This week in gaming: Infinity Ward talks Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Epic announces the Fortnite Champion Series, Roblox crosses a major milestone, and more!
In the spirit of keeping our readers up to date with what’s happening in the video game industry, the Doublejump Digest is a brief collection of the major news stories from the past week. Keep an eye out for the Digest every Sunday night, and head on into the archive for news from weeks gone by!
- Matt weighed up the pros and (Joy)cons of the Nintendo Switch Lite.
- Harry marked his debut with a discussion of the changes that made Destiny 2 a compelling experience.
Infinity Ward officially unveils Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer:
The most dramatic change to Call of Duty is going to be the possibility of taking part in 100-player matches in the game’s Ground War mode. The mode appears to cater for Battlefield-like mayhem caused by players calling on killstreaks (including aerial strikes and tanks).
Players will also need to pay more attention to their radars when playing online, as the minimap will no longer be displayed all the time, which should make the game’s new nighttime maps much more challenging to play on. Furthermore, players will finally be able to set up ambushes and make quick escapes using doors for the first time in the series’ sixteen-year history! Similarly, Infinity Ward has replaced the games’ popular Zombies game mode with its own Spec Ops cooperative mode.
Epic announces the Fortnite Champion Series:
The five-week long competition is set to begin on August 17 during Fortnite Season X and culminate in finals that will take place between September 20 and 22 and feature the “top teams in each server region”. This “inaugural” competition will only feature teams of three, with Epic Games offering “up to millions of dollars in prizes” over the course of the five weeks.
Roblox now boasts more than 100 million monthly users:
Roblox Corporation has announced that more than 100 million people log on to its titular multiplayer game every month and spend “more than one billion hours” exploring its content. To commemorate the milestone, all Roblox players can claim a free “gold bar shoulder accessory” item for a “limited time”.
Report: Google is testing its competitor to Apple Arcade:
According to Android Police, one of its readers sent screenshots seemingly revealing that Google has begun quietly testing its “Play Pass” Android app and game subscription service. The service, which is tentatively priced at US$4.99 per month, will function as Google’s competitor to Apple’s Arcade iOS game subscription service.
The ESA accidentally reveals personal information for thousands of E3 attendees:
The company behind E3 and the ESRB has publicly apologised for not patching “a vulnerability” on the E3 website that allowed hackers to find out personal information (including addresses) of more than 2000 journalists, exhibitors, and YouTubers.
“We provide ESA members and exhibitors a media list on a password-protected exhibitor site so they can invite you to E3 press events, connect with you for interviews, and let you know what they are showcasing. For more than 20 years there has never been an issue,” the company wrote. “When we found out, we took down the E3 exhibitor portal and ensured the media list was no longer available on the E3 website.”
Valve apologises for leaking Street Fighter V character reveals:
Valve has taken to the game’s Steam Community Hub to apologise for accidentally premiering a new trailer for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition that reveals the return of E. Honda and Poison as well as the series debut of Lucia. According to the company, a “mix-up in the publishing process” resulted in the trailer going live early and forcing Capcom’s hand in the process. The three characters will be available for purchase from this Monday.
Riot Games is officially working on a fighting game:
Three years after it acquired Rising Thunder developer Radiant Entertainment, EVO and Radiant co-founder Tom Cannon confirmed that his team is “working on a fighting game for Riot [Games]” during an EVO 2019 Day 1 livestream.
While Cannon did not reveal much else about the game other than the fact that it won’t be coming out “for some time”, his comments about his team’s previous game hint at a focus on making fighting games accessible to more people.
“The reason why we did Rising Thunder in the first place was because we felt like fighting games just deserved to be enjoyed by way more people,” he said. “As big as things are, we think [that] it has the potential to get bigger.”
NOTABLE GAME RELEASES:
- Madden NFL 20 (PS4 and Xbox One)
VIDEOS AND TRAILERS:
Borderlands 3 – Zane Character Trailer:
Gotta love his accent!
Borderlands 3 – Moze Character Trailer:
Who doesn’t love having a mechanised sidekick?
Control – Story Trailer:
Remedy is dialling up its tense storytelling to eleven!
Fortnite – Season X – Story Trailer:
That orb is not good news.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint – PC Features Trailer:
PC players have some neat stuff to look forward to.
GRID – Havana Gameplay feat. IMSA Prototypes:
I wonder if the folks behind Forza and Project CARS are worried about this game at all.
- CD Projekt RED is developing a card game based on Cyberpunk 2077: Eurogamer
- No Man’s Sky BEYOND is due later this month: Official
- Showtime has revealed more members of its Halo TV series cast: Deadline
- Showtime has also delayed its Halo TV series to 2021: Deadline
- SEGA has delayed the Mega Drive Mini to October: Eurogamer
- Red Dead Online’s next update will add player roles: Rockstar Newswire
- Bungie has delayed Destiny 2: Shadowkeep to October: Bungie
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor started off as a Batman game: Game Informer
- The Outer Worlds is coming to Switch: Twitter
- Ninja has signed a deal with Microsoft to stream exclusively on Mixer: Engadget
- Rockstar Games has reportedly been dodging the UK’s tax watchdog for ten years: GamesIndustry.biz
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is slated for an October release: Eurogamer
- WipeOut Omega Collection and Sniper Elite 4 are this month’s free PlayStation Plus games: EU PS Blog
- Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 6 lead this month’s Games with Gold offering: Xbox Wire
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