Solos, Fortnite Choppas

1. Warzone Solos!
Call of Duty Warzone now has a solos mode! While fans assumed that solos would eventually make its way to the game, nobody could have expected it to arrive so soon. Like squad mode, if you die in solos you’ll be sent to the Gulag with the opportunity to come back to the battlefield if you win your 1v1. While there are no standard knockdowns because you have no team to revive you, there are still self-revive kits available in the game mode so keep that in mind both for yourself and for your enemies. Warzone is free to play on PC, PS4, and Xbox One and solos mode is live now!
 
2. Fortnite Helicopters
 
Fortnite has just added its latest vehicle to the game, this time enabling players to soar the skies with the new Choppa. Although the helicopter doesn’t come equipped with any weapons, it has room for 1 pilot and 4 passengers, enabling teams to rain down terror from above. Pick up one of the Choppas at the previously vacant helipads across the map and put your flight skills to the test. The update also included changes to the Oil Rig and Pleasant Park football pitch, so be sure to check those out for some new scenery. You can see the new Choppa in the brief, Deadpool-featured launch video below.
 
3. PS5 Deep Dive
 
PlayStation 5’s lead architect, Mark Cerny, issued the statement that fans around the globe have been waiting for. Tomorrow at 9am Pacific Time, Sony will reveal a “deep dive” into the PlayStation 5, likely providing similar information to yesterday’s Xbox Series X reveal. As we mentioned yesterday, it’s been quite the waiting game between the two console goliaths, but it’s pretty hilarious to see Sony do their reveal just 2 days after Microsoft. This could mean that Sony didn’t have to make any changes to the PS5 after Microsoft’s reveal, and are confident that the PS5’s specs can easily go toe-to-toe with the Xbox Series X. At any rate, we’ll have plenty more information tomorrow as the console war really starts heating up.
 
4. Cyberpunk 2077 Development Update
 
Amid all the cancellations and postponements as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus, one project is still maintaining its deadline. Although all the developers are now working from home, CD Projekt Red issued a statement saying that Cyberpunk 2077 will not be delayed and that the September release date will not be changed. While it’s encouraging to hear that the game is still on pace, this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard a similar statement only for it to be retracted a few days later.
 
5. New Hearthstone Class
 
Hearthstone is adding a new class to the game called “Demon Hunter.” The Demon Hunter will be the game’s 10th class in total, and will likely drastically change the meta. The Demon Hunter’s hero is Illidan Stormrage and his ability costs 1 mana and gives your hero +1 attack for the turn. The new class is expected to arrive on April 7 alongside the launch of a new expansion called Ashes of Outland.

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The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X

1. Xbox Series X
The complete specs of the Xbox Series X have finally been revealed! It’s been a long waiting game between the upcoming Xbox and the PS5 with each console slowly releasing information in hopes of being able to one-up the other. Xbox has finally taken the leap and the specs are certainly impressive. Featuring 8x Zen 2 Core CPUs at 3.8GHz and a 12 Teraflop custom GPU, the Xbox Series X should be able to handle the most graphically intensive games and provide ray tracing with ease.
 
While the system’s power is undeniable, there is one concern: its only storage is a 1TB SSD. Having an SSD is great of course, but with modern games easily running up to 100GB you’ll likely fill up your storage very quickly. Fortunately the Xbox Series X provides a port for external storage, but unfortunately the port will only accept a proprietary drive that’s currently in production by Microsoft and Seagate and it’s unknown how much the drive will cost. So, while the Xbox Series X should be able to run any game flawlessly, you’ll likely have to pick and choose your gaming library wisely in order to avoid having to uninstall and reinstall your games.
 
2. Nintendo Indie World Showcase
 
Nintendo has just announced an Indie World Showcase livestream set for tomorrow at 10am Pacific Time. The livestream will feature approximately 20 minutes of info about upcoming indie games that are headed to the Nintendo Switch. Considering that there aren’t many major releases scheduled after next week’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Indie World Showcase should be a great opportunity for Switch fans to find some new great games to look forward to.
 
3. Steam User Record
 
Amid the widespread self-quarantine, many people have turned to one of the best indoor comforts on the planet: gaming. This has been a huge boom for Steam, which just broke its own record for concurrent users. As counted by SteamDB, there were over 20 million unique concurrent users on Steam yesterday, with over 6 million of those in-game. CS:GO is currently the biggest beneficiary, topping the Steam charts with over 1 million concurrent players this weekend.
 
4. Halo 2 for PC
 
After the surprise launch of Halo: Combat Evolved a couple weeks ago, 343 Industries is ready to bring more Halo games to PC. Both Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary are set to begin testing this month, with Halo: Reach Forge and Theater soon to follow. The studio described the testing as a way to “get early access builds out to our Halo Insiders before they reach the public.” Depending on how smoothly the early testing goes, 343 Industries expects a public test flight to be ready by the end of March.
 
5. Warzone Hits 15 Million Players
 
In less than 1 week after launch, Warzone has already hit over 15 million players. As Call of Duty’s latest take on the battle royale genre, Warzone has seen a warm reception from the gaming community. Despite some issues with bugs and lag, players from PC, PS4, and Xbox One have all flocked to duke it out in the 150-person battle to the death. Warzone’s impressive player count is no doubt bolstered by its free-to-play status, but it clearly offers a unique and refreshing take on the battle royale genre. If you’re still on the fence about downloading Warzone, check out Ryan’s in-depth review of the game below.

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The Daily Moot: It's Friday the 13th; Ready to be Spooked?

1. LEC Cancelled; Spooky New Cinematic
Just one day after yesterday’s announcement that the League of Legends European Championship would continue without a live audience, the LEC has now decided to suspend the remainder of Spring Split entirely. This is apparently due to an LEC staff member coming in contact with the coronavirus. In happier news, Riot just released a new cinematic for the upcoming Fiddlesticks rework and let’s just say it’s perfectly timed for Friday the 13th. Check it out below.
 
2. Destiny 2 Erases Trackers
 
A recent Destiny 2 update at the start of the new Season of the Worthy has angered the most dedicated Destiny players. The surprise update redesigned the emblem system in the game, and in the process deleted many of the stat trackers associated with them. These trackers were the primary way of recognizing some of the most difficult and time-consuming achievements in the game such as Crucible win streaks, gold medals, and massive Empyrean restoration donations. At first assumed to be a bug, Bungie confirmed that the removal of the trackers was intentional which only angered fans more. Fortunately Bungie has retained all the player data, so it’s possible that these trackers could be re-implemented in the future.
 
3. Control Expansion
 
Control, the action-adventure game that found itself atop many “Game of the Year” lists last year, is getting its first-ever expansion. The expansion is called “The Foundation” and it will be the first of 2 planned expansions for 2020. During The Foundation, players will finally find out what happened to Helen Marshall after she ominously declared she had to “go check on something” and then disappeared. The Foundation expansion is set to be released on March 26.
 
4. New Valorant Details
 
Riot Games just released some new details about their upcoming competitive shooter, Valorant. Most notable is that the starting roster will have 10 characters who are called “agents.” Of these 10 agents, 5 will be playable at launch while the other 5 will have to be unlocked via in-game or real-word currency. Of the 10 agents that will be available at launch, 8 have been revealed: Brimstone, Jett, Phoenix, Sage, Sova, Cypher, Viper, and Omen. Riot also mentioned that there will be both a free and a paid battle pass and re-emphasized that there will be no way to pay for gameplay or power advantages. This includes things such as skins that could provide a competitive edge. Which agent are you planning to main?
 
5. Stardew Valley Secrets
 
According to Stardew Valley creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, there are still hidden secrets in Stardew Valley that have yet to be discovered. For a one man team, it’s incredible how much Barone has been able to put into Stardew Valley, and it’s no wonder that the game has remained incredibly popular since it first launched over 4 years ago. If you want to be the first to find all the hidden secrets, then you’d better hurry; a new free update is currently in the works that will undoubtedly add more easter eggs for you to find.

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The Daily Moot: The Witcher 4

1. The Witcher 4
There’s apparently a new Witcher game in the works at CD Projekt Red. In a recent announcement, CD Projekt Red president Adam Kiciński explained that the team had a “clear concept” for a new Witcher game and that they would begin development immediately after the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Interestingly, Kiciński was clear to iterate that the new game would not focus on Geralt as he considers that storyline to be complete. Who do you think will be the main character of the new Witcher game?
 
2. Changes to Major Esport Events
 
Another day, another cancellation. The Covid-19 coronavirus has deeply afflicted the gaming industry in pretty much every facet. Now, some of the most prominent tournaments in esports have felt the impact. Overwatch League has banned live audiences. The ESL One Dota 2 Major originally planned for March 20 has been cancelled, although it may occur at a later date. The League of Legends Championships for North America and Europe will no longer be held in stadiums, but rather in the LCS and LEC studios, and will have no live audiences. Furthermore, there will be no live audiences, no tailgates, and no press allowed for the rest of Spring Split. While unfortunate, it is certainly understandable that organizations want to protect the health of their players, personnel, and fans.
 
