The Daily Moot: FF7 Trailer, Trials of Osiris, Apex Mobile, and More!
1. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Trailer
Final Fantasy 7 Remake just released a new trailer today! While it’s being billed as a theme song reveal, the trailer packs much, much more. It confirms that while some elements of the game will be a true remake, there are also new twists in the story. Oh, and it also features a crossdressing Cloud. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
2. Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris
Dataminers have uncovered a ton of information about the upcoming season of Destiny 2 and all signs are pointing towards the return of the competitive PvP mode Trials of Osiris. According to the dataminers, the upcoming “Season of the Worthy” starts on March 9, and will launch after a series of events beginning with an Empyrean Foundation Event. It seems the dataminers’ predictions were spot on; Bungie just revealed that the “Empyrean Foundation rebuild effort” will launch next week.
3. Apex Legends Mobile
It looks like Apex Legends may be coming to mobile after all. In May of last year, shortly after the release of the game, Respawn mentioned their desire to bring Apex Legends to mobile. It’s been nearly a year since then, and a quiet one at that, but now EA finally confirmed their commitment to mobile during yesterday's Q3 earnings report. There’s no word yet on any sort of timeline, but we should learn some more information during their Q4 earnings report in May.
4. Animal Crossing Switch
Nintendo just unveiled its new Animal Crossing-themed Switch and it’s one of the best-looking Switch skins yet. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, and players who are buying the Switch specifically to play the new game will undoubtedly enjoy the themed console. The Animal Crossing-themed Switch will release on March 13, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch one week later on March 20.
5. Alien Hominid Returns
A new Alien Hominid game is in the works! The Behemoth, perhaps best known for Castle Crashers, just announced Alien Hominid Invasion, a throwback to the original flash game from 2004. Alien Hominid Invasion is the 5th game from the studio, and will be available for demo at PAX East next month. Check out the announcement video below!
P.S. Check out the latest edition of Ryan's Always Right below! This week's featured game is The Talos Principle.
Activision x Google Streaming Deal Plus the Death of a Legend!
Activision and Google have just announced a massive exclusivity deal that guarantees all of Activision’s streaming events, including the Call of Duty League and the Overwatch League, will take place on YouTube! If that’s not enough, we also update you on the Apex Legends situation building up to Season 4. Finally, the greatest pirate in all the lands makes an appearance (or multiple)!
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The Daily Moot: Revenant is VIOLENT, Say Goodbye to Overwatch Heroes
1. Apex Legends Revenant Trailer
Apex Legends just released their latest trailer for the upcoming release of Revenant and Season 4 and it is VIOLENT. “Revenant was the greatest hitman the Mercenary Syndicate ever had. But when his programming eventually failed, he saw what Hammond Robotics had turned him into: a walking nightmare of steel and vestigial flesh.” What could his abilities be? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
2. Overwatch Benching Heroes
There are some huge changes coming to Overwatch for Season 21. In order to switch up the meta, Competitive Play will have different hero pools every week. This means only certain heroes will be available to play each week and the rest will be disabled. The new hero pools will only affect Competitive Play and will not impact Arcade or Quick Play matches. In his statement, director Jeff Kaplan explained that the Hero Pools system is merely a test for Season 21, and it may go through several changes or be scrapped altogether depending on reception.
3. GTA Giving $2M to Every Player
December 2019 was the most popular month in GTA Online’s history, which is absolutely insane for a game that came out nearly 7 years ago. To celebrate, Rockstar is giving away $2M of in-game currency to every single player just for logging in. Log in between now and February 5 to receive the first $1M, and log in between February 6 and February 12 to receive the second $1M. Rockstar is also giving away freebies for Red Dead Online on the same schedule so be sure to log in and claim those as well.
4. Joker Comes to Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat 11 just got a new addition to its roster, adding Batman’s Joker to the fray. Reviews so far have been stellar, with many players considering Mortal Kombat 11’s Joker to be the best Joker in any fighting game yet. He’s incredibly strong and will likely get nerfed in the future, so be sure to give him a shot soon.
5. Dead Cells DLC
After 16 free updates since its release in 2016, Dead Cells is getting its first-ever paid DLC. Called Bad Seed, the DLC will introduce new creatures, companions, biomes, and weapons, including the game’s first double-slot weapon. The DLC is designed to spice up the early game for new players and those who have already played through the core game. Bad Seed is set to launch on February 11 and will cost $5.
The Daily Moot: Warcraft 3 is BAD, Resident Evil Updates, and More!
1. Warcraft 3 is Back and it’s BAD
Warcraft 3: Reforged is officially live! Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Warcraft, but first impressions of the remake have not been kind. Reviews have been universally scathing, with criticism towards rampant bugs, broken features, janky animations, and bad graphics. Players across the board are condemning Warcraft 3: Reforged as a catastrophe of a game and have already begun requesting refunds. Not a good look for Blizzard.
2. Resident Evil Resistance Not Canon
According to Resident Evil 3 Remake producer Peter Fabiano, Resident Evil Resistance will not be canon. While this may disappoint fans who were hoping for the story’s continuation, there will still be many familiar faces in the new game. Although the game may not be canon, it shares a thematic connection with the rest of the Resident Evil series, particularly with Resident Evil 3 Remake. Both games are set to launch on April 3.
3. PlayStation Plus February Games
Sony just revealed the list of games for February’s PlayStation Plus lineup. Starting February 4, Bioshock: The Collection, The Sims 4, and Firewall Zero Hour will all be available for free for all players with a PlayStation Plus membership. Download the games before March 2 and they will be available in your library forever as long as you remain a PlayStation Plus subscriber.
4. The Art of The Last of Us 2
The Last of Us 2 is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year and now you can get an inside peek behind the making of the game. The Art of the Last of Us 2 is a 200-page book featuring extensive insights into the making of the game. A deluxe edition was made available for pre-order today, and includes a gallery-quality lithograph, slipcase, and exclusive cover in addition to the book.
5. Stadia Pro Freebies
Stadia Pro will be getting 2 free new games next month. On February 1, Gylt and Metro Exodus will be added to the Stadia Pro free game library. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Samurai Showdown will both be removed from the free game library at the same time, so be sure to claim those games by January 31 in order to keep them.
The Daily Moot: Streamers Ditching Twitch, Xbox vs PS5, and More!
1. Streamers Ditching Twitch
Streamers seem to be having a mass exodus from Twitch and it’s not hard to see why. Although Twitch remains the biggest live-streaming service for gaming, competitors are offering huge contracts to streamers in an attempt to poach them. Shroud, Disguised Toast, and Valkyrae are just a handful of the streamers who have left Twitch. Here’s the crazy part: they all went to different services: Mixer, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube, respectively. As the competing platforms all vie for the biggest names in streaming, the result is some insane contracts with top stars like Shroud and Ninja raking in up to $30M with their deals. Sounds like it’s a good time to be a streamer.
2. Xbox Boss Says Frame Rate > Resolution
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has reinforced Xbox’s commitment to maximizing frame rates even if it means a decrease in resolution. Although he’s made similar comments in the past, Spencer said of the upcoming Xbox Series X, “The feel of the games [is] definitely something that we wanted to have more focus on, not just throwing more pixels on screen.” While high-resolution gaming certainly seems to be the focus for most companies (PlayStation announced 8k compatibility with the upcoming PS5), it appears Xbox is taking the complete opposite approach. Which do YOU think is more important: frame rate or resolution?
3. Pokemon Home Details Revealed
Pokemon Home is coming next month and we finally have some more details about the new service. Pokemon Home is an app designed to connect and manage all of your Pokemon needs across games and platforms. An evolution of Pokemon Bank, the new app will allow players to trade, move, and store Pokemon of different games all in one place. Pokemon Home will be available on Switch and Mobile, and will be a subscription-based service starting at $3/month or $16/year.
4. Dying Light: Bad Blood Free
After revealing that Dying Light 2 has been delayed indefinitely, developer Techland has decided to give Dying Light: Bad Blood to all players for free as an apology. Bad Blood is a battle royale version of Dying Light, where players survive against zombies and each other to become the last person (or team) standing. Although Techland is giving the game to all Dying Light players on all platforms, Bad Blood is only available on PC. You can claim your free copy from Dying Light’s official dockets website.
5. Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge
Mortal Kombat is getting an all-new animated movie called Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. The upcoming film will mark the video game’s first foray into full-length R-rated animated films. The movie features many fan favorite Mortal Kombat characters who have to battle to the death in a tournament to save Earth. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
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The Daily Moot (Apex's New Character Murdered!)
1. Apex's New Character Has Been Murdered
Just days after his announcement, Apex's new character Forge has been killed off. Apex Legends just released its latest "Stories from the Outlands" video which features Forge getting murdered during a live interview. His assassin? None other than Revenant. Does this mean that Revenant will be the new Season 4 legend instead of Forge or is Respawn just throwing us for a loop? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
2. Do In-Game Punishments Violate Your Rights?
After his in-game appeal was denied, gamer Amro Elansari recently sued Jagex for muting his Runescape account. The player alleged that Jagex had engaged in discrimination against him, and that the mute violated his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. While it was an interesting approach, the lawsuit was quickly dismissed with a US Federal Court determining, “The First Amendment and its constitutional free speech guarantees restrict government actors, not private entities.” In other words, Jagex can do whatever it wants with its own game because it’s a private entity. So no, as much as it may feel unjust, getting muted does not violate your civil rights.
3. Activision Signs Exclusive Deal with YouTube
Activision Blizzard has signed a partnership deal with Google which will put all of their streaming content exclusively on YouTube. This means that pro leagues such as Overwatch League and Call of Duty League will only be available on YouTube, and will no longer appear on other streaming services such as Twitch. Although Twitch is still the dominant force in the game streaming market, competitors such as YouTube and Mixer have been making huge strides and closing the gap through deals like this.
4. New Star Wars Game
According to a leak from Cinelix, a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game is currently in development. While rumors of a Knights of the Old Republic remake have been circulating for years, the new game will instead be a sequel to the first. BioWare created the much-loved original but it’s unclear whether or not they will have any hand in the upcoming game. There's not a lot of info yet, but expect more details to be revealed later this year at E3.
5. Chinese Professional LoL Suspended
China’s League of Legends Professional League has been suspended indefinitely due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The LPL’s official Twitter released a statement saying that matches would be suspended until they can "ensure the safety and health of players and fans." It’s unclear yet how this will affect teams and players who undoubtedly want to reach global competition at MSI later this year.
6. Hearthstone VR
Blizzard has apparently created a Hearthstone VR prototype, enabling players to play the card game in virtual reality. It’s not just the cards and board but the entire tavern, so you can really warm your toes by the hearth! Some of the features of the prototype allowed players to walk around the tavern, throw cards, and flip tables. Unfortunately, as fun as it may sound, it is unlikely that the VR version will ever see production.
The Daily Moot (Legends of Runeterra, Fortnite Season 2, and More!)
