Pick Your Valentine: Operation Void Edge or Modern Warfare Battle Royale!
Happy Friday! This week’s Moot Points video focuses on two HUGE games right now: Rainbow Six Siege, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
We look into Rainbow Six Siege’s upcoming Operation Void Edge, breaking down what we know, what we think we know, and what we will know very soon.
Next, we explore the upcoming battle royale game mode that we think will be coming to Modern Warfare very soon. WE’RE HYPED! Are you hyped?!
The Daily Moot: Pokimane Scholarship, Modern Warfare Battle Royale
1. Pokimane Esports Scholarship
Popular streamer Pokimane just donated $50,000 to the University of California, Irvine for the foundation of the Pokimane Scholarship for esports. UCI is one of the top esports colleges in the world, having won the League of Legends National Collegiate Championship in 2018. Pokimane’s donation is the first ever esports endowment for the school, which was the first public university to create an official esports program. This is a really awesome way for Pokimane to give back to the gaming community, hopefully we can see more esports personalities follow in her footsteps.
2. Modern Warfare Battle Royale
It looks like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be getting a Battle Royale mode in the near future. According to some recent leaks, the new game mode will be called “Warzone” and will feature solos, duos, and trios. Much to the delight of fans, Warzone is expected to include an Apex Legends-style ping system, as well as a revive system. Vehicles will also be prominent in the new game mode, with one leaked image showing ATVs, SUVs, helicopters, cargo trucks, and tactical rovers. Of course, these are all just leaks and anything could change by the time Warzone actually comes out. Are you excited for a new Call of Duty Battle Royale?
3. Half-Life: Alyx Release Date
The release date for Half-Life: Alyx has finally been confirmed! Half-Life: Alyx is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it marks Valve’s first return to the fan-favorite franchise in over a decade. Earlier this year, Valve promised that the game would come out sometime in March, but amid all the recent delays fans were understandable wary of the guarantee. It turns out Valve was telling the truth; Half-Life: Alyx will launch on March 23.
4. Untitled Goose Game Wins GOTY
Untitled Goose Game just won Game of the Year at the 23rd Annual DICE Awards. The passion project indie game managed to come out on top of a stacked field, which included games like Death Stranding, Control, and Outer Wilds. Untitled Goose Game seemed to come out of nowhere last year but it really took the world by storm. Players flocked to wreak havoc on a small English village, using their goose powers in clever and creative ways. While all of the nominees are great games in their own right, it’s pretty cool to see a small indie game like Untitled Goose Game win a major award like this.
P.S. Check out the latest edition of Ryan's Always Right below! This week's featured game is Undertale.
The Daily Moot: Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge
1. Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge
Ubisoft just put out an awesome new trailer revealing the two upcoming Operators for Rainbow Six Siege, Iana and Oryx. Iana comes from a long line of engineers and is currently holed up at a space station. Oryx is a muscle-bound juggernaut who was Kaid’s second-in-command at the Fortress. Unfortunately today’s trailer is just a small teaser, but we can expect to get more details on Saturday at the Rainbow Six Siege Invitational. Check out the trailer below!
2. PUBG Team Deathmatch
In a world where every shooting game seems to be adding a Battle Royale mode, PUBG is now doing the opposite. As part of its 6.2 update, PUBG is adding an 8v8 Team Deathmatch mode to the game. The new mode is first-person only, and features 8 different Spawn Kits (loadouts) to choose from. PUBG’s Team Deathmatch is now live on the Test Servers; give it a shot and let us know what you think!
3. Epic CEO Condemns Loot Boxes
During his keynote speech at this year’s DICE Summit, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeny condemned the implementation of loot boxes and pay-to-win monetization strategies. He emphasized that the industry needs to regain the trust of their audience and move away from a “customer adversarial model.” It’s great to hear one of the most powerful names in gaming criticize pay-to-win systems; maybe this will be the catalyst the industry needs in order to re-emphasize focus on game quality rather than on cheap, exploitative monetization strategies.
4. Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
It’s been an awfully long wait but the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is finally here! It’s safe to say that this version of Sonic looks much, much better than his original animation design. Critics so far have been lukewarm towards the film, with many praising Jim Carrey’s performance as Dr. Robotnik. Although the movie officially launches tomorrow, many theaters are beginning to show the film today, so check your local showtimes if you want to be one of the first to see it.
5. Pokemon Sword and Shield Crashes
Trainers around the world have been experiencing game crashes on Pokemon Sword and Shield while trying to access online features. It appears that the issue is being caused by modders who have been introducing hacked Pokemon into the Poke-ecosystem. This has mostly been an problem for the Surprise Trade feature, which has made innocent players unwittingly receive hacked Pokemon. The issue doesn’t seem to be a major concern because it isn’t affecting save data, but players are understandably frustrated by the game crashes considering it’s completely out of their control.
Happy Valentine's Day! (New Cosmetics!)
Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!
This year we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day in style with three beautiful new cosmetics. You can unlock the first new cosmetic, a gradient color called “Secret Admirer,” right now FOR FREE!
To claim your Valentine’s Day cosmetics just Check-In in the Goals tab. You can access the goals tab by tapping the Trophy cup at the top right of the home page.
OR you can just visit the link below:
We have also added all of last year's Valentine's Day cosmetics to the Moot Coin Shop. These items will remain available through Saturday, February 15th.
Happy Mootentine's Day everyone!
🚨 NOTE: The Shop will stay the same for three days with the ultra-rare Valentine's Day items so everyone has a chance to purchase! 🚨
Moot v2.26.0 Update!
Happy Update Day, Moot community! Our hope is that today’s update will improve your content viewing experience. Let’s get into it!
1) View all content in one place!
When we first launched Moot we had a simple goal in mind: create a place where gamers like us could connect and discuss. We developed the Lounge and Board system so our users could view specific types of content as they wanted.
Well, we’re going to try something different now.