3. Guild Wars 2 Expansion
 
In a recent update post, ArenaNet just revealed plans for a third Guild Wars 2 Expansion. It’s been 3 years since the most recent expansion, Path of Fire, was released, so fans will definitely be excited for something new. Unfortunately it seems that the expansion won’t come for some time, as details are very limited and it doesn’t even have a name yet. In the meantime, next week’s update “Visions of the Past: Fire and Steel” should provide enough content to keep you occupied until more information about the third expansion comes out.
 
4. Overwatch Lead Writer Leaves Blizzard
 
After more than 20 years with the company, Michael Chu is leaving Blizzard. Chu initially began as a game tester for Diablo 2, but during his tenure his influence has stretched far and wide. He worked as writer and world designer for games such as Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft before transitioning to the role of lead writer for Overwatch. Chu is responsible for much of the lore and origin stories beloved by Overwatch fans so his absence will almost certainly be noticed. There’s no word yet on what Chu plans to do after leaving Blizzard, but it will be very interesting to see how his departure will impact the upcoming Overwatch 2.
 
5. Comic-Con Still Going On
 
San Diego Comic-Con, one of the largest conventions in the United States, is still expected to happen (at least for now). This news comes just after the cancellation of Anaheim’s WonderCon. The state of California has banned all gathering of more than 250 people, so clearly SDCC is expecting the threat of the coronavirus to have died down by Summer. As of right now, San Diego Comic-Con is planned to begin on July 23.

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The Daily Moot: RIP E3; New Ori Game

1. RIP E3
E3 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. This news comes just one week after E3 announced that they were moving “full speed” ahead with the event despite concerns. Organizers had hoped that the planned June date would be late enough in the year that the virus would have died down by then, but it appears they are now taking a precautionary approach. Considering the struggles E3 has had in recent years, it seemed that this year’s convention was their chance to regain relevancy amid the cancellation of so many other gaming conventions. Instead, this may be the end of E3 altogether as it joins GDC, SXSW, and many other events that have been cancelled due to the virus.
 
2. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
 
The new Ori game is finally here! The sequel to the critically-acclaimed metroidvania Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps follows a similar structure and early reviews have all been overwhelmingly positive. The Ori games are quite possibly the best Microsoft-exclusive games of this generation, so it’s definitely something that Xbox and PC players don’t want to miss out on. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is available for $30, as well as via Xbox Game Pass, and is exclusively on Xbox and PC.
 
3. Xbox and Ubisoft Digital Events
 
Following the cancellation of E3, Xbox and Ubisoft have both announced plans to hold their own conventions. While there aren’t many details yet, we do know that both events will be exclusively digital. It is expected that Xbox will provide some big details about the upcoming Xbox Series X and that Ubisoft will finally shed some light on their 5 secret AAA titles planned for the coming year. Expect more details in the coming weeks.
 
4. Epic Games Store Wishlists
 
Seen as the primary threat to Steam’s dominance in the digital gaming marketplace, the Epic Games Store has often been criticized by fans for its lack of “basic” features. One of those basic features has now been addressed as the Epic Games Store has finally added wishlists to its service. While this feature alone isn’t likely to sway Steam loyalists to make the swap, it is a small step in the right direction. For now, it seems the big selling-point of the Epic Games Store will remain to be their free weekly game giveaways. This week’s free games are Offworld Trading Company and GoNNer; Anodyne 2, A Short Hike, and Mutazione are next week’s free games and will be available starting tomorrow.

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The Daily Moot: Operation Void Edge is LIVE!

1. Operation Void Edge is Live!
Operation Void Edge is now live! The newest season of Rainbow Six Siege brings 2 new operators: a defender named Oryx and an attacker named Iana. There’s also plenty of quality-of-life improvements, such as a reworked Oregon map and changes to debris consistency across the game. A new battle pass is also coming soon, with 35 tiers and over 50 rewards. Check out the official launch trailer below!
 
2. MSI Delayed; Rift Rivals Cancelled
 
Due to (you guessed it) concerns about the Covid-19 coronavirus, one of the biggest tournaments in all of League of Legends, MSI (Mid-Season Invitational) has been delayed. In some ways this is good news, as fans were concerned the tournament would be cancelled altogether. MSI will now start on July 3, right in the middle of Summer Split. Riot also announced that Rift Rivals has been permanently discontinued and that they are looking for a new type of international tournament to replace it.
 
3. GDC Online
 
It seems that GDC 2020 may be happening after all. While the physical event has been cancelled, GDC organizers announced today that they will be streaming all the talks online for free. While this won’t include every lecture that was expected to take place at the conference, it’s certainly better than nothing. Furthermore, they announced that their annual IGF Game Awards will also be streamed online. GDC 2020 will be streamed on GDC’s Twitch channel from March 16-20, with the IGF Awards on March 18.
 
4. Sea of Thieves Update Delayed
 
The upcoming update to Sea of Thieves, “Heart of Fire,” has been delayed. Originally expected to launch tomorrow, it seems that the last-minute discovery of a game-breaking bug has thwarted those plans. There’s no word yet on when we can expect the update to release, but Rare has promised to “share information regarding a new release date for this update within 24 hours.”
 
5. Horizon Zero Dawn Coming to PC
 
After more than 3 years as a PlayStation exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn is finally headed to PC. This news comes directly from the head of Sony Worldwide Studios, Herman Hulst. While this is definitely great news for PC fans, it also comes with a grain of salt. In his statement, Hulst asserted that Horizon Zero Dawn is more of an exception than the rule, and that players shouldn’t expect more PlayStation exclusives to make their way to PC.

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The Daily Moot: Call of Duty: Warzone

1. Call of Duty: Warzone
Call of Duty: Warzone is here! The standalone battle royale game is free-to-play for everyone, even if you don’t have Modern Warfare. Unlike most battle royales, Warzone will have 2 different game modes. The first is the standard battle royale experience where gas closes in and the last player standing wins. The second mode is called Plunder, and is all about looting and stealing cash in an effort to be the richest player. Both modes take place on a new 150-player map called Verdansk. Call of Duty: Warzone launches tomorrow; check out the trailer below!
 
2. Fortnite Duos Champion Series
 
A new competitive Champion Series has been announced, this time featuring duos! Think you and your partner have what it takes to come out on top? There are plenty of prizes up for grabs and the first "training simulation" starts on March 13. If you don't have a duo partner yet, be sure to head over to the Fortnite lounge to find the perfect teammate for you. Check out the announcement video below for more details on the FNCS.
 
3. Epic Games and GeForce Now
 
Tim Sweeny, CEO of Epic Games, just released a statement saying that they are “wholeheartedly supporting” Nvidia’s GeForce Now. Considered to be the best cloud-based streaming service on the market, GeForce Now is thought by many to be the Stadia killer. Epic’s recent statements only make this argument stronger, as it confirms that Epic exclusive games will be available on GeForce Now.
 
4. SXSW Cancelled
 
For the first time in 34 years, the popular music, arts, and entertainment festival SXSW (South by Southwest) has been cancelled. Like many other events this year, this cancellation is in response to growing concerns about the Covid-19 coronavirus. The determination didn't come from event organizers, but rather the host city of Austin, Texas. No word yet on whether or not they will try to reschedule.
 
5. Amnesia Sequel Announced
 
After months of teasing, a sequel to Amnesia: The Dark Descent has finally been announced. The new game will be called Amnesia: Rebirth and will follow Tasi Trianon as she gets chased through a haunted version of Algeria. As with the first game, Amnesia: Rebirth will be a first-person experience where you’ll have to escape and hide from the horrors that want you dead. Amnesia: Rebirth is set to launch in autumn of this year. Check out the trailer below.

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The Daily Moot: R6 Siege Free Weekend, New Pokemon Game

1. Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend
Free Weekend is back! From now until March 8, you can download and play Rainbow Six Siege for free. You’ll have access to the full game, including all maps and modes. Any progress you make will be saved, so if you choose to buy the game in the future you can rest assured that your efforts this weekend won’t have gone to waste. It's a good thing too, because Siege is also having a huge sale right now with discounts of up to 70% off. Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
 
2. New Pokemon Game
 
A new Pokemon game called Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is now available on the Nintendo Switch. The game is a remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team Red and Blue, and is quite a bit different than your standard Pokemon game. In Rescue Team DX, the player has been transformed into a Pokemon and must plunge into randomly generated dungeons in order to rescue items and other Pokemon. The new game is available for $60, and while that might seem a bit pricey for a Pokemon spin-off, there’s a free demo available so it’s definitely worth checking out before you buy.
 
3. Nintendo PlayStation
 
A Nintendo PlayStation prototype console just sold at auction, netting one of the highest prices ever recorded for a gaming-related sale at $360,000. The prototype serves as one of the great “what-ifs” of the gaming industry, as the brief partnership between Sony and Nintendo quickly fizzled out. Of course, the division was probably for the best as Nintendo and Sony have both been incredibly successful and are easily the 2 best-selling video game manufacturers on the planet.
 
