The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 Reveal
1. PlayStation 5 Reveal
The PlayStation 5 specs have finally been revealed! For processing power, the PS5 will feature 8x Zen 2 Core CPUs at 3.5GHz and a 10.28 TFLOP custom GPU with 36 CUs at 2.23GHz. While these numbers may seem a bit lower than the Xbox Series X specs, Sony explained that the PS5's custom RDNA 2 GPU is optimized and "improved in ways beyond teraflop count, such that it will offer power beyond that expected from it.”
The console’s internal storage will be a custom 825GB SSD. Again, Sony has explained that the SSD has been modified to provide extremely quick launch times and to eliminate long patch installs. 825GB seems like far too little storage space for a next-gen console but unlike the Xbox Series X, additional storage can be added using off-the-shelf components. Now that both consoles have been revealed, which one are you looking forward to the most?
2. Overwatch New Hero
Overwatch just revealed their upcoming new hero, Echo. While we don’t know too much about Echo, we do know that she was designed by the creator of the Omnics in order to “help the world.” Echo has technically been in the game for years, appearing in cinematics as well as on map Route 66. The launch of the new character will bring the roster total to 32, although it’s unclear whether Echo will be an attacker, defender, or support. Check out the reveal and origin story below.
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Free Weekend
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is having a free weekend from March 19-22. While you won’t be able to keep the game after March 22, dedicated players should be able to beat the main storyline during the 4-day stretch. The game is available for pre-loading now so that it’s ready to play when the free weekend starts tomorrow. If you end up loving the game but aren’t able to finish it, you can take advantage of a 75% discount which will be available during the free weekend. The free weekend is available to all PC, PS4, and Xbox One players.
4. Blizzard DDoS Attack
Blizzard’s Battle.net had a rough day yesterday as players were unable to log into their accounts or had to sit through long queues in order to do so. For those that were lucky enough to log in, many were experiencing extremely high latency and were getting disconnected from their games. Blizzard has explained that this was the result of widespread DDoS attacks on the servers, primarily aimed at Call of Duty: Warzone. Blizzard is currently investigating the issue which was affecting players around the globe.
5. GameStop Cancels Midnight Releases
GameStop has announced that they are cancelling the midnight releases for DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This is, of course, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. GameStop has also decided to shut down all interactive gaming stations in their stores for the time being. While it may be unfortunate for those who like to collect physical copies of games, if you were hoping to be one of the first players to get their hands on DOOM Eternal or Animal Crossing: New Horizons, your best bet is to buy a digital copy.
The Daily Moot: Warzone Solos, Fortnite Choppas
1. Warzone Solos!
Call of Duty Warzone now has a solos mode! While fans assumed that solos would eventually make its way to the game, nobody could have expected it to arrive so soon. Like squad mode, if you die in solos you’ll be sent to the Gulag with the opportunity to come back to the battlefield if you win your 1v1. While there are no standard knockdowns because you have no team to revive you, there are still self-revive kits available in the game mode so keep that in mind both for yourself and for your enemies. Warzone is free to play on PC, PS4, and Xbox One and solos mode is live now!
2. Fortnite Helicopters
Fortnite has just added its latest vehicle to the game, this time enabling players to soar the skies with the new Choppa. Although the helicopter doesn’t come equipped with any weapons, it has room for 1 pilot and 4 passengers, enabling teams to rain down terror from above. Pick up one of the Choppas at the previously vacant helipads across the map and put your flight skills to the test. The update also included changes to the Oil Rig and Pleasant Park football pitch, so be sure to check those out for some new scenery. You can see the new Choppa in the brief, Deadpool-featured launch video below.
3. PS5 Deep Dive
PlayStation 5’s lead architect, Mark Cerny, issued the statement that fans around the globe have been waiting for. Tomorrow at 9am Pacific Time, Sony will reveal a “deep dive” into the PlayStation 5, likely providing similar information to yesterday’s Xbox Series X reveal. As we mentioned yesterday, it’s been quite the waiting game between the two console goliaths, but it’s pretty hilarious to see Sony do their reveal just 2 days after Microsoft. This could mean that Sony didn’t have to make any changes to the PS5 after Microsoft’s reveal, and are confident that the PS5’s specs can easily go toe-to-toe with the Xbox Series X. At any rate, we’ll have plenty more information tomorrow as the console war really starts heating up.
4. Cyberpunk 2077 Development Update
Amid all the cancellations and postponements as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus, one project is still maintaining its deadline. Although all the developers are now working from home, CD Projekt Red issued a statement saying that Cyberpunk 2077 will not be delayed and that the September release date will not be changed. While it’s encouraging to hear that the game is still on pace, this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard a similar statement only for it to be retracted a few days later.
5. New Hearthstone Class
Hearthstone is adding a new class to the game called “Demon Hunter.” The Demon Hunter will be the game’s 10th class in total, and will likely drastically change the meta. The Demon Hunter’s hero is Illidan Stormrage and his ability costs 1 mana and gives your hero +1 attack for the turn. The new class is expected to arrive on April 7 alongside the launch of a new expansion called Ashes of Outland.
The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X
1. Xbox Series X
The complete specs of the Xbox Series X have finally been revealed! It’s been a long waiting game between the upcoming Xbox and the PS5 with each console slowly releasing information in hopes of being able to one-up the other. Xbox has finally taken the leap and the specs are certainly impressive. Featuring 8x Zen 2 Core CPUs at 3.8GHz and a 12 Teraflop custom GPU, the Xbox Series X should be able to handle the most graphically intensive games and provide ray tracing with ease.
While the system’s power is undeniable, there is one concern: its only storage is a 1TB SSD. Having an SSD is great of course, but with modern games easily running up to 100GB you’ll likely fill up your storage very quickly. Fortunately the Xbox Series X provides a port for external storage, but unfortunately the port will only accept a proprietary drive that’s currently in production by Microsoft and Seagate and it’s unknown how much the drive will cost. So, while the Xbox Series X should be able to run any game flawlessly, you’ll likely have to pick and choose your gaming library wisely in order to avoid having to uninstall and reinstall your games.
2. Nintendo Indie World Showcase
Nintendo has just announced an Indie World Showcase livestream set for tomorrow at 10am Pacific Time. The livestream will feature approximately 20 minutes of info about upcoming indie games that are headed to the Nintendo Switch. Considering that there aren’t many major releases scheduled after next week’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Indie World Showcase should be a great opportunity for Switch fans to find some new great games to look forward to.
3. Steam User Record
Amid the widespread self-quarantine, many people have turned to one of the best indoor comforts on the planet: gaming. This has been a huge boom for Steam, which just broke its own record for concurrent users. As counted by SteamDB, there were over 20 million unique concurrent users on Steam yesterday, with over 6 million of those in-game. CS:GO is currently the biggest beneficiary, topping the Steam charts with over 1 million concurrent players this weekend.
4. Halo 2 for PC
After the surprise launch of Halo: Combat Evolved a couple weeks ago, 343 Industries is ready to bring more Halo games to PC. Both Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary are set to begin testing this month, with Halo: Reach Forge and Theater soon to follow. The studio described the testing as a way to “get early access builds out to our Halo Insiders before they reach the public.” Depending on how smoothly the early testing goes, 343 Industries expects a public test flight to be ready by the end of March.
5. Warzone Hits 15 Million Players
In less than 1 week after launch, Warzone has already hit over 15 million players. As Call of Duty’s latest take on the battle royale genre, Warzone has seen a warm reception from the gaming community. Despite some issues with bugs and lag, players from PC, PS4, and Xbox One have all flocked to duke it out in the 150-person battle to the death. Warzone’s impressive player count is no doubt bolstered by its free-to-play status, but it clearly offers a unique and refreshing take on the battle royale genre. If you’re still on the fence about downloading Warzone, check out Ryan’s in-depth review of the game below.
The Daily Moot: It's Friday the 13th; Ready to be Spooked?
1. LEC Cancelled; Spooky New Cinematic
Just one day after yesterday’s announcement that the League of Legends European Championship would continue without a live audience, the LEC has now decided to suspend the remainder of Spring Split entirely. This is apparently due to an LEC staff member coming in contact with the coronavirus. In happier news, Riot just released a new cinematic for the upcoming Fiddlesticks rework and let’s just say it’s perfectly timed for Friday the 13th. Check it out below.
2. Destiny 2 Erases Trackers
A recent Destiny 2 update at the start of the new Season of the Worthy has angered the most dedicated Destiny players. The surprise update redesigned the emblem system in the game, and in the process deleted many of the stat trackers associated with them. These trackers were the primary way of recognizing some of the most difficult and time-consuming achievements in the game such as Crucible win streaks, gold medals, and massive Empyrean restoration donations. At first assumed to be a bug, Bungie confirmed that the removal of the trackers was intentional which only angered fans more. Fortunately Bungie has retained all the player data, so it’s possible that these trackers could be re-implemented in the future.
3. Control Expansion
Control, the action-adventure game that found itself atop many “Game of the Year” lists last year, is getting its first-ever expansion. The expansion is called “The Foundation” and it will be the first of 2 planned expansions for 2020. During The Foundation, players will finally find out what happened to Helen Marshall after she ominously declared she had to “go check on something” and then disappeared. The Foundation expansion is set to be released on March 26.
4. New Valorant Details
Riot Games just released some new details about their upcoming competitive shooter, Valorant. Most notable is that the starting roster will have 10 characters who are called “agents.” Of these 10 agents, 5 will be playable at launch while the other 5 will have to be unlocked via in-game or real-word currency. Of the 10 agents that will be available at launch, 8 have been revealed: Brimstone, Jett, Phoenix, Sage, Sova, Cypher, Viper, and Omen. Riot also mentioned that there will be both a free and a paid battle pass and re-emphasized that there will be no way to pay for gameplay or power advantages. This includes things such as skins that could provide a competitive edge. Which agent are you planning to main?
5. Stardew Valley Secrets
According to Stardew Valley creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, there are still hidden secrets in Stardew Valley that have yet to be discovered. For a one man team, it’s incredible how much Barone has been able to put into Stardew Valley, and it’s no wonder that the game has remained incredibly popular since it first launched over 4 years ago. If you want to be the first to find all the hidden secrets, then you’d better hurry; a new free update is currently in the works that will undoubtedly add more easter eggs for you to find.
The Daily Moot: The Witcher 4
1. The Witcher 4
There’s apparently a new Witcher game in the works at CD Projekt Red. In a recent announcement, CD Projekt Red president Adam Kiciński explained that the team had a “clear concept” for a new Witcher game and that they would begin development immediately after the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Interestingly, Kiciński was clear to iterate that the new game would not focus on Geralt as he considers that storyline to be complete. Who do you think will be the main character of the new Witcher game?
2. Changes to Major Esport Events
Another day, another cancellation. The Covid-19 coronavirus has deeply afflicted the gaming industry in pretty much every facet. Now, some of the most prominent tournaments in esports have felt the impact. Overwatch League has banned live audiences. The ESL One Dota 2 Major originally planned for March 20 has been cancelled, although it may occur at a later date. The League of Legends Championships for North America and Europe will no longer be held in stadiums, but rather in the LCS and LEC studios, and will have no live audiences. Furthermore, there will be no live audiences, no tailgates, and no press allowed for the rest of Spring Split. While unfortunate, it is certainly understandable that organizations want to protect the health of their players, personnel, and fans.
3. Guild Wars 2 Expansion
In a recent update post, ArenaNet just revealed plans for a third Guild Wars 2 Expansion. It’s been 3 years since the most recent expansion, Path of Fire, was released, so fans will definitely be excited for something new. Unfortunately it seems that the expansion won’t come for some time, as details are very limited and it doesn’t even have a name yet. In the meantime, next week’s update “Visions of the Past: Fire and Steel” should provide enough content to keep you occupied until more information about the third expansion comes out.
