The Daily Moot (7/12/18)
1. Big Map Changes to Kick Off Fortnite Season 5
Fortnite Season 5 has brought tons of exciting changes, with the changes to the map at the top of the list. The most glaring change is at the southeast part of the map, where a desert has replaced Moisty Mire. In the center of the desert is Paradise Palms, an urban area with some cool buildings. At the top of the map, a golf course called Lazy Links has replaced Anarchy Acres. Dusty Divot is seeing nature take over even more, as the entire crater is now filled with trees and even a pond. We’ll leave some of the smaller additions for you to find yourselves, but rest assured it looks like it’s going to be a fun season.
2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Introduces Dueling
The Dueling Club is coming to Hogwarts starting today. Players will receive three tickets to enter the first event with and lose a ticket each time they lose a battle. Once you’ve lost all tickets, you’ll be unable to duel until the next event starts. Winners will receive special rewards, although it is still unclear what those are exactly. There will be several multiplayer events throughout the summer, so pay attention in your classes and practice your spells now.
3. Final Fantasy XIV Comes to Monster Hunter World on August 1st
Monster Hunter World has had a string of popular crossovers since its release, and Final Fantasy XIV is the next in line. The iconic Behemoth from FFXIV will be a huntable monster in the game. There will also be craftable armor and other goodies inspired by Final Fantasy. This isn’t the end of Final Fantasy XIV coming to Monster Hunter World, as we will also eventually get Rathalos as a monster that will take a party of eight to take down.
4. Fortnite Summer Skirmish Series Announced with $8 Million in Prizes
Remember when Epic Games said they were going to give out $100 Million USD in prizes for competitive events? Well, they’re starting to deliver on that promise. The Summer Skirsmish series is an 8-week long series of competitions with $8 Million USD in total prizes. The series kicks off this weekend with a duo tournament consisting of content creators and top Fortnite players.
The Daily Moot (7/11/18)
1. Overwatch League Coming to ESPN, Disney, and ABC
ESPN announced this morning that Overwatch League will be broadcasted live on their network of TV channels starting with this season’s playoffs. The agreement is not restricted to only live matches, meaning we may see talk shows and other original content surrounding OWL as ESPN tries to bring it to a more mainstream audience. It is important to note that this new deal does not cancel any existing distribution agreements, meaning Overwatch League will continue to be streamed on Twitch.
2. ‘Subnautica’ Announced for PS4
The highly popular underwater survival game Subnautica will be coming to the PlayStation 4 this holiday season. Panic Button is the studio bringing the game to the Sony console. Panic Button is the studio that brought Doom and Wolfenstein II to the Nintendo Switch and they are working on Warframe from the Switch as well. Subnautica is a beautiful game and we highly encourage you check it out when releases if you own a PS4.
3. Shroud Gets Banned from PUBG for a Month After Playing with a Hacker
A few days ago, Shroud teamed up with a hacker in one of his games. The hacker had been in a couple of his previous games and eventually Shroud decided to embrace it. Shroud rode in a flying car with the hacker and killed one person after the hacker told him where to find the enemy. Yesterday, PUBG Corp. banned Shroud for a month. Shroud joked while playing with the hacker that he would get banned and doesn’t seem particularly shaken up by the news. Recently, he’s been playing Rainbow Six Siege.
4. New ‘Sea of Thieves’ Weekly Event Brings You Underwater
Many were disappointed with the lack of content in Sea of Thieves when it released, but the team behind the game has been impressing fans with the content they’re putting out ever since. The first expansion, The Hungering Deep, was generally well received and Cursed Sails is coming this month. In the meantime, weekly events have been keeping players engaged. This week’s event sees players going underwater to fight off a curse.
5. ‘The Gardens Between’ Coming to the Switch
The Gardens Between is an adventure puzzle game set to release later this year and the studio behind the game has just announced it will be on the Nintendo Switch. It will launch on the Switch at the same time it launches on PlayStation 4, Windows, and Mac. In the Gardens Between, the player follows two best friends named Arina and Frendt. It is an emotional journey that examines the meaning of true friendship. Watch the Switch announcement trailer below.
The Daily Moot (7/10/18)
1. New Battle Royale ‘The Culling 2’ Releases Today
The Culling, which released in early access in 2016, was one of the original battle royale games. While it wasn’t incredibly popular, the sequel may stand a better chance of success now that the genre is so mainstream. The Culling 2 will drop 50 players instead of the usual 100 into each game. It also will only cost $20 dollars, which is $10 cheaper than PUBG and infinitely more expensive than Fortnite. We’ll see over the next few days how streamers like the game and if it will have much relevancy in the scene moving forward.
2. Wasteland 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch
Wasteland 2 originally released on PC in 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, the team behind the game is porting it to the Switch. The post-apocalyptic roleplaying game will be available in August on this year. The Switch is getting the Director’s Cut of the game, which includes the original game as well as additional perks for character creation and tons of new voice-overs.
3. Procedurally-generated Metroidvania ‘Chasm’ Arriving July 31st
Procedurally-generated games were super hyped up a few years ago, and now another one is finally coming to market. Chasm is a Metroidvania game, which is a style of platformer. In Chasm the sequence of rooms the player encounters as they play through the game will be different each time. In other words, the rooms themselves aren’t procedurally generated, but the order the player sees them is. This is to avoid the most common issue of procedural generation, which is rooms or worlds feeling like they were designed by a computer.
4. Nintendo Hopes to Release at Least 20 Indie Games a Week on the Switch
During a shareholder meeting a couple weeks ago, Nintendo executives addressed the future of indie games on Switch. One Nintendo executive had a promising message for indie developers and their fans; Nintendo hopes to bring 20 to 30 indie games to the Switch each week! Nintendo is already close to that mark, as last week we saw 18 new indie games come to the eShop.
5. Next Hearthstone Expansion is Called ‘The Boomsday Project’
Hearthstone’s next expansion is set to launch on August 7th and is based around one of Hearthstone’s most iconic cards, Dr. Boom. There will be a total of 135 new cards, some new mechanics, and a new single-player puzzle mode called The Puzzle Lab. ‘Magnetic’ is a new keyword that lets players merge mech minions to combine their stats and abilities. There are also new Projects and Omega cards. Projects benefit both players and Omega cards have extra boosts if you cast them when you have 10 mana crystals.
The Daily Moot (7/9/18)
1. Monster Hunter World Releases on PC August 9th
Capcom has finally revealed when the popular game Monster Hunter World is coming to PC. The game will be available on August 9th on Steam. Monster Hunter World will be capped at 60 fps on PC, which is double the FPS the game currently gets on console. If you choose to pre-order Monster Hunter World for PC you’ll receive the Origin Armor Set and the Fair Wind Charm.
2. Things are Getting Weird in Fortnite Before Season 5
Epic Games did a fantastic job teasing Season 4 of Fortnite. The build up the meteor that eventually struck Dusty Depot saw tons of hype from fans who couldn’t wait to see what was coming to the popular game. Now, it seems like Epic Games is trying to outdo themselves. Rifts have opened up inside the game and several items have popped into the map, like a wagon and an anchor. But there are also Fortnite items spawning in the real world! Last week, a hamburger disappeared from the game and appeared in California. Now, Fortnite llamas are sprouting up across Europe. Whatever season 5 is going to be, we won’t have to wait much longer as it comes out on July 12th.
3. Darksiders 3 Comes Out on November 27th
In the Darksiders games you fight as one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse against the Seven Deadly Sins and their evil armies. In the first game you fought as War, in the second game you fought as Death, and now in the third game you’ll fight as Fury. Darksiders games have been praised for their combat in the past, so hopefully the third can live up to that expectation. You can preorder Darksiders 3 on Steam or GOG for $60 USD before the November 27th release.
4. Overwatch’s Pink Mercy Skin Raised $12.7 Million For Charity
A few months ago, Blizzard revealed a Pink Mercy skin that they sold for $15 USD. All proceeds from the skin sales were to go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition to the Mercy skin, players could also buy a Pink Mercy themed t-shirt or donate directly through a handful of Twitch streams. Well, the final numbers are now in and the Overwatch team has revealed the total amount raised was almost 13 million dollars! Good job everyone!
5. Moments of Triumph Return in Destiny 2
Yesterday Bungie revealed they have brought back Moments of Triumph, the popular achievement mechanic from the original game, for Destiny 2. Some of the challenges are available now, but the full list and the ability to redeem rewards will not be available until July 31st. Players will only have until October 1st before Moments of Triumph comes to a close, so make sure you get moving. You can go to bungie.net to check your current progress.
The Daily Moot (7/6/18)
Happy Friday Mooterinos! Today we got a great episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian where we talk about Overwatch's newest hero and PUBG's new map. Enjoy!
2. PUBG’s War Mode Comes to Sanhok This Weekend
War Mode has returned to PUBG and this time it has come to Sanhok. The popular game mode will now feature five teams of ten instead of the traditional three teams. There will also be some changes to the weapons players have access to, as all players will drop in with a shotgun, handgun, frag grenade, and bandages. Air drop crates will spawn every 10 minutes, but other than that there is no world loot. Get your fill of War Mode before it goes away again on Sunday night at 7 pm PDT.
3. Fortnite’s Playground Mode Ends Next Week
After a bit of a botched launch, Fortnite’s Playground mode has been live for a few days now and fans are loving it. Earlier today Epic Games announced the Playground will be available until July 12th, the day Season 5 starts, and then will come back later. Epic hopes to add team selection to the next iteration of the Playground, meaning you will be able to use it for 1v1 and 2v2 games.
4. Kingdom Come: Deliverance DLC Available Now
The popular medieval era RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance has just received its premium DLC titled ‘From the Ashes.’ In From the Ashes, players will be able to manage a village, upgrade buildings, hire special NPCs, mediate disputes, and establish a home. All of these new features are coming to a game that has already been praised for its depth. From the Ashes is available for $10 USD.
The Daily Moot (7/5/18)
1. Rocket League Free Weekend and 50% Sale
The popular “soccar” game Rocket League is free this weekend on Steam. Players who try the game out will have full access to all of its features, including the competitive playlist, and if they decide to purchase before Monday they’ll get a 50% discount. Rocket League has been steadily growing its player base as they keep releasing new updates, DLCs, and Arenas since the game came out 3 years ago.
2. Hollow Knight Sells More Than 1 Million Copies on PC
Hollow Knight was recently in the news for how quickly the game sold 250,000 copies on the Nintendo Switch, but one of the game’s co-directors revealed recently that the game has also recently surpassed 1 million sales on PC. Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania game with a Darks Soul-esque mood that has left players seriously impressed. The art, music, and gameplay mechanics are all superb and for only $15 USD the game is absolutely worth picking up for PC or Switch.
3. ‘Fear the Wolves’ Battle Royale Comes to Early Access July 18th
Fear the Wolves is a new battle royale set in Chernobyl that is coming to PC and consoles later this year. We have now learned the game will be coming to Steam Early Access in just a couple weeks, starting on July 18th. Fear the Wolves will introduce a few unique elements to the battle royale genre, including a dynamic weather system and dangerous mutants. There was a trailer for the game at E3, which you can see in the article linked below.
4. Top Selling Steam Games of the Year Thus Far
Steam has revealed the best selling games of 2018 so far and there are some familiar titles. Steam doesn’t give exact numbers and instead breaks the games into tiers. The Platinum tier includes popular tiles such as PUBG, Rainbow Six: Siege, GTA 5, and perhaps surprisingly Jurassic World: Evolution. The Gold tier includes games like Final Fantasy XV, Path of Exile, Subnautica, and The Witcher 3. To see the full list of the most popular games be sure to check out the link below.
5. Assassin’s Creed Games May Span Multiple Time Periods in the Future
Assassin’s Creed games are famous for sending players back in time, but each game only lets you go back to one time period and region. In a recent interview, a Ubisoft executive claimed that this may not be the case in future games. New technologies will enable the games to include multiple zones, meaning players could visit several different time periods in the same game. This may also apply to other Ubisoft games, meaning future Far Cry games may have different countries in the same game.
The Daily Moot (7/3/18)
1. Drum Gun Comes to Fortnite
The Fortnite world may be crumbling down around us as the sky itself begins to crack open, but there’s a new gun! The Drum Gun is a hybrid between an SMG and an assault rifle. It has a high fire rate like an SMG but does damage similar to an assault rifle. You can find a Drum Gun for yourself on the floor, in chests, or out of vending machines. Have you tried the Drum Gun yourself or seen it in action? Let us know how you feel about it in the comments!
2. Get 21 Free Games from Twitch Prime to Celebrate Prime Day
Twitch Prime Day is July 16th this year and Twitch is giving away 21 games for free to celebrate. The biggest title included is probably Pillars of Eternity, but even if you haven’t heard of the other titles it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth checking out. Free games include Metal Slug 3, Deponia Doomsday, Tacoma, and more. To receive your free games you’ll need Twitch Prime, but you can always get a one-month free trial! Check the link for more information.
