The Daily Moot: The Last of Us & Ghost of Tsushima Changes
1. The Last of Us Part 2 & Ghost of Tsushima Changes
The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima both have new release dates. The Last of Us Part 2, which had been indefinitely postponed, is now expected to launch on June 19. Along with the new release date announcement, developer Naughty Dog also addressed recent leaks of the game's footage with a simple request that fans "do their best to avoid spoilers” and “don't spoil it for others.” In response to the new date for The Last of Us Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima has been pushed back to July 17 in order to avoid having too much competition between the two highly anticipated PS4-exclusive games. Ghost of Tsushima was originally slated to launch on June 26.
2. PUBG Adds Bots
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has now added bots to public matches on consoles. Designed to bridge the gap between drastic skill differences, the decision to add bots was aimed at making the game’s learning curve less severe for newer players. PUBG Corp noted that “many newer players are being eliminated early with no kills and no damage,” and wanted to add changes that would “provide more ways for players to hone their skills and be able to fully enjoy what PUBG has to offer.” Bots will only be present on public matches and will not appear in ranked games.
3. Total War: Shogun 2 Free
Sega’s Total War: Shogun 2 is currently free on Steam. Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy game that features a blend of real-time and turn-based tactics. If you’re a fan of strategy games then this is a great opportunity to get one of the genre’s staples. As long as you claim the game by May 1 you’ll be able to keep it forever.
4. Brother in Arms TV Adaptation
Classic FPS series from Gearbox Studios, Brother in Arms, is now getting a TV adaptation. In a retelling of World War 2 operation Exercise Tiger, the TV adaptation will focus on the real-life events of the previously classified mission. It’s unclear how much the video games will be relevant to the upcoming show but we do know that the adaptation will wear the Brother in Arms moniker and that Gearbox will be involved in the production.
5. WWE 2K Battlegrounds
Just one week after announcing that WWE 2K was no more, 2K Games has now unveiled a new WWE game called WWE 2K Battlegrounds. Similar to WWE All Stars, WWE 2K Battlegrounds is a deviation from the mainline series and features a more lighthearted, goofy approach to the wrestling gameplay. It may not be 2K21, but Battlegrounds should hopefully give WWE fans something to enjoy while 2K Games figures out the future of the series. You can check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Travis Scott Breaks Fortnite Record
1. Travis Scott Breaks Fortnite Record
Travis Scott’s Fortnite concert last night broke the record for the highest concurrent player count in Fortnite history. The event saw more than 12.3 million fans drop in for the show, smashing the previous record set by Marshmello’s concert last year by nearly 2 million players. Travis Scott debuted his new single “Astronomical” during his in-game performance and is set to host an encore concert tomorrow at 3pm PT in the Americas region.
2. XCOM 2 Free Trial
XCOM 2 is free to play from now until April 30. On both Steam and Xbox One, players can try out the complete game and embark on their quest to liberate earth from alien tyrants. Motivated players should easily be able to complete the campaign during the free week, but if you’re unable to do so then XCOM 2 will also be on sale following the event.
3. Destiny 2 Cheaters
Destiny 2 has seen a large uptick in cheaters recently. During the latest “This Week at Bungie,” Bungie mentioned that cheating in Destiny 2 has risen by 50% since January. The statement also highlighted that the prevalence of cheating had risen dramatically in the highest skill echelons. It seems that the bulk of the issues are coming from PC players, and most commonly involves cheats such as infinite ammo or energy.
4. WWE 2K21 Not Happening
WWE 2K will not be getting a release next year. The wrestling series has put out a new game every single year since 2011 but the streak will now be coming to a close. WWE 2K20 launed to disastrous reviews and was noted for its buggy, broken gameplay. There’s no word yet on whether or not there will be plans to revamp the series, but for now it seems that WWE 2K may be gone for good.
5. Nintendo Users Hacked
Nintendo has confirmed that up to 160,000 Nintendo accounts have been hacked. In their statement, Nintendo said that hackers were able to access user data from Nintendo Network IDs and then used that information to log into Nintendo Accounts and make purchases. Nintendo Network IDs are an older form of login that was used for the 3DS and Wii U, and Nintendo has now disabled all Nintendo Network IDs and has performed automatic password resets for all affected accounts.
The Daily Moot: MSI Cancelled
1. MSI Cancelled
The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational tournament has been cancelled. The second biggest League tournament of the year, MSI is the only international tournament before the World Championships. Although all of the individual leagues are playing remotely, online play isn’t feasible for a tournament like MSI as the ping between regions would be too much of an issue. There was hope that the Mid-Season Invitational would still go on after it was postponed from its original date until July, but it seems that Riot has simply decided to move on from the event entirely.
2. Epic Weekly Freebies
The latest week of freebies from Epic Games is here. It seems that Epic is moving away from multiple titles per week for the time being as both this week and next week will only offer one free game. This week’s free game is For the King, a turn-based strategy RPG that features online co-op play. You can claim your free copy of For the King directly from the Epic Games Store. As long as you claim your copy before April 30, you’ll be able to keep the game forever.
3. RDR2 Xbox Game Pass
Red Dead Redemption 2 is headed to the Xbox Game Pass. Starting on May 7, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will have access to Rockstar’s latest rendition of their acclaimed wild west adventure. Unfortunately, on the exact same date, Grand Theft Auto V will be leaving the Xbox Game Pass. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber and haven’t gotten around to playing GTA V yet, you’ll want to hurry before time runs out.
4. Xbox Series X Speed
Some new details about the Xbox Series X have been released, this time shedding light on the upcoming console’s impressive speed. Mike Rayner from The Coalition studios (best known as the developers of Gears of War) was able to share some of the console’s practical speed in relation to the Xbox One. For example, the Xbox Series X is able to load Gears 5 more than 4 times faster than the Xbox One without any changes to the game’s code. While this is just one specific type of test, this news should certainly encourage Xbox fans who are eagerly awaiting the console’s next generation.
5. The Division 2 Demo
The Division 2 has just released a demo that will let players try out the first 8 hours of the game for free. The Division 2 has previously offered free weekends, but now interested players won’t have to wait around for one if they want to give the game a shot. Demo players will be able to level their characters up to level 8 and all progress will transfer over from the demo to the full game.
The Daily Moot: PUBG Season 7 Now LIVE!
1. Vikendi Returns to PUBG
Vikendi has returned to PUBG as the featured map of the all-new Season 7. Some of the highlights of the revamped Vikendi include a brand new train system and a new Dinoland to replace the old Dino Park. The map has also removed much of the snow that used to cover it, and has replaced its snow bikes and snowmobiles with motorbikes. Season 7 of PUBG is live now; check out the official gameplay trailer below.
2. Warzone Cheaters Play Together
Call of Duty has come up with a clever solution to stop Warzone cheaters from ruining games. Despite handing out over 70,000 bans, the presence of cheaters in Warzone has only been increasing and Infinity Ward is now trying a new approach. Rather than ban cheaters outright, suspected cheaters will now be placed in a “cheaters” queue where they will be forced to play with other people who have been suspected of cheating.
