Gameplay Footage Shown for TLOU2

The Sony Computer Company & Naughty Dog have begun providing new details into the Last of Us Two, their upcoming Survival Thriller Game. These details were comprised in a 24-Minute Demo for the State of Play – Digital Event. Supporters behind the 1st entry will notice multiple similarities to the original, with gameplay mechanics being enhanced from the original to better associate itself with 2020.

Familiar gameplay is shown immediately in the demo, with Ellie having to hide behind cover from the infected. Sneaking around the varied & open environments of the Last of Us Two quickly become apparent. The landscapes are considerably larger than in the 1st entry of this franchise, with new gameplay mechanics including Swinging Ropes & traversing flooded locations by accessing local boats. Ellie is also seen swimming throughout the streets of Seattle, which has become flooded over the decades. This is something the character was infamously petrified of accomplishing in the Last of Us One.

The Story

Storyline details regarding the 2nd iteration of this franchise were provided in the gameplay demo. It’s known that Ellie recently turned the age of nineteen & now lives on her own in a protected neighbourhood of Seattle. Cascading walls protect the living from the infected outside, allowing Ellie to obtain a sense of normal & fall in love with her latest girlfriend. It’s then revealed that Joel lives within the confines of this neighbourhood, silently watching over Ellie to ensure her protection. Somehow these two survivors will come together again to solve the complex story regarding Ellie’s life, with her being the exclusive human immune to the virus.

Graphic Improvements

Naughty Dog has enhanced the graphics in the Last of Us Two. Infected look realistic, providing a greater sense of fear when traversing a Hot Zone. New versions of these infected humans are being implemented into TLOU2, including the Shambler. This zombie-like creature will explode into a spore of infected germs that’ll burn & immediately infect everyone, except Ellie. Those wanting to experience this game can pre-order it today for $79.99. It’ll be released on the PS4 for June 19th.

 

2020 Razer Blade Pro 17 Unveiled

Details regarding the highly anticipated 2020 Edition of the Razer Blade Pro 17 has been released. This follows after months of speculation from dedicated consumers behind this brand. Razer Incorporated revealed that this year’s model is dedicated to refining former technologies praised by fans. Those wanting a significant overhaul of the Razer Blade Pro will have to wait until 2021.

Selecting the Razer Blade Pro – 2020 Edition as your next gaming laptop will enable multiple customization options to consumers. Choosing the standard model is still a viable option for meeting gaming requirements until 2025. The baseline edition includes a 4K 120Hz Touchscreen Display, which can be upgraded to a 300Hz 1080p Display. 120Hz will be sufficient to operate all modern games over the next generation cycle. This Touchscreen Display also supports 100% Adobe RBG Space capabilities.

The Internals

The internal specifications are identical to the 2019 Edition of the Razer Blade Pro 17. Upgrades to the internals extend towards the updated versions of the Nvidia Processors. Consumers will obtain the 2020 Versions of the 2020 Intel i7-10875H, which is clocked at 2.3GHz with this gaming rig. The graphics card supported with the Razer Blade Pro 17 is the “Nvidia RTX 2070 Max- Q Edition. Those wanting to enhance their graphic card capabilities can select the Nvidia RTX 20170 Super Max-Q Edition. This upgrade boosts the association price to $3,199.00 instead of $2,599.00 for the standard graphics card. Memory space with the baseline model comprises of 512Gb but can be upgraded to two terabytes.

The Vapor-Chamber Cooling System used by Razer Incorporated is implemented into the Blade Pro 17. This allows for gaming laptops to never overheat under any gaming conditions. However, this cooling system is extensive and drastically adds to the associated weight of this gaming laptop. Portability will be minor but possible. Those wanting to purchase this product will find initial exclusivity in North America by May 31st. The 2020 Razer Blade Pro will be released to the European Union & Asia by Mid-June.

Razer will recommend a series of accessories when purchasing this laptop via their online store. Purchase a dedicated gaming mouse from Razer, gaming headphones, and charging accessories. This way, consumers will get the most out of their 2020 Blade Pro 17.