3. Fortnite’s Playground Mode is Back and Everyone Loves it
After a brief tease, Fortnite’s Playground LTM is finally live for all players. In the Playground mode, you can enter an empty map with your squad and do whatever you want. Players will have access to significantly more resources for their building needs, so you can get as creative as possible. You’ll have an hour to mess around by yourself or with friends before the storm closes in and kills everyone. If you don’t want to wait that long, you can always shoot your friends! Don’t worry, though, as respawning is turned on.
4. Mutant Football League Comes to the Switch This Fall
Mutant Football League, the spiritual successor to the similarly titled Mutant League Football from 1993, started on Steam after a successful Kickstarter campaign and then released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One earlier this year. Now, Mutant Football League is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Switch owners will be able to battle teams of mutants in the over-the-top, arcade style football game in September 18th.
5. GTA 5 Online Gets Independence Day Discounts
GTA 5 Online continues with their weekly updates this week as they focus on 4th of July themed items. Different patriotic weapons, facepaints, and outfits are 40% this week only. Additionally, players who logged in and participated in last week’s event should have received their $300,000 by now. There is also still a 50% discount on Hangars, Executive Offices, Special Cargo Warehouses, and Biker Clubhouses and Businesses.
The Daily Moot (7/2/18)
1. A Rocket in Fortnite has Cracked the Sky
After many clues, countdowns, and conspiracy theories something big finally happening in Fortnite. On Saturday morning, Fortnite players stopped fighting for long enough to watch a rocket launch in game. The rocket flew through the sky before ultimately shattering the sky itself, leaving behind a sprawling crack that is still visible in the game. What exactly this is foreshadowing is still unknown, but it almost certainly has to do with the end of season 4 and the start of season 5.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo Will be on the Cover of NBA 2K19
Antetokounmpo, otherwise known as The Greek Freak, will be the next star to grace the cover of an NBA 2K game. This information was revealed at a press conference in Antetokounmpo’s home town of Athens, Greece earlier today. Antetokounmpo plays for the Milwaukee Bucks and has been a top player in the league over the last few years. There will also be an anniversary edition of NBA 2k19 releasing, which will feature Lebron James on the cover instead.
3. Fallout 76 Will not have Cross-Console Because of Sony
Fallout 76 is an online multiplayer game which seems like a natural fit for cross-platform play. Unfortunately for Fallout fans everywhere, Fallout 76 is coming to PlayStation 4 which means Sony is in a position to prohibit cross-platform play for the game. Todd Howard, the Bethesda Game Studios director, has said recently that Sony is doing exactly that. As games like Rocket League and Fortnite have demonstrated, people like to play with their friends. It is a shame we won’t be able to do that in Fallout 76.
4. Summer Games Done Quick Breaks Record With 2.1 Million Raised
Summer Games Done Quick, a weeklong charity speedrunning event, just finished with record breaking results. The event is streamed to Twitch over the course of a week and features dozens of popular speedrunners and games. The relaxed atmosphere of the event usually prevents runners from setting world records, but it is still a fun experience for runners and viewers. This year the charity event reaised $2.1 Million USD for Doctors Without Borders, a charity that provides healthcare for people around the world.
5. The International Olympic Committee Will Hold an ‘Esports Forum’ this Month
In what is an exciting step toward getting esports in the Olympics, the IOC announced today they will be holding an Esports Forum next month. Esports players, teams, sponsors, event organizers, and more will all be invited to participate in the event. The purpose of the event is “to begin a discussion… and understand the potential opportunities for collaboration.” Esports are already making waves on the international level, as they will feature as a demonstration event in this year’s Asian Games and will probably be full medal sport by the 19th Asian Games in 2022.
The Daily Moot (6/29/18)
Happy Friday Mootsters! Today we discuss Realm Royale's recent popularity and Sony's refusal to allow cross play with Nintendo Switch. Enjoy!
1. Moot Points with Dylan & Brian
2. State of Decay 2 DLC Introduces Revolutionary War-themed Zombies
The State of Decay 2 team is giving us all an Independence-themed DLC to celebrate Independence Day in the US next week. The patriotic DLC gives players access to three new melee weapons, three new vehicles, and zombies dressed up in Revolutionary War outfits. While it probably doesn’t add to the overall gameplay too much, the fun DLC is only $4.99 so if you’re into State of Decay 2 you should consider purchasing it.
3. Overwatch’s New Hero ‘Wrecking Ball’ is Live on PTR
While Hammond is the new hero in Overwatch, as many speculated, he is officially called Wrecking Ball. Wrecking Ball is a new tank coming to the Overwatch’s lineup and Blizzard hopes he can offer a unique playstyle to the popular role. We’ve seen some gameplay already from the PTR and Wrecking Ball definitely looks fun; in particular, the grappling hook that lets you fly through the air has massive potential for some serious shenanigans. We don’t know exactly when Wrecking Ball will come to live servers, but probably within a month.
4. Prestige Raid Lairs Coming to Destiny 2 Next Month
Bungie has finally revealed more details and a release date for the Prestige raid difficulty for Destiny 2. The defining feature of the Prestige difficulty will be new modifiers and forced loadout types. Some modifiers will actually be helpful, as one of the revealed ones will increase elemental damage. Players who complete a raid on Prestige difficulty will receive a random level 400 weapon, which is 15 levels higher than the current item level cap. Prestige raids go live on July 17th with the rest of version 1.2.3.
The Daily Moot (6/28/18)
1. Overwatch Hero 28 Revealed
The official Overwatch Twitter account has revealed the identity of the newest hero coming to the popular game and it is, drumroll please…… a chubby hamster in a ball! You can see the adorable little guy for yourself in the tweet attached below. Many are assuming the new hero’s name is Hammond, but nothing official has been revealed by Blizzard on that topic just yet.
See the Developer Update here:
2. Sony Considering Giving Fans Universal Cross-Platform Play
While it is usually Nintendo being overly protective regarding cross-platform play, lately it has been Sony in the news for restricting their player base. Many games on PlayStation 4 let you play with your friends on PC, but Sony does not let PS4 owners play with their friends on Microsoft or Nintendo platforms. While this has been true for a while now with games like Rocket League, it has come to the forefront now because of Fortnite. A Sony execute recently claimed they are “looking at a lot of possibilities” and will come to a solution that “will be understood and accepted by [their] gaming community.” Will PS4 players accept anything short of complete cross-platform access? We hope not.
3. Marvel Powers United VR Releasing Next Month
Earlier today Oculus announced the Marvel themed co-op fighter Marvel Powers United VR will launch on July 26th. Alongside the announcement of a date, Oculus revealed Black Panther as a playable character. Now there are 8 total characters revealed, including Thor, Hulk, and Deadpool. In Marvel Powers United VR you play with friends to fight off waves of enemies, akin to Halo’s Firefight game mode or Gears of War’s Horde.
4. Halo TV Series Coming to Showtime Next Year
After years of speculation, we finally have a confirmed Halo TV series coming out next year. The series will start in the 26th century, the same time frame as the original Halo game. There will be ten episodes in the first season, each an hour long. The Halo story is rich and should make for some great television if executed properly. Seeing as both Microsoft/343Industries and Steven Spielberg are involved with the project, we have high hopes.
The Daily Moot (6/27/18)
1) Fortnite: Season 5 Release Date, Cosmetic Leaks, and Playground Mode
Fortnite just continues to stay atop the gaming industry by releasing new, quality content consistently. Today Epic’s community coordinator, Sean Hamilton, revealed season five will begin on July 12th which is two days later than the date we all anticipated. In addition, from June 29th through July 2nd Fortnite will have the ‘100% match XP weekend’ to allow players to gain as many season four rewards as possible. Furthermore, many cosmetics were leaked to the public which include new skins, gliders, backbling, and emotes! See the article from Polygon below to see some of the new cosmetics. Lastly, the brand new Playground Mode was released this morning and is available right now for you to play with your squad!
2) H1Z1 Releases New 8X8KM Map
H1Z1 recently released a brand new 8x8km map called ‘Outbreak.’ The new map is said to include ‘new terrain, points of interest, and art and textures’ for all players to enjoy! It is great to see H1Z1 developers working so hard to get back to relevancy in the battle royale genre, however it may just be too little, too late. Do you think H1Z1 can make a comeback? Let us know in the comments below!
3) Pokémon GO Player Count Skyrockets
Pokémon GO recently unveiled a rather large update and the statistics are proving that users are enjoying the new content. The game just hit their highest number of players since the game took over the world back in 2016. Now if you ask us, we think this is because players want to get a head start on Pokémon Lets Go Eevee/Pikachu because you can transfer Pokémon directly into the upcoming Switch game. Regardless, it is cool to see the game make a resurgence!
4) PUBG Drops Lawsuit with Fornite
It has been reported that PUBG has dropped their lawsuit against Epic Games’ Fortnite, although it is still unknown if a settlement was in fact reached. It has only been about a month since the lawsuit was initiated so it is surprising to see it fall through so quickly. Now we can go back to the two behemoth battle royale games duking it out in the virtual gaming world!
5) Overwatch Patch
Overwatch has released a new patch in the game that drastically affects Symmetra with regards to her photon projector, secondary fire, overall damaging, and teleporter. It will be interesting to see how the Overwatch fan base reacts to these major changes. In addition, the game implemented a brand new ‘Looking for Group’ feature to enhance gameplay by helping you gather a squad. This all comes in wake of the teasers for the new ‘Hero 28’ rumored to be on the way.
The Daily Moot (6/26/18)
1) Is Hero 28 on the Way?
Let the rumors flow! Yesterday ‘Overwatch’ revealed a very short trailer of a ball shaped figure rolling through what looks like to be a dim alleyway. Fans are already alluding this to be the first glimpse of ‘Hero 28’ or potentially a new map. The background of the video features a plethora of different artwork varying from monkey and a dog in space, to the words “NO BOTS” written across the wall. The monkey in the background appears to be one of Winston’s long-lost friends, Hammond. Could Hammond be the next hero in the series? Let us know in the comment section below!
2) New Class in ‘Call of Duty: WWII’
Sledgehammer Games released an update for ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ which includes a brand division called Cavalry. The Cavalry are the gritty warriors equipped with a Cavalry Shield who are ready to take on the opposition on the front lines. In addition, “The Cavalry Division also has improved objective capabilities, which include capturing Domination flags faster, planting bombs in S&D quicker, and swiftly building and destroying walls in War Mode.” The Cavalry division seems like a fast paced, advanced class that will become a fan favorite in no time. Check out the article to see everything new in the newest update!
3) Get $300,000 Free in ‘Grand Theft Auto V Online’
Rockstar games has announced the chance to receive a free $300,000 in ‘GTA Online’ in wake of the Guest List update. All you need to do is sign in to the online servers any time between July 2nd and July 9th in order to receive the cash and enjoy the nightclub-themed update. Simple as that! Are you guys excited for the new content? Let us know in the comment section below!
4) Joel Embiid Named Cover Athlete for ‘NBA Live 19’
The EA Sports ‘NBA Live 19’ cover athlete has been announced and it is none other than the Social Media Legend himself, Joel Embiid. Embiid is a 24-year-old, 7-foot phenom from Cameroon who has been a force to reckon with on the court since his debut in 2016. ‘NBA Live 19’ game will be available on September 7th on PlayStation and Xbox, with the demo going live on August 24th.
5) Dota 2 Bot’s Projected to Beat Team of Professionals
The independent research institute founded by Elon Musk, OpenAI, is preparing their ‘Dota 2’bots to take down a professional team in a 5v5 match at ‘The International 18.’ The team of bots has been practicing every day, putting in over 180 years’ worth of games against itself in a single day! While the team of bots has taken down amateur teams in the past, it has never been able to defeat a team of all professionals. Do you guys think the OpenAI team will be able to take down professionals?
The Daily Moot (6/25/18)
1. Fortnite’s Playground mode is Coming Soon
Epic Games announced last month they were working on a creative Playground mode and it seems to be almost ready. Players will be able to load into a private island with a squad of friends where they can practice their building. Friendly fire will even be on so you can even shoot your friends. Don’t worry if they return fire though, as respawning will be turned on. Fortnite’s Playground won’t stick around forever, but it is the first step toward a permanent creative mode.
2. GTA Online Update Will Let Players Run Their Own Nightclubs
Rockstar has recently confirmed a nightlife-themed expansion coming to GTA 5 Online soon. The update was teased by a few different artists who will actually feature in the game’s new night clubs. Solomun, The Black Madonna, and Dixon all have posted about Los Santos on their Facebook pages. Players will be able to open their own night clubs, controlling everything from the design of the club to the people who work it. We don’t yet know the exact release date for the new update.
3. Creator of Overwatch Hack Jailed for a Year
A 28-year old South Korean man has been sentenced to a year in prison after he made almost $200,000 USD selling an Overwatch hack. Two other hack creators were sentenced earlier this year and there are 10 more awaiting trial in South Korea. Blizzard has been working with the Seoul National Police Agency’s cyber security team to catch the people behind illegal hacks. Beyond hacking, account boosting and match-fixing have both proven themselves to be issues that Blizzard is looking to address.
