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The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk Deals With DMCAs

1. Cyberpunk Deals With DMCAs
CD Projekt Red has announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will include a feature that enables players to disable any copyrighted music in the game. This comes in response to the widespread issues streamers have been having with DMCA copyright claims. The studio says that although the Cyberpunk will feature “over 150 songs” from artists across a variety of genres, “not all of these songs can be streamed or used in your video content.” If you decide to disable the copyrighted songs, you can still listen to the non-copyrighted songs as well as a “robust original score” created by the studio’s in-house composers. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to launch on December 10; you can check out the newly-released official gameplay trailer below.
 
2. Roblox Ready Player Two
 
Roblox is currently holding a Ready Player Two crossover event to celebrate the upcoming release of the highly-anticipated novel. Broken up into 7 different pieces, the event is essentially a treasure hunt and mirrors the general theme of the original novel, Ready Player One. The first section of the event is already available but it looks like many of the activities won’t fully start until December 1. Ready Player Two is set to arrive tomorrow, November 24.
 
3. The World Ends With You Sequel
 
Square Enix has announced that the cult classic game The World Ends With You will soon be getting a sequel called NEO: The World Ends With You. Much like the original, NEO will once again take players to a stylized version of Shibuya where they will have to partake in another “Reaper’s Game.” Although no concrete release date has been revealed, Square Enix expects the game to launch on both PS4 and Nintendo Switch in summer of next year. You can check out the announcement trailer for NEO: The World Ends With You below.
 
4. Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie
 
The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is officially set to begin filming. First announced more than 2 years ago, the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has endured many difficulties and the game’s creator Scott Cawthon wrote that it was “a real challenge for everyone to come up with a good screenplay for this.” Although it certainly wasn’t a quick process, the team seems to have finally created a screenplay they are happy with as Cawthon announced that “filming starts in Spring.” There’s no word yet on a target release date but it seems that the movie likely won’t hit theaters until 2022.
 
5. Dragon Age Director New Studio
 
Mike Laidlaw, the former creative director of the Dragon Age series, has now opened up a brand new studio called Yellow Brick Games. The studio is currently composed of 15 industry veterans, many of whom previously held notable positions at studios such as EA, BioWare, and Ubisoft. Yellow Brick Games has yet to announce their debut title but Laidlaw says his mission is to make “new games of high quality” with a “craftsmanship approach.”

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The Daily Moot: PlayStation Game Pass?

1. PlayStation Game Pass?
It looks like PlayStation may soon be getting a game pass of its own. This information comes via Sony CEO Jim Ryan who says there is “news to come” regarding a PlayStation response to the Xbox Game Pass. The Xbox Game Pass, which now offers many highly-anticipated games on day one, has been incredibly successful for Microsoft and nearly 75% of Xbox Series X/S owners are subscribed to the monthly service. While Sony does have its robust PlayStation Now service, PlayStation Now is more centered around older titles rather than new releases. It's unclear if Sony is intending to make the PlayStation Game Pass a standalone service or an expansion of PlayStation Now, and although Jim Ryan said there is “news to come,” he didn’t exactly say when that news would be arriving. Regardless, the prospect of a PlayStation Game Pass is certainly something to look forward to for the many PlayStation fans who have been eyeing the Xbox Game Pass with envy.
 
2. Last of Us TV Show
 
The long-rumored TV show based on The Last of Us is finally happening. HBO announced today that they have officially ordered a new “The Last of Us” TV series and confirmed that creative director Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin would both be working on the project. There’s no target release date yet, which makes sense considering that everything is still very early in production, but HBO says that the show will air on both the HBO channel and HBO Max once it arrives.
 
3. GTA Online: Cayo Perico Heist
 
GTA Online will soon be getting a brand new heist. Called the Cayo Perico Heist, the new adventure will take players to the sunny shores of a remote island compound run by “the world’s most notorious drug dealer.” Along with the heist itself, the update will also introduce a handful of other new content to the game such as weapons, vehicles, social spaces, and radio stations. The Cayo Perico Heist is set to arrive on December 15; you can check out the trailer for the heist below.
 
4. Project 007
 
IO Interactive, the studio behind the acclaimed Hitman series, has announced that they are working on a new James Bond game codenamed Project 007. Although very few details about the unnamed project have been released yet, IO Interactive says that the game will feature a “wholly original Bond story” where players will “step into the shoes of the world's favourite Secret Agent to earn their 00 status in the very first James Bond origin story.” While this news is certainly exciting for 007 fans, it will likely be quite some time before the game is released as it appears the project is still in early development. You can check out the teaser trailer for Project 007 below.
 
5. The Big House 10 Canceled
 
The Big House 10 Super Smash Bros. tournament has been cancelled. The Big House is one of the longest-running annual Smash tournaments in the world and has been held every single year since 2011, but Nintendo of America has now issued a cease-and-desist order causing the cancellation of this year’s event. This is largely because The Big House, which is normally an in-person event, had to move online this year because of the pandemic. According to Nintendo, the tournament’s shift to online “requires use of illegally copied versions of the game in conjunction with a mod called “Slippi” during the online event,” neither of which are approved by Nintendo. In their statement, The Big House said that they were “heartbroken” by the news but “forced to comply with the order.”

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The Daily Moot: Fortnite Returning to iOS

1. Fortnite Returning to iOS
It’s official: Fortnite will soon be returning to Apple devices. Nvidia announced today that their GeForce Now game streaming service has launched in beta on iOS and that Fortnite is “coming soon.” GeForce Now enables players to enjoy PC games on a variety of different devices via Nvidia’s cloud technology, which makes it so that even underpowered devices like mobile phones and old laptops can run cutting-edge games at max settings with no problem. Because GeForce Now is accessed through a web browser rather than a dedicated app, this means that iOS users will soon be able to play Fortnite on iOS by using GeForce Now through Safari. It’s important to note that GeForce Now games are intended to be played with controllers rather than touch screens, but Epic Games says that they’re working on a “touch-friendly version of Fortnite” which will “delay availability of the game” on GeForce Now but also make the finished product more accessible for mobile users. GeForce Now is available now on iOS, and while players may have to wait a little bit longer for Fortnite, Nvidia says that “members can look for the game on iOS Safari soon.”
 
2. Far Cry 6 Release Date
 
It looks like the new release date for Far Cry 6 may have been revealed. Far Cry 6 was originally expected to launch in February 2021 but Ubisoft decided to postpone the release until at least April due to complications caused by the ongoing pandemic. Ubisoft has been silent about a concrete launch date ever since they announced the delay, but as with many games this year, it appears that the date was leaked by an online retailer. The culprit this time is the Microsoft Store, which revealed that Far Cry 6 is now set to arrive on May 25. You can check out the trailer for the upcoming game below.
 
3. Free Google Stadia Kits
 
Google is giving away free Stadia premiere kits to players who purchase Cyberpunk 2077 on the cloud gaming service. The free package, which normally retails for $100, includes a Stadia controller, a Chromecast Ultra, and a one-month subscription to Stadia Pro. Players who already have a Stadia Pro subscription will instead be able to get $10 off the price of Cyberpunk 2077. The offer is available now through December 17 or “until supplies last,” but because Google didn’t say how many free kits were available, players who are interested in the deal should probably act sooner rather than later.
 
4. World of Warcraft Designer Quits
 
World of Warcraft game designer Chris Kaleiki has quit his position at Blizzard after working with the company for more than 13 years. While something like wouldn’t normally be big news because Kaleiki wasn’t in a lead position, this particular situation is notable because of the reason for his departure. Specifically, Kaleiki put out a 15-minute video explaining that he quit his World of Warcraft design job because he was “unhappy with the state of the game.” Although he mentioned several aspects that left him feeling “disconnected,” Kaleski went on to state that he thinks “long-term, WoW and Blizzard will be totally fine,” and says that he’s excited to move on from the company and work on “the next big virtual world instead.”
 
 
5. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Elite Dangerous and The World Next Door. You can grab your free copy of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until November 26. As long as you claim the games by November 26, they will stay in your library forever.
 
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The Daily Moot: The Game Awards 2020 Nominees

1. The Game Awards 2020 Nominees
The nominees for the 2020 edition of The Game Awards have finally been revealed. A total of 75 different games earned nominations across the ceremony’s 23 different categories; The Last of Us Part 2 garnered the most overall nominations with 10, followed by Supergiant Games’ indie hit Hades with 9. The Game of the Year nominees include the aforementioned The Last of Us Part 2 and Hades, as well as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Doom Eternal, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Ghost of Tsushima. The Game Awards 2020 is set to kick off on December 10; you can check out the official announcement video below.
 
2. Fortnite Video Chat
 
Fortnite has now introduced in-game video chat. The feature uses Houseparty, a chat app that was acquired by Epic Games last year, to enable players to stream live feeds of up to 4 players in their Fortnite lobby. In order to use the feature, players have to link their Epic and Houseparty accounts and then use the Houseparty app on an Android or iOS device to serve as their camera. Fortnite’s video chat is currently only available on PC, PS4, and PS5, and Epic declined to state whether or not the feature would be coming to other games or devices in the future.
 
3. Pokemon Go: Go Beyond
 
Niantic has announced that Pokemon Go will soon be getting one of its biggest updates ever: “Go Beyond.” Go Beyond brings a massive number of major changes to the game such as increasing the level cap from 40 to 50, the arrival of Pokemon from the Kalos region, and the new implementation of seasons. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall will now all have unique attributes that affect things such as Pokemon encounter rates, Mega-Evolutions, and in-game events. Pokemon Go: Go Beyond is scheduled to arrive on November 30; you can check out the trailer for the update below.
 
4. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Trailer
 
The launch trailer for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has been revealed. The upcoming new crossover game between Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity combines both universes and serves as a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is set to arrive on November 20; you can check out the new launch trailer for the game below.
 
5. Spelunky 2 PC Multiplayer
 
Developer Derek Yu has unveiled some new details about Spelunky 2’s upcoming multiplayer game mode on PC. Originally expected to be included when the game launched a couple of months ago, multiplayer was delayed on PC after it had “a bit of a rocky start on PS4.” Yu initially announced that there would be 3 “major improvements” for the mode before releasing it on PC, and now 2 of those 3 improvements have been completed. He expects the final one to be finished soon with online play finally ready to launch in “early December.”

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The Daily Moot: Next-Gen Supply Shortages

1. Xbox Series X Availability
Microsoft has revealed some new details about the expected availability of the Xbox Series X/S and it doesn’t look good for consumers. Xbox CFO Tim Stewart announced that the company expects to “continue to see supply shortages” until “the pre-summer months” next year. This means that many players may have to wait until April 2021 or later in order to get their hands on a next-gen Xbox. Nvidia has similarly seen demand outweigh supply with their RTX 3000 series GPUs which are largely expected to be unavailable until next year, and although Sony hasn’t announced anything concrete with the PlayStation 5, it seems likely that they will see significant supply shortages with their next-gen console as well.
 
2. Tachanka Returns
 
After spending more than a month confined to the test server, the reworked version of Tachanka finally arrived today on the Rainbow Six Siege live servers. Often considered one of the worst operators in the game, Tachanka received several significant improvements in the rework designed to change that impression. For example, Tachanka now has the Withstand ability and can use his LMG as a primary weapon. For a preview of everything the new Tachanka has to offer, you can check out the official rework gameplay trailer below.
 
3. Minecraft Star Wars
 
Minecraft just got a new Star Wars crossover event adding a host of intergalactic goodies to the game. The new content predominately revolves around the original Star Wars trilogy in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, but also includes other favorites like Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian. The Star Wars DLC is available now on the Minecraft marketplace; you can check out the trailer for the event below.
 
4. Overwatch Priority Pass
 
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan revealed the upcoming new “priority pass” which will make significant changes to the game’s matchmaking system. The priority pass is designed to both improve queue times as well as reward players who are willing to flex their role. Here’s how it works: players who flex queue will earn a certain amount of priority passes based on whether they win or lose the match. Players can then use those priority passes to “enter a faster queue than you would normally get otherwise” when playing an impacted role in the future. Kaplan didn’t provide a concrete release date for the new matchmaking feature but did say that it would be “coming soon” to the test server.
 
5. Destiny 2 Insta Kill Exploit
 
It looks like even more bugs have arisen from Destiny 2’s massive new Beyond Light expansion. Just days after Bungie removed 2 weapons from the game for being overpowered, players have now found an exploit that enables the new Shadebinder Warlock subclass to instantly kill several of the game’s bosses. Bungie senior community manager Dylan Gafner acknowledged the bug by saying that the team “is investigating alternative fixes” but also said that there are “no plans to delay” the upcoming World First raid race on November 21.
 
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The Daily Moot: Capcom Hack Exposed 350,000 People's Data

1. Capcom Hack New Details
Capcom has released new details regarding their recent ransomware attack finally giving an idea as to how severe the hack was. Between North America and Japan, Capcom estimates that approximately 350,000 people had their personal data compromised in the attack. This includes people such as customers, business partners, and shareholders, and data such as names, addresses, and phone numbers. Capcom stressed that no credit card information was exposed during the hack, but did say that at least 2 former employees had their passport information compromised. Capcom went on to extend its “deepest apologies for any complications or concerns caused by this incident,” and committed to “endeavor to further strengthen its management structure while pursuing legal options regarding criminal acts.”
 
2. Black Ops Cold War Double XP
 
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is currently holding a double XP event to help players grind their levels in the newly released game. Treyarch launched the event as a surprise yesterday and while it was initially scheduled to last just 24 hours, the company decided to extend it to 48 hours following player complaints about the short duration. Double XP works in both multiplayer and zombies game modes and is set to last from now until tomorrow, November 17 at 10 Pacific Time. You can check out the launch trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War below.
 
3. Microsoft Bethesda Update
 
Microsoft has finally shared some more concrete details regarding their plans with Bethesda. During a recent virtual conference Xbox CFO Tim Stuart said very plainly, “We don’t have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo,” meaning Bethesda games will still be available on other platforms for the foreseeable future. With that said however, Stuart also declared that Bethesda games will be “either first or better on our platforms," suggesting that Xbox players will receive some additional perks in comparison to other platforms.
 
4. Deathloop Release Date
 
Following an apparent leak by the PlayStation Store, Bethesda has now confirmed the official release date for Deathloop. Deathloop is an upcoming first-person shooter assassin game developed by studio Arkane Lyon, best known as the creators of the Dishonored franchise, and features a supernatural time loop which players must struggle to break free from. Deathloop is set to launch on May 21 of next year; you can check out the release date reveal trailer below.
 
5. Daisuke Sato Sonic Game?
 
After more than 25 years at SEGA, Daisuke Sato has announced that he is finally looking to make a Sonic game. While Daisuke Sato is probably best known as the series producer for the Yakuza franchise, he has also worked on games such as Virtua Fighter, Super Monkey Ball, and Streets of Rage. In his statement Sato said, “When you hear SEGA you think Sonic. I'd like to get involved once at least.” Assuming that Sato gets his wish, he assures that his version would be “a completely different Sonic.” You can check out SEGA's complete interview with Daisuke Sato below.

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The Daily Moot: Black Ops Cold War Launch

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is officially here. The 17th overall game in the Call of Duty series and the 6th installment of the Black Ops series, Cold War acts as a direct sequel to the original Black Ops and a direct prequel to Black Ops 2. Aside from the story mode, Cold War not only includes the familiar CoD offerings such as multiplayer and zombies, but also brings in the next era of the Warzone battle royale mode. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is available now on both current-gen and next-gen systems; you can check out the official launch trailer for the game below.
 
