The Daily Moot: Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Delayed
1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Delayed
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 has been delayed. This is undoubtedly a familiar feeling for Fortnite fans as several Fortnite seasons have been postponed and delayed over the game’s history. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3, which was set to launch on June 4, is now expected to come out one week later on June 11. Epic also announced that they will be holding a special “one-time-only live event called The Device” in-game on June 6. Epic has kept much of Season 3 under wraps so far but it’s likely that The Device will show us a glimpse of what’s to come.
2. Phantasy Star Online 2 Launch
Phantasy Star Online 2 finally got its western launch but it didn’t go as smoothly as players had hoped. After an 8 year wait, many players were eager to start their adventures in the free-to-play MMO. Unfortunately, the Microsoft Store caused a number of issues that prevented users from installing the game or logging in. Although the issues didn’t affect everybody, the problems were widespread enough that the game has received a wave of negative reviews as part of the backlash.
3. Epic Free Games
This week’s freebie from Epic Games is another big one. From now until June 4, you can pick up Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for free from the Epic Games Store. The collection includes Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and is definitely worth grabbing for those of you who haven’t played them yet. As long as you claim your free copies by June 4, you’ll be able to keep the games forever.
4. Sea of Thieves Checkpoints
The latest update just hit Sea of Thieves, adding checkpoints to Tall Tale adventures. Until now, the long, narrative adventures had to be completed in one sitting and could not be saved partway through. The update also introduced new game mode and LTEs, including a weekly “Fort Nights” event. Check out the update trailer below.
5. Half Life: Alyx Liquid Physics
Valve has now added liquid physics to Half Life: Alyx. Various containers in-game, such as beer bottles, will now have liquid inside of them, giving players a new medium to mess around with in the virtual reality world. Half: Life Alyx has already received unanimous acclaim for its realism so it’s great to see that Valve is continuing to push the boundaries and trying to make the game as immersive as possible.
The Daily Moot: League of Legends In-Game Ads
1. League of Legends In-Game Ads
League of Legends will soon be getting in-game ads. Riot Games, which has always been vocal about their vision of bringing esports up to par with physical sports, is now looking at in-game ads as the next step towards realizing their goal. Similar to physical sports which feature advertisement banners around the stadium or arena, the banners within Summoner’s Rift will be turned into advertisements. The sponsored banners will only appear in official LCS matches so you don’t have to worry about advertisements in your own games (yet, at least).
2. FNCS Winner Caught Cheating
The winner of the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational for the Asia region has been caught cheating. Japanese player Sekosama won the solo component of the tournament but broke the rules by teaming up with at least one other competitor. Some of the rule breaking behavior included communicating and coordinating with enemies during the match to funnel good loot onto Sekosama. Epic Games has since revoked Sekosama’s winnings, which totaled $15,000, and issued a 14-day ban against the player.
3. Overwatch Novel
Blizzard is set to release their very first official Overwatch novel. Titled The Hero of Numbani, the novel features an all-new original story about the origins of Orisa and her fight to protect Numbani from the villainous Doomfist. The Hero of Numbani will be available in both physical and digital versions and is set to release on June 2.
4. Kingdom Hearts TV Show
A Kingdom Hearts TV show is apparently in the works. Very few details about the project have been released yet, but it’s expected to be a fully-animated adaptation of the Kingdom Hearts series, following the events of Sora, Goofy, Donald Duck, and more. According to multiple sources Disney has already begun casting for the show, with Disney’s original voice over actors expected to reprise their roles.
5. Formula E Driver Fired Over Video Game
A Formula E race car driver has been fired after cheating in an online race. During the Formula E Race at Home Challenge, Audi driver Daniel Abt allowed Lorenz Horzing, a sim racing esport pro, to drive for him in the competition. After competitors became suspicious of his drastically improved performance, Abt admitted to the swap, saying that it was a prank that the duo had planned as “something funny for the fans.” Unfortunately for them, the joke was not well received. Daniel Abt has been suspended from the Audi Sports racing team and forced to pay a $10,000 fine while Horzing received a complete ban from the esport Race Challenge series.
The Daily Moot: BlizzCon 2020 Canceled
1. BlizzCon 2020 Canceled
BlizzCon 2020 has been cancelled. Following in the footsteps of many other conventions and gaming events, Blizzard will be hosting an online alternative. Unfortunately, however, it seems that the online event won’t take place until next year. Several major tournaments were expected to take place at BlizzCon 2020 such as the Hearthstone Global Finals and the Overwatch World Cup. It’s currently unclear how Blizzard will proceed with these global competitions, but we will likely receive more information in the near future.
2. The International Battle Pass
The International 2020 Battle Pass is now live. Offering exclusive access to new content and rewards, the annual battle pass is best known for contributing to the massive prize pool for DOTA’s The International tournament. Unfortunately this year’s The International 10 likely won’t happen due to the pandemic, but thankfully Valve has made the battle pass rewards extra special in an effort to compensate. Proceeds from the battle pass will still go towards the prize pool for The International 10 when the tournament eventually takes place.
3. My Friend Pedro TV Show?
John Wick writer Derek Kolstad wants to turn some of his favorite video games into TV shows. More specifically, he’s looking to create 2 new series; one based on My Friend Pedro and another based on Bendy and the Ink Machine. Considering his success with the John Wick franchise, it would certainly be interesting to see how Kolstad would approach a similarly-themed My Friend Pedro. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Keanu Reeves play as a gun-wielding, time-altering banana man?
4. Risk of Rain 2 Delay
The official launch of Risk of Rain 2 has been delayed. After spending more than a year in early access, the acclaimed sequel was expected to arrive this spring. Developer Hopoo Games explained that although the studio has been “mostly unaffected” by the pandemic, the team wanted to ensure that the game was “truly a complete experience” on launch. Risk of Rain 2 is now expected to come out in August of this year.
5. No Man’s Sky on Xbox Game Pass
No Man’s Sky is headed to the Xbox Game Pass for June. No Man’s Sky had an awful launch, receiving widespread negative reviews. Since then, the space exploration game has been massively improved and experienced a near-complete resurgence. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber then No Man’s Sky is at least worth checking out, even if the game didn’t appeal to you when it first launched.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Theaters; Star Citizen Launch Week
1. Fortnite Theaters
It looks like Fortnite is getting into the movie business. From video game to concert stadium, Fortnite is no stranger to genre-blending evolutions; now it looks like they’re set to take the next step as they prepare for a full-length in-game screening of an “iconic” Christopher Nolan film later this summer. There’s no word on what movie we can expect to see (Christopher Nolan has plenty of blockbuster films), but fans seem to think that it will likely be one of the Dark Knight movies due to Fortnite’s previous Batman collaborations. We’ll have to wait for more details before the Fortnite cinema is truly opened; in the meantime, check out the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Tenet, which premiered during a Fortnite event last night.
2. Star Citizen Free Fly
Star Citizen, the highly-anticipated upcoming space simulator, is free to try from now until June 1. While it might not have the name recognition of other massive undertakings like Grand Theft Auto V, Star Citizen is easily one of the most ambitious games of all time. In development since 2011, Star Citizen has received over $250M in crowdfunding to support the project and is now in alpha stages. Check out the launch week trailer below.
3. Pac-Man’s 40th Birthday
Pac-Man, one of the most legendary video games ever, is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. While several events will likely be held to commemorate the occasion, one of the most notable is an upcoming, free-to-play Pac-Man game on Twitch called Pac-Man Live Studio. The upcoming game will enable players to enjoy the complete Pac-Man experience, including co-op, multiplayer, and user-created levels, straight from their Twitch app or browser. Pac-Man Live Studio is expected to launch this June.
4. Neversong Launch
Neversong, the sequel to the Flash game Coma, launched yesterday after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately however, the launch wasn’t as smooth as expected. Developer Thomas Brush made an error when distributing game keys to his Kickstarter supporters, accidentally sending every backer 3,500 Steam keys each. Thankfully the error has been resolved and Neversong is now live. Check out the game’s launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Valorant Launch Announced
1. Valorant Release Date
The release date for Valorant has finally been announced! After an extremely successful, record-breaking closed beta period, Valorant is now ready for its official launch. In less than 2 weeks from today, on June 2, Valorant will go live for players across the globe. The closed beta period will wrap on May 28, after which the game will go offline, resetting every player’s progress in preparation for June 2. Riot is also adding a handful of new servers prior to launch to ensure that players across the world can enjoy the game with minimal latency, furthering their attempts to make Valorant the best-feeling, most precise online shooter in gaming history. The time is finally here; are you ready?
2. DOOM Eternal Anti-Cheat Disabled
DOOM Eternal will be disabling its Denuvo Anti-Cheat in its next update. The recently introduced anti-cheat drew criticism from DOOM players because it uses a kernel mode driver, enabling it to have access to a player’s system even when the game isn’t running. Surprisingly, id Software is being receptive to the negative feedback and has vowed to change course and find a new solution. While it’s unclear how id Software will approach this situation, they released a statement saying that their future efforts would ensure that “anti-cheat integration better aligns with player expectations around clear initiatives.”
3. Take-Two’s Big Ambitions
Take-Two Interactive, the parent company for developers like Rockstar and 2K Games, has some ridiculously massive ambitions for the future. Specifically, they plan to release 93 different games over the course of the next 5 years. This massive wave of games is set to include 63 “core experiences,” 17 “mid core games,” and 12 “casual/arcade” titles, and is expected to start pouring in during the 2022 fiscal year. Unfortunately Take-Two didn’t mention these games by name so we don’t have any update on things like GTA 6, but it’s clear regardless that video game fans are going to be absolutely spoiled in the coming years.
