Drop To The Future Sep 3, 2021

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What game is the most nostalgic for you? For a lot of people it could be the old Mario games, or even classic arcade games. Who would have thought games would have got this far? Where do you think the world of gaming will be in 20 years?

Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!


INDUSTRY NEWS

PUBG Creator Brendan Greene Creates New Studio

Source: Krafton

Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene is going independent. He is the creator of the popular PUBG: Battlegrounds. Greene worked on projects DayZ's Battle Royale mode and H1Z1 prior to PUBG. Krafton is the parent company for PUBG which has been in charge of the publishing and distribution, and Greene has been working for them since 2016.

Greene is starting a new company in Amsterdam. A move that seemed like it was bound to happen. Back in March 2019 Greene stepped away as the lead designer for PUBG, but stayed on as a creative consultant. He started to work more closely on special projects and wanted to explore other multiplayer-mode. Greene recently announced that he is going to create PlayerUnknown Productions. Krafton will hold minority stake in this new company, which means they probably helped with funding. In Greene's statement, he says he will announce his project at a later date. We do not know if it will be a game or a program. However, he did say he the team is trying to create systems to continue to push the scale of massive open-world games.

This seems like exciting moves for Greene as he continues to develop in this industry. He helped create one of the most successful genres, battle royale, in the past decade. It looks like he may be looking for ways to continue to push the scope of games.


ESPORTS

Trick Wins Rocket League Nitro League - Season 9

Source: NitroLeagueRL

Trick won against EURONICS Gaming 4:0 (3:1; 2:1; 3:1; 3:2) in the grand-final of Nitro League - Season 9: Division 1. Nitro League is a league for teams from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The 10 teams play against each other for nine weeks to determine the top six teams to make the playoffs.

Trick, who took 1st place in group stage, started their way in play-off from Upper Semifinals. There they had a technical victory over Saarbrooklyn Players. In Upper bracket final, Trick won against EURONICS Gaming 4:2, losing during the match 1:2. In the final, the next match with EURONICS Gaming came out much easier. Trick beat the rival on a dry sheet 4:0, becoming the champions of the Nitro League - Season 9.

Nitro League - Season 9 final bracket

Source: liquipedia

The Nitro League - Season 9 winners are:

1. TRICK - €690 + Division 1 - Season X
2. EURONICS Gaming - €450 + Division 1 - Season X
3. Saarbrooklyn Players- €250 + Division 1 - Season X
4. Stealth7 eSports - €260 + Division 1 - Season X
5-6. All for One Gaming - €200 + Division 1 - Season X
5-6. Violencia - €170 + Division 1 - Season X
7. SSK -  €120 + Promotion Tournament
8. Team Orange Gaming - €90 + Promotion Tournament
9. Esport BERG - €90 + Promotion Tournament
10. Sentient Esports - €30 + Promotion Tournament


EQUIPMENT

Panasonic's New Speakers Give Surround Sound A Whole New Meaning

Source: Panasonic

Do you know about those portable neck fan things? The ones that look a lot like the neck pillows you take on a plane, except instead it's an entire fan that blows cool air at you until it dies? Yeah, imagine that except you replace the fans with game noise. The SoundSlayer Wearable Immersive Gaming Speaker System, or WIGSS, is a new speaker system from Panasonic that rests around your neck. The design is meant to allow the wearer to listen to music without having their hair getting messed up or their ears being covered. We're not certain why using regular surround sound speakers wouldn't help with this problem, however it is an intriguing design nonetheless.

The SoundSlayer WIGSS Speaker has 4 smaller speakers that point towards the user's head, claiming to provide 360-degree sound for them. The design will help relieve tension and pressure around the wearer's head and ears. The weight is at 244g, so it's actually very similar in weight to most other headsets. The headset however is not wireless, so you wouldn't be able to strut around like those guys from the 80's with a boombox on their shoulder. However, there is a pretty cool built in mic for gaming that allows you to talk and listen at the same time. Currently, the headset isn't available to buy, but Panasonic has stated that they're planning to release it in October.


GAMING TV

Pokemon Releases New 'Evolutions' TV Series Information And Updates

Source: comicbook.com

As the Pokemon franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary, they have released info about an all new eight episode animated series special where long-time fans can take a trip back to the past. The Pokemon Company is calling it Pokemon Evolutions, and they just put out a new trailer that showed off all sorts of different regions that will be explored within the new series. The company stated that "Pokemon Evolutions will provide fans with a fresh perspective on some familiar locations."

The show is planning to air its first episode very soon, on September 9th 2021. The episode will be called 'The Champion", and will mainly feature the Galar region as seen in the most recent mainstream games and trading card set, Pokemon Sword and Shield. We can then travel through regions before  ending back where we began, in the Kanto region where Pokemon was first set. Here is the complete list of episodes and when they air:

  • September 9, 2021: 'The Champion' featuring the Galar region
  • September 23, 2021: 'The Eclipse' featuring the Alola region
  • October 7, 2021: 'The Vision' featuring the Kalos region
  • October 21, 2021: 'The Plan' featuring the Unova region
  • December 2, 2021: 'The Rival' featuring the Sinnoh region
  • December 9, 2021: 'The Wish' featuring the Hoenn region
  • December 16, 2021: 'The Show' featuring the Johto region
  • December 23, 2021: 'The Quest' featuring the Kanto region

Have a great weekend!

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