1. Legends of Runeterra
Legends of Runeterra is now live! Riot Games is finally putting the “s” in Games with the official launch of Legends of Runeterra, their new digital CCG. Unlike Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra has its own client and is being treated as a unique game completely independent of League of Legends. That said, there’s still a lot of League influence with many popular champions making an appearance. Check out the new game and join in on the discussion over on our new Legends of Runeterra lounge!
2. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 has finally been announced! After an extremely long Season 1, players will no doubt be excited for the arrival of Season 2 and the changes it will bring. There’s no word yet on what exactly we can expect in the upcoming season, but we’ll likely get some more news in the coming weeks. Chapter 2 Season 2 begins February 20.
3. Rocket League Closing Online Multiplayer
Rocket League is closing its online multiplayer for certain PC players. Starting in March, developer Psyonix will stop providing support for Linux and Mac users. This means all online content will be disabled, including things such as online matchmaking, friends lists, and shops. Psyonix recommends players who will be affected to download the Windows version of the game before March in order to continue playing with full functionality.
4. Steam Lunar New Year Sale
The Steam Lunar New Year Sale is here, offering huge discounts on thousands of games. Some of the highlights include 66% off Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, 75% off Vermintide 2, and 90% off Phoning Home. Even if you’re not looking to expand your gaming library, Steam is giving out Year of the Rat tokens every day to all users. You can spend these tokens in the Lunar New Year Night Market, which offers Steam enhancements such as animated profile backgrounds, chat room effects, and chat stickers.
5. Plague Inc. Resurgence
Plague Inc. has experience a huge surge in popularity in China amid the current Coronavirus outbreak. The game, which first launched in 2012, is now the top paid app in China's iOS store. Showing a display of a dark sense of humor among Chinese gamers, Plague Inc. is a strategy game where players try to eliminate humanity with a gradually mutating pathogen.
P.S. Check out Ryan's review of Legends of Runeterra and see what all the hype is about!
Fortnite Bans, Apex Legends Season 4, and 100T's New Compound!
Can you get BANNED for jumping in Fortnite now? Is the new Apex Legends character OVERPOWERED? Will Dylan leave his friends BEHIND?
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The Daily Moot (New Apex Legends Character, GTA Update, and More!)
1. New Apex Legends Character
Apex Legends just revealed its upcoming new character named Forge! A five-time Hyper Fighting Federation champion, Forge is a brawler with a huge robotic left arm. Although his abilities are still unknown, Respawn described the new character as having “a mean left hook,” so you can expect his robotic arm to play a significant role. Forge will launch alongside the start of Season 4 which begins on February 4.
2. GTA Online New Car
GTA Online goes off-roading this week, with the release of the all-new Nagasaki Outlaw. The latest addition to the Casino Cars, the Nagasaki Outlaw is an off-road buggy with a protective roadcage, encouraging players to use the vehicle for some next-level exploring. Test it out in Overtime Rumble, where you can get double rewards for a limited time. If you were hoping for something more race-ready, the Progen Emerus supercar is available through the Lucky Wheel Podium this week.
3. New Hearthstone Heroes
Hearthstone Battlegrounds just got two new heroes in a recent update. The first is Tirion Fordring whose ability costs 1 mana and gives minions with no minion type +1/+1. The second new hero is Millhouse Manastor, whose ability is a passive where your minions cost 2 Gold, refresh costs 2 Gold, and you start with 2 Gold. Try out the new heroes and see if you can come out victorious in the Battlegrounds!
4. Vermintide 2 Update
Vermintide 2 just got a huge update today, releasing the first chapter of Curse of Drachenfels. In the first chapter, players will be returning to Castle Drachenfels to investigate the disappearance of Grey Mountain villagers. The remaining 2 chapters will be released later on in Season 2, and all 3 chapters will be completely free. The update also introduced a new in-game store called Lohner’s Emporium of Wonders which sells cosmetics in exchange for in-game currency. Currently the store only offers hats and hero skins, but expect more cosmetics to be added over time.
5. Dishonored Tabletop Edition
Courtesy of Modiphius Entertainment, Dishonored is the latest video game to be turned into a tabletop RPG. Unlike the Dishonored video game where players assume the role of an assassin, the tabletop version will let players choose other careers such as workers or explorers. The game will launch with a 300-page book, introducing the Empires of the Isles and the Void and providing a four-act campaign set in Dunwall. The Dishonored Roleplaying Game is expected to launch this summer.
The Daily Moot (1/22/20)
1. 100 Thieves Crazy New Compound
100 Thieves officially opened their new Los Angeles headquarters and esports facility today! Dubbed the 100 Thieves Cash App Compound, the 15,000 sq ft building is said to be the largest esports facility in America. The compound is designed to be a place where all facets of 100 Thieves can come together, including esports, content creation, and apparel and merchandise. To facilitate this, the building includes things such as esport training facilities, streaming rooms, and other dedicated areas for 100 Thieves affiliates to work independently or with each other. Could this be the future of streaming and gaming-related entertainment?
2. Half-Life Goes Free-to-play
In anticipation for the release of Half-Life: Alyx, every single Half-Life game is now free to play until the new game launches! This gives gamers plenty of time to catch up on the story before jumping into Alyx later this year. Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two are all available for free on Steam from now until the launch of Alyx on April 1 (assuming it doesn’t get delayed of course).
3. Hearthstone Galakrond’s Awakening
Hearthstone’s latest solo adventure, Galakrond’s Awakening, is now live! The adventure features two separate story campaigns, one for the League of Explorers and another for the League of E.V.I.L. Each chapter of the adventure features unique rewards, including new cards that are only available through the campaigns. The first chapter of the E.V.I.L. campaign is now available and is free for all players.
4. The Witcher Breaks More Records
As part of their Q4 earnings report, Netflix announced that The Witcher is its most successful first-season show ever. To date, The Witcher has had over 76 million households tune in. The Witcher seems to be one of those rare occasions where a video game inspired movie/TV show actually turns out well and has mass appeal. Maybe it helps that the games were originally based off books. At any rate, everything The Witcher is at an all time high now. We’ll have to see if CD Projekt Red can pull it off again and create another global phenomenon with Cyberpunk 2077.
5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Disney just dropped an all-new trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Originally on Cartoon Network and later on Netflix, The Clone Wars has now been resurrected by Disney+. It’s been nearly 6 years since the show’s last episode so expect the new producers to have some big surprises in store. The 7th and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premieres on February 21. Check out the trailer below:
The Daily Moot (1/21/20)
1. Ubisoft Making Big Changes
Ubisoft’s recent releases, such as The Division 2 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, have been commercial and critical disappointments. This has led to the delay of Rainbow Six: Quarantine, Gods and Monsters, and Watch Dogs Legion, as well as the cancellation of other projects. The studio is now looking to switch things up, announcing a restructuring of their editorial team in an effort to increase the diversity in their game lineup. Most notable among these changes is the rehiring of Splinter Cell Creative Director, Maxime Beland. While this has fans excited for a Splinter Cell resurrection, there’s no info yet about a new game. Instead, Beland’s role seems to be focused on the overall vision of the company and we will likely see some big changes represented in Ubisoft’s future games.
2. The Elder Scrolls 6
The Elder Scrolls 6 could be on the horizon as Bethesda has begun a mass hiring spree. According to the job listings, Bethesda is looking for programmers who are ready to push "the bleeding-edge of RPG development for the PC and consoles." This news had led fans to believe that Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi game Starfield is finally wrapping up production, meaning that The Elder Scrolls 6 will finally become the studio’s main focus.
3. Dying Light 2 Delayed
Delay, delay, delay. This time it’s Dying Light 2 getting hit with the delay hammer, albeit the details are a bit different. Unlike previously delayed games which claimed they needed more time for polish and fine-tuning, Techland is being vague with their reasoning, saying, “We will have more details to share in the coming months, and will get back to you as soon as we have more information.” Pretty sure they already have the “information” and just don’t want to share with us. At any rate, it sounds like Dying Light 2 is having some pretty serious development issues and won’t be launching any time soon.
4. Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops
It’s official: Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops will be here sooner than the actual game. According to an announcement at the London Toy Fair, Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops will be available on April 16, 2020. This is the same date that the game was originally supposed to release. Of course, its launch day has now been pushed back to September, meaning that the action figures will be here a full 5 months sooner than the game. How do you feel about buying merch for a game that hasn’t come out yet?
5. MHW: Iceborn Road Map
Monster Hunter World: Iceborn just released its 2020 road map, with detailed information on what’s to come between now and April. One major update is the PC version will be synced with console, and both versions will have the exact same content. This means that PC players will be getting new content such as the Volcanic Region and Tundra Region, as well as all the monsters that reside there. Check out the road map below:
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2020 - The Year of Delayed Games! (Moot Points)
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The Daily Moot (1/17/20)
1. Call of Duty Dominates
Market research company The NPD Group just unveiled its list of the best-selling games of the decade. Well, uh, it’s basically just Call of Duty. All of ‘em. Of the top 10 best-selling games of the decade, Call of Duty holds 7 spots, with every title from Black Ops to Black Ops 4 making the list. Incredibly, the top spot is NOT a Call of Duty game; that honor goes to Grand Theft Auto V. If you're surprised by the list, keep in mind that these are the best-selling games, not the top-earning. This means free-to-play games like Fortnite or League of Legends won't be making an appearance.
2. Overwatch Lunar New Year
The Overwatch Lunar New Year 2020 Event is now live! The Year of the Rat celebrations will run from now until February 6 (Chinese New Year is on January 25). The event brings an all-new limited-time game mode called CTF Blitz, a high-octane version of Capture the Flag where the flags are closer together. Weekly challenges are back with plenty of rewards including sprays, icons, emotes, and epic skins. There’s also 4 new legendary skins available during the event, one each for Sombra, Moira, Brigette, and Lucio. Check out the trailer below:
3. Yet Another Game Delay
Is 2020 the year of the game delay? Yet another game has been delayed for “polish and fine-tuning,” with the victim this time being Iron Man VR. At least this one isn’t nearly as long as the others. Originally slated to release on February 28, the game will now launch on May 15. That makes 4 major games that have been delayed for “polish” just this week, the others being Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Marvel’s Avengers, and Cyberpunk 2077. What on earth is going on?
4. Sekiro Manga
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is getting a complete manga edition. The manga, some of which has been available in Japan, serves as a prequel to the game, diving into the backstory of Hanbei the Undying. The complete edition will be released on February 27 in Japan, unfortunately there’s no word on an English version yet.
5. Bojack Horseman Final Season Trailer
Bojack Horseman is coming to an end. One of the longest-running Netflix original series of all time, Bojack Horseman has been universally acclaimed by critics, with multiple publications calling it the best TV series of the decade. The second half of the final season is almost here, and the creators have released a trailer to get fans ready for the finale. The final 8 episodes will premiere on Netflix on January 31.