4. Overwatch Lead Writer Leaves Blizzard
After more than 20 years with the company, Michael Chu is leaving Blizzard. Chu initially began as a game tester for Diablo 2, but during his tenure his influence has stretched far and wide. He worked as writer and world designer for games such as Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft before transitioning to the role of lead writer for Overwatch. Chu is responsible for much of the lore and origin stories beloved by Overwatch fans so his absence will almost certainly be noticed. There’s no word yet on what Chu plans to do after leaving Blizzard, but it will be very interesting to see how his departure will impact the upcoming Overwatch 2.
5. Comic-Con Still Going On
San Diego Comic-Con, one of the largest conventions in the United States, is still expected to happen (at least for now). This news comes just after the cancellation of Anaheim’s WonderCon. The state of California has banned all gathering of more than 250 people, so clearly SDCC is expecting the threat of the coronavirus to have died down by Summer. As of right now, San Diego Comic-Con is planned to begin on July 23.
The Daily Moot: RIP E3; New Ori Game
1. RIP E3
E3 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. This news comes just one week after E3 announced that they were moving “full speed” ahead with the event despite concerns. Organizers had hoped that the planned June date would be late enough in the year that the virus would have died down by then, but it appears they are now taking a precautionary approach. Considering the struggles E3 has had in recent years, it seemed that this year’s convention was their chance to regain relevancy amid the cancellation of so many other gaming conventions. Instead, this may be the end of E3 altogether as it joins GDC, SXSW, and many other events that have been cancelled due to the virus.
2. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
The new Ori game is finally here! The sequel to the critically-acclaimed metroidvania Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps follows a similar structure and early reviews have all been overwhelmingly positive. The Ori games are quite possibly the best Microsoft-exclusive games of this generation, so it’s definitely something that Xbox and PC players don’t want to miss out on. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is available for $30, as well as via Xbox Game Pass, and is exclusively on Xbox and PC.
3. Xbox and Ubisoft Digital Events
Following the cancellation of E3, Xbox and Ubisoft have both announced plans to hold their own conventions. While there aren’t many details yet, we do know that both events will be exclusively digital. It is expected that Xbox will provide some big details about the upcoming Xbox Series X and that Ubisoft will finally shed some light on their 5 secret AAA titles planned for the coming year. Expect more details in the coming weeks.
4. Epic Games Store Wishlists
Seen as the primary threat to Steam’s dominance in the digital gaming marketplace, the Epic Games Store has often been criticized by fans for its lack of “basic” features. One of those basic features has now been addressed as the Epic Games Store has finally added wishlists to its service. While this feature alone isn’t likely to sway Steam loyalists to make the swap, it is a small step in the right direction. For now, it seems the big selling-point of the Epic Games Store will remain to be their free weekly game giveaways. This week’s free games are Offworld Trading Company and GoNNer; Anodyne 2, A Short Hike, and Mutazione are next week’s free games and will be available starting tomorrow.
The Daily Moot: Operation Void Edge is LIVE!
1. Operation Void Edge is Live!
Operation Void Edge is now live! The newest season of Rainbow Six Siege brings 2 new operators: a defender named Oryx and an attacker named Iana. There’s also plenty of quality-of-life improvements, such as a reworked Oregon map and changes to debris consistency across the game. A new battle pass is also coming soon, with 35 tiers and over 50 rewards. Check out the official launch trailer below!
2. MSI Delayed; Rift Rivals Cancelled
Due to (you guessed it) concerns about the Covid-19 coronavirus, one of the biggest tournaments in all of League of Legends, MSI (Mid-Season Invitational) has been delayed. In some ways this is good news, as fans were concerned the tournament would be cancelled altogether. MSI will now start on July 3, right in the middle of Summer Split. Riot also announced that Rift Rivals has been permanently discontinued and that they are looking for a new type of international tournament to replace it.
3. GDC Online
It seems that GDC 2020 may be happening after all. While the physical event has been cancelled, GDC organizers announced today that they will be streaming all the talks online for free. While this won’t include every lecture that was expected to take place at the conference, it’s certainly better than nothing. Furthermore, they announced that their annual IGF Game Awards will also be streamed online. GDC 2020 will be streamed on GDC’s Twitch channel from March 16-20, with the IGF Awards on March 18.
4. Sea of Thieves Update Delayed
The upcoming update to Sea of Thieves, “Heart of Fire,” has been delayed. Originally expected to launch tomorrow, it seems that the last-minute discovery of a game-breaking bug has thwarted those plans. There’s no word yet on when we can expect the update to release, but Rare has promised to “share information regarding a new release date for this update within 24 hours.”
5. Horizon Zero Dawn Coming to PC
After more than 3 years as a PlayStation exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn is finally headed to PC. This news comes directly from the head of Sony Worldwide Studios, Herman Hulst. While this is definitely great news for PC fans, it also comes with a grain of salt. In his statement, Hulst asserted that Horizon Zero Dawn is more of an exception than the rule, and that players shouldn’t expect more PlayStation exclusives to make their way to PC.
The Daily Moot: Call of Duty: Warzone
1. Call of Duty: Warzone
Call of Duty: Warzone is here! The standalone battle royale game is free-to-play for everyone, even if you don’t have Modern Warfare. Unlike most battle royales, Warzone will have 2 different game modes. The first is the standard battle royale experience where gas closes in and the last player standing wins. The second mode is called Plunder, and is all about looting and stealing cash in an effort to be the richest player. Both modes take place on a new 150-player map called Verdansk. Call of Duty: Warzone launches tomorrow; check out the trailer below!
2. Fortnite Duos Champion Series
A new competitive Champion Series has been announced, this time featuring duos! Think you and your partner have what it takes to come out on top? There are plenty of prizes up for grabs and the first "training simulation" starts on March 13. If you don't have a duo partner yet, be sure to head over to the Fortnite lounge to find the perfect teammate for you. Check out the announcement video below for more details on the FNCS.
3. Epic Games and GeForce Now
Tim Sweeny, CEO of Epic Games, just released a statement saying that they are “wholeheartedly supporting” Nvidia’s GeForce Now. Considered to be the best cloud-based streaming service on the market, GeForce Now is thought by many to be the Stadia killer. Epic’s recent statements only make this argument stronger, as it confirms that Epic exclusive games will be available on GeForce Now.
4. SXSW Cancelled
For the first time in 34 years, the popular music, arts, and entertainment festival SXSW (South by Southwest) has been cancelled. Like many other events this year, this cancellation is in response to growing concerns about the Covid-19 coronavirus. The determination didn't come from event organizers, but rather the host city of Austin, Texas. No word yet on whether or not they will try to reschedule.
5. Amnesia Sequel Announced
After months of teasing, a sequel to Amnesia: The Dark Descent has finally been announced. The new game will be called Amnesia: Rebirth and will follow Tasi Trianon as she gets chased through a haunted version of Algeria. As with the first game, Amnesia: Rebirth will be a first-person experience where you’ll have to escape and hide from the horrors that want you dead. Amnesia: Rebirth is set to launch in autumn of this year. Check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: R6 Siege Free Weekend, New Pokemon Game
1. Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend
Free Weekend is back! From now until March 8, you can download and play Rainbow Six Siege for free. You’ll have access to the full game, including all maps and modes. Any progress you make will be saved, so if you choose to buy the game in the future you can rest assured that your efforts this weekend won’t have gone to waste. It's a good thing too, because Siege is also having a huge sale right now with discounts of up to 70% off. Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
2. New Pokemon Game
A new Pokemon game called Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is now available on the Nintendo Switch. The game is a remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team Red and Blue, and is quite a bit different than your standard Pokemon game. In Rescue Team DX, the player has been transformed into a Pokemon and must plunge into randomly generated dungeons in order to rescue items and other Pokemon. The new game is available for $60, and while that might seem a bit pricey for a Pokemon spin-off, there’s a free demo available so it’s definitely worth checking out before you buy.
3. Nintendo PlayStation
A Nintendo PlayStation prototype console just sold at auction, netting one of the highest prices ever recorded for a gaming-related sale at $360,000. The prototype serves as one of the great “what-ifs” of the gaming industry, as the brief partnership between Sony and Nintendo quickly fizzled out. Of course, the division was probably for the best as Nintendo and Sony have both been incredibly successful and are easily the 2 best-selling video game manufacturers on the planet.
4. Destiny 2 Rasputin ARG Solved
After 2 years of mystery, Destiny 2’s Rasputin ARG puzzle has finally been solved. The puzzle contained 3 parts and while the first 2 were solved properly, nobody could figure out the third. The Destiny community managed to brute-force the answer “mechanized,” but the true solution remained unknown until today. Players Javano and Bachmanetti managed to solve the puzzle by aiming the Sleeper Stimulant at a specific wall, underlining certain letters which could be rearranged to spell the secret word.
5. Rust Update
A new update just hit Rust and it introduced CCTV cameras to the game. Set up the cameras inside and around your base to keep an eye on potential threats. You can access the camera footage via your base’s computer, and each camera has a unique identifier code which you can set. Be aware that the footage can be accessed by anybody who has the camera’s identifier code, meaning you can theoretically hack into other players’ cameras to gain a competitive advantage.
The Daily Moot: Ghost of Tsushima!
1. Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima finally has an official release date! The highly anticipated PS4 exclusive will arrive on June 26 and is available for pre-order now. There are several editions of the game, starting with the Standard Edition which will cost $60, all the way up to the Collector’s Edition which is available for $170. Although it’s pretty expensive, the Collector’s Edition comes with a ton of awesome stuff, including a Sakai Mask, a 48-page art book, a war banner, and plenty of in-game goodies. Are you hyped are you hyped?
2. GameStop's Massive Changes
After suffering over $1B in losses over the past 2 years, GameStop is trying to change things up. Long known as the gaming retail store where players could trade in their old games, GameStop has been struggling in the era of digital game sales. After efforts to sell the business failed, GameStop has decided to try a different approach. Starting with a series of experimental stores, GameStops are being converted into social gaming spaces. This includes everything from couch co-op setups, to esports tournaments, to coding classes. Will this be enough to save GameStop? Only time will tell, but it’s clear that they need to do something before it’s too late.
3. The Last of Us Movie Cancelled
The Last of Us Movie, which was first announced back in 2014, has been cancelled. Progression of the project stalled in 2016 and Sony has been relatively silent about the movie ever since. It seems that Sony is now targeting their sights on an HBO series for The Last of Us rather than a movie. Neil Druckman is set to write the script for the series alongside Cheronobyl creator Craig Mazin.
4. New Star Wars Game
A new Star Wars game called Star Wars: Project Maverick has been announced. Interestingly, the game was leaked via a Twitter bot which reports on new PlayStation 4 releases. As such, there really aren’t any concrete details about the game yet, but we do know that it is in development by EA Motive and has been described as a “smaller, more unusual game.”
5. More Half-Life Games in the Works?
Half-Life: Alyx is just around the corner, finally ending the 12-year Half-Life drought. While fans are undoubtedly eager for Alyx, it appears that there may be even more Half-Life games in the works. In a recent interview, Valve’s Robin Walker said “We absolutely see Half-Life: Alyx as our return to this world, not the end of it.” While this statement doesn’t offer anything concrete, it’s certainly good news for long-time Half-Life fans. Half-Life: Alyx comes out on March 23.
The Daily Moot: Could Stadia be Good Now?
1. New Google Stadia Studio
It’s no secret that the Google Stadia thus far has been a disappointment. It’s not cheap, its competitors do its job better, and -most importantly- there are almost no games available on the platform. Well, it seems that they’re finally trying to change that. Google has just announced a new game and entertainment development studio based out of Playa Vista, California. While this is great in and of itself, the real big news here is that the head of the studio will be former God of War executive Shannon Studstill.