We would like to introduce you to the “Posts” board. Now, all posts (except LFG posts!) will be combined into one Board called “Posts.” We hope this will make it easier than ever to view content.
Only want to see one type of content, like memes? No problem! Just tap the ‘memes’ tag toward the top of the screen and POOF all other content will vanish, leaving you with only the dankest of memes.
2) New post filters!
We’re introducing post filtering options that match the comment filtering options we introduced last week. You can now filter posts by “Hot,” “New,” or “Top.” While filtering by Top, you’ll have some options for time range as well.
And that’s all! We realize this is a massive change, which means we are hoping for some massive feedback from you lovely folks. How’d we do? Is this update awesome or is it the worst thing since stale bread? Let us know!
The Daily Moot: Activision/Blizzard Hates Their Fans, Stardew Valley Sequel?
1. Activision/Blizzard Drops GeForce Now
GeForce Now is probably the best cloud gaming platform on the market, and one of its key selling points is its incredible library of games. Unfortunately, all games from Activision and Blizzard have been pulled from the service, including Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Diablo 3. There aren’t many details on why Activision/Blizzard has decided to drop GeForce Now, but it’s likely that it just comes down to money. While it’s of course important for publishers to get paid what they deserve, this just seems like yet another instance of Activision/Blizzard doing a disservice to their fans. As far as GeForce Now is concerned, you can still enjoy any of the 1,500+ non-Activision/Blizzard games that the platform provides.
2. Stardew Valley Sequel
The developer of Stardew Valley, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, is working on two new games, including what appears to be a Stardew Valley sequel. Although it won’t be a farming sim, the game will take place within the world of Stardew Valley. Concerning his new projects, Barone said that he is “approaching this game with the goal to surpass the quality of every aspect compared to Stardew Valley.” Stardew Valley is easily one of the most successful and well-liked indie games of all time. If Barone is able to achieve what he’s set out to do, we could very well be getting another masterpiece that greatly affects the video game landscape as a whole. Unfortunately, it sounds like we’ll have to wait awhile; as he still has to put in the “1000's more hours of work necessary to finish it.”
3. Borderlands 3 Increasing Level Cap
Borderlands 3 is getting its first-ever level cap increase. The maximum level will now be 53 instead of 50. While this may not seem like much, Borderland 3’s lead designer explained that they are taking a conservative approach because the skill trees are extremely powerful and Gearbox wants to ensure that the game doesn’t become unbalanced. Along with the level cap increase, the update will also include a limited-time Broken Hearts Day event where players can earn some free guns and skins. The February update goes live tomorrow.
4. The Division 2 Expansion
The Division 2 is getting a massive expansion called Warlords of New York. Taking place in a former Dark Zone in South Manhattan, the expansion is designed to tie up loose ends from The Division 1, including the conclusion of Aaron Keener’s storyline. Warlords of New York will also increase the level cap from 30 to 40, and will also introduce many quality-of-life improvements and an RPG overhaul. The expansion will cost $30, and is set to come out on March 3.
5. Metro Exodus Sam’s Story
Metro Exodus’ second major expansion "Sam’s Story" is now live! In the new expansion, players control a former marine who is trapped in the post-apocalyptic Soviet territories and is struggling to return home to the United States. Check out the official launch trailer below.
The Daily Moot: Nintendo Suing Gamers?
1. Nintendo Going After Leakers
Nintendo is sicking the chain chomps on video game leakers. After Portuguese website FNintendo accidentally leaked images of Pokemon Sword and Shield back in 2019, Nintendo has completely cut ties with the company after 14 years of collaboration. It’s not just major publications that Nintendo is going after; they have also begun taking legal action towards leakers on online platforms like 4Chan and Discord. While it’s completely understandable that a company would want to protect their intellectual property, it seems unlikely that threats of lawsuits will stop leakers anytime soon.
2. Big Changes Coming to Anthem
BioWare has announced their plans to completely revamp Anthem. It’s no secret that the game has been a commercial and critical flop, much like The Division 2 which it was set to compete against. BioWare says they are scrapping the upcoming season and updates, and instead are going to put all their efforts into redesigning the experience and reinventing the core gameplay loop. Whether or not their efforts will be successful remains to be seen, but BioWare is certainly optimistic as games such as No Man’s Sky have proven that huge comebacks are possible.
3. The Last of Us Part 2 PS4 Themes
The Last of Us Part 2 just released some new concept art along with a dynamic theme for the PlayStation 4. The theme is available for free from the PlayStation Store, and it transitions from day to night depending on your PS4’s clock. In order to unlock the theme, players in the Americas should use code 4FMP-BBNM-J5L3, while players elsewhere should use code 9DEK-PKNG-N445. The codes expire today, so if you want the new theme be sure to act fast!
4. Animal Crossing Chrome Extension
A fan-made extension for Google Chrome now lets you play music from any Animal Crossing game through your browser. Called the Animal Crossing Music Chrome Extension, the add-on changes the songs based on your local time and weather. The new extension could be the perfect thing to tide you over until Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches next month.
5. Outriders Trailer
Set in a dark and desolate sci-fi world, Outriders is a 1-3 player co-op shooter from Square Enix and People Can Fly. There aren’t a lot of specific details about the game yet, but they just released their first official “gameplay” trailer. Not sure why they’re calling it a “gameplay trailer” because it’s pretty much all cinematics and no gameplay. That said, the game does look interesting. Check out the trailer below.
P.S. Check out Rue's latest Tried and True review of Temtem!
The Daily Moot: Modern Warfare Season 2
1. Modern Warfare Season 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 2 starts tomorrow! Fan-favorite map Rust is finally coming back to CoD, along with plenty of other updates. Season 2 will introduce two new guns, an AR called the GRAU 5.56 and an SMG called the Striker 45. There will also be new and revamped game modes, including what appears to be a vehicle-based Ground War. Check out the official trailer below!