2. Nintendo Game & Watch
 
Nintendo just released a brand new edition of their original handheld console, the Game & Watch. Called the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. edition, the new console comes alongside the celebrations for this year’s 40th anniversary of the Game & Watch, as well as the 35th anniversary of Super Mario. Although it’s likely more of a novelty than anything else, Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. does come preloaded with a few different games including Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and Ball. You can check out the trailer for the Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. edition below.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia and is best described as a typeracer with bullet hell mechanics. You can grab your free copy of The Textorcist directly from the Epic Games Store from now until November 19. As long as you claim the game by November 19, it will stay in your library forever.
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4. Exit the Gungeon: Hello to Arms
 
Exit the Gungeon, the arcade-style twist on Enter the Gungeon, just got a new expansion today called Hello to Arms. The update introduces tons of new content to the game including new guns, items, and NPCs along with a brand-new boss and game mode. Hello to Arms is free for all players who own the base game; you can check out the trailer for the expansion below.

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The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 Has Arrived

1. PS5 Launch
The PlayStation 5 is officially here. The long-awaited, next-generation PlayStation finally launched today, joining the Xbox Series X/S in the new era of console gaming. Like the arrival of the new Xbox just 2 days ago, availability of the PS5 on release day has been sporadic and many retailers have been going through a cycle of selling out and getting new stock over the course of the day. This has been the case for both versions of the console, the standard edition of which costs $500 while the digital edition costs $400. You can check out the launch trailer featuring the new PlayStation-exclusive Demon’s Souls, which just launched today alongside the PS5, below.
 
2. Destiny 2 Guns Removed
 
The highly-anticipated Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion just went live a couple of days ago, but Bungie has already had to make changes due to bugs and other unforeseen issues. This includes the complete removal of 2 of the game’s brand new exotic guns: the Rose hand cannon and Witherhoard grenade launcher. The Rose hand cannon was supposed to be nerfed in a hotfix from 150rpm to 140rpm but the fix didn’t work so Bungie disabled the gun entirely. The Witherhoard grenade launcher on the other hand had a bug that made its damage over time effect a guaranteed kill in PvP. Bungie is currently investigating a host of issues with the new expansion so it might be a few days before the guns find their way back into the game. In the meantime, you can check out the new Season of the Hunt trailer for Destiny 2: Beyond Light below.
 
3. Plague Inc: The Cure
 
Plague Inc now has a new expansion out called “The Cure.” In stark contrast to the game’s regular gameplay, The Cure game mode will have players attempt to “save the world by controlling the global pandemic response” amidst a plague. The new expansion, which developer Ndemic Creations is calling the game’s “biggest yet,” is available for free for all players who own the base game from now “until COVID-19 is under control." You can check out the teaser for The Cure expansion below
 
4. No Apex Legends Quads
 
Respawn has confirmed that Apex Legends will not be getting a 4-player quads mode. Apex Legends design director James McCord announced, “We don't have any plans to release Quads. It's chaotic in a negative way. We needed to decide this early on in testing. Trios is the magic number for us.” While it’s important to note that this announcement doesn’t rule out the possibility of a 4-player LTE mode, this certainly is not good news for those who were hoping for the arrival of competitive quads.
 
5. Half-Life: Alyx Developer Commentary
 
Half-Life: Alyx just got a new game mode featuring in-depth commentary from the game’s developers. The update adds more than 3 hours of new content to the game via 147 different “points of interest” which players can interact with to hear the developers talk about “every aspect” of the game. It's important to note that Valve highly recommends players beat the regular game before trying the developer commentary mode as it contains “significant spoilers.” You can check out the Half-Life: Alyx commentary update trailer below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Next-Gen Gaming Has Arrived

1. Xbox Series X/S Launch
Next-gen gaming is finally here. With today’s launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S, the next generation of consoles has officially arrived, ushering in a new era of console gaming. The Xbox Series X will enable players to enjoy 4K resolution gaming at up to 120 frames per second and provides the improved hardware that developers need in order to make more demanding, resource-intensive games. The all-digital Xbox Series S is slightly less powerful than the Series X, but significantly cheaper at $300 compared to $500. Both consoles are available now but most retailers have had intermittent availability so it may require some looking around before you find a store that has one in stock. You can check out the official launch trailer for the Xbox Series X/S below.
 
2. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
 
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has officially launched. The 12th mainline game in the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set during the Viking invasion of Britain and has players assume the role of a fictional Viking raider named Eivor. The game was originally expected to launch on November 17, but Ubisoft decided to advance the release date in order to coincide with today’s launch of the Xbox Series X/S. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available on both current-gen and next-gen systems and will be arriving on the PlayStation 5 when it launches on November 12. You can check out Ubisoft’s official deep dive trailer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla below.
 
3. Fortnite Monthly Subscription?
 
It looks like Fortnite may soon be getting monthly subscriptions. No announcements have been made yet, but Epic Games has reportedly been sending surveys to players asking for opinions on a monthly subscription package. The package would include the current season battle pass, an outfit pack that will give players cosmetic items before they arrive in the shop, and 1,000 V-bucks each month. The proposed price points range from $5 to $19 and it seems like player reception has been positive overall. It’s important to note that none of this news means that Fortnite will actually be getting a monthly subscription for certain, but it’s clear that the idea is very much on the Epic Games radar.
 
4. Genshin Impact Leaking Phone Numbers
 
Genshin Impact has apparently been accidentally exposing users’ phone numbers. The issue revolves around the password recovery process which prompts users to verify the mobile phone number associated with their account. Instead of providing a censored version of the phone number for verification, a bug made it so that the page displayed the entire uncensored number for some users. This meant that any hacker who tried to steal an account by resetting its password was also able to acquire the phone number linked to the account. Developer miHoYo has since fixed the issue, but it’s unclear how many users had their data leaked before the bug was patched.
 
5. Cyberpunk Release Date Confirmed
 
CD Projekt Red has re-confirmed the release date of Cyberpunk 2077 to be December 10. This news comes after rumors recently began circulating claiming that the long-awaited game would be getting delayed yet again. CD Projekt Red responded by saying, “As a rule, we don’t comment on rumors or speculation” but would confirm “the new launch date of December 10.” While this wouldn’t be the first time that the game got delayed after the studio “100% confirmed” its launch date, this news should still be reassuring to the many fans who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Cyberpunk 2077 just one month from today.
 
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The Daily Moot: PS5 FAQ Reveals New Details

1. PS5 New Details
Sony just posted a massive FAQ revealing “everything you want to know about PlayStation 5.” The list shares “in-depth details about the PlayStation 5 hardware, the DualSense wireless controller, system features, software details, and much, much, much more,” and while many of the points were already well known, there were a few new details unveiled as well. On the plus side, we now know that all games on the PS5 will be region free, meaning that you’ll be able to play a game even if it didn’t get an official release in your country. Unfortunately there was also some bad news revealed, including the fact that the PS5 will not support 1440p resolution and will not allow users to store PS5 games on an external USB drive. The PlayStation 5 is set to launch on November 12; you can check out Sony’s complete FAQ for the console below.
 
2. Destiny 2: Beyond Light
 
Destiny 2’s massive expansion Beyond Light is almost here. Although Bungie has yet to make any official announcements, they are expected to host a small end-of-season pre-expansion event tonight in the Tower as a celebration for the upcoming DLC. Once the event ends around 7pm Pacific Time, the servers will shut down for extended maintenance and players will not be able to log back in until the expansion officially arrives on November 10. You can check out the launch trailer for Beyond Light below.
 
3. Genshin Impact Visual Novel
 
It sounds like Genshin Impact will soon be getting a short visual novel adaptation as part of the upcoming “Stone Harbor Treasure Journal” event. The Stone Harbor Treasure Journal will be a text-based adventure similar to a visual novel and will have players travel to Liyue where they can complete various tasks and jobs around the city. Players will learn about the game’s 2 upcoming new characters in Zhongli and Childe, and be able to earn up to 200 Urgestein and 50,000 Mora by finishing the event. Developer miHoYo hasn’t announced when Stone Harbor Treasure Journal will launch yet, but it seems that the event will likely start alongside the arrival of update 1.1 on November 11.
 
4. New Mass Effect Game
 
It looks like a new Mass Effect game is in the works. During the recent N7 Day event, BioWare announced that “a veteran team has been hard at work envisioning the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe.” Although very few details have been released yet, the small amount of artwork that has been revealed is leading many fans to believe the game will be a sequel to Andromeda. In addition to the new game, BioWare also announced the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a 4K remaster of the original Mass Effect trilogy, which will be arriving sometime next year. You can check out the official teaser trailer for the Mass Effect Legendary Edition below.
 
5. The Master Chief Collection Halo 4
 
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is finally set to come to a close. Along with a brand-new trailer, developer 343 Industries announced that the final game in the collection, Halo 4, will be arriving on November 17. In addition to Halo 4, the collection now includes Halo 1-3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach. Fans have called for the studio to add Halo 5 to the mix, but 343 Industries stated that it “is not currently in our plans for MCC right now.” You can check out the new Halo 4 trailer for the Master Chief Collection below.

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The Daily Moot: The Future of Call of Duty: Warzone

1. Warzone Synchronization
Infinity Ward and Raven Software have finally unveiled “The Future of Call of Duty: Warzone.” While the name is a bit dramatic, the post essentially explains how the battle royale mode will progress and work across multiple different generations and games following the imminent release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Warzone will have its own overall levelling system but will also share aspects with both Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War (as well as any future title) such as weapons, operators, maps, and cosmetics. For the full breakdown of how Warzone’s synchronization will work you can check out Infinity Ward’s “The Future of Call of Duty: Warzone” post below; Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch November 13.
 
2. Rockstar Next-Gen Plans
 
Rockstar has revealed their next-gen plans for Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2. The studio announced that both games will be backwards compatible and that the current PS4 and Xbox One versions will be playable on their next-gen counterparts. Unfortunately Rockstar didn’t say whether or not they plan to provide free upgrades of the games once their dedicated next-gen editions arrive, but we do know that an enhanced edition of GTA V is already in the works and that a PS5 version of GTA Online is set to launch in 2021.
 
3. K/DA All Out
 
“All Out,” the debut EP from League of Legends virtual K-pop group K/DA, is officially here. The album contains a total of 5 tracks, 3 of which are brand new. The songs are technically performed by Ahri, Kai'Sa, Evelynn, Akali, and Seraphine from League of Legends, but feature vocals from popular artists such as (G)-IDLE, Twice, Bea Miller, Wolftyla, and Aluna. You can check out the new EP on most music streaming services including YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.
 
4. Kerbal Space Program 2 Delayed
 
Kerbal Space Program 2 has been delayed once again. This marks the 3rd time the highly-anticipated sequel has been delayed, but creative director Nate Simpson indicated that the team is clearly looking long-term as he stated, “Quality is paramount. We’re creating a reliable foundation on which players and modders alike can build for another decade or more.” Initially expected to arrive this year, then delayed to 2021, Kerbal Space Program 2 is now set to launch sometime in 2022.
 
5. Capcom Hacked
 
Capcom has been hacked and is apparently now being extorted for $11 million. Capcom issued a press release acknowledging the hack earlier this week, but new details have emerged suggesting that the attack was ransomware designed to get the company to pay to avoid having their sensitive data leaked. The ransom note in this case claims to have downloaded “accounting files, banking statements, intellectual property, and clients and employees personal information,” with the attackers saying that the “data will be published and/or sold through an auction to any third-parties” unless Capcom pays the hackers $11 million. Capcom stated that no user data was obtained in the breach, but has yet to comment on the reports of extortion.
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The Daily Moot: Fortnite Returning to iOS?

1. Fortnite Returning to iOS?
It sounds like Fortnite may soon be returning to Apple devices albeit in a roundabout way. According to a recent report by the BBC, Fortnite will soon be playable via Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming service. The report goes on to state that although GeForce Now is not currently available on iOS devices, an announcement confirming its launch is expected to arrive “before the winter holidays.” Because GeForce now will be accessible through Safari’s web browser, players should be able to play Fortnite on iOS without having to worry about Apple’s ban on Epic Games apps. Both Epic and Nvidia declined to confirm the rumors, but assuming the report is true, we’ll likely be receiving some more official information by December.
 
2. Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Neon Dawn
 
Ubisoft has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege expansion Operation Neon Dawn. Operation Neon Dawn will be the game’s 19th expansion and will introduce the game’s newest operator, Aruni. A laser-wielding defender with a prosthetic arm, Aruni will be the 57th operator on the Rainbow Six Siege roster, as she follows the release of Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher as codename Zero. Operation Neon Dawn is set to be officially revealed on November 8; you can check out the teaser trailer for the upcoming expansion below.
 
3. PS5 No Expandable SSD on Launch
 
Sony has revealed that the PlayStation 5 will not support expandable SSD storage on launch despite the console having an internal slot dedicated for it. It will be available in the future, as Sony explained that it’s “reserved for a future update,” but the company didn’t indicate a time frame as to when the update might arrive. The PlayStation 5 will still support external USB storage on launch, so players shouldn’t have to worry too much about having access to all their favorite games.
 
4. EA’s Next-Gen Plans
 
EA has officially unveiled their plans regarding next-gen upgrades and improvements for their games. Some of the highlights include free next-gen upgrades on both Xbox and PlayStation for Madden 21 and FIFA 21, as well as performance improvements for Apex Legends and Star Wars: Squadrons. For all the details, you can check out EA’s game-by-game breakdown below.
https://www.ea.com/news/ea-nextgeneration-backwardscompatibility
 
5. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. Originally expected to be Wargame: Red Dragon, this week’s free game will instead be Dungeons 3. You can grab your free copy of Dungeons 3 directly from the Epic Games Store from now until November 12. As long as you claim the game by November 12, it will stay in your library forever.
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The Daily Moot: Apex Legends Season 7: Ascension

1. Apex Legends Ascension
Apex Legends Season 7: Ascension officially launches today, bringing several highly-anticipated updates to the game. Perhaps the most notable of all is the introduction of the brand new map Olympus, which will serve as the game’s primary map for the season. Season 7 also welcomes Horizon to the game, a new Legend who helped save the planet Olympus from destruction but ended up losing her young son in the process. Last but not least, the start of Ascension also marks the launch of Apex Legends on Steam, as well as EA’s new cross-platform integration. Apex Legends Season 7 is set to go live tonight at 8pm Pacific Time; you can check out the gameplay trailer for Season 7: Ascension below.
 
2. Xbox Series S Storage Capacity
 
New details have emerged suggesting that the all-digital Xbox Series S may be lacking in storage capacity. Although it’s been marketed as having a 512GB custom SSD, it seems that only 364GB will actually be available for games and apps. While it should be noted that this news hasn’t been verified, if true it would mean that just one game like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which has been confirmed to require more than 130GB on next-gen consoles, could take up a significant amount of your total storage space. While the vast majority of games aren’t nearly as large as the upcoming CoD, it does seem that storage space is something for potential buyers to keep in mind when the Xbox Series S launches alongside the Xbox Series X on November 10.
 
3. World of Warcraft Banning Multi-Boxing
 
Blizzard has officially announced that they will be banning multi-boxers in World of Warcraft. Multi-boxing is the usage of third-party software to control multiple accounts at the same time, which Blizzard says “is used to support botting and automated gameplay.” Blizzard will “soon begin issuing warnings to all players who are detected using input broadcasting software” as one final warning before it becomes an actionable offense in the near future. The punishments for violating the new policy will “include suspension and, if necessary, permanent closure of the player's World of Warcraft account.”
 
4. Among Us Road Map
 
Innersloth has released a new road map for Among Us revealing the developer’s plans for the game. It’s clear that they are very much focused on reducing the “cheating and hacking going on,” but the roadmap also mentioned that there are significant issues with bugs and said “rushing anti-hacks is what caused the bugs.” Aside from the technical improvements, Innersloth also shared some of the new features they’re hoping to implement in the near future, including official game accounts and a new map. It’s unclear when the new map will be released but we do know that accounts are scheduled to arrive sometime in December.
 
5. Spelunky 2 Olmec Changes
 
Spelunky 2 just got a big new update which changed one of the game’s most time-consuming bosses in Olmec. Specifically, Olmec will now only throw bombs while players are below him and his floaters have had their life reduced to just 1 hitpoint. The update also included several quality of life changes, such as enabling players to grab ladders and ropes while attacking and making it so that “physics should no longer crush the player as easily as before.”
 
