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Fallout 76 & Black Ops 4 Did Not Meet GameStop Sales Projections

Fallout 76 & Black Ops 4 Did Not Meet GameStop Sales Projections

The latest GameStop earning report revealed that two of the year's biggest releases failed to meet the company's sales projections. Both Fallout 76 and Black Ops 4 did not sell as well as the major video game retailer expected and Gamestop had some answers on why that could be.

CFO of GameStop, Rob Lloyd said that Black Ops 4 was "Not as successful as we had hoped." As for Fallout 76, the executive attributed the poor sales to the negative review scores the open world RPG received. "Obviously, you can see in the market what the Metacritic scores are around Fallout 76, and that's impacted its sell-through. I'll probably just leave it at that."

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Some of the big name sports games that were released also failed to meet the company's expectations in regards to sales. While Lloyd didn't mention any names, Madden NFL 19, Fifa 19, NBA 2K19, and NHL 19 were all released between August and September of this year.

It's Not All Bad...

Not all of the news from the earnings report was negative, though. According to the CEO, both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Spider-Man PS4 were GameStop's highest selling games. Even though Black Ops 4 did not meet their sales expectations, the game releasing in October instead of November helped boost Gamestop's overall games sales for the quarter by 10%.

GameStop's total global sales which include hardware, software, accessories, and more, rose by 4.8% to $2.1 billion for the quarter, which ended on November 3rd. New hardware sales rose 12.8% due to increased sales from PS4 and Xbox One. Games sales had a massive jump of 10.9% and accessories sales had the biggest gain of 32.6%. Despite these sizable increases, pre-owned sales dropped by 13.4%.

The company posted a loss of $488.6 million for the quarter, which compares to a profit of $59.4 million in the same quarter last year. GameStop says that this loss was attributed to an impairment charge that was worth $587.5 million that it paid as a result of the "sustained decline in the company's share price."

What's Next?

It seems as if the trend in gaming from physical to digital purchases is impacting GameStop in a big way. Physical sales and reselling were once the money maker for the games retailer, but now the company must focus on finding new ways of generating revenue in online markets. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on the future of GameStop, so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest information.

Source: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4225543-gamestop-corp-gme-ceo-shane-kim-q3-2018-results-earnings-call-transcript

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Game of the Year 2018 Nominees: Tough Competition

Game of the Year 2018 Nominees: All Tough Competitors

The Game Awards will announce the winner of Game of the Year 2018 on December 6th. With nominees made public, the readers pick article was able to foresee many of the choices. There was a surprise title that deserved its recognition, Celeste. Besides that outlier, each of the games nominated has either defined a generation of gaming or blew audiences away with their imaginative spin on a long-running series.

Vote for the game you think deserves to be Game of the Year 2018 at the bottom of this page!

Game of the Year 2018 Nominees List

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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Fully embracing RPG elements, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey worked to reinvent itself. It maintains many of the elements that long-time fans will enjoy but with some added bonuses. Progression is much more dependent on gear and leveling. The world is absolutely brilliant, gorgeous, and engaging. Ubisoft did an incredible job creating an Assassin’s Creed game that stands out from the rest while retaining classic qualities fans have grown to love. This game will surely be stiff competition for the rest of the titles in the running for Game of the Year 2018.

Celeste

Spawning from a prototype during a game jam, developers Matt Thorson and Noel Berry later expanded Celeste into a full game. This indie game is up against some massive titles with multi-million dollar development budgets and companies that are able to spend millions on marketing. Celeste even beating out some games out like Farcry 5 and Fallout 76, created by well known and respected developers. It’s always amazing to see indie games recognized for breaking the mold and delivering quality gaming experiences to audiences around the world.