2. Steam Concurrent User Record
Steam just broke their all-time record for the most concurrent users with over 19.1 million players. The previous record of 18.8 million users was achieved just one week ago, suggesting that Steam is experiencing a surge in popularity right now. Prior to last week, the record of 18.5 million was held for over 2 years. CS:GO has been the biggest recipient of the surge, breaking their own concurrent user record with nearly 1 million players. The reason for the uptick in popularity isn’t clear, but some have suggested that it’s a consequence of the coronavirus which is leading people to stay indoors and play games for entertainment.
3. Parasite Wins Best Picture
The Academy Awards were last night, and Parasite won Best Picture in a huge upset. Parasite is a South Korean black comedy film from critically acclaimed director Bong Joo-Ho. This is the first time in Oscars history that a foreign language film has won Best Picture. Parasite also took home the awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director.
4. Broomstick League
Do you like Harry Potter? How about Rocket League? Well, you're in luck because Blue Isle Studios has developed a Rocket League-inspired Quidditch game that is being released next month. Fly around on your broomstick and warp the arena with your spells as you attempt to outscore your opponents in 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 matches. As gimmicky as it sounds, the game actually looks pretty fun. Broomstick League will hit early access on March 5; check out the trailer below.
The Daily Moot: EA is Bad Again, Delays Galore, and More!
1. EA Raising Prices
EA just raised prices on their Steam games for players outside of the United States. While some of the price increases are fairly small, other games nearly doubled in price. This has understandably angered fans internationally, and many critics are suggesting that EA is trying to manipulate the prices to make sales seem like a better deal. Some of the games that saw price increases include Dragon Age: Origins, Sim City 4, and Dead Space 2. This is far form the first time EA has slighted consumers in a blatant cash grab. Is it time for another EA boycott?
2. The Outer Worlds Switch Delay
The Outer Worlds Switch port is the latest game affected by the coronavirus. Originally expected to release on March 5, the game has been delayed indefinitely in order to ensure the health and safety of the Virtuos team working on the project. The Outer Worlds is nowhere near the first gaming victim of the virus outbreak, with other Nintendo projects like the Animal Crossing Switch console also suffering delays, as well as professional gaming leagues such as LCK and Overwatch League.
3. Resident Evil Tribute
Daymare: 1998, a Resident Evil tribute, now has an official release date. The game was originally created as Resident Evil 2 Reborn, but Capcom thwarted those plans when they decided to make an official Resident Evil 2 remake of their own. Undeterred, Daymare developers decided to change the name but keep the game. It’s still essentially Resident Evil 2, but with different names and a couple of fresh ideas. Daymare: 1998 will be released on April 28, and will be competing directly with the Resident Evil 3 remake which launches on April 3.
4. Activision Remasters
During their Q4 earnings report, Activision announced that they are planning to release several new remastered games this year. Following the success of remasters like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Modern Warfare, it’s not hard to see why. Fans love replaying the nostalgic games with modern technology, and they're certainly easier to develop in comparison to creating an entirely new game. Which games would you like to see remastered?
P.S. Check out Ryan's latest First Impressions review! This week's featured game is Ticket to Ride.
Apex Season 4, Geforce Now, and Warcraft Refunds!
Happy Friday! Let's recap the biggest stories in gaming for the week, shall we?! 🙌
This week, Apex Legends Season 4 released, Nvidia launched Geforce Now, and Blizzard began to offer refunds for Warcraft 3 Reforged. We break down all these stories for you in this lovely little video. Let us know what you think down below!
Battle Royale Game Rating Event WINNERS!
Last week we announced the Battle Royale Game Rating Event! We designed this event so we could hear from you about all of the battle royales currently available. We also encouraged you to read each other's reviews so you may find new games to play and love.
Now the event is over, the winners have been selected and rewarded, and all that's left is to relax and game.
That's right, if you won this event you already have received your prize!
These winners received the 'BR Pathfinder' title for submitting an excellent game review during this event.
Cow Boy Billy
NS Buck on Xbox
My name is name
And these 100 winners received the 'BR Mania' title for voting on game reviews during this event.
Master of Luck
Cow Boy Billy
assissin brotha hood
Steel Shots Gaming
Pancake wit da syrup
To view your titles and equip your new one, just follow these easy steps!
1) navigate to your profile
2) tap the 3 dots and select 'edit'
3) browse your list of titles. If you see BR Pathfinder or BR Mania, you're a winner!
The Daily Moot: Fortnite Harley Quinn, Ubisoft's Big Plans, and More!
1. Fortnite x Birds of Prey
The latest crossover has come to Fortnite! In collaboration with the upcoming Harley Quinn movie “Birds of Prey,” Fortnite is releasing a series of Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad skins. The first Harley bundle will be available later today, and will include the Lil Monster XoXo Harley skin as well as the Harley Hitter and Punchline pickaxes. What are your thoughts on the new skins? Birds of Prey hits theaters tomorrow.
2. Ubisoft’s Big Plans
Ubisoft just revealed that they have some big plans for later this year. During the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, Ubisoft is planning to release 5 AAA games. This news comes after several games were shelved or delayed by Ubisoft, including Watch Dogs Legion and Rainbow Six: Quarantine. There’s no word yet on the exact titles we can expect, but it is very likely that we’ll see some of these delayed games finally get their launch.
3. Overwatch League Stats Lab
Ben Trautman, the stats man for the Overwatch League, just released a new tool called the Overwatch League Stats Lab. The Stats Lab contains an insane amount of information on pro players, allowing you to dig into the smallest details of what makes pros so good. Although Trautman tried to make the tool as user-friendly as possible, he also released a series of tutorial videos to help you find exactly what you’re searching for.
4. The Witcher Season 2
The Witcher Season 2 will apparently feature an all-new original character who did not appear in the video games or books. The new character will be named Violet and will be played by Doolittle actress Carmel Laniado. In addition to the new character, series showrunner Lauren Hissrich also mentioned that the second season will be much more linear than the first. Filming for The Witcher Season 2 is expected to start this month, and will premiere on Netflix in 2021.