4. Destiny 2 Rasputin ARG Solved
 
After 2 years of mystery, Destiny 2’s Rasputin ARG puzzle has finally been solved. The puzzle contained 3 parts and while the first 2 were solved properly, nobody could figure out the third. The Destiny community managed to brute-force the answer “mechanized,” but the true solution remained unknown until today. Players Javano and Bachmanetti managed to solve the puzzle by aiming the Sleeper Stimulant at a specific wall, underlining certain letters which could be rearranged to spell the secret word.
 
5. Rust Update
 
A new update just hit Rust and it introduced CCTV cameras to the game. Set up the cameras inside and around your base to keep an eye on potential threats. You can access the camera footage via your base’s computer, and each camera has a unique identifier code which you can set. Be aware that the footage can be accessed by anybody who has the camera’s identifier code, meaning you can theoretically hack into other players’ cameras to gain a competitive advantage.

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The Daily Moot: Ghost of Tsushima!

1. Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima finally has an official release date! The highly anticipated PS4 exclusive will arrive on June 26 and is available for pre-order now. There are several editions of the game, starting with the Standard Edition which will cost $60, all the way up to the Collector’s Edition which is available for $170. Although it’s pretty expensive, the Collector’s Edition comes with a ton of awesome stuff, including a Sakai Mask, a 48-page art book, a war banner, and plenty of in-game goodies. Are you hyped are you hyped?
 
2. GameStop's Massive Changes
 
After suffering over $1B in losses over the past 2 years, GameStop is trying to change things up. Long known as the gaming retail store where players could trade in their old games, GameStop has been struggling in the era of digital game sales. After efforts to sell the business failed, GameStop has decided to try a different approach. Starting with a series of experimental stores, GameStops are being converted into social gaming spaces. This includes everything from couch co-op setups, to esports tournaments, to coding classes. Will this be enough to save GameStop? Only time will tell, but it’s clear that they need to do something before it’s too late.
 
3. The Last of Us Movie Cancelled
 
The Last of Us Movie, which was first announced back in 2014, has been cancelled. Progression of the project stalled in 2016 and Sony has been relatively silent about the movie ever since. It seems that Sony is now targeting their sights on an HBO series for The Last of Us rather than a movie. Neil Druckman is set to write the script for the series alongside Cheronobyl creator Craig Mazin.
 
4. New Star Wars Game
 
A new Star Wars game called Star Wars: Project Maverick has been announced. Interestingly, the game was leaked via a Twitter bot which reports on new PlayStation 4 releases. As such, there really aren’t any concrete details about the game yet, but we do know that it is in development by EA Motive and has been described as a “smaller, more unusual game.”
 
5. More Half-Life Games in the Works?
 
Half-Life: Alyx is just around the corner, finally ending the 12-year Half-Life drought. While fans are undoubtedly eager for Alyx, it appears that there may be even more Half-Life games in the works. In a recent interview, Valve’s Robin Walker said “We absolutely see Half-Life: Alyx as our return to this world, not the end of it.” While this statement doesn’t offer anything concrete, it’s certainly good news for long-time Half-Life fans. Half-Life: Alyx comes out on March 23.

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The Daily Moot: Could Stadia be Good Now?

1. New Google Stadia Studio
It’s no secret that the Google Stadia thus far has been a disappointment. It’s not cheap, its competitors do its job better, and -most importantly- there are almost no games available on the platform. Well, it seems that they’re finally trying to change that. Google has just announced a new game and entertainment development studio based out of Playa Vista, California. While this is great in and of itself, the real big news here is that the head of the studio will be former God of War executive Shannon Studstill.
 
God of War has been one of the most consistent, critically-acclaimed gaming franchises of all time, and its tenure as a PlayStation exclusive has been a huge plus for the console. Could this mean that an amazing Stadia-exclusive game is in the works? Only time will tell, but for now this is a huge step in the right direction for the currently struggling cloud-gaming platform.
 
2. Vikendi Returning to PUBG
 
After the launch of Karain in January, Vikendi was removed from the PUBG map playlist. Although it’s only been a couple of months since then, it seems Vikendi has been overhauled and will be returning to the game. The original Vikendi was immediately popular as the small 64-player map encouraged high-octane, fast-paced gameplay. The new Vikendi is expected to hit test servers tomorrow.
 
3. Modern Warfare Tomogunchi
 
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has just released their version of the classic Tamagotchi called “Tomogunchi.” Like the old-school game, the new Tomogunchi is a virtual pet which you have to feed and take care of in order to keep it alive. Of course, this is Call of Duty we’re talking about, so instead of feeding it pet food, you’ll be feeding it with death. The Tomogunchi has an insatiatable appetite for killstreaks, objective control, and wins, and is available for 1000 MW points.
 
4. Sea of Thieves Heart of Fire
 
A new update called Heart of Fire is coming to Sea of Thieves. The update features banana-themed gear as well as a new Tall Tale. As hilarious as the new banana gear is, it unfortunately will only be available through the Pirate Emporium meaning you can’t earn it in-game. Heart of Fire goes live on March 11.

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The Daily Moot: E3 Saving the Gaming Industry

1. E3 Moving Forward
Amidst the frenzy caused by the coronavirus, there is still one convention that is moving forward: E3 2020. In their statement, ESA explained that while the health and safety of attendees is a top priority, they are moving “full speed” ahead with the convention. Considering that E3 had dwindled in the past years with big-name players like Sony opting out of the annual event, this year could be exactly what E3 needs to put itself back on the map. E3 2020 will begin on June 9.
 
2. League of Legends Client Revamp
 
Some big changes to the League of Legends client are apparently in the works. Fans have complained about the client forever, but after a major rework a few years ago things only seemed to get worse. Thankfully, Riot has started a “Client Cleanup Campaign” aimed at addressing the many grievances players have raised over the years.
 
3. BAFTA Game Awards
 
The 2020 BAFTA Game Awards is less than a month away and the nominees have finally been revealed. Like many of last year’s lists, Death Stranding and Control lead the way, this time with 11 nominations each. Game of the Year candidates include Control, Disco Elysium, Outer Wilds, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Sekiro, and Untitled Goose Game. The BAFTA Awards show will take place on April 2; which games do you want to see come out on top?
 
4. The Division 2: Warlords of New York
 
The latest DLC for The Division 2 is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Warlords of New York is a narrative-driven expansion where players search for rogue agent Aaron Keener. The Division 2, along with the new expansion, is also getting its Google Stadia launch on March 17. Check out the official launch trailer for Warlords of New York below.
 
P.S. On the fence about The Division 2? Check out Ryan's review of the game here!

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The Daily Moot: The Future of Shooting Games has been Announced

1. Valorant Official Announcement
Riot Games’ upcoming competitive shooter Valorant has been officially announced! Described as a “5v5 character-based tactical shooter where creativity is your greatest weapon,” the new game is expected to go toe-to-toe with CS:GO and Overwatch, combining the best elements of both games. Riot promises the Valorant to be the most precise shooting game on the planet with 128-tick servers, optimization for maximum framerates, and less than 35ms ping for players around the world. Valorant is set to launch in Summer of this year, with a beta period expected to begin in the coming weeks.
 
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2. GDC 2020 Cancelled
 
The latest gaming-related victim of the Covid-19 coronavirus, GDC 2020 has been cancelled. The annual Game Developers Conference is known to connect industry professionals from across the globe and also provides fans an opportunity to demo previously unseen games. Although the March date has been scrapped, GDC organizers state that they intend to hold the conference later this year in the Summer.
 
3. New Silent Hill Game?
 
Is Hideo Kojima trolling us or is there a new Silent Hill game in the works? In a recent tweet, Kojima Productions released a statement saying, “Sorry to be silent everyone! I've been really busy lately.....I think i can say more soon about what we are going.” Fans are not only caught up over the usage of the word “silent” in the tweet, but there are also several easter eggs hidden in the tweet’s picture. For example, fans have pointed out a note in the picture which says “next week” and a “pyramid” pencil (relating to Pyramid Head who is the series’ main antagonist). To be fair, these are some pretty far leaps and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Kojima is just trolling his fans. At any rate, it seems we’ll likely get some more information in the near future.
 
4. FIFA Pro Scene Issues
 
Tired of dealing with EA’s persistent server issues, FIFA 20 pros have come up with a new way to determine the outcome of matches: rock, paper, scissors. That’s right, in a recent qualifying tournament Shaun Galea and Hasan Eker resorted to a game of rock, paper, scissors after they were repeatedly unable to connect to the servers in-game. EA released a statement saying that they are “reviewing this really unique situation to understand what occurred and try to prevent this from happening again.” In the end, both players were permitted to proceed to the next round of the tournament where they both lost their subsequent matches.
 
5. Death Stranding Coming to PC
 
After spending several months as a PS4 exclusive, Death Stranding is finally coming to PC. Journey across a mystery wasteland in an attempt to reconnect the shattered world and save humanity from its impending doom. The PC version of the game will include some extra benefits including high framerates, a photo mode, and Half-Life crossover content. Death Stranding will launch on June 2, and is available for pre-order on both Steam and the Epic Games Store.

