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.
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.
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.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has officially launched on Steam. After shutting down servers to deal with a crashing issue, the game can finally be played. PUBG players that had to wait due to the bug that left them unable to play for many hours will find a reward waiting for them when they log into the game.
Who Doesn’t Love Free Stuff?
Over the next few weeks, players will receive a free in-game Winner Winner Chicken Dinner t-shirt, which is dropped into their inventory upon the first log in. The PUBG 1.0 release comes with a variety of new bug fixes that address balance and stability issues. Bluehole stated that previous adjustments had reduced stability issues but the latest round of improvements should help make the game more stable over time.
Bluehole also said it’s putting more time into cheat prevention measures. This comes after it already introduced improvements that saw a 66% drop in the number of players using cheats.
PUBG 1.0 also brings a few new mechanics to the main game, including climbing and vaulting, which the game’s creator says “will change the game severely.” The new release also features an official launch for the desert map called Miramar, which was recently only available to try on PUBG’s test servers. Lucky players can find new types of obstacles, weapons, and vehicles on Miramar that will affect how you get that chicken dinner.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds first released to Steam Early Access nine months ago and has taken the industry by storm. The Gigamax crew has been enjoying the game’s launch on Xbox One which came out earlier this month. PUBG is available for $30 via the Xbox Game Preview program and managed to gain over 1 million players in its first 48 hours on the console. That version received its first patch earlier this week, which helped fix a multitude of bugs that players were experiencing. If you’d like to see the full list of patch notes for the 1.0 version of the game you can find them on the STEAM blog.
Eidos Montreal Increasing Focus on Online Experiences
Triple A developer Eidos Montreal, most well known for its Deus Ex series, confirmed plans to focus on online elements. In a blog post on the developer’s website which was initially reported by the gaming publication IGN, the studio’s head David Anfossi said you can expect an “added emphasis” for online play in the developer’s games going forward to improve the experience overall.
“At Eidos-Montreal, we’re constantly working towards creating innovative and exciting experiences for gamers everywhere,” he explained in his post detailing his plans for the future of the company. “In turn, we are placing an added emphasis on the online experiences in our games, striving to continually provide players with content that is memorable and impactful.” (http://bit.ly/2CWdgOY)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Anfossi continued by saying that online play, through its “inherent interactivity,” presents the studio an opportunity for the games it develops to exist for a longer period of time in the market. This comes as no surprise as the company had previously detailed its plans to approach a “games-as-a-service” approach, where a developer launches a game and overtime supports the experience with new content generally for free with the ability to purchase microtransactions. Anfossi also said Eidos Montreal is currently forming teams and tools to support these goals.
Eidos Montreal recently revealed they are working on the new Tomb Raider game, but they have not offered any details on the title. The studio is also working on a new Marvel Avengers game in partnership with Crystal Dynamics, but even less is known about that other than a short teaser trailer.
Deus Ex On Hiatus
Unfortunately for fans of the series, it was reported that Square Enix is putting Deus Ex on hiatus after their last entry, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided because of poor sales figures. Square Enix’s CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, said that the series isn’t going away forever but it is unknown when development will pick it up again.
Eidos Montreal has yet to offer any details on its upcoming projects so little is known about how they plan to approach this new direction. Hopefully, they are able to keep up the strong nature of their single-player campaigns because it is what the studio did so well. Make sure to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for more details on the studio’s future as they become available!
After much speculation and waiting, it appears that fans may finally see Doomfist in Overwatch. This hero has been teased almost since the game’s first additional hero, Ana was introduced. From in game posters to a major celebrity visiting Blizzard’s office, players have been anticipating the much fated reveal for almost an entire year.
Overwatch’s latest PTR update suggests that all this waiting is finally over. Aptly titled “Doomfist / Summer Games” it seems Blizzard is finally ready to show off a brand new character and reintroduce the first seasonal event they held. The name for the PTR update was revealed to players that experienced crashes while using the new highlight saving feature, which lets fans save their best “Play of the Game.” After the crash, the following crash log referred to the current version of the PTR as “Doomfist / Summer Games.” As of now the reference has been removed but you can see a screenshot of the original crash log below.
Image Source: http://bit.ly/2tLWu09
Jake Kaplan Weighs In
While the game’s director, Jake Kaplan, has stated that the summer games event could return, no one at Blizzard has said anything about Doomfist. The backstory to the character was only made clear after fans fell in love with the idea of him joining the game. This could all potentially be a joke on Blizzard’s part to extend the hype for the character or the beginning of a long series of frustrating hints, much like Sombra’s reveal. Although Blizzard never officially revealed anything, it hasn’t stopped fans from creating lore or Terry Crews from petitioning to play the character.
