The Daily Moot: League of Legends: Take Over
1. League of Legends: Take Over
Take Over, the highly-anticipated hype song for the 2020 League of Legends World Championship, is officially here. While League of Legends is by far the most popular esport on the planet and the World Championship is the game’s biggest event of the year, many fans look forward to the tournament’s annual song nearly as much as the tournament itself. Similar to last year’s Rise, Take Over is overflowing with easter eggs and features personified versions of many of the game’s most famous players such as Faker, xPeke, and Uzi. The track itself is a collaboration between Jeremy McKinnon (from A Day to Remember), MAX, and Henry. The 2020 League of Legends World Championship is set to kick off on September 25; you can check out the music video for Take Over below.
2. Save the World Removed from Mac
Fortnite: Save the World will soon be removed from all Mac devices. This is particularly significant because unlike Fortnite’s more popular free-to-play battle royale mode, Save the World has an upfront cost. Mac players who purchased Save the World between September 17, 2019 and September 7, 2020 will be automatically receive a full refund for the game, as well as for any V-Bucks spent on Llamas. Meanwhile, Fortnite’s battle royale mode will continue to be playable on Mac, but the game will not receive any updates and will be stuck on version 13.40 for the foreseeable future.
3. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Super Mario 3D All-Stars is officially here. The collection, which is available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch, features 3 classic Mario titles: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. None of the games received complete remasters, but each comes with various technical and graphical improvements which should provide some nice quality of life changes for the Switch adaptation. You can check out the launch trailer for Super Mario 3D All-Stars below.
4. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Football Manager 2020 and Stick It To The Man. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until September 24. As long as you claim the games by September 24, they will stay in your library forever.
5. 3DS Discontinued
After a nearly 10-year run, Nintendo is discontinuing the 3DS. While this certainly marks the end of an era, it’s not particularly surprising considering that the Switch has largely replaced the 3DS as Nintendo’s flagship handheld console. Over the course of its lifespan, the 3DS sold over 75 million units and nearly 400 million games; the console’s best-selling game was 2011’s Mario Kart 7, followed by the 3 big mainline Pokemon generations: X/Y, Sun/Moon, and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.
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The Daily Moot: Warzone Mobile
1. Warzone Mobile
It looks like Call of Duty: Warzone will soon be coming to mobile devices. According to a new job listing on the Activision website, the company is looking for an executive producer who will “own product framing player experience of a new AAA mobile FPS in the Call of Duty franchise” called Warzone Mobile. Considering that Activision has just posted the job listing, it will probably be quite some time before Warzone Mobile goes live, but we can likely expect more details about the game to be shared as we near the launch of the next mainline Call of Duty, Black Ops Cold War, on November 13.
2. Splinter Cell Returns
After an absence of more than 7 years, Splinter Cell is finally making its return. While this is no doubt exciting news for longtime fans of the popular stealth franchise, it does unfortunately come with some caveats: the game will only be available in VR and will be exclusive to Oculus platforms. Splinter Cell isn’t the only upcoming Ubisoft game that’s getting this treatment; the company will be launching a VR version of Assassin’s Creed with the same stipulations. All of this news comes alongside the introduction of the Oculus Quest 2, which was just revealed yesterday. No release date for Splinter Cell VR or Assassin’s Creed VR have been announced yet, but the Oculus Quest 2 is set to arrive on October 13; you can watch the Oculus Quest 2 reveal video below.
3. VR Myst
The classic game Myst will soon be getting a VR adaptation. Originally released in 1993, the original Myst was a surprise hit that earned widespread critical acclaim for its immersive world and gameplay. In fact, Myst was such a big success that it was the best-selling PC game in history for nearly a decade until The Sims surpassed it in 2002. The VR version of Myst will be a “reimagining” of the game, complete with new art and audio. Myst VR is set to launch on the Oculus Quest 2 in December of this year; you can check out the announcement trailer for the game below.
4. Fortnite Ray Tracing
Ray tracing is officially coming to Fortnite. In a collaboration with Nvidia, Epic Games is bringing ray tracing to Fortnite alongside today’s launch of Nvidia’s incredibly powerful next-gen GPU, the RTX 3080. Fortnite’s ray tracing will include all the things players have come to expect from the technology, significantly improving graphical fidelity, reflections, shadows, ambient occlusion and real-time global illumination. All of those improvements take quite a lot of power to function however, and players will need an RTX 2060 or better in order to use the feature. For those who were hoping to pick up the new RTX 3080 today, you’ll unfortunately have to keep waiting; the card sold out near-instantly when it launched this morning.
5. Gods & Monsters Rename Explained
Ubisoft has finally revealed the reason as to why the highly anticipated upcoming game Gods & Monsters was renamed to Immortals Fenyx Rising, and it’s pretty bizarre. It turns out that the Monster Energy drink brand has the trademark rights to the name “Gods & Monsters” and filed a copyright claim against Ubisoft to prevent them from using it. Ubisoft denied the claim, but ultimately decided to change the name anyway in order to prevent any further conflict. Immortals Fenyx Rising is set to arrive on December 3; you can check out the trailer for the game below.
The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 Price & Release Date Revealed
The big day is finally here. During today’s PlayStation 5 Showcase livestream, Sony revealed the price and release date for the PS5. The next-gen console war between PlayStation and Xbox has been raging on since the consoles were first announced at the end of last year, and has been the de facto gaming storyline of the year for 2020. Now console fans around the world finally have all the information they need in order to make their ever-important decisions this holiday season.
In alignment with Microsoft's approach, Sony will also be offering 2 distinct versions of the PS5 on launch: the “Ultra HD Blu-Ray” PS5, which costs $499, and the diskless PS5 Digital Edition, which will be available for $399. In comparison, the Xbox Series X will also cost $499, but the digital edition Xbox Series S will be available for $299, a full $100 cheaper than Sony’s offering. With that said, regional pricing will vary, so be sure to double check how much the console costs in your local currency so that you can plan accordingly.
In terms of release date, the PlayStation 5 will arrive on different dates depending on where you live. The United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea will all be getting a November 12 launch, whereas Europe and the rest of the world will have to wait one extra week for the global rollout on November 19. In comparison, the next-gen Xbox consoles are set to launch worldwide on November 10.
The PlayStation 5 livestream event didn’t just reveal information about the price and release date, it also showcased several of the console’s upcoming games. Some of the games that got sneak-peek coverage include Devil May Cry 5, Final Fantasy XVI, Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach, Hogwarts Legacy, and a new God of War title. Sony also confirmed that Marvel’s Spider Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Demon’s Souls will all be available on launch.
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The Daily Moot: Big Yeetus and the Anti-Cheatus
1. Fall Guys Cheater Island
Mediatonic just revealed that there’s been a secret “Cheater Island” in Fall Guys which forces cheating players to play exclusively against other cheaters, preventing the rule-breakers from ruining normal games. Unfortunately, despite Mediatonic’s intention to create “a magical place where cheaters could happily compete against themselves for the Cheater's Crown,” Cheater Island didn’t work out as planned and has now been removed. Instead, Fall Guys is implementing Epic’s Anti-Cheat which should hopefully be more effective. The new anti-cheat system is live now as the main focal point of today’s appropriately named update: “Big Yeetus and the Anti-Cheatus.”
2. Overwatch London Calling
Overwatch will soon be getting a five-issue digital comic book series called London Calling. London Calling, as you might expect from the name, will focus heavily on Tracer and her life in London. To celebrate the new comics, Overwatch is holding an in-game event called “Tracer’s Comic Challenge” which will allow players to earn various limited-time cosmetics including a new epic Tracer skin. Each of the comics will be available for free online and the first issue of the series is available now; you can check out the trailer for London Calling below.
3. Conan Exiles Expansion
Conan Exiles is getting its first major expansion. Entitled “Isle of Siptah,” the expansion will introduce a large new island region, completely unrelated to the game’s existing territory. As such, players will essentially have to “start over.” According to developer Funcom, “the island features more than a dozen new dungeons, surges of sorcery that spawn vile creatures and NPCs, and an ominous dark tower.” The Isle of Siptah expansion will cost $20 and is set to launch in early access later today; you can check out the trailer for the expansion below.
4. New PUBG Game Mode?
It looks like PUBG may soon be getting a new game mode. Following a leak last week, rumors have begun circulating about an upcoming mode called “Vostok.” Although details are sparse, Vostok is expected to be a tournament-style battle royale mode where players will face off in a series of 1v1 battles in a manner similar to the autobattler recipe. With that said, PUBG Corp has yet to address the rumors so, as with all leaks, it’s important to take this information with a grain of salt until an official announcement is made.
5. Borderlands Tabletop RPG
Borderlands will soon be getting a tabletop RPG adaptation. Called “Bunkers and Badasses,” the game is a throwback to the fictional tabletop of the same name which first appeared in a Borderlands 2 DLC. Featuring 10 classes, 3 different adventures, and a 200-page game book, Bunkers and Badasses will enable players to create their very own Vault Hunters and embark on an epic journey. Bunkers and Badasses is set to launch early next year and is available for pre-order now; you can check out the announcement video below.
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The Daily Moot: Ninja Signs With Twitch
1. Ninja Signs to Twitch
Ninja has officially signed with Twitch. After Mixer shut down earlier this year, many fans were wondering where the popular streamer would return to, or if he would return with any permanence at all considering he reportedly made $30M from his Mixer deal. Ninja has finally put all theories to rest, confirming that he has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with Twitch. In his statement, Ninja expressed his excitement to “get back to streaming full-time” and said that he plans to use his new platform to “bring more eyes to underrepresented creators.”
2. Immortals Fenyx Rising
Immortals Fenyx Rising has officially been revealed. Heavily inspired by the Legend of Zelda series, Immortals Fenyx Rising is essentially Ubisoft’s rendition of Breath of the Wild. Unlike the Legend of Zelda games however, Immortals: Fenyx Rising also pulls from history and Greek mythology, prominently featuring gods like Zeus and Prometheus. Immortals Fenyx Rising is set to launch on December 3; you can check out the world premier trailer for the game below.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Railway Empire and Where the Water Tastes Like Wine. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until September 17. As long as you claim the games by September 17, they will stay in your library forever.
4. World of Warcraft Shadowlands
The World of Warcraft Shadowlands expansion is coming soon and Blizzard just revealed a bunch of new details about the next stage of WoW. In Shadowlands, players will join one of four Covenants which each offer unique rewards, perks, abilities, and end-game activities. Although choosing your Covenant may seem like a difficult task considering how impactful Covenants will be, Blizzard has assured fans that “a player who regrets their Covenant choice, and who wants to change their mind, should be able to do so straightforwardly at any point during the expansion, with no long-term drawbacks or disadvantages.” The Shadowlands expansion is set to arrive on October 26.
5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
Ubisoft has officially announced that a Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake is coming soon. A generic Prince of Persia remake was accidentally leaked last month on the Uplay store, but we now know that the remake will focus exclusively on The Sands of Time. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake is set to launch on January 21 of next year; you can check out the official trailer for the game below.
The Daily Moot: Apple IDs Removed From Fortnite
1. Apple IDs Scrapped from Epic’s Games
Starting tomorrow, Apple will enact a change preventing Epic Games from interacting with Apple IDs. This means that players will no longer be able to sign into Fortnite or any other Epic app with the “Sign In with Apple” option. This change comes as part of the ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games which continues to grow in ferocity. For players who normally use the “Sign In with Apple” option to login to Fortnite, make sure the email and password for your Fortnite account are up to date so that you can still login after the change goes through tomorrow.
2. Black Ops Cold War Beta
An open beta for the highly-anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been announced. There will be multiple beta periods taking place across 2 extended “weekends.” The first weekend, which is only available for PS4 players, will take place from October 8-12, with the first 2 days limited exclusively to players who have pre-ordered the game. On October 15, the second beta period begins and opens up for PC and Xbox players who have pre-ordered the game. Finally, an all-platform true open beta will kick off on October 17 and last until October 19. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch on November 13.
3. CS:GO Majors Cancelled
Valve has cancelled all upcoming CS:GO Major tournaments. Following yesterday’s cancellation of the CS:GO Rio Major, Valve announced that they are “going to hold off on scheduling Majors until LAN events are safe to hold around the world.” Considering that Valve is looking at global stability rather than trying to key in on a few specific zones for competition, it might be quite some time before the highest level of Counter Strike competition resumes. Valve also addressed the recent cheating scandal in recent online CS:GO events like ESL, saying that any team that cheated will have their Regional Major Ranking points reset and are waiting to see the “punishments handed down by third parties” before taking further action.
4. Sea of Thieves Vaults of the Ancients
Sea of Thieves’ latest update, Vaults of the Ancients, is officially live. Vault of the Ancients introduces a slew of new content to the game including new voyages, secret treasure vaults, and a new enchanted compass. The update also introduced dogs to the game as a new follower pet, but unfortunately players will only be able to acquire them by using Ancient Coins which cost real money. Sea of Thieves’ Vaults of the Ancients is live now; you can check out the content update trailer below.
5. Spacebase Startopia Delayed
Spacebase Startopia has been delayed. Although not officially related to the original Startopia, Spacebase Startopia is a spiritual successor to the 2001 classic space station simulator game and is expected to feature a very similar style of gameplay. In terms of the delay, developer Realmforge Studios said, “The new release date will allow for more development time to further polish the game” and that the team isn’t planning to release the game until it “meets the high expectations of fans and beta testers.” Originally slated to launch in October of this year, Spacebase Startopia is now expected to arrive in spring 2021.
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The Daily Moot: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Reveal
1. Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Reveal
The multiplayer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has officially been revealed. Treyarch provided a significant sneak peek of the game mode today, showing off new maps, guns, and a completely revamped killstreak system. Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer will have “cross-progression” with the game’s Warzone mode, interacting in a similar manner to how the Warzone currently works with Modern Warfare. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is slated to launch on November 13; you can check out the multiplayer reveal trailer below.
2. Apple Launches Countersuit Against Epic
Apple has launched a countersuit against Epic Games in retaliation for Epic’s ongoing lawsuit against Apple. Apple’s countersuit claims that Epic has profited “as a direct result of Apple's investments” in the App Store and is seeking “compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and interest.” Furthermore, in response to Epic’s lawsuit, Apple’s countersuit asserted that “Apple is not a monopolist of any relevant market” and that Epic’s claims hold no ground. The case between Epic and Apple is set to resume on September 28.
