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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Event

The community event for Mortal Kombat 11 revealed new gameplay features, fatalities and the first female boss of MK series.

Before Mortal Kombat 11 was eventually announced at The Game Awards 2018, the latest installment from Mortal Kombat fighting game series was teased by game director Ed Boon and then hinted by an angry voice actor Eduardo Garza last year.

The inevitable announcement of the newest title promised to provide more details on the game during a community event on January 17, 2019 and the entire jam-packed show gave us a lot of information to get hyped up about the game until it releases.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Event

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Presented through a livestream on Mixer, Twitch and YouTube, the public reveal event for MK11 offers gameplay and story details.




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Showcasing from gameplay videos, story trailer and new character introductions, developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment gave us loads of information on the next MK game during the reveal event at Los Angeles.

Fans already have the first look at the revamped design of Dark Raiden, Scorpion and pre-order bonus character Shao Kahn. However, the Mortal Kombat roster is obviously more than just three bad-ass fighters and more are yet to show up for sure.

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Although the announcement was filled with plenty of gore, the official gameplay reveal trailer expands onto that and shows the improvement below.




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The trailer marks the return of Baraka, Skarlet, Sonya Blade and Sub-Zero back to the newest conflict of MK franchise, each in a newly redefined avatar. Not only their outlook is changed, their moveset has been polished if not better than before.

Skarlet and Baraka has shown some of the most violent finishing moves on their defeated adversaries with the Imperial Bodyguard stabbing her enemy with hardened shards made of blood and War Chief of Tarkatan tribe biting off flesh from the bicep of Scorpion.

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Of course, "Fatalities" are one of the unique aspects of attraction of the gameplay and here goes another trailer highlighting that.




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It is obvious that the trademark fatalities of a fighter from any MK title will be full of bone breaking and flesh ripping aside from the stage getting covered in a pool of blood. Well, guess what? NetherRealm Studios have summed up an entire video full of that above for the upcoming release.

As usual, the developers got creative on making a bloody mess of each fighter at every given chance they had. All these gory showdown of kicking and screaming comes down to the gruesome finishes and to secure a flawless victory.

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If you are done with crushing bones and tearing body-parts, then here is an official footage of story prologue revolves around the plot of MK11.




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As we predicted earlier, Raiden goes full dark side this time and he will have no tolerance towards anyone who threatens Earthrealm. The God of Thunder decides to inflict a darker shade of justice by killing any enemies of the realm before they make any move.

Following the ending of Mortal Kombat X, a defeated Shinnok was taken in by the protector of Earthrealm to the Jinsei Chamber and endlessly torturing the old sorcerer. The fallen antagonist then points out to his captor that wearing his amulet, Raiden has changed for better.

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Elder God, Dark Raiden

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When Shinnok reminds him that he cannot really kill an Elder God, the lightning states that there are fates worse than death before decapitating his head to deliver it to Liu Kang of Netherrealm as a sign of warning and then teleports away.

What he doesn't know is that a new, fearful enemy named Kronica arrives at the scene, who dubs herself as "The Keeper of Time" and wishes to destroy the now corrupt Elder God for upsetting balance and meddling with timeline itself by previously changing it.

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One of the main characters throughout the series and the first female fighter, Sonya Blade gets a solo reveal trailer of her own.




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Even before the reveal event, there was rumor on social media of former UFC champion and current WWE Women's Champion Ronda Rousey to voice for fan-favorite Sonya Blade, which definitely turn out to be true and fans are happy as well.

Rousey was present at the livestream stage presentation and you can also see her in recording studio voicing for the character. Given her career background is being of a renowned martial artist, we can see her fitting well into the shoes of this strong female character.

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We all saw boss character Kronika at the end of the announcement trailer but newcomer Geras has remained a secret up until his official reveal.




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Debuting straight to the eleventh installment from the mainline MK games, Geras is shown as a force of nature. Aside from the newly introduced villain Kronika, he has some control over time, which makes him a pretty intimidating and threatening opponent.

Geras has mostly displayed his ability of manipulating other than his superior fighting skills.
The untold origin of this mysterious character within the lore and how he gets in conflict with the protectors of Earthrealm is yet to be revealed.

