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The Daily Moot (5/6/19)

1. Fortnite Season 9 Starts this Week
T’was the week before a new season and everybody was getting pretty hyped. This weekend Fortnite players saw the destruction of Tilted Towers and Retail Row. Now, we’re getting our first teasers for Season 9. The first teaser image shows a futuristic character with the caption “The Future is Unknown.” Not much to go on. What do you all think will happen in Fortnite’s new season?
 
2. San Francisco Shock Finish a Perfect Stage in OWL
 
The San Francisco Shock have just accomplished an Overwatch League first, as the California based team didn’t lose a single map during the most recent stage of the Overwatch League. This is especially impressive because the Shock started off as one of the league’s weaker teams during the first season of OWL. The Stage Two playoffs kick off this Thursday, with the San Francisco Shock facing the underdog Shanghai Dragons.
 
3. Ghost Recon World Premiere Coming This Week
 
Last week Ubisoft began to tease a new Ghost Recon game that were preparing to announce. Well, it is starting to look like the announcement is going to a more extravagant affair than initially expected. Ubisoft has announced the official Ghost Recon world premiere event will happen this Thursday at 11:30 am PST.
 
4. Respawn to Show Off Fallen Order Gameplay next Month
 
Last month Respawn Entertainment officially revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a new single player RPG game set in the Star Wars universe. While the teasers for the game have obviously been exciting, what we really want to see is gameplay. Well, now we know that we will get to see Fallen Order gameplay next month at EA’s EA Play event on June 7th. Do you guys think Fallen Order will be awesome, or do you expect it to flop?
 
5. Kerbal Space Program DLC Coming this Month
 
Kerbal Space Program is a hilarious space exploration game that is known for its accurate physics. The game’s second expansion, Breaking Ground, will introduce scientific experimenting to the game. You’ll be able to run science experiences, build science bases, and more once the new expansion comes out. While the expansion itself costs $15 USD, there will also be new features in the game for free to play players as well. Breaking Ground will be available on May 30th.

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The Daily Moot (5/3/19)

1. Moot Points Episode 52: Bloopers!
 
Happy Friday Froopyland residents! The Moot team was a bit busy this week, so we assembled some of the best bloopers from the last few months into an awesome montage for you all. We promise, we'll be back with fresh content next week. Enjoy!
 
2. First Call of Duty League Teams Announced
 
Activision has begun to announce teams that will participate in the upcoming Call of Duty league. Similar to the Overwatch League, the Call of Duty league will feature teams based in major cities from around the world. The first five teams revealed will be based in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris, and Toronto. The same organizations that control the Overwatch League teams in these cities will run their respective Call of Duty league teams as well.
 
3. Riot Games Reveals 90 Day Plan to Improve Workplace Conditions
 
Riot Games has been under fire since a Kotaku report late last year that revealed an unsavory work environment. Now, Riot has revealed a 90-day plan to make their company more diverse and inclusive. Riot’s 90 day plan looks to improve processes like interviewing, anti-harassment training, and pay equality analysis.
 
4. Epic Bans Fortnite Pro Who Cheated in World Cup Qualifiers
 
Fortnite’s competitive playerbase has been in a frenzy over the last few weeks as players attempt to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup. While many are trying their best to qualify, some have been caught cheating. One particular player, Damion “XXiF” Cook, qualified for the World Cup Finals before he was caught cheating. XXiF got several free kills in his qualifier matches, which you can easily see in his replays. All players involved have received 14 day competitive bans and XXiF has been forced to forfeit his spot in the finals. Sucks to suck, eh?
 
5. Fortnite In-Game Event Tomorrow at Noon PST
 
The next in-game event for Fortnite should be taking place tomorrow, Saturday the 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Whether the event will be the volcano exploding, the vault under Loot Lake opening, or something else entirely is still uncertain. What is certain is that you DON’T want to miss this so make sure to update your games and get into a lobby just before noon (Pacific Time) tomorrow!

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The Daily Moot (5/2/19)

1. Epic Games Acquires Rocket League Developer
In unexpected news, Epic Games announced yesterday that they are working to acquire Psyonix, the studio that makes Rocket League. This means you can expect to see Rocket League on the Epic Game Store sometime soon. Meanwhile, Psyonix has announced they will continue to support Rocket League on Steam and will even continue to sell the game on Steam at least until it is available on Epic’s store. If you’re interested in Rocket League, be sure to keep an eye on the Rocket League lounge here on Moot. We have some exciting news coming soon!
 
2. BioWare Set to Focus on Dragon Age 4
 
So, Anthem wasn’t exactly a smooth launch. It seems BioWare is aware of the game’s troubles, as they’re moving several key members of the development team away from Anthem. Looking forward, BioWare is set to invest the majority of their resources into the next Dragon Age game. Still, it may be some time before we actually see Dragon Age 4 as the studio has been relatively silent on the actual content of the new project.
 
3. Classic Star Wars Battlefront Comes to GOG
 
In celebration of Star Wars day, GOG.com just announced the digital release of the classic Star Wars Battlefront game from 2004. The game is now available to purchase DRM-free for a 15% discount. There are also other Star Wars games on sale for the next week to really celebrate Star Wars week.
 
4. Borderlands 3 to have Cosmetic Only Microtransactions
 
Randy Pitchford, the CEO of Gearbox Studios, revealed yesterday that Borderlands 3 will have cosmetic microtransactions. Well, he said “there’s no microsanctions,” but other team members quickly clarified that you’ll be able to purchase fun ways to customize your game, but none of it will be pay-to-win. This model of mictrosanctions, where you can only purchase cosmetic items, is quickly becoming the industry standard.
 
5. Tilted Towers is Apparently Broken
 
Fortnite’s Tilted Towers has been a weird place for the last few days. Last week, some players were noticing their Tilted Towers was super low resolution with textures that didn’t load properly. Now, there’s a basement in Tilted Towers where players die immediately upon entering it. This doesn’t seem like an intentional teaser event, but it could be? Epic has said they’re working on a fix for the issue.

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The Daily Moot (5/1/19)

1. Big Updates to CS:GO’s Battle Royale Mode
Not too long ago, Valve released a battle royale mode for CS:GO called Danger Zone. The game mode has been generally well-received by CS:GO and battle royale fans alike. Today, Danger Zone is getting a new map and several other updates. Players can now respawn if any members of their squad are still alive. You can also now choose a perk at the start of the match. Finally, there are new items to use and new upgrades to unlock.
 
2. Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal Stream Today
 
Gearbox Studios is officially revealing Borderlands 3 gameplay today through a livestream on Twitch. The livestream started at 10 am PST this morning, so you should rush on over to Twitch to make sure you don’t miss out on any more of the action. You can expect to see the new Vault Hunters coming to the game, some of the new places for players to explore, and more.
 
3. Get Shiny Pokemon through the Pokemon Pass App
 
Nintendo released a new app this morning called the Pokemon Pass, which fans can use to get free content for games like Pokemon Let’s Go by visiting ‘designated retail locations.’ On May 11th those who have downloaded the free app can check in at their local Target to receive a free Shiny Pikachu and a Shiny Eevee for Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu or Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee. Future freebies will include more video game content plus digital content like stickers and wallpapers.
 
4. New Earthworm Jim Game in Development
 
Earthworm Jim was one of the classic Sega Genesis games from the 1990s. The game was so popular it got a sequel and then a high-definition remake in 2010. Now, a new game is in development. The new Earthworm Jim will release on the new Intellivision console, which will launch on October 10th, 2020. The original Earthworm Jim is a 2D run and gun sidescroller, so it stands to reason that we can expect something similar when the new game releases next year.
 
5. Steam now has Over 1 Billion Accounts
 
Just a couple days ago, Steam officially welcomed their one billionth unique account. This doesn’t actually mean Steam has one billion users, as many of these accounts are bots or previously banned users, but it is still a noteworthy milestone. The more interesting numbers are concurrent and monthly users. Steam is currently around 15 million concurrent users, slightly down from last year’s PUBG-fueled peak of 18 million.

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The Daily Moot (4/30/19)

1. Black Ops 4’s Operation Spectre Rising Out Now
The new operation is now live for Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 only, with PC and Xbox One to receive the update shortly. Spectre Rising introduces new maps, new mods, a new specialist, and more to Black Ops 4. Some of the content is free, like the new Assassin specialist. As far as paid content goes, you’ll receive access to three new maps in exchange for your hard-earned cash. Finally, the Hydro Dam on the game’s Blackout map has burst and the map is flooding with water.
 
2. Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update is Live
 
Sea of Thieves patch 2.0 just went live today, marking the game’s one-year anniversary. The massive anniversary patch introduces a new PvP game mode called The Arena where crews fight against one another. There is also a new campaign called Shores of Gold to explore. There are tons of other cool additions to the game as well, like the new ability to fish, hunt, and cook. Read the complete patch notes for more details.
 
3. New Mercenary Added to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
 
Ubisoft just updated Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to add another mercenary to the mix. Testiklos the Nut is now in the game to fight or recruit. You may remember Testiklos’ brother, Testikles. Well, Testiklos the Nut has been distraught ever since he was separated from Testikles. We suggest proceeding with caution.
 
4. Mortal Kombat 11 Update Addresses Economy
 
There were some complaints regarding Mortal Kombat 11’s economy almost immediately after the game released. Apparently, it would be a tremendous grind to unlock all of the game’s skins. After the update, players will receive two to three times the amount of currency for post-fight rewards. The Towers of Time also received an overhaul to be less punishing to players.
 
5. Halo: The Master Chief Collection Testing Delayed
 
Remember when we told you the Halo Master Chief Collection would be available to test by the end of April? And then we told you it would MAYBE be available? Well, now we have the unfortunate pleasure of informing you that Master Chief Collection won’t be available to test this month, as the team has experienced more difficulty with porting to PC than they originally anticipated. There’s no new date for MCC testing on PC, but the developers promise us it will come eventually.
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The Daily Moot (4/29/19)

1. Watch Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal Streams this Week
On Wednesday this week you’ll have the chance to see Borderlands 3 gameplay for the first time (except for that leaked clip, but let’s ignore that for now.) Viewers watching the sponsored streamers will also get a chance to test out the Echocast Twitch extension, which enables you to check out the streamer’s inventory while they play. There’s also a chance to win free in-game loot as you’re watching. Read the article here for more info.
 
2. Moot x Sliver.tv Marbles Showdown Stream
 
Last Friday, Dylan and Brian headed to the Sliver.tv office to host an epic Marbles Showdown stream. There’s no way to fully relive the once in a lifetime experience, but you can watch the VOD if you’d like to try. Lots of fun, laughs, and gaffs were had as the guys commentated some marble races and answered questions about Moot. See the VOD here!
 
3. Riot Employees Plan to Walkout in Protest
 
Riot Games is the studio that brought the world League of Legends. They’ve experienced a bit of controversy of the last few months which seems unlikely to stop. Riot Games is currently attempting to stop two employees from taking legal action due to alleged gender discrimination. Due to this, some Riot Games employees are scheduling a walkout for next Monday in protest.
 
4. Poster Reveals Super Mario Maker 2 Details
 
While we knew Super Mario Maker 2 was under development, we didn’t have many details about the game itself. Well, we learned a few things this weekend due to a new poster that has popped up in Japanese game stores. We can see that Meowser and Charvaarghs will be included in the new game, for one. We also see levels in different settings like space, underwater, and the jungle.

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1. Moot Points: Fortnite x Avengers: Endgame (Episode 51)
 
Good morning you Mootiful beauties! In this week's episode of Moot Points the guys talk about the new Fortnite x Avengers: Endgame Limited Time Mode and how awesome it is! Check out the episode here:
 
2. Bungie is Nerfing a Couple Destiny 2 Guns
 
Bungie is set to nerf PvP all-star hand cannons Luna’s Howl and Not Forgotten in Destiny 2’s upcoming Season of Opulence. Both guns have the Magnificent Howl perk, which leads to such a fast time to kill that it makes other weapons feel weak in comparison. Bungie plans to nerf the Magnificent Howl perk and reduce the firing speed of both hand cannons from 180 RPM down to 150 RPM.
 
