Changes Happening to Blackout Before Launch

The Blackout beta ended Monday afternoon after a very busy week, and Treyarch has detailed some of the changes they’ll be making for the game’s launch next month thanks to player feedback.

The armor system in Blackout was met with criticism, with players feeling that Level 3 Armor provided too much defense and made some gunfights unwinnable. During the beta, armor underwent numerous adjustments.

  • Level 3 Armor saw its spawn frequency reduced by 75% and was relegated to stashes and supply drops, although occasionally spawning as floor loot
  • Level 3 Armor now breaks sooner, and Level 2 Armor saw minor adjustments to health
  • In the future, players will be able to see the condition of the Armor they are wearing as well as their teammates’s Armor in the HUD

Audio was another common complaint during the beta. Things were way too loud, and things like vehicles sounded much closer than they actually were. Luckily, Treyarch detailed the audio changes they’re planning for launch.

  • Sounds will be properly impacted by walls, ceilings, floors, and other objects. Now enemies a floor above or below players won’t be as loud
  • The plane, punching, and other loud sounds are being looked at. Treyarch pointed out the game has not yet had its final audio mix
  • Teammates’ footsteps won’t be as loud as enemy footsteps
  • The Awareness Perk will make friendly footsteps even quieter while amplifying enemy ones
  • The final game will feature audio presets

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Console players also complained about Blackout’s inventory management and looting systems. Treyarch heard all the feedback and laid out some changes.

  • Treyarch is evaluating the interface for looting stashes and crates
  • A method will be added to quickly strip a weapon of all its attachments
  • There will be a way to swap attachments between two weapons if both weapons support the attachment

Call-of-Duty-Black-Ops-4-Blackout-beta-grenade_trans++qVzuuqpFlyLIwiB6NTmJwfSVWeZ_vEN7c6bHu2jJnT8Blackout saw some performance issues on Xbox One, but thankfully Treyarch acknowledged the problems and is currently investigating the choppiness. Of course, Blackout wasn’t all bugs and problems, far from it, actually. Treyarch released some fun statistics to cap off the past week.

  • 7.5 million Zombies were killed
  • 26 million teammates were revived
  • 3.3 billion items were picked up
  • 64 million stashes were spawned
  • The longest Combat Axe kill was 698 feet
  • There were a total of 123 basketball kills

Most kills by an individual player:

  • Solos: 25
  • Duos: 29
  • Quads: 25

Most kills by a team:

  • Duos: 32
  • Quads: 38

Blackout will launch with Call of Duty: Black Ops III on October 12 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will be the first in the series to ditch a single player campaign in favor of a completely multiplayer experience.

 

 

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Cloud Version is Coming to Nintendo Switch

The recent Nintendo Direct had an extra announcement in Japan that we didn’t get stateside. Ubisoft’s Assassins’s Creed Odyssey is coming to Nintendo Switch in Japan. Sort of. Similar to Resident Evil 7, Odyssey will get a cloud version in Japan, allowing Japanese Switch owners to stream the game to their system. Developers seem to be testing out cloud versions of games in Japan, and there’s a very real possibility that we might be able to stream AAA titles to our Switches here in the states in the near future.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches on October 5th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and for Japanese players, Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Direct 9.13.18 Recap

The Nintendo Direct opened with a reveal of Luigi’s Mansion 3 (working title), set to launch on Nintendo Switch next year.

There were three 3DS games shown in this Direct. The first of which was Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, an enhanced port of Kirby’s Epic Yarn. It includes new minigames and a “Devilish Mode” involving a demon chasing Kirby throughout a stage.

Then Nintendo reminded us of Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey, which releases on January 11. A co–op mode was revealed for the Luigi’s Mansion 3DS port, and the game launches on October 12.

Onto Switch news, Splatoon 2 is getting another new update with new maps, weapons, and gear. Mega Man 11 was revealed to have Amiibo support in the form of extra E-Tanks and other items. Mario Tennis Aces is also receiving an update adding Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa, and Petey Piranha as playable characters along with a new co-op mode, which launches on September 19.

Capcom announced the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle which features Final Fight, King of Dragons, Captain Commando, and more, launching on September 18.

New Super Mario Bros. U is getting the Deluxe treatment. The game will be bundled with New Super Luigi U and comes out on January 11.

Katamari Damacy is getting remastered for Switch this winter. It’s called Katamari Damacy REROLL and features gyro controls.

Nintendo Switch Online launches September 18 and Nintendo detailed the service in this video.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee were shown alongside a new Nintendo Switch bundled decorated with the two Pokemon.

Pokemon developers Game Freak are creating a brand new RPG called Town. The entire game takes place within one town.

Cities Skylines is available on the eShop now.

Daemon X Machina was shown. You can upgrade your mech with enemy parts and carry multiple weapons. You can also leave your mech and explore on foot. The game features 4 player co-op and launches next year.

Civilization VI is coming to Nintendo Switch.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas revealed Wolf will be featured in the story mode.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD, World of Final Fantasy Maxima, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy, Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD are all coming to Nintendo Switch. XV Pocket Edition is available now. Interestingly, Final Fantasy VIII is not included.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is getting a Nintendo switch bundle with some disappointing Joy-Cons.

Isabelle from Animal Crossing was revealed as a new fighter.

Lastly, a brand new Animal Crossing was announced for next year.

 

Mass Shooting at Jacksonville Madden Tournament

A gunman opened fire at a Madden Championship Series even in Jacksonville, Florida earlier today. The shooting occurred at the Jacksonville Landing complex at the qualifying event for the Madden 19 tournament at GLHF Game Bar.

According to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, three were found dead at the scene, including the gunman, who had committed suicide. Nine other victims were transported to local hospitals, seven of which had gunshot wounds. The victims “are all in a stable condition at this time”, added Williams. One participant and member of esports group Complexity Gaming, Drini Gjoka, tweeted that a bullet had hit his thumb. Another attendee tweeted that a bullet had grazed his head and he had been taken to a hospital.

The suspect has been identified as 24 year old David Katz from Baltimore. His home is currently being investigated by police. Katz was a known figure in the competitive scene and was registered to play in this weekend’s event.

Electronic Arts put out a short statement across two tweets.

““We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage. This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”

The event was being streamed live on Twitch, and there is a clip of the shooting available. WARNING: the follwing clip is extremely disturbing.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide updates on its twitter feed.

What’s With This Giant Cube in Fortnite?

Epic is being weird again.

Yesterday, lightning started striking cacti in the desert section of the map. Players reported these strikes happening at regular intervals, but the lightning kept coming faster and faster. One huge final bolt of lightning hit, and it left something.

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This is now the latest piece in the puzzle that is Fortnite’s season by season narrative. The purple cube is located just outside of Paradise Palms. Nobody knows what it is or what it’s for or who sent it, but Fortnite players have discovered one key trait the cube seems to possess: it’s bouncy.

Like usual, this event will only get more complicated as the season comes to an end, but until then you can go see the cube yourself. Just be sure to thank the bus driver on your way down.