3. Assassin's Creed Valhalla Launching Early
It looks like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be arriving sooner than expected. Originally expected to launch on November 17, it seems that Ubisoft decided to move the date up a bit in order to better coincide with the launch of the Xbox Seres X and S. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is now set to arrive on the same date as the next-gen Xbox consoles: November 10.
4. EA Play Coming to Xbox Game Pass
EA Play will soon be coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. EA Play, which is EA’s own game subscription service, will be added free of charge, bringing more than 60 additional games to the Xbox Game Pass library. No specific date for the merger has been announced yet, but players can expect it to happen sometime during the holiday season of this year. You can check out the announcement video for the collaboration below.
5. Madden Free Weekend
Madden NFL 21 will be free this weekend in order to celebrate the return of Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has been absent from the Madden series since 2017 as the quarterback has controversially not played in the NFL since 2016. Although Kaepernick remains unsigned by an NFL team, he is making his return to Madden and will be the highest-rated quarterback in Madden NFL 21’s franchise mode. In celebration, Madden NFL 21 will be free to play from tomorrow through September 13.
The Daily Moot: Next-Gen Xbox Price & Release Date Revealed
1. Xbox Series S Reveal, Release Date
The Xbox Series S, including its price, has been revealed. The next-gen Xbox Series S is set to be “the smallest Xbox ever” but it will pack a powerful punch. The console will perform at up to 120 FPS at 1440p resolution, will support ray tracing, and will come with a 512GB custom SSD. Despite its next-gen capabilities, the Xbox Series S will launch at just $299 while the larger Xbox Series X will cost $499. Both consoles are set to launch on November 10 of this year; you can check out the world premier reveal trailer for the Xbox Series S below.
2. Cyberpunk 2077 Microtransactions Update
CD Projekt Red has released a statement regarding microtransactions in Cyberpunk 2077. Specifically, the studio has confirmed that there will be “zero microtransactions” and that everything the game has to offer will be included in your “one single purchase.” The studio also iterated that this refers to the single-player game Cyberpunk 2077, but explained that a separate, standalone multiplayer game based on the Cyberpunk universe will have microtransactions when it launches in the distant future. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on November 19.
3. Dirt 5 Delayed
Dirt 5 has been delayed once again. Originally expected to launch on October 9, then pushed back to October 16, Dirt 5 is now set to arrive on November 6. Developer Codemasters explained their reasoning for the latest delay by saying that it would allow them to “take advantage of the next-generation console launches which are expected in time for the holiday season.” Considering that the Xbox Series X has now been confirmed for November 10, it’s safe to assume that Codemasters will have next-gen editions of Dirt 5 ready to go on launch day.
4. Everspace 2
Everspace 2 has officially been revealed. The space-themed looter shooter is set in a completely open world and is much more ambitious than the original game. Developer Rockfish Games described the project by saying it’s “the kind of space game we've always wanted to make, but never had the money for.” Everspace 2 is set to launch in early access in December of this year; you can check out the new announcement gameplay trailer below.
5. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Returns
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 will soon be making its return. After a dispute between developer Frontier and publisher Atari led to the game being pulled from digital shelves in 2018, it appears that Frontier has now gained complete rights over RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and is looking to make a comeback. Frontier will be releasing a new edition of the 16-year-old game called “RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition” which, while not a complete remaster, will feature improved graphics, optimized controls, and widescreen support. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition is set to launch on PC and Switch on September 24; you can check out the announcement video for the game below.
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The Daily Moot: Marvel's Avengers Launch
1. Marvel’s Avengers Launch
Marvel’s Avengers is officially here. The highly anticipated action-adventure game was originally expected to launch back in May, but was delayed until today in order to “polish” the game. Marvel’s Avengers features both a single-player campaign and a co-op multiplayer mode, each of which includes a diverse cast of heroes and villains from the Marvel universe. Marvel’s Avengers is out now on PC, PS4, Xbox Series X, and Stadia, and players who purchase the game on current-gen systems will receive a free next-gen upgrade if they buy a next-gen system in the future. You can check out the launch trailer for Marvel’s Avengers below.
2. Minecraft Live
Mojang has made several changes to their upcoming Minecraft events. The Minecon Live 2020 livestream event has now been renamed to just Minecraft Live, and the new event now has a confirmed date of October 3. Minecraft Live is set to unveil everything that “Mojang Studios have been working on all year,” including updates for Minecraft, Minecraft Dungeons, and Minecraft Earth. Mojang also announced that the Minecraft Festival event, which was planned as a real-world event earlier this year, will now be postponed until at least 2022. You can check out the announcement trailer for Minecraft Live below.
3. The Division 2 Summit
The Division 2 will soon be getting a massive new PvE game mode called Summit. Summit will take place on a 100-story skyscraper which players will have to clear and ascend one floor at a time. Every 10 floors will be a boss fight, with the floor serving as a new respawn point if players are able to successfully defeat the boss. Summit is live on the test servers now and will be free for all players who own the Warlords of New York expansion.
4. Hearthstone Forbidden Library
Hearthstone will soon be getting a limited-time event called Forbidden Library. During the event players will be able to enjoy the popular Battlegrounds game mode in parties of up to 8 players, with ranked play limited to parties of 4 or fewer. Along with a pile of freebies and rewards, the event will also introduce new heroes, new lore, and new long-term single player content. Hearthstone’s Forbidden Library event will last 3 weeks and is set to kick off on September 8; you can check out the trailer for the event below.
5. The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Upgrade
CD Projekt Red has confirmed that The Witcher 3 will be getting a next-gen upgrade. Called “the complete next generation edition,” the upgrade will include all DLC and expansions and will take full advantage of next-gen technology like ray tracing. The edition will launch as a standalone on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X, but will also be given away as a free upgrade to players who already own The Witcher 3 on PC, PS4, or Xbox One. The Witcher 3 Complete Edition is expected to arrive next year.
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The Daily Moot: Super Mario 3D All-Stars
1. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Nintendo has announced that a new Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection will soon be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The collection includes the classic Mario games Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, as well as a music player that enables users to enjoy music from all 3 games while keeping the Switch screen off. The games will be fully optimized for the Switch with rumble controls and improved resolution, but it’s important to note that these versions will be ports rather than remasters. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is set to launch on September 18; for a preview of what Nintendo has in store, you can check out Nintendo’s 35th Anniversary Direct video below.
2. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games is Into the Breach, a strategy game from the makers of FTL. You can grab your free copy of Into the Breach directly from the Epic Games Store from now until September 10. As long as you claim the game by September 10, it will stay in your library forever. Ryan reviewed Into the Breach earlier this year, describing the game as “something spectacular” that “offers an incredibly engaging experience with tons of replayability.” You can check out Ryan’s review of Into the Breach below.
3. Ubisoft Forward
Ubisoft has planned its next Ubisoft Forward livestream event. Slated for September 10, the next Ubisoft Forward is expected to focus on the upcoming game Gods & Monsters, which was first revealed at E3 back in 2019. Ubisoft hasn’t confirmed which other games will be making an appearance during the livestream, but the digital trailer for the event shows clips of titles such as Rainbow Six Quarantine, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Hyperscape. Regardless of what games end up taking the spotlight, we should be getting a significant amount of information about Ubisoft’s next-gen plans when Ubisoft Forward happens next week.
4. Sands of Salzaar English Release
Sands of Salzaar, the popular Chinese open-world RPG, will soon be getting an English release. Despite only being available in simplified Chinese, Sands of Salzaar became an immediate hit when it launched earlier this year, selling over 50,000 copies on Steam in its first week. The English edition of the game features a complete translation of the game’s 500,000 word script, and will also include an expanded story with 30 new quests. The English version of Sands of Salzaar will be available in early access starting September 22.
5. Rockstar Resets GTA V Glitchers
Rockstar has riled up the GTA V community after coming down hard against players who abused the “apartment garage glitch.” The glitch enabled players to quickly earn large amounts of money by purchasing properties and then using an exploit to convert them into cash. Rockstar has completely reset the accounts of players who abused the glitch, meaning that all of the progress on those accounts has been wiped away, and that players will have to start completely from scratch. Affected players, some of whom had spent several years working on their accounts, aren’t too happy about the significant punishment, but it doesn’t sound like Rockstar will be changing their minds on the issue.
The Daily Moot: India Bans PUBG Mobile
1. India Bans PUBG Mobile
India has banned over 100 apps across the country including PUBG Mobile. Although the notice didn’t mention China specifically, all of the banned apps are either based in or linked to China, with PUBG Mobile being owned by the Chinese tech company Tencent. India explained their reasoning for the ban by saying that the country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had received complaints alleging that the apps "steal" and “surreptitiously transmit” user data to foreign servers in an unauthorized manner. PUBG Mobile had previously been one of India’s most popular mobile games, but it seems unlikely that the ban will be reversed any time soon.
2. Nvidia Reflex Technology Monitors
Nvidia is not only changing the game with their upcoming new graphics cards, they’re also looking to improve monitors as well. Nvidia’s new Reflex Latency Analyzer is a screen-based technology designed to accurately measure and reduce a system’s input lag. Alienware, Asus, Acer, and MSI all intend to implement the feature in their upcoming new 360Hz competitive gaming monitors, but consumers will likely have to shell out around $700 to get their hands on one.
3. Vlambeer Shutting Down
After more than a decade of making games, Vlambeer is shutting down. Vlambeer, an indie studio founded by Jan Willem Nijman and Rami Ismail, is best known for games such as Nuclear Throne, Super Crate Box, and Ridiculous Fishing. In their statement, the Vlambeer said that they “had a beautiful run” and “made incredible games” but that it was ultimately “time for new things.” The studio will officially close after releasing their upcoming arcade game Ultrabugs.
4. Hello Games New Project
Hello Games is apparently working on a new project. The No Man's Sky developer announced that they have a “huge, ambitious” project underway, which studio founder Sean Murray described as “like No Man’s Sky.” That said, Murray asserted that the game would not be a sequel and confirmed that half of the development would stay committed to working on improvements for No Man’s Sky. It’s unclear exactly what the big new project will have in store, but we can probably expect more details to be unveiled in the coming months.
5. Nintendo Switch eShop Changes
The Nintendo Switch eShop has quietly undergone some changes aimed at improving user experience. The first change makes it so that games now display how long they will be discounted for when they are on sale, and is live now for wishlists, the Great Deals page, and the eShop homepage. The second change makes it so that users can now pre-order a game without having to immediately pre-pay. Under the new system, users won’t be charged until 7 days before a game releases, making it much easier for players to cancel a pre-order without having to go through a refund process.
The Daily Moot: Nvidia's Next-Gen GPUs
1. Nvidia's Next-Gen GPUs
Nvidia has unveiled its next-gen series of graphics cards. The RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090 have all been announced, with specs and prices included. At $499 the RTX 3070 is set to provide better performance than the current king of GPUs, the RTX 2080 Ti, for less than half the price. On the high end, Nvidia claims the new RTX 3090 will be the “world’s first 8K gaming GPU,” and while it’ll no doubt be the best commercial graphics card on the market, it’ll cost a whopping $1,500. The next-gen series of Nvidia GPUs will start rolling out on September 24; you can check out the reveal trailer for the RTX 3080, which costs $699, below.
2. Crusader Kings 3
Crusader Kings 3 is officially here. The newest edition of the popular strategy series, Crusader Kings 3 has launched to widespread acclaim, earning a perfect 10 out of 10 score from multiple publications such as IGN. Crusader Kings 3 just launched today, but it will also be available as part of next month’s Xbox Game Pass for PC starting September 3. You can check out the release trailer for Crusader Kings 3 below.
3. CS:GO Coaches Caught Cheating
A number of professional CS:GO coaches have been caught cheating in tournaments by major esports pro league ESL. The cheating involved exploiting a spectator bug which allowed coaches to see where enemies were located and relay that information to their players. Some of the teams who exploited the bug include Hard Legion, Heroic, and MIRB; ESL has imposed bans on the teams’ coaches with durations ranging from 6 months to 2 years.
4. Fall Guys Charity Drive
A Fall Guys charity auction to raise funds for Special Effect has now wrapped up. The auction came down to the wire, with the winning bid coming as a combined effort between Ninja, MrBeast, G2 Esports, and Aim Lab totalling $1M. As a reward for winning the auction, Mediatonic will be adding 4 new Fall Guys skins to the game, one for each contributor.
5. Transient Trailer
A trailer for the upcoming Lovecraft-inspired horror game Transient has been released. A cyberpunk adventure game from Stormling Studios and Iceberg Interactive, Transient takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where you play as one of the last remaining humans on Earth. Although the release date has not yet been announced, Transient is expected to launch by the end of this year. You can check out the cinematic trailer for the game below.
The Daily Moot: PS5 Backwards Compatibility
1. PS5 Backwards Compatibility
The backwards compatibility of the upcoming PlayStation 5 is coming under scrutiny after an Ubisoft support page seemed to leak that the console’s abilities will be limited. Specifically, the page said that the PS5 will only be backwards compatible with PS4 games, and that the PS5 will not work with PS3, PS2, or PS1 games. Considering that both Sony and Microsoft have been touting their upcoming consoles’ backwards capabilities, it would certainly seem that the Xbox Series X would have an edge if this news is true. Sony has yet to comment on the matter, but the Ubisoft support page has now been modified to remove any mention of backwards compatibility.
2. League of Legends Samira
The next League of Legends champion, Samira, has been revealed. Described as a “gifted, ruthless marksman who charges up her style meter as she hunts for the flashiest kill,” Samira’s kit looks to have a bit of everything. With guns, knives, swords, dashes, resets, and more, Samira looks incredibly fun to play but also extremely difficult to balance. It’s unclear when Samira will arrive, but she is available on PBE servers now. You can check out the reveal trailer for Samira below.
3. Sims 4 Star Wars
Star Wars will soon be making its way to The Sims 4. Called Journey to Batuu, the pack will include things such as spaceships, lightsabers, and familiar Star Wars characters. Journey to Batuu will also have a story campaign where players will have to side with either The Resistance, First Order, or the “scoundrels.” The Journey to Batuu Game Pack is set to arrive on September 8; you can check out the reveal trailer below.