3. League of Legends’ New Champion is a Magical Cat
 
Yesterday Riot Games revealed Yuumi, the next champion to come to League of Legends. Yuumi is a magical cat with some unique abilities. Most notably, Yuumi can attach to allied champions so she doesn’t need to control her own movement. When attached, some of Yuumi’s abilities change slightly. Yuumi comes to League of Legends’ live servers on May 14th.
 
4. More Information About Death Stranding
 
Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus technically revealed some more information at the Tribeca Film Festival this week. We say technically because everything about this game is extremely confusing and we have no clue what’s going on. Kojima emphasized Death Stranding is a metaphor for connection, either between players or the player and the world. Sooo, maybe the game’s multiplayer? Either way, Death Stranding looks dope. Check out this article to read more about what new Death Stranding info was revealed.
 
5. Risk of Rain 2 Roadmap Promises New Characters and Bosses
 
The team behind Risk of Rain 2 just released a roadmap outlining their content plans for the game moving forward. Starting in June, Risk of Rain 2 will be getting a series of updates that introduce new survivors, stages, bosses, items, and more. These updates will continue up through Spring 2020 when the game will officially launch version 1.0.

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The Daily Moot (4/25/19)

1. Fortnite x Avengers: Endgame LTM is Here
Well, it’s finally time! The new Avengers: Endgame Limited Time Mode has come to Fortnite and it is incredible. In the limited time mode, two teams of 50 face off against one another. On one side, you have Thanos and his army. On the other side, there is an army of heroes who can utilize some of the Avengers weapons. Will Thanos gather all of the Infinity Stones and eliminate the heroes, or will the heroes defeat Thanos once and for all?
 
2. Respawn Outlines Plans for Apex Legends’ Future
 
Respawn Entertainment posted on an EA blog earlier today to outline their future plans for Apex Legends. Their main focuses in the short term will be fixing laggy servers at the start of matches, addressing audio issues, dealing with cheaters, and improving hit registration. Respawn also revealed their future content plans will take a more seasonal cadence, instead of surprise releasing content. Each season will introduce a new legend, a new battle pass, and more to keep things fresh.
 
3. Epic Games Would End Exclusivity Deals if Steam Paid Developers More
 
When the Epic Games Store was announced, the biggest thing to draw attention was their revenue sharing model. Compared to the 30% cut Steam takes from game sales, Epic’s 12% cut seems extremely generous to game developers. In response to a question on Twitter, the CEO of Epic Games announced they would immediately stop signing exclusivity deals if Steam reduced their 30% cut down to 12%. He even said Epic would go so far as to put their own games on Steam.
 
4. Ubisoft Launches Bug Hunter Program for Rainbow Six Siege
 
Ubisoft has just announced a new Bug Hunter program for Rainbow Six Siege’s test server. Players who report three acknowledged bugs on the test server will be eligible to receive unique in-game rewards. The first reward is a “raptor legs” weapon charm. This is a pretty interesting way for Ubisoft to incentive users to report bugs. Rainbow Six fans, does this make it any more likely that you’ll mess around on the test server?
 
5. BlizzCon 2019 Dates Announced
 
Blizzard just announced the dates for BlizzCon 2019. The massive convention featuring all things Blizzard will take place in Anaheim, California on November 1st-2nd. In even more exciting news, the convention will also feature the Overwatch World Cup 2019. There will also be the Hearthstone Global Finals, a Starcraft 2 tournament, and multiple World of Warcraft tournaments. Tickets go on sale on May 4th and again on May 8th.

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The Daily Moot (4/24/19)

1. Overwatch Introduces the Workshop
In a surprise developer update this morning the Overwatch team revealed the Workshop, a new custom game mode editor. Jeff Kaplan described the feature as one for “power users,” and explained that the new tool will be easiest to utilize for those with game development or programming experience. The Workshop enables players to build custom game modes and even prototype new heroes. Check out the video below to hear more about it!
 
2. Modern Warfare 4 May be the Next Call of Duty Game
 
Activision hosted a private event this past weekend to show off the next Call of Duty game to several NFL and college level football players. Using a video posted on one of the player’s Instagram’s, some internet detectives have concluded the new game is Modern Warfare 4. You can apparently hear the words “Modern Warfare 4” and “Killstreaks.” We’ve all be hoping for Modern Warfare 4 for years so fingers crossed this turns out to be true.
 
3. Days Gone Getting Free DLC Starting this Summer
 
Although Days Gone hasn’t even released yet, the developers announced this morning that the game will be receiving free DLC a couple months after launch. The DLC will include a new Survival difficulty that sounds effectively like playing the game on ‘hard mode.’ There will also be new challenges and rewards for players who complete challenges or Survival mode. Days Gone releases on PlayStation 4 this Friday.
 
4. Cheaper Nintendo Switch Reportedly Coming Soon
 
There have been whispers about Nintendo’s plans for new Switch models and today we got some more information about what is supposedly in the works. Apparently, there will be a cheaper version of the Switch coming out sometime this June. There is also word of a “modest upgrade” for the original Nintendo Switch, although Nintendo is not working on a “more powerful version” of the console so make of that what you will.
 
5. Planet Zoo Announcement Trailer
 
The creators of Zoo Tycoon and Planet Zoo have just revealed ‘Planet Zoo,’ a new zoo simulation game. The game includes both a campaign and a sandbox mode, so you can build your zoos however you like. Based on the trailer, the game’s aesthetic is niiice. According to the description, the animals display lifelike behaviors as they explore the habitats you create for them. Planet Zoo is coming to PC in Fall of this year.

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The Daily Moot (4/23/19)

1. Next Fortnite x Avengers Crossover Event Teaser
Fortnite posted another teaser image this morning to build hype for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame crossover event. While yesterday’s tweet showed an image of Captain America’s shield, this one features Thor’s hammer. This seems to hint that players will be able to play as multiple Avengers characters, unless last year’s crossover event that featured only Thanos. Are you excited for Avengers: Endgame and the Fortnite crossover event?
 
2. Anthem Update Adds New Stronghold, Other Fixes
 
Patch 1.1.0 comes to Anthem today, introducing the new Sunken Cell stronghold and offering fixes for several of the game’s issues. Sunken Cell is available to all players who have completed the game’s main story. The most welcome aspect of the new patch may be the ability to change your gear without returning to Fort Tarsis or the Launch Bay. Read the entire patch notes in the below article right here.
 
3. Sea of Thieves ‘Shores of Gold’ Cinematic Trailer
 
Sea of Thieves’ big anniversary update is coming out on April 30th. The free update is introducing several new things to the game and today Rare released a trailer for the new Tall Tales store mode. The story campaign, called Shores of Gold, will take you and up to three friends on a lengthy search for a mysterious island full of treasure. Check out the incredibly awesome trailer for Shores of Gold now!
 
4. Biggest Minecraft Update Ever ‘Village and Pillage’ is Out Now
 
A new update came to Minecraft today, introducing tons of new features. The update, titled Village and Pillage, is apparently the largest ever to come to Minecraft. Among the (lengthy) list of new features added to the game you’ll find: crossbows have been added to the game, cats got new features, pillagers and pillagers outposts have been added, and more. Check out the lengthy patch notes now!
 
5. PUBG Unbanned in Nepal
 
A few weeks ago, it was announced that PUBG was banned in Nepal due to gaming addiction concerns. Now, the Nepalese Supreme Court has ruled addiction concerns are not enough to justify outlawing one particular video game. While PUBG is unbanned for now, the game’s detractors in Nepal will have a chance to gather evidence to argue their case. What do you all of think of this idea that videos encourage addictive or violent behaviors among youth?

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1. Fortnite Teases Avengers Crossover
Avengers: Endgame releases this week and it seems like Epic Games will be hosting another crossover event to promote it. Whole some suspect a return of last year’s Thanos event, the teaser shows a Fortnite character holding Captain America’s iconic shield so this year’s event may be different. The teaser says something will happen on April 25th, the day before Avengers: Endgame releases.
 
2. Apex Legends Stream Views Drop 75% in a Month
 
This time a couple months ago Apex Legends was on top of the world. The streaming world, that is. But over the course of March and the first half of April, Apex Legends experienced a sharp decline in Twitch viewership. In comparison, Fortnite remained steady during that same period of time. It is hard to understand why Apex Legends hasn’t maintained viewership, but it could be due to a lack of new content in the game. What streams are you watching these days?
 
3. Kingdom Hearts 3 Critical Mode Coming This Week
 
When Kingdom Hearts 3 released this year it was notably missing Critical Mode, the most challenging difficulty from past Kingdom Hearts games. Well, franchise director Tetsuya Nomura took to Twitter this morning to announce Critical Mode will be coming to Kingdom Hearts 3 tomorrow. Critical Mode can make the game more difficulty by changing several variables like damage taken, AP or HP gains, and more.
 
4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Update
 
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was a masterpiece of a game, at least according to our very own admin Rue who wrote an excellent Rueview of the game here on Moot. However, great games can still improve and FromSoftware is releasing an update today to accomplish exactly that. The new update focuses on balancing different tools so that players have more relevant strategic choices to make during combat.
 
5. Smash Bros. Player Assaulted with Crab after Winning Tournament
 
Immediately after Juan ‘Hungrybox’ DeBiedma was the grand finals at a tournament this weekend someone from the audience threw a dead crab at him. Luckily, the crab did not hit Hungrybox but he was immediately aware of it. The assailant was identified by the event organizers and he will be permanently banned from future events with the tournament organizer.

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The Daily Moot (4/19/19)

1. Moot Points Episode 50: Is Apex Legends Dead?!
 
Happy Friday MootTubers! We have a VERY special episode of Moot Points this week as we are celebrating 50 episodes! There's even a giveaway in this episode, so we highly encourage you check out the episode RIGHT NOW!!!
 
2. Floating Rune Shows Up in Fortnite
 
Here we go again! A floating rune just appeared in Fortnite near Paradise Palms. The metallic object has a massive health meter that all players can see. Every time the object takes enough damage, it moves a little bit. This will probably be a lot like Kevin, the famous purple cube, where we’re frantically chasing the rune around the map for the next few days or weeks as the buildup to Season 9 continues.
 
3. Epic Catches Hundreds of Cheaters in World Cup Qualifiers
 
Last week was the first round of Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers and Epic Games has caught hundreds of players participating in unsavory behaviors. 206 players will forfeit their winners as a result of their actions. Some players went around region locks to participate in more qualifiers. Others were banned for account sharing. A small number of competitors were even caught teaming. The next round of World Cup Qualifiers takes place this weekend.
 
4. Overcooked 2’s Campfire Cook Off DLC is Live
 
Overcooked 2 is awesome cooperative cooking game where you work with a friend or loved one to prepare meals until it eventually ruins your relationship. Super awesome! The game just got a new DLC called Campfire Cook Off that introduces new levels, new chefs, new recipes, and more. The base game is also 30% off this weekend!
 
5. Apex Legends’ Gibraltar is Currently Bugged
 
Apex Legends patch 1.1.1 introduced a new passive perk to both Gibraltar and Caustic that makes them take 10% less damage. This was implemented to account for the larger size of these two Legends, which makes them easy targets. Unfortunately for Gibraltar fans, there is actually a bug currently where he seems to take a bit of damage to his health when shot even if he still has shields. You can see the bug in action in the article right here.

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1. Fortnite: World Cup Creative Announced
Epic Games has just announced another event to the Fortnite World Cup. The Fortnite World Cup Creative will run from April 29th to June 7th. The World Cup Creative will feature five different creative maps made by community creators. 15 participants will be selected to compete in the final Creative competition at the Fortnite World Cup Finals.
 
2. Mortal Kombat 11 Launch Trailer
 
Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios just released an awesome launch trailer for Mortal Kombat 11, which comes out next week. The launch trailer features the iconic music that has defined the Mortal Kombat series for over 20 years. In the trailer, we see Kronika, the Keeper of Time, attempt to rewind time to reset history. Players will need to battle as fighters from different eras to restore balance to the world. Mortal Kombat 11 releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 23rd.
 
