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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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New ESO Expansion Dragon Bones Launches in February

New ESO Expansion Dragon Bones Launches in February

The next big expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) will be arriving to the game’s various consoles soon. Bethesda released the first details on the upcoming Dragon Bones DLC pack, which is currently set to arrive next month. Besides introducing two new dungeons, it has a host of other new content for players to explore in the popular MMO.

The meat and bones of the Dragon Bones DLC is the set of dungeons named, Scalecaller Peak and Fang Lair. The developer describes the first as “the burial site of a long-dead Dragon Priest,” which is now filled with cultists who plan to unleash a deadly plague upon the world. The second dungeon is an ancient Dwenmer ruin where an evil mage is attempting to revive an ancient dragon.

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New Monsters and Old Friends

Players will encounter a host of new monsters contained within the two new dungeons, such as “plague-ridden ogres, powerful sorcerers and their undead creations, and even the reanimated bones of an ancient dragon.” Both will be available in ESO’s Normal and Veteran modes. The harder difficulty will also have a new challenging boss fight at the end of each dungeon which only the strongest can vanquish.

On top of the two new dungeons, the Dragon Bones expansion adds a bunch of new items, monster sets, and achievements. One of the new items players can obtain is named Renegade Dragon Priest Mask, which Skyrim players will recognize from the insanely popular RPG and can be earned by simply entering one of the game’s two new dungeons.

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Mark Your Calendars 

The Dragon Bones expansion will be hitting ESO in February. Like their previous DLC’s, it non-subscribers can purchase it from the in-game Crown Store, while ESO Plus members will be able to play at no additional cost. Along with the update’s release, Bethesda will roll out Elder Scrolls Online’s next patch, known as Update 17, which all players can take advantage of.

Update 17 introduces several new aspects to ESO, which includes the ability to make your home a storage space and a new clothing system that lets players customize the appearance of their individual pieces of equipment. The update also adds two new PvP arenas: Mor Khazgur and Deeping Drome. However in order to play Battlegrounds mode, players will need the latest Morrowind expansion. If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming expansion you can find all the details from Bethesda’s website.

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Final Fantasy XIV Director Wants Game on Switch

Final Fantasy XIV Director Wants Game on Switch

Final Fantasy XIV is an amazing MMORPG that has captured the hearts (and wallets) of many players around the world. This game has a pretty hardcore fan base that would love to see it played by as many people as possible. If things go as planed, fans will soon see this experience on two more consoles.

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The Inside Scoop

In a recent interview with gaming publication, Kotaku, the game’s director, Naoki Yoshida, stated that “would love for as many players to be on FFXIV as possible” and continued by saying “conversations have been had with Phil Spencer of Microsoft, and the upper management teams of Nintendo.” (http://bit.ly/2tBoW50) Although if this were to happen, Yoshida has one condition that may be the biggest hurdle.

Yoshida confirmed in the interview that if the game were to be made available on both consoles that they must has cross platform play. He stated that the reason this has to happen is because many companies don’t realize how consistent updates and the way servers are maintained and operated for MMO’s go into how the game runs. “Those can become a hurdle when we consider operating FFXIV for an extended period of time,” he said. “So when I talk to those first-party companies, I ask them, ‘Do you have the capability to prepare for that, do you have the resolve that you’re going to make sure to take responsibility and take care of those, do you have that willingness?’

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Sony seems like a lost cause in terms of cross platform play. Recently, the company opted out of allowing both Minecraft and Rocket League to be played between the competing consoles. This follows the announcement at Microsoft’s E3 conference where they laid out plans to continue support for cross platform play between the Switch and PC players. Sony currently has no intentions to ever allow cross platform play and may never allow it to happen on their consoles.

Recently Square Enix debuted the most recent expansion for FF XIV, Stormblood and has made it clear that they are going to continue to support the game. Gigamax Games has recently become heavily invested in this game and will keep a close eye on any updates the developer releases so make sure to keep checking back for more.

Sources:

http://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-xivs-director-says-theres-still-so-much-m-1796345981

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/final-fantasy-xiv-director-wants-switch-and-xbox-o/1100-6451129/

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Destiny 2 Electric Boogaloo – What Can You Expect?

A Sequel Was Always In Our Destiny

Right off the bat, hype was real following the official announcement of Destiny 2. Bungie added to the excitement with a cinematic trailer, but doesn’t show off any new gameplay or details. It did however have a spin of humor which is new to the series. Let’s dive right into what we do know and what can be pieced together from the vague but humorous trailer.

Featuring Cayde-6 voiced by Nathan Fillion, the video looks beautiful, full of action and explosions. Sitting at a bar enjoying a drink, Cayde-6 is telling a war story but in a much different tone from anything seen before from the Destiny franchise. Bungie faced harsh criticism from Destiny’s overly serious atmosphere and convoluted plot. The dramatic turn when it comes to humor leads to the idea that Bungie could revisit their story to deliver a more enjoyable experience for those looking for a well rounded game.

Check out the teaser below:

Destiny 2 and The Critics

Destiny 2 already had its critics after the world found out that characters will not be carried over from the first game. This is a huge hit for committed Destiny fans around the globe. When Destiny was first released it was implied that this would be a revolution in console gaming, allowing players to grow with their character. Bungie touted that this would be a “ten year game”, instead they came up about seven years short.

Disclaimer* A jaded Destiny player is writing this.

No official release date is on the table as of now. A leaked poster is leading the community to believe Destiny 2 could drop on September 8th. It seems like this could ring true because in 2014, Destiny released on September 9th.

Be sure to check back with Gigamax Games for more information as it becomes available. It won’t be long before more details surrounding Destiny 2 will be available as a worldwide reveal trailer is set to release March 30th at 1pm EST.

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