4. Tellstones: King’s Gambit
Riot Games continues to put the “s” in “Games” as they have now announced a new tabletop game called Tellstones: King’s Gambit. Described as an “unforgettable game of bluffing, strategy, and recollection from the world of Runeterra,” Tellstones: King’s Gambit marks the second tabletop game from Riot following the release of Mechs vs. Minions in 2016. There’s no word yet on when the Tellstones: King’s Gambit will launch, but Riot released a cinematic trailer for the game today which you can check out below.
5. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, the spiritual successor to the classic game Suikoden, has completed its incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. Raising more than $4.5M, Eiyuden Chronicle is now the third most successful video game Kickstarter in history; first place belongs to Shenmue 3 with $6.3M. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes isn’t set to come out until 2022, but the developers released a short gameplay teaser last month which you can watch below.
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The Daily Moot: Fall Guys Season 2
1. Fall Guys Season 2
Fall Guys just launched earlier this month, but Season 2 is already on the way. Mediatonic has revealed that Fall Guys Season 2 will be medieval themed with things like wizards, warriors, dragons, and castles. Aside from the cosmetic changes, the new season will also be introducing plenty of new levels and minigames, some of which were revealed during the sneak peek. Fall Guys Season 2 is set to arrive this October; you can check out the sneak peek video below.
2. New Dragon Age Game
BioWare has revealed a sneak peek at the next Dragon Age game. The behind-the-scenes preview showed off some of the game’s concept art as well as some of its core concepts and aspirations. Although not many details about the currently unnamed game have been released yet, BioWare explained that they “want to tell a story of what happens when you don't have power,” suggesting a thematic shift from the previous games in the Dragon Age series. You can watch the behind-the-scenes video below.
3. Sea of Thieves Update
Sea of Thieves’ September update is looking to be a big one. The long-awaited introduction of dog companions will finally make its way to the game along with a new permanent voyage. There are also 2 live events going on right now, Hunters of the Deep and Summer of Sea of Thieves, which end on September 8 and 30, respectively. Rare also promises that next year will be the “biggest one yet,” so it seems that Sea of Thieves fans have plenty to look forward to in the near future.
4. Hitman 3
The release date for Hitman 3 has been revealed. IO Interactive has revealed that the highly-anticipated next game in the Hitman series will be arriving on January 20 of next year, and will be available on both current-gen and next-gen consoles. Not only that, but players who purchase a current-gen version of the game will receive a free next-gen upgrade should they choose to get a next-gen console in the future. On PC, Hitman 3 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store. You can check out the announcement trailer for Hitman 3 below.
5. Project Cars 3
Project Cars 3 has officially launched. Much like its predecessors, Project Cars 3 focuses on realistic graphics with a combination of fictional locations and real-life racetracks to tackle. The game has also added more than 40 new cars to the roster, bringing the total number of vehicles to more than 200. You can watch the launch trailer for Project Cars 3 below.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Season 4
1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 is finally here. Dubbed Nexus War, this season brings a whole roster of villains and superheroes to the fray, with characters including Thor, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Doctor Doom. If you’re curious how all these gods and heroes ended up on the Fortnite island, Season 4 has launched with its own comic book series enabling players to “experience the Nexus War.” Speaking of the island, the influx of heroes has also led to some map changes with new locations such as Doom’s Domain and Sentinel Graveyard. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 is live now; you can check out the trailer for Nexus War below.
2. K/DA The Baddest
The League of Legends virtual k-pop group K/DA just released their new single “The Baddest.” K/DA, which is voiced by (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon and Miyeon along with Bea Miller and Wolftyla, first attained viral fame with their debut single “POP/STARS” in 2018. The Baddest marks the long awaited return for the group, and serves as a preview single for their upcoming EP. Despite widespread rumors, The Baddest did not introduce Seraphine as a new member of the group, but that could certainly change once the EP is released in the near future. Unfortunately there's no music video yet, but you can check out the song The Baddest below.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Hitman and Shadowrun Collection. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until September 3. As long as you claim the games by September 3, they will stay in your library forever.
4. Little Nightmares 2
Little Nightmares 2 has been revealed. The long-awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed creepy puzzle-platformer, Little Nightmares 2 seems to be substantially different from its predecessor. Namely, Little Nightmares 2 will have you play 2 characters simultaneously rather than one, although it’s currently unclear whether or not the game will support co-op. Little Nightmares 2 is set to launch on February 11 of next year; you can check out the gameplay reveal trailer below.
5. Guild Wars 2 Steam
Guild Wars 2 will soon be coming to Steam. The popular MMORPG is over 8 years old at this point, but has been confined to its own independent launcher. Unfortunately, players will not be able to transfer their existing Guild Wars 2 accounts to Steam, meaning that players will have to start from scratch if they want to play on Steam. Guild Wars 2 is also getting a new expansion soon called End of Dragons. Guild Wars 2 is set to arrive on Steam in November of this year with the End of Dragons expansion slated for early 2021. You can check out the trailer for End of Dragons below.
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The Daily Moot: Black Ops Cold War Reveal
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Reveal
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has officially been revealed. The highly anticipated next edition of the Call of Duty franchise is set to be a direct sequel to the original Black Ops game, which was released back in 2010. Considering that Black Ops 2 was also a direct sequel to Black Ops, it’ll be interesting to see how Activision and Treyarch manage to make the 3 games coexist with each other. In terms of gameplay, the reveal confirmed that many fan favorites will be returning for Black Ops Cold War, including a robust single-player campaign, a new Zombies experience, and a continuation of the Warzone battle royale mode. Activision also confirmed that the game’s multiplayer will be both cross-platform and cross-generational, meaning that players on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, and Xbox Series X will all be able to play together. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch on November 13; you can check out the reveal trailer below.
2. Gamescom 2020
Gamescom 2020 is set to kick off tomorrow. The world’s largest annual gaming convention, Gamescom typically takes place in Cologne, Germany, but will be exclusively digital this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the highlights of this year’s event include never-before-seen trailers, exclusive developer interviews, and live gameplay demos. You can watch the Gamescom 2020 livestream on Twitch and YouTube starting tomorrow at 10am PT.
3. Fall Guys Cheaters
Fall Guys is cracking down on cheaters. In a recent statement, the development team for fall guys said that “dealing with cheaters is a top priority” and that they have already begun establishing advanced methods to identify cheaters, enabling them to take “immediate action.” This makes it so that cheaters will be blocked from the game as soon as they are detected, meaning that cheaters won’t even be able to finish their current ongoing game. Mediatonic says that this system will work automatically, and that there is no need for players to report cheaters.
4. Ring of Pain Demo
The demo for Ring of Pain is now available. Ring of Pain is a roguelike dungeon crawler card game which the developers describe as “a turn-based Binding of Isaac set in the darkest corner of your mind.” The demo for Ring of Pain is available for free on Steam starting today, with the game’s full release slated for October 15. You can watch the trailer for the game below.
5. Pokemon Go Mega Evolutions
Pokemon Go will soon be adding Mega Evolutions to the game. Similar to the Mega Evolutions in games like Pokemon X and Moon, Mega Evolutions will be stronger versions of specific fully-evolved Pokemon such as Charizard and Blastoise. In order to Mega Evolve a Pokemon, players will have to acquire Mega Energy by participating in raids against Mega Evolved Pokemon. The new feature is set to launch tomorrow and Niantic will be holding several events with Mega Evolutions starting next month.
The Daily Moot: Epic Wins Lawsuit
1. Epic Lawsuit Update
Epic has won part 1 of its lawsuit against Apple. After Microsoft came out in support of Epic by asserting that Epic’s Unreal Engine is critical for game developers and creators, a judge has ruled in favor of Epic, granting the company a temporary restraining order against Apple. Specifically, the judge said that hindering Epic’s ability to maintain Unreal Engine would cause “significant damage to the gaming industry” but also said that the issue with Fortnite seemed to be “of Epic’s own making.” While this doesn’t mean that Fortnite will be returning to the App Store, it does mean that Epic will maintain its developer rights until the next stage of the lawsuit hits the courts in April of next year. The legal teams for Epic and Apple are set to reconvene on September 28.
2. Black Ops: Cold War Warzone Reveal?
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is set for its big reveal tomorrow, but it looks like Activision may be planning something a bit unique for the event. In a cryptic Tweet posted today, Call of Duty seems to be suggesting that the Black Ops: Cold War reveal will happen within the world of Warzone. It’s unclear exactly how this would play out, but the message is rather straightforward: “New contract. Coming to Verdansk. Aug 26.” The Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War reveal is set to take place tomorrow at 10:30am PT.
3. Summer Games Done Quick Ends
The 2020 edition of Summer Games Done Quick has come to a close. The speedrunning charity drive managed to raise $2.3M this year, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders which provides emergency medical and humanitarian aid across the world. While the $2.3M mark is certainly impressive, the number is actually down from last year’s event which raised over $3M. Since the annual event started in 2010, GDQ has raised over $27M in total for charities like the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Direct Relief, and AbleGamers.
4. New Nintendo Switch?
A new version of the Nintendo Switch is on the way. Set to enter production later this year, the newest edition of the Switch will have a better graphical display and improved “interactivity.” Not many details about the upcoming console have been announced yet, so it’s unclear what hardware changes will be made in order to achieve these improvements. The new Nintendo Switch is slated to hit retail shelves early next year.
5. EA Steam Achievements
EA has added more than 1,000 new achievements to their Steam games. These achievements were previously locked to the Origin versions of these games, despite the fact that EA transferred much of its library to Steam earlier this year. Some of the games which now have full Steam achievements include Titanfall 2, Need for Speed, Battlefield, and Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Any achievements you’ve earned will be automatically applied retroactively, meaning that you don’t have to worry about redoing achievements that you’ve already completed.
The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk 2077 DLC, 2020 Game Awards
1. Cyberpunk 2077 DLC
CD Projekt Red has unveiled some new information about Cyberpunk 2077’s DLC. Specifically, CD Projekt Red has confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be supported with multiple DLCs shortly after launch, and that these DLCs will be free for all players who own the base game. This is akin to the studio’s approach with The Witcher 3, which got 16 free DLC packs within 3 months after release. While this news doesn’t rule out the likely possibility of additional paid DLC, it is certainly good news for fans because it shows that CD Projekt Red is committed to updating and supporting the game for all players across the board. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on November 19.
2. 2020 Game Awards
Geoff Keighley has confirmed that the 2020 edition of The Game Awards will be happening later this year. As you might expect, this year’s show will be exclusively virtual, with Keighley saying, they are “obviously not going to have 10,000 people in a room together.” Despite the online nature of the event, Keighley promises that this year’s Game Awards is “going to be the biggest show yet.” No date for the 2020 Game Awards has been announced yet, but the organizers are planning to reveal more details “in the coming weeks.”
3. Lord of the Rings Gollum Trailer
Daedalic Entertainment has just released a new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Described as a mix of stealth gameplay and “climbing parkour,” the upcoming game focuses on Gollum, the complicated antagonist who serves as the foil for the wizard Gandalf. The studio likens the upcoming game to Prince of Persia, saying that it is “mostly a non-combat game,” and that Gollum must use his cunning, rather than strength, to survive. You can check out the official teaser trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum below.
4. Team Fortress 2 Rick May Tribute
Team Fortress 2 has permanently added a statue in tribute to the late voice actor Rick May. Rick May, who passed away earlier, had been known for his roles in games like Star Fox and Age of Empires 2, but truly came to prominence by voicing Soldier in Team Fortress 2. The permanent tribute is inscribed with Soldier’s iconic voiceline “That was a hell of a campaign, son!” and can be viewed on the Granary Map, which served as the backdrop for the famous “Meet the Soldier” video over a decade ago. In case you haven’t seen it, or if you just want to enjoy it one more time, you can watch the classic video below.
5. K/DA Returns
K/DA, the virtual League of Legends k-pop group, will soon be making its return. The group debuted at the League of Legends World Championship in 2018, going viral with their massive hit “POP/STARS.” Their new single, “The Baddest,” is set to come out on August 27, and fans are speculating that there may be a full album in the works for this year’s World Championship. There’s also rumors that a new member named Seraphine may be joining the group, with further rumors that Seraphine will be joining the League of Legends roster as a playable champion. This stems from the fact that Seraphine released a cover of POP/STARS, but regardless it seems that we’ll likely get more information later this week. You can check out Seraphine’s POP/STARS cover below.
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The Daily Moot: Fortnite x Thor Crossover
1. Fortnite x Thor Crossover
Thor is coming to Fortnite. Although Epic didn’t provide many details about the event or the rest of Season 4, they finally confirmed the long-rumored crossover with a simple, emoji-filled tweet that referenced Thor’s Hammer, lightning, and the Rainbow Bridge. The announcement also seems to confirm the start date of Fortnite Season 4 as August 27, meaning that players have less than one week left to accomplish their goals for Season 3. Aside from the Thor crossover, Epic hasn’t unveiled much of what Season 4 has in store yet, but we can expect plenty of more information to come pouring in during the coming days.
2. Marvel’s Avengers Beta
The Marvel’s Avengers open beta is officially here. After a limited closed beta last weekend, Marvel’s Avengers is now available to be played by anyone. The open beta will give players a substantial taste of the game, offering 4 story missions, additional side missions, and multiplayer content. Unfortunately, however, any progress you make during the beta will be reset once the game launches. Available for preloading now, the Marvel’s Avengers open beta will unlock tonight at 9pm PT and will last until August 23. Marvel’s Avengers is set to launch on September 4.
3. FreeFortnite Cup
Epic has announced a new Fortnite tournament called the FreeFortnite Cup. The tournament alludes to Epic’s ongoing battle with Apple which erupted after Fortnite was removed from the tech giant's app store. Although it’s being described as a tournament, the FreeFortnite Cup has plenty of prizes available for players of all levels. The tournament period will last for 4 hours and all players who survive at least 10 minutes of gameplay during that time will earn the new Apple parody “Tart Tycoon” skin. While the skin is the easiest reward to get, the highest performing players will be able to earn prizes like Fortnite hats, Samsung Galaxy tablets, and even an Alienware gaming laptop. The FreeFortnite cup is set to kick off on August 23 but the start time has not yet been announced.
4. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Enter the Gungeon and God’s Trigger. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until August 27. As long as you claim the games by August 27, they will stay in your library forever.
5. Burger King Twitch Donations
Burger King has come under fire after their controversial advertisement campaign exploited Twitch’s donation system. Burger King’s “King of Stream” ad campaign worked by taking advantage of streamers who use text-to-speech for their donations. Burger King would leave a minimum donation (often $1) to streamers, which enabled the company to have an advertisement message for Burger King be read aloud to the stream. Burger King’s ad campaign was not only criticized for being unethical, it also violated Streamlabs’ terms of service. It’s currently unclear if Streamlabs is planning to take any action regarding the situation.
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The Daily Moot: Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War
It’s official: the next Call of Duty will be Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War. Activision finally confirmed the project with a new teaser trailer called “Know Your History.” As its title suggests, the trailer takes a look at some real-life historical events, cautioning viewers to know their history “or be doomed to repeat it.” Activision is set to follow up the trailer with a full worldwide reveal event on August 26. You can check out the trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War below.
2. PS5 Trailer
Sony has released its very first live-action trailer for the PlayStation 5. Called “Play Has No Limits,” Sony designed the trailer to “showcase some of the immersive gameplay you will experience on the new console.” Unfortunately, despite the description, the trailer doesn’t actually show any gameplay. It also doesn’t unveil any critical information fans have been waiting for such as price and release date, but it’s rumored that Sony may be planning a more informative event later this month. You can check out the Play Has No Limits trailer below.
3. Fall Guys Changes
A new patch just hit Fall Guys today, bringing plenty of welcome changes to the game. The most notable changes involve modifications to Fall Guys’ team games. Specifically, there will no longer be any back-to-back team game rounds, meaning that there will be at least one solo game between any team games. The update also implemented some map changes, limiting the maximum number of players on Fall Mountain to 15 and changing the timer on Team Tail Tag and Royal Fumble to 1:30.
4. Black Myth: Wukong
Black Myth: Wukong was surprise-revealed today and it’s attracting a lot of attention. The soulslike game is styled after the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West,” and features the monkey king Sun Wukong as its protagonist. Although the game is still early in development, developer Game Science Studio chose to reveal the project with a lengthy trailer that’s overflowing with real, pre-alpha gameplay footage. It will likely be quite some time before Black Myth: Wukong actually hits the market, but it certainly seems like a game for soulslike fans to keep an eye on. You can check out the reveal trailer for Black Myth: Wukong below.
5. Bloodlines 2 Fires Team Leads
It looks like Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will be starting over from scratch. Developer Hardsuit Labs announced last week that they were looking to implement some “organizational changes” and have now fired 2 of their team leads. Lead writer Brian Mitsoda and creative director Ka’ai Cluney have both been removed from the project as part of a “joint decision made by the leadership of Hardsuit Labs and Paradox Interactive.” These firings will no doubt be controversial, especially considering that Brian Mitsoda was intimately involved with the first game and heavily featured in the upcoming sequel’s promotional content. As a result of the organizational changes, Bloodlines 2 has now been delayed until at least 2021.
The Daily Moot: Prince of Persia Returns
1. Prince of Persia Returns
It looks like Prince of Persia may be making its comeback. This news comes as the result of a leaked store listing, which showed an upcoming Prince of Persia game scheduled for launch on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. The mainline series of the critically acclaimed adventure game has been absent from the gaming sword since its last edition, The Forgotten Sands, arrived a decade ago in 2010. Unfortunately for fans who were hoping for a completely new game, it appears that Prince of Persia’s return will likely come in the form of a remake. Assuming the store listing is accurate, we can probably expect Ubisoft to make a formal announcement about the game in the coming weeks.
2. Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access
The early access release date for Baldur’s Gate 3 has been revealed. Fans were no doubt disappointed when the game was delayed earlier this year due to the pandemic, but it looks like the wait won’t be too much longer. If everything goes as planned, developer Larian Studios expects to launch the early access edition of Baldur’s Gate 3 as soon as September 30. The early access version of the game will be limited, however, as it will not include multiplayer and will only allow players to reach up to level 4. Larian Studios expects that Baldur’s Gate 3 will remain in early access for “at least one year.”
3. Quake 3 Free
Bethesda is giving away Quake 3 for free today as thanks for a successful QuakeCon charity drive. The classic FPS, which first launched in an entirely different millennium back in 1999, revolutionized the genre with its focus on multiplayer gameplay. In fact, Quake 3 is exclusively multiplayer, so keep that in mind if you decide to pick it up. You can grab Quake 3 for free from the Bethesda launcher from now until 9am PT tomorrow.
4. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe Delayed
The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe has been delayed again. The Ultra Deluxe edition is set to be the biggest version of the game yet, introducing new areas, more choices, and new endings to the strange exploration game. The developers explained that “multiple factors have contributed to developmental challenges” and said that the extra time will help them “deliver the most ambitious Stanley game ever.” Originally set to launch in 2019, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is now expected to arrive sometime in 2021.
5. TimTheTatman Wins in Fall Guys
Streamer TimTheTatman has finally won a game of Fall Guys. The popular streamer had been severely struggling in the game, so much so that news outlets such as ESPN started tracking his progress. After 8 days of trying, Tim finally won his first game Fall Guys by outlasting his opponents on Hex-a-Gone.
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The Daily Moot: Microsoft Flight Simulator
1. Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is officially here. The modern rendition of the classic game, which first launched way back in 1982 with little more than white lines on a screen, has been highly anticipated since it was announced last year. With a wide array of planes, airports, and scenic routes, Microsoft Flight Simulator is already being lauded by aviation enthusiasts for its dynamism and quality. You can check out the trailer for Microsoft Flight Simulator below, which shows the game’s history and progression from 1982 to now.
2. Untitled Goose Game Co-Op
Untitled Goose Game will soon be getting a co-op mode. The mode will essentially be the same as the standard single-player mode, just with a second goose that boasts its own “horrible honk.” Unfortunately for those who were hoping to play with their friends remotely, it seems that co-op will be limited to local play only. Co-op is expected to hit Untitled Goose Game on September 23; you can check out the trailer for the mode below.
3. Deathloop Delayed
Deathloop has been delayed. Originally expected to launch alongside the PS5 this holiday season, eager players will now have to wait a bit longer before they can get their hands on the 60’s-inspired FPS assassin game. Developer Arkane explained their reasoning for the delay, saying that the pandemic had created difficulties for the team and that the extra time will enable them “to bring Deathloop's world to life.” Deathloop is now expected to arrive in spring of 2021; you can watch the trailer for the game below.
4. Hitman 3 Changes
Hitman 3 is apparently dropping several of its planned game modes. According to developer IO Interactive, Hitman 3 will not include the 1v1 multiplayer “Ghost Mode” from Hitman 2, or any PvP modes for that matter. Additionally, Hitman 3 will also be removing co-op from the series. Not only is IO Interactive scrapping these features from Hitman 3, they’re also planning to remove these existing modes from Hitman 2 by the end of this month. It’s unclear if IO Interactive is planning to add new features to replace these modes, but the company says they will share more details about the upcoming game “in the coming months.” Hitman 3 is expected to launch in January of next year.
5. Total War: Three Kingdoms Expansion
Total War: Three Kingdoms is getting its first ever expansion. Called “Furious Wild,” the upcoming expansion will take the world of Three Kingdoms to the jungles of ancient China. Along with the new jungle zones, Furious Wild will introduce 4 new factions, more than 25 new units, and new tech trees. The Furious Wild expansion will cost $19 and will be available starting September 3. You can check out the trailer for the expansion below.
The Daily Moot: Operation Shadow Legacy
1. Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Shadow Legacy
The massive upcoming season of Rainbow Six Siege, Operation Shadow Legacy, has officially been revealed. Shadow Legacy will be the first new season since Ubisoft announced earlier this year that they would be greatly changing their approach to Siege updates, focusing more on improving existing content rather than introducing new content. As such, Shadow Legacy will be bringing tons of quality-of-life improvements such as an improved ping system, new scopes, and a Chalet map rework. Of course, there’s still a new operator coming and it’s a big one: Sam Fisher. Although it seems that Sam Fisher will be the only new operator in Shadow Legacy, Splinter Cell fans will no doubt rejoice as the iconic character makes his way to the Siege roster under the codename “Zero.” You can check out Ubisoft’s breakdown of everything Operation Shadow Legacy has to offer below.
2. Summer Games Done Quick
The 2020 summer edition of Games Done Quick is here. The annual charity event features some of the best speedrunners on the planet showing off their incredible skill in games such as Witcher 3, Portal 2, Bioshock Infinite, and DOOM. All proceeds from the event will go to Doctors Without Borders which provides lifesaving medical and humanitarian care across the globe. Summer Games Done Quick 2020 is set to run from now until August 23 and will be livestreamed on Twitch.
3. Ubisoft Fires Assassin's Creed Director
Ubisoft has fired Ashraf Ismail, the creative director for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Ismail stepped down from his position in June after allegations of sexual misconduct began to surface, but he remained with the company until now. Although Ubisoft didn’t go into details due to its “confidential” nature, the company explained their decision by saying, “Following an investigation by an external firm, it was determined that Ashraf’s employment with Ubisoft had to be terminated.” Following the investigation, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot committed to a “structural shift” in the company but denied any accountability, implying that he too was a “victim” because his trust was betrayed.
4. Fallout: New Vegas Revoice Project
Fallout: New Vegas modders have finally completed “Brave New World,” one of the most ambitious modding projects in gaming history. A collaborative project with over 30,000 contributors, Brave New World took over 4 years to finish and features a full revoicing of Fallout: New Vegas. In total, the project has completely overhauled nearly 150 NPCs but has left alone characters with “exceptional acting” such as Caesar and Doc Mitchell. You can check out the reveal for the Brave New World mod below.
5. Batman Treasure Hunt?
WB Games Montreal is sending fans on a treasure hunt. The studio has begun teasing what many expect to be the next mainline Batman game, but WB Games Montreal isn’t making things easy. In order to access the teasers and clues, fans will first have to crack a series of codes on WB’s new “r3dakt3d” website. It’s unclear if there will be any prizes for solving the puzzle, but one thing is certain: big news is on the horizon.
The Daily Moot: Epic Sues Apple and Google
1. Epic Games Sues Apple and Google
Epic Games has filed lawsuits against Apple and Google over “monopolistic practices.” This news comes just one day after Apple and Google removed Fortnite from their app stores in retaliation for Epic’s new direct payment system. Epic’s new payment system was designed to circumvent the 30 percent fees that are charged for every App Store and Play Store transaction, with Epic then passing those savings onto their players by reducing the price of V-Bucks across the board. It’s unclear exactly how these lawsuits will play out, but considering that Epic Games was a step ahead of their competition and drew the favor of the community by promising to pass down their savings, it’s clear that Epic was prepared for this type of scenario from the beginning. You can check out Epic’s “Free Fortnite” video below, which parodies Apple’s iconic 1984 commercial and condemns the company for their practices.
2. Steam Game Festival
The Steam Game Festival will be returning this fall. Although the annual event was originally scheduled to take place during the holiday season, Valve decided to run the Steam Game Festival earlier this year in March in an effort to make up for the cancellation of GDC and to help give a boost to the indie games community. March’s Steam Game Festival was a huge success, providing nearly 1,000 free demos for players and developers to enjoy alike. Hopefully the Steam Game Festival can maintain its impressive showing and continue its success when the fall edition of the event kicks off on October 7.
3. Forza Horizon 3 “End of Life”
Forza Horizon 3 is officially entering its “end of life” cycle. Starting on September 27, Forza Horizon 3 will no longer be able for purchase and will be pulled from all shelves, both retail and digital. This is nothing new for Microsoft’s flagship racing series as previous iterations of Forza have all been phased out once they reached their “end of life” as well. There are no plans to remove online content from the game, so you can rest assured that you can enjoy Forza Horizon 3 to the fullest if you decide to purchase the game before September 27.
4. Lazlow Leaves Rockstar
Lazlow, one of the most popular radio hosts in the Grand Theft Auto series, is leaving Rockstar. Although he is best known for his contributions as an in-game radio DJ, Lazlow’s contributions to GTA stretched far and wide over his nearly 20 year career with Rockstar Games. Aside from voice acting, Lazlow also worked on game trailers, in-game animated shows, and even helped write the dialogue in GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2.
5. EA Play
Origin Access and EA Access will soon be no more. Instead, EA is unifying them into one overarching service called EA Play. Most of the benefits with EA Play will be the same as the current services, but there will be some additional new features such as in-game challenges and monthly rewards. Despite the unified moniker, players will still need to purchase a new subscription of EA Play for each individual platform they wish to play on. This means that, for example, you would need to purchase 2 EA Play subscriptions in order to use the service on both PC and Xbox. EA Play is set to rollout on August 18.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Removed From App Store
1. Fortnite Mega Drop
The Fortnite Mega Drop is here, permanently making V-Bucks cheaper. Along with the rollout of their new Epic direct payment system, Epic has decided to permanently reduce the cost of V-Bucks by up to 20 percent in an event they are calling the “Fortnite Mega Drop.” Epic’s new direct payment system is designed to circumvent the 30 percent fees that Google and Apple charge for Google Play and App Store transactions, and Epic Games is giving back to their fans by passing on the savings to the players. Apple clearly isn't happy with Epic’s attempt to avoid fees, as they have now retaliated by completely removing Fortnite from the App Store. It doesn’t seem like either side is planning on backing down any time soon, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.
2. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Remnant: From the Ashes and The Alto Collections. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until August 20. As long as you claim the games by August 20, they will stay in your library forever. Epic is also giving away the latest Total War game, A Total War Saga: Troy, which just launched today. The free copy of A Total War Saga: Troy is only available today so be sure to hurry if you want the game; after today the price will go up to $50.
3. Dead by Daylight Crossplay
Dead by Daylight now has crossplay. Starting today, you can play with and against players on PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The developers are also planning to add crossplay to the Google Stadia in the future, but will not be implementing crossplay for mobile platforms.
