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Everything you need to know about the World War Z game, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!
While it's a little late to the party, there is a new game based on World War Z in the works. From what we can tell, this game seems to be based on the book or the general property rather than the World War Z film. That's probably for the best given that the film made some pretty serious departures from the original content. It also wasn't very good.
This adaptation of World War Z will be helmed by Saber Interactive, the team behind Quake Champions and TimeShift. It's described as a four-player co-op action game (no word on whether four players will be required) that requires players to navigate a series of major locations across the globe and escape the zombie hordes.
Escape seems to be the word of the day here. As it stands, it seems like this game will emphasize survival and evasion through things like traps and utilizing environmental elements to your advantage. This doesn't seem to be exactly like a Left 4 Dead type experience where you just blast through hordes with your other survivors. Instead, there appears to be more of an emphasis on pure horror and strategy.
Of course, that's all a bit speculative at this early point considering that we really haven't seen actual footage from the game. However, Saber Interactive did state that the missions themselves will heavily emphasize the "unique survivor stories" of your companions and that there will be action set-pieces here and there. So while it walks like Left 4 Dead, and talks like Left 4 Dead, we're going to guess that this game will find ways to distinguish itself from that legendary franchise.
Here's everything else we know about the game:
World War Z Release Date
There's no word on this game's release date. However, we do know that that World War Z will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC when it does hit shelves.
World War Z Trailer
Here's the first trailer:
Everything we know about Zone of the Enders: Anubis Mars, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!
Konami has announced it releasing a remake of the 2003 cult classic mech title Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner called Zone of the Enders: Anubis Mars.
This new version of 2nd Runner appears to be a full-fledged remake of the game and not a simple HD upgrade. In a press release, Konami noted that “All visual and aural elements have been remastered for native 4K resolution” and that “the new game retains the unique and beautiful visuals of the original title, but boasts textures in updated 4K while using surround sound techniques to offer layered and immersive audio effects."
Konami also stated that this version of the game is based on the PS3 HD version of 2nd Runner, but we imagine that developer Cygames - who has been tasked with constructing this remake - will fix that versions' visual and audio bugs.
The really big news is that the PS4 version of 2nd Runner will feature VR support. At this time, there’s been no word on whether or not the full game will be playable in VR, but the teaser trailer for the title does briefly show off some VR action that hints at a very playable - and quite striking - reimagining of the title. We’re interested to see more of the game’s VR mode in action.
Here's everything else we know about the game:
Zone of the Enders: Anubis Mars Release Date
Konami has confirmed that Zone of the Enders: Anubis Marswill release for PlayStation 4 and PC in September 2018.
Zone of the Enders Anubis Mars Trailer
The latest trailer for Anubis Mars compares the various versions of 2nd Runner and includes a sneak peek at how the game will look in 4K:
You can also find the debut trailer for the game here:
Everything we know about Left Alive, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!
Square Enix is working on a new mech shooter called Left Alive, which shares certain elements with the Front Mission universe. In an interview with Weekly Famitsu, producer Shinji Hashimoto stated that "We wanted to make a Front Mission with a new lineup. We started this new title to see Front Mission in a slightly different perspective."
In that same article, Square Enix members noted that Left Alive takes place in the year 2127. That means it occurs sometime between the events of Front Mission 5 and Front Mission Evolved. Additionally, the studio said that Left Alive will feature three playable characters that players will bounce between at certain points in the game's story and that the mechs from Front Mission - called Wanzers - will be featured throughout the game.
Still, it doesn't sound like Left Alive is going to be a classic Front Mission experience. The developers noted that it's more of a third-person shooter that allows individual players to dictate a style of gameplay - as well as the direction of the story - through tactical choices. If anything, the game seems takes more gameplay cues from recent survival titles than it does from the original Front Mission games.
However, the biggest news regarding Left Alive is the team that Square Enix has assembled to work on the project. Metal Gear Solid series artist Yoji Shinkawa has signed on as Left Alive's character designer and has already contributed some comfortably familiar characters as part of the game's promotional materials. Meanwhile, Toshifumi Nabeshima (Armored Core, Chromehounds) has been brought on to direct. It's also been noted that some members of the Front Mission development team have been brought in to work on this new project.
For those keeping count at home, that means that Square Enix has brought in ringers from studios like Konami and From Software to work on this already compelling title.
Here's everything else we know about the game:
Left Alive Release Date
Left Alive is expected to be released sometime in 2018 for Windows PC and PlayStation 4.
Left Alive Trailer
This latest trailer for Left Alive is largely a cinematic preview, but the ending shots contain just the briefest hint of what the gameplay might look like.
Left Aliveis billed as a survival action shooter that seems to feature some kind of mech-based combat based on a previous teaser Square released a few months back.
Here's the debut trailer:
Left Alive Screenshots
Everything we know about SoulCalibur 6, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!
Considering how the fighting game genre has been able to make a comeback these last few years, one question that’s been brought up quite a bit is, “Where’s SoulCalibur?” Bandai Namco’s second fighting game cash cow used to be a huge deal, but it’s been years since the last installment kind of crapped the bed. Luckily, The 2017 Game Awards announced the return of the franchise!
The Soul series began back in 1995 with the exceptional Soul Edge, renamed Soul Blade on consoles. The game’s story takes place in 1584 and centers around armed warriors from around the world fighting over the rights to a cursed sword known as Soul Edge, then wielded by a possessed pirate. This would lead to the sequel SoulCalibur, which would hold onto the branding for all the later installments. The series has continued to focus on the quest for the evil sword ever since.
The last real installment was SoulCalibur V in 2012, which didn’t exactly set the world on fire due to how little the game had to offer, especially compared to its predecessors. Hopefully, SoulCalibur VI will return to the glory days of the Dreamcast era.
Get your blind gimp cosplay ready because SoulCalibur VI is a go. Here's everything we know about the game:
SoulCalibur 6 Release Date
SoulCalibur VI will arrive in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Coincidentally, the series will celebrate its 20th-anniversary next year.
SoulCalibur 6 Trailer
SoulCalibur VI will feature a guest appearance from the Witcher himself, Geralt of Rivia.