God of War

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A massive hit and a game that will go down in history, Game of the Year 2018 winner or not, God of War is a spectacular experience all the way through. Showing off the softer side of Kratos, fans of the series and newcomers alike fell in love with the action, setting, and breathtaking story. The readers choice poll shows that 59% of voters think God of War will be named the winner. These results aren’t surprising. God of War was a hit from the second it was released.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

The lovable Spider-Man came back in a big way. It was Insomniac Games first licensed title and they pulled off creating one of the best Spider-Man games in years. Swinging through an incredibly detailed New York City, all the spidey gadgets, and the innocent nature of the young superhero combine to deliver an unforgettable video game. Only time will tell if Marvel’s Spider-Man can fight off its competition in this year's race to become Game of the Year.

Monster Hunter: World

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Capcom did what many believed they could not, take Monster Hunter into the mass market. Once a niche franchise, massively popular only in Japan with scattered fans in the West, it is now a household name. Monster Hunter: World reworked some of the more time consuming and tedious mechanics to open themselves up to an entirely new audience. The core concept is still the same, kill monsters and make gear out of their bones, skin, and other materials. However, now that the game is a streamlined RPG designed to accommodate a wider audience, Capcom’s latest Monster Hunter could be dubbed Game of the Year 2018.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Coming out near the end of the year, Red Dead Redemption 2 was met with both glowing reviews and unhappy fans. Rockstar Games developed an immaculate world, gritty and immersive but that immersion comes at a cost. Gamers playing RDR2 live their life as a western outlaw, down to every last detail. Sleep, eat, bathe, chores, all the mechanics can be overwhelming and those looking for a quick game to play may be turned off. But, anyone looking for a game that will create memories which have the potential to last a lifetime, Red Dead Redemption 2 could be it. It’s unclear if those negative reactions by gamers will impact its chance to take home Game of the Year 2018, only time will tell.

Be sure to stop by GigamaxGames.com for coverage of The Game Awards in December and even more news, reviews, and video game updates!

 

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Disturbing Stuff Found In Red Dead Redemption 2

Disturbing Stuff Found In Red Dead Redemption 2

An excellent successor to Red Dead Redemption 1, this game is well known for its ridiculously massive open world, with every single detail perfected down to the last blade of grass. Rockstar really went all out on this one! Sure, the graphics are extremely impressive, impressive enough to be called a step up from most video games that are around these days, but all things considered, RDR2’s open world definitely takes the cake as the best part of this game.

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Of course, that doesn’t come as a surprise since Rockstar is clearly a master when it comes to the genre of open world. Considering Rockstar’s previous track record, from their 2005 game ‘Bully’, as well as their long-running franchise, Grand Theft Auto, players expected nothing less with the release of RDR2, and they certainly haven’t been let down.

If you have played GTA V (I mean, who hasn’t?), then you may be familiar with Rockstar’s habit of stuffing their open worlds with subtle Easter eggs and mysteries, which is exactly what they have done with RDR2… just about 10 times as much. Of these Easter eggs and mysteries, plenty of them are horrific and that’s what will be touching on right now.


Stranger Mission: American Dreams

Rockstar isn’t exactly shy about their horrific content, which is also the case with most other video game design companies, and there is plenty of gruesome stuff you can find scattered all around the expansive Wild West, with some of them included as parts of missions. One of the first gruesome things that you’ll come across when playing RDR2 is the string of murders performed by a serial killer. Here, you will investigate a series of mutilated bodies strung up across trees and boulders in an attempt to find the person who butchered them. Sure, mutilated bodies and people ripped off in half isn't something new in the world of video games, but combine the terrific graphics of the game with Rockstar’s tremendous attention to every shred of the dead person’s gushing insides, and you’re bound to feel creeped out with every drop of blood that slowly drips from the dead corpse.

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Of course, your mission has to continue, so the serial killer conveniently leaves you a piece of a map that will eventually let you figure out his hideout, and of course, the map will be stuffed into his victims’ mouth. So, once you try to retrieve it, you’ll have the pleasure of watching the poor guys’ head fall right off.

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Oh, by the way, did I mention? Once you figure out the serial killers’ hideout, you gotta go take a look, and that place is… let’s just say… not the type of place you’d want to host a kid’s birthday party.