4. Telltale Games Ditching Old Engine, Embracing Unity
Telltale Games is the studio behind the popular choose your own adventure games like The Walking Dead series. The games have always been made using the Telltale Tool engine, but that has grown increasingly more outdated as time moves on. Finally, Telltale is moving to the popular Unity engine for their new games. Two games next year will use the new engine. These two games are The Wolf Among Us: Season Two and the Stranger Things game.
The Daily Moot (6/22/18)
1. PUBG’s New Map is Live, Alongside the Poorly Received ‘Event Pass’
After a lengthy four rounds of testing, PUBG’s new 4x4 km map Sanhok is now live! As popular as the new map has been so far in testing, the PUBG community is rather upset with PUBG Corp. right now due to the new Event Pass. Specifically, players are upset that the majority of items unlocked with the free version won’t stay unlocked permanently. In other words, the items you earn through the battle pass are only yours for a little while unless you pay. We will see if PUBG Corp. decides to change anything.
2. World of Warcraft Free Weekend in Anticipation of New Expansion
Blizzard is trying to build some hype before Battle for Azeroth drops on August 14th and a free weekend seems like the perfect way to do that. As anyone who played World of Warcraft in the past will tell you, it is a hard game to put down for good. Luckily for those of us who have been looking for an excuse to get sucked back in, this weekend the game is free to play! There is also a discount on account services like faction and race changes in case you need to transfer to find your old friends.
3. Nintendo Switch ‘Flip Grip’
The Flip Grip is an awesome tool used with the Nintendo Switch which allows users to play games vertically, rather than the usual horizontal. Playing games in a vertical fashion creates a new and exciting way for players to enjoy their games. While there are certain issues with the Flip Grip such as a few ports being blocked off due to the location of the grips, they are still finding ways to create the design in a more user-friendly fashion. The grips will be ready for consumers in November by pledging either $12 or $24 on Kickstarter to receive either one or two grips, respectively.
4. The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game is Coming to Steam Soon
The Lord of the Rings digital card game is an adaptation of the cooperative card game with the same name, but it has some differences. For starters, the game is only going to be solo adventure play when it first comes to Steam. The game is releasing with several different purchase options. The more expensive options will provide players with more cards, in-game currency, and cosmetic items. The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game is coming to Steam Early Access on August 28th.
5. The Overwatch Twitter Account may be Teasing Hero 28
The official Overwatch Twitter account posted a six-second video clip yesterday that seems to be teasing either a new map or hero. The video shows a dimly lit alley with some posters on a brick wall. There’s a monkey in a space suit, perhaps a reference to Winston’s old colleague on Horizon Lunar Colony. There’s also a small image of the Junker Queen, a highly anticipated character with ties to Junkrat. As with most teasers, all we can do for now is speculate and hope to get more information soon.
The Daily Moot (6/21/18)
Hello, hello, hello mooties! We have a fantastic episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian for you this week. We talk about everything E3 in this episode as we cover what we liked, what we didn't like, and what we're going to be purchasing on release day. Hope you enjoy!
2. PUBG Reveals ‘Event Pass’ set to Launch This Friday
PUBG’s highly anticipated new map ‘Sanhok’ is releasing tomorrow and alongside it comes the new Event Pass. PUBG’s Event Pass is similar to Fortnite’s Battle Pass in that it offers cosmetic rewards to players with free and premium options, but it also has some distinct differences. Players who stick with the free option will be able to ‘temporarily unlock many of the items’ but they will only get to permanently keep ‘one special item.’ PUBG Corp. has promised dozens of Sanhok themed challenges in their first Event Pass.
3. Steam Summer Sale 2018 Starting Today
Recent leaks have claimed this year’s Steam Summer Sale will start today. We believe the leaks, mostly because almost every Steam sale gets accurately leaked before its start date. The summer sale is traditionally one of the larger Steam sales of the year, so get your wallet and excuses ready. While waiting for the official sale to start you can consider buying PUBG, which is on sale for the first time ever.
4. Gears 5 Built from the Ground Up for PC
Gears of War 4 was the first game in the series to come to PC, and Gears 5 hopes to build upon the game’s success on the platform. The head of the studio behind the game has said Gears 5 has been reaching 120 FPS in their initial testing on PC. While that number is definitely promising, we will need to wait and see how cleanly the game is ported to PC. Frequently games that originally start on console are buggy when they finally come to PC. Gears 5 is due out next year.
5. Mojang’s Card Game ‘Scrolls’ is Coming Back
Mojang, the company behind the insanely popular Minecraft, originally released Scrolls at the end of 2014. While the game was generally well received, within a year the company announced they would be halting development on the game. Earlier this year, Mojang turned off the game’s servers. Now, the game is being re-released under the name ‘Caller’s Bane.’ Players will need to host their own servers, but that has the added benefit of allowing you to customize your settings. For instance, a server’s host could decide to give everyone access to all cards at the start.
6. Arena of Valor’s Closed Beta on the Switch Starts Soon
The mobile MOBA Arena of Valor is the world’s most played game and soon it will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Starting next week, a two-week closed beta for the game on Switch will take place and it’s not too late for you to sign up! The beta will take place in North America and Europe and you can sign up on the Arena of Valor website. Arena of Valor hits an astonishing 80 million active users a day, a number that is only expected to go up once the game is available on the Switch.
The Daily Moot (6/20/18)
1. Psyonix Reveals Details for Rocket Pass, a Cosmetic Reward System
During a meeting at E3 last week, Rocket League’s game director revealed more information about the game’s upcoming Rocket Pass. The pass will function similarly to Fortnite’s popular Battle Pass, as it will have both free and premium options. Players will receive cosmetic rewards for leveling up, with the premium option offering more and better rewards. For example, free users will get decryptors to unlock crates while premium users get actual keys. The Rocket Pass will cost $10 USD, just like Fortnite’s Battle Pass.
2. PUBG Announces First Steam Sale to Celebrate 50 Million Sales and 400 Million Players
With the recent popularity of Fortnite it is easy to forget exactly how massive of a year PUBG has had. Recently the game hit some major milestones, including selling 50 million copies of the popular battle royale game and registering 400 million accounts (including mobile, which is free to play.) Alongside the announcement of these remarkable achievements, PUBG Corp. has announced the game’s first sale on Steam. PUBG is available for $19.99 USD, 33% off normal price, until July 5th.
3. ARK: Survival Evolved Reveals Next Expansion’s Release Date
Studio Wildcard, the team behind ARK: Survival Evolved, has revealed some gameplay details for their upcoming expansion alongside a release date. ARK: Extinction is set to release on November 6th on Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Players with the Explorer’s Pack or the Season Pass will have access to the new content. A trailer for Extinction is out now so be sure to check it out in the article linked below if you’re interested.
4. United Front DLC for Call of Duty: WW2 Announced
Yesterday Activision announced the third DLC for Call of Duty: WW2, United Front. The DLC includes three new multiplayer maps, a new War Mode mission, and a new Zombies chapter. One of the three new maps is Stalingrad, which famously is the site of one of the largest battles in the history of the second world war. The new Zombies chapter is The Tortured Path, which sees four new characters who must transport the final pieces of Emperor Barbarossa’s sword through three new locations. The United Front first releases for PlayStation 4 on June 26th.
5. Pokemon Quest Coming to Mobile Next week
After the surprising initial success of Pokemon Quest on Nintendo Switch the game is now coming to mobile devices next week. A tweet from the Japanese Pokemon twitter account has revealed Nintendo Quest was downloaded an astonishing 2.5 million times worldwide since its release. The ‘free to start’ game is different than any other Pokemon games before it, but fans of the series are still trying it out. Pokemon Quest is available on mobile devices on June 28th and you can preregister now.
ALSO Update 1.5.0 is now live on mobile devices (PC coming soon). v1.5.0 includes the highly requested direct messaging feature and a neat Follow Feed system. You can follow people you like and be notified when they post. To access the Follow Feed, click the right hand corner of your screen on the newspaper icon and view all of the content under “Feed.” To read the entire update notes, click below.
The Daily Moot (6/19/18)
1. Fortnite Patch Introduces Stink Bombs and Final Fight LTM
Another week, another cool item added to Fortnite. This time it is the Stink Bomb, which is an epic quality item you throw to create a stinky cloud. The cloud deals 5 damage every half-second to enemies within it and lasts for 9 seconds. Stink Bombs come in stacks of 3 and you can hold 5 at a time. The patch also brings a new Limited Time Mode called Final Fight. After the 3rd circle, the storm will not move in any further. A countdown will start and the team, or teams, with the most remaining members when the timer ends are crowned the winners.
2. Ninja Announces Red Bull Sponsorship and Rise Till Dawn Tournament
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, the biggest name in gaming right now, recently announced a partnership with Red Bull. Ninja also announced another Fortnite tournament he will be participating in sponsored by Red Bull. The Rise Till Dawn duos tournament is scheduled for July 21st at 8:21 pm to 5:35 am the following morning, with competitors battling it out all night to score the most points. There will also be bonus rewards for killing Ninja. Beyond those few details, we don’t know much about the tournament yet.
3. Sanhok, PUBG’s New Map, Will Launch on June 22nd
After a lengthy testing phase that has included plenty of high praise, Sanhok is finally coming to PUBG’s live servers this Friday. The new map comes with a new gun, the QBZ95. The QBZ95 is a 5.56mm assault rifle that replaces the SCAR-L on Sanhok. This patch also introduces a new version of map select that splits the two old maps into one playlist and Sanhok into another. While Sanhok is exclusive to PC right now, PUBG Corp. has said they hope to bring it to Xbox One sometime this summer.
4. Blizzard is Launching an Official StarCraft Remastered League
Earlier today Blizzard announced the StarCraft Remastered League to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic game. The Korea StarCraft League will be the first time Blizzard will have official control over a tournament for StarCraft Remastered. The tournament is open to players around the world as it will hold a series of online qualifiers. These lead to on-site qualifiers set in Seoul, Korea on July 1st. The total prize pool is approximately $71,000 USD.
5. Quake Champions Will be Free to Play for Another Week
While Quake Champions has been around for a while, it has been a bit under the radar. The game is intended to be free, but during its early access period it has cost $30 USD. For the last week, Quake Champions has been free to play on Steam and players are loving it. The game offers high paced action in a unique and fun way. Luckily for players who have been loving the game and for those who still want to try it, Bethesda has decided to extended the free trial period for one more week. If you’re interested, make sure to check it out before Monday the 25th when the free period is expected to end.
The Daily Moot (6/18/18)
1. World of Tanks Reveals Rocket League-esque Mode to Celebrate World Cup
While World of Tanks is usually known for their more serious, historically accurate gameplay, that doesn’t mean they can’t also have a bit of fun. World of Tanks has unveiled a Rocket League type game mode where teams of 3 face off in a game of soccer, except they’re all driving tanks. The team behind World of Tanks really went all out on this one as they even commissioned legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to voice the commentator for the new mode. If you’re a World of Tanks fan make sure you play the new Tank Football mode before July 29th when it ends.
2. Pokemon Go Introducing Trading and Friends Lists
Niantic announced a new update set to release this week that is going to drastically improve the social aspects of the game. The new update will allow players to add each other as friends, which will provide benefits when performing activities together. You will also now be able to trade Pokemon with one another. You can even send gifts to your friends if you’re feeling especially generous.
3. Ominous Signs in Fortnite Suggest Something Big is Going to Happen
When Fortnite came to the Switch last week it included a unique detail; the televisions inside the game were all broadcasting a countdown clock. Now, the televisions on other platforms are broadcasting a red skull. Many are speculating these signs are indications that the missile inside the super-villain lair west of Snobby Shores is set to launch soon. Whether that will happen soon, as in this season, or at the start of the next season is anyone’s guess.
4. New Game ‘Beyond Blue’ Revealed by Creators of Never Alone
Beyond Blue is a new game about exploring the ocean’s depths. You will play as Mirai, the lead researcher on a team tasked with exploring the ocean using new technologies. The game is set in the near future and will require players to navigate stressful situations where they must manage resources and prioritize objectives. Beyond Blue is set to release early next year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
5. ‘Kill la Kill The Game’ Announced
Anime fans rejoice as a game based on the popular series Kill la Kill has just been announced. The game is listed as a “battle action” title on the official website, which suggests it will be a fighter game similar to Dragon Ball FighterZ. We don’t know what platforms the game will release on when it comes out next year, but more details are set to come during Anime Expo 2018 which takes place July 5th-8th.
The Daily Moot (6/15/18)
Happy Friday Mooties! We're sorry to say there is no 'Moot Points with Dylan & Brian' this week, but we have a great episode in the works for next week. We're wrapping up the last of the exciting things from E3 in today's The Daily Moot. Have a nice weekend!
1. Dota 2’s Battle Royale Mode is Now Live
We originally reported on Dota 2’s battle royale game mode when it was first announced and we are excited to say it is now live. The Underhollow pairs eight teams of three against each other in a fight to be the last team standing. The game mode is only available to those with the 2018 International Battle Pass, which costs $10 USD. It is uncertain how long The Underhollow will be available to players, so make sure you try it out while you can.
