For trainers that missed their chance to catch a Shiny Meltan back in February, Niantic is offering up a second opportunity. The Meltan themed event is returning to the game on Wednesday, April 24th, where fans can add this elusive Shiny Mythical Beast to their collection.
Meltan is Back!
Meltan is unique in Pokemon Go due to the fact that trainers need a specific item known as a Mystery Box in order to summon the monster. Normally, after opening the Mystery Box players have 30 minutes to catch as many Meltan as they can find, then after the allotted time, they need to wait another 7 days before opening the box again. During the Meltan event, Niantic has decreased the box spawn time from 7 days to only 3 days, allowing fans to catch way more monsters than they could before.
Players will have a chance to catch a Shiny Meltan every time they open the Mystery Box. This beast can be distinguished by its darker head and blue tail. Trainers that are able to capture a Shiny Meltan can evolve the monster into a Shiny Melmetal. Unfortunately, players will only have until May 5th to capture a Shiny Meltan, so act quickly if you'd like to capture one.
Niantic is not waiting long after the Meltan event ends to host their next Community Day event, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th. This time around Community Day will focus on the Gen 3 starter, Torchic. Players will also be able to earn triple the amount of Stardust during May's Community Day event.
For more on Pokemon Go be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!
Apex Legends latest patch introduced fan requested armor for two characters, a new bonus XP event, and tweaked a bunch of the weapons to make them a more viable choice for combat. The patch has already gone live so players are free to experiment with all the latest changes.
According to the patch notes that have been posted on the Apex Legends Subreddit, the biggest changes have been introduced to both Caustic and Gibraltar. According to the community manager behind the game, Jay Frechette, these two characters as well as Pathfinder were taking more damage than other heroes because of their increased hitboxes. Readjusting them worked for Pathfinder, but Caustic and Gibraltar were still at a noticeable disadvantage. To compensate for this, the team added a 10% armor bonus passive ability to the two characters, which is known as Fortified. They also received a variety of other tweaks to make them more competitive in the meta.
Apex Legends Update: "But Wait, There's More!"
On top of those changes, Respawn added a way for players to earn more XP for their Battle Pass. Fans will notice that their first top 5 of the day will net them a whole Battle Pass tier, which can be taken advantage of every day until the bonus XP event is over.
Other changes include weapon buffs for the Longbow DMR and the Havoc as well as nerfs for the G7 Scout, Wingman, and Spitfire. Respawn Entertainment has also increased the speed of the jump ship.
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In other Apex news, Project Lead Drew McCoy recently said that there is no plan to bring the game to the Switch, but commented that it isn't out of the realm of possibility. For all the latest on Apex Legends, be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!
In an exclusive interview with Wired, lead system architect for the PS4, Mark Cerny opened up about details surrounding Sony’s upcoming console, PlayStation 5. He boasts that PS5 will not just be an updated version of the PS4 but instead would be an entirely new console. The new console will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSDs, and backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games.
Sony has been developing PlayStation 5 for the past four years. Cerny said, “... It allows for fundamental changes in what a game can be.” While sitting down for the interview, the question was raised if it will actually be called “PlayStation 5”. The answer is unclear and Cerny insisted on referring to it as the “next-gen console,” however, there’s a decent chance Sony will continue with tradition.
“PlayStation 5” Hardware and Specs
All the new hardware included in PlayStation 5 will create a console that more closely resembles a high-end gaming PC rather than a home gaming console. It sports an eight-core CPU which is “based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line built on the chip company’s latest 7nm Zen 2 process and a custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware” according to insight shared by The Verge.
For those that aren’t fluent in advanced gaming hardware, all this new tech means ray-tracing graphics will be coming to a game console for the very first time. Ray-tracing is a way to render and generate an image by turning a path of light into pixels in an image plane which improves how the virtual objects appear when moving through its environment. Even though it is extremely demanding in terms of hardware, it creates higher quality graphics, improving realism. PS5 will be able to support 8K graphics at release but just like 4K, it will require a TV that supports this resolution in order to experience all of these visual improvements.
IGN Breakdown of PS5 Details
Replacing the hard drive with an SDD will also have a tremendous impact on a person's gaming experience. The demo PS5 that Wired tested showed a massive improvement in load times. Fast-traveling in Spider-Man on a PS5 devkit took only 0.8 seconds when compared to 15 seconds on a PS4. Calling this a massive decrease is an understatement. No gamer likes loading screens and it looks like in a couple years, this won’t be a worry any longer.
Beyond graphics, Sony doesn’t want people to overlook the 3D audio feature. This upgrade is expected to create a much more immersive gaming experience on TV speakers as well as headphones. Anyone that played Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice knows immersive audio can elevate an entire gaming experience.