The Daily Moot (1/16/20)
1. Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again
CD Projekt Red just announced that Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed. Again. Just like the developers of Marvel’s Avengers earlier this week, CD Projekt Red decided to delay the release of Cyberpunk 2077 in order to polish and fine-tune the game. In order to do so, they will be pushing the release date back a full 5 months. That sounds like an awful lot of polish and fine tuning. With the extremely high expectations for the game, it makes sense that the developers want to make it as good as possible on release, but fans have been anticipating the release for over a year now and are no doubt starting to get antsy. Cyberpunk 2077 is now slated to launch on September 17.
2. The Death of E3?
E3 has long been considered the premier video game expo but many pundits are saying that the death of E3 is looming. Sony confirmed they will not be attending the expo in 2020 and they’re not the only company bowing out. EA, Disney Interactive, and Blizzard will all be absent from the event as well. Developers seem much more interested in teasing games on their own terms, either through their own expos (like Blizzard’s BlizzCon) or through partnerships with popular streamers. Could this really be the death of E3?
3. Modern Warfare Season 1 Extended
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Season 1 has been extended. The extension not only gives players some extra time to achieve their goals, it also introduces some new challenges and rewards along the way. One of these rewards allows you to add a brand-new crossbow to your arsenal. Modern Warfare Season 1 will now end on February 11.
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is getting a new Fighters Pass which will introduce 6 new characters to the game. Sounds awesome right? There’s a catch. Nintendo isn’t willing to say who the new characters will be, even though they’ve already decided on all of them. Nintendo did say, however, that all the characters would be released by the end of 2021. If you’re okay with the mystery, the Fighters Pass will be available for pre-purchase starting January 28.
5. Sea of Thieves Gilded Voyages
Sea of Thieves latest update “Legend of the Seas” is now live! The update brings back Gilded Voyages for a limited time, giving players a great opportunity to fill their coffers and get some loot. There’s also a new NPC called the Masked Stranger who will give you double the normal gold for you Gilded Voyage loot. You can find her in the Reaper’s Hideout. Players are only allowed to do one Gilded Voyage, so make sure you’re up for the task before making your way to a tavern and requesting one from Duke.
The Daily Moot (1/15/20)
1. Ninja Get His Own Fortnite Skin
It has finally happened - Ninja is getting his very own Fornite skin. The skin is an exact replica of Ninja including his lightning blue hair and his blue and yellow attire. You can get the skin tomorrow at 4pm PT which will include the Ninja outfit, the Ninja Edge back bling, the Ninja emote (pon pon), and dual katanas pickaxe! The Ninja deal will only be available through January 19th at 5pm PT so get don't forget to get it tomorrow! Now that Ninja has his own skin.... who's next?!
2. Rainbow Six Siege: Road to Six
Rainbow Six Siege just got some awesome new updates in anticipation for the upcoming Six Invitational 2020. Among these updates is a brand new map called Stadium which features a kill house lined with bulletproof glass, guaranteed to create some unique and captivating gameplay. When playing on Stadium, players will have all Operators unlocked and available, making it the perfect opportunity to try out new Operators. There’s also a new battle pass available today, with loot spread out over the next 5 weeks. The Six Invitational, which will feature the top 16 Rainbow Siege Siege teams, begins on February 7. Ubisoft also dropped a new trailer for the event called "The Program," check it out below:
3. Destiny 2 Mystery
Something strange is happening in Destiny 2’s Corridors of Time. A new quest is enticing players to explore the corridors which are occasionally available through Osiris’s Sundial. Through the quest, you can gain access to a secret room with new lore cards, strange symbols, and a “mysterious thing.” The event has players and puzzle-solvers in a frenzy in an attempt to unravel the mystery but so far nobody has been able to crack the code. Perhaps you can be the first?
4. PUBG Season 6
PUBG Season 6 just hit the test servers, giving players a chance to preview what’s to come. Try out the all-new 64-player map Karakin. Karakin is a 2x2km map with big open spaces and is designed for fast-paced play. The map also features something called a “Black Zone,” which strikes a random area and transforms it. If the new map isn’t already enticing enough, it also features PUBG’s first flying vehicle, allowing you to rain down terror from the skies above.
5. Visions of N’Zoth
The latest update for World of Warcraft, Visions of N’Zoth, is now live! The Old God N’Zoth has made his return and must be defeated by the Heroes of the Horde and Alliance in the new Ny’alotha raid. That’s not the only new thing, Visions of N’Zoth also introduces two new races to the game, the fox-like Vulpera and the half-machine Mechagnomes.
6. Slay the Spire 2.0
Slay the Spire, one of the most unique and critically-acclaimed games of 2019, just got a massive new update. After months of beta testing, the first new character “The Watcher” has finally gone live. The Watcher is described as “a blind ascetic who is fond of miracles and peeping at cards in her draw pile.” The update also included a bunch of balance changes and quality of life improvements, including the introduction of an all-new Potion Lab. Think you have what it takes to slay the spire?
P.S. Also be sure to check out our new Indie Games lounge! In the Indie Games lounge you can talk about all your favorite games that don't have their own lounge on Moot! Our Admin team will also be posting a lot of great content in there so be sure to pin the lounge to stay updated!
The Daily Moot (1/14/20)
1. New Indie Games Lounge!
Introducing the all-new Indie Games lounge! Now you finally have a place to discuss all your favorite games that don’t have their own lounge. The Admin team will be posting a lot of awesome new content in the Indie Games lounge, so be sure to pin the lounge and follow your Moot Admins (Ryan, Rue, Dylan, and Brian)! Also check out our Best Games of the Decade List below; which admin do you think has the best taste in gaming?
2. Rainbow Six Siege Year 5 Pass Leak
The Year 5 Pass for Rainbow Six Siege just leaked and you’re probably not gonna like what you see. The leak revealed a decrease in new Operators from 8 to 6. That’s not all, the pass which used to include 600 extra credits won’t include any this time. Hopefully this isn’t part of the “new vision” the new core development team was talking about. Although things aren’t looking good, the leak is still unconfirmed and the details could change by the time the pass actually releases.
3. Epic Confirms Free Games through 2020
Epic gave away dozens of incredible games last year and it appears there are more to come! Many people expected the weekly freebies would come to an end in 2020, and were surprised to see free games in the Epic Games Store earlier this month. Fortunately, Epic put fears to rest today, officially confirming that they will be giving away free games every week for the entirety of 2020. Yay for free games!
4. Marvel’s Avengers Delayed
The release date for the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers game has been delayed. Originally expected to launch in May, the game will now launch on September 4. The developers, Crystal Dynamics, said they want to spend more time polishing and fine-tuning the game. While fans will no doubt be disappointed by the delay, they certainly won’t mind as long as the end product truly is polished and fine-tuned. We’ll have to wait and see about that.
5. DOOM Eternal Trailer 2
Bethesda just dropped a new trailer for DOOM Eternal this morning. The trailer features hype cinematics certain to entice fans, as well as clips of real gameplay footage showing what you can expect in the game. DOOM Eternal launches March 20, 2020.
The Daily Moot (1/13/20)
1. The Witcher Interactive Timeline Map
The Witcher’s timeline of events is confusing to say the least. Good thing Netflix has our backs; they just released an interactive timeline map showing all the major events along with their dates and locations. Check it out and you’ll probably learn some things that you didn’t know (or didn’t want to know). For example, did you know Geralt is over 100 years old and Yennefer is 72? The power of magic is something else.
2. Borderlands 3 Event Postponed
The Borderlands 3 Takedown at Maliwan Blacksite event has been postponed due to technical difficulties. Takedown at Maliwan Blacksite is an endgame raid designed and balanced for a full party of 4 max-level players and it offers some of the best loot in the game. The planned event would temporarily make the raid scaleable to party size, meaning that players could take it on solo or duo and maximize the loot rewards. Originally planned for the start of the year, the event will now be live from January 16-30, after which the difficulty will ramp back up and force you to use a 4-man squad.
3. AGDQ Breaks Record
AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) is an annual gaming event where the best speedrunners on the planet attempt to push boundaries and break records while raising money for charity. This year’s event was the most successful yet, raising over $3 million and breaking a record for the most money raised in the process. The $3 million, which was the product of over 54,000 unique donations, will go to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
4. Legends of Runeterra Open Beta
Legends of Runeterra is entering open beta next week! Legends of Runeterra is a new digital card game based on League of Legends. Although they’re calling it a beta, it seems the game is pretty much complete as it will be launching with ranked mode ready. You will permanently keep all the cards you earn during the beta, so feel free to go all-out from the start. Unlike League of Legends and TFT, Legends of Runeterra will have its own client, and will also be available on iOS and Android. The open beta launches January 24.
The Daily Moot (1/10/20)
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1. League of Legends Season 2020
League of Legends Season 2020 has begun! The latest ranked season for the biggest esport on the planet is now live, with professional play resuming in just 2 weeks! If you’re not hyped already, check out this incredible Season 2020 cinematic from Riot Games.
2. Apex Legends Grand Soirée
Starting on January 14, Apex Legends is hosting a massive Grand Soirée (a fancy word for a fancy party). The party will last for two weeks, over the course of which you’ll be able to test out a bunch of new content. The Grand Soirée will introduce 7 different game modes which will rotate every 2 days throughout the event. Each game mode has its own challenges, allowing you to rack up points and earn prizes. There will also be new Dapper Legendary skins and art deco cosmetics available in the shop, as well as via Apex Packs and crafting.
3. New Red Dead Online Content
A batch of new content just hit Red Dead Online, introducing new cosmetics and expanding the Moonshiner update. Some of the new clothing options available include a Rivera Hooded Tunic, Pico Sandals, and a pair of new hats. The patch also expanded the Moonshiner Frontier Pursuit, offering discounts on all the gear you need to get started. Players who are able to reach Moonshiner Rank 3 by January 13 will earn an exclusive colorway of the new Kelley Boots.
4. Super Mario Maker 2 Expansion
Nintendo just expanded the amount of levels you can create in Super Mario Maker 2! Whereas the previous cap was 64 levels, players will now be able to upload up to 100 levels each. Nintendo announced that over 10 million player-created levels have been shared on the game, and decided to increase the cap in celebration.
5. Ciri Takes Center Stage
According to Lauren S. Hissrich, the series showrunner for Netflix's The Witcher, Ciri will be taking center stage in the next season. The show will look to explore the relationship and dynamic between Ciri and Geralt, and show how their trust is built despite initially being strangers. Unfortunately, The Witcher won't be returning until 2021, so we'll have to wait awhile before seeing how it all pans out.
The Daily Moot (1/9/20)
1. Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass
A new, paid DLC Expansion Pass is coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield. The Pass will cost $30, and will bring 2 DLC packs which will contain new environments, Pokemon, clothing items, and more. The first expansion is called Isle of Armor and not only does it introduce returning Pokemon from outside the Galar region, but also a brand new legendary called Kubfu. The second expansion is Crown Tundra, which focuses heavily on exploration. If you’re on the fence about purchasing the Expansion Pass, all players will be able to sample the new expansions for free later today. The first expansion is expected to launch this June.