3. Fortnite Added to Google Play Store
After a year and a half of refusing to join the Google Play Store, Epic Games has now added Fortnite to Android’s flagship app store. Fortnite was previously available only through Epic’s third-party app called the Epic Games App. Along with the announcement, Epic Games called out Google’s practices regarding third-party software, saying they hope that “Google will revise its policies and business dealing in the near future.” At any rate, Android users can now get Fortnite directly from the Google Play Store.
4. The Mandalorian Season 3
The Mandalorian Season 3 is apparently in pre-production at Disney+ Studios. This is great news for fans of the Star Wars series and shows Disney’s commitment to the show, especially considering that Season 2 is still yet to premiere. While many film crews are now shut down amid the coronavirus, The Mandalorian Season 2 was fortunately able to wrap up development earlier this year and is expected to come out this October.
5. PAX West Still Happening
As of right now, PAX West is still expected to happen later this year. Organizers released a statement saying that while they “intend to follow all CDC and WHO guidelines,” they are “still planning on putting together a great PAX West this coming Labor Day Weekend.” While this news may be encouraging, it’s clear the event’s status is still uncertain. PAX West is currently scheduled to start on September 4.
The Daily Moot: TSM's Crazy Acquisition
1. Doublelift Headed to TSM
Doublelift is apparently headed back to TSM. The former Team SoloMid AD carry was previously kicked from the team after the end of the 2017 World Championships. Doublelift then went on to join Team Liquid, creating a domestic dynasty and winning an unprecedented 4 LCS titles in a row, becoming one of the world's biggest esport stars in the process. Meanwhile TSM went on to struggle, failing to win a single time since winning with Doublelift in 2017. We’ll have to wait to see whether or not Team SoloMid will be able to find success once again with Doublelift back on the roster, but one thing is certain: North American League of Legends will certainly get a lot more interesting this Summer.
2. Artifact Single-Player Campaign
Valve revealed their commitment to Artifact earlier this year when they announced Artifact 2.0. While they didn’t share many details about their vision for the digital card game going forward at the time, we now know that Artifact will be getting a single-player campaign mode. Valve didn’t elaborate much about the upcoming mode, but it’s possible that it could link in with their new card acquisition system. Unlike in Artifact’s initial iteration in which cards could only be purchased with real money, Artifact 2.0 will be the complete opposite and players will only be able to earn cards via in-game play.
3. GeForce Now Library Changes
The GeForce Now library will be getting some changes later this week. On April 24, titles from Xbox Game Studios, Warner Bros, Codemasters and Klei Entertainment are set to be removed from the game streaming service. On the other side, GeForce Now will be adding a surge of Ubisoft games to their library, including the entire Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry catalogs. Nvidia also put out a blog post which assured the ongoing support of GeForce Now from many developers and publishers such as Epic Games, Valve, Bungie and Bandai Namco.
4. Corona Relief Done Quick
Corona Relief Done Quick just wrapped up and it was a massive success. The weekend-long speedrunning event featured some of the best speedrunners on the planet showing off their incredible gaming skills in order to raise funds for coronavirus relief. In total the event raised over $400,000 in just 60 hours and all of the proceeds are going to Direct Relief.
5. Venom 2 and The Batman Delayed
The upcoming Venom 2 and The Batman movies have been delayed. Originally slated for October of this year, Venom 2 will now hit theaters in June of 2021. Likewise, The Batman has been postponed from June 2021 to October 2021. Venom 2 doesn’t just have a new date, it also has a new name. The sequel will now be called Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
The Daily Moot: Travis Scott Coming to Fortnite
1. Travis Scott Fortnite Concerts
Travis Scott is coming to Fortnite! The Grammy-nominated rapper and producer will be performing a series of concerts within the game this week. Performing a total of 5 concerts across different regions, Travis Scott will hold concerts for the Americas region on April 23 at 4pm PT and April 25 at 3pm PT, and concerts for the EU&ME region on April 24 at 7am PT and April 25 at 8am PT. These concerts will serve as the worldwide debut of his new track “Astronomical.” Travis Scott will also be joining the game permanently as part of the Fortnite Icon Series and will get his own in-game skin. You can pick up his outfit and emote for free, as well as plenty more cosmetics, by completing the Astronomical Challenges series which begins tomorrow.
2. Cloud9 Wins LCS
Cloud9 are your 2020 LCS Spring Split Champions! Earning their first title in 6 years, Cloud9 secured the championship with an impressive 3-0 victory over FlyQuest. Although the team had many doubters after replacing 3 of their members before the start of the season, Cloud9 absolutely crushed their opposition this season and ended with the most dominant record in LCS history at 26-2. In Europe’s LEC, G2 took down their longtime rivals Fnatic 3-0 in order to defend their throne and secure their 3rd straight championship. There’s no word on whether or not the victorious teams will be competing against each other at MSI later this year as the international tournament currently sits in limbo and has been indefinitely postponed.
3. Facebook Gaming App
Facebook has released a new standalone Twitch-style gaming app. The app is designed to compete with the likes of Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer, enabling a streamlined way for fans to watch their favorite streamers. While you will still need a Facebook account in order to use the Facebook Gaming App, the app doesn’t include the typical Facebook features such as your posts and timeline. Whether or not Facebook will be successful with their streaming endeavors remains to be seen, but it’s clear right now that the streaming war is only getting started.
4. Valorant Bug Bounty
Riot is currently offering a sizable bug bounty for anyone who is able to find security flaws in Valorant’s anti-cheat system. While many fans are already impressed by Valorant’s commitment to a cheat-free environment, others are concerned that Vanguard’s kernel mode driver is open to exploits. To put those fears to rest, Riot Games is offering up to $100,000 to anyone who is able to find any bugs or exploits in the system.
5. Warzone Cheaters
Cheaters have been an increasingly large problem in Warzone and it’s leading many console players to disable crossplay. Warzone has crossplay enabled by default, allowing console players and PC players to play with and against each other. Unfortunately this had led to console players being matched up with PC hackers, so players are now going out of their way to disable crossplay in order to get fair games. Call of Duty is currently working on the prevalence of hackers and announced that they have already banned over 70,000 cheaters from the game.
The Daily Moot: Comic-Con 2020 Canceled
1. Comic-Con Canceled
San Diego Comic-Con 2020 has now joined the long list of events that have been canceled as a result of the coronavirus. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the annual convention and this is the first time in the event’s history that it has been canceled. It appears that there will be no attempts to postpone Comic-Con 2020 to a date later in the year, as organizers have now announced the dates for the 2021 convention. San Diego Comic-Con 2021 is expected to take place from July 22 to July 25, 2021.
2. Streets of Rage 4 Release Date
Streets of Rage 4 now has an official release date and it’s right around the corner. The first new Streets of Rage game in more than 25 years, the retro revival will be coming to PC and console on April 30. The developers also released a new trailer for the game, showing off some of its features as well as its classic arcade aesthetic. Check out the battle mode and release date trailer below.
3. Corona Relief Done Quick
Corona Relief Done Quick, a speedrunning event to help raise funds to combat the coronavirus pandemic, has now begun. The live streamed event features some of the best speedrunners in the world playing games such as Dark Souls, Cuphead, and Doom Eternal. Corona Relief Done Quick will run from now through Sunday and all proceeds will go to Direct Relief. You can watch all of CRDQ on the official GamesDoneQuick Twitch channel below.