5. Gears of War Boss Leaves for Blizzard
It’s no secret that things at Blizzard haven’t been going too well lately. From Diablo Immortal to Warcraft 3 Reforged, it’s clear that they’ve gotten out of touch with their fanbase. In an effort to change their ways, Blizzard has hired Rod Ferguson, the head of Microsoft’s The Coalition Studio and the director for Gears of War. At Blizzard, Ferguson will be tasked with overseeing the Diablo franchise. It’s unclear how much his hiring will affect the upcoming Diablo 4, which was announced last year and is already in development.
The Daily Moot: Is Rockstar in Trouble?
1. Dan Houser Leaving Rockstar
Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games and head writer of Bully, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto, is leaving Rockstar. It’s not clear why Houser is leaving the studio, but it seems to be on good terms. Rockstar put out a statement thanking Houser, saying they are “extremely grateful for his contributions.” Dan Houser’s brother and fellow co-founder Sam Houser will still remain as President of the company. Rockstar is easily one of the most successful and critically acclaimed gaming studios, in large part because of Houser's writing on franchises like GTA and Red Dead Redemption. Let’s hope Dan Houser’s absence won’t result in a drop in quality.
2. Super Smash Bros. Fire Emblem
It’s no secret that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a lot of Fire Emblem characters. In total, there are 8 playable characters from the series and another 3 non-playable assist trophy characters. This has led to criticism from fans, which Nintendo has now addressed. Shockingly, it turns out that Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros., agrees with fans. In his statement Sakurai said, “There are too many Fire Emblem characters. But when something’s decided, I move ahead with it.” In other words, the decision to add the characters is determined by Nintendo and is out of the director’s hands. No word on whether or not anything will change in the future, but it seems unlikely.
3. First-Party PlayStation Studio Closes
PlayStation has officially closed Manchester VR, their first-party PlayStation Studio. Manchester VR was established to create exclusive virtual reality games for the PlayStation, but it’s now been shut down before ever releasing a game. Sony explained their decision was part of an effort to “improve efficiency and operational effectiveness.” Manchester VR is the third UK-based PlayStation studio to be closed in the PS4 generation.
4. The Mandalorian Season 2
The Mandalorian Season 2 has been confirmed by Disney during their recent quarterly earnings call. Although they didn’t provide an exact release date, they did mention that The Mandalorian Season 2 will launch in October of this year. Disney also promised more Baby Yoda merchandise and consumer products, including a $350 life-size statue. While efforts on a third season are still unclear, Disney boss Robert Iger suggested that Mandalorian spinoffs are a definite possibility. Maybe Baby Yoda will get his own show?
Moot v2.25.0 Update!
Howdy, partners! You may have noticed over the weekend that we released a NEW Moot update, v2.25.0! This update overhauled our comment sections to put you in complete control of your comment consumption.
1. Continuous comment scrolling!
We've removed pages from comment sections. Now, comments will automatically load as you scroll down. This should help prevent you from losing track of the conversation as you're arguing over whether Fortnite is still relevant. (Is it?)
2. Comment filtering!
New comment filtering options allow you to sort Comments by TOP, OLD, or NEW. Comments are set to TOP by default, but be sure to check out the NEW option from time to time. You never know what you'll miss if you don't look!
And that's all for update 2.25.0! We're looking to improve all aspects of the Moot user experience in 2020. What should we work on next? Do you like our improvement to comments? Let us know how we can Moot better FOR YOU!
*NOTE: There was an Android bug in v.2.25.0 that prevented users from loading gifs through giphy. t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶h̶a̶s̶ ̶b̶e̶e̶n̶ ̶f̶i̶x̶e̶d̶. We believe we have fixed this!*
The Daily Moot: Death of the Google Stadia?
1. Nvidia GeForce Now
Nvidia has officially launched GeForce Now, their new cloud gaming service. With GeForce Now, gamers can play essentially any game on any PC, even if the PC lacks the necessary specs. This means that as long as you have a stable internet connection, you could play the latest ray-tracing AAA titles on your dilapidated, decade-old laptop. As a cloud gaming service, GeForce Now is a direct competitor to the Google Stadia, but Nvidia’s version has a lot of awesome benefits. For example, GeForce Now automatically connects to your Steam library, which means that unlike the Stadia, you don’t have to buy a second copy of games you already own. Oh, and GeForce Now is also available for free. Could this be the death of the Google Stadia?
2. PlayStation 5 Pricing
It seems that the next-gen console war is turning into a bit of a waiting game. Sony just revealed that their pricing of the upcoming PlayStation 5 will be largely determined by the Xbox Series X price. In other words, Sony is keeping their plans a secret until Microsoft reveals how much the new Xbox will cost. Sony’s Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki also mentioned that Sony will almost certainly be taking a loss on the consoles, which is unsurprising considering the impressive specs that have been released. Sony also launched the official PlayStation 5 website today, which means we could be close to the official reveal of the new console. Which side are you on in the console war?
3. Blizzard Finally Addresses Warcraft 3 Reforged
After the debacle that has been the Warcraft 3 Reforged launch, Blizzard has finally decided to address the situation. Blizzard “apologized” to fans who were unhappy with the game, and have now decided to offer full refunds to all players regardless of playtime. Blizzard also outlined some of their plans for the game, but it’s unlikely that the minor improvements will be enough to win over their disgruntled players.
4. Saints Row 4 Coming to Switch
Saints Row 4: Re-elected is headed to the Nintendo Switch. The port will come with 25 pieces of DLC, including the two main story expansions Enter the Dominatrix and How The Saints Save Christmas. Although the game was originally released in 2013, there will be many quality of life improvements for the Switch port, particularly for the drop-in drop-out co-op that Saints Row is known for. Saints Row 4: Re-elected is expected to launch on the Switch on March 27.
The Daily Moot: Apex Season 4, Super Mario Bros. Movie, and More!