Don’t Underestimate 3D Audio
Those that didn’t have a chance to play Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice and live through that audio masterpiece will have another opportunity to play it Sony’s next console. Mark Cerny was clear on the fact that PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games. This is a spectacular surprise for PlayStation fans. Now, gamers won’t have to sit and wait for games to release on PlayStation 5 as many had to do when PS4 first released. The company is promising that fans can expect a slow transition as new games will release on both PS4 and PS5 simultaneously. Gamers that want to pick up the new console day one will be able to play all their old games and pick up all the new releases along the way.
There were few details on any new PSVR hardware but it was stated that the current PSVR headset will be compatible with the next-gen console.
Development kits are currently in circulation so developers can begin working on new software.
This exclusive interview with Wired offered up a lot of exciting details about PlayStation 5 but no release date was revealed. However, Cerny did state that the new console will not release in 2019. There is a slim chance that PS5 will make any kind of appearance at E3 2019 as well since Sony is sitting this year out. Details are expected to continue trickling out of Sony for the rest of the year and leading up until its release. Rumors suggest that a 2020 release is a possibility but no official word has reached the press. Be sure to stick around and stop by GigamaxGames.com for the latest news and announcements surrounding the development of PlayStation 5.
God of War was one of the biggest critical and economical video game success stories from last year. Sony has no plans for an expansion to last year's Game of the Year title. Cory Barlog, Director for God of War, confirmed this today on Twitter.
What's Next for God of War?
"There is no DLC coming for the game. Sorry," said Barlog on Twitter. This was in response to a separate tweet that seemingly teased a new God of War announcement. Barlog wanted to clear up any confusion and confirm that this message was referencing the game's anniversary celebration.
Just so no one gets the wrong idea - there is no DLC coming for the game. Sorry.
It has already been confirmed that fans will receive a free PS4 theme and avatar set, and Barlog teased that even more was on the way. But this announcement won't be related to God of War DLC.
DLC is "Too Ambitious"
Barlog spoke earlier this year to Kinda Funny and said that he was interested in making a DLC, but he was told it was too ambitious and the idea was ultimately scrapped.
It was allegedly going to be similar to the huge story expansions that both Last of Us and Uncharted 4 received, which warranted their own stand-alone expansions. "It would [have] ended up being its own thing," Barlog said of the God of War expansion we'll never see. "Rightfully so, everybody said, 'Dude, this is crazy, this isn't DLC, this is a little too big."
The future of God of War is still out of focus. It's not clear what the developers have planned to keep God of War alive. However, the Gigamax Games crew will be keeping a close eye on any announcements. Be sure to visit GigamaxGames.com again soon for the latest gaming news!
The latest unforgiving entry made by From Software, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, appears to be a critical and economic success. Activision, the publisher of the title revealed the sales numbers for the game so far, showing that Sekiro has already sold over two million copies.
Over 2 Million People Love To Torture Themselves
This news is pulled from a post on Activision's website that reveals Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice sold two million copies across all of its platforms including Xbox One, PC, and PS4 in only 10 days. The announcement was also quick to note that the game was sitting at a 90 Metacritic rating across all platforms as well.
Sekiro Pulls an Audience
Sekiro was a massive hit on Twitch as well. It brought in 631 million minutes watched on its launch weekend. In only a week the title went on to be viewed for 1.1 billion minutes.
Activision's VP of Product Management and Marketing, Michelle Fonseca, was impressed by players love of the game. "The fans have made Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice one of the most incredible game launches of 2019 thus far," Fonseca said. "The game has performed well on all platforms including PC and we’re excited by the continued support from gamers and critics alike. It has been gratifying to see the enjoyment from fans when they overcome each challenge."
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is currently out on Xbox One, PC, and PS4. If you're in the mood for a challenging but rewarding game we highly recommend you check it out! For all the latest on all things From Software be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.
Storm Rising, Next Overwatch Event Spans from April 16 through May 6
Storm Rising, the next Overwatch event has been confirmed by Blizzard. Speculation only started a few days ago, and details are already beginning to surface. Bits of information about the new Havana map, cosmetic items, and the identity of a new character is now available. Additionally, a new PvE story-mission event that will challenge Overwatch heroes to take down Maximilien, the accountant for Talon has been previewed.
Overwatch Storm Rising is the latest Archives seasonal event and it takes place 6 years in the past. The four-player PvE mission takes place at the same time and allows players to choose between either Tracer, Genji, Winston or Mercy as they fight their way through a gauntlet in order to overthrow Omnic Maximilien. As a storm quickly approaches Cuba, Maximilien’s hideout location, the four heroes attempt to track down the villain before the bad weather creates an opening for him to escape once again.