4. Fallout 76 Mostly Positive
Fallout 76 had one of the worst launches in gaming history, receiving an enormous amount of negative reviews. It looks like now, nearly 2 years after the game was first released, Fallout 76 has finally figured things out as the game now has a “Mostly Positive” rating on Steam. Fans are clearly enjoying the massive Wastelanders update that was released earlier this week, which completely revamped the game by adding quests and NPCs.
5. Halo 2 PC
Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary will soon be making their way to PC. Developer 343 industries has just begun public beta testing for the games, meaning that it won’t be long until they’re ready for launch. If you’re a PC player and want to take part in the public beta tests, you can sign up free for the Halo Insider Program to get a beta key.
The Daily Moot: Crysis Remastered
1. Crysis Remastered
It’s official: Crysis is back! Crysis Remastered has been confirmed for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Considering that the series is known for its hardware-crunching graphical intensity, it should come as no surprise that Crysis Remastered will continue to push boundaries. According to the game’s official description, Crysis Remastered will have “new graphic features, higher quality textures and CRYENGINE's native hardware and API-agnostic ray tracing solution.” Think your system can handle it?
2. Valorant Esports
Riot Games has unveiled some of their plans to bring Valorant into the world of esports. In their statement, Riot emphasized that they want to “let Valorant grow naturally” and that they are “not looking to force anything too quickly.” As such, they are currently looking to form partnerships with players and organizations in order to develop the foundational framework to build a competitive esport scene upon. While we don’t have many details about these workings yet, we do know one thing: blood will be disabled for all major tournaments. This may seem like a pretty strange decision, but it suggests that Riot is looking to ensure that the game as an esport is family friendly and can appeal to all ages.
3. Gamescom Goes Digital
The massive gaming convention Gamescom has announced that they will be going digital this year. Originally planned as a physical convention on August 22 in Cologne, Germany, Gamescom will now be a digital-only event. This decision comes in response to Germany’s ban on all public events which lasts until August 31. Gamescom is now expected to take place online from August 25 to August 29.
4. Epic Freebies
The latest weekly freebies from Epic Games are now available. This week’s offerings are the open-world adventure game Just Cause 4 and the narrative visual novel Wheels of Aurelia. If either of these games interest you, head on over to the Epic Games Store to claim your free copies. As long as you claim them by April 23 you’ll be able to keep the games forever.
5. Riot Games Acquires Hypixel Studios
Riot Games has acquired developer Hypixel Studios. Hypixel Studios is composed of a group of Minecraft modders and their debut game, Hytale, is expected to launch next year. Hytale is a co-op fantasy RPG featuring a blocky style reminiscent of Minecraft. It’s unclear if Riot has plans to use the studio for any of their own upcoming projects, but for now it seems that Hypixel Studios will continue to be putting all their efforts into Hytale.
The Daily Moot: Fortnite X-Force Deadpool
1. Fortnite Update
A new Fortnite update is here, bringing even more Deadpool to the game. You can expect to encounter several new Deadpool-related skins, including an X-Force Deadpool skin as well as classic skin versions of Domino, Psylocke, and Cable. The update also brings some new locations to the map, replacing the Shark POI with a prison. Last but not least, it appears that a new LTM is on the way. Called “Arsenic,” the new game mode will feature infection-style gameplay with special abilities such as Growl and Double Jump.
2. Valorant Key Drops
Riot Games has just announced that Valorant beta key drops will now be available on all Twitch streams. The closed beta keys were previously only available through specific streams, so this new policy should level the playing field and encourage new streamers to start playing Valorant. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like this will increase your chances of getting a key however, as Riot also stated that the new policy won’t actually increase the total amount of keys dropped. If you’re one of the lucky players who has gotten a key already, let us know what you think of Valorant down below!
3. PS4 Games on PC?
Earlier today, several PS4 exclusive games were being sold as PC versions on the French Amazon store. These PS4 exclusives included titles such as Days Gone and Bloodborne. Fans were immediately excited as the listing suggested that these games were all coming to PC. Unfortunately for PC players, Sony quickly shut down those thoughts. In their statement, Sony said that “the listings are not accurate” and that they “have made no announcements to bring these games to PC.”
4. Sea of Thieves Revive System
Sea of Thieves is introducing a new revive system that could save you a trip to the Ferryman. While death has always been a temporary state in Sea of Thieves, the new revive system will make it so that you won’t have to go through the whole ordeal of coming back to life. If you happen to meet an untimely end and you have crewmates nearby, your crewmates will now be able to bring you back to life. Players will have 15 seconds to revive their crewmates in normal areas and 25 seconds to revive their crewmates in PvP areas.
Digital indie game convention LudoNarraCon is returning next week. Featuring 40 exhibitions with over 20 playable demos, the upcoming convention will take place entirely on Steam. From April 24 to April 27, you can expect to see the Steam main page filled with over 12 hours of panels from some of the biggest names in the indie game industry. If you’re interested in game development or are simply a fan of indie games, be sure to check out LudoNarraCon to learn more about the industry and get your hands on some awesome free demos.
The Daily Moot: Warzone Trios are Back
1. Warzone New Game Mode
Call of Duty: Warzone just got an all-new game mode where shotguns and snipers take center stage. Called Scopes and Scatter Guns, the new battle royale game mode will feature teams of 3, re-introducing the trios that were replaced by quad squads last week. Scopes and Scatter Guns arrives just ahead of double xp weekend, which is set to start this Friday on April 17. Call of Duty also announced that they have banned over 70,000 hackers and cheaters in Warzone. Hopefully this means that you'll be able to enjoy the new game mode in a cheat-free competitive environment.
2. Fallout 76 Wastelanders
The Wastelanders update for Fallout 76 arrived today, completely revamping the game. Wastelanders is an absolutely massive update, introducing many new features to Fallout 76. Most notable of these is the arrival of NPCs. The new NPCs, which feature their own dialogue and quest lines, are certain to bring life to the previously vacant world. The Wastelanders update is free for all owners of Fallout 76.
3. Assassin’s Creed 2 Free
Thanks to Ubisoft’s month of giving, Assassin’s Creed 2 is now available for free on Uplay. As long as you claim the game before April 17, you’ll be able to keep it forever. This is the third game Ubisoft has given away this month, the previous 2 being Child of Light and Rayman Legends. Assassin’s Creed 2 seems like a strange game for a giveaway considering it’s over a decade old, but it’s still worth picking up for those who haven’t played it.
4. XCOM Spinoff
A new XCOM spinoff called XCOM: Chimera Squad is on the way. Arriving 5 years after the release of XCOM 2, XCOM: Chimera Squad will share similarities with its predecessor but is not considered a direct sequel. The upcoming game will center around a branching campaign that features distinct soldiers with their own unique abilities and personalities. XCOM: Chimera Squad is expected to launch on April 24.
5. PlayStation Play at Home Initiative
PlayStation’s is giving away Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection to all PlayStation 4 players as part of their Play at Home Initiative. The Play at Home Initiative is designed to help keep people entertained during quarantine and to support indie game developers who are struggling as a result of the coronavirus. PlayStation 4 players will be able to claim the collection, which contains the first 3 Uncharted games, from April 15 to May 5. The offer is available to all PS4 players, including those that do not have PlayStation Plus.