2. Chinese is Steam’s Most Popular Language
According to the results of Valve’s December 2019 Steam Hardware and Software Survey, simplified Chinese is now the largest language demographic on Steam. This marks the first time that English was not the most popular language. It’s important to note that participation in the survey is optional, so the results are far from scientific and the data may easily be skewed.
3. New Hearthstone Solo Adventure
Hearthstone is getting a new solo adventure called Galakrond's Awakening. Galakrond’s Awakening will be a part of the Descent of Dragons, and will feature 24 encounters spread across 2 different stories. The expansion will also introduce 35 new cards which can be earned by completing the solo challenges.
4. New Nvidia Driver Drastically Improves VR
Nvidia new driver just gave a huge graphical and performance boost to VR games. Nvidia’s new Variable Rate Supersampling (VRSS) boosts overall graphical quality by cleverly selecting certain areas in the field of view to focus on. The driver update currently supports 20 different titles, and is only available for RTX graphics cards.
5. Free Games from Epic
Epic Games is officially continuing their weekly freebies. From now until January 16, players can claim Sundred: Eldritch Edition for free from the Epic Games Store. As long as you claim the game before January 16, the game will stay in your library forever. Sundred: Eldritch Edition is “a chaotic hand-drawn metroidvania where you resist or embrace ancient eldritch powers.” It also includes local co-op for those of you looking to try out a new game with friends.
The Daily Moot (1/8/20)
1. Overwatch 2 Launch Leak
According to a tweet from PlayStation Brazil’s official Twitter page, it seems that Overwatch 2 could be coming sooner than expected. The tweet, which has since been deleted, claimed that Overwatch 2 would be coming to PS4 this year. Blizzard has yet to comment on the leak, and has generally left the community in the dark regarding the upcoming sequel/expansion. Overwatch 2 was playable at BlizzCon last year, but project head Jeff Kaplan explained that it was still in early development and the team did not have a target release date at that time.
2. IGF Nominees Revealed
The Independent Game Festival just released their list of nominees for the best indie games of the year. While there are many categories including Art, Design, Audio, and Narrative, most eyes will undoubtedly be on the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. The Grand Prize nominees are Mutazione, A Short Hike, Untitled Goose Game, Slay the Spire, Eliza, and Anodyne 2: Return to Dust. Which game do you think will take home the trophy?
3. Twitter’s Most Popular Game is NOT Fortnite
Twitter recently shared some of its data, revealing the most talked about games of 2019. With more than 1.2 Billion tweets about gaming, many people expected Fortnite to come out on top because players have been very vocal about their love or hate for the game. Fortnite didn’t take the crown, so what was the most talked about game of the past year? Surprisingly, that honor goes to Fate/Grand Order. First released in Japan in 2015, Fate/Grand Order is an extremely popular turn-based RPG that got its US release in 2017. The game still hasn't been released in Europe, so it seems like there's still a lot of potential for upwards growth.
4. Sea of Thieves is the Most Successful Microsoft Exclusive
Executive producer of Rare, Joe Neate, just released a statement that Sea of Thieves is the most successful Microsoft-exclusive game of this generation. Since its launch in March 2018, over 10 million people have played the game across Xbox Game Pass, PC, and Xbox One. In celebration of the news, players who log in to Sea of Thieves between January 15-22 will receive a free custom sail and a special new emote. Furthermore, January 15 marks the launch of the game’s latest free expansion “Legend of the Seas.” It’s a good time to be a pirate.
5. Sonic Movie Merch Hits Stores
The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie will get its worldwide theatrical release next month, and the merch is already flying in. There’s a lot of different items available, ranging from kinda cool to outright bizarre. Some of the items include plushies, Sonic Mad Libs, a blatant rip off of a Hot Wheels game, and a notebook that says “Speed Freak” on it. We have no idea why any of this stuff is considered “movie merch,” but we’ve learned by now to expect the unexpected when it comes to the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie.
The Daily Moot (1/7/19)
1. Kentucky Route Zero Final Act
Seven years have passed since the first act of Kentucky Route Zero was released in 2013, but it seems the end is now in sight. Developer Cardboard Computer has announced that the fifth and final act will be released on January 28. For those who have never heard of the game, Kentucky Route Zero is a point-and-click adventure described as “a magical realist adventure game about a secret highway running through the caves beneath Kentucky, and the mysterious folks who travel it.”
2. Nintendo Switch Gets a Stylus
The first official Nintendo Switch stylus is now available. Coinciding with the release of Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training, this marks the first time that a Nintendo-branded Switch stylus has been available for purchase. Unfortunately, most of us will still have to wait as the stylus is currently only available in the UK via Nintendo’s UK store.
3. Sony Reveals PlayStation 5 Logo
During its 2020 CES press conference yesterday, Sony revealed the logo for the upcoming PlayStation 5. The new logo follows in the footsteps of the previous PlayStation generations and is basically exactly what you would expect it to look like. Sony also released some sales numbers, revealing that the PlayStation 4 sold over 104 million units. This makes the PS4 the 2nd best selling console in history, behind the PS2 which sold 158 million units.
4. New Video Game Stamp Series
The Royal Mail is honoring classic British video games with a new commemorative stamp series. There are 8 stamps in total, each representing a classic UK-developed video game. Some of the featured games include Worms, WipEout, and Lemmings, as well as a special Tomb Raider collection. The stamps will go on sale starting January 21, but they are available for pre-order now.
The Daily Moot (1/6/20)
1. New Nintendo Switch to Start Production
A new Nintendo Switch is reportedly starting production with a target release date of mid-2020. According to rumors, Nintendo will be making 2 new variations of the Switch, with the currently available Switch model serving as a bridge between the two. One will be a budget model dubbed the Switch Light, which will focus more on the traditional handheld format. The other model will be a premium variant called the Switch Pro, which will have “enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers.” Of course, these are still just rumors so we’ll have to wait for the official Nintendo announcement before we can get any concrete details.
2. Dota Underlords Falling into Oblivion
Things aren’t looking too good for Valve’s Dota Underlords. The peak player count has dropped more than 90% since the game officially launched 6 months ago. While the autobattler genre has declined in general, competitors such as Riot Games’ Teamfight Tactics are still maintaining strong player counts. It seems Valve is striking out lately, first with colossal failure of their digital collectible card game Artifact, and now with Dota Underlords. Let’s hope they can turn it around with Half-Life: Alyx.
3. Cyberpunk 2077 Action Figures
The game might not be here but the merch sure is. Crafted by McFarlane Toys, the all-new Cyberpunk 2077 action figures represent the latest edition of Cyberpunk merchandise. There are 4 different variants available, including Male V and Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand. The action figures come with plenty of accessories, ranging from guns, to sports bags, to guitars. The figures themselves all have at least 22 moving parts, enabling you to customize them to heart’s desire. You can pre-order the figures starting today, with the first batch expected to ship this Spring.
4. Origin Releases “Big O” PC
Ever wanted to play your PC and your console at the same time? Well now you can. Origin PC just released their new “Big O” model which contains a console inside of a gaming PC. You can choose between the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One S. While you could, hypothetically, play a console game and a PC game simultaneously, the main draw of the Big O is that it allows you to play console exclusives on a PC. This makes it easy for content creators to stream console exclusive games and it also means you can crank up the game specs to their maximums.
The Daily Moot (1/3/20)
1. Fortnite Crowned the Top-Earning Game of 2019
Once again Fortnite was the highest-earning game of the year, raking in an insane $1.8 BILLION last year. While it’s not quite as much as they made in 2018, it’s still an unbelievable amount of money for a single game to pull in. It also proves that there is serious money to be made with a free-to-play business model. Hopefully this will incentivize other game developers to release free games with a cosmetic-based revenue stream. Mobile was the most successful platform of the year, earning a whopping $64B. PC came in second with $30B, while console netted $15B.
2. GTA V Now Available on Xbox Game Pass
Players with an Xbox Game Pass subscription can now get GTA V for free! This also includes GTA Online for Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Despite the fact that GTA V first launched in 2013, it has experienced a resurgence like no other and remains one of the most popular games on the planet. In fact, according to Twitch data, GTA V was the 3rd most watched game of 2019.
3. Respawn Founder to Take Over DICE
The CEO and founder of Respawn, Vince Zampella, will be taking over the DICE LA studio with his eyes set on a complete rebranding. Under Zampella’s leadership, the studio is expected to begin work on a new, original game. As the creator of massive franchises such as Call of Duty and Titanfall, it’ll be interesting to see what new original concept Zampella will come up with. Leading the new studio will undoubtedly be hard work, but Zampella is still expected to keep his position as the CEO of Respawn Entertainment.
4. Portal Prequel "F-Stop" Revealed
Valve recently revealed that they had previously planned on creating a Portal prequel called F-Stop. Portal and Portal 2 are some of the most well-known and critically acclaimed puzzle games of all time, so it’s a shame that F-Stop was cancelled. Valve gave permission to indie developer LunchHouse Software to investigate the scrapped project and bring some of its details to light. While the reveals only show off the base mechanics of F-Stop, they are straight from the original source code, giving us a unique look of what might have been. LunchHouse is currently working on their own physics-based puzzle game called Punt, so it’s possible we could see some of these mechanics in the future. Check out the first reveal video below:
The Daily Moot (1/2/20)
1. Modern Warfare Gets New Game Mode
Are you ready to Grind? The new “Grind” gamemode has now come to Modern Warfare. First featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grind combines Kill Confirmed and Harpoint in a mode that requires both tactics and gun skills. It’s unclear whether or not the new mode is here to stay, as it replaced the temporary Drop Zone mode which was available for about a week. That means if you want to Grind, now is the time.
2. The Uncharted Movie Loses its 6th Director
It may be a new year, a new decade even, but some things just don’t change. The Uncharted Movie has failed once again as yet another director has left the project. Travis Knight (director of Bumblebee) was the 6th director to join and then leave the project since it was first announced in 2007. The Uncharted Movie is supposed to be a prequel to the game’s narrative, but at this point who knows if it will ever come out.
3. Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Leaked
The Final Fantasy VII Remake demo leaked on the PlayStation store, enabling players in certain regions to download the game prematurely. Dataminers were quick to investigate the code, and they came across some pretty big news. Originally expected to be a PlayStation exclusive, the demo contained code for AMD and Nvidia compatibility, which essentially confirms a PC release. While it will likely release some time after the PS4 version, the PC port is huge news for Final Fantasy fans who have been eagerly awaiting the FFVII remake ever since it was first announced in 2015.
4. Skyrim is Getting a Granny Mod
Grandma Shirley is officially coming to Skyrim! The 80-year-old Shirley Curry is known as the “Skyrim Grandma” and she has gained quite a following, boasting nearly 800k subscribers on Youtube. The Skyrim Grandma will soon be made into an NPC follower mod, complete with her own quest lines, interactions, and observations. The character will be a classic Barbarian and will be voiced by Shirley Curry herself. There's no official release date yet, but the mod is expected to be available early this year.