2. ‘My Friend Pedro’ is an Intense 2D Platformer
In My Friend Pedro your best friend is a talking banana who helps you through the game. The game is intense shooting action-platformer with sweet combat, an awesome aesthetic, and the ability to chain kills together in a perfectly bloody mess. My Friend Pedro also allows you to clip your best moments to share with friends and strangers on social media. The game is set to release on Nintendo Switch sometime next year.
3. Skateboarding simulator ‘Session’ Coming to Xbox One and PC
Indie developer Crea-ture Studios debuted a trailer for their upcoming skateboarding game called Session during Xbox’s E3 press briefing earlier this week. The game will be coming to Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview this year with an official release next year. What makes Session especially interesting is that it was crowdfunded via Kickstarter over the last year. In Session, you play with a dual analog controller scheme where each joystick controls one foot.
4. ‘Fear the Wolves’ is an Intense New Battle Royale
Fear the Wolves is a scary take on the battle royale genre that sees 100 players fight it out in a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl. Radiation spreads across the map as the game progresses, restricting the size of the safe zone for players. In a unique twist on the genre, Fear the Wolves offers an alternate route to victory; you win if you are the last man standing, but you can also win by making is to the single-seat extraction helicopter that appears in the final zone. Fear the Wolves is coming to Steam Early Access this summer.
5. Survival Game ‘Scum’ Coming to Early Access
SCUM is an open world survival game that is will be coming to Steam Early Access this year. The reveal trailer showed some exciting details, like robots that keep contestants in line. The end of the trailer also showed what appeared to be a zombie, so there’s definitely some weird things going on. Hopefully we get some more trailers and actual gameplay before too long.
The Daily Moot: E3 Edition! (6/14/18)
1. Death Stranding is Confusing and That’s a Good Thing
Death Stranding got another trailer at E3 this year and it answered a few questions while simultaneously raising even more. We finally got to see actual gameplay, as we watched Norman Reedus’ character walk through some mountains with a tremendous load on his back. We also saw some more familiar faces, and Lea Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner are both playing characters who featured in the new trailer. Death Stranding will be releasing on PlayStation eventually.
2. First Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Gameplay Revealed at E3
We knew coming into E3 there was another Assassin’s Creed game in the works, but fans of the series were happy to see an official trailer for the game at the popular gaming conference. The trailer revealed several features that will be in the new game, including the ability to choose which of two main characters you play as. This is fitting for Odyssey, which is attempting to emphasize player choice more than previous iterations of Assassin’s Creed. Assassin’s Creedy Odyssey is releasing on October 5th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
3. Gameplay Trailer for Spyro Reignited Trilogy Looks Awesome
Spyro games were well received in the past, which means there are a lot of people who are excited for the Spyro Reignited trilogy. Those people will be even more excited now because a gameplay trailer for the new game looks fantastic. The level layouts are all the same, but the updated graphics are breathtaking. Audio has also been enhanced, as all voice lines have been rerecorded. Check out the trailer in the article linked below to see for yourself. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy comes to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 24th.
4. Dying Light 2 Will Have Meaningful Choices
During Microsoft’s E3 conference earlier this week it was revealed that Dying Light 2 will have ‘meaningful choices’ for players to make. This is a growing trend in gaming, where players need to make choices that will influence the game in the future. Dying Light is best described as a zombie parkour game, where players need to navigate obstacles to stay safely above the zombie hoard. The first one was well received and the new game looks like a promising follow up. Dying Light 2 is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC but does not yet have a release date.
5. Rage 2 Gameplay Reminds People of Doom
Rage 2 had a playable demo at E3 and those that played it are all saying one thing: it feels like Doom and that’s great. Your player is equipped with an impressive arsenal of weapons. You can enter ‘Overdrive,’ where your character enrages and ratchets the violence all the way up to 11 using those sweet weapons. And you can upgrade your character using ‘Nanotrite’ abilities. Rage 2 also includes an open-world aspect, which means plenty of Mad Max-esque vehicle combat in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Uh, yes please. Rage 2 is set to release next year.
The Daily Moot: E3 Edition! (6/13/18)
1. Ninja and Marshmello Win E3’s Charity Fortnite Tournament
To no one’s surprise, Ninja and his teammate Marshmello won the Pro-Am Fortnite celebrity tournament that took place at E3 yesterday. For the first-place prize, both Ninja and Marshmello now get to pick a charity to receive half a million dollars. It is worth mentioning that the million dollar prize is not a part of the 100 million dollars Epic Games has promised to give away in tournaments over the next year. Epic Games recently announced the Fortnite World Cup 2019, which will allow anyone to enter and compete in Fortnite tournaments.
2. Ubisoft Announces Skull and Bones Beta at E3
During the Ubisoft press conference earlier this week, the studio revealed another gameplay trailer for their upcoming pirate game Skull and Bones. The new trailer showed the ability to customize your ship and explained some of how ship combat will work. Ubisoft recently announced Skull and Bones will be delayed until 2019, but a beta is opening soon and hopeful players can sign up on Ubisoft’s website.
3. The Division 2 Looks to be a Nice Development in the Series
Set seven months after the start of The Division’s story, The Division 2 looks poised to be a fantastic follow up the original game. The new game takes place in Washington D.C., which has been decimated is a fashion similar to New York City in the first game. The Division itself has gone silent, leaving the remaining agents left to fend for themselves. One of the most exciting aspects of The Division 2 is the new ‘end-game first’ philosophy, which will hopefully reward players for sticking with the game.
4. Hitman 2 Looking Promising after Demo at E3
Although Hitman 2 has a new publisher it looks to be a welcome continuation of the series. According to people who played the live demo at E3, the sequel includes all of what made Hitman great. Agent 47 still has all of his delightful personality, the environments are still rife with intriguing ways to interact, and the missions are still exciting to play through in your own way. Hitman 2 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 18th.
5. Transference is a Psychological Thriller Coming from Ubisoft
Ubisoft revealed a trailer for their upcoming game Transference and it can only be described as trippy. The game is like a mix between a game and a movie, as the player explores the story of a boy caught up in his father’s destructive ways. The environment changes as the player explores and moves through it, which only increases the unsettling feeling of the game. The trailer makes it seem like the game is meant to be played in virtual reality, but it was also release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The Daily Moot: E3 Edition! (6/12/18)
1. Nintendo E3 Conference 2018
Nintendo held their annual E3 conference today and it was just about everything Nintendo fans could have hoped for. The announcement of Super Mario Party, Fortnite’s arrival on the Switch, and Hollow Knight on the Switch were high points of the conference, but the overall reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate definitely stole the show! Nintendo revealed that every character from every Smash game will be included in the newest addition to the franchise. The game also includes new fighting mechanics, enhanced graphics, and the ability to play with a GameCube controller! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate so far seems like a major success and will be available for purchase on December 7th of this year. Check out the article from Kotaku to see everything included in Nintendo’s E3 conference!
2. Marvel’s Spider-Man Gets Another Wicked Trailer at E3
A new Marvel’s Spider-Man gameplay demo shown at E3 has revealed more information about the game, which is set to release for PlayStation 4 on September 7th.. This recent video showed iconic villains Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, and Vulture. After chasing Electro for a while, Spider-Man faces off against the group of villains plus Mr. Negative. The trailer ends by teasing a mysterious sixth villain who seems to be leading the others. Check out the gameplay demo in the article linked below.
3. CD Projekt Red Reveals Cyberpunk 2077 Details at E3
A couple days ago, we got to see an amazing trailer for Cyperpunk 2077. Yesterday, more details about the game were revealed through a live demonstration at the convention. From the live demo, we have learned several things about how the new game will look. In a big change from CD Projekt Red’s last hit game, The Witcher 3, Cyperpunk 2077 will be a first-person RPG. You’ll be able to drive cars, as shown in the trailer, and even shoot out the window while driving. Read the attached article for the lengthy list of features revealed during the game demo.
4. First Last of Us 2 Gameplay Trailer Blows Everyone Away
Sony showed a new trailer for The Last of Us 2, this time including actual gameplay, and it was exciting to say the least. The trailer showed Ellie as a playable character. We watch as she sneaks and fights her way through a group of enemies, using the environment to her advantage. The movement and melee combat look at fluid as they did in the original game. Without spoiling too much, let us just say that you really should watch the gameplay trailer. The video is in the link below as always.
5. Ghost of Tsushima is an Epic Samurai Game Coming to PS4
At E3 this week we got to see an awesome gameplay trailer for a new game coming to PlayStation 4 called Ghost of Tsushima. The game is set in Feudal Japan and you play as a samurai warrior named Jin. The trailer shows intense combat where strategy and timing are of paramount importance. It also shows, though, moments where stealth is the better option. Ghost of Tsushima is an open world game with no release date announced yet.
6. Dying Light 2 Revealed at E3
The original Dying Light was a delightful mix of fighting zombies and parkour. The sequel, which was officially announced during Xbox’s E3 conference earlier this week, looks to be more of the same. The new twist, though, is the idea that your game experience will change based on your decisions. This means each player’s experience should be different and unique as they play through the campaign. We don’t know when Dying Light 2 will come out, but we know it will release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Also, some of our moderators are hosting Rocket League tournaments on all platforms to celebrate the World Cup! Check out the link below for details on how to sign up. Good luck!
The Daily Moot: E3 Edition! (6/11/18)
Happy E3 week Mooties! This week The Daily Moot is going to be focused on E3, covering the most exciting recent announcements on a day by day basis. We will get back to our normal structure next week, but in the meantime lets get right into it!
1. The Elder Scrolls 6 Announced
Finally, we have confirmation that we will eventually get another Elder Scrolls game. At the end of Bethesda’s E3 conference, which was awesome by the way, there was a short trailer that showed some mountains and the words “The Elder Scrolls 6.” With no mention of a release date or even a working title, we have to assume it will be at least a couple years until this game comes out. But it is coming, and for now that is good enough.
2. Halo Infinite Announced
Microsoft hit the ground running in their E3 presentation with the reveal of Halo Infinite, the next game in the historic Halo series. Halo Infinite will feature Master Chief as the main character to appease fans who were upset with his minor role in Halo 5. The game will also utilize a new engine created by 343 Industries specifically for Halo Infinite. Finally, the game will feature a new modern art style to update Master Chief’s look. Watch the trailer in the article linked below.
3. Gears of War 5 Announced
During Microsoft’s press conference they also announced the continuation of another popular series, Gears of War. Gears of War 5 will focus on Kait, one of the characters introduced in Gears 4. The newest game in the Gears of War series seems to focus on exploring on your own more than previous games. Gears of War 5 is releasing next year and you can watch the trailer in the article linked below.
4. Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer Reveals More Disney Characters
Although Square Enix had already announced Kingdom Hearts 3, many fans were excited for E3 in hopes of learning more details about the new title. While there was a trailer, it didn’t reveal much new about the game. The trailer did, however, reveal that the loveable main character from Ratatouille, Remy, will make an appearance in the new game. The trailer also showed characters from Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Tangled, and Frozen. Kingdom Hearts 3 will be releasing in January of 2019.
5. Just Cause 4 Gets a Release Date
We already knew about Just Cause 4 due to leaks over the last few weeks, but the developers gave us more concrete details about the game during the Microsoft conference at E3. We now know the game will release on December 4th of this year. Just Cause 4 looks similar to previous iterations of the game, with some small updates. A new game engine allows for dynamic weather, which is showcased in the gameplay trailer. Otherwise, it is a traditional Just Cause game with open world gameplay, an assortment of vehicles, and of course classic wingsuit action.
What are you most excited about from E3 so far? Did we miss any big games? Let us know in the comments.
ALSO! Our moderators are putting on a Rocket League tournament to celebrate the World Cup. Check it out here!
The Daily Moot (6/8/18)
Happy Friday Mooties! Another beautiful week gone by and another fantastic episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian. We talk about Pokemon, Fallout 76, Battlefield, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey in this week's episode. Also, the intro is especially sweet so make sure you watch that.
2. PUBG Brings Back War Mode with a New Twist
PUBG’s War Mode returns to Erangel with 10-person teams and a new twist for the weekend. Players will drop into the map with a Kar98K, a 4x scope, a handgun, a frag grenade, and a ghillie suit. This week, though, you won’t get knocked down by those Kar98K headshots; you’ll die. Instant death is the new flavor of the week in PUBG’s limited-time event. Oh, and it’s raining. Make sure to check out the new War Mode before Sunday night when it ends.
3. Fighting Game ‘Dead or Alive 6’ Announced
This morning IGN revealed Dead or Alive 6 is coming early next year to Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is running on a new engine with more realistic visual details than the previous game in the series, which released almost seven years ago. While the game series looks to be sticking to their core mechanics, there is also a new combo and special attack system. Check out the trailer in the article listed below.