4. Civilization 6 Free
Epic Games is back with another huge giveaway! This week’s freebie is Civilization 6, the latest game in Sid Meier’s critically acclaimed strategy series. The giveaway includes the base game as well as the Aztec DLC, with the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm DLCs both available at a discount during Epic’s Mega Sale. You can claim your free copy of Civilization 6 directly from the Epic Games Store from now until May 28. As long as you claim the game before May 28, you’ll be able to keep it forever.
5. Area F2 Shut Down
Area F2 has been officially shut down. Following Ubisoft’s lawsuit claiming that the mobile game was a direct ripoff of Rainbow Six Siege, Area F2 has now been removed from the App Store and Google Play. It doesn’t seem that the Ejoy, the Alibaba-owned studio that developed Area F2, provided any resistance to the delisting and players who made purchases in the game can now apply for refunds. It’s unclear whether or not Ejoy will try to make the changes necessary to re-launch the game or if Area F2 will simply be gone for good.
The Daily Moot: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War?
It looks like the new Call of Duty game for 2020 will be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. While this news is still just a rumor and should be taken with a grain of salt, multiple reports have surfaced claiming that this year’s CoD will be set in the Cold War era which lasted about 45 years from 1947-1991. It’s unclear how the game’s events will link up with the current Black Ops story which has since gone into the future, but we do know that unlike Black Ops 4, the upcoming Call of Duty game will feature a robust single-player campaign story mode.
2. Destiny 2 “The Lie” Bug
This season’s major quest line for Destiny 2, “The Lie,” is apparently bugged. The bug isn’t a minor one either; it is currently making it impossible for any players to finish the quest. The Lie quest has been a major focus this season and has already undergone multiple changes. Bungie is aware of the new issue and is working on a fix, but it’s unlikely that we’ll see any patches until at least tomorrow.
3. Fallout 76 Seasons Pass
Bethesda has announced that Fallout 76 will be introducing a new “Season Pass style system” starting this summer. Originally unveiled last week, fans were confused about whether or not the season passes would be free. Thankfully, Bethesda has confirmed that all of the Fallout 76 seasons will be free for everyone who owns the base game.
4. Epic Games Store Update
The Epic Games Store just got a new update, introducing several quality-of-life improvements. Among these include self-service refunds, which enables users to get refunds for games directly from their transactions history. It’s important to note, however, that in order for a game to be eligible for a refund, you must have purchased the game within 2 weeks of requesting the refund and played it for fewer than 2 hours. You can expect more improvements to come to the Epic Game Store in the near future as Epic continues to work through their long-term roadmap for the store.
5. Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online 2 has finally gotten its long-awaited western release. Although the name might be obscure to many, Phantasy Star Online 2 has been one of the most popular MMOs in Japan since it first launched in 2012. The North American version of the game is now available for free from the Windows Store, and features seamless crossplay with the Xbox One edition that launched last month.
The Daily Moot: Warzone Bunkers Unlocked!
1. Warzone Bunkers Unlocked
Call of Duty: Warzone’s bunkers can now be unlocked. Although the bunkers had existed since the game’s launch, their purpose had always been a mystery. Fans suspected that the Red Access Card released in a previous update might be able to open the bunkers, but unfortunately the item was useless. Until today, that is. The Red Access Card now works, enabling players to open the bunkers and loot the contents inside. Be sure to keep your eye out for more hidden secrets in the future; Infinity Ward has cryptically confirmed that these mysterious events are only the beginning.
2. Overwatch 2020 Anniversary Event
Overwatch is celebrating its 4-year anniversary with a jam-packed 2020 Anniversary Event. The event will bring back all of the previous seasons’ brawls and cosmetics, as well as introduce a bunch of new cosmetics. Among these include new epic skins for Sigma, Widowmaker, and McCree which can be earned by completing weekly challenges. The Overwatch 2020 Anniversary Event is live from now until June 9; check out the event trailer below.
3. Artifact 2.0 Beta
Artifact 2.0 is headed to beta. Just a couple of months ago, Valve announced that they would be revamping their digital card game which, despite its initial hype, was a commercial and critical flop. The Artifact 2.0 beta will begin this month and will be exclusive to players who already own the original game.
4. Kingdom Hearts Delayed
Kingdom Hearts Dark Road has been delayed. The upcoming mobile game was set to launch this Spring but is now expected to come out in Summer. The developers of the game apologized for the late announcement, saying that the team was “trying to find some means of making a Spring release” but was ultimately unsuccessful. Although no specific release date has been announced yet, Kingdom Hearts Dark Road is now expected to launch in June of this year.
5. Gwent on Steam
Gwent has officially launched on Steam. The digital card game, which was originally featured in The Witcher 3, is free-to-play but additional cards can be purchased with real money. The Steam version of Gwent features seamless crossplay with other platforms, and players can integrate their existing iOS or GoG versions of the game into the Steam version. Check out the launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Respawn's New Studio and the Future of Apex Legends
1. Respawn’s New Studio
Respawn Entertainment, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, has announced the creation of a brand-new Vancouver-based studio. The new studio will be entirely dedicated to Apex Legends and will focus on fulfilling the long-term vision for the game. This is undoubtedly great news for Apex Legends fans as it’s clear that Respawn and EA are both committed to the game’s longevity. This is also great news for fans of Respawn’s other titles because the original California-based studio should be able to work on other projects now that there’s a second studio solely dedicated to Apex Legends. Could Titanfall 3 be in our future?
2. Ubisoft Suing Apple and Google
Ubisoft is suing Apple and Google over a mobile game which is allegedly a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six Seige. The game in question is called Area F2 and was developed by Ejoy, a subsidiary of Alibaba. Ubisoft claims that Area F2 steals nearly every single aspect from Rainbow Six Siege and is clearly nothing more than a ripoff, but that their attempts to get the game removed from the App Store and Google Play without litigation have been unsuccessful.
3. Mortal Kombat Friendships
Mortal Kombat’s upcoming new expansion, Aftermath, will apparently be offering some alternative finishing moves for those who find the game’s fatalities just a bit too brutal. The new finishers are called Friendships and they give you the opportunity to bring a bit of love into the war. Friendships will go live alongside the Aftermath expansion on May 26, but even those who don’t purchase the DLC will be able to use the new finishers. Check out the official Friendships Trailer below.
4. Minecraft Breaks 200M Sales
Minecraft has just reached a massive milestone by surpassing 200 million copies sold. Developer Mojang Studios made the announcement to celebrate Minecraft’s 11th anniversary (dating from the beta release, not the official release). Incredibly, despite being over a decade old, Minecraft’s sales increased by over 20 million copies last year. The 200 million total mark easily ranks Minecraft as the best-selling game of all-time; Grand Theft Auto V is currently in second place with 120 million copies sold.
5. Maneater Trailer
Have you ever wanted to be a shark? Maneater, an upcoming open-world action RPG, lets you do exactly that. Play as an angry bull shark on a quest for revenge against the shark hunters who ruined his life. Maneater is set to launch on May 22; check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Anti-Cheats Going Too Far?
1. DOOM Eternal Anti-Cheat Update
DOOM Eternal’s very first update just went live, bringing a host of new additions to the game. Although players are enjoying things like the new progression system and quality of life changes, the update also implemented Denuvo Anti-Cheat which has drawn criticism from fans. This is because, like Valorant’s Vanguard Anti-Cheat, Denuvo Anti-Cheat uses a kernel-mode driver which gives it an incredible amount of access to your device. What do you think about the next generation of anti-cheats? Is the improved competitive integrity worth the potential risks?
2. Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours
The Discovery Tours for Assassin’s Creed Origins and Odyssey are free to explore from now until May 21. The Discovery Tours are alternate game modes which focus on the historical setting of the game and enable the player to learn about its history, art, culture, and more. The tour for Assassin’s Creed Origins will enable the player to explore ancient Egypt while the Odyssey tour will take place in Greece. Both of the Discovery Tours are available now on Uplay.
3. Control DLC and Alan Wake
The upcoming Control DLC, Control: AWE, will apparently be heavily linked to Alan Wake. According to creative director Sam Lake, Control: AWE will explore the connection between the two games and help to explain the ending for Alan Wake. Although Alan Wake is now over 10 years old, fans have still struggled to decipher its strange and obscure conclusion. Fortunately the DLC should give fans some closure as Lake confirmed that it will uncover “what happened in Alan Wake and where they are with it today.”
4. Epic Mega Sale
Epic Games has begun its Epic Mega Sale, giving away free coupons and offering discounts on tons of games. Technically the sale started yesterday, but it went largely unnoticed because GTA V crashed the Epic Games Store. Speaking of which, be sure to pick up your free copy GTA V if you haven’t already; the deal only lasts until May 21.
5. Poly Bridge 2
The tricky physics game Poly Bridge is now getting a sequel. Much like its predecessor, Poly Bridge 2 combines puzzles and physics simulation by tasking players with constructing increasingly elaborate bridges. Poly Bridge 2 is set to launch on May 28; check out the announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot: GTA V is FREE and Crashes Epic's Servers
1. GTA V Free on Epic
This week’s freebie from Epic Games is a big one! From now until May 21, you can claim a free copy of GTA V directly from the Epic Games Store. As long as you claim the game by May 21, you’ll be able to keep it forever. It’s awesome that Epic is giving away such a great game for free, but unfortunately the deal has caused some unforeseen consequences. Due to the high volume of players who are trying to claim their copy of GTA V, the Epic Games Store and Launcher has been overloaded, crashing games and leaving users unable to log in. Epic has released a statement saying that “users may be encountering slow loading times, 500 errors, or launcher crashing at this time” and assure users that they're working to fix the issues as fast as possible.