3. Halo: The Master Chief Collection Beta Tests may be Delayed
 
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC some time this year. When the news was announced last month, it was also revealed that PC beta tests COULD start as early as this month. Now, we’ve gotten the word that we may have to wait a bit longer than expected before we can start testing Halo on PC. Much of the difficulty apparently comes from porting Halo Reach to PC, as Reach was not in the original Master Chief Collection.
 
4. Sea of Thieves Playtesters Broke the Harpoon Mechanic
 
Sea of Thieves players are patiently waiting for a large update coming out on April 30th to celebrate the game’s anniversary. The update is set to bring a new campaign, new activities like fishing and cooking, and a new PvP mode called Arena. Additionally, it will introduce harpoons which can be used to help maneuver your ship. The Sea of Thieves team released a hilarious behind the scenes video this morning that shows playtesters getting up to wacky hijinks with the harpoon, including using it to ‘climb’ mountains with their boat.
 
5. ‘Steel Division 2’ Delayed Until June
 
Steel Division 2 is a sequel to the Real Time Strategy game Steel Division: Normandy 44. The sequel, which is also set during World War 2, has been delayed until June 20th. There will still be beta tests between now and then for those who have pre-ordered the game. Apparently, it is being delayed so the developers can gather more feedback from players and implement relevant updates.
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1. Vault Unearthed Below Fortnite’s Loot Lake
Ah jeez, Rick. It’s time for Fortnite Season 9 teasers. Just this morning, a massive vault revealed itself below Loot Lake. This happens to be the location where the purple cube affectionately named Kevin disappeared. Players have reported hearing a low, lurching noise at the sight of the vault which is surely a sign of something. What do you think is inside the vault?
 
2. Microsoft Unveils Xbox One S All-Digital Edition
 
Yesterday Microsoft unveiled the next edition of the Xbox One, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. As the name suggests, the new version of the Xbox One S is completely disc-free. The Digital Edition Xbox can be pre-ordered for $249.99, which is $50 cheaper than the original Xbox One S. The new console will be available on May 7th.
 
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0 Comes Today
 
Update 3.0 comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today, bringing with it some new game modes and Joker from Persona 5. There is also a stage based on Persona 5’s Mementos location plus music from the game. Update 3.0 introduces the recently leaked Stage Builder mode. Finally, there is also a new Video Editor mode.
 
4. Ubisoft Giving Away Assassin’s Creed Unity
 
In response to the horrible fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in France, Ubisoft has pledged to donate €500,000 to the restoration efforts. They are also giving away Assassin’s Creed Unity for free. Unity released in 2014 and includes a beautiful representation of the Notre Dame cathedral. You can download Assassin’s Creed Unity for free through Uplay or the Ubisoft Store.
 
5. Fortnite Brings Back Planes for Limited Time Mode
 
Fortnite Planes are back! There’s no need to worry though, as the planes have only returned for a Limited Time Mode. This week’s patch is small, probably because Epic doesn’t want to shake things up too much with World Cup Qualifying taking place. However, there is a new addition in the form of Epic and Legendary versions of the Infantry Rifle.

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1. Apex Legends Patch 1.1.1 Balances Legends and Weapons
The first patch in what feels like forever released for Apex Legends this morning and it is PACKED with exciting changes. Caustic and Gibralter have new aspects in their passive that prevent 10% of all damage taken. Snipers will do more damage to arms and legs. The Wingman and Spitfire both have smaller magazines. The gold weapons now have GOOD ATTACHMENTS, like a Digital Threat on a Gold Wingman and a Turbocharger for the Gold Havoc. Finally, your first top 5 of the day for the next 2 days will earn you an entire battle pass level’s worth of experience!
 
2. Sony Reveals Next-Gen PlayStation Details
 
This morning, the lead system architect for the next PlayStation showed off some internal components for the system. The most exciting aspect of the new PlayStation is the inclusion of a solid state drive, which will drastically improve loading speeds. The console will also accept physical disks and include backwards compatibility for at least PlayStation 4 games. Finally, it was confirmed that the next PlayStation will NOT release this year.
3. Is There a New Lego Star Wars Game?
 
Star Wars Celebration took place this past weekend and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was the video game we all had our eyes on. However, an employee of Skywalker Sound, the studio that makes sound effects for all things Star Wars, mentioned in an interview a new Lego Star Wars game set to release this year. This is the first public mention of any such game. Apparently, the new Lego Star Wars game will focus on the entire saga instead of just a specific episode.
 
4. ‘Fate of Atlantis’ DLC for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Coming Next Week
 
Ubisoft just dropped the launch trailer for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Fate of Atlantis DLC and it is striking. The first chapter of the DLC, which releases on April 23rd, is titled Fields of Elysium. In it, you will explore the afterlife of Greek mythology. The remaining two episodes of the DLC release in a couple months and will take us even further into the mysteries of the Greek gods. The Fate of Atlantis DLC costs $24.99 by itself, but it is also included in the game’s $40 season pass.
 
5. GameStop Launches “Guaranteed to Love it” Program
 
GameStop is offering a new deal starting with Days Gone; if you buy a game and within 48 hours decide you don’t like it, you can turn it in for full value in store credit. This should give console gamers who like to own physical versions of games some more flexibility. Theoretically, you could even beat the game within 48 hours and return it for maximum value. Will this save GameStop? Who knows? Who cares?

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1. First Look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Respawn Entertainment revealed their new game ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ at Star Wars Celebration this past weekend. The game is a single-player experience that has you play Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan who survived Order 66. Fallen Order will introduce several new planets and characters to the Star Wars universe. It will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 15th, 2019.
 
2. Massive Clash Royale Monthly Update
 
Supercell just released a major update for Clash Royale that looks completely awesome. The biggest thing in the update is Trophy Road, a new way to earn rewards as you earn more trophies. There is also a new card called Earthquake, that does massive damage to buildings and slows troops. Finally, there are some new game modes coming. Watch the update video linked here to learn more!
 
3. Path of Exile Looks to Rework Melee Combat
 
Path of Exile is a free to play dungeon grinder, similar in gameplay to Diablo, that has been highly popular among fans of the genre. The game’s latest expansion reworked spellcasting, and now the game’s next expansion looks to do the same for melee combat. The 3.7.0 expansion due in a couple of months looks to improve animations, feedback, movement, and more for up close and personal fighters.
 
4. Sony Blocks Destiny 2 Account Transfers
 
Bungie was hoping to enable transferring Destiny 2 characters across platforms, but Sony quickly shut that down. Sony “wants people to associate Destiny with PS4” which means we all suffer. Sony has historically fought against cross-platform measures, shutting it down in games like Fallout 76. Fortnite was the exception due to the game’s massive size and popularity.
 
5. Square Enix Confirms Octopath Traveler is Coming to PC
 
Last week, there was a leak that suggested the JRPG Octopath Travler would be coming to PC. Square Enix, the studio that developed the game, confirmed this morning that the game will release on Steam on June 7th. The game will be receiving some Steam-specific updates, like achievements and trading cards, but other than that there should not be too many additions to the year-old game.

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1. Moot Points Episode 49: Reboot Vans Added to Fortnite
 
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen! In this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian, the guys discuss the controversial Reboot Van that was just added to Fortnite. Are you loving or hating the Reboot Vans so far?
 
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2. Rainbow Six Siege Update Bringing Operator Changes
 
Ubisoft released Designer Notes this morning that lay out operator balance changes coming in Rainbow Six Siege’s next patch. The patch includes reworks for both Lion and Capitão, which should not be surprising. What may be surprising, however, are the surprise nerfs to Nomad, Blitz, and Maestro. There is also a buff for Kaid’s AUG-A3. Read the full upcoming changes in the article linked below.
 
3. World of Warcraft Introducing Mount Abilities
 
Starting in patch 8.2, World of Warcraft players will be able to customize their mounts with abilities. This is in response to players using the Water Strider mount almost exclusively because of its ability to walk on water. Blizzard has revealed three mount abilities so far: a saddle that prevents damage from knocking you off your mount, a parachute that prevents you from taking damage when falling, and shoes that allow you walk on water.
 
4. Mega Update Releases for Atlas Today
 
Massive multiplayer pirate game Atlas got a massive update today that added to the map and introduced a new game mode. There are now apparently 40% more islands and unique land masses for players to explore. There is also a new game mode called Colonies that encourages cooperation between players. There were significant problems with Atlas at launch, so it is nice to see the game get large updates.
 
5. World War Z Launch Trailer
 
Co-op zombie survival game World War Z is set to launch next week and the developers just released a launch trailer to celebrate. You’ll be able to play World War Z with friends or against others in the game’s Player vs Player vs Zombies game mode. World War Z launches on April 16th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Note: it will be on the Epic Games Store on PC, not Steam.

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1. Battlefield 5 Firestorm gets Duos Mode
Firestorm, the battle royale mode for Battlefield 5, originally launched with only 4 player squads and solos. Now, at least for this weekend, you can play duos. EA has said they personally love the game mode and want to bring it to the game, but they want to hear from the community before permanently adding it. In your battle royale experience from Firestorm or other games, have you enjoyed duos mode?
 
2. Apex Legends Glitch Makes Gibralter Temporarily Popular
 
Some Apex Legends players have discovered an interesting glitch with Gibralter that makes him temporarily not useless. Gibralter has a Gun Shield when he aims down sights and the game recognizes this as a flat surface for other legends’ abilities. Specifically, you can stick Caustic Gas Traps or Octane’s Jump Pads to the Gun Shield. This means Gibralter can walk around with a Gas Lightsaber to swing at people or permanently bounce around on a Jump Pad. Kind of neat.
 
3. Thanos Limited Time Mode may Return to Fortnite
 
Last year, there was a Fortnite Limited Time Mode that let players equip the Infinity Gauntlet to become Thanos. Dataminers have uncovered a few lines of text in the latest patch that suggests Thanos may be making a return to Fortnite. The timing on this makes sense, as Avengers: Endgame releases at the end of this month. Did you enjoy the Thanos Limited Time Mode when it was last available?
 
4. The Division 2 is getting a Public Test Server
 
Public test servers are dope for both game companies and gamers. Public test servers enable a game’s more dedicated fans to test new updates before they come to the live game. Ubisoft just announced they will be launching a Public Test Server for The Division 2 ahead of the game’s next big update. The Division 2 players on PC will be able to use their existing characters on the PTS so they can test without starting over. Note the PTS will NOT include the raid coming to the game soon, so have no fear of spoilers.
 
5. Octopath Traveler is Coming to PC
 
Octopath Traveler is a JRPG from Square Enix that initially launched exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Well, the game’s platform exclusivity seems to be coming to an end as a non-deleted blog post on the Square Enix website announced it will soon be available on PC. Apparently, Octopath Traveler will be available on both Steam and the Square Enix Store. A release date is unknown as of yet.

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1. Fortnite Introduces Respawning in Patch v8.30
Well, the madmen actually did it. The Reboot Van is now in Fortnite, which means you can now respawn your teammates just like in Apex Legends. Honestly, respawning is one of the best features in Apex Legends and personally we’re excited to see it come to Fortnite. You’ll have 90 seconds to pickup a dead teammate’s Reboot Card. Respawned teammates will drop in with 100 health, a common pistol, some ammo, and 100 wood.
 
2. Bungie Blocks Xbox and PC Destiny 2 Players from Using PS4 Exclusive Weapon
 
Xur, the travelling salesman in Destiny 2 that is as much of a meme as he is a saleman, briefly offered a PS4-exclusive weapon to Xbox and PC players. This weapon is not supposed to be available on those platforms until September, so Bungie has decided to prevent players who purchased the exclusive weapon from using it until then. At least they can still look at it in their inventory until then?
 
3. PSN Name Changes are Live
 
Finally, the ability to change your PSN name is here for PlayStation gamers. Your first name change will be free, with subsequent name changes costing $5 for PlayStation Plus members and $10 for the rest of us. It is VERY IMPORTANT to note that several games have “critical issues” with name changes that may result in you losing achievements, progress, or even specific game accounts. Sony has a complete list of games with known issues, so please check it before changing your PSN name.
 
4. Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update will be Massive
 
Sea of Thieves has received a chain of free content updates since the game released, but the anniversary update slated for April 30th will be the biggest one yet. The biggest additions included in the update are The Arena and Tall Tales. The Arena is a competitive match that pits teams of players against one another and Tall Tales are a new campaign-type mission coming to the game. This whole update sounds pretty sweet and like always it will be completely free to Sea of Thieves owners.
 
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may be Getting Stage Builder Soon
 
A Nintendo advertisement posted to YouTube yesterday shows a menu option for Stage Builder, a feature not yet in the game. Stage Builder is a mode that lets players design and create their own battle stages. Naturally, a game mode that enables players to customize and create is in high demand. Hopefully we hear more about Stage Builder from Nintendo soon.

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1. ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Teaser
EA and Respawn Entertainment are set to unveil a new Star Wars action-adventure game this Saturday at the Star Wars Celebration convention. The reveal will also be livestreamed on EA’s Star Wars Twitch channel. A teaser posted on Twitter today includes the phrase “Don’t stand out” which suggests the main character in Fallen Order may need to keep their Jedi abilities a secret. We can except a late 2019 release for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
 
2. New Red Dead Online Showdown Mode ‘Plunder’
 
Rockstar continues to add content to Red Dead Online in the form of Showdown game modes. A new mode called Plunder sets two teams against one another in a battle for frontier resources. Both teams fight to capture supplies from a central location and bring those supplies back to their base. You can also just steal supplies from the enemy base. Be careful though, as you’ll be visible to everyone when holding supplies.
 
3. Destiny 2 Patch Increases Drop Rates, Buffs Arc Subclasses
 
Destiny 2’s new patch 2.2.1 came out this morning. After the patch, drop rates for both Gambit Prime weapons and Dreaming City cosmetics have increased significantly. Bungie is also updating older Arc variants for each class. Finally, there are new Catalysts available to improve your old Exotic weapons. You can read all the Arc changes and the rest of the patch notes using the link below.
 
4. Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows is now Live
 
The new Hearthstone expansion Rise of Shadows is finally upon us. The new expansion focuses on the return of some of the game’s most famous villains as a part of The League of E.V.I.L. This also marks the annual set rotation that removes old cards from the Standard Mode. Cards from Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds and Catacombs are no longer playable except in Wild Mode.
 
5. Fallout 76 Patch Introduces Sheepsquatch and New Dungeon
 
A new patch came to Fallout 76 today, bringing new content for players to experience. There is a new questline called Lying Lowe that tasks players with hunting down the Sheepsquatch, a West Virginia legend. Find one of the ‘Sheepsquatch Ate My Brother’ posters in Lewisburg to start the quest. There is also a new high-level dungeon called The Burrows which will be available on April 16th.

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1. Overwatch: Storm Rising Event Announced
The next Overwatch event has been announced and is set to begin next week. Blizzard took to Twitter to release a teaser video for Overwatch: Storm Rising, which looks to be the next lore-based PvE event like Retribution and Uprising. In the video, it is revealed that Tracer, Winston, Mercy, and Genji will attempt to take down Doomfist’s accountant Maximilian. Storm Rising starts on April 16th and lasts until May 6th.
 
2. Apex Legends May Start Punishing Leavers
 
We reported on Apex Legends stressful patch release last week. The update, which was meant to be small, temporarily reset the account of everyone who downloaded it. While that has since been fixed, it was not the only thing that slipped into the update. There was also briefly a feature that made quitters wait up to 5 minutes between matches after preemptively leaving games. This feature has ALSO been reverted, but it shows Respawn is exploring ways to discourage players from leaving matches before they should.
 
3. World of Warcraft Classic PvP Plan Revealed
 
World of Warcraft Classic is a throwback to the game’s original release, with very limited modern touches. About a month ago Blizzard revealed their plan for content updates post release, but they remained silent on PvP (player versus player) content until this morning. When the game releases, PvP will exist but only informally. Over time, battlegrounds and rewards will be rolled out in a way that mirrors the initial vanilla WoW experience. You can read the entire plan in the post below.
 
4. Steam Flags Angry Borderlands 2 Reviews as “Off-Topic”
 
When Borderlands 3 was announced as an Epic Games Store exclusive, many outraged PC gamers took to Steam to express their discontent. Borderlands 1 and 2 were both bombarded with negative reviews on Steam from April 3rd through April 6th. Utilizing a new feature, Steam has tagged these negative reviews as “largely unrelated to the likelihood that you would enjoy the product.” In other words, they have nothing to do with the game itself. The tagged negative reviews do not affect the game’s scores, although they are still available to read.
 
5. Black Ops 4 Combat Record is Now Accessible
 
Combat Record is a feature that lets you view personal stats for different weapons and attachment. The feature has been in every Call of Duty title since the original Black Ops in 2010. Well, Combat Record has finally come to Black Ops 4 but unfortunately not in the way many players wanted. You can only access your Combat Record via the game’s official companion app.

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1. Moot Points Episode 48: Battle Royalcatraz?!!
 
Happy Friday Inmoots! In this week's episode of Moot Points, the guys discuss the new Alcatraz map in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout. The map is significantly different from Blackout's original map and includes some exciting features. Check it out now!

2. Warframe Remasters Plains of Eidolon Region
 
The Plains of Eidolon region was Warframe’s first open-world space when it released in 2017. Although that doesn’t sound that long ago, the Plains were lacking when compared to Warframe’s more recent content. Thus, Digital Extremes felt it appropriate to remaster the entire region. New terrain textures, improved dynamic lighting, and a new day/night cycle have all brought the Plains of Eidolon back to life for Warframe players. There is also new content to explore in the Plains.
 
3. Fallout 76 Introduces Non-Cosmetic Microtransactions
 
In what is just another in a long line of questionable decisions, the team behind Fallout 76 have decided to introduce Repair Kits to the game. These Repair Kits can restore any one item to 100% durability without costing you crafting materials. While this sounds great, the problem is they’ll be purchasable with the real money currency. This means Fallout 76 now has a pay-to-win aspect to it, as players who choose to spend money on Atoms will be able to avoid the crafting materials grind and do more, faster. Yikes.
 
4. Division 2 Teaser Suggests next Assassin’s Creed Game Features Vikings
 
Apparently an in-game poster in The Division 2 is probably a teaser for the next Assassin’s Creed game. The poster shows a Viking character holding the Apple of Eden, an iconic piece of Assassin’s Creed lore. Kotaku has taken this opportunity to confirm the next Assassin’s Creed game does in fact feature Vikings. The game, codenamed “Kingdom,” is skipping 2019 and releasing next year. This suggests it is probably going to come out for the next generation of gaming consoles.
 
5. New Nintendo Switch Controller Enables Voice Chat
 
A new controller for the Nintendo Switch is coming out in June that will enable voice chat for some games. The controller includes an audio jack and audio controls and will allow you to chat with your friends while playing any game that runs Vivox integrated in-game chat. The good news for everyone is that Fortnite runs this technology, meaning the controller is compatible with the popular battle royale. The controller costs $24.99 and you can pre-order it next month.
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1. The Division 2 ‘Tidal Basin’ Update Comes Out Tomorrow
Tidal Basin is the first part of the Invasion: Battle for D.C. and it comes to The Division 2 tomorrow. In Tidal Basin, players will get new challenges that can ultimately advance them to World Tier 5. There are also two new exotic weapons coming to the game. On April 25th, Operation Dark Hours comes to the game as the first 8-player raid in The Division history.
 
2. Battlefield 5’s Premium Currency Launches Today
 
Starting today, Battlefield 5 players will be able to purchase Battlefield Currency with real money. This new premium currency will allow players to purchase cosmetic upgrades, special characters, and experience boosts. New epic-level cosmetics are coming to the game today alongside the new currency. There are two bundles you can purchase, a Starter Pack and a Premium Starter Pack.
 
3. Pokemon Go Fest is Going Global
 
For the last two years Pokemon Go Fest has taken place in Chicago. This year, the event is still coming back to Chicago but it is also going to occur in two other locations. Pokemon Go Fest will be in Dortmund, Germany and an as of yet undisclosed city in Asia. At Pokemon Go Fest players catch Pokemon and participate in exclusive game activities.
 
4. BioWare Boss Acknowledges Studio’s Issues
 
If you’ve missed this week’s drama, let us try to catch you up. An article from Kotaku reported on cultural issues within BioWare that could’ve contributed to Anthem’s weak launch. Initially, the response from BioWare seemed to be one of denial. However, this morning the head of BioWare acknowledged that “these problems are real” and they will work to fix them. While that’s well and good, I think the bigger question remains; can they fix Anthem while they’re at it?

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1. Apex Legends Patch 1.1 Accidentally Resets Account Progress
Apex Legends got a small update this morning that was supposed to introduce a few small quality-of-life updates to the game. Instead, players who updated to patch 1.1 realized all of their account progress had been reset. This includes level progress, achievements, and battle pass purchase and progress. Respawn is desperately working to fix this issue and we’re all trying our best not to freak out. Please, please, please fix this Respawn. (Oh, the update lets you party up with good teammates and allows you to mute bad ones in Legend select.)
 
UPDATE: Respawn has fixed the issue and player progress has been restored. Phew.
 
2. Fortnite’s Dusty Divot Begins Filling with Lava
 
Since just this morning, the Dusty Divot on Fortnite’s battle royale map has begun to fill up with lava. Dusty Divot has been around since Season 4, when a meteor struck Dusty Depot and destroyed it. Currently the divot isn’t completely full of lava, but only Epic knows for sure what will happen next. Do you think this is the end of Dusty Divot?
 
3. Call of Duty’s Blackout is Free to Play this Month
 
Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode Blackout is free to play on all platforms until April 30th. While this coincides with the release of the new Alcatraz map, it is a bit awkward as Alcatraz is currently only available on PS4. It is unclear when the close-quarters map will come to PC or Xbox One, but hopefully it is before the end of the month so those of us who don’t own Black Ops 4 yet can try it.
 
4. Borderlands 3 Official Announce Trailer
 
Last week we saw an announcement trailer for Borderlands 3 at PAX East. Today, Gearbox Studios released an official announce trailer for the game that reveals new vault hunters, new villains, and a release date. Borderlands 3 will release on September 13th of this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Epic Games Store on PC. After 6 months, Borderlands 3 will be available on other digital store fronts like Steam.
 
5. Civilization 6 Gets Cross-Platform Cloud Saving
 
Civilization 6 is an awesome turn-based strategy game that is almost impossible to walk away from. Well, it may be easier to walk away from your computer now because you can continue your games on your Nintendo Switch. All you need to do is sign up for a 2K account and you can save your Civilization 6 games through the cloud and continue them on either PC or the Switch.
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1. Call of Duty: Blackout Alcatraz Map Releases
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode has just gotten a new map based on the infamous Alactraz island. The Alcatraz map is noticeably smaller than Blackout’s original map, which was touted as the biggest map in Call of Duty history, so it should generate notably different gameplay. If we consider the popularity of Sanhok, PUBG’s smallest map, this means Alcatraz may be exceedingly popular with Blackout players. What do you guys think?
 
2. Fortnite Patch Introduces Boom Bow
 
There’s a new weapon in Fortnite! The Boom Bow shoots exploding arrows at enemies. The new weapon uses shotgun ammo and it deals both impact damage upon hitting an enemy and explosive damage in a small area after detonating. You can also charge up a shot if you want the arrow to shoot faster. Today’s patch also brings back the Sniper Shootout limited time mode.
 
