Monthly Archives: June 2017

  • COD WW2 Dev Very Dedicated to eSports

    COD WW2 esportsCall of Duty has always had a strong eSports focus - in recent years the developers and publisher responsible for the Call of Duty franchise have worked hard to push out more support for eSports in the series, and this support isn't going to stop with Call of Duty World War 2.

    In fact, Sledgehammer Games, the developer in control of COD WW2, has been in contact with professional Call of Duty players to help shape the competitive aspects of World War 2.

    Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer games, had a few positive things to say about their interaction with pro players and their work on making COD WW2 an eSports friendly title.

    When asked about pro players, Micheal Condrey mentioned that "They've been fantastic and excited and in many ways, I think they enjoyed returning to a grounded experience with more strategy without the mechanical element. It plays right into what they've been asking for."

    Michael was impressed by the amount of positive comments they received for COD WW2 after the recent Infinite Warfare release. Recently, WW2 was playable at E3 2017, and many top competitive players and COD content creators were invited.

    "Apart from having hands on the floor and at our building with influencers and eSports athletes over the last few days has really shown what we expected all along which was a huge appetite for a return to boots on the ground, to have it feel strategic and have it reinforce team play a lot more."

  • Nintendo Looking to Take a 'Different Approach' to eSports

    nintendo switch esports]Nintendo has always been an important player in esports. While the spotlight in recent years has quickly been focused on PC titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, and League of Legends, Nintendo has always been giving out love to its grass roots esports communities.

    If you've ever been part of a Smash Bros. event, whether it's as a competitor or a spectator, you'll know that the eSports communities surrounding some of Nintendo's games are some of the best communities in the world.

    Despite the healthy scenes that exist for some of Nintendo's top titles, they still haven't broken out to the mainstream audiences as massively as Counter Strike or League has in recent years.

    Nintendo wants to work to bring their eSports titles to mainstream audiences, and they're interested in taking a different approach to get there.

    Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime has got a few words to say about Nintendo on eSports. He shared his ideas in a recent interview with The Verge.

    In the interview, Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned that "We were in esports back in 1995 with the very first Nintendo World Championships. I think what Nintendo is doing, as we always do, is our unique view on this, and finding ways to make it a bit more mainstream and a bit more massive, maybe than others have done. We're going to do it differently."

    To begin with, Nintendo will look at pushing out eSports opportunities for three of the most recent game release announcements; Pokken Tournament, Splatoon 2, and ARMS.

  • New Titanfall 2 Update Changes Weapon Loadouts

    Titanfall 2 War Games UpdateA brand new free DLC pack is making its way to all Titanfall 2 players and it's going to change how weapon loadouts work.

    The new DLC pack has been dubbed "The War Games" and it will be launched on June 27 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

    The highlight of the new DLC pack has to be the first new map, aptly named War Games. This map takes some inspiration from the layout in Angel City to create a multi-level small city. The aesthetic for the War Games map is quite unique - all of the elements in the map feature a VR style graphics style.

    Another new map will be making its way into the War Games DLC. The second map is called Traffic.

    Traffic is considered by Respawn to be a "weather test site" that spans across an intersection between two busy modes. Traffic is locked down to the 6v6 Fire mode.

    Gameplay-wise, the most important change to the new update is the additional weapon slot for a player's loadout. Starting June 27, it will now be possible for pilots to hold a primary and secondary weapon as usual, alongside an anti-titan weapon. This allows players to pick out an anti-titan weapon without being forced to drop out their secondary.

    A future update is also planned for Titanfall 2 that'll bring a 4K texture option for those that own the Xbox One X. There will also be new game modes added in the future, including the return of an old game mode from the first Titanfall.

  • Destiny 2 Rewards for Returning Destiny Players Revealed

    destiny 2 rewardsPlayers of the original Destiny won't be getting much when transitioning to Destiny 2, but there are a number of freebies up for grabs to those that did spend time in the first game of the franchise.

    Bungie published a new blog post to explain their plans for veteran Destiny players, starting by saying, "Even before our old friend Cayde revealed that your stuff (but, more importantly, his stuff) would soon fall prey to the Red Legion, we let you know that we were going to honor our veteran players who join us again in Destiny 2. Today, we're going to shine a little light on what you can expect if you count yourself among those ranks."

