Is Bethesda Prepping for the Release of Fallout 5?

Bethesda, straight on the heels of the latest Elder Scrolls Online release, are now teasing the release of a brand new entry into the Fallout franchise. When Bethesda posted a Fallout themed screenshot that read “Please Stand By,” fans naturally assumed that it would be a port, possibly Fallout 3 being ported to newer consoles or Fallout 4 for the Nintendo Switch, but Kotaku is reporting that it is an entirely new game on the way.

 

Fallout 4 was released only a few years ago, and fans are saying that there hasn’t been nearly enough time for a true Fallout game to be made. Perhaps, taking a queue from the success of Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda is planning to release an online MMORPG that takes place in the Fallout universe. It would certainly add some variety to the genre, drawing players in my the droves.

 

The timing of the announcement would line up perfectly to the release schedule of Fallout 4, which was released in 2015. Bethesda announced the game in June of 2015, and it was released in November of 2016. If Bethesda announces a new entry into the Fallout series, fans should expect the game to hit shelves in November, just in time for the holiday season.

 

Bethesda will be showcasing the game at this year’s E3 event. Bethesda will take the floor on June 10th at 6:30PM to show off the game and give fans a taste of whats to come in the very near future.

 

Whether the game is a remaster, a port, an MMORPG, or the next main series in the franchise, fans may be able return to the wasteland very soon.

Apple Blocks A Gaming App From The App Store

An announcement was made by Valve regarding the arrival of the free Steam Link app for both Android and iOS platforms. This will enable PC gamers who already have rigs to use their smartphones for their Steam library of games with controller support and a 5GHz WiFi connection. The problem is the release of Steam Link has been blocked on the App Store by Apple despite their approval in the past.

 

A PR representative from Valve stated Apple sent an email approving the app in the beginning of May. The company had already targeted a release date. Apple revoked their previous approval on May 10th stating it was due to business conflicts and guidelines. Valve appealed the decision because the functionality of Steam Link is very similar to numerous desktop apps with a LAN-based remote, These apps are currently available through the App Store. The appeal was denied by Apple and the new Steam Link has been blocked from release. For more details please visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2018/05/25/apple-just-blocked-pc-gamers-from-playing-steam-games-on-ios/#5ee51b962ff0.

 

The representative from Valve stated a lot of hours were spent by their team on the project and the necessary process for approval. They are disappointed and hope Apple will reconsider their decision at a later date. With the app in limbo many Steam users with iPads and iPhones are unable to use the app. Android users can access the beta form of the Steam Link live on Google Play. The current rating is 4.3 out of a possible 5 with in excess of 100,000 downloads after being available for just three days.

 

The Valve was taken completely off guard when Apple revoked their initial approval. Apple has failed to provide a clear reason for why they blocked the app. Apple also failed to make any immediate comments. The iOS users have suffered a severe disappointment. There have been some users who have turned away from iOS devices and returned to Android. There is an alternate app available for iOS called Moonlight.

Amazon Offers PC Gamers a HUGE Deal on Graphics Cards

Amazon is now offering a massive price cut to PC gamers looking at hardware upgrades, specifically in the graphics card department. The company has recently announced that there will be a single day clearance event that significantly discounts a bunch of popular graphics cards on the market. This includes powerhouse cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, as well as the AMD Ryzen-7 1700X edition.

 

There are graphics cards discounts spread across the Amazon platform, and with the recent popularity spike in crypto-mining, graphics cards prices have skyrocketed in recent weeks, so this kind of one day deal is a significant one to people who are interested in finding a cheap upgrade. Amazon also expressed the possibility that cards sellout very quickly during this sales event, and it encouraged interested customers to take action quickly in order to verify the opportunity to receive a discount offer.

 

The prices will revert back to their original cost tomorrow, so the inflated graphics card market will only receive a few hours of relief from the ongoing inflation. There are dozens of cards currently on-sale, ranging from thirty percent off, up to sixty or even seventy percent off. Some graphics cards also offer special discounts or rebates as well. The GTX 1080 series graphics cards are extremely popular and POWERFUL for hardcore PC gamers. This brand of graphics card will likely be one of the more popular ones during the discount event and could even sell out during the event. The newer generation cards feature 4K technology, and could be featured in the Amazon sales event.

Fortnite Battle Royale Introduces Its First Vehicle In Version 4.3 Update

Fortnite Battle Royale recently received the Version 4.3 update, bringing various changes and additions. With the update, the battle royale title now contains a vehicle of sorts. Shopping carts litter the gameplay area during each match. It’s the first vehicle in Battle Royale, and players can get their hands on it now. Unsurprisingly, Version 4.3 brings a number of other additions and tweaks to the game as well.

 

Traversing The Map By Shopping Cart: How Does It Work?