3. Red Dead Online gets ‘Up in Smoke’ Game Mode
 
Rockstar Games is continuing to expand Red Dead Online this morning, as they just introduced a new Showdown Mode called Up In Smoke. In ‘Up In Smoke’ players must destroy the enemy team’s camp by delivering explosive packages. It will take several explosives to completely destroy the enemy camp. Up In Smoke is now playable on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
 
4. Borderlands 3 Possible Release Date Leaks
 
A since-deleted tweet from the official Borderlands Twitter account has possible revealed the release date for Borderlands 3. The tweet read “Mayhem is Coming September 13. Pre-order now for the Gold Weapon Skins Pack!” It should be noted this occurred yesterday, which was April Fool’s Day, but this seems like a terrible prank. There was also a deleted video that included the Epic Game’s Store logo, which may suggest Borderlands 3 could be an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC.
 
5. Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Reach Tests Coming Soon
 
Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo Reach are both coming to PC soon. Public testing for the games on PC will take place in the form of “flights,” with the first starting as soon as this month. You can sign up for the Halo Insider program which will give you opportunities to join these flights of game testing. You’ll be able to test both the Master Chief Collection and PC and Halo Reach on PC and Xbox One.

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1. Moot Points Episode 47: Borderlands 3 Officially Announced!
 
Happy Friday Mooties! Yesterday we got the incredibly exciting news that Borderlands 3 is coming. Check out this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian to see what we know about the game so far! There's also some other sweet stuff in the episode, including a way for YOU to earn some Moot Coins. Check it out!
 
2. Elder Scrolls Online Expansion Introducing Dragons
 
The next Elder Scrolls Online expansion will bring players to the Elsweyr region, where they will get to battle dragons for the first time. The expansion’s prequel quest will start soon, which will lead players directly to the main events in Elsweyr. The new expansion will release on May 20th on PC and June 4th on consoles.
 
3. ‘Dafran’ Retires from Overwatch League
 
Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca is a highly popular Overwatch player who joined the Atlanta Reign for the Overwatch League’s second split. Despite relatively high level play during the season’s first split, Dafran has announced he is stepping down from the Atlanta Reign’s roster to resume a “comfy streamer life.”
 
4. Riot Games Cancels Rift Rivals in Smaller Regions
 
Rift Rivals is a series of exhibition League of Legends matches that pits the best teams from different regions against one another. North America versus Europe and China versus South Korea versus Taiwan have been exciting rivalries that draw audiences. The Rift Rivals tournaments that feature less popular regions like Southeast Asia, Japan, Oceania, and Latin America have been cancelled this year. Apparently, they didn’t draw enough of an audience to justify the production costs.
 
5. Valve Pledges to Fix Artifact
 
Artifact is Valve’s digital card game that came out late last year and then immediately and tremendously flopped. Valve posted on the game’s official site today to acknowledge the game’s shortcomings and pledge to fix them. Instead of shipping updates with new cards and the like, the Artifact team instead is going to reevaluate the core aspects of the game including game design, the economy, and the social experience of playing. They expect these fixes may take a while to implement, so if you’re hoping for a ‘fixed’ Artifact we wouldn’t recommend holding your breath.

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1. Borderlands 3 Revealed
The madlads over at Gearbox Studios finally revealed a trailer for Borderlands 3. The reveal took place at the end of the studio’s presentation at PAX East earlier this morning. We don’t know much about the game yet, but we will learn more next week. We do know a few key things, like the fact that there are multiple worlds to visit in the game. Check out the trailer in the article below!
 
2. Get a Year of Nintendo Switch Online with Twitch Prime
 
Twitch Prime is awesome. If you don’t know, Twitch Prime is something Amazon Prime customers have access to that enables them to get tons of sweet rewards. Free games, in-game items, and one free subscription to any streamer of your choice are among the benefits. Now, you will also get a free year of Nintendo Switch Online, a $20 dollar value, for free with Twitch Prime. You can redeem your free subscription now through September 28th.
 
3. Risk of Rain 2 Surprise Releases Today
 
Risk of Rain is a purely 2D platformer game that came out back in 2013. This morning, Gearbox Studios announced a surprise release of a sequel for the game. Risk of Rain 2 is now fully 3D though, which is full one dimension upgrade over the original. Risk of Rain 2 is available on Steam Early Access right now for $20. Also, if you buy the game before March 30th you’ll get a second copy of it for free to share with a friend. Now if only we had friends…
 
4. Minecraft Update Removes References to Game’s Creator
 
The most recent Minecraft update has removed a couple title screen references to ‘Notch,’ the game’s original creator. Notch sold Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion USD in 2014 and has not been involved with the game since. Between then and now, however, he has made dozens of controversial remarks on social media. This is probably why his name has been removed from the game’s title screen, however Notch is still referenced in the credits.
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1. Possible Borderlands 3 Teaser Video
There have been whispers of a new Borderlands game throughout the past month. This morning, Gearbox Software released an awesome teaser trailer for an upcoming Borderlands game to prepare viewers for their presentation at PAX East tomorrow. The teaser video is just over a minute long, so it is definitely worth watching to get hyped.
 
2. Fortnite Patch v8.20 Adds Poison Darts and Fruit
 
A new Fortnite patch went live this morning, bringing a couple sweet new items to the battle royale game mode. The Poison Dart Trap fires, surprise, poison darts at enemies that will damage them over time. The new patch also introduced an assortment of different fruits to the game that heal you. The new Limited Time Mode ‘The Floor is Lava’ is also now live.
 
3. Cyberpunk 2077 is Going Big at E3 Again
 
Last year’s E3 was when we first got a taste of Cyberpunk 2077. While many studios have been pulling away from E3 this year, CD Projekt Red has said they’re preparing another awesome show for E3 2019. It is uncertain whether the entire presentation will focus on Cyberpunk 2077, as CD Projekt Red is working on at least one unannounced title currently. E3 2019 starts on June 11th.
 
4. The Division 2 End Game Content Coming Next Week
 
The Invasion: Battle for D.C. is coming to The Division 2 on April 5th. The update will introduce the Tidal Basin stronghold, which upon completion will bump players up to World Tier 5. There is also a new heroic difficulty mode, which will reward more drops for players capable enough to handle it. Finally, the patch will also include the game’s first weapon balance changes.
 
5. Gwent is Coming to Mobile Devices
 
Gwent, the standalone card game that originated from The Witcher series, is coming to mobile devices soon. The game will come to iPhones this year and Android devices “at a later date.” It is uncertain whether this will include the game’s single player campaign, but it will at least include the multiplayer mode. Gwent is also getting its first expansion tomorrow, titled Crimson Curse.
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1. Fallout 76 Survival Mode Beta Launches
We know nobody asked, but the Fallout 76 Survival Mode beta launched this morning. Survival Mode is a more hardcore, PVP focused version of Bethesda recent disappointment. Players will now select upon launch whether they’d like to play Survival Mode or the game’s traditional Adventure Mode. In Survival Mode you’ll take full damage from others immediately and you can only respawn or fast travel at certain locations. Honestly, it sounds pretty tight.
 
2. Major Star Wars Battlefront II Update Released Today
 
Remember Star Wars Battlefront II? Not the old one, but the more recent game that was pretty sweet but got totally ruined by a greedy microtransaction model. Well, THAT game just got a massive free update that introduced a new game mode called Capital Supremacy. There is also a new map, the Pipeline Junction West on Geonosis. Additionally, the update includes several hero balance tweaks and some quality of life improvements. Check out the patch notes in the article below.
 
3. ‘The Lord of the Rings – Gollum’ Game Coming Next Year
 
Game development studio Deadalic Entertainment announced yesterday they’re working on a new Lord of the Rings action-adventure game. The new game will release for PC and interestingly “all relevant console platforms at the time.” The game will focus on Gollum and tell his story like it has never been told before. The Lord of the Rings – Gollum will release sometime in 2021, so buckle up for a long wait.
 
4. Anthem Update 1.0.4 Adds Legendary Missions
 
In today’s update, BioWare is attempting to appease Anthem players, who have been upset with the game’s loot since launch. Update 1.0.4 adds Legendary Missinos, Elysian Caches, and other adjustments to the game’s loot economy. There is a single Legendary Mission each day, but it can be completed any number of times. The update also made chests and enemies more likely to drop additional items and crafting materials.
 
5. Red Dead Online gets ‘Target Races’ Game Mode
 
Red Dead Online is constantly growing, which is equal parts awesome and necessary. Today, Red Dead Online got a new game mode called Target Races. In Target Races, player race to the finish line on horseback passing through checkpoints and shooting targets as they ride. Hitting targets increases your horse’s stamina. You can also use weapons to attack your opponents. All online activities offer a 20% experience boost this week.
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The Daily Moot (3/25/19)

1. Battlefield 5 BR Mode ‘Firestorm’ is Live
The battle royale mode for Battlefield 5 is finally here! Firestorm is a classic battle royale mode, where 100 players can battle it out to be the last one standing in either solos, duos, or squads. Firestorm is an absolutely massive map that includes boats, tanks, and everything else that makes Battlefield games awesome. While it is definitely not too little, Firestorm may be too late to make a big impact on the battle royale genre. Will you be playing it?
 
2. ‘The Floor is Lava’ LTM is Coming to Fortnite
 
The Floor is Lava is Fortnite’s next Limited Time Mode. This limited time mode is a throwback to the classic childhood game we all remember, where you would pretend the floor was lava so you had to cross the room by jumping from one piece of furniture to another. The mode description says “get to high ground or build above the lava that’s overtaking the island.” This LTM is expected to come to Fortnite soon.
 
3. Philadelphia Fusion are Building an Esports Arena
 
Overwatch League team Philadelphia Fusion have announced they are building a massive esports arena to play their home games in the future. The $50 million dollar project will be the first “purpose-built esports arena in the Western hemisphere.” The Fusion Arena will set up to 3500 spectators. There will also be bars, suites, box seating, a dedicated training facility, a broadcast studio, and team offices. It is unknown whether the arena will be ready in time for the OWL 2020 season which is when teams will start playing home and away games.
 
4. No Man’s Sky is Getting VR
 
Sony announced this morning that No Man’s Sky will be adding VR compatibility later this summer. No Man’s Sky Beyond was announced earlier this month; Beyond is a multi-part free expansion to the space exploration game. The first chapter of Beyond will introduce No Man’s Sky Online, which will enable you to play the game with friends. It is unclear when specifically VR compatibility will come to the game except we know it will come out during the summer.
 
5. Apple Arcade is a New Subscription Game Service
 
Today Apple announced Apple Arcade, a new subscription service that will give subscribers access to premium games. The service is coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple computers, and Apple TV. Apple is both handpicking games for the service and developing games specifically for it. There will be no in-game advertisements or in-app purchases. Apple Arcade is set to launch in the fall of this year and we expect to find out more information about it before then.
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Team Moot Does GDC!! (Day Three)

It is our last day at GDC! We had an incredible time meeting incredible people, playing revolutionary games, and exploring the wonderful city that is San Francisco! Keep your eyes peeled on Moot for new games coming soon. Can not wait until next year!

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Team Moot Does GDC!! (Day Two)

It's day two of the Game Developer Conference for Team Moot! Another day of incredible gaming and networking is in the books. Watch today's video and see everything that happened and what you can expect to see tomorrow at day three of GDC!

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Team Moot Does GDC!! (Day One)

It is day one of the Game Developer Conference for Team Moot! So many incredible games, revolutionary technology, and unforgettable memories (oh and Dylan won a freakin Oculus Go for winning a Clash Royale tournament). Check out the video and let us know what you want to see the boys get into on day two!

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The Daily Moot (3/19/19)

1. Google Unveils ‘Stadia,’ a New Game Streaming Service
Google rocked the gaming world this morning when they announced Stadia, a new cloud gaming service. Stadia will stream games from the cloud to Chrome browsers, the Chromecast, and Pixel devices. The service will aunch in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe in 2019. Stadia will enable instant access to play games, without the need to download or install anything. Google also unveiled the new Stadia Controller to play with. Honestly, there’s a lot going on here to read about so we encourage you to check out the article below for more information.
 
2. Apex Legends Season 1 is Live!
 
Apex Legends’ first season is finally here! The new season brings to the game a battle pass, a new Legend, dozens of bugfixes, and a handful of character adjustments. The battle pass costs $10 USD and gives you access to over 100 unique items. The new legend is Octane, the High-Speed Daredevil, who is sure to shake things up a bit. Finally, there are dozens of bug fixes, optimizations, and character changes. Read all of the Season 1 patch notes here!
 
