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1. Apex Legends Season 1 Starts Tomorrow!
Respawn Entertainment has finally announced the official start date for Season 1 of Apex Legends! The new season will start tomorrow, March 19th, and will introduce the new Legend Octane to the game. There will also be a battle pass, including over 100 new cosmetics to earn. The new season is called Wild Frontier and you can check out more information, including all of the Battle Pass rewards, right here!
 
2. Fortnite Temporarily Disables Hamster Ball
 
Due to stability issues related to the Baller, Epic Games has temporarily disabled the item. The Baller is the official name of what most call ‘the giant hamster ball’ that was recently added to Fortnite’s battle royale mode. The Baller has been a dominant force in the game’s competitive meta since it was introduced, and many seem happy to see the item gone. Knowing Epic, the Baller will probably return very soon.
 
3. Battlefield 5’s Firestorm Map is Massive
 
DICE announced Firestorm last week, the battle royale game mode coming to Battlefield V. The map is called Halvøy and it is actually ten times larger than the game’s current largest map, Hamada. While battle royale maps are normally large, this is a bit ridiculous. It makes sense though, as Firestorm will feature helicopters, tanks, and other vehicles that will enable players to traverse the map with speed. Firestorm comes to Battlefield V on March 25th.
 
4. The Culling Servers Are Going Offline
 
The Culling is a battle royale game that has had a tragic storyline. The Culling was a generally popular game that got put on the backburner almost immediately after release so the team behind it could work on developing a sequel instead. After the sequel’s failed launch, the team reinvested in the original The Culling game and made it free to play. Unfortunately, a microtransaction model didn’t generate enough revenue to keep the lights on and come May the game’s servers will be shutting down for good.
5. Splatoon 2 Demo Coming to Nintendo Switch
 
Splatoon 2, the popular online shooter for Nintendo Switch, will be getting a free week starting tomorrow morning. The special demo version of the game can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop now. You can access four different game modes during the demo, including four-on-four Turf War and the game’s classic mode. If you decide you like Splatoon 2 enough to buy it, you’re in luck! Splatoon 2 is 20% off for the next week.
 
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1. Moot Points with Dylan & Brian: Apex Legends' First Balance Update (Ep. 45)
 
Happy Friday Mooties! In this week's episode of Moot Points, we explore the ramifications of the first balance patch to come to Apex Legends. A couple weapons were nerfed a couple days ago and there are a handful of Legends buffs and nerfs coming soon; hear what we have to think about all of them and share your thoughts in the comments!
 
 
2. Leaked Footage of Battlefield 5 Battle Royale Mode
 
We were all so excited when we heard Battlefield 5 was going to have a battle royale mode, only to be let down when we heard it wouldn’t be in the game upon release. Well, a video leaked yesterday that confirms the game mode exists at least. The video shows us a pretty stock battle royale, with perhaps the most unique thing being you can shoot a pistol when you’re downed. Hopefully we get an official announcement soon, but either way this game mode is several months too late.
 
3. The Division 2 Won’t be Available on 3rd Party Stores After Launch
 
The Division 2 is currently available to buy on third party stores, but after the game launches next week that won’t be the case. Ubisoft struck an exclusivity deal with Epic Games which notably keeps their game off Steam, but we’re now learning it also means you will only be able to buy game keys from Ubisoft or the Epic Games Stores. Many gamers rely on third party stores to get discounts on popular games, so this is unfortunate news for bargain-hunting gamers.
 
4. Warframe’s Melee Combat Overhaul is Underway
 
Warframe just got the first step in a highly anticipated melee combat overhaul. You can now instantly switch from ranged to melee. Additionally, your melee combos will resume from where you left off if you momentarily switch to a gun. There are also other changes to melee combat like the ability to aim your ground slams. These changes come alongside the release of Operation: Buried Depts, which is the game’s first community event of the year.
 
5. Subnautica Below Zero Update adds the Seatruck
 
Subnautica Below Zero is the awesome sequel to the awesome underwater exploration game Subnautica. Below Zero is still in early access, but the game got its first patch today. The update adds a new customizable vehicle called the Seatruck; your Seatruck starts with a cabin and allows you to add different modules to it based on your needs. There are also new biomes and enemies in the update.
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1. Apex Legends Nerfs Wingman and Peacekeeper
Respawn Entertainment released the first balance patch for Apex Legends yesterday afternoon, nerfing both the Wingman and the Peacekeeper. Respawn took a respectfully conservative approach with their nerfs; the Wingman now has a slightly reduced rate of fire, a lower Skullpierce Headshot damage multiplier, and more hip fire spread. The Peacekeeper will now benefit less from the Shotgun Bolt increasing its rechamber rate. Both weapons will also spawn on the map less than before. Good job Respawn.
 
2. Original Diablo now Available on GOG
 
The classic first Diablo game is now available for purchase on GOG.com. This is the first time Blizzard has made this game available to purchase digitally. It is interesting that they’re choosing to sell it through a third-party website instead of their Battle net launcher. This is the first in a line of Blizzard games that will be available through GOG. The best part is Diablo is only $9.99, so get out there and start slaying demons!
 
3. PUBG is Updating Their Maps
 
In response to some leaks, PUBG Corp. took to their website to confirm they are updating their maps. Specifically, PUBG Corp is working to address loot balance. Apparently, they are going about addressing this issue via adding more compounds to the map among other solutions. While PUBG Corp. implied they’re going to update multiple maps, they’re starting with just Erangel. We unfortunately don’t have more details, but it is nice to hear they’re constantly working to improve their game.
 
4. H1Z1 Rebrands on PC to Z1BR
 
H1Z1 kicked off their third season of PC yesterday with a surprising change to their name. The battle royale game is now called Z1 Battle Royale, or Z1BR for short. The third season update rolls back the clock on some critical aspects of the game, including weapon recoil and bullet velocity. The goal is to capture the more popular era of the game that took place during late 2016 and early 2017. Also, Z1BR is under new management; developer NantG has taken over from Daybreak Game Company.
 
5. Nintendo Announces Labo VR Kit for the Switch
 
Nintendo just announced a new virtual reality kit for the Nintendo Switch utilizing the console’s Labo cardboard. There are two different sets; the full set costs $80 and includes VR goggles and five cardboard designs while the smaller kit includes only one cardboard design and the goggles for $40. Additional cardboard designs will be available for purchase later. The VR Labo kits will be available in North America on April 12th.
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1. Rainbow Six Siege ‘Burnt Horizon’ is Live Now
Year 4 Season 1 for Rainbow Six Siege is finally here. The new Operation Burnt Horizon is now available to download on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. There are two new Australian operators named Mozzie and Gridlock. There’s also a new map called Outback. Also, if the download for Burnt Horizon seems massive don’t worry; the total download size of the game is actually going to be less than before, as Ubisoft is consolidating some things.
 
2. Fortnite Players are Instantly Dying to the Fork Knife
 
Fork Knife is one of the hottest games in the world, popular among all the kids these days. Oh wait, that’s Fortnite; Fork Knife is a dumb joke name used by teachers and parents to illicit groans and eye rolls from their unfortunate victims. Well, because Epic Games is hip and cool they added an actual Fork Knife to their game. The only issue is that there’s now a particular tile in the Fork Knife that kills players instantly as of Season 8. Epic says they’re aware of the issue and they’ll fix it soon.
 
 
3. Death Stranding is Behind Schedule
 
Death Stranding is a new game from Hideo Kojima. We honestly don’t know much about the game other than a few hard to decipher trailers, but we do know it is currently behind schedule. Kojima originally hinted that the game may release BEFORE 2019, which obviously didn’t happen, so this isn’t the first time the game has been delayed. The real question now is whether we will get our hands on Death Stranding before the year ends. What do you think?
 
4. Farming Simulator 19 Getting a new DLC
 
We know you are all playing Farming Simulator 19 so we’re excited to tell you about the game’s upcoming DLC. The Anderson Group DLC focuses on baling, which is the act of rolling something into a bale. There are new vehicles that will enable you to roll bales of hay and transport them. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? The Anderson Group DLC comes to Farming Simulator 19 on March 26th.
 
5. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is Coming to the Nintendo Switch
 
Remember Turok: Dinosaur Hunter? The game is one of the most memorable from the Nintendo 64. Turok gave players a full 3D world to explore, filled with enemies, traps, and puzzles to fight and overcome. The re-release on the Nintendo Switch promises all of the magic of the original game plus the awesome portability of the switch. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter comes to the Switch on March 18th.
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1. Red Dead Online Introduces new Game Mode ‘Fool’s Gold’
Rockstar rolled out a new game mode for Red Dead Online today. The new game mode is called Fool’s Gold; players compete to wear a golden suit of armor and then kill as many enemies as possible while wearing it. The update also offers free items to players who login this week; ammo, fire bottles, fire arrows, and more are all available to pick up at camp or any in-game post office. Finally, you can now use John Marston’s Evans Repeater rifle.
 
2. Magic: the Gathering Black Lotus Sells for $166,100
 
A copy of Black Lotus, the most desired and arguably most powerful card in Magic: the Gathering, just sold for $166,100 USD on Ebay. This particular Black Lotus is from the Alpha set, which was the game’s first ever print run dating back to 1993. The reason this Black Lotus sold for so much is its 9.5 out of 10 Beckett rating; this is effectively as mint condition as you ever find a card. Just 7 months ago, another 9.5 Black Lotus sold for $87,672. For comparision, a 9.0 Black Lotus sold for only $57,350 in January.
 
3.Previously Exclusive Fortnite Skin ‘Reflex’ No Longer Exclusive
 
The Reflex skin for Fortnite was initially only available through an Nvidia bundle, but it was available in yesterday’s item shop for 1200 Vbucks. Many players are apparently upset at this, as they perceived Reflex to be an exclusive similar to the Samsung Galaxy skin; people were buying graphic cards to get the exclusive skin to then resell both the graphics card and the skin code to profit. Seems a bit skeezy, so maybe we shouldn’t feel too much sympathy? Or is this just capitalism at work?
 
4. MLB The Show 19 New Game Mode called ‘March to October’
 
MLB The Show has been the dominant baseball video game series for what feels like forever at this point. No other realistic baseball game has captured an audience the way MLB The Show does year after year. This year’s installment in the series will feature a new game mode called March to October. In it, you will pop in and play the most key moments throughout your team’s season to propel your team toward the playoffs. Check out the article below to see 47 minutes of unedited footage of the new game mode.
 
5. Destiny 2’s Season of the Drifter Adds 5 New Exotics
 
The Season of the Drifter update came to Destiny 2 today, bringing with it five new Exotics. There are new exotic gauntlets for Hunters, Titans, and Warlocks and two new Exotic weapons. The first of the two Exotic weapons is Thorn, which will be available via an Exotic quest starting on March 12th. The other Exotic weapon is Arbalest, a Kinetic linear fusion rifle; we don’t yet know how to get your hands on Arbalest.
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1. Apex Legends hits 50 Million Players
Apex Legends has officially hit 50 million unique players, just one month after the game launched. For comparison, it took Fortnite’s free battle royale mode four months to hit 50 million players. However, battle royale gaming is more mainstream now than it was then, largely due to Fortnite. Whether Apex Legends will continue to grow to the point where it can compete with Fortnite, which has by now seen over 200 million players, is yet to be seen.
 
2. The PlayStation 2 is 19 Years Old Today
 
19 years ago, Sony introduced the PlayStation 2 to Japanese markets. Roughly 6 months later, on October 26th, 2000 Sony introduced the console to the US market. Since then, over 155 million PS2s have been sold. Some of the most iconic gaming franchises were born on the PlayStation 2. Many gamers, too, found their passion for the hobby on a PlayStation 2. What were some of your favorite PlayStation 2 games?
 
3. Astralis Win CS:GO Major at IEM Katowice
 
The grand finals of this weekend’s CS:GO major was a classive David vs. Goliath situation. Astralis is clearly the best team in the world and arguably the best team in Counter Strike history. ENCE were the underdogs, but they had already defeated the 2nd and 3rd best teams in the world on their way to the finals. Despite ENCE starting strong, Astralis quickly found their form and dominated the finals. Astralis has now won 3 out of the last 5 majors, including two in a row.
 
4. Gwent Expansion ‘Crimson Curse’ Announced
 
Gwent is CD Projekt Red’s Witcher-based card game. The game will be getting it’s first expansion, called Crimson Curse, on March 28th. Crimson Curse will introduce over 100 new cards, with 31 neutral cards and 14 per faction. There are new mechanics including: new Poison and Bleeding effects, Shield and Vitality boosts, and mechanics called Deathblow and Berserk. There are five preview cards on Gwent’s website to view now.
 
5. Sony is Allegedly Offering Refunds over Anthem Crashes on PS4
 
Anthem has a bit of a bumpy launch with concerns over both game mechanics and server stability. However, a third issue is a number of PlayStation 4 players who are experiencing console crashes while playing Anthem. Some of the crashes are so severe that a few users have claimed Anthem has bricked their system. Apparently, Sony is issuing refunds to some users who request them, although others claim their refund requests have been denied.
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1. Happy Friday Mootimon trainers! So, Pokemon Gen 8 probably won't have a battle royale mode. But, it will have a ton of other cool stuff which we cover in this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian. We also talk about Fortnite Season 8, the new Overwatch hero, and more.
 
2.The next Legend for Apex Legends may have Leaked
 
There have been some supposed leaks regarding the next Legends to come to Apex Legends, but one is more convincing than the rest; an image showing a Legend named Octane looks very legitimate. Octane also visually matches one of the two shadows we saw in a teaser video from Respawn, adding credence to the leak. Octane’s passive lets him heal over time while out of combat, his tactical lets his spend health to move faster, and his ultimate is a launch pad.
 
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remaster Coming
 
PEGI, a website that gives games their maturity ratings, accidentally posted a rating for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered” yesterday. It has since been removed from their website, but the damage is done. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was one of the most popular games in the iconic series. The title unfortunately suggests the Remaster may only include the campaign, but even that would still be welcome.
 
4. Apex Legends Map Leaked a Year Ago
 
About 11 months ago, an anonymous user posted a picture on reddit with the title “Alleged Minimap for Rumored Titanfall Battle Royal Game.” The picture is the map is almost exactly the Apex Legends map, just rotated 90 degrees. You probably didn’t see the original leak, as it had 0 upvotes and only 14 comments. Personally, we’re glad the leak didn’t blow up; one of the coolest things about Apex Legends was the surprise release, and the anticipation for the game may have ruined it.
 
5. Epic Sued over Save the World’s Loot Llamas
 
Epic Games is currently being sued for the apparently predatory nature of the Loot Llamas in the Save the World game mode. Unlike most “acceptable” loot boxes which only include cosmetic items, the loot boxes in Save the World include weapons, materials, and other resources that directly affect how successful you can be in the game. The lawsuit alleges the game baits players in with a low starting price, only to basically force them to spend money on Loot Llamas to play the game. It should be noted that last month Epic began disclosing exactly what was inside each Loot Llama before you bought it.
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1. Fortnite Season 8 is Here!
Remember that little indie game Fortnite? Epic Games just released the game’s eighth season and it is becoming even more like Apex Legends, which is a good thing. Season 8 introduces a ping system that lets you more easily communicate with your teammates. There is also an updated UI that looks great. As far as map changes go, there’s a new volcano and volcanic vents that boost players into the sky. Finally, a new season means a new battle pass with tons of sweet cosmetics.
 
2. Hearthstone’s Year of the Dragon Revealed
 
Blizzard announced the next year of Hearthstone expansions will be collectively called the Year of the Dragon. The new year of content will see big changes to the Arena game mode and a commitment to more single player content. Also, in surprising news, Baku the Mooneater and Genn Greymane are leaving Standard a full year early. The Even/Odd cards have dominated the Standard format for too long, so good riddance. Lastly, the iconic cards Doomguard, Naturalize, and Divine Favor are all being vaulted.
 
 
3. Cyberpunk 2077 Will be at E3
 
CD Projekt Red has confirmed they will be at E3 this year with Cyberpunk 2077. It is uncertain to what degree they’ll be demoing the game; while we can all hope for a playable demo, we still don’t even know a release date for the game so there’s no way to say if a playable demo is a realistic expectation or not. Several big games and studios are moving away from E3, so Cyberpunk 2077 may very well be able to take a big spotlight at the show. E3 starts on June 11th.
 
4. BioWare Updates Loot Systems in Anthem
 
Anthem players were upset with the loot in the game from the start and BioWare is hoping they can fix it. BioWare is changing inscriptions, level 30 drop tables, and masterwork crafting material requirements. Certain inscriptions were effectively useless, like increased physical damage on an elemental gun. Those will be removed. Uncommon and common loot is being removed from level 30 drop tables. Finally, it will only take 15 masterwork embers to create a masterwork instead of 25. These changes will go live either today or tomorrow.
 
