Like that new SCAR-L but afraid to prestige and wait another 31 ranks? Well take it with you to the next Prestige! FourZeroTwo confirmed via twitter yesterday, “It’s a shop that unlocks after 1st prestige where you can use prestige points earned by prestiging to unlock useful feature.” and added, “When you prestige you unlock a shop that let’s you choose what you unlock (like taking one piece of gear over to next prestige).” Theres still a lot of questions as to exactly how this works but we’re already liking what we’re seeing. One of the main reason I never prestiged in Black Ops was because I didnt want to wait 44 ranks to get the Commando back..
We were able to grab a hi-res screenshot of the “Prestige Shop” durring the XP2011 press briefing. Here are some other menus captured:
‘Anthem Next’ revamp abandoned by EA & BioWare following internal review
The Anthem game update that players were anticipating, Anthem Next, has been cancelled by EA and BioWare after an internal review.
Anthem Next, BioWare’s complete revamp of the unsuccessful Anthem game, has now been cancelled following an internal review.
Anthem, which was released on February 22, 2019, jumped into a cluttered landscape of looter-shooters and did little to stand out from the pack. The game fell flat for a lot of players and was subject to some poor reviews that never seemed to get any better.
BioWare, the game’s developers, are well-known for making high-quality games like Mass Effect and Dragon’s Age. The failure of Anthem hit them hard, but they were dedicated to improving the experience for all players.
Months after the game’s release, BioWare and EA announced Anthem Next. The new update promised to breathe life back into the game, just as updates to No Man’s Sky and Destiny have in the past.
Unfortunately, on February 24, 2021, BioWare shared some bad news with the Anthem fanbase. “In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT),” they wrote in a blog post.
The team assured players that they would “continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today.”
With this decision, BioWare and EA will be moving some of their developers away from Anthem Next to better “focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next Dragon Age, and Mass Effect titles while continuing to provide quality updates to Star Wars: The Old Republic.”
It looks like Anthem’s last hope of being the game that fans expected has been abandoned. Hopefully, the additional focus on other BioWare IPs pay off in the future.
Image Credit: EA/BioWare
Apex Legends cheaters hit by huge ban wave with more to come
Apex Legends developer Conor Ford has put out a manual ban wave for Season 8, banning over 600 cheaters in a single day on his own.
An Apex Legends developer has manually banned over 600 cheaters in the past week as an ongoing effort to keep Season 8 clean.
Much like Activision’s Warzone, EA’s Apex Legends also has its fair share of cheaters in their games. It may be a bit less lucrative to cheat in Apex Legends, with crossplay being input-based – putting them mainly against other PC players. In Warzone, you can come across players from any system, at any time.
Regardless, it doesn’t matter which game you play on PC. If there’s a scent of competition, someone, somewhere will cheat. It’s up to developers to create their own anti-cheats in-house or pay for support from a third-party anti-cheat software, like Easy Anti-Cheat.
Apex Legends uses Easy Anti-Cheat, which is a regularly updated cheat detection tool with a dedicated team (composed of both Apex developers and Easy Anti-Cheat developers) set to constantly fight the wave of crafty cheat developers.
In addition to the automatic detection tool, developers can also manually spectate and ban players the anti-cheat does not identify, which is a task developer Conor Ford on the Apex Security team has taken up.
Manual ban wave wipes out 600 players
For those pesky cheaters that make it past the anti-cheat, developers like Ford are dedicated to banning them. This can take several hours of spectating players in-game to properly conclude if they’re hacking.
In just a single day of manual bans, Ford was able to ban a stunning 652 cheaters from the live servers.
This follows another ban wave he put out himself on February 10, banning 507 PS4 players abusing an RP glitch in ranked mode – supposedly banning them for the entirety of Season 8. In response, he requested the banned players “do something actually productive instead of cheating.”
Japan servers also getting a ban wave
If any region is filled with cheaters, it’s most certainly the densely populated Asian server. For games like PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds, this was a huge issue when the game originally launched.
Fortunately for players on that server, it appears Respawn is also dedicated to banning cheaters in the coming weeks, per a tweet from Hideouts.
Starting things off, Ford stated that he is “dedicating a lot of (his) time this week to specifically focus on cleaning out (the Japanese) servers”. In a follow-up tweet, he also stated that there are “plans in place, that will be announced relatively soon, to better help this problem.”
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait long to see those plans, if they are specifically dedicated to anti-cheat measures, they will surely help the entire player base.
Image Credit: Respawn/EA
Everything we know about Overwatch 2: Release date, maps, heroes & more
Blizzard Entertainment have revealed some new Overwatch 2 details, including brand new missions and campaign mode.
Overwatch fans have been eager to hear news about the highly-anticipated Overwatch 2. Here’s everything that Blizzard has announced about the upcoming sequel.
Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch became a resounding success after its release in 2016. The hero-shooter title has become a massive esport and has achieved cult status in pop culture due to its memorable collection of characters.
Now, the developers are focusing their efforts on the upcoming, highly-anticipated sequel. They’ve promised brand new characters, multiplayer modes, cosmetics, and skills for classic characters.
BlizzCon 2021 has given us some new information about the title. Here’s everything we know so far.
When will Overwatch 2 release?
Ever since the follow-up was announced at BlizzCon 2019, details about the project’s arrival have been unclear. Game Director Jeff Kaplan did hint that we would learn more about the game’s release in a developer update.
- Read More: Will Overwatch 2 be cross-platform?
Thanks to the Blizzard Q4 2020 earnings call, we’ve learned a bit about what we can and can’t expect from Overwatch 2. According to Blizzard, the game will not be released in 2021. The current climate, production on multiple games, and trying to make Overwatch 2 perfect will likely have caused the delay.
While BlizzCon didn’t give us news on a release date or when the beta test will launch, there is a wide assortment of other exciting content that has been revealed.
In addition to another well-designed mass of multiplayer mayhem, Overwatch 2 is also set to feature PvE content for the first time in the form of a brand new campaign mode, and we now have the official plot details.
Many characters in the first game’s roster will have to reunite in order to uncover the truth behind another Omnic uprising. The missions will have cinematics, along with gameplay and musical themes for each hero and location.
The campaign will take you to a several giant maps complete that come with their own unique environments, enemies and NPCs.
Hero Progression in Overwatch 2
The brand new PVE modes will also contain a hero progression system, which contains multiple talent trees for you to pick from. Each one of these suits a different build, and has seven tiers that can be unlocked with skill points.
For example, Reinhardt has three different talent trees known as Crusader, Guardian, and Juggernaut. These will also include some new abilities, such as Reinhardt being able to pin multiple enemies at once.
Blizzard showed off the opponents you will face in Overwatch 2’s PvE mode back in the 2019 teaser trailer. While they weren’t all that impressive initially, we’ve seen them go through many changes since then.
They appear to be much more reactive to gunfire and damage, so they will shift their attack plan accordingly, making them less predictable. A few enemies will also have obvious weaknesses that you can exploit, while others will require more effort.
You will also encounter some elite enemies that have increased strength and damage. These special opponents will also behave and react differently than regular ones, so you can expect a real battle.
New Overwatch 2 Maps: Rome & New York
Overwatch 2 is set to include two new maps. One is New York City, which consists of several large buildings such as Grand Central Station, pizza shops, and cafes. This area will also have a futuristic vibe to it.
The other new map is Rome, which combines old-world architecture like The Colosseum with modern structures such as a football stadium. We don’t know yet which mode they will be included in, so we hope that Blizzard will give out some more information soon.
New Hero Looks in Overwatch 2
Overwatch fans have been expecting to see some brand new Hero looks in the sequel, and we knew that there would be improvements to Genji, Lucio, Mai, Mercy, Reinhardt, Tracer, and Winston. However, BlizzCon 2021 revealed even more changes to other characters as well.
It turns out that McCree, Pharah, Reaper, and Widowmaker are getting brand new hero textures, along with redesigned faces will that will appear more expressive. The latter was probably a decision that was based around the game’s new campaign mode, which includes cutscenes.
PvP Changes in Overwatch 2
In addition to the new PvE content, Overwatch 2 will also bring a plethora of PvP changes. Here are all the ones that have been revealed so far:
- Sojourn will have a rail gun to “rip through” enemies
- The new PvP will take inspiration from the current structure, but the developers are experimenting with some major changes
- New Passive abilities known as “role passives” are being tested out, and these will affect all characters in a role
- Tank characters could be altered for effectiveness in close-ranged combat
- A select group of devs has been tasked with polishing the combat
- Melee attacks will have improved animations and sound effects
- Weapons will have altered sounds
Jeff Kaplan has also confirmed that Blizzard plan to cut 2CP mode from competitive mode rotations. We might not even see it in the sequel at all outside of Arcade.
The sequel will also introduce a brand new co-op PvP mode known as Hero Missions. These will be geared towards Overwatch fans who are looking for a good alternative to competitive play.
The developers intend to make more than a hundred missions, which they claim can be played “night after night” without feeling repetitive. Players can select any hero on the roster, and the missions will take place on all of the existing maps. Some will even include some additional areas.
That covers everything we know about Overwatch 2 so far. There is still a ton of information that has yet to be revealed by the devs, but the game already sounds incredibly exciting due to all the new content that they have planned.
We’ll keep checking for any new announcements Blizzard Entertainment, and we’ll let you know as soon as we learn something else.
Image Credits: Blizzard Entertainment
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