The Daily Moot: Free Upgrades for Xbox Series X Games
1. Xbox Wants Next-Gen Upgrades to be Free
Microsoft has apparently reached out to third-party developers, instructing them that game upgrades should be free for any current-gen games on the Xbox Series X. While some games, such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, have already committed to providing next-gen upgrades free of charge, it seems that Microsoft is looking to make this a blanket policy for all games during the transition between the Xbox One and Xbox Series X. It’s unclear whether this is merely a request or if it’s something that Microsoft is making mandatory, but it’s definitely nice to see Microsoft looking to make full use of their impressive Xbox Smart Delivery system in a way that benefits consumers.
2. The Sims 4 Reality TV Show
The Sims 4 is getting a reality TV show spin-off competition. Called “The Sims Spark’d,” the show will require contestants to complete challenges testing players’ building and storytelling skills. There will be a total of 12 contestants, including some popular Sims YouTubers, and they will be battling it out for $100,000 in prize money. If you fancy your own Sims skills, EA will be hosting in-game challenges in The Sims 4 which will provide the opportunity for players to become contestants on future seasons of the show. The first season of The Sims Spark’d is set to premiere on TBS on July 17.
3. Destiny 2 Reward Caps Removed
As part of “Bungie Day 2020,” Bungie has removed the reward caps from several Destiny 2 raids. This change will enable players to farm the raids as much as they like, greatly improving the opportunity to get Exotic rewards. It’s important to note that this change has no effect on secret chests, which will maintain their weekly limit. The raids that had their reward caps removed are Leviathan, Eater of Worlds, Spire of Stars, Crown of Sorrow, and Scourge of the Past, each of which will be farmable from now until September.
4. WWE 2K Battlegrounds
WWE 2K Battlegrounds has been revealed. Earlier this year, 2K Games announced that they would not be continuing their mainline simulation-type series of WWE games, instead favoring the arcade-style approach of Battlegrounds. WWE 2K Battlegrounds will feature over 70 different playable characters and will have 4 game modes: Campaign, Exhibition, King of the Battleground, and Online. WWE 2K Battlegrounds is set to launch on September 18; you can watch the official trailer below.
5. Ready Player Two
Ready Player Two, the sequel to the novel-turned-movie Ready Player One, is now available for pre-order. No announcements have been made about the plot of the second book yet, but based on the title it seems likely that it will continue the story set in the first book. Although author Ernest Cline mentioned that he “bounced ideas” off of Steven Spielberg during the writing of Ready Player Two, it’s currently unclear whether or not there are any plans for a movie sequel. The Ready Player Two novel is slated to be released in North America on November 24.
The Daily Moot: Microsoft Buying Warner Bros. Interactive?
1. Microsoft Looking to Buy Warner Bros. Interactive
Microsoft is apparently looking to buy Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The massive studio was announced as “available for purchase” by its current owner AT&T, with AT&T allegedly seeking $4B for the sale. Warner Bros. Interactive includes several big name studios such as NetherRealm, Monolith, Avalanche, and Rocksteady. If Microsoft is able to close on the deal, this could mean that many prominent IPs such as Mortal Kombat, Batman, Lego, and Harry Potter could potentially become Xbox/Microsoft exclusive games in the future.
2. Gamescom 2020
Gamescom 2020 is officially happening. After the physical event was cancelled back in April, organizers promised a digital replacement but had been silent until now. Gamescom 2020 will be entirely online but will still feature some of the convention’s most notable aspects including the Gamescom Awards and cosplay competitions. Gamescom 2020 is set to kick off on August 27 and will run through August 30.
3. Mafia: Definitive Edition Delayed
Mafia: Definitive Edition has been delayed. It appears that the delay is the result of development complications due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a joint statement by developer Hangar 13 and publisher 2K Games, the team explained, “This has been a passion project for us...and the last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience.” Mafia: Definitive Edition, which was originally slated for August 28, is now expected to launch on September 25.
4. Halo 3 on PC
Halo 3 is finally coming to PC. More than 13 years since the game first launched on the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s PC players will now get their chance to relive the saga and attempt to save the universe from the Covenant and Flood. While the Master Chief Collection is already available for purchase on Steam, the Microsoft Store, and Xbox Game Pass for PC, the Halo 3 port will officially launch on July 14. Halo: Infinite, the next game in the series, is expected to be revealed during the Xbox Games Showcase later this month on July 23.
5. League of Legends Lillia Trailer
League of Legends will soon be getting a new champion. Named Lillia, the “Bashful Bloom,” the new champion is a half-human half-fawn and resembles that of a centaur. Lillia is expected to be a tank-mage whose abilities harness the power of nature. You can check out the Lillia Champion Teaser cinematic trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Game Prices Going Up
1. Next-Gen Game Price Hike
The price of games is going up. As the first PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X games become available for pre-order, it’s clear that publishers have decided to increase the retail price of their games on next-gen consoles to $70. For example, 2K Games has already committed to the price hike, announcing that NBA 2K21 will cost $70 on the PS5 and Xbox Series X compared to $60 on the PS4 and Xbox One. While fans have never had an issue with paying the full price for the games they love, the increase in price will undoubtedly cause a rift in the community if the next-gen games contain pay-to-win microtransactions along with their $70 price tag.
2. Evo Online Canceled
Evo Online has been canceled. Evo has long been considered the world’s premier fighting game competition, but following sexual misconduct allegations against Evo president Joey “MrWizard" Cuellar, several of the genre’s most prominent figures decided to opt-out of this year’s tournament. As a result, Evo Online is being shut down completely and there will be no Evo event for 2020.
3. Xbox Games Showcase
An Xbox Games Showcase has been announced. Microsoft hasn’t released a ton of details about the event, but the showcase is expected to provide a first look at several of Microsoft’s upcoming first-party games. The main focus of the event will undoubtedly be the Xbox Series X, with first-party games being uniquely designed to maximize the impact of the console’s next-gen capabilities. The Xbox Games Showcase is set to take place on July 23 at 9am Pacific Time, and will be viewable on most major streaming services including Twitch and YouTube.
4. Paragon Spin-Offs
Multiple MOBAs based on Epic Games’ Paragon have been announced. Paragon closed down permanently back in 2018 but after its closure, Epic decided to release the game’s assets for free on the Unreal Engine 4 Marketplace. Fast-forward 2 years and there are now at least 4 new Paragon-based MOBAs in the works: Overprime, CORE, Predecessor and Fault, all of which appear to be coming soon. Fault will be heading to Steam Early Access on July 17 and Predecessor will begin its closed alpha period on July 10. It’s unlikely that all of these games will be able to survive the internal competition between each other, but MOBA fans will certainly have plenty of new options to choose from while they battle it out.
5. Shadow Warrior 3 Trailer
Flying Wild and Devolver Digital have just released the first teaser trailer for Shadow Warrior 3. Known for their unusual and often gory announcements, Devolver Digital has certainly lived up to expectations with the trailer for Shadow Warrior 3. Although details about the game are currently slim, we can expect plenty of more information about Shadow Warrior 3 and other upcoming games to be revealed during the publisher’s Devolver Direct digital showcase next week. You can check out the teaser trailer for Shadow Warrior 3 below.
The Daily Moot: Hyper Scape
1. Hyper Scape
Hyper Scape has officially been revealed. Ubisoft’s new free-to-play FPS battle royale was just leaked a few days ago and is already playable in its beta state. Hyper Scape takes an extremely streamlined approach to the battle royale genre. There are no health packs or armor pickups, there are no weapon attachments, and guns are upgraded by looting duplicate copies of the gun you want to upgrade. Much like Valorant’s beta, in order to gain access to Hyper Scape’s closed beta, you’ll need to watch a Hyper Scape Twitch stream and be lucky enough to receive a beta key drop. If you're fortunate, you can gain access to the beta starting now. The game’s full launch is set for July 12 on PC, with a console release expected shortly thereafter. You can check out the gameplay overview trailer for Hyper Scape below.
2. Fallout TV Show
A Fallout TV show is in the works as part of a collaboration between Bethesda and Amazon Studios. It’s unclear at what stage of production the upcoming show is currently at, but we do know that it will be headed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are best known as the creators of Westworld. Considering that the Fallout storyline takes place in many different cities and spans hundreds of years, it will be interesting to see if the TV show follows one game, the entire series, or if it presents an entirely new story altogether. No premier date has been revealed yet, so we’ll probably get more information about the show later in production.
3. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is Hue, “a vibrant, award-winning puzzle-adventure, where you alter the world by changing its background color.” You can grab your free copy of Hue directly from the Epic Games Store from now until July 9. As long as you claim the game by July 9, it will stay in your library forever.
4. Rocket League Esports Overhaul
Rocket League is massively overhauling their esports league. Called RLCS X, the new format will replace the previous bi-seasonal system with an open event-based circuit. Developer Psyonix explained their reasoning behind the change by saying, “We believe this format strikes a healthy balance between open competition and rewarding consistent, high-level performance.” RLCS X will include both regional and international competition, and will boast a total prize pool of over $4.5 million.
5. Valorant Report Update
Valorant has updated their report system to include a feature that many fans love: report feedback. If a player you have reported is confirmed to have broken the rules, you will now receive a notification letting you know that your report was successful and the player has been banned. You will only get the notification if you are logged into the client when the player gets banned, meaning that you likely won’t get a notification for every single banned player you’ve reported.
The Daily Moot: Crucible Un-Released; Crysis Delayed
1. Amazon’s Crucible Un-Released
Amazon’s free-to-play shooter Crucible, which was released back in May, has now been un-released. Crucible’s initial reception was not good and Amazon Game Studios is now trying to rectify the situation by bringing the game back into closed beta to iron out its many issues. If you already have Crucible downloaded then you will automatically be included in the closed beta, otherwise you will have to sign up for eligibility. Whether or not Amazon will be able to revive the game through these drastic efforts remains to be seen, but it’s good to see them admit their failings and attempt to fix them.
2. Crysis Remastered Delayed
Crysis Remastered has been delayed. Developer Crytek had planned on releasing their debut trailer today, but the trailer was leaked yesterday and led to a wave of poor reception with fans describing the trailer as “the original Crysis on low settings.” The Crysis series has long been the benchmark for hardware-crunching graphical intensity, so it’s understandable that fans were underwhelmed with the tame quality of the trailer. In response, Crytek announced that they would be delaying the game by “a few weeks,” explaining that the “extra time until release will allow us to get Crysis Remastered up to the PC- and console-breaking standard you’ve come to expect from Crysis games.”
3. Kerbal Space Program ESA Collaboration
Kerbal Space Program just released a new update called Shared Horizons which introduced several new missions and features to the game. The update comes as part of a collaboration with the European Space Agency and allows players to take part in real-life ESA space missions. One of the most exciting new opportunities is the BepiColombo mission which seeks to land a probe on the planet Mercury. While the real-life probe won’t reach its destination until the year 2025, you can get a glimpse into the future by guiding your virtual version to Mercury starting today.
4. Cyberpunk 2077 Removes Wall-Running
CD Projekt Red has officially removed wall-running from Cyberpunk 2077. Wall-Running was one of the very first features announced for the game, with CD Projekt Red saying that the team had taken inspiration from the freedom of movement in Titanfall 2. In his statement, Cyberpunk 2077 level designer Max Pears explained that the wall-running feature had to be “removed due to design reasons” but also assured fans that “there's still going to be a lot of flexibility in how you move.” Cyberpunk 2077 is slated for a worldwide release on November 19.
5. PlayStation Indies Initiative
Sony has announced its “PlayStation Indies Initiative” which seeks to promote games from small studios and independent developers. Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida highlighted the initiative’s mantra “to spotlight and support the best of the best indie games” and explained the company’s desire to “make PlayStation the best place to develop, find, and play great indie games.” It’s unclear exactly how Sony plans to manifest their ambitions, but Yoshida did mention that a new indie game will be making its way to PlayStation Now every month. The first game, Hello Neighbor, will be available this month, but it seems likely that the initiative will focus on new releases in the future.
The Daily Moot: Warzone Season Four Reloaded
1. Warzone Season Four Reloaded
Call of Duty: Warzone’s “Season Four Reloaded” is here, bringing plenty of new and exciting changes to the game. One of the most notable changes is an increase in the battle royale’s match size, which will now feature a whopping 200 players per game. The update also introduced a few gun changes, including a nerf to the meta-defining Grau 5.56 as well as buffs to all sniper rifles in an effort to bring them up to par with the newly-released Rytec AMR. Just in case Warzone wasn't already hectic enough for you, these changes should all combine to create a much more action-packed environment for the ever-evolving battle royale.
2. Fortnite Leaves Early Access
Fortnite has officially left early access. After 3 years of development, Epic Games has announced that the main story behind Save the World is now complete, and thus they are shedding their long-held early access label. Unfortunately for fans, Epic also announced that Save the World would remain a “premium experience” which is a stark contradiction to their previous statements. Epic has long promised that the mode would be free-to-play and reiterated that promise several times over the past few years, so long-time fans have every right to be upset with Epic’s new decision.