4. THPS Renames Trick
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remastered is renaming a skateboard trick in order to pay homage to the trick’s creator. The trick, previously known as the “Mute Grab,” will now be called the “Weddle Grab” to honor its creator Chris Weddle. The trick was originally misnamed; Chris Weddle is deaf but not mute, and although he had no ill feelings towards the original name, Weddle expressed that he would have preferred “Deaf Grab” or “Weddle Grab.” Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remastered is set to launch on September 4.
Metamorphosis, a game about being a bug, has now launched. Metamorphosis is based on the Franz Kafka short story of the same name and features a combination of first-person puzzling and platforming elements. To celebrate its launch, the game will be available at a 10 percent discount from now until August 19. You can check out the launch trailer for Metamorphosis below.
The Daily Moot: Shroud Returns to Twitch
1. Shroud Returns to Twitch
Shroud has officially returned to Twitch. After signing with Mixer last year in a deal reportedly worth up to $20M, Shroud looked poised to stay with Microsoft’s streaming service for the long haul before it abruptly shut down last month. Shroud was on a brief hiatus following the collapse of Mixer, but he has now returned to streaming and will be doing so exclusively on Twitch. There’s no word on whether Shroud managed to pocket several more millions with his new Twitch deal, but fans will be happy to have him back nonetheless.
2. Hearthstone Battle Pass
It sounds like Hearthstone may soon be getting a battle pass. Rumors about a Hearthstone battle pass started circulating a few days ago after a survey about a potential battle pass was accidentally leaked. Today, Hearthstone Game Director Ben Lee addressed the rumors and essentially confirmed their plans to implement a battle pass in the future. Lee emphasized that rewards will not be lower in the new system, the grind will not be increased, and that the new system will make the game more free-to-play friendly.
3. DiRT 5 Delayed
DiRT 5 has been delayed. The rally racing game has been touting its upcoming new career mode which stars Uncharted 4’s Troy Baker and Nolan North, but it seems that fans will have to wait a bit longer before they get to try it out. Developer Codemasters didn’t provide any reason for the delay, but thankfully it’s not a long one. DiRT 5, which was originally planned to launch on October 9, is now expected to arrive on October 16.
4. Yoshinori Ono Leaving Capcom
Yoshinori Ono, the longtime executive producer of the Street Fighter series, is leaving Capcom. After nearly 30 years with the company, Yoshinori Ono announced that he will be stepping down from his positions at Capcom later this year. In his statement, Yoshinori Ono thanked his fans and colleagues, and expressed his excitement to enjoy the next generation of Street Fighter games “as just one of the regular gamers next time around.”
5. Free Quake Games
Bethesda is giving away Quake 2 and Quake 3 for free as thanks and celebration for a successful QuakeCon charity drive. You can grab your free copy of Quake 2 from the Bethesda launcher from now until Saturday. Quake 3 will then become available for free on the Bethesda launcher starting on August 17. In order to claim the games, all you have to do is log into the Bethesda launcher during the correct time periods and the games will be automatically added to your library.
The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X Release Date
1. Xbox Series X Release Date
Microsoft has finally shed some light on the release date for the Xbox Series X. The next-gen console had long been keyed in for a “holiday” launch, but we now know that the Xbox Series X will be arriving in November. Alongside the release date information, Microsoft also promised that there will be over 100 games optimized for and available on the console by the end of 2020, including highly-anticipated releases like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and Watch Dogs: Legion. Considering that the Xbox Series X is also backwards compatible with thousands of games, Xbox fans should have plenty to look forward to when the console finally arrives this November.
2. GTA Los Santos Summer Special
GTA Online’s Los Santos Summer Special is now live. The huge update brings plenty of new content to the multiplayer world of GTA, paying extra attention to the game’s vehicles. Along with the release of 15 new cars, the Los Santos Summer Special also introduces a new racing circuit with 9 open wheel race tracks and an open wheel race creator. Aside from vehicle gameplay, the update includes plenty of other content such as new co-op missions, arcade cabinets, and business battles. The Los Santos Summer Special is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
3. Halo Infinite Delayed
Halo Infinite has been delayed. Originally planned to come out this holiday season as part of a companion launch with the Xbox Series X, Halo Infinite has now been pushed back to 2021. Microsoft explained their struggle to overcome “multiple factors that have contributed to development challenges,” and decided to spend more time working on the game to ensure its quality is up to par. Microsoft didn’t announce a concrete date for the highly anticipated return for Halo, but the game is expected to arrive sometime next year.
4. Fall Guys New Level
Fall Guys will soon be getting a new level as part of an upcoming update. The wildly popular multiplayer party game just launched last week so it’s pretty impressive that new content is already pouring in. The new level, which was a fan-favorite during the Fall Guys beta, is called Jump Showdown and is similar to the existing Jump Club level. The update will also introduce some quality-of-life improvements such as bug fixes, but there’s no word yet on how developer Mediatonic plans to combat the rise of cheaters in the game. The Jump Showdown update will hit live servers starting tomorrow.
5. Death Stranding Novel
Death Stranding will soon be getting a book adaptation. Written by Kenji Yano, who previously worked with Kojima on book adaptations for the Metal Gear Solid games, the novel will be the first of a volumized series called Death Stranding: The Official Novelization. Considering that Volume 1 alone is over 300 pages, it’s safe to say that the book series will likely delve deep into the world of Death Stranding and finally bring some clarity to the game’s confusing narrative. Volume 1 of Death Stranding: The Official Novelization is set to come out in the west on November 3.
The Daily Moot: Amazon Shuts Down Twitch Prime
1. Prime Gaming
Twitch Prime is no more. Starting today, Amazon is replacing Twitch Prime with a new service called Prime Gaming. Although the moniker has changed, Prime Gaming is essentially the same as Twitch Prime and is more of a rebrand than anything else. Amazon Prime subscribers who were previously getting Twitch Prime will now get Prime Gaming for free and can enjoy all of the benefits of the new service, including a free Twitch channel subscription every month, free in-game loot, and at least 5 free PC games per month.
2. Injustice 3
It looks like Injustice 3 may be coming soon. A teaser for the game was posted on Twitter by game artist Nikolai Baslajik, better known as BossLogic. BossLogic has previously created official artwork for games such as Assassin’s Creed and Street Fighter, so it seems reasonable to assume he will be involved with Injustice 3 in some way. Although no confirmation about Injustice 3 has been announced yet, it’s likely that we’ll get some official details about the game during the upcoming DC FanDome event on August 22.
3. Dr Disrespect Returns to Streaming
Dr Disrespect has officially returned to streaming. The popular streamer had been on a hiatus since he was permanently banned from Twitch in June, but broke his absence this past weekend by streaming on YouTube. Dr Disrespect once again emphasized that he still doesn’t know the reason for his Twitch ban, but it’s clear that reconciliation between the two parties is out of the question. Dr Disrespect is not planning on signing an exclusive deal in the near future and will continue streaming on YouTube, Facebook Gaming, and on his own ChampionsClub website.
4. Cyberpunk Night City Wire Livestream
CD Projekt Red held another edition of their Cyberpunk Night City Wire livestream today, shedding more information on the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. Specifically, the stream delved into the origins of one of the game’s “Lifepaths” as well as provided a first-ever look at some of the game’s weaponry. There will be 3 different classes of guns in Cyberpunk 2077 (Power, Smart, and Tech), each with its own strengths. For example, Smart guns shoot homing bullets that track their prey, making them the perfect choice for attacking moving enemies. You can check out the full second episode of Cyberpunk’s Night City Wire below.
5. Fall Guys Popularity
Fall Guys is taking the world by storm and has now become the biggest game launch in Devolver Digital’s history. Despite server issues which have persisted since the game first arrived last week, Fall Guys continues to soar in popularity. With nearly 130,000 players on Steam, Fall Guys is currently the number 3 game by Steam player count, number 2 in Twitch viewership, and holds the number 1 position atop Steam’s top sellers chart. These numbers smash Devolver Digital’s previous biggest launch, Scum, which managed around 68,000 players. If you’ve been enjoying Fall Guys so far or want to see more of what the game’s about, be sure to check out our new Fall Guys lounge here:
The Daily Moot: Apex Legends Season 6 Trailer
1. Apex Legends Season 6 Trailer
Apex Legends Season 6 is almost here and it’ll be adding some pretty big changes to the battle royale. Specifically, Season 6 will introduce crafting to the game. It’s still unclear exactly how crafting will work, but the new mechanic coincides with Apex’s upcoming new Legend, Rampart, who is described in her bio as an “expert modder who made her name in underground fight clubs.” Rampart and Apex Legends Season 6 are set to arrive on August 18; you can check out the launch trailer for the upcoming season below.
2. Suicide Squad Game Confirmed
Rocksteady Studios has officially announced that they are making a Suicide Squad game. This confirms rumors of the game’s development which have been circulating for a few months now. Rocksteady is best known as the team behind the Arkham series of Batman games, so it’ll be interesting to see how they craft a more villainous type of gameplay. Although very few details about the Suicide Squad game have been released yet, we can expect more information to be revealed at the upcoming DC FanDome event on August 22.
3. Braid: Anniversary Edition
Braid will soon be getting a “hand-repainted” anniversary edition remake. Braid, which was first released in 2008, was solo developed by Jonothan Blow and is largely credited as a catalyst for gaming community’s widespread interest in indie games today. Aside from the hand-repainted graphics and improved visuals, the anniversary edition will also expand the game as well as introduce new features. Braid: Anniversary Edition is set to launch sometime in 2021; check out the game's announcement trailer below.
4. Hearthstone: Scholomance Academy
Hearthstone: Scholomance Academy is now live. The latest expansion to the digital CCG, Scholomance Academy introduces 135 new cards to the game, 40 of which are Dual-Class cards that feature a new mechanic called “Spellburst.” Spellburst enables players to take advantage of mechanics that are unique to classes other than their own, such as using Mage spells in a Shaman deck. All players who log into Hearthstone before October 27 will get a free legendary card from the expansion, with an additional 6 card packs up for grabs by completing the Scholomance Academy quests.
5. Spelunky 2 Release Date
Spelunky 2 now has an official release date. Developer Derek Yu had been pretty silent about the game since he first announced it back in 2017, but he finally revealed some new information about the sequel during Sony’s State of Play event. Derek Yu explained his desire to make the world of Spelunky 2 “feel much more rich and dynamic than Spelunky 1,” as well as increase the accessibility of the game while maintaining its high degree of difficulty. Spelunky 2 is set to launch on PS4 on September 15, with a PC launch coming shortly thereafter as Yu said he needs “a little extra time to iron out online multiplayer on PC.” You can check out the State of Play release date trailer for Spelunky 2 below.
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The Daily Moot: Free Games and PS Exclusives
1. Marvel’s Avengers PS Exclusives
Marvel’s Avengers will apparently be getting even more PlayStation exclusives. Just days after the announcement that Spider-Man will be released as a free DLC character exclusive to PlayStation, it seems there is even more good news for Sony fans. Whenever a new hero gets released in Marvel’s Avengers, all PlayStation players will get “a month of exclusive access to an outfit, emote, takedown and nameplate,” with PS Plus subscribers getting even more benefits on top of that. Marvel’s Avengers is set to launch on September 7.
2. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are 3 Out of 10 and Wilmot’s Warehouse. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until August 13. As long as you claim the games by August 13, they will stay in your library forever.
3. Reckful Added to WoW
Blizzard has added Reckful to World of Warcraft in order to pay respects to the late streamer. Reckful, who initially rose to prominence with his high-level Rogue play, will now live on as a Rogue Trainer NPC who you can talk to in World of Warcraft’s Cathedral of Light. Although Blizzard has been in their fair share of hot water recently, this is certainly a very welcome gesture from the company.
4. Mortal Shell
Mortal Shell finally has an official release date. The upcoming action-RPG got more than 5 million views on Twitch during its brief closed beta last month and players have been eager for more information about the game’s launch ever since. We now know that Mortal Shell will be arriving very soon on August 18 and that it will be available on PS4 and Xbox One, and on PC as an Epic Games Store exclusive. You can check out the all-new release date trailer for Mortal Shell below.
5. FIFA Goal Celebrations Removed
EA has removed some of their goal celebrations from the upcoming FIFA 21. The “Shush” and “A-Ok” celebrations have both been permanently removed from the game due to their usage in “toxic behaviors.” For example, the Shush celebration could be used to waste time and stall the game by spamming the emote. FIFA 21 is set to launch on October 9; you can check out the newly released gameplay trailer for the game below.
The Daily Moot: Call of Duty Season 5; Fortnite Cars
1. Modern Warfare Season 5
Season 5 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone is here. Warzone’s Verdansk got some pretty massive changes, opening the Stadium for players to explore and establishing a new area called the Train Station. Along with the Train Station, there are now moving freight trains on the map that players can hop on to in order to “escape the gas, take a load off, or get to a new location stealthier, without the noise of a vehicle engine.” Modern Warfare also got its fair share of updates with 4 new maps coming to the rotation: Livestock, Verdansk International Airport, Petrov Oil Rig, and Suldal Harbor. Check out the official trailer for Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 below.
2. Fortnite Cars
Fortnite’s cars have finally arrived. As part of the new Joy Ride update, cars have been spread across the map, enabling players to hop on in and take them for a spin. There are a total of 4 different vehicle types that you can drive, each with their own advantages and disadvantages: the Islander Prevalent (sedan), Victory Motors Whiplash (sports car), OG Bear (pickup truck), and Titano Mudflap (big rig truck). The cars even include radio stations featuring songs from artists such as Drake, Ariana Grande, and Lady Gaga, allowing players to slaughter their enemies to a soundtrack. The Joy Ride update is live now; you can check out the trailer below.
3. Ninja Returns to Twitch
Ninja has returned to Twitch, at least temporarily. In an impromptu event with fellow streamer Dr Lupo, Ninja held his first Twitch stream since he left the platform for Mixer in a blockbuster deal last year. After Mixer’s shutdown last month, it was unclear which streaming service Ninja would sign to. He’s now streamed on both YouTube and Twice since the Mixer collapse, but considering that he reportedly made $30M from his short time at Mixer, Ninja can likely take his time with the decision and enjoy free agency a bit longer.