4. Black Ops 4 Bringing Back 5 Popular Maps
Just when we thought we couldn’t get more hyped for the new Call of Duty game, Treyarch has announced they are bringing back 5 of the most popular maps from Blacks Ops past. We are getting Jungle, Summit, Firing Range, and Nuketown from the original Black Ops and Slums from Black Ops 2. All five of these maps will be available upon launch, alongside a group of new maps. E3 attendees will be able to play four of those new maps next week. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases October 12th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
5. Steam Store Accidentally Leaks Just Cause 4
The recent bout of video game leaks continues, as the Steam marketplace has apparently spoiled Just Cause 4. A pre-order advertisement for the game was visible on the Steam marketplace for some time before it was taken down. Steam is actually not the first place to spoil Just Cause 4, as the game was part of the Walmart leak that occurred last month. Just Cause 3 was tremendously successful and we are certainly excited for the new game, which is set to release next year.
The Daily Moot (6/7/18)
1. Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Para Bellum is Live
The highly anticipated update for Ubisoft’s popular game is finally live. Operation Para Bellum brings two new operators to the game, Maestro and Alibi. Season Pass owners have immediately unlocked the new operators and players without the season pass can unlock them with Renown Credits next week. The update also marks the launch of the game’s 20th map, Villa. Villa is set in a beautiful little Italian town, and Ubisoft claims it is their most tactical map to date. Check out everything that is new in the patch notes linked below.
2. WB Games Confirms Hitman 2, Set to Release This Year
After some leaks earlier this week suggested we might be getting another Hitman, WB Games has confirmed it. The game will feature Agent 47 as the main character again and will release on November 13th for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The entire game will be released at once instead of over time like the original Hitman. Hitman 2 will also include a co-op game mode called Sniper Assassin mode.
3. Valve Will Now Allow Almost Any Game on Steam
Last month, there was some controversy as Steam tried to censor ‘inappropriate’ games from their store library. The issue, which naturally arises in situations like these, is that different people have different definitions of inappropriate. Steam has decided to allow all games, except for illegal games or “straight up trolling,” as a work around. Players will have more control over what games they see, so if you don’t like a genre of game you can hide it from your store.
4. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is a Parody Battle Royale
Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is out now and we can’t tell if it’s a battle royale or a joke. The game comes from the developer Landfall to show off their upcoming game Totally Accurate Battle Simulator. Landfall as a studio is best known for ClusterTruck, another joke game where players had to jump from semi-truck to semi-truck without touching the ground. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is free on Steam until Friday, so pick it up and check it out.
5. Paladins Confirmed for Nintendo Switch
Hi-Rez Studios announced today that Paladins will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on June 12th. Paladins is a team-based shooter, similar to Overwatch, that uses a unique card-based ability loadout system to allow one to customize how they play their character. This confirmation gives more credibility to the leak that showed Fortnite coming to Switch, as Paladins was included in the same leak. Paladins will cost 30 dollars upon launch and will be free sometime this summer.
The Daily Moot (6/6/18)
1. ‘Realm Royale’ is Now Available on Steam for Free
Realm Royale is Hi Rez Studios’ take on the battle royale genre and is available now for free on Steam. The game is based on the MOBA game Paladins which creates a unique battle royale play experience, combining typical battle royale themes with MOBA features. Players choose a class at the start of each game and loot for weapons, abilities, and armor. The items you find that you don’t need can be broken down into shards, which you use at forges spread across the map to craft legendary loot for your specific class.
2. Overwatch Adding Looking for Group Feature
Blizzard has a big patch coming soon with some exciting updates to the game, including a looking for group feature. The new feature will let players create parties and seek out players that fit their desired traits, whether that is the ability to use voice chat or play a specific role. The update also introduces an ‘endorsement’ system that allows players to recognize good teammates. Highly endorsement teammates will receive periodic rewards, although we don’t know what those rewards are yet.
3. New Tetris Game Announced for Playstation 4 and Playstation VR
Tetris Effect, set to release this fall, is a trippy new take on the historic franchise. The game is named for the real-life effect in which players visualize Tetris blocks and lines even after they’ve stopped playing. While Tetris Effect will include fan-favorite modes such as Marathon and Sprint, it will also include a new modes and features. The first new feature revealed is called The Zone, which will let players temporarily pause time to either clean things up or get a few more lines cleared.
4. Ubisoft Announces Rainbow Six Pro League Skins
Skins for 11 Pro League teams will launch on June 11th alongside Season 8, with a revenue sharing model in place so fans can support their favorite teams. Teams will receive 30% of the sales revenue from their branded skins with the remaining revenue going into the Rainbow Six Invitational 2019 prize pool. Ubisoft is not the first company to adopt a model like this; Valve and Riot Games have both used similar models for their games in the past.
5. Job Listing Suggests a New Diablo Game is Coming Soon
Although there hasn’t been an official announcement, a job listing for a dungeon artist at Blizzard has many people believing there is a new Diablo game in the works. We don’t know yet if this will be Diablo 4, a rework of an older Diablo, or something else entirely but hopes are high for Diablo fans. Blizzard specifically said they’re looking for people who are “passionate about working on the dark gothic world of Diablo,” so expect to get more of that wonderful Diablo flavor sooner rather than later.
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The Daily Moot (6/5/18)
1. New Gun System and Game Mode in Destiny 2’s ‘Forsaken’ Expansion
After a short period of hype, Bungie has revealed more details for their upcoming expansion. ‘Forsaken’ is set to release in September and will pit players against seven different Fallen bosses. The expansion brings a few big changes to the game, including a new mode called Gambit and a complete overhaul of the weapon system. Gambit combines PVE and PVP elements, while the new weapon system will allow players more flexibility in the weapons they choose to use.
2. Fortnite Adds New Bouncer Trap
Another week, another awesome new contraption coming to Fortnite Battle Royale. This week’s new gadget is the Bouncer trap, a rare trap that will bounce you in any direction based on how you hit it. The effect the Bouncer trap gives is similar to Hop Rocks; you fly higher and farther than normal and won’t take fall damage after your first jump. Rumors even suggest that if you hit the Bouncer with a shopping cart you’ll go flying.
3. PUBG Adds Longer Market Restrictions on Selling Crates
About a month ago PUBG Corp took away the ability to trade their cosmetic items from one player to another in order to prevent sales on third-party websites. Now, to further combat unsavory market practices PUBG Corp has decided to restrict selling their crates on the marketplace for a few weeks after they release. When new crates are released in PUBG, they sell for a high price on the marketplace as big spenders try to open the rarest items.
4. GOG Summer Gaming Sale Has Some Great Deals
GOG Summer Sale is live now through June 18th with some sweet deals for PC gamers. The best deal in the whole sale is Xenonauts, which you can get for free right now! Notable titles on sale include the Fallout series, Divinity Original Sin 2, and Cuphead. There are also discounted Star Wars games, like the classics Republic Commando and Knights of the Old Republic. Check out all the sales at gog.com
5. Action RPG ‘Code Vein’ Gets September Release Date
Code Vein is an anime-style, post-apocalyptic action RPG which is set to release on September 28th of this year. According to eurogamer.net, “the main character of the game is a vampiric Revenant who’s able to access supernatural powers after a drink of blood.” The gameplay involves you exploring a large, connected world with a buddy as you obtain new powers and weapons. There is a trailer for the game in the article attached below, so check it out and see if it’s worth marking your calendars.
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The Daily Moot (6/4/18)
1. Rocket League Announces Jurassic World DLC
In unexpected and exciting news, Rocket League announced this morning an upcoming Jurassic World themed DLC. The Jurassic World Car Pack will be available on all platforms starting June 18th for only $1.99. The car pack includes the classic Jurassic Jeep Wrangler car, a T-Rex goal explosion, a Jurassic Park hard hat topper, and Jurassic Park themed player banners and flags.
2. Sky Noon Gets Early Access Launch Date
After multiple closed beta tests, Sky Noon is ready to come to Early Access on June 14th. The game is a shooter set high in the sky, where players shoot air at each other instead of bullets with the goal of knocking enemies off the map. Although it sounds a bit silly the game is actually a ton of fun to play. Beyond just guns, players have access to grappling hooks, jet packs, jump pads, and more to maneuver around the map. Sky Noon will cost $15 upon launch.
3. ‘Echoes of Alterac’ is Heroes of the Storm’s Newest Event
The newest Heroes of the Storm event is a World of Warcraft themed event called ‘Echoes of Alterac.’ The timing makes sense, as Blizzard’s popular MMO has a new expansion called Battle for Azeroth coming in just a couple months. The Heroes of the Storm event brings both a new battleground, called Alterac Pass, and a new hero: Yrel. Yrel is a paladin from World of Warcraft who will fill the tank role in her team.
4. Destiny 2 to Announce ‘Forsaken’ Expansion Tomorrow
Bungie is hosting a big reveal stream tomorrow morning to kick of the second year of Destiny 2’s lifespan. A twitter teaser revealed the name of Destiny 2’s September expansion to be ‘Forsaken.’ The logo revealed in the teaser suggests the main enemy in the expansion will the be the Fallen. The announcement will cover new features including weapon slot changes, new modes, and mode so be sure to tune in at 9 am PT.
5. State of Decay 2 Reaches 2 Million Players in 2 Weeks
State of Decay 2 is an open world zombie survival game that has apparently been quite popular in its first few weeks out. You can play co-op with up to 4 players, which may explain some of the popularity. There’s nothing quite like fighting off zombie hordes with friends. State of Decay 2 lets you play as different classes to maximize your chances of survival, but time will tell if that gives the game enough replayability to stay relevant.
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The Daily Moot (6/1/18)
1. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Confirmed by Ubisoft
In response to a leak yesterday, the official Assassin’s Creed twitter account has confirmed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the next game in the popular series. The announcement came in the form of a 5 second clip, which showed a Spartan warrior kicking someone off a cliff. More details with be revealed at E3, but we do know the game will reportedly have dialogue options and even the ability to choose a male or female protagonist.
2. Epic Brings Back Competitive Play with Blitz Showdown
After the smashing success of the first Solo Showdown limited time mode, it is exciting to see Epic Games bringing back another showdown LTM so soon. The new and improved Blitz Showdown has all the hype of Solo Showdown while simultaneously addressing many of the community’s concerns. You will only need to play 25 games instead of 50, it now uses the Blitz rules so you don’t need to spend so long farming mats, and you will get 3 points for each kill. Finally, the leaderboards will be split by region which means more prizes will be distributed. You have until Monday at 10 am ET to finish your matches.
3. PUBG’s Popular 4x4 Map Sanhok Live for Testing Again
Sanhok is live yet again for testing until June 4th at 4 am PT. PUBG Corp has hinted that this will be the final round of testing for Sanhok. They have suggested the map, which is 1/4th the overall size of PUBG’s two current maps, will come to live servers by the end of June. The map has been popular with testers so far, as the higher pace of play is a welcome change from Erangel and Miramar. PC players who own PUBG can access the test server for free on Steam.
4. Fortnite is Apparently Coming to the Switch
After massive demand for Fortnite, the world’s most popular video game, to come to Switch it looks like fans may get their wish. An image leaked recently which apparently shows Nintendo’s E3 booth layout that includes Fortnite. Fortnite is already available on Mac, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and iOS. With an Android launch coming later this summer, the Switch is the one significant platform the game is missing from. Nintendo’s press conference at E3 will take place on Tuesday, June 12th at 9 am PT.
5. Destiny 2 Bug Preventing Players from Earning Nightfall Reward
Bungie confirmed this morning that the exclusive reward for this week’s Nightfall event is bugged. This means players who spent hours grinding the event hoping to receive the powerful D.F.A hand cannon have been wasting their time. Bungie says it currently investigating the issue but a cause is not yet known. There is no word yet regarding how Bungie plans to compensate their angry player base.
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The Daily Moot (5/31/18)
1. ‘Fractured Lands’ is a Mad Max Style Battle Royale Coming Soon
Fractured Lands is a new battle royale game set to begin testing in June of this year. That games looks to draw inspiration from Mad Max and PUBG, as it features scrappy competitors driving janky vehicles in a desolate wasteland. It seems Fractured Lands is going to focus more heavily on your vehicle than other games. You can even upgrade your vehicle and store loot inside it. Check out the trailer and sign up for the closed beta at fractured-lands.com
2. PUBG Overhauls Grenades on Test Server
A new build has come to PUBG’s test server and it includes some pretty drastic changes to the game’s grenades. The Molotov grenade, historically PUBG’s least used grenade, will now have a significantly larger area of effect. In addition, the fire will spread along walls and wooden surfaces. Stun grenades also got buffed, as they’ll affect enemies more. Finally, frag grenades will have increased range and damage but will no longer knock enemies back. The test server build also includes a new anti-cheat technology.
3. ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ Might be Next in Series
A leak from a French video game website posted an image of a novelty keychain that says Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on it. The keychain features a spartan helmet on it, suggesting the series may be going to Greece for the next game. There has no word from Ubisoft yet in response to the leak, but they will hopefully confirm the next Assassin’s Creed game at E3 in two weeks.
