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Firewatch Developer Campo Santo Acquired by Valve

Firewatch Developer Campo Santo Acquired by Valve

Valve purchased the indie studio Campo Santo, the critically acclaimed developer of the game Firewatch. This news comes from a blog post on Campo Santo’s website, where the studio said it would be continuing work on its current project, In the Valley of the Gods. However, now the small studio has all the power of Valve behind them.

“In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn’t happen every day. In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives. It quickly became an obvious match,” explained the blog post.

“We had a series of long conversations with the people at Valve and everyone shared the satisfaction we take in working with people whose talents dwarf our own to make things we never thought possible. Both sides spoke about our values and how, when you get right down to it, we, as human beings, are hard-limited by the time we have left when it comes to making the things we care about and believe in. They asked us if we’d all be interested in coming up to Bellevue and doing that there and we said yes.” https://bit.ly/2F70YDd

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All Eyes on Valve

This move caught the attention of many in the industry due to Valve having recently taken on a reduced presence in game development and production. Instead, the company has been focusing on refining Steam as a video game delivery platform and maintaining DoTA 2. Recently, they expressed interest in returning to game development and publishing, with Gabe Newell saying that his company will start shipping games again soon. The first new game to be released by the developer is the upcoming DoTA card game, Artifact, with more titles coming soon according to Newell.

There’s no telling what could come of their purchase of Campo Santo. Rumors have been circulating that Microsoft showed interest in purchasing Valve but their recent activity would suggest the Gabe Newell might have other plans.

Be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com for more of the latest gaming news. The crew will be keeping a close eye on Campo Santo and their upcoming project as well as any more breaking Valve news.

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Destiny 2’s Warmind Expansion Brings Back the Grind

Destiny 2’s Warmind Expansion Brings Back the Grind

In the most recent developer update from Bungie, Destiny 2’s senior designer, Daniel Auchenpaugh, discussed how the power level grind will be changed in the upcoming Warmind expansion. This will be the second major update the game is receiving and there are some major changes on the horizon. Basically, what this means is that it will be much harder for Guardians to max out their power levels once Warmind drops in May.

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Where Did The Rewards Go?

Auchenpaugh also explained that the new public events won’t hold the lucrative rewards they have been known for recently. Clan engrams also won’t help players progress through levels on their own anymore. Warmind’s soft level cap is currently set at 340, which means that players will only be able to move up 10 power levels from  Curse of Osiris’ max level with the help of open world drops. Although, it was also stated that the hard level cap for Warmind is 380.





For gamers that have been playing Destiny 2 since launch, the grind from 340 to 380 may sound simple, but Bungie assured fans that the process will go much slower than anything they’ve released before. Auchenpaugh also stated that even players that complete every end-game activity a week will still need to wait for several resets in order to reach the new cap. As per usual, the best rewards drop from Raids and Trials while low tier gear can be earned through clan engrams.

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The Grind is Real!

Players should also prepare for the grind from 370 to 380, which is set to test the patience of even the most seasoned Destiny veterans. All of these changes are to help address fans concerns that Destiny 2 had been streamlined to the point where it became too easy. With all of these updates, the longevity of Warmind is sure to be much better than both the base game and the Curse of Osiris expansion.

It should also be noted that all of the numbers mentioned above are assuming that no legendary mods are installed. Bungie is set to reveal more about the next expansion during a live stream on April 24th, before the expansion drops on May 8th.

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Dungeons & Dragons In A New Light: Coming to a Console Near You

Dungeons & Dragons Creator’s Unpublished Work Will See New Life as Video Games

Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons may be gone but the Gygax family is ready to bring his legendary game back to life. It’s been 10 years since Gary Gygax’s death but his family and youngest son, Alex Gygax are taking the first steps to bring a new generation into the world Dungeons & Dragons. Bankrolled by the Gaygax Trust, the Gygax family wants to take Gary’s unpublished works and turn them into video games.

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“D&D: Curse of Strahd”

The Trust recently announced a new partnership with the crowdfunding and investment website Fig. The goal is to work together and start a global search for video game developers that will capture Gary Gygax spirit and carry his legacy on to a new generation of gamers.

