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Monday, May 07, 2018

BlizzCon Ticket Sales This Week; Esports Tickets Next Week

Blizzard News reminds everyone that the first batch of BlizzCon 2018 Main Event tickets go on sale Wednesday night. They also announce that tickets go on sale a week from Thursday for the BlizzCon opening week esports tournaments. This offers the chance to attend the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) Finals, the WoW Arena World Championship, and Blizzard Arena behind-the-scenes tours. Here's word:
For the first time ever, you can be part of the BlizzCon Opening Week live audience for the initial rounds of the World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship global finals and Heroes of the Storm® Global Championship (HGC) finals. Esports fans also have the chance to explore the Blizzard Arena through special behind-the-scenes tours, where they’ll witness firsthand how broadcasts come together during the live StarCraft® II World Championship Series (WCS) Global Finals.

Tickets to these events go on sale starting May 17 at 8 a.m. PDT through the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles ticketing site. Single-day tickets to the WoW® Arena games and HGC games will be available for $30 per day (plus applicable taxes and fees). Tickets to one of the Blizzard Arena Behind-the-Scenes Tour sessions will be available for $50 per session (plus applicable taxes and fees), with multiple dates and time slots available to choose from.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Pulled

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 listing on Steam no longer offers the option to buy the theme park sequel. GameInformer reports that this is backlash from Atari over the lawsuit by Frontier Developments over missing royalties, though that was back in January (Game Informer erroneously states this was last week). There's no update on the status of the lawsuit, through which Frontier claims Atari owes them about $2.2 million.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Operation Para Bellum Details

Ubisoft announces details on Operation Para Bellum, the major update of Season 2 of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year Three. They promise a fuller reveal later this month, and in the meantime offer the following:
Year Three Season Two brings a breath of innovation, spawning a new intel gadget, a Clubhouse map buff, an Echo buff, lots of gameplay fixes, and the Pick & Ban settings.

On the gameplay front, expect a series of enhancements. We are adjusting how dropshotting is handled and implementing a new counter defuser animation. Make sure to play on our Test Server and submit your feedback on the R6 Fix.

And we can’t wait to see you perform unprecedented tactics through the Pick & Ban system. This feature provides an extra layer of strategy between teams, as each side tries to counter their opponents’ picks during the banning phase. We also anticipate a thrilling twist at the last moment, when teams swap Operators for the unexpected 6th Pick.

Lastly, we are releasing our Y3S2 major update: Operation Para Bellum. Two new Defenders are joining Team Rainbow in our most competitive map to date.

Visit our channel twitch.tv/rainbow6 on May 19-20th for a full reveal of Y3S2 during the Pro League Finals.

PUBG Codename: Savage Returns as Sanhok

This post on Steam unveils plans to return Codename: Savage to PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS with the new name Sanhok. They say this will officially launch within a couple of months, but that they will be offering the chance for all owners of the game to test it starting this week:
Our new, 4x4km island map is coming back to test servers, and this time it has a new name.

As we explained in our “Inspirations of Codename: Savage” blog posts (part 1 here, part 2 here), this new map is inspired by a wide variety of islands across southeast Asia, including those found in Thailand and the Philippines. To reflect that inspiration, we invented a sort of hodgepodge combination of two words:

First, the Thai word for “fun:” สนุก (pronounced like “sah-nook”)
Second, the Filipino (Tagalog) word for “chicken:” manok (pronounced like “mah-nok”)

Combine the two and you get Codename: Savage’s new name: Sanhok (pronounced “sah-nok”). It’s grown on us quickly, and we hope all of you come to love it as much as we do!

Now let’s get to the real news. We’re about to open a new round of testing on Sanhok, and this time everyone who owns a copy of PUBG will be able to play—we’re turning the Closed Experimental Server into the “Experimental Server.” Expect to see it show up in your Steam library sometime soon.

