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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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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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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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Sea of Thieves: Unprecedented Demand According to Rare

Sea of Thieves: Unprecedented Demand According to Rare

Sea of Thieves has seen a huge amount of players join its open world pirate adventure since it launched. This has largely been the reason the game has had an extensive amount of technical issues that are frustrating those sailing the oceans. Despite the glitches, developer Rare issued an update from the studio head, Craig Duncan, and executive producer, Joe Neate, stating that the game reached 1 million players across the PC and Xbox One in just 48 hours. The blog post also detailed what the company is doing to address the bugs players are encountering.

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What Comes Next?

“We have seen unprecedented numbers coming into Sea of Thieves and playing Sea of Thieves. The interest has been insane; the amount of people playing has been mind-blowing,” Neate said. (https://bit.ly/2IYTRzV)

Currently, Sea of Thieves is free for subscribers of Xbox Games Pass. Although, Microsoft has yet to share the details on how many people have purchased the game as opposed to the free download their subscription service offers. Another factor to consider is that Xbox Games Pass offers a free trial for the service and many players may have taken advantage of that to try the massively marketed game. Despite those factors, 1 million players in only two days is a huge feat.

Rare Explains…

In the video, Rare explains that at one point after the game came out on March 20th, the player count was rising at a rate of 5,000 people per minute. Even though Rare held multiple stress tests before release, they were not prepared for the massive influx of pirates that were ready to set sail. Now, most of the game’s problems are scale related and the team is reportedly working 24/7 to make sure the issues are resolved.

Sea of Thieves just got a huge new patch that fixed many of the issues with the game’s online infrastructure but many are still experiencing problems that will hopefully be solved soon.

What do you think about Sea of Thieves? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook!

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Entertainment One Producing Street Fighter TV Show

Entertainment One Producing Street Fighter TV Show

Capcom’s popular fighting game series Street Fighter is about to get its own television show. The Media Company, Entertainment One, will both produce and finance the program which is being developed by the team that also created the live action internet series Street Fighter: Assassin Fist.

According to a report from Deadline, the new TV show will focus on Street Fighter’s “World Warrior” storyline. The first arc includes four of the series most popular characters including Ryu, Ken, Guile, and Chun-Li.

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What’s It All About?

“Together, they fight to take down M. Bison, the evil mastermind who runs Shadaloo, a global criminal organization,” says a line explaining the show’s description. “Though on different journeys, our heroes’ paths will cross as they are drawn into the World Warrior Tournament, a competition devised by M. Bison to find the most powerful and capable fighter in the world. On the journey they come to share, they must draw on their strength, skills, intelligence, and loyalty in a battle to survive and emerge as the World Warrior.” (https://bit.ly/2pziiek)

Entertainment One’s president, Mark Gordon, explained that part of what makes Street Fighter unique and appealing to a wide audience is its diverse set of characters. “A particular strength of Street Fighter is the wide range of ethnically diverse characters and powerful women featured in the game,” he said. “It will allow us to build an inclusive and engaging TV universe.” (https://bit.ly/2pziiek)

Yoshinori Ono, the producer behind the game, said Capcom arrived at Entertainment One after an extensive search to find the right partner to make the series. Ono also said that he believed Entertainment One had the right credentials to make the series a “faithful” adaptation that fans of Street Fighter would enjoy.

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We Need Details!

The creator of Assassin’s Fist, Joey Ansah, is returning for the new show. Series Producers Jacqueline Quella and Mark Wooding from Assassin’s Fist are back as well. Currently, there’s no word yet as to who will be cast in the show or even a premiere date/location.

This would not be the first multiplatform effort the series has gone through. Jean-Claude Van Damme was in the 1994 movie Street Fighter, while 2009’s Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li starred Michael Clarke Duncan, Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, and Neal McDonough.

Fans of Street Fighter are also anticipating the soon to be released compilation package named Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, which hits store shelves in May for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

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New Rainbow Six Siege Operators Seemingly Leaked

New Rainbow Six Siege Operators Seemingly Leaked

Ubisoft may have just released a few Rainbow Six Siege Operators with the launch of Operation Chimera but dedicated fans may have found clues pointing toward the next two. Longtime players already knew that more operators come out with every seasonal expansion, although Ubisoft hasn’t done a great job of keeping these heroes a secret before their named updates are released.

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Thank You, Reddit!

This leak comes courtesy of a Reddit user by the name of Mr_Donald_Duck who has found images and names of two Italian operators in the PC version’s files. Thanks to their crafty detective work, fans have a look at placeholder images that show each character and what names, Alibi and Maestro. Alibi is seen surrounded by translucent silhouettes of herself, while Maestro is equipped with a backpack and shotgun shells strapped to his chest.

Before this reveal another Reddit user, Artex3, shared information from the game’s files that may point toward what players can expect from Maestro and Alibi’s gadgets. These notes included references to holograms, decoys, and bulletproof cameras. The first two seem to point toward Alibi’s ability, suggesting that she will be able to trick defensive players operating the cameras with fake versions of herself. Maestro, on the other hand, looks like he will be able to reinforce cameras for the defending team.

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Leaks and Rumors

Keep in mind, while leaks like these may be exciting, they are still only rumors. Players may not see these operators in Year 3 or even ever. Things can change at any moment. However, as we mentioned earlier, it’s not unusual for operators to get leaked before Ubisoft has the chance to announce them.

Rainbow Six Siege received their big Operation Chimera update in the begging of March which came packaged with the popular new Outbreak mode that has players returning to the game in droves. Unfortunately, this event ends on April 3rd but it could indicate when players may see a big new announcement. For all the latest on Rainbow Six Siege keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com!

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