Destiny 2’s Next Expansion Delayed Until November 2020

Expansions are pretty much the lifeblood of MMOs hence why delays make people upset in more ways than one.

But this delay might be understandable from a range of circumstances, not least among them the current global pandemic that is bringing the world to a halt.

It looks like the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t just impacting daily life and the economy in a broad sense but also the development of updates such as the much-anticipated expansion for Destiny 2, Beyond Light. That’s the reason behind the delay of Beyond Light until November 2020, an announcement that has come as a disappointment for many content-starved Destiny 2 fans.

In a game update, community manager David “Deej” Dague posted: “As the first chapter in a new trilogy of expansions, Beyond Light is the beginning of a new era of Destiny 2. We have a powerful story to tell and incredible new features that we’re really excited for players to experience. As always, our goal is to make the coolest, most entertaining expansion we can possibly make for our fans. To that end, we are doing what’s best for the game and moving the launch date. The past few months have been a challenge and will continue to be during this pandemic. We’ve learned to create together in a new way, by having to work apart from one another. Despite these hurdles, we’re still committed to the same level of quality that our fans expect.”

Though the delay is a disappointment for many, the devs promise to make up for it with a stellar expansion. They also are going to keep the community in the loop as to what they are developing and what that roadmap is looking like moving forward. And, to be clear, Beyond Light isn’t just your average expansion either. It is the beginning of a new yarn in the Destiny 2 saga and likely to bring a host of changes with it. It’s not quite World of Warcraft: Cataclysm level changes, but they’re a pretty big deal in terms of the game itself.

“Over the coming weeks, we’ll be unveiling more of what we’re working on for Beyond Light and what that also means for Season of Arrivals, which will now extend to November 10. Beyond Light sets the stage for an incredible future in Destiny 2 and, though it’s coming later than we originally anticipated, we’re excited to continue that journey with you this November.”

As for the current Season of Arrivals, it will extend until the November 10 launch of Beyond Light. Luckily for Destiny 2 players, Bungie has one of the most robust community support teams around so we’re likely to hear a lot more about Beyond Light in the coming weeks to keep us enthusiastic. 

Were you looking forward to the Beyond Light expansion? What would you like to see Bungie do with it? Let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section.

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Valorant Act II Gets New Ranking System

Valorant released details on the new ranking system and new agent leaks

Ranking has been the root cause of much tilt and anger among all Valorant players. Understandably, deranking stresses everyone out and tough games against hackers and smurfs doesn’t help any. Riot has released details on their latest overhauled ranking system which introduces a ton of interesting features and mechanics.

Big changes:

  • They will display Act Ranks which are essentially a summary of your games for the season
  • You will have a badge that acts like a heat map that shows your best wins of the season at the highest level you have reached
  • A new “proven skill” concept will be shown which is the 9th best game you had of the season
  • Games at higher ranks will push out your lower ranked games
  • Act I may not get this new badge according to Riot’s post
Your act rank will be a compilation of your wins at the highest levels you played at

This new concept should help curve the smurfing problem as people will be motivated to keep playing on their mains since losses will be scrubbed out as you win more games at higher ranks. Many people are achieving a rank that they are happy with and preserving their accounts while creating new ones to stomp on lower ranked players. At the end of it all, only your highest ranked and best game wins will matter and be displayed.

BONUS for you guys, the new agent has leaked – Killjoy. More details to follow soon. Stay tuned.

GOG Galaxy 2.0 Adds Epic Games Store to Growing List of Gaming Portals

It looks like GOG Galaxy 2.0 is adding a big name to its already healthy roster of gaming services.

The ever-controversial Epic Games Store will join the likes of Xbox Live on the GOG one-size-fits-all app that connects gamers with all of their digital libraries without them having to sign in to each individual service. It’s basically a major life convenience – especially if you play the online sales and shop the best price no matter who the vendor is.

Of course, Epic is more than enthusiastic about this integration.

General Manager of the Epic Games Store Steve Allison said of being added to GOG Galaxy 2.0, “We’re excited that Epic Games Store integration has come to GOG GALAXY 2.0…It’s an important step towards breaking down walls between PC stores, as it enables a unified experience for players to manage their PC games library independent of where their games were purchased.”

Meanwhile, Epic’s Tim Sweeney tweeted, “Ultimately, ownership of digital items should be a universal notion, independent of stores and platforms. So much of the digital world today is frustrated by powerful intermediaries whose toll booths obstruct open commerce to keep customers and their purchases locked in.”

Gamers, on the other hand, are torn into multiple camps on this issue, as is to be expected. Some are grateful that yet another service is coming to GOG Galaxy. But others, particularly GOG diehards, see any involvement by Epic as a necessarily bad thing. You see, in case you haven’t followed the controversy, the Epic Games Store has gone somewhat hard in the race to win market share. Aside from having a title like Fortnite to buoy it, Epic also went after “exclusives” for certain games that left Steam gamers out in the dark. Naturally, the solution for those gamers, if they chose to do so, was to join up with the Epic Games Store and use both but the whole “timed exclusive” thing for some big name titles really rubbed people the wrong way. It seems they’re still pretty upset about it.

And it’s not like they’re totally out of left field. Exclusives on a PC were pretty much an unheard of concept. Normally that’s something you see on consoles. But here we are. On top of that, it seems some gamers want to question any firm associated with Epic no matter what the format. More than one Internet commenter has voiced concerns that this is evidence of Epic trying to buy GOG or something like that. There is absolutely nothing to back that up.

What about you? Will you be using GOG Galaxy 2.0 or will you wait until more services sign up for it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Is Shroud Going Pro in Valorant?

Shroud may be forming a new Pro Valorant team with “mOE”.