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The Daily Moot: Machine Learning to Fight Toxicity

1. Overwatch Toxicity
During Blizzard’s recent Fireside Chat, president J. Allen Brack revealed some new details about Blizzard’s approach to toxicity in Overwatch. Specifically, Brack explained that the company’s use of machine learning has been extremely successful, leading to “an incredible decrease not only in toxic text chat, but an overall decrease in reoffense rates” as well. Although the system originated in Overwatch, Blizzard has now started to implement it in other games such as Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft. Brack went on to say that Blizzard is “continuing to improve the speed and the accuracy of this system” and are looking to make small steps which “can add up to a lasting change.” You can check out the full Fireside Chat video below.
 
2. AGDQ 2021
 
Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 has been announced. The annual speedrunning charity fundraiser will look to top 2020’s record-setting drive which raised more than $3 million for cancer research. Some of the games that will be featured at AGDQ 2021 include Celeste, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Cuphead, with several speedrunners looking to set new world records. AGDQ 2021 will be online only and is set to kick off on January 7.
 
3. Watch Dogs: Legion Corrupted Saves
 
It appears that Watch Dogs: Legion may have a problem with corrupted save files. Many users have been reporting issues with the game’s save system which has apparently caused several players to lose all of their progress in the game. The corrupted save bug happens when players turn off their systems while the game is saving or don't exit the game properly. The root of the issue however is that the game often freezes when saving to exit, causing many players to turn off their systems to fix the freeze. Ubisoft has announced that they are aware of the issue, but said that they likely won’t have a patch ready until November 9.
https://www.pcgamer.com/au/watch-dogs-legion-corrupted-save-fix-may-be-several-days-away-ubisoft-says/
 
4. Fall Guys Godzilla
 
Fall Guys now has a Godzilla costume. The costume is part of an official collaboration with Godzilla distributor Toho, and arrives in celebration of Godzilla Day and the annual G-Fest Godzilla Festival in Japan. If you want the costume, it’s available for 10 Crowns in the Crown Store but will only be here for a limited time. You can check out the trailer for the Godzilla costume below.
 
5. TwitchCon Announced
 
Twitch has officially announced “GlitchCon,” a virtual version of TwitchCon set to happen later this month. Not many details about the event have been revealed yet, but the announcement mentions an “interdimensional portal” and encourages users to “step inside.” Although Twitch didn’t give an exact time, they did say that GlitchCon is scheduled to take place on November 14.

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The Daily Moot: Fortnite Next-Gen Enhancements

1. Fortnite Next-Gen Enhancements
Epic Games just revealed new details about Fortnite’s next-gen enhancements. Both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X players will be able to enjoy the game in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, but the Xbox Series S will be capped at 1080p. The Xbox Series X will also have an improvement over the Series S with its “dynamic visuals and physics,” while the PlayStation 5 version will take advantage of “DualSense controller immersion” and its haptic feedback capabilities. The Xbox Series X/S is set to launch on November 10; the PlayStation 5 will arrive 2 days later on November 12.
 
2. Ruined King Revealed
 
Ruined King, the upcoming new single-player game based on League of Legends, has officially been revealed. League of Legends has been one of the most popular games on the planet for more than a decade now, and fans have long called upon Riot Games to create a more lore-heavy version of the game. Riot has finally addressed those wishes with Ruined King, with the company saying, “We are excited to take this plunge into exploring stories and champions that players have enjoyed over the years, and can’t wait for our players to embark on this new adventure with us.” Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is set to arrive in early 2021; you can check out the announcement video for the game below.
 
3. Old School RuneScape Player Numbers
 
It looks like Old School RuneScape has more players now than ever. Following the recent start of the new limited-time event “Leagues 2: Trailblazer,” OSRS set a record for its all-time high player count at over 157,000 concurrent players. Trailblazer is a variant of the game featuring special rules where players can acquire powerful relics, but the mode will only be around until January 6. You can check out the trailer for Leagues 2: Trailblazer below.
 
4. Shadow of Mordor Cutting Online
 
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor will soon be cutting its online features. Nemesis Forge, Vendetta missions, leaderboards, and WBPlay will all be removed from the game by the end of the year. Some of the unlockable content from the affected modes, including the Orc Hunter and Gravewalker runes, will be automatically awarded to all players once the change goes through. Online play is expected to be removed from the game entirely on December 31.
 
5. Marvel’s Avengers Prices Reduced
 
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have permanently reduced the prices of some of the in-game cosmetics in Marvel’s Avengers. The change is essentially a permanent extension of last week's sale, with Takedowns and Emotes now costing half the amount of credits that they used to. This news comes via a new in-game message which reads, “Based on your feedback, we are keeping the 50% discounts on Takedowns and Emotes from last week's sale and making them the new regular price of these items.”

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1. Black Ops Cold War Specs
Activision has released the hardware specifications for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on PC. Much like Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War will be absolutely massive. Given the specs that Activision revealed it appears that the game will require up to 250GB of space for the full game or 50GB for just the multiplayer mode. Activision has not revealed the specs for PlayStation or Xbox yet, but the game will likely require a significant amount of space on consoles as well. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch on November 13.
 
2. Ubisoft Next-Gen Plans
 
Ubisoft has revealed their plans for next-gen upgrades and cross-progression. Several titles including Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Siege, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will receive next-gen upgrades free of charge. Many games will also have full cross-progression across all platforms, meaning that players can progress on the same account regardless of which platform they’re playing on. You can check out the entire list which breaks down each title game-by-game below.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Blair Witch and Ghostbusters: Remastered. You can grab your free copy of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until November 5. As long as you claim the games by November 5, they will stay in your library forever. The Epic Games Store is also having a Halloween sale right now with discounts of up to 75 percent off games such as Dead Cells, World War Z, Control, and Crysis Remastered. The Halloween sale is set to run from today until November 5.
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/free-games
 
4. Genshin Impact Update Trailer
 
Genshin Impact just released a new trailer for their massive upcoming 1.1 update. The trailer not only teases the 4 new characters that will be joining the game, but also some of the new content and quests as well. Version 1.1 is set to arrive on November 11; you can check out the trailer for the update below.
 
5. Everspace 2 Postponed
 
Rockfish Games announced that they have decided to postpone the launch of Everspace 2. Much like Path of Elixe’s announcement yesterday, this is due to the studio’s desire to not compete against Cyberpunk 2077 which launches on December 10. Rockfish Games explained, “We are aware that Everspace 2 fans will be unhappy, but competing with the arguably most anticipated videogame in history is just not a good idea.” Originally expected to launch in early access in December, Everspace 2 will now arrive in January.

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The Daily Moot: Watch Dogs: Legion

1. Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs: Legion has officially launched. Set in near-future London, the highly-anticipated game is the third in the Watch Dogs series and gives players the ability to “play as anyone,” as each character in the game is able to be recruited to your party. The Xbox version of the game launched with a game-breaking bug that prevented players from progressing in the campaign once they reached the aptly named mission “404,” but the issue has now been hotfixed. Watch Dogs: Legion is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One; you can check out the story trailer for the game below.
 
2. Cyberpunk Causing More Delays
 
The most recent delay of Cyberpunk 2077 is apparently causing other gaming studios to delay their upcoming games and content as well. For example, developer Grinding Gear Games announced that they would be postponing the launch of Path of Exile’s end-game expansion from December 11 to January 2021 so that they would not have to compete with the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. This is despite Grinding Gear Games claiming that the expansion is “in a very stable and polished state” and will be finished “by early/mid-December.” Cyberpunk 2077, which was expected to launch on November 19, is now set to arrive on December 10.
 
3. Shadowlands Release Date
 
World of Warcraft’s upcoming Shadowlands expansion now has an official release date. Shadowlands was originally expected to launch on October 27, but was delayed until “later this year” in order to “polish the expansion and shore up the endgame.” The Shadowlands expansion will be World of Warcraft’s eighth major DLC, and will have players exploring the game’s version of the afterlife. World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is set to arrive on November 23 with a pre-launch event starting November 10; you can check out the newly-released story trailer for the expansion below.
 
4. Far Cry 6 Delay
 
During their recent earnings report, Ubisoft announced that the launch of Far Cry 6 will be delayed. The studio said that both Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine encountered “production challenges caused by COVID-19” which led to their delays. Although Ubisoft didn’t specify an exact release date, they said that Far Cry 6 won’t be coming out until April 2021 at the earliest, meaning that it will miss its planned launch day of February 18. You can check out the reveal trailer for Far Cry 6 below.
 
5. Final Fantasy 16 Details
 
Square Enix just launched the official website for Final Fantasy 16, unveiling a ton of new details about the upcoming game. Some of the highlights include the reveal of the protagonist’s name: Clive Rosfield, as well as several of the other main characters in Joshua Rosfield (Clive’s younger brother) and Jill Warrick who is a childhood friend of the brothers. Although the website shares plenty of exciting information for Final Fantasy fans, it does not reveal any expected release date window for the game. The developers did note, however, that the “next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021.” In the meantime you can check out the Final Fantasy 16 official reveal trailer below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Halo Infinite Project Director Steps Down

1. Halo Infinite Project Director Steps Down
Chris Lee, the lead project director for the highly-anticipated Halo Infinite, has left the project after the game’s most recent delay. In his statement Lee said, “I have stepped back from Infinite and I am looking at future opportunities.” Lee is the third director who has now left Halo Infinite, following the departures of creative director Tim Longo and lead producer Mary Olsen. Halo Infinite was originally slated to be a launch game alongside the upcoming Xbox Series X/S, but is now expected to arrive sometime next year.
 
2. Valorant Rollback
 
Riot Games has rolled back yesterday’s Valorant update, calling it a “technical nightmare.” Patch 1.11 marked the long-awaited arrival of left-hand view as well as Valorant’s newest agent, Skye, but was only live for a couple of hours before Riot decided to abandon ship and roll the game back to a previous version. It’s unclear when exactly Patch 1.11 will re-launch, but Riot said that they plan to wait until later in the week once they “can figure out a less disruptive time for the Valorant First Strike Qualifiers.”
 
3. K/DA “More” Music Video
 
League of Legends K-pop group K/DA has premiered the music video for their latest track “More.” More marks the debut appearance of the newly-released champion and K/DA member Seraphine, and features vocal performances from artists such as (G)I-DLE, Lexie Liu, and Jaira Burns. The virtual group will be releasing their first album “ALL OUT EP” on November 6; you can check out the music video for More below.
 
4. Dave Kosak Leaves Blizzard
 
Dave Kosak has left Blizzard Entertainment. Kosak had been with the studio for 12 years and had served as the lead narrative designer for World of Warcraft and the lead mission designer for Hearthstone. In his statement, Kosak said that it was time to “move on” from Blizzard and announced that he will be taking on an “important role” at the newly established studio Deviation Games. Deviation Games has yet to share any details about their debut outing, but Kosak said it’s a project that “will make you go whoa.”
 
5. AMD GPUs Revealed
 
AMD has finally revealed their RX 6000 series GPUs. Set to go toe-to-toe with Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series GPUs, AMD claims that their “Big Navi” RX 6900 XT is able to achieve benchmarks comparable to the RTX 3090, but it appears that AMD’s card requires “rage mode” enabled in order to do so. The first batch of RX 6000 series GPUs are set to arrive on November 18; you can check out AMD’s reveal of the cards below.

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The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk Delayed Again

1. Cyberpunk Delayed Again
Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed once again. Despite the fact that the game went gold earlier this month, which means that it’s officially been approved for launch, CD Projekt Red has decided to push back the release date in order to continue “working on it and raising the quality bar.” CD Projekt explained that although the game is technically ready, their “biggest challenge” with Cyberpunk right now is optimizing it for “current-gen, next-gen, and PC at the same time,” which requires the studio to “prepare and test” 9 different versions of the game. Studio head Adam Badowski said, "We feel we have an amazing game on our hands and are willing to make every decision, even the hardest ones, if it ultimately leads to you getting a video game you'll fall in love with." Originally expected to launch on April 16, then September 17, then November 19, Cyberpunk 2077 is now set to arrive on December 10.
 
2. Xbox Games on PC
 
Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed that all next-gen first-party Xbox games will be coming to PC. Specifically, Spencer said, “if we are shipping a first-party game on PC it's coming to Steam and our own store,” but also acknowledged that Xbox console players may get some perks regarding “when certain things happen,” suggesting that timed exclusives are still a possibility. While this confirmation only applies to first-party games, it seems Spencer is hoping to apply this policy to third-party Xbox exclusives as well, but said that there “maybe little anomalies every so often and because of relationships and certain developers that want to do certain things.”
 
3. Ubisoft Next-Gen Enhancements
 
Ubisoft has revealed some of their next-gen enhancements for games like Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Immortals Fenyx Rising on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. The exact enhancements vary between consoles and from game to game, but it’s clear that the vast majority of titles will be able to enjoy 4K resolution at 60FPS (with Rainbow Six Siege getting 4K resolution at 120FPS) and will be able to take full advantage of each console’s improved load speeds. Certain games, such as Watch Dogs Legion, will also be able to use raytracing technology, although this seems to be more of the exception than the rule. You can check out Ubisoft’s game-by-game breakdown of their next-gen plans below.
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4. Baby Yoda Coming to Squadrons
 
Baby Yoda will soon be making his way to Star Wars: Squadrons as part of the upcoming “Mandalorian Supply Drop” update. This news is somewhat surprising considering that EA previously stated that Squadrons would not be getting any additional content after launch. The Mandalorian Supply Drop will introduce 8 new items to the game, but it seems that each of them will merely be cosmetic. The Mandalorian Supply Drop is set to hit Star Wars: Squadrons tomorrow, October 28.
 
5. Chris Metzen Warchief Gaming
 
Chris Metzen, the former longtime senior vice president of Blizzard, has now opened a new tabletop gaming company called Warchief Gaming. Metzen retired from Blizzard in 2016 after 23 years with the company, saying at the time that he wasn’t planning on “starting up new projects.” The former creative director for games such as Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch, it will be interesting to see what kind of vision Metzen can bring to the new platform in tabletop. You can check out the official announcement for Warchief Gaming below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Black Ops Cold War PlayStation-Exclusive Game Mode

1. Black Ops Cold War Zombies Onslaught
Call of Duty has revealed Zombies Onslaught, a new game mode which will be exclusive to PlayStation in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Described as a “two-person, fast-paced Zombies experience,” Zombies Onslaught will enable players to earn special rewards each season, and players will be ranked based on how many elite zombies they’re able to take down. Unfortunately for PC and Xbox players, Zombies Onslaught will be exclusive to PS4 and PS5 for an extremely long time, with other platforms forced to wait until November 2021 to get access to the new game mode. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch on November 13; you can check out the trailer for Zombies Onslaught below.
 
2. Fortnite Marvel Integration
 
Donald Mustard, the worldwide creative director for Epic Games, has unveiled some of the studio’s future plans for Fortnite. Specifically, Mustard explained that Nexus War is only the beginning of Fortnite’s major crossover with Marvel, and said that the teams “have planned for many years of Marvel integration.” This not only reveals that Marvel will likely have a permanent foothold in the Fortnite universe, but also that Epic Games has already come up with “many, many, many years” worth of content and lore for Fortnite. Mustard also mentioned that “the island is the main character” in Fortnite and that it will go through a protagonist’s “traditional arc,” so players can likely look forward to many more significant changes to the Fortnite island in the future.
 
3. Apex Legends Promise
 
In Apex Legends’ latest Stories from the Outlands trailer “Promise,” Respawn has unveiled Season 7’s upcoming new legend, Dr. Mary Somers. Also known as Horizon, Dr. Somers is a time traveller from the planet Olympus who is on a quest to find her abandoned son after she left him behind when embarking on a successful mission to save her homeland. EA revealed that Olympus will serve as the new map for Season 7, but has yet to unveil many concrete details about the map itself. Season 7 of Apex Legends is set to begin on November 4; you can check out the Promise trailer below.
 
