On January 7th, Tencent and PlatinumGames have announced that they struck a partnership. What exactly does this entail?
PlatinumGames Will Remain Independent
The full announcement was published on January 7th and can be read here. Kenichi Sato, a president and CEO of PlatinumGames, took a moment to say that this partnership will have no effect on a company’s independence. Actually, the real goal of it is to “… strengthen our foundation as a business and expand from game development into exploring self-publishing.”. According to the head producer Atsushi Inaba, this is “something that has never been done before.”. PlatinumGames hopes that this move will be a great promotional tool. Judging by the quality of their games, this is something they certainly do deserve. We wonder if this means that PlatinumGames will also publish games from smaller developers.
This move was coming for some time. Tencent also partnered with Nintendo in 2019, which published Bayonetta 2, Astral Chain, and The Wonderful 101 in order to promote Nintendo Switch in China. These are all excellent titles made by PlatinumGames.
Tencent Has Big Plans
For uninitiated, Tencent started as a massive Chinese internet and media company. Last few years, it’s been buying shares of popular gaming developers like crazy. Aside from completely owning Riot games, it has bought parts of Ubisoft, Epic Games, and Activision Blizzard. Today, Tencent is the largest gaming company in the world and its appetite is still growing.
At the end of the last year, Tencent announced that START, it’s cloud-based gaming service, is currently in the beta phase. The company is preparing for the arrival of 5G technology, and some people speculate that by 2023 China will have the biggest cloud gaming market.
Broomstick League Mixes Quidditch with Rocket League
Fans of the Harry Potter series can rejoice with the release of the new magical game, Broomstick League. It’s a competitive 3v3 multiplayer sports game akin to Rocket League with a healthy coating of Harry Potter. Players will be soaring across the arena on broomsticks with the objective of scoring a ball into the opposing team’s goal.
Players will be equipped with an arsenal of spells to give them the advantage in the arena. Such as a blasting spell to help take possession of the ball from their opponent and a blink spell to maneuver around and teleport in an instant and create more goal-scoring opportunities. Players must hone their broom flying skills to give them aerial supremacy, divebombing pass the defenders and scoring a goal which results in a grand explosion sending all player pinwheeling across the arena.
Broomstick League will also give players the ability to customize their witch or wizard to their liking. With a deep pool of customization options, players can personalize their character’s looks as well as a variety of broomsticks and wands to unlock. A myriad of taunts and dances will be available to rattle all of the opponents or to celebrate with your teammates. The arenas will be brimming with magical creatures where players will have to battle it out with giant trolls in the background or score on the back of a flying dragon.
Players can compete in three different modes: 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 matches. Broomstick League implements a player progression and stat tracking system where players can track their progress on the leaderboard as well as player leveling system as they grow and gain experience in the league.
Broomstick League will be released on Steam Early Access on March 5th but was free from Feb 21 to Feb 24 as an open beta. It is expected to be in Early Access for approximately 9 months to a year before a full release.
Developer Virtual Basement addressed their aims for the Broomstick League‘s Early Access period. “We’ll be using the Early Access period to rapidly update the game with new content, bug fixes, and stability improvements so that we are fully prepared for our full launch in the future,” it said in the Early Access FAQ. “We already have a significant list of planned content, but our number one source of new ideas will be the community.”
Intriguing New Multiplayer Steam Games
New multiplayer Steam games are coming out so fast, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with them. That’s too bad because if you don’t pay attention, you and your friends might miss out on gems like these.
If Rocket League and Harry Potter had a child, its name would be Broomstick League. Borrowing heavily from Quidditch, you will be using various spells to manipulate the fleeting ball and gain victory in a 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 scenario. Broomstick League can be played for free as it’s in open beta till the beginning of March.
Here we have a self-described time-paradox shooter. Wait, what? In Quantum League, you will play along with your past and future self, in intense 1v1 or 2v2 matches that take place in an arena. Each round, the game will record your movement, which your past version will take in the next round aka loop. Your goal is to capture the middle objective before the 3rd loop is over, or else the game goes into overtime. The players who manage to do this 3 times win the game. However, with clones involved, the whole thing gets complicated rather quickly. Quantum Leagues’ free open beta has just started, so we have yet to see if it will reach its full potential.