3. Monster Hunter Alatreon
Monster Hunter World is getting a huge new update next month and has now released a teaser trailer to show us what’s in store. The Alatreon update will be free for all players who own the base game and will introduce the new epic monster Alatreon, the Blazing Black Dragon. Alatreon will pose a mighty threat to those who dare to challenge it as the dragon is able to use 3 different elemental powers: ice, lightning, and fire. The Alatreon update is set to come out on July 9; check out the trailer below.
4. Crysis Remastered Release Date
The release date for Crysis Remastered has been revealed. As with many “reveals” lately, the date was accidentally leaked by an official source, in this case the Microsoft Store. Considering that the official gameplay trailer premier for Crysis Remastered is set for tomorrow morning, it seems that the Microsoft Store simply jumped the gun and revealed the information a day early. Crysis Remastered is expected to launch on July 23 and you can check out the gameplay trailer tomorrow at 9am Pacific Time on the Crysis YouTube channel.
5. Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Drift
Nintendo has officially addressed the joy-con drift issue on the Nintendo Switch. As part of a formal apology, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said, “Regarding the Joy-Con, we apologize for any trouble caused to our customers.” Furukawa declined to mention if Nintendo is planning to take any actions to rectify the issue, saying that they “would like to refrain from responding about any specific actions” because Nintendo is currently involved in a class-action lawsuit regarding the Joy-Con in the United States.
The Daily Moot: Ubisoft Battle Royale
1. Ubisoft Battle Royale
Ubisoft will soon be launching a new battle royale called Hyper Scape. Designed by the same teams that created Rainbow Six Siege and Assassin’s Creed, Hyper Scape is expected to feature significant sci-fi elements and will be played exclusively in first-person perspective. Ubisoft is also working with Twitch to introduce brand new “levels of integration” which will enable Twitch chats to directly influence and change the game in real time. Hyper Scape will be free-to-play and is set to launch on July 12.
2. Ghost of Tsushima New Trailer
A new trailer for the highly-anticipated Ghost of Tsushima has just been released. Called “A Storm is Coming,” the new trailer unfortunately doesn’t show any actual gameplay footage of the upcoming Playstation-exclusive, but it does feature some pretty awesome cinematics and hints at the game’s themes and backstory. Ghost of Tsushima is expected to launch worldwide on July 17; check out the trailer below.
3. Harry Potter RPG
A Harry Potter RPG courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is in the works. The game is expected to be an open-world experience that “takes place at Hogwarts and its nearby locations.” Many details about the upcoming game are being kept under wraps, but the development team has apparently been working on the project in secret for multiple years. Although Warner Bros. has yet to make any official announcement, the Harry Potter RPG will likely come out on PS5 and Xbox Series X in 2021.
4. Death Stranding Sequel?
Hideo Kojima is working on a new game, and in typical Kojima fashion, he’s dropping subtle hints about what the project might be. In a series of Tweets describing his creative process for designing the “new title,” Kojima appeared to suggest that the upcoming game may very well be a Death Stranding sequel. Of course, Kojima is widely known to troll his community, so only time will tell what exactly he’s working on. At any rate, fans will no doubt be glad to hear that another Kojima game is on the way.
5. Super Nintendo World Delayed Indefinitely
The grand opening of Super Nintendo World has been delayed indefinitely. The Mario-themed expansion of Universal Studios Japan’s Osaka park has been widely publicized and highly anticipated throughout its development. Although the main theme park re-opened with restrictions last month, Universal expressed concerns about opening Super Nintendo World during the current pandemic as they expect the crowds to be overwhelming and uncontrollable.
The Daily Moot: Microsoft Stores Shutting Down
1. Microsoft Stores Shutting Down
Microsoft has announced that they will be permanently closing all of their physical retail stores. Instead, Microsoft has decided to fully commit to their digital storefronts saying, “We are grateful to our Microsoft Store customers and we look forward to continuing to serve them online.” The first Microsoft Store opened more than a decade ago and there are now more than 100 stores worldwide, many of which were lauded for their frequent community events such as free-to-enter gaming tournaments. The London, New York, Sydney and Redmond locations will be turned into “Microsoft Experience Centers” while the rest will be closed entirely.
2. Cyberpunk 2077 Anime
A Cyberpunk 2077 anime adaptation is in the works. Called “Edgerunners,” the spin-off will be produced by Studio Trigger and directed by the studio’s founder Hiroyuki Imaishi. Imaishi is widely renowned in the industry, particularly for his work on shows such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gurren Lagann, and Kill La Kill. Very few details about the upcoming anime have been revealed yet, but the studio promises that Edgerunners will be an anime “that both Cyberpunk fans and those who are not so familiar with the game can enjoy.” Edgerunners is expected to premier on Netflix in 2022.
3. Warframe Hard Mode
Warframe will soon be ramping up the difficulty for the game’s top players. Called Steel Path, Warframe’s upcoming hard mode will provide higher level challenges along with new, exclusive rewards to show off your accomplishments. Steel Path will be going through a 1,000-player beta test this weekend but in order to participate, you must have already completed the existing map.
4. The Last of Us Part 2 Sales
The Last of Us Part 2 is officially the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive ever. The highly controversial sequel sold more than 4 million copies in its first 3 days, blowing past previous record holder Marvel’s Spider-Man which sold 3.3 million copies. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to compare these numbers to games such as Red Dead Redemption 2 (which sold a total of 14 million copies on PS4) because Sony doesn’t release their 3-day-sale statistics for non-exclusive games. At any rate, The Last of Us Part 2 has undeniably been a massive success for Sony and Naughty Dog, and although there are no plans for any DLC, creative director Neil Druckman hasn’t ruled out the possibility of The Last of Us Part 3.
5. Cuphead TV Show
The immensely popular cartoon-inspired game Cuphead will soon be getting a cartoon spin-off of its own. Dubbed “The Cuphead Show,” the upcoming Netflix series will closely resemble the video game but is not expected to be an exact match. Unfortunately, no concrete air date has been announced yet, but Netflix did release a new first-look trailer which you can check out on their Twitter post below.
The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk 2077 Reveal
1. Cyberpunk 2077 Reveal
CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 showcase this morning provided a wave of new information and gameplay footage. Two unique trailers were debuted during the livestream event, one called “The Gig,” which showed significant footage of the game’s prologue, and another which featured demo footage of Cyberpunk's “braindance” gameplay. CD Projekt Red also announced that they are planning a second livestream event in the coming weeks, but the exact date of the upcoming event is still unknown. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on November 19; you can check out both “The Gig” trailer and the gameplay demo below.
2. Valorant Ranked Mode
Valorant’s ranked mode is finally here. Originally expected to come out earlier this week, the mode was delayed due to a significant bug which compromised the competitive experience. In order to be eligible to play the competitive “Rated” mode, players must have completed 20 Unrated games. After playing 20 Unrated games, players will then play 5 Rated placement games which will determine their starting rank. There are 3 divisions per rank, and the ranks in order from lowest to highest are as follows: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and Radiant. Think you can make it to the top?
3. QuakeCon 2020
The QuakeCon 2020 replacement event has been announced. Originally slated for a live event in August, Bethesda’s annual convention was cancelled back in March over concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming digital event will be called “QuakeCon at Home” and is expected to include various livestreams, tournaments, and exclusive sneak-peeks. QuakeCon at Home is scheduled to take place from August 7-9.
4. Epic Freebies
Another week of free games from Epic Games is here. This week’s offerings are Aer: Memories of Old and Stranger Things 3: The Game. Aer: Memories of Old is an indie puzzle-platforming game while Stranger Things 3: The Game is, predictably, a video game adaptation of the third season of the hit TV show. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until July 2. As long as you claim the games by July 2, they will stay in your library forever.
5. Steam Summer Sale Begins
The Steam Summer Sale is now underway, bringing big discounts to a huge variety of games. The sale provides some great deals on indie games as well as AAA games, with discounts of up to 90% off. Some of the notable games included in the sale are Borderlands 3 and Doom Eternal, which are both 50% off, and Metal Gear Solid V which is available for just $6. You’ll also get an additional $5 off from purchases of $30 or more, so if you’re planning to buy multiple games during the sale, keep that in mind in order to maximize your savings.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Movie Night
1. Fortnite Movie Nite
Fortnite will soon be hosting several full-length films as part of its “Movie Night @ Party Royale’s Big Screen” event. While there will be a total of 3 different films shown, they will be country-specific, with each region only getting 1 designated movie. Each of the films will be a Christopher Nolan classic and, depending on your country, you’ll either get to watch Inception (US), The Prestige (UK), or Batman Begins (BR). The event is set to kick off on June 26; to check out the movie and showtimes for your specific country, you can consult Epic’s Party Royale page here: https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/partyroyale
2. Cyberpunk 2077 Reveal
CD Projekt Red will be holding a Cyberpunk 2077 show tomorrow, providing many new details on the long-awaited game. The 25-minute showcase will include a “brand new trailer” and “fresh gameplay” as well as an in-depth chat about the game’s “braindance” system. If you want to watch the event live, it will be streamed on CD Projekt Red’s official Twitch account tomorrow at 9am Pacific Time. If you happen to miss it, we’ll be sure to include the highlights in tomorrow’s Daily Moot.
3. Valorant Ranked Mode Delayed
Valorant’s massive 1.02 patch just hit live servers, but one of the key promised features was missing. That feature is, of course, the ever-important ranked mode. Riot Games explained that they uncovered a bug that “puts competitive at risk” and that they would be delaying the mode’s release until the bug is resolved. Despite the delay of competitive play, Patch 1.02 still included plenty of important updates such as UI improvements and the ability for teams to surrender a match after round 8. Riot expects to launch ranked mode by the end of this week.
4. Project Cars 3
Project Cars 3 now has an official release date. First announced earlier this month, Project Cars 3 will be the first game in the series under the Codemasters umbrella which acquired developer Slightly Mad Studios last year. Despite the change in producers, the upcoming game is expected to closely follow the precedent set by its predecessors with heavy emphasis on high-quality, realistic graphics. Project Cars 3 is set to launch on August 28.
5. Halo Infinite Trailer
A new teaser trailer for Halo Infinite was just released, giving a sneak peak of what the highly-anticipated game has to offer. Unfortunately, the trailer doesn’t show any art or gameplay, instead consisting of an audio recording that hints at some of the game’s lore. Most notably, the trailer confirms the return of the Banished and Brutes who were absent in Halo 4 and 5. You can watch the brief teaser trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 & 2 Remake
1. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remake Update
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remake are coming soon, and a ton of new details about the upcoming games have been revealed. We now know that while much of the original roster of skaters will be playable in the remakes, the games will also include several of today’s most popular skaters, such as Nyjah Huston and Shane O’Neill. The game is now available for pre-order, which includes access to a demo version of the game which is expected to arrive several weeks before official launch. The collector’s version of the game, which includes a signed Tony Hawk Birdhouse skateboard deck, sold out instantly, but more copies may be available in the future.
2. Minecraft Nether Update
Minecraft just got a new update today, overhauling the game’s underground world. The Nether update introduces new explorable biomes, ecosystems, and NPCs to the game, greatly expanding the Nether realm that lies beneath the surface. If you happen to fall in love with the new underground world, you can choose to make it your home and can even set the Nether realm as your new respawn point.
3. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is in the works. Producer Koji Igarashi announced the sequel today, along with a short interview and gameplay trailer. Like its predecessor, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 will feature a dark, 8-bit aesthetic and Castlevania-inspired gameplay. Igarashi’s first game in the series, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, became one of the most successful video game kickstarter campaigns of all time, so it will be interesting to see whether he is able to follow up on his previous successes. You can check out the interview and gameplay preview below.
4. Chicken Run 2
Chicken Run 2 has just been announced by Netflix. It’s been 20 years to the day since the original classic movie first hit theaters, and it is widely considered one of the most recognizable and influential stop-animation films of all time. The sequel will continue the story of Ginger the chicken and is expected to begin production next year.
5. Limited Edition RDO Items Return
Red Dead Online’s limited edition Wheeler, Rawson & Co. Catalogue items are returning this week. Although it only includes this season’s limited-time cosmetics, it’s a great opportunity to snag some items that you may have missed previously. Players will also receive 50% bonus experience from Moonshiner and Bounty Hunter activities and will also earn 50% more RDO$ for their efforts. In addition, Twitch Prime members will get an extra RDO$1,000, 5 Gold Bars, and 6,000 trader role experience.
The Daily Moot: Mixer is Permanently Shutting Down
1. Mixer is Shutting Down
Microsoft just announced that they will be permanently shutting down Mixer. As part of a “strategic move for the future of xCloud,” Microsoft has decided to shut down their own streaming service in favor of a partnership with Facebook Gaming. The massive change is already underway, with Mixer’s partners and streamers being transitioned to Facebook’s streaming service starting today. Mixer will be semi-active during the transition, but on July 22 it will shut down completely and the official website will redirect users to Facebook Gaming. Ninja, Shroud, and other popular Mixer streamers will have the option to follow the transition to Facebook Gaming or to leave for an entirely different service such as Twitch or YouTube.