God of War has been one of the most consistent, critically-acclaimed gaming franchises of all time, and its tenure as a PlayStation exclusive has been a huge plus for the console. Could this mean that an amazing Stadia-exclusive game is in the works? Only time will tell, but for now this is a huge step in the right direction for the currently struggling cloud-gaming platform.
2. Vikendi Returning to PUBG
After the launch of Karain in January, Vikendi was removed from the PUBG map playlist. Although it’s only been a couple of months since then, it seems Vikendi has been overhauled and will be returning to the game. The original Vikendi was immediately popular as the small 64-player map encouraged high-octane, fast-paced gameplay. The new Vikendi is expected to hit test servers tomorrow.
3. Modern Warfare Tomogunchi
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has just released their version of the classic Tamagotchi called “Tomogunchi.” Like the old-school game, the new Tomogunchi is a virtual pet which you have to feed and take care of in order to keep it alive. Of course, this is Call of Duty we’re talking about, so instead of feeding it pet food, you’ll be feeding it with death. The Tomogunchi has an insatiatable appetite for killstreaks, objective control, and wins, and is available for 1000 MW points.
4. Sea of Thieves Heart of Fire
A new update called Heart of Fire is coming to Sea of Thieves. The update features banana-themed gear as well as a new Tall Tale. As hilarious as the new banana gear is, it unfortunately will only be available through the Pirate Emporium meaning you can’t earn it in-game. Heart of Fire goes live on March 11.
The Daily Moot: E3 Saving the Gaming Industry
1. E3 Moving Forward
Amidst the frenzy caused by the coronavirus, there is still one convention that is moving forward: E3 2020. In their statement, ESA explained that while the health and safety of attendees is a top priority, they are moving “full speed” ahead with the convention. Considering that E3 had dwindled in the past years with big-name players like Sony opting out of the annual event, this year could be exactly what E3 needs to put itself back on the map. E3 2020 will begin on June 9.
2. League of Legends Client Revamp
Some big changes to the League of Legends client are apparently in the works. Fans have complained about the client forever, but after a major rework a few years ago things only seemed to get worse. Thankfully, Riot has started a “Client Cleanup Campaign” aimed at addressing the many grievances players have raised over the years.
3. BAFTA Game Awards
The 2020 BAFTA Game Awards is less than a month away and the nominees have finally been revealed. Like many of last year’s lists, Death Stranding and Control lead the way, this time with 11 nominations each. Game of the Year candidates include Control, Disco Elysium, Outer Wilds, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Sekiro, and Untitled Goose Game. The BAFTA Awards show will take place on April 2; which games do you want to see come out on top?
4. The Division 2: Warlords of New York
The latest DLC for The Division 2 is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Warlords of New York is a narrative-driven expansion where players search for rogue agent Aaron Keener. The Division 2, along with the new expansion, is also getting its Google Stadia launch on March 17. Check out the official launch trailer for Warlords of New York below.
P.S. On the fence about The Division 2? Check out Ryan's review of the game here!
The Daily Moot: The Future of Shooting Games has been Announced
1. Valorant Official Announcement
Riot Games’ upcoming competitive shooter Valorant has been officially announced! Described as a “5v5 character-based tactical shooter where creativity is your greatest weapon,” the new game is expected to go toe-to-toe with CS:GO and Overwatch, combining the best elements of both games. Riot promises the Valorant to be the most precise shooting game on the planet with 128-tick servers, optimization for maximum framerates, and less than 35ms ping for players around the world. Valorant is set to launch in Summer of this year, with a beta period expected to begin in the coming weeks.
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2. GDC 2020 Cancelled
The latest gaming-related victim of the Covid-19 coronavirus, GDC 2020 has been cancelled. The annual Game Developers Conference is known to connect industry professionals from across the globe and also provides fans an opportunity to demo previously unseen games. Although the March date has been scrapped, GDC organizers state that they intend to hold the conference later this year in the Summer.
3. New Silent Hill Game?
Is Hideo Kojima trolling us or is there a new Silent Hill game in the works? In a recent tweet, Kojima Productions released a statement saying, “Sorry to be silent everyone! I've been really busy lately.....I think i can say more soon about what we are going.” Fans are not only caught up over the usage of the word “silent” in the tweet, but there are also several easter eggs hidden in the tweet’s picture. For example, fans have pointed out a note in the picture which says “next week” and a “pyramid” pencil (relating to Pyramid Head who is the series’ main antagonist). To be fair, these are some pretty far leaps and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Kojima is just trolling his fans. At any rate, it seems we’ll likely get some more information in the near future.
4. FIFA Pro Scene Issues
Tired of dealing with EA’s persistent server issues, FIFA 20 pros have come up with a new way to determine the outcome of matches: rock, paper, scissors. That’s right, in a recent qualifying tournament Shaun Galea and Hasan Eker resorted to a game of rock, paper, scissors after they were repeatedly unable to connect to the servers in-game. EA released a statement saying that they are “reviewing this really unique situation to understand what occurred and try to prevent this from happening again.” In the end, both players were permitted to proceed to the next round of the tournament where they both lost their subsequent matches.
5. Death Stranding Coming to PC
After spending several months as a PS4 exclusive, Death Stranding is finally coming to PC. Journey across a mystery wasteland in an attempt to reconnect the shattered world and save humanity from its impending doom. The PC version of the game will include some extra benefits including high framerates, a photo mode, and Half-Life crossover content. Death Stranding will launch on June 2, and is available for pre-order on both Steam and the Epic Games Store.
The Daily Moot: GTA 6 Coming Soon?
1. Rockstar Games New Logos
Two new logos have appeared on Rockstar Games’ official website. While this may not seem like big news in and of itself, these logos seem like nothing Rockstar has produced before which has fans speculating about the possibility of a brand-new game. One of the new logos in particular has fans anticipating a GTA 6 announcement, as the logo contains the message “Killing dreams, murdering people, fighting the righteous, bullying the weak.” So far Rockstar has been quiet about the rebranding, but we can probably expect to get some more details in the coming weeks.
2. Fortnite Revenue Declining?
According to a recent monthly earnings report from industry analyst SuperData, Fortnite’s revenue has dropped to its lowest level since 2017. While the report placed Fortnite as the 7th highest-earning game on console, the game failed to make the top 10 for PC and mobile. SuperData summed up the report by saying, “earnings continued their gradual decline and hit their lowest level since November 2017.” Epic Games has challenged this report as untrue and “wildly inaccurate,” saying “SuperData does not and has not ever had access to Epic's Fortnite revenue data” and that “SuperData's reports do not align with reality.”
3. Pokemon of the Year
As part of National Pokemon Day, The International Pokemon Company held a poll to determine the Pokemon of the Year for 2020. The results are surprising to say the least. After tallying millions of votes, the Pokemon of the Year is Greninja, the final evolution of the water-starter Froakie. Greninja beat out Lucario, Mimikyu, Charizard, and Umbreon which rounded out the top 5, while classics like Pikachu and Eevee fell to spots 19 and 20 respectively. Pokemon Day also led to the reveal of the newest mythical Pokemon for Sword and Shield, Zarude. Zarude is a dark/grass type Pokemon but you’ll have to search far and wide in order to catch one as its whereabouts are currently a mystery.
4. Dr Disrespect Signs with ROCCAT
Dr Disrespect has signed a new exclusive, multi-year deal with ROCCAT. Based in Germany, ROCCAT is a PC accessories brand that was acquired by Turtle Beach last year. This deal is just the latest for the Doc, as his portfolio includes a publishing deal with Gallery Books, a television deal with Skybound (the creator of The Walking Dead), and an apparel line with Meta Threads.
5. Borderlands 3 Headed to Steam
After 6 months as an Epic Games exclusive, Borderlands 3 is finally headed to Steam. The decision to make the game an Epic exclusive was extremely controversial and drew the ire fans, but it seems that sales were unaffected as Borderlands 3 became the fastest-selling game in history for publisher 2K Games. The Steam launch on March 13 is perfectly aligned with the arrival of the game’s second campaign expansion called “Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright and Hammerlock” which comes out on March 26. Check out the trailer for the new expansion below.
Is Rainbow Six Siege Actually Going Free-to-Play?
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The Daily Moot: Olympic-Level Esports
1. The International is Proving the Power of Esports
The magnitude of esports is at an all-time high and there’s no tournament more prominent than the The International Dota 2 tournament. The International consistently boasts one of the largest prize pools in all of sports, and the economic impact of the tournament cannot be understated. This is why Valve has decided to do an Olympic-style bid for the host city of the 2021 showdown.
Citing the economic boost that The International brings to the city in which it is held, Valve mentioned in its proposal request that the tournament is “comparable to the NFL Superbowl, US Open Golf Championship, or the Eurovision Song Contest," and adds roughly $8M to the local economy. It will be very interesting to see how Valve’s plan plays out, as this could be a massive step forward for the progression and legitimization of esports across the globe.
2. Plague Inc. Removed from China App Store
Plague Inc. has been removed from the China App Store but not for the reason you probably have in mind. The developers of the wildly popular real-time strategy game, Ndemic Creations, issued a statement saying that the game “includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China.” There’s no word on what exactly the illegal content is, but Ndemic is working with the Cyberspace Administration to come up with a solution as quickly as possible.
3. Stardew Valley Update
A brand-new free content update is apparently making its way to Stardew Valley. While you’d think that the one-man development crew of Eric Barone (aka ConcernedApe) would have his hands full working on the two new Stardew-related projects that he announced earlier this year, he’s still putting in efforts to improve the current Stardew Valley. Barone didn’t say what will be included in the 1.5 update, but considering how large the previous updates have been it’s fair to assume that this one will be very significant as well.
4. PUBG DDoS Attacks
PUBG has apparently been the victim of a surge of DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. Over the past few months, the frequency of DDoS attacks has risen to the highest it has ever been according to PUBG Corp. Thankfully, the developers have been working on a solution to the issue and have managed to reduce the frequency of the attacks by 85%. PUBG has had a long history with hackers and cheaters and they are expected to provide details on they plan to deal with these problems in their community letter and roadmap next month.
5. Trials of Osiris Confirmed
After weeks of rumors and leaks, Bungie has finally confirmed that Trials of Osiris will be coming to Destiny 2. The fan-favorite 3v3 PvP game mode from the original Destiny will arrive alongside the upcoming new season called “Season of the Worthy.” Season of the Worthy kicks off on March 10 and the first weekend-based Trials of Osiris will begin on March 13.
The Daily Moot: Project A, Siege Colorblind Mode
1. Project A May Have a Name
Riot Games’ upcoming CS:GO successor known only as “Project A” may finally have a name. According to recent trademark filings and domain registrations, it appears that the upcoming first-person shooter will likely be called “Valorant.” Although the public hasn’t received many details about the game, private playtesters and current Counter-Strike professional players have all highly praised the game, calling it the best FPS since CS:GO.
2. Rainbow Six Siege Colorblind Mode
After 4 years of complaints, it seems that Ubisoft is finally adding a colorblind mode to Rainbow Six Siege. At the Rainbow Six Invitational 2020, art director Alex Karpazis said that the studio is currently “working on something” to help colorblind players. This is in contrast to a 2019 statement in which Ubisoft said they had no plans to add a colorblind mode. While Karpazis’ new statement is encouraging, it didn’t offer any concrete details so it might be awhile before we see any changes go live.
3. New Shovel Knight Spin-Off
Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has announced a new Shovel Knight spin-off. The new game is called Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon but it’s not even remotely similar to the critically acclaimed game from which it takes its namesake. Yacht Club Games has mentioned that players should expect to see familiar faces in the new game, with many major bosses making an appearance. As far as gameplay is concerned, it appears the new game is somewhat similar to a match-3, but we’ll have to wait until the game debuts at PAX East this weekend in order to fully understand its mechanics.