Two familiar fighters have joined the SoulCalibur VI roster.
First up is Zasalamel, the magician who debuted in SoulCalibur 3. Fans of the fighter will be happy to know that her scythe and spells look as brutal as ever.
Next up is series staple combatant, Ivy. She's still wearing questionably effective armor - it's certainly distracting - but looks to remain a fan favorite
Here's the extended trailer that played at PSX 2017:
We obviously can’t parse too much from a one-minute video that shows off two mainstays, an incomplete glimpse at a new character, and flashbacks to the Soul Edge doing stuff. One thing that does stick out is the continuity.
SoulCalibur IV ended with Sophitia dying and SoulCalibur V jumped ahead about 15 years to focus on her children. Not only is Sophitia alive and well here, but amidst all the random visions shown, the narrator mentions how “history hides away more than one truth.” In other words, there might be an in-story retcon of SoulCalibur V in the works, setting up VI as the beginning of a new timeline.
Hey, it worked like gangbusters for Mortal Kombat.
The big gameplay addition is Reversal Edge, which is a counterpart to the Combo Breaker from Killer Instinct. Though that trailer shows Sophitia and Mitsurugi doing some kind of glowing buff thing as they attack one last time, so maybe that's something too.
Then this trailer hit on January 26, revealing even more characters.
With this, we get more classic characters. Kilik and Xianghua are the main heroes of the original SoulCalibur, while Nightmare is the game's badass villain. Seriously, look at how badass that horse of evil energy super is. The big twist, as shown at the end of the trailer, is that pure-hearted Kilik is now being corrupted by Soul Edge's demonic influences.
Hey, it worked like gangbusters for Street Fighter... Okay, I'm done with that now.
Also interesting is our first new character, Groh, who is some kind of medieval secret agent? He definitely seems fun and kind of has a low-tech Darth Maul quality to his swordplay. Can't wait to see more from him.
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Everything you need to know about Scorn, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!
Scorn is one seriously disturbed game. Its emphasis on grotesque representations of the human form with a slightly alien twist are not only worthy of the Giger style, but showcase a certain grotesque brilliance that doesn't seem to be beholden to any previously established work.
What that minimalistic teaser doesn't tell you, however, is that Scorn is much more than a visually disturbing work of art. According to the tiny team of developers over at the Serbian studio Ebb Software, Scorn is actually a first-person adventure title that is apparently looking to trend closer to a first-person shooter, but with a few twists on the genre's most dated concepts.
Specifically, Scorn is interested in doing away with the idea of enemies that are automatically hostile to you (similar to what we saw with the Big Daddies in Bioshock) and the popular notion of in-game cutscenes. Instead, Scorn's story is intended to be conveyed via the game's environment. The game's website even suggests that you're at risk of missing potentially crucial bits of the story if you are not willing to explore every inch of this horrific world. That's a feat made all the more difficult by Scorn's supposed lack of a traditional HUD.
Mostly, though, the game is designed to get under your skin and creep you out. Scorn may not be a traditional horror game, but its emphasis on atmosphere certainly has the potential to disturb players more than any game wielding that tag.
Here's everything else we know about the game:
Scorn Release Date
Scorn is set to be released for the PC in two parts, with the first part, Dasien, set to debut in October 2018. There is no confirmation regarding the release of console versions of the game at this time.
Alongside the launch of their Kickstarter campaign for the game, developer Ebb Software has released a new trailer for Scorn.
This latest preview for the game emphasizes the "meaty' H.R. Giger inspired design that initially helped Scorn capture the attention of gamers everywhere. This time, however, we get a better look at how the game's organic weapons will affect the combat.
Whenever a game invokes the name of H.R. Giger as a creative inspiration, they almost always put themselves on pretty shaky ground considering that Giger's legendary surrealist paintings and visual effects work remain some of the most surefire sources of nightmare fuel in existence. In other words, it's a tough comparison to live up to.
While you may initially scoff at the idea of the upcoming Steam Greenlight game Scorn using the hallowed name of Giger, its recently released teaser trailer suggests that Scorn may indeed be a piece of work worthy of the famed creator himself.
Everything we know about Age of Empires 4, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!
Age of Empires IV game is finally on the way!
Microsoft has passed off development duties of the famous real-time strategy game to Relic Entertainment, creators of the Dawn of War franchise. What Relic Entertainment have in mind for the franchise is truly anyone's guess. The above reveal trailer only serves as a stylish confirmation that the game is in development. It showcases war throughout various time periods and regions which is, creatively speaking, in-line with the standards of the series thus far.
Of course, some people are a bit worried that Relic Entertainment might not be the premier name in strategy game design that they used to be. Dawn of War III was berated by many longtime fans for its changes to the franchise formula as well as for some of the features it lacked in comparison to previous Dawn of War games.
Still, Relic Entertainment's library contains far more hits than misses, and there is a timeless quality to the Age of Empires franchise which has helped ensure that the original titles remain some of the most popular strategy games in the world.
Here's everything else we know about the game:
Age of Empires 4 Release Date
Age of Empires IV doesn't have a release date at this time. The game will arrive on PC.
Age of Empires 4 Trailer
Here's the first trailer:
What we know about The Crew 2, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!
When Ubisoft announced that they were going to release a sequel to the 2014 online racing title The Crew, the reaction was...tepid. The Crew was an interesting game, but it was also a highly flawed experience that didn't really take advantage of its most intriguing concepts.
So how will the studio fix The Crew's biggest flaws? Well, if the first trailer for the game is any indication, then they apparently plan to do it by just reinventing the game's wheel.
At this early stage, it appears that the biggest addition to The Crew's world are boats, bikes, and planes. The Crew 2 will allow you to hop behind the wheel of a far greater variety of vehicles while you explore the game's vast open-world setting (which appears to largely take place in America). While the transition from vehicle type to vehicle type is presented fairly smoothly in the gameplay trailer, we're guessing that these races will be separated into various missions during the game itself. That being said, there's always the possibility for a sort of "Triathlon" experience that allows you to use multiple vehicle types in a single race.
Here's everything we know:
The Crew 2 Release Date
The Crew 2 is coming on June 29, 2018. The game will arrive for PS4, XBO, and PC.
