Hey everyone, it’s your favorite retrospective owl Screaming Rowlet and the reigning sparkle queen ShiinaBat, 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
In a slightly aggravating gaffe that pissed off everyone except Hanzo mains, the dreaded Scatter Arrow was accidentally given a big buff. The cooldown was reduced to eight seconds, down from ten seconds. This infuriated most everyone and Blizzard has since reversed the mistake. A rework for Hanzo, and changes for other heroes, has also dropped on the latest Overwatch PTR where the much maligned ability was dropped from his kit. More on that in the Patch Notes section below!
Fortnite’s dreaded Guided Missiles have returned to the vault from whence they came. On Reddit, Epic Games posted their reasoning for the sudden retirement: “We’ve gotten a lot of feedback around the Guided Missile, in particular concerns over fairness and strength of the weapon. We share your concerns, so we’ve put the Guided Missile into the vault while we figure out the next steps for its future.” The community has been really divided on the topic with some claiming that the weapon was OP from the get-go, while others claim it’s just incredibly overblown and there are plenty of counters. However, the former has won and the missiles now lie dormant until further notice. The only thing they’re guiding now is the world’s tiniest violin in their swan song.
In a surprise twist, This Week at Bungie dropped on Wednesday instead of Thursday and featured a trio of videos showing off some of the upcoming changes to exotic weapons. First up, the Graviton Lance will shoot one less bullet, has lower recoil, and won’t fling corpses into the sunset. (Also, the explosion is bigger!) Next up, the Skyburner’s Oath now hip-fires more quickly, but the projectiles are slower, track targets, and explode on impact. “Hip-fire Mode” also deals slightly more body damage in exchange for slightly less precision damage. Finally, the Rat King is now full auto, doesn’t require your friends to be actively holding it (just have it equipped), has a bit more impact with only 1-2 fireteam members, and the invisibility has been bumped up to 7 seconds.
In other Destiny 2 news, Bungie is hosting a Community Summit with popular content creators to discuss the future of the game and what we want to see from it. This shows they’re listening to everyone, and hopefully a lot of positive changes can come from this.
The Division has announced their next Global Event: Blackout! Starting today look forward to three new modifiers: Blackout (Global), Extreme Blackout, and Total Blackout (Group). Build your charge, fry enemies with increased damage, and/or accidentally shock yourself until April 30th! Check out the State of the Game stream or this Reddit thread for more information. Happy zapping!
Fans of Pokemon GO have been heavily spoiled by the recent Community Day events lately, with each one bringing a plethora of shiny Pokemon alongside increased spawns and other goodies for specific monsters. January was Pikachu, February was Dratini, March was Bulbasaur, April was Mareep, and now in May we get everyone’s favorite fire-breathing lizard, Charmander! Based on previous trends, we can easily assume we’ll finally get shiny Charmander along with an exclusive move if you evolve it into Charizard during the three hour event window. Look forward to the next Community Day on May 19th!
Kingdom Hearts 3 has a new trailer! The Classic Kingdom trailer has revealed an assortment of collectable mini-games which co-director Tai Yasue has stated were “inspired by Disney Cartoons and 1980s LCD games”. These greatly resemble Nintendo’s classic Game & Watch series which is especially evident when you see the games in action. Check it out below! Kingdom Hearts 3 is due to release later this year, with the exact date being revealed at E3 in June.
Warframe has released details for their next major update, the Beasts of the Sanctuary. Alongside new missions and challenges to tackle, the game will receive a new game mode (Sanctuary Onslaught) and the 35th Warframe, Khora. There’s a lot to cover in her abilities and the new game mode, so for full details and some video previews from the developers themselves, check out the official PlayStation Blog. Warframe has rapidly grown in popularity and some are hailing it as the best alternative to Destiny on the market. Best of all? It’s free and PlayStation Plus isn’t required to play online with friends!
NipponIchi Software has announced that the original Disgaea is being re-released this fall on PS4! Disgaea 1 Complete will feature modern HD graphics and comes with everything you loved in the original including over the top level caps (for characters AND items!);
forcefully combining everyone that disagrees with you into the one guy that does agree with you the Dark Assembly; Prinnies; and, if you order the Rosen Queen’s Finest Special Edition, more flat chest jokes (dat noppai mousepad)! Check out the full announcement on the official PlayStation Blog.
In quickie Ubisoft news, do you need help learning how to catch a legendary fish in Far Cry 5? Maybe you need some pointers on how to get better at Siege so your team doesn’t hate you? Or maybe you just need a friend that’ll call you on your bullshit. Enter Sam, the Ubisoft chat bot inside their Ubisoft Club mobile app. Ask him anything you need to know about your favorite Ubisoft titles for the best tips and hints. Just be careful what you ask. Sam is known to roast a dumb question every now and then, as seen in this Reddit thread.