4. Teamfight Tactics Galaxies Update
The latest update to Teamfight Tactics is on the way. Called “Galaxies,” the new update will introduce 3 new origins: Star Guardians, Cybernetics, and Mech-Pilots. Like the previous season “Rise of the Elements,” it is expected that Galaxies will offer a complete overhaul of the game, with completely new champions, abilities, and synergies. Although Riot hasn’t announced an official release date yet, it is expected that the new update will launch in mid-March alongside the release of TFT Mobile.
P.S. Check out Rue’s Tried and True Review of Frost Punk below!
The Daily Moot: R6 Siege Going Free-to-Play
1. Rainbow Six Siege Going Free-to-Play
In shocking news, Rainbow Six Siege director Leroy Athanassoff announced that he is planning to make Rainbow Six Siege free to play. Although there’s no timetable for when this might happen, Athanassoff said that it is ultimately a “company decision” and that they “want the game to be accessible to everyone.” Before they take this huge leap, however, there is one major issue which needs to be addressed first: smurfing. Athanassoff stated that his team is working on various improvements for smurf detection, and that they are exploring all the different possibilities they can before taking the game free-to-play.
2. Twitch Prime March Loot
March’s month of loot for Twitch Prime subscribers has been revealed. Apex Legends fans can pick up the exclusive “Gilded Rose” skin for the newly released Revenant, which will be available until March 19. There’s also a Player Pick Pack for FIFA 20 available until March 24. Starting tomorrow, there will be a ton of Destiny 2 freebies including the Praxis Finery Sparrow, the Sails of Osiris ship, and a legendary Ghost Shell. Loot for PUBG and Black Desert Mobile are expected in the coming weeks.
3. Black Mesa Official Launch
After 14 years in development and 5 years in early access, Black Mesa is finally getting its official launch. Originally beginning as a Half-Life mod, Black Mesa is now considered a Half-Life remake which further expands on the game’s world. For example, Black Mesa includes completely original levels and allows players to fully explore the borderworld Xen. Black Mesa is set to launch on March 5.
4. Temtem Ranked Play
Ranked play is coming to Temtem! As part of their short-term roadmap, developer Crema unveiled a host of upcoming updates to the Pokemon-like game. Some of the most notable include ranked play and in-game chat which are expected this Spring. There’s also new islands, new Temtems, player housing, achievements, and in-game tournaments coming this Summer and Fall. These are some huge updates that will undoubtedly improve the game, but Crema has warned fans to take the roadmap “with a grain of salt and expect delays.”
If you're curious about Temtem, check out Rue's review of the game below!
The Daily Moot: Minecraft Movie, Xbox Series X Details
1. Minecraft Movie
A Minecraft movie is in the works thanks to Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia fame. While the project is the brainchild of McElhenney, he was unfortunately outed from the film in favor of Peter Sollett. Despite a complete script, a $150M budget, and having secured Steve Carell for the movie, personnel changes at Warner Bros. Studios led to the end of McElhenney’s vision. It’s disappointing to see McElhenney’s removal from the project, as he was clearly very passionate about the game, remarking on its ability to empower those who feel powerless. Peter Sollett’s version of the Minecraft movie is set to come out on March 4, 2022.
2. Xbox Series X New Details
Xbox head Phil Spencer just revealed a ton of new details about the Xbox Series X today in his Xbox Newswire blogpost. Most notably, the new Xbox will be fully backwards compatible and will introduce a new technology called “Smart Delivery.” Smart Delivery makes it so that if you own a game on the Xbox One, you will get the game for free on the Xbox Series X. While this may not work for all titles, games such as Cyberpunk 2077 have already committed to the program, ensuring that fans will receive a free copy of the game on the next-gen console if they have purchased it for the Xbox One.
The blogpost also noted that the Xbox Series X will have 12 teraflops of computing power thanks to a custom GPU from AMD which will support raytracing. This is comparable to the computing power of Nvidia’s GTX 2080 Ti, and definitely adds some serious competition to the upcoming console war.
3. Overwatch League Cancelled in Korea
The next 3 weeks of Overwatch League in South Korea have been cancelled amid growing concerns over the Covid-19 coronavirus. This includes Seoul Dynasty’s home event, which has now been postponed indefinitely. The gaming industry has been one of the hardest-hit sectors during this epidemic, but it’s good to see that companies are doing what they can to protect their personnel, players, and fans.
4. Baldur’s Gate 3 Coming This Year
Baldur’s Gate 3 is set to launch in early access this year. Based on the tabletop Dungeons & Dragons games, Baldur’s Gate 3 is a fantasy role-playing-game and takes place 100 years after the events of Baldur’s Gate 2. While there’s no concrete release date yet, Hasbro mentioned that they plan to put out a new D&D-based game every single year from now until 2025; fantasy RPG fans have plenty to look forward to.
5. Streets of Rage 4 Character Reveal
The final unknown character for the upcoming Streets of Rage 4 has been revealed. Floyd Iraia joins the 5-character roster and will use his cybernetic arms to wreak havoc on his opponents. Although he’ll be the slowest of all the characters, he will also have the longest reach in the game and will boast “tremendous power.” Streets of Rage 4 is set to come out in Spring of this year.
The Daily Moot: LoL Clash Returns, R6 Clash Disabled
1. League of Legends Clash Returns
Clash finally returns to League of Legends! The bi-weekly competitive 5v5 tournament was briefly teased in beta last season and now it’s finally here to stay. Assemble your 5 player team and take on the competition in an 8-team bracket-style tournament. Each team will play a total of 3 games and will receive improved rewards based on how many wins are secured. If your team manages to win the tournament by going 3-0, each member will receive enhanced rewards along with exclusive cosmetics that can only be earned by winning a Clash tournament. Be sure to head over to our League of Legends lounge to find the perfect Clash teammates for your region!
2. Rainbow Six Siege Clash Disabled
For the third time in just 10 months, Rainbow Six Siege’s Clash has been disabled. Ubisoft said in their statement, “We have become aware of an exploit, and have decided to deactivate Clash. As such, Clash will not be available for play until we have resolved the issue.” It’s clear that the defender has been one of, if not the, most problematic Operators in the game. Maybe this is why Ubisoft is targeting her for a rework?
3. PUBG Cross-Party Play
As part of its 6.2 update, PUBG has finally introduced cross-party play for Xbox and PS4 players. Previously, even though matches were populated with players from both consoles, you could only party up with players on the same console. This is a great improvement for PUBG and hopefully we’ll see more games follow suit.
4. Dying Light Free to Play Weekend
For the first time ever, Dying Light is going free to play. As part of its 5th anniversary celebrations, Dying Light is doing a free-to-play weekend from now until February 23. While one weekend isn’t exactly a lot of time to explore the game, it should give you a good opportunity to try out the all-new Story Mode option which makes the days longer and nights shorter. The free weekend is just the first of many events in honor of the 5-year anniversary, so players who already own Dying Light can look forward to plenty more festivities between now and March 19.
5. Borderlands Movie
First teased back in 2015, after 5 years of silence many fans expected the Borderlands movie to be permanently shelved. Well, according to Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, it seems like the film is back on the table. Pitchford prematurely unveiled on Twitter that Eli Roth, best known for the Hostel films, is set to direct the new movie. Eli Roth’s movies are typically very gory and violent, so we’ll have to see how his style plays a role in the cartoonish world of Borderlands. Borderlands 3’s Creative Director Paul Sage is apparently trying to get Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to play the role of Claptrap, but no word on whether or not his campaign is succeeding.
Fortnite's New Season is Meowgical!
Good meowning, Mooties! Our video this week focuses on Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2. The new season is called Top Secret and it has tons of wacky, wavy, inflatable, arm-flailing goodness for you to experience. Check out the video below, where we cover our favorite parts of the new season!
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Season 2: Top Secret, Apex Kings Canyon Returns
1. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2: Top Secret
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is finally here! After several delays caused Chapter 2 Season 1 to be the longest season in Fortnite history, fans will no doubt be glad to enjoy the new season dubbed “Top Secret.” This season is all about spies and secret agents, and players will be forced to pick a side to fight for: Ghost or Shadow. Marvel's Deadpool will also be making an appearance this season, and will have his own set of challenges as a “secret” battle pass skin. Check out the Season 2 launch trailer below!
2. Apex Legends Kings Canyon Returns
Kings Canyon is returning to Apex Legends! Unlike the Grand Soiree event earlier this year which showed us the revamped Kings Canyon, this time we’re getting the original Season 1 map. Unfortunately it will only be available this weekend and will disappear again after February 24. Although you can only play the old map temporarily on the unranked playlist, the new Kings Canyon will replace World’s Edge as the featured ranked map for Season 4: Assimilation starting March 24.
3. Sea of Thieves Crews of Rage
The latest update to Sea of Thieves, Crews of Rage, is now live! Some of the highlights include new voyages, a new Fortress fight, and a new set of Tomes to collect. There are also some much-needed quality-of-life improvements to swordfighting combat. The update also introduces “Chests of Rage,” a type of cursed chest that can set your ship on fire if left unattended for too long. You can get your hands on the new chests by completing Duke’s latest Bounty Voyages or by conquering the Molten Sands Fortress.
4. Mount & Blade 2 Release Date Announced
Mount & Blade 2, the sequel to the Medieval sandbox game, finally has a concrete release date. The game will hit early access on March 31, and will be available for $50. Although it does have a story, Mount & Blade 2 is focused on exploration and is designed to be open and directionless, allowing players to carve their own path and create their own adventure. The new game is considered a prequel to the original, taking place 200 years prior during the collapse of the Calradian Empire.
5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct
The latest edition of Nintendo Direct features Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The video gives an in-depth look at what to expect from the upcoming game, showing a significant amount of gameplay. The video is pretty long at 25 minutes, but it’s extremely detailed so if you’re excited about the new Animal Crossing it’s definitely worth checking out. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to launch one month from today on March 20.
The Daily Moot: Bad News for The Last of Us Part 2
1. Sony Skipping PAX East
Over concerns of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Sony has decided to cancel their participation in the upcoming PAX East convention. While Sony’s absence will definitely be felt overall, fans will no doubt be most disappointed by missing out on The Last of Us Part 2. PAX East was supposed to provide the first opportunity for fans to get their hands on the game and demo it, but it appears that we’ll now have to wait until the game officially releases in order to play it. The Last of Us Part 2 is expected to launch on May 29.
2. Uncharted Film to Begin Shooting
After securing its seventh director in Venom and Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer, the Uncharted movie is finally ready to begin shooting. First announced in 2009, the film has gone through a tumultuous history, so it’s great to finally have something concrete in the works. The movie will draw inspiration from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but will explore the early years of Nathan Drake and serve as a prequel to the games. The Uncharted movie is expected to come out in 2021, and will star Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Sully.
3. EVE Online Shooter Scrapped
After four years in development, developer CCP Games has decided to scrap their EVE Online FPS game dubbed “Project Nova.” Designed as an FPS spin-off of EVE Online, Project Nova was first announced over four years ago and was CCP Games’ second attempt at creating a shooter in the EVE Online universe. Despite two failed attempts however, it seems that CCP Games is considering trying one last time. It’s expected that the new project will be much more ambitious than the previous attempts, with a spokesperson saying, “We're continuing to develop our sci-fi multiplayer shooter game concept actively evolving it beyond the original scope for what was formerly codenamed Project Nova.”
4. No Man’s Sky Living Ships Update
The latest update to No Man’s Sky is bringing biological spaceships to the game. The free Living Ships update will allow players to hatch ships from eggs and nurture them into adulthood. Once the ships are adults, you’ll be able to fly them around like their mechanical counterparts. It definitely sounds strange but strange is pretty much the status quo for No Man’s Sky thus far.
