Morning Announcements Aug 28, 2021

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Does anyone remember those? The school would always blare up the loudspeaker, tell everyone birthdays or the lunch menu, and maybe play some cheesy songs. What was your favorite part of the morning announcements (or least favorite)?

Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!


INDUSTRY NEWS

Gamescom 2021 Dropped Major News

Source: Gamescom

Gamers love big announcements and Gamescom promised to deliver. The event started on Wednesday and just ended on Thursday. Geoff Keighley hosted the opening event, and we learned a ton of gaming news coming up.

Lets hit some major announcements:

  • Halo Infinite official release date is December 8th alongside a special edition Xbox Series X and wireless controller. The next game in the in the iconic franchise, and we hope to see Halo back in the mainstream.
  • Marvel's Midnight Suns is Firaxis XCOM inspired game se to release in March 2022. We will have to wait until September to see some gameplay, but all the iconic Marvel heroes are there.
  • Saints Row is receiving a reboot set to release on February 25th. This GTA open-world game has even more outrageous guns and vehicles.
  • Horizon Forbidden West finally gives us a release date for February 18th. The sequel to the hit Horizon Zero Dawn lets people explore even more beautiful areas and fight new enemies.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to come out Spring 2022. The player explore the new locales from the recent Star Wars trilogy as fun Lego characters.
  • The Waylanders have a set release date for November 16th. Released as early access last year, this Celtic based party RPG promised 40 hours of adventure. It is exciting see this games leave early access.

While there were dozens of announcements, those are some of the big ones. We are about to enter the final quarter of the year, and we have many games to look forward to this year and next.


ESPORTS

OG Finishes 1st in Group B in CS:GO ESL Pro League S14

Source: OGcsgo

OG beat Complexity 2:0 in the last match of group B in ESL Pro League Season 14, securing 1st place and spot in quarterfinals. The match was essential, since whoever won it secured first place in Group B and went directly to the quarterfinals. Complexity won the first half on Mirage 9:6, but then missed an opponent, allowing OG to come forward and take victory on the first map 16:13. Complexity again had a confident start, winning 6 rounds in a row, but again slowed down only won first half with overall score 8:7. They took victory on the pistol round and again allowed the opponent to close the gap. OG managed to seize the chance and beat the rival for the second time, but now with a score of 16:12.

Match stats

Source: HLTV

OG, following Heroic, managed to take five victories in five matches, and finish their group dry in ESL Pro League Season 14. The second place in the group went to ForZe, who scored 12 points. Complexity after being defeated by OG fell to the third place. Virtus.pro, Sinners and G2 were eliminated from the ESL Pro League Season 14.


GAMING ISSUES

Following Lawsuits, Blizzard Will Stop Naming Characters After Employees

Source: Blizzard

Everyone loves credit for the things they do. Every scientist who formulates a theory will always name it after themselves, and who wouldn't? Permanent recognition like that is really tantalizing. So it's no surprise that developers of Overwatch and other games would have game characters named after themselves. Many infamous individuals in the games include Jesse McCree and Alex Afrasiabi, showing up as NPC's. However, in response to the current sexual harassment lawsuits and the news of the 'Cosby Suite',  Blizzard has decided to stop allowing the use of real people in their games. They gave this statement:

"Going forward, in-game characters will no longer be named after real employees and we will be more thoughtful and discerning about adding real world references in future Overwatch content."

Players had already taken the renaming into their own hands, most of them refusing to even mention the names of any characters related to the developers (especially Jesse McCree). While news has been quiet regarding the different allegations, the lawsuit is still very much going on. Currently, there was an amendment made to the lawsuit stating that employees were claimed to have shredded documents relating to sexual assault allegations. While this move is a step in the right direction, it is a very, very small one. There is still a lot more to be done before the company can get back into the green with a lot of its fanbase.


GAME UPDATES

Book Of Travels Extends Its Early Access Release Indefinitely

Source: Steam

The 'tiny' multiplayer online RPG will no longer be released on August 30th of this year as it was planned before. The game was already getting fans riled up and excited, as its mechanics were different from the typical MMO RPG. Rather than saddle up and be the hero of the story, immediately jumping into a world of combat and hand-held quests, players could take time exploring and creating their own stories. You can work with others or go it alone in small, quiet servers. Not only that, but their communication is a network of symbols players need to learn rather than just dialogue. It's shaping up to be a great new game.

However,  it just needs more time. The developers have released this statement on the game:

"We're giving this project our all, and have been doing so for years now. It feels strange to be so close to 'the finish line' that is the Early Access launch and have all of you be able to experience our game with us. However – we aren't as close as we like to, or even thought we'd be. This became apparent to us during the course of our closed beta, as our wonderful testers sent their reports to us. So we made the difficult decision to postpone the launch of the game once more. The team simply needs the time to stabilize it."

Games always need time, and as always, we're happy to wait as long as it takes to make a great game. We're looking forward to news of the new release date, though there currently is not one set in stone yet.

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone!

Daily Drop Credit: Anam, Carmine, Mark, and the Founders.

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