Full testing schedule below:

TESTING BEGINS:
THURS May 10, 7pm PDT / FRI May 11, 4am CEST / May 11, 11am KST

TESTING ENDS:
MON May 14, 4am PDT / May 14, 1pm CEST / May 14, 8pm KST

While the full launch of Sanhok is now only a couple of months away, we expect to make plenty of changes based on the feedback that testers give us, so please participate!

Op Ed

Act Man - The Tragedy of PUBG. NSFW. Thanks RedEye9 via [H]ardOCP.
"PUBG is probably the biggest sleeper hit in video game history. It revived a genre that was pretty much dead, and set numerous records along the way. With such wild success from an early-access Indie game, we all had high hopes that Bluehole would do amazing things.

But none of us could've predicted how wrong we were...."

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Race Comeback FROM THE DEPTHS OF HELL!

Avengers: Infinity War Fortnite Crossover Event

EW.com has word that an Avengers: Infinity War crossover is coming to the battle royale mode in Fortnite, offering a mashup of the hit game and the hit movie. For a limited time beginning tomorrow, the game will feature an infinity gauntlet, and equipping it transforms the player into Thanos. Here's word on how this came together from Donald Mustard, the worldwide creative director of Epic Games:
“Out of the blue, I get this call from Joe. And after a bit of geeking out over each other’s work, we start brainstorming these crazy ideas,” Mustard recalled. “It was really important that whatever we did, it had to be super authentic to both Fortnite and the Avengers: Infinity War, and something that fans of both would be excited about. About an hour later, we had the bones of this awesome idea for a limited time gameplay mode, and almost immediately our team got started.”

The crossover felt organic. Much as the Russos were gushing over Fortnite, Mustard added, “Infinity War blew us away, and the Russos, [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige, and the whole team at Marvel have been incredible to work with. This kind of opportunity, where you have this mutual respect for someone’s work and you’re on the same page about doing something cool for fans, is rare and really exciting. We hope players love it.”

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Turns 20

GOG.com announces a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of Jazz Jackrabbit 2, the platformer sequel released by Epic Games (then Epic MegaGames) on this day in 1998, just a couple of weeks before they released Unreal. Here's word on the festivities, though it's not clear if the discount ends today or one week from today:
Join the multiplayer, win an autographed copy, play the games at 25% off
Time, huh? If you're anything like us, growing up a PC gamer in the 90s, there's no doubt that Epic's Jazz Jackrabbit and his hare-brained hijinks were a pretty big part of your childhood.
And now, it's been twenty years since Jazz Jackrabbit 2!

We've teamed up with Epic and Jazz2Online – the oldest and undying Jazz community out there – to celebrate 20 years of bun-on-turtle platforming action.

This is a neat excuse to grab Jazz Jackrabbit and Jazz Jackrabbit 2 at 25% off this week, the biggest discount so far!

We'd love to have you for this week's big Jazz Jackrabbit 2: Birthday Hullabaloo: a non-stop multiplayer bash revisiting over 500 of the awesomest home-cooked maps from the past two decades.

You can also win a physical jewel-case copy of Jazz Jackrabbit 2, just like the old days, autographed by one of the founding fathers of Jazz. Details here!

Join us at Jazz2Online to see more of Jazz Jackrabbit 2's 20-year history, the giveaway, and a how-to join the Birthday Hullabaloo.

The Jazz Jackrabbit series discount will last until Monday, 10 AM CET.

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Out of the Blue

I got out last week to see Avengers: Infinity War. I don't always make it to the theater as planned, but I took the warnings that you didn't want this one spoiled seriously, so I'm glad it worked out. MrsBlue was dubious about the whole affair, but I had a fine old time. In sensitivity to that spoiler issue, I'll save any specific thoughts for comments in the forums where they can be properly masked as secret text, though I don't know how well anyone can hide from details about this movie, as I see headlines that spoil more and more about this one every day.

R.I.P.: Ermanno Olmi, ‘Tree of Wooden Clogs’ Director, Dead at 86.

Unspoiled Links: Thanks Ant.
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