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By now, anyone who watched any of these video clips above already knows that recurring boss character Shao Kahn will be joining the fighters in the legendary death match as a pre-order bonus character but whether or not he has any involvement to the story is still unclear.

Pre-order for Mortal Kombat 11 is now available and the game will be released for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 23, 2019. We are hyped up with all of these exciting reveals and cannot wait to see Dark Raiden in action upon launch.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Division 2 Private Beta Release Date

Ubisoft announces private beta for The Division 2 to start next month and pre-order will guarantee you a slot.

We are only months away from the release of upcoming online action role-playing game The Division 2, a sequel to The Division from developer Massive Entertainment and publisher Ubisoft on March 15, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For those who want in to the private beta, it will become available from Thursday, February 7 to 10 and only a limited number of registered players who pre-orders the game will get beta keys to have the chance of receiving access to the program.

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The Division 2 Private Beta Release Date

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Since the first game of the series faced trouble during the launch and then glitches afterwards, the company is very cautious this time on how they would proceed. Whether or not you want to purchase in advance, registering online for a chance won't hurt.

The beta aims to introduce players to a shared-world for early gameplay experience and receive community feedback at the same time. Developers have also promised to deliver end-game raids as post-release downloadable content for free.

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Ubisoft has also released a story trailer for the game that sheds some more detail over the plot aside from some more info on the beta.




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The trailer suggests that beta will let players explore parts of Washington, D.C. as Division agents where the story takes place and fights a widespread smallpox pandemic spread by a radical group of terrorists from earliest story content.

Chances are, you may even allow access to selected section of the Dark Zone to fight each other but there is no confirmation about it though. However, the publishers promise to reveal more details on what to expect in it shortly before launching officially.

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Earlier, Ubisoft announced a partnership with Epic Games Store for releasing the PC version of the game on the platform instead of Steam. Players on PS4 and Xbox One can still find the game on PS Store and Microsoft Store upon release next month.

Based on the Tom Clancy universe of games, The Division 2 is an overall improvement on the 2016 original or tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege. To get the taste of a decent chunk of that, pre-order or sign up on any of the three available platforms for private beta.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Expansion Announced

Dragons are heading to Elder Scrolls Online in Elsweyr expansion as the Season of the Dragon is announced for 2019.

For the last five years, developer ZeniMax Online Studios and publisher Bethesda Softworks has been keeping their massively multiplayer online role-playing title Elder Scrolls Online bigger and more exciting with dangerous new challenges.

The next saga in Tamriel will continue to grow in similar fashion on the upcoming year-long Season of the Dragon story chapter, introducing the mythical fire-breathing creatures alongside the feline race of Khajiit and deadly mercenaries.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Expansion Announced

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To herald the official announcement of Elsweyr expansion for ESO, Bethesda released a cinematic trailer recently.




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Elsweyr takes you to an epic quest that is the third major arc of ESO after it came out in 2014 and it will kick off with Wrathstone DLC dungeon pack before continuing throughout the rest of 2019 with newer dungeon and zone DLC packs.

The adventure will be unlike anything any fans have ever experienced and without tying with other stories into it, the entire chapter will run through in a continuous series of narratives from beginning to the very end.

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Season of The Dragon Begins!

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The update takes players to Elsweyr, the fantasy land of beloved cat people Khajiit for laying out foundation of a four-part story and according to details, it will be nearly as expanded as Summerset zone and there will be at least 30 hours of gameplay.

While checking out the incredible surroundings, you can take part in new challenging group events called Dragon Attacks or get into a 12-player Sunspire trial mode. The scorching deserts and grasslands will be reflecting the ancient culture and history of this realm.

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Master The Necromancer Class

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A powerful new class Necromancer is also added for you to master, who are well versed in forbidden arts can raise and command the undead and cast powerful elemental spells. One of the three skills they posses allow them to extend life from death itself.

Priced $59.99 only, pre-purchasing the expansion will immediately reward you with exclusive Rahd-m’Athra mount as well as a bunch of bonus in-game content at release. Buying the Standard or Collector's Edition digitally gives you access to base game, Morrowind and Summerset chapter.