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The Night Folk

Next up on the list of horrifying stuff, are the Night Folk. These guys are a bunch of psychopathic killers who hang out near the swamp, and you are most likely to encounter them during the night. Yeah, the swamp… at night. I mean, you’d think the swamp was creepy enough during the day, what with all the crocodiles and snakes, but now you have to go into the misty swamp during the night, with nothing but a lamp to light your way. In any other video game, this wouldn’t be so creepy, but the sights, the sounds, and the immersive experience RDR2 provides really gives you the chills.

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Imagine walking along this misty swamp when you suddenly see a woman, completely dressed in white, crying near a small fire. Or how about a freshly bloodied dead body tied to a tree?

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No? What about a dead body that has been tied to a tree for years?

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It’s all part of the joy the Night Folk provide.


The KKK

While traveling across the Wild West, you may come across a bunch of enterprising individuals having cult meetings, namely, the KKK.

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Since this encounter occurs in the woods during the night, you may consider it creepy, but there is also a pretty funny side to it. In the very first meeting, you’ll hear the leader of the cult mention that their numbers are waning, and while they blame the Congress for that, you’ll soon see that it’s for the most part, due to their own stupidity. Here, the cult is introducing a new member to their ranks, and as initiation, the new member lights a huge cross on fire right before the flames get to him, setting him on fire as well. Moral of the story? Long robes and fire don’t mix! You will also meet the KKK on to other separate occasions where they end up doing something stupid and killing themselves. Or you can save them the embarrassment and kill them yourself. You can kill any of the members of the KKK without having to worry about your honor points degrading, so go ahead, knock yourself out.


What About the Kids?

Now, the game itself is inherently violent and you’ll encounter a lot of terrible stuff on the way, but maybe you aren’t content with watching other people do bad stuff. Maybe you want to be the terrible one? Well, go right ahead, because there is absolutely nothing stopping you! But of course, do remember that being a terrible guy will get you a terrible reputation. No one takes too kindly to a guy that goes around, say, killing a bunch of children?

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Children are precious, and that’s why Rockstar thoughtfully placed a bunch of kids in the game. But nope, you can’t just use one of your weapons to lay the contents of their brain onto the pavement, because none of your weapons have any effect on them. This is similar to the approach most other video games that contain children take, such as BioShock, for instance. After all, the last thing Rockstar wants is bad PR. However, there is nothing stopping you from shoving kids around, throwing them around on the ground, running them over with your horse, pushing them on the train tracks, along with a couple of other delightful things that will tickle your inner sadist.

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Let’s Go a Little Deeper

If you’re done with the kids, then it’s time to focus on the adults, because you’ve got options. It's no wonder RDR2 is a little bit on the fat side when it comes to file size because it's like every NPC has been given a separate personality. Your character seems to have something to say to each NPC, and each NPC has a different view of the world around them, so if you find someone whose view of the world doesn't fit yours, it's perfectly fine to tie them up and throw them into the sea so you can watch them drown. Shoot a sweet old lady in the head. Tie up an old man then drag him around behind your horse. Beat a deformed guy to death. The opportunities are simply endless!

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Not the Puppy!

Finally, let’s come down to the worst thing that you could do in RDR2: killing animals. And I mean the domesticated kind, like dogs, and horses. There are no restrictions against you killing just about any animal you see, although it is suggested that you go for a mental health check if you tend to enjoy routinely shooting dogs in the head, or burning horses. 500 headshots to a bunch of NPCs’? Not a problem! But shoot a dog? Seriously?!

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So, there you have it, a bunch of horrifying things you can see and do all around the dangerous world of Red Dead Redemption 2. Of course, this list can only capture a tiny fraction of the horrors and possibilities provided by the game, so I suppose I should leave it to you to expand it.  

Special thanks to OffGamers for the guest blog submission! Read more by OffGamers!