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The Daily Moot: GTA 6 Coming Soon?

1. Rockstar Games New Logos
Two new logos have appeared on Rockstar Games’ official website. While this may not seem like big news in and of itself, these logos seem like nothing Rockstar has produced before which has fans speculating about the possibility of a brand-new game. One of the new logos in particular has fans anticipating a GTA 6 announcement, as the logo contains the message “Killing dreams, murdering people, fighting the righteous, bullying the weak.” So far Rockstar has been quiet about the rebranding, but we can probably expect to get some more details in the coming weeks.
 
2. Fortnite Revenue Declining?
 
According to a recent monthly earnings report from industry analyst SuperData, Fortnite’s revenue has dropped to its lowest level since 2017. While the report placed Fortnite as the 7th highest-earning game on console, the game failed to make the top 10 for PC and mobile. SuperData summed up the report by saying, “earnings continued their gradual decline and hit their lowest level since November 2017.” Epic Games has challenged this report as untrue and “wildly inaccurate,” saying “SuperData does not and has not ever had access to Epic's Fortnite revenue data” and that “SuperData's reports do not align with reality.”
 
3. Pokemon of the Year
 
As part of National Pokemon Day, The International Pokemon Company held a poll to determine the Pokemon of the Year for 2020. The results are surprising to say the least. After tallying millions of votes, the Pokemon of the Year is Greninja, the final evolution of the water-starter Froakie. Greninja beat out Lucario, Mimikyu, Charizard, and Umbreon which rounded out the top 5, while classics like Pikachu and Eevee fell to spots 19 and 20 respectively. Pokemon Day also led to the reveal of the newest mythical Pokemon for Sword and Shield, Zarude. Zarude is a dark/grass type Pokemon but you’ll have to search far and wide in order to catch one as its whereabouts are currently a mystery.
 
4. Dr Disrespect Signs with ROCCAT
 
Dr Disrespect has signed a new exclusive, multi-year deal with ROCCAT. Based in Germany, ROCCAT is a PC accessories brand that was acquired by Turtle Beach last year. This deal is just the latest for the Doc, as his portfolio includes a publishing deal with Gallery Books, a television deal with Skybound (the creator of The Walking Dead), and an apparel line with Meta Threads.
 
5. Borderlands 3 Headed to Steam
 
After 6 months as an Epic Games exclusive, Borderlands 3 is finally headed to Steam. The decision to make the game an Epic exclusive was extremely controversial and drew the ire fans, but it seems that sales were unaffected as Borderlands 3 became the fastest-selling game in history for publisher 2K Games. The Steam launch on March 13 is perfectly aligned with the arrival of the game’s second campaign expansion called “Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright and Hammerlock” which comes out on March 26. Check out the trailer for the new expansion below.

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Is Rainbow Six Siege Actually Going Free-to-Play?

We answer these questions and more in this week’s episode of Moot Points. Check it out! 👇👀
 
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The Daily Moot: Olympic-Level Esports

1. The International is Proving the Power of Esports
The magnitude of esports is at an all-time high and there’s no tournament more prominent than the The International Dota 2 tournament. The International consistently boasts one of the largest prize pools in all of sports, and the economic impact of the tournament cannot be understated. This is why Valve has decided to do an Olympic-style bid for the host city of the 2021 showdown.
 
Citing the economic boost that The International brings to the city in which it is held, Valve mentioned in its proposal request that the tournament is “comparable to the NFL Superbowl, US Open Golf Championship, or the Eurovision Song Contest," and adds roughly $8M to the local economy. It will be very interesting to see how Valve’s plan plays out, as this could be a massive step forward for the progression and legitimization of esports across the globe.
 
2. Plague Inc. Removed from China App Store
 
Plague Inc. has been removed from the China App Store but not for the reason you probably have in mind. The developers of the wildly popular real-time strategy game, Ndemic Creations, issued a statement saying that the game “includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China.” There’s no word on what exactly the illegal content is, but Ndemic is working with the Cyberspace Administration to come up with a solution as quickly as possible.
 
3. Stardew Valley Update
 
A brand-new free content update is apparently making its way to Stardew Valley. While you’d think that the one-man development crew of Eric Barone (aka ConcernedApe) would have his hands full working on the two new Stardew-related projects that he announced earlier this year, he’s still putting in efforts to improve the current Stardew Valley. Barone didn’t say what will be included in the 1.5 update, but considering how large the previous updates have been it’s fair to assume that this one will be very significant as well.
 
4. PUBG DDoS Attacks
 
PUBG has apparently been the victim of a surge of DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. Over the past few months, the frequency of DDoS attacks has risen to the highest it has ever been according to PUBG Corp. Thankfully, the developers have been working on a solution to the issue and have managed to reduce the frequency of the attacks by 85%. PUBG has had a long history with hackers and cheaters and they are expected to provide details on they plan to deal with these problems in their community letter and roadmap next month.
 
5. Trials of Osiris Confirmed
 
After weeks of rumors and leaks, Bungie has finally confirmed that Trials of Osiris will be coming to Destiny 2. The fan-favorite 3v3 PvP game mode from the original Destiny will arrive alongside the upcoming new season called “Season of the Worthy.” Season of the Worthy kicks off on March 10 and the first weekend-based Trials of Osiris will begin on March 13.

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The Daily Moot: Project A, Siege Colorblind Mode

1. Project A May Have a Name
Riot Games’ upcoming CS:GO successor known only as “Project A” may finally have a name. According to recent trademark filings and domain registrations, it appears that the upcoming first-person shooter will likely be called “Valorant.” Although the public hasn’t received many details about the game, private playtesters and current Counter-Strike professional players have all highly praised the game, calling it the best FPS since CS:GO.
 
2. Rainbow Six Siege Colorblind Mode
 
After 4 years of complaints, it seems that Ubisoft is finally adding a colorblind mode to Rainbow Six Siege. At the Rainbow Six Invitational 2020, art director Alex Karpazis said that the studio is currently “working on something” to help colorblind players. This is in contrast to a 2019 statement in which Ubisoft said they had no plans to add a colorblind mode. While Karpazis’ new statement is encouraging, it didn’t offer any concrete details so it might be awhile before we see any changes go live.
 
3. New Shovel Knight Spin-Off
 
Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has announced a new Shovel Knight spin-off. The new game is called Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon but it’s not even remotely similar to the critically acclaimed game from which it takes its namesake. Yacht Club Games has mentioned that players should expect to see familiar faces in the new game, with many major bosses making an appearance. As far as gameplay is concerned, it appears the new game is somewhat similar to a match-3, but we’ll have to wait until the game debuts at PAX East this weekend in order to fully understand its mechanics.
 
4. Teamfight Tactics Galaxies Update
 
The latest update to Teamfight Tactics is on the way. Called “Galaxies,” the new update will introduce 3 new origins: Star Guardians, Cybernetics, and Mech-Pilots. Like the previous season “Rise of the Elements,” it is expected that Galaxies will offer a complete overhaul of the game, with completely new champions, abilities, and synergies. Although Riot hasn’t announced an official release date yet, it is expected that the new update will launch in mid-March alongside the release of TFT Mobile.
 
P.S. Check out Rue’s Tried and True Review of Frost Punk below!

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The Daily Moot: R6 Siege Going Free-to-Play

1. Rainbow Six Siege Going Free-to-Play
In shocking news, Rainbow Six Siege director Leroy Athanassoff announced that he is planning to make Rainbow Six Siege free to play. Although there’s no timetable for when this might happen, Athanassoff said that it is ultimately a “company decision” and that they “want the game to be accessible to everyone.” Before they take this huge leap, however, there is one major issue which needs to be addressed first: smurfing. Athanassoff stated that his team is working on various improvements for smurf detection, and that they are exploring all the different possibilities they can before taking the game free-to-play.
 
2. Twitch Prime March Loot
 
March’s month of loot for Twitch Prime subscribers has been revealed. Apex Legends fans can pick up the exclusive “Gilded Rose” skin for the newly released Revenant, which will be available until March 19. There’s also a Player Pick Pack for FIFA 20 available until March 24. Starting tomorrow, there will be a ton of Destiny 2 freebies including the Praxis Finery Sparrow, the Sails of Osiris ship, and a legendary Ghost Shell. Loot for PUBG and Black Desert Mobile are expected in the coming weeks.
 
3. Black Mesa Official Launch
 
After 14 years in development and 5 years in early access, Black Mesa is finally getting its official launch. Originally beginning as a Half-Life mod, Black Mesa is now considered a Half-Life remake which further expands on the game’s world. For example, Black Mesa includes completely original levels and allows players to fully explore the borderworld Xen. Black Mesa is set to launch on March 5.
 
4. Temtem Ranked Play
 
Ranked play is coming to Temtem! As part of their short-term roadmap, developer Crema unveiled a host of upcoming updates to the Pokemon-like game. Some of the most notable include ranked play and in-game chat which are expected this Spring. There’s also new islands, new Temtems, player housing, achievements, and in-game tournaments coming this Summer and Fall. These are some huge updates that will undoubtedly improve the game, but Crema has warned fans to take the roadmap “with a grain of salt and expect delays.”
 