The Daily Moot: Crysis 4; Ghost of Tsushima Details
1. New Crysis?
It appears that a new Crysis game may be on the way. While no details have been released, the Crysis twitter account ominously released their first tweet in several years, “RECEIVING DATA.” What data is being received? Well, according to fans of the first-person shoot series, the data is Crysis 4. The Crysis series is perhaps best known for offering resource-demanding, benchmark-worthy games that will push your system’s graphical capabilities to their limits. If you’re a Crysis fan and a new game truly is on the way, you might want to make sure your hardware is ready for a challenge.
2. Ghost of Tsushima Details
Sony just released some new details about Ghost of Tsushima in their latest preview of the game. In a decision that is sure to be polarizing, developer Sucker Punch announced that there will be no waypoints in the game. This means that players will have to rely on landmarks and their own geographical memory in order to navigate the land. Sucker Punch also highlighted the significance of your decisions and actions in the game, mentioning that your allies can turn on you depending on your behavior. Ghost of Tsushima is set to arrive on June 26, exclusively on the PlayStation 4.
3. Resident Evil 4 Remake
According to a new report, a Resident Evil 4 remake is in the works. Multiple development sources have stated that the upcoming game is currently in production by Capcom, which makes sense following the very successful Resident Evil 3 Remake. While there’s no definite timetable yet, Resident Evil 4 Remake is expected to launch sometime in 2022.
4. ESRB New Rating Label
The ESRB just introduced a new rating label for games that contain loot boxes. The ESRB, which assigns age and content ratings for video games, has been cracking down on microtransactions over the last couple of years. In 2018 they introduced a label warning concerning in-game purchases such as cosmetic skins. The ESRB has now expanded their labeling of microtransactions and addressed loot boxes specifically by targeting all “random items.”
5. Gears Tactics
Microsoft has just released a new trailer for Gears Tactics, an upcoming game based on Gears of War. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, you will have to command your squad to victory in this fast-paced, turn-based strategy game. Gears Tactics will launch on April 28 on Xbox and PC; check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: BlizzCon 2020
1. BlizzCon 2020
Blizzard is warning fans that BlizzCon 2020 “might not be feasible.” While Blizzard is still expecting the annual live event to take place this November, they are preparing for the worst and are exploring the possibility of a digital replacement. It seems likely that BlizzCon 2020 will still happen in some capacity, but Blizzard has tried to limit expectations and says, “it might be a few months before we know for certain if or how we’ll proceed.”
2. Rocket League Heatseeker
A new temporary gamemode is making its way to Rocket League next week. Heatseeker is a pong-like 3v3 mode in which the ball never stops flying toward one goal or the other. The ball gets faster and faster with every hit, making each goal more intense the longer the point goes on. Heatseeker will be available from April 16 to April 20; check out the trailer below.
3. New World Delay
Amazon’s upcoming new MMO New World has been delayed. In their statement, Amazon Game Studios said that progression on the project has slowed down with their developers forced to work from home. In order to ensure that the ambitious game is up to standards on release, New World is now expected to launch on August 25.
4. Final Fantasy 7 Remake on PC
It looks like Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be making its way to PC. In a FF7 Remake launch video released by Square Enix titled “Thank You for Waiting,” fans noticed that the video’s gameplay was captured on PC. Naturally, this means that a PC version of the game exists somewhere out in the world. This all but confirms that the game will eventually see a PC release in the future. Unfortunately fans will likely have to wait awhile; Final Fantasy 7 Remake has an exclusivity deal with Sony that lasts until April 2021.
5. MLB Players League
The MLB, MLBPA, and Sony Interactive just announced a new event called the MLB The Show Players League. The new online event will feature 30 professional baseball players facing off against each other in games of MLB The Show 20. The round robin tournament begins today, and matches will be played throughout April. You can catch the games live on Twitch and YouTube, as well as via the MLBTheShow Twitter account.
The Daily Moot: Warzone Removes Trios
1. Warzone Removes Trios
Call of Duty: Warzone has removed the Trios game mode from their playlist. Originally the only game mode available for Warzone's battle royale, Trios has now been replaced with Quads. Many players are understandably upset, wondering why Call of Duty would remove the successful mode and make such a big change to the game. Activision explained their decision by saying that “a one-on-four situation is much scarier than a 1v3” and that “having an additional Operator will also make certain Contracts easier.” Which do you think is better: Trios or Quads?
2. Hearthstone Demon Hunter Nerf
Hearthstone’s new Demon Hunter class, which just launched yesterday, is already getting nerfed. The new class was released as part of the Ashes of Outland expansion and is the first new class added to the game. At least 4 Demon Hunter cards have already been nerfed, including Skull of Gul’dan, Imprisoned Antaen, Eye Beam, and Aldrachi Warblades. Blizzard says that they will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the class’s power as necessary.
3. Epic’s Weekly Freebies
It’s Thursday which means there are 2 new free games available from the Epic Games Store. This week’s offerings are Close to the Sun and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments. Both games are mysteries where the player takes on the role of a skilled investigator. Both games are free on the Epic Games Store from now until April 16. As long as you claim the games before April 16, you’ll be able to keep them forever.
4. Fallout 76: Wastelanders Trailer
Bethesda has just released a new trailer for the upcoming Fallout 76: Wastelanders launch. Wastelanders is expected to be a massive expansion, adding NPCs and quest lines to the game. The Wastelanders update will go live on April 14 and will be free for all players who own the base game. Check out the trailer below.
5. Stardew Valley Bananas
Bananas are coming to Stardew Valley, thanks to a fan vote. Developer Eric Barone put out a Twitter poll asking fans to vote for their favorite fruit to be added to the game. The final results were close, but bananas won with a total of 30.6% of the vote. Mangoes nearly came out on top with 29.3% of the vote while Avocados rounded out the top 3 with 26.5% of the vote. There’s no word on when we can expect to see bananas start appearing, but it’s always cool to see developers directly interact with the community like this.
The Daily Moot: PS5 Controller Reveal
1. PS5 Controller Reveal
The PlayStation 5 controller has been revealed! Nicknamed DualSense, the new controller features a two tone design with a blue LED trim around the touchpad. Not only does the DualSense look futuristic, Jim Ryan (president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment) asserted that "the new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games.” Sony also confirmed that the PS5 controller will have a headphone port so you won’t have to worry about buying a special headset like with the Xbox Series X.
2. Google Stadia Now Free
In what seems like a last-ditch effort to compete with Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Google Stadia is now free. As long as users have a gmail account, they can now sign up for the service and stream games in 1080p free of charge. Google is also offering 2 months of Stadia Pro for free, which currently includes games such as Grid, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Gylt.
3. Sea of Thieves Cats
Next week’s update, Ships of Fortune, is bringing cats to Sea of Thieves. There will be 3 different breeds of cats, the scruffy Wildcat, fluffy Ragamuffin, and slinky Mau, which will join monkeys and parrots as premium pets in the Pirate Emporium. The update will also allow players to become emissaries for their favorite in-game trading companies. As an emissary you can advance through 5 Grades by accomplishing tasks for your trading company. The Ships of Fortune update is expected to go live on April 22.
