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SuperData announced this morning that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds continues to work its way up the revenue charts, now passing up even Crossfire. We presume the tweet is a sneak-peek at the company’s September report, as it traditionally releases those a month behind.
The research firm’s August global revenue report put PUBG at #5 in terms of global PC revenue, having passed by the recombinated World of Warcraft (though we again note that games like Overwatch are listed on both the PC and console side, and it’s unclear whether that works against it).
Crossfire, you’ll recall, has been listed among the top four games for at least the last three years (here’s September 2016, 2015, and 2014 for reference – and it spent some of that time at #2), so this is quite a feat. That would put PUBG in fourth place in September, even though it’s still in early access.
If you could gather up teenage angst and a childhood twisted by mad science, what would it look like? A better question might be, what would it play like?
We are all gonna find out because Master X Master has added a new playable character to the game called Xero. A natural born trickster, Xero uses his innate talents and some holographic assistance to mess enemies up on the battlefield. Plus, he just oozes rebellion, and you know you want to help him work through it.
In addition to Xero, Update 1.4 turns on MXM’s Halloween content for the first time. This includes daily rewards, special skins, a new game mode, and a re-themed Dredgion. The new mode, by the way, is called Hardpoint Capture: “Hardpoint Capture is a new 4v4 PvP arena, where attack, defense, and a lot of teamwork is crucial to capturing and keeping each point. Show off your skills and earn gold, XP, and Medals in our competitive 4v4 combat scene — available from October 18 to November 15, and accessible 24/7 during that time.”
Contrary to popular belief, sometimes server merges can be a very good thing — especially if your country or region has been kept isolated from others up to this point.
SMITE’s Chinese population is about to join up with the rest of the global community, thanks to a deal between Tencent and Hi-Rez. MMO Culture is reporting that the merge is scheduled for January 2018, after which the game will be truly global and have one shared rank ladder. Between now and then, no new players can register and veteran SMITErs are going to need to take some action to transfer their account over.
Tencent and Hi-Rez are also working on a possible deal to bring the studio’s Paladins over to China. The closed beta for Paladins has been running in that country for a while now.
is going all out for Halloween with a full-scale update, Season of Souls, launching today for PC and Xbox One. You’re getting way more than some wimpy pumpkin patch is what I’m saying.
“With today’s update, players can control Ezren Ghal, a caster hero wielding necromantic powers to damage his opponents, collect souls and trade them for powerful abilities. The new hero twists the very being of his foes by draining souls in combat, which can be turned against enemies as devastating ability attacks. The brand-new map, Ember Grove, sets the stage for this fiendish update, bringing a dense and mysterious battleground to Gigantic’s map rotation. Ancient and home to bugwitches, this new map offers verticality, as well as nooks and crannies to outmaneuver other players.”
In addition to the new hero and new map, players can expect expanded chat, new skins for Ezren Ghal, player icons, better bot matches, UI updates, and new hero interactions. Check out the cute new screenies and the new update trailer down below!
Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to… play?
Halloween 2017 continues unabated in online games, so let’s see what goodies and surprises are in store for players today. First off, there’s the return of Dark Age of Camelot and its haunted festival. There’s pumpkin patches, encounters with the Mournful King, and a ghostly harvest quest to complete.
MOBA’s more your speed? Drag your corpse over to Heroes of the Storm and its Hallow’s End holiday. You can earn some special rewards, such as a headless horseman spray, simply by playing a handful of games during the event’s duration.
Hallow’s End extends to Blizzard’s Hearthstone as well. Every week there’s a free gift for logging in, and players can participate in a “tricky” tavern brawl and dual class arenas.
It’s almost a full-time job to stay on top of all of the MMO and MOBA Halloween events popping up all over the place! Here’s another batch of deliciously frightful festivities that are going on right now in games all around you:
In promotional materials associated with its new paid “Esports Scoreboard,” gaming anaylsis firm SuperData – known best to our audience for its monthly revenue charts – has declared that “the esports market has finally hit the mainstream.” Though the associated marketing report is paywalled, some of the public statistics in the reveal are actually of interest.
For example, the company runs down the top 10 e-sports games by viewership, with League of Legends coming in at the top as of August. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which recently blasted past 2M concurrent players and 15M sales, clocked in at #2, but expect that to rise in future editions as the game’s exploded even more since then. The firm argues that PUBG, unlike many of the MOBAs and shooters dominating the rankings, “stands out from competitors because players spend most of their time in stealth mode instead of intense shootuts, giving streamers time to interact with their viewers.”
Blizzard’s had a strong showing, too, with Hearthstone, Overwatch, and StarCraft II all in the top ten; SuperData notes that Overwatch in particular will benefit from the offseason of Dota 2 and LoL.