The Crew 2 Trailer
Here's the debut trailer:
That cinematic trailer for the game's premise hints at The Crew 2's expanded scope, but if you really want to appreciate just how much more this game has to offer, you have to check out the first gameplay trailer for The Crew 2.
The PUBG team continue to address the hacking problem in China by aiding in this massive arrest.
PUBGdeveloper Bluehole has announced that they have aided in the arrest of 15 high-profile hackers in China.
"As you all now know, we’ve been doing everything possible to root out cheating from PUBG. The ultimate goal is to create an environment for players that’s completely safe from hackers and cheaters," said the studio in their blog post on Steam. "Earlier this month, on April 25th, 15 suspects were arrested for developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG. It was confirmed that malicious code, including Trojan horse software, was included in some of these programs and was used to steal user information."
Further information suggests that the hackers will face a fine equivalent to about $5.1 million. Additional suspects related to the case are reportedly being investigated, but there is no information regarding their affiliation with the arrested group of hackers or the possible punishments they may face available at this time.
The PUBG team also took the time to confirm that the "longstanding rumor that hacking/cheating programs extract information from users’ PCs" are true and pledge that they will continue to pursue all those who hack the game for any purpose.
This update will come as a comfort to PUBG's sizeable player base, albeit something of a cold one. Reports of hacking in PUBG grew more rampant as the game skyrocketed in popularity. While that is not uncommon, what started as players trying to reach high ranks through hacking grew into a problem that included players trying to use the game to steal other users' information and perform similar malicious actions.
The problem is particularly bad in China where some estimate a shocking 99% of caught hackers in PUBG originate from. That overwhelming number has led some players to request that the PUBG team implement a region lock that will prevent players from China from being able to access the game. The PUBG team have stated that they have considered that possibility, but that they don't feel it is as effective of a solution to the problem as some users hope it will be.
The studio behind H1Z1 say this move was made in order to ensure the company is in a better position moving forward.
H1Z1 publisher Daybreak has announced that they have laid off an unknown number of employees.
"Daybreak confirms we are realigning our workforce to better position our company for the future," said Daybreak in a statement to PC Gamer. "Because of this, we have had to make an extremely difficult decision to part ways with some of our employees across various disciplines at the studio. We are doing everything we can to take care of each affected individual by providing them appropriate transition assistance."
Daybreak state that they remain focused on publishing "large-scale online games" and that they will "continue to service our existing and long-standing games and franchises."
It is not clear at this time exactly how many people have been laid off from the company, but tweets from some former high-level employees within the studio suggest that the scope of the layoffs affected the studio's management as well.
Some felt that this news was telegraphed somewhat by the recent decision to turn H1Z1 into a free-to-play title. While such moves have helped revitalize games in the past, they are not typically performed in instances when a game is doing especially well under a premium model. Indeed, many have speculated that H1Z1's player base size has drastically decreased since the rise of fellow battle royale titles PUBG and Fortnite.
However, this is far from the end for H1Z1. The studio recently revealed a PS4 version of the game that makes some major changes to the game's current formula in order to make the title more appealing and accessible to console users. It remains to be seen whether or not the move will be successful, but it's clear that Daybreak believes that there is room for a battle royale title like H1Z1to succeed on the PlayStation 4 where users are currently largely limited to Fortnite.
Microsoft executive Phil Spencer addresses the Xbox's lack of "game-changing" exclusives.
Phil Spencer, executive vice president of gaming at Microsoft, has said that the company needs to be better about encouraging developers to come up with new ideas.
In response to a request from a Twitter user regarding their desire to see Microsoft release something "game changing" along the same lines as Halo and Fable, Phil Spencer stated "I hear you. Invest more, invest in teams, empower them to create deep worlds with interesting stories and characters and give them time."
It's somewhat interesting to hear Spencer come out and say that given that the implication of his statement is that Microsoft - or the Xbox division - haven't necessarily been doing the best job of investing in studios and funding new ideas. While fans have said that before, the studio has previously maintained that they are pursuing high-profile exclusive projects.
Following the notable cancellation of former Xbox exclusives like Scalebound, some questioned whether or not Microsoft is interested in fostering a suite of exclusive developers similar to what Sony has done in recent years. This statement from Spencer seems to suggest that the studio is still interested in that but perhaps haven't been doing what they need to in order to achieve that goal.
Another Twitter user asked Spencer why we didn't see a sequel to the Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome. Spencer's response was coy but fascinating.
"There is never an easy answer to why something didn’t happen," said Spencer. "It’s a combination of a lot of things, some right and some wrong. I really liked the game, I’m glad you did as well. It’s a genre we should be doing more in, I agree on that.”
Speaking of genres that Microsoft should do more in, another Twitter user informed Spencer that all they want is "more Western style Rpgs on Xbox from 1st party." They cited names like Jade Empire and the Fable series as examples of how the Xbox and Xbox 360 excelled at that genre. Spencer's reply to that particular question was a simple, yet emphatic, "Yep." Some have taken that to mean that we can expect to see such a project among Microsoft's E3 2018 announcements.
The world's richest eSports competition has begun. Here's your guide to the action.
Dota 2 has long been one of competitive gaming's most fascinating scenes. In some ways, its success in the realm of competitive gaming felt like the game's birthright. As the successor to the popular Warcraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients, Dota 2 launched with a fanbase eager to get in on the competitive action. In order to satiate their desires, Valve invited some of the best Defense of the Ancients teams in the world to compete in a 2011 Dota 2 tournament that offered a $1 million prize pool.
From there, the Dota 2 competitive scene has only continued to grow. What began as an invite-only tournament has blossomed into a competitive season that demands the best from some truly talented teams across the world. They're competing for glory, honor, and the right to be called the best, but they're also competing for a silly amount of money. Dota 2's 2017 International tournament boasted a prize pool of $24,687,919 - the largest of its kind in eSports history.
Look beyond the cash prizes and the sold-out stadiums of fans that the game's biggest matches attract and you'll find that Dota 2 is ultimately a great MOBA that demands perfect teamwork, a flawless strategy, and incredible individual play. There's a reason this game was launched with a legacy of top-tier competitive gaming to live up to.