5. Desperados 3 Trailer
After missing its planned 2019 release date, Desperados 3 is now expected to launch this Summer. Desperados 3 is a Wild West tactical stealth game where Red Dead Redemption meets Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. The game will serve as a prequel to the series, taking place before the events of Desperados 1. Check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Diablo and Overwatch TV Shows, Warzone Details
1. Diablo and Overwatch TV Shows
According to Activision/Blizzard co-president Nick van Dyke, it appears that TV adaptations of Diablo and Overwatch are in the works. Although no formal announcement has been made, the info comes straight from Nick van Dyke’s LinkedIn page, which describes his work on the projects. There isn’t a lot of info about the upcoming Overwatch TV show, but we do know that Diablo will be in “anime-style” and will be distributed worldwide through Netflix. Who knows whether or not these shows will have the same success as other video game adaptations like The Witcher, but a Diablo anime definitely sounds awesome.
2. Modern Warfare Battle Royale Details
Some new info about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s upcoming battle royale mode “Warzone” has been revealed. Most notable is that the mode will be available for free as a standalone version, meaning that you can play the battle royale even if you don’t own Modern Warfare. Although the source for the new info is apparently straight from the US development team, these leaks (as with all leaks) should be taken with a grain of salt, as anything could change between now and launch. Barring any unanticipated delays, Warzone is expected to be released sometime in early March.
3. Siege’s Clash Likely Getting Reworked
As part of its new direction for Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft is planning to rework existing operators rather than release new operators. Starting in Year 5 and Year 6, Ubisoft will only be releasing 1 new operator each season instead of 2. Game director Leroy Athanassoff said that this is because they want to focus efforts on improving the current game state, both in core gameplay and in re-inventing current operators. Number 1 on the list for reworks appears to be Clash, which Athanassoff described as “problematic.” He went on to mention that they “have issues with shields right now” in general, and described shield operators as “super frustrating.” No word yet on what this means for other shield operators like Montagne and Blitz, but it's clear that Clash is their top priority right now.
4. Sonic Movie Dominates Box Office
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie dominated the box office on its opening weekend, raking in $57M domestically. This far exceeded expectations as the movie was only predicted to make around $40M. The Sonic movie has earned well over $100M worldwide, making it the most successful video game movie of all time. Sonic’s success likely means we’ll see more video game movies in the future; which games would you want to see on the big screen?
Pick Your Valentine: Operation Void Edge or Modern Warfare Battle Royale!
Happy Friday! This week’s Moot Points video focuses on two HUGE games right now: Rainbow Six Siege, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
We look into Rainbow Six Siege’s upcoming Operation Void Edge, breaking down what we know, what we think we know, and what we will know very soon.
Next, we explore the upcoming battle royale game mode that we think will be coming to Modern Warfare very soon. WE’RE HYPED! Are you hyped?!
The Daily Moot: Pokimane Scholarship, Modern Warfare Battle Royale
1. Pokimane Esports Scholarship
Popular streamer Pokimane just donated $50,000 to the University of California, Irvine for the foundation of the Pokimane Scholarship for esports. UCI is one of the top esports colleges in the world, having won the League of Legends National Collegiate Championship in 2018. Pokimane’s donation is the first ever esports endowment for the school, which was the first public university to create an official esports program. This is a really awesome way for Pokimane to give back to the gaming community, hopefully we can see more esports personalities follow in her footsteps.
2. Modern Warfare Battle Royale
It looks like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be getting a Battle Royale mode in the near future. According to some recent leaks, the new game mode will be called “Warzone” and will feature solos, duos, and trios. Much to the delight of fans, Warzone is expected to include an Apex Legends-style ping system, as well as a revive system. Vehicles will also be prominent in the new game mode, with one leaked image showing ATVs, SUVs, helicopters, cargo trucks, and tactical rovers. Of course, these are all just leaks and anything could change by the time Warzone actually comes out. Are you excited for a new Call of Duty Battle Royale?
3. Half-Life: Alyx Release Date
The release date for Half-Life: Alyx has finally been confirmed! Half-Life: Alyx is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it marks Valve’s first return to the fan-favorite franchise in over a decade. Earlier this year, Valve promised that the game would come out sometime in March, but amid all the recent delays fans were understandable wary of the guarantee. It turns out Valve was telling the truth; Half-Life: Alyx will launch on March 23.
4. Untitled Goose Game Wins GOTY
Untitled Goose Game just won Game of the Year at the 23rd Annual DICE Awards. The passion project indie game managed to come out on top of a stacked field, which included games like Death Stranding, Control, and Outer Wilds. Untitled Goose Game seemed to come out of nowhere last year but it really took the world by storm. Players flocked to wreak havoc on a small English village, using their goose powers in clever and creative ways. While all of the nominees are great games in their own right, it’s pretty cool to see a small indie game like Untitled Goose Game win a major award like this.
P.S. Check out the latest edition of Ryan's Always Right below! This week's featured game is Undertale.
The Daily Moot: Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge
1. Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge
Ubisoft just put out an awesome new trailer revealing the two upcoming Operators for Rainbow Six Siege, Iana and Oryx. Iana comes from a long line of engineers and is currently holed up at a space station. Oryx is a muscle-bound juggernaut who was Kaid’s second-in-command at the Fortress. Unfortunately today’s trailer is just a small teaser, but we can expect to get more details on Saturday at the Rainbow Six Siege Invitational. Check out the trailer below!
2. PUBG Team Deathmatch
In a world where every shooting game seems to be adding a Battle Royale mode, PUBG is now doing the opposite. As part of its 6.2 update, PUBG is adding an 8v8 Team Deathmatch mode to the game. The new mode is first-person only, and features 8 different Spawn Kits (loadouts) to choose from. PUBG’s Team Deathmatch is now live on the Test Servers; give it a shot and let us know what you think!
3. Epic CEO Condemns Loot Boxes
During his keynote speech at this year’s DICE Summit, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeny condemned the implementation of loot boxes and pay-to-win monetization strategies. He emphasized that the industry needs to regain the trust of their audience and move away from a “customer adversarial model.” It’s great to hear one of the most powerful names in gaming criticize pay-to-win systems; maybe this will be the catalyst the industry needs in order to re-emphasize focus on game quality rather than on cheap, exploitative monetization strategies.
4. Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
It’s been an awfully long wait but the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is finally here! It’s safe to say that this version of Sonic looks much, much better than his original animation design. Critics so far have been lukewarm towards the film, with many praising Jim Carrey’s performance as Dr. Robotnik. Although the movie officially launches tomorrow, many theaters are beginning to show the film today, so check your local showtimes if you want to be one of the first to see it.
5. Pokemon Sword and Shield Crashes
Trainers around the world have been experiencing game crashes on Pokemon Sword and Shield while trying to access online features. It appears that the issue is being caused by modders who have been introducing hacked Pokemon into the Poke-ecosystem. This has mostly been an problem for the Surprise Trade feature, which has made innocent players unwittingly receive hacked Pokemon. The issue doesn’t seem to be a major concern because it isn’t affecting save data, but players are understandably frustrated by the game crashes considering it’s completely out of their control.
The Daily Moot: Activision/Blizzard Hates Their Fans, Stardew Valley Sequel?
1. Activision/Blizzard Drops GeForce Now
GeForce Now is probably the best cloud gaming platform on the market, and one of its key selling points is its incredible library of games. Unfortunately, all games from Activision and Blizzard have been pulled from the service, including Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Diablo 3. There aren’t many details on why Activision/Blizzard has decided to drop GeForce Now, but it’s likely that it just comes down to money. While it’s of course important for publishers to get paid what they deserve, this just seems like yet another instance of Activision/Blizzard doing a disservice to their fans. As far as GeForce Now is concerned, you can still enjoy any of the 1,500+ non-Activision/Blizzard games that the platform provides.
2. Stardew Valley Sequel
The developer of Stardew Valley, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, is working on two new games, including what appears to be a Stardew Valley sequel. Although it won’t be a farming sim, the game will take place within the world of Stardew Valley. Concerning his new projects, Barone said that he is “approaching this game with the goal to surpass the quality of every aspect compared to Stardew Valley.” Stardew Valley is easily one of the most successful and well-liked indie games of all time. If Barone is able to achieve what he’s set out to do, we could very well be getting another masterpiece that greatly affects the video game landscape as a whole. Unfortunately, it sounds like we’ll have to wait awhile; as he still has to put in the “1000's more hours of work necessary to finish it.”
3. Borderlands 3 Increasing Level Cap
Borderlands 3 is getting its first-ever level cap increase. The maximum level will now be 53 instead of 50. While this may not seem like much, Borderland 3’s lead designer explained that they are taking a conservative approach because the skill trees are extremely powerful and Gearbox wants to ensure that the game doesn’t become unbalanced. Along with the level cap increase, the update will also include a limited-time Broken Hearts Day event where players can earn some free guns and skins. The February update goes live tomorrow.
4. The Division 2 Expansion
The Division 2 is getting a massive expansion called Warlords of New York. Taking place in a former Dark Zone in South Manhattan, the expansion is designed to tie up loose ends from The Division 1, including the conclusion of Aaron Keener’s storyline. Warlords of New York will also increase the level cap from 30 to 40, and will also introduce many quality-of-life improvements and an RPG overhaul. The expansion will cost $30, and is set to come out on March 3.
5. Metro Exodus Sam’s Story
Metro Exodus’ second major expansion "Sam’s Story" is now live! In the new expansion, players control a former marine who is trapped in the post-apocalyptic Soviet territories and is struggling to return home to the United States. Check out the official launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Nintendo Suing Gamers?
1. Nintendo Going After Leakers
Nintendo is sicking the chain chomps on video game leakers. After Portuguese website FNintendo accidentally leaked images of Pokemon Sword and Shield back in 2019, Nintendo has completely cut ties with the company after 14 years of collaboration. It’s not just major publications that Nintendo is going after; they have also begun taking legal action towards leakers on online platforms like 4Chan and Discord. While it’s completely understandable that a company would want to protect their intellectual property, it seems unlikely that threats of lawsuits will stop leakers anytime soon.
2. Big Changes Coming to Anthem
BioWare has announced their plans to completely revamp Anthem. It’s no secret that the game has been a commercial and critical flop, much like The Division 2 which it was set to compete against. BioWare says they are scrapping the upcoming season and updates, and instead are going to put all their efforts into redesigning the experience and reinventing the core gameplay loop. Whether or not their efforts will be successful remains to be seen, but BioWare is certainly optimistic as games such as No Man’s Sky have proven that huge comebacks are possible.
3. The Last of Us Part 2 PS4 Themes
The Last of Us Part 2 just released some new concept art along with a dynamic theme for the PlayStation 4. The theme is available for free from the PlayStation Store, and it transitions from day to night depending on your PS4’s clock. In order to unlock the theme, players in the Americas should use code 4FMP-BBNM-J5L3, while players elsewhere should use code 9DEK-PKNG-N445. The codes expire today, so if you want the new theme be sure to act fast!
4. Animal Crossing Chrome Extension
A fan-made extension for Google Chrome now lets you play music from any Animal Crossing game through your browser. Called the Animal Crossing Music Chrome Extension, the add-on changes the songs based on your local time and weather. The new extension could be the perfect thing to tide you over until Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches next month.
5. Outriders Trailer
Set in a dark and desolate sci-fi world, Outriders is a 1-3 player co-op shooter from Square Enix and People Can Fly. There aren’t a lot of specific details about the game yet, but they just released their first official “gameplay” trailer. Not sure why they’re calling it a “gameplay trailer” because it’s pretty much all cinematics and no gameplay. That said, the game does look interesting. Check out the trailer below.
P.S. Check out Rue's latest Tried and True review of Temtem!