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Cyberpunk 2077 Aiming For Red Dead Redemption 2 Quality

The developer behind the Witcher, CD Projekt Red, plans to make their next major RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, as detailed and refined as the recently released Red Dead Redemption 2. CD Projekt Red's CEO, Adam Kicinski, revealed during an investor call that the western themed shooter has taught the studio that they have to release amazing titles so that they can earn a "nice fat slice of cake." (https://bit.ly/2KwJzYU)

These comments were a response to an investor's question on what lessons CD Projekt Red took away from Red Dead Redemption 2 that will help them make Cyberpunk 2077 even better, and if the studio believes it can score as high critically as Rockstar's title.

CD Projekt Red Confident in Cyberpunk 2077

"Without a doubt, quality is of paramount importance," Kicinski said. "We strive to publish games which are as refined as Red Dead Redemption 2, and recent Rockstar releases in general. That game is excellent, by the way, we are rooting for it. Rave reviews, excellent sales. What does that teach us? Well, it teaches us that we need to publish extraordinary games, and that's exactly what we are planning." (https://bit.ly/2KwJzYU)

Kicinski has seen a trend in gaming today where people focus on more hit releases and ignore titles that don't necessarily capture their attention. Most people don't have much time to commit to games so CD Projekt Red is dedicated to making Cyberpunk 2077 the best it can be.

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"Gamers, it seems, tend to focus more and more on hit releases. There's only so much time one can devote to video games, and while their gaming community is growing, time cannot be stretched," he said. "There is--well, maybe not a surfeit, but a fair deal of good games out there, and playing them consumes a lot of time." (https://bit.ly/2KwJzYU)

"So it pays to be among the best--that's how you get a nice fat slice of cake, businesswise, and the same cannot be said for the lower leagues. In summary, we are rooting for Rockstar and for Red Dead Redemption 2, and we're happy to see that excellent games continue to sell well." (https://bit.ly/2KwJzYU)

Cyberpunk 2077 on the Horizon

Another detail Kicinski revealed during the presentation is what stage of development Cyberpunk 2077 is in. As of now, the team is working on fleshing out the game world and working on making it even more detailed than the gameplay demo that was shown off during E3 2018. Development appears to be on schedule but there is still plenty more to be done before the game is ready for release.

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"We are filling the world with content and tweaking things, and this involves a great deal of hard work on the part of developers," Kicinski said. "What I can say today is that we're progressing fast and according to plan. When we finish, there's also the hugely important phase of polishing all that game content. There was a question about the quality of the game we plan to deliver at launch and our intention is to deliver something of great quality. Once the game is complete, we can begin to patch various bugs, both major and minor, and we are setting aside time to complete this process." (https://bit.ly/2KwJzYU)

Cyberpunk 2077 gives players control of a mercenary named V who can be augmented with a variety of cybernetic augments that improve his/her skills or give the player more abilities. The game is set in the futuristic locale of Night City and plays in first-person as opposed to Witcher's third person perspective.  This title is sure to make the headlines when it releases so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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Fallout 76 – Let’s Play YouTube Playlist

Fallout 76 is being ripped to shreds by reviewers. Gamers and critics are finding it hard to accept the direction Bethesda took while creating this multiplayer Fallout game. However, there is still entertaining content hidden beneath the layers of incomplete ideas and copious bugs.

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The Gigamax Games is here to offer a complete look at Fallout 76. From the buggy gameplay to the moments of exquisite adventure, this post-apocalyptic multiplayer RPG does have a few redeeming qualities.

Fallout 76 Gameplay, Reviews, Impressions | YouTube Playlist

With such a massive game, it takes some time to truly uncover all the secrets and environments available. Power-suits aren’t even accessible until level 25. Development isn’t over for this game and that means the future could bring with it fixes and improvements. This means there is plenty of exploring to be done before Fallout 76 is categorized as a failure.  Bethesda went out of their comfort zone to deliver gamers the multiplayer RPG fans have wanted for so long.

