Episode 26 – Apex Legends is Awesome!

recorded on 2/8/2019


New free-to-play Apex Legends stealth-launched on Monday with a new take on battle royale (GameSpot)

  • Respawn is following Epic with seasons, seasonal changes, and updates for their game
  • Seasons last around 3 months, season 1 begins in March, season 2 in June, season 3 in September and season 4 in December
  • Respawn says cross-play, not cross-progression,  is coming to the game in the future
  • Respawn says they are working on more TitanFall later in the year but not currently. Probably so they can fully support Apex

Little Bits

Anthem end-game has detailed, it is to have 3 new difficulty modes and 3 new mission types (GameSpot)

  • 3 new difficulty modes = Grandmaster 1, Grandmaster 2, Grandmaster 3
  • 3 new mission types = challenges, contracts, strongholds

EA reveals Anthem upcoming roadmap; the first DLC drop known as Act 1: Echoes of Reality (EA)

  • Update 1= Evolving World, Update 2= Stronger Together, Update 3= The Cataclysm

Anthem progress from this gen to next gen consoles will transfer easily says BioWare (GamesRadar)

EA predicts Anthem sell 5-6 million copies by end of fiscal year March 31, 6 weeks from launch (VG24/7)

EA confirmed Respawn’s new game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will launch this fall (The Verge)

EA may be bringing Origin Access to Playstation; however, Sony is not on board with the idea (GameSpot)

Sony runs PS Plus free weekend for Red Dead 2 Online and GTA V online amongst others (RockstarIntel)

  • Other games include Monster Hunter: World, FIFA 19, PES 2019, and Battlefield V

Tetris Effect limited time demo on Playstation Store runs from today Feb 8 – Feb 11 (Playstation Lifestyle)

Xbox Live expanding to mobile and Switch as well as PC, this includes trophies, friends, clubs (GameSpot)

  • Microsoft provided a couple quotes that explain their thinking
  • “This will enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.” adding “Xbox Live players are highly engaged and active on Xbox and PC, but now they can take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen.”
  • Sony Playstation is notably absent from the list as expected
  • More details about this and the tech behind it to be shown at GDC in March of this year

Microsoft adds 6 titles to Xbox Game Pass for this month (ComicBook.com)

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Feb 7th
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season – Feb 7th
  • Pumped BMX Pro – Feb 7th
  • de Blob – Feb 14th
  • Batman: Return to Arkham – Feb 21st
  • Crackdown 3 – Feb 15
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – Now

Halo Outpost Discovery is a Halo themed event traveling to various cities in the US (GameSpot)

  • “The announcement promises you can explore a Halo Ring, see a real Warthog, play Halo-themed laser tag, and take part in VR simulations of Halo adventures. You can also attend a panel to hear the creators talk about their work building the Halo universe, or take part in one of the community themed panels revolving around live streaming or cosplay. Finally, hundreds of game stations will let you kick back and just play some Halo.”
  • July 5-7 in Orlando
  • July 19-21 in Philadelphia
  • August 2-4 in Chicago
  • August 16-18 in Houston
  • August 30-September 1 in Anaheim

Switch console voice chat will become more common courtesy of Vivox (GameSpot)

  • “Vivox has announced that developers can now use the company’s software to add console-based voice chat to their games on Nintendo Switch. Titles that support Vivox SDK will allow you to converse with other players by simply plugging a headset into the Switch console, as opposed to going through the mobile app. This system is already live on Fortnite.  Additionally, Vivox’s software supports cross-platform voice and text communication.”

Update:  The Witcher series author has reached an amicable settlement with CD Projekt Red (wccf tech)

  • This settlement was reached to maintain a healthy relationship between the two

Metro author/creator releases video apologizing for the recent problems around PC version of the game

  • He hopes the fans will stick with the franchise and not leave due to the recent problems

Jump Force roster is completed for the base game….look forward to DLC in the future (ComicBook.com)

DMC 5 second demo went live yesterday and adds new devil arm and access to store (NewsWeek)

  • “Punchline” – seen in trailers where Nero rides on top of a rocket-arm

Capcom named “Top Publisher of 2018” (Metacritic)

  • Rank is based on the average critic score of their released games for 2018
  • Monster Hunter World was the top contributor

Upcoming Releases and Deals

Xbox is having a huge sale right now on hardware as well as games; games require Xbox Live Gold (IGN)



From Feb 6-13 owners/game pass subs of Sea of Thieves can invite up to 3 friends to try it free (Xbox)

  • Players can send out a friend code and it can be redeemed to play for that time
  • Anyone that redeems the friend code gets a 35% discount on the game if digitally purchased
  • Rare says look forward to something big for the game on March 20 the 1 year anniversery

PSN flash sale runs from today Feb 8 to Feb 11 so check (Playstation.com)

Steam Lunar sale is live now until February 11, includes $5 off any $30 or more purchase (PCGamer)

Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 29

  • Included with the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey season pass

Rumor Mill

PS5 to launch in the window of Holiday 2019 – March 2020 with a price tag of $399

Rumors going around that Sony may follow Xbox’s lead with multiple consoles at launch

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *