The Quest Log: April 21, 2017

Hope you’re as ready for this weekend as I am gamers. This weeks’ going out with a bang–I’m talking free games galore–in the gaming news department, so check out our highlights below.

EA: So, Activision, you got something special up your sleeves for COD this year?

Activision: Do we ever. We’re gonna see your WW1 shooter and do one better. World. War. 2. That’s right: TWO.

EA: Haven’t you guys done a half-dozen of those already?

Activision: Pfft. Whatever.

— Okay, this conversation probably didn’t happen.

Call of Duty: WWII Officially Announced

All we’ve got so far is a teaser image and a title, but the next COD has officially been announced. Looks like the series is returning to its roots as a World War II shooter, which were all the rage when Call of Duty first hit store shelves. I’m sure that dev work started on the game well before Battlefield One launched last year. I’m also sure that I’m not the only one who feels like Activision is looking to jump on the retro war shooter fad.


Original StarCraft Goes Free-to-play

That remaster that we talked about a few weeks back is still on the way. In the meantime, Blizzard just rolled out a patch to the 19-year-old strategy game, which, actually makes a number of significant improvements to the game in order to make it more palatable on modern systems. In addition to all of those, the game and its expansion are now totally free to download and play. If you’ve always wondered what all the fuss was about, now’s the best time to find out.

Blizzard to Give Away 20-hero Bundles to Heroes of the Storm Players

Blizz has just been killing it lately, and HOTS is no exception. With version 2.0 due out on the 25th, they’ve been showing off new heroes, new maps, and an updated loot box system that’s reminiscent of Overwatch’s. To celebrate the release of the single most significant patch the game has ever received, they’re giving every player who logs into the game after the update goes live enough of the in-game currency to buy any one of four 20-hero bundles. HOTS is a good time even for players like me who may not actually enjoy typical MOBA-styled titles, so it’s worth checking out.

Saints Row 2 Is Free on Steam and GOG

Blizzard aren’t not the only ones giving away free stuff this week. GOG started giving away the second Sainnts Row title earlier this week to promote the arrival of Saints Row 4 and its DLC on the DRM-free digital retailer. Not to be outdone (and probably because I’m sure the game’s publisher doesn’t want to play favorites), Steam also has the game up for grabs on their site. It looks like you’ve got a limited window of opportunity to nab it, so do so quick.