2. Paper Mario: The Origami King
Paper Mario: The Origami King has been officially announced! Nintendo has revealed the latest game in the beloved Paper Mario series alongside a short trailer giving a sneak peek of what’s to come. Paper Mario: The Origami King is expected to launch on July 16 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Check out the trailer below!
3. EVO 2020 Online
An online version of EVO 2020 has officially been announced. With competitions across 7 of the biggest fighting games on the planet, EVO 2020 Online boasts a nearly identical lineup to the originally planned physical event. Unfortunately, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the one game removed from the playlist. The event will also have community events and open tournaments in games such as Mortal Kombat 11, Killer Instinct, and Them's Fightin Herds. EVO 2020 Online will be spread across 5 weekends and kicks off on July 4.
4. Fallout 76 Free Weekend
Fallout 76 is getting a free weekend this weekend. From now until May 18, you can download Fallout 76 for free on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Fallout 76 recently underwent the massive Wastelanders expansion, completely revamping the world by adding quests and NPCs to the game. During the free weekend period players will receive double xp, making this a great event for new players and veterans alike.
5. PUBG Test Server Changes
Some long-awaited changes are finally making their way to the PUBG test servers. As part of the 7.2 update, bots and ranked modes will now be available in console test servers. The bots are expected to come to live servers in the near future and are designed to make the game easier to learn for new players. The update has been somewhat controversial, but it’s clear that PUBG Corp has no intention of switching paths.
The Daily Moot: Unreal Engine 5
1. Unreal Engine 5
Epic Games has revealed their stunning new next-gen game engine, Unreal Engine 5. The demo, which features real PlayStation 5 gameplay, provides the first glimpse of what the next-generation consoles will be able to achieve. Although most fans will be more interested in the PlayStation 5 gameplay than the game engine itself, Unreal Engine 5 will likely drastically improve the quality of console games in the future and is being described as a “quantum leap” forward. Check out the demo below.
2. Warzone Gets 2FA
Call of Duty: Warzone has initiated a 2-factor authentication process for new players on PC. This update enables players to have an additional layer of security on their account and also looks to thwart cheaters by making it more difficult for them to create new accounts. Although Warzone has certainly had a lot of issues with cheaters and hackers, it’s great to see Infinity Ward taking the necessary steps to try to make matches as fair and honorable as possible.
3. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remaster
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 are both getting remastered releases this year. As announced by Tony Hawk himself, the first 2 games of the classic skateboarding series will be getting complete graphical overhauls with 4K resolution and will feature a “complete roster of original pro talent.” Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remastered will launch as a 2-game bundle on September 4 and will cost $40. Check out the announcement trailer below.
4. Valorant Cheaters
Riot just announced that they have banned nearly 9,000 Valorant cheaters. Despite the fact that the game is in closed beta with keys in limited supply, cheaters have still been risking their access in an effort to gain an unfair advantage. Riot initially drew some controversy over their Vanguard anti-cheat system due to its “always-on” status but they have since enabled players to turn the anti-cheat off when they’re not in-game.
5. The Last of Us Part 2 Video Series
PlayStation has announced that The Last of Us Part 2 is getting an all-new video series. Each episode of the series will feature interviews with the developers and will cover all different aspects of the game such as the story, gameplay, design, and more. The first episode, titled “Inside the Story,” is available now and focuses on the core themes of the story by taking a deep look at Ellie and Joel’s life in Wyoming. Check it out below.
The Daily Moot: Apex Legends Season 5
1. Apex Legends Season 5
Apex Legends Season 5 is here! Called Fortune’s Favor, the newest season of Apex Legends finally brings Loba into the game. Loba is a socialite and thief whose traumatic past was previously revealed during a Revenant cinematic. Not only is Fortune’s Favor bringing a new Legend to the game, but it will also introduce a brand new game mode called Hunts. Hunts will be a weekly activity that throws players into a night variant of Kings Canyon and tasks them with finding a hidden artifact called the Broken Ghost. To learn more about Apex's latest legend, check out the Loba character trailer below.
2. PlayStation 5 Release Date?
Sony has released a statement after a leaked release date for the PlayStation 5 sent fans into a frenzy. A recent job listing posted by Sony Interactive Entertainment accidently mentioned that the PS5 is “scheduled to be released in October 2020.” Despite the information suggested in the job listing, Sony has released a statement denying an October launch, saying that the error was made by a recruitment company involved in the hiring process. Furthermore, Sony confirmed their previously iterated plans for a Holiday 2020 release date.
3. Terraria: Otherworld
It appears that a Terraria spin-off called Terraria: Otherworld may soon be coming out. The project, which was first announced back in 2015, had been cancelled in 2018, but Terraria creator Andrew Spinks now suggests that he may release the game after all. Fans asked Spinks about the likelihood of finishing the game and Spinks responded by saying, “100,000 signatures and $15 and I'll open source it.”
4. Stellaris Anniversary Event
Stellaris, the massive 4X sandbox game from Paradox, is celebrating its 4th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, the strategy game is getting a huge visual update which is certain to spice up the cosmic and intergalactic environments. If you’ve never played Stellaris and want to check it out, the game will be free on Steam from now until May 17.
5. Harvest Moon: One World
A new Harvest Moon game, Harvest Moon: One World, will soon be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Announced by Japanese developer Natsume, Harvest Moon: One World will feature a brand new world filled with unique villages and will have both new and returning characters. Although no concrete release date has been revealed yet, Harvest Moon: One World is expected to launch later this year.
The Daily Moot: Ubisoft Forward
1. Ubisoft Forward
Ubisoft has just announced Ubisoft Forward, an upcoming gaming showcase designed as a replacement for E3. Ubisoft Forward will be fully digital and will include “exclusive game news, reveals and more.” Ubisoft didn’t mention which games would be featured in the showcase, but fans are no doubt hoping to see more of the studio’s highly anticipated games such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Gods and Monsters, and Watch Dogs Legion. Ubisoft Forward is set to premier on July 12.
2. Steam Loyalty Program?
It appears that Steam is working on a new loyalty program. One of the developers behind SteamDB revealed that Steam users may soon be able to receive game discounts and virtual items as part of a potential new loyalty system. The system would also look to expand the social aspects of the service, introducing a bundle of new cosmetics as well as granting users the ability to react to reviews. There’s no word on when the Steam Loyalty Program might come into reality, but it’s definitely something to look forward to for frequent users of the service.
3. Diablo 2 Resurrected
It looks like a Diablo 2 remaster may be coming later this year. According to a recent report from French news outlet ActuGaming, the long-rumoured remaster will be called Diablo 2 Resurrected and will launch during the holiday season of this year. Although nothing official has been announced yet, the author of the ActuGaming article cites “sources close to the studio” and has accurately predicted other Activision/Blizzard announcements for games like Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and WoW: Shadowlands.
4. Civilization 6 New Frontier Pass
Civilization 6 is getting a series of 6 new DLC packs as part of the freshly revealed New Frontier Pass. The first batch of DLC is called the Maya & Gran Colombia pack and will introduce 2 new civilizations and leaders as well as new city states, resources, and game modes. The Maya & Gran Colombia DLC will be released on May 21.
5. Cassette Beasts Reveal
Cassette Beasts, an all-new Pokemon Fusion style RPG from Bytten Studio, has been officially revealed. Created by a team of former Stardew Valley and Starbound developers, Cassette Beasts is an open-world monster battler that enables you to combine with your monsters to evolve into strange and powerful beasts. Check out the reveal trailer below.
The Daily Moot: DOOM Eternal Expansion
1. DOOM Eternal DLC
DOOM Eternal’s first story DLC has just been announced by developer id Software. While the teaser will definitely get DOOM fans excited for the game's first campaign expansion, unfortunately the announcement didn’t provide many details about what we can expect from the DLC. In fact, the post’s only preview was 2 images: the first was a sci-fi offshore oil rig and the second is pictured above. What do you think the expansion has in store?
2. Tokyo Game Show Cancelled
The 2020 Tokyo Game Show has been cancelled. The event, which was scheduled to take place from September 24-27, will no longer happen due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, organizers have confirmed that they will be holding an online replacement. It’s unclear when or where the online replacement will take place, but more details about the event should be revealed in the near future.
3. Ashes of the Singularity Free
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is free on Humble Bundle from now until May 10. As part of their Spring Sale, Humble is giving away free Steam copies of Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation to all users. Once you claim your key, you’ll need to be sure to redeem it before it expires on May 14. As long as you redeem your key by May 14, you’ll be able to keep the game forever.
4. The Ascent
A new cyberpunk action RPG called The Ascent has just been announced. Revealed during yesterday’s Inside Xbox stream, the 4-player co-op game is story-driven with a “free-roam play style.” The Ascent will be available on Xbox Series X on release and on PC later this year. Check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Party Royale
1. Fortnite Party Royale
The very first Fortnite Party Royale party has just been announced and it has some huge headliners. The premiere event will take place tomorrow at 6pm PT and will include performances from artists such as Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, and Dillon Francis. The premier party will also provide plenty of other fun activities including skydiving competitions, boat races, and unique items to play with. If you’re unable to make tomorrow’s party, don’t worry; Epic will be hosting a repeat broadcast on May 9 at 11am PT.
2. First Look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
We now have our very first look at what to expect from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Ubisoft just released the first-ever gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated game, showing a brief glimpse of some actual gameplay footage. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the trailer features cutscenes and cinematics, but it should still get fans of the series hyped for the game regardless. You can watch the First Look Gameplay Trailer below.