3. You can now Forgive Teamkills in Rainbow Six Siege
 
Ubisoft is finally reworking their solution to the teamkilling issue in Rainbow Six Siege. Previously, players could kill two teammates using friendly fire and get booted from the game if they teamkilled a third. Now, after the first teamkill, all damage the offending player commits to their teammates is actually reversed back onto them. You can also now forgive teammates for teamkilling, which has been a highly requested feature from Rainbow Six players for some time.
 
4. Call of Duty is Coming to Mobile Devices
 
Activision and Tencent just mutually announced Call of Duty: Mobile. The mobile game will be free to play and available on both iOS and Android devices. Call of Duty: Mobile will draw inspiration from both Black Ops and Modern Warfare games. It will feature popular game modes like Search and Destroy and Free-For-All. Additionally, there will be iconic maps like Nuketown, Crash, and Hijacked. There is a public beta coming for Call of Duty: Mobile this summer.
 
5. Rockstar Outlines Next Red Dead Online Update
 
In a press release this morning Rockstar outlined several features that will be coming to Red Dead Online in a major update “later this Spring.” Among the features is the ability to toggle on Defensive Mode, which will make it harder for enemies to kill you and vice versa. There is also a new Hostility System to discourage griefing. There will be more Land of Opportunity Missions, more Free Roam Missions, and more dynamic events. Finally, there is the new LeMat Revolver to look forward to.
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1. Apex Legends Season 1 Starts Tomorrow!
Respawn Entertainment has finally announced the official start date for Season 1 of Apex Legends! The new season will start tomorrow, March 19th, and will introduce the new Legend Octane to the game. There will also be a battle pass, including over 100 new cosmetics to earn. The new season is called Wild Frontier and you can check out more information, including all of the Battle Pass rewards, right here!
 
2. Fortnite Temporarily Disables Hamster Ball
 
Due to stability issues related to the Baller, Epic Games has temporarily disabled the item. The Baller is the official name of what most call ‘the giant hamster ball’ that was recently added to Fortnite’s battle royale mode. The Baller has been a dominant force in the game’s competitive meta since it was introduced, and many seem happy to see the item gone. Knowing Epic, the Baller will probably return very soon.
 
3. Battlefield 5’s Firestorm Map is Massive
 
DICE announced Firestorm last week, the battle royale game mode coming to Battlefield V. The map is called Halvøy and it is actually ten times larger than the game’s current largest map, Hamada. While battle royale maps are normally large, this is a bit ridiculous. It makes sense though, as Firestorm will feature helicopters, tanks, and other vehicles that will enable players to traverse the map with speed. Firestorm comes to Battlefield V on March 25th.
 
4. The Culling Servers Are Going Offline
 
The Culling is a battle royale game that has had a tragic storyline. The Culling was a generally popular game that got put on the backburner almost immediately after release so the team behind it could work on developing a sequel instead. After the sequel’s failed launch, the team reinvested in the original The Culling game and made it free to play. Unfortunately, a microtransaction model didn’t generate enough revenue to keep the lights on and come May the game’s servers will be shutting down for good.
5. Splatoon 2 Demo Coming to Nintendo Switch
 
Splatoon 2, the popular online shooter for Nintendo Switch, will be getting a free week starting tomorrow morning. The special demo version of the game can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop now. You can access four different game modes during the demo, including four-on-four Turf War and the game’s classic mode. If you decide you like Splatoon 2 enough to buy it, you’re in luck! Splatoon 2 is 20% off for the next week.
 
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Happy Mootday everyone! (every day is Mootday if you're living life right.) In this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian the guys talk about Firestorm, the battle royale game mode coming to Battlefield V next week. Hear all about the upcoming BR in the video now!
 
1. Moot Points: Battlefield V Firestorm Mode Revealed (Episode 46)
 
2. Overwatch League Teams will Play in Home Cities in 2020
 
Starting in 2020, all Overwatch League teams will get to play in their home cities. Currently, all matches are played at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA with the exception of a few “homestand weekends” this season. During these homestand weekends the Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Valiant, and Atlanta Reign will get to play a few matches in their home cities. By next year, many teams still won’t have their own stadiums so it will be interesting to see where exactly they get to play. Still, this is a step in the right direction for the Overwatch League.
 
3. No Man’s Sky: Beyond Update Coming this Summer
 
Hello Games just announced a big update they have planned for No Man’s Sky. The update is called Beyond and it has three parts. The first part of the planned update, which is the only currently revealed part, will introduce No Man’s Sky Online; you’ll be able to experience a ‘radical new social and multiplayer experience.’ Over the next few weeks we will hopefully learn more about release dates and the following two parts of Beyond.
 
4. Apex Legends Teasing New Legend, Octane
 
While they are still making us wait for the battle pass, Respawn Entertainment has begun teasing the game’s next Legend. There is now a jump-pad in the game, just outside of the popular dropspot Market. The jump-pad matches the leaked Ultimate ability for Octane, and functions similarly; when you step on it, you get launched into the air. When can assume Octane will release alongside the battle pass at the start of Season 1. Hopefully, this teasing means both of those are just around the corner.
 
5. Anthem Improves Grandmaster Loot Drops
 
Anthem loot drop tables have been notably laughable since the game released. BioWare took a step toward fixing that this morning, as they released an update to Anthem that increased the rate of masterwork and legendary drops. Specifically, these items will now drop at a higher rate for grandmaster 2 and grandmaster 3 difficulty levels. There are also increased drop rates for harder enemies at all difficulty levels.

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1. Battlefield V Official Firestorm Reveal Trailer
Dice just released a reveal trailer for Battlefield V’s battle royale mode ‘Firestorm.’ Last week a tutorial video for the game mode leaked, where a narrator explained some of the details of Firestorm. This video, in comparison, is way more cinematic and exciting. We can see destructible buildings, vehicles, and everything else that is classic Battlefield. We also now have a release date for Firestorm. The battle royale mode will release on March 25th.
 
2. Ninja got Paid $1 Million to Play Apex Legends
 
A report from Reuters has claimed that popular streamer Ninja was paid $1 million USD to stream Apex Legends when the game launched. When Apex Legends ‘surprise’ launched on February 4th, dozens of streamers had sponsored streams lined up. Presumably, none of them got paid as much as Ninja. While Ninja has shifted his streams back towards Fortnite these days, the promotional streams definitely seem to have worked out for EA as Apex Legends is constantly toward the top of Twitch.
 
3. New Co-op Zombie Game ‘Back 4 Blood’ Announced
 
The studio that developed the original Left 4 Dead has announced they’re making another co-op zombie shooter. While the developers, Turtle Rock Studios, have said they’re “going back to their roots” for this game, they also stressed this is NOT Left 4 Dead 3. Back 4 Blood is brand new, original intellectual property. Back 4 Blood will feature both a campaign and PVP combat, and there won’t be a battle royale mode. The game is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC but it does not have a release date yet.
 
4. Hearthstone Expansion ‘Rise of Shadows’ Revealed
 
Blizzard has just announced the next Hearthstone expansion, which will feature 135 new cards. The Rise of Shadows expansion introduces the League of E.V.I.L., which features a collection of past villains who are returning to the game. The first new mechanic revealed so far is Schemes, which are spells that grow in power every turn they’re in your hand. Lackeys are also a new mechanic; Lackeys are cheap minions that get added to your hand, sort of similar to Spare Parts from the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion. Finally, Twinspells are spells that add a copy of themselves to your hand when you cast them the first time.
 
5. Overwatch’s New Hero Baptiste will be Live next Week
 
Overwatch’s 30th hero will be coming to live servers on all platforms on March 19th. Baptiste will be the seventh support character in Overwatch. The combat medic has a submachine gun that can launch healing Biotic Grenades. He can also heal with his Regenerative Burst ability. Hopefully Baptiste will shake things up in Overwatch a bit using the two very unique abilities, Immortality Field and Amplification Matrix. Are you excited to try Baptiste?
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1. PlayerUnknown is No Longer Working on PUBG
Brendan Greene, perhaps better known as PlayerUnknown, is shifting to a new position with PUBG Corp. that will take him away from directly working on the game named after him. Greene is moving from Seoul to Amsterdam, where he will lead a new division of PUBG Corp. called PUBG Special Projects. According to Greene, the new group will focus on “exploring, experimenting, and creating new technologies, tools, pipelines, and gameplay.”
 
2. PS4 Players Get Blackout Hardcore Mode
 
The Hardcore Blackout mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is now available on PS4. Hardcore Blackout features no HUD, armor, vehicles, or zombies in an attempt to provide a more serious version of the popular battle royale game mode. This update is a part of the Shamrock & Awe event to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There is also new vehicles, the ability to inspect weapons, and new Gestures and Callouts at the Victory Screen.
 
3. Fortnite Reorganizes Cross-Platform Defaults
 
Epic Games included a small section in yesterday’s V8.10 patch notes that address crossplay matchmaking. Starting with this new update, Xbox One and PS4 players will be combined in their matches by default. Additionally, Nintendo Switch players and mobile players will be paired against one another. You can still play with friends on any platform, but these are the new default options for those who opt into crossplay.
 
4. Fallout 76 Introduces Free ‘Wild Appalachia’ Update
 
Wild Applalachia is the first of many free content updates that will come to Fallout 76 over the coming months. Starting today, you can complete the Wasted on Nukashine questline to unlock the ability to brew and distill drinks. Today’s update also added a reporting tool that will finally allow you to report cheaters or griefers as you encounter them.
 
5. We can now Stream Games from PC to an Xbox One
 
You can now use Microsoft’s Wireless Display app to stream PC games to your Xbox One. While there may be a small market for this feature, it is still nice to see Microsoft offering the option to those who may want it. Perhaps an Xbox One is the cheapest option you have available to connect your sweet gaming PC to your large flat screen TV in the other room.
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1. Fortnite Patch 8.10 Adds Giant Hamster Balls
The Baller is the newest vehicle to come to Fortnite. The hamster ball-esque vehicle includes a boost and a grapple that should enable some sweet tricks. You can find The Baller at outpousts and pirate camp loot stashes. The Baller has 300 health and will protect it’s inhabitant until it breaks. There are also new free vending machines, but they will only dispense one item before breaking. There have also been some additions and improvements to the game’s new ping system.
 
2. Apex Legends Battle Pass is Not Releasing Today
 
An image showing Octane, the rumored new Legend, appeared on the Origin store this morning alongside a paragraph introducing the game’s first season. The banner image has since been taken down, but this further raised expectations of the battle pass launching today. Respawn’s community manager posted to clarify that the Battle Pass and Season 1 will NOT launch today. Check out this story from the hopeful far away time that was this morning, when we still thought we’d be getting the Battle Pass today.
 
3. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Coming to PC
 
Microsoft has finally confirmed we will be getting Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC! The Master Chief Collection includes effectively every Halo game, combined into one. Halo 1, 2, 3, 4, and even ODST are included. Further, Microsoft is adding Halo: Reach as well. Apparently Microsoft plans to “roll out each of the games in The MCC one by one” on PC, so we won’t be getting all of the games at once. There is no confirmed date for when The MCC will be available on PC but it’s on the way nonetheless!
 
4. Fortnite Introducing ‘Undo Purchase’ Button Soon
 
Epic Games has announced they plan to add an Undo Purchase button to the shop, which will allow users to refund a purchase within 5 minutes. This is to help players who accidentally make a purchase or buy something and then immediately regret it. There already are refund tokens in the game, but Fortnite players only get a few and many have already spent theirs. We don’t know exactly when this feature will be live, but seeing as Epic is talking about it now it will hopefully be out soon.
 