2. Smite x Avatar: The Last Airbender
Smite is getting an Avatar: The Last Airbender crossover that will enable you to play as characters from the popular show. Aang, Zuko, and Korra will each be joining the Smite roster, albeit with some caveats. Instead of being entirely new characters with their own unique kits, they’ll take on the kits of existing characters and essentially function as Avatar: The Last Airbender skins. You can check out the trailer for the crossover event below.
3. Cyberpunk 2077 Comic Series
Cyberpunk 2077 may not be a playable video game yet, but it will soon be a readable comic book series. Published by Dark Horse Comics, the series will be called Trauma Team and will focus on the story of Trauma Team International, one of the most powerful organizations in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe. The first edition of the comic series is set to arrive on September 9 while the Cyberpunk 2077 video game is expected to launch on November 19.
4. Suicide Squad Game
It seems that Rocksteady, the studio behind the Batman: Arkham series, is working on a Suicide Squad game. The game has apparently been under development for multiple years, but has been kept under wraps until now. Based on the domain registered by Warner Bros. Interactive, the upcoming game is expected to be called “Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League,” and will likely arrive alongside a new Batman game called Batman: Court of Owls. Although Rocksteady hasn’t made any official announcements yet, both of these games are expected to be revealed at the DC FanDome Virtual Event on August 22.
5. Crash Bandicoot 4 Trailer
Activision has officially announced Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. The game was originally supposed to be a surprise, but it was leaked by the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee last week. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is designed to be reminiscent of the classic games, with the developers saying, “Our intent was to give folks the sequel they never got.” Crash Bandicoot 4 is set to come out on October 2 of this year; check out the announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot: The Last of Us Part 2
1. The Last of Us Part 2
The Last of Us Part 2 is finally here. One of the most anticipated games of this generation, fans have been eagerly awaiting the launch of The Last of Us sequel ever since the first game came out in 2013. While The Last of Us Part 2 has received widespread acclaim from critics, it has been very polarizing among players; the game currently holds a 95 Metacritic score from critics but only a 3.4 from user reviews. Feel free to let everyone know what you think about the game in the comments down below, but please keep it spoiler-free.
2. Skate 4
The Skate evolution continues as EA just announced that a new Skate game is on the way. After frequent requests from fans for Skate 4, the development and publishing teams finally caved in, prompting creative director Cuz Parry to say, “We're back. We're doing it... You commented this into existence.” Parry repeatedly mentioned that the game is still in “very early” development and it will likely be a long while before Skate 4 actually sees the light of day. Still, this is undoubtedly great news for Skate fans who have now been waiting more than a decade since Skate 3 launched in 2010.
3. Crash Bandicoot 4
It appears that a new Crash Bandicoot game called Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is coming soon. This news comes courtesy of the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee which accidentally leaked what was intended to be a surprise release. The game has been confirmed for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One although no release date has been revealed.
4. Billy Mitchell’s World Records Reinstated
Controversial competitive gamer Billy Mitchell has officially gotten his Guinness World Records for Pac-Man and Donkey Kong reinstated. Mitchell was stripped of his titles back in 2018 after allegations of cheating arose via Twin Galaxies, a company that specializes in verifying video game records. According to the allegations, Mitchell used an emulator to achieve his perfect Pac-Man game (a feat which he has since repeated) and his 1 million point Donkey Kong score. Although Mitchell remains a controversial figure in the competitive gaming world, Guinness explained their decision by saying, “In the end, we found that there just wasn't sufficient evidence to support the disqualification.”
5. Apex Legends Crossplay
Apex Legends will soon be getting crossplay. This news comes alongside an announcement that Apex Legends will also be launching on Steam and the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately for Steam users, players will still need to use the EA Origin launcher even if they purchase the game on Steam. Apex’s crossplay will connect Origin, Steam, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch players and is expected to go live when the Nintendo Switch version of the game launches this Fall.
The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again
1. Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again
Will Cyberpunk 2077 ever actually come out? For what feels like the hundredth time, Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed again. With more than a mere tinge of bolstering self-promotion, CD Projekt Red released a statement today explaining that “with such an abundance of content and complex systems interweaving with each other, we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics and fix a lot of bugs.” While gamers would, of course, prefer to have a polished and bug-free game, eager fans have now been more than 7 years since the first teaser trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 was unveiled. At any rate, the game will be missing its most recently planned September 17 release date and will now (maybe) come out on November 19.
2. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here, although there seems to be some minor issues with one of the titles. This week’s offerings were supposed to be both Pathway and The Escapists 2, but Epic Games has encountered an issue with The Escapists 2 and it now appears that the game will come at a later date. You can grab your free copy of Pathway directly from the Epic Games Store from now until June 25. As long as you claim your copy by June 25, it will stay in your library forever.
3. Sea of Thieves Haunted Shores
A new update just hit Sea of Thieves, bringing plenty of new, spooky things to game. Most notably, the appropriately named Haunted Shores has introduced ghost ships to the game. Ghost ships are ethereal sailors and ships trapped between the worlds of the living and dead by the power Captain Flameheart. While you’re likely to encounter the ships on your normal voyages as they spawn randomly, you can also target them specifically via commissions from the Order of Souls. Check out the trailer for the Haunted Shores update below.
4. Steam Game Festival
The Summer Edition of the Steam Game Festival is underway, offering free demos for hundreds of different games. The week-long event will also have plenty of activities such as livestreams and developer AMAs, with the festivities lasting until June 22. Some of the notable demos that are available include Something Ate My Alien, Haven, and Destroy All Humans, but with more than 900 demos available there’s probably a little something for everyone.
5. Square Enix on GeForce Now
Square Enix games have now returned to Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud streaming service. Originally expected to be included along with the launch of GeForce Now, Square Enix was apparently unhappy with the terms of their agreement with Nvidia and decided to pull their games from the service at the last minute. Thankfully the dispute was short-lived as several of Square Enix's most popular series, such as Just Cause and Tomb Raider, can now be played on GeForce Now.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3
1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 is finally here. It wasn’t an easy journey to get to this point but after several delays and postponements, Fortnite’s third season has now kicked off, transforming the map into a waterworld. Although Season 2’s mascot Deadpool is gone, the superhero theme persists with Aquaman as the figurehead for Season 3. Fortnite’s redesigned map features plenty of new areas to explore and secrets to discover, and as the water slowly recedes over the course of the season players will gain access to places that were once inaccessible. Check out the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 launch trailer below.
2. PAX Online
This year’s physical PAX events may have been cancelled, but organizers are planning a massive online replacement. Called PAX Online, the digital showcase will run 24-hours-a-day for 9 straight days and it will be completely free to watch for all viewers. The event will also include free downloadable game demos, digital concerts and competitions, and custom chat rooms. PAX Online is set to begin later this year on September 12.
3. Apex Bunkers
It looks like Apex Legends’ bunkers will soon begin to open. An ominous timer displaying the “hatch status” has appeared on the bunker between Salvage and Water Treatment and is slowly ticking down. It seems that Respawn will open each bunker one-by-one as the other bunkers across the map currently display a “locked” hatch status. Based on the timer, the first bunker should open by June 23.
4. Rainbow Six Siege Sound Update
Ubisoft is looking to change the way that sound works in Rainbow Six Siege. As part of a new blog post, Ubisoft acknowledged “that various sound issues in the game have been problematic for players for some time.” Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like it will be an easy fix as Ubisoft is now planning to completely rebuild the audio, a process which they are describing as “a major undertaking.” The first sound repackaging updates will roll out during Season 3, but the complete rework will be a lengthy process that “will not be finalized in Year 5.”
5. New Pokemon Snap
A new Pokemon Snap game has been announced. More than 20 years have passed since the original Pokemon Snap launched on the Nintendo 64 in 1999; now it’s finally time to resume some Poke photography. The upcoming game will include a variety of environments including “deserts, jungles, and more” and will feature Pokemon from many different generations. No release date has been announced yet, but it’s possible that we’ll get some more information during next week’s Pokemon Presents on June 24. Check out the announcement trailer for the new Pokemon Snap below.
The Daily Moot: Video Games are Medicine
1. Video Games are Medicine
The United States Food and Drug Administration just announced that video games can now be prescribed as medicine. The FDA approved its first medically certified video game, EndeavourRX, which has shown to be an effective treatment for symptoms of ADHD. EndeavourRX is reminiscent of classic platformers like Crash Bandicoot, but unlike other games you can only play EndeavourRX if your doctor prescribes it to you. It’s great to see the world finally begin to realize and promote the positive aspects of games. You can check out the trailer for EndeavourRX below.
2. Fortnite Device Event
Fortnite’s Device event happened yesterday, flooding the map with water and paving the way for Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3. The event replaced the game’s classic purple storm with a “fish-filled wall of water that you can swim in.” The Device event also included interactive first-person cutscenes which many players think could lead to a first-person game mode in the near future. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 is set to kick off tomorrow, June 17.
3. Valorant Esports
Riot Games has officially announced an esports league for Valorant. Dubbed the “Ignition Series,” Riot will hold a series of tournaments in several regions across the globe. The first tournaments will be the G2 Esports Valorant Invitational (which will feature teams from Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and the Rage Valorant Japan Invitational. Both tournaments are set to begin this Friday on June 19. As for the Americas region, the Ignition Series is expected to begin on June 26 but many of the details are still unconfirmed.
4. Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality Ends
Itch’s Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality has now come to an end. The bundle, which ended up offering nearly $10,000 worth of games for just $5, was a massive success. As the result of more than 800,000 individual contributions, the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality raised over $8 million, smashing its $5 million goal. All of the proceeds will be evenly split between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund.
5. Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory
A new Kingdom Hearts game is on the way, but it’s probably not what you were expecting. Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory will be a rhythm game that tests your timing like Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, or most similarly Final Fantasy Theatrhythm. Square Enix explained that the game is part of the “Kingdom Hearts series 2nd Phase,” which also includes Kingdom Hearts 3: Re:Mind and Kingdom Hearts Dark Road. You can check out the trailer for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory below.
The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X Smart Delivery
1. Xbox Series X Smart Delivery
Microsoft just released a slew of information about the Xbox Series X’s Smart Delivery system. Smart Delivery will enable players to seamless play their existing Xbox One games on the Xbox Series X. The best part about Smart Delivery is that it not only makes the Xbox Series X backwards compatible, but it also upgrades the quality of older games by taking advantage of the next-gen hardware. Smart Delivery will be automatically enabled for all Xbox Game Studio games and Microsoft is encouraging third-party developers to make full use of the technology. The Xbox Series X is scheduled to launch later this year during the holiday season.
2. Star Wars: Squadrons
A new Star Wars game called Star Wars: Squadrons has officially been revealed. The first-person “space dogfighting game” will feature both multiplayer and a single-player campaign and will take place in the time period following Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: Squadrons will be available on PC, Xbox one, and PS4 and will be VR compatible on PC and PS4. Star Wars: Squadrons will retail for $40 and is set to launch on October 2; check out the official reveal trailer below.
3. Heroes of the Storm Mei
Overwatch’s Mei will soon be making her way to Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard released a series of hints and teasers that all but confirm that the ice-cold character will be coming to their flagship MOBA. Mei’s trusty robot Snowball will also be coming along with her. Although HOTS will provide a new battlefield for Mei, many of her abilities such as Ice Wall and Blizzard will have significant overlap with her existing Overwatch kit. Mei will be the 9th Overwatch character introduced to the game and is expected to launch alongside the upcoming Nexomania 2 event.
4. Escape from Tarkov New Map
Escape from Tarkov will soon be getting a new map as part of its patch 12.7 update. The new map will take place in an eerie, rundown city and will be the game’s “biggest and most detailed location ever.” The update will also bring improvements to custom maps, enlarging the “overall area by 30 or even 40 percent.” The map is currently unnamed, but Battlestate Games released a gameplay trailer for the upcoming location which you can check out below.
5. Star Citizen Eclipses $300M in Funding
Star Citizen, the highly anticipated multiplayer space simulator, has now eclipsed $300 million in funding. This lofty figure comes as the result of nearly 3 million unique contributions. It has been nearly 7 years since Star Citizen first opened its Kickstarter campaign and despite the fact that funding efforts have clearly been successful, there is still no planned commercial release date for the game.
The Daily Moot: PS5 Unveiled
1. PS5 Unveiled
The PlayStation 5 has been revealed! The upcoming console’s unconventional design has already stirred controversy among loyalists but Sony president Jim Ryan explained the team’s desire to create something “bold and daring [that] would really grace most living areas” and that, in a way, could be considered an artistic, technological type of furniture. Yesterday’s PS5 reveal also unveiled some of the games that will be introduced on the console including Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, and a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel called Horizon Forbidden West.
2. Riot Games Executive Fired
A Riot Games executive has been fired after making disparaging remarks about George Floyd. Ron Johnson, the Global Head of Consumer Products at Riot Games, drew instant criticism from the community after it was revealed yesterday that he made a Facebook post which blamed George Floyd for his own death. Although he held an executive position, Johnson had only been with the company for a few months and was immediately fired. In their statement, Riot said that the remarks were “abhorrent and runs directly counter to our values” and pledged a $1 million donation to support justice reform and “long-term solutions to address racial bias.”