4. BlizzCon 2021
Blizzard has confirmed that BlizzCon 2021 will be happening next year. After BlizzCon 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic, it was unclear whether or not Blizzard would try to hold a digital replacement this year. We now know that 2020’s event has been cancelled completely and that BlizzCon 2021 will be a digital event held early next year. No official date has been announced yet, but Blizzard says they “want to do this” as soon as possible.
5. Take-Two Next-Gen Game Pricing
Take-Two Interactive has released an official statement regarding their next-gen game pricing. After previously being one of the first publishers to announce plans for a $70 retail price with the next-gen version of NBA 2K20, Take-Two is now saying that the policy won’t be universal and that they’ll be determining pricing on “a title by title basis.” This backtracking could be in response to other publishers, such as Ubisoft, who have committed to maintaining the $60 price tag for next-gen games at launch. We’ll have to wait and see exactly how Take-Two approaches the situation, but considering that they own major players such as 2K and Rockstar Games, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on because the company’s actions could have a lot of influence in the industry.
The Daily Moot: Fall Guys
1. Fall Guys
Fall Guys has officially launched. The multiplayer free-for-all party game has been an immediate success, garnering hundreds of thousands of day-one downloads and reaching over 350,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch. Unfortunately, the servers weren’t quite prepared for the influx of eager players which has led to widespread performance issues. Things seem to be running smoothly now, but it’s reasonable to expect a bit of turbulence as Devolver Digital works to get everything in order on launch day. Fall Guys is available now on PlayStation Plus and Steam; you can check out the launch trailer for the game below.
2. Overwatch Summer Games
The 2020 edition of the Overwatch Summer Games is here. As expected, Lucioball is back once again to provide you with all the Overwatch soccer action you’ve been missing. This year features a twist on the game mode with Lucioball Remix. Lucioball Remix is faster and more hectic than the original mode, featuring 2 balls in play instead of just one. The 2020 Overwatch Summer Games are set to run from now until August 26.
3. Baldur’s Gate 3 Delay
Baldur’s Gate 3 has been delayed. Developer Larian Studios had been targeting an August release date for the early access version of the game, but it unfortunately seems that progress hasn’t come along quite as quickly as the team was hoping for. Although early access won’t be available in August, Larian Studios has promised that the game is “just around the corner” and said that the official release date along with other “big news” will be revealed during their “Panel From Hell” event on August 18.
4. Blasphemous Expansion
The action-platformer/metroidvania Blasphemous has received a massive expansion. The update, which is called Stir of Dawn, greatly increases the scope of the game by adding new areas, bosses, and even a new storyline. It seems that much of the content is geared towards players who have already played Blasphemous as the new Stir of Dawn bosses are expected to provide the most challenging fights in the game. The Stir of Dawn expansion is available now and is free for all players who own the base game of Blasphemous.
5. Red Dead Online Alligators
Alligators have now made their way to the Wild West. Red Dead Online’s recent Naturalist update introduced a new hunting-themed aspect to the game which enables players to track down animals and become either conservationists or poachers. Regardless of which path you take, you’ll now be able to test your skills by hunting the legendary “Teca” and “Sun” gators, both of which will grant extra experience and rewards this week.
The Daily Moot: Rainbow Six Siege: MUTE Protocol
1. Rainbow Six Siege: Mute Protocol
Rainbow Six Siege is getting an all-new limited time event called Mute Protocol. Taking place on a reskinned version of Tower, Mute Protocol features a cyberpunk version of Siege with a showdown between attacking hackers and teleporting cyber defenders. There will be 41 different operators to choose from in the game mode, with the rest being excluded for “gameplay reasons.” Rainbow Six Siege: Mute Protocol is set to kick off tomorrow and will last until August 17; you can check out the trailer for the event below.
2. Valorant Act 2
Riot Games has announced Valorant Act 2, a massive update which will bring a host of welcome changes to the game. The most notable improvement will undoubtedly be the addition of the new Deathmatch game mode, a 10-player free-for-all showdown with infinite money and no abilities. Deathmatch should provide the perfect opportunity for players to test out new guns and refine their aiming skills without having to worry about objectives or respawn times. Act 2 will also introduce a new agent, battle pass, and skin line to the game, so there’s plenty to look forward to even if Deathmatch doesn’t interest you. Valorant Act 2 is set to kick off tomorrow, with its Deathmatch mode arriving one day later on August 5.
3. Sony State of Play
Sony has announced their next State of Play showcase. Before you get your hopes up, Sony has already confirmed that there will be “no big PS5 announcements” during the showcase. Instead the event will focus strictly on games, with a particular emphasis on third-party and indie titles. Sony’s State of Play event is expected to last about 40 minutes and will take place on August 6 at 1pm PT.
4. Monster Crown
Monster Crown has now entered early access. The game, which was crowdfunded in 2018 via Kickstarter, is best described as a cross between Pokemon and Dragon Quest Monsters but with a darker, more mature story than its muses. The early access version contains about one-third of the content planned for the finished version of the game, which the developers expect will take “anywhere from 6 to 12 months” to complete. Monster Crown early access is available on Steam now; you can check out the trailer for the game below.
5. Marvel’s Avengers Spider-Man
Spider-Man has been confirmed for the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers. Unfortunately for Xbox fans however, Spider-Man will only be released as a PlayStation exclusive. Although Spider-Man won’t be available when Marvel’s Avengers first launches, Sony will be giving the character away for free to all PlayStation users who own the base game via a future DLC. While this is certainly a sting for Xbox players, PlayStation fans will no doubt rejoice about getting such a highly desired character completely free of charge.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Diplo Collaboration Ends
1. Fortnite Diplo Higher Ground
Today marks the final day of Diplo’s collaboration with Fortnite. Diplo has served as Fortnite’s resident DJ for the past few months, and he finished off his tenure with today’s “Higher Ground” concert which Epic describes as a “deep house musical show featuring trance-inducing, sophisticated beats.” The event also introduced plenty of new concert-themed cosmetics, including new skins which change color in response to music. Epic will be holding a rerun of the concert on August 3 and the cosmetic goodies will be available until August 1.
2. Halo Infinite F2P Multiplayer
More news has been released about the upcoming Halo Infinite. Most notably, Halo Infinite’s online multiplayer mode will apparently be free to play. Although nothing has been confirmed, it seems that this offer will extend not only to Xbox Series X players, but PC and Xbox One players as well. The sources also state that the game will be able to achieve 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X which should definitely be a welcome improvement over the standard 30 to 60 FPS gameplay of the Xbox One. Halo Infinite is set to launch this holiday season.
3. Epic Games Store Achievements
The Epic Games Store has finally received some much-needed improvements. Game achievements, by far one of the most widely requested features from users, will finally be making their way to the storefront. The new system will allow users to track and display their achievements and is already rolling out for some games. Epic has also started to add mod support to certain games, which should finally pave the way for players to enjoy more mod-heavy titles on the platform.
4. Star Wars: Squadrons News
EA has revealed some promising new information about the upcoming Star Wars: Squadrons. The fantasy spacecraft dogfighting game will only cost $40 instead of the expected $60 or even $70 asking price. EA explained the decision by saying Squadrons doesn’t have a huge scale and is entirely focused on providing “access to as many people as possible who had that Star Wars fantasy to fly an X-Wing fighter or TIE Fighter, and be in a dogfight.” They also mentioned that the game won’t have any microtransactions despite the low price, and that the game will come included with plenty of cosmetic options for free.
5. New Battletoads Game
A new Battletoads game is on the way. Battletoads is easily one of the most legendary games of all time but it’s been over 25 years since the last edition came out. More info about the upcoming Battletoads will likely be revealed in the near future, but the game does appear to be a Microsoft exclusive as only PC and Xbox One versions have been confirmed so far. The new Battletoads is expected to launch on August 20; check out the official trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Hyper Scape Season 1 & Console Release
1. Hyper Scape Season 1
Season 1 of Hyper Scape has officially been announced. Not only will the inaugural season introduce plenty of new content to the game, it will also mark the launch of Hyper Scape on PS4 and Xbox One. Hyper Scape will be free to play for all players and Season 1 is set to arrive on August 11; check out the Season 1 announcement trailer below.
2. Cyberpunk Beta Scams
CD Projekt Red has announced that there will be no public betas for Cyberpunk 2077. This announcement comes as a warning against scams which have been falsely offering beta access to the game via Twitter messages and emails. Although a beta is out of the picture, we should be getting more information about the game soon as the second episode of Night City Wire is expected to arrive in the near future. As of right now, Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on November 19.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies courtesy of Epic Games is here. This week is a big one with 3 free games up for grabs: 20XX, Barony, and Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcercy. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until August 6. As long as you claim the games by August 6, they will stay in your library forever.
4. Splinter Cell Animated Series
Splinter Cell will soon be transformed into a Netflix animated series. A collaboration between Ubisoft and Netflix, the series is expected to have Derek Kolstad, who is known as the writer of the John Wick movies, as its head writer and executive producer. Although no premiere date has been announced yet, the show has already been booked for a second season so there should be plenty of Splinter Cell action to look forward to.
5. Total War DLC
The Total War games will soon be getting a ton of DLC. Total War Saga: Troy is set to arrive on August 13 and once the game launches, Creative Assembly will be releasing expansion after expansion. Total War Saga: Troy will be getting 2 expansions in September and October with multiplayer then launching in November, while Total War: Three Kingdoms and Warhammer 2 will also be getting DLC of their own. Much of the DLC will be available for free for players who are signed up to Total War Access, which is also free.
The Daily Moot: Marvel's Avengers Fortnite Crossover
1. Marvel’s Avengers Beta
A beta for the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers game has been announced and it’s coming with a Fortnite crossover. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players who complete the beta will earn unique Fortnite items such as the Hulk Smasher Pickaxe. Unfortunately it seems that the offer is not available for PC players, but Epic suggested that they might add the items to PC in the future. The Marvel’s Avengers beta is expected to start on August 7 for PlayStation preorders, August 14 for Xbox preorders, and August 21 for open beta.
2. Sekiro New Game Mode
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will soon be getting a new game mode. Called the Gauntlet of Strength, Activision says that the new mode will enable players to take on difficult “single-life challenges that will truly test only the bravest warriors… or the most foolish.” In order to ease into the difficult one-life-only challenges, players can first take part in Reflections of Strength to refine their skill. Reflections of Strength let you get straight to the action by enabling you to quickly rematch any previously defeated bosses, which should help you master your mechanics. The new update will be free for all players who own the base game, and is set to arrive on October 29.
3. Valorant New Agent
Riot Games has revealed Valorant’s next agent. A German genius named Killjoy, the upcoming agent is an inventor who uses robots and gadgets to outsmart her enemies. Killjoy is set to hit live servers on August 4; you can check out the reveal trailer below.
4. Sea of Thieves Ashen Winds
Sea of Thieves got a new update today, setting the world ablaze. Called Ashen Winds, the new update introduces several fire themed elements to the game including new fire bosses called Ashen Lords. Ashen Lords are able to appear on any island and interrupt your voyages with their fiery attacks such as flame tornados. If you’re able to defeat an Ashen Lord, you’ll be able to earn the new Ashen Winds Skull which acts as a flamethrower you can use against other players and ships. You can check out the trailer for the Ashen Winds update below.
5. Disintegration Free Weekend
Disintegration is holding a free weekend this weekend. The “FPS/RTS hybrid with hoverbikes” comes via the combined efforts of Halo creative director Marcus Lehto and former SOCOM director Mike Gutmann, but the game has been relatively unsuccessful since it first launched about a month ago. As such, the team is hoping that the free weekend will bring in a surge of players to try out Disintegration and give the game a boost of life. The Disintegration free weekend is set to kick off tomorrow and will last until August 3; you can check out the free weekend trailer below.
The Daily Moot: CES 2021 Cancelled
1. CES 2021 Cancelled
CES 2021 has been cancelled. One of the largest annual tech shows in the world, CES will not be taking place in Las Vegas next year. Instead, organizers are planning a digital replacement for the event, which is known for producing high-profile product announcements from companies like Nvidia, AMD, and Intel. No date for the digital replacement of CES 2021 has been announced yet, but we do know that the show will take place sometime in January. Organizers plan to return the event to Las Vegas in 2022.
2. Rainbow Six Siege Patch Delayed
Today’s planned patch for Rainbow Six Siege has been delayed. Ubisoft released a statement saying that “due to unforeseen circumstances,” the patch would be postponed to a “later date.” The patch was set to buff Gridlock, Orxy, and Fuze as well as provide some small mechanical changes to how Nomad's airjabs and Oryx's dash work with walls. It’s unclear when the patch will now arrive, but we’ll likely get some more info in the coming days.
3. Red Dead Online Naturalist Update
A huge new update is coming to Red Dead Online, bringing massive changes to the game. Called the Naturalist update, the latest patch introduces a new role and frontier pursuit called the Naturalist. As Naturalists, players can hunt down new legendary animals to study them or alternatively slay the beasts for their legendary pelts. Despite having multiple options, players will have to commit to either a lethal or non-lethal approach for their Naturalist campaigns as the Conservationists won’t do business with poachers. The Naturalist update is set to hit Red Dead Online live servers later today.
4. Cuphead on PS4
Cuphead is now available on PS4. Developer MDHR decided to launch the game as a surprise release, shouting out the “impassioned PlayStation fans” who have long been hoping for a PS port. Despite the PlayStation announcement, MDHR also mentioned that they are “hugely thankful to the wonderful team at Xbox” and said the Xbox version of the game will be receiving a free update which will introduce “a digital art gallery, behind-the-scenes commentary features, and playable soundtrack to the game.”
5. Eiyuden Chronicle
Eiyuden Chronicle, a spiritual successor to Suikoden, is now coming to fruition. The game is being developed by a team composed entirely of the original Suikoden developers and will feature many elements that were mainstays in the classic series. In order to fund development, Eiyuden Chronicle started a Kickstarter campaign which demolished its $500,000 goal in just 2 hours and has now raised over $1.5M in less than a day. With development ready to commence, Eiyuden Chronicle is set to launch in October 2022.
The Daily Moot: Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
1. Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
The next Call of Duty game has been confirmed to be Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. This news was revealed accidentally via a Doritos promotion which leaked the name of the previously unannounced game. The promotion itself runs from October 5 to October 31 and gives players bonus xp codes which may suggest that the game’s launch date will be around that time frame. At any rate, we can now expect many more details to start flooding in about Black Ops: Cold War now that the secret has been let out.