 

Apple & Google Sued by Ubisoft

Chinese Developers are familiar with the concept of stealing innovative ideas from North American or European studios. Video games like Call of Duty, Halo, Destiny, and Battlefield have commonly been imitated to identical levels. This was proven once again with another multiplayer shooter named Rainbow Six Siege. The Ubisoft Corporation announced that they’d implemented a lawsuit against Apple & Google, which follows after both their respective stores released a game that copies Rainbow Six Siege in nearly every manner. It’s an identical rip-off that won’t find itself in legal troubles. That’s because China doesn’t have to obey international property rights as a communist regime.

The lawsuit filed by Ubisoft against Apple & Google regards a Chinese-designed video game named “Area F2”. It’s designed by Alibaba, a mega-corporation from the Chinese Republic. All elements from Rainbow Sig Siege was ported over into Area F2. This includes Gameplay Components, Map Designs, the User Interface, Operator Selection, and Gun Classes. The primary difference between Area F2 and Rainbow Six Siege is their available platforms. This illegal entity operator through the Apple Store and Google Play, with Ubisoft’s shooter available on conventional consoles. This includes the Personal Computers, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Lawyers contracted with Ubisoft informed reporters that both Apple & Google were informed of the illegal copyright infringements implemented by Alibaba. After waiting several days for a virtual response, the Ubisoft Corporation determined a lawsuit was necessary. It was filed through the Los Angeles Court System, with neither Apple nor Google commenting on these allegations. That typically means their most likely correct.

The Money Maker

Ubisoft earns a significant portion of their quarterly revenue through Rainbow Six Siege. This product has obtained more than $1 Billion in profits since launching in 2015. Their continued fanbase after five years shows formidable commitment towards updating this game. Ubisoft has continuously released new maps & content without any additional costs. The microtransactions available comprise of Arsenal Kits and Custom Operators. Profits for Ubisoft will slowly dwindle unless a sequel is released shortly. New consoles will inevitably be issued, and a 2nd Rainbow Siege will be required. It should be noted that Rainbow Six Quarantine is expected to release in Late 2020 but won’t follow the same format that Siege players are accustomed to.

 

Microsoft Unveils Series X Lineup

The Microsoft Company is working towards an innovative & revolutionary year in its historical operations. Their 1st notable announcement in 2020 pertained to the Surface Series Lineup, which combines a variety of tablets and laptops with premium components for retail sale. Microsoft has begun moving towards releasing information on the Xbox Series X, which in their next console slated for release in Holiday 2020. Getting players excited for what’s to come, Microsoft unveiled a series of titles that’ll be available at launch for the Series X.

Those considering purchasing one of these consoles in 2020 will find it challenging. Manufacturing of the Series X has been limited amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic, forcing limited quantities when releasing to North American and European consumers this holiday season. Individuals lucky enough to obtain a Series X when released will receive an immediate hardware boost. There’ll be 4K 120FPS Support, with Direct Cloud Storage Support. Ray-Tracing is enabled, and faster loading times are prompted with enhanced LRDD4 RAM.

Thirteen new titles were unveiled by Microsoft with their teaser video, with some notable developers including Deep Silver and Ubisoft. These games are being exclusively optimized for the Xbox Series X but will also be available on previous generation cycles. This means consumers can select to purchase these titles for their Xbox One or PlayStation Four. It should be noted that hundreds of other games will be revealed with Microsoft unveils the Xbox Game Studios.

Games & Release Date

Those available games releasing on launch date include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla from Ubisoft, Madden NFL 21 from Electronic Arts, Second Extinction from Systematic Reaction, and DIRT Five from Ubisoft. Additional titles being released on launch date include Scorn, Scarlett Nexus, The Medium, The Ascent, Call of the Sea, Bright Memory Infinite, Vampire: The Masquerade, Chorus and Yakuza Six.