The introduction of Doomfist into Overwatch would be an awesome treat for next month. Recently, Blizzard stated that they would like to add something new every month. With the Lunar Colony map released last week fans were already speculating what July would hold and this could be the answer. Gigamax will be keeping a close eye on the Doomfist rumor so make sure to keep checking back for more!
Show Director Mode Announced for The Darwin Project
During Microsoft’s press briefing at E3 2017 yesterday, Scavenger Studio announced that The Darwin Project is coming to the Xbox One. This brutal title pits friends against each other in a Hunger Games style fight with a game show vibe. The team behind the game also shared some new information on the show’s director and what the player controlling them can do.
The Show Director – Sociopath In Charge
The show director is a unique role that lets one player oversee a match like the host of some sociopathic game show. This role is being added to create thrilling moment to moment action through uniquely asymmetrical gameplay. As the show director in The Darwin Project, the player will be able to observe the entirety of the arena via an invisible drone and learn how each of the seven contestants is planning their strategies. The director will be able to influence the outcome of the match utilizing a collection of tools unlocked through a progression system. If the show director wants to give a competitor an unforeseen edge they can do so by restricting zones, calling in airstrikes, or even triggering a manhunt which reveals a contestants location for 90 seconds.
The show director mode is being included by Scavenger Studio to revolutionize the battle royale sub genre. Another feature ready to be revealed at a later time will even allow for live stream viewers on Twitch or Mixer to get involved in the wacky gameplay.
The Impending Ice Age
The Darwin Project takes place in post apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. Civilization is preparing for an impending ice age through a project that is half science experiment and half live entertainment. It challenges players to fight the cold and each other to survive in a snow covered arena. The Darwin Project offers a competitive multiplayer third person experience with an emphasis on survival. Players will have to withstand extreme environmental conditions, track opponents, set traps, craft tools and maybe even negotiate temporary alliances to be the last one standing when the sun rises.
If you’re at E3 and would like to try out, The Darwin Project it is currently playable at the Microsoft booth. Check out some gameplay below and stay tuned with Gigamax for more information on this interesting game!
A new trailer for the upcoming brawler, Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite revealed a ton of new information about the game. The debut is set for September 19th on PS4, Xbox One and PC but the more important reveal was 8 characters that are joining the fray. The story trailer also offers a look at the new villains that are ready to destroy the multiverse.
Two Universes Become One
Capcom will be bringing back a number of familiar face such as Chun-Li, Strider and Chris Redfield. While Marvel also had their share of iconic characters shown off like Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor and Rocket Raccoon. These two universes are combining to bring down the Marvel antagonist, Ultron, who has combined his powers with the villain from Mega Man X, Sigma.
Both of the villains formed an alliance and forced the universes together. This is all in an attempt to release a virus that will let them reign over the two worlds. The battle for the multiverse will take place throughout a cinematic story mode which is a new addition for the series.
Capcom also revealed two new stages making their way into the game. Both Avengers Tower and Throne Room will be playable at launch. These maps are sure to please Marvel fans as they are both located in the universe.
Their will reportedly be multiple iterations of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite. Aside from the standard version, players will be able to pick up a deluxe edition that includes the base game and the character pass, giving them access to six additional characters after launch, including Sigma. A Collector’s Edition will be available containing four character dioramas, Infinity Stone replicas and a steel book case that contains the deluxe edition of the game. The collector’s edition is set at the hefty price of $199.99.
While a lot of information has been revealed, fans are certainly itching for more. Capcom is sure to release more trailers and demos as the imminent release nears. So don’t forget to keep checking back with gigamaxgames.com for more details on this highly anticipated fighter as more information becomes available!
Blizzard can’t seem to help their Overwatch event content from being leaked before the actual release. This time around it seems that the skins for some popular heroes have been revealed.
The skins were posted on photo-sharing site, Imgur by user raulrsd. Images of an off screen Xbox One show the likes of Mercy, Reinhardt, Tracer and Torbjorn in new/very blue uniforms.
If this leak is real, it would fit in with the recent release of the “Uprising” comic that ends with the same characters on their way to stop a robot revolt on the streets of London. Players will recognize the location they’re heading to as the map ‘Kings Row’.