5. ‘Season of the Drifter’ Brings Updates to Destiny 2
 
Bungie released a new video that outlines what players can expect from Season of the Drifter, Destiny 2’s sixth season. There will be a new version of Gambit called Gambit Prime, which offers a class-based experience with unique rewards. There’s also The Reckoning, which is a matchmade activity that brings players to The Plains of the Nine to fight against enemies. Watch the reveal ViDoc at the link below.
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1. New Overwatch Hero ‘Baptiste’ Revealed
Yesterday evening Blizzard revealed Overwatch’s next hero, Baptiste. Baptiste is a Haitian combat medic that has some awesome abilities. There are two ways for Baptiste to heal his allies. He can launch a grenade that heals allies near it and he can also use Regenerative Burst to heal allies near him over time. Baptiste also has an ability called Immortality Field, which temporarily prevents allies from dying. Finally, his ultimate is the Amplication Matrix would doubles the damage and healing of projectiles shot through it. Baptiste is currently available on the PTR.
 
2. First Major Red Dead Online Update Released
 
The first major update for Red Dead Online just went live today. It introduces Daily Challenges, a new rare shot, new emotes, and a range of new clothing items. There are also improvements to player visibility, Parley, and Feuds. Finally, the Law and Bounty system is now live. While this all sounds great, a lot of players are upset. The update seems to have cut earning potential for missions in half, while the prices for the new cosmetics feel through the rough. Basically, Rockstar wants your money and they’re not being bashful about it. Is anyone still playing Red Dead Online anyway?
 
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Update adds New Game Plus
 
New Game Plus is a growing feature in games. It lets you ‘restart’ the game but with all of your progress and unlocks carried over to the ‘new game.’ Today’s update brings New Game Plus to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. You can now start again in Kephallonia as Alexios or Kassandra with all of your earned and unlocked gear, mounts, upgrades, abilities, crafting materials, and more. Today’s update also readdressed the Shadow Heritage DLC, fixing an issue that forced players into a heterosexual romance instead of letting them choose.
 
4. Kingdom Hearts Board Game Coming Out this Year
 
Talisman: Kingdom Hearts edition is now in development and will release this year. The Kingdom Hearts twist on the classic Talisman board game will be playable for between two and six players. According to an official press release Sora and the gang will work to “acquire the needed Strength and Magic to seal the Door to Darkness and keep Heartless from consuming the communal worlds.”
 
5. Several Overwatch Hero Changes on PTR Now
 
The Overwatch PTR update that introduces Baptiste also includes several nerfs and buffs for existing heroes, as well as some general changes. Armor will now reduce beam-type damage by 20% and will no longer reduce damage over time effects at all. Damage boosts now matter when a projectile is fired, not when it deals its damage. Knockback distance is more consistent, and you can now knockback and slow flying enemies. Check out the link below to read all of the nerfs and buffs to your favorite heroes. (Yay, Soldier 76 buffs!)
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1. Fortnite Season 8 Coming Soon
Season 7 is coming to a close and everyone’s eyes are on Season 8. Now that the snow has melted, it looks like Season 8 may be a wet one with various bodies of water taking the focal point. You can expect a mix of all things aquatic, from fish to pirates and buried treasure. Planes are getting vaulted so perhaps we could see submarines, jet skis, or pirate ships as new vehicles to traverse the waterways. Of course, we're also eager to see what's going to happen with the mysterious eggs - perhaps an epic battle of sea creatures and sky dragons? Only time will tell, Season 8 is set to start on February 28.
 
2. The Division 2 Open Beta
 
Following its private beta a couple weeks ago, The Division 2 will have an open beta from March 1 - March 4. The open beta will have more content available than the private beta did, and will allow players to check out both early game and end game content. This is a great opportunity to try out the game and decide whether or not you want to purchase it once it officially releases on March 15.
 
3. Activision and EA CEOs Among Most Overpaid
 
A recent article found that Activision’s Bobby Kotic and EA’s Andrew Wilson are two of the most overpaid CEOs in America. Kotic’s salary is nearly $29M which is 306 times more than his average employee earns. Wilson earns even more, with his nearly $36M salary which is 371 times more than his average employee earns. Both Activision and EA have come under fire recently for firing many of their most valued staff members and producing worse quality games. This seems to make it pretty clear that they value profits over product.
 
4. Classic Resident Evil Games Coming to the Switch
 
In an homage to Resident Evil’s early partnership with Nintendo on the GameCube, Resident Evil 0, 1, and 4 are coming to the Switch. This is great news for Resident Evil fans who have shown that they’re just as interested in replaying the classic games as they are with a new game in the series. They likely won’t be remastered so the graphics will certainly look dated, but the gameplay will be as good as ever. The first of 3 games is set to come out on May 21.
 
5. Anthem 90-day Roadmap
 
Anthem got off to a rough start and BioWare knows it. The studio promises to improve the game and just released a 90-day roadmap detailing how they intend to do so. Aside from new items and missions, there will be 3 major in-world events which should spice up gameplay. BioWare is also focusing on developing end game content to keep players interested after they complete the core missions. The first event is set to start next week.
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1. What's going on Moot Nation?! In this week's Moot Points episode Dylan answers questions from the community! Check it out to see if your question was answered and to get a better idea where Moot is heading!
 
2. Fortnite World Cup Announced with $30M Prize Pool
 
Are you ready for Fortnite to make you a millionaire? The details of the Fortnite World Cup have been announced and the prize pool is insane! The finals will be held live in New York City from July 26-28 and will have 100 solo players and 50 duo teams with each finalist guaranteed to win at least $50,000. You can win your way to the finals by competing in the online qualifiers which will be held from April 13 to June 16. Each of these weekly qualifiers will have a $1M prize pool and the top competitors will advance their way to the finals. Good luck to all of you competitors!
 
3. FTC Addresses Loot Boxes
 
The Federal Trade Commissions is looking to tackle the growing problem of loot boxes in video games. FTC chairman Joseph Simon says that they “have remained vigilant for potential consumer protection issues,” and is planning a public workshop to address loot boxes later this year. Some countries have already enforced laws either forcing transparency about loot boxes and their odds, while other countries have banned loot boxes altogether. The United States could soon be following suit, but Simon says that the FTC will first explore options that don’t require law enforcement efforts.
 
4. Epic Exploring Fortnite Respawn System
 
In an effort to overthrow Apex Legends and once again become the biggest game in America, Fortnite is considering adding many of the features of Apex Legends. One of the most notable changes that may come in Season 8 is a respawn system. This is one of the most loved features in Apex Legends and one aspect that truly sets it apart from other battle royales. Epic is also looking to incorporate Apex’s ping system, which should help facilitate team communication. Season 8 looks like it will have some big changes for Fortnite, and it’s clear that Epic is trying to act as soon as possible before Apex Legends becomes unstoppable.
 
5. Fallout 76 Post-Launch Roadmap Revealed
 
Despite its poor reception on launch, Bethesda isn’t giving up on Fallout 76. The post-launch roadmap shows that they are pouring their resources into the game, bringing several new missions, items, and a new game mode called Survival. It’s good to see that Bethesda hasn’t given up on Fallout 76 yet; maybe these updates will be exactly what’s needed for the game to make a resurgence. The first update, Wild Appalachia, comes out on March 12.
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1. Black Ops 4 Loot Boxes Cause Controversy
Cosmetic-based microtransactions are nothing new and the gaming community largely accepts that microtransactions can exist as long as they don’t affect gameplay. Nobody wants a pay-to-win game. Apparently the Black Ops 4 team didn’t get the memo; now they’ve locked the new specialists behind a loot box paywall. This goes directly against what their design director promised just a few months ago. It’s honestly disgusting that they would so blatantly lie to the community like this, and this will seriously make me reconsider ever buying another Call of Duty game again.
 
2. Hearthstone Giving Regular Players a Chance to Go Pro
 
Hearthstone is unveiling their brand new pro scene which is sure to bring excitement to high-level casual players. Rather than being invite-only or restricted to only the top legends, there will be 30 tournaments held each week that anybody of any rank can enter. The highest performing players will earn an invite to a Masters Tour event which has a guaranteed minimum prize pool of $250,000.
 