1. Apex Assimilation Final Trailer
Apex Legends just released one final hype trailer in anticipation for Season 4! With a little mix of backstory and gameplay (as well as some shameless battle pass promotion), the new trailer gives us our first glance at Revenant’s abilities and voice lines. Check out the trailer below; Season 4 Assimilation starts tomorrow!
2. Super Mario Bros. Movie
A new Super Mario Bros. movie is in the works! Unlike the original Super Mario Bros. movie which came out in 1993 and was live-action, the new movie will be animated. That’s probably a good idea, considering the original was poorly received by critics and fans alike. Although Super Mario Bros. is the only movie currently in production by Nintendo, Mario creator Miyamoto suggested that many more games will likely make their way to the theaters. Unfortunately we’re gonna have to wait a while before that happens; the Super Mario Bros. movie isn’t expected to come out until 2022.
3. Wizards of the Coast RPG
Wizards of the Coast, best known for Magic: the Gathering, just announced that a new sci-fi RPG is in development. The currently untitled game will be produced by Wizard’s of the Coast’s new gaming studio Archetype Entertainment. They haven’t released a lot of details yet, but we do know that the game will be a “story-driven epic,” and will have a heavy emphasis on player choice.
4. Warcraft 3 Reforged Breaks Metacritic
Warcraft 3 Reforged is pretty bad to say the least. How bad exactly? Well, Warcraft 3 Reforged just officially became the lowest-rated game on Metacritic. With more than 20,000 negative reviews, the game currently has a user score of 0.5 out of 100. It's safe to say that Blizzard really blew it with this one.
The Daily Moot: FF7 Trailer, Trials of Osiris, Apex Mobile, and More!
1. Final Fantasy 7 Remake Trailer
Final Fantasy 7 Remake just released a new trailer today! While it’s being billed as a theme song reveal, the trailer packs much, much more. It confirms that while some elements of the game will be a true remake, there are also new twists in the story. Oh, and it also features a crossdressing Cloud. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
2. Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris
Dataminers have uncovered a ton of information about the upcoming season of Destiny 2 and all signs are pointing towards the return of the competitive PvP mode Trials of Osiris. According to the dataminers, the upcoming “Season of the Worthy” starts on March 9, and will launch after a series of events beginning with an Empyrean Foundation Event. It seems the dataminers’ predictions were spot on; Bungie just revealed that the “Empyrean Foundation rebuild effort” will launch next week.
3. Apex Legends Mobile
It looks like Apex Legends may be coming to mobile after all. In May of last year, shortly after the release of the game, Respawn mentioned their desire to bring Apex Legends to mobile. It’s been nearly a year since then, and a quiet one at that, but now EA finally confirmed their commitment to mobile during yesterday's Q3 earnings report. There’s no word yet on any sort of timeline, but we should learn some more information during their Q4 earnings report in May.
4. Animal Crossing Switch
Nintendo just unveiled its new Animal Crossing-themed Switch and it’s one of the best-looking Switch skins yet. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year, and players who are buying the Switch specifically to play the new game will undoubtedly enjoy the themed console. The Animal Crossing-themed Switch will release on March 13, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch one week later on March 20.
5. Alien Hominid Returns
A new Alien Hominid game is in the works! The Behemoth, perhaps best known for Castle Crashers, just announced Alien Hominid Invasion, a throwback to the original flash game from 2004. Alien Hominid Invasion is the 5th game from the studio, and will be available for demo at PAX East next month. Check out the announcement video below!
P.S. Check out the latest edition of Ryan's Always Right below! This week's featured game is The Talos Principle.
Activision x Google Streaming Deal Plus the Death of a Legend!
Activision and Google have just announced a massive exclusivity deal that guarantees all of Activision’s streaming events, including the Call of Duty League and the Overwatch League, will take place on YouTube! If that’s not enough, we also update you on the Apex Legends situation building up to Season 4. Finally, the greatest pirate in all the lands makes an appearance (or multiple)!
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The Daily Moot: Revenant is VIOLENT, Say Goodbye to Overwatch Heroes
1. Apex Legends Revenant Trailer
Apex Legends just released their latest trailer for the upcoming release of Revenant and Season 4 and it is VIOLENT. “Revenant was the greatest hitman the Mercenary Syndicate ever had. But when his programming eventually failed, he saw what Hammond Robotics had turned him into: a walking nightmare of steel and vestigial flesh.” What could his abilities be? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
2. Overwatch Benching Heroes
There are some huge changes coming to Overwatch for Season 21. In order to switch up the meta, Competitive Play will have different hero pools every week. This means only certain heroes will be available to play each week and the rest will be disabled. The new hero pools will only affect Competitive Play and will not impact Arcade or Quick Play matches. In his statement, director Jeff Kaplan explained that the Hero Pools system is merely a test for Season 21, and it may go through several changes or be scrapped altogether depending on reception.
3. GTA Giving $2M to Every Player
December 2019 was the most popular month in GTA Online’s history, which is absolutely insane for a game that came out nearly 7 years ago. To celebrate, Rockstar is giving away $2M of in-game currency to every single player just for logging in. Log in between now and February 5 to receive the first $1M, and log in between February 6 and February 12 to receive the second $1M. Rockstar is also giving away freebies for Red Dead Online on the same schedule so be sure to log in and claim those as well.
4. Joker Comes to Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat 11 just got a new addition to its roster, adding Batman’s Joker to the fray. Reviews so far have been stellar, with many players considering Mortal Kombat 11’s Joker to be the best Joker in any fighting game yet. He’s incredibly strong and will likely get nerfed in the future, so be sure to give him a shot soon.
5. Dead Cells DLC
After 16 free updates since its release in 2016, Dead Cells is getting its first-ever paid DLC. Called Bad Seed, the DLC will introduce new creatures, companions, biomes, and weapons, including the game’s first double-slot weapon. The DLC is designed to spice up the early game for new players and those who have already played through the core game. Bad Seed is set to launch on February 11 and will cost $5.