5. Hollow Knight Collector’s Edition Announced
 
A new Collector’s Edition of the popular platformer Hollow Knight is now available, including a selection of exclusive goodies. The Collector’s Edition includes: a metal brooch and a nightstand for it, a 14-page Quirrel comic book, a Gold Foil Art Print Set, and a physical copy of the game including all DLC for the platform of your choice. There’s also a game manual and a map of Hallownest. The Collector’s Edition costs between $64 and $69 USD based on platform.
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1. Respawn Bans 355K Apex Legends Cheaters on PC
Respawn Entertainment has been working hard since Apex Legends launched 5 weeks ago. One facet of their game the community is growing more frustrated with is cheaters; because Apex Legends is a free-to-play title, it is a particularly attractive game to cheaters. Respawn announced over the weekend they’ve already banned 355,000 cheaters on PC alone through Easy Anti Cheat. Respawn is adding an in-game report feature soon, which will help us help them fight these cheaters. Also, they may want to region-lock China, as it seems the majority of cheaters stem from that region.
 
2. First Look at Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
 
Niantic has finally revealed their Harry Potter branded augmented reality mobile game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. In Wizards Unite, you’ll take to the real world to “help prevent The Calamity from exposing the secrets of the wizarding world.” Check out the game’s website via the link below to see what Niantic has revealed about the game so far. It looks like you’ll be casting spells, preparing potions, and more.
 
3. World of Warcraft Classic Content Plan Revealed
 
Blizzard took to their official forums this morning to reveal their Content Plan for World of Warcraft Classic, which is set to release this year. WoW Classic is designed to recapture the unparalleled magic of World of Warcraft’s original release, way back in 2004. Accordingly, Blizzard will be adding content to the game in carefully structured waves. WoW Classic will include 6 content phases. The first phase will include only Molten Core, Onyxia, and Maraudon. Check out the forum post at the link below to see the remaining phases.
 
4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Launch Trailer
 
From Software just put the launch trailer for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and it is intriguing, to say the least. The video starts with the main character fighting a bear that inexplicably has a flaming log tied to its head and only gets better from there. The trailer larger features action scenes that demonstrate what combat in the game will be like. If you want to learn more about the story of Sekiro, there was a story trailer last month. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice launches March 22nd on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
 
5. Valve Fires Artifact Creator Richard Garfield
 
Artifact has had a rough go of things basically since the game launched, and now the game will have to go forward without its lead creator. Valve laid off a couple dozen employees and contractors last week, including Artifact lead designer Richard Garfield. It makes sense, as the game has struggled so significantly. However, this does not mean Valve is giving up on Artifact; apparently, they’re still very much invested in trying to revitalize the digital card game, they just won’t be involving Garfield in that process.
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1. Moot Points with Dylan & Brian: Apex Legends' First Balance Update (Ep. 45)
 
Happy Friday Mooties! In this week's episode of Moot Points, we explore the ramifications of the first balance patch to come to Apex Legends. A couple weapons were nerfed a couple days ago and there are a handful of Legends buffs and nerfs coming soon; hear what we have to think about all of them and share your thoughts in the comments!
 
 
2. Leaked Footage of Battlefield 5 Battle Royale Mode
 
We were all so excited when we heard Battlefield 5 was going to have a battle royale mode, only to be let down when we heard it wouldn’t be in the game upon release. Well, a video leaked yesterday that confirms the game mode exists at least. The video shows us a pretty stock battle royale, with perhaps the most unique thing being you can shoot a pistol when you’re downed. Hopefully we get an official announcement soon, but either way this game mode is several months too late.
 
3. The Division 2 Won’t be Available on 3rd Party Stores After Launch
 
The Division 2 is currently available to buy on third party stores, but after the game launches next week that won’t be the case. Ubisoft struck an exclusivity deal with Epic Games which notably keeps their game off Steam, but we’re now learning it also means you will only be able to buy game keys from Ubisoft or the Epic Games Stores. Many gamers rely on third party stores to get discounts on popular games, so this is unfortunate news for bargain-hunting gamers.
 
4. Warframe’s Melee Combat Overhaul is Underway
 
Warframe just got the first step in a highly anticipated melee combat overhaul. You can now instantly switch from ranged to melee. Additionally, your melee combos will resume from where you left off if you momentarily switch to a gun. There are also other changes to melee combat like the ability to aim your ground slams. These changes come alongside the release of Operation: Buried Depts, which is the game’s first community event of the year.
 
5. Subnautica Below Zero Update adds the Seatruck
 
Subnautica Below Zero is the awesome sequel to the awesome underwater exploration game Subnautica. Below Zero is still in early access, but the game got its first patch today. The update adds a new customizable vehicle called the Seatruck; your Seatruck starts with a cabin and allows you to add different modules to it based on your needs. There are also new biomes and enemies in the update.
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1. Apex Legends Nerfs Wingman and Peacekeeper
Respawn Entertainment released the first balance patch for Apex Legends yesterday afternoon, nerfing both the Wingman and the Peacekeeper. Respawn took a respectfully conservative approach with their nerfs; the Wingman now has a slightly reduced rate of fire, a lower Skullpierce Headshot damage multiplier, and more hip fire spread. The Peacekeeper will now benefit less from the Shotgun Bolt increasing its rechamber rate. Both weapons will also spawn on the map less than before. Good job Respawn.
 
2. Original Diablo now Available on GOG
 
The classic first Diablo game is now available for purchase on GOG.com. This is the first time Blizzard has made this game available to purchase digitally. It is interesting that they’re choosing to sell it through a third-party website instead of their Battle net launcher. This is the first in a line of Blizzard games that will be available through GOG. The best part is Diablo is only $9.99, so get out there and start slaying demons!
 
3. PUBG is Updating Their Maps
 
In response to some leaks, PUBG Corp. took to their website to confirm they are updating their maps. Specifically, PUBG Corp is working to address loot balance. Apparently, they are going about addressing this issue via adding more compounds to the map among other solutions. While PUBG Corp. implied they’re going to update multiple maps, they’re starting with just Erangel. We unfortunately don’t have more details, but it is nice to hear they’re constantly working to improve their game.
 
4. H1Z1 Rebrands on PC to Z1BR
 
H1Z1 kicked off their third season of PC yesterday with a surprising change to their name. The battle royale game is now called Z1 Battle Royale, or Z1BR for short. The third season update rolls back the clock on some critical aspects of the game, including weapon recoil and bullet velocity. The goal is to capture the more popular era of the game that took place during late 2016 and early 2017. Also, Z1BR is under new management; developer NantG has taken over from Daybreak Game Company.
 
5. Nintendo Announces Labo VR Kit for the Switch
 
Nintendo just announced a new virtual reality kit for the Nintendo Switch utilizing the console’s Labo cardboard. There are two different sets; the full set costs $80 and includes VR goggles and five cardboard designs while the smaller kit includes only one cardboard design and the goggles for $40. Additional cardboard designs will be available for purchase later. The VR Labo kits will be available in North America on April 12th.
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1. Rainbow Six Siege ‘Burnt Horizon’ is Live Now
Year 4 Season 1 for Rainbow Six Siege is finally here. The new Operation Burnt Horizon is now available to download on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. There are two new Australian operators named Mozzie and Gridlock. There’s also a new map called Outback. Also, if the download for Burnt Horizon seems massive don’t worry; the total download size of the game is actually going to be less than before, as Ubisoft is consolidating some things.
 
2. Fortnite Players are Instantly Dying to the Fork Knife
 
Fork Knife is one of the hottest games in the world, popular among all the kids these days. Oh wait, that’s Fortnite; Fork Knife is a dumb joke name used by teachers and parents to illicit groans and eye rolls from their unfortunate victims. Well, because Epic Games is hip and cool they added an actual Fork Knife to their game. The only issue is that there’s now a particular tile in the Fork Knife that kills players instantly as of Season 8. Epic says they’re aware of the issue and they’ll fix it soon.
 
 
3. Death Stranding is Behind Schedule
 
Death Stranding is a new game from Hideo Kojima. We honestly don’t know much about the game other than a few hard to decipher trailers, but we do know it is currently behind schedule. Kojima originally hinted that the game may release BEFORE 2019, which obviously didn’t happen, so this isn’t the first time the game has been delayed. The real question now is whether we will get our hands on Death Stranding before the year ends. What do you think?
 
4. Farming Simulator 19 Getting a new DLC
 
We know you are all playing Farming Simulator 19 so we’re excited to tell you about the game’s upcoming DLC. The Anderson Group DLC focuses on baling, which is the act of rolling something into a bale. There are new vehicles that will enable you to roll bales of hay and transport them. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? The Anderson Group DLC comes to Farming Simulator 19 on March 26th.
 
5. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is Coming to the Nintendo Switch
 
Remember Turok: Dinosaur Hunter? The game is one of the most memorable from the Nintendo 64. Turok gave players a full 3D world to explore, filled with enemies, traps, and puzzles to fight and overcome. The re-release on the Nintendo Switch promises all of the magic of the original game plus the awesome portability of the switch. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter comes to the Switch on March 18th.
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1. Red Dead Online Introduces new Game Mode ‘Fool’s Gold’
Rockstar rolled out a new game mode for Red Dead Online today. The new game mode is called Fool’s Gold; players compete to wear a golden suit of armor and then kill as many enemies as possible while wearing it. The update also offers free items to players who login this week; ammo, fire bottles, fire arrows, and more are all available to pick up at camp or any in-game post office. Finally, you can now use John Marston’s Evans Repeater rifle.
 
2. Magic: the Gathering Black Lotus Sells for $166,100
 
A copy of Black Lotus, the most desired and arguably most powerful card in Magic: the Gathering, just sold for $166,100 USD on Ebay. This particular Black Lotus is from the Alpha set, which was the game’s first ever print run dating back to 1993. The reason this Black Lotus sold for so much is its 9.5 out of 10 Beckett rating; this is effectively as mint condition as you ever find a card. Just 7 months ago, another 9.5 Black Lotus sold for $87,672. For comparision, a 9.0 Black Lotus sold for only $57,350 in January.
 
3.Previously Exclusive Fortnite Skin ‘Reflex’ No Longer Exclusive
 
The Reflex skin for Fortnite was initially only available through an Nvidia bundle, but it was available in yesterday’s item shop for 1200 Vbucks. Many players are apparently upset at this, as they perceived Reflex to be an exclusive similar to the Samsung Galaxy skin; people were buying graphic cards to get the exclusive skin to then resell both the graphics card and the skin code to profit. Seems a bit skeezy, so maybe we shouldn’t feel too much sympathy? Or is this just capitalism at work?
 
4. MLB The Show 19 New Game Mode called ‘March to October’
 
MLB The Show has been the dominant baseball video game series for what feels like forever at this point. No other realistic baseball game has captured an audience the way MLB The Show does year after year. This year’s installment in the series will feature a new game mode called March to October. In it, you will pop in and play the most key moments throughout your team’s season to propel your team toward the playoffs. Check out the article below to see 47 minutes of unedited footage of the new game mode.
 
5. Destiny 2’s Season of the Drifter Adds 5 New Exotics
 
The Season of the Drifter update came to Destiny 2 today, bringing with it five new Exotics. There are new exotic gauntlets for Hunters, Titans, and Warlocks and two new Exotic weapons. The first of the two Exotic weapons is Thorn, which will be available via an Exotic quest starting on March 12th. The other Exotic weapon is Arbalest, a Kinetic linear fusion rifle; we don’t yet know how to get your hands on Arbalest.
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1. Apex Legends hits 50 Million Players
Apex Legends has officially hit 50 million unique players, just one month after the game launched. For comparison, it took Fortnite’s free battle royale mode four months to hit 50 million players. However, battle royale gaming is more mainstream now than it was then, largely due to Fortnite. Whether Apex Legends will continue to grow to the point where it can compete with Fortnite, which has by now seen over 200 million players, is yet to be seen.
 
2. The PlayStation 2 is 19 Years Old Today
 
19 years ago, Sony introduced the PlayStation 2 to Japanese markets. Roughly 6 months later, on October 26th, 2000 Sony introduced the console to the US market. Since then, over 155 million PS2s have been sold. Some of the most iconic gaming franchises were born on the PlayStation 2. Many gamers, too, found their passion for the hobby on a PlayStation 2. What were some of your favorite PlayStation 2 games?
 