3. Yakuza: Like a Dragon Western Release Confirmed
Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the 7th game in the Yakuza series, has been confirmed for a Western release. During today’s Inside Xbox livestream, Sega announced that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be coming to PC and console later this year, and also mentioned that the game would be available on the Xbox Series X upon the upcoming console’s release. No official release date has been announced yet for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, but Sega did release a brand new trailer for the game today. Check it out below.
4. Epic Freebies
The latest week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is Death Coming, a “non-linear puzzle game where you must harvest human souls ‘Final Destination’ style.” You can claim your free copy of Death Coming directly from the Epic Games Store from now until May 14. As long as you claim the game before May 14 you’ll be able to keep it forever.
5. DiRT 5
The newest game in the DiRT series, DiRT 5, has officially been announced. The upcoming game will enable players to drive over 70 different routes across 10 real-world locations. DiRT 5 is expected to launch this October; check out the official announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot: The Last of Us Part 2 Official Trailer
1. The Last of Us Part 2 Official Trailer
Naughty Dog just released a new trailer for The Last of Us Part 2, teasing what’s to come later this year. The Last of Us Part 2 stars a 19-year-old Ellie on a quest for revenge, showing her descent into violence and darkness. After multiple hiccups and delays, The Last of Us Part 2 is now expected to launch on June 19. Check out the Official Story Trailer below.
2. Total War Card Game
Creative Assembly’s massive strategy series Total War is branching out into the world of card games. Creative Assembly has just released its first trailer announcing Total War: Elysium, an upcoming free-to-play collectible card game. Although no official release date has been announced yet, we do know that the game will have a mobile launch first before making its way to PC.
3. Halo 2: Anniversary
Halo 2: Anniversary is making its way to Steam and Xbox Game Pass. Halo 2: Anniversary is the third game of the classic Xbox series to come to PC as part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST soon to follow. The PC version of Halo 2: Anniversary will enable players to enjoy the game in 4K resolution with improved cinematics, new cutscenes, and remastered audio. Halo 2: Anniversary will launch on PC on May 12.
4. Mortal Kombat RoboCop
It looks like RoboCop will be joining the Mortal Kombat 11 roster. NetherRealm has just announced “Aftermath,” a new expansion for Mortal Kombat 11 which will introduce 3 new characters to the game: Fujin, Sheeva, and RoboCop. Check out the announcement trailer below.
5. Movie in Outer Space?
Tom Cruise and Elon Musk are apparently teaming up to shoot an action movie in outer space. NASA has confirmed that they are working with the duo to enable them to film a movie aboard the real International Space Station. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explained that the decision to assist in the production was done in an effort “to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists".
The Daily Moot: Apex Legends Season 5
1. Apex Legends Season 5
Apex Legends just released an all-new launch trailer for Season 5: Fortune’s Favor. The trailer features Loba Andrade, a high society socialite and infamous thief, as she seeks revenge against Revenant, a robot assassin who murdered Loba’s parents. Season 5 is set to start on May 12; check out the official launch trailer below.
2. Xbox 20/20
Microsoft has announced their new Xbox 20/20 series, giving an inside look at what’s to come this year. The series will feature monthly livestreams which will showcase Xbox’s plans for the year as well as provide things like sneak peaks of upcoming games. The first Xbox 20/20 will be streamed on May 7 and will reveal the first live gameplay footage of the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The event will begin at 8am PT and can be watched on most major streaming services including Twitch, Facebook, Mixer, YouTube, and Twitter.
3. Yakuza 7 Western Release?
It seems that Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon might be getting a Western release. The game, which was released in Japan in January of this year, has just been registered on the Steam database. Sega has been completely silent about a Western release of the game and it was assumed that once it did launch in the US, it would be a PS4 exclusive like it is in Japan. At any rate, this is good news for fans of the series who are no doubt eager to see more of the Yakuza games get Western releases.
4. CS:GO Match Fixing
5 Australian gamers are facing criminal charges after receiving allegations of match mixing in CS:GO tournaments. According to a statement from the Victoria Police, the players intentionally threw matches in order to profit from bets they had placed on the games. The 5 players are said to have made over AU$30,000. They will face court on September 15 and could receive up to 10 years imprisonment if found guilty.
5. Mortal Kombat 11 DLC
Mortal Kombat 11 will soon be getting a new DLC. NetherRealm Studios isn’t releasing too many details about what we can expect, but we do know that the DLC will be singleplayer and heavily focused on the Mortal Kombat lore and story. The teaser trailer features Liu Kang and Raiden as they are interrupted by a mysterious trio led by Shang Tsung. Check it out below.
The Daily Moot: Warzone is the Future of Call of Duty
1. Warzone is the Future of Call of Duty
It’s no secret that Warzone has been a great success for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but it now appears that Activision is looking to include the game mode in future Call of Duty games. Infinity Ward director Taylor Kurosaki explained that Warzone will bridge the gap between different CoD games, saying that “Warzone will be the through line that connects all of the different various sub-franchises of Call of Duty.” It’s unclear how exactly Warzone will connect future cross-generational Call of Duty games, but fans can rest assured that the game mode is here to stay. Regarding the future of Call of Duty, Kurosaki made one thing very clear: “Warzone will be the one constant.”
2. Evo 2020 Cancelled
Evo 2020 has been cancelled. Easily the biggest fighting game tournament in the world, Evo is where the best players on the planet compete for cash prizes in a variety of games including Tekken, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros. Originally expected to take place from July 21 to August 2 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, Evo 2020 will no longer have a physical event. Instead, organizers are now looking to host a special online tournament later this summer as a replacement.
3. New Games from DiRT Rally Creators
The creators of DiRT Rally apparently have 2 new games in the works. As DiRT Rally 2.0 winds down its seasonal activity, the development team will start to put all their focus into their upcoming games. We don’t have many details about the new games yet, but we do know that one of them will be in the DiRT series and will be made by a separate Codemasters studio. At any rate, racing game fans will have plenty to look forward to in the near future.
4. EA Play Showcase
EA has announced a digital-only version of its yearly EA Play showcase. As part of IGN’s Summer of Gaming event, EA will begin the broadcast on June 11 at 4pm PT. EA hasn’t announced any specific games that will be showcased at the event, but it’s reasonable to assume that the usual suspects like Madden and FIFA will likely make an appearance.
5. New Star Wars Movie and Show Announced
Disney has announced that 2 new major Star Wars projects are in the works. The first is a new Star Wars movie and it’s being directed by Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. The second project is a Disney+ TV show from Russian Doll writer Leslye Headland. No details have been released about the content of either project yet, but we can expect more info to start pouring in once production is underway.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite World Cup Cancelled
1. Fortnite World Cup Cancelled
The Fortnite World Cup has been cancelled. Announced via the Competitive Fortnite Twitter account, due to the inability to hold physical events and the “limitations of cross region online competition, there will not be a Fortnite World Cup in 2020.” Even though the Fortnite World Cup may be cancelled, Epic Games confirmed that they will still be hosting Cash Cups and that the Fortnite Champion Series would be returning. The first competition for the Fortnite Champion Series will begin tomorrow at 10am PT and will be broadcast on Fortnite’s official Twitch and YouTube channels.
2. Valorant Ranked Play
Valorant ranked play is now here. The competitive game mode is already live in North America with Europe soon to follow. While players are now free to jump in and begin climbing the ranks, Riot has warned that the system may be shut down if any strange bugs are to arise. It should also be noted that all of your ranked progress will be reset when the game leaves beta and gets its official launch this summer.
3. Epic Freebies
The latest week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first-person survival horror game, and Crashlands, an action-adventure RPG. You can claim your free games directly from the Epic Games Store. As long as you claim your copies before May 7, you’ll be able to keep the games forever.
4. New Battlefield Game
Electronic Arts has announced that they will be releasing a new Battlefield game next year. While they didn’t share whether the next game would be Battlefield 6 or Battlefield 2, the publisher did confirm that developer DICE is working hard and is “focused on the future of Battlefield.” It seems that the production and the development teams are both aiming to make a strong first impression once the new generation of consoles comes out. We’ll have to see if their hard work pays off.
5. Legends of Runeterra Launch
Legends of Runeterra has officially launched. After spending a couple of months in open beta, Riot’s free-to-play digital card game is now live. Along with its official release comes the game’s first expansion: Rising Tides. The new expansion is a massive one, introducing more than 120 new cards and 11 new champions to the game. Riot Games has had a lot on their plate lately; which of their new games is your favorite?
The Daily Moot: Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
1. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla has been officially announced! Slowly revealed over the course of a day-long live stream, the latest edition of the Assassin’s Creed series is almost here. In Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, the player will assume the role of a Viking clan leader and will have their own unique village that will act as their home. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is set to arrive this holiday season; check out the cinematic world premier trailer below.
2. Apex Legends Legacy of a Thief
Apex Legends has just released the latest edition of Stories from the Outlands, “Legacy of a Thief.” The cinematic features Loba Andrade, an expert thief with an extremely troubled past. Assuming that Respawn doesn’t pull another Forge-like surprise on us, we can expect Loba Andrade to be the next legend introduced to the game on May 12. Check out the trailer below.
3. Epic Games Store Local Pricing
The Epic Games Store has now added local pricing for several new counties, allowing users to make purchases using their regional currencies. Today’s update includes support for Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, meaning that users in those countries will no longer have to worry about converting their currencies into USD in order to buy games.