4. Fortnite’s Map is Evolving with the New Update
Fortnite’s map had some drastic changes at the start of the season, the most notable of which was a meteorite destroying Dusty Depot and turning it into Dusty Divot. That meteorite is now cracking apart, revealing more of what is inside. Additionally, grass is starting to regrow inside Dusty Divot. There are also mysterious roots starting to sprout up all across the map. These roots cannot be destroyed or interacted with in any way.
5. Battlefield V Introduces Airborne Mode and Individual Progression
A tweet from the official Battlefield twitter account announced Airborne, a game mode where players parachute onto the map and fight over heavy artillery weapons. An additional tweet from the Battlefield account mentioned individual progression trees for each player class. It is nice to see more details about Battlefield V after the original announcement, which didn’t cover much. Hopefully we will learn even more about the new game at E3 in a couple weeks.
The Daily Moot (5/30/18)
1. Fortnite Adds Shopping Cart to Battle Royale in Update v4.3
Fortnite’s new update brought several things to both Battle Royale and Save the World, but all focus is on the Shopping Cart. One player can push it and another can ride inside while still being able to shoot. Battle Royale players can also now find Mushrooms in game, which give 5 shield when consumed. These are very similar to Apples, which grant 5 health. Mushrooms can be found ‘around shady wooded or swampy areas’ and Shopping Carts can be found across the map.
2. Bethesda Reveals ‘Fallout 76’
After a teaser trailer gave us the official name of the new Fallout project, anonymous sources have claimed the new game will be an online survival game, similar to DayZ or Rust. If the rumors are true, Fallout 76 will have a main storyline, base building, and multiplayer activities. The game is named after Vault 76, an iconic vault in Fallout’s history that was set to open to the world hundreds of years before the other games take place.
3. Pokemon Announces New Games for the Switch
The first Pokemon role-playing games to come to the switch will be ‘Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!’ and ‘Pokemon, Let’s Go, Eevee!’ While these games are not a part of the main Pokemon series of games, they seem to draw extensively from the original Pokemon games but with heavy Pokemon Go elements. If you want to start playing Pokemon on your Switch now, though, you can download Pokemon Quest. The radical new take on a Pokemon game looks like Minecraft and plays a bit like it too. Finally, we’re still patiently waiting for the core role-playing Pokemon game that is set to release in 2019.
4. New Sonic Racing Game Releasing Later This Year
Sega announced today a new game called Team Sonic Racing, which will release this winter for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The game will have single player and multiplayer options, as well as the ability to play online or locally. There is a total of 15 characters, including the iconic trio of Sonic, Tails, and Shadow. Check out the reveal trailer and some screenshots in the article linked below.
The Daily Moot (5/29/18)
1. Moot Points with Dylan & Brian (Episode 7)
Happy Tuesday Mooties! In this episode of Moot Points, our hosts Dylan and Brian share their thoughts on the upcoming Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4. We also talk about some insightful original content posted to Moot, and of course there is the Meme of the Week at the end as well.
2. Blizzard Wants More Teams for Overwatch League
The CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues explained in a recent interview that they hope to add six teams to the Overwatch League for the next season. They hope to get two teams each from the American region, the Asian-Pacific region, and the European and Middle Eastern region. The second season will still have all games taking place at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, but hopefully teams will get proper home games by the third season.
3. Bethesda Teases a Fallout Announcement on Twitter
The official Bethesda Studios twitter account posted a short clip this morning that shows the iconic ‘Please Stand By’ message that is present in all Fallout games. The leading theories we’ve seen so far are either Fallout 5, a Fallout 3 remaster, or Fallout coming to the Switch. It seems unlikely that Fallout 5 would be released before Elder Scrolls 6, as Bethesda has been altering games from the two series over recent years.
4. Fortnite Might Finally Get a Drivable Vehicle
If you thought Fortnite would stop innovating once they released the Jet pack, you were definitely wrong and had no reason to think that! Epic Games has started teasing a Shopping Cart which will be coming to the game soon. The tagline ‘roll into battle alone or with a buddy’ suggests the Shopping Cart will be Fortnite’s first vehicle, capable of seating up to two players. Vehicles were notably absent from Fortnite when the game released, so it will be interesting to see how exactly the Shopping Cart functions in the game.
5. PUBG Corp sues Epic Games for Copyright Infringement
After rumors of legal action over the last few months, it has finally come to light that PUBG Corp actually sued Epic Games Korea in January of this year. PUBG Corp has accused Epic Games of copying their game’s weapon designs and user interface. While the similarities between the two games are obvious, people who have played both games will agree there are also tremendous difference between the games and how they play.
The Daily Moot (5/25/18)
1. PC Gaming Critic Legend, John “TotalBiscuit” Bain, Dead at 33 Years Old
TotalBiscuit was a massively influential game critic and YouTube content creator. He was known for his passionate opinions and dedication to fighting for consumer rights. Bain was originally diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014. After he initially fought the cancer into remission, last year Bain announced the cancer was back and had spread to his liver and spine. Although he is gone, his legacy and positive impact on millions of gamers and the industry as a whole remains.
2. ‘Detroit: Become Human’ Release (Review)
Finally, Detroit: Become Human has released to the general public. The game takes place in the city of Detroit in the year 2038. Almost everything is the same, except for the fact that people can purchase lifelike androids to help out around the house. The game focuses on 3 different androids. Kara cares for a father and her daughter, Markus looks after an elderly painter, and Connor tracks down deviant androids. The game utilizes the PS4 controller is new ways in an attempt to fully immerse the player into the environment. While the idea is novel, the execution is clunky. Read more of Kotaku’s review at the link below.
3. ‘Madden 19’ Announced
EA Sports officially announced that Madden 19 will be released to PlayStation and Xbox on August 10th of this year. The Hall of Fame edition will be available August 7th and will feature legendary wide receiver, Terrell Owens on the cover. The game will feature a few new updates consisting of coneected Franchise mode and additional player animations. While we do not know who will be on the cover of the regular version of the game, it is a safe assumption it could someone like Todd Gurley, Carson Wentz/Nick Foles, or even Alvin Kamara. Who do you guys think will take the cover? Let us know in the comment section below!
4. New Fortnite Mode Includes Llamas and Respawns
Epic Games is currently developing a new game mode which includes player and item respawns as well as a boat load of llamas. The game mode will not track any stats, rather it will be just to mess around and have fun with your buddies. This seems like a nice and refreshing twist to the original Fortnite game modes and could provide some much needed not-so-competitive fun! Expect to hear more updates on the game mode some time next week.
5. Battlefield V Will Include Real-Money Currency
Despite DICE telling their fanbase that Battlefield V would not include any in-game premium options, it actually will. However, the premium currency will only be able to be used on cosmetic items that will have no effect on gameplay. The cosmetics include skins for weapons, face paint, clothing for your character, etc… The only way to make your character and weapons better is grind it out by playing the game, which is very refreshing. The game is set to launch October 19th on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation.
The Daily Moot (5/24/18)
1. ‘Ghillie Crossing’ is PUBG’s New Event Mode
We’re not sure if PUBG’s new event mode is utterly unplayable or the best idea ever, but we’re certainly excited to try it. The new PUBG mode removes all guns and vehicles from play and leaves players with ghillie suits, crossbows, and a dream. You can also still use grenades, heals, and attachments but not much else. There won’t be red zones or air drops either. The game mode starts today and lasts until Sunday night.
2. More Trademarks Hint at Mini N64 Console
Yesterday Nintendo filed even more trademarks that have fans excited for the possibility of a new Nintendo 64 console. The trademark discovered yesterday “is listed to cover purposes including video game program, controller, joystick, and download-capable electronic game program.” This covers basically everything Nintendo would need for a new console, although Nintendo may just be renewing trademarks to protect their property.
3. H1Z1 Gets 1.5 Million Players on PS4 Open Beta
After only a few days on console H1Z1 has drawn in 1.5 million players. H1Z1 went free to play back in march and came to PS4 on Tuesday. Although H1Z1 used to be incredibly popular, it lost a lot of players when PUBG and then Fortnite came to dominate the battle royale market. H1Z1 has since rebranded themselves as the most action-packed battle royale, taking measures to drastically increase the pace of play in their games.
4. Steam Spring Sale is Now Live
Get ready to open your wallets and lie to your loved ones because the next Steam sale is now live! For those interested, there are several daily tasks and projects to unlock trophies and profile badges. Steam is also offering several games for free this weekend so players can try before they buy. Free games include Borderlands 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Cities: Skylines. The sale will only last until May 28th, so make sure you act fast before you lose the chance to buy new games you’ll never play.
5. Xbox One Players Can Finally Play PUBG’s Miramar
After a month on the Xbox One test server, Miramar has finally been released on the Xbox One. When PUBG first came to Xbox, Miramar was the hot new thing on PC and many console players felt left out. Now, Xbox players can explore the long-awaited desert with all of the new vehicles and weapons it has to offers. The update also includes stability updates for PUBG and some cosmetic items.
The Daily Moot (5/23/18)
1. Battlefield V Reveal!
Let’s just start by saying the reveal was incredibly underwhelming… Battlefield V seems like a complete reiteration of the previous Battlefield titles with a few new animations and moving techniques. The dev team revealed that there will be a big focus on campaign, co-op, Tides of War (unique chapters), and new ways to customize your characters, weapons, and vehicles. One cool aspect of the game is the lack of premium passes and the inability of paying to win. You will only be able to unlock items and enhance your gameplay by playing the actual game! With that said, unless the team over at DICE is waiting to reveal something huge, this game seems to have already been beaten by Black Ops 4. We would love to hear your thoughts so please share in the comments below!
See the trailer below:
2. Runescape Classic is Shutting Down
The original version of Runescape from 2001, Runescape Classic, is officially shutting down. It is a sad time for die-hard fans but there is good reason for the game being shut down as it is too easy to abuse and bot. The dedication and overall commitment from Runescape Classic is second to none. The servers are going offline on August 6th around 1 pm, so you better play as much as you can while it is still available!
3. Double GTA$ Through This Weekend!
Due to unforeseen issues with the GTA V Online servers this week, Rockstar is making from now through this weekend a double GTA$ weekend! The offer will be available through the game modes Motor Wars, VIP and Biker Work, as well as Trap Door. Check out the full article from PCGamer for all of the special GTA V Online special offers!
4. New SCUF Vantage PS4 Controller Sony has officially created a new controller for the PS4 in order to rival the pristine Xbox Elite controller. The new controller is called the SCUF Vantage and it offers players the ability to play games at peak performance. The controller is set to launch with summer with the wired controller going for $170, while the wireless controller with run you $200. Check out the article from IGN to see all of the controller’s specs!
5. PlayStation to Come Out with Portable Gaming Console?
Josh Kodera, the new head honcho of PlayStation, said the company has plans to dabble in the portable console industry. There are no set specifics just yet, and PlayStation is in no position to share any details at all with the public just yet, but something may be on the way in the coming years. It only seems right for other companies to get in on the portable console scene after the unprecedented success of the Nintendo Switch. It will be interesting to see if these statement flourish into something real!
The Daily Moot (5/22/18)
1. Fortnite Patch Finally Introduces the Jet Pack
After teasing us with it early this year, Epic Games has finally given players the chance to play with the jetpack. They are a legendary item that can be found in treasure chests across the map. If you really want to get your hands on one, try the limited time mode available this weekend. Close Encounters is shotguns and jetpacks only. In the meantime, you can find the jetpack in normal play and the Solid Gold V2 limited time mode.
2. Overwatch Anniversary Event is Live, Bringing New Skins
The 2018 Overwatch Anniversary event is now live, meaning there are new skins and another Legendary Edition of the game on sale. There are 15 new skins and a total of 50 new cosmetic items for players to collection. There is also a new Deathmatch map called Petra. The Legendary Edition of the game is $40 and the regular version is currently $20.
3. Rocket League Update ‘Salty Shores’ Coming Next Week
Rocket League’s next update will take players to the beach to do battle on the new Salty Shores arena. The update, which releases next week on May 29th, will also mark the start of competitive season 8. Along with the new season comes a new crate and new music. Finally, there will be a new in-game event called ‘Beast Blast’ starting on June 11th. Details for the event have not yet been revealed.
4. Fortnite Announces E3 Charity Tournament
The tournament will feature 50 pros and 50 celebrities paired into duos, with the winning team choosing a charity to receive 3 million dollars. The prize is not counting toward the 100 million in prizes that Epic Games has promised to provide over the next year. There are only a few teams announced for the event so far, but we do know that Ninja will be teaming up with EDM artist Marshmello.
The Daily Moot (5/21/18)
1. Epic Games Providing 100 Million in Prizes Over the Next Year
With the Solo Showdown limited time mode coming to an end many players are left with a thirst for more high level competitive play. Luckily for us, Epic Games just announced they will be providing 100 million dollars to fund the prize pools of Fortnite competitions over the next year. How exactly the Fortnite competitive season will look is still unknown, but Epic Games says they “plan to be more inclusive, and [focus] on the joy of playing and watching the game.”