4. PUBG Lore
 
PUBG Corp has now created an official website entirely dedicated to PUBG’s lore. Some of the features include narrative stories, character breakdowns, and the origins of artifacts such as the Paramo Stone. While the newly-launched website only offers a relatively small amount of content right now, it’s clear that PUBG Corp plans to add much more lore to the page over time. You can check out “the official home of PUBG lore” below.
 
5. Fallout 76: Steel Dawn
 
The Brotherhood of Steel will soon be coming to Fallout 76. Bethesda announced the news with a new teaser trailer for the upcoming expansion Steel Dawn, explaining the group’s re-emergence by saying, “Paladin Leila Rahmani and her troops have arrived from California to establish a new Appalachian chapter.” Players will be able to join in on the Brotherhood’s mission to rebuild society by working “with or against the other Factions to achieve success.” The Steel Dawn expansion will be free for all Fallout 76 players and is set to arrive in December of this year; you can check out the brief teaser trailer for Steel Dawn below.

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The Daily Moot: Minecraft to Require Microsoft Accounts

1. Minecraft to Require Microsoft Accounts
Minecraft will soon require all players to have a Microsoft account in order to play the game. This news is targeted at the large percentage of players who own the original version of Minecraft, the Minecraft Java Edition. This change means that players who currently sign into Minecraft with a Mojang account will be forced to migrate their Mojang account to a Microsoft account. Microsoft has made it very clear that “migrating from Mojang to Microsoft accounts is mandatory” and emphasized that “if you don’t make the move, in several months you won’t be able to log in anymore.” Microsoft will be migrating players in batches but reassured fans by saying that there is “no need to worry, because we’ll give you detailed and clear instructions on how to do so.” The first batch of migrations is set to commence in early 2021; you can check out Minecraft’s “Java Account Migration” announcement video below.
 
2. Genshin Impact Resin Changes
 
Genshin Impact has now improved certain aspects of its Resin system. Resin is required to complete many of the game’s various activities and is particularly necessary once players near the end game. The update has now increased the maximum amount of Resin players can store from 120 to 160 and also reduces the cost of the weekly battle pass challenge from 1600 Resin to 1200. Despite the improvements, many players have argued that the changes fail to address the root of the problem: the rate at which Resin is generated. Players currently earn just 1 Resin every 8 minutes, meaning that players, especially those near the end game, are often able to drain their Resin much more quickly than it regenerates. With that said however, it doesn't look like Genshin Impact has any plans to adjust the rate any time soon.
 
3. Apex Legends Coming to Steam
 
Apex Legends will soon be coming to Steam. This is just the latest game in the Electronic Arts library to make the move as EA slowly continues their migration back to Steam. The Steam version of Apex Legends will include full crossplay support with Origin and console devices, and players will be able to use the same account for both Origin and Steam and will have the ability to swap between them at any time. Players who login to the Steam version of the game at any point during Season 7 will be able to earn some free gun charms based on Valve’s Half-Life and Portal. Apex Legends will arrive on Steam alongside the launch of Season 7 on November 4.
 
4. Gears 5 Story DLC
 
Gears 5 developer The Coalition has announced that a Gears 5 story DLC is in the works. Zoe Curnoe, the lead producer for the game, didn’t provide many details about the upcoming DLC, but said, “the title is Hivebusters, so it might give you a little hint as to what that content might contain.” As of right now, the Hivebusters squad currently exists in the Gears universe via the Escape game mode, but they never actually make an appearance in the game’s campaign. The Hivebusters DLC is set to arrive sometime in December of this year and will be available on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Seires X/S.
 
5. Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Raid
 
Sucker Punch Productions has announced that an end-game raid called “The Tale of Iyo” will soon be coming to Ghost of Tsushima: Legends. Sucker Punch describes The Tale of Iyo as “the culmination of the story in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends” and strongly recommends that players complete all story and survival missions prior to attempting the raid. The raid itself will be divided into 3 separate chapters, each requiring a pre-arranged team of 4 high-level players with “excellent coordination and communication.” The Tale of Iyo update will also introduce weekly challenges to the game, enabling players to earn max-level gear for the raid, but Sucker Punch warns that “these missions are Nightmare Difficulty, intended to put you and your team to the test, and will be very difficult.” The Tale of Iyo is set to arrive on October 30.
 
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The Daily Moot: Fortnitemares 2020

1. Fortnitemares 2020
Fortnitemares, Fortnite’s annual Halloween celebration, is back. This year’s edition is officially named “Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge” and follows the plot of Shadow Midas who has taken over The Authority and is now transmogrifying fallen players into Shadows. Shadows are able to return to the land of living and wreak havoc against the remaining players, taking advantage of their newly acquired spooky skills such as the ability to possess vehicles. There’s also widespread speculation that a Ghostbusters crossover will emerge during the event, but Epic has yet to confirm the rumors. Despite the frightening theme of the festivities, Fortnitemares brings with it some pretty happy news for PC players: the update has reduced the total game size by more than 60GB on PC. Aside from the game changes, Fortnitemares will also be including a J Balvin concert, which will begin at 6pm Pacific Time on Halloween night. Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge is live now and is set to run through November 3; you can check out the trailer for the event below.
 
2. EA Loot Box Lawsuit
 
Electronic Arts has just been hit with a huge lawsuit in Canada claiming that EA’s loot boxes serve as an “unlicensed, illegal gaming system.” The lawsuit specifically names more than 50 different EA titles ranging from 2008 to the present day, including popular franchises such as FIFA, Madden, Battlefield, Mass Effect, and Apex Legends. The suit goes on to claim that “loot boxes contribute towards videogame and gambling addiction,” and states that “gaming is strictly controlled and licensed” in Canada and that EA acted “in breach of these laws.” EA has yet to comment on the matter.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Costume Quest 2 and Layers of Fear 2. You can grab your free copy of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until October 29. As long as you claim the games by October 29, they will stay in your library forever. The Epic Games Store is also having a Halloween sale right now with discounts of up to 75 percent off games such as Dead Cells, World War Z, Control, and Crysis Remastered. The Halloween sale is set to run from today until November 5.
 
4. New Kojima Project
 
It looks like Hideo Kojima is working on a new game. After teasing a new project back in June, it seems that the unnamed game has finally started development as Kojima Productions listed a series of job openings searching for “best-in-class talent.” Unfortunately, Kojima hasn’t unveiled any details about the project, which means that fans will likely be rife with speculation for the foreseeable future. Silent Hills, Death Stranding 2, and a new Metal Gear Solid game all seem to be candidates, but it’s entirely possible that the upcoming game will be something new altogether. At any rate, considering that the game is just now beginning development, it will likely be quite some time before Kojima reveals anything concrete about the project.
 
5. Hearthstone Massive Update
 
Hearthstone has just unveiled a massive new update which will completely revamp several key aspects of the game. In what Blizzard is calling “Hearthstone’s biggest systems update ever,” the popular collectible card game has introduced a new progressions system which is broken up into 4 parts: a new “Achievements System,” a “Central Rewards Track,” a “Quest Revamp” with both daily and weekly quests, and an “Updated Profile Page” where players can track all of their stats. In addition to the progressions update, Hearthstone has also received a new game mode called Hearthstone Duels which combines Dungeon Run with head-to-head battles. Hearthstone Duels is live now in early access, but the progressions revamp won’t arrive until November 12. You can check out Blizzard’s breakdown of all the changes below.

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The Daily Moot: Ubisoft Connect

1. Ubisoft Connect
Ubisoft has announced a next-gen player service called Ubisoft Connect, which will replace and expand upon both Uplay and Ubisoft Club. Ubisoft Connect will act as a cross-platform “universal interface” and will enable players to easily track their progress across all Ubisoft games as well as provide exclusive rewards through its loyalty program. This will enable complete cross-progression between devices and will include a cross-platform friends list, stats sheet, and leaderboard. Furthermore, Ubisoft Connect will also introduce a new “smart intel” feature which will provide gameplay tips and challenges for each Ubisoft game. Ubisoft Connect is set to arrive alongside the launch of Watch Dogs: Legion on October 29.
 
2. PUBG Season 9
 
PUBG Season 9 is officially live. While Season 9 introduces several changes to the game, the brand-new map Paramo is certainly the most significant. Paramo is by far the most dynamic map that PUBG has ever released as it evolves over the course of each match, presenting new challenges and opportunities as the terrain changes. On the rewards side of things, Season 9 will be split up into 2 different season passes, each lasting for 2 months with another sizable update between them. PUBG Season 9 is live now on PC and will arrive on console on October 29; you can check out the Season 9 Paramo launch trailer below.
 
3. Amazon Luna Early Access
 
Luna, Amazon’s new cloud gaming service, has now entered early access. According to the announcement, Amazon has “received hundreds of thousands of requests for early access” and “will begin granting invitations to a small set of customers in the U.S.” starting today. As of right now, Luna is available on PC, Fire TV, and iOS, with an Android version “coming soon.” In terms of pricing, the early access version of Luna will cost $6/month, with subscribers able to “play 50 games to start, with more added over time.”
https://blog.aboutamazon.com/devices/amazon-luna-early-access-begins-today
 
4. Ghost of Tsushima Sequel?
 
It looks like Ghost of Tsushima may be getting a sequel. According to a new job listing from Ghost of Tsushima developer Sucker Punch, the studio is looking for a narrative writer with the “desire to write stories set in feudal Japan.” While the listing doesn’t mention Ghost of Tsushima by name, it has understandably attracted the attention of fans as it aligns perfectly with the game’s theme and setting. Of course, considering that the job listing was just recently posted, it will likely be quite some time before the game actually comes to fruition if it is indeed a Ghost of Tsushima sequel. In the meantime, PlayStation players can enjoy the game’s free new co-op expansion, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, which just launched last week. You can check out the launch trailer for Legends below.
 
5. 2K Addresses NBA 2K21 Ads
 
Following widespread outrage, 2K Games has finally addressed the unskippable in-game commercials that were recently added to NBA 2K21. Specifically, 2K said that the ads were “not meant to run as part of the pre-game introduction” and promised that the issue “will be fixed in future episodes.” That said, 2K is still planning to keep the ads in general, they’re just going to be removing them from the pre-game introductions and instead have the ads “integrated into 2KTV segments.”
 
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The Daily Moot: The Haunting of Verdansk

1. The Haunting of Verdansk
The Haunting of Verdansk is officially underway. As Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone’s Halloween event, The Haunting of Verdansk is bringing some big name horror collaborations to the game. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Saw have both made their way into the Call of Duty universe via new items and cosmetics such as the Billy skin for Morte, the Leatherface skin for Velikan, and the Phlebotomozier Lethal Equipment piece. The Halloween-themed limited-time event also introduces a new trick-or-treat reward system alongside multiple new game modes for both Modern Warfare and Warzone. The Haunting of Verdansk is set to run from today through November 3; you can check out the trailer for the event below.
 
2. Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods
 
Doom Eternal’s first major DLC “The Ancient Gods: Part 1” is now available. The paid expansion adds plenty of new content to the game including 3 new campaign maps, new support runes, and the Maykr Slayer cosmetic collection. Alongside the launch of the DLC, Bethesda has also released the game’s third free update with minor improvements such as bug fixes, an upcoming “THANKSGIBBING” event, and new Battlemode features. You can watch the launch trailer for The Ancient Gods: Part 1 below.
 
3. Destiny 2 Beyond Light Story Trailer
 
Bungie has released a new story reveal trailer for Destiny 2’s upcoming major expansion, Beyond Light. The trailer reveals that Guardians won’t be the only ones with new powers, as Eramis, a Fallen Captain who has sold her faction out to the Darkness, has acquired the power of Stasis. The Beyond Light expansion is set to launch on November 10; you can check out the story reveal trailer below.
 
4. Hyper Scape Halloween Event
 
Hyper Scape continues to make improvements and attempt to regain some of its former glory, this time with a new Halloween event. The limited-time event includes 2 new game modes: The Crown Rush Solo mode which existed previously but this time will have Second Chance enabled, and the brand-new Dark Haze Squad mode which will arrive on October 27. As expected, the Halloween event also introduces plenty of cosmetics with a variety of new paid and free offerings available every day of the event. The Hyper Scape Halloween event is live now and will run until November 3; you can watch the trailer for the event below.
 
5. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Post-Launch Plans
 
Although Assassin’s Creed Valhalla won’t come out until next month, Ubisoft has already revealed some of their post-launch plans for the game. Along with a variety of free seasonal content, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will also be getting 2 major paid expansions shortly after launch. The first, which is expected to arrive in Spring 2021, is called Wrath of the Druids and will focus on an ancient Druidic cult in Ireland. The second expansion, The Siege of Paris, will arrive in Summer and will explore the saga of “the most ambitious battle in Viking history." Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set to launch on November 10; you can check out the post-launch and season pass trailer below.

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The Daily Moot: Rainbow Six Siege Xbox Game Pass

1. Rainbow Six Siege Xbox Game Pass
Rainbow Six Siege will soon be coming to the Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft announced the news by posting a picture depicting a medieval siege with 6 rainbows overhead on their Xbox Game Pass Twitter account, hinting at the upcoming collaboration. Rainbow Six Siege will be available on both the PC and console versions of the Xbox Game Pass, and Ultimate subscribers will be able to play Siege on Android devices via xCloud as well. Rainbow Six Siege is set to arrive on Game Pass on October 22.
 
2. Watch Dogs Legion: Aiden Pearce
 
In a recent AMA, Watch Dogs Legion producer Lathieeshe Thillainathan shared some details about the game’s inclusion of original Watch Dogs protagonist Aiden Pearce. Specifically, players will be able to replay the entire game with Aiden Pearce in their party, not just the DLC, and the team is “writing the full single player story again with Aiden’s personality.” Watch Dogs Legion is set to launch on October 29; you can check out the Aiden Pearce teaser trailer below.
 
3. NBA 2K21 Unskippable Ads
 
NBA 2K21 has now added advertisements to the game. Not only have these commercials taken the place of loading screens, they are entirely unskippable and take significantly more time than the previous loading screens. Furthermore, players are no longer able to edit their lineups during the new advertisements. This has understandably caused outrage amongst fans, especially considering that 2K chose to wait a month after the game’s release to introduce the ads, meaning that most players purchased the game prior to the “feature” being added.
 
4. Spelunky 2 Now Easier
 
Spelunky 2 is now a little bit easier. The long-awaited sequel to the critically-acclaimed roguelike platformer Spelunky, Spelunky 2 certainly hasn’t pulled any punches when it comes to difficulty. In fact, it turns out that a large percentage of players have been unable to get past even the very first area “Dwelling.” The game’s development team acknowledged the early-game difficulties by saying, “We know Dwelling is causing players frustration and think there's some fair criticism there.” The area has now been patched with “tuned monster spawn chances” in the early Dwelling zones, as well as “more room variety in the last Dwelling level.” While these changes still won’t make things easy, players who have struggled thus far should now find the early game to be at least a little less difficult.
 
5. Stardew Valley Split Screen Co-Op
 
Stardew Valley will soon be getting local split screen co-op. Developer Eric Barone has announced that the feature will be introduced with the upcoming Patch 1.5, although no release date for the patch has been revealed yet. Barone confirmed that split screen co-op will support up to 4 players on PC, but noted that it might be limited to 2 players “on some other platforms.” Stardew Valley has long supported online co-op, but the addition of local co-op is great news for families and friends who are hoping to play together without having to own multiple copies of the game.

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The Daily Moot: Xbox Series X & Bethesda Update

1. Xbox Series X/S and Bethesda Update
Xbox head Phil Spencer has shared some new details about the upcoming Xbox Series X/S as well as Microsoft’s plans with Bethesda. In general, the news sounds somewhat ominous for both Xbox and PlayStation fans. Specifically, in terms of the upcoming next-gen console release, Spencer said, “I think demand is just going to outstrip supply of pre-orders. For us and PlayStation,” suggesting that there’s a very real chance that many hopeful players will be unable to get their hands on the console of their choice come launch day. This is similar to the issue that Nvidia is currently experiencing with their inability to supply the demand for their RTX 3000 series graphics cards for PC players.
 
