The Daily Moot (4/3/2018)
1. PUBG Releases New Smaller Map on Test Servers
PUBG’s new 4x4 km map, Savage, was released this weekend on their test server to a very limited audience. Luckily for those of us who didn’t receive beta keys, twitch streamers and gaming journalists exist. The early consensus on the new map is that it is a HUGE step in the right direction. To list a few positives: there aren’t any clothing spawns, there is valuable loot all over the map, and there is interesting terrain to fight in. The guys at PC gamer wrote down some of their initial play test thoughts so feel free to check them out at the link below.
2. Overwatch Probably Won’t Ever Have a Battle Royale Mode Responding to a healthy amount of demands for an Overwatch battle royale mode, Jeff Kaplan said it would be a tremendous amount of work to implement. Kaplan said, among other concerns, that “Overwatch wasn’t designed to be a 1v1. Every hero’s not balanced against every other hero.” While this is true, a similar style game (Paladins) had a successful alpha weekend with their battle royale mode. It seems unlikely that Blizzard totally skips on the battle royale craze, so if not Overwatch then what game? Personally, I suspect Heroes of the Storm.
3. Fortnite Mobile is Now Available on iOS for Everyone After a closed beta of Fortnite Mobile last week, the game is now coming to all iOS users with recent enough phones. Fortnite Mobile will run on the iPhone SE, 6S, 7, 8, and X plus the iPad Mini 4, Air 2, 2017, and pro. The game won’t run on the iPhone 5S, 6, or 6 plus nor will it run on the iPad Air, Mini 2, Mini 3, or iPod Touch. Apparently Fortnite Mobile will be available on Android devices within the next few months. As in the beta, crossplay with PC is available and you can link your accounts so you can use all your skins on multiple platforms. Go get those victory royales.
4. New Rocket League Patch Lets Players Create and Join Tournaments In this awesome update, Rocket League how includes a tournament functionality. Players can both create and join tournaments of up to 128 teams (with a minimum of 8). Tournaments have cross-platform functionality and the creator can set minimum and maximum thresholds for entry based on competitive rank. The new update also includes new chat bans for toxic players, inventory display changes, and some interface changes. Check the link to read the entire patch notes.
5. Two New Legendary Pokemon Available in Pokemon Go Until June 5th Starting today, the legendary Pokemon Latias and Latios will be available in Raid Battles in Pokemon Go. Until May 8th Latias will appear in Europe and Asia while Latios will appear in North America, South America, and Africa. On May 8th, the 2 Pokemon will switch locations for the remainder of the event. The new legendary Pokemon event starts shortly after Niantic introduced research missions to the game. Players are generally impressed with the amount of new content, but whether it will be enough to bring old players back is still undetermined.