Here's what you need to know about Dota 2's 2018 competitive scene:
Dota 2 International 8 Format
The major change to Dota 2's 2018 competitive season is Valve's decision to abandon the single-tournament format in favor of several tournaments throughout the year that will award competitive points. Those points will then be used to determine who is invited to the championship tournament, The International 8.
The way this works is quite simple. Throughout the course of the 2017-2018 competitive season, there will be 16 Minors tournaments and 10 Majors tournaments. Minors will award 300 competitive points across the top four teams. Majors will reward an astounding 1,500 points across the same size of winners. First place teams get 50% of the points, second place gets 30%, and third and fourth place walk away with 10%. Tournaments that differentiate between third and fourth place will see the third-place team get 15% and the fourth place team gets 5%.
The eight teams invited to The International 8 will be determined by which teams have the most points among their top three players. Other teams can then make it to the big tournament via regional qualifier competitions.
Dota 2 International 8 Prize Pool
Considering that Dota 2's International prize pool is determined by community contributions and official donations from Valve and other organizers, we don't currently know just how rich this year's prize will be. However, The International's final prize pool has only grown since 2014. That mean's this year's total earnings could very well exceed $25 million.
Dota 2 International 8 Live Stream
You can watch the most important matches of the Dota 2 competitive season by checking out our live stream post.
Dota 2 International 8 Tickets & Venue
Valve has announced that The International 8 will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Rogers Arena. This is the first International to be held in Canada.
"Tickets sales begin on Friday, March 23 at 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM PDT, with two ticket types available," reads a post on the Dota 2 website. "The Midweek ticket—available for $125 CAD—will grant attendance to the first four days of the event, August 20th – 23rd. The Finals ticket—available for $250 CAD—will grant access to the last two days, August 24th and 25th."
Tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster at the aforementioned times.
Dota 2 International 8 Tournament Schedule
Here are the remaining tournaments for the 2017-2018 competitive season:
GESC E-Series: Bangkok: May 11-13
EPICENTER: April 27-May 7
Mars Media; name TBD: May 14-20
ESL; name TBD: May 25-27
PGL; name TBD: June 4-10
Dota 2 International 8 Standings
1 Virtus.pro - 7872
2 Team Liquid - 4734
3 Team Secret - 4710
4 Mineski - 3150
5 Newbee - 2220
6 Vici Gaming - 2160
7 VGJ.Thunder - 1935
8 PSG.LGD - 1821
One of the world's largest eSports tournaments has begun. Here's what you need to know:
There's nothing quite like League of Legends eSports scene. The fact that League is one of the most popular games on the planet is never more evident than when you're watching the best players in the world utilize a combination of perfect teamwork and inhuman individual skills in front of a rowdy audience. This MOBA has become a bonafide phenomenon with a professional competition that attracts millions of viewers.
Now, League's 2018 competitive season has begun.
What begins as a world's worth of top teams vying for the top spots of the Spring and Summer Split seasons will soon transition into the tense tournament known as the League of Legends World Championship. League's Championship finals are famous for being some of the most unpredictable and compelling series of games in the world. It's a spectacle you do not want to miss.
Whether you've been following LoL since the beginning or you're looking to understand why this game has captured the world's imagination, we're here to keep you updated on the comings and goings of the 2018 competitive season.
Here's a guide to League of LegendseSports in 2018:
League of Legends eSports Live Stream
You can watch every League of Legends eSports match across every region by checking out our live stream!
League of Legends World Championship Format
It's a long road to the League of Legends World Championship, but here's a rough breakdown of how you get there.
The first thing you need to know is that there are actually several competitive LoL leagues spread throughout the world. However, the biggest leagues are the NA LCS, EU LCS, League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK), League of Legends Pro League (LPL, China), and League of LegendsMaster Series (LMS, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau). These leagues are complemented by several smaller organizations in other regions.
Each competitive season is divided into the Spring and Summer splits. Teams from major regions are competing for championship points throughout the season in order to improve their standings and perhaps earn a playoff berth. However, the best way for teams to earn a World Championship playoff berth is to win the Summer split playoffs. Regardless of what region a team plays in, that will automatically secure its spot. Teams from larger regions can also make it to the World Championship playoffs via their play in regional qualifiers or by having the most championship points at the end of Summer playoffs.
The format of the World Championship and preceding playoffs may change slightly every year, but in 2017, 24 teams across all regions made it to the League of LegendsWorld Championship. They competed in a Round Robin series that eventually ended with the Main Event (Championship matches). The team that wins that final series of best of one matches is named the League of Legends World Champion.
League of Legends World Championship Prize Pool
The exact prize pool for the League of Legends 2018 World Championship has not yet been determined. However, the 2017 World Championship featured a prize pool of $4,946,969.00. It's believed that this year's Championship will feature a similarly high prize pool.
League of Legends Permanent Spring Split 2018 Format
The current Spring Split season will be contested under a best of one format. This is a change from recent years, which featured a best of three format. This year will also see the NA LCS abandon Friday games in favor of games that only take place on Saturday and Sunday.