4. Warzone Bounties
Call of Duty: Warzone has apparently removed bounties from the game. Bounties enabled players to gain rewards for hunting a specific enemy and were one of the most useful and sought-after contracts in the game. Warzone introduced a new type of contract called “Most Wanted” to the game last patch but there was no indication that they would be replacing Bounties. While players have been liking the Most Wanted contract, they are understandably upset that Bounties have been removed without mention.
5. Future Final Fantasy Remakes
Following the controversy surrounding the changes between Final Fantasy 7 Remake and the original, Final Fantasy 7 Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase has promised that future remakes won’t feature any drastic changes. In his statement, Kitase highlighted the importance of player’s familiarity and sense of nostalgia with remakes and said that he doesn’t want to stray away from that. He also assured the importance of maintaining the story’s consistency, saying that “from here on out, we’re not drastically changing the story and making it into something completely different than the original.”
The Daily Moot: Mysterious New Warzone Item
1. Mysterious New Warzone Item
A mysterious new item has come to Warzone as part of a massive new 15GB update to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. While the update included many of the expected things such as balance changes and bug fixes, it also introduced a new item called the “Red Access Card” to the Warzone game mode. The Red Access Card is listed in the game as a health item, but it currently appears to serve no purpose and players are scrambling to find out how to use it. What do you think it could be?
2. Twitch Stops Valorant Key Farming
Twitch has put a stop to streamers who have been exploiting the Drops Program that enables viewers to get Valorant beta keys by watching Twitch streams. Many streamers had been running 24/7 VODs instead of actually live streaming the game. This enabled these streamers to attract large amounts of viewers and bots who were only there to farm keys. Thankfully, Twitch has now revised their policies so that streamers will no longer be able to exploit the Drops Program in this manner.
3. Epic Games Store 2FA
From now until May 21, the Epic Games Store will require 2 factor authentication in order for users to claim free games. Epic says that they are “making this change in an effort to encourage our players to take steps to strengthen their Epic account security,” and are using this as a method of getting users to do so voluntarily.
4. OWL MVP Moving to Valorant
2019’s Overwatch League MVP is moving away from Overwatch to begin a career as a pro Valorant player. Jay “Sinatraa'' Won confirmed his departure from the San Francisco Shock on Twitter yesterday and announced that he would be moving to Valorant full-time. While the specific future of Valorant esports is unclear, it is expected that Sinatraa will sign with the Sentinels esports organization in some capacity. It’s pretty incredible to see a reigning champion and league MVP leave his for a game for one that’s currently still in beta; we’ll have to see if Sinatraa’s big risk pays off.
5. May PS Plus Games
The next month of PS Plus games has been revealed. Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19 will both be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers during the month of May. The games will be available to claim from May 5 until June 1. If you haven’t claimed April’s games yet, you have until May 4 to grab those games which include Uncharted 4.
The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X's Revolutionary Feature
1. Xbox Series X DLI
Xbox head Phil Spencer has recently taken to Twitter to talk up the Xbox Series X’s impressive new feature called Dynamic Latency Input (DLI). DLI is designed to reduce input lag by transmitting the controller’s inputs to the console “just before the game asks for it.” This leads to significantly reduced controller latency and, in turn, a much better “feel” when playing the game. Phil Spencer elaborated on this improved “feel” by saying it is as significant as the difference between 2D and 3D. This all sounds pretty impressive but it’s hard to not wonder if Spencer is overselling a bit here. What do you think, is the Xbox Series X DLI the next best thing in gaming or is it mostly just hype?
2. Valorant Anti-Cheat Update
Valorant has updated its anti-cheat program so that it is no longer always-on. The always-on status had raised concerns from many players who questioned the security of a third-party program that monitors users even when the game isn't running. Riot has now put an end to those concerns by enabling players to turn off the anti-cheat whenever they want. If you want to play Valorant however, you’ll need to turn the anti-cheat back on and reboot your computer in order for the game to let you in.
3. Bethesda Donates to Covid Relief
Bethesda has announced that they will be donating $1M to support the effort to fight the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The donations will be allocated to “front-line organizations” including $500,000 to Direct Relief and $250,000 to UNICEF. Bethesda also announced that they will be offering their players an opportunity to get involved in the donations via Bethesda’s official stream on Twitch.
4. Indivisible Mysteriously Released on Switch
Indivisible, an action RPG platformer, was mysteriously released on the Nintendo Switch today. Lead designer of developer Lab Zero Games, Mike Zaimont put out a statement on Twitter saying that the game was released without the knowledge or consent of the development team. Zaimont went on to say that while the port itself was great, it was a premature version and lacked several intended features such as co-op or new game+. Finally, Zaimont summarized the thoughts of the development team with a clear statement: “This launch does not represent the quality standards of Lab Zero. It just doesn't. I'm sorry. It wasn't us.”
5. Destroy All Humans! Remake
A Destroy All Humans! remake is in the works and it now has an official release date. Destroy All Humans! will arrive on July 28 of this year and will be available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. The game will cost $30 on PC and $40 on console or, if you’re feeling a bit extra, you can get the $400 Collector’s Edition which comes complete with a Crypto backpack, a 60 cm tall figurine, and a Crypto-shaped stress toy.
The Daily Moot: The Last of Us & Ghost of Tsushima Changes
1. The Last of Us Part 2 & Ghost of Tsushima Changes
The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima both have new release dates. The Last of Us Part 2, which had been indefinitely postponed, is now expected to launch on June 19. Along with the new release date announcement, developer Naughty Dog also addressed recent leaks of the game's footage with a simple request that fans "do their best to avoid spoilers” and “don't spoil it for others.” In response to the new date for The Last of Us Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima has been pushed back to July 17 in order to avoid having too much competition between the two highly anticipated PS4-exclusive games. Ghost of Tsushima was originally slated to launch on June 26.
2. PUBG Adds Bots
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has now added bots to public matches on consoles. Designed to bridge the gap between drastic skill differences, the decision to add bots was aimed at making the game’s learning curve less severe for newer players. PUBG Corp noted that “many newer players are being eliminated early with no kills and no damage,” and wanted to add changes that would “provide more ways for players to hone their skills and be able to fully enjoy what PUBG has to offer.” Bots will only be present on public matches and will not appear in ranked games.
3. Total War: Shogun 2 Free
Sega’s Total War: Shogun 2 is currently free on Steam. Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy game that features a blend of real-time and turn-based tactics. If you’re a fan of strategy games then this is a great opportunity to get one of the genre’s staples. As long as you claim the game by May 1 you’ll be able to keep it forever.
4. Brother in Arms TV Adaptation
Classic FPS series from Gearbox Studios, Brother in Arms, is now getting a TV adaptation. In a retelling of World War 2 operation Exercise Tiger, the TV adaptation will focus on the real-life events of the previously classified mission. It’s unclear how much the video games will be relevant to the upcoming show but we do know that the adaptation will wear the Brother in Arms moniker and that Gearbox will be involved in the production.
5. WWE 2K Battlegrounds
Just one week after announcing that WWE 2K was no more, 2K Games has now unveiled a new WWE game called WWE 2K Battlegrounds. Similar to WWE All Stars, WWE 2K Battlegrounds is a deviation from the mainline series and features a more lighthearted, goofy approach to the wrestling gameplay. It may not be 2K21, but Battlegrounds should hopefully give WWE fans something to enjoy while 2K Games figures out the future of the series. You can check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Travis Scott Breaks Fortnite Record
1. Travis Scott Breaks Fortnite Record
Travis Scott’s Fortnite concert last night broke the record for the highest concurrent player count in Fortnite history. The event saw more than 12.3 million fans drop in for the show, smashing the previous record set by Marshmello’s concert last year by nearly 2 million players. Travis Scott debuted his new single “Astronomical” during his in-game performance and is set to host an encore concert tomorrow at 3pm PT in the Americas region.
2. XCOM 2 Free Trial
XCOM 2 is free to play from now until April 30. On both Steam and Xbox One, players can try out the complete game and embark on their quest to liberate earth from alien tyrants. Motivated players should easily be able to complete the campaign during the free week, but if you’re unable to do so then XCOM 2 will also be on sale following the event.
3. Destiny 2 Cheaters
Destiny 2 has seen a large uptick in cheaters recently. During the latest “This Week at Bungie,” Bungie mentioned that cheating in Destiny 2 has risen by 50% since January. The statement also highlighted that the prevalence of cheating had risen dramatically in the highest skill echelons. It seems that the bulk of the issues are coming from PC players, and most commonly involves cheats such as infinite ammo or energy.
4. WWE 2K21 Not Happening
WWE 2K will not be getting a release next year. The wrestling series has put out a new game every single year since 2011 but the streak will now be coming to a close. WWE 2K20 launed to disastrous reviews and was noted for its buggy, broken gameplay. There’s no word yet on whether or not there will be plans to revamp the series, but for now it seems that WWE 2K may be gone for good.
5. Nintendo Users Hacked
Nintendo has confirmed that up to 160,000 Nintendo accounts have been hacked. In their statement, Nintendo said that hackers were able to access user data from Nintendo Network IDs and then used that information to log into Nintendo Accounts and make purchases. Nintendo Network IDs are an older form of login that was used for the 3DS and Wii U, and Nintendo has now disabled all Nintendo Network IDs and has performed automatic password resets for all affected accounts.
The Daily Moot: MSI Cancelled
1. MSI Cancelled
The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational tournament has been cancelled. The second biggest League tournament of the year, MSI is the only international tournament before the World Championships. Although all of the individual leagues are playing remotely, online play isn’t feasible for a tournament like MSI as the ping between regions would be too much of an issue. There was hope that the Mid-Season Invitational would still go on after it was postponed from its original date until July, but it seems that Riot has simply decided to move on from the event entirely.