If you're curious about Temtem, check out Rue's review of the game below!

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The Daily Moot: Minecraft Movie, Xbox Series X Details

1. Minecraft Movie
A Minecraft movie is in the works thanks to Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia fame. While the project is the brainchild of McElhenney, he was unfortunately outed from the film in favor of Peter Sollett. Despite a complete script, a $150M budget, and having secured Steve Carell for the movie, personnel changes at Warner Bros. Studios led to the end of McElhenney’s vision. It’s disappointing to see McElhenney’s removal from the project, as he was clearly very passionate about the game, remarking on its ability to empower those who feel powerless. Peter Sollett’s version of the Minecraft movie is set to come out on March 4, 2022.
 
2. Xbox Series X New Details
 
Xbox head Phil Spencer just revealed a ton of new details about the Xbox Series X today in his Xbox Newswire blogpost. Most notably, the new Xbox will be fully backwards compatible and will introduce a new technology called “Smart Delivery.” Smart Delivery makes it so that if you own a game on the Xbox One, you will get the game for free on the Xbox Series X. While this may not work for all titles, games such as Cyberpunk 2077 have already committed to the program, ensuring that fans will receive a free copy of the game on the next-gen console if they have purchased it for the Xbox One.
 
The blogpost also noted that the Xbox Series X will have 12 teraflops of computing power thanks to a custom GPU from AMD which will support raytracing. This is comparable to the computing power of Nvidia’s GTX 2080 Ti, and definitely adds some serious competition to the upcoming console war.
 
3. Overwatch League Cancelled in Korea
 
The next 3 weeks of Overwatch League in South Korea have been cancelled amid growing concerns over the Covid-19 coronavirus. This includes Seoul Dynasty’s home event, which has now been postponed indefinitely. The gaming industry has been one of the hardest-hit sectors during this epidemic, but it’s good to see that companies are doing what they can to protect their personnel, players, and fans.
 
4. Baldur’s Gate 3 Coming This Year
 
Baldur’s Gate 3 is set to launch in early access this year. Based on the tabletop Dungeons & Dragons games, Baldur’s Gate 3 is a fantasy role-playing-game and takes place 100 years after the events of Baldur’s Gate 2. While there’s no concrete release date yet, Hasbro mentioned that they plan to put out a new D&D-based game every single year from now until 2025; fantasy RPG fans have plenty to look forward to.
 
5. Streets of Rage 4 Character Reveal
 
The final unknown character for the upcoming Streets of Rage 4 has been revealed. Floyd Iraia joins the 5-character roster and will use his cybernetic arms to wreak havoc on his opponents. Although he’ll be the slowest of all the characters, he will also have the longest reach in the game and will boast “tremendous power.” Streets of Rage 4 is set to come out in Spring of this year.

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The Daily Moot: LoL Clash Returns, R6 Clash Disabled

1. League of Legends Clash Returns
Clash finally returns to League of Legends! The bi-weekly competitive 5v5 tournament was briefly teased in beta last season and now it’s finally here to stay. Assemble your 5 player team and take on the competition in an 8-team bracket-style tournament. Each team will play a total of 3 games and will receive improved rewards based on how many wins are secured. If your team manages to win the tournament by going 3-0, each member will receive enhanced rewards along with exclusive cosmetics that can only be earned by winning a Clash tournament. Be sure to head over to our League of Legends lounge to find the perfect Clash teammates for your region!
 
2. Rainbow Six Siege Clash Disabled
 
For the third time in just 10 months, Rainbow Six Siege’s Clash has been disabled. Ubisoft said in their statement, “We have become aware of an exploit, and have decided to deactivate Clash. As such, Clash will not be available for play until we have resolved the issue.” It’s clear that the defender has been one of, if not the, most problematic Operators in the game. Maybe this is why Ubisoft is targeting her for a rework?
 
3. PUBG Cross-Party Play
 
As part of its 6.2 update, PUBG has finally introduced cross-party play for Xbox and PS4 players. Previously, even though matches were populated with players from both consoles, you could only party up with players on the same console. This is a great improvement for PUBG and hopefully we’ll see more games follow suit.
 
4. Dying Light Free to Play Weekend
 
For the first time ever, Dying Light is going free to play. As part of its 5th anniversary celebrations, Dying Light is doing a free-to-play weekend from now until February 23. While one weekend isn’t exactly a lot of time to explore the game, it should give you a good opportunity to try out the all-new Story Mode option which makes the days longer and nights shorter. The free weekend is just the first of many events in honor of the 5-year anniversary, so players who already own Dying Light can look forward to plenty more festivities between now and March 19.
 
5. Borderlands Movie
 
First teased back in 2015, after 5 years of silence many fans expected the Borderlands movie to be permanently shelved. Well, according to Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, it seems like the film is back on the table. Pitchford prematurely unveiled on Twitter that Eli Roth, best known for the Hostel films, is set to direct the new movie. Eli Roth’s movies are typically very gory and violent, so we’ll have to see how his style plays a role in the cartoonish world of Borderlands. Borderlands 3’s Creative Director Paul Sage is apparently trying to get Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to play the role of Claptrap, but no word on whether or not his campaign is succeeding.

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Fortnite's New Season is Meowgical!

Good meowning, Mooties! Our video this week focuses on Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2. The new season is called Top Secret and it has tons of wacky, wavy, inflatable, arm-flailing goodness for you to experience. Check out the video below, where we cover our favorite parts of the new season!

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The Daily Moot: Fortnite Season 2: Top Secret, Apex Kings Canyon Returns

1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2: Top Secret
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is finally here! After several delays caused Chapter 2 Season 1 to be the longest season in Fortnite history, fans will no doubt be glad to enjoy the new season dubbed “Top Secret.” This season is all about spies and secret agents, and players will be forced to pick a side to fight for: Ghost or Shadow. Marvel's Deadpool will also be making an appearance this season, and will have his own set of challenges as a “secret” battle pass skin. Check out the Season 2 launch trailer below!
 
2. Apex Legends Kings Canyon Returns
 
Kings Canyon is returning to Apex Legends! Unlike the Grand Soiree event earlier this year which showed us the revamped Kings Canyon, this time we’re getting the original Season 1 map. Unfortunately it will only be available this weekend and will disappear again after February 24. Although you can only play the old map temporarily on the unranked playlist, the new Kings Canyon will replace World’s Edge as the featured ranked map for Season 4: Assimilation starting March 24.
 
3. Sea of Thieves Crews of Rage
 
The latest update to Sea of Thieves, Crews of Rage, is now live! Some of the highlights include new voyages, a new Fortress fight, and a new set of Tomes to collect. There are also some much-needed quality-of-life improvements to swordfighting combat. The update also introduces “Chests of Rage,” a type of cursed chest that can set your ship on fire if left unattended for too long. You can get your hands on the new chests by completing Duke’s latest Bounty Voyages or by conquering the Molten Sands Fortress.
 
4. Mount & Blade 2 Release Date Announced
 
Mount & Blade 2, the sequel to the Medieval sandbox game, finally has a concrete release date. The game will hit early access on March 31, and will be available for $50. Although it does have a story, Mount & Blade 2 is focused on exploration and is designed to be open and directionless, allowing players to carve their own path and create their own adventure. The new game is considered a prequel to the original, taking place 200 years prior during the collapse of the Calradian Empire.
 
5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct
 
The latest edition of Nintendo Direct features Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The video gives an in-depth look at what to expect from the upcoming game, showing a significant amount of gameplay. The video is pretty long at 25 minutes, but it’s extremely detailed so if you’re excited about the new Animal Crossing it’s definitely worth checking out. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to launch one month from today on March 20.

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The Daily Moot: Bad News for The Last of Us Part 2

1. Sony Skipping PAX East
Over concerns of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Sony has decided to cancel their participation in the upcoming PAX East convention. While Sony’s absence will definitely be felt overall, fans will no doubt be most disappointed by missing out on The Last of Us Part 2. PAX East was supposed to provide the first opportunity for fans to get their hands on the game and demo it, but it appears that we’ll now have to wait until the game officially releases in order to play it. The Last of Us Part 2 is expected to launch on May 29.
 
2. Uncharted Film to Begin Shooting
 
After securing its seventh director in Venom and Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer, the Uncharted movie is finally ready to begin shooting. First announced in 2009, the film has gone through a tumultuous history, so it’s great to finally have something concrete in the works. The movie will draw inspiration from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but will explore the early years of Nathan Drake and serve as a prequel to the games. The Uncharted movie is expected to come out in 2021, and will star Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Sully.
 
