It would be unbelievable to some that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, released four years ago, would still be in high demand. But it seems that CD Projekt Red’s single-player masterpiece is still well into its prime. In fact, it is more popular on Steam now than it was at launch.
Community lead, Marcin Momot, revealed that of 29 December 2019, the most concurrent players on Steam was nearly 94,000. This broke the record set all the way back at the launch in May 2015, which was approximately 92,268.
— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) December 29, 2019
Many attribute the surge in popularity to the release of Netflix’s The Witcher, which came out on 20 December 2019. The series stars Henry Cavill as the stoic monster hunter, Geralt and is more heavily based on the books than the game. Though, the growing numbers may be from newcomers to the series trying to get more out of the franchise.
It was also in 2019 that CD Projekt Red undertook the port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to the Nintendo Switch. While it was thought to be an ambitious port, The Witcher 3: Complete Edition grew favor from fans and critics alike. There was a noticeable graphical downgrade from its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts, at 540p on handheld mode and 720p. Though you can still get the glory of the Continent without any performance issues.
Fans of the Witcher games can also come away with further good news as the author of the books, Andrzej Sapkowski, and CD Projekt Red had come to an amicable agreement. In a press release, the studio says “The agreement satisfies and fully clarifies the needs and expectations of both parties, past, and present, and sets out a framework for the future cooperation between the two sides.
The agreement grants CD PROJEKT new rights, as well as confirms the company’s title to “The Witcher” intellectual property in video games, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise.”
For those unaware, Sapkowski had written the books in the ’90s. Around the mid-2000s, CD Projekt Red had acquired the video game rights for the series. Sapkowski refused a profit-sharing agreement and sold it for a lump sum of $9,350. While the first two Witcher games sold decently, the Witcher 3 was a blockbuster success. Sapkowski told Eurogamer in 2017 “I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn’t believe in their success.”
Sapkowski demanded 6% of lifetime profits for the series, which amounted to $16.11 million from The Witcher 3 alone. CD Projekt Red refused but said it wanted to resolve this dispute amicably if possible.
Now with the renewed agreement between Sapkowski and CD Projekt Red, the possibility of a Witcher sequel in highly speculated. CD Project Red also has its hotly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, starring Keanu Reeves, releasing on April 16.
Fortnite Streamer Bowl Teams Confirmed
Twitch Rivals finally came out with the list of top-level players that will compete on the Fortnite Streamer Bowl. They will play alongside some of the most popular NFL players in these weekend duos tournament.
Streamer Bowl will be happening in Miami on January 30, right before the Super Bowl kicks off. In total, 16 duos will be fighting for the $ 500, 000, which will go to the charity of their choice.
Streamer Bowl Teams
- Fortnite World Cup Winner Bugha will be playing with JuJu Smith-Schuster from Pittsburgh Steelers
- LosPollosTV is going to team up with Jamal Adams from New York Jets
- Fan-favorite Turner “Tfue” Tenney will partner with Kyler Murray from Arizona Cardinals
- TimTheTatman’s back is gonna be covered by Jonathan Abram from Oakland Raiders
- Symfuhny and D.K. Metcalf from Seattle Seahawks will do their best to secure the prize
- NICKMERCS is practicing with Mike Evans from Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Popular Twitch streamer DrLupo will take his chances with Keenan Allen from L.A. Chargers
- Fellow Canadian NickEh30 is teaming up with David Morgan from Minnesota Vikings
- Tarik Cohen from Chicago Bears is going for the Victory Royale with Clix
- Chap’s partner in crime is Kyle Van Noy coming from the New England Patriots
- Reverse2k is going all-in with Baker Mayfield from the Cleveland Browns
- BrookeAB, the only female streamer on the list, is partnering up with Eric Ebron from Indianapolis Colts
- Aydan is gonna be playing with Kurt Benkert from Atlanta Falcons
- UnknownxArmy will do his best with the help of Avonte Maddox of Philadelphia Eagles
- Elded will be playing with Arizona Cardinals representative, Kenyan Drake
- Lastly, we have NateHill and Eddie Vanderdoes, coming from Houston Texans
You can watch the whole tournament live from the official page. The event will be promoted via Purple Zone video series that will include the hottest Twitch streamers (Tfue, NickEh30, DrLupo, and Mike Evans) and NFL players (DK, Mike Evans, JuJu, and Jamal Adams).
The format of the tournament is still unknown, but Streamer Bowl will start at 3 pm PT on 30th January.
Ninja gets skin on Fortnite in new update
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins will have his own skin in Fortnite. The streamer made the announcement on Wednesday morning (15) on a broadcast on his Mixer channel. The item is part of the Icon Series, which already has the Marshmello and Major Lazer skins. According to the player, the news comes to the game on Thursday (16), along with the 11.4 update, the first of 2020 at Epic Games Battle Royale. Nevertheless, the skin is only available for three days, leaving the game catalog as early as the 19th.
The character’s look was praised by the streamer. The skin features spiky hair, a blue jacket and hood, and black pants. “(The skin) looks like me,” commented Ninja during the broadcast. Other news involving the player has also come to Battle Royale: an emote, a blingback and a pick are available to the player who purchases the item. You can even vary between four skin customizations.
The title developer plans to release more such items, bringing real-world personalities into the game. Loserfruit and TheGrefg, for example, are also confirmed by Epic Games.
We're bringing the artistic vision, personality and attitude of our top creators to Fortnite with the Icon series, starting with @Ninja!
This is just the beginning of gaming, music, film, and fashion colliding in Fortnite.
Read more here: https://t.co/iIV9SHq3zM
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) January 15, 2020
Fortnite Update 11.4 also features a new weapon side rank feature. In non-competitive matches, the player may “set aside” the assault rifle as a heavy assault rifle, which returns in this patch. Now it will also be possible to upgrade the rarity of weapons early in the game. New items have also been added, such as the Flint-Knock pistol and the Shockwave and Impulse grenades.
Funds are already nearing the end of Fortnite’s first season, Chapter 2, which began in October last year. The next one is scheduled to start in February, and should bring news such as map changes, battle pass and new item releases.
How to get Ninja skin in Fortnite?
Ninja’s skin will be in store for a limited time, however, and availability will cease once it is removed. The skin will be removed three days later, on January 19.
Ninja’s partnership is part of a new Icons series in which Epic Games collaborates with musicians, artists, movies, fashion and more to bring themed experiences to Fortnite. Past collaborations included Marshmello and Major Lazer. Epic has also confirmed that YouTube creators Loserfruit and The Grefg are future collaborations of the Icons series.
PUBG Season 6 Update: New Map And More
PUBG Season 6 update will soon hit the streets, and with it, we will get a brand new map called Karakin. Here’s all that we know about the upcoming season.
New Desert Map
Karakin didn’t come out of the blue. The devs have already teased us via social media before giving us this badass reveal trailer. Karakin is a desert map set somewhere in North Africa. This will be games 5th map, along with Miramar, Vikendi, Sanhok, and Erangel. Karakin is 2 x 2 km in size, which means it is much smaller than other maps and perfect for fast-paced games. It has also been confirmed that Vikendi will not be available in season 6, but will definitely reappear in the later seasons. However, custom matches in Vikendi will still be available.
If you just can’t wait for it, you can already check Karakin out on a test server. Aside from 5 villages on the shores, much of the map is an open mountainous area, which will be perfect for sniping practice. There are claustrophobic underground bunkers spread throughout the map.
PUBG Season 6 Mechanic: Black Zone
Karakin also comes with a twist – a new mechanic called Black Zone that will completely transform the area inside it. The buildings inside it will sustain big damage or be completely destroyed, so you will have to constantly be on your feet. Devs have developed it to prevent excessive camping and we highly welcome it. Black Zone will also evolve in real-time throughout the match, so a house that was there just a minute ago may become totally flattened. Buildings that get destroyed will be represented with X on the minimap. It will also be totally random, resulting in a different experience every time you play. Watch out for the sound of a siren and quickly evacuate if you are inside the purple circle.
Sticky Bombs And Penetrable Walls
Karakin will also have one unique weapon – Sticky Bombs. You will use them on various Breach points, like weak walls and floors, to create new paths. This will definitely add a new tactical element in the game, as you now have the option to attack enemies from various unexpected angles. Sticky Bombs will also uncover various secret areas that might contain useful loot, so keep your eyes open.
Devs have also decided to add bullet penetration, which will work on the weakest walls in Karakin. Lastly, the new flying vehicle called Motor Glider will also be available in Karakin. The vehicle has 2 seats, making it easy for your teammate to spread fire on enemies below. There are dozens of small things added and you can see full patch notes here.
PUBG Is Here To Stay
PUBG is still very much in race with other Battle Royale games like Apex Legends and Fortnite. Remember, Season 5 was launched in October of 2019, and we’ve already got a new one. Season 6 is coming out at the end of the month, on January 25th.