2. Epic Weekly Freebies
The latest week of freebies from Epic Games is here. It seems that Epic is moving away from multiple titles per week for the time being as both this week and next week will only offer one free game. This week’s free game is For the King, a turn-based strategy RPG that features online co-op play. You can claim your free copy of For the King directly from the Epic Games Store. As long as you claim your copy before April 30, you’ll be able to keep the game forever.
3. RDR2 Xbox Game Pass
Red Dead Redemption 2 is headed to the Xbox Game Pass. Starting on May 7, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will have access to Rockstar’s latest rendition of their acclaimed wild west adventure. Unfortunately, on the exact same date, Grand Theft Auto V will be leaving the Xbox Game Pass. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber and haven’t gotten around to playing GTA V yet, you’ll want to hurry before time runs out.
4. Xbox Series X Speed
Some new details about the Xbox Series X have been released, this time shedding light on the upcoming console’s impressive speed. Mike Rayner from The Coalition studios (best known as the developers of Gears of War) was able to share some of the console’s practical speed in relation to the Xbox One. For example, the Xbox Series X is able to load Gears 5 more than 4 times faster than the Xbox One without any changes to the game’s code. While this is just one specific type of test, this news should certainly encourage Xbox fans who are eagerly awaiting the console’s next generation.
5. The Division 2 Demo
The Division 2 has just released a demo that will let players try out the first 8 hours of the game for free. The Division 2 has previously offered free weekends, but now interested players won’t have to wait around for one if they want to give the game a shot. Demo players will be able to level their characters up to level 8 and all progress will transfer over from the demo to the full game.
The Daily Moot: PUBG Season 7 Now LIVE!
1. Vikendi Returns to PUBG
Vikendi has returned to PUBG as the featured map of the all-new Season 7. Some of the highlights of the revamped Vikendi include a brand new train system and a new Dinoland to replace the old Dino Park. The map has also removed much of the snow that used to cover it, and has replaced its snow bikes and snowmobiles with motorbikes. Season 7 of PUBG is live now; check out the official gameplay trailer below.
2. Warzone Cheaters Play Together
Call of Duty has come up with a clever solution to stop Warzone cheaters from ruining games. Despite handing out over 70,000 bans, the presence of cheaters in Warzone has only been increasing and Infinity Ward is now trying a new approach. Rather than ban cheaters outright, suspected cheaters will now be placed in a “cheaters” queue where they will be forced to play with other people who have been suspected of cheating.
3. Fortnite Added to Google Play Store
After a year and a half of refusing to join the Google Play Store, Epic Games has now added Fortnite to Android’s flagship app store. Fortnite was previously available only through Epic’s third-party app called the Epic Games App. Along with the announcement, Epic Games called out Google’s practices regarding third-party software, saying they hope that “Google will revise its policies and business dealing in the near future.” At any rate, Android users can now get Fortnite directly from the Google Play Store.
4. The Mandalorian Season 3
The Mandalorian Season 3 is apparently in pre-production at Disney+ Studios. This is great news for fans of the Star Wars series and shows Disney’s commitment to the show, especially considering that Season 2 is still yet to premiere. While many film crews are now shut down amid the coronavirus, The Mandalorian Season 2 was fortunately able to wrap up development earlier this year and is expected to come out this October.
5. PAX West Still Happening
As of right now, PAX West is still expected to happen later this year. Organizers released a statement saying that while they “intend to follow all CDC and WHO guidelines,” they are “still planning on putting together a great PAX West this coming Labor Day Weekend.” While this news may be encouraging, it’s clear the event’s status is still uncertain. PAX West is currently scheduled to start on September 4.
The Daily Moot: TSM's Crazy Acquisition
1. Doublelift Headed to TSM
Doublelift is apparently headed back to TSM. The former Team SoloMid AD carry was previously kicked from the team after the end of the 2017 World Championships. Doublelift then went on to join Team Liquid, creating a domestic dynasty and winning an unprecedented 4 LCS titles in a row, becoming one of the world's biggest esport stars in the process. Meanwhile TSM went on to struggle, failing to win a single time since winning with Doublelift in 2017. We’ll have to wait to see whether or not Team SoloMid will be able to find success once again with Doublelift back on the roster, but one thing is certain: North American League of Legends will certainly get a lot more interesting this Summer.
2. Artifact Single-Player Campaign
Valve revealed their commitment to Artifact earlier this year when they announced Artifact 2.0. While they didn’t share many details about their vision for the digital card game going forward at the time, we now know that Artifact will be getting a single-player campaign mode. Valve didn’t elaborate much about the upcoming mode, but it’s possible that it could link in with their new card acquisition system. Unlike in Artifact’s initial iteration in which cards could only be purchased with real money, Artifact 2.0 will be the complete opposite and players will only be able to earn cards via in-game play.
3. GeForce Now Library Changes
The GeForce Now library will be getting some changes later this week. On April 24, titles from Xbox Game Studios, Warner Bros, Codemasters and Klei Entertainment are set to be removed from the game streaming service. On the other side, GeForce Now will be adding a surge of Ubisoft games to their library, including the entire Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry catalogs. Nvidia also put out a blog post which assured the ongoing support of GeForce Now from many developers and publishers such as Epic Games, Valve, Bungie and Bandai Namco.
4. Corona Relief Done Quick
Corona Relief Done Quick just wrapped up and it was a massive success. The weekend-long speedrunning event featured some of the best speedrunners on the planet showing off their incredible gaming skills in order to raise funds for coronavirus relief. In total the event raised over $400,000 in just 60 hours and all of the proceeds are going to Direct Relief.
5. Venom 2 and The Batman Delayed
The upcoming Venom 2 and The Batman movies have been delayed. Originally slated for October of this year, Venom 2 will now hit theaters in June of 2021. Likewise, The Batman has been postponed from June 2021 to October 2021. Venom 2 doesn’t just have a new date, it also has a new name. The sequel will now be called Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
The Daily Moot: Travis Scott Coming to Fortnite
1. Travis Scott Fortnite Concerts
Travis Scott is coming to Fortnite! The Grammy-nominated rapper and producer will be performing a series of concerts within the game this week. Performing a total of 5 concerts across different regions, Travis Scott will hold concerts for the Americas region on April 23 at 4pm PT and April 25 at 3pm PT, and concerts for the EU&ME region on April 24 at 7am PT and April 25 at 8am PT. These concerts will serve as the worldwide debut of his new track “Astronomical.” Travis Scott will also be joining the game permanently as part of the Fortnite Icon Series and will get his own in-game skin. You can pick up his outfit and emote for free, as well as plenty more cosmetics, by completing the Astronomical Challenges series which begins tomorrow.
2. Cloud9 Wins LCS
Cloud9 are your 2020 LCS Spring Split Champions! Earning their first title in 6 years, Cloud9 secured the championship with an impressive 3-0 victory over FlyQuest. Although the team had many doubters after replacing 3 of their members before the start of the season, Cloud9 absolutely crushed their opposition this season and ended with the most dominant record in LCS history at 26-2. In Europe’s LEC, G2 took down their longtime rivals Fnatic 3-0 in order to defend their throne and secure their 3rd straight championship. There’s no word on whether or not the victorious teams will be competing against each other at MSI later this year as the international tournament currently sits in limbo and has been indefinitely postponed.
3. Facebook Gaming App
Facebook has released a new standalone Twitch-style gaming app. The app is designed to compete with the likes of Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer, enabling a streamlined way for fans to watch their favorite streamers. While you will still need a Facebook account in order to use the Facebook Gaming App, the app doesn’t include the typical Facebook features such as your posts and timeline. Whether or not Facebook will be successful with their streaming endeavors remains to be seen, but it’s clear right now that the streaming war is only getting started.
4. Valorant Bug Bounty
Riot is currently offering a sizable bug bounty for anyone who is able to find security flaws in Valorant’s anti-cheat system. While many fans are already impressed by Valorant’s commitment to a cheat-free environment, others are concerned that Vanguard’s kernel mode driver is open to exploits. To put those fears to rest, Riot Games is offering up to $100,000 to anyone who is able to find any bugs or exploits in the system.
5. Warzone Cheaters
Cheaters have been an increasingly large problem in Warzone and it’s leading many console players to disable crossplay. Warzone has crossplay enabled by default, allowing console players and PC players to play with and against each other. Unfortunately this had led to console players being matched up with PC hackers, so players are now going out of their way to disable crossplay in order to get fair games. Call of Duty is currently working on the prevalence of hackers and announced that they have already banned over 70,000 cheaters from the game.
The Daily Moot: Comic-Con 2020 Canceled
1. Comic-Con Canceled
San Diego Comic-Con 2020 has now joined the long list of events that have been canceled as a result of the coronavirus. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the annual convention and this is the first time in the event’s history that it has been canceled. It appears that there will be no attempts to postpone Comic-Con 2020 to a date later in the year, as organizers have now announced the dates for the 2021 convention. San Diego Comic-Con 2021 is expected to take place from July 22 to July 25, 2021.
2. Streets of Rage 4 Release Date
Streets of Rage 4 now has an official release date and it’s right around the corner. The first new Streets of Rage game in more than 25 years, the retro revival will be coming to PC and console on April 30. The developers also released a new trailer for the game, showing off some of its features as well as its classic arcade aesthetic. Check out the battle mode and release date trailer below.
