News Rush: Lunar New Year, Double Dates, and Weekend Betas

Hey everyone! This is your favorite retrospective loud owl, Screaming Rowlet, bringing you this week’s news roundup from the world of gaming! Think you missed something important in the last few days or just want a refresher? This is where you’ll get it. There’s a lot to cover this week, so let’s get right into it.

Rapid Fire News

For fans of Destiny 2, Bungie has announced that Crimson Doubles, their Valentine’s special event, will be returning from Destiny 1 this month. The event is scheduled to begin on February 13th and will run until the 20th. To quote their Development Update Blog:

  • Completing Nightfall, Raid, and Crimson Days milestones during Crimson Days will reward you an exclusive Legendary Emote, Weapon Skin, and Exotic Sparrow, respectively.
  • Players will earn double engrams at level-up: one Crimson Engram and one Illuminated Engram for the duration of the event.
  • Crimson Engrams can also drop from completing Crimson Days matches and from completing the Crimson Days milestone on each character.
  • Each Crimson Engram is very strongly weighted to new rewards when decrypted until all new event items have been obtained.


In other in-game event news, Overwatch’s Year of the Dog event has begun! The event brings back the skins from last year along with the usual batch of new skins and other cosmetics. However, this isn’t the same event we all played through last year. First of all, the event has been extended from three weeks to four weeks long to allow for more players to experience it for a longer amount of time. Next, there will be a new map debuted set in Thailand. Called Ayutthaya, it’s built specifically for Capture The Flag, the mode which debuted during last year’s Lunar New Year event.

Speaking of Capture the Flag, expect plenty of rule changes for that mode. First, draws have been removed and will be replaced with a sudden death mechanic. If both teams are tied at the end of the round, then the flags will be moved closer together and play will resume as normal with the next capture winning the game. Another major change is how the flag is picked up and carried. The capture timer has been removed and you’ll pick up the flag instantly upon touching it. Additionally, using certain abilities that grant invulnerability or greater mobility will cause you to drop the flag, such as Winston’s Jump Pack. The biggest addition is the brand new, four week long, competitive CTF season being introduced with this event. Just like with Lucio Ball in the second annual Summer Games event, the usual rules apply. Placing gets you guaranteed points towards a golden gun, Top 500 gets special icons and sprays, the same old song and dance.

PlayStation has announced their latest System Update (5.50) will contain many new features including custom wallpapers via USB drive, play time management, quick menu enhancements, and much more. The 5.50 System Update has officially entered the beta stages, and does not currently have a scheduled release window. For more information on upcoming features, you can check here. Also keep an eye out on our site as we will have a full review of the update when it leaves beta and goes live for everyone.


In Pokemon news, the latest Global Mission has gone live for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon players. This mission tasks players with harvesting 30 million Poke Beans in Poke Pelago. As of writing the event has already hit 9 million beans collected, so expect this mission to hit its goal within a couple days. The reward for all participating players is Festival Coins as usual, with 2000 coins going to players who aren’t connected to Global Link and 4000 coins for those who are. The event runs until February 19th, so get to harvesting trainers!

Betas and Free Shit

Just a reminder, the latest batch of PlayStation Plus games have gone live for subscribers, with this month’s free offering being Knack and RiME. These games are available until March 6th, so be sure to grab them before they’re gone!

Also, because I think some people actually still care about this company and this particular game, the Metal Gear Survive beta will return one more time from February 16th to February 18th. So I mean…it’s free? Nothing to lose except your dignity.

Finally, Rainbow Six Siege will be having a free weekend from February 15th to February 20th. If you have been on the fence about whether the game has been worth it or not, this is your chance to try it out and see what all the buzz is about. All in game progress will carry over if you purchase the full version after playing the free weekend.

The Week in Patch Notes

Epic Games has released version 2.4.2 for their massive hit Fortnite and the theme is Valentine’s Day for Battle Royale. This patch brings brand new Valentine’s Day themed skins to the game along with a new crossbow weapon with unlimited arrows, ’cause even Cupid wants to have a couple of Victory Royales on his record. The crossbow is found in floor loot and treasure chests, and comes in rare and epic variants. Other changes in this patch include Shooting Test #1 being changed to solo only due to no progression being saved for stats and challenges. In more weapon changes, shotgun headshot damage has been increased from 150% to 200%. Another weapon seeing a buff is the Scoped Assault Rifle. The zoomed in accuracy is now 100% when zoomed in, and fall off damage has been removed. Finally, the patch also fixes some bugs. Full patch notes can be found here.

In something I missed covering last week, Overwatch has dropped their much anticipated (and controversial, as always) Mercy nerf patch. In what is the best hero edit or the worst hero edit (depending on who you talk to), Mercy’s Valkyrie has been effectively nerfed into the ground. The Resurrect ability is no longer instant, even in Valkyrie, and you’ll no longer receive an extra use when you ult. Mercy’s Guardian Angel ability has taken a hit with a 50% speed nerf. Finally, the duration of Valkyrie has been reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds. I’m not qualified to talk about Mercy as I’m a D.Va main, so talk to your local Mercy mains today to truly learn about this nerf. Also in this patch, Junkrat’s concussion mine got a nerf and will now deal less damage to targets further away from the explosion’s center.

Finally, Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon has received a new patch. Version 1.2 fixes a number of things, most importantly many move bugs. The Ion Deluge bug, where it would no longer function, is now fixed. The rampant Live Competition bug is also finally fixed. For those who didn’t know about that bug, Curse, Forest’s Curse, Power Trick and String Shot would actually cause matches to freeze during Live Competitions, and were effectively banned for awhile until this patch could be pushed out. The patch also features various bug fixes to improve gameplay experiences. Version 1.2 requires 536 blocks to install, and is required for all online functionality to work.

Upcoming Releases

The PS4 will see a few hotly anticipated games release this week. On February 13th, South Park: The Stick of Truth will finally release as a standalone title on PS4 after being restricted to a purchase bonus for The Fractured But Whole, which released last year. Also releasing is the new game from eccentric development studio Devolver Studios, Crossing Souls. Owlboy will also see a worldwide console release after being a PC exclusive since its original release in 2016. Lastly, the latest entry in the hack and slash action series, Dynasty Warriors 9, will release on the 9th in Asia and the 13th in Europe and North America.

Coming on February 15th is the surprise 3D remake no one saw coming, Secret of Mana. Announced back in August, the game will see a complete visual overhaul among other things. And finally, the first game in the EA Originals series, Fe, will be released on February 16th worldwide. The indie game was announced back at E3 2016 as part of a new initiative by controversial and much maligned publisher EA as to give a bigger spotlight to independent developers with better financing and marketing which they might not have been able to achieve on their own. The game comes from developer Zoink and has been hotly anticipated since its announcement.

That’s it for the news this week. Let us know in the comments below what you’re playing, what you’re looking forward to, and maybe something I might’ve missed in this go around. Until next week, see you guys later!

-Screaming Rowlet

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