Betas, Free Shit, and Events
A weekly reminder, be sure to grab this month’s free Playstation Plus games Mad Max and Trackmania Turbo now. They’re available until May 1st, and then they’re gone!
Fortnite 50v50 has returned! Each team has their own Battle Bus, approaching from opposite directions on opposite sides of the map. The storm circle is visible from the start, loot and supply drops are more plentiful, and downed players will lose health more rapidly. Watch out for each other out there! Finally, Light Machine Guns have been added. For all the nitty gritty details, check out the patch notes here.
The final Iron Banner of Season 2 ends tomorrow! The game is 6v6 Control and it’s almost like how you remember it from the good old days. Don’t miss your last chance at Season 2’s exclusive rewards! This Week at Bungie has all the details on the Banana update and more.
Are you an Elder Scrolls Online player who is curious if ESO Plus is worth the monthly price of admission? Starting tomorrow until April 30th, get a taste of all the benefits without opening your wallet! Already have ESO Plus? Then enjoy up to six free Crown Crates, one per day, for each unique login during the event. More details can be found on the official website.
The Week in Patch Notes
Fortnite has released the v3.5 content update which includes 50v50 v2 (Battle Royale), Light Machine Guns, and Into the Storm: Encore (Save the World). There’s also an apology gift for the recent rash of downtime: 20 Battle Pass Stars for Battle Royale players and 1600 Seasonal Gold for Save the World players. More details are available in the patch notes on the official website.
Monster Hunter: World has released the 3.0 update, bringing with it the newest monster: Kulve Taroth, described as “an elder dragon that protects itself with a glittering coat of metal. Its ecology and coat differ with each sighting…”. Also available is a new locale, the Caverns of El Dorado, which are rumored to be the nesting grounds of the glittering beast. If you can best Kulve, then you’ll be able to treat yourself and your palico to a new armor set and possibly a Relic weapon or two. More information is available here.
Overwatch released a small patch which fixes a few small bugs, including the Hanzo Scatter Arrow cooldown reduction bug. There is also a change to Retribution, which will now allow the evacuation drop ship to leave behind incapacitated players in order to complete the missions. Now if could force players to get on the damn ship instead of racking up kills, that would be great. For a full list of bug fixes in this patch, check out the notes here.
The new Overwatch PTR has gone live, and with it the much awaited Hanzo changes (along with a shocking nerf for Tracer for the first time in her history!). First, the projectile speed for his arrows have been increased from 85 to 100. Next, the Sonic Arrow has had a cooldown reduction from 20 seconds to 12 seconds, along with a duration decrease from 10 seconds to 6 seconds, and a radius reduction from 10 meters to 7 meters. In terms of new abilities, Hanzo now can lunge horizontally by pressing Jump while in the air. And finally, Scatter Arrow are GONE! Replacing it will be the Storm Arrow ability, which has a 8 second cooldown and allows Hanzo to rapidly fire up to 6 arrows that deal reduced damage, but are always fired a full power. These changes give him not only increased mobility, but also allows him to keep his high damage output without the frustration and bullshit of Scatter Arrow.
As for other heroes, Genji has received a hitbox size reduction to his deflect. Junkrat has had his projectile size reduced from 0.3 to 0.2 and his Rip Tire movement speed reduced from 13 to 12. Lucio’s Wall Ride is less likely to be interrupted along a single surface now, alongside being able to go around corners without leaving the wall and the ability to land on the same wall after leaping away (provided the leap takes him far enough away from the jump off point). Also, Soundwave doesn’t consume ammo anymore. Finally, in a shocking historic moment, Tracer has received her first nerf! The Pulse Bomb has had the max damage reduced from 400 to 300. This makes it a less powerful tank destroyer, but keeps it lethal against other heroes. There’s a few other changes, but we don’t have space for them all, so check out the PTR notes for more.
Gal*Gun 2 is out on April 24th in North America. Described by some as an “on-rails sexual student shooter” (thanks Destructoid for that quote), this game looks to be chock full of fan service. You decide if it’s worth it.
Subaeria is also out on April 24th, which is “an intense action puzzler with roguelike-elements where players have to use their environment to defeat enemies” according to the developers. You play as Styx, a teenage girl who… appears to be out for revenge for the “cleansing” of her parents, maybe? The story isn’t super clear from the trailer and appears to have taken a drastic departure from the Early Access story. But you be the judge, what do you make of the trailer?
And, because April 24th is apparently THE day to release games, we’ve got the highly anticipated The Swords of Ditto… no relation to the Pokemon. This top-down action RPG features cute, colorful visuals and even has co-op. In my opinion, this cheerful little game looks fun as hell.
That’s all for this week. Got anything we missed? What do you think of the news this week? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, this has been your favorite news rush duo signing off. See you next time!
– Screaming Rowlet & ShiinaBat