The Daily Moot (12/31/19)
1. Deadpool 3 is in Production
Deadpool fans rejoice! Ryan Reynolds just confirmed that Deadpool 3 is in production! Many fans were concerned about the future of the R-rated franchise after Fox and Marvel Studios were acquired by Disney who is known for their family-friendly content. There is no official release date for Deadpool 3 yet, but apparently “the whole team” at Marvel is currently working on the project. It’s time to get hyped!
2. Epic’s Weekly Giveaways Continue
Today is the final day of Epic Games’ 12 Days of Christmas and they’re ending it with a bang! While all of the games they have given away have been great, today’s game, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, is by far the newest as it just launched a couple months ago. Fans were concerned that the 12 Days of Christmas would mark the end of Epic’s weekly giveaways but you can rest assured that the weeklies will continue (at least for now). From January 1-9, Epic will be giving away 2 free games, expected to be Darksiders 2 and STEEP.
3. Pokemon Go Hatchathon
Pokemon Go has been going non-stop with events and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Starting January 2nd, the Hatchathon event gives bonuses to all things eggy. During the event, you’ll be able to earn extra Stardust, Rare Candies, and Unova Stones. You’ll also have the chance to hatch special Pokemon, such as party hat Pichu and Wurmble from 2km eggs. For a limited time, party hat Pikachu can be encountered in the wild, with party hat Raticate and Wurmple appearing in two-star Raids.
4. G-Man Returns
For the first time in 12 years, Half-Life’s mysterious G-Man speaks. Mike Shapiro, the voice actor for G-Man, posted a short, creepy monologue as a teaser for the upcoming Half-Life: Alyx. Much like the man himself, the speech is cryptic and shrouded in mystery. Check it out below:
The Daily Moot (12/30/19)
1. The Witcher 3 Breaks Playerbase Record
In an unprecedented resurgence, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has broken its own record for concurrent players. With nearly 100,000 concurrent players on Steam, The Witcher 3 now has an even larger playerbase than it did on its launch day back in 2015. There are likely multiple contributing factors, but the biggest and most obvious is the wildly popular Netflix series “The Witcher.” Also helping is the fact that the game is now steeply discounted, which has given new players a chance to snag the critically acclaimed title for as low as $12.
2. New Details on PlayStation 5
New details on the upcoming PlayStation 5 have arrived, including a soft release date. As confirmed by Sony executives, the PlayStation 5 will release during the 2020 Holiday season. The PS5 will feature an 8-core AMD chipset, an SSD storage system, 3D audio, 8K TV support, and (best of all) will be backwards compatible with PS4 games. The PlayStation 5 is also expected to feature an all-new futuristic design as well as a new controller with haptic feedback to maximize player immersion.
3. New JRPG from Fire Emblem Creator
Shouzo Kaga, best known as the creator of Fire Emblem, just released a new JRPG called “Vestaria Saga I: War of the Scions.” After his departure from Intelligent Systems in 1999, Vestaria Saga marks the first game from Shouzo Kaga in over a decade. While the game may seem simple at first, fans are praising its sprawling, complicated maps and its emphasis on tactical decision making. Vestaria Saga I: War of the Scions is currently exclusive to Steam and is available for $20.
4. Pokemon Go Wayspot Contributions Disabled
Pokemon Go has temporarily disabled wayspot contributions because they were “too successful." Niantic has been steadily rolling out their new Wayfarer Tool which allows players to influence key areas of the map with Gym and Pokestop contributions. Due to the “overwhelming response” from players, Niantic has now disabled these contributions in an effort to prevent stability issues. There’s no timeline on when we can expect the Wayfarer Tool to be back up and running, but Niantic has promised to keep players updated via their social media channels.
The Daily Moot (12/27/19)
1. Best of Steam 2019
Steam has unveiled its "Best of 2019" charts, looking back at the some of the best-selling and most played games of the year. Unfortunately, Steam isn’t releasing the exact numbers. Instead, there are several “winners” in each category, divided into tiers of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Total War: Three Kingdoms dominated this year, both appearing at the top of several categories.
2. Pokemon Go Gets New Pokemon
The Pokemon Go holiday event is bringing new Gen 5 Pokemon and an opportunity to catch some holiday-themed Pokemon. From now until January 1st, you’ll have an increased chance to run into Ice-type Pokemon such as Sneasel, Delibird, Snorunt, and the all-new Cubchoo. You’ll also be able to catch holiday versions of Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu. Last but not least, the Gen 5 legendary Virizion will be available until January 7th. Time to go catch ‘em all!
3. New Titles for Stadia Pro Subscribers
Stadia Pro subscribers are getting 2 new free games this New Year. On January 1st, premium subscribers will be able to download Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper for free. In less-positive news, Google will also be removing one of its current free games from the Stadia Pro catalog on December 31st: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. It seems like Stadia is still trying to figure things out, but limiting their premium subscription to only 5 games probably isn’t the answer considering the massive catalogs offered by competitors like PlayStation Now.
4. Whispering Hills Mod Update
One of the most popular mods for Fallout 4, Whispering Hills, just got a scary new update. Directly inspired from the horror game series Silent Hills, the Whispering Hills mod turns Fallout 4’s wasteland into a foggy, frightening world of horrors. The latest update introduces Siren Head to the game, just in case the Silent Hill nurses, Twin-Head Screamers, and mutant Dogs weren’t horrifying enough already.
The Daily Moot (12/26/19)
1. R6 Siege Giving Away Free Operators
Rainbow Six Siege is giving away 1 free operator to everybody who logs in before January 5th. While you won’t be able to choose your specific operator, we do know that the pool contains all operators from the Year 1 through Year 4 expansions (including Kali and Wamai). If you happen to own every single operator, you’ll instead receive the very festive and highly-exclusive "Little Helper" Montagne outfit.
2. Call of Duty: Snowball Fight
A new game mode has come to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare but it won’t be here long. From now until December 31st, you can take part in the new holiday-inspired “Snowfight.” Gameplay is similar to the standard Gunfight mode, but players will start the first round with snowballs instead of guns. The Winter Docks map is also fully decorated with wreaths and Christmas lights to immerse you in the holiday theme. There's also a fun seasonal Easter egg available for those who can find the four snowmen and destroy them.
3. Doom Eternal Release Delayed
Originally expected to release in 2019, Doom Eternal is now slated to arrive on March 20, 2020. The PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions of the game are confirmed for the new release date, with a Nintendo Switch version expected shortly thereafter. Bethesda also revealed a new 3-person multiplayer game mode called “Battle Mode,” eliminating previous fears that the game would be exclusively single-player.
4. Hackers Infiltrate Fallout 76
A catastrophic exploit hit Fallout 76, allowing hackers to open up other players’ inventories and steal everything inside. While Bethesda claims they have now fixed the issue, it is likely that thousands of players had their items stolen (including over 500 streamers who had their inventories hacked on camera). If you happened to be affected by this exploit, you can contact Bethesda’s customer support team for compensation.
The Daily Moot (12/23/19)
1. League of Legends Takes Down Fortnite
League of Legends has been on top for a long, long time. That all changed last year when Fortnite smashed the competition and took over as the most popular game on the planet. While Fortnite is still extremely popular, its dominance has waned. League of Legends now reigns supreme once again, reclaiming the title of Most Watched Game with nearly 1 BILLION hours on Twitch. Fortnite sits in second place with ~880M hours while Grand Theft Auto V snagged third place with ~500M hours.
2. Moon Studios Working on New RPG
Moon Studios, best known as the developers of Ori and the Bind Forest, are setting their sights on a new action RPG. Inspired by Diablo, Zelda, and Dark Souls, Moon Studios says their goal with the new game is to “revolutionize the ARPG genre.” Ori and the Blind Forest is easily one of the best metroidvanias of all time, and a guaranteed candidate for Game of the Decade. Let’s see if Moon Studios can maintain the same quality in a vastly different genre.
3. CD Projekt Red Strikes New Witcher Deal
The relationship between CD Projekt Red and Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher series, has been rocky to put it mildly. Here’s a brief recap: CD Projekt Red wanted to make a video game based on The Witcher. Sapkowski thought video games were stupid (😱) and wouldn’t make any money. So, he wanted an up-front payment for the licensing rights instead of getting a percentage via royalties. CD Projekt Red happily agreed, and then proceeded to make some of the best and most popular games of all time, earning an insane amount of money in the process. This made Sapkowski angry and he demanded $15M from the developers who basically said “lol no.” Well, it seems all the drama is in the past now as the two parties have apparently reconciled and struck a deal, solidifying their relationship for the future.
4. Horizon Zero Dawn Getting Comic Book Sequel
Titan Comics announced a brand new comic book series based on PS4’s Horizon Zero Dawn. Rather than mirroring the video game, the comic book series will serve as a sequel and take place in the aftermath of the game’s events. The first installment of the new series will launch on May 2nd, and it will be available for free as part of Free Comic Book Day 2020.
The Daily Moot (12/20/19)
1. PUBG Takes Flight
The very first flying vehicles are coming to PUBG! The new motor gliders have room for a pilot and a passenger, and will spawn around the map just like normal vehicles. In order to take off, you need to first be travelling at least 65kmph, so you’ll definitely want some space for a makeshift runway. Motor gliders are available for playtesting in PUBG Labs from now until December 23rd.
2. It’s Christmas Time in Red Dead Online
The Wild West is getting festive as the holiday spirit makes its way to Red Dead Online. Winter weather has hit the landscape, leaving it covered in snow. Make your way to Saint Denis and enjoy the festivities, complete with Christmas trees, lights, and decorations. If you’re more of the drinkin’ and gamblin’ type, you can enjoy some Christmas tunes while you’re pounding shots at the Saloon. To top it all off, players who are active between December 23-25 will get a box full of gifts, including a Krampus shotgun variant.
3. Big Updates Coming to WoW
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is getting a new update called Visions of N’Zoth. The old god N’Zoth has broken out of jail and the heroes of Azeroth will need to fight in a new raid, Ny'alotha The Waking City, in order to take the monster down. The update will also introduce a couple new races which will allow you to play as a fox or a robotic mechagnome. Visions of N’Zoth goes live on January 14th, and will kick off Season 4 of Battle for Azeroth.
4. Rainbow Six Siege’s New Vision
In yesterday’s Daily Moot, we talked about the replacement of Siege’s development team and the focus on a “new vision” for the game. Today it seems we have a better idea of what that new vision is. With the announcement of their new Nighthaven Collection, Rainbow Six Siege appears to be expanding the lore within the game, attempting to develop a story connecting all the operators and explaining why they’re still fighting. Ubisoft has released a brand new animated short highlighting the new operators and the new Nighthaven Collection cosmetics. Check out the trailer below, but be advised that it contains explicit language.
