Showing posts with label Free-to-Play. Show all posts
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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Call of Duty 2021 Rumored to Add Build Mechanics

Report from a trusted source claims that Call of Duty 2021 will include some sort of building mechanics.

With two consecutive success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2019 and Call of Duty: Warzone recently, publisher Activision is bound to release another AAA-title from Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise later this year.

According to a previous report by a YouTube insider, developer Treyarch has been working on a Call of Duty: Black Ops reboot for 2020 and their next entry in annual series, Call of Duty 2021 is said to add some sort of building mechanics.

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Call of Duty 2021 Rumored to Add Build Mechanics

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Following rumor of a Black Ops reboot, trusty leaker TheGamingRevolution shares information on Call of Duty 2021 on Twitter, which is said to be free-to-play title for PC, consoles and mobile from developer Sledgehammer Games.

However, this upcoming game is not main annual release of 2021 and more like Warzone, to be followed-up by one more Call of Duty release. It may debut a building mechanics that is similar to what Fortnite already has in battle royale.

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TheGamingRevolution has summed up key-details of his leak and posted with his building theory on Twitter.

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Players will apparently be able to make forts but whether or it is Fortnite-style building or more like Battlefield V is yet to be seen. Sources say that four CoD games are in active development, including Modern Warfare 2 Remastered.

Since many non-Fortnite players regularly laughs at its cartoonish building mechanism, developers may actually take a spin at it and turn it into something new but this is too early to pass judgment without further confirmation.

RELATED: Call of Duty: Warzone Adds Solos Mode

YouTuber TheGamingRevolution talks in-depth about what recent info he received on next Call of Duty game.

RELATED: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gunfight Mode Getting 1v1 and 3v3

Warzone already uses many popular battle royale mechanics featured in other renowned titles like respawn mechanics of Apex Legends, money Contracts from Battlefield 5 and glowing loot crates seen in Fortnite Battle Royale.

Taking ideas from rival titles is not new to CoD series and Activision even introduced battle royale mode Blackout for players of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in 2018 seeing immense popularity of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Call of Duty: Warzone Adds Solos Mode

Infinity Ward officially adds Solos mode today in current rotation of available game modes for Call of Duty: Warzone.

Within first 24 hours of release, free-to-play battle royale game Call of Duty: Warzone by developer Infinity Ward and Raven Software has drawn over six million players and by fourth day, that number reached more than 15 million.

Warzone initially launched with three-player squads play last week and many were constantly requesting for a solos mode. Infinity Ward closely listened to community feedback and has added a solos mode today for all lone warriors.

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Call of Duty: Warzone Adds Solos Mode

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Operators can now go by themselves throughout Verdansk and standard rules of battle royale will be in place for Solos. However, Gulag system will only redeploy squads and you are done for good if you are taken out in a 1v1 gunfight.

Though going solo against 149 other players may be a tough challenge for many, some people love those odds. Drop into a remote area to prepare for survival and build your loadout before engaging rival players in an intense firefight.

RELATED: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 2 Live Now

Since there are no teammates to watch your back, you would be wise to keep self-revive kits or buy Stations for yourself. Try to confirm kills or risk enemy operators coming back from zero health using kit of their own to get back at you.

Battle royale games have been a popular genre in recent years and therefore, Warzone had no trouble picking up steam. In 2018, publisher Activision saw similar hype with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 last-man standing mode Blackout as well.

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Although gaining immense popularity among fans, Warzone had a large download size and lacked in variation of game modes. Solos have been a much-anticipated mode and Infinity Ward really surprised all players by rolling it out so quickly.

Call of Duty: Warzone stands out as biggest battle royale game out there on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One today. Apparently, developers are currently testing out four and five-player squad matches to introduce in a future update.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Call of Duty: Warzone Revealed

Activision has revealed free-to-play battle royale experience Call of Duty: Warzone, starting from March 10.

Months of hype carried out by leaks and rumors for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to get a battle royale mode has finally come to an end as developer Infinity Ward and publisher Activision has just revealed Call of Duty: Warzone.

Warzone is a free-to-play experience for players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, which will arrive on Early Access for Modern Warfare players at March 10, 8:00 AM PDT and then around 12:00 PM PDT for everyone else.

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Call of Duty: Warzone Revealed

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Take a quick look at intense battle royale mode Warzone, introduced as a standalone game for everyone.

RELATED: Modern Warfare Season 2 Trailer Hints at Battle Royale

Warzone would pit up to 150 players of tier 1 level operator against each other for intense battles over a broad map. At start, you can form trio squads with friends across two exciting game modes; Battle Royale and Plunder.

Your goal is to be last squad standing for battle royale as a circle of deadly gas rapidly closing in to engulf you. Plunder mode sets you on a race to collect cash from rival players while trying to complete some in-match contracts.

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Vehicles of Warzone

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Both of Battle Royale mode and Plunder will take place on dense and expansive city map of Verdansk with 300 points of interests. Try and change your drop location often to get advantage in engagement or better land layout.

