The Daily Moot (8/7/18)
1. Fortnite V5.20 Adds Double Barrel Shotgun and new LTM
Although double pumping is gone, it now lives on in spirit with the new Double Barrel Shotgun. The Double Barrel comes in epic and legendary rarities and can do up to 188 damage with one shot ‘at extreme close range.’ The new Limited Time Mode is Steady Storm; there won’t be any safe zones and the storm constantly closes in. For Battle Royale, Vending Machines are getting buffed and Remote Explosives are receiving nerfs. Read the full changes in the patch notes.
2. Hearthstone’s New Expansion ‘The Boomsday Project’ is now Live
Hearthstone’s second expansion of the year is based around the iconic character Dr. Boom. The Boomsday Project introduces 135 new cards to the game, including legendary spells for the first time and the Magnetic keyword. Magnetic is a keyword found on mech minions that enables them to combine together into one minion. The expansion also introduces the Puzzle Lab, which provides players with challenging single player puzzles.
3. Blizzard Teases Summer Games Skins Ahead of Annual Event
Overwatch’s Summer Games event starts this Thursday and Blizzard has started teasing some skins on their twitter. The Summer Games has consistently delivered some of the best Overwatch skins to date, so it is always an exciting time for fans. Teased skins so far include Cabana Ana, Gridironhardt Reinhardt, Waveracer D.VA, and Catcher Winston.
4. Master Chief Confirmed as Main Character in Halo TV Series
While we probably all expected Master Chief to be the focal point of the upcoming Halo TV series, it is nice to have it confirmed by Showtime. The series is targeting a 2020 release date and will tell a new story in the Halo universe. The story is apparently meant to focus on “the inside human drama” more so than the tradition science fiction themes.
5. GTA Online Update Introduces B-11 Strikeforce and new DJ
Another week, another GTA Online update. This update introduces the B-11 Strikeforce, an all-new Military Attack aircraft vehicle you can purchase for $3,800,000 from Warstock Cache and Carry. There is also another real-life DJ making their premiere virtual appearance. This week’s DJ is Dixon, a Techno Music DJ coming out of Berlin. Finally, you can get 25% off certain vehicles and properties this week. Check the link below to see the full update breakdown.
The Daily Moot (7/5/18)
1. Rocket League Free Weekend and 50% Sale
The popular “soccar” game Rocket League is free this weekend on Steam. Players who try the game out will have full access to all of its features, including the competitive playlist, and if they decide to purchase before Monday they’ll get a 50% discount. Rocket League has been steadily growing its player base as they keep releasing new updates, DLCs, and Arenas since the game came out 3 years ago.
2. Hollow Knight Sells More Than 1 Million Copies on PC
Hollow Knight was recently in the news for how quickly the game sold 250,000 copies on the Nintendo Switch, but one of the game’s co-directors revealed recently that the game has also recently surpassed 1 million sales on PC. Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania game with a Darks Soul-esque mood that has left players seriously impressed. The art, music, and gameplay mechanics are all superb and for only $15 USD the game is absolutely worth picking up for PC or Switch.
3. ‘Fear the Wolves’ Battle Royale Comes to Early Access July 18th
Fear the Wolves is a new battle royale set in Chernobyl that is coming to PC and consoles later this year. We have now learned the game will be coming to Steam Early Access in just a couple weeks, starting on July 18th. Fear the Wolves will introduce a few unique elements to the battle royale genre, including a dynamic weather system and dangerous mutants. There was a trailer for the game at E3, which you can see in the article linked below.
4. Top Selling Steam Games of the Year Thus Far
Steam has revealed the best selling games of 2018 so far and there are some familiar titles. Steam doesn’t give exact numbers and instead breaks the games into tiers. The Platinum tier includes popular tiles such as PUBG, Rainbow Six: Siege, GTA 5, and perhaps surprisingly Jurassic World: Evolution. The Gold tier includes games like Final Fantasy XV, Path of Exile, Subnautica, and The Witcher 3. To see the full list of the most popular games be sure to check out the link below.