Just because a game is all about smashing the stuffing out of your opponents in a fixed arena doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the Halloween season. Paragon is bringing back its Shadow’s Eve event once more, complete with new Halloween-themed skins for Narbash, Yin, and Wukong. Last year’s skins will also be returning on a weekly basis, so keep your eyes peeled if you wanted a skin last year that you didn’t get for whatever reason.
Players can also obtain special Shadow’s Eve chests after matches, obtain new banners, and purchase a nice big bundle of holiday goodies starting on October 24th. The event itself is running now and will continue on through November 1st, so you’ve got plenty of time to make as many seasonal puns mid-match as you could want over the remainder of the month.
Who needs to wait until the end of the month to start celebrating Halloween? Certainly not Massively OP’s MJ! (She might actually start in January, but that’s beside the point.) SMITE
is getting in the holiday spirit with today’s Departure to the Afterlife
update. There are plenty of new Odyssey skins along with the Halloween themed Arena map. Halloween chests in game offer spooky music, skins, and other goodies, and MJ has some treats to give away as well:
- Trick or Treat Cupid
- Grim Reaper Thanatos
- Harbinger Nike
- Dark Summoner Nu Wa
- Shogun Hachiman
- Wild Druid Artio
Join us live at 9:00 p.m. and you can win some new costumes for your favorite gods!
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Check out the screens and watch the update trailer embedded below.
The parade of Overwatch characters porting straight over to Heroes of the Storm continues with the latest addition to the game, Junkrat. How does he play? Like Junkrat, that’s how. He throws around lots of bombs and makes things blow up and laughs at inappropriate times. That’s his whole deal, guys, it’s not like Overwatch has a rich narrative history to draw upon.
Oh, you were curious about mechanics? In that case you can hop down below and check out the preview video, that might be more straightforward.
Junkrat’s ability include the huge knockback of Concussion Mine (it can even fling people over terrain) and the bouncing explosive fun of Frag Grenades. If you’re familiar with the character in Overwatch, you’ll have a pretty clear picture of the general tone of his abilities if not the specifics; check out the preview before to see him blowing things up with style.
How many of you buy the BlizzCon virtual ticket as much for the in-game swag as for the actual streams? Even if not, you’re still getting the loot, and Blizz has just dished out just what it is.
- In World of Warcraft, you’re getting mounts, one for each faction. Hey, these are actually sweet. Better than the traditional minipet!
- Diablo III fans will be whipping out the Murkomancer minipet.
- In Overwatch? It’s a special Winston skin.
- StarCraft II players are getting three cute SCV, probe, and drone skins.
- Heroes of the Storm fans are also getting a mount.
- And for Hearthstone, who even knows. You’re just being teased with a “mystery goodie.” “The Innkeeper’s not quite ready to show his hand quite yet,” quips Blizz.
So those are the in-game items you’ll score for your $40, which also gets you access to all the live video. The WoW, StarCraft II, and Overwatch items are already live, while the other games have yet to debut theirs. Will you be watching the festivities along with us?
Last week, news that Riot Games Lead Experience Designer Aaron “RiotSanjuro” Rutledge had insulted a banned League of Legends streamer in a public chat under the Riot tag, calling him a “humunculus” and remarking, “[H]e’ll die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids.. then we’ll be gucci.” Following the circulation of the comments on Reddit, Rutledge initially appeared to deflect criticism and defend his comments before being digitally strung up by the community and dressed-down by Riot. And while the target of the slurs, so-toxic-he-was-already-banned Tyler1, dismissed the insult, saying he had no hard feelings, within a few days Rutledge announced he was no longer with the company.
That’s apparently because Riot, a massive online gaming studio ostensibly at the forefront of the push to reduce toxicity in gaming, fired him. In fact, in an interview with Rolling Stone’s Glixel blog, Rutledge says he respects Riot’s decision to boot him, saying he’d have done the same in the studio’s position and noting he’s since checked himself into rehab, as “too many whiskeys” contributed to his lapse in judgment (and to what he now refers to as his “spectacularly stupid” defense).
Halloween is taking over SMITE
this month — and every other MMO and MOBA, of course, but that’s OK because it’s the best holiday of the year and you know I’m right.
This week’s update introduces new skins for multiple characters, including Halloween skins for Thanatos (shown above), Cupid, Izanami, and Susano, several of which are part of the latest leg of the game’s ongoing Odyssey 2018 overhaul. Players should further expect new Japanese-themed quests and the return of the Halloween Arena, plus some balancing tweaks for Ao Kuang, Awilix, Cu Chulainn, Erlang Shen, Izanami, and Raijin. Check out the video for a detailed look at what to expect from this chapter of Odyssey!