League of Legends Spring Split 2018 Schedule
Want to know the match schedule for a specific region of League of Legends eSports? You can find each schedule at the links below:
League of Legends Spring Split Standings
*Final Regular Season Standings
1 100 Thieves 13W-6L
2 Echo Fox 12W-7L
3 TSM 13W-7L
4 Team Liquid 12W-8L
5 Cloud9 12W-8L
6 Clutch Gaming 11W-9L
7 Counter Logic Gaming 7W-11L
8 FlyQuest 6W-12L
9 OpTic Gaming 5W-13L
10 Golden Guardians 4W-14L
*Final Regular Season Standings
1 Fnatic 14W-4L
2 G2 Esports 12W-7L
3 Splyce 11W-8L
4 Team Vitality 10W-8L
5 H2K 8W-10L
5 ROCCAT 8W-10L
5 Misfits Gaming 8W-10L
8 FC Schalke 04 7W-11L
8 Giants 7W-11L
10 Unicorns of Love 6W-12L
*Final Regular Season Standings
1 KING-ZONE DragonX 16W-2L
2 Afreeca Freecs 13W-5L
3 kt Rolster 13W-5L
4 SK telecom T1 9W-9L
5 KSV 9W-9L
6 ROX Tigers 9W-9L
7 Jin Air GreenWings 7W-11L
8 bbq OLIVERS 6W-12L
9 MVP 6W-12L
10 KONGDOO MONSTER 2W-16L
*Final Regular Season Standings
1 Edward Gaming 14W-5L
2 Snake Esports 12W-7L
3 Bilibili Gaming 11W-8L
4 FunPlus Phoenix 9W-10L
4 Team WE 9W-10L
6 Oh My God 5W-14L
7 Vici Gaming 2W-17L
*Final Regular Season Standings
1 Invictus Gaming 18W-1L
2 Rogue Warriors 13W-6L
3 Royal Never Give Up 12W-7L
4 JD Gaming 10W-9L
5 Suning Gaming 9W-10L
6 LGD Gaming 6W-13L
7 Topsports Gaming 3W-16L
*Final Regular Season Standings
1 Flash Wolves 13W-1L
2 G-Rex 12W-2L
3 Machi Esports 8W-6L
4 MAD Team 6W-8L
5 J Team 6W-8L
6 ahq e-Sports Club 5W-9L
7 Hong Kong Attitude 3W-11L
8 Team Afro 3W-11L
They say CSGO is the world's most exciting eSport. Here's what you need to know about the game's growing competitive scene.
Those that love Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's competitive scene say that it might just be the perfect eSport. It's not hard to see why.
There are no respawns in CSGO. There are no health packs, special abilities, meta-dependent hero choices, or minions to kill. A CSGO match consists of two teams trying to use precision coordination and expert aim to either disarm/plant a bomb or simply wipe out the opposing squad. Victory in CSGO is rewarded to those teams and players who exemplify an uncommon mastery of some of the purest gaming mechanics in all of eSports.
It's an easy game to follow, an incredibly difficult game to master, and a hard game not to love once you begin watching it played at the highest levels.
Fortunately, CSGO's competitive scene is thriving. Recent tournaments have proven that the overall pool of talent who compete in the largest CSGO tournaments has never been deeper. Top teams and players from across the world are finding new ways to shock viewers with their expert play. Victory demands a level of perfection and peak performance that typically results in some of the most amazing matches you'll ever witness.
Here's your guide to the exciting world of competitive CSGO.
CSGO eSports Live Stream
Keep up with the biggest CSGO tournaments in the world by watching them here.
CSGO eSports Schedule
Here's the list of the largest CSGO tournaments set for the current competitive season. In addition to these events are a host of smaller tournaments spread throughout the year.
May 14-20: ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals
May 19-21: DreamHack Open Tours 2018
June 16-18: DreamHack Open Summer 2018
July 3-8 ESL: One Cologne 2018
July 12-14: DreamHack Open Valencia 2018
Aug 29-Sept: 2 DreamHack Masters Stockholm
Sept 18-Nov 22: ESL Pro League Season 8 NA/EU
Nov 16-18: DreamHack Open Atlanta
Nov 30-Dec 2: DreamHack Open Winter 2018
Dec 10-16: ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals
CSGO eSports Results
Here are the results from some recent major tournaments:
Esports Championship Series Season 4 - Finals
Winner: FaZe Clan
ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
Runner-Up: FaZe Clan
StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4
Intel Extreme Masters XII - World Championship
DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018
DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018
ESL Pro League Season 7 - North America
ESL Pro League Season 7 - Europe
Full results from all known global tournaments can be found here.
CSGO eSports Format
CSGO's competitive format has the strange distinction of being fairly simple and sometimes frustratingly complicated.
In lieu of a formal league, many of CSGO's largest competitions are divided into individual tournaments. These tournaments are typically broken down into Majors and Minors. The big difference between the two is that Majors offer larger ($100,000 plus, typically) prize pools. However, many tournaments employ an open format that allows major and minor teams to compete on roughly the same playing field. Of course, the largest teams may receive formal invites from the tournament's organizers.
However, there are a few Majors throughout the year that are endorsed by Valve. These tournaments often offer $1,000,000+ prize pools and typically feature only the top teams in the world as determined by Valve and the tournament's organizers. Said teams typically consist of previous Majors and Minors competitors/winners as well as teams that qualify through online and offline play.
So basically, it's all about the Majors and especially the Valve-endorsed Majors tournaments. However, Minors are a great way for pros to earn extra money and for smaller teams to boost their reputation.
CSGO eSports Prize Pool
Prize pools can vary pretty wildly in CSGO as there isn't much of a formal league play structure. Smaller events may offer $25,000 dan a little reputation. Majors, though, can offer anywhere between $100,000 and $1,000,000 depending on their size and affiliation.
CSGO eSports Top Teams
Because CSGO works off a tournament by tournament format, there isn't really an officially recognized "ranking" of the top teams. However, some of the generally recognized best teams in the world at the moment include:
- SK Gaming
Again, though, part of the fun of CSGO tournaments is the very real possibility that any team can win any event at any time.
Catch up on everything that's going on with the first season of Overwatch League! Here are the results...
The Overwatch League starts on January 10, 2018. From there, matches between the league's 12 teams are expected to occur four times a week, Wednesday through Saturday. This inaugural season will divide teams into two divisions.
Overwatch's playoff season will run from July 11 to July 28. It's not clear what the playoff structure will be, but it will likely adopt a best of five formats for the initial games before moving to a possible best of seven for the Championship.
Overwatch League Stage Two Playoff Results
The New York Excelsior won the Overwatch League stage one playoffs after defeating the Philidelphia Fusion 3-2. They took home $100,000 for their win while Philidelphia snagged $25,000 for their second-place finish.
Overwatch League Stage Three Schedule
The full Overwatch League stage three schedule can be found here. Play begins on February 21st. Like stage one, it will conclude with a three-team playoff that rewards prize money, but will not affect the league standings.