5. Assassin’s Creed Games May Span Multiple Time Periods in the Future
Assassin’s Creed games are famous for sending players back in time, but each game only lets you go back to one time period and region. In a recent interview, a Ubisoft executive claimed that this may not be the case in future games. New technologies will enable the games to include multiple zones, meaning players could visit several different time periods in the same game. This may also apply to other Ubisoft games, meaning future Far Cry games may have different countries in the same game.
The Daily Moot (7/13/18)
Happy Friday Mootiacs! In today's Moot Points with Dylan & Brian we talk about whether randomization or consistency is better in a battle royale game. What do you think?
2. New PVP Mode in ‘Destiny 2’ in the Forsaken DLC
Destiny 2 players will be receiving a new PVP game mode called Breakthrough in the Forsaken DLC that is set to release on September 4th. Breakthrough has multiple rounds, each with two phases. First, teams fight to capture a single point called the Breaker. Next, the team that successfully captures the Breaker attacks the other team’s Vault. If the attackers successfully capture the Vault they receive a point and if they fail then the defending team gets the point.
3. ‘Black Ops 4’ Will Have Multiple Betas, First is a PS4 Exclusive
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been highly anticipated ever since they announced they were including a battle royale game mode. Treyarch announced today their beta schedule, which includes two main windows where the game will be available. On August 3rd through August 6th most of the multiplayer game modes will be available only to PS4 players. On August 10th the game will be temporarily available to players on all platforms. In September the Blackout game mode will get its own beta.
4. Rainbow Six Siege Will Now Automatically Ban People Who Use Slurs
Starting yesterday, those who type certain racial or homophobic slurs in Rainbow Six Siege’s text chat will see automatic bans. The first use will be met with a 27-minute ban from all R6 game modes, the second and third offenses will warrant 2-hour bans, and after the third offense an official investigation will be conducted on the account that could lead to a permanent ban. Rainbow Six Siege players, thoughts?
The Daily Moot (7/17/18)
1. Fortnite Patch Introduces New SMG
Before the dust can even settle from the launch of Season 5, Epic Games is hitting us with the season’s first content update. Patch V5.0 introduces a new Submachine Gun for players to use. It takes the place of the Tactical SMG, which is going to the vault. The new SMG comes in Common, Uncommon, and Rare rarities and has a 30-round magazine. The Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle is also getting buffed, as it will now do 12 more points of damage per shot.
2. Final Hollow Knight DLC Announced
Hollow Knight: Gods & Glory will be the final DLC for the popular platformer and it will be available for free on both Nintendo Switch and PC. Don’t get confused by the non-existent price tag, though, as the Hollow Knight team has said this will be their biggest DLC yet. There will be new bosses, music, NPCs, and quests. Hollow Knight has received tremendous praise from PC and Switch players alike. The game has a beautiful atmosphere, fantastic music, and polished gameplay.
3. PUBG Custom Matches in Beta, Free for Now
After promising custom matches for a long time, PUBG Corp has finally brought them to their test servers in an open beta. The hype may be short-lived, however, as the developer has said they may need to eventually put custom matches behind a paywall so the system can ‘remain sustainable long-term.’ In our opinion, putting custom matches behind a paywall sounds like a terrible business idea and would set PUBG even further behind Fortnite. What do you think?
4. No Man’s Sky Update Introduces Multiplayer, Other New Features
Hello Games is set to release a big update for No Man’s Sky that finally introduces multiplayer capabilities. Players will be able to team up with friends and interact with other random space travelers. The update also enables you to play in either first or third person view. Finally, it gives players the ability to command fleets of spaceships while they explore the universe. The update, called Next, comes out on July 24th and will be free on PlayStation 4 and PC. It also comes to Xbox One, but it seems they may need to pay for it.