 

Every instance of Battle Royale will contain shopping carts. Players can push the carts by themselves, or push another player around in one instead. Unsurprisingly, the player in the cart can shoot and pop consumables at anytime. Shopping carts don’t provide a noticeable speed boost. Patch notes indicate players still receive fall damage while in the shopping cart, too. Minimal protection is afforded by this particular vehicle.

 

Will Shopping Carts Change Fortnite Battle Royale That Much?

 

Shopping carts probably won’t change the gameplay or meta too much. With this addition, players now have another choice for causing mayhem. The carts should bring more hilarious moments to the game, but they’re not necessarily a game-changing addition. Battle Royale players will use the carts at first for their novelty. However, they’ll more than likely fade in popularity and use among regular players as time goes on.

 

A Controversial Addition Among Certain Players

 

Not all players expressed happiness about the first vehicle in Fortnite. Before the official release, players lamented that the addition would ruin the game. Most players probably expected a more significant vehicle with higher speed and capabilities, though. It remains to be seen how players respond to these shopping carts. At the very least, we’ll see hundreds of YouTube videos with shopping cart stunts and mishaps.

 

Version 4.3 brings back the self-service refund mechanic and adds new challenges to Battle Royale. Balancing and optimization changes are present in the minor update.

Marvel Releases New Digital Card Game

As most franchises eventually do, Marvel Comics will soon be releasing its own digital CCG known as Marvel Battle Lines, GameSpot reports.

 

PC and mobile developer Nexon will be handling the game, currently set to release on Android and iOS sometime later in the year (though a PC release will likely come in time). From what is known so far, Marvel Battle Lines will be free-to-play and will likely utilize the standard randomized pack system seen in similar titles.

 

Marvel writer Alex Irvine, best known for titles like Hellstorm: Son of Satan and several novelizations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, will be handling the campaign mode for the game, though no details on what the story will be like have been revealed yet. Other single-player modes will let players reenact different events and pivotal moments from the Marvel Comics timeline with the cards available, too.

 

At present, the full scope and scale of just which of Marvel’s numerous heroes and villains will be available to play with is not known, but a sampling of some of the cards available show off a healthy variety of characters. Superheroes like the Hulk, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Woman are known to be usable alongside villains like Thanos and the Green Goblin. Additionally, each card will reportedly have a second side to them explaining a bit about the character featured on it and their history in comics.

 

While a player battle system is planned to be implemented, the exact details of what that will involve are not yet revealed. The same can be said for how playing the game is carried out, with nothing confirmed as to what kind of rules are involved. Some speculate it may be similar to the Marvel Trading Card Game released on PSP, Nintendo DS, and PC a decade prior, though given the lukewarm reception it received at the time, this is unlikely.

 

Even so, with such a large and eclectic cast of characters to make into cards, the game likely won’t have much problem getting off the ground once it launches.

Apple Rejects Steam App

Steam is a popular pc gaming vehicle in which users purchase games and play them on their desktop computer. The main disadvantage of this is that you need to be on your physical computer to enjoy the game.

 

Valve, the company that is responsible for the Steam platform, has tried to bring pc gaming out of the desktop and into the rest of your life. One way that they tried to do so is with Steam Link, which conveniently linked With your television and Allows you to play PC games with a steam controller on your television. Unfortunately for steam this product never fully took off or was successful.

 

Steam announced back in May, that a new free app called the steam link app, would be available to individuals who want to play games on their smart phone. With this app, players would be able to link to their steam account and play PC games from the convenience of their home or while they’re away from their home on their smart phone. Valve was able to roll out the steam link app through the Android App Store which is less restrictive and more inclusive than Apple’s iOS operating system.

 

Apple originally reported that they would allow the steam link app to be accessible to players with their App Store, but announce this week that they are rejecting the steam link app for undisclosed reasons. This has left gameplayers skeptical of these reasons including concerns that Apple is rejecting it as a team will not allow in app purchases of which Apple typically retains 30% off.

 

Instead, Valve announced that the app was rejected due to Business Conflicts and has indicated that they remain hopeful that the app would be allowed in the future and that they will be working to have the app approved in the future. For players of pc games who are on the Apple platform, this is truly a lost opportunity but hopefully a short one.

No Man’s Sky is Finally Getting Multiplayer

After its disastrous launch in 2016 brought to light Hello Games’ many miscommunications, half truths, and flat out lies, many believed it was over for No Man’s Sky, with the few who held out hope finally giving in after seeing just how lifeless and boring the actual game turned out to be. Despite this, though, the developers have been working over the past two years to bring the game up to a playable state, now finally ready to implement one of the features promised from the start but never delivered: multiplayer gameplay.

This major gameplay update was announced at the same time as the release date for the Xbox One port, both of which will come to pass on July 24. On that day, the update (known as No Man’s Sky Next) will become available for the Xbox, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of the game, finally enabling players to meet and interact within the game world. And, as with every update in the game so far, it will be entirely free for everyone.

