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Paladins Dev Calls Out Sony On Cross-Play Policy

One of the biggest topics on gamers minds these days is being able to play with their friends no matter what console they own. Many developers have spoken out about the benefit of allowing competing systems to play with each other and now the developer behind Paladins has added his opinion. Steve Chisam, the CEO of the company behind Smite and Paladins, posted his thoughts on cross-play to Twitter recently.

Paladins CEO Speaks Out About Cross-Play


In terms of Paladins, which already supports cross-play between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Chisam says overall match quality has improved thanks to the ability to play between consoles. The average wait time to get into a match is down 30% and level spread has been decreased by 40%. Overall, according to Hi-Rez they have seen an 80% reduction in what they would refer to as "bad matches."

It is interesting to see the variety of problems that can be solved with the help of cross-play. Anyone whose played a multiplayer game knows the frustrations of running into un-balanced or broken matches, and it isn't a surprise to see that having a larger pool of players to choose from improves match quality.


It's Time to Get This Going

Chisam has certainly been vocal about his opinion on tearing down the walls between consoles. Recently Chisam said that Paladins, Realm Royale, and Smite were all ready to implement cross-play on the PS4 but Sony has to stop "playing favorites" according to the developer.

Microsoft has long supported cross-play and is a big proponent of developers including it in their titles. Unfortunately, Sony does not share this love of the system and has only recently (and begrudgingly) included it in select popular games like Fortnite and Rocket League. Hopefully, we'll see wider adoption of cross-play, but it seems like Sony is still far from accepting it as a beneficial system.

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Geralt Makes His Way To Monster Hunter World

It's been a big few months for the protagonist of the insanely popular Witcher series. Geralt has fought his way through Soul Calibur 6 and is now taking his monster hunting skills to Capcom's Monster Hunter World. The update launches today, February 7th with the PC version coming at a later date, and will contain a few Witcher related quests.



The update is set to launch at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT (12 AM GMT on February 8). Capcom hasn't revealed what exactly the quests will have players do but they will have "a unique flavor, blending the RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Monster Hunter World's game systems." (https://bit.ly/2TCKsTF)

Monster Hunter and The Witcher Work Together

Capcom previously stated that this collaboration was made with a lot of help from CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the Witcher series and the upcoming action RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Geralt's voice actor was even brought in to record extra lines for the cross over content.

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This update also comes in the midst's of Monster Hunter World's first anniversary event called Appreciation Fest. The event will remain live on all platforms until February 21st, and brings back most of the game's event quests alongside some new ones. Players are also able to craft new anniversary gear for themselves and their Palicos.

This certainly isn't the end of Monster Hunter World though, Capcom still has plenty of updates planned for this hit title. Iceborne, a major expansion slated for this fall will add new zones, monsters, and gear for players to explore, fight, and craft. For all the latest on Monster Hunter World be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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GameStop Stops Trying To Sell, Stocks Immediately Fall

GameStop made the official announcement that it will not try selling itself to another company. The video game retailer had no further details on its future, but investors certainly noticed and GameStop's stock plummeted not long after making the big reveal.

What's Next for GameStop?

"GameStop's Board has now terminated efforts to pursue a sale of the company due to the lack of available financing on terms that would be commercially acceptable to a prospective acquirer," the company said in a blog post. Unfortunately for GameStop, the announcement caused investment stock in the company to rapidly fall, with the value dropping by more than 25% to $11.21 at the time of this writing.

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The company began looking for a potential buyer in June of 2018. GameStop entered talks with a private equity firm and even hired a financial advisor. Although, the company never said that a buyout would be the ultimate outcome. They previously stated that all options were being considered when it came to saving the company from financial hardship.

In a recent report by Variety, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said that GameStop's decision could be because they were unable to find an investor due to a decline in physical game sales and new competition. "A new console without a disc drive--unlikely, but possible--could kill [GameStop's] business," Pachter explained. "And all this talk of Amazon, Apple, and Google [streaming games] causes some to question whether there will be consoles at all."

All Empires Can Cruble

The company that once built an empire on used game sales and physical releases of new titles is feeling the shift toward a digital \-based model for video game sales. E-stores are how a majority of gamers make their purchases and GameStop has been unable to keep up. We'll be sure to keep an eye on any updates regarding this story so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

Sources: https://variety.com/2019/gaming/news/gamestop-just-gave-up-on-trying-to-sell-company-1203122042/

http://news.gamestop.com/news-releases/news-release-details/gamestop-concludes-process-pursue-sale-company

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Getting More DLC

Dragon Ball FighterZ is about to get another round of DLC characters, adding to the already impressive roster the game contains. The first of these characters will be Jiren, The Pride Trooper, with 4 other characters following him throughout the year. This was revealed at the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals, where Bandai Namco announced the Season 2 Fighter Pass.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Continues to Grow



The trailer revealed that Jiren would be available this week, January 31st. On top of that it was announced that Videl would be arriving alongside Jiren. It appears as though Videl can summon Gohan in his Great Saiyaman garb to help with combo attacks, kind of like how Android 18 and 17 work currently.

