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E3 2021 set to be completely online

E3 may be an online-only event for 2021, which means that the usually packed expo will have no venue, opting instead for an online stream.

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, is now apparently set to be a completely online experience with no in-person contact.

E3 is always the largest game show of the year, showcasing new games from industry leaders that are due for release to millions of consumers. The shows are broadcasted across the internet live, and often the crowd is filled with press and industry members, such as game developers and marketing personnel.

Unfortunately, due to the Pandemic, E3 2020’s in-person event was canceled in favor of an online event, however, that plan fell through. Due to this, E3 promised an online event in 2021, which should take place in June if the usual E3 schedule is followed.

E3 2020, now canceled

This event would require many publishers and development studios to sign on for an interesting event, especially considering E3 has lost many major players in the previous years, including EA, Sony & Activision – who now run their own expos.

By far the biggest loss to the event as of recently was Sony, as their usual PlayStation reveals have historically been on the stages of E3. This was ditched by Sony in favor of their own “PlayStation Showcase.”

Sony, E3 2018

This was a huge blow to the event, and will surely leave some issues for the expo, as the timeslot will need to be filled with several interesting game announcements and demos to make up for the lost Sony slot.

In terms of the event status, E3 issued a statement to Video Games Chronicle, claiming to have “great conversations” with publishers. They did not comment if those publishers signed up for the event.

E3 also stated that they “will soon share exact details on how we’re bringing the global video game community together”, so hopefully we will have more information to share in the coming months our industry’s beloved gaming expo.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / E3 Expo

Apex Legends

Apex Legends dev confirms plans to buff L_STAR in Season 9

Respawn Entertainment are planning some major improvements for the L-STAR weapon in Apex Legends Season 9.

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L-Star will be changed in Apex Legends Season 9

In response to the less-than stellar reception of the L-STAR Energy LMG in Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment are looking to buff the weapon for the upcoming Season 9.

The L-STAR is an Energy LMG in Apex Legends that functions with an ‘overload’ mechanic. This means that rather than having a standard magazine, it makes use of weapon stacks at the cost of having to cool the weapon down after a bit.

While this makes the weapon incredibly useful during the early parts of the match, many players often opt to switch to another weapon afterwards. As a result, Respawn Entertainment have decided to work on the gun for Season 9.

L-STAR in Apex Legends

Apex Legends players have been petitioning to give the L-STAR some base ammo. This is because if someone steals your ammo stacks, then you’ll be left completely defenseless in the midst of battle.

While Respawn aren’t currently planning to add that, they’ve reassured fans that they’re working on some major L-STAR changes for Season 9, and these will arrive with the new content in the Legacy update.

“It’s not a problem every time because guns have their ammo spawn next to them, but it definitely is too common that you get one with 0 ammo and can’t use it,” wrote developer David Bocek.

L-STAR in Apex Legends

Bocek feels that adding flat ammo for the weapon will result in players abusing it to farm energy ammo. So instead, they have a different solution planned that “has some weirdness” and “has the potential for lots of bugs.”

While he didn’t give too much detail about what this big change will be, he made it clear that they’ve already got some initial work done, but it wasn’t ready for the next season launch.

The L-STAR has been buffed recently as well. Hopefully, the new changes will get rid of the problems plaguing the weapon.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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GTA Online Update April 22: RE-7B Podium Vehicle, 3x GTA$ & diamonds casino loot

Apr 22’s GTA Online update & patch notes have made the RE-7B free if you’re lucky enough. There’s also 3x GTA$, and casino diamonds loot.

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The April 22 GTA Online update is significant as players have a chance of getting the legendary RE-7B for free. 3x GTA$ also continues this week with the added bonus of diamonds as casino loot.

One of GTA Online’s rarest and most expensive cars could be yours for free this week if you’re lucky enough. This is one of the headline inclusions for a big GTA Online update this week.

In the background, we can still hear the ongoing, frantic chatter about the whereabouts of Grand Theft Auto 6, with Rockstar’s parent company providing an update on GTA 6. Furthermore, the rumor keeps growing with the latest murmurings including a new domain update pointing towards GTA 6 taking place in Vice City, and the game not taking place during the 1980s as first thought.