Up to this point, players have technically been able to play the game together, just not in a way one would actually be able to classify it as “multiplayer”. On launch, there was absolutely no interaction between players, with a famous video showing two players having navigated to the exact same coordinates in the universe yet not being able to see each other despite claims that such would be possible from the developers.

Later, an update made it possible to identify other players in the game world, though only as glowing orbs of light. This newest update, though, promises to bring a more true multiplayer experience, with Sean Murrary (Hello Games’ founder) claiming that Next will allow players to “help friends to stay alive, or prey on others to survive.”

The Next update also promises several other changes to the game, though the details on exactly what are sketchy right now. Hopefully the studio can make good on its promises this time.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Announces First Timed Event

Bandai Namco’s hit 2.5-D fighting game “Dragon Ball FighterZ” has finally been given its first ever limited-time event. Known as a Party Battle in the game itself, this event will continue from now until 11:00 PM PT on May 21 (2:00 AM ET on May 22), giving players a chance to pool their efforts against strong opponents and earn prizes.

 

This first event is titled “The Emperor Strikes Back” and, unsurprisingly, involves arguably the most iconic Dragon Ball villain of all time, Frieza. Players will be pitted against the tyrant at an extreme difficulty level, having to defeat him as many times as possible along with others across the globe to defeat him once and for all.

 

Dragon Ball FighterZ involves teams of three fighters against opponents. In this instance, the opponent is only a single Frieza. However, the twist comes in the form of having three human players working together on a single team, rather than a single player controlling and switching between three characters.

 

The Party Battle mode was added to the game as part of the latest patch, which also included the second game mode called FighterZ Cup. The FighterZ Cup mode can be accessed monthly as a tournament against others, with winners gaining points towards their Z-Union (essentially a kind of in-game fan club for specific characters similar to Motal Kombat X’s Guilds).

 

Participants in the Party Battle will earn the in-game Zeni currency as well as the Premium Z Coins, both of which can be spent on various items in the game itself. According to the game’s producer, Tomoko Hiroki, all victories by players will be logged across every platform the game is on, meaning everyone is in the fight together whether they be playing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC.

Pokemon Fans Ramp Up For Upcoming Pokemon Go Community Day.

For people looking for reasons to get outside, Pokemon Go is doing its best to provide them the opportunity. Pokemon Go is the hit augmented reality game developed by the team at Niantic. For the better part of the past two years, Niantic has been working to develop communal events in order to promote interaction among the growing player base. On May 19th, Niantic is unveiling their most recent Pokemon Go Community Day and it’ll feature a fan-favorite Pokemon, Charmander.

The Pokemon Go Community Day event will kick off at 10 AM in the United Kingdom and it will roll through until 1 PM. The event will focus on Charmander, one of the original ‘starters’ from the first generation of Pokemon games. Evolving Charmander is a mission that many trainers probably have yet to complete as the Gen 1 starter is considered relatively rare. On Community Day events, the selected Pokemon will appear en masse all around the map. Typically, trainers will have more luck finding the Pokemon they are looking for nearer to Pokestops. With 150 total Pokemon candy, of which each Pokemon gives 3 candy, trainers will be able to score a Charizard to add to their collection.

Charmander won’t be the only draw for the Community Day event. Trainers will also be able to get triple Stardust rewards on all captures as well as the special placement of 3-hour lures on popular Pokestops. Finally, people who evolve their Charizard on the 19th will also be given a special move: Blast Burn. The evolution HAS to take place during the hours of the event or else the special move will not be given to the Charizard.

During all Community Day events, the three factions within Pokemon Go compete to capture the most Pokemon for their team. The past several events have been won by Team Mystic and Team Instinct individually. Now, Team Valor will be looking to make their mark on the Pokemon Go Community Day festivities.

Nerf Releasing Overwatch-Themed Toys

Fans of Overwatch can rejoice as Blizzard teams up with Nerf to bring reality a little closer to the world of the game. Just without all the robots, assassinations, and a destroyed Australia.

A post on the official Overwatch Twitter announced a new partnership between itself and the toy company Nerf. Set for release at some point next year, Nerf will be making Overwatch-branded blasters in the style of different weapons from the game.

These new toys will be a part of the Nerf Rival line. These blasters are designed to be more precise than the standard Nerf guns, offering a somewhat safer alternative to things like paintball and airsoft through the use of foam balls.

No specifics have been given yet as to which guns from the game will be making it into the line, though it’s a safe bet that the likes of Tracer’s iconic pulse pistols will probably make an appearance. Price has also not been announced, with other guns in the line costing as much as $100 in some cases but as low as $25 making it hard to speculate as to how much you’ll need to pay when the time comes.

This won’t be the first time Nerf has produced weapons in the Rival line themed after different media, as Deadpool got his own toys in the form of specially themed Apollo XV-700 blaster and a set of Kronos XVIII-500 pistols covered with his face. However, these were recolors of existing toys, so whether or not the company plans to do the same for Overwatch or create entirely new weapons will remain to be seen until more information is revealed.