Blizzard confirms the leaked
that an Overwatch
second anniversary event will get underway on
May 22nd. Word is this will introduce more than 50 new items, the return of
previous seasonal items, a new map, bonus loot boxes, and for those who don't
already own the multiplayer shooter, a new Legendary Edition and a free weekend.
Here are the details:
Blizzard and the Overwatch team are excited to celebrate the game’s two-year
anniversary! From May 22 through June 12, players can log in to Overwatch on PC,
PlayStation, and Xbox One to experience our latest in-game event.
Overwatch Anniversary will bring in a host of new content, including more than
50 fresh cosmetic items and the newest Deathmatch map, Petra! Additionally, the
event will bring back all seasonal cosmetic items, as well as some past seasonal
brawls. Please see below for additional details:
- The Anniversary event will include more than 50
new items, including eight Legendary skins and three epic skins
- New dance emotes have been added for Doomfist,
Moira, and Brigitte
YOUR FAVORITES ARE BACK
- The Anniversary event will bring back previous
seasonal cosmetic items, including your favorite dance emotes from last
- Past seasonal brawls are returning to the Arcade
and will be rotated daily, including those found in Overwatch: Archives
- The Anniversary event will introduce the brand-new
Deathmatch map, Petra
- In addition to Petra, Deathmatch will include a
new Competitive Mode, which will feature placement matches, skill rating
tiers, and leaderboards
- Players who log in for the Anniversary event will
receive one bonus Legendary Anniversary Loot Box, which will guarantee one
- Players who purchase the 50 Loot Box Bundle will
receive one bonus Legendary Anniversary Loot Box
- All previous seasonal event loot will be included
in loot boxes for the duration of the event
- Overwatch and the Anniversary event will be
playable during our Free Weekend, which will run from May 25 through May 29
- For those playing Overwatch on PlayStation, a
PlayStation Plus account WILL NOT be required to play during Free Weekend
- A new version of Overwatch, Legendary Edition,
will be released digitally on May 22
- Legendary Edition will include sets of Legendary,
Epic, and Origin skins for a total of 15 skins with purchase
Enjoy the Overwatch Anniversary celebrations!
unveils Pyke, the Bloodharbor Ripper, the next hero coming
to League of Legends
, Riot's MOBA.
a look at Pyke in action, and here's word on how he plays:
Continue here to read the full story
you’re a cutthroat who cripples and kills all who cross you—which is everyone
you come across. Start by stalking your victims with a Ghostwater Dive, lurking
right at the edge of their vision. Resurface with a swift Bone Skewer to butcher
multiple enemies at point-blank range. Hold the blade a little longer to harpoon
just one foe instead, reeling them in to your territory before gutting them like
Get even more aggressive by rushing foes with a Phantom Undertow, leaving
opponents paralyzed with fear as the rest of your crew closes in. When you smell
blood in the water, finish the job with Death from Below to clinch the kill and
cross multiple names off your list.
that they are celebrating the third anniversary of the
release of Galactic Civilizations III
with a big sale on the turn-based
4X strategy game. That post also includes a history of the series, which started
24 years ago with the first commercial game for OS/2. Here's more on their
When our CEO Brad created Galactic Civilizations from his
dorm room at Western Michigan University, he had no idea that it would lay the
groundwork for Stardock growing into what it is today. He was just looking for a
pay to pay the bills while he went to school - he didn't expect to launch his
own gaming company!
Although Stardock has made many other titles throughout the years, everything
comes back to Galactic Civilizations, the thing that started it all. Let's take
a look at some side-by-side screenshots and see how the game has grown and
A playable demo for Sniper Rust VR
is now available from
, offering a virtual reality sharpshooting game that requires an Oculus
Rift headset and touch controllers to play. Here's
gameplay, and here's the pitch for the demo, which points out you have nothing
to lose: "Check out the Sniper Rust VR demo to put your sniping skills to the
test. The demo includes a full level and access to shooting range mode; plus it
won't cost you a penny or a dime." Continue here to read the full story
from Cliff Bleszinski announces that Boss Key Studios has come to the end of the
line (thanks RedEye9). He notes that Radical Heights
gained more traction
than the unsuccessful LawBreakers
, but that the battle royale game was too
late to save to company, though he does say that the Radical Heights servers
will remain online for the time being. Here's the post, in which he thanks
supporters, and says he needs to take a break from the business:
today, Boss Key Productions is effectively no more.
Four years ago I set out to make a world class video game studio and I hired
some of the best talent in the videogame industry. They worked tirelessly to
produce quality products and, while we had our ups and downs, I'd like to think
we had fun doing it. LawBreakers was a great game that unfortunately failed to
gain traction, and, in a last ditch effort we scrambled to do our own take on
the huge battle royale genre with Radical Heights which was well received,
however, it was a little too late.
As for myself, I'm going to take some time off and reflect. I need to focus on
myself and family as well as my Aussie, Teddy, who is slowly fading from us.
Videogames will forever be a part of who I am and I hope to make something new
again someday, however, I need to withdraw and take this time.
To those who have supported myself and the studio these last for years, THANK
YOU from the bottom of my heart and everyone who came to work for me.
