Blizzard is closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with the company possibly canceling or postponing this year’s BlizzCon because of it.
The event’s executive producer Saralyn Smith said in a statement that not only is it “too early to know” if BlizzCon 2020 can happen because of the increased social distancing mandates, but it will also likely be “a few months” before the company will have enough information to make an informed decision.
“As events around the world announce cancellations, postponements, or shifts to an online format in response to COVID-19, we’re seeing questions about our plans for this year’s BlizzCon and we want to provide a quick update,” Smith wrote. “While we’re all hopeful things will look better later in the year, the bottom line is that at this point it’s too early to know whether BlizzCon 2020 will be feasible.
There’s no easing into making a competitive game in 2020. Already inundated with games like Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege, the battle royales, the MOBAs, and the auto chesses, players have plenty of choices, so if you want to present an alternative, it had better be ready for prime time. Bleeding Edge, the new third-person competitive brawler from DmC developer Ninja Theory, doesn’t feel like it’s there yet. There’s plenty of potential: Its four-on-four scrums blend the mashy feeling of an old school beat-em-up with the tactical considerations of MOBAs and hero shooters, setting it apart from anything you’re going to find in popular competitive scenes. However, it suffers from “early days” growing pains that may push players away, rather than draw them in.
Bleeding Edge is a self-described competitive multiplayer “brawler,” but what does that actually mean? Depending on your point of reference, you could call it a “boots on the ground-style MOBA” or a “third-person hero shooter.” It’s an action game where two teams of four fight within the narrative framework of competing in one of two team sports–a King of the Hill-style “Objective Control” scenario and “Power Collection,” a resource-hoarding mode where players need to break energy canisters and return their contents to designated points at specific times. Though the two variants have their quirks, both boil down to dynamic point control. Whether you’re delivering energy or protecting your “hills,” you need to defend a position. If you’re trying to block your enemy from scoring in either mode, you need to take a position.
Both of these things require all four players to work as a team. Though some fighters are better suited for one-on-one combat than others, moving and fighting as a squad is mandatory because the team with larger numbers almost always wins, regardless of skill. Inevitably, each match becomes a series of teamfights for control of an area. In the moment, these battles can feel a bit mashy and sloppy as you rapidly jam on the attack button, but there’s a good deal of strategy involved around creating favorable matchups, combining skills to maximize damage dealt and minimize damage taken, and positioning yourself to avoid wide-reaching crowd control attacks. On top of that, all of the levels present some kind of environmental hazard around one or more of the key points on the map, which can throw a wrench in the gears of the most pivotal moments in a match.
The first season of Pokemon Go‘s Go Battle League is underway, and soon you’ll have a way to track how you and other players are performing. Developer Niantic has announced it is rolling out leaderboards for the Go Battle League on Friday, April 10.
The leaderboard update will arrive after the Go Battle League changes formats from Ultra League to Master League. The leaderboard will display the top 500 players along with their teams, rankings, ratings, and total matches. Niantic says the leaderboard will update every day between 8 and 10 PM UTC, and standings will be based on the previous day’s ratings.
To celebrate the launch of leaderboards, Niantic is holding a special Marill event in Pokemon Go this weekend. The event takes place on April 12. You’ll have better chances of encountering Marill the more Go Battle League matches you win between 11 AM and 2 PM local time on that day, and you’re guaranteed to encounter the Aqua Mouse Pokemon as a Basic Reward after your first and third wins.
Heatseeker is a 3v3 limited-time mode where the ball essentially becomes a homing missile. Once a player touches it, the ball “seeks” the opposing team’s goal. The only way to redirect the ball is for it to either hit the backboard or get touched by another player. Be warned, though: each touch–whether by the backboard or another player–causes the ball to gain speed. Heatseeker will run from April 16-20, and you can check out the announcement trailer below.
Psyonix also announced that anyone who logs into Rocket League when Heatseeker goes live on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One next week will receive a free Hypnoteks player banner.
The wasp is a hostile bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It can be found all day, all year, for both Northern and Southern Hemisphere players, regardless of weather conditions. It’s hard to avoid wasps altogether on your island–just like previous Animal Crossing games (back then, they were actually bees), the wasp is an aggressive insect that will chase and sting the player if provoked. In the case of New Horizons, that means knocking a wasp nest out of a tree–something you can’t exactly predict you’re going to do. Getting stung by a wasp doesn’t have any serious consequences, but it can be annoying. Luckily, there are more ways to deal with wasps than just getting stung.
Below we’ll go over ways to avoid, catch, and scare away wasps, what price a wasp will sell for, what to do if you get stung by a wasp, and what to do with a wasp nest.
Fortnite Season 2’s Week 8 challenges are now live on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and mobile. This week brings the second set of Skye’s Adventure challenges, and one of the more difficult ones asks you to search Skye’s sword in a stone in high places. If you need help tracking those down, this guide will show you where you need to go.
Where Are Skye’s Sword Locations?
There are several swords hidden around the map, and as the challenge teases, they’re typically located in high places like mountaintops. You need to track down five swords to complete the challenge, but we’ve found at least nine of them across the island, giving you plenty of options. We’ve marked down the locations of all the swords we’ve found on below.
When Gearbox issued a patch to buff Moze in Borderlands 3, it noted that it wasn’t done tweaking the character and further changes would be incoming. That didn’t take long, as now the company has issued another set of hotfix patch notes, again focused primarily on making Moze stronger. It also kicks off a few limited-time mini-events for the next week.
The hotfix adjusts four of Moze’s skills, all buffs to attributes like cooldown rate or damage output, and it also makes several adjustments to her Iron Bear ability. While Moze’s adjustments are universally buffs, the tweaks to Iron Bear have a couple of nerfs as well. On the whole, though, the character is coming out much stronger.
The hotfix also introduces two mini-events: Rare Chest Riches and Loot Monster Mayhem. Rare Chest Riches increases your odds of getting Legendary items from rare chests. Loot Monster Mayhem increases the chances of Loot enemies appearing in-game and also increases their chances to drop Legendary gear. Both events will last through April 16 at 9 AM PT.