Next on our list of new multiplayer Steam games is a promising FPS Blackwake. It throws us in a naval setting, where we will need to rely heavily upon our pirate comrades in order to sink or board enemy ships and gain victory. With up to 54 players in each game, the battles are getting chaotic really fast. There’s nothing quite like an adrenaline rush you get as you see cannonballs descending slowly upon your wrecked ship. Intense pirate battles are the name of the game (PC Gamer)
In Robot Champions, you are confined in a small arena where your aim is to completely destroy all 5 of your robotic nemesis. Although the concept of this game isn’t exactly groundbreaking it sounds incredibly fun. Prospect Games also promised they won’t ignore the singleplayer mode, for which they plan numerous features and engaging story mode. Each one of your robotic cuties will be able to receive numerous upgrades that will affect their speed and various stats. Currently, the release date is still unknown, but the game should be out sometime in 2020.
Thirsty for more? Take a look at our list of interesting new indie games on Steam.
Free Fire: check out what’s new in the February update
After being postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Free Fire update should take place between February 25th and 26th, with great expectations from the community for impactful changes. In this case, among the main novelties is the exchange of maps, which will occur with the removal of Purgatory and the inclusion of Kalahari. The justification given by Garena to carry out the exchange is the community’s desire to have a map capable of yielding more action, in addition to Purgatory being considered very similar to Bermuda, the first map launched by the developer.
In addition, the update will also include numerous additions such as new items in ranked matches, the arrival of the Shield Weapon, a new weapon different from the traditional one; the introduction of a new item called an inhaler; the new functionality that will make it possible to silence allied players; new emotes, team code system and Bomb Squad mode. Finally, there will be the addition of the new character Steffie, in addition to Kelly Ventania and the new item of the AWM weapon, named as Piercing Ammunition.
Despite the different and important introductions, there will also be the correction of some problems, such as the bug in the skill of the character Alok, which made him stop while using the skill, and the changes in the weapons XM8 and AN94. The first one will take more damage, fire speed and movement while aiming. However, you will lose ammo, range and accuracy. The second, on the other hand, will achieve a higher rate of fire, greater range and better stability in retreat, but will suffer reductions in damage and power of the mouth.
Change of maps
As expected by the community, the Purgatory map, extremely criticized for being similar to Bermuda, will be removed from the classic (casual and ranked) mode to give entry to Kalahari, which promises to be different from the previous ones. Overall, the map seeks to add more challenges in different fields involving landscapes and items, which tends to make players study and explore new areas.
Furthermore, Kalahari is a desert map and, therefore, requires players to have another type of gameplay. Each area has its own style, which may vary from point to point. Therefore, it can and should be considered a map of survival rather than frank exchange. The developer’s goal is to balance the map so that players can reach and understand the expectations of the emergence of a new location in the game.
New Shield Weapon
As previously disclosed by Garena, the shield weapon will act as a protective shield that gives a certain advantage to the player who is equipped with it. Therefore, just as the name says, the weapon has a damage softener that creates a protective shield in blue color and, if the player receives any shot from the opponent at the time he is shooting, he will suffer less damage.
In a nutshell, the Shield Weapon will cause the player to take less damage when exchanging shots. However, it is worth mentioning that the item only works while the user is aiming. So, for example, the moment you are running, the player will be unprotected.
New Bomb Squad mode
Very similar to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Bomb Squad mode involves the “police and thief” style, in which a team plants a bomb and its opponents defend it. Altogether there are two teams with four players each, in a very similar way to the Contra Squad mode. In this case, the winning team will win the most matches in seven rounds.
Arrival of the character Steffie
One of the main novelties of the update, the character Steffie is a professional graffiti artist who has the Abrigo de Tinta skill, with a graffiti that reduces the damage of explosives and damage of shot in the cooldown of 45 seconds. The skill in question is exclusive to Steffie and cannot be used by other characters. Specifically, the new character is exactly the opposite of Alvaro’s strength and very similar to Andrew.
New items and weapons in ranked matches
In the group of items and weapons that will be included in the ranked matches are: VSS Bullet Saw, which is one of the least used weapons of Free Fire and will cause the enemies affected by it to bleed, in addition to causing more damage; Kar98 Biometric Sight, another very little weapon used by the community and which will have an accessory for the exclusive use of the sniper rifle, which will identify any living thing that appears on the map; Core of the M14’s Rage, which, unlike the previous examples, is a weapon widely used by the community with the item as permission to fire more accurately, besides increasing the rate of shots fired; Ice Pistol, which allows you to create walls of ice even from a long distance, and Double Cartridge, an item that allows players to reload their weapons more quickly. It is worth mentioning that the last two will be available only on AirDrops.