The Daily Moot: Modern Warfare Season 2
1. Modern Warfare Season 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 2 starts tomorrow! Fan-favorite map Rust is finally coming back to CoD, along with plenty of other updates. Season 2 will introduce two new guns, an AR called the GRAU 5.56 and an SMG called the Striker 45. There will also be new and revamped game modes, including what appears to be a vehicle-based Ground War. Check out the official trailer below!
2. Steam Concurrent User Record
Steam just broke their all-time record for the most concurrent users with over 19.1 million players. The previous record of 18.8 million users was achieved just one week ago, suggesting that Steam is experiencing a surge in popularity right now. Prior to last week, the record of 18.5 million was held for over 2 years. CS:GO has been the biggest recipient of the surge, breaking their own concurrent user record with nearly 1 million players. The reason for the uptick in popularity isn’t clear, but some have suggested that it’s a consequence of the coronavirus which is leading people to stay indoors and play games for entertainment.
3. Parasite Wins Best Picture
The Academy Awards were last night, and Parasite won Best Picture in a huge upset. Parasite is a South Korean black comedy film from critically acclaimed director Bong Joo-Ho. This is the first time in Oscars history that a foreign language film has won Best Picture. Parasite also took home the awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director.
4. Broomstick League
Do you like Harry Potter? How about Rocket League? Well, you're in luck because Blue Isle Studios has developed a Rocket League-inspired Quidditch game that is being released next month. Fly around on your broomstick and warp the arena with your spells as you attempt to outscore your opponents in 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 matches. As gimmicky as it sounds, the game actually looks pretty fun. Broomstick League will hit early access on March 5; check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: EA is Bad Again, Delays Galore, and More!
1. EA Raising Prices
EA just raised prices on their Steam games for players outside of the United States. While some of the price increases are fairly small, other games nearly doubled in price. This has understandably angered fans internationally, and many critics are suggesting that EA is trying to manipulate the prices to make sales seem like a better deal. Some of the games that saw price increases include Dragon Age: Origins, Sim City 4, and Dead Space 2. This is far form the first time EA has slighted consumers in a blatant cash grab. Is it time for another EA boycott?
2. The Outer Worlds Switch Delay
The Outer Worlds Switch port is the latest game affected by the coronavirus. Originally expected to release on March 5, the game has been delayed indefinitely in order to ensure the health and safety of the Virtuos team working on the project. The Outer Worlds is nowhere near the first gaming victim of the virus outbreak, with other Nintendo projects like the Animal Crossing Switch console also suffering delays, as well as professional gaming leagues such as LCK and Overwatch League.
3. Resident Evil Tribute
Daymare: 1998, a Resident Evil tribute, now has an official release date. The game was originally created as Resident Evil 2 Reborn, but Capcom thwarted those plans when they decided to make an official Resident Evil 2 remake of their own. Undeterred, Daymare developers decided to change the name but keep the game. It’s still essentially Resident Evil 2, but with different names and a couple of fresh ideas. Daymare: 1998 will be released on April 28, and will be competing directly with the Resident Evil 3 remake which launches on April 3.
4. Activision Remasters
During their Q4 earnings report, Activision announced that they are planning to release several new remastered games this year. Following the success of remasters like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Modern Warfare, it’s not hard to see why. Fans love replaying the nostalgic games with modern technology, and they're certainly easier to develop in comparison to creating an entirely new game. Which games would you like to see remastered?
P.S. Check out Ryan's latest First Impressions review! This week's featured game is Ticket to Ride.
Apex Season 4, Geforce Now, and Warcraft Refunds!
Happy Friday! Let's recap the biggest stories in gaming for the week, shall we?! 🙌
This week, Apex Legends Season 4 released, Nvidia launched Geforce Now, and Blizzard began to offer refunds for Warcraft 3 Reforged. We break down all these stories for you in this lovely little video. Let us know what you think down below!
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Harley Quinn, Ubisoft's Big Plans, and More!
1. Fortnite x Birds of Prey
The latest crossover has come to Fortnite! In collaboration with the upcoming Harley Quinn movie “Birds of Prey,” Fortnite is releasing a series of Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad skins. The first Harley bundle will be available later today, and will include the Lil Monster XoXo Harley skin as well as the Harley Hitter and Punchline pickaxes. What are your thoughts on the new skins? Birds of Prey hits theaters tomorrow.
2. Ubisoft’s Big Plans
Ubisoft just revealed that they have some big plans for later this year. During the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, Ubisoft is planning to release 5 AAA games. This news comes after several games were shelved or delayed by Ubisoft, including Watch Dogs Legion and Rainbow Six: Quarantine. There’s no word yet on the exact titles we can expect, but it is very likely that we’ll see some of these delayed games finally get their launch.
3. Overwatch League Stats Lab
Ben Trautman, the stats man for the Overwatch League, just released a new tool called the Overwatch League Stats Lab. The Stats Lab contains an insane amount of information on pro players, allowing you to dig into the smallest details of what makes pros so good. Although Trautman tried to make the tool as user-friendly as possible, he also released a series of tutorial videos to help you find exactly what you’re searching for.
4. The Witcher Season 2
The Witcher Season 2 will apparently feature an all-new original character who did not appear in the video games or books. The new character will be named Violet and will be played by Doolittle actress Carmel Laniado. In addition to the new character, series showrunner Lauren Hissrich also mentioned that the second season will be much more linear than the first. Filming for The Witcher Season 2 is expected to start this month, and will premiere on Netflix in 2021.
5. Gears of War Boss Leaves for Blizzard
It’s no secret that things at Blizzard haven’t been going too well lately. From Diablo Immortal to Warcraft 3 Reforged, it’s clear that they’ve gotten out of touch with their fanbase. In an effort to change their ways, Blizzard has hired Rod Ferguson, the head of Microsoft’s The Coalition Studio and the director for Gears of War. At Blizzard, Ferguson will be tasked with overseeing the Diablo franchise. It’s unclear how much his hiring will affect the upcoming Diablo 4, which was announced last year and is already in development.
The Daily Moot: Is Rockstar in Trouble?
1. Dan Houser Leaving Rockstar
Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games and head writer of Bully, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto, is leaving Rockstar. It’s not clear why Houser is leaving the studio, but it seems to be on good terms. Rockstar put out a statement thanking Houser, saying they are “extremely grateful for his contributions.” Dan Houser’s brother and fellow co-founder Sam Houser will still remain as President of the company. Rockstar is easily one of the most successful and critically acclaimed gaming studios, in large part because of Houser's writing on franchises like GTA and Red Dead Redemption. Let’s hope Dan Houser’s absence won’t result in a drop in quality.
2. Super Smash Bros. Fire Emblem
It’s no secret that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a lot of Fire Emblem characters. In total, there are 8 playable characters from the series and another 3 non-playable assist trophy characters. This has led to criticism from fans, which Nintendo has now addressed. Shockingly, it turns out that Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros., agrees with fans. In his statement Sakurai said, “There are too many Fire Emblem characters. But when something’s decided, I move ahead with it.” In other words, the decision to add the characters is determined by Nintendo and is out of the director’s hands. No word on whether or not anything will change in the future, but it seems unlikely.
3. First-Party PlayStation Studio Closes
PlayStation has officially closed Manchester VR, their first-party PlayStation Studio. Manchester VR was established to create exclusive virtual reality games for the PlayStation, but it’s now been shut down before ever releasing a game. Sony explained their decision was part of an effort to “improve efficiency and operational effectiveness.” Manchester VR is the third UK-based PlayStation studio to be closed in the PS4 generation.
4. The Mandalorian Season 2
The Mandalorian Season 2 has been confirmed by Disney during their recent quarterly earnings call. Although they didn’t provide an exact release date, they did mention that The Mandalorian Season 2 will launch in October of this year. Disney also promised more Baby Yoda merchandise and consumer products, including a $350 life-size statue. While efforts on a third season are still unclear, Disney boss Robert Iger suggested that Mandalorian spinoffs are a definite possibility. Maybe Baby Yoda will get his own show?
The Daily Moot: Death of the Google Stadia?
1. Nvidia GeForce Now
Nvidia has officially launched GeForce Now, their new cloud gaming service. With GeForce Now, gamers can play essentially any game on any PC, even if the PC lacks the necessary specs. This means that as long as you have a stable internet connection, you could play the latest ray-tracing AAA titles on your dilapidated, decade-old laptop. As a cloud gaming service, GeForce Now is a direct competitor to the Google Stadia, but Nvidia’s version has a lot of awesome benefits. For example, GeForce Now automatically connects to your Steam library, which means that unlike the Stadia, you don’t have to buy a second copy of games you already own. Oh, and GeForce Now is also available for free. Could this be the death of the Google Stadia?
2. PlayStation 5 Pricing
It seems that the next-gen console war is turning into a bit of a waiting game. Sony just revealed that their pricing of the upcoming PlayStation 5 will be largely determined by the Xbox Series X price. In other words, Sony is keeping their plans a secret until Microsoft reveals how much the new Xbox will cost. Sony’s Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki also mentioned that Sony will almost certainly be taking a loss on the consoles, which is unsurprising considering the impressive specs that have been released. Sony also launched the official PlayStation 5 website today, which means we could be close to the official reveal of the new console. Which side are you on in the console war?
3. Blizzard Finally Addresses Warcraft 3 Reforged
After the debacle that has been the Warcraft 3 Reforged launch, Blizzard has finally decided to address the situation. Blizzard “apologized” to fans who were unhappy with the game, and have now decided to offer full refunds to all players regardless of playtime. Blizzard also outlined some of their plans for the game, but it’s unlikely that the minor improvements will be enough to win over their disgruntled players.
4. Saints Row 4 Coming to Switch
Saints Row 4: Re-elected is headed to the Nintendo Switch. The port will come with 25 pieces of DLC, including the two main story expansions Enter the Dominatrix and How The Saints Save Christmas. Although the game was originally released in 2013, there will be many quality of life improvements for the Switch port, particularly for the drop-in drop-out co-op that Saints Row is known for. Saints Row 4: Re-elected is expected to launch on the Switch on March 27.
The Daily Moot: Apex Season 4, Super Mario Bros. Movie, and More!
1. Apex Assimilation Final Trailer
Apex Legends just released one final hype trailer in anticipation for Season 4! With a little mix of backstory and gameplay (as well as some shameless battle pass promotion), the new trailer gives us our first glance at Revenant’s abilities and voice lines. Check out the trailer below; Season 4 Assimilation starts tomorrow!
2. Super Mario Bros. Movie
A new Super Mario Bros. movie is in the works! Unlike the original Super Mario Bros. movie which came out in 1993 and was live-action, the new movie will be animated. That’s probably a good idea, considering the original was poorly received by critics and fans alike. Although Super Mario Bros. is the only movie currently in production by Nintendo, Mario creator Miyamoto suggested that many more games will likely make their way to the theaters. Unfortunately we’re gonna have to wait a while before that happens; the Super Mario Bros. movie isn’t expected to come out until 2022.
3. Wizards of the Coast RPG
Wizards of the Coast, best known for Magic: the Gathering, just announced that a new sci-fi RPG is in development. The currently untitled game will be produced by Wizard’s of the Coast’s new gaming studio Archetype Entertainment. They haven’t released a lot of details yet, but we do know that the game will be a “story-driven epic,” and will have a heavy emphasis on player choice.
4. Warcraft 3 Reforged Breaks Metacritic
Warcraft 3 Reforged is pretty bad to say the least. How bad exactly? Well, Warcraft 3 Reforged just officially became the lowest-rated game on Metacritic. With more than 20,000 negative reviews, the game currently has a user score of 0.5 out of 100. It's safe to say that Blizzard really blew it with this one.
The Daily Moot: FF7 Trailer, Trials of Osiris, Apex Mobile, and More!
1. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Trailer
Final Fantasy 7 Remake just released a new trailer today! While it’s being billed as a theme song reveal, the trailer packs much, much more. It confirms that while some elements of the game will be a true remake, there are also new twists in the story. Oh, and it also features a crossdressing Cloud. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
2. Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris
Dataminers have uncovered a ton of information about the upcoming season of Destiny 2 and all signs are pointing towards the return of the competitive PvP mode Trials of Osiris. According to the dataminers, the upcoming “Season of the Worthy” starts on March 9, and will launch after a series of events beginning with an Empyrean Foundation Event. It seems the dataminers’ predictions were spot on; Bungie just revealed that the “Empyrean Foundation rebuild effort” will launch next week.
3. Apex Legends Mobile
It looks like Apex Legends may be coming to mobile after all. In May of last year, shortly after the release of the game, Respawn mentioned their desire to bring Apex Legends to mobile. It’s been nearly a year since then, and a quiet one at that, but now EA finally confirmed their commitment to mobile during yesterday's Q3 earnings report. There’s no word yet on any sort of timeline, but we should learn some more information during their Q4 earnings report in May.
4. Animal Crossing Switch
Nintendo just unveiled its new Animal Crossing-themed Switch and it’s one of the best-looking Switch skins yet. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, and players who are buying the Switch specifically to play the new game will undoubtedly enjoy the themed console. The Animal Crossing-themed Switch will release on March 13, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch one week later on March 20.
5. Alien Hominid Returns
A new Alien Hominid game is in the works! The Behemoth, perhaps best known for Castle Crashers, just announced Alien Hominid Invasion, a throwback to the original flash game from 2004. Alien Hominid Invasion is the 5th game from the studio, and will be available for demo at PAX East next month. Check out the announcement video below!
P.S. Check out the latest edition of Ryan's Always Right below! This week's featured game is The Talos Principle.
Activision x Google Streaming Deal Plus the Death of a Legend!
Activision and Google have just announced a massive exclusivity deal that guarantees all of Activision’s streaming events, including the Call of Duty League and the Overwatch League, will take place on YouTube! If that’s not enough, we also update you on the Apex Legends situation building up to Season 4. Finally, the greatest pirate in all the lands makes an appearance (or multiple)!
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The Daily Moot: Revenant is VIOLENT, Say Goodbye to Overwatch Heroes
1. Apex Legends Revenant Trailer
Apex Legends just released their latest trailer for the upcoming release of Revenant and Season 4 and it is VIOLENT. “Revenant was the greatest hitman the Mercenary Syndicate ever had. But when his programming eventually failed, he saw what Hammond Robotics had turned him into: a walking nightmare of steel and vestigial flesh.” What could his abilities be? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
2. Overwatch Benching Heroes
There are some huge changes coming to Overwatch for Season 21. In order to switch up the meta, Competitive Play will have different hero pools every week. This means only certain heroes will be available to play each week and the rest will be disabled. The new hero pools will only affect Competitive Play and will not impact Arcade or Quick Play matches. In his statement, director Jeff Kaplan explained that the Hero Pools system is merely a test for Season 21, and it may go through several changes or be scrapped altogether depending on reception.
3. GTA Giving $2M to Every Player
December 2019 was the most popular month in GTA Online’s history, which is absolutely insane for a game that came out nearly 7 years ago. To celebrate, Rockstar is giving away $2M of in-game currency to every single player just for logging in. Log in between now and February 5 to receive the first $1M, and log in between February 6 and February 12 to receive the second $1M. Rockstar is also giving away freebies for Red Dead Online on the same schedule so be sure to log in and claim those as well.
4. Joker Comes to Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat 11 just got a new addition to its roster, adding Batman’s Joker to the fray. Reviews so far have been stellar, with many players considering Mortal Kombat 11’s Joker to be the best Joker in any fighting game yet. He’s incredibly strong and will likely get nerfed in the future, so be sure to give him a shot soon.
5. Dead Cells DLC
After 16 free updates since its release in 2016, Dead Cells is getting its first-ever paid DLC. Called Bad Seed, the DLC will introduce new creatures, companions, biomes, and weapons, including the game’s first double-slot weapon. The DLC is designed to spice up the early game for new players and those who have already played through the core game. Bad Seed is set to launch on February 11 and will cost $5.
The Daily Moot: Warcraft 3 is BAD, Resident Evil Updates, and More!
1. Warcraft 3 is Back and it’s BAD
Warcraft 3: Reforged is officially live! Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Warcraft, but first impressions of the remake have not been kind. Reviews have been universally scathing, with criticism towards rampant bugs, broken features, janky animations, and bad graphics. Players across the board are condemning Warcraft 3: Reforged as a catastrophe of a game and have already begun requesting refunds. Not a good look for Blizzard.
2. Resident Evil Resistance Not Canon
According to Resident Evil 3 Remake producer Peter Fabiano, Resident Evil Resistance will not be canon. While this may disappoint fans who were hoping for the story’s continuation, there will still be many familiar faces in the new game. Although the game may not be canon, it shares a thematic connection with the rest of the Resident Evil series, particularly with Resident Evil 3 Remake. Both games are set to launch on April 3.
3. PlayStation Plus February Games
Sony just revealed the list of games for February’s PlayStation Plus lineup. Starting February 4, Bioshock: The Collection, The Sims 4, and Firewall Zero Hour will all be available for free for all players with a PlayStation Plus membership. Download the games before March 2 and they will be available in your library forever as long as you remain a PlayStation Plus subscriber.
4. The Art of The Last of Us 2
The Last of Us 2 is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year and now you can get an inside peek behind the making of the game. The Art of the Last of Us 2 is a 200-page book featuring extensive insights into the making of the game. A deluxe edition was made available for pre-order today, and includes a gallery-quality lithograph, slipcase, and exclusive cover in addition to the book.
5. Stadia Pro Freebies
Stadia Pro will be getting 2 free new games next month. On February 1, Gylt and Metro Exodus will be added to the Stadia Pro free game library. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Samurai Showdown will both be removed from the free game library at the same time, so be sure to claim those games by January 31 in order to keep them.
The Daily Moot: Streamers Ditching Twitch, Xbox vs PS5, and More!
1. Streamers Ditching Twitch
Streamers seem to be having a mass exodus from Twitch and it’s not hard to see why. Although Twitch remains the biggest live-streaming service for gaming, competitors are offering huge contracts to streamers in an attempt to poach them. Shroud, Disguised Toast, and Valkyrae are just a handful of the streamers who have left Twitch. Here’s the crazy part: they all went to different services: Mixer, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube, respectively. As the competing platforms all vie for the biggest names in streaming, the result is some insane contracts with top stars like Shroud and Ninja raking in up to $30M with their deals. Sounds like it’s a good time to be a streamer.
2. Xbox Boss Says Frame Rate > Resolution
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has reinforced Xbox’s commitment to maximizing frame rates even if it means a decrease in resolution. Although he’s made similar comments in the past, Spencer said of the upcoming Xbox Series X, “The feel of the games [is] definitely something that we wanted to have more focus on, not just throwing more pixels on screen.” While high-resolution gaming certainly seems to be the focus for most companies (PlayStation announced 8k compatibility with the upcoming PS5), it appears Xbox is taking the complete opposite approach. Which do YOU think is more important: frame rate or resolution?
3. Pokemon Home Details Revealed
Pokemon Home is coming next month and we finally have some more details about the new service. Pokemon Home is an app designed to connect and manage all of your Pokemon needs across games and platforms. An evolution of Pokemon Bank, the new app will allow players to trade, move, and store Pokemon of different games all in one place. Pokemon Home will be available on Switch and Mobile, and will be a subscription-based service starting at $3/month or $16/year.
4. Dying Light: Bad Blood Free
After revealing that Dying Light 2 has been delayed indefinitely, developer Techland has decided to give Dying Light: Bad Blood to all players for free as an apology. Bad Blood is a battle royale version of Dying Light, where players survive against zombies and each other to become the last person (or team) standing. Although Techland is giving the game to all Dying Light players on all platforms, Bad Blood is only available on PC. You can claim your free copy from Dying Light’s official dockets website.
5. Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge
Mortal Kombat is getting an all-new animated movie called Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. The upcoming film will mark the video game’s first foray into full-length R-rated animated films. The movie features many fan favorite Mortal Kombat characters who have to battle to the death in a tournament to save Earth. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
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The Daily Moot (Apex's New Character Murdered!)
1. Apex's New Character Has Been Murdered
Just days after his announcement, Apex's new character Forge has been killed off. Apex Legends just released its latest "Stories from the Outlands" video which features Forge getting murdered during a live interview. His assassin? None other than Revenant. Does this mean that Revenant will be the new Season 4 legend instead of Forge or is Respawn just throwing us for a loop? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
2. Do In-Game Punishments Violate Your Rights?
After his in-game appeal was denied, gamer Amro Elansari recently sued Jagex for muting his Runescape account. The player alleged that Jagex had engaged in discrimination against him, and that the mute violated his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. While it was an interesting approach, the lawsuit was quickly dismissed with a US Federal Court determining, “The First Amendment and its constitutional free speech guarantees restrict government actors, not private entities.” In other words, Jagex can do whatever it wants with its own game because it’s a private entity. So no, as much as it may feel unjust, getting muted does not violate your civil rights.
3. Activision Signs Exclusive Deal with YouTube
Activision Blizzard has signed a partnership deal with Google which will put all of their streaming content exclusively on YouTube. This means that pro leagues such as Overwatch League and Call of Duty League will only be available on YouTube, and will no longer appear on other streaming services such as Twitch. Although Twitch is still the dominant force in the game streaming market, competitors such as YouTube and Mixer have been making huge strides and closing the gap through deals like this.
4. New Star Wars Game
According to a leak from Cinelix, a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game is currently in development. While rumors of a Knights of the Old Republic remake have been circulating for years, the new game will instead be a sequel to the first. BioWare created the much-loved original but it’s unclear whether or not they will have any hand in the upcoming game. There's not a lot of info yet, but expect more details to be revealed later this year at E3.
5. Chinese Professional LoL Suspended
China’s League of Legends Professional League has been suspended indefinitely due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The LPL’s official Twitter released a statement saying that matches would be suspended until they can "ensure the safety and health of players and fans." It’s unclear yet how this will affect teams and players who undoubtedly want to reach global competition at MSI later this year.
6. Hearthstone VR
Blizzard has apparently created a Hearthstone VR prototype, enabling players to play the card game in virtual reality. It’s not just the cards and board but the entire tavern, so you can really warm your toes by the hearth! Some of the features of the prototype allowed players to walk around the tavern, throw cards, and flip tables. Unfortunately, as fun as it may sound, it is unlikely that the VR version will ever see production.
The Daily Moot (Legends of Runeterra, Fortnite Season 2, and More!)
1. Legends of Runeterra
Legends of Runeterra is now live! Riot Games is finally putting the “s” in Games with the official launch of Legends of Runeterra, their new digital CCG. Unlike Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra has its own client and is being treated as a unique game completely independent of League of Legends. That said, there’s still a lot of League influence with many popular champions making an appearance. Check out the new game and join in on the discussion over on our new Legends of Runeterra lounge!
2. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 has finally been announced! After an extremely long Season 1, players will no doubt be excited for the arrival of Season 2 and the changes it will bring. There’s no word yet on what exactly we can expect in the upcoming season, but we’ll likely get some more news in the coming weeks. Chapter 2 Season 2 begins February 20.
3. Rocket League Closing Online Multiplayer
Rocket League is closing its online multiplayer for certain PC players. Starting in March, developer Psyonix will stop providing support for Linux and Mac users. This means all online content will be disabled, including things such as online matchmaking, friends lists, and shops. Psyonix recommends players who will be affected to download the Windows version of the game before March in order to continue playing with full functionality.