4. No Solos for Apex
Apex Legends has permanently added a duos mode but it doesn’t look like solos will get the same treatment. Electronic Arts put out a statement saying that a solos mode doesn’t align with the game’s underlying co-op elements. Furthermore, EA claims that when solos were temporarily added last year, it “negatively impacted the game, especially when it came to new player retention.”
5. Hearthstone Ashes of Outland
Hearthstone’s latest expansion, Ashes of Outland, is now live. Ashes of Outland introduces the Demon Hunter class as the first new class to the game. The new class is free for all players and includes a Demon Hunter prologue campaign, the completion of which grants players 10 Demon Hunter basic cards, a 20-card Demon Hunter Initiate set, and a pre-built Demon Hunter starting deck list.
The Daily Moot: Valorant is Here!
1. Valorant’s Record-Setting Closed Beta
The Valorant closed beta is now live! In order to get access to the closed beta, you need to link your Riot account with your Twitch account and watch Valorant streams on Twitch with drops enabled. While this may seem like a strange way of distributing beta keys, this strategy has led Valorant to have the most successful launch day on Twitch ever. Valorant set the record for the most concurrent Twitch viewers for any game, with over 1.7 million people tuning in to watch.
2. Cooking Mama: Cookstar Controversy
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the latest entry in the Cooking Mama series, Cooking Mama: Cookstar. There have been multiple allegations that the game uses your device’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency and potentially also harvests your personal data. Both the developer and publisher have refuted these claims, with outside sources also saying that there is no evidence of blockchain code in the game.
3. Red Dead Online Double XP
The latest update just hit Red Dead Online, offering double XP for Showdown Modes and Races. There are also new freebies for players who have linked their Twitch accounts, including a Collector’s Bag and and Moonshiner boosts. All players who log in before April 14 will also earn 5 free gold bars.
4. ESA Confirms No Digital E3
After announcing that ESA will be focusing on a “reimagined” E3 for 2021, they have now confirmed that this means there will be no E3 2020. While this could reasonably be assumed from their initial statement, ESA cleared any doubts today by reiterating that there will not be a digital E3 this year. We have no idea what to expect from the “reimagined” E3 next year, but we do know that the convention will take place from June 15 to June 17.
5. Team Fortress 2 Lag Bots
Team Fortress 2 has apparently been infected by hordes of lag bots. The bots have ruined casual matchmaking, crashing servers. It seems that community servers have been largely unaffected, but it should still be important for Valve to address the issue on their casual servers as soon as possible.
The Daily Moot: Resident Evil 8
1. Resident Evil 8
According to a new leak, Resident Evil 8 may be coming next year. The leak alleges that Resident Evil 8 was originally designed as a spin-off called Resident Evil Revelations 3, but Capcom liked the prototype so much that they decided to turn it into a main-series game. The leaker also shared some details about the game, saying that it will be first-person and that “occultism, insanity and not being able to trust others are huge thematics of the game.” As with all leaks of course, it’s important to take these claims with a huge grain of salt. We’ll have to see if Capcom releases any official information later this year.
2. Streets of Rogue Sequel
A Streets of Rogue sequel is now in development. Solo developer Matt Dabrowski announced the news alongside the game’s most recent patch notes and assured fans that the original game would continue to receive updates and bug fixes while the sequel is in development. There’s no word yet on when we might expect to see the sequel released, but it might be a while considering that the first game took over 6 years to develop.
3. Last Oasis Back Online
After an extremely problematic launch, Last Oasis is finally back online. The MMO was extremely popular on release, unexpectedly so, which caused the game servers to become heavily overloaded. This resulted in many players being stuck in long queues or getting disconnected from the game, and ultimately led the developers to shut down the game entirely. The issues seem to have been mostly fixed and servers are now back online, but progress for all players has been reset so everyone will begin on a fresh account.
4. Saints Row 3 Remaster
A Saints Row 3 remaster has just been announced by developer Sperasoft. Called Saints Row: The Third Remastered, the upcoming game will include more than 30 pieces of DLC from the original and will feature completely rebuilt graphics and visual effects. The game will be available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4, but unfortunately the remaster will only run at 30fps on console.
5. E3 Reimagined
ESA has officially announced the dates for a new “reimagined” E3 2021. After this year’s E3 was cancelled back in March, many fans wondered if the convention would reschedule or try to do an online event. It seems like neither of those will be the case, as ESA is apparently deciding to forgo 2020 altogether in an attempt to make next year’s convention extra special. There’s no word on what exactly ESA means by “reimagined,” but we do know that the event is set to take place from June 15 to June 17, 2021.
The Daily Moot: Deadpool Comes to Fortnite
1. Fortnite Deadpool Has Arrived
Deadpool has finally arrived! Hyped up since the beginning of Season 2 Chapter 2, Deadpool is now available in Fortnite. In order to unlock the Deadpool skin, you’ll need to complete 14 specific Deadpool challenges, the last 2 of which were released today. The Deadpool skin is available for free so long as you complete the challenges, but there are also some Deadpool-themed items in the shop that you can buy with V-bucks. Check out the official “Deadpool has Arrived” trailer below.
2. Hearthstone Demon Hunter
Hearthstone’s new Demon Hunter prologue campaign is now available and it’s free for all players. The campaign is a set of 4 story-driven missions that reveal how Illidan Stormrage became a Demon Hunter. Completing the campaign will earn you the right to play as the game’s first new class and grant you 30 new cards to play with. The Demon Hunter class will be fully available to play with the April 7 launch of the new expansion, Ashes of Outland.
3. Mixer Helping Streamers
Mixer has quietly decided to help out their streaming partners who may be struggling financially. The Microsoft-owned company decided to send their partners $100 each to support them during the pandemic, which could go a long way for those who have lost their normal jobs. Although Mixer hasn’t publicly mentioned the gesture, many partners have reached out on Twitter to thank the platform for the support.
4. BAFTA Game Awards
The 2020 BAFTA Awards took place last night and the results were pretty surprising. Control and Death Stranding were expected to have big showing as both games had 11 nominations each, but each only walked away with 1 minor prize. The night’s biggest winner was Outer Wilds, which took home 3 awards including Best Game.
5. Resident Evil 3 Remake
Resident Evil 3 Remake is now here! Available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the game is a remake of 1999’s Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, and follows Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira as they try to survive a zombie apocalypse. Check out the official launch trailer below!
The Daily Moot: The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed Indefinitely
1. The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed Indefinitely
The Last of Us Part 2 has been delayed indefinitely. Naughty Dog announced that the launch of the highly anticipated sequel would not hit the planned May 29 release date and would instead be postponed “until further notice.” There is some good news however: Naughty Dog also mentioned that they are “nearly done with the development of The Last of Us Part 2” and “in the midst of fixing the final bugs.” Hopefully this means the game will be ready by Summer.
2. Apex Legends The Old Ways
The latest “Stories from the Outlands” Apex Legends cinematic is here and it accompanies a new event. Called “The Old Ways,” this cinematic features the backstory of Bloodhound, showing their traumatic childhood and how they transformed from a mere child into a fearsome hunter. The Old Ways event will be all about Apex’s hunter, with Bloodhound trials and a Bloodhound Town Takeover. The event will begin on April 7 and run until April 21. Check out the Bloodhound cinematic below.