Warzone features a number of vehicles to give you a ride to fast evade gas circle and varied level of protection. Pick from ATV, cargo truck, SUV, tactical rover for means of transport for your squad on land or ride a helicopter on air.

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After first elimination at battle royale, players are thrown into Gulag, where prisoners engage in fight to death. If you can defeat an opponent in 1v1, then you are deployed back or your squad mates will have to bail you out with in-match cash.

There are objective focused tasks across Verdansk that a group of trio can activate and complete for rewards. CoD: Warzone is a standalone experience separate from Modern Warfare and it features cross-platform support as well.

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Prisoners of Gulag

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Even before Modern Warfare Season 2 went live last month, rumors of a battle royale mode were flying around online. Then an in-game cinematic trailer featuring operator Simon "Ghost" Riley has made its concept clearer to players.

Call of Duty: Warzone goes live tomorrow for anyone to download and play for free over all major platforms. PS4 console owners with an active Playstation Plus membership will get an exclusive Warzone Combat Pack for free.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Vigor Season 2: Hunters Live Now

Hunters arrive into Outlands as Season 2 of free-to-play loot shooter title Vigor goes live on Xbox One.

With arrival of a new season, developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive is planning to make it easy for Outlanders to keep track of progress in free-to-play multiplayer shooter game Vigor as they released Update 2.0: Hunters on Xbox One.

Season 2 will be introducing some changes in Battle Pass system for better as in past, only most dedicated players would have unlocked all great rewards in Battle Pass but now they are made more accessible due to players' feedback.

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Vigor Season 2: Hunters Live Now

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After recent inclusion of Preppers in post-war Norway, a new deadly class of survivors known as Hunters is added. Some of them are expert at tracking their prey, few can aim for absolute accuracy and many are just good at looting.

Most common weapon that Hunters usually prefer carrying is a crossbow, which is designed for single shot kills. Also, legendary weapon Mosin–Nagant rifle from Xbox Game Preview period is making a return for this hunting season.

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Season 2 Tools & Weapons

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An expert tracker doesn't rely on any scopes and often times they fool others using fake glint tool to reflect sunlight for distraction. Even camping within bushes is no longer safe for any Outlanders when one carries a portable signal detector.

First blood Hunters can show their pride using themed full-body uniform, emote, headwear and weapon skins through latest customization options. Aside from Battle Pass season, changes were made to in-game store following Update 1.2.1.

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Hunters Battle Pass

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Bohemia Interactive is focusing more on gameplay stability and players can keep track of all changes on changelog from title screen directly. Price point for cosmetic items was reduced recently to make them easily obtainable for players.

Vigor Update 2.0: Hunters have worked out some shooting mechanism like bullet penetration, damage over distance etc. To keep tabs on Update Preview program, you can keep an eye on regular streams of associate partners.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Apex Legends Season 4 Launch Trailer

Respawn reveals official launch trailer for Season 4: Assimilation of free-to-play battle royale shooter Apex Legends.

In anticipation of upcoming Season 4, free-to-play battle royale game Apex Legends has already teased its players a new Legend a few days ago who made a chilling debut in a shocking animated short before getting a full reveal today.

More details on newest playable character, Battle Pass and weapons are dropped by developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts in latest launch trailer for Season 4: Assimilation, coming on February 4, 2020.

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Apex Legends Season 4 Launch Trailer

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A mysterious new Legend named Revenant is ready to spread his reign of terror on the Arena in recent new trailer.

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Respawn has previously released images of Hammond Robotics representative and a new contender Forge, who showed up in a talk show interview discussing his successes before being interrupted and getting killed by Revenant.

He is apparently taking Forge's place and has been a former assassin for Mercenary Syndicate. Although he used to be a human, extensive experiments and robotics has turned him into a nightmarish cyborg of death over time.

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He is designed to kill and then forget everything but now, programming has eventually failed and all he wants is retribution. Since he doesn't need a reason to kill anymore, it wouldn't bother him to take it upon a few Legends of Apex.

Get your hands on Sentinel bolt-action sniper rifle to take down rivals with unmatched accuracy in medium or long-range combat. Charge it using shield battery to deal heavy damage on enemy shields and make quick work of them.

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Sentinel Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle

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Season 4 Battle Pass will include exclusive legendary skins and weapons in an attempt to make things better. Plus, there are Daily and Weekly Challenges to let players earn Apex coins, crafting metals. packs, quips, XP boosts and more.

Apex Legends is currently available to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms for free. Season 4 is also marking one year anniversary of Respawn's widely-popular online shooter next month and things are expected to shake-up.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Half-Life Games Will Be Free-to-Play Through March 2020

Valve made announcement of making Half-Life series of games free-to-play for next two months on Steam.

On 21st anniversary celebration of original Half-Life series of games, developer/publisher Valve Corporation made announcement of their upcoming flagship VR game titled Half-Life: Alyx that is set to arrive soon on March 2020.

Keeping that in mind, Valve has recently made Half-Life games free-to-play on Steam for next two months, until Alyx launches. This is a huge opportunity for all newcomers and veteran players to catch up to this iconic franchise once again.