Microsoft hasn’t provided an official release date for the Series X. Multiple analysts anticipate that significant delays are following for Microsoft’s manufacturing facilities, which could postpone the launch in Q1 2021. It’d mark the 1st time in Microsoft’s history that they delayed the start of an updated console because of limiting manufacturing capabilities. However, all corporations are dealing with the after-effects associated with COVID-19.

 

GDC Goes Digital & Fortnite 2020 Cup Cancelled

Enthusiasts behind the video game industry were hoping that the 2020 Summer Edition of the Game Developers Conference would support attendees. This follows after the initial venue was terminated in March, protecting civilians and workforces from the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers with the GDC had hoped that pandemic conditions would lighten before their summer venue, with social distancing measures and travel restrictions now looking to extend their enforcement worldwide. This prompted GDC Organizers to implement a Digital-Exclusive Format for the upcoming venues. PR Representatives clarified that organizers are working 24/7 to create a versatile and exciting environment for anybody wanting to participate in their live streams.

It should be mentioned that the Game Developers Conference has never been held during the summer. This marks the 1st time ever after the Mid-March venue was forced to cancel their operations. Multiple other game conferences followed GDC Organizers in America. That includes PAX East in New Jersey and E3 2020 in Los Angeles. PAX East wasn’t able to alternate their schedule or limit revenue losses, with the virus breaking out days before the event was slated to begin.

Fortnite Announces Cancelled Championship

Speaking about cancellations in the video game community, it was recently confirmed that the “Fortnite World Cup” won’t be held this summer. Epic Games announced their social media communities, stressing that cancellations followed after the COVID-19 pandemic remain an ongoing global issue. Fortnite’s World Cup sees millions of gamers from various locations entering a stadium facility to watch the series unfold. It’d prompt an increase in transmission, confirmed infections, and death. PR Representatives noted that the series would return in 2021 with updated enhancements and services to players/attendees.

It was also confirmed that the 2020 Call of Duty League Championships is cancelled. It’s expected that all In-Person Competitions with eSports will be postponed or cancelled until January 2021. We’ll provide our readers with any updates regarding a revised or rescheduled tournament from Epic Games with Fortnite, as loyalists are deserving of their world cup. Those interested in playing this game can install it on mobile handsets and video game consoles today.

 

Destiny 2 Production Director Provides Update

Bungie, the company behind Destiny 2, is finally revealing its plans for the long awaited update to its most popular game. This comes on the heels of an increase in players being unsatisfied and the company inviting feedback via a recent blog post it made titled ‘This Week At Bungie’  on what they think it should include in the future

Commenting on the list of concerns, the director of production, Justin Truman said; “There’s been a growing list of concerns with the game lately: Trials, the rise in cheaters, our new Seasonal model, the balance between rewards you earn vs. items you buy. We’ve been closely watching and discussing each of these topics as we read your feedback.

Truman added; “When our community managers relay that everyone at Bungie is listening, I assure you, we are … But fixing these issues isn’t good enough if we keep you in the dark the whole time, so we’re going to try something a little different. Every week for the rest of this season, we’ll have updates from different members on the dev team covering the most important topics in Destiny right now, and what we’re planning to do about them.”

Based on this, it is expected that a large number of the changes that will be discussed by Bungie in the weeks ahead may not come into fruition when it next season is released in the fall, which ultimately could be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, whatever is added in terms of fresh content could see the quality of life changes as the company already has stated that season 11 would bring together the disparate elements.

If there is nothing else, at least with the latest happenings, there is hope that the next season will be superior to that of the Season of Worthy and the Season of the Dawn. More so, with the company finally breaking its silence, there is hope that whatever is next to come will improve on the failures of Year 3.

Destiny 2’s Failed Seasons

The latest season of Destiny 2’s, the Season of the Worthy, gave players what most did not want to see, which essentially was more of the Season of Dawn. It did little to change the core gameplay and while it added in Trials of Osiris, the problems that existed in the previous year were still present as were several others, which seems typical in Destiny.