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Pre-order Bonus Rahd-m’Athra Mount

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Since Season 8 of the fan-favorite fantasy drama TV series Game of Thrones is returning on 2019, Bethesda is probably trying to mach up the hype among ESO players by bringing in "Season of the Dragon" storyline to make people forget the Fallout 76 debacle. Just sayin'.

On June 4, 2019, Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr will be launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.  Starting May 20, early access will begin for Mac and PC, because everyone and their allies that would head over to Tamriel will not be from consoles.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Battlefield V: Tides of War Chapter 2: Lighting Strikes Release Date

Tides of War Chapter 2 will hit Battlefield V with new Grand Operation, Squad Conquest, Rush mode and more.

Fans of Battlefield series had quite high hopes for the newly released installment of the first-person shooter, Battlefield V from developer EA DICE and publisher Electronic Arts but the title is not doing well at all and people are clearly disappointed.

However, EA continues to roll out new contents to keep the players engaged and upcoming Tides of War Chapter 2: Lighting Strikes will be available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from January 17 as a part of their continued effort.

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Battlefield V: Tides of War: Lighting Strikes Release Date

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Before heading over to the details, check out the brand-new trailer showcasing the highlighting points of Chapter 2: Lighting Strikes.




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If you have already played the Panzerstorm map or the single-player "The Last Tiger" war story from Chapter 1: Overture, you are going to love what Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes offers. People will get new combat experiences and more rewards than before.

The frontline of World War II was full of intense combat and if you are a fan of that, the classic Conquest mode is coming as more aggressive and fast-paced. Squad Conquest has now become 8v8 map domination mode but with limited respawns.

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Squad Conquest Mode

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Want to keep up the same pace? The re-vamped Rush mode pits two team for a 16v16 race to stay ahead of each other, where attackers will try and arm multiple bombs while the defenders try to stop them from achieving this goal with unlimited respawns.

Both Squad Conquest and Rush mode returns only for a limited time, so you shouldn't probably want to miss them out. New multiplayer experience of Grand Operations offers to relive some historical battles that took place in Belgium on several maps and modes.

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Combined Arms Co-Op Mode

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Fans of squad play can get a co-op mode that tests their skill in Combined Arms, which lets players to team-up with up to three friends to run through more than a few locations looking for different objectives and challenges as they go.

You are allowed to adjust your own difficulty levels as you go after objectives and learning variables of each Class, so that you can figure out which role would suit you best for the squad. Whether you want to learn basic fundamentals or push yourself, it would work just fine.

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New Company Gear

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Aside from lots of new game experiences and improvements, BV brings you weekly challenges and XP rewards to increase your rank within Chapter 2. Also, don't forget the inclusion of new Emblems, Dog Tags, skins and weapons that comes along for you to unlock.

The best part of this ongoing experience with Tides of War is that there are no paid DLC or whatsoever. Every Battlefield V player can access this content for free and they are available for all editions of the game just as DICE promised before launch.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bungie Acquires Destiny from Activision

Bungie will self-publish future Destiny games as they acquire rights to the property from publisher Activision.

For years, developer Bungie and publisher Activision has been working together and we have got one of the most successful multiplayer first-person shooter franchise Destiny as a result of their partnership, which has come to an end recently.

What comes to everyone as shocking news on the beginning of 2019 is that, these two companies are splitting up after working together for eight-years and the publishing rights to the series is moving over to the developers from now on.

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Bungie Acquires Destiny from Activision

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The former publisher will soon hand over the IP to their creator studio, as they decide to self-publish future games. Both parties are working closely together to make sure a seamless transition for the community of players throughout the world.

Today, an announcement from Activision's official Twitter account has confirmed about the split and transition.



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On an official Blog Post, Bungie recalls their initial days of forming a partnership with the publisher and how they took a huge leap together towards the success of creating an established franchise that Destiny is today with a community of millions of Guardians.

Although members of these two giants are exchanging friendly words between them on social media, fans are well aware how there was a lot of tension between them even before the release of the first game and maybe something good will happen now.

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In 2007, the developers also separated from Microsoft Studios to become an independent company after working on Halo: Combat Evolved. On June 2018, they partnered up with Chinese internet giant NetEase following a $100 million investment by the latter to explore new directions.