3. Gearbox Developer Royalties
Gearbox developers are reportedly very upset because their royalty bonuses were lower than expected. Borderlands 3 was the best-selling game that 2K Games has ever produced so Gearbox developers were anticipating sizable royalty checks. Gearbox is unique in that they offer lower salaries in exchange for a profit-sharing agreement which gives 40% of royalties to the development team. Unfortunately for developers, the developer royalties for Borderlands 3 were much less than they had hoped. Gearbox says that this is because of the game’s increased publishing costs which the publisher had to recoup before starting to pay out royalties.
4. Starborne Open Beta
Starborne, a new massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game, has just entered open beta. Developed by Icelandic studio Solid Clouds, Starborne is a grand-scale strategy game which features thousands of players fighting for control of the galaxy. The game offers multiple paths to victory and has been described as “an eight-week-long game of Civilization but set in space on a map with over 5,000 other players.” If you’re a fan of RTS games and are interested in Starborne, check out their website to enter the free open beta.
5. Sea of Thieves Headed to Steam
It looks like Sea of Thieves is headed to Steam. Sea of Thieves mysteriously released a Steam page today without any warning, prompting fans to think that a surprise launch was in the works. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case, but Microsoft did confirm that Sea of Thieves will be coming to Steam in the near future. As part of the announcement, Microsoft also mentioned that the Steam version will be cross-play compatible with both the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions. While there’s no concrete release date yet, we can likely expect to get some more details soon.
The Daily Moot: April Fools in the Gaming World!
1. April Fools Day
It’s April Fools Day and there’s plenty of shenanigans going around in your favorite games. Overwatch decided to add googly eyes to all of its heroes as well as to many ultimate abilities (like Hanzo’s dragon). Meanwhile, Rockstar decided to bring Christmas in April and covered the worlds of GTA Online and Red Dead Online in a blanket of snow. Let us know down below what some of your favorite April Fools gags are!
2. Xbox Series X No Audio Port
The Xbox Series X will have no optical audio port. Considering how cheap it would be to include, this seems like a very strange omission. Phil Spencer explained the decision by saying that it is a matter of “marginal cost,” explaining that while it may only cost them $2 to include, the cost adds up when considering that they might sell up to 100 million units. Spencer also mentioned that Xbox is working with headphone manufacturers to develop headsets that will be able to work without an audio port. While this may seem like a decent workaround, this likely means that most users will end up having to purchase a new headset for the console.
3. No Bethesda Showcase
After yesterday’s cancellation of QuakeCon 2020, many fans expected that Bethesda would follow the footsteps of their competitors and do a digital showcase instead. Unfortunately, it seems these hopes were unfounded. Bethesda announced today that they will not be doing any digital showcases to make up for the lack of QuakeCon and E3. Instead, they will be releasing information over time and are expected to show off some of Arkane's Deathloop and Tango Gameworks' Ghostwire: Tokyo in the coming months.
4. Ubisoft Giveaways
Ubisoft is giving back during the pandemic, giving away a series of free games to keep you occupied while on lockdown. You can expect a series of giveaways during April, some of which will be games you can keep while others will likely just be trials. You can claim the free games directly from Uplay. The first offering is Rayman Legends which is available from today until April 4. As long as you claim the game before April 4 you’ll be able to keep it forever.
5. Epic Games Houseparty App
Epic Games believes there is a smear campaign going on against their Houseparty chat app. After allegations that the app was harvesting and selling users’ data, Epic Games has thrown up a $1 million bounty to anyone who can provide proof of these allegations. Many accusers seem to point at untrust towards Epic investor Tencent, but Epic CEO Tim Sweeny asserted that he is the sole controlling shareholder and that Tencent and other investors have no access to Epic or Houseparty data.
The Daily Moot: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered
1. Modern Warfare 2 Remastered
As predicted by a recent series of leaks, the remastered campaign for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 surprise launched today. The game is a standalone release and only includes the single player campaign of Modern Warfare 2. For the time being at least, there will be no multiplayer modes in the game. Modern Warfare 2 Remastered costs $20 and is currently available exclusively for the PS4. The game is expected to release on PC and Xbox on April 30.
2. Fortnite Crash Pad
A huge update just hit Fortnite and it introduced a useful new item called the Crash Pad. The Crash Pad is a rare tool that has a trampoline-like effect, enabling players to break their fall or quickly gain height. The more you bounce on the Crash Pad, the higher you'll jump, easily allowing players to get in position to glide. Don't worry about fall damage either; if you jump off of a Crash Pad you won’t take any damage when landing.
3. PUBG April Fools Event
PUBG has announced an April Fools event called Fantasy Battle Royale. The new limited-time game mode will allow players to enjoy a fantasy RPG twist on the battle royale genre. The mode will have 4 playable classes and will be third person perspective only. Fantasy Battle Royale will be available for 1 week only from April 1-7. Check out the trailer below.
4. Artifact Reboot Update
Valve has just released new information regarding their Artifact Reboot plans. One of the most major announcements is that cards will not be sold and will only be earned through gameplay. This also means that cards will no longer be able to be bought and sold between players. This is obviously a massive change and represents a huge shift in Artifact’s identity. Expect more information in the near future as Valve’s begins focusing on Artifact in the wake of their successful Half-Life: Alyx release.
5. QuakeCon 2020 Cancelled
Bethesda has announced that QuakeCon 2020 will be cancelled. Although the convention wasn’t scheduled to take place until August, Bethesda said that the virus has caused too many “uncertainties” and has made planning the event impossible. This year would have marked the 25th anniversary of QuakeCon.
The Daily Moot: Valorant Beta, New Paper Mario
1. Valorant Closed Beta
Riot Games has just announced the launch of a closed beta for Valorant. The beta period will begin on April 7 and will be available for players in Europe, Canada, Russia, Turkey, and the US. Unfortunately it doesn't sound like getting an access key will be too easy. Riot will be giving away beta keys via sponsored Twitch streams, so make sure that you have a Riot account linked with your Twitch account if you want a chance to get early access. It's unclear how long the closed beta will last, but it will be great to finally get to see if Valorant is deserving of all the hype and praise its been receiving so far.
2. Mario Remasters, New Paper Mario
In honor of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros, Nintendo has announced that they are planning to “re-release most of Super Mario's 35-year back catalogue this year." Some of the games you can expect to see include Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario 64. Not only will there be remasters, but Nintendo also announced that they are releasing a new installment in the Paper Mario series on the Switch this year. While they haven’t unveiled any hard release dates yet, it sounds like 2020 will be a great year for Mario fans.
3. Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is officially here! After 7 years of hype and anticipation, fans can finally get their hands on the latest game in the beloved action RPG series. Bannerlord is a prequel to the previous game, taking place 210 years before the events of Mount & Blade: Warband. Bannerlord is currently available in early access on Steam for $45.
4. GDC Relief Fund
To help support game developers who were impacted by the cancellation of GDC, Gamedev.world has created a 3-day fundraising event called the GDC Relief Fund. The event includes livestreams featuring developers, voice actors, and more, giving viewers an inside look into the game development industry. The fundraiser also includes a bundle of over 150 games, including titles such as Nuclear Throne, for a name-your-price donation, so it's a great opportunity to expand your library and help a good cause.