Even More Fallout 76!

Wandering the wasteland with friends is addicting. This means more Fallout 76 gameplay is on its way. If you want to see something specific in Fallout 76, be sure to leave a request in the comments below! Have a different game request in mind? Let the crew know and they’ll add it to the list!

Thank you for taking the time to watch. It means the world to everyone here at Gigamax Games.com. Be sure to stop by YouTube on Tuesday and Thursday for new videos. The crew streams every Tuesday and Thursday, too! Find the stream schedule, right here. For video game reviews, news, and industry updates check out the article page!

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Gets New “Together” Trailer

After over a decade of work, Kingdom Hearts 3 has finally finished development. For those that grew up with the series, this is a wild statement and Square Enix released a trailer to celebrate. Most of the previous trailers that the company showed off featured one or two of the Disney characters such as Pooh Bear or Rapunzel, but this one is meant to show off the full scope of the mash-up.

Playing Kingdom Hearts 3 Together

The "Together" trailer, which you can watch above, includes characters and worlds from Frozen, Tangled, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Big Hero Six, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Hercules. These locations join a number of worlds fans will recognize from the series as the game seeks to wrap up Sora's fight against the forces of darkness that plagues these realms.

Square Enix announced in a tweet that development had been completed and also mentioned that now would be a perfect time to play through Kingdom Hearts 1.5, 2.5, and 2.8. Those that want to own all of these games can purchase the Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far Bundle for $40. This includes both of the remastered versions of the main games along with the side adventures; Chain of Memories, Birth By Sleep, and Dream Drop Distance.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to release on January 29th, 2019 and will be the first numbered game in the series since Kingdom Hearts 2 released in 2005. Square Enix and Disney know fans have waited a long time to see the conclusion of this epic story and put in a ton of work to ensure that it was a perfect experience.

We here at Gigamax are certainly excited to see what Kingdom Hearts 3 has in store for us and will certainly have plenty of coverage as the release date draws closer so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest information!

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Bungie Details Destiny 2: Black Armory Launch Plans

Bungie is giving Destiny 2 fans some information on what to expect with their next big paid DLC, Black Armory. The company also detailed issues that players may encounter in the week leading up to the update. Black Armory officially launches on December 4th, and Bungie wants to make sure that Guardians are aware of the changes coming to the popular FPS.

Curtain Lifted Off Destiny 2: Black Armory 

In the most recent Destiny 2 developer blog, the team announced that they were working on a list of temporary changes to keep players informed and encourages fans to post any bugs they encounter on the official help forum so they can get to work on the issue.

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Black Armory will be launched after the start of Destiny 2's next season, Season of the Forge, which begins on November 27th. It will be followed by the Season of the Drifter, which is proceeded by a season that Bungie has yet to reveal. Season of the Forge will add The Dawning event, new crucible content, and a variety of weapons. Holders of the annual pass that access Black Armory will obtain Light and Fury weapons, the new Forges of the Chain activity, a Raid Lair, and new exotics/legendaries.

Are You Ready Guardian? 

Bungie also suggested that the transition into the next year of Destiny 2 will come with a new set of changes and plans for the future. As of now, Bungie has a full year of content planned for the game and hasn't been clear on what comes after.

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"The time has come to begin a new conversation about how the Destiny endgame will continue to thrive in the months to come," says the blog. "What will each Season hold for every player of Destiny 2? How will the Annual Pass add to that experience? These are the questions we want to answer as we introduce you to a whole way to enjoy your hobby as a Guardians with new challenges to conquer and new rewards you’ll want to add to your inventory." (https://bit.ly/2TlxXMz)

This is the first developer update after Activision revealed that Destiny 2: Forsaken failed to meet sales targets. As Bungie moves forward with their plans for the game, they will definitely need to keep their revenue issues in mind. Black Armory is only a couple of weeks away so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details on the expansion.