While players will be receiving support for Destiny 2 and Destiny 2: Forsaken expansion pack, it is still unclear whether or not Bungie will start developing Destiny 3 anytime soon or in the foreseeable future, which has also been rumored to be in works.

Catherine Classic on PC Out Now

Sega introduces the PC port for action-adventure puzzle title of 2011 as Catherine Classic, available now on Steam.

It was only a week ago when publisher Sega decided to tease players of the upcoming release of Catherine on PC platform through the News tab of the Steam page for Bayonetta, which was then confirmed shortly after by an ESRB Rating.

Today, the critically and commercially successful 2011 puzzle platformer from Japanese developer Atlus has made its way to the digital storefront of Steam and Humble Store, debuting on Windows PC as Catherine Classic, a port to the original console release.

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Catherine Classic on PC Out Now

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Sega was also generous enough to drop an official announcement trailer for series fans from the past and the normies to sink their teeth in.




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The recently launched port has received a several upgrades over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console versions. Players can unlock the frame rate while enjoying the nightmare quests in 4K resolution with now customizable controls for a better experience.

Also, the game offers you to choose between English and Japanese-language voiceover, something that was not a part of Western release in the past. Catherine Classic is priced $19.99 only and comes with all three original game modes.

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Although you get to play the story campaign and enjoy the two existing multiplayer modes, Atlus decided not to include an online multiplayer feature, which they plan on to include on the remastered version of the game, Catherine: Full Body with a third character named Rin.

Full Body will come out later at some point on 2019 and the Western version of the game will only be launched on PlayStation 4. Catherine takes you to a twisted journey of love, betrayal and the terror of a romantic thriller of protagonist Vincent between three women in his life.

Red Dead Online Battle Royale Mode Gun Rush Live Now

Red Dead Online gets a more action-focused Battle Royale mode Gun Rush today, which is a 32-player fight for survival.

Battle Royale genre of games is not seeing the same traction it once saw with games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Later, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 managed to show some potential for a while though with the release of their Blackout mode.

Western action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2 however took the most unique take on the category with their online multiplayer component Red Dead Online where players duke it out among them using bow and arrows or a bunch of throwing knives.

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Red Dead Online Battle Royale Mode Gun Rush Live Now

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Although the known online multiplayer mode of RDR2 is still in beta phase after launching on November 2018, developer/publisher Rockstar Games released a brand-new update to make battle royale more interesting and take it to a bigger scale.

Titled Gun Rush, the newly introduced mode pits a maximum of 32 players into the same Wild West where the story of Arthur Morgan took place, to fight till the last person standing in an ever-shrinking area as they look for weapons and ammunition.

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The previously existed game mode "Make It Count" was an interesting take on the genre but on a much smaller scale that didn't rely much on weapons for survival but the updated game mode takes things to a more action-packed, intensified extent.

Rockstar also plans to bring in changes like bounty upgrades for committing crimes and Parley system to deal with feuds in structured manner. These balances will be implemented mostly to deal with aggressive players and grievance.

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Avoid Aggressive Players

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Of course RDR2 version of battle royale is not heading towards the weird building mechanics in the middle of a fight like Fortnite Battle Royale or forcing players to face poor optimization and performance issues like PUBG. They are keeping it to a manageable number of 32 players to have everything under control.

Another change they are planning to make for Red Dead Online is altering the way player blips in the map to make it more difficult to detect player locations within long distances unless they start killing indiscriminately and then the blip gets darken so that others can identify them.

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Rockstar Games are planning to stay in beta phase for another few months and offer new events, modes and story missions in the mean time. Red Dead Redemption 2 is out and available for everyone on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Exclusive items like Alligator Skin Ranch Cutter Saddle, Red Chestnut Arabian Horse and the High Roller Double-Action Revolver came as PS4 Early Access content earlier. Starting from today, players on Xbox One can access those items as well.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Division 2 Will Be on Epic Games Store, Not on Steam

Ubisoft will be releasing the PC version of The Division 2 through Epic Games Store while skipping Steam.

