If you need to recognize something about Microsoft in recent years, it’s that they worked hard. The current generation of consoles has been dominated by the PlayStation 4, which has taken advantage of the public’s rejection of the initial Xbox One concept and has emerged as the market leader, selling over 100 million units in about 6 years.
There are no official Xbox One sales figures, but the console is thought to have roughly half of its main rival’s sales – not necessarily a bad figure, but still below its predecessor, the Xbox 360.
But it must be admitted that, in a difficult situation, Microsoft’s gaming division, which was now headed by Phil Spencer, did not stand still, making several decisions not only reactive to what Sony was doing, but making its own. proposals and concepts to expand and revitalize the brand.
In the console area itself, Microsoft has reiterated and improved Xbox One with several new versions, including a significantly more powerful Xbox One X. For example, unlike the management of their predecessor, Don Mattrick, Spencer and their team worked to implement a backward compatible system for Xbox One, capable of running not only Xbox 360 games and the original Xbox.
Xbox has also firmly embraced the policy of offering services to its consumers, with its big asset being the Xbox Game Pass, which allows subscribers to access a revolving catalog full of great games (most recently including GTA V), plus discounts for anyone who wants to. buy the game before it is removed from the program.
Game Pass also serves as a showcase for its main titles, making its great exclusive available to the program’s subscribers. And considering the company’s major studio acquisitions in recent years, including Playground Games (Forza Horizon), Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice) and Obsidian Entertainment (The Outer Worlds), this showcase should only get more flashy going forward.
Microsoft also seems to want to “decentralize” the Xbox public association as just a console: for a few years now, Microsoft has come back to value the PC market. Game Pass has its own desktop version, and exclusives like Gears 5 and Halo: Reach (part of the Master Chief Collection) are in its catalog.
More than that, in some cases, Xbox has made occasional alliances with potential rivals to expand its brand, such as selling its games on Steam and even porting titles like Ori and the Blind Forest and Cuphead for the Nintendo Switch.
It wasn’t a perfect way – Scalebound’s cancellation still hurts many people’s hearts – but Microsoft has prepared significant ground for the future. And by 2020, there is a chance to make a big splash in the competition.
The power of the new console is still officially unknown, but the trailer above gives us an idea of what can be done with a platform compatible graphics engine, and they are downright impressive. Microsoft has also indicated that it will be backwards compatible with generations past its release, and it seems that it will even run more than one game at a time.
The Xbox Series X arrives in late 2020, and will have as its flagship product Halo Infinite, whose mission is to revitalize the franchise after the warm reception of Halo 4 and Halo 5. But the game will also be available for Xbox One. and for PC, stressing that the name “Xbox” is not limited to one machine.
In addition, a classic franchise, Flight Simulator, will also return in style for all three platforms.
It is expected that Microsoft is hiding some cards up its sleeve, which should be revealed (expected) during E3 2020, but at this point, considering all the work of the games division, it is quite possible to imagine that Xbox end the year in a promising way.
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.
Most anticipated games of 2020: The Last of Us Part II
Talking about the most anticipated games of 2020 and not quoting The Last of Us Part II doesn’t really match. The sequel produced by Naughty Dog is one of the most anticipated titles for those who played the first The Last of Us in 2013 – and I dare say, maybe even for those who didn’t play it either.
It seems that Naughty Dog will use its best weapon, that is, an emotionally drawn narrative and attention-grabbing multidimensional characters to deliver the desired sequence. After all, everything the producer has presented about the game so far focuses on these aspects.
This time, the deuteragonist of the first game, Ellie, is the one that gets the most prominence. And her personal journey for revenge will possibly help her discover more about her own origins – or so the community has been speculating for months.
Of course Joel, the protagonist of the first game, is also back, but the spotlight seems to rest on the young woman in the sequence. And in addition to a very emotional and cinematic storyline, The Last of Us Part II will feature new gameplay.
It will be possible to jump between small spans, dodge threats and even block some attacks. Crawling to escape the enemy’s field of view is also new. Ellie will also be able to focus on three different types of skills (Survival, Manufacturing and Stealth) and listening, the mechanics of the first game, is back in continuation.
The young woman will primarily use a bow and arrow, but may use heavier knives and firearms as well. And besides, there will be new enemies.