5. PUBG Update for Xbox One Introduces New Gun and Car
PUBG players on Xbox One rejoice, as a new update finally brings you into the future with the rest of us. The new update brings the highly popular SLR rifle and the sleek Mirado vehicle to Xbox One servers. The patch also brings significant weapon balance changes that PC servers saw back in April. Assault rifles got worse in general and SMGs got significantly stronger. There are also less level three helmets overall, as they will now only spawn in airdrop crates.
The Daily Moot (7/30/18)
1. The London Spitfire are the First Overwatch League Champions
The first season of Overwatch League wrapped up this weekend and the London Spitfire are the first champions of the league. The Korean roster is lead by superstar DPS players Birdring and Profit. The Spitfire won the first match of the series 3-1 and then 3-0d the second match to take the overall victory 2-0. The Overwatch League playoffs have been especially exciting for gamers because they have been on national TV, with the finals taking place on ESPN during primetime hours on Friday and Saturday evenings.
2. New Blacks Ops 4 Trailer Reveals More Blackout Details
With the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta starting later this week the studio behind the game felt it was the perfect time for another multiplayer trailer. The trailer showed gameplay from the new battle royale mode called ‘Blackout’ for only a short time, but it was enough to assume a few things. The trailer showed teams of players, suggesting a squads game mode. It also showed what looked like highly customized outfits. There will be a beta for Blackout in September.
3. Guided Missiles Coming Back to Fortnite
The Guided Missile was highly controversial during its short time in Fortnite’s battle royale. It only lasted a couple weeks before going to the vault, but the explosive weapon will be making a return soon. The new and improved Guided Missile is nerfed in several respects, but it will hopefully still be fun to use. The new Guided Missile will move slower, turn slower, do less damage, and have a smaller damage radius.
4. Adidas Partners with Dragon Ball Z for some Awesome Sneakers
Adidas is reportedly partnering with Dragon Ball Z to bring a line of seven new sneakers to market this fall. The sneakers will all be based on different characters, with the first two being Son Goku and Frieza. There will also be sneakers for Son Gohan, Vegeta, Majin Buu, and two shoes for Shenron. All of the sneakers will reflect the character’s costume from some part in the epic story. Check the article linked below to see some pictures of the already revealed sneakers.
The Daily Moot (7/12/18)
1. Big Map Changes to Kick Off Fortnite Season 5
Fortnite Season 5 has brought tons of exciting changes, with the changes to the map at the top of the list. The most glaring change is at the southeast part of the map, where a desert has replaced Moisty Mire. In the center of the desert is Paradise Palms, an urban area with some cool buildings. At the top of the map, a golf course called Lazy Links has replaced Anarchy Acres. Dusty Divot is seeing nature take over even more, as the entire crater is now filled with trees and even a pond. We’ll leave some of the smaller additions for you to find yourselves, but rest assured it looks like it’s going to be a fun season.
2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Introduces Dueling
The Dueling Club is coming to Hogwarts starting today. Players will receive three tickets to enter the first event with and lose a ticket each time they lose a battle. Once you’ve lost all tickets, you’ll be unable to duel until the next event starts. Winners will receive special rewards, although it is still unclear what those are exactly. There will be several multiplayer events throughout the summer, so pay attention in your classes and practice your spells now.
3. Final Fantasy XIV Comes to Monster Hunter World on August 1st
Monster Hunter World has had a string of popular crossovers since its release, and Final Fantasy XIV is the next in line. The iconic Behemoth from FFXIV will be a huntable monster in the game. There will also be craftable armor and other goodies inspired by Final Fantasy. This isn’t the end of Final Fantasy XIV coming to Monster Hunter World, as we will also eventually get Rathalos as a monster that will take a party of eight to take down.
4. Fortnite Summer Skirmish Series Announced with $8 Million in Prizes
Remember when Epic Games said they were going to give out $100 Million USD in prizes for competitive events? Well, they’re starting to deliver on that promise. The Summer Skirsmish series is an 8-week long series of competitions with $8 Million USD in total prizes. The series kicks off this weekend with a duo tournament consisting of content creators and top Fortnite players.