As Infinity Ward has been criticized in the past for capitalizing on tragic events like the Australia Forest Fires, only to turn around and apologize plus launch a large scale charity project supported in a small way by micro-transactions. Well, take this example of today’s update bringing in “Giant Infection” mode AKA Ground War Infected with 48 players and only 1 can survive as the ultimate winner, if they dare.
RealGamerNewZ Editor-In-Chief and GamersPrey joined up to try the new Giant Infection mode this morning and had some funny experiences in the game as zombies resort to group text chats to team up against the survivors. GamersPrey ended up being the final survivor and won the round in an epic showdown that had others fuming with some hilarious action to be seen there. But that’s not all the newest patch has provided gamers with.
Game Designer Pontus Hammarberg joins Level Designer Christian Berg Double Eleven and Mojang for the 2020 Minecraft Dungeons – Environments Overview trailer recently released giving a further look into the mechanics behind the most unique spin on the Minecraft universe yet. The dungeon crawler / action adventure RPG to be published by Xbox Game Studios got its first gameplay showing at Gamescom 2019 and Microsoft’s X019 event after being announced at a Minecon event beforehand.
Players are able to sign up now for early access but invites will be sent to a random selection of players only. The full game will release in April 2020 for PC, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PS4.
Not to be outdone by Sony’s PS4 / PS4 Pro flash sale on Amazon, Microsoft has seemingly approved the discount of their most powerful console which houses a significant processing capability beyond that of the PS4 Pro (X has Native 4K, Pro is checkerboard). But it looks like Xbox might have one-upped the PlayStation in this moment of sales while the industry obsesses over next-gen. These bundles include instant access to the Xbox Game Pass titles, and the ability to play 4K HDR Blu Ray movies.
Shown in the most crystal clear footage yet, Animal Crossing New Horizons was the subject of today’s Nintendo Direct. The Nintendo Switch exclusive releases March 20, 2020 and transports players to a deserted island where they will take advantage of nature and try to live in harmony with the other residents of the island. The genre-changing series is best known as a life simulator with social elements and its newest installation will add a ton of features, too – there’s also a variety of landscapes on the new island, and even the northern lights (depending which hemisphere you choose for your island). Players will also get a choice of landscape splines as well.
In what is more than likely a limited time deal, Amazon USA is selling the PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB model for $48 off its normal $299 price (16% discount) and the PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB model for $100 off the normal price of $399 (25% discount). There are even some PS4 Slim 1TB “Only On PlayStation” Bundle packs available still which come with the console, God of War, The Last of Us, and Horizon Zero Dawn for $249. Considering how infrequently game consoles reduce in price, these are pretty big discounts. There’s even a few units of the PS4 Pro Modern Warfare bundle going for $351 USD giving 12% discount and a free copy of the latest COD.
In Canada, the PS4 Pro 1TB NHL 20 Bundle is going for $448 CAD (10% discount), and the PS4 Slim 1TB “Only On PlayStation” Bundle is going for $344 CAD (9% discount) but is only available through third party sellers, facilitated through Amazon Prime.
We all know next-generation consoles will be expensive to produce, and although they may only rise in cost by $100 USD (from PS4’s $399 to PS5’s expected $499), Sony may also be taking a loss on top of that, meaning its cost to manufacture at launch could be somewhere around $699 per unit. This is a throwback to the old days in which Xbox 360 launched at a $300 loss and PlayStation 3 shocked the world with the $599 price point during US Recession only to reveal the cost to produce started out between $999 to $1099 per unit.
Of course, costs go down over time, but in order to provide the quality product that users expect with PlayStation 5, Sony has taken it upon themselves to aim higher. That strategy was not cheap either. Sony representatives in a recent interview confirmed that the majority of the parts needed for PS5 have all been secured and noted that the cost of each part has exponentially higher than usual rates for launch units, citing such devices as Samsung’s upcoming S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra (LTE and 5G variants), as competitors for parts and production space in the few plants capable of the output PlayStation 5 will require.
On February 11, 2020 when Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s Season TWO launched, a placeholder for a brand new game mode was added to the main menu. Many have prophesized the coming of Battle Royale to the 2019 remake of Modern Warfare, and it appears this moment has arrived. Currently showing up as “Classified” with a blurred out static imagery, this mode has now been allegedly leaked as Call of Duty Warzone along with footage of the gameplay from its training grounds / tutorial known as Warzone Orientation and takes place in the Armistice Training Facility.
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 has kicked off with the version 11.50 update coming through and adding a limited time game mode, Search & Destroy, as part of the Love and War event bringing in some challenges for various cosmetic/in-game rewards as well as the return of the Riley skin pack. But that’s not all that the 11.50 patch has brought to Fortnite. Unreal Engine 4 itself has gone through a major upgrade and completely replaced the physics engine with a new destructible environment system known as the Chaos Engine or Chaos Destruction.
A major issue is currently plaguing Sony’s PlayStation Network. There are fake accounts trying to entice vulnerable users into something nefarious, perhaps downloading malware or giving up their banking information / passwords. The avatars being used are defaults from PSN’s 2007 days when Sony’s first online console gaming network was first being established.