    Bungie was hesitant to go into too many details - it seems that they've carefully planned out rewards for returning players, but they do not want to spoil the fun. Bungie did, however, mention that there will be a number of ways players will be able to showcase their early support for the Destiny franchise.

    Firstly, Bungie announced a number of emblems that players will be able to use. Each emblem is unlocked for specific reasons. Including playing a Moment of Triumph during Destiny year 1, completing the Taken King in year 2, or achieving over 5,000 grimoire score over the course of Destiny.

    Bungie will also be offering a number of T-shirts for reaching different accomplishments before August 1, 2017.

    Destiny 2 launches on Xbox and PS4 on September 6, 2017, and launches on PC on October 24, 2017.

  • What is Sonic Mania?

    Sonic ManiaWhat is Sonic Mania? We've explained exactly what the new Sonic game is in this blog, as well as providing details about its release date.

    Sonic Mania is a brand new Sonic game that's planned to launch later this year. Sonic Mania will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the PC. The game will first be available starting from August 15.

    Sonic Mania is not the new Sonic Forces game. Instead, Sonic Mania is a celebration of 25 years of Sonic the Hedgehog - it's a throwback to the fans and it's a 2D re-imagination of the original Sonic the Hedgehog.

    The graphics style for Sonic Mania is exactly what you'd expect for a retro re-imagination. The background music fits in perfectly as well, as does the gameplay. Sonic Mania is a new game, but you'll be convinced it isn't - it includes old levels from the original Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as 'remixed' versions of those same levels.

    Players will be able to play as Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles the Echidna and Tails - players are given the ability to switch between each three characters at any point throughout gameplay.

    Releasing on August 15, Sonic Mania will be available digitally for $18.99 in North America across all platforms it's getting a release for. Its price in other countries will vary slightly. A physical vinyl soundtrack will also go on sale alongside the release of Sonic Mania.

  • Tencent to Invest Billions into eSports

    tencent billions esportsYou may not have heard of Tencent yet, but if you're into eSports, you'll certainly be introduced to them during the next few years.

    Tencent is a Chinese internet investment company that has purchased or invested in some of the biggest names in internet and video game history. Tencent has subsidiaries including Riot Games (League of Legends), Supercell, (Clash Royale) Epic Games, (Gears of War) and a range of other internet companies.

    Over the next five years, Tencent has pledged to invest close to $15 billion dollars in the eSports industry. This $15 billion will go towards running tournaments across the globe, improving prize pools and payouts, developing new talent, and helping to lay the groundwork for the future of eSports and providing tools for upcoming teams and organizations to get off of the ground.

    Tencent hasn't given too much information about what exact plans they have prepared for the next five years, but they seem very dedicated to turning eSports into an even bigger industry than it already is. With Tencent owning both Riot Games and Supercell, it's clear that they're looking to bring this new eSports growth to all platforms that support competitive video games.

    With Tencent's connections, the $15 billion will also go towards building the kind of infrastructure that a long-lasting industry needs. This will be especially true for Chinese eSports, but Tencent's contributions are no doubt going to help eSports on a global level as well.

  • Twitch Prime Members to Get Free Overwatch Golden Loot Box

    Twitch Overwatch Golden Loot BoxThe range of rewards Twitch Prime is offering to gamers has been incredible so far this year. Next up, Twitch has teamed up with Blizzard to give out a free Overwatch Golden Loot Box to all Twitch Prime members.

    Starting today, anybody with a Twitch Prime account (Or Amazon Prime account) can go onto Twitch to collect their free Golden Loot Box.

    The Golden Loot Box is guaranteed to contain a legendary item of some sort. This offer will continue until August 2017. When August hits, the Overwatch promotion won't end. Instead, the Golden Loot Box will be replaced with 5 free loot boxes.

    5 more loot boxes will then be given out for free in October. Blizzard also plans to launch a number of promotions through Twitch Prime for Hearthstone and for Heroes of the Storm later in the year as well. We'll let you know more about that when Blizzard releases more information.

    It should be noted that if you have Amazon Prime already, you'll be able to sign up to Twitch Prime for free. If you've never had Amazon Prime before, you can also sign up for the 1-month free trial to claim the free Overwatch loot, and then cancel your subscription once your loot has arrived in your Overwatch account.