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Half-Life Games Will Be Free-to-Play Through March 2020

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From original Half-Life of 1998 to its latter addition of DLC missions like Blue Shift and Opposing Force are included. Also joining this free lineup is Half-Life 2 with its add-on episodes; Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

Valve has made it so that players can now play these old titles to get acquainted with characters and story elements while catching up to all past events that have led things to their VR-exclusive Half-Life prequel game HL: A.

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

Mainline games of HL series features theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman as protagonist who tries to save humanity from an alien invasion that originated from an inter-dimensional rift created after an experiment gone wrong.

Entire series received critical-acclaim from critics and players alike for its narrative style and puzzle solving. One of his closest allies named Alyx Vance will be appearing as lead character in next virtual reality game of the franchise.

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx Revealed

After sitting down for more than a decade, Valve has finally returned to game development business. Although fans are not getting long-anticipated Half-Life 3 just yet, a VR game set within same universe has everyone hyped regardless.

Entire first-person shooter games of Half-Life are currently available for Linux, Mac and PC platform. Half-Life: Alyx would run compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index headsets.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Fortnite Getting New Creative Mode Liferun

Epic Games to add new Creative mode game Liferun for Fortnite, which will debut shortly at PAX South.

Aside from its lesser known survival-shooter game mode Save the World and free-to-play battle royale, Fortnite added a Creative mode in late 2018 that allows players freedom to freely build arena and even new games modes.

Reportedly, developer/publisher Epic Games will include a new Creative mode titled "Liferun" for Fortnite where people will get busy saving lives instead of getting kills and it will be first showcased shortly at PAX South 2020.

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Fortnite Getting New Creative Mode Liferun

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Players will be taking on roles of heroic Red Cross workers and race to save lives in golf carts through maps in four different missions. In a recent partnership with International Red Cross, this mode is developed by Team Evolve.

Liferun gets officially revealed between January 17 and January 19 at PAX South, San Antonio, Texas. Renowned streamers DrLupo, Lachlan and ONE_shot_GURL will be right there to play the game directly from convention.

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On Twitter, user ShiinaBR has shared some images from upcoming brand-new custom game mode "Liferun".

RELATED: Fortnite Chapter 2 Update Live Now

Epic Games have yet to announce whether or not Creative mode Liferun will be a limited time collaboration/crossover event or here to stay as a permanent addition to Fortnite but we can expect it to last for a few weeks at least.

While some players are whining about Season 1 of Fortnite Chapter 2 being too long since it will run until February 2020 and no content update coming before next season, a new Creative mode is actually a breath of fresh air for many.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Fortnite is Highest-Earning Video Game of 2019

Even after seeing a 25% less profit than last year, Fortnite of Epic Games remained a top-earning game of 2019.

For past few years, developer/publisher Epic Games has been dominating video game sphere with their free-to-play online battle royale game Fortnite as well as its own genre by competing with titles like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Fortnite Battle Royale still remains the highest-grossing games of 2019 when it comes to overall revenue, even though it has seen a drastic 25% downward trend in profits compared to previous year, according to a recent report from SuperData.

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Fortnite is Highest-Earning Video Game of 2019

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In a recent review of digital gaming space, Neilsen Company SuperData revealed that Fortnite took top spot in profit charts for second year in a row by generating $1.8 billion revenue despite seeing a 25% decrease from $2.4 billion of 2018.

Due to their approach to overly popular battle royale genre with a free-to-play business model, Fortnite has appealed to many people. Epic Games also hosted high-profile eSports events to heavily promote their pride jewel to a mass audience.

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Moreover, collaborations with major franchises like Avengers, Batman, John Wick and Star Wars has drawn more players to the game. Lately, Fortnite premiered brand-new footage The Rise of Skywalker ahead of its theatre release.

During these limited time crossovers events, bundle of themed cosmetic items and Battle Passes are sold through in-game digital storefront known as Item Shop that players can pick up spending real-world money, thus generating revenue.

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Other free-to-play games generating a billion dollar revenue are Dungeon Fighter Online, Honour of Kings, League of Legends, Candy Crush Saga, Pokémon Go, Crossfire, Fate/Grand Order, Game for Peace and Last Shelter: Survival.

Although AAA-title release number is reduced, heading over to mobile platform has been a successful move for major publishers. Both Call of Duty: Mobile and Mario Kart Tour were able to offer experience of their console counterparts.

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Fortnite Crossover Events

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Two highest-grossing games of 2019 were FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, earning $786 million $645 million respectively. In comparison, free-to-play titles have earned so much more than these annual blockbuster series.

Most of those titles made it to the top due to their accessibility to players on PC, consoles or handhelds. In spite of taking a 5% dip in 2019 for year-over-year contrast, premium game revenue has totaled to a whopping $18.9 billion.

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Epic Games has done a great job in keeping Fortnite Battle Royale still relevant to have players engaged and invested. Many of their seasonal events and regular content updates are what drawing its player community across all platforms.

Last year, entire world of Fortnite was sucked into a black hole for few days nearing end of Season 10 and everything returned shortly afterwards introducing Chapter 2 of the game, signaling to continue a triumphant run in 2020 as well.