The Daily Moot: Free Upgrades for Xbox Series X GamesNews Picks
1. Xbox Wants Next-Gen Upgrades to be Free
Microsoft has apparently reached out to third-party developers, instructing them that game upgrades should be free for any current-gen games on the Xbox Series X. While some games, such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, have already committed to providing next-gen upgrades free of charge, it seems that Microsoft is looking to make this a blanket policy for all games during the transition between the Xbox One and Xbox Series X. It’s unclear whether this is merely a request or if it’s something that Microsoft is making mandatory, but it’s definitely nice to see Microsoft looking to make full use of their impressive Xbox Smart Delivery system in a way that benefits consumers.
2. The Sims 4 Reality TV Show The Sims 4 is getting a reality TV show spin-off competition. Called “The Sims Spark’d,” the show will require contestants to complete challenges testing players’ building and storytelling skills. There will be a total of 12 contestants, including some popular Sims YouTubers, and they will be battling it out for $100,000 in prize money. If you fancy your own Sims skills, EA will be hosting in-game challenges in The Sims 4 which will provide the opportunity for players to become contestants on future seasons of the show. The first season of The Sims Spark’d is set to premiere on TBS on July 17.
3. Destiny 2 Reward Caps Removed As part of “Bungie Day 2020,” Bungie has removed the reward caps from several Destiny 2 raids. This change will enable players to farm the raids as much as they like, greatly improving the opportunity to get Exotic rewards. It’s important to note that this change has no effect on secret chests, which will maintain their weekly limit. The raids that had their reward caps removed are Leviathan, Eater of Worlds, Spire of Stars, Crown of Sorrow, and Scourge of the Past, each of which will be farmable from now until September.
4. WWE 2K Battlegrounds WWE 2K Battlegrounds has been revealed. Earlier this year, 2K Games announced that they would not be continuing their mainline simulation-type series of WWE games, instead favoring the arcade-style approach of Battlegrounds. WWE 2K Battlegrounds will feature over 70 different playable characters and will have 4 game modes: Campaign, Exhibition, King of the Battleground, and Online. WWE 2K Battlegrounds is set to launch on September 18; you can watch the official trailer below.
5. Ready Player Two Ready Player Two, the sequel to the novel-turned-movie Ready Player One, is now available for pre-order. No announcements have been made about the plot of the second book yet, but based on the title it seems likely that it will continue the story set in the first book. Although author Ernest Cline mentioned that he “bounced ideas” off of Steven Spielberg during the writing of Ready Player Two, it’s currently unclear whether or not there are any plans for a movie sequel. The Ready Player Two novel is slated to be released in North America on November 24.