In what appears to get a gigantic marketing stunt, Epic Games has literally deleted Fortnite from the internet after the end of their Season 10 'The End' event.
Twitch streamer 'CouRage' was in the middle of a game of Fortnite when it all happened, with a huge asteroid appearing above the map -- which then started flaring up as it entered the atmosphere and then blasted into the planet. This explosion caused a black hole which sucked everything into it, with CouRage capturing the entire event live with his reaction, including goosebumps.
Epic is now live streaming the black hole on the official Fortnite Twitch channel, where at the time of writing there were close to 40,000 people streaming it. Better yet, Epic has a new mystery for its upcoming 'Chapter 2' with a bunch of numbers -- which is giving me Lost vibes.
Since CD Projekt RED is only working on two franchises (Witcher and Cyberpunk), they're probably not done with the medieval fantasy RPG. Now one dev says he'd like to do more Witcher games...and that could happen quite soon.
We've been collecting evidence of a new Witcher game for years now. Although The Witcher 3 is the end of Geralt's epic journey, there's still room to explore the franchise, and CD Projekt RED isn't about to give up the lucrative IP. Even as CDPR works on the titanic Cyberpunk 2077 with its next-gen visuals, insane engine tech, and immersive freedom, the studio is also developing a mysterious AAA RPG. Right from the start I speculated this could be Witcher-related, especially given its 2021 release deadline, which would firmly plant it in next-gen console territory.
Now in a recent interview with GameSpot at PAX Australia, CD Projekt RED Krakow studio head John Mamais expressed interest in making new Witcher games.
Steam is launching a new feature that allows offline local co-op games to be played online, but there's some limitations.
Introducing Remote Play Together, a new Steam mode lets you play local-only arcade-style games like Cuphead or Killer Queen Black with friends on the internet. It's a way for developers to extend playtime and reach for audiences on PC, and potentially make more sales. Valve says that all local co-op games will be automatically entered into Remote Play Together beta.
The logistics are quite similar to the PS4's Share Play functionality, which basically streams gameplay to another console via a connected network.
Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC will have singleplayer content that isn't coming to consoles, including guns, missions, hideouts and more.
Apart from the obvious huge performance leaps like uncapped frame rates and 4K support, Rockstar is giving players even more reason to play Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC with some exclusive content.
The new content includes new bounty hunter missions, which can actually be pretty dynamic and take you across the entire map, more gang hideouts spread across varying regions, new treasure maps, and most importantly, new weapons and horses. Most of the new weapons are actually found in Red Dead Online on consoles, but aren't actually available in singleplayer. One gun--the M1899 Pistol--was tailor-made for RDR2 on PC.
Likely as part of Activision's big marketing deal with Sony, the new Call of Duty League will hold its tournaments on PS4 consoles instead of PC.
Activision's new Call of Duty League follows the Overwatch League as the company's latest attempt to re-capitalize on a billion-dollar franchise. It's a huge new endeavor that could rake in millions from licenses, marketing deals, sponsorships, merchandise, and ticket sales in a whirwind of sporting event moneymaking. So it's no surprise that Activision has teamed up with the world's most dominant console platform for its new Call of Duty league.
The Call of Duty League sees 12 teams of pro players competing in the new Modern Warfare reboot for a huge $6 million prize pool. But the best of the best won't use enthusiast-grade PC hardware for their high-stakes matches--instead they'll be stuck with the PlayStation 4 Pro and its limited performance. Activision is apparently putting lucrative deals over choosing the ideal platform for pro tournament play.
Konami is adapting yet another beloved franchise into a gambling machine. This time the macabre Silent Hill is getting the treatment.
Silent Hill is coming back, but not in the way you'd hope. It's never good news when one of Konami's franchises gets resurrected, is it? We've been waiting a long, long time for a new Silent Hill game (the last one came out in 2012) and everyone thought the series was pretty much dead after Konami cancelled Hideo Kojima's ultra-spooky Silent Hills game and fired the superstar to boot. It turns out Silent Hills is actually worse than dead: It's now a slot machine.
Konami announced that Silent Hill will be transformed into a "for-wager slot experience" on its new slot cabinet.
As Bethesda readies The Elder Scrolls VI, ZeniMax will keep the franchise alive with continued Elder Scrolls Online expansions and content updates.
At PAX Australia, ESO creative director Rich Lambert said the MMO shows no signs of stopping. The plan is to make ESO last well into the next-gen console age of 2020 and in the years after, but of course no exact details were outlined. This makes sense considering The Elder Scrolls VI is a long, long ways away (it'll ship after Bethesda's new ambitious Starfield IP) and ZeniMax isn't going to let the huge RPG series go dormant.
So far ZeniMax has made tremendous efforts with ESO. Since its release in 2014, the game has received three major expansions that massively expand the game world (Morrowind, Summerset, and the latest dragon-fueled Elsweyr) and further the story. There's been 11 major DLC drops that also add new dungeons and content to compliment the expansions.
Blizzard finally spoke out about the tumultuous Hong Kong controversy, reversing its original punishments. Now Blitzchung responds with a statement of his own that praises Blizzard's move.
Blizzard kicked the hornet's nest by banning Chinese player Blitzchung for calling for Hong Kong's liberation, leading to nearly a week of roiling PR chaos as fans boycotted the company, politicians lambasted Blizzard, and gamers expressed outrage. Now Blizzard is backpedaling on their original decision and plans to give Blitzchung his winnings back and reduce his ban.
In a recent statement, Hearthstone pro player Blitzchung expressed gratitude to Blizzard for their change of face. The player is happy to hear his winnings will be returned, and his one-year ban has been reduced to six months. He isn't sure if he'll compete in pro Hearthstone tournaments, though.
Overwatch retail copies on Switch don't actually include a cartridge, and ship in an empty box.
Overwatch is coming to Switch, but it's basically a digital-only game even if you buy it in stores. Retailers and Nintendo themselves say versions sold on store shelves will be empty and instead include a code to download the game from Nintendo's eShop.
Luckily the game won't be ridiculously huge: Overwatch clocks in at roughly 12GB on Switch. It's not too bad unless you don't have an SD card for extra storage...then Overwatch will take a chunk out of the Switch's 25.9GB of available memory.
Payday 3 should release in the next few years between 2022 and 2023, Starbreeze Studios today announced.
Despite its crushing financial woes, Starbreeze expects to bounce back with Payday 3. In a recent investor's announcement, Starbreeze revealed a roadmap to stable revenues that hinges on a publishing contract for the release of Payday 3.
The games-maker says it'll procure a publishing deal next year, and Payday 3 will release in 2022-2023, well into the lifecycle of next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett. Both systems will feature high-end AMD Zen 2 CPUs and Navi GPUs to push 4K gaming and beyond with high FPS and latency, so Payday 3 should be the best-looking and best-playing game to date.