The comic is intended to herald in the Omnic Uprising event that is scheduled for release tomorrow, April 11th. Director of Overwatch, Jake Kaplan has said that this event won’t be a holiday special but instead one that delves into the lore of the game.
More skins are sure to come along with the event, with Kaplan promising a new Widowmaker legendary skin sometime in the near future the purple assassin is sure to have some new clothes.
Whatever the case may be, Gigamax Games will surely be covering the upcoming event. Keep checking back for more information on this developing story.
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.
Fans of the Mario Kart series were upset to find that when the eighth entry in the series was released, it lacked the traditional battle mode. Nintendo included a highly watered down version of the balloon popping challenge instead. The new game mode have players driving around the standard tracks instead of intelligently designed arenas. This led to one of the most stagnant battle modes in all of the Mario Kart games.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is mostly a copy and paste of the original 2014 release with a few minor differences sprinkled throughout. This time around, players will get to race as Bowser Jr. and the Inklings from Splatoon. Another major change is an overhaul to the lackluster battle mode which will surely please long time fans.
So Many Maps
Nintendo is rectifying their original mistake by restoring the beloved mode to its former glory. Arenas designed with the Switch in mind are being added as well as returning maps from previous Mario Kart games. One of the most popular veteran maps, Battle Course 1, from Super Mario Kart on the SNES is also making an appearance. This time around Nintendo added guard rails and the ability to use the map’s multiple levels to dodge shells and other projectiles.
While revisiting the classics is a good way to pass the time, it’s a lot more exciting to see a game designed for the new console. Sweet Sweet Kingdom is a fresh take on the Mario Kart 8 map Sweet Sweet Canyon. This course uses a intricate system of turns and ramps that are great for setting up sneak attacks, giving players an upper hand over opponents. Next up is Dragon Palace, based on the DLC course Dragon Driftway. The course offers a center courtyard surrounded by two giant dragon statues and a two tier pagoda for fans to launch bananas and shells at each other. The third map is the Battle Stadium track, created around the original MK8 battle mode map design. The course plays like a circuit but keeps combatants closer together, forcing them through tunnels, anti-grav areas and over ramps.
Lastly there’s the Lunar Colony battle map which shakes up the typical battle style. Since this course is located in space, players will constantly be in an anti-grav state. This leads to higher and farther jumps, players will utilize the ability to launch themselves out of moon craters located around the course. Nintendo is also adding maps from a few other franchises this time around. One of the coolest additions is a recreation of Splatoon’s Urchin Underpass map. Instead of covering the map in paint with wacky guns, this time players will launch wacky items from karts at each other.
When Can We Play Mario Kart?
Players will be able to start fighting each other on April 28th, 2017 and we here at Gigamax are pumped to jump back into this insane racing game. We loved it back in 2014 and the changes Nintendo’s making has us excited to hop back in and pop as many balloons as possible!
Right on the heels of their Sombra release, Blizzard is already teasing a new character. In a recent forum thread game director, Jeff Kaplan confirmed that his team has “multiple characters in the works” following that up with “24 is not who you think it is.” (http://bit.ly/2mo1dke). This seemingly confirms that the next character will not be the heavily theorized Doomfist.
Players began speculating that Doomfist may be the next hero weeks ago when Terry Crews, a huge Overwatch fan/famous actor, was spotted at the Blizzard offices. This began a long running social media campaign by fans to secure Crew’s a spot to voice Doomfist. While Blizzard never gave official word on whether or not he would play the character, they’ve just put up a blog post which adds a new face to the lore.
Meet Efi Oladele, an 11 year old AI and Robotics expert from Numbani. She was the focal point of Blizzard’s post and it is now theorized that she will be the next character to join the brawl. While it is unlikely that an 11 year old will be fighting directly on the battlefield, most think that she will send one of her robots to do the work for her. Further cementing this idea lead writer, Michael Chu also confirmed that the blog post takes place in current day Overwatch time, so we won’t see an adult Efi on the field.
Blizzard Doing It Right
We hear at Gigamax are big fans of Overwatch and love that Blizzard is actively engaging the community. It’s one thing to have constant updates, but another thing entirely to keep fans in the loop through the whole development process. Games that rely on fan feedback truly stand out and this could not be more true for Overwatch, especially with its recent win of another GOTY at the DICE Awards.
While Blizzard still hasn’t announced who the character will be, you know that we’ll be on the lookout. Make sure to keep checking back with Gigamax for all the latest in gaming news and industry updates.