    What are your thoughts on the free Golden Loot Box? Have you opened up your free box yet? Let us know what item you get by leaving a comment below.

  • Better Online Matchmaking Coming to Street Fighter V

    street fighter v matchmakingCapcom is looking to team up with Bandai Namco to improve the matchmaking experience for Street Fighter V players.

    Chances are, you may have noticed some network issues or latency with the Street Fighter V online servers. It's something that Capcom has acknowledged themselves, and they're actively looking to improve the situation.

    In fact, Capcom is trying so hard to improve their online experience that they're teaming up with a team that knows how to do online matchmaking right; Bandai Namco.

    The Tekken 7 matchmaking experience is far superior to what's offered in Street Fighter V, so the partnership between Bandai Namco and Capcom to improve the server performance in SF5 makes perfect sense.

    Interestingly, the statement released by Capcom seemed to suggest that Bandai Namco and Capcom would be working together on more than just matchmaking performance in the future. This looks like the start of a long, beneficial partnership for both parties. You can see the full statement below.

    "Capcom Co., Ltd. today announced that it has entered into a cross-licensing agreement with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. related to online matching in properties such as the Street Fighter series.

    The purpose of this agreement is to improve the user experience while accelerating the production of titles and reducing development costs for both parties. Further, with this cross-license for online matching, Capcom aims to effectively utilize the patents it has been granted in game series such as Street Fighter in order to deliver even more exciting content to game players.

    With this agreement as a starting point, Capcom will continue to explore cross-licensing opportunities in order to safeguard its patents while improving the user experience and contributing to a healthier game industry."

    Are you looking forward to this Bandai Namco-Capcom partnership?

  • New ZeRo Smash Bros 4 Tier List

    zero smash bros tier list 2017After recent events, ZeRo has built a new tier list for Super Smash Bros 4. The list includes each of the SSMB4 characters, besides the Miis, and has listed each one based on their performance in competitive events.

    Whether you play competitively or simply want to know which characters to pick to give yourself a better chance at beating your friend when they come round to play, this new tier list is worth taking a look at.

    Before we share the entire Smash Bros 4 tier list, let's first take a look at the top 10 picks from ZeRo. The top ten characters in ZeRo's tier list have been showcased below:

    • 10: Mario
    • 9: MarchCina
    • 8: Fox
    • 7: Sonic
    • 6: ZSS
    • 5: Diddy Kong
    • 4: Sheik
    • 3: Rosalina
    • 2: Cloud
    • 1: Bayonetta

    Bayonetta was an interesting choice for number 1, especially considering that not a single Bayonetta player has won a major tournament with that character.

    As ZeRo is a Diddy Kong player himself, it's odd to see Diddy Kong so high up in the list. Many other tier lists would put Diddy Kong in the top 3, without a doubt.

    The rest of the choices for the top 10 in this tier list is something that the majority of the community can agree upon. The remaining 42 characters in this list are in-line with what the rest of the Smash bros 4 scene would say, too, although there are a few characters that should arguably be higher or lower.

    Check out the full list in the featured image above.

  • Dead by Daylight Released to Consoles

    dead by daylight consolesPerhaps after seeing the success of the Friday the 13th game, the Dead By Daylight developers have now pushed out their release for their game across PS4 and Xbox One.

    The new Dead By Daylight console launch is available exclusively as a digital download from either the Xbox Games Store or the PSN marketplace. The new console version has a number of achievements for Xbox One and trophies on PS4 for players to unlock.

    For those unaware, Dead By Daylight is a survival multiplayer game that gives players the chance to play as either one of the survivors or as the killer.

    When playing as the single killer, you must attempt to kill each of the survivors before they can escape. When playing as the survivors, you must team up with other players to either escape or take the killer down.

    There are a number of different killers available, some of which are based on real life serial killers or serial killers from pop culture. The killers available in the console release are the Trapper, the Wraith, the Hillbilly, the Nurse, the Shape, the Hag, and the Doctor.

    Just like with Friday the 13th the game, trying to win as the survivors is far more difficult than it would first seem, despite the fact that the survivors outnumber the Killer.

    This new wave of asymmetrical multiplayer games has certainly brought a breath of fresh air to the industry, so we're grateful to see Dead By Daylight available on Xbox One and the PS4.

    Dead By Daylight will initially be available for $29.99

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