3. EVE Online Shooter Scrapped
 
After four years in development, developer CCP Games has decided to scrap their EVE Online FPS game dubbed “Project Nova.” Designed as an FPS spin-off of EVE Online, Project Nova was first announced over four years ago and was CCP Games’ second attempt at creating a shooter in the EVE Online universe. Despite two failed attempts however, it seems that CCP Games is considering trying one last time. It’s expected that the new project will be much more ambitious than the previous attempts, with a spokesperson saying, “We're continuing to develop our sci-fi multiplayer shooter game concept actively evolving it beyond the original scope for what was formerly codenamed Project Nova.”
 
4. No Man’s Sky Living Ships Update
 
The latest update to No Man’s Sky is bringing biological spaceships to the game. The free Living Ships update will allow players to hatch ships from eggs and nurture them into adulthood. Once the ships are adults, you’ll be able to fly them around like their mechanical counterparts. It definitely sounds strange but strange is pretty much the status quo for No Man’s Sky thus far.
 
5. Desperados 3 Trailer
 
After missing its planned 2019 release date, Desperados 3 is now expected to launch this Summer. Desperados 3 is a Wild West tactical stealth game where Red Dead Redemption meets Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. The game will serve as a prequel to the series, taking place before the events of Desperados 1. Check out the trailer below.

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The Daily Moot: Diablo and Overwatch TV Shows, Warzone Details

1. Diablo and Overwatch TV Shows
According to Activision/Blizzard co-president Nick van Dyke, it appears that TV adaptations of Diablo and Overwatch are in the works. Although no formal announcement has been made, the info comes straight from Nick van Dyke’s LinkedIn page, which describes his work on the projects. There isn’t a lot of info about the upcoming Overwatch TV show, but we do know that Diablo will be in “anime-style” and will be distributed worldwide through Netflix. Who knows whether or not these shows will have the same success as other video game adaptations like The Witcher, but a Diablo anime definitely sounds awesome.
 
2. Modern Warfare Battle Royale Details
 
Some new info about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s upcoming battle royale mode “Warzone” has been revealed. Most notable is that the mode will be available for free as a standalone version, meaning that you can play the battle royale even if you don’t own Modern Warfare. Although the source for the new info is apparently straight from the US development team, these leaks (as with all leaks) should be taken with a grain of salt, as anything could change between now and launch. Barring any unanticipated delays, Warzone is expected to be released sometime in early March.
 
3. Siege’s Clash Likely Getting Reworked
 
As part of its new direction for Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft is planning to rework existing operators rather than release new operators. Starting in Year 5 and Year 6, Ubisoft will only be releasing 1 new operator each season instead of 2. Game director Leroy Athanassoff said that this is because they want to focus efforts on improving the current game state, both in core gameplay and in re-inventing current operators. Number 1 on the list for reworks appears to be Clash, which Athanassoff described as “problematic.” He went on to mention that they “have issues with shields right now” in general, and described shield operators as “super frustrating.” No word yet on what this means for other shield operators like Montagne and Blitz, but it's clear that Clash is their top priority right now.
 
4. Sonic Movie Dominates Box Office
 
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie dominated the box office on its opening weekend, raking in $57M domestically. This far exceeded expectations as the movie was only predicted to make around $40M. The Sonic movie has earned well over $100M worldwide, making it the most successful video game movie of all time. Sonic’s success likely means we’ll see more video game movies in the future; which games would you want to see on the big screen?

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Pick Your Valentine: Operation Void Edge or Modern Warfare Battle Royale!


Happy Friday! This week’s Moot Points video focuses on two HUGE games right now: Rainbow Six Siege, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
 
We look into Rainbow Six Siege’s upcoming Operation Void Edge, breaking down what we know, what we think we know, and what we will know very soon.
 
Next, we explore the upcoming battle royale game mode that we think will be coming to Modern Warfare very soon. WE’RE HYPED! Are you hyped?!

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The Daily Moot: Pokimane Scholarship, Modern Warfare Battle Royale

1. Pokimane Esports Scholarship
Popular streamer Pokimane just donated $50,000 to the University of California, Irvine for the foundation of the Pokimane Scholarship for esports. UCI is one of the top esports colleges in the world, having won the League of Legends National Collegiate Championship in 2018. Pokimane’s donation is the first ever esports endowment for the school, which was the first public university to create an official esports program. This is a really awesome way for Pokimane to give back to the gaming community, hopefully we can see more esports personalities follow in her footsteps.
 
2. Modern Warfare Battle Royale
 
It looks like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be getting a Battle Royale mode in the near future. According to some recent leaks, the new game mode will be called “Warzone” and will feature solos, duos, and trios. Much to the delight of fans, Warzone is expected to include an Apex Legends-style ping system, as well as a revive system. Vehicles will also be prominent in the new game mode, with one leaked image showing ATVs, SUVs, helicopters, cargo trucks, and tactical rovers. Of course, these are all just leaks and anything could change by the time Warzone actually comes out. Are you excited for a new Call of Duty Battle Royale?
 
3. Half-Life: Alyx Release Date
 
The release date for Half-Life: Alyx has finally been confirmed! Half-Life: Alyx is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it marks Valve’s first return to the fan-favorite franchise in over a decade. Earlier this year, Valve promised that the game would come out sometime in March, but amid all the recent delays fans were understandable wary of the guarantee. It turns out Valve was telling the truth; Half-Life: Alyx will launch on March 23.
 
4. Untitled Goose Game Wins GOTY
 
Untitled Goose Game just won Game of the Year at the 23rd Annual DICE Awards. The passion project indie game managed to come out on top of a stacked field, which included games like Death Stranding, Control, and Outer Wilds. Untitled Goose Game seemed to come out of nowhere last year but it really took the world by storm. Players flocked to wreak havoc on a small English village, using their goose powers in clever and creative ways. While all of the nominees are great games in their own right, it’s pretty cool to see a small indie game like Untitled Goose Game win a major award like this.
 
P.S. Check out the latest edition of Ryan's Always Right below! This week's featured game is Undertale.

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The Daily Moot: Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge

1. Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge
Ubisoft just put out an awesome new trailer revealing the two upcoming Operators for Rainbow Six Siege, Iana and Oryx. Iana comes from a long line of engineers and is currently holed up at a space station. Oryx is a muscle-bound juggernaut who was Kaid’s second-in-command at the Fortress. Unfortunately today’s trailer is just a small teaser, but we can expect to get more details on Saturday at the Rainbow Six Siege Invitational. Check out the trailer below!
 
2. PUBG Team Deathmatch
 
In a world where every shooting game seems to be adding a Battle Royale mode, PUBG is now doing the opposite. As part of its 6.2 update, PUBG is adding an 8v8 Team Deathmatch mode to the game. The new mode is first-person only, and features 8 different Spawn Kits (loadouts) to choose from. PUBG’s Team Deathmatch is now live on the Test Servers; give it a shot and let us know what you think!
 
3. Epic CEO Condemns Loot Boxes
 
During his keynote speech at this year’s DICE Summit, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeny condemned the implementation of loot boxes and pay-to-win monetization strategies. He emphasized that the industry needs to regain the trust of their audience and move away from a “customer adversarial model.” It’s great to hear one of the most powerful names in gaming criticize pay-to-win systems; maybe this will be the catalyst the industry needs in order to re-emphasize focus on game quality rather than on cheap, exploitative monetization strategies.
 
4. Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
 
It’s been an awfully long wait but the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is finally here! It’s safe to say that this version of Sonic looks much, much better than his original animation design. Critics so far have been lukewarm towards the film, with many praising Jim Carrey’s performance as Dr. Robotnik. Although the movie officially launches tomorrow, many theaters are beginning to show the film today, so check your local showtimes if you want to be one of the first to see it.
 
5. Pokemon Sword and Shield Crashes
 
Trainers around the world have been experiencing game crashes on Pokemon Sword and Shield while trying to access online features. It appears that the issue is being caused by modders who have been introducing hacked Pokemon into the Poke-ecosystem. This has mostly been an problem for the Surprise Trade feature, which has made innocent players unwittingly receive hacked Pokemon. The issue doesn’t seem to be a major concern because it isn’t affecting save data, but players are understandably frustrated by the game crashes considering it’s completely out of their control.

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The Daily Moot: Activision/Blizzard Hates Their Fans, Stardew Valley Sequel?

1. Activision/Blizzard Drops GeForce Now
GeForce Now is probably the best cloud gaming platform on the market, and one of its key selling points is its incredible library of games. Unfortunately, all games from Activision and Blizzard have been pulled from the service, including Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Diablo 3. There aren’t many details on why Activision/Blizzard has decided to drop GeForce Now, but it’s likely that it just comes down to money. While it’s of course important for publishers to get paid what they deserve, this just seems like yet another instance of Activision/Blizzard doing a disservice to their fans. As far as GeForce Now is concerned, you can still enjoy any of the 1,500+ non-Activision/Blizzard games that the platform provides.
 
2. Stardew Valley Sequel
 
The developer of Stardew Valley, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, is working on two new games, including what appears to be a Stardew Valley sequel. Although it won’t be a farming sim, the game will take place within the world of Stardew Valley. Concerning his new projects, Barone said that he is “approaching this game with the goal to surpass the quality of every aspect compared to Stardew Valley.” Stardew Valley is easily one of the most successful and well-liked indie games of all time. If Barone is able to achieve what he’s set out to do, we could very well be getting another masterpiece that greatly affects the video game landscape as a whole. Unfortunately, it sounds like we’ll have to wait awhile; as he still has to put in the “1000's more hours of work necessary to finish it.”
 