Until GTA 6 is official, we will remain focused on GTA Online, and our usual GTA Online leaker TezFunz2 has been able to get early info on the new update once more.

Also, find out how to make $60 million a day in GTA Online, $1 million a month in GTA Online, or even $100,000 in 3 minutes.

GTA Online April 22 patch notes

RE-7B Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel Reward

gta online re-7b car

The Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel has put a free RE-7B up for grabs for Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel players to try and spin to win.

When you think of a mega-expensive, legendary motorsport vehicle, this is what you’d think of and want. It’s fast, it’s fearsome, and it’s free if you’re lucky enough.

Here’s the official description of the RE-7B:

Fresh from baffling onlookers across the GT circuit, the experimental prototype from Annis is now on limited commercial sale. In a revolutionary design process, Japan’s finest artisans, engineers, aeronautics experts, martial artists and chefs have come together to product a seamless extension of your delusions of edginess and accomplishment.

Casino loot diamonds

gta online casino diamonds

For people who enjoy carrying out casino heists, you’ll be pleased to know that you can earn more money for your exploits this week thanks to the return of diamonds as casino loot.

3x and 2x GTA$ RP

This week, players can earn 3x GTA$ RP on Casino Story Missions.

2x GTA$ & RP is also available on Stunt Races as well.

Premium Races & Time Trials

We information on the latest race and time trial promotions this week, with the following being highlighted in the new update and patch notes.

  • Premium Race: Art to Art
  • Time Trial: Pillbox Hill RC
  • RC Time Trial: Davis Quartz

Huge Property & Vehicle discounts

The big property savings this week tie into the return of diamonds as casino loot with 40% off the Casino Penthouse and Renovations. Plus, there is also 50% off Casino Decorations as well.

40% off Vehicles

  • Itali GTO ($1,179,000)
  • Komoda ($1,020,000)
  • Stryder ($402,000)
  • Vagrant ($1,328,400)

30% off Vehicles

  • – Torero ($698,600)

That’s your lot for this week’s April 22 update, and we’ll be back at the same time next week with more GTA Online update news.

Image credits: Rockstar Games

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Call of Duty: Warzone

Warzone Verdansk officially nuked following Season 3 event

Warzone’s beloved Verdansk map has finally been nuked following leaks and rumours, marking the end of Season 2.

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The end of Verdansk is here. Raven Software launched the Destruction of Verdansk playlist in Call of Duty: Warzone on April 21.

As part of this new playlist, the current Verdansk as we know it met it’s end with an event causing a nuke to detonate across the Verdansk map and change it forever.

Although it was met by various bugs and server issues where players were being kicked out of the game every time a juggernaut was spawned, Verdansk was eventually destroyed.

Verdansk nuked

Verdansk Nuked

The Destruction of Verdansk Part I playlist featured a massive circle, closing in within 12 minutes for fans to experience Verdansk and what became of it for a final time.

The event then declared that the Zombies outbreak could not be stopped, resulting in a countdown before a nuclear detonation took place.

Verdansk as we know it will never be the same.

The destruction of Verdansk comes just as Season 3 was announced for both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War this week.

Bonus Calling Card

Just like when players complete Zombies easter eggs and storyline events, The Destruction of Verdansk event concluded with a free bonus Calling Card for completing the playlist in game.

Although it’s not much, players will appreciate the sentiment as a memory of the epic event, which saw the map so many players have enjoyed for the last two years get destroyed.

Players can get this new Calling Card only within this playlist and it will be useable in your inventory as soon as you finish the game.

What’s next?

It seems Rebirth Island have attempted to contact any survivors on Verdansk since the destruction, asking if anyone knows “what the hell just happened?”

It’s unclear what will happen in the future, but leaks and rumours for Season 3 suggest a potential new map or even reimagined version of Verdansk in the 1980s.

One thing we do know, however, is that we will be getting a story-based event for Season 3 Warzone and Black Ops Cold War called “Hunt for Adler,” for those interested you can find out more by reading our article.

The Destruction of Verdansk Part I playlist ends at 5 PM ET on April 21, so make sure to play the event as soon as possible.

The next moment of the event is April 21 at 5 PM ET. Stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for more updates on Call of Duty Warzone.

Image Credits: Activision

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