3. Corona Relief Done Quick
Corona Relief Done Quick, a speedrunning event to help raise funds to combat the coronavirus pandemic, has now begun. The live streamed event features some of the best speedrunners in the world playing games such as Dark Souls, Cuphead, and Doom Eternal. Corona Relief Done Quick will run from now through Sunday and all proceeds will go to Direct Relief. You can watch all of CRDQ on the official GamesDoneQuick Twitch channel below.
4. Fallout 76 Mostly Positive
Fallout 76 had one of the worst launches in gaming history, receiving an enormous amount of negative reviews. It looks like now, nearly 2 years after the game was first released, Fallout 76 has finally figured things out as the game now has a “Mostly Positive” rating on Steam. Fans are clearly enjoying the massive Wastelanders update that was released earlier this week, which completely revamped the game by adding quests and NPCs.
5. Halo 2 PC
Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary will soon be making their way to PC. Developer 343 industries has just begun public beta testing for the games, meaning that it won’t be long until they’re ready for launch. If you’re a PC player and want to take part in the public beta tests, you can sign up free for the Halo Insider Program to get a beta key.
The Daily Moot: Crysis Remastered
1. Crysis Remastered
It’s official: Crysis is back! Crysis Remastered has been confirmed for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Considering that the series is known for its hardware-crunching graphical intensity, it should come as no surprise that Crysis Remastered will continue to push boundaries. According to the game’s official description, Crysis Remastered will have “new graphic features, higher quality textures and CRYENGINE's native hardware and API-agnostic ray tracing solution.” Think your system can handle it?
2. Valorant Esports
Riot Games has unveiled some of their plans to bring Valorant into the world of esports. In their statement, Riot emphasized that they want to “let Valorant grow naturally” and that they are “not looking to force anything too quickly.” As such, they are currently looking to form partnerships with players and organizations in order to develop the foundational framework to build a competitive esport scene upon. While we don’t have many details about these workings yet, we do know one thing: blood will be disabled for all major tournaments. This may seem like a pretty strange decision, but it suggests that Riot is looking to ensure that the game as an esport is family friendly and can appeal to all ages.
3. Gamescom Goes Digital
The massive gaming convention Gamescom has announced that they will be going digital this year. Originally planned as a physical convention on August 22 in Cologne, Germany, Gamescom will now be a digital-only event. This decision comes in response to Germany’s ban on all public events which lasts until August 31. Gamescom is now expected to take place online from August 25 to August 29.
4. Epic Freebies
The latest weekly freebies from Epic Games are now available. This week’s offerings are the open-world adventure game Just Cause 4 and the narrative visual novel Wheels of Aurelia. If either of these games interest you, head on over to the Epic Games Store to claim your free copies. As long as you claim them by April 23 you’ll be able to keep the games forever.
5. Riot Games Acquires Hypixel Studios
Riot Games has acquired developer Hypixel Studios. Hypixel Studios is composed of a group of Minecraft modders and their debut game, Hytale, is expected to launch next year. Hytale is a co-op fantasy RPG featuring a blocky style reminiscent of Minecraft. It’s unclear if Riot has plans to use the studio for any of their own upcoming projects, but for now it seems that Hypixel Studios will continue to be putting all their efforts into Hytale.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite X-Force Deadpool
1. Fortnite Update
A new Fortnite update is here, bringing even more Deadpool to the game. You can expect to encounter several new Deadpool-related skins, including an X-Force Deadpool skin as well as classic skin versions of Domino, Psylocke, and Cable. The update also brings some new locations to the map, replacing the Shark POI with a prison. Last but not least, it appears that a new LTM is on the way. Called “Arsenic,” the new game mode will feature infection-style gameplay with special abilities such as Growl and Double Jump.
2. Valorant Key Drops
Riot Games has just announced that Valorant beta key drops will now be available on all Twitch streams. The closed beta keys were previously only available through specific streams, so this new policy should level the playing field and encourage new streamers to start playing Valorant. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like this will increase your chances of getting a key however, as Riot also stated that the new policy won’t actually increase the total amount of keys dropped. If you’re one of the lucky players who has gotten a key already, let us know what you think of Valorant down below!
3. PS4 Games on PC?
Earlier today, several PS4 exclusive games were being sold as PC versions on the French Amazon store. These PS4 exclusives included titles such as Days Gone and Bloodborne. Fans were immediately excited as the listing suggested that these games were all coming to PC. Unfortunately for PC players, Sony quickly shut down those thoughts. In their statement, Sony said that “the listings are not accurate” and that they “have made no announcements to bring these games to PC.”
4. Sea of Thieves Revive System
Sea of Thieves is introducing a new revive system that could save you a trip to the Ferryman. While death has always been a temporary state in Sea of Thieves, the new revive system will make it so that you won’t have to go through the whole ordeal of coming back to life. If you happen to meet an untimely end and you have crewmates nearby, your crewmates will now be able to bring you back to life. Players will have 15 seconds to revive their crewmates in normal areas and 25 seconds to revive their crewmates in PvP areas.
Digital indie game convention LudoNarraCon is returning next week. Featuring 40 exhibitions with over 20 playable demos, the upcoming convention will take place entirely on Steam. From April 24 to April 27, you can expect to see the Steam main page filled with over 12 hours of panels from some of the biggest names in the indie game industry. If you’re interested in game development or are simply a fan of indie games, be sure to check out LudoNarraCon to learn more about the industry and get your hands on some awesome free demos.
The Daily Moot: Warzone Trios are Back
1. Warzone New Game Mode
Call of Duty: Warzone just got an all-new game mode where shotguns and snipers take center stage. Called Scopes and Scatter Guns, the new battle royale game mode will feature teams of 3, re-introducing the trios that were replaced by quad squads last week. Scopes and Scatter Guns arrives just ahead of double xp weekend, which is set to start this Friday on April 17. Call of Duty also announced that they have banned over 70,000 hackers and cheaters in Warzone. Hopefully this means that you'll be able to enjoy the new game mode in a cheat-free competitive environment.
2. Fallout 76 Wastelanders
The Wastelanders update for Fallout 76 arrived today, completely revamping the game. Wastelanders is an absolutely massive update, introducing many new features to Fallout 76. Most notable of these is the arrival of NPCs. The new NPCs, which feature their own dialogue and quest lines, are certain to bring life to the previously vacant world. The Wastelanders update is free for all owners of Fallout 76.
3. Assassin’s Creed 2 Free
Thanks to Ubisoft’s month of giving, Assassin’s Creed 2 is now available for free on Uplay. As long as you claim the game before April 17, you’ll be able to keep it forever. This is the third game Ubisoft has given away this month, the previous 2 being Child of Light and Rayman Legends. Assassin’s Creed 2 seems like a strange game for a giveaway considering it’s over a decade old, but it’s still worth picking up for those who haven’t played it.
4. XCOM Spinoff
A new XCOM spinoff called XCOM: Chimera Squad is on the way. Arriving 5 years after the release of XCOM 2, XCOM: Chimera Squad will share similarities with its predecessor but is not considered a direct sequel. The upcoming game will center around a branching campaign that features distinct soldiers with their own unique abilities and personalities. XCOM: Chimera Squad is expected to launch on April 24.
5. PlayStation Play at Home Initiative
PlayStation’s is giving away Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection to all PlayStation 4 players as part of their Play at Home Initiative. The Play at Home Initiative is designed to help keep people entertained during quarantine and to support indie game developers who are struggling as a result of the coronavirus. PlayStation 4 players will be able to claim the collection, which contains the first 3 Uncharted games, from April 15 to May 5. The offer is available to all PS4 players, including those that do not have PlayStation Plus.
The Daily Moot: Crysis 4; Ghost of Tsushima Details
1. New Crysis?
It appears that a new Crysis game may be on the way. While no details have been released, the Crysis twitter account ominously released their first tweet in several years, “RECEIVING DATA.” What data is being received? Well, according to fans of the first-person shoot series, the data is Crysis 4. The Crysis series is perhaps best known for offering resource-demanding, benchmark-worthy games that will push your system’s graphical capabilities to their limits. If you’re a Crysis fan and a new game truly is on the way, you might want to make sure your hardware is ready for a challenge.
2. Ghost of Tsushima Details
Sony just released some new details about Ghost of Tsushima in their latest preview of the game. In a decision that is sure to be polarizing, developer Sucker Punch announced that there will be no waypoints in the game. This means that players will have to rely on landmarks and their own geographical memory in order to navigate the land. Sucker Punch also highlighted the significance of your decisions and actions in the game, mentioning that your allies can turn on you depending on your behavior. Ghost of Tsushima is set to arrive on June 26, exclusively on the PlayStation 4.
3. Resident Evil 4 Remake
According to a new report, a Resident Evil 4 remake is in the works. Multiple development sources have stated that the upcoming game is currently in production by Capcom, which makes sense following the very successful Resident Evil 3 Remake. While there’s no definite timetable yet, Resident Evil 4 Remake is expected to launch sometime in 2022.
4. ESRB New Rating Label
The ESRB just introduced a new rating label for games that contain loot boxes. The ESRB, which assigns age and content ratings for video games, has been cracking down on microtransactions over the last couple of years. In 2018 they introduced a label warning concerning in-game purchases such as cosmetic skins. The ESRB has now expanded their labeling of microtransactions and addressed loot boxes specifically by targeting all “random items.”