In order for all this to happen, the Gygax Trust had to bring back Gygax Games and named Alex Gygax as CEO. Alex seems like the right fit to take the position. Gaming since he could walk and talk, both digitally and tabletop, he has a passion for his fathers work.

There is an open call to developers who want to propose content or ideas. Anyone interested can send reach out through pitches@fig.co and they’ll be reviewed by Figs green-light committee and Alex Gygax.

A Young Adventure Sets Off On A Quest

“My first D&D adventure I’d say was when I was four or five years old, running a solo campaign with my father on his work breaks. So I was playing D&D before I knew what any of that was,” said Alex in an interview with Polygon. He continued to explain, “I’ve played everything from Xbox games to computer games, board games, over at my brother’s house or Magic: The Gathering events at the local game store.” https://bit.ly/2qGl9m5

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Alex has been working in his hometown in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin as one of the lead bartenders of a local pub. Now he and the Gygax Trust believe he is ready to take his fathers’ masterpiece and bring it into the modern world. His job will be to ensure that any future projects based off of Gary Gygax’s unpublished works retain the spirit of the legendary adventurer and storyteller.

The Trust is currently working on cataloging handwritten materials from Gary’s personal effects which are known to have played a large role in the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. He even said Gygax Games will be using Gary’s personal D&D campaign that was never released to the public.

Gayax Games and Fig have now entered into a licensing agreement according to Fig CEO Justin Bailey. The goal of the agreement is to locate the right developers to pair with the project. Fig’s platform will be utilized to run crowdfunding campaigns to fund the production of the games.

To Breathe New Life Into His Fathers Legacy 

“It’s a good opportunity to get some games produced and work with gamers and still be able to have some direction of where some things go,” Alex said, “making sure the spirit, the essence, of Dungeons & Dragons and the RPG Realm is kept in mind.” https://bit.ly/2qEsHWE

Gail Gygax, Gary’s wife has seen first hand the development of her husband’s IP for computer games. They have worked with numerous companies over the years and some even produced incredible games but as she says, “the developers could never quite achieve the vision Gary had laid out,” https://bit.ly/2qEsHWE. Now with the partnership with Fig, the family trusts that they will be able to find the right developers and work with capable enough technology to explore and produce Gary Gygax’s imaginative stories with the depth it deserves.

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“Planescape: Torment”

Any fan of Dungeons & Dragons may be a little rattled that this news is catching so much attention. It isn’t the first time Dungeons & Dragons games have been released. However, there is something a little different about this announcement. Gygax Games partnership with Fig isn’t the only unique factor, either. Reading the words from Gary’s son, Alex, it is hard not to feel his passion. The worlds his father created brought so much enjoyment to millions. Alex even had the chance to enjoy those stories and adventures with the creator, his very own father.

Where Will The Path Lead?

Now Alex is ready to help ensure his father’s work makes it to this new medium while retaining that special something that made Dungeons & Dragons such a spectacular experience. It’ll be exciting to see what direction the new D&D video games take. There’s no telling how the adventure will play out or what kind of commercial success it will see. Only time will tell what comes of these new D&D games but be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com as the crew continues to follow this story closely.

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How To Get New Mega Man Gear in Monster Hunter World

8-Bit Mega Man Comes to Monster Hunter

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The latest Capcom crossover event for Monster Hunter World is now available. While players can still take part in the Spring Blossom Festival event that’s currently going on, there’s a new quest available on PS4 and Xbox One. It allows fans to get their hands on the crafting materials necessary to make the Palico gear set.

The Event Quest is called “A Rush of Blood”, and to complete the mission players must hunt two Odagarons in the arena. The twist is that one of the monsters is a very cute miniaturized version of the species, other than that though the quest is a standard 7 star quest that has a time limit of 50 minutes and allows players a maximum of three faints. Completing the event will award challengers with Mega Man Tickets, which is one of the resources necessary for making the gear. To craft the full set, players will need to complete the mission several times.

Time to Get Forging

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When fans have collected enough tickets to make the gear, they will need to head to the Smithy and scroll to the Forge Palico Equipment section and click Full Armor Sets. Select Mega Man gear to craft the two pieces of High Rank armor consisting of the Mega Man Helmet and Mega Man Suit, which costs 3 Mega Man Tickets.