What is clear at this point is that Bungie used it as a template for Year and what also is clear is less played are keen on it. That has not gone unnoticed by Bungie, and that is what is leading players to have hope that the news they get will be good news. That payoff, if it is good news, could be the best seen to date for the series.

 

Nintendo Switch Returns to Costco Briefly

Millions of gamers worldwide have clamoured for their opportunity to obtain a Nintendo Switch. It’s unlike any console available on the market, supporting multiple iterations of usage through hybrid technologies. You can assemble the Nintendo Switch as a handheld console with television support. There’s also a tablet mode featured, where consumers can place the Switch on their tables and play via the controller. The popularity behind this handset has increased recently with the releases of Pokemon Sword and Shield, with this extending towards Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The downfall to wanting a Nintendo Switch is the lack of availability. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic fluctuated daily manufacturing of this console, product availability was limited because of its incredible popularity. Those product inventory limitations have extended tenfold since the epidemic broke out worldwide, with Nintendo cancelling manufacturing of the Switch & Switch Lite across Asia. Manufacturing operations in North and Central America will continue, with shipped consoles dropping by 73% in comparison to reasonable valuations.

The Costco Bundle

Some retail companies are receiving minor influxes of the Nintendo Switch, with the 1st being Costco – America Division. They provided consumers with a specialized bundle for an additional $50.00 on the original $300.00 price tag for the Switch. Those lucky enough to purchase the Switch received a 128gb Micro SD Card, 12 Months of Nintendo Live, a Screen Protector and Carrying Pouch. Obtaining this specialized bundle saved consumed $100.00 in additional funds, with products that are somewhat required when purchasing a Nintendo Switch.

What made this bundle special is the limited availability and access to consumers. Individuals were required to have a Costco Membership, which had to be registered online. Those not already customers with this retail chain would’ve spent an additional $50.00 obtaining a membership. The limited stock sold-out within two hours, marking one of the fastest product sell-offs in Costco history. Those lucky enough to get this bundle won’t receive it until April 24th to 30th. Costco recommended purchasing games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokemon Sword, Super Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong. It should be noted that new titles with the Nintendo Switch cost $60.00.

 

Best Games to Play During COVID-19

Coronavirus, it’s a term that billions worldwide have become familiar with after a global pandemic has unfolded. This pandemic has forced numerous countries to enter lockdown phases and take away the civil liberties of citizens for their protection. Transpiring events prompted millions of jobs to be lost over the last two months, with these individuals now forced to remain indoors. There are few ways to project versatile entertainment into the home atmosphere, with one of them being Video Games. It’s prompted the question for millions as to which game is best throughout 2020. Below we’ve comprised three games that will give players universal experiences in a variety of ways.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – 2019 Edition.

The 1st recommendation we have to our readers pertains to “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – 2019 Edition”. This title is the reboot of the original Modern Warfare franchise, combining a series of updated and newly created maps for consumers to enjoy. New modes have been implemented into Modern Warfare – 2019, with those including a fully-fledged Battle Royale mode named Warzone. Since this game launched in November 2019, Modern Warfare has acquired more than 50+ million players globally. That number is expected to increase by 25% throughout the pandemic.

Elder Scrolls Online

Those wanting to explore a versatile world with endless stories and objectives to complete best suited for Elder Scrolls Online. It’s available on the Xbox, PlayStation and PC for $79.99. There are thousands of hours of gameplay available for players that purchase this title. Furthermore, updates with new content are regularly provided by the ESO Developers. Their latest expansion is called Greymoor and takes place in the well-known region of Skyrim, which has been a desired location since this game’s iteration in 2015.

Formula One 2019

Gamers worldwide craving a racing simulator for a reasonable price are best suited to play Formula One 2019. This title provides games access to all drivers in the F1 Grid, with all official Grand Prix’s supported. Available drivers extend to classics like Michael Schumacher and Niki Lauda. Online multiplayer and career modes are also supported through the PC, Xbox or PS4.