Overwatch League Overall Standings
1 New York Excelsior: 25-3
2 Boston Uprising 20-8
3 London Spitfire 18-10
4 Seoul Dynasty 18-10
5 Los Angeles Valiant 17-11
6 Philadelphia Fusion 17-11
7 Houston Outlaws 16-12
8 Los Angeles Gladiators 15-13
9 San Francisco Shock 10-18
10 Dallas Fuel: 6-22
11 Florida Mayhem: 6-22
12 Shanghai Dragons: 0-28
A full breakdown of map win scores and overall map differential can be found here.
Overwatch League Teams
The Atlantic Division includes the Boston Uprising, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, and Philadelphia Fusion.
The Pacific Division includes the Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty, and Shanghai Dragons.
Overwatch League Prize Money
The winners of the Overwatch League will earn a $1,000,000 team bonus and the Overwatch League championship trophy. The runner-ups will receive $400,000, third and fourth place teams will take home $100,000, and fifth and sixth place squads will walk away with $50,000.
There are also bonuses for regular season records which tops out with a $300,000 bonus to the team with the best overall record. All told, $3 million in bonuses will be awarded throughout the year. On top of that, players will receive a salary and benefits.
Metroid Prime 4 might be the Nintendo Switch's most anticipated title. Here's what we know...
After years of Nintendo dancing around fans' pleas for a new Metroid game, the studio finally decided to drop a humble reveal for one of the most anticipated games of the last ten years right in the middle of their E3 2017 showcase. What a truly Nintendo way to make such an announcement.
Since the announcement of this project, Nintendo has confirmed that Retro Studios will not be handling the development of this new Metroid title. Instead, they have stated that the development is being handled by a "talented new development team.”
According to Eurogamer, that studio is none other than Bandai Namco Studios Singapore, which is collaborating with Nintendo on the new game. However, Metroid producer Kensuke Tanabe will be overseeing the development of this new title.
Here's everything else we know about the game:
Metroid Prime 4 Release Date
There is currently no release date for Metroid Prime 4. The game is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.
Metroid Prime 4 Trailer
On the list of games that could possibly show up at E3 2017, Metroid Prime4 ranked somewhere alongside Half-Life 3. Nevertheless, here is the first preview for Metroid Prime 4.
Unfortunately, the reveal of Metroid Prime 4 doesn't actually tell us anything about the game itself aside from the fact that it is being worked on. However, given that most people had already given up hope that a new Metroid game would ever be released for the Nintendo Switch, we're going to go ahead and name this one of the best announcements of E3 2017.
Can The Last of Us 2 live up to the hype? Here's what we know:
Yes, one of the greatest games of the previous console generation is getting a sequel. Fans hoped that Naughty Dog might find a way to return to the world of The Last of Us, but the nature of the original game's ending left some to speculate that the developers had said all there was to say about the adventure of Ellie and Joel.
It's not entirely clear exactly what the story will be this time around, but the ominous and fearful tone of Ellie's looming threats suggest that this will be a story of revenge. The recipient of said revenge seems to be fairly obvious based on context clues in the trailer, but in the interest of not completely outlining the ending of the original game, we will not speculate on their identity here.
Speculation is all we have as it concerns the release date for The Last of Us Part II, however. It appears that the game is still very much in development, which means you shouldn't hope to see it before late next year at the earliest. Neil Druckman, the title's creative director, took to the PlayStation Blog to clarify that the eventual release of the game could be "a ways off," and to assure fans that Naughty Dog is only making a sequel to this game because they feel they have a new story that is worth telling.
Well, we're sold. Here's everything we know about The Last of Us Part II:
The Last of Us Part 2 News
At DICE Summit 2018, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann revealed one of The Last of Us Part II's stranger inspirations.
"There's a show on Netflix called The End of the F***ing World, which is so well written and acted and quirky, and has been totally inspiring for some of the stuff we're doing in [The Last of Us 2]—more on the dialog stuff," said Druckmann. Given that the Netflix show is about a pair of runaway teenagers who embark upon a dark quest, we're guessing that it might have somehow influenced the equally dark journey of the main characters. However, Druckmann didn't clarify the point.
Druckmann also recalled that The Last of Us was born from a failed pitch he once submitted to George Romero. He wanted to make a game that combined elements of ICO and Sin City while telling a story about a cop with a heart problem protecting a little girl. When the cop's heart condition kicks in, the girl would need to take care of the cop and protect him from enemies. Of course, Romero passed on that pitch.
The Last of Us Part 2 Release Date
The Last of Us 2 doesn't have a release date as of yet. We suspect the game won't arrive for at least another year, as Naughty Dog only announced it at PSX 2016. It will arrive exclusively on the PlayStation 4.
The Last of Us Part 2 Trailer
A brand new trailer has arrived! Check it out below:
Next, feast your eyes on the reveal trailer for The Last of Us Part II:
The Last of Us Part 2 Story
At PSX 2016, Naughty Dog director and writer Neil Druckmann shared the first bits of Last of Us Part 2 story details, including what the focus will be in the sequel. Druckmann revealed that Ellie is the star of this installment and that the game takes place several years after the original. Ellie is 19-years-old in The Last of Us Part 2.
Druckmann talked a bit about the tone and direction of the sequel's story, saying that while the original was a story about love, "[Part 2] is about hate." He also confirmed that this game will exclusively continue the story of Ellie and Joel instead of jumping to other characters.
It looks like The Last of Us Part 2 will have a couple of connections with Westworld. It's been revealed that Halley Gross, a writer on the show, will be co-writing the game's story with Neil Druckmann, who wrote the first game.
Additionally, Westword actress Shannon Woodward will have a role in the game. No details on her character were revealed. Her casting was revealed in a tweet:
— shannonwoodward (@shannonwoodward) April 7, 2017
It's also been revealed that Bruce Straley, who directed the first game, will not return for the sequel. Instead, Druckmann will be directing the game.
The Last of Us Part 2 Music
Writer/director Neil Druckmann confirmed that Gustavo Santaolalla, the composer of The Last of Us' wonderful score, will also create the music for the sequel.
The Last of Us Part 2 Poster
In celebration of Outbreak Day - the day in The Last of Us when the world fell apart - Naughty Dog has released some promotional materials and free items related to the game. You can read a full breakdown of the announcement (which includes information regarding a new The Last of Us t-shirt and PS4 theme) via this PlayStation blog post.