The Daily Moot (12/19/19)
1. Rainbow Six Siege’s Core Dev Team is Leaving
Big changes are coming to Rainbow Six Siege. After 4 years with the game, the entirety of the core development team is leaving the project. The developers will still be working at Ubisoft, but not on Rainbow Six Siege. Instead, they will be replaced by a new team with a new vision for the game. There aren’t many details on what exactly this “new vision” is. The new creative director said they will focus on “expanding the game universes.” We have no clue what in the world that’s supposed to mean, but Siege is already a fantastic game. Let’s hope they don’t mess this up.
2. Fortnite Winterfest Begins
14 Days of Fortnite is a thing of the past; Winterfest is here! Like 14 Days of Fortnite, Winterfest offers challenges to complete with plenty of freebies and rewards along the way. Between now and January, you can open presents in the Winterfest lodge, which you can access by clicking the snowflake tab in the lobby. While the presents are free, the contents are a mystery (although the Millenium Falcon Glider was leaked yesterday). If you happen to miss out on a couple days of presents, don’t worry: you can open any presents you missed as long as you return to the lodge by January 7th.
3. The Steam Winter Sale is Back
The 2019 Steam Winter Sale is here just in time for the holidays! There are thousands of awesome discounted games, including Monster Hunter: World (60% off), Dark Souls 3 (75% off), Stardew Valley (40% off), and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (35% off). There are also Holiday Quests which allow you to earn Festivity Tokens. You can use the Festivity Tokens to unlock new chat stickers, chat room effects, and the Steam Winter Sale coupon. The sale ends on January 2nd, so if you see something you like be sure to get it soon!
4. Epic’s 12 Days of Christmas Starts Today
Starting today, Epic Games is giving away a free game every single day for the next 12 days. The first offering is Into The Breach, a turn-based strategy game from the makers of FTL (Faster Than Light). Epic is keeping the upcoming games a mystery, so we won’t know which games will be offered until the day they arrive. You can claim your free games each day directly from the Epic Games Store.
The Daily Moot (12/18/19)
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Brings Back the Classics
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is holding a “Season One Refresh” event which will re-introduce some classic maps and game modes. You can expect to encounter maps like Vacant and Shipment in the 6v6 rotation. They’ve also brought back the “Cranked” game mode from Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was inspired by the movie “Crank” starring Jason Statham. It’s not all old news though, there’s also a new Spec Ops mission and new operator named Nikto, a former FSB undercover agent who has joined the Allegiance. Unfortunately, you can’t earn Nikto in-game and he won’t come cheap; you’ll need to spend 2400CP in order to play him.
2. Fortnite Gets New Customizable Mode
A brand new update just hit Fortnite and it introduced a new mode called “Battle Lab.” Battle Lab lets you push your creativity as you craft an island in ways you never thought possible. Pick from LTM loot pools, change the gravity, and tweak all the settings to your preferences. It’s not quite the sandbox that Playground is; Battle Lab is more like the regular battle royale mode and is geared towards playing with your friends under unique conditions. For those of you that love Playground mode: don’t worry. Playground is still here, it’s just been moved to Creative.
3. Respawn Likely Working on New Star Wars Game
According to some new job listings, it appears that Respawn is likely working on a new Star Wars game. Although Respawn is more known for Titanfall and Apex Legends, they also produced the most recent Star Wars game, Star Wars: Fallen Order, which was well-received and had great sales numbers. There are very few details available this early in the process, but it seems likely that the upcoming game will be a direct sequel to Fallen Order, and will be a single-player third-person action/adventure game.
4. More Games Coming to Stadia
It’s been a slow start for the Google Stadia but it might finally be getting the boost it needs. Borderlands 3, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and Ghost Recon Breakpoint are all launching on the Stadia over the next 24 hours. There are some issues however. To be specific, you’ll be getting an “old” version of the game. For example, the Stadia’s version of Borderlands 3 will be from an October patch, meaning that all new content and bug fixes from the past couple months will be non-existent. The Stadia definitely has some promising features, but it’s clear it still has a long way to go before it can really break into the mainstream.
The Daily Moot (12/17/19)
1. The Moot Game Awards are BACK!
The Moot Game Awards are back and better than ever! We’ve got some amazing prizes this year so be sure to check out the post below and vote for all your favorites!
2. Blade Runner Gets First Digital Release
The trend of re-releasing classic games clearly isn’t stopping any time soon. We’ve got everything from Shenmue to Catherine and the next on the docket is Blade Runner. While there’s no denying that the game is based on the movie, Blade Runner does have a unique story and follows a different detective name Ray McCoy. The game might not seem as pretty as it did when it first released in 1997, but if you’re willing to look past the blemishes then the Blade Runner remake promises to be a diamond in the rough.
3. HarvesteR is Creating a Flight Simulator
Best known as the creator of Kerbal Space Program, Felipe “HarvesteR” Falanghe is now working on a flight simulator called Balsa Model Flight Simulator. As you might expect, the gameplay will consist of designing and constructing aircraft which you can then launch off the runway and fly into the skies. As those who have played Kerbal Space Program will tell you, it definitely won’t be as easy as it sounds and you can expect many marvelous catastrophes along the way.
4. New Customizable Button for PS4 Controllers
Sony has announced that they are releasing a new add-on for PS4 controllers which will allow players to add two customizable buttons to the gamepad. Dubbed the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment, the device can be added to the back of your current PS4 controller and can be programmed to perform up to 16 different actions. The new attachment will cost $30 and will be available starting January 23rd.
The Daily Moot (12/16/19)
1. Become a Cosmic DJ in No Man’s Sky
After a very rocky launch, it seems No Man's Sky has finally figured things out. A pre-holiday update just hit No Man’s Sky and it includes a new audio feature which lets players make cosmic-inspired beats. For fledgling beat makers, the tool includes plenty of presets and AI-generated assistance. Those of you who are experienced (or perhaps just overconfident) can tell the AI to scram and create your own music from scratch. Could the next big act in music get their start from a video game?
2. Street Fighter 5 Bringing Back Seth
Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition already has one of the largest rosters of any fighting game, boasting over 40 characters with hundreds of costumes. Well, it seems that it’s still not enough; Capcom is adding a handful of returning characters including Street Fighter 4’s polarizing boss Seth. Seth is a genetically engineered, genderless villain who’s clearly been going a bit overboard with the steroids. As a genderless character, Seth will have access to both male and female costumes, but for some reason the game refers to Seth as “he” even in female form.
3. Lightsabers Come to Fortnite
The Star Wars Fortnite saga continues as lightsabers made their way to the battlefield this weekend. That’s not all that happened, J.J. Abrams also stopped by the drive-in theater at Risky Reels to debut a new clip from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It’s pretty cool to see their mutual commitment to the crossover and it’s undoubtedly great promotion for both the movie and the game. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20th.
4. DLC Coming to The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds has experienced nothing but success since its release earlier this year in October. Developer Obsidian Entertainment is now proving their commitment to the critically acclaimed game, promising a story-expanding DLC in 2020. We don’t have too many details on what to expect, but it’s safe to say that 2020 will be a big year for The Outer Worlds as the DLC will likely coincide with the game’s launch on the Nintendo Switch.
The Daily Moot (12/13/19)
1. Sekiro Wins Game of the Year
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is your Game of the Year! Last night’s Game Awards didn’t just crown the game of the year; we got the unveiling of the new Xbox Series X, a Senua’s Hellbade sequel, and even an MMO based on Magic: The Gathering. Of course, there were a host of other awards aside from GOTY. Disco Elysium was the night’s big winner, taking home 4 trophies while the preemptive favorite Death Stranding snagged 3.
2. Epic Games Announces 12 Days of Christmas
Epic Games announced their “12 Days of Christmas” event and will be giving away 12 free games before the new year! Starting on December 19, Epic Games will be giving away 1 free game every single day. There’s no word yet on what games we can expect but if it’s anything like their weekly freebies, you can expect some great new additions to your library.
3. Moonshiner Update Comes to Red Dead Online
Red Dead Online just got a new Moonshiner update which lets players create their own backyard brewhouse. Along with being able to brew your own supply of booze to keep you warm on those cold Western roads, you can also test your business savvy by opening a Speakeasy. The update comes with plenty of boozy missions to keep you entertained just in case being drunk on a horse isn’t fun enough already.
4. Control Gets Free End-Game Expansion
Control, one of the most critically acclaimed games this year, just got a free end-game expansion called Expeditions. The new update is geared towards players who have already completed the main story, and Expeditions will be unavailable to players until they’ve reached a certain point late in the game. You can access the new expeditions from the jukebox in the Central Executive area, but be aware that you’ll need a nice stockpile of tokens to fully take advantage of the update.
The Daily Moot (12/12/19)
1. Fortnite Gets Split Screen Co-op
Local split-screen co-op has come to Fortnite! Playstation 4 and Xbox One players will now be able to enjoy couch co-op with their friends and family, allowing two players to play on the same console and monitor. Right now the feature only supports Duos and Squads, but Epic promises to expand and improve its capabilities in the future. You may be at a bit of a disadvantage with only half the screen space, but being able to play local co-op is an amazing feature and is truly game-changing in a battle royale like Fortnite.
2. Half-Life: Alyx Will NOT be Multiplayer
Much to the dismay of Half-Life fans, Half-Life: Alyx will not feature any multiplayer game modes. Valve has committed to making the virtual-reality-only game a “one-way journey” and promises the most immersive and most comfortable VR experience yet. Unlike current VR games where users typically can only manage a couple hours before needing a break, Valve claims Alyx playtesters have been able to game for upwards for 12 hours without issue. We’ll let you be the judge on whether or not that’s healthy.
3. Steam Game Festival Starts Today
The Game Awards festival starts today and it’s bringing a haul of free demos to Steam. For the next 48 hours you can try 13 of the most anticipated indie games for next year, after which the demos will be deleted from Steam and your library. Some of the titles you can try include System Shock, Haven, Moving Out, and Chicory. If you’re keen on watching the awards show itself, it starts tonight at 5:30 PT on Youtube and Twitch, and will feature live performances from artists such as Green Day.
4. Forza Horizon 4 is Getting a Battle Royale Mode
Forza Horizon 4 is jumping on the battle royale bandwagon with their all-new The Eliminator game mode. Surprisingly, they’re bringing something new and exciting to the table: combining race, battle royale, and “gun game” mechanics all in one mode. In The Eliminator, up to 72 players will start the match with low-level cars (like a 1965 Mini Cooper) and will eliminate other players in head-to-head races. Win the race to earn upgrades your car or perhaps even a new car altogether. This honestly sounds like a really cool idea and it’s refreshing to see something truly unique amid the saturated realm of battle royales.
The Daily Moot (12/11/19)
1. Resident Evil 3 Remake Announced
Resident Evil 3 Remake has been formally announced with an official release date of April 3, 2020. Earlier this year Capcom released Resident Evil 2 Remake which was wildly successful, so it makes sense that they would capitalize on the opportunity and strike while the iron is hot. Resident Evil 3 Remake will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gets Photo Mode
Much to the delight of fans, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is getting a Photo Mode today. With the dedicated Photo Mode, you can finally get rid of Cal and take all the glory for yourself! Use the new mode to chronicle your interplanetary adventures and take full advantage of the picturesque scenes across the galaxy.