2. Hideo Kojima Horror Game
It sounds like Hideo Kojima may be working on a new game. According to a recent interview, Kojima recently invited manga artist Junji Ito to collaborate on a “horror-based game that he may be doing.” Although this doesn’t necessarily mean that the potential project will come to fruition, it certainly is great news for fans of Kojima’s horror games who have been patiently waiting for a new Silent Hill.
3. Apex Legends Crossplay Info
Crossplay will soon be coming to Apex Legends and Respawn has now released some more details about the upcoming feature. Although crossplay will enable players from Origin, Steam, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch versions to play together, some of the platforms will be disabled by default. Namely, console players will not be matched against PC players unless they have a PC player on their team. Crossplay is expected to hit Apex Legends sometime this fall.
4. Fortnite Cars Delayed
Cars are still coming to Fortnite, but they’ll be arriving a bit later than planned. Originally expected to launch this week, it seems that the shiny new vehicles had to be delayed in order for bug fixing. Epic Games released a statement acknowledging the delay, and saying that the new cars should now come to Fortnite in “a few weeks.”
5. Ghost of Tsushima Difficulty Levels
Ghost of Tsushima just got a new update today, adding additional difficulty levels as well as implementing more accessibility options. In case Ghost of Tsushima was too relaxed for you, you’ll now be able to play on “Lethal” difficulty which greatly increases enemy damage as well as your own. On the other hand, if Ghost of Tsushima is proving to be a bit too challenging, you can now turn down the difficulty to “lower intensity mode” so that you can enjoy the “heart and feel” of the game without having to worry so much about combat.
The Daily Moot: Halo Infinite Multiplayer Confirmed
1. Halo Infinite Multiplayer Confirmed
Halo Infinite developer 343 Studios has confirmed that Halo Infinite will have multiplayer on launch. This statement comes in response to rumors that claimed the game would only include the single player campaign on release day, but 343 shut down down those rumors saying simply, “this is not true.” 343 also mentioned that they plan on establishing Halo Infinite “as the start of the next ten years for Halo” and making it a game that can “grow over time.”
2. League of Legends Yone Reveal
League of Legends’ upcoming new champion Yone has been revealed. A skirmisher-assassin hybrid, Yone is the brother of one of League’s most notorious champions: Yasuo. Yone’s kit and gameplay style are reminiscent of his wind-dashing and sword swinging brother, and Riot released an epic cinematic to introduce the new champion to the world. Check out the Kin of the Stained Blade cinematic below.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Next Up Hero and Tacoma. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until July 30. As long as you claim the games by July 30, they will stay in your library forever.
4. Mixer is Officially Gone
Mixer is no more. After announcing their impending shutdown last month, Microsoft’s failed streaming service is now officially gone. The Mixer webpage now is nothing more than a message saying, “Thank you to our amazing community and partners” and a link redirecting would-be users to Facebook Gaming.
5. Hello Neighbor 2
Hello Neighbor 2 has been announced. The sequel to the strange stealth-adventure seeks to build on the foundation of the original while drastically improving quality and performance. According to developer TinyBuild, Hello Neighbor 2 will feature an “expanded universe” and “an AI where navigation patterns are fully dynamic.” Hello Neighbor 2 is expected to launch sometime in 2021, but a playable alpha version is already available for testing on Steam.
The Daily Moot: Next-Gen Games Revealed
1. Next-Gen Games Revealed
Microsoft unveiled a slew of upcoming games at the Xbox Games Showcase earlier today, including both Microsoft exclusives and third-party games. Perhaps the most notable announcement was the reveal of a new Fable game, although the first look at Obsidian Entertainment’s upcoming fantasy RPG Avowed is certain to grab some attention as well. As promised, Microsoft showed off a gameplay demo of the Halo: Infinite campaign which is set to launch “this holiday season.” Microsoft also announced that every game shown during the Xbox Games Showcase will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on launch, including third-party titles. This is fantastic news for Xbox Game Pass subscribers and is definitely a huge step for Microsoft in the ongoing next-gen console wars.
2. Roblox Player Numbers
Roblox is taking over. According to data recently released by Roblox Corporation, more than two-thirds of all US children under the age of 16 are currently active players of the game. This has led to Roblox smashing its all-time highs in player count despite the game having first launched more than a decade ago in 2004. According to Roblox Corporation, these unbelievably impressive player numbers are continuing to rise and show no signs of slowing down.
3. The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon
The Outer Worlds DLC Peril on Gorgon has been announced. The first of two narrative expansions, Peril on Gorgon will take players to the Gorgon Asteroid where they will have to investigate the origins of Adrena-Time. The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon is set to launch on September 9 on console and PC with a Switch launch expected at a later date. You can check out the announcement trailer for the Peril on Gorgon DLC below.
4. Epic Games Summer Sale
The Epic Games Summer Sale is underway, offering steep discounts on several big-name titles. Some of the most notable games included are Disco Elysium, Red Dead Redemption 2, Control, Outer Wilds, and Shadow Tactics, which range from 25-85% off. Unlike previous sales Epic will not be giving out $10 coupons with each purchase, however you can still any coupons you acquired in a previous sale. The Epic Games Summer Sale is set to run from now until August 6.
5. For Honor Free Weekend
For Honor is holding a free-play weekend for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 players. From now until July 27, you can try out For Honor and experience everything the game has to offer. If you end up liking the game and want to continue playing it after the free weekend, For Honor will be on sale at an 80% discount once the free period ends.
The Daily Moot: Xbox Games Showcase
1. Xbox Games Showcase
The Xbox Games Showcase is almost here, ready to provide us with the world’s first look at many of the upcoming Xbox Series X games. Microsoft has promised that the showcase will focus exclusively on the games themselves, so aside from gameplay footage showing off the capabilities of the Xbox Series X, don’t plan on the event revealing too much new information about the console itself. While several of the games will likely be surprise announcements, Microsoft has confirmed that Halo: Infinite will be making an appearance. Microsoft is also holding the Xbox Summer Game Fest which enables players to demo over 70 unreleased Xbox One games from now until July 27. The Xbox Games Showcase is set to kick off tomorrow at 9am Pacific Time.
2. Ubisoft Next-Gen Pricing
Ubisoft has revealed some promising news about their next-gen game pricing. All of Ubisoft’s 2020 game releases on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion, will maintain their $60 price tag. Considering that many next-gen games from other publishers have already committed to a $70 price tag, this is great news for Ubisoft fans who are planning to upgrade to a PS5 or Xbox Series X. It sounds like Ubisoft might raise prices in the future, but promised that “for Christmas releases, games will launch at $60.”
3. Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time now has an official release date. Battle Through Time is an action-platformer hack-and-slash game published by Adult Swim and based on the popular noughties cartoon Samurai Jack. Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time is set to launch on August 21; you can check out the release date trailer for the game below.
4. Star Wars: The Old Republic on Steam
Nearly a decade after its initial release, Star Wars: The Old Republic is now on Steam. The hugely ambitious MMO was originally confined to EA’s Origin Store as EA attempted to use the game’s popularity to bring more users to Origin. The Steam version of The Old Republic is free to play for the core game, but additional content, cosmetics, and expansions can be unlocked via an optional subscription.
5. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yakuza: Like a Dragon now has an official release date. The seventh installment in the Yakuza series, Like a Dragon will feature some significant changes to the previous games, including the implementation of turn-based RPG-style combat. Sega also confirmed that Like a Dragon would be getting an English dub version which will include voice acting by major stars such as George Takei. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available for pre-order now and is set to launch on November 13; check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Rocket League Going Free-to-Play
1. Rocket League is Going Free-to-Play
Rocket League will soon be free for all players. The popular car-meets-soccer game just hit its 5th birthday and in celebration, developer Psyonix has decided to make the game completely free to play. If you already own Rocket League, you’ll be getting over 200 items as a thank you for purchasing the game prior to the conversion. For PC players, Rocket League will also be moving to the Epic Games Store with the switch, but players who already own the Steam version will be able to continue playing it on Steam. Psyonix hasn’t announced the date of the switch yet, but it’s expected that Rocket League will be going free-to-play sometime this summer.
2. Warzone Trains
It looks like Call of Duty: Warzone will soon be getting trains. In a cryptic teaser for the upcoming season of Warzone, Infinity Ward appears to be hinting that they will be adding locomotives to Verdansk in season 5. The cryptic image also seems to suggest that the start date of season 5 will be August 5, although Infinity Ward hasn’t made any official statement regarding the matter. Regardless, it’s safe to say that some pretty big changes will be hitting Warzone in the very near future.
3. Risk of Rain 2 Release Date
Risk of Rain 2 now has an official release date. The acclaimed third-person roguelike shooter, which has been available in early access for over a year now, will finally be getting its full release. The official launch will introduce plenty of new content via the appropriately named “Launch Update” and the cost of the game will be going up from $20 to $25 to reflect the game’s new status. Risk of Rain 2 is set for its official launch on August 11.
4. FF7 Remake Part 2
Final Fantasy Remake Part 2 is officially in development. Game director Tetsuya Nomura has announced that the team is seeking to deliver the game “as soon as possible” and is now devoting their full attention to the project. Not only is the team trying to get the project done quickly, Nomura also said they “hope to make the next installment even better in quality that can make for an even better experience.” It is expected that more details about Final Fantasy Remake 7 Part 2 will be revealed in the near future.
5. Temtem: Kisiwa Island
Temtem just got a huge new update called Kisiwa Island. The Pokemon-like monster battler MMO continues to expand as it works through its early access roadmap. The Kisiwa Island update introduces a new explorable island complete with 23 new Temtem and unique story missions. You can check out the trailer for Temtem: Kisiwa Island below.
The Daily Moot: Tenet Postponed Indefinitely
1. Tenet Postponed Indefinitely
Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film Tenet has been postponed indefinitely. While this is now the third time that the movie’s premiere has been delayed, this time is unique because Warner Bros. has removed Tenet from their release schedule altogether. Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich explained that the studio is “not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release” and suggested that the film will likely not have a traditional theatrical release.
2. Rogue Company
Rogue Company, a new tactical shooter courtesy of Hi-Rez Studios, has now launched in early access. What sets Rogue Company apart from other tactical shooters like Valorant or CS:GO is that instead of spawning at a set location on the map, players will skydive in at the start of the round and choose their own starting location. The early access period is available for all players who purchase a founder’s edition of the game, which starts at $15, but a full release date has yet to be announced. You can check out the latest trailer for the game below.
3. Metacritic Review Waiting Period
Metacritic has now implemented a mandatory waiting period before users can review a game. Following the bombardment of reviews for The Last of Us 2, Metacritic will now force users to wait 36 hours after a game’s release before they are able to submit a review. In their statement, Metacritic explained their desire to ensure that “gamers have time to play these games before writing their reviews.” As such, the review option immediately following a game’s launch date will now be disabled, instead requesting players to “please spend some time playing the game” before reviewing.
4. PS5 Purchase Limits
It appears that Sony will be placing limits on PlayStation 5 pre-orders in an effort to prevent scalping. According to the source code on the PlayStation Direct retail website, players “can only purchase one version of the PS5 Console.” This suggests that Sony will be placing a limit of one pre-order per household as they had previously done during the launch of the PlayStation 4. Players will still be able to purchase additional consoles from third-party retailers such as Amazon, but it’s clear that Sony is doing what they can in order to prevent scalpers from buying up mass quantities of the PS5 to then resell at a higher price.
5. Overcooked: All You Can Eat
Overcooked: All You Can Eat has officially been announced for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. All You Can Eat will be a remastered bundle of all previous Overcooked games and will also feature an additional 7 levels, 3 chefs, and many new achievements. The remaster will enable gameplay in 4K resolution at 60fps and will include complete online crossplay support. Although no release date has been announced yet, Overcooked: All You Can Eat is expected to launch alongside the next-gen consoles later this year.
The Daily Moot: First Look at PlayStation 5's DualSense Controller
1. PS5 Controller Revealed
The PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller has officially been revealed. Although renditions of the controller had previously appeared in images, this is the first time we’ve seen it in real life and side by side to the PS4’s DualShock controller. One thing immediately stands out: the PS5’s DualSense is much, much larger than its predecessor. Aside from the new controller reveal, Sony also addressed rumors of PS5 pre-orders by assuring fans that pre-orders “won’t be a surprise.” This means that everybody who wants to pre-order the new console will have ample time to do so and should have no trouble securing their PlayStation 5 on launch.
2. No New Mario Characters
The dev team behind Paper Mario: Origami King just revealed something rather shocking: the characters within the Mario universe are set in stone. All new characters must be standalone within their game and any established Mario characters can’t be changed in any way. Nintendo veteran developer Kensuke Tanabe said very clearly that “it's no longer possible to modify Mario characters or to create original characters that touch on the Mario Universe.” As such, original characters like Origami King’s Olly will not be appearing in any other Mario games in the future. It’s unclear if Nintendo would ever consider changing this policy, but for now it certainly seems unlikely.
3. Remnant: From the Ashes Subject 2923
The final DLC for Remnant: From the Ashes has been revealed. Called Subject 2923, the expansion will finally bring closure to the mystery of the Remnant and explain its origins. Taking place after the events of the main game, the upcoming DLC will introduce plenty of new content including 2 new explorable biomes and a new campaign story. Remnant: From the Ashes Subject 2923 is set to arrive on August 20; check out the reveal trailer below.
4. US Army Breaks Twitch Rules
The US Army has been reprimanded by Twitch for running a fake giveaway and violating Twitch’s terms of service. A recent Twitch stream by the US Army included a supposed giveaway for an Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, but the “giveaway” link that the stream spammed and promoted was actually a link to a US Army recruitment form. Twitch’s official statement regarding the issue said, “This promotion did not comply with our Terms, and we have required them to remove it." It’s unclear if any further action will be taken, but Twitch has previously shown no fear in banning high-profile users.
5. Paradox Acquires Iceflake Studios
Paradox Interactive has acquired Iceflake Studios. Iceflake Studios is best known as the developer behind Surviving the Aftermath and, following the acquisition of Plarion Game Studio just two weeks ago, now becomes the second studio Paradox has purchased this month. Paradox Interactive is clearly looking to make big moves in the near future as the publisher now has 9 internal studios under its umbrella.