3. Space Engineers Finally Getting Full Release
 
After more than 5 years of early-access with over 200 updates, Space Engineers is finally getting its full release. Since its inception, Space Engineers has been critically acclaimed as one of the best physics-based, realistic sandbox games on the market. The developers say that along with their full release, they’re creating a survival mode which will add new layers to the game and make it much more of an experience than merely being a great sandbox game. The full release is scheduled for February 28.
 
4. Reggie Retires, Bowser Takes Over Nintendo
 
Reggie Fils-Aime, the beloved president of Nintendo, is retiring. Reggie has been one of the most prominent and recognizable faces in the gaming industry since he first joined Nintendo in 2003. Of course, all eras must come to an end and we wish Reggie a fantastic retirement. Perhaps even more interesting than Reggie’s retirement is the name of his successor: Bowser. I’m not making this up, Bowser is really taking over Nintendo. Doug Bowser to be precise. The shift will come in a couple months on April 15, hopefully Doug Bowser will be as great of a personality as Reggie is.
 
5. Embark Studios Unveil First Game
 
The former head of DICE, Patrick Söderlund, (responsible for classic titles such as Battlefield) left EA last summer to start a new gaming studio called Embark Studios. He just gave us a sneak-peak of their studio debut and the game looks absolutely phenomenal. It’s a co-op action game that requires teamwork to survive in a vast environment and overcome difficult challenges. It will also be completely free to play. Not only does the game sound incredible but it looks gorgeous, and will push visual limits to their max with things like dynamic weather and lighting. Just check out this picture below:
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1. Apex Legends Gets its First New Gun
Apex Legends received its first new gun today! It’s a full-auto assault rifle called “Havoc” that uses energy ammo. Like the Devotion, it charges up and increases its rate of fire. It’s the first gun in the game that can use two different hop ups: the turbocharger and select fire. The turbocharger removes spin up time while the select fire allows you to shoot a powerful laser shot.
 
2. Steam Shutting Down Videos Section
 
Steam’s seldom-used Videos section is being retired. Steam has scrapped its non-gaming related video market in order to focus entirely on gaming. There will still be gaming videos available but they will only be accessible through searches and recommendations. If you have previously purchased any movies or other non-gaming videos on Steam, all of your previous purchases will still be available to you.
 
3. Rocket League Launches Cross-Platform Parties
 
With the start of Season 10, Rocket League has launched their new party system which will allow players from any platform to party up and game with each other. As much as console giants have tried to prevent it, it’s clear that crossplay is the future of gaming. Rocket League’s successful cross-platform launch should help facilitate the process for future games to follow suit and unite gamers across all platforms.
 
4. Paradox Launching Modding Platform
 
Paradox is partnering with Microsoft to launch their new “Paradox Mods.” Modding games has historically been restricted to PC players so this is a huge step for console gaming as it will allow Xbox One players to use mods. Right now the platform has about 30 Xbox One mods for Surviving Mars, but it will likely add more for other Paradox games such as Cities:Skylines. Let’s hope that other developers will follow Paradox’s lead and start bringing mods to console.
 
5. Red Dead Online Getting Major Update
 
Red Dead Online is getting a major update next week which will introduce new clothing, weapons, and a new game mode called “Fool’s Gold.” In Fool’s Gold players will be hunting down a set of golden armor and attempt to kill enemies while wearing it to increase their score. Although Red Dead Online is starting to receive substantial attention from Rockstar, it will still remain in beta for the foreseeable future. The update is scheduled to come out on PS4 on February 26 and Xbox shortly after.
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1. Black Ops 4: Operation Grand Heist Roadmap Revealed
The roadmap for Black Ops 4’s brand new season “Operation Grand Heist” has been revealed. It will add new modes and weapons, western-themed areas to the Blackout map, and a new specialist named Outrider. Much to the delight of fans, they’re also bringing back a favorite game mode: One in the Chamber. Grand Heist is live on PS4 today, and will come to other platforms next week.
 
2. Google is Joining the Gaming Market
 
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Google’s upcoming keynote speech at GDC next month. Although it may seem that Google is just making yet another streaming platform, what have in store is likely much more special. It’s just speculation, but it looks like Google is trying to develop a way to make console games playable from anywhere. This means that you could play all your favorite console games straight from your mobile phone. If this is true it would be revolutionary, so I can't wait to hear more details about it next month.
 
3. Epic Games Suing Organizers of Fortnite Festival
 
A U.K. festival promised to be the Fortnite event of the year went disastrously wrong. Now Epic Games is suing them. Nearly 3,000 people showed up to the festival and waited in line for over 2 hours only to find out that there was nothing inside. Despite branding it as a Fortnite event, there was nothing Fortnite related at the event, and it seems they were using Fortnite’s brand and logo without Epic’s permission. Epic Games has been the recipient of a lot of lawsuits this past year, this time they’re the ones doing the suing.
 
4. Anthem Addressing Major Bugs Before Official Release
 
Although Anthem technically isn’t out until February 22, many players have been able to enjoy the game through EA’s Origin Access Premier. It’s a good thing too, because it seems like Anthem still had a lot of things to fix before releasing to the general public. Some of the most common bugs were invisible enemies, vanishing audio, and constant crashes. The developers promise that they’ll have all these issues fixed by the time it officially launches later this week.
 
5. Ghost Recon Wildlands is Getting its Final Update for Year 2
 
Ghost Recon Wildlands is getting a brand new PvE mode with its final update for year 2: Special Operation 4. Although there’s not a lot of info about it yet, the creators assure that it will “test your endurance.” It’s good to see Wildlands adding a solid PvE mode, as this should satisfy fans until the next game in the Ghost Recon series comes out. Special Operations 4 should be released later this month, with a planned release date of February 27.
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1. Apex Legends Patch Brings Valentine’s Day Items and Bug Fixes
The first patch for Apex Legends goes live today, bringing some much-needed bug fixes. The patch also introduces some Valentine’s Day cosmetics to the store, which will be available tonight at 6pm PST. There is also the Live Die Live Banner Badge, which you can get if you revive a member of your squad between today and February 19th. If you need teammates to squad up with, head on over to the Apex Legends lounge here on Moot!
 
2. Nintendo Direct Happening this Afternoon
 
There will be a Nintendo Direct happening this afternoon where Nintendo will share some of their plans for 2019. This has actually been the longest time between Directs, with the last one airing on November 1st last year. The focus will probably be on games coming to the Switch, both in the form of new releases and game ports from other systems. There may also be information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, like new fighters coming in the form of DLC. Tune into Nintendo’s website at 2pm to watch the direct and see for yourself!
 
3. Rainbow Six Siege is Free This Weekend
 
Starting tomorrow, you can play Rainbow Six Siege for free on all platforms through Sunday. If you decide you like the game enough, you can buy it on sale and even keep your progress you made during the free trial. During the free trial you will have access to all maps and game modes to truly test the game. Ubisoft recently readjusted prices for all versions of Rainbow Six Siege, making the game more affordable than ever.
 
4. Blizzard Says There are no Major Games Planned for 2019
 
It’s been an interesting couple days for those following Activision-Blizzard. Yesterday, the company announced last year’s record sales numbers. Then, they fired hundreds of employees. Now, Blizzard Entertainment has announced they won’t be releasing any ‘frontline’ games this year. Hopefully this means they’ll be reinvesting in existing titles, but with them pulling developers away from Heroes of the Storm it seems like we’re getting mixed signals.
 
5. Next Call of Duty Game will have a Campaign
 
There were two notable aspects of Black Ops 4; the first was the inclusion of a battle royale mode and the second was the exclusion of a single player campaign. Activision confirmed this year’s Call of Duty game will include “an entirely new campaign,” plus multiplayer and co-op game modes. This year’s Call of Duty is coming from Infinity Ward, the developers who made Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, Infinity Warfare, Ghosts, and the Modern Warfare trilogy.
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1. Apex Legends hits 25 Million Players
After just a single WEEK on the market, Apex Legends has reached over 25 million players! This game is truly something special; the servers are stable, the Legends and weapons feel relatively balanced, and the gameplay is genuinely exciting. There will be some new cosmetics this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Also, this afternoon there is the Twitch Rivals tournament where some of Twitch’s biggest streamers will compete to win the lion's share of $50,000 USD. If you need teammates or advice for Apex Legends head on over to the game’s lounge here on Moot.
 
2. Rocket League Cross-Play Parties Coming Next Week
 
This feature in Rocket League has been highly requested for a long time and it is apparently going to arrive next week. We say apparently because Psyonix has pushed back the release of cross-play parties several times over the last year. The update also comes with a friends list, where you can add friends regardless of platform. The Friends Update comes to Rocket League on February 19th.
 