Can’t Forget Weapons!

To make the weapon, players will need to head to the Standard Equipment section of the Forge Palico equipment tab. The Mega Buster can be found toward the bottom of the High Rank weapons area. This piece of gear costs an additional two Mega Man Tickets, which means to craft the full set players will need to collect a total of five tickets.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Palico gear set that was teased during its initial announcement is the different classic Mega Man tunes that will play as the Hunters fight. However this will only happen during the event quest, unfortunately, players won’t hear the music during their regular adventures.

Hunters only have a short time to complete the gear set as the event ends on April 27th. Players that are interested in the Spring Blossom Fest greatsword and armor only have until April 19th to get the spring themed gear.

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Fortnite Players Get Freebies Following Server Outages

Fortnite Players Get Freebies Following Server Outages

After Epic Games installed their latest 3.5 updates to Fortnite things quickly took a turn for the worse. Players soon found themselves unable log into the game. Unfortunately, the patch had rendered the game completely unplayable on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices. Thankfully, the studio fixed a majority of the issues and is now apologizing to fans with a collection of giveaways. The Guided Missiles have also been temporarily removed since the bug was discovered as well.

“It’s been no secret that over the past 24 hours we’ve been experiencing issues with our services that have prevented many of you from playing Battle Royale and Save the World. We’re sorry,” Epic Games says in a message on its website. “We know how frustrating this has been. We messed up here.”

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Epic Games Says Sorry

To make it up to players and thank them for their patience Epic Games is offering free items that can be claimed for a limited time. This weekend fans will be able to pick up a free Back Bling item, a new customization slot that was added to the locker in season 3. Also available this weekend, Save the World players can pick up a free Troll Stash Llama. Gamers can claim their items by heading to the respective in game stores.

Additionally, Battle Royale players will receive a pack of Battle Stars, which are used to rank up an individuals Seasonal Battle Tier. Save the World players will also get an unidentified amount of seasonal gold. Unlike the freebies given away on the store, these giveaways will take some time to distribute, given out during a planned update later next week (most likely Wednesday night into Thursday Morning).

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Epic Games assured fans that they will release a detailed report next week that will go over the problem that occurred this week and their plan to improve services moving forward.

No word was given on when the Guided Missile will return to Fortnite but at least players are able to jump into the game again. As for the 3.5 update, Epic Games added a new Port-A-Fort item that allows players to deploy a fort on the spot. Week 8 challenges are also available to owners of the Battle Pass, unfortunately, the studio had to delay the limited time 50 Vs. 50 Mode until next week due to the server issues.

Catch Up on The Updates!

The Gigamax Games crew keeps up with the latest Fortnite updates and game modes. Stop by for some of the streams with the playlist above!

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Blizzard Confirms WoW: Battle For Azeroth Release Date

The Battle For Azeroth Grind Begins

The launch date for the next World of Warcraft expansion known as, Battle for Azeroth, remained quite a mystery since the game was first announced. Fans speculated that it would most likely come out around the middle of September but now Blizzard has confirmed an exact date, August 14, 2018.

Battle for Azeroth is heavily influenced by the early Warcraft games, bringing a new focus on the Alliance vs. Horde conflict that the game has long ignored. Players will visit various areas around the world where the warring factions will struggle to collect naval resources from their respective islands which are, Zandalar for the Horde and Kul Tiras for the Alliance, as they complete a host of new quests and make their way through the story.

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So Much New Content!

The expansion will also see the addition of 10 brand new dungeons, new Raid zones, and new world quests. Blizzard is also adding a new event called Warfronts, which is a 20-player co-op PvE mode meant to simulate classic RTS games. Players will attempt to build up an army filled with unique troops and then attack objectives and take out enemy commanders.

As for personal character progression, the level cap is being increased to 120, and just purchasing the expansion will grant players one level 110 boost for use with a new or existing character. Fans can also look forward to new playable allied races; Alliance will receive the Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves, while Horde will get Highmountain Tauren and Nightborne.