3. Overwatch Winter Wonderland Returns
Winter Wonderland is back with an all-Mei snowball death match. Face off against 7 other Meis in a race to 15 kills. As you would expect, Mei’s snowball gun is back for this event but this time it doesn’t just shoot snowballs - it catches them too! Those of you who are able to come out on top will earn some nice new cosmetics for your efforts, including some special epic skins.
4. Untitled Goose Game coming to PS4
Goose on the loose! The world’s most famous goose is waddling its way to the PS4. After 3 months as an Epic Games + Nintendo Switch exclusive, Untitled Goose Game is expanding its horizons. Honk, steal, and wreak havoc on a small English village with your goose powers and show those pesky humans what you’re made of!
The Daily Moot (12/10/19)
1. MLB The Show Coming to More Systems
The long time PlayStation exclusive, MLB The Show, is coming to more systems in 2021! Gamers who did not own a PlayStation have complained for a long about the fact that they were unable to play this amazing video game – but now that is all changed! The best baseball video game is on its way to everyone. In the meantime, the developers have their entire focus set on MLB The Show 20 which is set to release on March 17th.
2. Ghost of Tsushima Teased for the Game Awards
Today Sony released a short teaser for the highly anticipated game, Ghost of Tsushima, and announced that the full version would be coming Thursday at The Game Awards. The samurai themed RPG game was announced at E3 2018 and captured everyone’s attention. We are incredibly excited to learn more about this game – see the most recent trailer below!
3. Dauntless Surprise Release on the Switch
Dauntless, the free to play monster slayer game, had a surprise release for the Nintendo Switch today complete with cross play and progression on PC, PS4, and Xbox! This game had some hype behind it upon its global launch but that quickly died down after an underwhelming product. Since then the game has received multiple updates and is now on all platforms! Will you be playing?
4. New GTA Radio Station
Grand Theft Auto V is getting a new radio station for you to bob your head to while you drive 150mph and ride off cliffs in Los Santos. The radio station is called iFruit Radio and it will feature 27 tracks from some of the most popular artists in today’s music industry. Check the link below for the full list!
The Daily Moot (12/9/19)
1. Modern Warfare Battle Royale
Recently Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players have found a bug which seems to reveal the battle royale map coming to the game. While nothing is confirmed yet, it seems pretty clear that the mode is coming eventually after this and after a data miner revealed files titled “BR.” The Call of Duty battle royale is also rumored to be a player count of 200 which would be the biggest BR game to date. Check out the video below to see the map!
2. Star Wars Trailer in Fornite
On December 14th at 11am PT there will be an exclusive sneak peek for Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker in Fortnite! This is monumental and completely unheard of as there has never been anything done like this before in gaming. Will you be watching?!
3. Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2019
Overwatch Winter Wonderland returns in a big way! Starting tomorrow around 11am PST until January 2nd you can begin your Overwatch Winter Wonderland expedition which includes new game modes and a bunch of fresh content. Check it out!
4. PS4 Minecraft Gets Crossplay
Starting tomorrow, December 10th, Minecraft on PS4 will support cross play on the Bedrock version of the game. The most popular game in the world is getting even better and that is exciting! Will you be checking it out?
5. Ryan Reynolds’ Free Guy is a GTA V Movie
This new Ryan Reynolds movie looks so cool! The movie is called Free Guy and it is essentially a movie set in the GTA V world. Check out the trailer - we know you all will love it!
The Daily Moot (12/6/19)
For some reason the link is not embedding properly but click the link below... IT'S THE NEW MOOT POINTS EPISODE! Might be our best yet.
1. The Doc is Getting His Own TV Show
Let’s talk about the man with the 6 foot 8 frame and the 37inch vertical leap with the black steel dripping down his back. Let’s talk about… The Doc. Dr DisRespect is getting his very own show on Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, the studio responsible for The Walking Dead. The show will revolve around the origin of the back to back 1993, 1994 Blockbuster video game champion and his success in the online gaming community. Here are Moot, we have never been excited for anything... ever.
2. PlayStation State of Play Coming December 10th
PlayStation’s State of Play is expected to air on December 10th starting at 6pm PT and will be available to stream on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The State of Play is set to include “around 20 minutes of new game reveals, release date announcements, new gameplay footage, PlayStation Worldwide Studios updates, and more,” according to an announcement on PlayStation’s blog. We shouldn’t expect to hear anything big about PlayStation 5 but we can expect to hear a bunch of other awesome news!
3. New Content Coming to Battlefield 5
The long forgotten first person shooter game, Battlefield 5, is getting Wake Island and custom games next week! Wake Island, the infamous map from Battlefield 1942, is coming back and it should be a great nostalgic adventure. The map will release on December 12th, but before then you will be able to play some custom games beginning on December 9th.
4. Minecraft is the Most Popular Game of the Year
GOT EM! The game that used to be made fun of and constantly bashed is now the most popular game of 2019 as it received over 100 BILLION VIEWS on YouTube! What? 100 Billion? That can’t be right. No, it is right because it is a fantastic game. What now, haters?
5. Tem-Tem Comes to Steam Next Month
Tem-Tem is an Pokémon-like MMO coming to Steam next month! If you like Pokémon and like MMO style games, then boy do we have a treat for you. Click the link below for more information!
The Daily Moot (12/5/19)
1. Fortnite Winter Royale Returns with a $15 Million Prize Pool
The Fortnite Winter Royale is making a return this holiday season in a major way with a $15 million prize pool on the line! This is a big step up from last year’s tournament which was for a measly (joke) $1 million. The event will run from December 20th-22nd and will have a different tournament each day! Maybe it is time for us to start playing Fortnite again…
2. Xbox Game Pass Getting Nine New Games
Age of Wonders: Planetfall and Pathologic 2 are just two of the NINE games coming to Xbox Game Pass very soon. Check out the full list below!
3. New Nintendo Switch Online NES and SNES Games
According to IGN, “Nintendo has announced that Journey to Silius and Crystalis for NES and Star Fox 2, Super Punch-Out!!, Kirby Super Star, and Breath of Fire II for SNES will be added to Nintendo Switch Online on December 12, 2019.” Have you guys been playing any of these classic games on your Nintendo Switch? We have and we LOVE them!
4. Riot Games Working with Third Party Developer for New Game
According to IGN, “Riot has announced a new publishing initiative called Riot Forge, which will partner with third-party game developers to work on new games set in the League of Legends universe. Riot says “multiple titles” are already in development at Riot Forge.” Riot has not announced any developers they are planning on working with just yet, but we can imagine some big name companies will be on board for some of their upcoming projects!
The Daily Moot (12/4/19)
1. Rainbow Six: Siege Operation Shifting Tides + New Operators
Rainbow Six: Siege’s new season, Operation Shifting Tides, is out now alongside with some new Operators. The two new Operators are from the Nighthaven Special Intervention Group and they go by Kali and Wamai. In addition, there are some Operator balance changes, a new limb penetration system, and various map changes. Rainbow Six: Siege continues to make big strides for their highly successful game. Will you be playing this season?
2. Division 2 Patch Notes
Division 2 has received another patch which introduces their holiday event as well as the Hardcore Mode beta. The new event, the main part of the update, is called Situation: Snowball (awesome name, btw) which drops you into a firefight with the main intention of killing red Santa hat wearing enemies. A bunch of other new content has been added which is super sweet – check the link below for everything in the new patch!
3. Gwent is Leaving Consoles
CD Projekt Red’s Witcher themed card game, Gwent, is leaving consoles at the end of the year. The game will now be entirely focused on mobile platforms as well as PC. Long story short, the game was receiving a bunch of new updates/content and it became increasingly difficult to keep up on all four platforms (PS4, Xbox, PC, mobile). It is sad to see the game leave consoles but at least almost everyone has a smart phone so they will still be able to play!
4. Another New Xbox?
“Kotaku is reporting that a lower-cost, disc-less version of Project Scarlett, which is codenamed ‘Lockhart’ is still in development according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans. The console will be part of a family of devices that also includes Scarlett which will have a disc drive.” It seems Xbox’s Project Scarlett is not the only project in the works.
5. PS4 Lineup Video Rips Off Animators
The PlayStation 4 Lineup music video seems to rip off multiple animators in an attempt to promote the game lineup for 2019. It is almost uncanny how similar the animations are to previous animations from big time shows throughout the entire video. Just check it out for yourself below!
The Daily Moot (12/3/19)
1. Call of Duty Modern Warfare Season 1!
The first official season of Call of Duty Modern Warfare is now live! We reported last week that this season/update would bring the most free content to a Call of Duty game EVER! From new maps to new guns to new multiplayer modes, this update has it all. Check out the HYPE trailer below for the season and throw some dancing GIFs in the comments section so we can celebrate!
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2. Halo Reach now on Steam
The Halo Master Chief Collection has finally infiltrated Steam in the form of Halo Reach! Halo Reach is the first game of the collection to be drip fed to us PC gamers are it is already topping the charts on Steam and Twitch. Halo is one of the greatest games of all time and this is just the beginning of their massive comeback which will all lead up to Halo Infinite!
3. Red Dead Redemption 2 Adds Moonshining
Starting December 13th, Red Dead Redemption 2 will let you become a moonshiner in your own speakeasy! The specialist role includes new story missions and activities which revolve around you and the Black Market. Rockstar seems to be doing everything in their power to ensure that Red Dead 2’s online gameplay is to the point they initially had hoped for before their lackluster launch. Will you guys be checking this out?
4. Baby Yoda Coming to Minecraft
The adorable little fella from the hot new show, Mandalorian, is coming to Minecraft! Baby Yoda has taken the internet by storm after his Disney+ debut and we can expect that to continue into multiple new forms of media (including Minecraft). Do you love this cute little dude or are you sick of him?
5. Riot Games to Pay $10 Million in Lawsuit
Riot Games got themselves into hot water a while back with a gender discrimination lawsuit. Now that there has been a settlement, Riot Games is being forced to pay all women who have worked at Riot Games since November of 2014. It is estimated that 1,000 employees identified as female since that time who will indeed be receiving a portion of that $10 million.
The Daily Moot (12/2/19)
1. PS5 Devkit Leaks
The PS5 devkit was leaked on Twitter earlier today thanks to user @Alcoholikaust! The devkit looks identical to the v-shaped design we saw leak back in August. Keep in mind this is not the final design, in fact it will most likely look nothing like this in the end, it is just the devkit. Either way, it is pretty exciting to see the PS5 begin to take shape and know that it really is coming soon(ish)! The PS5 is set to release sometime around Christmas 2020 and we could not be more excited!
2. Star Citizen Raises Over $250M
Star Citizen, the space adventure Kickstarter game, has raised over $250 MILLION ($251,061,311 to be exact)! That is just about it for the story, but isn’t that crazy? Never give up on your dreams.
3. Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Patch
Red Dead Redemption 2 is releasing a patch which is supposed to fix a plethora of problems in wake of their upcoming Steam debut! According to PC Gamer, the patch is supposed to focus on “improvements to overall performance and stability, and also addresses some very specific problems, such as issues with partial lighting of fur and hair when the resolution scale is set higher than your PC's native resolution.” Are you going to play Red Dead 2 when it comes to Steam? Or do you already have it?
4. Ghost Recon Breakpoint Survey Results
The lackluster open world shooter game, Ghost Recon Breakpoint recently finished up a two week long survey to see what players want the most. It turns out most players “want AI teammates put in ASAP, want tiered loot and The Division 2-esque gear score stripped out soon, and no online requirements.” These all make perfect sense if you have played the game. It turns out most of the requests are currently in progress and being worked on by developers, but there is still not date for when they will release. Hopefully Ubisoft can make magic happen with the game, kind of like they did a while ago with Rainbow Six: Siege.
5. Clash Royale Season 6: Clashmas
Season 6 of Clash Royale is out today- YAY! The update includes a redesign of the Legendary Arena, Battle Healer card level boost, a new splash screen, and more! Clash Royale is a forever evolving game that hit some major turbulence a few seasons ago when the OP Elixir Golem was released. Players are already concerned that the new four elixir card, Battle Healer, will also be OP and in the meta until she receives a nerf. Do you think the new card is insane? Or is it balanced?
The Daily Moot (11/29/19)
Today's Daily Moot is short and sweet - we're giving thanks to you, the users who love and support what we do, and without you we'd not be what we are today.
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The Daily Moot (11/28/19)
1. Red Dead Redemption 2 arriving on Steam December 5th
In an update that has many PC gaming enthusiasts excited as heck, Red Dead Redemption 2 arrives on Steam December 5th. While it currently does not have a Steam store listing, it likely will go up closer to the day (if not the day of). Even though the game will be purchased from Steam, it appears that it will still require the Rockstar Games Launcher to play.
2. Index, Valve’s VR headset sees stock depleted thanks to Half Life: Alyx
15 years after the launch of Half Life 2, Valve announced Half Life: Alyx, the VR-only prequel-sequel that has the internet goin’ nuts. It seems that the demand was even higher than anticipated, as the US and Canadian availability of the Index has run thin. Luckily preorders for specific bundles still include promising shipment dates, and for those outside of the US and Canada still retain hope - Valve offers its Index headsets in 31 countries.
3. Riot introduces new Champion with “one of the highest skill ceilings in the game”
Riding the wave of Senna, League of Legends’ monstrously utility-heavy and downright awesome champion (who’s kit some claimed is pretty OP) comes their new marksman champ, Aphelios. Aphelios, as described by Riot themselves, has “one of the highest skill ceilings in the game” - and after reading their “Kit Primer” for the moonlit scented hunter, they aren’t kidding. We won’t go into specifics as the primer itself is worth reading in its entirety, but Aphelios is so complex he has his own unique HUD elements. Hardstuck Silver elo players rejoice!
4. Destiny 2: Season of Dawn approaches
Following many destroyed Vex, Hive, and other problematic intergalactic planetary pushovers, Guardians are anticipating the closing of Destiny 2’s current Season, Season of the Undying. Season of the Undying provided players with tons of interesting new features, content, and its fair share of game-breaking or otherwise hair-pulling bugs and troubles (looking at you, AGAIN, Telesto) and our guess is Season of Dawn will continue the trend of slowly shaping the already malleable Destiny. More News on the new Season is to come on December 4th, and Season of Dawn itself begins December 10th so be sure to check it out (and to finish your Season Passes!)
The Daily Moot (11/27/19)
1. Ghost Recon Breakpoint Project Titan Announced
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint is getting its first raid called Project Titan. In the reveal video we see a group of four wandering through jungle and stumbling upon a mysterious item sticking out of the ground. We also see what we can only assume to be the final boss in the raid which is a giant drone (shocker). This game has been a major disappointment but regardless it is good to see the devs not giving up on a something with so much promise!
2. Resident Evil Characters Coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Chris Redfield, Leon Kennedy, Jill Valentine, and Albert Wesker are all going to be limited time additions to the Spirit Board in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! As mentioned in the title, these characters are from Resident Evil and they are certified badasses. These characters will be available starting 11/29 and will last only five days so you best get in there ASAP once they are accessible!
3. Hearthstone Card Reveal
Hearthstone's next expansion, Descent of Dragons, is coming soon and card reveals are well underway. Today, another card was revealed and it looks quite cool. The Mage Legenday card Chenvaala is the name and she is pretty dope! Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments below!
4. Big Black Friday Deals for PlayStation Peeps
PlayStation folks, listen up! There are some extra sweet Black Friday deals available including God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Last of Us Remastered for only $9.99! GET IN THERE.
5. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Patch Notes
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order came out recently and it is fantastic! There is a new patch for the game which fixes a big issue that "would sometimes cause BD-1 to turn completely invisible after completing Bogano." There are a handful of other fixes included which you can find in the link below.
The Daily Moot (11/26/19)
1. HUGE Call of Duty Update
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is getting the biggest free update EVER in Call of Duty history. From new maps, to new weapons, to new special operations, this update truly has it all. Literally just look at the image above to see everything new in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare update.
2. BIG Changes Coming to Clash Royale
Supercell is introducing a big change to their most popular game, Clash Royale. Starting TODAY games will only last 5 minutes as opposed to their usual six. See the new structure in the image below:
Supercell is implementing this change because they "want a more engaging and exciting experience for players." While this may make the game more engaging and exciting for casual players, it will most likely not have that same impact on competitive players, especially those are suiting up for CRL Worlds in a few weeks. What do you guys think about this fundamental change coming Clash Royale games?
In addition to the above changes, Clash Royale will also have a small batch of balance changes. See the changes in the images below:
Lastly, there will be some cosmetic changes coming to the card information screen, card artwork in general, and the entire area for season six which we can only imagine will be holiday themed. See the new look for the card information screen here:
Want more Clash Royale? Check out the Clash Royale lounge:
Shoutout to Clash with Ash for all of the information! Check him out on YouTube.
3. New Apex Legends Level Cap
Apex Legends introduced a new level cap which gives players an additional 400 levels to earn! In addition, they are bumping up the number of Apex Packs available to 199! This is much more player friendly and gives users 199 more reasons to get back on Apex Legends. The update is set to launch on December 3rd and is surely going to be a hit!
4. Bethesda to Delay Elder Scrolls: Blades on Switch
Elder Scrolls: Blades for the Nintendo Switch has been delayed until 2020. This is a bummer, but like we always say, it is better to have a good/complete game than a bad/rushed game. 🤷♂️
5. Stadia Pro Games Announced for December
The two new games coming to the Stadia in December are Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Farming Simulator 19: Platinum Edition. It was a slow and lackluster launch for Stadia last week but over time we can expect the "console" to improve - especially once more games are released. Did you guys get the Stadia? Will you ever? Let us know!
The Daily Moot (11/25/19)
1. New Tony Hawk Game on the Way
That’s right! Another Tony Hawk video game is confirmed to be in the works. Lizzia Armanto, a professional skateboarder, revealed during an interview on The Nine Podcast that Tony Hawk is working on a new video game and she will be in the game. This is music to the ears of video game fans everywhere, especially since it looks like there will not be a Skate 4 any time soon. There is no additional information on when the game will be released or even who is behind the game itself, but we do know that it is on the way. Are you guys juiced about this? Or are you still sad about Skate 4?
2. More GTA V Content Planned
Rockstar has confirmed that GTA V will still be receiving more updates and content in the wake of Red Dead Redemption 2 struggles. Rob Nelson, head of Rockstar North confirmed that "Players should feel confident that we have a ton of brand new ideas still to come." He also goes on to say "it's been six years and we just hit record player numbers and we are all incredibly grateful to everyone who’s been with us along the way." This is great news for us die hard GTA V fans!
3. Get a Purple Monkey in Sea of Thieves
From now until January 21st, 2020 you can claim a free purple monkey in Sea of Thieves by using your Twitch Prime account. In addition, you will also receive a purple and pink Celestial Steed Ship Livery Set, a purple and pink paint job for your hull, and a unicorn-like figurehead! It is a win-win situation if you have a Twitch Prime account. If you do not have Twitch Prime, well, I apologize you had to read this.
4. Rick and Morty Game Coming to Switch and Xbox Soon
Trover Saves the Universe is coming to the Switch and Xbox on November 28th and December 3rd, respectively! The fan favorite game created by Justin Roiland is a platformer/adventure game that takes you through the colorful and exciting Rick and Morty universe. There will also be a 20% discount on the game for Xbox and Switch upon launch. This game is whacky, funny, and downright insane, but it is absolutely worth a playthrough!
5. Epic Games X Black Friday
Epic Games is going all out for this year’s Black Friday! Games with the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2, Outer Worlds, Borderlands 3, and more are all having their prices slashed by up to 75%. More video games, yay!
The Daily Moot (11/21/19)
1. Steam’s Remote Play Goes Live
Steam has just revolutionized multiplayer gaming with the launch of their new Remote Play feature. Now you can finally play your favorite local co-op games with all your friends across the globe. Here’s the best part: only one person needs to own the game! Not only do your friends not have to buy the game, they don’t even have to install it. Because they don’t have to have the game installed, this allows players to play PC games on any compatible device including mobile!
2. Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend
Rainbow Six Siege free weekend is back and this time it features an all-new Money Heist crossover event. In collaboration with Netflix, Ubisoft is basing the event on the Spanish crime drama La Casa de Papel (known in the US as Money Heist). Unfortunately it seems the name is a bit of a misnomer as you don’t actually get to heist any money. Free Weekend will last from November 21-24, and all versions of the game will be on sale in the Ubisoft store during the event.
3. Sniper Elite is Becoming a Board Game
The popular tactical shooter Sniper Elite is being made into a board game by Rebellion Unplugged. Rebellion Unplugged is the newly launched board game division of video game studio Rebellion Developments. Sniper Elite will be their first venture into the world of physical games and is being described as a “competitive stealth action game for two to four players.” Do you think any of your favorite video games would make a good board game?
4. Details on Xbox Project Scarlett
After years of speculation and silence, we finally have some details on Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox known only by its codename “Project Scarlett.” The new Xbox is expected to launch late 2020 and will feature custom-built AMD components as well as an SSD to ensure fast speeds. While it won’t rival the specs of top PCs, the new Xbox will likely be the most powerful gaming console in the world when it launches next year.
5. Pokemon Sword and Shield is the fastest-selling Switch Game
Pokemon Sword and Shield set the record for the fastest-selling Switch game in history with over 6 million copies sold in the first week. Breaking records is nothing new to Pokemon; their last main installment Sun and Moon became the fastest selling game of all time in the Western world. It’s worth noting that Sword and Shield has already earned its fair share of controversy so we’ll have to see if the sales numbers continue to hold up.