In regards to Microsoft’s plans with Bethesda, Spencer reiterated that the “deal was not done to take games away from another player base,” but also asserted that Microsoft could easily recoup their $7.5 billion investment without selling Bethesda games on PlayStation consoles. It sounds like Microsoft will likely approach each game on a case-by-case basis, but Spencer was rather non-committal on the issue, saying, “I don’t have to go ship those games on any other platform other than the platforms that we support. Whatever that means.” The Xbox Series X/S is set to launch on November 10; the PlayStation 5 will arrive 2 days later on November 12.
 
2. StarCraft 2 Stopping Major Development
 
It looks like StarCraft 2 is finally entering its twilight phase. In an open letter to the StarCraft 2 community, Blizzard has announced that the game will no longer be receiving any major updates or for-purchase content. While this means that no significant changes to the game will be made, Blizzard will continue to support the game’s stability via minor balance changes, season rolls, and bug fixes. StarCraft 2 first launched nearly 10 years ago and has been one of the world’s top competitive real-time strategy games ever since. While this certainly seems like the end of an era, Blizzard also suggested that there may be some silver lining for StarCraft fans by saying, “the good news is this change will free us up to think about what’s next, not just with regard to StarCraft II, but for the StarCraft universe as a whole.”
 
3. Wild Rift Open Beta
 
Wild Rift, the official mobile version of League of Legends, will soon be entering open beta on both Android and iOS. Unfortunately for most players however, the beta will be limited to only a handful of countries for the foreseeable future. Players in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand will all get access to the Wild Rift open beta on October 27. Europe, the Middle East, and Russia are expected to gain access sometime in December. Players in North America and South America on the other hand will likely have to wait an additional 6 months as Riot Games is targeting a spring 2021 release date for the open beta in those regions. While the delay may be a disappointment to the many League of Legends fans in the Americas region, Riot Games promises that the game “is a polished, legitimate LoL experience that’s worth players’ time.”
 
4. The Future of Marvel’s Avengers
 
In their recent State of the Game Update, Crystal Dynamics has outlined the future for Marvel’s Avengers. Although the game attracted widespread attention when it first launched last month, much of its popularity has quickly declined and players have been leaving the game in droves. In their statement, Crystal Dynamics admitted that “a number of issues detracted from players’ enjoyment of the game” and committed to releasing “rapid updates to address bugs, improve game stability, and refine the matchmaking system.” Furthermore, the developer explained that they intend to focus on more robust late-game content with feedback-driven features. In the meantime, players will be receiving some freebies via the “digital thank-you bundle,” as thanks for sticking around despite the game’s turbulent start.
 
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The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 UI Revealed

1. PS5 UI Revealed
The user interface for the PlayStation 5 has been revealed. With their latest “First Look” video, Sony provides an in-depth breakdown of the upcoming console’s new user experience, and it’s significantly different from the PlayStation 4. The home layout is broken down into various “cards” which act as portals to things like news, games, and your recent recordings and screenshots. In regards to games, the cards provide a surprising amount of information about your progress, including your current objectives and a personalized estimation of how long it will likely take you to complete them. The video itself is a bit lengthy at 11 minutes long, but it’s definitely worth watching if you’re planning on picking up a PlayStation 5 once it launches on November 12. You can check out the video below.
 
2. Cyberpunk Vehicles
 
CD Projekt Red has unveiled several of Cyberpunk 2077’s vehicles via the new “Rides of the Dark Future” trailer. It looks like there will be no shortage of options to choose from with some of the trailer’s highlights including a retro 1977 Porsche 911 (which would be 100 years old in the game), futuristic hypercars and armored vehicles, and a modified version of one of Keanu Reeves’ very own Arch motorcycles. Cyberpunk 2077 is set to arrive on November 19; you can check out the Rides of the Dark Future trailer below.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Kingdom New Lands and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. You can grab your free copy of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until October 22. As long as you claim the games by October 22, they will stay in your library forever.
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/free-games
 
4. TMNT Smite
 
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will soon be coming to Smite. This marks the second Smite x Nickelodeon collaboration after Aang, Zuko, and Korra from Avatar: The Last Airbender were introduced to the game earlier this year. As for TMNT, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo will all be joining the god-filled fray. Like the Avatar crossover, the Turtles won’t be completely new characters with their own unique abilities, but rather skins of existing characters with new animations and models. The crossover is set to commence via the Smite Battle Pass in November; you can check out the trailer for the collaboration below.

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The Daily Moot: Fortnite Daredevil Cup

1. Fortnite Daredevil Cup
A new Fortnite tournament called the Daredevil Cup has arrived. The first of 4 Marvel Super Series tournaments, the Daredevil Cup features a trios showdown, but unlike other Fortnite tournaments in the past, it will not involve the Battle Royale game mode. Instead, the Daredevil Cup will take place in the new Marvel Knockout mode which empowers players with abilities aligned with various Marvel superheroes. If you’re able to rank near the top of your region’s leaderboard, then you’ll earn the new Daredevil skin as well as accumulate points towards an eventual $1 million tournament final on November 21. If you’re not so fortunate, you can still pick up the Daredevil skin when it arrives in the Item Shop in the near future. The Daredevil Cup will run today from 5pm-8pm local time, with players able to participate in a maximum of 10 matches during the 3-hour window.
 
2. Blizzard Employee Strike?
 
It looks like Blizzard employees may soon be going on a strike. This news comes in response to Blizzard’s recent announcement saying that they will be shutting down their Versaille office. The closure will allegedly cause 285 employees to lose their jobs during the pandemic, drawing the attention of 3 major labor unions in France: CGT, SPECIS-UNSA, and CFE-CGC. A joint statement between the unions addressed the issue by saying, “This comes as a shock for employees. Many of us left their homes to join the company and truly invested their whole lives into Blizzard success." The unions are demanding Blizzard to cancel the closure of their Versaille office, and are calling for employees in France to strike until their demands are met.
https://www.pcgamer.com/unions-representing-blizzard-workers-have-called-for-a-strike/
 
3. Runescape Steam Launch
 
Runescape has officially launched on Steam. One of the most popular MMOs of all time, Runescape shows no signs of slowing down despite being nearly 20 years old at this point. Of course, the game has experienced many changes over the past 2 decades and another major update, “Orthen Digsite,” is set to arrive on October 19. Players who already have an existing Runescape account can link it to their Steam account and enjoy full cross-progression and cross-platform play between Steam, PC, and Mobile.
 
4. PUBG Paramo
 
A new map called Paramo has arrived on the PUBG test servers. One of the major updates for the upcoming 9th season of PUBG, Paramo will be the game’s smallest map yet, featuring a 64-player showdown across a 3x3km battlefield. Interestingly, the terrain of Paramo will evolve over the course of each match, creating a dynamic layout that is designed to force players to adapt their playstyle to their new surroundings. PUBG Season 9 is set to hit live servers on October 21; you can check out the teaser trailer for Paramo below.
 
5. Baldur’s Gate 3 Sales
 
Despite launching in early access just last week, Baldur’s Gate 3 has already sold more than 1 million copies on Steam. This is particularly big news considering that developer Larian Studios decided to launch the unfinished Dungeons & Dragons-inspired game at full price. Furthermore, Larian Studios admitted that the current version of the game is likely to contain plenty of bugs and other issues, but clearly players have not been deterred. Baldur’s Gate 3 is set to expand massively between now and its targeted official launch in 2021, with the game’s first major patch arriving today. You can check out our brand new lounge on Moot for Baldur’s Gate below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Amazon's Crucible Shutting Down

1. Amazon’s Crucible Shutting Down
Crucible, Amazon’s short-lived free-to-play shooter, will be shutting down for good. After the game launched to an overwhelmingly poor reception earlier this year, Amazon decided to un-launch it and bring it back into a closed beta period for improvements. Well, it seems that those improvements will never see the light of day as Amazon has now announced that they are shutting the project down entirely, saying, “ultimately we didn’t see a healthy, sustainable future ahead of Crucible.” While the game itself was free to play, it did include in-app purchases which Amazon will be offering full refunds for. The servers are set to shut down permanently on November 9.
 
2. Valorant Act 3
 
Valorant Act 3 is officially here, at least mostly. While Act 3 technically launched today, players will still have to wait somewhat for its 2 most highly-anticipated introductions: Icebox and Skye. Icebox is the game’s latest map and features a frosty terrain with a new zipline mechanic, but it will be restricted to the Unrated, Spike Rush, and Deathmatch queues for at least 2 weeks in what Riot describes as a “beta state.” Similarly Skye, the game’s upcoming new support Agent, won’t be arriving until October 27. In the meantime, players can enjoy the new battle pass along with a revamped Deathmatch mode which now supports up to 14 players and features extended match lengths with safer spawns. You can check out the battlepass trailer for Valorant Act 3 below.
 
3. Overwatch Halloween Event
 
Overwatch Halloween Terror 2020 is officially underway. The limited-time Halloween event brings back the co-op PvE mode Junkenstein’s Revenge, with this year’s edition introducing Baptiste and Ashe to the roster of playable heroes. Junkenstein’s Revenge will last for 3 weeks and each week will have 2 different challenge missions which add new mechanics to the game mode. As with every Overwatch LTE, Halloween Terror 2020 will have plenty of new cosmetics up for grabs including 5 new legendary skins, one each for Genji, Hanzo, Winston, Sigma, and D.Va. You can watch the trailer for Halloween Terror 2020 below.
 
4. Civilization 6 Pirates
 
Pirates will soon be making their way to Sid Meier’s Civilization 6. The new scenario will feature a sea-bound quest for treasure between 1-4 players, each with their own unique faction: Dread Pirate, Privateer, Swashbuckler, or Hoarder. The mode itself seems to be a throwback to one of Sid Meier’s very first games, “Sid Meier’s Pirates!” which first launched on the Commodore 64 back in 1987. The Pirates update is set to arrive on October 22 and will be free for all players who own the base game; you can check out the trailer for the update below.
 
5. Terraria’s Final Update
 
Terraria has just received its final update. Called “Journey’s Actual End,” today’s update follows up on the “Journey’s End” expansion which was released earlier this year. Although Re-Logic has made similar claims before, the studio expects that Journey’s Actual End truly will be the game’s final major update, bringing a close to nearly 10 years of Terraria expansions. In terms of content, the update includes balance changes, new achievements, and, most importantly, the game’s final NPC. You can watch the very brief "trailer" for Journey’s Actual End below.

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The Daily Moot: Microsoft Backs Epic vs Apple

1. Microsoft Store Changes Back Epic
Microsoft has announced a new approach to the Microsoft Store which seems to be a tacit endorsement of Epic Games in their battle against Apple. In what they describe as the “10 principles to promote choice, fairness, and freedom in the Microsoft Store,” Microsoft has highlighted their new internal guidelines which are built upon the tenets outlined by the Coalition for App Fairness. While the 10 principles don't explicitly mention the ongoing lawsuit between Epic and Apple, they directly address the major points of the dispute via principles such as “We will not block competing app stores on Windows” and “We will not block a developer's choice of which payment system to use for processing purchases made in its app.” The legal battle between Epic Games and Apple is set to go to trial in May 2021.
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2. PS5 Backwards Compatibility Details
 
Sony has just revealed new details about the upcoming PlayStation 5’s backwards compatibility features, particularly in regards to the current-gen PlayStation 4. Most notably, Sony has confirmed that save files can be transferred from PS4 to PS5, meaning that players won’t have to worry about having their progress reset when playing older games on their next-gen system. Furthermore, Sony said that the “overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 games are playable on PS5 consoles,” with only a mere 11 titles being incompatible. Lastly, Sony announced that all of the compatible games will benefit from increased performance on PS5 consoles via the system’s “Game Boost,” but games will have to be played natively, rather than streamed, in order to take advantage of the technology.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Abzu and Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. You can grab your free copy of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until October 15. As long as you claim the games by October 15, they will stay in your library forever. You can check out Ryan’s review of Abzu below.
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/free-games/
 
4. Developers Can’t Get RTX 3080s
 
Not only have consumers been unable to get their hands on Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs, even major development studios are having trouble sourcing them. This news comes after Larian Studios, which just released an early access version Baldur’s Gate 3 earlier this week, essentially begged Nvidia to send them an RTX 3080 because they still haven’t been able to get one. While the next-gen GPU shortage is certainly annoying for the many PC players who are looking to upgrade, it’s a significant problem for developers because it means that studios are unable to reliably patch their games in a way that ensures compatibility and stability with the new cards. In the case of Baldur’s Gate 3, Larian has now managed to fix the game’s “graphical quirks on Nvidia 3080 cards,” but this type of issue is likely something that will arise again in the near future, especially when it comes to smaller, independent studios.
 
5. Kingdom Come: Deliverance Movie?
 
A live-action adaptation of Kingdom Come: Deliverance is apparently in the works. This comes via a collaboration between the game’s developer, Warhorse Studios, and media producer Wild Sheep Content. It’s currently unclear whether the project will be a series, such as Netflix’s The Witcher, or a movie like Wild Sheep’s recently-announced adaptation of Yakuza, but we do know that it will consist of live action rather than CGI. It sounds like things are still in the very early stages of production for whatever this Kingdom Come: Deliverance project turns out to be, so it will likely be quite some time before it actually comes to fruition.

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The Daily Moot: Fall Guys Season 2

1. Fall Guys Season 2
Fall Guys Season 2 is officially here. The second season brings plenty of new content and features to the game including 4 new levels, the new “show selector,” and tons of medieval-themed cosmetics. The show selector feature essentially allows players to choose from a handful of different playlists, meaning that you can now avoid any levels that you truly hate and instead spend more time playing the ones you love. Fall Guys Season 2 is live now; you can check out the launch trailer for the season below.
 
2. Tachanka Rework
 
Rainbow Six Siege’s big Tachanka rework is set to arrive on test servers tomorrow. One of the most notorious operators in the game, Tachanka has long had the unfortunate reputation of being a terrible character to play. Ubisoft is finally looking to change that. Some of the improvements include giving Tachanka the Withstand ability, the removal of the tripod from his LMG, and most importantly, the addition of a new gadget called the Shumikha incendiary grenade launcher. You can check out Ubisoft’s breakdown of the Tachanka rework below.
 
3. OPL Shutting Down
 
Riot Games has announced that they will be shutting down the Oceanic Pro League for League of Legends. First established in 2015, the OPL serves as the main competitive league for players in the Oceanic region, including Australia and New Zealand. Riot Games said in their statement, “Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of our teams and players, the OPL has not met our goals for the league.” OCE players will now be able to join North America’s LCS teams without being considered an “import,” but it’s difficult to see the avenue for players to get the experience and attention they’d need in order to be scouted by LCS teams without having a major competitive league in their own region. Riot Games will also be closing its entire Sydney office, suggesting that the future is grim for Riot-based esports across the board in Oceania.
 
4. Mortal Kombat Rambo
 
Rambo will soon be coming to Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate as part of the upcoming Kombat Pack 2. While Rambo is certainly the most surprising addition to the game, the pack will also be bringing back 2 Mortal Kombat veterans in Mileena and Rain. Unlike The Terminator, which was introduced to the game last year but did not feature voice acting from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rambo will actually be voiced by the man whose likeness the character is based on in Sylvester Stallone. Mortal Kombat Pack 2 is set to arrive on November 17; you can watch the unsurprisingly gory trailer for the DLC below.
 
5. Outriders Delayed
 
The upcoming third-person shooter Outriders has been delayed once again. A collaboration between Square Enix and People Can Fly, Outriders is set to be a co-op looter-shooter taking place in a dark sci-fi world with a heavy emphasis on storytelling and RPG elements. The game will launch with seamless crossplay between PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Stadia, and players who purchase Outriders on a current-gen system will be eligible for a free next-gen upgrade of the game should they purchase a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S in the future. Originally expected to launch this summer and then this holiday season, Outriders is now expected to arrive on February 2 of next year. You can check out the release date announcement trailer for the game below.
 