5. Castlevania Season 4
Netflix has announced that their animated Castlevania series will be returning for a 4th season. The series follows the adventures of an alcoholic vampire hunter and is loosely based on the classic video game Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse. Castlevania is easily one of the most influential video game franchises of all time so it’s nice to see the TV adaptation finding success as well.
The Daily Moot: Corona Relief Done Quick
1. Corona Relief Done Quick
Games Done Quick, a speedrunning charity fundraiser, has announced a new event next month called Corona Relief Done Quick. Corona Relief Done Quick will be an online-only event from April 17-19 and 100% of the donations will go to Direct Relief. Unfortunately, this new event comes at the cost of Summer Games Done Quick being postponed. SGDQ will now take place in August and all previously accepted applicants will have to reapply to participate. If you’re a speedrunner and want to play some video games for a good cause, applications to participate in Corona Relief Done Quick are open from now until April 2.
2. Last Oasis
Last Oasis, a “Nomadic Survival MMO” developed by Donkey Crew, just launched in early access and instantly became the top-selling game on Steam. In Last Oasis, players must build “Walkers” which act as both your transportation and your base of operations. Unfortunately, the game’s immediate popularity meant that the launch didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, with many players getting disconnected from the game due to server issues. Donkey Crew released a statement saying that they are working “around the clock” to fix the problems, and have already put out multiple hotfixes to address connection issues. You can check out the launch trailer for Last Oasis below.
3. Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
More than 7 years after it was first announced, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is finally here. Originally expected to launch on March 31, developers decided to move the date forward and the game will now come out on March 30 in Early Access on Steam. Bannerlord will have a 10% discount during the first 2 weeks after launch, with an additional 10% discount for players who own the previous games.
4. GameStop Closing 300 Stores
Despite a profitable 4th quarter, GameStop has announced that they are permanently closing more than 300 stores. GameStop closed 321 locations last year and said that they plan to exceed that number this year. As part of their statement, GameStop mentioned that they want to reduce their density and that they plan to improve the value of the brand through “interactive digital media.”
5. Fallout 76 Wastelanders Delayed
The upcoming Wastelanders update to Fallout 76 has been delayed. In their statement, Bethesda said that because their team is now working from home, it was difficult to do proper testing, and that the delay would push the release date back from April 7 to April 14. The Wastelanders update is expected to be enormous and will completely change the game, revamping the original main quest, changing the dialogue system, and adding human NPCs to the game.
The Daily Moot: Animal Crossing Bunny Day
1. Animal Crossing Bunny Day
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has just announced “Bunny Day,” their inaugural Spring celebration. The event will take place from April 1-12 and will feature a visit from Zipper T. Bunny. You can expect to take part in classic Easter festivities such as the Egg Hunt Challenge and use your skills in the kitchen to make special egg dishes. Let us know how you're liking Animal Crossing: New Horizons so far and check out the trailer below for more details on Bunny Day.
2. Valorant Sage Showcase
Valorant just released the latest character showcase, this time featuring Sage. Sage is a support character who uses orbs to heal and create walls, and can bring enemies back to life with her ultimate ability. She seems to have a pretty strong kit overall, bringing an incredible amount of utility to her team. Check out the gameplay reveal below to see Sage in action.
3. Epic Games Free Games
It’s Thursday which means Epic is giving away another batch of games for their weekly freebies. This week’s games include World War Z, Figment, and Tormentor x Punisher. The free games can be claimed via the Epic Games Store and are available from now until April 2. As long as you claim the games before April 2, you’ll be able to keep them forever.
4. Nintendo Direct Mini
Nintendo released a 28-minute Nintendo Direct Mini today unveiling some of their plans for the near future. Some of the announcements in today’s reveal included a new character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the release date for Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition (May 29th). You can watch the full video below.
The Daily Moot: 60 Years of Sega
1. Sega 60th Anniversary
Sega is celebrating its 60th anniversary and has just launched a new website to take you through its incredible journey. Founded in the 1960s, Sega first began its foray into the world of gaming in 1964 when the company began producing commercial arcade equipment. Sega’s first home gaming console, the SG-1000, was released in 1983 and sold over 160,000 units in its first year. Since then, Sega has gone on to produce some of the best and most well-known games of all time, including modern day titles like the Yakuza series and classics like Sonic the Hedgehog. Check out their 60th anniversary website below to relive some of the magic.
2. Silent Hill Reboot Rumor Debunked
Rumors have been circulating around about a potential Silent Hill reboot. Konami originally played coy when asked about the leaks a few months ago, saying that the company "could not share anything at this point.” Unfortunately, it seems that any plans of a new Silent Hill game have been scrapped. In their official statement yesterday, Konami said that they are “aware of all the rumors and reports but can confirm that they are not true.” It looks like fans of the horror genre will have to keep waiting.
3. YouTube Video Quality
YouTube has announced that they will be reducing their default video quality worldwide in an effort to combat the increased bandwidth usage by users who are staying home due to the coronavirus. Streaming services of all types have seen a large uptick in usage and video streaming now accounts for more than 60% of total internet downstream volume. YouTube videos will now all default to standard definition, but users can still manually increase the resolution if they choose to do so.
4. GDC 2020 Talks Released
The GDC 2020 talks and lectures have now been released on Twitch and the GDC Vault. These are the pre-recorded talks that were livestreamed after GDC’s initial conference dates were postponed. The talks are available for free for all viewers and cover topics ranging from the business of selling games, to machine learning for gaming, to mental health.
5. Avalanche Studios New Game
Avalanche Studios, creators of Rage 2, Just Cause, and Generation Zero, just released a teaser for an unnamed new game. The upcoming game will be the first game released under Avalanche’s new sub-sudio called Systemic Reaction. Systemic Reaction is designed to operate as a self-publishing brand to “better mirror its unique offering,” and is composed of the same development team that created Generation Zero. Check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Big Modern Warfare/Warzone Update!
1. Modern Warfare/Warzone Update
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone are both getting some huge updates today. A new dog-wielding Operator, Talon, is headed to both game modes. Modern Warfare will be getting a new 6v6 map called Khandor Hideout which offers "long sight lines and interior spaces to complement diverse combat ranges." Warzone is getting 4 new weapons, the 725, MK2 Carbine, .50 GS, and EBR-14, which can be found across Verdansk. The update is expected to go live tonight at 11pm Pacific Time.
2. Minecraft Educational Tools
Minecraft has announced that it will be offering free in-game educational tools to help students learn from home. Minecraft: Education Edition will allow players to explore the inside of the human eye and the International Space Station, as well as learn useful skills such as coding. Each educational opportunity has its own world and comes complete with lesson plans that include things such as build challenges and puzzles. All of the educational worlds are launching today and are free to download from now until June 30.
3. Free Hearthstone Decks
Starting on March 26, Hearthstone will be giving away free decks to new and returning players. Players that have been away for at least 4 months will receive a deck for a class of their choice consisting of cards from the Year of the Dragon set. Blizzard hopes that the free decks will “help players feel empowered to jump right in and experience the latest of what Hearthstone has to offer.”
4. Unity Learn Premium Free
Ever wanted to make your own video game? Now is the perfect opportunity to learn Unity, which is easily one of the most popular game engines on the planet and has been used to create games such as Hollow Knight, Escape from Tarkov, and Cuphead. Unity is currently giving away 3 months of Unity Learn Premium, their professional-grade instructional videos. These videos are designed to teach users how to create a video game step-by-step and include valuable skills such a coding in C#.