Battle Royale Game Rating Event!
Welcome to a new Game Rating Event on Moot! We want to know which battle royales are your favorites, plus we want to help you find new games you might enjoy! You might notice several of the battle royale games for you to review in this event are not YET on Moot as their own lounge; if we see enough positive feedback for any of these games, we’ll create a lounge for them!
- Today THROUGH 2/05/2020
- Winners announced 2/06/2020
HOW TO ENTER:
- Submit a Game Review for ANY of the eligible battle royale games listed below during the event!
- Vote on Game Reviews for ANY of the eligible battle royales listed below during the event!
- Up to 3 winners per eligible game will receive the unique “BR Pathfinder” title for Game Reviews they submit during the event. These winners will be determined by upvotes although we reserve the right to hand-select winners if necessary.
- 100 Users who vote on Game Reviews for ANY of the eligible battle royale games listed below will be randomly selected to receive the unique “BR Mania” title!
Here is the list of battle royale games for you to review during this event! Have fun and thank you for participating. We cannot wait to read your reviews and find out what battle royale games the Moot community loves most!
2. Apex Legends:
4. CS:GO Danger Zone:
6. Super Animal Royale:
7. Ghost Recon Wildlands: Mercenaries:
8. Battlerite Royale:
9. Forza Horizon 4: The Eliminator:
11. Dying Light: Bad Blood:
12. Rapture Rejects:
13. Last Tide:
14. Realm Royale:
15. Cuisine Royale:
16. BattleField V: Firestorm:
17. Ring of Elysium:
18. The Darwin Project:
20. Call of Duty: Black ops 4 - Blackout
The Daily Moot: Warcraft 3 is BAD, Resident Evil Updates, and More!
1. Warcraft 3 is Back and it’s BAD
Warcraft 3: Reforged is officially live! Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Warcraft, but first impressions of the remake have not been kind. Reviews have been universally scathing, with criticism towards rampant bugs, broken features, janky animations, and bad graphics. Players across the board are condemning Warcraft 3: Reforged as a catastrophe of a game and have already begun requesting refunds. Not a good look for Blizzard.
2. Resident Evil Resistance Not Canon
According to Resident Evil 3 Remake producer Peter Fabiano, Resident Evil Resistance will not be canon. While this may disappoint fans who were hoping for the story’s continuation, there will still be many familiar faces in the new game. Although the game may not be canon, it shares a thematic connection with the rest of the Resident Evil series, particularly with Resident Evil 3 Remake. Both games are set to launch on April 3.
3. PlayStation Plus February Games
Sony just revealed the list of games for February’s PlayStation Plus lineup. Starting February 4, Bioshock: The Collection, The Sims 4, and Firewall Zero Hour will all be available for free for all players with a PlayStation Plus membership. Download the games before March 2 and they will be available in your library forever as long as you remain a PlayStation Plus subscriber.
4. The Art of The Last of Us 2
The Last of Us 2 is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year and now you can get an inside peek behind the making of the game. The Art of the Last of Us 2 is a 200-page book featuring extensive insights into the making of the game. A deluxe edition was made available for pre-order today, and includes a gallery-quality lithograph, slipcase, and exclusive cover in addition to the book.
5. Stadia Pro Freebies
Stadia Pro will be getting 2 free new games next month. On February 1, Gylt and Metro Exodus will be added to the Stadia Pro free game library. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Samurai Showdown will both be removed from the free game library at the same time, so be sure to claim those games by January 31 in order to keep them.
The Daily Moot: Streamers Ditching Twitch, Xbox vs PS5, and More!
1. Streamers Ditching Twitch
Streamers seem to be having a mass exodus from Twitch and it’s not hard to see why. Although Twitch remains the biggest live-streaming service for gaming, competitors are offering huge contracts to streamers in an attempt to poach them. Shroud, Disguised Toast, and Valkyrae are just a handful of the streamers who have left Twitch. Here’s the crazy part: they all went to different services: Mixer, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube, respectively. As the competing platforms all vie for the biggest names in streaming, the result is some insane contracts with top stars like Shroud and Ninja raking in up to $30M with their deals. Sounds like it’s a good time to be a streamer.
2. Xbox Boss Says Frame Rate > Resolution
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has reinforced Xbox’s commitment to maximizing frame rates even if it means a decrease in resolution. Although he’s made similar comments in the past, Spencer said of the upcoming Xbox Series X, “The feel of the games [is] definitely something that we wanted to have more focus on, not just throwing more pixels on screen.” While high-resolution gaming certainly seems to be the focus for most companies (PlayStation announced 8k compatibility with the upcoming PS5), it appears Xbox is taking the complete opposite approach. Which do YOU think is more important: frame rate or resolution?
3. Pokemon Home Details Revealed
Pokemon Home is coming next month and we finally have some more details about the new service. Pokemon Home is an app designed to connect and manage all of your Pokemon needs across games and platforms. An evolution of Pokemon Bank, the new app will allow players to trade, move, and store Pokemon of different games all in one place. Pokemon Home will be available on Switch and Mobile, and will be a subscription-based service starting at $3/month or $16/year.
4. Dying Light: Bad Blood Free
After revealing that Dying Light 2 has been delayed indefinitely, developer Techland has decided to give Dying Light: Bad Blood to all players for free as an apology. Bad Blood is a battle royale version of Dying Light, where players survive against zombies and each other to become the last person (or team) standing. Although Techland is giving the game to all Dying Light players on all platforms, Bad Blood is only available on PC. You can claim your free copy from Dying Light’s official dockets website.
5. Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge
Mortal Kombat is getting an all-new animated movie called Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. The upcoming film will mark the video game’s first foray into full-length R-rated animated films. The movie features many fan favorite Mortal Kombat characters who have to battle to the death in a tournament to save Earth. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
P.S. Our very own Rue just made an awesome new review for you! Check it out below and be sure to follow him for more!
