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Sunday, May 03, 2020

Call of Duty: Warzone Map Rumor & Duo Plans

A video in this post on Reddit from DougDagnabbit alleges to have hints at a new map called Urzikstan coming to Call of Duty: Warzone. As noted on Dexterto: "Judging from the leaked video, the location seems to be in close proximity to Verdansk, as the clip begins with a shot of the town on a map that slowly pans over to the potentially new Warzone arena." There's no official word on such plans, so we'll have to see what comes of this. More concretely, there's a new interview with Amos Hodge and Taylor Kurosaki on GAMERGEN talking with the creative director at Raven Software and narrative director at Infinity Ward, respectively, about Warzone (thanks VGC). The conversation is in the site's native French as well as in English for those of us who don't parlez. Among other things, the conversation reveals that the long-requested duos feature is coming to the battle royale shooter, though there's no time frame yet of when to expect this. Here's word:
People want Duos, you introduce them in Plunder for a few days, are they going to make a comeback?

AH : We had Duos on Plunder, but I’m not sure where Duos is, we got some bugs to work out with Duos. But we’re listening to the community - if you noticed, we launched with just Trios, then we added Solos, the we added Quads, so we will get to a place where we add Duos in the future. There’s just no exact time I can give you for now, but Duos is coming. You’ve already seen in Plunder, but there’s just things we gotta figure out, find the right timing and everything else.

TK : As Amos said, it’s a brand new game, it’s been out for a little over a month now. Unlike mature mode like core Multiplayer in Call of Duty, we’re trying to figure out what these core modes are. It’s funny - I know Amos is active on social medias, and I’m as well - when you add Quads, people are like "Where are the Trios?” And then you go to Trios and they go “Where are the Quads?” ! Everyone wants to play the game in a slightly different way, which is really cool and exciting, so we’re trying to figure out what the standard modes are, and what are the modes that works better as sort of a short time, mixing it up kind of situation. We’re listening and continually tweaking it, and like Amos said, we’re supporting this game full force. It’s been amazing to see the power of these two studios fully focused on this game right now.

Steam VR Ownership Increases by Almost One Third in One Month

The April 2020 Steam Hardware & Software Survey shows a noticeable bump in virtual reality usage (thanks ResetEra). This is not at all unexpected in light of the launch of Half-Life: Alyx, but it is interesting to see it quantified. The results report the number of Steam users with VR headsets now stands at 1.91%, a jump of 0.62% over March. So reported VR headset ownership increased by over 32% in one month.

Steam Top 10

Wake the kids, phone the neighbors. Here's the new list of the bestselling titles by revenue on Steam for last week:

  1. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  2. Borderlands 3
  3. Valve Index VR Kit
  4. Remnant: From the Ashes
  5. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  6. Streets of Rage 4
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Borderlands 3
  9. Gears Tactics
  10. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Out of the Blue

Well we finally raised the flag on the relocated Manstovia yesterday. I just made a couple of burgers, but I was happy to be able to check out the new grill. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the kind of sear I am used to from my charcoal days. This is understandable since I was only able to get this up to about 550℉, which is a far cry from the 650℉ the manufacturer says the grill can reach. So I need to do some research on whether there is something wrong about the gas regulator valve, and whether it can be repaired or replaced. The burgers actually came out okay, but there was definitely room for improvement. This will be that much more important when it comes to grilling steaks, so I definitely want to address it if I can.

Obituary: Gene Dynarski Dead: 'Seinfeld,' 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Actor Was 86. Thanks CNCNZ.com via Ant. Was in C&C: Red Alert. Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum!

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