 

Naughty Dog Announces Delay for TLOU2

PlayStation Enthusiasts were shocked and disappointed to learn that “The Last of Us: Part II” is being delayed until further notice. This follows after the initial launch date of February 21st, 2020, was moved back to May 29th, 2020. Developers behind this title had already completed production and were finishing the final touches. It’s prompted numerous fans to claim the unnecessary need of delaying this title. Gaming analysts now speculate that TLOU2 could be delayed by six months. Some are stating that it won’t be released until the PlayStation 5 this holiday season. That’d mean waiting an additional nine months for this title to be released.

Representatives with the Sony Company and Naughty Dog provided insight onto their decision. It was expressed that logistical challenges will prevent a consistent and reliable launch experience. Many gaming companies like Sony are struggling to reach production volumes on Disc & Cartridge Manufacturing. Similar challenging is following onto the Last of Us Part II, which funny enough centres around the United States of America that have been ravaged by a Zombie pandemic.

Financial analysts believe the genuine reason for preventing the release date is their subject matter. Numerous consumers would feel off-put by the concept of experiencing a brutalized America that’s been ravaged by Zombies. Pandemic shelters are set up across the USA in this game, with identical recreations of cities and rural neighbourhoods. The eeriness with exploring the Last of Us Part II is already intense. COVID-19 would make it that much more anxiety-filled. Sony could be concerned about a potential fallout of sales, with new consumers unaware of this franchise possibly being unwilling to purchase the title.

Self-Isolated Employees

Another element that could be forcing the delay of “The Last of Us Part II” is the self-isolation of Naughty Dog developers. Employees were informed to remain home and practice social distancing until the pandemic period is over. Finishing the final touches on this title has become harder, with developers having to communicate through Zoom or Skype. Delayed internet connections have made reaching co-workers a lengthy process. When accounting for the internet connections required from their development program, it’s easy to understand why Naughty Dog wouldn’t have the capabilities to finish the final touches.

 

Cyberpunk Developers Donate to Covid-19 Relief Aid

CD Project Red announced that they’d provided the equivalent of USD 1 Million to Polish Healthcare Professionals. This video game developer transferred those funds into the national currency, providing this industry with 4 Million Polish Zloty. Donations were provided amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, which has begun affecting the Poland region. CD Project Red is infamous in both these countries, with them having developed the Witcher Franchise and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.

This information was provided through the LinkedIn Page of Marcin Iwinski, the Co-Founder of CD Project Red. Details noted that CD Project Red partnered with a charity organizer, which roughly translates to “The Great Christmas Charity Orchestra”. They typically provide musical venues to rural locations during the holiday season, acquiring donations to assist other charities in Poland. They’ve reformatted their efforts towards helping with the Covid-19 Medical Relief Aids. Contributions were collectively agreed upon by the CD Project Red Board of Directors & Shareholders.

150+ Intensive Care Unit Beds were recently purchased through the GCCO for hospitals in Poland. They’ve also purchased 50+ thousand singular-use protection equipment masks for medical workers. This’ll enable for increased protection, with global suppliers being unable to reach overwhelming demands. Distributed funds through the $1 Million Donation will be determined through the Polish Ministry of Health. This’ll allow the funds to assist the hot zone locations through Poland. It should be noted that 1000+ confirmed cases of Covid-19 have infected Poland, with fourteen individuals dying from the virus.

The LinkedIn Update expressed thanks towards the numerous brave souls that are taking Covid-19 on in the worst conditions seen in the modern medical era. Marcin Iwinski noted that he hopes these funds will enable Polish doctors to defeat Covid-19.

CD Project Red Employees Working from Home

Another element towards Marcin Iwinski’s efforts towards limiting the spread of Covid-19 included sending employees home. Personal systems were upgraded, with additional equipment being delivered to these employees addresses. It’s enabled CD Project Red to continue development on Cyberpunk 2077, while also ensuring their employee’s safety. Infrastructures were also improved to ensure company-wide communication didn’t falter. It’s been noted that employees are keeping morale high by engaging in diverse conversations regarding Cyberpunk 2077s unique atmosphere.