3. Resident Evil Surpasses 100M Sales
The Resident Evil series just hit a major milestone, surpassing 100 million sales. The survival-horror series, which first debuted in 1996, has encountered a boost of sales due to its recent string of remakes and remasters. In reaching 100 million sales, Resident Evil became the first-ever Capcom series to reach the accomplishment in the company’s 40-year history. Resident Evil 8: Village was unveiled yesterday during IGN’s Summer of Gaming livestream event and is expected to launch in 2021.
4. Modern Warfare Free Weekend
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is having a free weekend from now until June 15. Unfortunately, the event only includes multiplayer and even the access to multiplayer content is limited. Players will only have access to 5 maps in standard multiplayer in addition to 7 maps in the Gunfight playlist. Even if it’s not a comprehensive trial, the free weekend is probably still worth checking out for those of you who already have Warzone installed and have been curious about what the base game has to offer.
5. Destiny 2 Removes SBMM
Destiny 2 has removed skill-based matchmaking from many of its PvP modes. Bungie decided to make the change in order to transform the Crucible into “less of a high stakes environment.” Bungie also iterated that this should result in faster queue times and improved connection quality within the matches. For those who are still seeking competition, the Trials of Osiris and the Elimination and Survival playlists will continue to use skill-based matchmaking.
The Daily Moot: The Future of Gaming
1. The Future of Gaming
The world will finally get its first glimpse at the next-gen technology and gameplay of the PlayStation 5. Today’s digital event is aptly called “The Future of Gaming,” and it kicks off a series of updates and reveals as Sony slowly begins to roll out the PS5. It’s unclear whether or not we’ll get to see the official design for the upcoming console today, but we do know that we’ll get some first-hand footage of actual gameplay from some of the most anticipated games of the year. The Future of Gaming event begins today at 1pm Pacific Time and will be streamed on all major streaming platforms including Twitch and YouTube.
2. Epic Freebies
Another week of Epic freebies is here. This week’s offerings are some big ones with Ark: Survival Evolved and Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection. Many people had anticipated that the dinosaur-filled survival game would make an appearance, but Samurai Shodown was a complete surprise. The NeoGeo Collection, which just launched today, contains six of the most popular Samurai Shodown games. You can claim your free games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until June 18; as long as you claim your copies by June 18, they will stay in your library forever.
3. Xbox Game Pass June Games
June’s month of games for the Xbox Game Pass have just been added to the service and it brings some pretty significant names. Notable among them include No Man’s Sky, Dungeon of the Endless, and Kingdom Hearts. While No Man’s Sky and Dungeon of the endless are available on both the PC and Xbox versions of the Xbox Game Pass, Kingdom Hearts is only available on Xbox. If you’re not currently subscribed to the Xbox Game Pass but are interested in the service, the “Ultimate” 3-month subscription is currently available for half-price.
4. Siege Free Weekend
Rainbow Six Siege’s free weekend is back. From now through Sunday players on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 can try out the wildly popular tactical shooter completely free. During the free weekend, players will have access to everything that Siege has to offer, including all maps, modes, and operators. Siege will also be on discount during the event so if you give it a shot and like what you see, it’s the perfect time to pick the game up permanently and add it to your library.
5. Chivalry 2
Chivalry 2, the upcoming sequel to the popular medieval warfare game, just got a wave of announcements along with a new trailer. One of the most significant pieces of news is that Chivalry 2 will be available on both current and next-gen consoles and that the game will have fully supported crossplay at launch. There hasn’t been a definite release date announced yet, but Chivalry 2 is expected to come out some time this year. Check out the official announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot: IGN Summer of Gaming; Modern Warfare Season 4
1. IGN’s Summer of Gaming
IGN’s Summer of Gaming is here! Following the cancellation of E3, IGN announced the Summer of Gaming event as a digital replacement for the many gaming conventions that were cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. The Summer of Gaming will run from now until June 25 and will feature the world’s first look at several upcoming games and nex-gen technology such as Yakuza: Like a Dragon on PlayStation 5. You can watch the Summer of Gaming livestream on any of IGN’s channels including YouTube, Twitch, and the IGN mobile app.
2. Modern Warfare Season 4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 is launching tonight. Originally planned for June 3, Infinity Ward decided to delay the upcoming season in order to show solidarity with “those speaking up for equality, justice, and change.” Both Modern Warfare and Warzone will be receiving significant updates, but fans will have to wait until tonight to see exactly what’s in store. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 begins tonight at 11pm Pacific Time.
3. The Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality
Itch’s Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality is now offering an incredible 1,429 games for a minimum donation of just $5. The bundle, which is available through June 15, has already raised more than $4 million for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Bail Fund. If you purchased the bundle previously when it was at (only) 742 games, don’t worry; you will automatically get all of the extra games which have been added to the bundle.
4. Destiny 2 Witherhoard Glitch
The eleventh season for Destiny 2 launched yesterday to rave reviews, but it appears that one of the new items is causing a bit of an issue. The newly released Witherhoard, an exotic grenade launcher, has a glitch that makes it extremely overpowered. In fact, the Witherhoard’s glitch is so powerful that it enables players to instantly kill raid bosses. It’s unclear what's causing the glitch and it doesn’t seem that Bungie is particularly motivated to patch it immediately, so if you want to have a bit of fun grab yourself a Witherhoard and see what it can do.
5. The Last of Us Part 2 Official Launch Trailer
It’s been a long, difficult journey, but The Last of Us Part 2 is finally on the horizon. One of the most highly-anticipated games of the decade, the long-awaited sequel has experienced more than its fair share of delays, leaks, and controversies. Despite the hardships, The Last of Us Part 2 is still expected to be one of the biggest and most spectacular games of the year. The Last of Us Part 2 will launch worldwide on June 19; check out the official launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals
1. Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals
Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals is finally here. The eleventh season of Destiny 2, Season of Arrivals is injecting a ton of new content into the game as well as a host of new activities, gear, and rewards alongside it. One of the most notable additions to the game is the new Prophecy dungeon which will be opened up today at 5pm Pacific Time. The Prophecy dungeon will enable players to earn new DAITO Foundry armor and "reprised" Trials of the Nine armor sets, all without requiring a season pass. Check out the trailer for Season of Arrivals below.
2. Overwatch Removes Hero Pools
Overwatch has officially removed hero pools from competitive play. First announced in January of this year, Blizzard decided to implement rotating hero pools as an attempt to quell calls for hero bans and in order to encourage diversity in the meta. It appears that Blizzard did not get the results they were hoping for; hero pools have now been eliminated from the game at all levels of play and Blizzard has stated that they have “no tentative date for re-implementation.”
3. Need for Speed: Heat Final Update
Need for Speed: Heat is getting its final update. Although most of the patch consists of things like bug fixes, it’s also introducing one major new feature: crossplay. Starting today, players across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 will all be able to race with each other on the same server. Need for Speed: Heat will also soon be added to EA Access and the Origin Access Basic Vault, both of which should help the game maintain a solid playerbase from now until the next Need for Speed comes out.
4. Okami Sequel?
Ikumi Nakamura, noted for her work on games such as Bayonetta, Resident Evil 2, and Okami, has announced her plans for an Okami sequel. Okami, which was first released in 2006, is often considered one of the best and most influential video games of all time. Despite its widespread acclaim, the original game did not sell well which has deterred Capcom from producing a sequel. Nakamura is now planning to change that, calling for fans to rally behind her as she prepares to pitch a new sequel concept to Capcom. We’ll have to wait to see whether or not her efforts will pay off, but this is certainly good news for Okami fans who agree with Nakamura that there is "still a lot [left] to tell in that universe.”
5. Nemesis: Distress
Nemesis: Distress, a popular board game, will soon be getting a video game adaptation courtesy of Ovid Works and Awaken Realms. The first-person multiplayer horror game will combine PvP and PvE elements as each player attempts to finish their own unique hidden objective before their opponents. Unfortunately it sounds like it might be awhile before the game actually sees the light of day as no release date has been announced yet. You can check out the official reveal trailer for Nemesis: Distress below.
The Daily Moot: Twitch DMCA Debacle; PS5 Reveal Event
1. Twitch DMCA Issues
Twitch streamers around the globe are panicking after a massive wave of DMCA copyright claims hit the service. The claims, which largely concern background music that appeared in streams between 2017-2019, have created massive issues for some of Twitch’s biggest streamers. This is in part due to Twitch’s internal policy regarding copyright infringements which forces the permanent ban of any user who gets “3 strikes.”
Many of the most popular streamers are also some of the most prolific and tenured, meaning that they often have huge backlogs of previous streams which can now lead to their permanent ban from the service. To make matters worse, many of the DMCA claims - which are automatically approved - have been fraudulent. Twitch has released a statement noting that they are aware of the issue but it’s currently unclear what action the company will take.
2. PS5 Reveal Event
The PlayStation 5 game reveal event now has a new confirmed date. Originally expected to take place on June 4, the event is now set for June 11. The reveal event will offer the world’s first look at many upcoming PS5 games and will feature a broad spectrum of titles from “innovative studios that span the globe.” Unfortunately, the previews won’t be an entirely accurate representation of the gameplay you can expect in the future. The broadcast will be limited to 1080p and 30fps, prompting Sony to release a statement assuring fans that “the games you’ll see on Thursday will look even better when you play them on PS5.”
3. Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality
Itch’s Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality launched this weekend, raising proceeds for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Bail Fund. The bundle, which is name-your-own-price, offers a whopping 742 games for a minimum donation of just $5. Some of the notable titles include Night in the Woods, Minit, A Short Hike, and Oxenfree, but with 742 games there’s probably a little something for everyone in there. The bundle will be available on Itch.io from now through June 15, and has already raised over $2.5 million via more than 200,000 individual donations.
4. Crucible Game Modes Removed
Crucible, Amazon’s free-to-play multiplayer shooter, has removed 2 of its 3 game modes. Released just last month, Crucible has not received a warm reception so far with early reviews being mixed at best. Developer Relentless Studio is looking to change that by focusing exclusively on one game mode. The Harvester Command and Alpha Hunters game modes will both be removed from the game, leaving Heart of the Hive as the lone survivor. It’s unclear whether or not either of the removed game modes will eventually make a comeback, but according to developers they will remain retired “for the foreseeable future.”
5. Devotion Release
Devotion, a first-person horror game from Red Candle Games, is finally getting released. Devotion was pulled from the Steam marketplace last year following controversy regarding the game’s inclusion of a Winnie the Pooh meme that mocked Chinese president Xi Jinping. Unfortunately, just because the game is coming out doesn’t mean that you’ll get to play it; Devotion will only be sold in Taiwan exclusively as physical editions. Devotion is expected to launch on June 15.
The Daily Moot: Valorant on Console
1. Valorant on Console
It’s confirmed: Riot Games is working on a console version of Valorant. While this certainly seems like fantastic news for console players, it’s still unclear whether or not a complete console version of the game will actually come to fruition. Anna Donlon, Executive Producer for Valorant, explained that although prototypes are already under development, the team feels “there's a way to experience this game that we're not entirely sure translates completely to console play.” Ultimately, Donlon says that the decision to release Valorant on console will come down to the consistency of the core gameplay experience, assuring fans that “if we feel like we can deliver this experience on those platforms, we absolutely will.”
2. Sony Fined by Australia
Sony has been fined $3.5 million by the Australian government for “making false and misleading representations” regarding their refund policies. This comes as the result of a recent lawsuit in which the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission sued Sony over their 14-day return policy for digital games. According to the ACCC, Sony acted in violation of Australian law as consumer rights “do not disappear after 14 days or any other arbitrary date claimed by a game store or developer.” While this is great news for Australian video game consumers, it seems unlikely that Sony will amend their refund policies in other countries such as the United States.
3. EA Games Come to Steam
Several EA games have finally made their way to Steam. This comes as the result of a partnership between Valve and Electronic Arts, and is just the first wave of over 25 games that will eventually hit the marketplace. Some of the games that were released today include classics like Dragon Age Inquisition, Need for Speed, and Crysis 3, all of which are available at deep discounts. EA will also be bringing EA Access to Steam in the coming months, enabling PC players to access an expansive library of games and take part in exclusive trials via the subscription service.
4. Epic Freebies
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s offering is Overcooked, a “chaotic couch co-op cooking game for one to four players.” Overcooked is a great, fun game to play with friends, but many players might be disappointed by this week’s freebie considering that Epic Games already gave it away last year. At any rate, if you weren’t able to pick it up previously then it’s definitely worth grabbing now. You can claim your free copy of Overcooked directly from the Epic Games Store from now until June 11.