However, there is one Outbreak Day release we do have to highlight. The fine folks at Mondo have teamed up with Naughty Dog and artist Kevin Tong to release a new poster that seems to be related to The Last of Us Part 2. It's a fairly stunning design that serves as a callback to the previous Mondo The Last of Us poster and an effective teaser.
You can buy the poster from Mondo's website starting today.
The mysterious Days Gone has been delayed until 2019, but it remains one of the PS4's biggest exclusives.
It's always great to see new franchises debut on the big stage of E3, and that's especially true when the game looks as good as Days Gone. The game comes from Syphon Filter developer Sony Bend.
The action-adventure game takes place in the Pacific Northwest and tells the story of a bounty hunter named Deacon St. John, who must survive on a planet that's been wiped of humanity after a global disaster brings about the end of the world as we know it. Now millions have been transformed into "Freakers," zombie-like creatures that would like nothing more than to feed on Deacon's corpse. As the bounty hunter, you'll have to fight massive hordes of Freakers in order to survive.
Here's everything else we know:
Days Gone Release Date
Days Gone has been delayed to 2019. The game was originally set to launch in 2018. It will arrive exclusively on the PlayStation 4.
Days Gone Trailer
The latest trailer for Days Gone expands upon our first look at the game by diving a bit deeper into the narrative that at the heart of this particular apocalypse. While Days Gone was initially compared to The Last of Us, this latest trailer actually suggests the game is spiritually closer to the Uncharted franchise. In any case, we're incredibly excited to see more of its blend of action, horror, survival, and story.
Check out the reveal trailer below:
This game definitely seems to have a The Last of Us post-apocalyptic vibe to it. The world showcased in the demo appears to be as beautiful as it is chaotic, while the main character's narration suggests that there will be a strong emphasis on the story of why it is that people choose to keep surviving in this cruel land.
You can watch the E3 2016 gameplay demo here:
Cyberpunk 2077 will likely be shown at E3 2018.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be CD Projekt Red's first game outside The Witcher universe, and its first foray into science fiction. Based on the Cyberpunk series of tabletop games, it is, as its name suggests, inspired by the pioneers of the cyberpunk subgenre - namely William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. We can therefore expect plenty of cyborgs, AI, benighted cities, and scary corporations.
While Cyberpunk 2077's very different in setting from The Witcher, we'll see the same mature themes and unforgiving difficulty level in this new outing.
"The Witcher helped Cyberpunk quite a bit, because the game got so big and so complex that it really taught us,” visual effects artist Jose Teixeira told MCV. “If anything, working on The Witcher 3 was a really good and often brutal learning experience. Cyberpunk is going to benefit greatly from it. I can almost guarantee it."
Here's everything else we know about the game:
Cyberpunk 2077 News
CD Projekt Red is a confirmed attendee at E3 2018. A preview of the E3 director suggests they will be showcasing an RPG that will likely be Cyberpunk 2077. However, that hasn't been confirmed at this time.
Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date
Cyberpunk 2077 doesn't have a release date at the moment. The game is coming to XBO, PS4, PC.
Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer
It's been three years since developer CD Projekt Red debuted the trailer for their upcoming adaptation of Cyberpunk 2077, and you'd have a hard time using what we've learned about the game in the meantime as breadcrumbs to trace your way back to that reveal. Considering that CD Projekt Red was still hard at work putting the finishing touches on The Witcher 3 during much of that time, many gamers didn't think much of their radio silence. Now that The Witcher 3 is well and truly done, however, some are starting to worry that the game isn't as far along as they may have hoped.
Here's the first teaser trailer from 2013:
Cyberpunk 2077 Details
Adam Kiciński, president of CD Projekt Red, recently shared a little more information about Cyberpunk 2077.
Along with the usual comments regarding how Cyberpunk 2077 is a very technologically ambitious game, Kiciński stated that the team is theoretically "ready to interface with future generations" of gaming hardware. He also noted that the game will allow players to create their own characters and choose between various character classes. Previously, it had been suggested that the game wouldn't utilize RPG character classes.
While Kiciński noted that the team is focused on delivering a single-player experience above all, he did note that the team is still interested in utilizing some kind of online component. Kiciński wouldn't confirm, though, whether or not the studio is considering adding some kind of competitive multiplayer mode to the game or something a little different. However, the team does not plan to add any microtransactions to the game if it does end up featuring some kind of multiplayer option.
Finally, it doesn't sound like there are any plans in place for a Switch version of Cyberpunk 2077. Sorry, Nintendo fans.
CD Projekt Red also spoke briefly about the scope of the upcoming sci-fi RPG at a seminar (via PCGamer). As the developer has said before, Cyberpunk 2077 will be much bigger than The Witcher 3, which is itself a HUGE fantasy RPG.
"Cyberpunk is our new Witcher 3, but even more ambitious," CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski said. "Our goal is to establish a new blockbuster franchise from the beginning. We work [in a] new universe, futuristic universe. We believe it's very appealing to players, not only RPG players — but this is [a] true RPG, like Witcher, like Witcher 3, for mature audiences. It's handcrafted, detailed, of course, open-world, with open-ended gameplay.
Additional rumors have emerged which suggest that Cyberpunk 2077 might take place in a "living city" that functions on its own accord regardless of whether or not the player is actively involved in a certain area or not. The actions of this city will apparently be governed by a complex series of AI rules that will allow for developer CD Projekt Red to maintain the illusion of a truly dynamic world.
Furthermore, Cyberpunk 2077 may very well feature a complex multiplayer mode that involves the use of several technological tools and grants the developers have apparently applied for. When PC Gamer reached out to the developers for comment, they were told that CD Projekt Red have been applying for such tools but are not able to elaborate on their functionality at this time.
In a post on CD Projekt Red's forums, the developers not only assured fans that the game is still being worked on, but revealed a rather shocking figure concerning the resources they are pouring into it.