3. Borderlands 3 Increasing Level Cap
 
Borderlands 3 is getting its first-ever level cap increase. The maximum level will now be 53 instead of 50. While this may not seem like much, Borderland 3’s lead designer explained that they are taking a conservative approach because the skill trees are extremely powerful and Gearbox wants to ensure that the game doesn’t become unbalanced. Along with the level cap increase, the update will also include a limited-time Broken Hearts Day event where players can earn some free guns and skins. The February update goes live tomorrow.
 
4. The Division 2 Expansion
 
The Division 2 is getting a massive expansion called Warlords of New York. Taking place in a former Dark Zone in South Manhattan, the expansion is designed to tie up loose ends from The Division 1, including the conclusion of Aaron Keener’s storyline. Warlords of New York will also increase the level cap from 30 to 40, and will also introduce many quality-of-life improvements and an RPG overhaul. The expansion will cost $30, and is set to come out on March 3.
 
5. Metro Exodus Sam’s Story
 
Metro Exodus’ second major expansion "Sam’s Story" is now live! In the new expansion, players control a former marine who is trapped in the post-apocalyptic Soviet territories and is struggling to return home to the United States. Check out the official launch trailer below.

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The Daily Moot: Nintendo Suing Gamers?

1. Nintendo Going After Leakers
Nintendo is sicking the chain chomps on video game leakers. After Portuguese website FNintendo accidentally leaked images of Pokemon Sword and Shield back in 2019, Nintendo has completely cut ties with the company after 14 years of collaboration. It’s not just major publications that Nintendo is going after; they have also begun taking legal action towards leakers on online platforms like 4Chan and Discord. While it’s completely understandable that a company would want to protect their intellectual property, it seems unlikely that threats of lawsuits will stop leakers anytime soon.
 
2. Big Changes Coming to Anthem
 
BioWare has announced their plans to completely revamp Anthem. It’s no secret that the game has been a commercial and critical flop, much like The Division 2 which it was set to compete against. BioWare says they are scrapping the upcoming season and updates, and instead are going to put all their efforts into redesigning the experience and reinventing the core gameplay loop. Whether or not their efforts will be successful remains to be seen, but BioWare is certainly optimistic as games such as No Man’s Sky have proven that huge comebacks are possible.
 
3. The Last of Us Part 2 PS4 Themes
 
The Last of Us Part 2 just released some new concept art along with a dynamic theme for the PlayStation 4. The theme is available for free from the PlayStation Store, and it transitions from day to night depending on your PS4’s clock. In order to unlock the theme, players in the Americas should use code 4FMP-BBNM-J5L3, while players elsewhere should use code 9DEK-PKNG-N445. The codes expire today, so if you want the new theme be sure to act fast!
 
4. Animal Crossing Chrome Extension
 
A fan-made extension for Google Chrome now lets you play music from any Animal Crossing game through your browser. Called the Animal Crossing Music Chrome Extension, the add-on changes the songs based on your local time and weather. The new extension could be the perfect thing to tide you over until Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches next month.
 
5. Outriders Trailer
 
Set in a dark and desolate sci-fi world, Outriders is a 1-3 player co-op shooter from Square Enix and People Can Fly. There aren’t a lot of specific details about the game yet, but they just released their first official “gameplay” trailer. Not sure why they’re calling it a “gameplay trailer” because it’s pretty much all cinematics and no gameplay. That said, the game does look interesting. Check out the trailer below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Modern Warfare Season 2

1. Modern Warfare Season 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 2 starts tomorrow! Fan-favorite map Rust is finally coming back to CoD, along with plenty of other updates. Season 2 will introduce two new guns, an AR called the GRAU 5.56 and an SMG called the Striker 45. There will also be new and revamped game modes, including what appears to be a vehicle-based Ground War. Check out the official trailer below!
 
2. Steam Concurrent User Record
 
Steam just broke their all-time record for the most concurrent users with over 19.1 million players. The previous record of 18.8 million users was achieved just one week ago, suggesting that Steam is experiencing a surge in popularity right now. Prior to last week, the record of 18.5 million was held for over 2 years. CS:GO has been the biggest recipient of the surge, breaking their own concurrent user record with nearly 1 million players. The reason for the uptick in popularity isn’t clear, but some have suggested that it’s a consequence of the coronavirus which is leading people to stay indoors and play games for entertainment.
 
3. Parasite Wins Best Picture
 
The Academy Awards were last night, and Parasite won Best Picture in a huge upset. Parasite is a South Korean black comedy film from critically acclaimed director Bong Joo-Ho. This is the first time in Oscars history that a foreign language film has won Best Picture. Parasite also took home the awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director.
 
4. Broomstick League
 
Do you like Harry Potter? How about Rocket League? Well, you're in luck because Blue Isle Studios has developed a Rocket League-inspired Quidditch game that is being released next month. Fly around on your broomstick and warp the arena with your spells as you attempt to outscore your opponents in 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 matches. As gimmicky as it sounds, the game actually looks pretty fun. Broomstick League will hit early access on March 5; check out the trailer below.

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The Daily Moot: EA is Bad Again, Delays Galore, and More!

1. EA Raising Prices
EA just raised prices on their Steam games for players outside of the United States. While some of the price increases are fairly small, other games nearly doubled in price. This has understandably angered fans internationally, and many critics are suggesting that EA is trying to manipulate the prices to make sales seem like a better deal. Some of the games that saw price increases include Dragon Age: Origins, Sim City 4, and Dead Space 2. This is far form the first time EA has slighted consumers in a blatant cash grab. Is it time for another EA boycott?
 
2. The Outer Worlds Switch Delay
 
The Outer Worlds Switch port is the latest game affected by the coronavirus. Originally expected to release on March 5, the game has been delayed indefinitely in order to ensure the health and safety of the Virtuos team working on the project. The Outer Worlds is nowhere near the first gaming victim of the virus outbreak, with other Nintendo projects like the Animal Crossing Switch console also suffering delays, as well as professional gaming leagues such as LCK and Overwatch League.
 
3. Resident Evil Tribute
 
Daymare: 1998, a Resident Evil tribute, now has an official release date. The game was originally created as Resident Evil 2 Reborn, but Capcom thwarted those plans when they decided to make an official Resident Evil 2 remake of their own. Undeterred, Daymare developers decided to change the name but keep the game. It’s still essentially Resident Evil 2, but with different names and a couple of fresh ideas. Daymare: 1998 will be released on April 28, and will be competing directly with the Resident Evil 3 remake which launches on April 3.
 
4. Activision Remasters
 
During their Q4 earnings report, Activision announced that they are planning to release several new remastered games this year. Following the success of remasters like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Modern Warfare, it’s not hard to see why. Fans love replaying the nostalgic games with modern technology, and they're certainly easier to develop in comparison to creating an entirely new game. Which games would you like to see remastered?
 
P.S. Check out Ryan's latest First Impressions review! This week's featured game is Ticket to Ride.

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Apex Season 4, Geforce Now, and Warcraft Refunds!

Happy Friday! Let's recap the biggest stories in gaming for the week, shall we?! 🙌
 
This week, Apex Legends Season 4 released, Nvidia launched Geforce Now, and Blizzard began to offer refunds for Warcraft 3 Reforged. We break down all these stories for you in this lovely little video. Let us know what you think down below!

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The Daily Moot: Fortnite Harley Quinn, Ubisoft's Big Plans, and More!

1. Fortnite x Birds of Prey
The latest crossover has come to Fortnite! In collaboration with the upcoming Harley Quinn movie “Birds of Prey,” Fortnite is releasing a series of Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad skins. The first Harley bundle will be available later today, and will include the Lil Monster XoXo Harley skin as well as the Harley Hitter and Punchline pickaxes. What are your thoughts on the new skins? Birds of Prey hits theaters tomorrow.
 
2. Ubisoft’s Big Plans
 
Ubisoft just revealed that they have some big plans for later this year. During the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, Ubisoft is planning to release 5 AAA games. This news comes after several games were shelved or delayed by Ubisoft, including Watch Dogs Legion and Rainbow Six: Quarantine. There’s no word yet on the exact titles we can expect, but it is very likely that we’ll see some of these delayed games finally get their launch.
 
3. Overwatch League Stats Lab
 
Ben Trautman, the stats man for the Overwatch League, just released a new tool called the Overwatch League Stats Lab. The Stats Lab contains an insane amount of information on pro players, allowing you to dig into the smallest details of what makes pros so good. Although Trautman tried to make the tool as user-friendly as possible, he also released a series of tutorial videos to help you find exactly what you’re searching for.
 