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Blizzard also confirmed that, on top of both the standard and Digital Deluxe editions, there will be a Collector’s edition for the Battle of Azeroth expansion. This will include a hardcover novella, soundtrack, and other goodies fans are sure to enjoy. Be sure to stick around for even more updates surrounding Battle of Azeroth. World of Warcraft has a long history in the gaming world and it’ll be extremely interesting to see how it continues to progress.

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Far Cry 5 – YouTube Let’s Play Playlist

Far Cry 5 – YouTube Playlist with Gigamax Games

Far Cry is back in a big way. Set in the backwoods of Montana USA, Far Cry 5 is unlike any others to come before it. Still the same concept, this latest release has familiar environments in a not so familiar setting. Ubisoft created a battleground in a small valley of the USA where chaos rains and a devoted doomsday cult is fighting for control. The citizens of this valley are fighting back and it’s the main character’s job to clean up the mess.

Join the Gigamax Games Far Cry 5 – YouTube Playlist to follow along with some of the funniest and most entertaining adventures.

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Keep up with all the latest Far Cry 5 videos and streams from the Gigamax crew. Follow along with the playlist above or Subscribe on YouTube! For the latest gaming news, reviews, updates, and trends, be sure to Like and Follow Gigamax Games on Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook!

With so much to Far Cry 5, expect more videos in the near future. There are so many missions to choose from and Gigs and Mack can’t wait to try them all! Thank you all so much for taking the time to watch. If you want to see a certain mission or game in the future, be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this page. Gigs and Mack are always looking for suggestions!

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If you’re interested in becoming a content creator or already producing your own gaming content and want to reach a larger audience, let’s collaborate! Gigamax Games was created to develop communities throughout the world of gaming. Feel free to learn more about our Social Communities and Collaborators or reach out at GigamaxGames@Gmail.com and let’s talking!

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Spyro: Reignited Trilogy Announced for PS4 and Xbox One

With the huge success of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Activision decided to release another package of remastered classics centered around the PlayStation hero, Spyro. The gaming company announced today that Spyro: Reignited Trilogy will contain updated versions of the first three Spyro The Dragon games. Included will be 1998’s Spyro the Dragon, 1999’s Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage also known as Gateway to Glimmer in Europe and Australia, and 2000’s Spyro: Year of the Dragon. Spyro: Reignited Trilogy will release on September 21st and will be priced at $40.

Remade From The Ground Up

The three games that are included were all initially developed by Insomniac Games, but the Activision subsidiary Toys for Bob is developing the updates. The games are being completely remade from the ground up for both the PS4 and Xbox One. Toys for Bob has worked on the Spyro franchise for a number of years now. The studio was involved with the first Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure and various other installments in the popular toys-to-life series. Activision’s hand was pretty much forced for the announcement following a series of rumors and a very recent retailer leak.

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According to Activision, Spyro: Reignited Trilogy’s original three games are mapped faithfully in the new versions. In terms of what’s new for the games, fans can expect enhanced reward sequences, better-looking environments, updated controls, new lighting effects, and completely redone cinematics. Additionally, the artists have re drawn the characters with “additional flair” and the game will also have a reimagined soundtrack.

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The original voice actor for both Spyro 2 and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, Tom Kenny, is coming back to play the purple protagonist yet again.  Kenny is also known for voice Spongebob in the world famous series Spongebob Square Pants.

To honor their announcement, Activision hid a cool easter egg in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Fans in North America can enter the classic Konami code ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → followed by Square at the Crash 3 screen to view the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy trailer.

Gamers are excited to get their hands on a remastered Spyro. This beloved franchize is a fantastic addition to the slew of older games making their way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Gigamax Games will keep their ear to the ground for any other exciting games coming back from the grave.

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PUBG Map “Codename: Savage” Will Enter Player Testing Soon

PUBG Map “Codename: Savage” Will Enter Player Testing Soon

PUBG is getting a new map and the first testing phase is about to start for PC players. The map is currently being called Codename: Savage and will be 4 km x 4 km, smaller than the game’s existing two maps. Early details about Codename: Savage have been popping up around the web but the map will enter its first full testing phase next week. Players around the world will get to test out the new, more competitive arena.