2. League of Legends Unveils Sudden Death Feature for Clash Game Mode
Clash is the new tournament game mode coming to League of Legends starting this weekend. Players will join as a full team and play in multi-round tournaments on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In order to keep things moving, Riot is introducing a sudden death feature for Clash games specifically. After 60 minutes have passed, both team’s structures will start deteriorating. First towers, then inhibitors, and finally nexuses. By 70 minutes, only one Nexus will remain standing.
3. Jeff Kaplan Hopes for Cross-Platform in Overwatch
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently revisited the idea of cross-platform play and said it is something he’d like to see come to Overwatch. Previous concerns regarding the imbalance between console players using controllers and PC players with mouse/keyboard kept the discussion from going anywhere. However, the recent success of Fortnite, which allows for cross-platform play with voice communication, has emphasized how badly players want the option to play with their friends regardless of platform.
4. Tencent Acquires Majority Share of Path of Exile Studio
Path of Exile is an action role-player game, similar to Diablo, that has been steadily growing in popularity over the last couple years. Over the weekend the studio behind the game, Grinding Gear Games, announced the Chinese company Tencent has acquired a majority stake in the company. Grinding Gear will stay relatively independent but will expand their ranks to continue releasing content for the game. The announcement update assures players that the game will not take on a pay to win model, but the game may see specific features coming exclusively to China.
5. More Details Revealed for Rainbow Six’s Operation Para Bellum
Ubisoft just revealed more information about Operation Para Bellum, the big content update set to come to the game in June. We will be getting two Italian defensive operators, named Alibi and Maestro. Alibi can deploy a Hologram that looks just like her and Maestro has a bulletproof remote access turret. The update will also include a new competitive map and an operator pick/ban system similar to those in other competitive games, like League of Legends.
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*Special* Daily Moot (5/18/18)
Happy Friday Mooties! Another Friday, another episode of Moot Points with Dylan and Brian. In this week's episode we talk about how games can compete with Fortnite, upcoming battle royale games, and as always the meme of the week. Check it out!
2. Fortnite Coming to Android Devices This Summer
Epic Games announced in a blog post this morning that Fortnite will be coming to Android devices this summer. Although there isn’t an exact release date, Epic Games has done a good job hitting their due dates recently so hopefully it will come sooner rather than later. The game will come with the same HUD customization that is come to iOS versions of the game this week.
3. No Man’s Sky Gets Co-op Multiplayer this July
If you can find anyone who still wants to play No Man’s Sky, starting this July you will be able to play together. Cooperative multiplayer will include all the features available in single player. The highly requested co-op feature is coming in a big content update. While more content and multiplayer are huge upgrades to the game, it may be too late to save No Man’s Sky.
The Daily Moot (5/17/18)
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Reveal Confirms Battle Royale Mode
To call the Black Ops 4 reveal ‘hype’ may be an understatement. They opened with explaining the mechanics of the general multiplayer game mode, segued to talking about the Zombies game mode, and then finally confirmed there will be battle royale. ‘Blackout’ will be a huge map that draws inspiration from previous Black Ops maps where players will fight to be the last one standing. We don’t know a lot, but we know players will have access to land, air, and sea vehicles and will have access to weapons from throughout the Black Ops franchise, including weapons restricted to Zombies in the past.
2. Mario Tennis Aces Free Demo Next Week
Mario Tennis Aces is set to release on June 22nd for the Nintendo Switch, but players will get a chance to play before then. A free demo is opening up for Switch owners starting on May 24th, available in the Nintendo Switch eShop. There will even be a three-day multiplayer tournament starting on June 1st. Winning matches in the tournament will provide players with points which can be used to unlock additional characters.
3. ‘Solo Showdown’ Limited Time Mode for Fortnite’s Competitive Players
Fortnite is innovating yet again with this week’s limited time mode, the Solo Showdown. The gameplay is exactly the same as a normal game but you can expect a higher level of competition. Players will receive points based on placement in the first 50 games they play in the new mode, and the top 100 players will receive V-bucks for their hard work. Expect a higher level of competition than a usual game as there’s actually something on the line.
4. Take Two CEO Believes E-sports Gambling Could Benefit Game Publishers
Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court shut down a law that prohibited gambling on sports. Although it didn’t explicitly mention e-sports, most are extending the ruling to our beloved games. Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, said this week that he believes gambling could seriously benefit games publishers as another revenue stream. The NBA has said they will seek a 1% payout from every bet placed on basketball and that model could be extended to e-sports to support game companies.
5. Microsoft Introduces a Disability-friendly Controller for Xbox
Yesterday Microsoft revealed a new controller they will be releasing this year meant to assist gamers with limited mobility. The base unit has some buttons and large touchpads on it, but the true appeal of the controller is its capacity for addons. There will be tons of accessories to customize the controller to fit the exact needs of the users. The controller will cost $100 and it is unknown how much addons will cost.
The Daily Moot (5/16/18)
1. League of Legends Introducing Weekly Tournament Mode
‘Clash’ is the name of a new tournament game mode coming to League of Legends next weekend. Players will sign up as a team during the week and then play in tournament matches over the weekend. On Friday, your team will play in a four-team bracket. The winning teams progress to eight team brackets on Saturday, and the teams that win on Saturday move onto sixteen team tournaments on Sunday. Players of any rank can join if they are at least honor level two and you will be paired against similarly ranked teams.
2. Battlefield V Reveal Set for May 23rd
Electronic Arts has been teasing a Battlefield reveal for the past few weeks and new information all but confirms the new game will be called Battlefield V. Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show, tweeted out that he will be hosting the Battlefield Live Reveal set for May 23rd. In an attached video, he sips from a coffee mug with a big letter V on it, which most take to be effective confirmation of the new game’s name.
3. Okami HD Gets Nintendo Switch Release Date
The official Okami Twitter account revealed today that Capcom will be releasing Okami HD on August 9th for the Nintendo Switch. In Okami, the player channels the power of the gods through brushstrokes to solve puzzles. The Switch will allow players to utilize the touchscreen while in handheld mode and motion controls while in TV or tabletop mode to play the game in an all new way.
4. How to Play Super Smash Bros on Switch at E3
If you were planning on waiting in line for hours at E3 this year to play the new Super Smash Bros., think again. To prevent long lines and disgruntled fans, Nintendo will be requiring players to sign up ahead of time to test the new Super Smash Bros at E3 this year. Players will sign up for either a ‘for fun’ or a ‘for glory’ match, with the former being casual and the latter being more competitive.
The Daily Moot (5/15/18)
1. Rainbow Six Siege Free This Weekend
Two new operators are coming to Rainbow Six Siege this weekend. To celebrate, Ubisoft is hosting a free weekend where anyone can play the game. Not only will the game be free to all, but newcomers will be able to play every map, mode, and operator during the trial period. Ubisoft suggested the game would be on sale during the free weekend, so keep an eye out for that. If you need some tips as you explore this awesome game for the first time, make sure to check out the R6 lounge on Moot!
2. Miramar comes to PUBG Mobile
PUBG’s desert map came to the mobile version of the game today in a new update. The desert map released on PC in December of last year and still is yet to release on Xbox. The desert map is not the only thing in the new update, as mobile players are getting access to a new season. The new season includes a stat reset, new Progress Missions, and new cosmetic items.
3. Rage 2 Reveals an Exciting First Gameplay Trailer
After being officially spoiled recently, Bethesda has now released the first gameplay trailer for Rage 2 and it is HYPE. The trailer shows a post-apocalyptic world with a wide assortment of environments. From dense jungles to barren deserts, the diverse world is filled with distinct factions for the player to interact with. According to Bethesda, players will play Walker, the last Ranger of the wasteland. Rage 2 will release in 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
4. Fortnite to Add Another Burst Assault Rifle This Week
While we have all been focused on the new Thanos game mode, Epic Games has been developing a new burst rifle to be added to the game this week. Based on a ‘coming soon’ notice when players launch the game, it looks like the new weapon is based on the Famas rifle. It will come in both epic and legendary rarities, which makes it similar to the Scar rifle.
5. Big Balance Changes Coming to Hearthstone Soon
Some highly requested and much needed changes will be coming to Hearthstone soon aimed at the top decks. Spiteful Summoner will now cost 7 mana instead of 6, Possessed Lackey will cost 6 mana instead of 5, and Call to Arms will cost 5 mana instead of 4. These are some of the most powerful cards in the strongest decks, so increasing their costs should bring the top end of the meta down at least a bit. There are other changes too, so make sure to check the link to see them all. All changes go into effect sometime after the HCT Playoffs.
The Daily Moot (5/14/18)
1. Boss Key Games Shuts Down for Good
The studio behind Lawbreakers and Radical Heights is officially shutting down. Boss Key Games was founded by Cliff Bleszinski, who left Epic Games several years ago to start his own company. Lawbreakers servers were taken down about a month ago, shortly before the studio announced Radical Heights. Although the new battle royale was seeing some success, it was described as ‘too little too late.’ Servers will stay up for the near future, but the future does not look bright for Radical Heights.
2. Hunt: Showdown gets First Major Content Patch
After almost three months in early access, Hunt: Showdown saw its first big patch over the weekend. The update’s main purpose is to reduce camping in the game. Several spots on the map have been adjusted to make camping more difficult. Additionally, if you are the one to actually kill the level’s boss you will be granted full health and even a bit of bonus health. The update also includes several new weapons, scopes, and Hunter Traits.
3. Rage 2 Finally Officially Announced
After the Walmart spoilers last week, Bethesda had a fun time teasing the game on their twitter. Today, Rage 2 was officially announced. The game is being made by two studios, id Software and Avalanche Sweden. Avalanche Studios worked on Mad Max and Just Cause 3, which is promising experience for a game that hopes to be an exciting open world FPS experience. No word yet on Rage 2’s release date.
4. Overwatch Second Anniversary Event Announced
Starting on May 22nd, Overwatch’s Second Anniversary Event promises a healthy mix of old and new. Old cosmetics will return as will previous brawls, which will rotate through the Arcade daily. As far as what is new, we are getting more skins, dances, and another map for Deathmatch called Petra. Deathmatch is even getting a competitive mode for the anniversary event, complete with placement matches, ranked tiers, and a leaderboard. The event will end on June 11th.
5. US Supreme Court Opens Door to Legal E-sports Gambling
This morning the US Supreme Court overturned a federal law that prohibited sports gambling. It will now be up to the individual states to determine the legality of gambling on sports and by extension e-sports. There are a couple tricky aspects to e-sports gambling. First, there is a serious danger for match-fixing in a less regulated environment compared to traditional sports. Additionally, the average age of both players and fans is lower for e-sports, which introduces an entirely new set of laws. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how this develops as we move forward.
*Special* Daily Moot (5/11/18)
Happy Friday Mooties! We are here again with the next episode of Moot Points with Dylan and Brian for you all. This week we talk about if esports should be considered real sports, Kingdom Hearts 3, and what's happening on Moot including our current #MyKratos event. Look at the bottom of this post for more info!
2. Rocket League Updates 2018 Roadmap, Introduces Fortnite-Inspired Features
The recently released roadmap for Rocket League has outlined a wide array of upcoming events. Competitive season 8 will start in late May with a new arena, new music, and more new goodies. Shortly after that, the RLCS World Championships will take place in London. Later, around July or August, players will get in-game friends list, presumably to facilitate cross-platform play. Finally, a new Rocket Pass system will be introduced. This will be like Fortnite’s Battle Pass, with free and premium options.
3. Minecraft Will Get Cross-Platform Gaming on the Switch
Minecraft on the Switch will be getting cross-platform play with the release of Minecraft Bedrock Edition next month. The Bedrock Edition will also include access to the Minecraft Marketplace, where players can buy community creations like skins, texture packs, and maps. If you currently own Minecraft on the Switch, you will be able to download the Bedrock Edition for free when it releases. The new version of Minecraft will come to the Switch in June.
4. Streamers and YouTubers Coming Together for Fortnite Tournament
Several top streamers and YouTubers will be playing in a tournament today, streaming it on their own channels. The notable exception missing from the tournament is Ninja, the biggest Fortnite personality, but a few other big names are participating. TSM Myth, GreekGod, and Logan Paul will all play in the tournament. 32 players will split into 16 duos and fight it out over two games, with the winner decided by number of kills.
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The Daily Moot (5/10/18)
1. Monster Hunter Coming to Switch This Year
While the new Monster Hunter: World isn’t coming to Switch, the Nintendo console is getting Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on August 28th. The game is an updated version of Monster Hunter Generations, which originally released in 2016. Players will be able to hunt with up to 3 others for local or online play. You’ll even be able to transfer over your save data from the original version of the game.
2. Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Releasing Early
The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which is a remade collection of the first three Crash Bandicoot games, came out for PlayStation 4 in June of 2017. The trilogy is coming to Switch, PC, and Xbox One this year sooner than expected. Originally slated for July 10th, the trilogy is now releasing almost 2 weeks early on June 29th. This marks the first time Crash Bandicoot will be playable on a non-PlayStation platform.