3. The Division 2 Open Beta Starts March 1st
 
You’ll have one last chance to try The Division 2 before it releases on March 15th. Starting on March 1st, there will be an open beta for the game that will last 3 days. We don’t know whether there will be fresh content in the open beta beyond the missions included in last week’s private beta. In the private beta there were two main missions, five side missions, and a Dark Zone. The Division 2 is releasing on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
 
4. Civilization 6 is Free on Steam This Week
 
The Civilization series is seriously awesome. You can get completely lost in one of these turn-based strategy games. If you want to try out Civilization 6, you can play the game for free on Steam this week to celebrate the impending release of the game’s Gathering Storm expansion. Gathering Storm is introducing weather to the equation alongside some other cool new features. The game is also 70% off this week. Gathering Storm launches on February 14th.
 
5. Upcoming Red Dead Online Update will introduce Anti-Griefing Measures
 
Red Dead Online will get an update in a couple weeks that aims to reduce griefing amongst players. Player blips will be hidden on the map unless you’re within 150 meters of another player or firing your gun. Additionally, aggressive players will have their blips darkened in color so others can know they may be a danger. There is also a new Law and Order system where criminal acts will lead to a bounty. Read more about the update at the link below.
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1. Apex Legends was the Top Game on Twitch Last Week
Since Apex Legends surprise released last Monday, it has consistently been the top game on Twitch. Apex Legends averaged 183,089 viewers last week, which is significantly more than Fortnite’s average viewer count of 115,947. While some of this can be attributed to the excitement of a new game, it also speaks to the quality of Apex Legends; the game is both fun to play and watch. Apex Legends is free-to-play, on PC and console, and there’s an awesome lounge for it here on Moot for all your teamfinding and discussion needs. Check it out!
 
2. Big H1Z1 Update for PS4 Introduces Free-for-all Deathmatch
 
H1Z1 has been steadily plugging along as a medium-popularity battle royale for a few years now. Last year, the game launched for free on PlayStation 4 to try and take some players away from Fortnite and other competitors. A new update is rolling out for the game on February 21st that will introduce 2 new game modes. The first, free-for-all deathmatch, will put 50 players against each other in a small combat zone in a race to get 25 kills. The second is called Training Grounds and will provide players will a chance to practice with all of the game’s weapons.
 
3. Dota 2’s ‘Auto Chess’ Mode Causes Playerbase Spike
 
Dota 2 is experiencing a bit of a resurgence in the last few weeks, largely due to a user-created custom game mode called Auto Chess. Auto Chess has players fighting across an 8x8 field, like a chessboard, in a way that emphasizes strategic choices over actions per minute. Blizzard’s announcement that they are effectively ending support for Heroes of the Storm can also be a contributing factor toward Dota 2’s increase, as MOBA fans may be shifting their focus to a game that isn’t being abandoned by its developers.
 
4. Ubisoft Reveals New Map for Operation Burnt Horizon
 
This morning Ubisoft revealed the map for Operation Burnt Horizon, which is set in the Australian outback and set to be fully revealed this weekend. The new map is an abandoned service station in the middle of the Austrlian outback and is fittingly called ‘Outback.’ The Rainbow Six team is at this particular station “because of a nuclear convey that fell under stack while it was passing by.” The map and the rest of Operation Burnt Horizon will be fully revealed during the Six Invitational stream this weekend.
 
5. Activision-Blizzard is Reportedly Planning Massive Layoffs
 
Activision-Blizzard has been struggling a bit lately and the company may be planning some big employee layoffs soon. Numbers for big titles like Hearthstone and Overwatch have been flat or declining and the company just split off from Bungie, who took the Destiny franchise with them. Apparently, most of the layoffs will be in non-game development departments like marketing and sales.
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1. New Overwatch Map set in Paris is now on the PTR
A new Overwatch map called Paris is available on the Public Test Realm (PTR) as of today. Paris is an assault map, like Temple of Anubis and Volskaya Industries. The attacking team needs to capture two different points, while the defending team tries to stop them. The map is full of iconic Parisian scenery set beside the famous Seine river. Iconic landmarks include the Cabaret Luna, Pâtisserie Galand, and the grand palace Maison Marat. It is unknown when the map will come to live servers or whether it will be included in the first stage of the OWL.
 
2. Cross-play in Sea of Thieves Will Soon be Optional
 
Sea of Thieves has experienced a surge in popularity recently, due in large part to several big streamers picking the game up as a change of pace from Fortnite. The pirate game looks to continue growing, as a PvP mode called Arena is coming to the game soon. Before that happens, console players will gain the ability to opt out of cross-platform play if they so choose. If you’ve been considering Sea of Thieves, today is the last day to purchase the game for half off.
 
3. Mario Kart Tour Delayed to This Summer
 
If you haven’t heard, Nintendo is developing a Mario Kart mobile game which was originally set to release before March of this year. The game, titled Mario Kart Tour, has now been delayed until at least this summer. According to Nintendo, the game is being delayed “in order to improve quality of the application and expand the content offerings after launch.” While waiting a few extra months is annoying, an incomplete game would certainly be worse.
 
4. Subnautica: Below Zero Releases in Early Access
 
Despite the confusing name, Subnautica: Below Zero is actually a paid stand-alone game and not just an expansion to the original Subnautica. Like the original game, Below Zero is an underwater exploration game set on an alien world. Specifically, Below Zero “challenges you to survive a disaster at an alien research station on Planet 4546B.” Subnautica was one of 2018’s best games, with an interesting premise, satisfying game mechanics, and an attentive developer. Hopefully Below Zero impresses us as well, but remember this first Early Access version of the game will certainly lack some polish.
 
5. Fear the Wolves Set to Launch Next Week
 
Fear the Wolves is an intense post-apocalyptic battle royale game from the studio that developed Stalker. The game has been available in Early Access since August, but it is now set to officially launch on February 6th. The launch will be accompanied by a “massive update,” which features a new artifact system, a new Wolf Matriarch mutant, new lockdown areas, and more. The new items should mix things up a bit in Fear the Wolves to celebrate the game’s official launch.
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1. League Play is Coming to Black Ops 4 Soon, on PS4 First
League Play is the competitive ranked mode for Black Ops 4 that was originally slated to release in December. After taking some extra time to work on it, Treyarch is ready to release League Play in mid-February, but only for PlayStation 4. PC and Xbox players will eventually get League Play, but they will need to wait at least a couple extra weeks. While people generally accept certain features releasing on platform before another, this feature is already over a month later than originally promised which has caused both the PC and Xbox communities to be understandably upset.
 
2. Sony is Shifting First Party Development to Next Gen Console
 
Sony is apparently having its first-party studios shift their focus to developing games for the PlayStation 5, which may release as early as next year. Apparently, PlayStation 5 developer kits are out there in the world and studios are generally happy with the new system’s specs so far. On top of the first-party stuidos, several third-party publishers like Bethesda and Activision are openly working on next-gen games. Despite the looming announcement of the PlayStation 5, there are still a couple unannounced games for the PlayStation 4 using existing intellectual property.
 
3. Pirahna Plant now Available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
 
We knew the Piranha Plant was coming to Super Smash soon, but we didn’t expect it to be this soon. With the release of version 2.0.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Pirahna Plant is now available to play for anyone who has purchased the game or purchases it before tomorrow. The 2.0.0 update adjusted the moves of several fighters, which can be viewed in the patch notes. In addition, the Spirit Board can now be played with up to four players. View the full details of the new patch at the link below.
 
4. The Division 2 Private Beta will have one Endgame Mission
 
The Division 2 will have a private beta from February 7th to February 10th, where players will be able to experience a bit of everything. There will be two main missions, five side missions, one dark zone, and open world play. Additionally, players will get to test the game’s endgame content starting on the second day of the beta tests. Players will get access to a level 30 character and some of the game’s most iconic weapons, like the crossbow, grenade launcher, and sniper rifle. To gain access to the private beta all you need to do is preorder the game.
 