Q&A Event Winners! 🏆
AAAYOOOOO! Happy Tuesday folks. The Q&A Event has officially wrapped up and we are set to announce the winners of the gaming console of their choice! 🎮
SEE RANDOMLY CHOSEN WINNERS BELOW:
Didn't win? Don't worry! ALL PARTICIPANTS are going home with 500 Moot Coins! 🎉
*NOTE* Winners will be contacted by this account, Team Moot, by the end of the week. All Coins for the event will be sent out by the end of this week as well.
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The Daily Moot (Apex's New Character Murdered!)
1. Apex's New Character Has Been Murdered
Just days after his announcement, Apex's new character Forge has been killed off. Apex Legends just released its latest "Stories from the Outlands" video which features Forge getting murdered during a live interview. His assassin? None other than Revenant. Does this mean that Revenant will be the new Season 4 legend instead of Forge or is Respawn just throwing us for a loop? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
2. Do In-Game Punishments Violate Your Rights?
After his in-game appeal was denied, gamer Amro Elansari recently sued Jagex for muting his Runescape account. The player alleged that Jagex had engaged in discrimination against him, and that the mute violated his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. While it was an interesting approach, the lawsuit was quickly dismissed with a US Federal Court determining, “The First Amendment and its constitutional free speech guarantees restrict government actors, not private entities.” In other words, Jagex can do whatever it wants with its own game because it’s a private entity. So no, as much as it may feel unjust, getting muted does not violate your civil rights.
3. Activision Signs Exclusive Deal with YouTube
Activision Blizzard has signed a partnership deal with Google which will put all of their streaming content exclusively on YouTube. This means that pro leagues such as Overwatch League and Call of Duty League will only be available on YouTube, and will no longer appear on other streaming services such as Twitch. Although Twitch is still the dominant force in the game streaming market, competitors such as YouTube and Mixer have been making huge strides and closing the gap through deals like this.
4. New Star Wars Game
According to a leak from Cinelix, a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game is currently in development. While rumors of a Knights of the Old Republic remake have been circulating for years, the new game will instead be a sequel to the first. BioWare created the much-loved original but it’s unclear whether or not they will have any hand in the upcoming game. There's not a lot of info yet, but expect more details to be revealed later this year at E3.
5. Chinese Professional LoL Suspended
China’s League of Legends Professional League has been suspended indefinitely due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The LPL’s official Twitter released a statement saying that matches would be suspended until they can "ensure the safety and health of players and fans." It’s unclear yet how this will affect teams and players who undoubtedly want to reach global competition at MSI later this year.
6. Hearthstone VR
Blizzard has apparently created a Hearthstone VR prototype, enabling players to play the card game in virtual reality. It’s not just the cards and board but the entire tavern, so you can really warm your toes by the hearth! Some of the features of the prototype allowed players to walk around the tavern, throw cards, and flip tables. Unfortunately, as fun as it may sound, it is unlikely that the VR version will ever see production.
The Daily Moot (Legends of Runeterra, Fortnite Season 2, and More!)
1. Legends of Runeterra
Legends of Runeterra is now live! Riot Games is finally putting the “s” in Games with the official launch of Legends of Runeterra, their new digital CCG. Unlike Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra has its own client and is being treated as a unique game completely independent of League of Legends. That said, there’s still a lot of League influence with many popular champions making an appearance. Check out the new game and join in on the discussion over on our new Legends of Runeterra lounge!
2. Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 has finally been announced! After an extremely long Season 1, players will no doubt be excited for the arrival of Season 2 and the changes it will bring. There’s no word yet on what exactly we can expect in the upcoming season, but we’ll likely get some more news in the coming weeks. Chapter 2 Season 2 begins February 20.
3. Rocket League Closing Online Multiplayer
Rocket League is closing its online multiplayer for certain PC players. Starting in March, developer Psyonix will stop providing support for Linux and Mac users. This means all online content will be disabled, including things such as online matchmaking, friends lists, and shops. Psyonix recommends players who will be affected to download the Windows version of the game before March in order to continue playing with full functionality.
4. Steam Lunar New Year Sale
The Steam Lunar New Year Sale is here, offering huge discounts on thousands of games. Some of the highlights include 66% off Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, 75% off Vermintide 2, and 90% off Phoning Home. Even if you’re not looking to expand your gaming library, Steam is giving out Year of the Rat tokens every day to all users. You can spend these tokens in the Lunar New Year Night Market, which offers Steam enhancements such as animated profile backgrounds, chat room effects, and chat stickers.
5. Plague Inc. Resurgence
Plague Inc. has experience a huge surge in popularity in China amid the current Coronavirus outbreak. The game, which first launched in 2012, is now the top paid app in China's iOS store. Showing a display of a dark sense of humor among Chinese gamers, Plague Inc. is a strategy game where players try to eliminate humanity with a gradually mutating pathogen.
P.S. Check out Ryan's review of Legends of Runeterra and see what all the hype is about!
Fortnite Bans, Apex Legends Season 4, and 100T's New Compound!
Can you get BANNED for jumping in Fortnite now? Is the new Apex Legends character OVERPOWERED? Will Dylan leave his friends BEHIND?
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The Daily Moot (New Apex Legends Character, GTA Update, and More!)
1. New Apex Legends Character
Apex Legends just revealed its upcoming new character named Forge! A five-time Hyper Fighting Federation champion, Forge is a brawler with a huge robotic left arm. Although his abilities are still unknown, Respawn described the new character as having “a mean left hook,” so you can expect his robotic arm to play a significant role. Forge will launch alongside the start of Season 4 which begins on February 4.
2. GTA Online New Car
GTA Online goes off-roading this week, with the release of the all-new Nagasaki Outlaw. The latest addition to the Casino Cars, the Nagasaki Outlaw is an off-road buggy with a protective roadcage, encouraging players to use the vehicle for some next-level exploring. Test it out in Overtime Rumble, where you can get double rewards for a limited time. If you were hoping for something more race-ready, the Progen Emerus supercar is available through the Lucky Wheel Podium this week.