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Ubisoft Reveals Operation Wind Bastion Operators

Ubisoft revealed the next two battle-hardened operators that are making their way to Rainbow Six Siege in the next major update, Operation Wind Bastion. The two new characters go by the names Kaid the defender, and Nomad the attacker.

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Operation Wind Bastion New Operators

According to the lore of Rainbow Six Siege, Kaid is a traditionalist soldier who encourages his team to stop over-relying on technology. This new operators main gadget is the Rtila Electroclaw, which can be deployed on reinforced walls, hatches, barbed wire, and deployable shields to add an electrical effect that shocks opponents. While this may sound close to Bandit's ability, Kaid is much more of a tank and his Electroclaw is a more versatile tool that can be fired from a distance to quickly close off walls and hatches from enemies, but at a lower damage percentage.

While the second operator hasn't officially been revealed by Ubisoft, leaks popped up on the Rainbow Six Siege subreddit showing off the new character. Nomad's abilities appear to be a bit more mystical than players are used to, with the unique power of keeping enemies away with the wind. This appears to be a re-tooling of an enemy ability from Siege's limited time event, Outbreak. When used in the zombie mode, this ability also broke walls and objects.

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How her gadget works is less clear, but the trailer for Operation Wind Bastion seems to suggest she utilizes some sort of proximity dart. Ubisoft did drop a hint in a blog post earlier in the month that Nomad had a knack for pushing the enemy back.

Fans of Rainbow Six Siege won't have to wait long for the full reveal of Operation Wind Bastion as a full breakdown of both Kaid and Nomad, and the new fortress map will all be shown during the Pro League Finals on November 17th and 18th. Fans can watch the event on the official Siege Twitch channel. We'll be sure to keep an eye out on the latest update so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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PUBG PlayStation 4 Release Date Announced

PUBG PlayStation 4 release coming December 7th. Includes exclusive in-game items from Uncharted and The Last of Us.

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The game that kicked off the recent Battle Royale madness, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) will be making its way onto PlayStation 4. First released on PC, Bluehole’s game quickly captured the world's attention. Professional streamers, casual gamers and everyone in between was swept up in the Battle Royale craze and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was the game to play. After it’s PC release, Xbox One acquired exclusive rights on consoles for one year. Now that year is up and PlayStation 4 owners get a chance to drop in and fight until the last person is left standing.

High Hopes for PUBG on PlayStation 4

Anyone that opened the PlayStation store on November 13 was welcomed by the option to pre-order PUBG. Just in time for the holiday season, PUBG Corp. seems to have high hopes for the beloved Battle Royale game. “We’re excited to expand our PUBG service and introduce new communities to our Battle Royale game” Changhan Kim, CEO, PUBG Corp. said. “PlayStation has developed an amazing community of passionate gamers and we can’t wait to join them this holiday season”.

PUBG Streams and Gameplay

When PUBG launches in December, it will include three maps: Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok. Every major feature, the ranked system, event mode, and achievements will all be available immediately on release. Gamers that pre-order PUBG on PlayStation 4 will be able to sport Nathan Drake’s outfit from the Uncharted series and Ellie’s backpack from The Last of Us.

Those with a PS4 Pro will be happy to hear PUBG will be enhanced. Compatible TV’s will be able to support High Dynamic Range lighting.

Tough Competition for Battle Royale

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has much more competition than it did a year ago. Fortnite took over the world and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 introduced their Blackout Battle Royale game mode. The Battle Royale trend burned bright but the jury is still out if its popularity will continue. There are now some extremely high profile Battle Royale options on PlayStation. Even with all its success on PC, consoles, and even Mobile platforms, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has its drawbacks. Glitches, crashes, and general gameplay issues could make it difficult for gamers to choose this Battle Royale game over all the other options available right now.

Only time will tell how PUBG’s PlayStation 4 release will turn out. The Gigamax Games crew will be picking up their copy to see how the PS4 version stands up. Be sure to check back soon for all the latest gaming news, reviews, and impressions.

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