The Quest Log: May 23, 2017

Hello, Gamers! Hope you all had wonderful weekends and that the new week is off to a good start. Can you believe it’s been a full year since Overwatch first launched? I know the past year has just flown for me, and it’s downright amazing to think of all the groundbreaking and amazing games that have launched in so small a window of time. Blizz is celebrating with an event, so let’s kick off our news highlights with that:

Overwatch Anniversary Event Goes Live

Blizzard’s world-conquering team-based shooter is a year old this week, and to celebrate, Blizzard are rolling a new in-game event, which is bringing along some cool new skins, portraits, voice lines, and dancing emotes! The game’s also getting an update that includes three new arena maps for the game’s popular 3v3 mode.

The anniversary event runs from today through June 12, and you get a free loot box just for logging in.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed to 2018

Rockstar’s sequel to one of the greatest games of all time has been delayed from Fall, 2017 to Spring, 2018. While disappointing to fans, the move is hardly unexpected given Rockstar’s history of delaying games, and, as always, they’re doing it for a good reason: “We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready.”

To soothe the sting of the delay, Rockstar have released some new screenshots of the game, which you can view at the link below.

Battfield One Expansion to Introduce Playable Female Fighters, a Series First

The Battlefield series kicked off 15 years ago, and despite its storied history, not a single one of the games has ever featured playable female soldiers. That’s about to change with the upcoming DLC for Battlefield One, “In the Name of the Tsar,” which will introduce the 1st Russian Women’s Batallion of Death. As the link below explains, women soldiers were a real part of the Russian war effort in WWI despite social backlash, and it’s neat to see that not only is Battlefield One getting some diversity, it’s doing so with continued historical consistency.

The Quest Log: March 30, 2017

Welcome back to The Quest Log, gamers! I hope there are some Guardians among you, because Destiny 2’s still dominating the headlines this week. That’s not all that’s happening, though. As always, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest gaming news highlights below. Enjoy!

Destiny 2 Pre-orders Are Live, PC Release Confirmed

Just this past Monday we learned that Destiny 2 was officially a thing. Since then, we’ve gotten not one, but two (brief) trailers. The first, a delightful teaser featuring Cayde 6 front-and-center, gave us a glimpse at a burning Tower and Last City, implying that the Cabal were at the heart of the threat. The second launched today, and while it still doesn’t show off any actual gameplay, it does promise “a ton of loot.” Pre-orders are live, and, as expected, the game has been confirmed for a PC release.

Thimbleweed Park Launches Today

I won’t make a habit of including game launches in news, but Thimbleweed Park is one that’s mostly slipped under our radar before. A point-and-click adventure game, heavily inspired by classic Lucas Film Games (later, LucasArts), from none other than the man who created Monkey Island himself. Thimbleweed Park promises plenty of humor and puzzles, and I can’t wait to sit down with it.

Battlefield 1 Will Allow “Premium” Users to Share DLC Maps with Friends

As has largely become the norm, Battlefield 1 offers an optional “premium” (i.e., season) pass that grants players access to all of the upcoming multiplayer maps as they’re released. Since the days of Halo 2, paywall-restricted maps have caused a divide in multiplayer shooter communities. Some players have them, some don’t. EA thinks they’ve found a workaround, though, and they call it “Premium Friends.” The gist of it is that if you party up with someone who owns the Premium Pass, you can play along with them on any and all of the maps. Hit the link up below for more details.

Club Penguin Finally Says Goodbye

Club Penguin, the kid-friendly MMO that initially launched in 2005, was never my jam. I was way too old for the game by the time it came out, but I know there are plenty of gamers today for whom the name is bound to kick up some nostalgic dust (metaphorical dust, to be clear). Today, after months of warning and the fateful flipping of the game’s iconic iceberg, the game closed down for good. In its wake, Disney are pushing a mobile-only game called Club Penguin Island.