Action role-playing game The Division from developer Massive Entertainment and publisher Ubisoft is returning with an upcoming sequel; The Division 2 that is releasing on March 15, 2019 for major platforms like PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Usually, Valve's digital distribution store Steam offers people to play and purchase PC version of different video games on their platform even if the publisher have an online storefront of their own but Ubisoft is planning to skip them this time for Epic Games Store.

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The Division 2 Will Be on Epic Games Store, Not on Steam

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In a way, the game is now semi-exclusive to Epic Games to buy copies for PC version aside from the outlet of the original publisher. This recent partnership between these two companies also heralds the possibilities of multiple other titles heading to the same store.

Steam previously had a featured product page for the title listed on their site, which now simply redirects visitors to the home page since Ubisoft has no current plans with it. Any pre-order made earlier or elsewhere will still be honored though, according to the Official Blog Post.

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Epic has managed to secure exclusively for upcoming anticipated titles like Hades from Supergiant Games and The Walking Dead: The Final Season from Skybound Games within only a month after entering the marketplace by launching their game store.

Of course, the 88% revenue split Epic Games are offering has a lot to do with Ubisoft migrating to them but it have the consumers concerned with a lot of issues like lack of local currency support, bad refund policy and no visible user review. Don't believe us? Check out the Twitter thread for yourself.

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Several big-name company of the industry like Activision has launched Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on Battle.net exclusively and Bethesda Softworks walked the same way with Fallout 76 through their own launcher, probably to have more control over the distribution.

Place your pre-order now for Standard, Gold or Ultimate editions of The Division 2 on Epic Games Store to secure your access to Private Beta that is coming soon. Both of these companies are seemingly more than confident that moving away from Steam won't hurt the sales.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Blizzard Confirms Overwatch Soldier: 76 to Be Gay

Blizzard subtly confirms another Overwatch hero to be a LGBTQ character within the fictional universe but there is more!

Although team-based multiplayer first-person shooter title Overwatch is not a game where players dive in for some story, it is really nice to enjoy when developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment adds a little bit of lore with animated shorts or single issue comics.

This adds back-story to certain characters and helps establish the fictional world the game is set on, which is one of the reasons why those little pieces mean a lot. Blizzard has come up with a short story titled "Bastet" that has to do with the sexuality of a character from Overwatch universe.

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Blizzard Confirms Overwatch Soldier: 76 to Be Gay

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The new visual story "Bastet" (not a comic though) bounty hunter Ana meets Jack Morrison AKA Soldier: 76 on the streets of Cairo and takes him to her hideout as he was wounded. None of them knew if the other is alive until this point following the destruction of their headquarters in Switzerland.

Jack was reminiscing about the old days and handed her a small stack of photos where she noticed a dark-haired man by his side in one of them. Jack identifies the person as Vincent, someone he had a relationship with when he was younger and then the plot continues.

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Jack Were With Vincent

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Previously, Blizzard has revealed the sexuality of their Damage hero Tracer from the known universe, where she is depicted to be a lesbian through a comic-book during Christmas 2016 that was about her spending holiday time with her girlfriend Emily.

However, the matter of LGBTQ representation in case of Soldier: 76 seem a bit out of place and unsatisfying. The confirmation from lead writer of the game Michael Chu about the relationship of Jack and Vincent feels a lot like J.K. Rowling's proclamation about Dumbledore being gay all along.

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If you have been following up about Blizzard Entertainment lately, then you already know that they are having a bad time with the fans right after the Diablo Immortal debacle from BlizzCon 2018 and then many of their original founders are leaving the company now after massive stock plummeting.

Most recently, the hero shooter faced a scandal surrounding a fake Overwatch player named Ellie who leaves the league team Second Wind due to harassment but then turn out to be a "social experiment" set up by streamers.

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Tracer Revealed to Be Lesbian

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So, even though the developers were quick to jump off to tackle this strange situation and confirmed Soldier: 76 to be gay is not because they are so diverse and inclusive about the game's cast but to score some virtue signaling points from minor communities.

Of course, it matters a lot to players from LGBTQ community, many of whom can now relate to the character more than ever and will even feel more driven towards Overwatch but without any previous indication of his sexuality anywhere else only makes their desperation obvious to everyone.