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The Daily Moot: PS5 Breakdown

1. PS5 Breakdown
Sony has released a brand new breakdown video for the PlayStation 5 in which the vice president of PlayStation's mechanical division, Yasuhiro Ootori, literally breaks down the upcoming console and reveals all of its internal components. While we’ve long known the technical specs of the PS5, this new video provides the first true look at the console’s hardware and shows potential buyers exactly what they’ll be getting. One thing is immediately clear: the PS5 is designed to be easy to repair and upgrade. With removable sides and easy-to-access hardware components like the SSD, GPU, and cooling systems, it seems entirely possible for the more ambitious and tech-savvy players to tweak their consoles to become even more powerful than the PS5’s already impressive launch specs (be careful though: Sony warns that attempting to do so will immediately void your warranty). You can check out the PS5 breakdown video below.
 
2. Hyper Scape Season 2
 
Hyper Scape Season 2 is officially here. Although the hype for Hyper Scape has certainly died down since the game burst onto the scene in July, Ubisoft remains committed to improving the battle royale in an effort to return it to its former glory. Hyper Scape Season 2 begins that process, introducing the new Neo-Arcadia map to the game as well as a powerful new weapon called Atrax. A new limited-time game mode “Floor is Lava” is also expected to arrive in the coming weeks, with a Halloween event set to follow on October 20. You can check out the launch trailer for Hyper Scape Season 2 below.
 
3. Valorant Icebox
 
Valorant will soon be getting a new map called Icebox. As you could probably guess from its name, Icebox will be full of frosty, frozen terrain, bringing the tundra to Riot’s ever-expanding tactical shooter. It appears that the upcoming map will also be introducing a new zipline system to the game, although it’s currently unclear precisely how it will work. Despite Riot Games’ previous assertion that no new maps would be added until the game’s next major Episode, Icebox will in fact be arriving sometime during Act 3 of the current Episode, with Act 3 set to launch on October 13. You can check out the map reveal video for Icebox below.
 
4. Steam Game Festival
 
The Autumn edition of the Steam Game Festival is officially underway. This season looks to be a big one, with free demos of hundreds of different indie games available up for grabs. All of the games included in the festival are expected to launch within the next 6 months, making this the perfect opportunity to try before you buy. Despite the incredibly wide variety of demos available, you’ll have to make your choices wisely; while there’s no limit to the amount of games you can try, the festival will only last until October 13.
https://store.steampowered.com/sale/steamgamefestival
 
5. Frostpunk Board Game
 
It looks like Frostpunk will soon be getting a board game adaptation. The strategy survival game began a Kickstarter campaign for a tabletop edition yesterday, and achieved its $234,000 funding goal in just 54 minutes. Now sitting at over $850,000 raised, it seems like only a matter of time until the campaign, which will run until the end of this month, eclipses the million-dollar mark. Although no concrete release date for the game has been announced yet, Frostpunk: The Board Game is expected to arrive in October of next year.
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The Daily Moot: Apex Legends Crossplay

1. Apex Legends Crossplay
Cross-platform play has finally made its way to Apex Legends. Although Respawn says the feature is currently in beta, PC and console players can now team up and play together for the first time in the game’s history. Today’s update also introduced a new limited-time collection event called Aftermarket, as well as a temporary game mode called Flashpoint. Last but not least, Wraith received a nerf to her sprint animations which is designed to “expose a larger area of her body to gunfire.” You can check out the trailer for the Aftermarket update below.
 
2. Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access
 
Baldur’s Gate 3 early access is officially here. The third game in the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired series, Baldur’s Gate 3 was originally expected to launch in early access last month, but was pushed back until today in order to address “stability issues.” In comparison to the tabletop version of Dungeons & Dragons, Baldur’s Gate 3 will have 6 different classes, each with its own subclasses, and is designed to be more favorable towards the player. Multiclassing is expected to arrive in the future, but players will only be able to select 1 class during early access.
 
3. RTX 3080 Virtual Queue
 
After yesterday’s news that Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series GPUs will likely be unavailable until next year, manufacturer EVGA has announced that they will be implementing a virtual queue enabling users to reserve an RTX 3080. The offer is limited to 1 card per household, and once your spot in the queue comes up, you’ll only have 8 hours to claim and purchase the card before it goes to the next person in line. While the queue will no doubt be extremely long, at least players will finally have a method of grabbing a next-gen GPU before the bots and scalpers buy up the entire stock.
 
4. Resident Evil Reboot
 
The cast for the upcoming Resident Evil Reboot has been revealed. Although the original six-film series starring Milla Jojovich hasn’t exactly earned any accolades, it has brought in a lot of money: over $1.2 billion to be exact. Now, the series is set to start all over with a brand new cast. Producer Robert Kulzer explained the decision by saying, “!e felt compelled to return to the year 1998, to explore the secrets hidden in the walls of the Spenser Mansion and Raccoon City.” The reboot will star Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, and Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine. There’s no word yet on when the reboot is set to debut, but there’s also a CGI version of Resident Evil in the works called Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness which is expected to arrive on Netflix in 2021. You can check out the trailer for Infinite Darkness below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk is Ready for Launch

1. Cyberpunk 2077 is Ready for Launch
After years of waiting in anticipation, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally ready for launch. CD Projekt announced the news today by saying, “Cyberpunk 2077 has gone gold!” which means that the game has officially been cleared for production. While this certainly doesn’t mean that work on the game is finished, it does mean that despite all of the delays and the recent implementation of development crunch, we really will be getting at least some version of Cyberpunk 2077 by the game's stated release date. Players can likely expect a hefty patch on Day 1 which will include all of the bug fixes and features that the team is able to develop between now and launch. Much of the game, including multiple DLCs and a multiplayer game mode, is set to arrive sometime after the game finally launches on November 19.
 
2. RTX 3000s Likely Unavailable Until 2021
 
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has bad news for the many PC gamers who have been hoping to get their hands on one of Nvidia’s new RTX 3000 series GPUs. Specifically, he said, “I believe that demand will outstrip all of our supply throughout the year.” Interestingly, Jensen Huang asserted that there is no issue on the supply side of things, but rather described the problem as a “demand issue,” saying that “this is a phenomenon like we've not seen in a long time, and we just weren't prepared for it.” This means that, although Nvidia is implementing certain anti-bot measures for the upcoming launch of the RTX 3070, the vast majority of players will likely still be unable to grab one. He did say that the company is ramping up production “really, really hard,” but it sounds like most people will end up having to wait until next year.
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-ceo-geforce-rtx-3080-and-3090-shortages-to-last-through-the-end-of-the-year
 
3. Minecraft Live
 
Minecraft Live took place this weekend, unveiling much of what’s to come in 2021. Developer Mojang let the Minecraft community determine the game’s next major mob, with a choice between Icelogger, Glow Squid, and Moobloom. Glow Squid came out on top and will debut as part of the upcoming Caves & Cliffs update, which will be revamping the world underground. Caves & Cliffs is set to launch during the summer of 2021; you can check out the update’s lengthy first look video below.
 
4. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remaster
 
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered has officially been announced. The original Hot Pursuit launched back in 2010 and won numerous accolades including “Best Racing Game” at the 2010 Game Critics Awards. In addition to updated visuals, the remaster will also include all of the game’s DLC and will be implementing cross-platform play on launch. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered is set to arrive on November 6 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and November 13 for the Nintendo Switch. You can check out the trailer for the game below.
 
5. The Witcher Season 3
 
It looks like the third season of Netflix’s The Witcher is currently under production. This news comes via the Writer's Guild of America, which has added “The Witcher Season 3” to the credits of the show’s executive producer, Lauren Hissrich. Even though the production of Season 3 is apparently underway, it will likely be a long time before it actually arrives considering that Season 2 is still yet to debut. Although no concrete release date for The Witcher Season 2 has been announced yet, it is expected to arrive sometime during the latter half of 2021.

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The Daily Moot: Rogue Company

1. Rogue Company Open Beta
The open beta for Rogue Company is officially live. The 4v4 cooperative team shooter saw more than 2 million players during its closed beta period and those numbers are almost certain to rise now. Rogue Company is completely free to play, but there are, of course, plenty of cosmetics that you can spend your money on should you choose to do so. The game supports full cross-platform play between PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and developer Hi-Rez Studios says that ranked play and an “advanced ping system” are both coming soon. You can watch the trailer for the game below.
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2. Hyper Scape Big Changes
 
Hyper Scape will soon be getting some “big changes” according to Ubisoft. Although Hyper Scape launched to significant hype and attention, the fervor for the game quickly dissipated. Ubisoft has now addressed the game’s decline by saying, “We were not able to achieve the high expectations we set for ourselves,” and explained that they will now be restructuring their development team in order to better address the issues. Only time will tell if Ubisoft’s efforts will be able to revitalize the game, but it’s good to see them acknowledge the game’s current shortcomings and commit to solving them. Season 2 of Hyper Scape is set to arrive on October 6; you can check out the announcement trailer below.
 
3. Apple and Epic File for Bench Trial
 
In a joint motion, Apple and Epic Games have both filed for a bench trial for their ongoing legal battle. This comes in response to statements made by Judge Gonzalez Rogers, who mentioned her desire to see the case tried in front of a jury. It appears that neither Apple nor Epic are interested in trying their luck in front of 12 of their “peers,” and would instead prefer for the presiding judge to hand down the final verdict. Regardless of whether or not the motion is accepted, the parties will likely have to wait until July of next year for the trial to commence.
 
4. Team Fortress 2 Player Count
 
Team Fortress 2 just hit its highest-ever concurrent player count. Despite being more than a decade old at this point, the classic multiplayer shooter is still pulling in seriously impressive numbers. According to SteamCharts, Team Fortress 2 peaked at 130,000 concurrent players last night, and has averaged nearly 70,000 concurrent players over the past 30 days. While these numbers are certainly impressive, data suggests that many of these “players” are actually bots, with estimates suggesting that only 25,000 are real human players.
 
5. RTX 3070 Delayed
 
Nvidia has delayed the launch of the RTX 3070 in an effort to avoid the many issues that plagued the arrival of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. While next-gen graphics cards are always in high demand, the 3000 series GPUs have garnered an unseen level of interest. While this isn’t particularly surprising considering that the RTX 3080 is twice as powerful and half the cost as the former king of GPUs in the RTX 2080 ti, very few players have been able to get their hands on a next-gen card as scalpers and bots purchased the entire stock within minutes. In response, Nvidia is now postponing the arrival of the RTX 3070 until October 29 in order to provide a larger stock of available cards on launch day. Whether or not their efforts will pan out remains to be seen, but hopefully this means that the debut of the RTX 3070 won’t be nearly as disastrous as the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090.

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The Daily Moot: Super Smash Bros. Minecraft

1. Super Smash Bros. Minecraft
Minecraft will soon be making its way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Minecraft DLC will bring 4 of Minecraft’s most iconic characters to the game: Steve, Alex, Enderman, and Zombie. Although details are still sparse, some of the abilities that have been revealed include building, explosives, mine carts, and flying wings. If the upcoming collaboration surprises you, you’re not the only one: Game Director Masahiro Sakurai expressed his shock at the collaboration by saying, “Even I didn’t think this day would come.” No release date for the new Minecraft characters has been announced yet, but more details will likely be revealed during the Minecraft Live livestream event this Saturday.
 
2. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is the surreal puzzle adventure game Pikuniku. You can grab your free copy of Pikuniku directly from the Epic Games Store from now until October 8. As long as you claim the game by October 8, it will stay in your library forever.
 
3. Overwatch Free?
 
It sounds like Overwatch may soon be available for free on PC. Overwatch League team Boston Uprising briefly hosted a link for free copies of the game on their website yesterday, but quickly took it down around an hour later, leading to widespread speculation about the possibility of Overwatch becoming free to play. Blizzard has now officially commented on the matter via Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spencer who confirmed that all Overwatch League teams will soon be giving away both Overwatch and OWL tokens. There’s no word on exactly when this promotion is supposed to start, but it’s worth keeping an eye on if you’re interested in the game and have yet to grab a copy.
 
4. Overcooked 2 Moon Harvest
 
Overcooked 2 just got a new, free DLC today called Moon Harvest. Moon Harvest brings the season of Autumn to the game, with a particular emphasis on the Mid-Autumn/Mooncake Festival which is celebrated in many countries across Asia including Japan, Korea, and China. In terms of content, the DLC introduces new recipes (including mooncakes), new perilous dangers, and 5 new kitchens. The Moon Harvest DLC is live now; you can check out the launch trailer for the update below.
 
5. Sea of Thieves Stand Up to Cancer
 
Sea of Thieves has announced a new partnership with the Stand Up to Cancer charity foundation. The partnership introduces a new cosmetic sail variant to the game called “Sails of Union.” The new sails are available for $6 and they glow with various stars and constellations during the nighttime. The proceeds will be donated to Stand Up to Cancer for purchases based in the United States and to Cancer Research for purchases made in the United Kingdom. The Sails of Union are available now through November 6; you can check out the announcement video below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Cyberpunk Crunch

1. Cyberpunk Crunch
CD Projekt Red has announced that they will be implementing a “crunch” period ahead of the Cyberpunk 2077 launch. CD Projekt Red has long advocated against crunch, which often sees developers working extremely long hours with very few breaks in order to ensure that a game is ready by its publicly stated launch date. In regards to the mandatory crunch for Cyberpunk 2077, studio boss Adam Badowski said, “I take it upon myself to receive the full backlash for the decision. This is in direct opposition to what we've said about crunch…but we've extended all other possible means of navigating the situation.” It is worth noting however, that unlike most companies during crunch, CD Projekt will only have their employees working 48 hour weeks (rather than 70+) and will be paying overtime rates for the extra hours.
 
2. Cold War Zombies Reveal
 
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s zombies mode has officially been revealed. As expected, the mode will take place in the Cold War era, and players will have to make use of Cold War-era weapons in order to fend off increasingly difficult waves of World War II-era Nazi zombies. Much of the gameplay will be exactly what players have come to expect from the game mode, but there are a few changes. Most notably, there will no longer be a limit to how many perks you can use, meaning that players could theoretically equip every single perk in the game as long as they have enough points to do so. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch on November 13; you can check out the reveal video for the game’s zombies mode below.
 
3. Diablo 4 Skills Overhaul
 
Diablo 4 will soon be getting a massive overhaul to its skills and talents system. Blizzard explained that they felt the current system was “too simple” and “created issues where a player would have no meaningful reason to spend their skill points.” The new system will consist of a skill tree which will present a wide variety of gameplay possibilities. Players will have to choose carefully however, as Blizzard estimates that endgame characters will only be able to complete 30-40 percent of the tree. No release date for the revamped system has been announced yet, but Blizzard is welcoming community feedback and “constructive discussions” in order to make the new system as good as possible before launch.
 
4. Golden Joystick Awards
 
Community voting for the Golden Joystick Awards is officially underway. The Golden Joystick awards is the largest annual community-voted gaming awards ceremony on the planet, and the 2020 edition marks the 38th anniversary of the event. There are currently 18 different categories open for voting, including the Game of the Year awards for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo. The winners will be revealed during a live-streamed ceremony in November of this year; you can check out the nominees for each category via the link below.
 
5. EA Play on Xbox Game Pass
 
EA Play will soon be coming to the Xbox Game Pass, both for PC and console. Microsoft first announced the partnership earlier this month, and now we know exactly how it will work. A huge chunk of EA’s library will be added to the console version of the Game Pass starting on November 10, including series like Mass Effect, Battlefield, The Sims, and Titanfall. PC players will have to wait a bit longer, with the migration set to happen sometime in December. Unlike Microsoft’s recent partnership with Bethesda, it doesn’t appear that every new EA title will be available via Game Pass on launch day. Regardless however, with EA and Bethesda now becoming a significant part of the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s subscription service is starting to look like a very good deal for most gamers. Xbox Game Pass is available for $10 per month for access on one platform, or $15 per month for the “Ultimate” edition which provides complete access on every compatible platform: PC, Xbox, xCloud, and Android.