5. Gears Tactics
Microsoft has just released a new trailer for Gears Tactics, an upcoming game based on Gears of War. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, you will have to command your squad to victory in this fast-paced, turn-based strategy game. Gears Tactics will launch on April 28 on Xbox and PC; check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: BlizzCon 2020
1. BlizzCon 2020
Blizzard is warning fans that BlizzCon 2020 “might not be feasible.” While Blizzard is still expecting the annual live event to take place this November, they are preparing for the worst and are exploring the possibility of a digital replacement. It seems likely that BlizzCon 2020 will still happen in some capacity, but Blizzard has tried to limit expectations and says, “it might be a few months before we know for certain if or how we’ll proceed.”
2. Rocket League Heatseeker
A new temporary gamemode is making its way to Rocket League next week. Heatseeker is a pong-like 3v3 mode in which the ball never stops flying toward one goal or the other. The ball gets faster and faster with every hit, making each goal more intense the longer the point goes on. Heatseeker will be available from April 16 to April 20; check out the trailer below.
3. New World Delay
Amazon’s upcoming new MMO New World has been delayed. In their statement, Amazon Game Studios said that progression on the project has slowed down with their developers forced to work from home. In order to ensure that the ambitious game is up to standards on release, New World is now expected to launch on August 25.
4. Final Fantasy 7 Remake on PC
It looks like Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be making its way to PC. In a FF7 Remake launch video released by Square Enix titled “Thank You for Waiting,” fans noticed that the video’s gameplay was captured on PC. Naturally, this means that a PC version of the game exists somewhere out in the world. This all but confirms that the game will eventually see a PC release in the future. Unfortunately fans will likely have to wait awhile; Final Fantasy 7 Remake has an exclusivity deal with Sony that lasts until April 2021.
5. MLB Players League
The MLB, MLBPA, and Sony Interactive just announced a new event called the MLB The Show Players League. The new online event will feature 30 professional baseball players facing off against each other in games of MLB The Show 20. The round robin tournament begins today, and matches will be played throughout April. You can catch the games live on Twitch and YouTube, as well as via the MLBTheShow Twitter account.
The Daily Moot: Warzone Removes Trios
1. Warzone Removes Trios
Call of Duty: Warzone has removed the Trios game mode from their playlist. Originally the only game mode available for Warzone's battle royale, Trios has now been replaced with Quads. Many players are understandably upset, wondering why Call of Duty would remove the successful mode and make such a big change to the game. Activision explained their decision by saying that “a one-on-four situation is much scarier than a 1v3” and that “having an additional Operator will also make certain Contracts easier.” Which do you think is better: Trios or Quads?
2. Hearthstone Demon Hunter Nerf
Hearthstone’s new Demon Hunter class, which just launched yesterday, is already getting nerfed. The new class was released as part of the Ashes of Outland expansion and is the first new class added to the game. At least 4 Demon Hunter cards have already been nerfed, including Skull of Gul’dan, Imprisoned Antaen, Eye Beam, and Aldrachi Warblades. Blizzard says that they will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the class’s power as necessary.
3. Epic’s Weekly Freebies
It’s Thursday which means there are 2 new free games available from the Epic Games Store. This week’s offerings are Close to the Sun and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments. Both games are mysteries where the player takes on the role of a skilled investigator. Both games are free on the Epic Games Store from now until April 16. As long as you claim the games before April 16, you’ll be able to keep them forever.
4. Fallout 76: Wastelanders Trailer
Bethesda has just released a new trailer for the upcoming Fallout 76: Wastelanders launch. Wastelanders is expected to be a massive expansion, adding NPCs and quest lines to the game. The Wastelanders update will go live on April 14 and will be free for all players who own the base game. Check out the trailer below.
5. Stardew Valley Bananas
Bananas are coming to Stardew Valley, thanks to a fan vote. Developer Eric Barone put out a Twitter poll asking fans to vote for their favorite fruit to be added to the game. The final results were close, but bananas won with a total of 30.6% of the vote. Mangoes nearly came out on top with 29.3% of the vote while Avocados rounded out the top 3 with 26.5% of the vote. There’s no word on when we can expect to see bananas start appearing, but it’s always cool to see developers directly interact with the community like this.
The Daily Moot: PS5 Controller Reveal
1. PS5 Controller Reveal
The PlayStation 5 controller has been revealed! Nicknamed DualSense, the new controller features a two tone design with a blue LED trim around the touchpad. Not only does the DualSense look futuristic, Jim Ryan (president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment) asserted that "the new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games.” Sony also confirmed that the PS5 controller will have a headphone port so you won’t have to worry about buying a special headset like with the Xbox Series X.
2. Google Stadia Now Free
In what seems like a last-ditch effort to compete with Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Google Stadia is now free. As long as users have a gmail account, they can now sign up for the service and stream games in 1080p free of charge. Google is also offering 2 months of Stadia Pro for free, which currently includes games such as Grid, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Gylt.
3. Sea of Thieves Cats
Next week’s update, Ships of Fortune, is bringing cats to Sea of Thieves. There will be 3 different breeds of cats, the scruffy Wildcat, fluffy Ragamuffin, and slinky Mau, which will join monkeys and parrots as premium pets in the Pirate Emporium. The update will also allow players to become emissaries for their favorite in-game trading companies. As an emissary you can advance through 5 Grades by accomplishing tasks for your trading company. The Ships of Fortune update is expected to go live on April 22.
4. No Solos for Apex
Apex Legends has permanently added a duos mode but it doesn’t look like solos will get the same treatment. Electronic Arts put out a statement saying that a solos mode doesn’t align with the game’s underlying co-op elements. Furthermore, EA claims that when solos were temporarily added last year, it “negatively impacted the game, especially when it came to new player retention.”
5. Hearthstone Ashes of Outland
Hearthstone’s latest expansion, Ashes of Outland, is now live. Ashes of Outland introduces the Demon Hunter class as the first new class to the game. The new class is free for all players and includes a Demon Hunter prologue campaign, the completion of which grants players 10 Demon Hunter basic cards, a 20-card Demon Hunter Initiate set, and a pre-built Demon Hunter starting deck list.
The Daily Moot: Valorant is Here!
1. Valorant’s Record-Setting Closed Beta
The Valorant closed beta is now live! In order to get access to the closed beta, you need to link your Riot account with your Twitch account and watch Valorant streams on Twitch with drops enabled. While this may seem like a strange way of distributing beta keys, this strategy has led Valorant to have the most successful launch day on Twitch ever. Valorant set the record for the most concurrent Twitch viewers for any game, with over 1.7 million people tuning in to watch.
2. Cooking Mama: Cookstar Controversy
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the latest entry in the Cooking Mama series, Cooking Mama: Cookstar. There have been multiple allegations that the game uses your device’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency and potentially also harvests your personal data. Both the developer and publisher have refuted these claims, with outside sources also saying that there is no evidence of blockchain code in the game.
3. Red Dead Online Double XP
The latest update just hit Red Dead Online, offering double XP for Showdown Modes and Races. There are also new freebies for players who have linked their Twitch accounts, including a Collector’s Bag and and Moonshiner boosts. All players who log in before April 14 will also earn 5 free gold bars.
4. ESA Confirms No Digital E3
After announcing that ESA will be focusing on a “reimagined” E3 for 2021, they have now confirmed that this means there will be no E3 2020. While this could reasonably be assumed from their initial statement, ESA cleared any doubts today by reiterating that there will not be a digital E3 this year. We have no idea what to expect from the “reimagined” E3 next year, but we do know that the convention will take place from June 15 to June 17.
5. Team Fortress 2 Lag Bots
Team Fortress 2 has apparently been infected by hordes of lag bots. The bots have ruined casual matchmaking, crashing servers. It seems that community servers have been largely unaffected, but it should still be important for Valve to address the issue on their casual servers as soon as possible.
The Daily Moot: Resident Evil 8
1. Resident Evil 8
According to a new leak, Resident Evil 8 may be coming next year. The leak alleges that Resident Evil 8 was originally designed as a spin-off called Resident Evil Revelations 3, but Capcom liked the prototype so much that they decided to turn it into a main-series game. The leaker also shared some details about the game, saying that it will be first-person and that “occultism, insanity and not being able to trust others are huge thematics of the game.” As with all leaks of course, it’s important to take these claims with a huge grain of salt. We’ll have to see if Capcom releases any official information later this year.
2. Streets of Rogue Sequel
A Streets of Rogue sequel is now in development. Solo developer Matt Dabrowski announced the news alongside the game’s most recent patch notes and assured fans that the original game would continue to receive updates and bug fixes while the sequel is in development. There’s no word yet on when we might expect to see the sequel released, but it might be a while considering that the first game took over 6 years to develop.
3. Last Oasis Back Online
After an extremely problematic launch, Last Oasis is finally back online. The MMO was extremely popular on release, unexpectedly so, which caused the game servers to become heavily overloaded. This resulted in many players being stuck in long queues or getting disconnected from the game, and ultimately led the developers to shut down the game entirely. The issues seem to have been mostly fixed and servers are now back online, but progress for all players has been reset so everyone will begin on a fresh account.
4. Saints Row 3 Remaster
A Saints Row 3 remaster has just been announced by developer Sperasoft. Called Saints Row: The Third Remastered, the upcoming game will include more than 30 pieces of DLC from the original and will feature completely rebuilt graphics and visual effects. The game will be available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4, but unfortunately the remaster will only run at 30fps on console.
5. E3 Reimagined
ESA has officially announced the dates for a new “reimagined” E3 2021. After this year’s E3 was cancelled back in March, many fans wondered if the convention would reschedule or try to do an online event. It seems like neither of those will be the case, as ESA is apparently deciding to forgo 2020 altogether in an attempt to make next year’s convention extra special. There’s no word on what exactly ESA means by “reimagined,” but we do know that the event is set to take place from June 15 to June 17, 2021.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.