4. The Witcher Season 2
 
The Witcher Season 2 will apparently feature an all-new original character who did not appear in the video games or books. The new character will be named Violet and will be played by Doolittle actress Carmel Laniado. In addition to the new character, series showrunner Lauren Hissrich also mentioned that the second season will be much more linear than the first. Filming for The Witcher Season 2 is expected to start this month, and will premiere on Netflix in 2021.
 
5. Gears of War Boss Leaves for Blizzard
 
It’s no secret that things at Blizzard haven’t been going too well lately. From Diablo Immortal to Warcraft 3 Reforged, it’s clear that they’ve gotten out of touch with their fanbase. In an effort to change their ways, Blizzard has hired Rod Ferguson, the head of Microsoft’s The Coalition Studio and the director for Gears of War. At Blizzard, Ferguson will be tasked with overseeing the Diablo franchise. It’s unclear how much his hiring will affect the upcoming Diablo 4, which was announced last year and is already in development.

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The Daily Moot: Is Rockstar in Trouble?

1. Dan Houser Leaving Rockstar
Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games and head writer of Bully, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto, is leaving Rockstar. It’s not clear why Houser is leaving the studio, but it seems to be on good terms. Rockstar put out a statement thanking Houser, saying they are “extremely grateful for his contributions.” Dan Houser’s brother and fellow co-founder Sam Houser will still remain as President of the company. Rockstar is easily one of the most successful and critically acclaimed gaming studios, in large part because of Houser's writing on franchises like GTA and Red Dead Redemption. Let’s hope Dan Houser’s absence won’t result in a drop in quality.
 
2. Super Smash Bros. Fire Emblem
 
It’s no secret that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a lot of Fire Emblem characters. In total, there are 8 playable characters from the series and another 3 non-playable assist trophy characters. This has led to criticism from fans, which Nintendo has now addressed. Shockingly, it turns out that Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros., agrees with fans. In his statement Sakurai said, “There are too many Fire Emblem characters. But when something’s decided, I move ahead with it.” In other words, the decision to add the characters is determined by Nintendo and is out of the director’s hands. No word on whether or not anything will change in the future, but it seems unlikely.
 
3. First-Party PlayStation Studio Closes
 
PlayStation has officially closed Manchester VR, their first-party PlayStation Studio. Manchester VR was established to create exclusive virtual reality games for the PlayStation, but it’s now been shut down before ever releasing a game. Sony explained their decision was part of an effort to “improve efficiency and operational effectiveness.” Manchester VR is the third UK-based PlayStation studio to be closed in the PS4 generation.
 
4. The Mandalorian Season 2
 
The Mandalorian Season 2 has been confirmed by Disney during their recent quarterly earnings call. Although they didn’t provide an exact release date, they did mention that The Mandalorian Season 2 will launch in October of this year. Disney also promised more Baby Yoda merchandise and consumer products, including a $350 life-size statue. While efforts on a third season are still unclear, Disney boss Robert Iger suggested that Mandalorian spinoffs are a definite possibility. Maybe Baby Yoda will get his own show?

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The Daily Moot: Death of the Google Stadia?

1. Nvidia GeForce Now
Nvidia has officially launched GeForce Now, their new cloud gaming service. With GeForce Now, gamers can play essentially any game on any PC, even if the PC lacks the necessary specs. This means that as long as you have a stable internet connection, you could play the latest ray-tracing AAA titles on your dilapidated, decade-old laptop. As a cloud gaming service, GeForce Now is a direct competitor to the Google Stadia, but Nvidia’s version has a lot of awesome benefits. For example, GeForce Now automatically connects to your Steam library, which means that unlike the Stadia, you don’t have to buy a second copy of games you already own. Oh, and GeForce Now is also available for free. Could this be the death of the Google Stadia?
 
2. PlayStation 5 Pricing
 
It seems that the next-gen console war is turning into a bit of a waiting game. Sony just revealed that their pricing of the upcoming PlayStation 5 will be largely determined by the Xbox Series X price. In other words, Sony is keeping their plans a secret until Microsoft reveals how much the new Xbox will cost. Sony’s Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki also mentioned that Sony will almost certainly be taking a loss on the consoles, which is unsurprising considering the impressive specs that have been released. Sony also launched the official PlayStation 5 website today, which means we could be close to the official reveal of the new console. Which side are you on in the console war?
 
3. Blizzard Finally Addresses Warcraft 3 Reforged
 
After the debacle that has been the Warcraft 3 Reforged launch, Blizzard has finally decided to address the situation. Blizzard “apologized” to fans who were unhappy with the game, and have now decided to offer full refunds to all players regardless of playtime. Blizzard also outlined some of their plans for the game, but it’s unlikely that the minor improvements will be enough to win over their disgruntled players.
 
4. Saints Row 4 Coming to Switch
 
Saints Row 4: Re-elected is headed to the Nintendo Switch. The port will come with 25 pieces of DLC, including the two main story expansions Enter the Dominatrix and How The Saints Save Christmas. Although the game was originally released in 2013, there will be many quality of life improvements for the Switch port, particularly for the drop-in drop-out co-op that Saints Row is known for. Saints Row 4: Re-elected is expected to launch on the Switch on March 27.

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The Daily Moot: Apex Season 4, Super Mario Bros. Movie, and More!

1. Apex Assimilation Final Trailer
Apex Legends just released one final hype trailer in anticipation for Season 4! With a little mix of backstory and gameplay (as well as some shameless battle pass promotion), the new trailer gives us our first glance at Revenant’s abilities and voice lines. Check out the trailer below; Season 4 Assimilation starts tomorrow!
 
2. Super Mario Bros. Movie
 
A new Super Mario Bros. movie is in the works! Unlike the original Super Mario Bros. movie which came out in 1993 and was live-action, the new movie will be animated. That’s probably a good idea, considering the original was poorly received by critics and fans alike. Although Super Mario Bros. is the only movie currently in production by Nintendo, Mario creator Miyamoto suggested that many more games will likely make their way to the theaters. Unfortunately we’re gonna have to wait a while before that happens; the Super Mario Bros. movie isn’t expected to come out until 2022.
 
3. Wizards of the Coast RPG
 
Wizards of the Coast, best known for Magic: the Gathering, just announced that a new sci-fi RPG is in development. The currently untitled game will be produced by Wizard’s of the Coast’s new gaming studio Archetype Entertainment. They haven’t released a lot of details yet, but we do know that the game will be a “story-driven epic,” and will have a heavy emphasis on player choice.
 
4. Warcraft 3 Reforged Breaks Metacritic
 
Warcraft 3 Reforged is pretty bad to say the least. How bad exactly? Well, Warcraft 3 Reforged just officially became the lowest-rated game on Metacritic. With more than 20,000 negative reviews, the game currently has a user score of 0.5 out of 100. It's safe to say that Blizzard really blew it with this one.

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The Daily Moot: FF7 Trailer, Trials of Osiris, Apex Mobile, and More!

1. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Trailer
Final Fantasy 7 Remake just released a new trailer today! While it’s being billed as a theme song reveal, the trailer packs much, much more. It confirms that while some elements of the game will be a true remake, there are also new twists in the story. Oh, and it also features a crossdressing Cloud. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
 
2. Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris
 
Dataminers have uncovered a ton of information about the upcoming season of Destiny 2 and all signs are pointing towards the return of the competitive PvP mode Trials of Osiris. According to the dataminers, the upcoming “Season of the Worthy” starts on March 9, and will launch after a series of events beginning with an Empyrean Foundation Event. It seems the dataminers’ predictions were spot on; Bungie just revealed that the “Empyrean Foundation rebuild effort” will launch next week.
 
3. Apex Legends Mobile
 
It looks like Apex Legends may be coming to mobile after all. In May of last year, shortly after the release of the game, Respawn mentioned their desire to bring Apex Legends to mobile. It’s been nearly a year since then, and a quiet one at that, but now EA finally confirmed their commitment to mobile during yesterday's Q3 earnings report. There’s no word yet on any sort of timeline, but we should learn some more information during their Q4 earnings report in May.
 
4. Animal Crossing Switch
 
Nintendo just unveiled its new Animal Crossing-themed Switch and it’s one of the best-looking Switch skins yet. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, and players who are buying the Switch specifically to play the new game will undoubtedly enjoy the themed console. The Animal Crossing-themed Switch will release on March 13, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch one week later on March 20.
 
5. Alien Hominid Returns
 
A new Alien Hominid game is in the works! The Behemoth, perhaps best known for Castle Crashers, just announced Alien Hominid Invasion, a throwback to the original flash game from 2004. Alien Hominid Invasion is the 5th game from the studio, and will be available for demo at PAX East next month. Check out the announcement video below!
 
P.S. Check out the latest edition of Ryan's Always Right below! This week's featured game is The Talos Principle.

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Activision x Google Streaming Deal Plus the Death of a Legend!

Activision and Google have just announced a massive exclusivity deal that guarantees all of Activision’s streaming events, including the Call of Duty League and the Overwatch League, will take place on YouTube! If that’s not enough, we also update you on the Apex Legends situation building up to Season 4. Finally, the greatest pirate in all the lands makes an appearance (or multiple)!
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