Please note that the servers for Radical Heights will remain up for the near
Following the leak mentioned below, Bethesda Softworks now offers the official
RAGE 2 announce
, showing off a sequel to the vehicular first-person shooter. The
cinematic provides a taste, but a trailer showing actual gameplay is expected
tomorrow, as word is: "The official gameplay reveal for RAGE 2 will release
right here tomorrow, May 15. Stay tuned for more information about the return of
the wild world of RAGE." In the meantime, there's a new
RAGE 2 section on Bethesda.net
which offers the following blurb: "Dive headfirst into a dystopian world devoid
of society, law, and order. RAGE 2 brings together a true open world FPS
experience where you can go anywhere, shoot anything, and explode everything."
Interestingly, none of this bears any mention of id Software, developer of the
original RAGE from 2010, and according to
the developer on the sequel will be Avalanche Studios.
has a capture from a RAGE 2
video that leaked onto the leaky internet
last night before being taken down. This is an augmented live-action affair that
shows a return to the Mad Max-style apocalyptic setting of the original RAGE.
Bethesda has already given indications
the sequel will be announced today
, so this will probably be officially
released soon enough.
The GameTomo Website
announces SuperHot JP
, a new version of SuperHot that imbues the
untextured, slow motion shooter "with a distinctive Japanese flavor" (thanks
). The current plan seems to be to release this in Japan, so
we'll have to stay tuned to see if it will also come to the west. Here's more:
The iconic red guy is coming to Japan!
With the innovative time-moves-only-when-you-move fps game play, SuperHot JP
(not the real title) is a new game set in the SUPERHOT universe. While
maintaining the same intoxicating rhythm of slow motion combat, this new
SUPERHOT presents a brand new adventure with a distinctive Japanese flavor.
Dodge bullets, while bathing in a hot spring.
Battle the red guys in a variety of new Japan-inspired environments, from hot
springs to samurai castles, from seedy Tokyo alleyways to karaoke bars and
Escape the "real world" and into the mysterious reality of the new Budd-OS.
One step at a time.
GFK Chart-Track announces
that God of War
reigns supreme for a fourth straight week on their
tracking weekly game sales in the U.K. On their
weekly PC top 30 sales chart
, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
at number five, while Football Manager 2018
regains a toehold on the top
spot after kicking a resurgent The Elder Scrolls Online
into the number
two spot. Here's the top 10 of the PC chart:
||FOOTBALL MANAGER 2018
||THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE
||THE SIMS 4
||THE SIMS STUDIO
||TOTAL WAR SAGA: THRONES OF BRITANNIA
||PILLARS OF ETERNITY II: DEADFIRE
||THE SIMS 4: CATS & DOGS
||THE SIMS STUDIO
||THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
||MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR X STEAM
||THE SIMS 4: GET TO WORK
||THE SIMS STUDIO
I've been wondering if and when Westworld would heat up this season, and it's
fair to say that this is what happened last night. Without posting any spoilers,
I'll just say I was surprised how much of the new revelations all came in the
same episode. Often they would spread out some of what they showed last night
over a few weeks (or even a season). I found this refreshing, as the show
certainly trades in enough mystery that a little clarity is welcome on occasion.
Former Seattle Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dies at age 86
, thanks David).
Call of Duty
a fuzzy gif from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
, or Black Ops IIII
). This is to remind us of the
reveal of the military shooter sequel on May 17th, which is this Thursday. The
simple post says: "4 days. #BlackOps4." A
specifies this will be done in an event that will get underway at 1:00
pm EDT which will be livestreamed through a number of outlets.
post on Reddit
has an animation reportedly captured from the Brazilian
Overwatch feed before being removed (thanks
). This says an anniversary event will kick off on May 22nd in
, which makes sense, since that's the second anniversary of the
launch of the multiplayer shooter almost to the day. The clip shows a new pirate
skin for Junkrat along with a bunch of other skins from previous events which
are apparently making returns for the occasion.
Blizzard News announces
the second batch of BlizzCon 2018 tickets are now
sold out. If you are still interested in attending the gaming convention in
Anaheim this November it will require digging a little deeper to buy a ticket to
the pre-BlizzCon dinner, which benefits charity, and includes admission to the
The second batch of tickets to attend BlizzCon 2018 at the Anaheim
Convention Center is now sold out.
If you missed out, a limited amount of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon
dinner to benefit CHOC
Children’s, which includes BlizzCon admission, will go on sale this
Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT. And if you’re an esports fan who’s planning
to be in the L.A. area, you might want to separately snag tickets to the
You‘ll also get in on all the BlizzCon action from the comfort of your home (or
smartphone) with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. Stay tuned for more details on the
Virtual Ticket in the coming months.
Keep an eye on the BlizzCon website for more updates on events, tournaments,
Virtual Ticket info, and more.
Valve reports the following as the bestselling titles last week on Steam
- PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Conan Exiles
- Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
- The Forest
- Stardew Valley
- Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
- Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
- Far Cry 5
Happy Mother's Day! MrsBlue and I went to dinner last night, and the waiter
wished her a happy Mother's Day. This reminded me that I heard on the radio
yesterday that it was Dog Mom's Day, a very important holiday I can't recall
having heard of previously. I offered her a toast for the occasion, but she just
looked at me like I was nuts. Which, of course, is true. Here's hoping it goes
more smoothly for those of you having more traditional celebrations.