The Battle Royale genre has taken the gaming industry by storm. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite were the defining titles of 2017 and both continue to increase in popularity well into 2018. They've been joined by a few new comers like Darwin Project and Radical Heights, and there's surely dozens more Battle Royale games currently in development. But does this new genre have staying power? The enormous eSports infrastructure built up around the small team vs team structure of MOBAs like League of Legends and Dota 2 and tactical FPS titles like Counter Strike Global Offensive and Overwatch is now being modified to serve the upstart Battle Royale genre. H1Z1, a precursor to PUBG, is a bit ahead of the pack when it comes to eSports. The H1Z1 Pro league is kicking off a professional tournament in Las Vegas starting on April 21. 15 teams are set to square off in a custom designed circular stage which looks incredibly impressive, even to a staunch eSports skeptic. While eSports … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Are Battle Royale Games The Future Of Esports?
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Ubisoft's new anti toxicity measures for Rainbox Six Siege kicked in this week and the results have been mixed. The new policy includes a list of forbidden words which when typed, result in an automatic ban. First time offenders cannot play any game mode, including custom matches, for ~27 minutes. Second and third time offenses last 2 hours while additional strikes lock the account until a manual review by the Ubisoft team. A tweet by the Ubisoft team captured their resolve for fighting the toxicity issue: But while the sentiment may be noble, such a harsh and automated process was bound to cause unintended consequences. Several users took to reddit to complain about how the overzealous chat filter has led to some amusing stories. One user was tricked into saying the word fag: I was just playing a ranked match when someone said in the chat, "What's the British term for a cigarette?", I fell for it and typed "They call it a fag". Got hit with that 26 minute ban as well. Waited for my … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: What Are Your Thoughts On Ubisoft’s Anti-Toxicity Push?
When PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) launched in 2017 it catapulted the niche Battle Royale genre into the mainstream. Its success was quickly followed by Fortnite which grew so fast that it transcended the video gaming industry and became a cultural phenomena, not unlike Pokemon in the early 1990s. With so much hype around Fortnite and PUBG, it was easy to assume the 2-year old genre had already peaked. A few smaller titles tried to enter the fray, games like Realm Royale launched with strong numbers but quickly fizzled. So it was a complete surprise to most industry watchers, including us, when EA-owned studio Respawn Entertainment dropped the free to play Battle Royale Apex Legends on February 4, 2019. Within 7 days, the game boasted 2 million concurrent players and 25 million total registered players. While that still falls short PUBG's concurrent peak (3.2m) and Fortnite's (8.5m), it does set a record on how quickly a Battle Royale has grown. If Apex Legends continues its … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Are You Playing Apex Legends?
Support Massively OP on PatreonWere you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! Classic-but-still-updated MMORPGs were on fire this week! World of Warcraft kicked off PAX East with a bang by announcing Battle for Azeroth’s launch date of August 14th, and then Ultima Online released its Endless Journey patch, taking the 20-year-old game free-to-play for the first time ever. Stay tuned early this week as we roll out all our PAX coverage! In the meantime, read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions. THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth expansion launches August 14 - Who had August in the poll? Anybody have August 14th specifically? Because that, my friends, is precisely when World of Warcraft's Battle for Azeroth expansion is launching. So sayeth Blizzard's official… Ultima Online’s F2P … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: WoW picks its Battle for Azeroth launch date, Ultima Online goes free-to-play (April 8, 2018)
Support Massively OP on PatreonWere you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! After wrapping up PAX East – and chronicling our experiences with Pantheon, Ship of Heroes, ESO Summerset, and Ashes of Creation – we dived straight into EVE Online’s annual Fanfest, where this year CCP Games announced the Into the Abyss expansion as well as progress on Project Nova. Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions. THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES EVE Fanfest 2018: EVE Online’s upcoming ‘Into the Abyss’ expansion sounds incredible - [AL:EVE]While player capsuleers are undoubtedly the most powerful force in EVE Online, there are some pretty scary NPCs lurking in the depths of space. One of those threats has just… EVE Fanfest 2018: EVE Online FPS Project Nova is coming ‘in … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: When you gaze too long into EVE’s Abyss, the Abyss also… actually it just PKs you (April 15, 2018)