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.

https://playoverwatch.com/en-gb/events/anniversary/

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.

http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/60210/Red-Dead-Redemption-2-Is-Now-Coming-Spring-2018

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.

https://pvplive.net/c/battlefield-1-confirms-female-soldiers-for-russian-in-the-name-of-the-tsar

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.

https://www.bungie.net/en/News/Article/45795/7_Destiny-2-Revealed

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.

https://thimbleweedpark.com/

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.

https://www.battlefield.com/news/article/introducing-premium-friends-a-word-from-our-producer

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.

http://www.clubpenguin.com/

The Quest Log: March 8, 2017

Hello, readers, and happy International Women’s Day! Welcome back to The Quest Log, where you’ll find highlights from the latest news in gaming.

The Switch’s First 2-day Sales are the Best in Nintendo History

Nick Wingfield, a reporter for the New York Times, Tweeted this past Monday a number of interesting highlights from an interview he conducted with Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime about their new console’s performance in stores. While it’s next to impossible to learn hard figures for console and game sales, it would seem that the Switch is outperforming expectations. Wingfield says that the Switch outperformed every past Nintendo console in 2-day sales figures, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best-selling “standalone launch title” in the company’s history.

https://twitter.com/nickwingfield/status/838872510871433216

Monolith Show Off Shadow of War’s Expanded Nemesis (and Friendship) System

The Nemesis system of Monolith Productions’ Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was the highlight of the 2014 action-adventure title set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy universe, and it looks like they’re doubling down on it for the upcoming sequel, due to launch later this year. In a demo shown to a number of major gaming news outlets, we see that the dynamic relationship platform will no longer be limited to enemies, it will also govern how friendships and alliances work. There’s over 16 minutes of footage and plenty to unpack (including freaking dragon riding), so it’s worth seeing for yourself

http://kotaku.com/middle-earth-shadow-of-wars-nemesis-system-is-about-fr-1793067914

Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Maps Will Be Free

Aaryn Flynn, general manager for BioWare, confirmed via Twitter that multiplayer maps for the upcoming space opera RPG will be free to download and play. This news comes in the wake of the announcement that a planned public multiplayer tech test had been cancelled. Fans won’t have to wait too long to play it, however, as the game launches later this month, March 21.

http://wwg.com/2017/03/06/mass-effect-andromeda-s-multiplayer-maps-will-be-free/

Destiny’s Getting a Weekly Raid Feature

In a live stream on Twitch today, Bungie discussed revealed a number of features for “The Age of Triumph,” the last major content update planned for Destiny before we see the online shooter’s sequel, due this fall. The highlight for many diehard fans was no-doubt the inclusion of a Weekly Feature Raid, which kicks off on week 1 with Crota’s End. The featured raid will require a light level of 390 or higher and include any and all previously available challenge modes.

https://www.twitch.tv/bungie

The Quest Log: March 6, 2017

Welcome to the Quest Log! Here you’ll find the latest and hottest headlines in gaming news.

Bungie Announces Details for Character Carryover into Destiny 2

With Destiny 2‘s release window still planned for late 2017, Bungie has finally announced their plans for fans to carry their existing Destiny characters forward into the sequel. In a blog post titled “The Road Ahead,” Bungie details that character gear, progression, and abilities will not carry into Destiny 2, which is objectively the right choice. The appearances and classes of level 20+ will, however. They also teased a new event, The Age of Triumph, which looks like it’ll feature the return of the beloved Vault of Glass raid.

https://www.bungie.net/en/News/Article/45708/7_The-Road-Ahead

 

Blizzard Unveils Overwatch‘s 24th Hero

Fortunately, Overwatch fans didn’t have to suffer through another ARG before Blizzard revealed the identity of our 24th hero. The mechanical quadruped is a new tank character who sports a unique kit with abilities that shield and buff allies and offer some crowd control. But the highlight seems to be her Fortify ability, which renders her immune to a variety of special attack effects and buffs her defense. She’s playable now on the PTR and should be coming to console players in the near future.

https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/blog/20594520

Microsoft Unveils the Xbox Games Pass

Similar to EA’s Origin Access service, Xbox Games Pass will allow subscribers unlimited access to 100+ titles, including Xbox One and backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games. They promise the library will be made up of first and third party releases and that users will be able to download those titles directly to their consoles (as opposed to a streaming service a la PlayStation Now). The cost of subscription is $10/month, and an early build of the service will be made available to members of the Preview Program in the near future.

http://news.xbox.com/2017/02/28/introducing-xbox-game-pass/