3. New Phone and TV Apps Will Let you Stream Steam Games
The Steam Link app will let you stream games from your PC to your Android or Apple powered phones and TVs starting soon. The phones will need to be connected to the PC via a wired connection or 5GHz wireless connection for the service to work. The Steam Link app is set to come out the week of May 21st for both Android and Apple, although the Android app will be in beta when it releases. In a few months the Steam Video app will also release, which provides a similar service to Steam users but for Steam’s library of movies and TV shows.
4. New Official Switch Accessory Will Make Tabletop Play Easier
Nintendo announced yesterday a new accessory for the Switch coming soon. A new charging stand is set to release on July 13th meant to enable easier tabletop play. Currently, due to the location of the charging port at the bottom of the Switch, it is quite annoying to try and setup your Switch on a table while it is charging. This new stand is meant to fix that problem, as you can pop your Switch in and it will charge as you play. Unlike the original docking station, the new stand does not block any portion of the screen.
5. Sea of Thieves Finally Introduces Private Crews
In a Developer Update, the Executive Producer of Sea of Thieves announced a long-awaited feature: private parties. Players will now be able to set their crews to private, which will prevent random sailors from joining the party. In the same announcement, a new trailer for The Hungering Deep was teased. The trailer will be released next week, along with the release date of the content update.
The Daily Moot (5/9/18)
1. Pink Mercy Skin in Overwatch to Support Breast Cancer Research
Until May 21st, players can buy a limited time Pink Mercy skin in Overwatch. The skin costs $15 and 100% of the proceeds go toward breast cancer research. If you’re not interested in the in-game skin or want to support the cause even further you can also purchase a limited-edition shirt for $30. Finally, a series of Twitch Drops are available for users who watch sponsored charity streams on twitch over the next couple weeks.
2. Battlefield 5 Will Have Single Player
In a report yesterday, the EA CEO revealed more information about the upcoming Battlefield 5. Included in the revealed features is a single player campaign, probably similar to the single player experience in Battlefield 1. We also have been told the game will include a dedicated co-op mode and potentially battle royale as well.
3. Dota 2 Getting a Battle Royale Inspired Game Mode
The Dota 2 International 2018 is coming up soon and with it comes the 2018 International Battle Pass. This year’s battle pass includes plenty of goodies for players, but the most exciting new feature is The Underhollow. The Underhollow is a new game mode that is suspiciously similar to a battle royale game. Teams of three will fight to be the last squad standing in a map that slowly pushes you toward the center. Sound familiar? This game mode will probably only be a limited time thing, but it is exciting to see MOBA games get involved with the battle royale genre.
4. God of War Gets Photo Mode Starting Today
Starting today, players will be able to take and share photos in God of War. God of War is an absolutely beautiful game so it is not a surprise that the development team wants to enable their player base to share that beauty with the world. The photo mode comes with robust features, like preset filters to change the look of your photos. One of the coolest features, though, is the ability to change the facial expressions of Kratos and Atreus.
5. Details for Han Solo Content in Battlefront 2 Revealed
The Han Solo Season for Battlefront 2 is slated to start on May 16th and bring several new types of content. Jabba’s Palace is a new multiplayer map, set in the Dune Sea on Tatooine, that will be available in Blast, Hero Showdown, and Heroes vs Villain. The new Hero Showdown will be a 2v2 elimination mode where the winner team from each round will need to pick different heroes for the next round. There will also be a batch of The Last Jedi-inspired cosmetics introduced to the game.
The Daily Moot (5/8/18)
1. How to Play as Thanos in Fortnite
The new limited time Fortnite mode is now live and players can now play as Thanos himself! The new mode is solos only. Early in the game, Thanos’s gauntlet will fall from the sky inside the safe zone. The first player to pick it up becomes Thanos, with 800 health and 200 shield. Shields regenerate when you get a kill, but your health does not. When Thanos is killed, his gauntlet drops and a new player can pick it up.
2. For Honor Season Six Adds New Map and Hero Reworks
The Season Six update for For Honor is slated to release on May 17th. The update will bring balance changes to the Orochi and Peacekeeper classes as well as a new map to all multiplayer modes except Tribute. There is also a season event planned, but Ubisoft will not be releasing information on that until we are closer to the patch’s release date.
3. Egress is a New Battle Royale with Dark Souls-like Combat
Finally, a company released a trailer for a battle royale game with Dark Souls-like combat. Egress is a new game set to release this year with a new take on the battle royale genre that is currently taking the world by storm. Instead of a closing circle, Egress is set in a multi-leveled city with rising flood waters. The gameplay trailer shows several classes with unique abilities and up to 21 players. Solos and teams will both be supported. The below article includes the trailer and a link to sign up for the beta.
4. Switch’s Online Feature Will Let You Backup Saves
Nintendo has begun to release more information about the online services they will be releasing in September and one of the best upcoming features is the ability to save your games online. Also included in the online package will be access to the smartphone app, which is currently free, and 20 NES games. The online services will cost $20/year for Switch owners.
5. New PvP game Deathgarden Opens Sign Ups for Closed Alpha
The studio behind Dead by Daylight have been working on a new game and it is coming to closed alpha tomorrow. Deathgarden is an asymmetrical PvP game where 1 ‘hunter’ fights versus 5 ‘runners.’ The runners attempt to capture 2 of 3 points before the hunter kills 3 of them. Hunters get to choose different weapons and traps while runners get to choose their class and upgraded abilities. Sign up for the closed alpha today!
The Daily Moot (5/7/18)
1. Fortnite Gets Infinity War Crossover, You Can Play as Thanos
Fortnite’s new limited time mode is a saucy one, as players will be able to play as Thanos in an Avengers: Infinity Wars crossover. Thanos’s gauntlet will actually appear on the map and any player who picks it up will transform into Thanos, powers included. The crossover came about because the directors of Infinity War, like basically everyone else in the world right now, are huge Fortnite fans.
2. Radical Heights Introduces a Player Scanner in New Update
Radical Heights might perfectly sum up the current battle royale trend. The released in early access with tons of bugs but is somehow still amazingly fun to play. The second update to Radical Heights brings some fixes to the BMXs in the game and a new character scanner. The scanner will let players see the location of enemies when used. This should accelerate the pace of play in the mid and late game, something players have been asking for.
3. Boston Uprising Secure Overwatch League’s First Perfect Stage
The Boston Uprising were the top seed heading into the Overwatch League playoffs after finishing out the last stage with a perfect 10-0 match record. The Uprising were in sixth place coming into the stage and lost one of their star players, DreamKazper, to allegations of inappropriate behavior. The Boston Uprising still made it to the stage 3 grand finals, although they were ultimately taken down by the New York Excelsior.
4. PUBG’s 4x4 Map Receives Official Name, Open Beta This Week
PUBG’s upcoming map, previously called Codename: Savage, finally gets an official name. The new map is called Sanhok, which combines the Thai word for ‘fun’ and the Filipino word for ‘chicken.’ The map is based on southeast Asian islands, like Thailand and the Phillipines, so the name is appropriate. Sanhok will be available in an open beta on PC starting this Thursday evening through Monday morning.
5. First Details for Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Para Bellum
Operation Para Bellum will bring two new operators to the game, as well as a new map. We know both of the new operators are defenders but we don’t yet know about the new map. The new Operation will also introduce a Pick & Ban system, a mainstay in competitive games such as League of Legends and DOTA 2. The full reveal for Operation Para Bellum will take place during the Rainbow Six Pro League Finals on May 19th-20th on twitch.
*Special* Daily Moot (5/4/18)
Happy Friday Mooties! We have another episode of Moot Points with Dylan and Brian for you all too enjoy. This week we talk about PC vs console, upcoming games like Detroit: Become Human, and what's new on Moot including our current #MyKratos event. Look at the bottom of this post for more info!
2. Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Free This Weekend
If you’re looking for a way to spend some free time this weekend, consider Call of Duty: WWII. The multiplayer version of the game is currently free to play and will stay that way until Sunday at 1 pm PT. You will be able to progress your character, unlocking weapons and other items as you level up. If you decide to purchase the game, which is conveniently on sale until Monday, you will retain all unlocked rewards.
3. Destiny 2’s Fall Expansion Will Include a Secret New Mode
Next week brings Warmind, the next DLC for Destiny 2, but we got some exciting news about Destiny’s future fall update today. We don’t know any details about the new game mode except that it is supposedly new not just to Destiny 2 but to the first-person gaming genre as a whole. More details will be revealed at E3 so make sure to keep an eye out.
4. Activision says it’s Inspired by Battle Royale Games
Activision’s CEO expressed his admiration for Fortnite this week, saying he appreciated how the game was able to bring new players into gaming. He also said Activision is very good at drawing inspiration from successful games, which may be why we expect Black Ops 4 to have a battle royale game mode instead of a traditional single player campaign. Blacks Op 4 releases October 12th worldwide on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If it has battle royale, we’re certainly buying it.
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The Daily Moot (5/3/18)
1. Overwatch Patch Brings New Map and Hanzo Changes
Overwatch Archives was a massive success, but it is now gone and a new update has come to take its place. Today’s update brings us Rialto, the new map from the Retribution mission, as well as the Hanzo rework. Hanzo’s Scatter Arrow has been replaced by a new ability that lets him fire several arrows in rapid succession. Additionally, Hanzo can now lunge while in the air to leap horizontally. A few other characters also had minor tweaks. Check the attached article for full patch notes.
2. PUBG Introduces 50-player Team Deathmatch for a Limited Time
Last month, PUBG introduced an event called War that allowed three teams of 10 to face off in a fast-paced deathmatch game mode. This weekend’s event is similar but will bring more people to the arena. 10 teams of five players will duke it out on Mirimar in the new event, called Desert Knights. Another exciting change is players will spawn with level 3 armor and a high power weapon, like an AWM or Groza.
3. God of War is the Fastest Selling PS4 Exclusive Ever
If you bought into the God of War hype, you’re certainly not alone. The PS4 exclusive game sold over 3 million copies total by April 22nd, only 3 days after its release. We expect the game to continue selling well, as the positive reviews are still rolling in. Did you buy God of War? Let us know how you’re liking it so far, and be sure to enter our #MyKratos event, linked to at the bottom of The Daily Moot.
4. Battle Royale Mode Coming to MOBA Battlerite
Battlerite is a free-to-play MOBA that launched on Steam last November. The studio behind the game announced this morning they will be releasing a battle royale mode, aptly named Battlerite Royale, this summer. Battlerite Royale will only feature 20 players, either solo or in teams of two, on a map 30 times larger than Battlerite’s normal map. It will still use the top down camera angle that MOBA players know and love.
5. PUBG Temporarily Cuts Off Item Trading
The trading of in-game cosmetic items has been temporarily halted by PUBG Corp. due to third-party sites like OPskins. In-game items can be traded and sold on the steam marketplace for steam credit, but if a user wants to get actual cash for their skins they need to use third party sites. PUBG Corp. sees this as an abuse of the system and has decided to halt all trading while they work on a solution.
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The Daily Moot (5/2/18)
1. New Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer Reveals More Details
A new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 has revealed a bit more about the game’s story for excited fans. The trailer shows John Marston, the main character of the first game, so we know that he will at least be in the new game. Red Dead Redemption 2 is actually a prequel where we will play as Arthur Morgan, the right-hand man to the leader of the Van der Linde gang. Check the link to see the trailer yourself.
2. Paladins Officially Launching on May 8th
After over a year in early access, the free-to-play shooter Paladins will officially launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 next week. While the game will continue to get updates, Hi-Rez Studios say the official launch signals their commitment to the current direction of the game. Hi-Rez also recently began the closed alpha for their new battle royale game Realm Royale, which started as a Paladins game mode.
3. Destiny 2’s Second Raid Lair Launches Next Week
Spire of Stars is the name of Destiny 2’s second raid lair. It will go live on May 11th, just a few days after the Warmind expansion releases. Raid lairs are a new concept introduced with Destiny 2 that lets players fight a smaller raid with one boss near the actual raid. It seems like Spire of Stars will be restricted to those who purchase Warmind, so make sure you get the expansion when it releases on May 8th if you want to experience the new content.
4. South Korea Tops Overwatch World Cup Preliminaries
With the preliminary round of the 2018 Overwatch World Cup over and the teams sorted into 4 groups for the group stage, things are really ramping up. Although the Overwatch World Cup group stage matches don’t actually take place until August, there is a lot set to happen between now and then. Countries still need to set their rosters, which includes voting for coaches, and start practicing. You can cast your votes on the Overwatch World Cup site, linked in the article below.
5. Black Ops 3 Adds Prop Hunt in Operation Swarm Update
Even though the new Black Ops 4 is just around the corner, Black Ops 3 is still getting content updates. Black Ops 3 just got Prop Hunt as a new game mode. In Prop Hunt, one team of players hide around the map disguised as random objects and the other team tries to find them. The update also includes some new guns, weapon skins, and even a nighttime version of the map Fringe. Treyarch is officially revealing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on May 17th.