At the end of the trailer, Bandai Namco revealed two more characters that will eventually join the title: Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta and Broly from the recently released Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie. Although no footage was shown, the developer said the characters are coming soon.

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Details on the price have yet to be revealed by Bandai Namco, but the previous Season Pass cost $35 and added 8 characters to the game including Broly, Bardock, Vegito, Fused Zamasu, base Goku, base Vegeta, Cooler, and Android 17. Each of these characters are also available for $5 individually. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on the upcoming characters so be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Bethesda Details New PVP Mode For Fallout 76

Bethesda already made it clear that they're committed to Fallout 76 and now they've detailed their plans for expanding their currently watered down PVP experience. The developer recently revealed this new mode along with an early look at the next update on a blog post via their website.

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Named Survival Mode, this new take on player vs. player combat was made to answer negative feedback regarding the current system. "Since the launch of Fallout 76, we've received lots of feedback from some of our more competitive players who requested greater challenge, fewer restrictions, and more incentives when it comes to PVP combat," Bethesda wrote. "With this in mind, we began developing Survival mode, which will bring a new way for you to engage in even more demanding, high-stakes, and deadly adventures in Fallout 76."

Fallout 76 Survival Mode Coming Later This Year

When Bethesda launches Survival Mode later this year, players will be given the choice to enter a Survival or Adventure mode (the standard Fallout 76 expereince) server upon logging in. Both of these choices will contain the same quests, items, events, and story but Survival gets rid of the restrictions that were previously placed on PVP. All players that are not on your team are marked as hostile and can engage you in combat at any time.

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Survival Mode also offers a new set of penalties and rewards for those willing to take on the new challenge. Bethesda is going to actively alter the rules as players offer their feedback on the experience, but when the mode first launches players will not be able to use the "seek revenge button." Instead they'll be able to respawn back at their C.A.M.P or Vault 76. For those that score the kill, they'll be offered double the caps and a chance to gain the enemies Aid inventory.

The current launch window for the Survival beta is in March. Before that, Bethesda will be launching a new patch at the end of January that will fix another massive round of bugs, along with some quality of life upgrades. For more on Fallout 76 be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Treyarch Outlines Next Black Ops 4 Update

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to receive another round of patches throughout the month. The updates began earlier in the week when they added featured playlists, but now the developer is breaking down what fans can expect to see in the popular first person shooter.

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Treyarch delivered the news over on the Black Ops 4 Subreddit and it appears that each of the game modes will be receiving some new content. Zombies will get "Gauntlets" which are curated 30 round challenges that give players unique rules every level. A 115 Day Celebration Event is also set to take place between January 15th to the 18th and will net players extra XP, weapon XP, and Nebulium Plasma.

Black Ops 4 Blackout Additions

Blackout is getting a new looting interface that will hopefully make picking up items a quicker/smoother experience. Treyarch also teased that two limited time modes are making their way into Blackout, but no further details were given. According to the developer, info on the modes and "more Blackout news" are on the way soon.

Multiplayer mode is receiving two new maps in next week's update, both Madagascar and Elevation will join the rotation for season pass holders. The developer stated that future maps will join the full rotation as they're released. Featured Playlists will be added with the update along with stability and performance fixes.

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Toward the end of January, Treyarch will implement League Play into Black Ops 4. This will make competitive more like the professional matches already being held for the game. For more information on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Next Dragon Age Could Have Multiplayer Elements

The developer behind the next Dragon Age title, Bioware Edmonton posted some new jobs that seem to suggest multiplayer is coming to the sequel. The job title itself is "technical director", and it could be for the Dragon Age game that was teased during the 2018 Game Awards.

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The job posting was initially reported by the entertainment news site, Gear Nuke, and it states that Bioware is looking for "the most senior engineering lead on the game team and a key member of the Dragon Age franchise leadership." The franchise technical director will "build and mentor the engineering team, build and execute the game technology plan, and define and direct the development process." They also need to have "experience developing multiplayer games."

Dragon Age Multiplayer Isn't All New

The previous title in the series Dragon Age: Inquisition, contained a multiplayer mode that did not tie back into the single player experience. In the game type, a group of players would move through a multi leveled dungeon as the difficulty of enemies increased at every tier, while higher level gear and powers were rewarded for conquering a floor. While Bioware could be expanding this mode for the next game, it's possible that the developer could be working on a brand new experience.