5. PUBG Free Weekend
PUBG is holding a free play weekend from now through Sunday. Unfortunately, however, the offer is only available on Steam, meaning that only PC players will be able to take advantage of the opportunity. The free weekend includes access to the full game, including the new ranked playlists, making this a great opportunity to try out some of the latest updates to the game. PUBG will also be on sale during the free weekend, so it’s a good time to buy the game at a discount if you’ve been looking to add it to your library.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Delayed Again
1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Delayed Again
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 has been delayed yet again. This marks the third time that the upcoming season, which was originally slated to begin in May, has been delayed. In their statement, Epic Games expressed their desire to show solidarity with the current protest movements and explained that they needed to “balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families and their communities.” Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 will now launch on June 17, with the lead-up event “The Device” expected to take place 2 days prior on June 15.
2. GTA Online and Red Dead Online Shut Down
GTA Online and Red Dead Online both shut down their servers today in order to honor the memory of George Floyd. Rockstar Games is one of many prominent figures in the gaming community that have shown solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement this week, joining others such as Humble Bundle, EA, Ubisoft and more. The servers for GTA Online and Red Dead Redemption were shut down for a total of 2 hours, from 2-4 pm Eastern Time, and are now back online.
3. Infinity Ward on Racism in CoD
Infinity Ward has announced that they are cracking down on racism in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. In their statement Infinity Ward said, “there is no place for racist content in our game,” and admitted that they needed to “do a better job.” In order to accomplish these goals, the studio has committed to adding new resources for combating racist content and usernames, and will be amping up the punishments for violators.
4. Battlefield 5 Final Update
The final major update for Battlefield 5 is now live. The update introduced 2 new maps to the game, Al Marj Encampment and a redesigned Provence, as well as an arsenal of new weapons and vehicles. Battlefield 5 will continue to receive minor patches and quality-of-life improvements, but this will be the game’s final major content update. As for the future of the Battlefield franchise, the next game in the series is expected to arrive sometime during the 2022 fiscal year.
5. Project Cars 3 Announced
Slightly Mad Studios has just announced Project Cars 3. The racing sim, which is known for its heavy emphasis on realistic graphics and vehicle physics, is expected to bring a lot of new features to the table. Compared to its predecessors, the upcoming sequel will have a completely rebuilt career mode and will finally introduce car mods and upgrades to the game. Project Cars 3 is expected to launch this summer; check out the announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot: The Gaming Community Shows Solidarity
1. The Gaming Community Shows Solidarity
In a show of solidarity with protesters across the globe, several gaming companies have announced donations to Black Lives Matter and related causes. Studios large and small have pledged their support along with many game publishers and retailers. Some of the most notable donations include a $1 million fund from Humble Bundle to support Black game developers and contributions from EA, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and more to support organizations like the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative.
2. The Last of Us Part 2 Commercial
Naughty Dog has released the official full-length commercial for The Last of Us Part 2. The commercial features a stylized cinematic of the upcoming survival story but it’s unclear whether or not any of the footage is actually from the game. The Last of Us Part 2 is set to launch on June 19; check out the extended commercial below.
3. Sony Day of Play
Sony’s annual Day of Play is here, providing discounts on many PS4 games. The sale will last from now until June 17 and offers price cuts of up to 50% on some of the most classic games in PlayStation history. Some of the most notable deals include The Last of Us Remastered and 2018’s God of War, both of which are available for just $10.
4. Sea of Thieves on Steam
Sea of Thieves has finally made its way to Steam. While the game has been available on PC for quite some time, it had previously been confined to the Microsoft Store. This is great news for PC players who have been interested in the game but wanted to avoid the many issues of the Microsoft Store. The Steam version of the game costs $40 and features seamless crossplay with the other versions.
5. IGN Summer of Gaming Delayed
IGN’s Summer of Gaming event has been delayed. The multi-day digital event is expected to provide a first look at several upcoming games and is largely considered to be a replacement for some of the physical events that have been cancelled this year. In their statement, IGN explained that they decided to postpone the event “out of respect for and in support of those rightfully demanding justice and change across the United States and the world.” Originally expected to begin on June 5, IGN’s Summer of Gaming will now kick off on June 8.
The Daily Moot: Valorant Now LIVE!
1. Valorant Now Live!
Valorant is finally here! After an extremely popular closed beta period, Valorant is now live and free-to-play for all players. Along with the official 1.0 launch, Valorant also introduced a ton of new features including a new map and new game mode called Spike Rush. There’s also a new operator, Reyna, who hails from Mexico and can sap the life force from her enemies. Give her a shot and let us know what you think about the official launch of Valorant below!
2. CoD Seasons Postponed
The upcoming season for Call of Duty games across the board have been postponed. This includes Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Call of Duty: Mobile. In their statement, Call of Duty echoed the sentiments shared by Sony yesterday, saying that “now is not the time.” The new season of Call of Duty was expected to arrive on June 4 but it will now come at a later, unspecified date.
3. A Total War Saga: Troy
A Total War Saga: Troy is on the way. A blend of history and mythology, A Total War Saga: Troy will feature an epic clash between the Greeks and Trojans. The game will launch exclusively on the Epic Games Store and will be available for free for the first 24 hours after release. A Total War Saga: Troy is set to come out on August 13.
4. Destiny 2 Next Chapter
The next chapter of Destiny 2 is almost here. Bungie has released a new trailer for the upcoming season, showing Eris Morn trekking through a frozen tundra assumed to be Europa. Bungie has been intentionally vague about the next chapter but many fans are expecting that it will delve into The Darkness, a major yet mysterious facet of the Destiny universe. The next big update is expected to be revealed on June 9; in the meantime, check out the teaser trailer below.
The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 Reveal Postponed
1. PlayStation 5 Reveal Event Postponed
Sony has postponed the PlayStation 5 June reveal event. The event, which was planned for June 4, was expected to provide the world’s first look at several future PS5 games. In their statement, Sony said, “We do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.” The PlayStation 5 is still set for a holiday 2020 launch and we will certainly see more of what the console has to offer in the coming months.
2. Escape From Tarkov Reset
Escape From Tarkov just underwent a total reset, completely wiping the progress of every player. This reset coincided with the release of the game’s latest patch, which signaled the start of a new season of gameplay. Developer Battlestate Games announced that the new season has been a huge success so far, with the game hitting a new record peak of over 200k concurrent users. Battlestate Games also said that they had banned over 3,000 cheaters at the start of the new season, reiterating their commitment to a cheat-free environment.
3. Trackmania Reboot
A Trackmania reboot isn’t coming until later this year but its planned monetization model is already drawing criticism. Fans who have been eagerly awaiting the upcoming game were disappointed when Ubisoft unveiled what appeared to be a subscription-based model. Ubisoft has responded to criticism by saying that the game doesn’t offer a subscription, but rather that players have to re-purchase the game every year if they want to keep playing it. Trackmania is set to launch on July 1.
4. Outward DLC
Outward, an open-world survival RPG, is getting its very first DLC. Called Soroboreans, the upcoming expansion will introduce a new region, skill trees, enchantments and more, enabling players to completely change how they approach the game. One of the most notable new features is corruption, a mysterious new system that can have dire effects on those who are unprepared. The Soroboreans DLC is expected to come out on June 16.
5. Paradox Strategy Studio
Paradox Interactive is opening a brand new gaming studio. Called Paradox Tinto, the new studio will be based in Barcelona, Spain and will focus exclusively on strategy games. The team will first be working on Paradox’s current flagship strategy game, Europa Universalis 4, before transitioning onto the next generation of games.
The Daily Moot: Hideo Kojima's Next Game Scrapped
1. Hideo Kojima’s Next Game Scrapped
Hideo Kojima’s next “big project” has been scrapped. Hideo Kojima is one of the most famous and acclaimed video game designers of all time but his most recent game, Death Stranding, was polarizing despite positive reviews. Fans have been curious about the future of Kojima Productions and eager to hear more about the studio’s next game. Unfortunately, Kojima just announced that the “big project fell apart” and that eyes are now set on a new venture. Kojima assured fans that the studio has already begun planning a new game, but also confirmed that there are no plans yet for a Metal Gear or Silent Hills revival.
2. Valorant Closed Beta Ends
Valorant’s closed beta has officially come to a close. The beta period for Riot’s upcoming tactical shooter was a massive success and broke numerous records. During the beta, Valorant averaged over 3 million daily players and netted over 470 million viewing hours with more than 1.7 million peak concurrent viewers on Twitch. Valorant’s full official release is set for June 4.
3. Far Cry 5 Free Weekend
Far Cry 5 is free to play this weekend from now until May 31. Players can enjoy everything the game has to offer and all progress made will transfer over if you decide to purchase the game in the future. You can download Far Cry 5 through Ubisoft’s Uplay app; unfortunately the free weekend is only available to PC players.
4. Sonic the Hedgehog Sequel
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is getting a sequel. It wasn’t an easy journey, but the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie ultimately turned out to be a record-setting box office hit. Details about the upcoming sequel are still scarce. We do know that the core writing and directing teams will be returning, but there’s no word yet on whether the cast, including Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey, will reprise their roles.
5. Sludge Life
Sludge Life, a first-person open-world vandalism sim, just launched on the Epic Games Store. It looks outright bizarre and it certainly won’t appeal to everyone, but it’s available for free right now so it may be worth checking out. You can watch the trailer for Sludge Life below.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Delayed
1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 Delayed
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 has been delayed. This is undoubtedly a familiar feeling for Fortnite fans as several Fortnite seasons have been postponed and delayed over the game’s history. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3, which was set to launch on June 4, is now expected to come out one week later on June 11. Epic also announced that they will be holding a special “one-time-only live event called The Device” in-game on June 6. Epic has kept much of Season 3 under wraps so far but it’s likely that The Device will show us a glimpse of what’s to come.
2. Phantasy Star Online 2 Launch
Phantasy Star Online 2 finally got its western launch but it didn’t go as smoothly as players had hoped. After an 8 year wait, many players were eager to start their adventures in the free-to-play MMO. Unfortunately, the Microsoft Store caused a number of issues that prevented users from installing the game or logging in. Although the issues didn’t affect everybody, the problems were widespread enough that the game has received a wave of negative reviews as part of the backlash.
3. Epic Free Games
This week’s freebie from Epic Games is another big one. From now until June 4, you can pick up Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for free from the Epic Games Store. The collection includes Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and is definitely worth grabbing for those of you who haven’t played them yet. As long as you claim your free copies by June 4, you’ll be able to keep the games forever.
4. Sea of Thieves Checkpoints
The latest update just hit Sea of Thieves, adding checkpoints to Tall Tale adventures. Until now, the long, narrative adventures had to be completed in one sitting and could not be saved partway through. The update also introduced new game mode and LTEs, including a weekly “Fort Nights” event. Check out the update trailer below.
5. Half Life: Alyx Liquid Physics
Valve has now added liquid physics to Half Life: Alyx. Various containers in-game, such as beer bottles, will now have liquid inside of them, giving players a new medium to mess around with in the virtual reality world. Half: Life Alyx has already received unanimous acclaim for its realism so it’s great to see that Valve is continuing to push the boundaries and trying to make the game as immersive as possible.
The Daily Moot: League of Legends In-Game Ads
1. League of Legends In-Game Ads
League of Legends will soon be getting in-game ads. Riot Games, which has always been vocal about their vision of bringing esports up to par with physical sports, is now looking at in-game ads as the next step towards realizing their goal. Similar to physical sports which feature advertisement banners around the stadium or arena, the banners within Summoner’s Rift will be turned into advertisements. The sponsored banners will only appear in official LCS matches so you don’t have to worry about advertisements in your own games (yet, at least).
2. FNCS Winner Caught Cheating
The winner of the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational for the Asia region has been caught cheating. Japanese player Sekosama won the solo component of the tournament but broke the rules by teaming up with at least one other competitor. Some of the rule breaking behavior included communicating and coordinating with enemies during the match to funnel good loot onto Sekosama. Epic Games has since revoked Sekosama’s winnings, which totaled $15,000, and issued a 14-day ban against the player.
3. Overwatch Novel
Blizzard is set to release their very first official Overwatch novel. Titled The Hero of Numbani, the novel features an all-new original story about the origins of Orisa and her fight to protect Numbani from the villainous Doomfist. The Hero of Numbani will be available in both physical and digital versions and is set to release on June 2.
4. Kingdom Hearts TV Show
A Kingdom Hearts TV show is apparently in the works. Very few details about the project have been released yet, but it’s expected to be a fully-animated adaptation of the Kingdom Hearts series, following the events of Sora, Goofy, Donald Duck, and more. According to multiple sources Disney has already begun casting for the show, with Disney’s original voice over actors expected to reprise their roles.
5. Formula E Driver Fired Over Video Game
A Formula E race car driver has been fired after cheating in an online race. During the Formula E Race at Home Challenge, Audi driver Daniel Abt allowed Lorenz Horzing, a sim racing esport pro, to drive for him in the competition. After competitors became suspicious of his drastically improved performance, Abt admitted to the swap, saying that it was a prank that the duo had planned as “something funny for the fans.” Unfortunately for them, the joke was not well received. Daniel Abt has been suspended from the Audi Sports racing team and forced to pay a $10,000 fine while Horzing received a complete ban from the esport Race Challenge series.