According to the forum post made by the development team, there are "more game developers working on Cyberpunk 2077 than on The Witcher 3 in its most intensive month." While the developer didn't reveal the exact number of developers currently working on the game, previously revealed figures regarding the development of The Witcher 3 suggest that the game was worked on by over 240 staff developers and over 1,500 people in general.
Interestingly enough, the careers page of CD Projekt Red's website suggests that they are still looking to fill somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 positions devoted exclusively to the development of Cyberpunk 2077.
While it's clear that the developer's work on the upcoming standalone Gwent game isn't hindering their focus as it concerns completing Cyberpunk 2077, there is a bit of bad news that accompanies this information. We still don't know exactly when Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be released, and its absence from last year's E3 suggests that it's not likely to debut until sometime after E3 2018 at the very earliest.
Either way, it's still very likely that you've got enough uncompleted side missions in The Witcher 3 to keep you occupied until the game debuts.
“Cyberpunk is far bigger than anything else that CD Projekt Red has done before,” visual effects artist Jose Teixeira told MCV. “Far, far bigger. We're really stepping into the unknown in terms of complexity and size and problems we encounter.”
Following a statement by developer CD Projekt Red regarding Cyberpunk's online elements and their "games as a service" approach, the studio has stepped forward to clarify that they do not currently intend to add microtransactions to the game.
"Worry not," reads a post on the studio's Twitter account. "When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than TW3 [The Witcher 3] — huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG. No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others."
It's still unclear what the games as service comment applies to, but it could just be a comment related to the possibility that Cyberpunk may feature expanded online modes. That makes sense given that the game is based on modern and futuristic technology as opposed to The Witcher 3's fantasy setting.
BioWare is going all-in on Anthem, but will it be enough?
Anthem is the new game from BioWare, the studio behind Mass Effect and Dragon Age. The new IP is a departure from the developer's past work in the RPG genre. In fact, Anthem isn't an RPG at all. It's described as an action-adventure game running on a "live service," similar to Destiny.
In Anthem, you play as a freelancer in a city protected by a wall from the dangers of the wild. Freelancers use special exo-suits called Javelins. There are two types of suits: Ranger, a balanced suit, and Colossus, which is basically your tank version.
Here's everything we know so far:
Anthem Release Date
Kotaku is reporting that Anthem has been delayed until 2019.
According to the report, this delay is partially due to increased concerns that BioWare needs this game to be a massive success in order to ensure the health of the company moving forward. People familiar with the project said that a 2018 date was "never realistic," and that the game will likely be released before March 2019 in order to ensure the game is released before the end of the 2019 fiscal year.
That same report indicates that BioWare has been moving more and more staff to the game's development. However, some close to the project state that the staff is still confident in the direction of the final product and that this delay can be attributed to the realization that the production of a such a large game is going to be difficult.
Here's the first gameplay trailer for Anthem:
Enemies showcased in the trailer include a mixture of wildlife and robots. The game will take place in an open-world environment and will feature cinematic dialogue sections, which isn't a surprise from BioWare.
Also be sure to check out the first teaser trailer for the studio's next game:
When EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund hinted during an investor’s call that BioWare was working on a new IP, many fans assumed that they were working on a new PRG. However, that's not the case.
During a recent investor meeting, EA CEO Andrew Wilson referenced BioWare’s next IP by confirming that: “At the end of the fiscal year, our BioWare studio will be delivering an all-new IP.” Interestingly, he had this to say regarding the game itself:
"A clean-sheet design with new concepts, new gameplay mechanics, and new stories set in a unique new universe. This game has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the way people think about an action title, bringing friends together to play in exhilarating new ways. We’re very excited about the future of this new franchise and its ability to attract a large global audience."
The one term that Wilson did not use when describing the game was “RPG.” Given that BioWare and RPG go together like Nintendo and sequels to 30-year-old properties, this comes as quite the shock. BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn later took to the studio’s blog to expand on Wilson’s comments by stating that the project is designed to “bring players together in exciting new ways” and that their ambition is to "draw upon 20+ years of development knowledge and lessons to create something fun and new for you to enjoy with your friends.”
A non-RPG is certainly a departure from BioWare’s usual development territory, but given that they’ve been evolving their combat systems over the years to be more action-oriented, perhaps this is a natural evolution of the company’s design style.
Wilson also stated that he is able to describe the game as more of an action-adventure title with RPG elements that will operate off of some kind of live service. This seems to indicate some kind of online multiplayer experience. Indeed, it seems that this delay is at least partially due to EA's desire to develop that service a little while longer.
The comet, and Fortnite's next season, has finally arrived.
The next season of Fornite has arrived, and it brings with it the long-awaited arrival of that mysterious comet that has been lingering in the game's sky.
The headline change in season four is the reveal of the comet's landing spot. It turns out the comet didn't land on Tilted Towers as previously predicted by the game's fanbase but has instead landed on Dusty Depot. Now called Dusty Divot, the area is drastically different than it was before. Actually, the point of impact in the center of the area is still being affected by significantly lower gravity, so be sure to stop and have some fun with that.
Even though Dusty Depot took the bulk of the comet's impact, other areas have been affected in smaller ways. You'll find several craters spread throughout the game's map that mark where smaller rocks landed as well as a few minor cosmetic changes to existing areas which were seemingly altered by the falling debris. There's even an entirely new area in the game called Risky Reels. It's an apocalyptic drive-in movie theater that is somewhat sparse but thematically interesting.
However, the most enjoyable new feature this new season introduces might be the addition of superheroes.
In the game's overlooked Save the World mode, there's a new event that requires you to investigate the impact of the comet and recruit superheroes that were seemingly created by the radiation rays that trailed the falling debris. It looks to be an incredibly fun addition to the largely underrated co-op mode that should help some of the game's battle royale fans find an excuse to give it a shot. Existing and new Save the World fans will also be able to play with a new mythic soldier subclass.
Finally, there are a ton of minor changes introduced by the new season update. They include:
- Headshots now take priority when other body parts are in the way
- Random cosmetic selection options
- Unlimited emote slots (and the ability to emote while riding a rocket)
- Credits are now awarded for knocking players off the game's map
Overall, this is a massive update that should give Fortnite players plenty of reason to dive back into the game (as if you ever needed an excuse to do so).