The Daily Moot (4/9/18)
1. The Studio Behind ‘LawBreakers’ is Moving on to Battle Royale
If you haven’t heard of LawBreakers before, we don’t blame you. The game released around the same time PUBG came out in early access and was a bit overshadowed to say the least. As a result of both the game’s unimpressive player numbers and the success of battle royale games like Fortnite and PUBG, the team behind LawBreakers is reinvesting their energy into a new game called Radical Heights. Radical Heights, like a traditional battle royale, pits 100 players against each other to be the last man standing. It has a certain arcade-y feel to it and it some unique mechanics, but those may not be enough to draw players away from the established battle royale games. Early access starts tomorrow.
2. Blizzcon 2018 Dates Announced, Tickets on Sale in May The highly anticipated Blizzcon will be in Anaheim on November 2nd-3rd this year. Tickets will go on sale in batches, with the first starting at 7 pm PT on May 9th and the second at 10 am PT on May 12th. Blizzcon features a wide array of events like Q&A sessions, cosplays, developer panels, and perhaps most importantly some big esports tournaments. Finals for all the big Blizzard games will take place at Blizzcon, including the finals for the Overwatch World Cup. Those who can’t make it in person have the option of buying the Blizzcon Virtual Ticket to get all the in-game goodies they’ve come to expect from Blizzcon.
3. Jeff Kaplan Says Overwatch Isn’t Ready for Player Role Queues Yet When asked about role queues in Overwatch, where you can queue up as a tank, healer, or dps and find a team with a balanced composition, Jeff Kaplan said Overwatch was not ready just yet. The problem, according to Kaplan, said the two proposed systems both have problems. Either the game lets you queue as a tank but then switch heroes OR they lock you into only playing tank heroes after you queue up as one. The first way creates a system where role queue is effectively pointless and the second method doesn’t accord for the fluid nature of Overwatch. Hopefully the team can find some happy medium because many members of Overwatch’s community believe role queuing could fix many of the game’s perceived problems.
4. Paladins’ Team Shows Off Realm Royale’s Crafting System in Their New BR Game Back in January, Paladins Battlegrounds came out for a few magical days. Although the battle royale game mode was in early access, it was a hit with those who got the chance to play it. After a few days though, Hi-Rez Studios recalled the game mode, announced they wanted to release it as a standalone game, and went silent. Finally, there is news: Realm Royale is still on track and they’ve made some changes, notably by introducing a crafting system. Players will be able to destroy unwanted items for materials and can bring those materials to forges where they will turn them into a random legendary weapon or ability. A lucky few have made it into the closed alpha test for the game, but there is a strict NDA so don’t hold your breath for any more info until Hi-Rez is ready to tell us themselves.
5. GTA 5 Has Made More Money Than Any Film, Book, or Game EVER An industry analyst has just revealed his findings that Grand Theft Auto 5 has sold over 90 millions copies and brought in $6 billion in revenue, making it the most profitable form of media in history. For comparison, a movie like Star Wars brought in around $3 billion dollars after adjusting for inflation, according to the analyst. Although GTA 5 came out years ago, it continues to sell copies every year in large numbers. While there isn’t any plans for a GTA 6 announced yet, Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out this year on October 26th. It almostly certainly won’t match GTA 5’s record numbers, but it should still be a great game.