The Daily Moot: Genshin ImpactNews Picks
1. Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact has officially launched. The highly-anticipated free-to-play RPG saw more than 10 million pre-registrations across the globe, and although it’s not an MMO, many players have been eager to try the game's surprisingly deep multiplayer gameplay. Much of the attention towards Genshin Impact has been focused on its open-world art style, which has frequently been likened to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Genshin Impact is available on PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android; you can watch the launch trailer for the game below.
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2. Yakuza 7 Release Date A new release date for Yakuza : Like a Dragon has been announced. The seventh mainline game in the series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be deviating somewhat from its predecessors, focusing on a new cast of characters and implementing a turn-based combat system rather than the real-time beat ‘em up style the series is known for. Unlike many games lately which have been getting delayed due to complications presented by the ongoing pandemic, Yakuza 7 will actually be arriving sooner than originally expected. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is now set to arrive on PC, PS4, and Xbox One/S/X when the next-gen Xbox launches on November 10. Unfortunately, PS5 players will have to wait until March of next year to get their hands on the game. You can check out the trailer for Yakuza 7 below.
3. Major Hearthstone Update Hearthstone’s upcoming patch will soon be bringing some big changes to the game. The update will introduce 3 new major pieces of content to the game: the Masquerade Ball LTE, the return of Dual-Class Arena, and a new Book of Heroes solo campaign. There will also be plenty of balance changes, including a nerf to Tortollan Pilgrim which had been terrorizing the meta via the Turtle Mage deck. Last but not least, all Battlegrounds ratings will be reset to 0 ahead of the patch in order to prepare for a new, revamped rating system. Most of the patch is set to go live tomorrow, with the new Book of Heroes campaign arriving shortly after on October 13.
4. 37 CS:GO Coaches Banned The Esports Integrity Commission has banned a whopping 37 CS:GO coaches for cheating. This is in relation to a long-existing spectator bug which enabled coaches to see the location of the enemy team and relay that information to their players. Although a few coaches were banned for abusing the exploit earlier this year, it is now clear that the cheating was far more rampant than originally expected. Some of the notable teams who abused the bug include FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Heroic, which is currently ranked as the second-best team in the world.
5. FarmVille Shutting Down It’s been a long time since FarmVille first took the world by storm when it launched back in 2009. The Facebook farming sim was largely responsible for the massive growth of Zynga, which has since gone on to become one of the largest mobile game developers on the planet. Although it certainly is the end of an era, it’s also not particularly surprising considering that Adobe will be disabling Flash at the end of the year. FarmVille will be removing in-app purchases from the game on November 17 and will shut down entirely on December 31.