5. Plague Inc. New Game Mode
A new game mode is coming to Plague Inc. and it’s pretty much the exact opposite of the current game. Instead of trying to destroy the world with your ever-evolving pathogen, the new game mode will have players trying to save the world from a deadly disease. The new mode is being developed "with the help of experts from the World Health Organisation, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and more," in an attempt to make it as realistic and informative as possible. The game mode will be free for all players, but a release date has yet to be announced.
The Daily Moot: Half-Life Alyx Launches!
1. Half-Life: Alyx
Half-Life is finally back! Today’s launch of Half-Life: Alyx marks the first return in the Half-Life franchise since Half-Life 2: Episode 2 released more than a decade ago in 2007. While fans will no doubt still be awaiting Half-Life 3, the VR-exclusive Alyx will undoubtedly sate the players who have powerful enough rigs to run the game. Early reviews for the game have been overwhelmingly positive, marking Half-Life’s return to dominance. Half-Life: Alyx is available exclusively on PC.
2. Legends of Runeterra Changes
Riot’s collectible card game Legends of Runeterra is undergoing some changes. These changes are designed to make it easier for players to get new cards and to reduce the cost of extra content like the Expedition draft mode. Weekly Vault rewards have been improved across the board, offering more and better loot as well as a guaranteed Expedition token for level 2 vaults and above. Riot has also removed the experience decay from PvP matches meaning that players will be able to level up much more quickly. Overall these changes should make it easier for new players and veterans alike to get new cards and quickly build competitive decks.
3. Warzone Surpasses 30M Players
In just 10 days since its launch, Call of Duty: Warzone has already surpassed 30 million players. While its status as a free-to-play game combined with the lockdown due to the coronavirus are certainly contributing to the player numbers, this is still an impressive feat nonetheless. In fact, these numbers are competitive with Apex Legend’s launch which took the world by storm. For reference, Apex Legends had 25 million players in its first week and over 50 million players in its first month. Do you think Warzone can beat those numbers?
4. Artifact 2
Despite the catastrophic failure that was the release of Valve’s TCG Artifact, all signs are pointing to a re-release of the game. Valve has apparently been working on the game nonstop and said they want to “try again” and are“getting ready to release” a revamped version of the game. Valve was apparently very surprised when the game flopped initially; we’ll have to see if they were able to learn from their mistakes and find better success in their second attempt.
5. GameStop Closing All Storefronts
After first trying to label themselves as an “essential” business amid the coronavirus lockdown, GameStop has now announced that they will be closing all US storefronts. Although the storefronts will be closed, GameStops will still be operating on a digital level and will remain open for curbside pickup.
The Daily Moot: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is finally here! The first main-series Animal Crossing game in nearly 8 years, New Horizons has easily been one of the most anticipated Nintendo games of 2020. The real-time life sim has opened to rave reviews and currently boasts an impressive score of 91 on Metacritic. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has both single-player and multiplayer game modes and is available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Check out our Animal Crossing lounge below to stay updated and find new friends to play with!
2. Xbox Live and Nintendo Online Outages
Both Xbox Live and Nintendo Online have suffered outages due to increased traffic on the services. As many people are staying home due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, gaming has seen a huge boost of players as it offers one of the best forms of indoor entertainment. Playerbase numbers are up across the board and it’s unlikely that they’ll be going down any time soon. Hopefully Xbox Live and Nintendo Online can quickly make some changes to their infrastructure to ensure a stable connection for their users.
3. YouTube and Netflix Reducing Video Quality
YouTube and Netflix are both reducing video quality in Europe. This is in an effort to reduce stress on the systems and prevent overload outages which have affected other services such as Xbox Live and Nintendo Online. Although it may seem unfortunate to have the video quality reduced, this will likely result in an overall better user experience as it should prevent any lag that would occur due to high traffic and bandwidth usage. As of right now, this preventative measure is expected to last 30 days and only affects users in Europe.
4. Riot Boosting Server Capacity
There’s a very clear theme for today: people are staying home, playing games and watching videos, which is causing increased stress on servers. Riot Games explained that North American League of Legends servers were hitting 90% capacity which caused log-in queues and extended queue times. In an effort to combat the stress, Riot has announced that they are boosting the servers to increase the maximum capacity of players.
5. GDC Rescheduled
GDC 2020 has officially been rescheduled. After postponing the original Game Developers Conference due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, GDC 2020 will now take place this summer from August 4-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. While some of the content that was planned for GDC has been released online (such as the IGF Awards), there will no doubt be plenty of great new content unveiled at the event later this year. Furthermore, GDC organizers have assured fans that GDC Summer will feature an immersive two-day expo show and “retain the same high level of expert-led talks as the traditional GDC.”
The Daily Moot: DOOM Eternal is Here!
1. DOOM Eternal
DOOM Eternal is finally here! One of the most anticipated games of the year, DOOM fans have been waiting for Eternal for nearly 4 years. Described as a “celebration of excess in sin, violence, scale, speed, and volume,” early reviews for the game have all been overwhelmingly positive. DOOM Eternal launches today at 9pm Pacific Time in the United States and at 11pm GMT in Europe.
2. GDC and IGF Awards
After the postponement of this year’s GDC, organizers decided to host certain parts of the convention online. Thankfully, one of those parts was the annual Game Developers Conference Choice Awards and the Independent Game Festival Awards. For the GDCA, the stacked field included games such as Control, Disco Elysium, and Baba is You, but it was ultimately the fan-favorite Untitled Goose Game that earned the title of Game of the Year. For the IGF Awards, the big winner was A Short Hike which took home both the Seumas McNally Grand Prize as well as the Audience Award.
3. Get Watch Dogs and The Stanley Parable for Free
This week’s free games from the Epic Games Store are both fantastic goliaths. Watch Dogs is a third-person action game where you play as a masterful hacker on a quest for vengeance. The Stanley Parable is a strange first-person narrative experience that, although undeniably odd, is universally acclaimed and has earned a cult-classic status among fans. You can download both Watch Dogs and The Stanley Parable for free from the Epic Games Store from now until March 26. As long as you claim the games before March 26, they are yours to keep forever.
4. Tekken 7 Fahkumram
A new character is headed to the Tekken 7 arena. Making his first appearance in a Tekken game, Fahkumram is a muscle-bound fighter covered in scars. Once considered a local hero in Thailand and a Muay Thai legend, his career was halted after he was struck by lightning when he was 12 years old. Fahkumram was able to overcome the adversity, eventually becoming a Muay Thai champion by the age of 18, but his personal life was still riddled with hardship. Fahkumram will join the Tekken 7 roster as part of DLC 14&15 on March 24. Check out the trailer below.
5. City: Skylines Expansion
Popular city builder game City: Skylines is getting a new expansion next week called Sunset Harbor. The expansion will introduce fishing to the game which will allow players to control fishing boats and fish farms, adding a new commercial element to the game. The expansion will also include 5 new maps, each featuring different climates. The Sunset Harbor expansion is expected to launch on March 26, although the price has yet to be revealed.
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.
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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.