5. Rocket League Championship Series Season 7 Features a $1M Prize Pool
 
The Rocket League Championship Series is returning for a seventh season, this time featuring a prize pool of more than $1 million USD. The RLCS will also introduce a new region in the new season. South America joins North America, Europe, and Oceania as the regions where competitions will take place. The new season will also see esports cosmetics for sale in-game, with a revenue sharing model in place so players can support their favorite teams.
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1. Fortnite Patch v7.30 Vaults Bolt Sniper, Adds Chiller Grenades
In what may be a controversial move Epic Games has decided to vault the Bolt-action Sniper Rifle in patch v7.30. The Bolt-action Sniper Rifle is one of the game’s oldest and most iconic weapons. Alongside it, the Burst Rifle, Heavy Shotgun, and the SMG have been vaulted. Coming out the vault in this patch is the Suppressed SMG. Finally, patch v7.30 introduces the Chiller grenade which knocks back and freezes enemies.
 
2. Destiny 2 Update Buffs Golden Gun, Nerfs Blade Barrage
 
Today’s Destiny 2 update includes some big weapon changes for a few different classes. The Gunslinger’s Golden Gun will now do 40% more damage to bosses. Blade Barrage, on the other hand, has had its impact damage nerfed. The impact from Blade Barrage will now deal a measly 35 damage instead of 150, but to compensate the explosion damage will deal 250 instead of 150. Also, you can now damage yourself with Blade Barrage if you stand too close to the blast. Check out the full patch notes at the link below.
 
3. Fallout 76 Patch Nerfs Two Shot and Explosive Legendary Damage
 
A new Fallout 76 patch has nerfed the powerful combination of the Explosive legendary mod with Two Shot legendary weapons. The Explosive legendary mod will now only give +20% base damage instead of +100% for explosive area of effect damage and the Two Shot legendary effect’s damage bonus has also been reduced from +100% to +25% of base damage. The same patch also caps player carry weight at 1,500 pounds over the player’s current maximum carry weight. Bethesda says this is to help with server lag, as it should reduce the overall number of items in the game.
 
4. It is now Easier to Rank Up in Hearthstone
 
Beginning with the February Ranked Play season it will be slightly easier to rank up through the lower ranks in Hearthstone. Currently, it takes 5 stars to rank up through most ranks but in the new season it will only take 3 or 4. This change is actually effectively reverting Hearthstone to the game’s older ranked model; before the March 2018 season ranking up was very similar to how it will be again.
 
5. Fortnite’s NFL Skins Return for Superbowl Weekend
 
Starting February 1st, Fortnite’s NFL uniform skins will be available in the in-game shop. The NFL uniforms were available for a short period of time earlier in the football season but have not been in the shop for a few months now. Additionally, the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will get a special white version of their uniforms in Fortnite to celebrate their Super Bowl appearances. Finally, there’s a new NFL Rumble Limited Time Mode; teams of 20 will face off against one another, with everyone wearing either a Patriots or Rams uniform.
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1. Farming Simulator League Announced with 250,000€ in Prizes
If you thought esports was intense, wait until you hear about the Farming Simulator League. Last year the Farming Simulator Championship was apparently enough of a success that GIANTS Software is doubling down and investing in a full-fledged league; 10 tournaments will take place across Europe, leading up to a championship at the end of the year where one team will earn the title of Farming Simulator Champion. The competitive matches will be played in a new competitive 3v3 mode.
 
2. Riot Games Teases what’s to come in 2019 for League of Legends
 
Yesterday Riot Games posted an amazing cinematic to build hype for the new League of Legends season, and today they’ve shared a short teaser video to showcase what players can expect from the game over the next year. To summarize what was teased in the video, which you can watch at the link below, we can expect: new game modes, new Marvel comics, a new Versus event, updates to Kayle and Morgana, returning skin lines, and new support champions. Sounds sweet to us!
 
3. Fortnite’s Guns Fire Slower at Lower Framerates
 
It recently came to light that framerates were affecting the rate of fire of guns in PUBG, of all games. DrLupo, a popular Fortnite streamer, considered this issue may also affect Fortnite as the game’s share an engine (Unreal Engine 4). He tested it, confirmed lower framerates meant lower fire rates, and tweeted at Fortnite. Their response? “We're aware of this issue and are investigating a fix for it.” Well, if that ain’t somethin’.
 
4. PUBG Adds Snowbikes and Night Mode to Vikendi
 
Vikendi is PUBG’s most recent map. The winter wonderland has received heavy praise for its map design and pace of play. A new update to the game has now brought a new snowbike to the map for players to enjoy. The snowbike has better mobility than the snowmobiles on Vikendi, but will blow up much more easily. Today’s update also introduced a nighttime setting to Vikendi, similar to fog or rain on older maps, that will allow players to battle under the moonlight and the aurora borealis. Neat!
 
5. Blizzard Reveals Skins for Overwatch’s Year of the Pig
 
Every year, Blizzard has an event to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the pig and Blizzard has just revealed some of the new skins coming to the game. Reaper, Hanzo, Reinhardt, Torbjörn, and Zenyatta will be getting new legendary skins. We have also seen new skins for Tracer, Orisa, and Brigitte on the Overwatch Korea YouTube channel. You can see all of the skins showcased so far in the article below. Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event starts tomorrow!
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1. Fortnite Introduces Snowman Disguises in Patch V7.20
We’ve said it before and we’ll probably say it again: the best game in the world just got better. You can now disguise yourself as a SNOWMAN (or woman) using the Sneaky Snowman item. The Sneaky Snowman comes in stacks of five. Primary fire will throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman and secondary fire will cause you to wear the Sneaky Snowman. The patch also adjusted drop chances for shields and mobility items and vaulted the Quad Rocket Launcher, Port-a-fortress, and Grappler.
 
2. Blizzard Reveals WoW 2019 Esports Plans
 
Blizzard has revealed their plans for esports events in 2019 and there’s a little bit for everyone. The Arena World Championship is returning to pit the best arena players against each other. There will be two seasons each in North America and Europe, qualifying players for the World Championship at the end of year. The Mythic Dungeon competition also returns, this time open to all competitors. Get through five level 14 Mythic dungeons between February 26th and March 12th and you’ll unlock the tournament realm, where you can compete in time trials and move on.
 
3. League of Legends Cinematic ‘Awaken’ Celebrates Start of 2019 Season
 
The League of Legends ranked season kicks off in just two days and Riot has released an awesome cinematic to celebrate. ‘Awaken’ is another in a long line of impressive League of Legends cinematics; the music is beautiful, the characters are full of personality, and the visuals are stunning. This week also marks the start of League of Legends professional leagues.
 
4. Blackout’s next Limited Time Mode is ‘Ambush’
 
The Call of Duty companion app apparently leaked information about Blackout’s next limited time mode before players were meant to know. Treyarch has since confirmed the information that ‘Ambush’ will be the new limited time mode. In Ambush, players will only have access to sniper rifles and melee weapons. It will be a few weeks until players get a crack at Ambush, as Down But Not Out will continue to run on all platforms. Once Down But Not Out is gone, Ambush will be available immediately.
 
5. FIFA 19 Update Fixes Overpowered Goal Shooting
 
FIFA 19 introduced to the series a featured called Timed Finishing. It was meant to be a risk/reward mechanic that encouraged players to take more control over where exactly their shot would be aimed. Unfortunately, the mechanic was far too forgiving and even poorly timed shots were going toward the net. The new update fixes this, and players will be punished more for poorly timing their shots. Good looks, EA.
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1. Black Ops 4 Blackout will have Respawning for a Short Time
Treyarch is introducing the ability to respawn to Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode starting this week. Seeing as respawning seems to pretty directly contradict the entire purpose of a battle royale mode, there must be a reason for this change. Most likely, this is meant to appease new players who are trying the game during it’s free to play week; new players will get to learn the game faster if they can respawn a few times during a game. Players can only respawn after they’ve collapsed if they still have at least one team member alive. This will last until January 30th.
 
2. Upcoming Sea of Thieves Update Will Require a Complete Reinstall
 
The studio that makes Sea of Thieves has announced that an upcoming update will require players to fully reinstall the game. Rare explained that this is necessary to prevent the game from bloating in size with each coming update. The new download will be almost half the size of the game’s original file, which Sea of Thieves players should be happy to hear. The update that will require you to uninstall and reinstall Sea of Thieves comes out on February 6th.
 
3. Brawlhalla to Invest $500k Into Esports this Year
 
The developers of Brawlhalla just announced the game’s fourth year of esports competitions will include the game’s biggest prize pools yet. Year Four will include total prizes of $500k USD spread across multiple in-person and online events. Brawlhalla has been an exceptionally popular fighting game on both PlayStation 4 and Steam, in large part due to it being free to play.
 