The Daily Moot: Dr Disrespect Addresses Twitch Ban
1. Dr Disrespect Addresses Twitch Ban
Dr Disrespect has finally addressed his Twitch ban, although he still seems unwilling to discuss the major details of the ban. In an interview with PC Gamer, Dr Disrespect explained his silence on the matter thus far by saying, “for legal counsel, I have to be careful.” Doc neither confirmed nor denied the many rumors regarding the reason for his ban, only saying that he’s “not interested in engaging in any speculation” and that he still “doesn’t know why Twitch banned him.” At one point during the interview, Dr Disrespect began to discuss his highly controversial conspiracy theories, at which point his publicist told him to stop talking and said, “we're getting really close to dangerous territory here.” Despite the persistent shroud of mystery that still looms over the situation, Doc did confirm that he plans to resume streaming in the near future but it certainly won’t be on Twitch.
2. Destiny 2: Beyond Light Delayed
Destiny 2’s next major expansion, Beyond Light, has been delayed. Originally planned for a September release, Beyond Light has now been pushed back to November. Bungie explained the delay by saying, “the past few months have been a challenge” due to the pandemic. Despite the postponement, Bungie also talked up the quality of the upcoming expansion by describing Beyond Light as “the beginning of a new era of Destiny 2.” The Beyond Light expansion is expected to arrive on November 10, and the current Season of Arrivals will be extended until that date.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is Torchlight 2, an action RPG set in a randomized world. You can grab your free copy of Torchlight 2 directly from the Epic Games Store from now until July 23. As long as you claim the game by July 23, it will stay in your library forever.
4. Escape from Tarkov Map Expansions
Escape from Tarkov’s main map “Customs” will soon be getting a major expansion. The expansion, which comes as part of Patch 12.7, will increase the map’s size by 30% and will unlock several buildings and areas that were previously inaccessible. The change is designed to reduce the amount of campers on the map by opening up new paths which encourage players to stay on the move. The map Shoreline will also be getting an expansion via a new scav boss called Sanitar. Although no concrete release date has been announced yet, these expansions are expected to hit live servers next week.
5. Superhot: Mind Control Delete
Superhot, “the most innovative shooter in years,” now has a sequel. Called Superhot: Mind Control Delete, the sequel continues the theme of the original game in which time only moves when the player moves. Owners who purchased the original Superhot prior to today will be able to get Mind Control Delete for free, with the game automatically added to your library. Superhot: Mind Control is out now; you can check out the launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: PS5 Officially in Production
1. PS5 Officially in Production
The PlayStation 5 is officially in production and the planned numbers for 2020 are absolutely massive. Sony has greatly amped up their production speed with the aim of having 10 million consoles ready for market by the year’s end. This completely dwarfs previous estimates which suggested a total of around 5 million consoles by Spring 2021. Although important information like pricing still hasn’t been released yet, this is a clear indication that Sony’s internal analytics are predicting an unprecedented level of success for the PlayStation 5 at launch.
2. Stadia Exclusive Games
Google has announced that the Stadia will soon have its very own exclusive games. Currently, Google has announced a total of 5 Stadia-exclusives, which surprisingly includes some pretty big names. One of the projects, which has already finished development, is a new online multiplayer game called Outcasters and comes courtesy of Gears Tactics developer Splash Damage. Perhaps the most notable collaborations are with Harmonix and Supermassive Games. These partnerships could very well mean that the Google Stadia will have exclusive rights to the next edition of Rock Band, Little Big Planet, or Until Dawn. It’s unclear exactly how these new collaborations will manifest, but Google is certainly starting to make some big moves with the Stadia.
3. DiRT 5 Features Trailer
A new trailer for the upcoming off-road racing sim DiRT 5 has been released. The trailer shows off several of the game’s features as well as many of the new maps and cities. The trailer also gives a glimpse of the game’s gameplay and game modes, including the much-requested return of Gymkhana. DiRT 5 is set to launch on October 9; you can watch the features trailer below.
4. CoD Border War Skin Renamed
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone have renamed the controversial “Border War” operator skin. Following criticisms which claimed that the skin promoted anti-immigration and had racist connotations, Infinity Ward has now changed the Border War skin into the “Home on the Range” skin. The description for the skin now encourages players to “play along with the deer and the antelope with the Home on the Range D-Day operator skin.” Although the skin’s name and description have been changed, the skin itself is still identical to the original version.
5. Most Expensive Game Ever
A rare Super Mario Bros. game has broken the record for the most expensive game ever purchased. The classic 1985 version of Super Mario Bros. was still in its original packaging, which is important because this particular casing for the game was only used for a very short period of time. Sold at auction to an anonymous bidder, the game went for a whopping $114,000, breaking the record for the most expensive game ever purchased. The previous record holder was another unopened 1985 Super Mario Bros. game which sold for $100,150.
The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X Velocity Architecture
1. Xbox Series X Velocity Architecture
Jason Ronald, the Director of Program Management for the Xbox Series X, just revealed new information about the console's “Velocity Architecture” design. Ronald described the feature by saying, “If our custom designed processor is at the heart of the Xbox Series X, the Xbox Velocity Architecture is the soul.” Specifically, Velocity Architecture is supposed to drastically improve loading times and can theoretically enable the Xbox Series X to achieve performance results beyond its expected hardware capabilities. According to Ronald, this should result in “the virtual elimination of loading times” and will enable developers to create “larger, more dynamic living worlds.”
2. Overwatch: Sigma’s Maestro
A new Overwatch event kicks off today. Called Sigma’s Maestro Challenge, the event provides players the opportunity to earn a variety of rewards, including a new legendary skin, by completing specific challenges. In order to maximize rewards and claim the legendary skin, players will have to secure 9 wins in Quick Play, Competitive, or Arcade. There are also 6 new sprays available, which can be claimed by watching Overwatch streamers on Twitch.
3. PUBG Sanhok Remastered
PUBG’s jungle map Sanhok will soon be getting a new look. As part of Season 8, Sanhok will be remastered to make the environment “more overgrown and dangerous.” The changes will both overhaul existing locations, such as Boot Camp and Quarry, as well as introduce entirely new locations. If you want to explore the overhauled map and work towards becoming king of the jungle, the remastered Sanhok is expected to be playable on the PUBG test servers starting tomorrow. PUBG Season 8 is set to begin on July 22.
4. Hearthstone Scholomance Academy
A new Hearthstone expansion is on the way. Called Scholomance Academy, the expansion is heavily magic themed and will inject 135 new cards into the game. Scholomance Academy will also be introducing a new mechanic to the game via dual-class cards which will allow you to take advantage of abilities unavailable to your own class. For example, a Mage could use Devolve and Combo mechanics and a Rogue could use Mage spells. Scholomance Academy is set to arrive in August; you can check out the cinematic trailer for the expansion below.
5. Hyper Scape Australian Servers
The Hyper Scape open beta just began earlier this week, but Ubisoft is already making improvements. In response to player feedback, Ubisoft has now implemented Australian servers for the game. This should drastically improve match quality and reduce latency for Oceanic players who will be automatically connected to the new Australian server. Although this change will have little impact on the vast majority of the playerbase, it’s still nice to see Ubisoft’s commitment to the battle royale and their willingness to listen to player feedback.
The Daily Moot: Far Cry 6
1. Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 has officially been revealed. Unveiled during the Ubisoft Forward livestream event, Far Cry 6 is set in a sprawling environment called “Yara” and features Giancarlo Esposito, who is famous for playing Gus in Breaking Bad, as the lead villain El Presidente Antón Castillo. As Castillo attempts to restore Yara “to its former glory” by any means necessary, players will assume the role of Yara local Dani Rojas and endeavor to thwart Castillo’s plans. Far Cry 6 is set to launch on February 18, 2021; check out the world premier trailer below.
2. GMTK Game Jam
The Game Maker’s Toolkit game jam is here. This year’s competition has over 5,000 entries, setting a new record for the highest number of submissions. The theme for the GMTK game jam is “Out of Control” and developers had just 48 hours to create a game that fit the theme. The games are all free to play during the contest duration and will be judged by public vote; check out the GMTK 2020 page on Itch to try out some new games and vote for your favorites.
3. Ghost of Tsushima Launch Trailer
The official launch trailer for Ghost of Tsushima has been released. The latest trailer for the highly-anticipated game features both cinematics and gameplay footage, providing a significant look at what players can expect from the game. Ghost of Tsushima will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 (and 5) and is set to launch worldwide on July 17. Check out the official launch trailer below.
4. Get Watch Dogs 2 for Free
Ubisoft is giving away Watch Dogs 2 for free (again). Ubisoft announced that they would be giving away copies of the game exclusively for live viewers of yesterday’s Ubisoft Forward livestream, but due to technical complications they have extended the offer to everyone. The next game in the series, Watch Dogs: Legion, debuted during the event and is expected to come out on October 29. You can claim your free copy of Watch Dogs 2 below.
5. Hyper Scape Open Beta
Hyper Scape has entered open beta. The free-to-play battle royale is now available to all players and can be downloaded directly from the Uplay app. Unfortunately for console players, Hyper Scape is still PC-exclusive for the time being, but the game is expected to launch on PS4 and Xbox One by the end of this summer. You can check out the official cinematic trailer for Hyper Scape below.
The Daily Moot: Sony Buys Stake in Epic Games
1. Sony Invests in Epic Games
Sony has purchased a minority stake in Epic Games, investing $250M in the company. According to Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony was impressed by Epic’s recently revealed Unreal Engine 5 and explained their decision to invest by saying, “Epic’s powerful technology in areas such as graphics places them at the forefront of game engine development with Unreal Engine and other innovations.” The fact that Epic Games is also home to one of the world’s most popular games in Fortnite certainly contributed to the decision as well with Yoshida calling the game a “revolutionary entertainment experience.” It’s unclear what impact this new collaboration will have, but it’s possible that we could see some Sony-exclusive content coming out of Epic Games in the future.
2. Watch Dogs 2 Free
Ubisoft will be giving away free copies of Watch Dogs 2 this weekend. With this year’s major gaming conventions having been cancelled due to the pandemic, Ubisoft has decided to host their own event called Ubisoft Forward. During Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft will be giving away free copies of Watch Dogs 2 to all viewers who watch the livestream while logged into Uplay. The event is also expected to unveil several of Ubisoft’s upcoming games including Assassins Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion. Ubisoft Forward is set to kick off on July 12 at 11am Pacific Time; you must watch the event live on Ubisoft’s website in order to be eligible to receive Watch Dogs 2.
3. New Half-Life Game?
Valve’s game development team is apparently looking to create a new Half-Life game. According to journalist Geoff Keighley, the team behind VR-exclusive Half-Life: Alyx is seeking to begin work on a mainline, non-virtual reality Half-Life game designed to be “accessible across all traditional gaming platforms.” Multiple Alyx developers have echoed this sentiment, with designer Phil Co saying that Valve is “afraid of Half-Life no more.” As critically acclaimed and impressive as Alyx is, fans will no doubt be glad to have a more accessible, non-VR Half-Life game hit the market. Of course, only time will tell if the game will actually come to fruition; Valve has been known to cancel major projects in the past, including Half-Life 3.
4. New World Delayed Again
New World, Amazon’s upcoming MMO, has been delayed once again. It seems that this delay comes as the result of feedback from Alpha testers, who noted the game’s lack of late game content. Amazon Studios director Rich Lawrence explained the desire for players “to feel completely immersed in the game [and] ensure that the most dedicated players have plenty of middle and endgame experiences.” New World was originally slated to launch in May of this year, was then delayed to August, and is now expected to arrive in Spring 2021.
5. Valorant Elderflame Set
Valorant’s first “Ultra” skin set is now available. Called Elderflame, the set includes 4 components and will cost a whopping $100 ($25 per component). As for the skins themselves, the Elderflame cosmetics will transform your weapons into fire-spitting dragon variants. You can check out the reveal trailer for the Elderflame skin set below.
The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 Backwards Compatibility
1. Sony's Cloud-Based Backwards Compatibility
Sony has apparently filed a patent for a cloud-based backwards compatibility system for the PlayStation 5. Sony had previously announced that the PS5 would be backwards-compatible with most PS4 games, but this new system would enable players to enjoy PlayStation games dating all the way back to the PS1 era. It’s unclear exactly how this new feature would work, or if it would be tied to Sony’s PlayStation Now service, but this new patent certainly provides some hope for those who are looking to play previous-generation games on their next-gen system.
2. CS:GO New Anti-Cheat
CS:GO’s latest update introduced a new anti-cheat system called “Trusted Mode,” but it seems to be doing more harm than good. Trusted Mode appears to be flagging many normal processes, such as OBS, Discord, and Spotify, as cheat systems. Not only is it booting players from the game for innocuous programs, but it doesn’t actually mention which process is causing the issue, making solving the problem a troubleshooting nightmare for players. The new anti-cheat also prevents players from playing in community servers or custom game modes, both of which are major aspects of CS:GO. While it’s clear that these issues need to be resolved soon, Valve has not yet released a statement regarding their plans.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Killing Floor 2, Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition, and The Escapists 2. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until July 16. As long as you claim the games by July 16, they will stay in your library forever.
4. Comic-Con at Home
IGN has announced a collaboration with San Diego Comic-Con for an upcoming digital event called “Comic-Con@Home.” The event will be completely free and will include many of the features SDCC is known for such as interviews, celebrity panels, and cosplay events. Some of the confirmed media attendees include The Walking Dead, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Adventure Time, Archer, Bill & Ted, and more. Comic-Con@Home is set to kick off on July 22.
5. Warzone Juggernaut Mode Removed
After just one week in circulation, Infinity Ward has removed the popular Juggernaut Battle Royale mode from the Warzone playlist. The 200-player battle royale mode, which was around for 2 weeks, has also been removed from the playlist. Although it was clear that both modes were limited-time events, most players expected them to be around for quite a bit longer, especially considering their popularity. In their place, Warzone has now added a regular Quads mode and a “Stimulus Trios” mode to the mix. Although there’s no timeline for the return of the Juggernaut and 200BR modes, it seems likely that both LTMs will make their way back into the playlist in the future.