3. New Hearthstone Heroes
Hearthstone Battlegrounds just got two new heroes in a recent update. The first is Tirion Fordring whose ability costs 1 mana and gives minions with no minion type +1/+1. The second new hero is Millhouse Manastor, whose ability is a passive where your minions cost 2 Gold, refresh costs 2 Gold, and you start with 2 Gold. Try out the new heroes and see if you can come out victorious in the Battlegrounds!
4. Vermintide 2 Update
Vermintide 2 just got a huge update today, releasing the first chapter of Curse of Drachenfels. In the first chapter, players will be returning to Castle Drachenfels to investigate the disappearance of Grey Mountain villagers. The remaining 2 chapters will be released later on in Season 2, and all 3 chapters will be completely free. The update also introduced a new in-game store called Lohner’s Emporium of Wonders which sells cosmetics in exchange for in-game currency. Currently the store only offers hats and hero skins, but expect more cosmetics to be added over time.
5. Dishonored Tabletop Edition
Courtesy of Modiphius Entertainment, Dishonored is the latest video game to be turned into a tabletop RPG. Unlike the Dishonored video game where players assume the role of an assassin, the tabletop version will let players choose other careers such as workers or explorers. The game will launch with a 300-page book, introducing the Empires of the Isles and the Void and providing a four-act campaign set in Dunwall. The Dishonored Roleplaying Game is expected to launch this summer.
The Daily Moot (1/22/20)
1. 100 Thieves Crazy New Compound
100 Thieves officially opened their new Los Angeles headquarters and esports facility today! Dubbed the 100 Thieves Cash App Compound, the 15,000 sq ft building is said to be the largest esports facility in America. The compound is designed to be a place where all facets of 100 Thieves can come together, including esports, content creation, and apparel and merchandise. To facilitate this, the building includes things such as esport training facilities, streaming rooms, and other dedicated areas for 100 Thieves affiliates to work independently or with each other. Could this be the future of streaming and gaming-related entertainment?
2. Half-Life Goes Free-to-play
In anticipation for the release of Half-Life: Alyx, every single Half-Life game is now free to play until the new game launches! This gives gamers plenty of time to catch up on the story before jumping into Alyx later this year. Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two are all available for free on Steam from now until the launch of Alyx on April 1 (assuming it doesn’t get delayed of course).
3. Hearthstone Galakrond’s Awakening
Hearthstone’s latest solo adventure, Galakrond’s Awakening, is now live! The adventure features two separate story campaigns, one for the League of Explorers and another for the League of E.V.I.L. Each chapter of the adventure features unique rewards, including new cards that are only available through the campaigns. The first chapter of the E.V.I.L. campaign is now available and is free for all players.
4. The Witcher Breaks More Records
As part of their Q4 earnings report, Netflix announced that The Witcher is its most successful first-season show ever. To date, The Witcher has had over 76 million households tune in. The Witcher seems to be one of those rare occasions where a video game inspired movie/TV show actually turns out well and has mass appeal. Maybe it helps that the games were originally based off books. At any rate, everything The Witcher is at an all time high now. We’ll have to see if CD Projekt Red can pull it off again and create another global phenomenon with Cyberpunk 2077.
5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Disney just dropped an all-new trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Originally on Cartoon Network and later on Netflix, The Clone Wars has now been resurrected by Disney+. It’s been nearly 6 years since the show’s last episode so expect the new producers to have some big surprises in store. The 7th and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premieres on February 21. Check out the trailer below:
The Daily Moot (1/21/20)
1. Ubisoft Making Big Changes
Ubisoft’s recent releases, such as The Division 2 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, have been commercial and critical disappointments. This has led to the delay of Rainbow Six: Quarantine, Gods and Monsters, and Watch Dogs Legion, as well as the cancellation of other projects. The studio is now looking to switch things up, announcing a restructuring of their editorial team in an effort to increase the diversity in their game lineup. Most notable among these changes is the rehiring of Splinter Cell Creative Director, Maxime Beland. While this has fans excited for a Splinter Cell resurrection, there’s no info yet about a new game. Instead, Beland’s role seems to be focused on the overall vision of the company and we will likely see some big changes represented in Ubisoft’s future games.
2. The Elder Scrolls 6
The Elder Scrolls 6 could be on the horizon as Bethesda has begun a mass hiring spree. According to the job listings, Bethesda is looking for programmers who are ready to push "the bleeding-edge of RPG development for the PC and consoles." This news had led fans to believe that Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi game Starfield is finally wrapping up production, meaning that The Elder Scrolls 6 will finally become the studio’s main focus.
3. Dying Light 2 Delayed
Delay, delay, delay. This time it’s Dying Light 2 getting hit with the delay hammer, albeit the details are a bit different. Unlike previously delayed games which claimed they needed more time for polish and fine-tuning, Techland is being vague with their reasoning, saying, “We will have more details to share in the coming months, and will get back to you as soon as we have more information.” Pretty sure they already have the “information” and just don’t want to share with us. At any rate, it sounds like Dying Light 2 is having some pretty serious development issues and won’t be launching any time soon.
4. Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops
It’s official: Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops will be here sooner than the actual game. According to an announcement at the London Toy Fair, Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops will be available on April 16, 2020. This is the same date that the game was originally supposed to release. Of course, its launch day has now been pushed back to September, meaning that the action figures will be here a full 5 months sooner than the game. How do you feel about buying merch for a game that hasn’t come out yet?
5. MHW: Iceborn Road Map
Monster Hunter World: Iceborn just released its 2020 road map, with detailed information on what’s to come between now and April. One major update is the PC version will be synced with console, and both versions will have the exact same content. This means that PC players will be getting new content such as the Volcanic Region and Tundra Region, as well as all the monsters that reside there. Check out the road map below:
PS: We just added a bunch of classic games for you to review in the Game Reviews section! Check them out by sorting under "Recently Registered" and let your voice be heard!