Welcome to Havana and Storm Rising PvE Event
The short preview Overwatch’s Twitter released on April 9th is only 14 seconds but it offers up a look at not only the new map, Havana, but the Storm Rising PvE event as well.
> Accessing archived file...
Decryption status: IN PROGRESS Strike team deployed.
Reports suggest that Storm Rising won’t be the only PvE event coming to the new update. The two campaign missions from previous updates are expected to make a return, too.
Say Hello to Sojourn
The official Overwatch Twitter posted an audio log from the new character Sojourn on April 8th. With little to no background beyond the audio log, many questions still remain about what this hero will bring to the Overwatch meta. Find the full audio log Overwatch posted on Twitter, below.
No Overwatch update is complete without new cosmetics. More than 160 new cosmetics are going to be available throughout the duration of the event. Storm Rising stretches from April 16-May 6 and teasers are expected to drop over the next few days leading up to its release. Also, those that missed past event cosmetic items will get a second chance at those cosmetics that got away.
Storm Rising is less than a week away but there are so many questions still left unanswered. As the world approaches the release of Storm Rising, keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com to see what other news breaks. Join the Gigamax Games crew on YouTube and Twitch next week as the crew jumps on and streams the new event, live!
[Update] Overwatch Storm Rising has been announced. A detailed look at the new event can be found, here.
It hasn't been long since Blizzard rolled out their latest Overwatch hero, Baptiste, and now it appears their gearing up for a new event. Fans have recently discovered a teaser that could point to the theme, a news article from Havana, Cuba.
Overwatch Event Time!
The article, penned by the fictional author, Marise Solis, details the story of Don Rumbotico and his rum business. Although, this company has gotten so large that its original purpose has been long forgotten. It looks like Havana has gained a few private investors that are buying land and filling the territory with armed guards. This could indicate a new map for players to explore in the near future.
Further indicating that Havana, Cuba will be the game's next location, the flight indicator in Numbani Airport lists the capital city as a destination.
Blizzard released a second fictional article indicating that Florida and Bahamas are preparing for a category 3 storm known as, Hurricane Fernand. The hurricane is originating in the north and passing conveniently through Havana. Every civilian has been evacuated so the area is just waiting to be torn apart in a fight between good and evil.
We'll be sure to have an update when Blizzard finally pulls back the curtain so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com!
For the last few years, you’ve poured your heart and soul into your game development project; regardless of the niche or system you’re building it for, but it comes to the point where you’re thinking about finalizing everything and releasing your creation to the rest of the world.
One of the best ways to market your game out to the masses and to create a hype/buzz around your upcoming game is to create a press release. You can then send this out to leading gaming publications, magazines, and websites which can review your game and hopefully feature you in their writing.
However, for many, this will be the first impression your game has on random members of the public, so you’ll want to make sure you get it right. With this in mind, today we’re going to explore everything you need to know in order to write a successful press release.
“The first and foremost thing you’ll want to remember is making sure your press release, company, and game stand out from the crowd. Imagine how many indie games are being released every week around the world, and these are all your competition to stand out from,” explains Michelle Harper, a blogger and regular contributor for BoomEssays and Help With Coursework.
An effective press release will engage the reader and give them something that they may have never seen before. Don’t be afraid to inject some of your personality into your content.
Aim for Perfection
Throughout every stage of your writing process, you need to make sure you’re writing to the highest possible quality. If your press release is full of mistakes, grammatical errors, typos, and punctuation problems, this is going to reflect extremely poorly on your game studio and doesn’t create good impressions for your upcoming game release.
You need to make sure you’re taking the time to read through, highlight and correct any mistakes in your release before sending it off, ensuring it’s the highest level of professionalism and readability.
Third Person Over First
Think about how many press releases a journalist receives every week for games. Tons. As a marketer for a game company, if you can make the writer’s job as easy as possible, you’re far more likely to get your press release chosen for publishing.
The easy way to do this is to imagine you’re the publication writing your own feature; not the studio. Write about yourself in this way for the best results.
Create a Powerful Headline
“The headline of your press release is, perhaps, the most important part of your press release because this is going to be the key element of your writing that will draw your reader in and will grab their attention. Fail to grab their attention, and you won’t have made an impact, and you’re more likely to have your release dismissed,” shares Nick Turner, a video game marketing consultant for Essayroo and Do My Assignment Online.
The best way to proceed is to write a simple headline that’s no more than five words and really has a lot of impact that grabs attention. You then want to include a subheading that has a bit more details and helps to set the tone of the rest of the press release.