The Daily Moot: BlizzCon 2020 Canceled
1. BlizzCon 2020 Canceled
BlizzCon 2020 has been cancelled. Following in the footsteps of many other conventions and gaming events, Blizzard will be hosting an online alternative. Unfortunately, however, it seems that the online event won’t take place until next year. Several major tournaments were expected to take place at BlizzCon 2020 such as the Hearthstone Global Finals and the Overwatch World Cup. It’s currently unclear how Blizzard will proceed with these global competitions, but we will likely receive more information in the near future.
2. The International Battle Pass
The International 2020 Battle Pass is now live. Offering exclusive access to new content and rewards, the annual battle pass is best known for contributing to the massive prize pool for DOTA’s The International tournament. Unfortunately this year’s The International 10 likely won’t happen due to the pandemic, but thankfully Valve has made the battle pass rewards extra special in an effort to compensate. Proceeds from the battle pass will still go towards the prize pool for The International 10 when the tournament eventually takes place.
3. My Friend Pedro TV Show?
John Wick writer Derek Kolstad wants to turn some of his favorite video games into TV shows. More specifically, he’s looking to create 2 new series; one based on My Friend Pedro and another based on Bendy and the Ink Machine. Considering his success with the John Wick franchise, it would certainly be interesting to see how Kolstad would approach a similarly-themed My Friend Pedro. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Keanu Reeves play as a gun-wielding, time-altering banana man?
4. Risk of Rain 2 Delay
The official launch of Risk of Rain 2 has been delayed. After spending more than a year in early access, the acclaimed sequel was expected to arrive this spring. Developer Hopoo Games explained that although the studio has been “mostly unaffected” by the pandemic, the team wanted to ensure that the game was “truly a complete experience” on launch. Risk of Rain 2 is now expected to come out in August of this year.
5. No Man’s Sky on Xbox Game Pass
No Man’s Sky is headed to the Xbox Game Pass for June. No Man’s Sky had an awful launch, receiving widespread negative reviews. Since then, the space exploration game has been massively improved and experienced a near-complete resurgence. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber then No Man’s Sky is at least worth checking out, even if the game didn’t appeal to you when it first launched.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Theaters; Star Citizen Launch Week
1. Fortnite Theaters
It looks like Fortnite is getting into the movie business. From video game to concert stadium, Fortnite is no stranger to genre-blending evolutions; now it looks like they’re set to take the next step as they prepare for a full-length in-game screening of an “iconic” Christopher Nolan film later this summer. There’s no word on what movie we can expect to see (Christopher Nolan has plenty of blockbuster films), but fans seem to think that it will likely be one of the Dark Knight movies due to Fortnite’s previous Batman collaborations. We’ll have to wait for more details before the Fortnite cinema is truly opened; in the meantime, check out the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Tenet, which premiered during a Fortnite event last night.
2. Star Citizen Free Fly
Star Citizen, the highly-anticipated upcoming space simulator, is free to try from now until June 1. While it might not have the name recognition of other massive undertakings like Grand Theft Auto V, Star Citizen is easily one of the most ambitious games of all time. In development since 2011, Star Citizen has received over $250M in crowdfunding to support the project and is now in alpha stages. Check out the launch week trailer below.
3. Pac-Man’s 40th Birthday
Pac-Man, one of the most legendary video games ever, is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. While several events will likely be held to commemorate the occasion, one of the most notable is an upcoming, free-to-play Pac-Man game on Twitch called Pac-Man Live Studio. The upcoming game will enable players to enjoy the complete Pac-Man experience, including co-op, multiplayer, and user-created levels, straight from their Twitch app or browser. Pac-Man Live Studio is expected to launch this June.
4. Neversong Launch
Neversong, the sequel to the Flash game Coma, launched yesterday after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately however, the launch wasn’t as smooth as expected. Developer Thomas Brush made an error when distributing game keys to his Kickstarter supporters, accidentally sending every backer 3,500 Steam keys each. Thankfully the error has been resolved and Neversong is now live. Check out the game’s launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Valorant Launch Announced
1. Valorant Release Date
The release date for Valorant has finally been announced! After an extremely successful, record-breaking closed beta period, Valorant is now ready for its official launch. In less than 2 weeks from today, on June 2, Valorant will go live for players across the globe. The closed beta period will wrap on May 28, after which the game will go offline, resetting every player’s progress in preparation for June 2. Riot is also adding a handful of new servers prior to launch to ensure that players across the world can enjoy the game with minimal latency, furthering their attempts to make Valorant the best-feeling, most precise online shooter in gaming history. The time is finally here; are you ready?
2. DOOM Eternal Anti-Cheat Disabled
DOOM Eternal will be disabling its Denuvo Anti-Cheat in its next update. The recently introduced anti-cheat drew criticism from DOOM players because it uses a kernel mode driver, enabling it to have access to a player’s system even when the game isn’t running. Surprisingly, id Software is being receptive to the negative feedback and has vowed to change course and find a new solution. While it’s unclear how id Software will approach this situation, they released a statement saying that their future efforts would ensure that “anti-cheat integration better aligns with player expectations around clear initiatives.”
3. Take-Two’s Big Ambitions
Take-Two Interactive, the parent company for developers like Rockstar and 2K Games, has some ridiculously massive ambitions for the future. Specifically, they plan to release 93 different games over the course of the next 5 years. This massive wave of games is set to include 63 “core experiences,” 17 “mid core games,” and 12 “casual/arcade” titles, and is expected to start pouring in during the 2022 fiscal year. Unfortunately Take-Two didn’t mention these games by name so we don’t have any update on things like GTA 6, but it’s clear regardless that video game fans are going to be absolutely spoiled in the coming years.
4. Civilization 6 Free
Epic Games is back with another huge giveaway! This week’s freebie is Civilization 6, the latest game in Sid Meier’s critically acclaimed strategy series. The giveaway includes the base game as well as the Aztec DLC, with the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm DLCs both available at a discount during Epic’s Mega Sale. You can claim your free copy of Civilization 6 directly from the Epic Games Store from now until May 28. As long as you claim the game before May 28, you’ll be able to keep it forever.
5. Area F2 Shut Down
Area F2 has been officially shut down. Following Ubisoft’s lawsuit claiming that the mobile game was a direct ripoff of Rainbow Six Siege, Area F2 has now been removed from the App Store and Google Play. It doesn’t seem that the Ejoy, the Alibaba-owned studio that developed Area F2, provided any resistance to the delisting and players who made purchases in the game can now apply for refunds. It’s unclear whether or not Ejoy will try to make the changes necessary to re-launch the game or if Area F2 will simply be gone for good.
The Daily Moot: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War?
It looks like the new Call of Duty game for 2020 will be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. While this news is still just a rumor and should be taken with a grain of salt, multiple reports have surfaced claiming that this year’s CoD will be set in the Cold War era which lasted about 45 years from 1947-1991. It’s unclear how the game’s events will link up with the current Black Ops story which has since gone into the future, but we do know that unlike Black Ops 4, the upcoming Call of Duty game will feature a robust single-player campaign story mode.
2. Destiny 2 “The Lie” Bug
This season’s major quest line for Destiny 2, “The Lie,” is apparently bugged. The bug isn’t a minor one either; it is currently making it impossible for any players to finish the quest. The Lie quest has been a major focus this season and has already undergone multiple changes. Bungie is aware of the new issue and is working on a fix, but it’s unlikely that we’ll see any patches until at least tomorrow.
3. Fallout 76 Seasons Pass
Bethesda has announced that Fallout 76 will be introducing a new “Season Pass style system” starting this summer. Originally unveiled last week, fans were confused about whether or not the season passes would be free. Thankfully, Bethesda has confirmed that all of the Fallout 76 seasons will be free for everyone who owns the base game.
4. Epic Games Store Update
The Epic Games Store just got a new update, introducing several quality-of-life improvements. Among these include self-service refunds, which enables users to get refunds for games directly from their transactions history. It’s important to note, however, that in order for a game to be eligible for a refund, you must have purchased the game within 2 weeks of requesting the refund and played it for fewer than 2 hours. You can expect more improvements to come to the Epic Game Store in the near future as Epic continues to work through their long-term roadmap for the store.
5. Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online 2 has finally gotten its long-awaited western release. Although the name might be obscure to many, Phantasy Star Online 2 has been one of the most popular MMOs in Japan since it first launched in 2012. The North American version of the game is now available for free from the Windows Store, and features seamless crossplay with the Xbox One edition that launched last month.
The Daily Moot: Warzone Bunkers Unlocked!
1. Warzone Bunkers Unlocked
Call of Duty: Warzone’s bunkers can now be unlocked. Although the bunkers had existed since the game’s launch, their purpose had always been a mystery. Fans suspected that the Red Access Card released in a previous update might be able to open the bunkers, but unfortunately the item was useless. Until today, that is. The Red Access Card now works, enabling players to open the bunkers and loot the contents inside. Be sure to keep your eye out for more hidden secrets in the future; Infinity Ward has cryptically confirmed that these mysterious events are only the beginning.
2. Overwatch 2020 Anniversary Event
Overwatch is celebrating its 4-year anniversary with a jam-packed 2020 Anniversary Event. The event will bring back all of the previous seasons’ brawls and cosmetics, as well as introduce a bunch of new cosmetics. Among these include new epic skins for Sigma, Widowmaker, and McCree which can be earned by completing weekly challenges. The Overwatch 2020 Anniversary Event is live from now until June 9; check out the event trailer below.
3. Artifact 2.0 Beta
Artifact 2.0 is headed to beta. Just a couple of months ago, Valve announced that they would be revamping their digital card game which, despite its initial hype, was a commercial and critical flop. The Artifact 2.0 beta will begin this month and will be exclusive to players who already own the original game.
4. Kingdom Hearts Delayed
Kingdom Hearts Dark Road has been delayed. The upcoming mobile game was set to launch this Spring but is now expected to come out in Summer. The developers of the game apologized for the late announcement, saying that the team was “trying to find some means of making a Spring release” but was ultimately unsuccessful. Although no specific release date has been announced yet, Kingdom Hearts Dark Road is now expected to launch in June of this year.
5. Gwent on Steam
Gwent has officially launched on Steam. The digital card game, which was originally featured in The Witcher 3, is free-to-play but additional cards can be purchased with real money. The Steam version of Gwent features seamless crossplay with other platforms, and players can integrate their existing iOS or GoG versions of the game into the Steam version. Check out the launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Respawn's New Studio and the Future of Apex Legends
1. Respawn’s New Studio
Respawn Entertainment, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, has announced the creation of a brand-new Vancouver-based studio. The new studio will be entirely dedicated to Apex Legends and will focus on fulfilling the long-term vision for the game. This is undoubtedly great news for Apex Legends fans as it’s clear that Respawn and EA are both committed to the game’s longevity. This is also great news for fans of Respawn’s other titles because the original California-based studio should be able to work on other projects now that there’s a second studio solely dedicated to Apex Legends. Could Titanfall 3 be in our future?
2. Ubisoft Suing Apple and Google
Ubisoft is suing Apple and Google over a mobile game which is allegedly a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six Seige. The game in question is called Area F2 and was developed by Ejoy, a subsidiary of Alibaba. Ubisoft claims that Area F2 steals nearly every single aspect from Rainbow Six Siege and is clearly nothing more than a ripoff, but that their attempts to get the game removed from the App Store and Google Play without litigation have been unsuccessful.
3. Mortal Kombat Friendships
Mortal Kombat’s upcoming new expansion, Aftermath, will apparently be offering some alternative finishing moves for those who find the game’s fatalities just a bit too brutal. The new finishers are called Friendships and they give you the opportunity to bring a bit of love into the war. Friendships will go live alongside the Aftermath expansion on May 26, but even those who don’t purchase the DLC will be able to use the new finishers. Check out the official Friendships Trailer below.
4. Minecraft Breaks 200M Sales
Minecraft has just reached a massive milestone by surpassing 200 million copies sold. Developer Mojang Studios made the announcement to celebrate Minecraft’s 11th anniversary (dating from the beta release, not the official release). Incredibly, despite being over a decade old, Minecraft’s sales increased by over 20 million copies last year. The 200 million total mark easily ranks Minecraft as the best-selling game of all-time; Grand Theft Auto V is currently in second place with 120 million copies sold.
5. Maneater Trailer
Have you ever wanted to be a shark? Maneater, an upcoming open-world action RPG, lets you do exactly that. Play as an angry bull shark on a quest for revenge against the shark hunters who ruined his life. Maneater is set to launch on May 22; check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Anti-Cheats Going Too Far?
1. DOOM Eternal Anti-Cheat Update
DOOM Eternal’s very first update just went live, bringing a host of new additions to the game. Although players are enjoying things like the new progression system and quality of life changes, the update also implemented Denuvo Anti-Cheat which has drawn criticism from fans. This is because, like Valorant’s Vanguard Anti-Cheat, Denuvo Anti-Cheat uses a kernel-mode driver which gives it an incredible amount of access to your device. What do you think about the next generation of anti-cheats? Is the improved competitive integrity worth the potential risks?
2. Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours
The Discovery Tours for Assassin’s Creed Origins and Odyssey are free to explore from now until May 21. The Discovery Tours are alternate game modes which focus on the historical setting of the game and enable the player to learn about its history, art, culture, and more. The tour for Assassin’s Creed Origins will enable the player to explore ancient Egypt while the Odyssey tour will take place in Greece. Both of the Discovery Tours are available now on Uplay.
3. Control DLC and Alan Wake
The upcoming Control DLC, Control: AWE, will apparently be heavily linked to Alan Wake. According to creative director Sam Lake, Control: AWE will explore the connection between the two games and help to explain the ending for Alan Wake. Although Alan Wake is now over 10 years old, fans have still struggled to decipher its strange and obscure conclusion. Fortunately the DLC should give fans some closure as Lake confirmed that it will uncover “what happened in Alan Wake and where they are with it today.”
4. Epic Mega Sale
Epic Games has begun its Epic Mega Sale, giving away free coupons and offering discounts on tons of games. Technically the sale started yesterday, but it went largely unnoticed because GTA V crashed the Epic Games Store. Speaking of which, be sure to pick up your free copy GTA V if you haven’t already; the deal only lasts until May 21.
5. Poly Bridge 2
The tricky physics game Poly Bridge is now getting a sequel. Much like its predecessor, Poly Bridge 2 combines puzzles and physics simulation by tasking players with constructing increasingly elaborate bridges. Poly Bridge 2 is set to launch on May 28; check out the announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot: GTA V is FREE and Crashes Epic's Servers
1. GTA V Free on Epic
This week’s freebie from Epic Games is a big one! From now until May 21, you can claim a free copy of GTA V directly from the Epic Games Store. As long as you claim the game by May 21, you’ll be able to keep it forever. It’s awesome that Epic is giving away such a great game for free, but unfortunately the deal has caused some unforeseen consequences. Due to the high volume of players who are trying to claim their copy of GTA V, the Epic Games Store and Launcher has been overloaded, crashing games and leaving users unable to log in. Epic has released a statement saying that “users may be encountering slow loading times, 500 errors, or launcher crashing at this time” and assure users that they're working to fix the issues as fast as possible.
2. Paper Mario: The Origami King
Paper Mario: The Origami King has been officially announced! Nintendo has revealed the latest game in the beloved Paper Mario series alongside a short trailer giving a sneak peek of what’s to come. Paper Mario: The Origami King is expected to launch on July 16 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Check out the trailer below!
3. EVO 2020 Online
An online version of EVO 2020 has officially been announced. With competitions across 7 of the biggest fighting games on the planet, EVO 2020 Online boasts a nearly identical lineup to the originally planned physical event. Unfortunately, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the one game removed from the playlist. The event will also have community events and open tournaments in games such as Mortal Kombat 11, Killer Instinct, and Them's Fightin Herds. EVO 2020 Online will be spread across 5 weekends and kicks off on July 4.
4. Fallout 76 Free Weekend
Fallout 76 is getting a free weekend this weekend. From now until May 18, you can download Fallout 76 for free on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Fallout 76 recently underwent the massive Wastelanders expansion, completely revamping the world by adding quests and NPCs to the game. During the free weekend period players will receive double xp, making this a great event for new players and veterans alike.
5. PUBG Test Server Changes
Some long-awaited changes are finally making their way to the PUBG test servers. As part of the 7.2 update, bots and ranked modes will now be available in console test servers. The bots are expected to come to live servers in the near future and are designed to make the game easier to learn for new players. The update has been somewhat controversial, but it’s clear that PUBG Corp has no intention of switching paths.
The Daily Moot: Unreal Engine 5
1. Unreal Engine 5
Epic Games has revealed their stunning new next-gen game engine, Unreal Engine 5. The demo, which features real PlayStation 5 gameplay, provides the first glimpse of what the next-generation consoles will be able to achieve. Although most fans will be more interested in the PlayStation 5 gameplay than the game engine itself, Unreal Engine 5 will likely drastically improve the quality of console games in the future and is being described as a “quantum leap” forward. Check out the demo below.
2. Warzone Gets 2FA
Call of Duty: Warzone has initiated a 2-factor authentication process for new players on PC. This update enables players to have an additional layer of security on their account and also looks to thwart cheaters by making it more difficult for them to create new accounts. Although Warzone has certainly had a lot of issues with cheaters and hackers, it’s great to see Infinity Ward taking the necessary steps to try to make matches as fair and honorable as possible.
3. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remaster
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 are both getting remastered releases this year. As announced by Tony Hawk himself, the first 2 games of the classic skateboarding series will be getting complete graphical overhauls with 4K resolution and will feature a “complete roster of original pro talent.” Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remastered will launch as a 2-game bundle on September 4 and will cost $40. Check out the announcement trailer below.
4. Valorant Cheaters
Riot just announced that they have banned nearly 9,000 Valorant cheaters. Despite the fact that the game is in closed beta with keys in limited supply, cheaters have still been risking their access in an effort to gain an unfair advantage. Riot initially drew some controversy over their Vanguard anti-cheat system due to its “always-on” status but they have since enabled players to turn the anti-cheat off when they’re not in-game.
5. The Last of Us Part 2 Video Series
PlayStation has announced that The Last of Us Part 2 is getting an all-new video series. Each episode of the series will feature interviews with the developers and will cover all different aspects of the game such as the story, gameplay, design, and more. The first episode, titled “Inside the Story,” is available now and focuses on the core themes of the story by taking a deep look at Ellie and Joel’s life in Wyoming. Check it out below.
The Daily Moot: Apex Legends Season 5
1. Apex Legends Season 5
Apex Legends Season 5 is here! Called Fortune’s Favor, the newest season of Apex Legends finally brings Loba into the game. Loba is a socialite and thief whose traumatic past was previously revealed during a Revenant cinematic. Not only is Fortune’s Favor bringing a new Legend to the game, but it will also introduce a brand new game mode called Hunts. Hunts will be a weekly activity that throws players into a night variant of Kings Canyon and tasks them with finding a hidden artifact called the Broken Ghost. To learn more about Apex's latest legend, check out the Loba character trailer below.
2. PlayStation 5 Release Date?
Sony has released a statement after a leaked release date for the PlayStation 5 sent fans into a frenzy. A recent job listing posted by Sony Interactive Entertainment accidently mentioned that the PS5 is “scheduled to be released in October 2020.” Despite the information suggested in the job listing, Sony has released a statement denying an October launch, saying that the error was made by a recruitment company involved in the hiring process. Furthermore, Sony confirmed their previously iterated plans for a Holiday 2020 release date.
3. Terraria: Otherworld
It appears that a Terraria spin-off called Terraria: Otherworld may soon be coming out. The project, which was first announced back in 2015, had been cancelled in 2018, but Terraria creator Andrew Spinks now suggests that he may release the game after all. Fans asked Spinks about the likelihood of finishing the game and Spinks responded by saying, “100,000 signatures and $15 and I'll open source it.”
4. Stellaris Anniversary Event
Stellaris, the massive 4X sandbox game from Paradox, is celebrating its 4th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, the strategy game is getting a huge visual update which is certain to spice up the cosmic and intergalactic environments. If you’ve never played Stellaris and want to check it out, the game will be free on Steam from now until May 17.
5. Harvest Moon: One World
A new Harvest Moon game, Harvest Moon: One World, will soon be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Announced by Japanese developer Natsume, Harvest Moon: One World will feature a brand new world filled with unique villages and will have both new and returning characters. Although no concrete release date has been revealed yet, Harvest Moon: One World is expected to launch later this year.
The Daily Moot: Ubisoft Forward
1. Ubisoft Forward
Ubisoft has just announced Ubisoft Forward, an upcoming gaming showcase designed as a replacement for E3. Ubisoft Forward will be fully digital and will include “exclusive game news, reveals and more.” Ubisoft didn’t mention which games would be featured in the showcase, but fans are no doubt hoping to see more of the studio’s highly anticipated games such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Gods and Monsters, and Watch Dogs Legion. Ubisoft Forward is set to premier on July 12.
2. Steam Loyalty Program?
It appears that Steam is working on a new loyalty program. One of the developers behind SteamDB revealed that Steam users may soon be able to receive game discounts and virtual items as part of a potential new loyalty system. The system would also look to expand the social aspects of the service, introducing a bundle of new cosmetics as well as granting users the ability to react to reviews. There’s no word on when the Steam Loyalty Program might come into reality, but it’s definitely something to look forward to for frequent users of the service.
3. Diablo 2 Resurrected
It looks like a Diablo 2 remaster may be coming later this year. According to a recent report from French news outlet ActuGaming, the long-rumoured remaster will be called Diablo 2 Resurrected and will launch during the holiday season of this year. Although nothing official has been announced yet, the author of the ActuGaming article cites “sources close to the studio” and has accurately predicted other Activision/Blizzard announcements for games like Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and WoW: Shadowlands.
4. Civilization 6 New Frontier Pass
Civilization 6 is getting a series of 6 new DLC packs as part of the freshly revealed New Frontier Pass. The first batch of DLC is called the Maya & Gran Colombia pack and will introduce 2 new civilizations and leaders as well as new city states, resources, and game modes. The Maya & Gran Colombia DLC will be released on May 21.
5. Cassette Beasts Reveal
Cassette Beasts, an all-new Pokemon Fusion style RPG from Bytten Studio, has been officially revealed. Created by a team of former Stardew Valley and Starbound developers, Cassette Beasts is an open-world monster battler that enables you to combine with your monsters to evolve into strange and powerful beasts. Check out the reveal trailer below.
The Daily Moot: DOOM Eternal Expansion
1. DOOM Eternal DLC
DOOM Eternal’s first story DLC has just been announced by developer id Software. While the teaser will definitely get DOOM fans excited for the game's first campaign expansion, unfortunately the announcement didn’t provide many details about what we can expect from the DLC. In fact, the post’s only preview was 2 images: the first was a sci-fi offshore oil rig and the second is pictured above. What do you think the expansion has in store?
2. Tokyo Game Show Cancelled
The 2020 Tokyo Game Show has been cancelled. The event, which was scheduled to take place from September 24-27, will no longer happen due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, organizers have confirmed that they will be holding an online replacement. It’s unclear when or where the online replacement will take place, but more details about the event should be revealed in the near future.
3. Ashes of the Singularity Free
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is free on Humble Bundle from now until May 10. As part of their Spring Sale, Humble is giving away free Steam copies of Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation to all users. Once you claim your key, you’ll need to be sure to redeem it before it expires on May 14. As long as you redeem your key by May 14, you’ll be able to keep the game forever.
4. The Ascent
A new cyberpunk action RPG called The Ascent has just been announced. Revealed during yesterday’s Inside Xbox stream, the 4-player co-op game is story-driven with a “free-roam play style.” The Ascent will be available on Xbox Series X on release and on PC later this year. Check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Party Royale
1. Fortnite Party Royale
The very first Fortnite Party Royale party has just been announced and it has some huge headliners. The premiere event will take place tomorrow at 6pm PT and will include performances from artists such as Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, and Dillon Francis. The premier party will also provide plenty of other fun activities including skydiving competitions, boat races, and unique items to play with. If you’re unable to make tomorrow’s party, don’t worry; Epic will be hosting a repeat broadcast on May 9 at 11am PT.
2. First Look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
We now have our very first look at what to expect from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Ubisoft just released the first-ever gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated game, showing a brief glimpse of some actual gameplay footage. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the trailer features cutscenes and cinematics, but it should still get fans of the series hyped for the game regardless. You can watch the First Look Gameplay Trailer below.
3. Yakuza: Like a Dragon Western Release Confirmed
Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the 7th game in the Yakuza series, has been confirmed for a Western release. During today’s Inside Xbox livestream, Sega announced that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be coming to PC and console later this year, and also mentioned that the game would be available on the Xbox Series X upon the upcoming console’s release. No official release date has been announced yet for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, but Sega did release a brand new trailer for the game today. Check it out below.
4. Epic Freebies
The latest week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is Death Coming, a “non-linear puzzle game where you must harvest human souls ‘Final Destination’ style.” You can claim your free copy of Death Coming directly from the Epic Games Store from now until May 14. As long as you claim the game before May 14 you’ll be able to keep it forever.
5. DiRT 5
The newest game in the DiRT series, DiRT 5, has officially been announced. The upcoming game will enable players to drive over 70 different routes across 10 real-world locations. DiRT 5 is expected to launch this October; check out the official announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot: The Last of Us Part 2 Official Trailer
1. The Last of Us Part 2 Official Trailer
Naughty Dog just released a new trailer for The Last of Us Part 2, teasing what’s to come later this year. The Last of Us Part 2 stars a 19-year-old Ellie on a quest for revenge, showing her descent into violence and darkness. After multiple hiccups and delays, The Last of Us Part 2 is now expected to launch on June 19. Check out the Official Story Trailer below.