Ever since the shut down of Mixer and merging with Facebook Gaming, many big time streamers have been in limbo leaving many viewers in dark about their plans. Some embraced Facebook Gaming and kept their contracts from Mixer, while others have gone quiet or explored streaming on other platforms like YouTube.

Ninja did a stream on YouTube and people went nuts over it, but no formal announcements were made. Now we are hearing news about Shroud’s move. Supposedly Shroud did not accept a contract with Facebook and is currently not regularly streaming anywhere.

On a recent live stream from mOE Assad, he casually mentioned that he was starting a Pro Valorant team with Shroud and Just9n. He said he was speaking it into existence. Could this statement hint at the future for Shroud going Pro in Valorant?

Shroud mentioned before about how being a full time streamer and going Pro directly conflicts with each other. If he wanted to do one, he could not do the other. He goes into detail on how streaming his play style and tactics, would give competitors a blatant advantage as they can study everything that he does.

So that being said, now that Mixer is gone and he is out of a streaming contract, this opens up the avenue and opportunity for him to take a break from streaming and focus on going Pro. Shroud does have a big announcement coming soon, so we’ll see what he truly wants to do going forward.

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The Upcoming Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare Season 5

Season 5 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its popular Warzone mode is almost here. And it couldn’t come soon enough for some fans.

To get things started, we’ll begin with the date that all of this is supposedly going to kick off: August 5.

In a brief teaser sent to Twitch streamer NICKMRCS and later picked up by outlets such as Gamestop, the Season 5 teaser hints at trains, the inside of the stadium, and even a nuclear explosion.

What does all of this mean?

For one, people are somewhat certain about the start date for the new season. Given that the current battle pass ends on that date it is safe to assume that the next round will begin on or around that same time frame.

Though the clips released so far don’t really give us much solid information to go on there is one salient feature that is being picked up on but most fans and that is the fact that you can see inside Stadium, something you can’t currently do.

This has speculation about an open arena running wild and it is something that is not only widely wanted but likely coming our way this season. Another event in the trailer, the nuclear explosion, has some imaginations wandering off into Fortnite territory and speculating that this could be evidence of a permanent “terrain altering” event. The likely candidate is Verdansk and what this means for that is just another area where we can all speculate but no one knows exactly what the devs have up their sleeves. Whatever it is, it looks exciting.

Of course, this is starting to become almost standard for Warzone and Modern Warfare. They keep knocking these updates out of the park and we can’t get enough.

Even though it isn’t a lot to go on, we won’t have to wait long to see what Infinity Ward has waiting for us.

What do you think? What are some of the features that you would like to see in Season 5? What about moving forward? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments section below.

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Rogue Company Beta Out Now

Find out how to get a beta drop key

The new Hi-Rez developed game, Rogue Company, has entered its Beta which is open to those who preorder the game or receive a beta drop or key. The game will be available on all major consoles – PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch. As for PC, it will be available via the Epic Games Store. Good news – it seems cross-play will be enabled across all platforms so no friend is left behind.

The game is another cross breed of sorts blending elements of different games into a new shooter. It plays as a third person and the camera setup reminds me very closely of Fortnite or even The Division. You’ll also see that each character has a special ability and/or a passive ability, kind of like Rainbow Six Siege.

The game currently will play in a 4v4 or 2v2 objective format.

How to get into the beta:

Once again another game adopts the twitch drop strategy. You know the drill, link your account to Epic/Hi Rez and turn on a stream with drops enabled and wait. Find a stream here

Stay tuned for thoughts on the game once I can get my hands on a beta drop.

Valorant 1.04 Patch Summary and Thoughts

Patch notes for 1.04 have been released!

Lets dive into it – Notable Changes:

  • Huge Viper Buffs
    • She can stand outside of her ult for 15 seconds now before it goes down, up from 5 seconds
    • She can end her ult early manually
    • Ult now obscures enemy mini map
    • Enemies are brighter in her ult near sight from afar (easier for Viper to see enemies)
    • Decay increased to 15 per second and stays for 2.5 seconds
    • Poison cloud and toxic screen don’t use extra fuel when both active
  • Raze & Brimstone ults now cost 7 instead of 6 ult charges
  • Brimstone stim beacon range no longer visible to enemies and can’t be used by enemies
  • Cypher can pick up his cages ONLY in buy phase
  • Fixed Classic pistol jumping full right click accuracy and buffed the pistol accuracy overall
  • Other UI polishing and improvements

So lets talk about these agent balance changes.

Viper got a massive buff, I already thought she was slightly underrated, but they completely buffed everything about her. I think we will be seeing viper is many more games now. She can juke more by leaving her ult and obscuring enemy mini maps and I already thought her visibility was fine inside her ultimate. Decay was a little weak, so I welcome to new effects to it.

Raze and Brim ult charge increase was a good change. Raze ult has definitely been controversial since the beginning, even having Shroud and Summit argue about it. It wasn’t uncommon for Brim to constantly clutch rounds by ulting the bomb. I am surprised they didn’t touch the Raze satchels though as pros satchel hopping across the map was supposed to get a nerf at some point. I do like the Brim beacon buff, letting enemies use it and being extremely visible was a terrible position giveaway, but now a well placed one can be hidden from enemy vision.

Cypher can pick up his cages ONLY during the buy phase, so they helps out newer players or people trying new cage spots as they can reposition them if they mess up their one ways or whatever. I still hate his camera though and how it can be placed so high up that you can’t see/hear/shoot it. I still think those cameras are borderline game breaking and people constantly find new obscure spots to put it in. A good Cypher can essentialy give a team pseudo wall hacks.

Classic pistol jump shotgunning is gone. Thank god.

Now fix smurfing, Riot, Thanks.

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