For example, you could have something like;
Studio X Releases Game Y
The latest sci-fi space adventure that changes your perspective on reality
Don’t Forget Technical Details
It’s essential in your press release that you include the technical specifications of your game, so if a publication does write about you and feature your game, people reading can know what devices they need and what specifications their computers need to be.
This only needs to be a short and concise paragraph, but it’s so important you include it, so people can be easily educated into what game you’re offering and whether it’s available to them.
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It feels like The Division 2 just came out, but Ubisoft already has big plans in store for their shared-world shooter. The first major content update is set to add a new difficulty mode, world tier, weekly invasions, new weapons, gear, and more. On top of all that, a raid is set to hit the game at the end of April.
The Divison 2 - Year 1 Update Trailer
The content update is called, Tidal Basin, and it is the first post launch free content update in the Invasion: Battle for D.C. season. The update drops on April 5th and with it comes a new Stronghold that is occupied by Black Tusk troops. "Tidal Basin is now home to some of the most powerful enemies in the game, and they're not going down easy," Ubisoft says.
If players and their squad are able to take down this challenging Stronghold then they are awarded World Tier 5, which gives them access to a gear score between 450-500. Upon reaching World Tier 5, players also unlock new weekly invasions that involve Black Tusk troops taking over other Strongholds and missions throughout the capital. Ubisoft described these experiences as more difficult than other challenges and promises better loot and gear for completing them.
Invasion: Battle for D.C. adds a new Heroic difficulty setting that according to Ubisoft offers the most challenging gameplay yet. Additionally, two new exotic weapons, Pestilence and Nemesis, and gear sets True Patriot, Hardwired, and Ongoing Directive will be added.
It Doesn't End There...
Ubisoft isn't done yet. A new PVP map named Fort McNair and more cosmetics are included in the Invasion Apparel Event.
Looking forward, The Division 2's first raid Operation Dark Hours is scheduled to arrive on April 25th. It's an 8 player raid that will test the skills of even the most experienced agents and is set to be the toughest challenge in the entire game. We'll be sure to have all the latest updates on The Division 2, so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!
The classic character, Serious Sam is back but with a new spin. Gungrounds and Croteam announced yesterday, (4/2/19) that Serious Sam: Tormental is now available on Steam Early Access. Those that want to get an early taste of what’s to come can try this twin-stick, rogue-lite shooter out right now on PC for $11.99.
Serious Sam: Tormental Early Access Trailer
Thanks to the Croteam Incubator, a division formed in 2015 which allows Croteam’s developers to create their dream games, Serious Sam: Tormental was born. Gungrounds and Croteam came together to produce this interesting take on a classic franchise.
Serious Sam: Tormental Stands Out
Serious Sam: Tormental is far from a traditional Serious Sam game. At its core, it’s a rogue-lite twin-stick shooter. It includes four playable characters, three different worlds, and randomly generated powerful upgrades and dungeons. There are countless secrets to uncover, quests to complete, and gun parts to collect.
Players are tasked with rummaging through the dark mind of the demigod of destruction, Mental. The goal is to navigate Metal’s dangerously tormented imagination, venturing through dark dungeons, and various challenges all to bring down Mental for good. Tormental also includes single-player and local Co-op modes so friends can take down Mental together. When playing local Co-op a team can take on stronger enemies, bosses, and compete for, or share XP.
Gungrounds and Croteam’s press release makes mention to two extremely important features that truly make Serious Sam: Tormental stand out among other rogue-lite. As stated above, players can collect gun parts throughout their adventure. These gun parts can be used to create unique and powerful weapons, only available in Mental’s sick mind. The second stand-out feature is The Vault. Acting as the end game aspect of Serious Sam: Tormental, The Vault is the final area of the game. It includes secrets and hints to Mental’s true identity and gives players more goals beyond just defeating the last boss.
What Comes Next?
Whether someone is a Serious Sam fan or a top-down, twin-stick, rogue-lite fan, it looks as though Tormental will be a fantastic fit. This game introduces classic characters from the Serious Sam universe and incorporates a host of content for incredible replayability. As of now, there is no official release date but the Early Access Roadmap available on Steam suggests the game is expected to spend about 2-3 months in early access. More information will continue to surface over the next few weeks so be sure to stick around and keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com!
For trainers that missed their chance to catch a Shiny Meltan back in February, Niantic is offering up a second opportunity. The Meltan themed event is returning to the game on Wednesday, April 24th, where fans can add this elusive Shiny Mythical Beast to their collection. Meltan is Back! Meltan is unique in Pokemon Go […]
If you guys haven’t heard by now, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, is not only destroying the gaming scene, but it is also, I daresay, destroying gaming controllers near you. Sekiro was made by From Software, which is also responsible for the hell that is the Dark Souls franchise which we all know and love…to hate. […]