July is finally upon us! Time sure flies, we're more than halfway through 2021 already. We can't wait for July to bring us warm weather, fun filled days, and of course, new games. What are you most excited for in July?
Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!
Upcoming July Sales To Look Forward To
With the start of the new month, we're eager for all the deals that are soon to come. Xbox Games will have quite a few new free games for its Gold members, including:
- Planet Alpha
- Rock of Ages 3
- Midway Arcade Origins
Humble Bundle will also be having its Epic Games Store sale until July 6th. Remember that with Humble Bundle you can pay what you want and donate to charity at the same time, so be sure to check out their store for the aforementioned bundle as well as others coming soon!
Gamestop is currently having their usual deals of the day, but will hopefully be having their Fourth of July sale next week. Currently, there are sales for digital PC games, Atrix E-series headsets, and Asus PC accessories.
Best Buy will be offering tons of deals this Fourth of July as well. Get anything from games to PC's to accessories all for a discounted price.
Be sure to keep an eye out in July for more steals and deals!
Former Blizzard Devs Team Up With Tencent
Video game crossovers are always interesting. Developer crossovers, however? Even more so. Veteran Blizzard developers Jason Hughes and David Kim are joining with Tencent to form their own gaming studio, Uncapped Games. Both developers formerly worked for THQ before moving to Blizzard and subsequently retiring from their jobs there.
Tencent subsidiary Lightspeed and Quantum Studios helped the pair set up Uncapped Games with Tencent, allowing them the tools to develop their brand and get the right people on their team. The pair quoted that they really wanted to continue working more on real-time strategy (RTS) games, and really weren't given much of a chance to do that at Blizzard. While details on their new games are far and few between, they are hoping to make them action-packed and filled with as much strategy as an RTS fan could ever want. They hope their game will actually allow players to dive deep into the game's strategy rather than winning simply by being able to click very quickly.
With experience designing games like Diablo III and IV, Starcraft II, and WoW, whatever they end up releasing is sure to be a well-made gem.
Team Fifakila Wins Toronto Ultra Warzone Tournament
Toronto Ultra hosted the latest Warzone event as the world’s best Trios made their way into the $100K Canada Cup.
The tournament lasted for two days. The first day pitted 32 Trios against one another, with only the Top 16 advancing to Day 2. All Trios had four hours to record their five best games, with points awarded for placement and eliminations.
After the first day of the tournament, Swagg's team was in first place with 527 points. In second place were the future champions, Team Fifakila, with 508 points in tow. Rounding out the top three was the ZLaner trio, who scored 503 points on the first day. However, on the second day Swagg's trio lost ground, gaining only 508 points. This mishap unfortunately put them into fourth place, much to their disdain. The third place was taken by the Tommey team, who scored 553 points. The ZLaner trio scored just two points more, ending with 555 points. The champions of the tournament, Team Fifakila scored only one point more than the second team, 556.
FifaKila, WarsZ and Recrent earned $33,000 for first place, with Zlaner and Tommey following behind.
College Football is Coming Back to Gaming
EA Sports is the leading developer of professional sports video games, and they just made some big strides. While FIFA and Madden have been a yearly staple for the gaming industry, NCAA has been missing from the lineup since 2014's landmark decision ended the original college football series. EA Sports was forced to end their franchise, because they were using players likeness without proper compensation. While EA was willing to pay the players, NCAA would not allow players to profit while they were in school.
EA Sports announced back in February that they were working to bring back the popular franchise. We did not understand at the time what that meant, but there was an announcement saying that the NCAA will allow college athletes to benefit from their name, image, and likeness. This was on the heels of pressure from states and legislators, and a momentous Supreme Court ruling from last week. A 9-0 ruling in the Supreme Court that the NCAA could not limit education-related benefits that college offers athletes. This can help athletes in a variety of ways, such as how they profit from name, image, and likeness.
Overall, this creates more fairness for the players so they can earn compensation for how they represent their university. Plus, us gamers finally get access to a fantastic franchise to play as their favorite college athlete once again.
July Games To Look Out For
While this list isn't exhaustive by any means, here are some of the top games to look forward to this month:
- Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game [XBO] – July 1
- A Plague Tale: Innocence [PS5, XSX, Switch] – July 6
- Out of Line [Switch] – July 7
- Black Skylands [PC] – July 9
- Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin [PC, Switch] – July 9
- Curved Space [Switch] – July 13
- Outsider: After Life [PC] – July 13
- Where the Heart Leads [PS5, PS4] – July 13
- Skydome [PC] – July 14
- Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective [Switch] – July 15
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD [Switch] – July 16 (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD pre-order)
- Within the Blade [PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – July 16
- Cotton Reboot! [PS4, Switch] – July 20
- Cris Tales [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch, Stadia] – July 20
- Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed [PS4, Switch] – July 23
- Orcs Must Die! 3 [PC, PS4, XBO] – July 23
- Neo: The World Ends with You [PS4, Switch] – July 27
- Tribes of Midgard [PC, PS5, PS4] – July 27
- Unbound: Worlds Apart [PC, Switch] – July 28
- The Ascent [PC, XSX, XBO] – July 29
- Eldest Souls [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch] – July 29
- Project Warlock 2 [PC] – July 29
We hope you kick off the new month with a bang!
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