3. Astralis Win CS:GO Major at IEM Katowice
 
The grand finals of this weekend’s CS:GO major was a classive David vs. Goliath situation. Astralis is clearly the best team in the world and arguably the best team in Counter Strike history. ENCE were the underdogs, but they had already defeated the 2nd and 3rd best teams in the world on their way to the finals. Despite ENCE starting strong, Astralis quickly found their form and dominated the finals. Astralis has now won 3 out of the last 5 majors, including two in a row.
 
4. Gwent Expansion ‘Crimson Curse’ Announced
 
Gwent is CD Projekt Red’s Witcher-based card game. The game will be getting it’s first expansion, called Crimson Curse, on March 28th. Crimson Curse will introduce over 100 new cards, with 31 neutral cards and 14 per faction. There are new mechanics including: new Poison and Bleeding effects, Shield and Vitality boosts, and mechanics called Deathblow and Berserk. There are five preview cards on Gwent’s website to view now.
 
5. Sony is Allegedly Offering Refunds over Anthem Crashes on PS4
 
Anthem has a bit of a bumpy launch with concerns over both game mechanics and server stability. However, a third issue is a number of PlayStation 4 players who are experiencing console crashes while playing Anthem. Some of the crashes are so severe that a few users have claimed Anthem has bricked their system. Apparently, Sony is issuing refunds to some users who request them, although others claim their refund requests have been denied.
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1. Happy Friday Mootimon trainers! So, Pokemon Gen 8 probably won't have a battle royale mode. But, it will have a ton of other cool stuff which we cover in this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian. We also talk about Fortnite Season 8, the new Overwatch hero, and more.
 
2.The next Legend for Apex Legends may have Leaked
 
There have been some supposed leaks regarding the next Legends to come to Apex Legends, but one is more convincing than the rest; an image showing a Legend named Octane looks very legitimate. Octane also visually matches one of the two shadows we saw in a teaser video from Respawn, adding credence to the leak. Octane’s passive lets him heal over time while out of combat, his tactical lets his spend health to move faster, and his ultimate is a launch pad.
 
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remaster Coming
 
PEGI, a website that gives games their maturity ratings, accidentally posted a rating for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered” yesterday. It has since been removed from their website, but the damage is done. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was one of the most popular games in the iconic series. The title unfortunately suggests the Remaster may only include the campaign, but even that would still be welcome.
 
4. Apex Legends Map Leaked a Year Ago
 
About 11 months ago, an anonymous user posted a picture on reddit with the title “Alleged Minimap for Rumored Titanfall Battle Royal Game.” The picture is the map is almost exactly the Apex Legends map, just rotated 90 degrees. You probably didn’t see the original leak, as it had 0 upvotes and only 14 comments. Personally, we’re glad the leak didn’t blow up; one of the coolest things about Apex Legends was the surprise release, and the anticipation for the game may have ruined it.
 
5. Epic Sued over Save the World’s Loot Llamas
 
Epic Games is currently being sued for the apparently predatory nature of the Loot Llamas in the Save the World game mode. Unlike most “acceptable” loot boxes which only include cosmetic items, the loot boxes in Save the World include weapons, materials, and other resources that directly affect how successful you can be in the game. The lawsuit alleges the game baits players in with a low starting price, only to basically force them to spend money on Loot Llamas to play the game. It should be noted that last month Epic began disclosing exactly what was inside each Loot Llama before you bought it.
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1. Fortnite Season 8 is Here!
Remember that little indie game Fortnite? Epic Games just released the game’s eighth season and it is becoming even more like Apex Legends, which is a good thing. Season 8 introduces a ping system that lets you more easily communicate with your teammates. There is also an updated UI that looks great. As far as map changes go, there’s a new volcano and volcanic vents that boost players into the sky. Finally, a new season means a new battle pass with tons of sweet cosmetics.
 
2. Hearthstone’s Year of the Dragon Revealed
 
Blizzard announced the next year of Hearthstone expansions will be collectively called the Year of the Dragon. The new year of content will see big changes to the Arena game mode and a commitment to more single player content. Also, in surprising news, Baku the Mooneater and Genn Greymane are leaving Standard a full year early. The Even/Odd cards have dominated the Standard format for too long, so good riddance. Lastly, the iconic cards Doomguard, Naturalize, and Divine Favor are all being vaulted.
 
 
3. Cyberpunk 2077 Will be at E3
 
CD Projekt Red has confirmed they will be at E3 this year with Cyberpunk 2077. It is uncertain to what degree they’ll be demoing the game; while we can all hope for a playable demo, we still don’t even know a release date for the game so there’s no way to say if a playable demo is a realistic expectation or not. Several big games and studios are moving away from E3, so Cyberpunk 2077 may very well be able to take a big spotlight at the show. E3 starts on June 11th.
 
4. BioWare Updates Loot Systems in Anthem
 
Anthem players were upset with the loot in the game from the start and BioWare is hoping they can fix it. BioWare is changing inscriptions, level 30 drop tables, and masterwork crafting material requirements. Certain inscriptions were effectively useless, like increased physical damage on an elemental gun. Those will be removed. Uncommon and common loot is being removed from level 30 drop tables. Finally, it will only take 15 masterwork embers to create a masterwork instead of 25. These changes will go live either today or tomorrow.
 
5. ‘Season of the Drifter’ Brings Updates to Destiny 2
 
Bungie released a new video that outlines what players can expect from Season of the Drifter, Destiny 2’s sixth season. There will be a new version of Gambit called Gambit Prime, which offers a class-based experience with unique rewards. There’s also The Reckoning, which is a matchmade activity that brings players to The Plains of the Nine to fight against enemies. Watch the reveal ViDoc at the link below.
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1. Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield Coming Late 2019!
The upcoming core RPG for Pokemon with brand new generation 8 Pokémon has finally been announced. The journey will take place in the Galar region which is a diverse territory consisting of big cities, snowy mountain, vast plains, and much more! The three starting Pokémon were also revealed: the grass chimp Pokémon, Grookey, the fire rabbit Pokémon, Scarbunny, and the water lizard Pokémon, Sobble (all three pictured below). The game looks like one of the best yet and is set to release on the Nintendo Switch in late 2019. Are you guys looking forward to it?! We are!
 
 
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2.Final Fortnite Season 8 Teaser
 
Fortnite season 8 officially starts tomorrow, which means today’s teaser will be the last one. The first two teasers showed a snake and then a dragon, both surrounded by fire. This morning’s teaser shows a volcano in the foreground but we’re more interested in the banana in the background. Banana? Banana. There is clearly some sort of fire and brimstone theme here, but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how a banana fits into things.
 
3. EVO 2019 Won’t Include Smash Bros. Melee
 
For the first time in over ten years, the biggest fighting tournament series won’t include Super Smash Bros. Melee. The Evolution Championship Series just announced the games lineup for EVO 2019 and they’ve chosen to include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate instead of Melee. EVO 2019 will also include Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Soulcalibur 6, and more. Check out the full lineup at the link below.
 
4. Ubisoft Reveals The Division 2 Year One Plans
 
Ubisoft has just revealed their plans for the first year of post-launch content for The Division 2. This includes several free updates and a season pass. The free updates will add new specializations and story missions for everyone, but season pass owners will get early access and extra missions. There will also be a shop with cosmetic items that can be purchased directly. The Division 2’s open beta starts on March 1st and the game launches on March 15th.

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1. New Overwatch Hero ‘Baptiste’ Revealed
Yesterday evening Blizzard revealed Overwatch’s next hero, Baptiste. Baptiste is a Haitian combat medic that has some awesome abilities. There are two ways for Baptiste to heal his allies. He can launch a grenade that heals allies near it and he can also use Regenerative Burst to heal allies near him over time. Baptiste also has an ability called Immortality Field, which temporarily prevents allies from dying. Finally, his ultimate is the Amplication Matrix would doubles the damage and healing of projectiles shot through it. Baptiste is currently available on the PTR.
 
2. First Major Red Dead Online Update Released
 
The first major update for Red Dead Online just went live today. It introduces Daily Challenges, a new rare shot, new emotes, and a range of new clothing items. There are also improvements to player visibility, Parley, and Feuds. Finally, the Law and Bounty system is now live. While this all sounds great, a lot of players are upset. The update seems to have cut earning potential for missions in half, while the prices for the new cosmetics feel through the rough. Basically, Rockstar wants your money and they’re not being bashful about it. Is anyone still playing Red Dead Online anyway?
 
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Update adds New Game Plus
 
New Game Plus is a growing feature in games. It lets you ‘restart’ the game but with all of your progress and unlocks carried over to the ‘new game.’ Today’s update brings New Game Plus to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. You can now start again in Kephallonia as Alexios or Kassandra with all of your earned and unlocked gear, mounts, upgrades, abilities, crafting materials, and more. Today’s update also readdressed the Shadow Heritage DLC, fixing an issue that forced players into a heterosexual romance instead of letting them choose.
 
4. Kingdom Hearts Board Game Coming Out this Year
 
Talisman: Kingdom Hearts edition is now in development and will release this year. The Kingdom Hearts twist on the classic Talisman board game will be playable for between two and six players. According to an official press release Sora and the gang will work to “acquire the needed Strength and Magic to seal the Door to Darkness and keep Heartless from consuming the communal worlds.”
 
5. Several Overwatch Hero Changes on PTR Now
 
The Overwatch PTR update that introduces Baptiste also includes several nerfs and buffs for existing heroes, as well as some general changes. Armor will now reduce beam-type damage by 20% and will no longer reduce damage over time effects at all. Damage boosts now matter when a projectile is fired, not when it deals its damage. Knockback distance is more consistent, and you can now knockback and slow flying enemies. Check out the link below to read all of the nerfs and buffs to your favorite heroes. (Yay, Soldier 76 buffs!)
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1. Fortnite Season 8 Coming Soon
Season 7 is coming to a close and everyone’s eyes are on Season 8. Now that the snow has melted, it looks like Season 8 may be a wet one with various bodies of water taking the focal point. You can expect a mix of all things aquatic, from fish to pirates and buried treasure. Planes are getting vaulted so perhaps we could see submarines, jet skis, or pirate ships as new vehicles to traverse the waterways. Of course, we're also eager to see what's going to happen with the mysterious eggs - perhaps an epic battle of sea creatures and sky dragons? Only time will tell, Season 8 is set to start on February 28.
 
2. The Division 2 Open Beta
 
Following its private beta a couple weeks ago, The Division 2 will have an open beta from March 1 - March 4. The open beta will have more content available than the private beta did, and will allow players to check out both early game and end game content. This is a great opportunity to try out the game and decide whether or not you want to purchase it once it officially releases on March 15.
 
3. Activision and EA CEOs Among Most Overpaid
 
A recent article found that Activision’s Bobby Kotic and EA’s Andrew Wilson are two of the most overpaid CEOs in America. Kotic’s salary is nearly $29M which is 306 times more than his average employee earns. Wilson earns even more, with his nearly $36M salary which is 371 times more than his average employee earns. Both Activision and EA have come under fire recently for firing many of their most valued staff members and producing worse quality games. This seems to make it pretty clear that they value profits over product.
 
4. Classic Resident Evil Games Coming to the Switch
 
In an homage to Resident Evil’s early partnership with Nintendo on the GameCube, Resident Evil 0, 1, and 4 are coming to the Switch. This is great news for Resident Evil fans who have shown that they’re just as interested in replaying the classic games as they are with a new game in the series. They likely won’t be remastered so the graphics will certainly look dated, but the gameplay will be as good as ever. The first of 3 games is set to come out on May 21.
 
5. Anthem 90-day Roadmap
 
Anthem got off to a rough start and BioWare knows it. The studio promises to improve the game and just released a 90-day roadmap detailing how they intend to do so. Aside from new items and missions, there will be 3 major in-world events which should spice up gameplay. BioWare is also focusing on developing end game content to keep players interested after they complete the core missions. The first event is set to start next week.
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