4. Bethesda has Started Banning Fallout 76 Players over Exploits
 
Sometime last week, a Fallout 76 player discovered a secret room in the game. This room was meant to be closed off to the general playerbase and only accessible to the game’s developers. Inside the room there were tons of items that aren’t meant to be in the game yet. Bethesda has started suspending the accounts that entered the room, but they aren’t suspending accounts that have had the improperly-obtained items traded to them. Man, this game’s a mess.
 
5. Mixer Adds Premium Currency to Support Streamers
 
Mixer is Microsoft’s streaming platform meant to rival Twitch. Previously you could support Mixer streamers by donating them Sparks, which viewers generated passively as they watched streams. As you donated Sparks to streamers, they would attain different milestones which had cash rewards. Mixer has now introduced Embers; Embers are different from Sparks in that they translate directly to cash, without the milestone aspect.
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1. EA Cancels Open-World Star Wars Game
Back in 2017, EA announced they were working on an open-world Star Wars game. The game was originally a project from Visceral Games that was not going to be open-world, but Visceral Games shutdown and EA inherited the project. EA decided to begin the project anew and felt an open-world game would have the most success. Now, we have received the unfortunate news that EA has canceled the project. It is rumored that EA canceled the open-world project in favor of a different, smaller Star Wars game they will be able to bring to market sooner.
 
2. Black Ops 4 Zombies gets Double XP to Celebrate 115 Day
 
Elemental 115 is significant to the Call of Duty Zombies lore, so Treyarch decided to celebrate 115 Day (January 15th) with a few days of doubled XP for Zombies. Until Friday the 18th you’ll receive double XP and double weapon XP, plus you’ll even get double Nebulium Plasma. PlayStation 4 players can also experience a new mode called Gauntlet; in Gauntlet there are 30 rounds, each with a different challenge. Failing a round gives your team a strike, and three strikes mean you’re out.
 
3. The Division 2 Private Beta Dates Announced
 
Ubisoft has revealed the private beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will begin on February 7th. The beta will only run for a few days, ending on the 10th. Players can gain access to the private beta by pre-ordering The Division 2 or by registering on the game’s website, however those spots are limited. Ubisoft also released a new story trailer today, exploring the game’s Washington DC setting a bit more.
 
4. Elder Scrolls Online Expansion ‘Elsweyr’ Announced
 
Elder Scrolls Online’s next major expansion is titled Elsweyr, and will see players journeying to the land of the Khajiit. The expansion will be similar in size to last year’s Summerset expansion, and will tell a roughly thirty-hour long story over the course of the next year. Players will help the Khajiit defend their homeland against invading Imperials and dragons. Elsweyr is bringing dragons to Elder Scrolls Online for the first time, and Bethesda has promised these dragons will be more difficult to defeat than the ones we remember from Skyrim.
 
5. Black Desert Online’s 50-player Battle Royale Launches Today
 
Black Desert Online is an MMO game with many complex in-game systems that collectively provide players with an incredibly deep play experience. Today, BDO has sunk to the level all games apparently have sunk to; today, BDO introduced a battle royale mode. The Shadow Arena is still just an early access version, but players can test out the 50 player battle royale mode. Players will start as a spirit but can become one of the game’s classes as the battle progresses.
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1. A Massive Icy Orb Appears in Fortnite, Starting Season 8 Buildup
Buckle up buckaroos, it’s time for the wild ride that is Fortnite’s build up to Season 8. Last year, it was a purple cube. This year, it is an icy blue orb floating over the castle at Polar Peak. There is also the iceberg near Happy Hamlet with a universal health bar. This health bar depletes for everyone on all servers whenever anyone hits it with a pickaxe. At the current rate, we will find out what is inside the orb in just a couple short hours.
 
2. Valve’s Artifact has lost 97% of Playerbase in 2 Months
 
To say Artifact is struggling would be an understatement. The game was incredibly hyped before it released, as it is a digital card game from a partnership between the creator of Magic: the Gathering and one of the biggest gaming companies in history. However, almost immediately after release we saw issues with Artifact. The game is exceedingly complex to play or watch and has a frustrating economical model. Valve certainly hasn’t given up on Artifact yet, but it sure seems like the gaming community at large has.
 
3. Black Ops 4 Will Start a Free Trial of Blackout This Week
 
Starting this Thursday, Blackout will be free to play for one week. Activision and Treyarch announced the free trial for Blackout will be available on all platforms. This is just speculation, but this could be a trial run to see if it is worth it for Blackout to be permanently free to play. This would enable them to compete with Fortnite for a larger share of the battle royale playerbase, as Fortnite is notably free to play.
 
4. Riot Games Publishes New Company Values
 
Riot Games, the creator of Legend of Legends, came under fire a few months ago due to allegations of a sexist and toxic workplace. Several previous employees came out with some concerning stories about their experience working at Riot Games. The company promised to improve and today they posted a new set of company values. Included in the new values, Riot promises they will cultivate a fair work environment and have their leaders embody and promote the company’s values. Only time will tell whether Riot Games, and specifically the higher up employees who seemed to be the root of the company’s problems, can actually adhere to the new values.
 
5. KFC is Hosting a Blackout Tournament
 
Fast food restaurant KFC announced they are hosting a Blackout tournament featuring 16 content creators and a prize pool of $63,700. There is also a ‘KFC Black Card’ up for grabs, which will allow whoever wins it to eat for free at KFC every day. The event is going to start on January 17th with more information to revealed between now and then.
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1. Glider Redeploy Returns to Fortnite, with a Twist
Glider redeploy in Fortnite enabled players to pull out their glider if they fell from almost any height. It was a controversial feature, as it enabled players to take certain risks they could not normally take. Epic Games removed the feature after a short test period, but it is now returning with a twist. Glider redeploy is coming back, but as an item; players will be able to loot Gliders around the map, similar to how they could loot Jetpacks or Balloons, and Gliders will have a certain number of charges.
 
2. Rocket League Finally Gets Full Cross-Platform Play
 
With the help and cooperation of PlayStation, Rocket league is now to the second game to enter the PlayStation Cross-Play Beta program. Now, players on all the major systems can get randomly matched against one another. Cross-platform parties, on the other hand, are still not available. You can play private matches with and against friends on other platforms and full cross-platform parties are coming “soon.” Personally, playing against people on other consoles is just step one. Hopefully cross-platform parties come sooner rather than later.
 
3. Battlefield 5 Trailer Shows off Lightning Strikes Update
 
DICE released a trailer this morning showing off the Lightning Strikes update, which releases later this week on the 17th. Lightning Strikes focuses on tanks, vehicle warfare, and big explosions which makes for an exciting trailer. Lightning Strikes introduces new weapons, new vehicles, and some game modes. Rush returns, alongside a new co-op mode called Combined Arms. Lightning Strikes is the 2nd of 3 chapters in the Tides of War content series. The third chapter, which is set to release in March, will finally introduce a battle royale mode to Battlefield 5.
 
4. Datamine Reveals Potential SNES Games Coming to the Switch
 
An alleged data mine has potentially revealed an impressive list of SNES games that may be making their way to the Nintendo Switch Online store soon. The list of games includes: Super Mario Kart, Super Soccer, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Yoshi’s Island, Star Fox, Super Metroid, Super Mario World, and more. There are already NES games available on the Switch Online store, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility for SNES games to become available as well. Fingers crossed for these rumors to be true!
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1. Bungie Splits from Activision, Takes Destiny with Them
Bungie has announced that it is splitting with Activision, bringing an early end to their ten year publishing partnership surrounding the Destiny franchise. Bungie will acquire full rights and publish all future content independently. Destiny 2 will remain on BattleNet for PC players following the departure.
 
2. PUBG Bans a Dozen Pros and 30,000 other Players for Cheating
 
Last month, PUBG conducted a global investigation of all currently active pro PUBG players to see if any of them were cheating. Turns out, a handful were. PUBG just discovered a very hard to detect cheat that scanned data being sent to the servers, instead of game files themselves, which enabled the cheater to effectively have radar vision. PUBG caught and suspended 10 players for cheating and 2 more players who knew their teammates were cheating but said nothing. These players have been banned for 3 years and future pro competitors will be screened more thoroughly moving forward.
 
3. Red Dead Online gets a more Genuine Battle Royale Mode
 
Rockstar has said they will adapt Red Dead Online to match what the playerbase wants to see, and apparently the players want to see more battle royale. A new game mode called Gun Rush came to Red Dead Online today which is truer to the usual Battle Royale style than the Make It Count game mode currently in RDO. In Gun Rush, up to 32 players will gather weapons and ammo for a fight to death in an ever-shrinking play area.
 