4. Steam Lunar New Year Sale
The Steam Lunar New Year Sale is here, offering huge discounts on thousands of games. Some of the highlights include 66% off Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, 75% off Vermintide 2, and 90% off Phoning Home. Even if you’re not looking to expand your gaming library, Steam is giving out Year of the Rat tokens every day to all users. You can spend these tokens in the Lunar New Year Night Market, which offers Steam enhancements such as animated profile backgrounds, chat room effects, and chat stickers.
5. Plague Inc. Resurgence
Plague Inc. has experience a huge surge in popularity in China amid the current Coronavirus outbreak. The game, which first launched in 2012, is now the top paid app in China's iOS store. Showing a display of a dark sense of humor among Chinese gamers, Plague Inc. is a strategy game where players try to eliminate humanity with a gradually mutating pathogen.
P.S. Check out Ryan's review of Legends of Runeterra and see what all the hype is about!
Fortnite Bans, Apex Legends Season 4, and 100T's New Compound!
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The Daily Moot (New Apex Legends Character, GTA Update, and More!)
1. New Apex Legends Character
Apex Legends just revealed its upcoming new character named Forge! A five-time Hyper Fighting Federation champion, Forge is a brawler with a huge robotic left arm. Although his abilities are still unknown, Respawn described the new character as having “a mean left hook,” so you can expect his robotic arm to play a significant role. Forge will launch alongside the start of Season 4 which begins on February 4.
2. GTA Online New Car
GTA Online goes off-roading this week, with the release of the all-new Nagasaki Outlaw. The latest addition to the Casino Cars, the Nagasaki Outlaw is an off-road buggy with a protective roadcage, encouraging players to use the vehicle for some next-level exploring. Test it out in Overtime Rumble, where you can get double rewards for a limited time. If you were hoping for something more race-ready, the Progen Emerus supercar is available through the Lucky Wheel Podium this week.
3. New Hearthstone Heroes
Hearthstone Battlegrounds just got two new heroes in a recent update. The first is Tirion Fordring whose ability costs 1 mana and gives minions with no minion type +1/+1. The second new hero is Millhouse Manastor, whose ability is a passive where your minions cost 2 Gold, refresh costs 2 Gold, and you start with 2 Gold. Try out the new heroes and see if you can come out victorious in the Battlegrounds!
4. Vermintide 2 Update
Vermintide 2 just got a huge update today, releasing the first chapter of Curse of Drachenfels. In the first chapter, players will be returning to Castle Drachenfels to investigate the disappearance of Grey Mountain villagers. The remaining 2 chapters will be released later on in Season 2, and all 3 chapters will be completely free. The update also introduced a new in-game store called Lohner’s Emporium of Wonders which sells cosmetics in exchange for in-game currency. Currently the store only offers hats and hero skins, but expect more cosmetics to be added over time.
5. Dishonored Tabletop Edition
Courtesy of Modiphius Entertainment, Dishonored is the latest video game to be turned into a tabletop RPG. Unlike the Dishonored video game where players assume the role of an assassin, the tabletop version will let players choose other careers such as workers or explorers. The game will launch with a 300-page book, introducing the Empires of the Isles and the Void and providing a four-act campaign set in Dunwall. The Dishonored Roleplaying Game is expected to launch this summer.
The Daily Moot (1/22/20)
1. 100 Thieves Crazy New Compound
100 Thieves officially opened their new Los Angeles headquarters and esports facility today! Dubbed the 100 Thieves Cash App Compound, the 15,000 sq ft building is said to be the largest esports facility in America. The compound is designed to be a place where all facets of 100 Thieves can come together, including esports, content creation, and apparel and merchandise. To facilitate this, the building includes things such as esport training facilities, streaming rooms, and other dedicated areas for 100 Thieves affiliates to work independently or with each other. Could this be the future of streaming and gaming-related entertainment?
2. Half-Life Goes Free-to-play
In anticipation for the release of Half-Life: Alyx, every single Half-Life game is now free to play until the new game launches! This gives gamers plenty of time to catch up on the story before jumping into Alyx later this year. Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two are all available for free on Steam from now until the launch of Alyx on April 1 (assuming it doesn’t get delayed of course).
3. Hearthstone Galakrond’s Awakening
Hearthstone’s latest solo adventure, Galakrond’s Awakening, is now live! The adventure features two separate story campaigns, one for the League of Explorers and another for the League of E.V.I.L. Each chapter of the adventure features unique rewards, including new cards that are only available through the campaigns. The first chapter of the E.V.I.L. campaign is now available and is free for all players.
4. The Witcher Breaks More Records
As part of their Q4 earnings report, Netflix announced that The Witcher is its most successful first-season show ever. To date, The Witcher has had over 76 million households tune in. The Witcher seems to be one of those rare occasions where a video game inspired movie/TV show actually turns out well and has mass appeal. Maybe it helps that the games were originally based off books. At any rate, everything The Witcher is at an all time high now. We’ll have to see if CD Projekt Red can pull it off again and create another global phenomenon with Cyberpunk 2077.
5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Disney just dropped an all-new trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Originally on Cartoon Network and later on Netflix, The Clone Wars has now been resurrected by Disney+. It’s been nearly 6 years since the show’s last episode so expect the new producers to have some big surprises in store. The 7th and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premieres on February 21. Check out the trailer below:
The Daily Moot (1/21/20)
1. Ubisoft Making Big Changes
Ubisoft’s recent releases, such as The Division 2 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, have been commercial and critical disappointments. This has led to the delay of Rainbow Six: Quarantine, Gods and Monsters, and Watch Dogs Legion, as well as the cancellation of other projects. The studio is now looking to switch things up, announcing a restructuring of their editorial team in an effort to increase the diversity in their game lineup. Most notable among these changes is the rehiring of Splinter Cell Creative Director, Maxime Beland. While this has fans excited for a Splinter Cell resurrection, there’s no info yet about a new game. Instead, Beland’s role seems to be focused on the overall vision of the company and we will likely see some big changes represented in Ubisoft’s future games.
2. The Elder Scrolls 6
The Elder Scrolls 6 could be on the horizon as Bethesda has begun a mass hiring spree. According to the job listings, Bethesda is looking for programmers who are ready to push "the bleeding-edge of RPG development for the PC and consoles." This news had led fans to believe that Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi game Starfield is finally wrapping up production, meaning that The Elder Scrolls 6 will finally become the studio’s main focus.
3. Dying Light 2 Delayed
Delay, delay, delay. This time it’s Dying Light 2 getting hit with the delay hammer, albeit the details are a bit different. Unlike previously delayed games which claimed they needed more time for polish and fine-tuning, Techland is being vague with their reasoning, saying, “We will have more details to share in the coming months, and will get back to you as soon as we have more information.” Pretty sure they already have the “information” and just don’t want to share with us. At any rate, it sounds like Dying Light 2 is having some pretty serious development issues and won’t be launching any time soon.
4. Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops
It’s official: Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops will be here sooner than the actual game. According to an announcement at the London Toy Fair, Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops will be available on April 16, 2020. This is the same date that the game was originally supposed to release. Of course, its launch day has now been pushed back to September, meaning that the action figures will be here a full 5 months sooner than the game. How do you feel about buying merch for a game that hasn’t come out yet?
5. MHW: Iceborn Road Map
Monster Hunter World: Iceborn just released its 2020 road map, with detailed information on what’s to come between now and April. One major update is the PC version will be synced with console, and both versions will have the exact same content. This means that PC players will be getting new content such as the Volcanic Region and Tundra Region, as well as all the monsters that reside there. Check out the road map below:
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2020 - The Year of Delayed Games! (Moot Points)
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The Daily Moot (1/17/20)
1. Call of Duty Dominates
Market research company The NPD Group just unveiled its list of the best-selling games of the decade. Well, uh, it’s basically just Call of Duty. All of ‘em. Of the top 10 best-selling games of the decade, Call of Duty holds 7 spots, with every title from Black Ops to Black Ops 4 making the list. Incredibly, the top spot is NOT a Call of Duty game; that honor goes to Grand Theft Auto V. If you're surprised by the list, keep in mind that these are the best-selling games, not the top-earning. This means free-to-play games like Fortnite or League of Legends won't be making an appearance.
2. Overwatch Lunar New Year
The Overwatch Lunar New Year 2020 Event is now live! The Year of the Rat celebrations will run from now until February 6 (Chinese New Year is on January 25). The event brings an all-new limited-time game mode called CTF Blitz, a high-octane version of Capture the Flag where the flags are closer together. Weekly challenges are back with plenty of rewards including sprays, icons, emotes, and epic skins. There’s also 4 new legendary skins available during the event, one each for Sombra, Moira, Brigette, and Lucio. Check out the trailer below:
3. Yet Another Game Delay
Is 2020 the year of the game delay? Yet another game has been delayed for “polish and fine-tuning,” with the victim this time being Iron Man VR. At least this one isn’t nearly as long as the others. Originally slated to release on February 28, the game will now launch on May 15. That makes 4 major games that have been delayed for “polish” just this week, the others being Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Marvel’s Avengers, and Cyberpunk 2077. What on earth is going on?
4. Sekiro Manga
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is getting a complete manga edition. The manga, some of which has been available in Japan, serves as a prequel to the game, diving into the backstory of Hanbei the Undying. The complete edition will be released on February 27 in Japan, unfortunately there’s no word on an English version yet.
5. Bojack Horseman Final Season Trailer
Bojack Horseman is coming to an end. One of the longest-running Netflix original series of all time, Bojack Horseman has been universally acclaimed by critics, with multiple publications calling it the best TV series of the decade. The second half of the final season is almost here, and the creators have released a trailer to get fans ready for the finale. The final 8 episodes will premiere on Netflix on January 31.
The Daily Moot (1/16/20)
1. Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again
CD Projekt Red just announced that Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed. Again. Just like the developers of Marvel’s Avengers earlier this week, CD Projekt Red decided to delay the release of Cyberpunk 2077 in order to polish and fine-tune the game. In order to do so, they will be pushing the release date back a full 5 months. That sounds like an awful lot of polish and fine tuning. With the extremely high expectations for the game, it makes sense that the developers want to make it as good as possible on release, but fans have been anticipating the release for over a year now and are no doubt starting to get antsy. Cyberpunk 2077 is now slated to launch on September 17.
2. The Death of E3?
E3 has long been considered the premier video game expo but many pundits are saying that the death of E3 is looming. Sony confirmed they will not be attending the expo in 2020 and they’re not the only company bowing out. EA, Disney Interactive, and Blizzard will all be absent from the event as well. Developers seem much more interested in teasing games on their own terms, either through their own expos (like Blizzard’s BlizzCon) or through partnerships with popular streamers. Could this really be the death of E3?
3. Modern Warfare Season 1 Extended
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Season 1 has been extended. The extension not only gives players some extra time to achieve their goals, it also introduces some new challenges and rewards along the way. One of these rewards allows you to add a brand-new crossbow to your arsenal. Modern Warfare Season 1 will now end on February 11.
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is getting a new Fighters Pass which will introduce 6 new characters to the game. Sounds awesome right? There’s a catch. Nintendo isn’t willing to say who the new characters will be, even though they’ve already decided on all of them. Nintendo did say, however, that all the characters would be released by the end of 2021. If you’re okay with the mystery, the Fighters Pass will be available for pre-purchase starting January 28.
5. Sea of Thieves Gilded Voyages
Sea of Thieves latest update “Legend of the Seas” is now live! The update brings back Gilded Voyages for a limited time, giving players a great opportunity to fill their coffers and get some loot. There’s also a new NPC called the Masked Stranger who will give you double the normal gold for you Gilded Voyage loot. You can find her in the Reaper’s Hideout. Players are only allowed to do one Gilded Voyage, so make sure you’re up for the task before making your way to a tavern and requesting one from Duke.