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The Daily Moot: Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6

1. Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6
Season 6 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone is now live. Both games received plenty of changes with the Season 6 patch, adding new maps, modes, and of course, cosmetics. Most notably for Warzone, Verdansk now has a new fast-travel system called the Verdansk Metro, enabling players to travel from one station to the next in a matter of seconds. On the other hand, Modern Warfare introduced 4 new multiplayer maps as well as a new game mode based on Kill Confirmed. You can check out the cinematic launch trailer for Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6 below.
 
2. Apple Epic Lawsuit Update
 
The ongoing battle between Apple and Epic Games resumed yesterday as the two companies met in front of the presiding justice for the case, Judge Gonzalez Rogers. Although the case is far from over, it seems that Judge Rogers has already begun forming an opinion on the matter - and it doesn’t look good for Epic. Judge Rogers condemned Epic Games as “not honest” when the company attempted to bypass Apple’s mandatory pay system and said that the company “lied about it by omission, by not being forthcoming.” This doesn’t necessarily mean anything in terms of the outcome of the lawsuit, as Judge Rogers expressed the desire to see the case tried in front of a jury when it comes time for a final verdict. According to Judge Rogers, this means that the trial won’t take place until at least July of next year.
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3. Spelunky 2 Steam Launch
 
Spelunky 2 has officially launched on Steam. The original Spelunky first launched back in 2008 to universal critical acclaim, and fans have been eagerly awaiting the game’s sequel ever since. Spelunky 2 features very similar gameplay to the first game, with heavy emphasis on rougelike elements amid procedurally generated levels. Although developer Derek Yu had originally intended for Spelunky 2 to launch with multiplayer, the mode will now be arriving in “a few weeks at most” as Yu explained that the team “decided to prioritize an earlier release so that Steam players could enjoy the game ASAP.” Once the multiplayer mode goes live, the game will have full cross-platform support between Steam and PS4. You can check out the launch trailer for Spelunky 2 below.
 
4. The Binding of Isaac: Repentance
 
The Binding of Isaac will soon be getting a huge new DLC called Repentance. Although it’s being marketed as a DLC, developer Edmund McMillen says that the expansion is so massive that it’s “basically a sequel at this point.” Repentance will add a whopping 25 new bosses, more than 100 new enemies, and over 5,000 new room designs to the game. Although no trailer for the DLC has been released yet, McMillen says that the team will start unveiling more information starting in the second half of October. The Binding of Isaac: Repentance is set to launch at the end of this year on December 31.
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The Daily Moot: Genshin Impact

1. Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact has officially launched. The highly-anticipated free-to-play RPG saw more than 10 million pre-registrations across the globe, and although it’s not an MMO, many players have been eager to try the game's surprisingly deep multiplayer gameplay. Much of the attention towards Genshin Impact has been focused on its open-world art style, which has frequently been likened to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Genshin Impact is available on PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android; you can watch the launch trailer for the game below.
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2. Yakuza 7 Release Date
 
A new release date for Yakuza : Like a Dragon has been announced. The seventh mainline game in the series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be deviating somewhat from its predecessors, focusing on a new cast of characters and implementing a turn-based combat system rather than the real-time beat ‘em up style the series is known for. Unlike many games lately which have been getting delayed due to complications presented by the ongoing pandemic, Yakuza 7 will actually be arriving sooner than originally expected. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is now set to arrive on PC, PS4, and Xbox One/S/X when the next-gen Xbox launches on November 10. Unfortunately, PS5 players will have to wait until March of next year to get their hands on the game. You can check out the trailer for Yakuza 7 below.
 
3. Major Hearthstone Update
 
Hearthstone’s upcoming patch will soon be bringing some big changes to the game. The update will introduce 3 new major pieces of content to the game: the Masquerade Ball LTE, the return of Dual-Class Arena, and a new Book of Heroes solo campaign. There will also be plenty of balance changes, including a nerf to Tortollan Pilgrim which had been terrorizing the meta via the Turtle Mage deck. Last but not least, all Battlegrounds ratings will be reset to 0 ahead of the patch in order to prepare for a new, revamped rating system. Most of the patch is set to go live tomorrow, with the new Book of Heroes campaign arriving shortly after on October 13.
 
4. 37 CS:GO Coaches Banned
 
The Esports Integrity Commission has banned a whopping 37 CS:GO coaches for cheating. This is in relation to a long-existing spectator bug which enabled coaches to see the location of the enemy team and relay that information to their players. Although a few coaches were banned for abusing the exploit earlier this year, it is now clear that the cheating was far more rampant than originally expected. Some of the notable teams who abused the bug include FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Heroic, which is currently ranked as the second-best team in the world.
 
5. FarmVille Shutting Down
 
It’s been a long time since FarmVille first took the world by storm when it launched back in 2009. The Facebook farming sim was largely responsible for the massive growth of Zynga, which has since gone on to become one of the largest mobile game developers on the planet. Although it certainly is the end of an era, it’s also not particularly surprising considering that Adobe will be disabling Flash at the end of the year. FarmVille will be removing in-app purchases from the game on November 17 and will shut down entirely on December 31.

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The Daily Moot: League of Legends World Championship

1. League of Legends World Championship
The 2020 League of Legends World Championship is officially underway. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, but unfortunately many of the planned celebrations had to be put on hold due to complications caused by the pandemic. Thankfully however, the tournament itself is still on. The League of Legends World Championship is not only the biggest tournament in all of esports, it also has been a driving force in legitimizing esports in the global sporting sphere, earning frequent attention from major publications such as ESPN. The Play-In Stage of the tournament is set to run from today through September 28, with the top 4 teams earning the right to face off against the best in the world in the Group Stage starting October 5.
 
2. Fortnite Rocket League Llama-Rama
 
Fortnite and Rocket League are set to collide in the upcoming Llama-Rama crossover event starting tomorrow. This is largely due to Rocket League’s recent free-to-play transition, which saw the racecar soccer sim migrate its PC platform over to the Epic Games Store. The Llama-Rama is essentially a series of 5 different Rocket League challenges that progressively increase in difficulty and must be completed in order. By completing the challenges, you’ll earn cosmetic rewards for both Fortnite and Rocket League, such as the Octane RL backbling for Fortnite and the Battle Bus car for Rocket League. The Llama-Rama crossover event is set to run from September 26 until October 12; you can check out the trailer for the event below.
 
3. RuneScape Coming to Steam
 
RuneScape, one of the most popular MMORPGs of all time, will soon be coming to Steam. This news comes just ahead of the game’s 20th birthday, but despite its age, the game reported its highest-ever player membership numbers earlier this year. Nearly 300 million accounts have been created over RuneScape’s 20-year history, and it seems likely that those numbers will continue to rise with the upcoming Steam integration. RuneScape 3 will be launching on Steam on October 14, with Old School RuneScape set to follow early next year.
 
4. The Talos Principle 2 Confirmed
 
Croteam has officially confirmed that The Talos Principle 2 is on the way. The original Talos Principle, which first launched in 2014, garnered universal acclaim for its philosophical 3D puzzle gameplay, and many critics have since heralded the game as one of the best video games of all time. While the prospect of a sequel is definitely exciting news for fans of The Talos Principle, it sounds like the game is still very early in production as Croteam has been focusing all of their attention on Serious Sam 4 which just launched yesterday. As such, no target release date for The Talos Principle 2 has been announced yet, but Croteam writer Jonas Kyratzes emphasised that “Talos 2 is definitely happening,” and that the team “definitely has a plan” for the game’s “very ambitious” story.
 
5. Destiny 2 Re-Download
 
Bungie has announced that all Destiny 2 players will have to uninstall and re-download the game once the Beyond Light expansion goes live in November. While this is certainly a bit of an inconvenience, it does come with an upside: the new download will be at least 60GB smaller than the current version. To help prepare for the update, Bungie announced that they are “planning to enable Beyond Light preloads sometime in the evening of November 9, which should give everyone at least 10 hours to download before the gates open.” You can check out the trailer for Beyond Light below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Amazon Luna

1. Amazon Luna
Amazon has officially announced their new cloud game streaming service Luna. Similar to Google’s Stadia, Microsoft’s xCloud, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Amazon’s Luna will enable users to play games remotely from a variety of devices. Luna will be available for a $5 monthly subscription and will be compatible with PC, Mac, Fire TV, and iPhone, with Android compatibility set to arrive shortly after launch. Amazon has also partnered with Ubisoft to bring all new Ubisoft titles to Luna on release day, meaning that players could enjoy upcoming games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on their 4K TV or mobile phone. No release date for Luna has been announced yet, but Amazon says that interested users who live in the US can request early access starting today.
 
2. Among Us 2 Cancelled
 
Among Us 2 has been cancelled. This news comes just one month after the sequel to the “multiplayer space mystery” game was first announced. Fortunately, it seems that Innersloth Studios has a good reason for cancelling the project, with the team explaining, “We have decided to instead put all our focus into improving Among Us 1. All of the content we had planned for Among Us 2 will instead go into Among Us 1.” While this seems like good news, it also sounds like it will be a lengthy, difficult process as the existing code has been derided as “outdated and not built to support adding so much new content.”
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free game is Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition. You can grab your free copy directly from the Epic Games Store from now until October 1. As long as you claim the game by October 1, it will stay in your library forever.
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/free-games
 
4. Spellbreak Hits 5 Million Players
 
Spellbreak, the free-to-play battle royale from Proletariat Studios, has now reached 5 million total players. Spellbreak launched just 3 weeks ago which makes this a significant accolade, especially considering the overwhelming abundance of battle royales on the market today. Unlike most battle royales, however, Spellbreak incorporates RPG and roguelike elements and features class-based, arcane-themed gameplay mechanics. If you want to contribute to increasing the number beyond 5 million, you can play Spellbreak for free on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
 
5. Blizzard Co-Founder Opens New Studio
 
Blizzard co-founder and ex-CEO Mike Morhaime has announced that he is starting a new game company called Dreamhaven. Dreamhaven will initially consist of 2 internal development studios, Moonshot and Secret Door, which will each focus on their own individual projects. Moonshot will be headed by Jason Hayes, who previously worked as Blizzard’s executive producer on games like Hearthstone and Starcraft 2, while Secret Door will be led by Chris Sigtay, who was the lead producer for Heroes of the Storm and the original Warcraft 3. While these 2 studios will no doubt be getting plenty of attention due to the big names involved, Dreamhaven is also set to expand in the near future with efforts to provide funding and guidance to new game studios which can open under the Dreamhaven umbrella.

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The Daily Moot: Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6

1. Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6
Season 6 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone is right around the corner, and Infinity Ward just released a new trailer to hype up the occasion. Although it doesn’t offer anything concrete, the trailer seems to hint at several upcoming changes such as a new underground subway system beneath Verdansk. The trailer also seems to introduce 2 new operators: Farah, who appeared in the Modern Warfare campaign, and Nikolai, a “Russain patriot with a deep love for his country.” Call of Duty: Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6 is set to kick off on September 29; you can check out the cinematic trailer below.
 
2. Rocket League Now Free to Play
 
Rocket League is officially free to play. The popular race car meets soccer sim announced their plans to convert to a free-to-play model back in July alongside their PC platform migration to the Epic Games Store. The change also brings full cross-platform support to the game, enabling players to progress on the same account across all devices. Players who previously purchased Rocket League should also be getting their legacy status items today, including a special DLC, title, boost, wheel set, banner, and more. Furthermore, if you pick up your free copy of Rocket League on the Epic Games Store, you’ll get a $10 coupon to use on your next purchase. You can check out the cinematic trailer for Rocket League’s free-to-play transition below.
 
3. Destiny 2 Quest Honors Late Developer
 
Bungie has now added a short quest to Destiny 2 to honor developer Matt Helsom, who passed away last year after a difficult battle with brain cancer. Helsom had long been the senior artist and animator for the studio Vicarious Visions, and was integral to games such as Destiny 2, Crash Bandicoot, Spider-Man 3, and Guitar Hero. In their statement, Bungie said, “We wanted to memorialize his contributions in the Destiny universe. Thank you to everyone in the community who joins us in remembering this warm soul.”
 
4. The Game Awards
 
After months of speculation, Geoff Keighley has officially announced that the 2020 Game Awards will be happening later this year. The annual event not only recognizes the year’s biggest gaming achievements, but also serves as a platform for announcing and showcasing upcoming games. The 2020 Game Awards are set to kick off on December 10 and will be livestreamed from Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London.
 
5. Baldur’s Gate 3 Delay
 
Baldur’s Gate 3, the highly anticipated upcoming fantasy RPG based on Dungeons and Dragons, has been delayed. Developer Larian Studios explained the delay by saying that there are “still some stability issues” and that they need more time in order to ensure the game provides a “fun gameplay experience with as few crashes as possible.” Originally expected to arrive in early access on September 30, Baldur’s Gate 3 is now set to launch on October 6. You can check out the intro cinematic for the game below.

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The Daily Moot: BTS x Fortnite Collaboration

1. BTS x Fortnite Collaboration
The immensely popular K-pop group BTS will soon be coming to Fortnite. Epic Games announced that Fortnite will be hosting the world premier of BTS’s new choreography music video for the song “Dynamite.” This is just the latest media crossover for Fortnite, which has previously hosted movie events and music artists such as Young Thug, Diplo and, most recently, Anderson Paak. The BTS x Fortnite collaboration is set to kick off this Friday at 5pm Pacific Time.
 
2. Microsoft Bethesda Update
 
In response to the gaming community’s understandable concern regarding Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax Media, Xbox head Phil Spencer has released a statement explaining Microsoft’s plans with the company. In an interview with CNBC, Spencer said quite bluntly, “ZeniMax has an amazing track record of building great games. Our plan is to leave it alone.” While this doesn’t address the possibility of Bethesda games becoming Xbox exclusives, it should help quell the worry that Microsoft might micromanage Bethesda and “ruin” the company in the process.
 
3. Blizzcon 2021
 
Blizzcon 2021 has officially been announced. Typically held in Anaheim, California, the 2021 edition of Blizzard’s annual convention will instead be an online-only event and is being dubbed by the company as “BlizzConline.” Not many details about the event have been announced yet, but it’s reasonable to assume that it will consist of the usual news and hype-building around Blizzard’s most popular franchises such as World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Diablo. Blizzcon 2021 is set to take place as a 2-day event on February 19 and February 20.
 
4. Destiny 2: Beyond Light
 
Bungie has released a new trailer showing off some of the huge upcoming expansion for Destiny 2, Beyond Light. With plenty of new locations to explore on Jupiter’s moon Europa, Beyond Light is expected to delve into the origins and culture of the Exo, a robotic species of humanoid machines. Beyond Light is set to arrive on November 10; you can check out the trailer for the expansion below.
 
5. The Division 2 Free Weekend
 
The Division 2 will soon be kicking off another free weekend. Not only is this good news for players who are interested in the looter-shooter but have yet to try it out, it’s also good news for players who already own the game as the free weekend will include access to the Warlords of New York expansion. Any progress you make over the course of the free weekend will be saved to your main account should you purchase the game, and any progress you’ve made during previous free weekends will carry over to this upcoming free play period. The Division 2 free weekend is set to begin on September 24 and will last until September 27.
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The Daily Moot: Microsoft Buys Bethesda

1. Microsoft Buys Bethesda
Microsoft announced today that they have purchased ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. This means that franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, and Quake will all be under the Microsoft banner going forward. Microsoft explained that this new partnership “starts with a commitment to deliver a breadth of amazing games to discover and play on Xbox,” which suggests that many of Bethesda’s most popular games may very well be Xbox exclusives in the future. Furthermore, Xbox head Phil Spencer also said that Bethesda’s existing library will be added to the Xbox Game Pass and that Microsoft intends to “bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC.”
 