4. The Better Business Bureau Gives Epic Games an F
 
Epic Games just received an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau, supposedly for not responding to customer complaints. The majority of the complaints have to do with customer service and ignoring refund requests. It should be HEAVILY EMPHASIZED that the Better Business Bureau is a private organization, not a government entity, and there is an EXTREME CORRELATION between companies that pay them money and companies that get good ratings. Have you ever had to interact with Epic Games customer support staff? If so, do you feel this rating is fair?
 
5. Stan Lee Tribute Added to World of Warcraft
 
Azeroth’s biggest cities have always been full of fun Easter eggs for the most diligent World of Warcraft players. It was one of these players who noticed a new NPC (Non-Player Character) walking the halls of Stormwind Keep. The character is named ‘Stanley’ and he looks exactly like the late Stan Lee, of comic book fame. If looking like Stan Lee isn’t enough to confirm this is a direct tribute, Stanley actually shouts Excelsior! as he walks around. Nice touch, Blizzard.
 
6. Old School Runescape gets a New Region in Today’s Update
 
In what is the first big update since the game went multiplatform late last year, Old School Runescape got a new region today. The Kebos Lowlands includes a new town called Brimstome, a new monster in the form of a hydra, a new slayer dungeon. There is even a new farming guild. Jagex has called this update the game’s most diverse since Old School Runescape launched in 2013.
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1. Ubisoft Foregoing Steam, Selling The Division 2 on Epic Games Store
Ubisoft and Epic Games have announced a partnership deal that will see the PC version of The Division 2 selling on the Epic Games store. The Epic Games store may pose the first real threat to Steam, which has has effectively been the only online marketplace for digital games for some time now. Epic only takes 12% of revenue, which is significantly lower than the 30% Steam takes. In the announcement, Ubisoft announced they will release a few more select titles on the Epic Games store over the course of 2019.
 
2. Final Fantasy Digital Card Coming to PC, in Japan at Least
 
Square Enix has revealed a digital card game inspired by Final Fantasy, due to start a beta test in Japan this month. There has been no word yet if the game will come to other regions for beta testing or upon release. The game has players compete in turn-based battles where you place characters and monsters on a grid-like board.
 
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gets Level Scaling and More
 
Ubisoft has been grinding away to bring new content to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. It’s not all about content though, as the game is getting expanded features as well. Perhaps the most exciting new feature is the option to choose how your enemies scale to your level. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to adjust enemy scaling so you can play the game at the exact difficulty you desire. There is also a litany of new quests coming to the game this month. Check the article below to read more about how Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is expanding this month.
 
4. Epic to Host a Fortnite Tournament at the Australian Open
 
The Australian Open is one of the four biggest tennis tournaments of the year, but this year it won’t be all about tennis. Epic Games has announced they will be hosting a tournament called the Summer Smash at the event, which boasts a prize pool of $355 thousand USD. There will be a solo tournament and a pro-am duos tournament, open to Australia and New Zealand residents over 16 years old. The tournaments will take place during the final weekend of the Australian Open, January 26-27. The ProAm will feature popular streamers from the region, including Loserfruit, LazarBeam, and Muselk.
 
5. Bungie is Unlocking the Bergusia Forge; Destiny 2 Puzzle Still Unsolved
 
The Bergusia Forge is the final piece of content related to the Black Armory, but before Bungie opened it to Annual Pass holders they had a puzzle the community had to solve. Well, the puzzle was too hard; so hard in fact that no one has solved it yet. Bungie released an announcement this morning stating they don’t want to withhold the content any longer, so the Bergusia Forge is now available. For you maniacs that still want to solve the puzzle, you’ll unlock a unique emblem and ghost for your efforts.
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1. Fortnite Introduces Silenced Sniper Rifle, Brings Back Dual Pistols
Epic quietly (see what we did there) released a content update last night that introduced a new silenced sniper rifle to their battle royale mode. The same update has also brought back the popular dual pistols, affectionately nicknamed ‘dualies,’ and removed all versions of the burst rifle except for the rare and legendary rarities. Finally, the content update has heavily nerfed the X-4 Stormwing plane. Planes will now spawn less often and take more damage when they run into structures.
 
2. Laser Cannons Come to GTA Online in New Update
 
If you were struggling to find a weapon with adequate firepower in GTA Online, struggle no more; the Unholy Hellbringer and Widowmaker guns are both now available to purchase at an Ammu-Nation near you. If you need to earn some cash to purchase either of these bad boys, you can earn double cash and RP rewards from any of the Arena War game modes for the next week. Finally, there’s tons of new discounts on businesses and vehicles in this week’s update.
 
3. First Overwatch PTR Patch of 2019
 
The first Overwatch patch of the new year has come to game’s PTR servers. The first change comes to armor, which will only reduce damage by 3 instead of reducing it by 5. Next, Brigitte is being nerfed. Her Rally ability now has a maximum duration of 30 seconds. D.Va’s defense matrix has had its cooldown increased from 1 second to 2 seconds. And finally, Reaper is getting buffed, as his life steal is getting increased from 30% to 50% of damage dealt.
 
4. Tropico 6 has been Delayed Until March
 
After a closed beta run toward the end of 2018, the studio behind Tropico 6 has decided to delay the game’s release by a couple months. The extra time will give the developers an opportunity to implement community feedback in response to the beta. Specifically, they will polish pathfinding, multiplayer, and how the game simulations both the Tropicans and the economy. Due to the delay, if you have preordered the game or do so before January 10th, you will receive Tropico 6’s first DLC for free.
 
5. Earn Ana Bastet Cosmetics by Winning Games and Watching Streams
 
Yesterday, Blizzard released a short story called Bastet that focused on Soldier 76 and Ana. In the story, Ana spent some time as Bastet, the protector of Cairo. Today, a new set of in-game challenges has come to Overwatch that will give players a chance to unlock Bastet-themed cosmetics by winning games. 3 wins will get you a player icon, 6 wins gets you a victory pose, and 9 wins will unlock the Bastet Ana skin. You can also earn a unique spray by watching a handful of promoted Twitch streamers.
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1. New Overwatch Short Story Explores Soldier 76’s History
Blizzard released a new Overwatch short story called Bastet today, which focuses on a conversation between Soldier 76 and Ana. During their conversation, it is revealed that Soldier 76 used to be in a relationship with a man named Vincent, whom he had to leave behind due to his duties. Soldier 76 is the second Overwatch hero to be LGBTQ, as an animated comic from 2016 revealed Tracer has a girlfriend named Emily.
 
2. 14 Days of Fortnite Challenges are Coming Back
 
Epic Games announced over the weekend they will be bringing back 14 Days of Fortnite after the event’s controversial end last week. 14 Days of Fortnite was an event that providing daily challenges and rewards, but some players missed out on completing the challenges due to a miscommunication from Epic. The challenges will be available again for about a week, although progress on partially completed challenges has unfortunately been reset. As before, anyone who completes just one challenge will unlock the Equalizer Glider.
 
3. Stardew Valley now has a Battle Royale Mod
 
The popular game Stardew Valley got multiplayer just last year. Now, there’s a downloadable mod called Battle Royalley that enables players to fight to be the last farmer standing. The game mode supports up to 100 players, although you may struggle to find that many for a match. Just like any other battle royale, players start spread around the map and a safe zone shrinks as the game progresses. You can build fences, chop trees, and even ride horses in the game mode. If you get a chance to play, we’d love to hear your thoughts on Battle Royalley!
 
4. Nvidia Announces the RTX 2060 Graphics Card
 
Nvidia has revealed the RTX 2060 as their next budget graphic cards. According to an official press release from Nvidia, “The RTX 2060 is 60 percent faster on current titles than the prior-generation GTX 1060… and beats the gameplay of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti.” The RTX 2060 features 6GB of GDDR6 and 240 Tensor Cores. What’s most exciting is how soon the new card will be available. The RTX 2060 will be available on January 15th for $350.
 
5. Humble Store now Selling Nintendo Switch and 3DS Games
 
Starting today, the Humble Store is now officially selling Nintendo Switch and 3DS games. Over 40 games are now available to purchase on the Humble Store, including Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and more. You can also purchase 3-month and 12-month individual memberships for Nintendo Switch Online. There’s no word if Nintendo titles will make it into Humble Bundles offered through the service, but this is a promising step towards that reality.
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