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As of now, there isn't much information on the new Dragon Age due to Bioware's silence on the game. Although, it has been confirmed that the title has been in production for quite some time and that a core group of series veterans are working on the title, so fans can expect big things. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for all the latest details so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Next Call of Duty Could Be Modern Warfare Sequel

Most are aware that Call of Duty's development goes through a host of different companies and if the cycle continues as expected, Infinity Ward is next. A recent series of tweets of skeletons and skulls from the senior communication manager at Infinity Ward, Ashton Williams, could indicate the studios involvement in the project and potentially points toward what direction the game may take. Although, the tweets do not include any text, fans started to speculate on what the cryptic series of messages could mean.


Modern Warfare Sequel, Is That You?

Infinity Ward is the studio behind Call of Duty: Ghosts, which led many to believe that the messages were teasing Ghosts 2. However, according to Jason Schreier, editor at Kotaku, this is not accurate. Before Infinity Ward created Ghosts and Infinite Warfare, they were the team responsible for the widely popular Modern Warfare series. Fans may remember one of Modern Warfare 2's main characters was Lieutenant Simon "Ghost" Riley who wore a face mask with a skull pattern on it. Many fans suspect that the skull tweets could be indicating a sequel featuring the character.

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The tweets could also indicate that a Modern Warfare 2 remaster is on the way, considering how well Modern Warfare Remastered sold. The remake was sold alongside Infinite Warfare which could mean that the next Call of Duty will have a special edition that includes Modern Warfare 2 remastered. This is all speculation though, and the tweets could just be a tease for a brand new line of Call of Duty games, or, have nothing to do with the series at all.

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The last Call of Duty to release was Treyarch's, Black Ops 4, and was the first in the series not to feature a proper single player campaign. It was also the first time a Battle Royale mode was added to the game. As of now, it is not clear whether the next game will have either of these features. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on any developments so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Jump Force Reveals My Hero Academia Character

The developer behind the upcoming anime fighting game, Jump Force, has revealed that Izuku Midoriya, the protagonist of My Hero Academia, will be joining the roster. A recent trailer has shown the hero fighting alongside Asta from the popular series, Black Clover, which you can watch below.

Although My Hero Academia may be a relatively new series, Midoriya has seen a few costume changes as he grows into his role of "best hero." The one Bandai Namco has chosen to show off in the images and videos is called Costume Gamma and was initially worn by Midoriya when he developed his Shoot Style which switched the character's punch centric fighting style to one that leans more on kicking. It's safe to assume that Jump Force will include some of the new moves Midoriya developed at that point in the anime.

As of now, Midoriya is the only character from My Hero Academia to be featured in Jump Force. Other series are included in this anime cornucopia as well. Dragon Ball and One Piece bring upwards of 6 characters from their respective worlds, so there is potential that more My Hero characters could make their debut.

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Jump Force is Shonen Jump's love letter to some of their most popular series. Some of the anime/mangas included in the 3D fighting game are Black Clover, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, My Hero Academia, Ruroni Kenshin, Saint Seiya, One Piece, Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Death Note. The game also features a brand new story that unites the Shonen Jump multiverse against a greater universe ending threat.

Jump Force officially launches on February 15th, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. We here at Gigamax are interested to see if this game can live up to fan expectations so be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details!

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Blizzard Cuts Back Heroes of the Storm Development

Things are not looking good for Blizzard's MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, a title that blended together all of the company's games like Overwatch, Diablo, Starcraft, and World of Warcraft. The president of Blizzard, J. Allen Brack, and chief development officer, Ray Gresko, announced today that developers are being pulled from the game and being transferred to different projects within the company. 

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In a press release that was made public today, Brack and Gresko said that it was a difficult decision to make and it will ultimately impact the future of the game. 

“Over the past several years, the work of evaluating our development processes and making hard decisions has led to new games and other products that we’re proud of,” Blizzard said. “We now have more live games and unannounced projects than at any point in the company’s history. We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects. This isn’t the first time we’ve had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past.” 

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This Isn't the End for Heroes of the Storm

The company assured they will continue development of the title, supporting the game with new characters and events, but the time between these updates will increase. According to the two executives, this is to set up Heroes of the Storm for long-term sustainability. 

Unfortunately, this news also means that Blizzard had to cancel both of their planned eSports events for Heroes of the Storm. The pro-level tournament, Heroes Global Championship, and the collegiate level contest, Heroes of the Dorm will get the axe. 

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Tough Call for Blizzard

“[A]fter looking at all of our priorities and options in light of the change with the game, the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will not return in 2019,” the press release read. “This was another very difficult decision for us to make. The love that the community has for these programs is deeply felt by everyone who works on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect.” 

It is a shame that this is the beginning of the end for a game that many enjoyed so much. Blizzard is making a responsible move by reallocating employees internally rather than laying people off. The MOBA space has plenty of competition in today's market and it looks like Heroes of the Storm couldn't keep up with games like League of Legends and DOTA. We here at Gigamax will keep a close eye on these deveopments, so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details. 

Source: news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/22833558/heroes-of-the-storm-news

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