2. EA Origin Renamed
 
EA Origin, the PC game launcher for Electronic Arts, is being renamed to “EA Desktop App.” According to EA, the company is changing the name in an effort to create “a common and consistent brand that is centered around EA and what EA stands for.” While that’s all fine and dandy in theory, it seems like a strange goal to have considering the gaming community’s general vitriol for EA as a whole. Aside from the new name, EA Desktop App will also make improvements to “create a more frictionless, fast, socially-oriented experience.” No rollout date for the EA Desktop App has been released yet, but EA says they have already begun registering users for a closed beta.
 
3. Life is Strange 2 Now Free
 
Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 is now free to play on all platforms. Although considered a sequel, Life is Strange 2 follows an entirely different set of characters than the original game, although it shares many of the same themes and devices. While this will certainly be good news for fans of the first game who have yet to try the second, it isn’t particularly surprising considering that developer Dontnod made the first Life is Strange free indefinitely back in 2016. Unfortunately however, only Episode 1 of Life is Strange 2 is free right now, meaning you’ll have to purchase the other 4 episodes if you want to experience the complete story.
https://lifeisstrange.square-enix-games.com/en-us/games/life-is-strange/free
 
4. No Man’s Sky: Origins
 
No Man’s Sky will be getting its next major expansion this week. Called Origins, developer Hello Games described the upcoming expansion by saying that it “won’t be our largest update, but it is the start of something.” Of course, this doesn’t really shed any light as to what exactly Origins has in store, but considering that it’s designed to be “another small step in a longer journey,” it seems likely that Origins will merely set the foundation for future content instead of introducing a ton of new content itself. Hello Games has yet to announce a concrete release date for Origins, but the expansion is expected to arrive sometime this week.
 
5. Halo 3: ODST Master Chief Collection
 
Halo 3: ODST will soon be joining the Master Chief Collection. The Master Chief Collection is an impressive menagerie of Halo remasters designed to take full advantage of PC capabilities, implementing a wide array of improvements such as variable frame rates, ultrawide support, and customisable key bindings. The Master Chief Collection now includes Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 3: ODST. Halo 3: ODST will officially go live tomorrow, while the final game in the collection, Halo 4, is set to arrive “later in 2020.”

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The Daily Moot: League of Legends: Take Over

1. League of Legends: Take Over
Take Over, the highly-anticipated hype song for the 2020 League of Legends World Championship, is officially here. While League of Legends is by far the most popular esport on the planet and the World Championship is the game’s biggest event of the year, many fans look forward to the tournament’s annual song nearly as much as the tournament itself. Similar to last year’s Rise, Take Over is overflowing with easter eggs and features personified versions of many of the game’s most famous players such as Faker, xPeke, and Uzi. The track itself is a collaboration between Jeremy McKinnon (from A Day to Remember), MAX, and Henry. The 2020 League of Legends World Championship is set to kick off on September 25; you can check out the music video for Take Over below.
 
2. Save the World Removed from Mac
 
Fortnite: Save the World will soon be removed from all Mac devices. This is particularly significant because unlike Fortnite’s more popular free-to-play battle royale mode, Save the World has an upfront cost. Mac players who purchased Save the World between September 17, 2019 and September 7, 2020 will be automatically receive a full refund for the game, as well as for any V-Bucks spent on Llamas. Meanwhile, Fortnite’s battle royale mode will continue to be playable on Mac, but the game will not receive any updates and will be stuck on version 13.40 for the foreseeable future.
 
3. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
 
Super Mario 3D All-Stars is officially here. The collection, which is available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch, features 3 classic Mario titles: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. None of the games received complete remasters, but each comes with various technical and graphical improvements which should provide some nice quality of life changes for the Switch adaptation. You can check out the launch trailer for Super Mario 3D All-Stars below.
 
4. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Football Manager 2020 and Stick It To The Man. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until September 24. As long as you claim the games by September 24, they will stay in your library forever.
 
5. 3DS Discontinued
 
After a nearly 10-year run, Nintendo is discontinuing the 3DS. While this certainly marks the end of an era, it’s not particularly surprising considering that the Switch has largely replaced the 3DS as Nintendo’s flagship handheld console. Over the course of its lifespan, the 3DS sold over 75 million units and nearly 400 million games; the console’s best-selling game was 2011’s Mario Kart 7, followed by the 3 big mainline Pokemon generations: X/Y, Sun/Moon, and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.
 
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The Daily Moot: Warzone Mobile

1. Warzone Mobile
It looks like Call of Duty: Warzone will soon be coming to mobile devices. According to a new job listing on the Activision website, the company is looking for an executive producer who will “own product framing player experience of a new AAA mobile FPS in the Call of Duty franchise” called Warzone Mobile. Considering that Activision has just posted the job listing, it will probably be quite some time before Warzone Mobile goes live, but we can likely expect more details about the game to be shared as we near the launch of the next mainline Call of Duty, Black Ops Cold War, on November 13.
 
2. Splinter Cell Returns
 
After an absence of more than 7 years, Splinter Cell is finally making its return. While this is no doubt exciting news for longtime fans of the popular stealth franchise, it does unfortunately come with some caveats: the game will only be available in VR and will be exclusive to Oculus platforms. Splinter Cell isn’t the only upcoming Ubisoft game that’s getting this treatment; the company will be launching a VR version of Assassin’s Creed with the same stipulations. All of this news comes alongside the introduction of the Oculus Quest 2, which was just revealed yesterday. No release date for Splinter Cell VR or Assassin’s Creed VR have been announced yet, but the Oculus Quest 2 is set to arrive on October 13; you can watch the Oculus Quest 2 reveal video below.
 
3. VR Myst
 
The classic game Myst will soon be getting a VR adaptation. Originally released in 1993, the original Myst was a surprise hit that earned widespread critical acclaim for its immersive world and gameplay. In fact, Myst was such a big success that it was the best-selling PC game in history for nearly a decade until The Sims surpassed it in 2002. The VR version of Myst will be a “reimagining” of the game, complete with new art and audio. Myst VR is set to launch on the Oculus Quest 2 in December of this year; you can check out the announcement trailer for the game below.
 
4. Fortnite Ray Tracing
 
Ray tracing is officially coming to Fortnite. In a collaboration with Nvidia, Epic Games is bringing ray tracing to Fortnite alongside today’s launch of Nvidia’s incredibly powerful next-gen GPU, the RTX 3080. Fortnite’s ray tracing will include all the things players have come to expect from the technology, significantly improving graphical fidelity, reflections, shadows, ambient occlusion and real-time global illumination. All of those improvements take quite a lot of power to function however, and players will need an RTX 2060 or better in order to use the feature. For those who were hoping to pick up the new RTX 3080 today, you’ll unfortunately have to keep waiting; the card sold out near-instantly when it launched this morning.
 
5. Gods & Monsters Rename Explained
 
Ubisoft has finally revealed the reason as to why the highly anticipated upcoming game Gods & Monsters was renamed to Immortals Fenyx Rising, and it’s pretty bizarre. It turns out that the Monster Energy drink brand has the trademark rights to the name “Gods & Monsters” and filed a copyright claim against Ubisoft to prevent them from using it. Ubisoft denied the claim, but ultimately decided to change the name anyway in order to prevent any further conflict. Immortals Fenyx Rising is set to arrive on December 3; you can check out the trailer for the game below.

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The Daily Moot: PlayStation 5 Price & Release Date Revealed

The big day is finally here. During today’s PlayStation 5 Showcase livestream, Sony revealed the price and release date for the PS5. The next-gen console war between PlayStation and Xbox has been raging on since the consoles were first announced at the end of last year, and has been the de facto gaming storyline of the year for 2020. Now console fans around the world finally have all the information they need in order to make their ever-important decisions this holiday season.
 
In alignment with Microsoft's approach, Sony will also be offering 2 distinct versions of the PS5 on launch: the “Ultra HD Blu-Ray” PS5, which costs $499, and the diskless PS5 Digital Edition, which will be available for $399. In comparison, the Xbox Series X will also cost $499, but the digital edition Xbox Series S will be available for $299, a full $100 cheaper than Sony’s offering. With that said, regional pricing will vary, so be sure to double check how much the console costs in your local currency so that you can plan accordingly.
In terms of release date, the PlayStation 5 will arrive on different dates depending on where you live. The United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea will all be getting a November 12 launch, whereas Europe and the rest of the world will have to wait one extra week for the global rollout on November 19. In comparison, the next-gen Xbox consoles are set to launch worldwide on November 10.
The PlayStation 5 livestream event didn’t just reveal information about the price and release date, it also showcased several of the console’s upcoming games. Some of the games that got sneak-peek coverage include Devil May Cry 5, Final Fantasy XVI, Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach, Hogwarts Legacy, and a new God of War title. Sony also confirmed that Marvel’s Spider Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Demon’s Souls will all be available on launch.
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The Daily Moot: Big Yeetus and the Anti-Cheatus

1. Fall Guys Cheater Island
Mediatonic just revealed that there’s been a secret “Cheater Island” in Fall Guys which forces cheating players to play exclusively against other cheaters, preventing the rule-breakers from ruining normal games. Unfortunately, despite Mediatonic’s intention to create “a magical place where cheaters could happily compete against themselves for the Cheater's Crown,” Cheater Island didn’t work out as planned and has now been removed. Instead, Fall Guys is implementing Epic’s Anti-Cheat which should hopefully be more effective. The new anti-cheat system is live now as the main focal point of today’s appropriately named update: “Big Yeetus and the Anti-Cheatus.”
 
2. Overwatch London Calling
 
Overwatch will soon be getting a five-issue digital comic book series called London Calling. London Calling, as you might expect from the name, will focus heavily on Tracer and her life in London. To celebrate the new comics, Overwatch is holding an in-game event called “Tracer’s Comic Challenge” which will allow players to earn various limited-time cosmetics including a new epic Tracer skin. Each of the comics will be available for free online and the first issue of the series is available now; you can check out the trailer for London Calling below.
 
3. Conan Exiles Expansion
 
Conan Exiles is getting its first major expansion. Entitled “Isle of Siptah,” the expansion will introduce a large new island region, completely unrelated to the game’s existing territory. As such, players will essentially have to “start over.” According to developer Funcom, “the island features more than a dozen new dungeons, surges of sorcery that spawn vile creatures and NPCs, and an ominous dark tower.” The Isle of Siptah expansion will cost $20 and is set to launch in early access later today; you can check out the trailer for the expansion below.
 
4. New PUBG Game Mode?
 
It looks like PUBG may soon be getting a new game mode. Following a leak last week, rumors have begun circulating about an upcoming mode called “Vostok.” Although details are sparse, Vostok is expected to be a tournament-style battle royale mode where players will face off in a series of 1v1 battles in a manner similar to the autobattler recipe. With that said, PUBG Corp has yet to address the rumors so, as with all leaks, it’s important to take this information with a grain of salt until an official announcement is made.
 
5. Borderlands Tabletop RPG
 
Borderlands will soon be getting a tabletop RPG adaptation. Called “Bunkers and Badasses,” the game is a throwback to the fictional tabletop of the same name which first appeared in a Borderlands 2 DLC. Featuring 10 classes, 3 different adventures, and a 200-page game book, Bunkers and Badasses will enable players to create their very own Vault Hunters and embark on an epic journey. Bunkers and Badasses is set to launch early next year and is available for pre-order now; you can check out the announcement video below.
 
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The Daily Moot: Ninja Signs With Twitch

1. Ninja Signs to Twitch
Ninja has officially signed with Twitch. After Mixer shut down earlier this year, many fans were wondering where the popular streamer would return to, or if he would return with any permanence at all considering he reportedly made $30M from his Mixer deal. Ninja has finally put all theories to rest, confirming that he has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with Twitch. In his statement, Ninja expressed his excitement to “get back to streaming full-time” and said that he plans to use his new platform to “bring more eyes to underrepresented creators.”
 
2. Immortals Fenyx Rising
 
Immortals Fenyx Rising has officially been revealed. Heavily inspired by the Legend of Zelda series, Immortals Fenyx Rising is essentially Ubisoft’s rendition of Breath of the Wild. Unlike the Legend of Zelda games however, Immortals: Fenyx Rising also pulls from history and Greek mythology, prominently featuring gods like Zeus and Prometheus. Immortals Fenyx Rising is set to launch on December 3; you can check out the world premier trailer for the game below.
 
3. Epic Freebies
 
Another week of freebies from Epic Games is here. This week’s free games are Railway Empire and Where the Water Tastes Like Wine. You can grab your free copies of these games directly from the Epic Games Store from now until September 17. As long as you claim the games by September 17, they will stay in your library forever.
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4. World of Warcraft Shadowlands
 
The World of Warcraft Shadowlands expansion is coming soon and Blizzard just revealed a bunch of new details about the next stage of WoW. In Shadowlands, players will join one of four Covenants which each offer unique rewards, perks, abilities, and end-game activities. Although choosing your Covenant may seem like a difficult task considering how impactful Covenants will be, Blizzard has assured fans that “a player who regrets their Covenant choice, and who wants to change their mind, should be able to do so straightforwardly at any point during the expansion, with no long-term drawbacks or disadvantages.” The Shadowlands expansion is set to arrive on October 26.
 
5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
 
Ubisoft has officially announced that a Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake is coming soon. A generic Prince of Persia remake was accidentally leaked last month on the Uplay store, but we now know that the remake will focus exclusively on The Sands of Time. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake is set to launch on January 21 of next year; you can check out the official trailer for the game below.

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The Daily Moot: Apple IDs Removed From Fortnite

1. Apple IDs Scrapped from Epic’s Games
Starting tomorrow, Apple will enact a change preventing Epic Games from interacting with Apple IDs. This means that players will no longer be able to sign into Fortnite or any other Epic app with the “Sign In with Apple” option. This change comes as part of the ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games which continues to grow in ferocity. For players who normally use the “Sign In with Apple” option to login to Fortnite, make sure the email and password for your Fortnite account are up to date so that you can still login after the change goes through tomorrow.
 
2. Black Ops Cold War Beta
 
An open beta for the highly-anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been announced. There will be multiple beta periods taking place across 2 extended “weekends.” The first weekend, which is only available for PS4 players, will take place from October 8-12, with the first 2 days limited exclusively to players who have pre-ordered the game. On October 15, the second beta period begins and opens up for PC and Xbox players who have pre-ordered the game. Finally, an all-platform true open beta will kick off on October 17 and last until October 19. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch on November 13.
 
3. CS:GO Majors Cancelled
 
Valve has cancelled all upcoming CS:GO Major tournaments. Following yesterday’s cancellation of the CS:GO Rio Major, Valve announced that they are “going to hold off on scheduling Majors until LAN events are safe to hold around the world.” Considering that Valve is looking at global stability rather than trying to key in on a few specific zones for competition, it might be quite some time before the highest level of Counter Strike competition resumes. Valve also addressed the recent cheating scandal in recent online CS:GO events like ESL, saying that any team that cheated will have their Regional Major Ranking points reset and are waiting to see the “punishments handed down by third parties” before taking further action.
 
4. Sea of Thieves Vaults of the Ancients
 
Sea of Thieves’ latest update, Vaults of the Ancients, is officially live. Vault of the Ancients introduces a slew of new content to the game including new voyages, secret treasure vaults, and a new enchanted compass. The update also introduced dogs to the game as a new follower pet, but unfortunately players will only be able to acquire them by using Ancient Coins which cost real money. Sea of Thieves’ Vaults of the Ancients is live now; you can check out the content update trailer below.
 
5. Spacebase Startopia Delayed
 
Spacebase Startopia has been delayed. Although not officially related to the original Startopia, Spacebase Startopia is a spiritual successor to the 2001 classic space station simulator game and is expected to feature a very similar style of gameplay. In terms of the delay, developer Realmforge Studios said, “The new release date will allow for more development time to further polish the game” and that the team isn’t planning to release the game until it “meets the high expectations of fans and beta testers.” Originally slated to launch in October of this year, Spacebase Startopia is now expected to arrive in spring 2021.
 
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