2. Total War Card Game
Creative Assembly’s massive strategy series Total War is branching out into the world of card games. Creative Assembly has just released its first trailer announcing Total War: Elysium, an upcoming free-to-play collectible card game. Although no official release date has been announced yet, we do know that the game will have a mobile launch first before making its way to PC.
3. Halo 2: Anniversary
Halo 2: Anniversary is making its way to Steam and Xbox Game Pass. Halo 2: Anniversary is the third game of the classic Xbox series to come to PC as part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST soon to follow. The PC version of Halo 2: Anniversary will enable players to enjoy the game in 4K resolution with improved cinematics, new cutscenes, and remastered audio. Halo 2: Anniversary will launch on PC on May 12.
4. Mortal Kombat RoboCop
It looks like RoboCop will be joining the Mortal Kombat 11 roster. NetherRealm has just announced “Aftermath,” a new expansion for Mortal Kombat 11 which will introduce 3 new characters to the game: Fujin, Sheeva, and RoboCop. Check out the announcement trailer below.
5. Movie in Outer Space?
Tom Cruise and Elon Musk are apparently teaming up to shoot an action movie in outer space. NASA has confirmed that they are working with the duo to enable them to film a movie aboard the real International Space Station. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explained that the decision to assist in the production was done in an effort “to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists".
The Daily Moot: Apex Legends Season 5
1. Apex Legends Season 5
Apex Legends just released an all-new launch trailer for Season 5: Fortune’s Favor. The trailer features Loba Andrade, a high society socialite and infamous thief, as she seeks revenge against Revenant, a robot assassin who murdered Loba’s parents. Season 5 is set to start on May 12; check out the official launch trailer below.
2. Xbox 20/20
Microsoft has announced their new Xbox 20/20 series, giving an inside look at what’s to come this year. The series will feature monthly livestreams which will showcase Xbox’s plans for the year as well as provide things like sneak peaks of upcoming games. The first Xbox 20/20 will be streamed on May 7 and will reveal the first live gameplay footage of the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The event will begin at 8am PT and can be watched on most major streaming services including Twitch, Facebook, Mixer, YouTube, and Twitter.
3. Yakuza 7 Western Release?
It seems that Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon might be getting a Western release. The game, which was released in Japan in January of this year, has just been registered on the Steam database. Sega has been completely silent about a Western release of the game and it was assumed that once it did launch in the US, it would be a PS4 exclusive like it is in Japan. At any rate, this is good news for fans of the series who are no doubt eager to see more of the Yakuza games get Western releases.
4. CS:GO Match Fixing
5 Australian gamers are facing criminal charges after receiving allegations of match mixing in CS:GO tournaments. According to a statement from the Victoria Police, the players intentionally threw matches in order to profit from bets they had placed on the games. The 5 players are said to have made over AU$30,000. They will face court on September 15 and could receive up to 10 years imprisonment if found guilty.
5. Mortal Kombat 11 DLC
Mortal Kombat 11 will soon be getting a new DLC. NetherRealm Studios isn’t releasing too many details about what we can expect, but we do know that the DLC will be singleplayer and heavily focused on the Mortal Kombat lore and story. The teaser trailer features Liu Kang and Raiden as they are interrupted by a mysterious trio led by Shang Tsung. Check it out below.
The Daily Moot: Warzone is the Future of Call of Duty
1. Warzone is the Future of Call of Duty
It’s no secret that Warzone has been a great success for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but it now appears that Activision is looking to include the game mode in future Call of Duty games. Infinity Ward director Taylor Kurosaki explained that Warzone will bridge the gap between different CoD games, saying that “Warzone will be the through line that connects all of the different various sub-franchises of Call of Duty.” It’s unclear how exactly Warzone will connect future cross-generational Call of Duty games, but fans can rest assured that the game mode is here to stay. Regarding the future of Call of Duty, Kurosaki made one thing very clear: “Warzone will be the one constant.”
2. Evo 2020 Cancelled
Evo 2020 has been cancelled. Easily the biggest fighting game tournament in the world, Evo is where the best players on the planet compete for cash prizes in a variety of games including Tekken, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros. Originally expected to take place from July 21 to August 2 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, Evo 2020 will no longer have a physical event. Instead, organizers are now looking to host a special online tournament later this summer as a replacement.
3. New Games from DiRT Rally Creators
The creators of DiRT Rally apparently have 2 new games in the works. As DiRT Rally 2.0 winds down its seasonal activity, the development team will start to put all their focus into their upcoming games. We don’t have many details about the new games yet, but we do know that one of them will be in the DiRT series and will be made by a separate Codemasters studio. At any rate, racing game fans will have plenty to look forward to in the near future.
4. EA Play Showcase
EA has announced a digital-only version of its yearly EA Play showcase. As part of IGN’s Summer of Gaming event, EA will begin the broadcast on June 11 at 4pm PT. EA hasn’t announced any specific games that will be showcased at the event, but it’s reasonable to assume that the usual suspects like Madden and FIFA will likely make an appearance.
5. New Star Wars Movie and Show Announced
Disney has announced that 2 new major Star Wars projects are in the works. The first is a new Star Wars movie and it’s being directed by Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. The second project is a Disney+ TV show from Russian Doll writer Leslye Headland. No details have been released about the content of either project yet, but we can expect more info to start pouring in once production is underway.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite World Cup Cancelled
1. Fortnite World Cup Cancelled
The Fortnite World Cup has been cancelled. Announced via the Competitive Fortnite Twitter account, due to the inability to hold physical events and the “limitations of cross region online competition, there will not be a Fortnite World Cup in 2020.” Even though the Fortnite World Cup may be cancelled, Epic Games confirmed that they will still be hosting Cash Cups and that the Fortnite Champion Series would be returning. The first competition for the Fortnite Champion Series will begin tomorrow at 10am PT and will be broadcast on Fortnite’s official Twitch and YouTube channels.
2. Valorant Ranked Play
Valorant ranked play is now here. The competitive game mode is already live in North America with Europe soon to follow. While players are now free to jump in and begin climbing the ranks, Riot has warned that the system may be shut down if any strange bugs are to arise. It should also be noted that all of your ranked progress will be reset when the game leaves beta and gets its official launch this summer.
3. Epic Freebies
The latest week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first-person survival horror game, and Crashlands, an action-adventure RPG. You can claim your free games directly from the Epic Games Store. As long as you claim your copies before May 7, you’ll be able to keep the games forever.
4. New Battlefield Game
Electronic Arts has announced that they will be releasing a new Battlefield game next year. While they didn’t share whether the next game would be Battlefield 6 or Battlefield 2, the publisher did confirm that developer DICE is working hard and is “focused on the future of Battlefield.” It seems that the production and the development teams are both aiming to make a strong first impression once the new generation of consoles comes out. We’ll have to see if their hard work pays off.
5. Legends of Runeterra Launch
Legends of Runeterra has officially launched. After spending a couple of months in open beta, Riot’s free-to-play digital card game is now live. Along with its official release comes the game’s first expansion: Rising Tides. The new expansion is a massive one, introducing more than 120 new cards and 11 new champions to the game. Riot Games has had a lot on their plate lately; which of their new games is your favorite?
The Daily Moot: Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
1. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla has been officially announced! Slowly revealed over the course of a day-long live stream, the latest edition of the Assassin’s Creed series is almost here. In Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, the player will assume the role of a Viking clan leader and will have their own unique village that will act as their home. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is set to arrive this holiday season; check out the cinematic world premier trailer below.
2. Apex Legends Legacy of a Thief
Apex Legends has just released the latest edition of Stories from the Outlands, “Legacy of a Thief.” The cinematic features Loba Andrade, an expert thief with an extremely troubled past. Assuming that Respawn doesn’t pull another Forge-like surprise on us, we can expect Loba Andrade to be the next legend introduced to the game on May 12. Check out the trailer below.
3. Epic Games Store Local Pricing
The Epic Games Store has now added local pricing for several new counties, allowing users to make purchases using their regional currencies. Today’s update includes support for Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, meaning that users in those countries will no longer have to worry about converting their currencies into USD in order to buy games.
4. Warzone Bounties
Call of Duty: Warzone has apparently removed bounties from the game. Bounties enabled players to gain rewards for hunting a specific enemy and were one of the most useful and sought-after contracts in the game. Warzone introduced a new type of contract called “Most Wanted” to the game last patch but there was no indication that they would be replacing Bounties. While players have been liking the Most Wanted contract, they are understandably upset that Bounties have been removed without mention.
5. Future Final Fantasy Remakes
Following the controversy surrounding the changes between Final Fantasy 7 Remake and the original, Final Fantasy 7 Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase has promised that future remakes won’t feature any drastic changes. In his statement, Kitase highlighted the importance of player’s familiarity and sense of nostalgia with remakes and said that he doesn’t want to stray away from that. He also assured the importance of maintaining the story’s consistency, saying that “from here on out, we’re not drastically changing the story and making it into something completely different than the original.”
The Daily Moot: Mysterious New Warzone Item
1. Mysterious New Warzone Item
A mysterious new item has come to Warzone as part of a massive new 15GB update to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. While the update included many of the expected things such as balance changes and bug fixes, it also introduced a new item called the “Red Access Card” to the Warzone game mode. The Red Access Card is listed in the game as a health item, but it currently appears to serve no purpose and players are scrambling to find out how to use it. What do you think it could be?
2. Twitch Stops Valorant Key Farming
Twitch has put a stop to streamers who have been exploiting the Drops Program that enables viewers to get Valorant beta keys by watching Twitch streams. Many streamers had been running 24/7 VODs instead of actually live streaming the game. This enabled these streamers to attract large amounts of viewers and bots who were only there to farm keys. Thankfully, Twitch has now revised their policies so that streamers will no longer be able to exploit the Drops Program in this manner.
3. Epic Games Store 2FA
From now until May 21, the Epic Games Store will require 2 factor authentication in order for users to claim free games. Epic says that they are “making this change in an effort to encourage our players to take steps to strengthen their Epic account security,” and are using this as a method of getting users to do so voluntarily.
4. OWL MVP Moving to Valorant
2019’s Overwatch League MVP is moving away from Overwatch to begin a career as a pro Valorant player. Jay “Sinatraa'' Won confirmed his departure from the San Francisco Shock on Twitter yesterday and announced that he would be moving to Valorant full-time. While the specific future of Valorant esports is unclear, it is expected that Sinatraa will sign with the Sentinels esports organization in some capacity. It’s pretty incredible to see a reigning champion and league MVP leave his for a game for one that’s currently still in beta; we’ll have to see if Sinatraa’s big risk pays off.
5. May PS Plus Games
The next month of PS Plus games has been revealed. Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19 will both be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers during the month of May. The games will be available to claim from May 5 until June 1. If you haven’t claimed April’s games yet, you have until May 4 to grab those games which include Uncharted 4.
The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X's Revolutionary Feature
1. Xbox Series X DLI
Xbox head Phil Spencer has recently taken to Twitter to talk up the Xbox Series X’s impressive new feature called Dynamic Latency Input (DLI). DLI is designed to reduce input lag by transmitting the controller’s inputs to the console “just before the game asks for it.” This leads to significantly reduced controller latency and, in turn, a much better “feel” when playing the game. Phil Spencer elaborated on this improved “feel” by saying it is as significant as the difference between 2D and 3D. This all sounds pretty impressive but it’s hard to not wonder if Spencer is overselling a bit here. What do you think, is the Xbox Series X DLI the next best thing in gaming or is it mostly just hype?
2. Valorant Anti-Cheat Update
Valorant has updated its anti-cheat program so that it is no longer always-on. The always-on status had raised concerns from many players who questioned the security of a third-party program that monitors users even when the game isn't running. Riot has now put an end to those concerns by enabling players to turn off the anti-cheat whenever they want. If you want to play Valorant however, you’ll need to turn the anti-cheat back on and reboot your computer in order for the game to let you in.
3. Bethesda Donates to Covid Relief
Bethesda has announced that they will be donating $1M to support the effort to fight the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The donations will be allocated to “front-line organizations” including $500,000 to Direct Relief and $250,000 to UNICEF. Bethesda also announced that they will be offering their players an opportunity to get involved in the donations via Bethesda’s official stream on Twitch.
4. Indivisible Mysteriously Released on Switch
Indivisible, an action RPG platformer, was mysteriously released on the Nintendo Switch today. Lead designer of developer Lab Zero Games, Mike Zaimont put out a statement on Twitter saying that the game was released without the knowledge or consent of the development team. Zaimont went on to say that while the port itself was great, it was a premature version and lacked several intended features such as co-op or new game+. Finally, Zaimont summarized the thoughts of the development team with a clear statement: “This launch does not represent the quality standards of Lab Zero. It just doesn't. I'm sorry. It wasn't us.”
5. Destroy All Humans! Remake
A Destroy All Humans! remake is in the works and it now has an official release date. Destroy All Humans! will arrive on July 28 of this year and will be available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. The game will cost $30 on PC and $40 on console or, if you’re feeling a bit extra, you can get the $400 Collector’s Edition which comes complete with a Crypto backpack, a 60 cm tall figurine, and a Crypto-shaped stress toy.