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Codename: Savage’s beginning week of testing starts Monday, April 2 at 7 PM PT / 10 PM ET / 3 AM BST Tuesday. It will run up until Thursday, April 5 at 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET / 12 PM BST. This phase will only be offered to a select group, but players will be able to sign up to participate on Steam. The developer of the popular game, PUBG Corp. says it will offer a more detailed explanation on how to take part in the test on Monday and says players should “keep an eye on [PUBG’s] social channels to maximize your chances of getting a key.” (https://bit.ly/2Ih8M7m)

What Gamers Need to Know

PUBG creator Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene gave some details about Codename: Savage during his panel at the most recent Game Developers Conference. He claimed the smaller, island-based map will release by the end of this year and that it “should give you all a much more intense and faster paced Battle Royale experience.” (https://bit.ly/2Ih8M7m) After the panel, he offered an aerial view of the map on his twitter account.

PUBG Corp. is stressing to its player base that the map is in a very early stage of development and it’s opening Codename: Savage up to fans early so they can help gather as much data on the experience as possible. “We haven’t released content so early in its development since our alpha testing stage. We’re doing this because we want to start getting your feedback as soon as possible and drive the development in the right direction,” (https://bit.ly/2Ih8M7m) the developer said on Steam.

Editors Thoughts:

PUBG has had some troubles reaching an eSports market. Even though it’s hugely popular, the slow-paced and randomness of the matches created a difficult competitive environment. The introduction of this new map could have a huge impact on its eSports appeal and success moving forward. Gigamax Games will keep a close eye on how this new map progresses and if PUBG can successfully break into an eSports market. 

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No Man’s Sky: Fly or Flop on Xbox One

No Man’s Sky: Fly or Flop on Xbox One

The infamous No Man’s Sky is officially coming to the Xbox One later this year. Whatever agreement Hello Games had with Sony seems to have come to an end. Distribution will be handled by 505 games and the announcement of the Xbox One release was coupled with the next big update, “No Man’s Sky NEXT”. Even though the game was a major commercial success, critics and gamers lashed out at the game and developer, Hello Games, for what they called false advertising and extremely limited content. Many are wondering if a release on Xbox One would bring the kind of commercial success it saw on PlayStation 4.

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The game’s creators were even investigated for false advertising though they were later cleared of these allegations. Massive sales quickly tapered off after gamers realized the game was not what Hello Games promised. However, even with all of this backlash from the gaming community, they remain committed to working on their game that brought about so much controversy.

What’s NEXT for No Man’s Sky?

“We called this update NEXT, because it’s an important next step on a longer journey for us and the community,” Hello Gamers co-founder Sean Murray wrote. “We’ve been working our socks off on this and it’s by far our biggest update so far. It will be free to existing players, and we’ll continue to support No Man’s Sky in this way for the foreseeable future.” https://bit.ly/2GEzppD

 

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Now that gamers know now about the controversy surrounding No Man’s Sky the big question is if an Xbox One release will bring with it considerable sales numbers. People are wary of game developers that have lied in the past. Especially in such a dramatic fashion as Hello Games did.

The Xbox One release will be enhanced for the Xbox One with HDR and 4K support. Those that purchase the game on Xbox will also receive every expansion for the game which includes, the Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises updates.

Only Time Will Tell

It would be astonishing to see a No Man’s Sky Xbox One release bring a fraction of the sales Hello Game raked in on PlayStation 4. Yet all the content added since initial release being included with a single purchase on Xbox One might be enough to pique the curiosity of gamers that never had a chance to try it for themselves. But only time will tell if this curiosity will be enough to overshadow the stain No Man’s Sky left on the gaming world.

With all the hate Hello Games received, it’s important to remember that this is an indie developer. One that had a worldwide impact on the video game industry, even if it didn’t make the right kind of impression. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of audience they can bring in with the release on Microsoft’s console.

Gigamax Game will be keeping a close eye on the progress No Man’s Sky makes on Xbox One. There’s no release date yet, so be sure to check back soon on GigamaxGames.com for the latest updates!

How do you think No Man’s Sky will do on Xbox One? Let the Gigamax crew know in the comments below!

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