So far, we know that Jackson County in Wyoming and Hillcrest in Seattle are among the settings of The Last of Us Part II. However, the question remains: will we ride in various areas and cross the United States, as in the first game?
So far, only Ellie’s purpose has been publicized, and it’s basically a revenge that will unleash an unbridled trail of blood of violence – something that will even force Joel to try to help her, for better or for worse.
However, what or who exactly causes this uncontrollable thirst for revenge on Ellie? What about your relationship with Joel after the end of the first The Last of Us? Are they on good terms?
What will Ellie discover by chasing the group of fanatics known as the Seraphites? There are a lot of questions and, it seems, the game will stir the players’ emotions again.
What do I look forward to most in The Last of Us Part II? Multifaceted and captivating characters (either positively or negatively); social, political and even environmental issues; and a narrative full of conflicts and reflections along the way.
At the same time, other than a replay of the first game, Naughty Dog seems to be whimsically experimenting with new mechanics, enemies and locations – and who knows what else the producer is hiding up its sleeve…?
10 Most Promising ESports Events In 2020
There are a lot of interesting eSports events in 2020 that we just can’t wait to see. From the massive Fortnite World Championship up to competitive CS: GO tournaments, here are 10 promising events that are keeping us up at night.
1. BlizzCon 2020
BlizzCon is one of the most popular gaming conventions in the whole world. Aside from letting you preview new games and attend concerts, BlizzCon also lets you watch intense championships of their most popular games live. This includes a massively successful Overwatch world cup and WoW arena. Additionally, there will also be a Starcraft 2 tournament, and the winner will be considered the best player in the world. Lastly, we also have a Hearthstone event, which is a virtual card game that’s becoming increasingly successful and gives out big tournament prizes.
BlizzCon is held in California and the ticket prices range from $ 200 to $ 750. Alternatively, you can also buy a virtual ticket and stream the entire event in real-time. Even when BlizzCon is over, there are lots of smaller fan-organized events that have interesting events and are completely free.
2. Fortnite World Cup
Last summer’s first world cup exceeded all of our expectations, and we believe that Epic Games might repeat it this year. It successfully became the largest eSports event, with over million viewers on Twitch and 10,000+ biggest fans watching live from New York. In 2020, Epic Games plans to raise its already massive (30 million $) prize pool, and bring the whole event to dizzy new heights. Be sure to check the official Fortnite World Cup site, for any news on the development.
3. Rocket League Cup
Since the day it came out, Psyonix was aware that they had a hit on their hands. It was followed by a big Rocket League tournament in 2016, which has only grown over the years. If you want to qualify for this championship, you will need to win a regular competition in either North America, South America, Europe, or Oceania. Although the prize pool ($ 1 million) is still small in comparison to giants like Fortnite, it is steadily increasing. All info about the tournament will be available here in the coming weeks.
4. FIFA eWorld Cup
FIFA’s virtual world cup will involve millions of competitors from over 60 countries, which is completely insane. The game has actually been introduced in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest gaming tournament in the world, but don’t be scared by this. It’s easy to start climbing up the ranks and everyone can participate. The full road to the finals is adequately explained in this video. The locations and dates for 2020 finals are still unknown, but it should be held sometime in August and usually takes place in Europe.
5. League of Legends World Championship
Riot Games decided to go all in and host this year’s LoL championship in China, with finals being in Shanghai. The prize pool is still not confirmed, but it should be over $ 2 million. This tournament will include 24 best teams from 14 different countries, so we will surely see some intense combat situations.
6. The International
After the Fortnite, Dota 2’s international is the most popular gaming event. It is organized by Valve and will have a prize pool of $ 34 million, for which 18 of the most skilled teams will battle. The International will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 18th to 23rd August. You can easily watch it from the comfort of your home by logging in with your game client. Additionally, you can make your predictions and acquire in-game rewards if it turns out you are right! How cool is that?
7. Capcom Cup
If you like old-school fighting games you are in luck, because Capcom Cup is coming back this year. This live tournament features 16-32 best Street Fighter V players, all of which want to cement themselves as the best one. In order to qualify, players must win a few smaller competitive events first, a list of which you can find here. Although the prize pool isn’t that impressive, competition here is fierce and fights are very engaging to watch.
Although BlizzCon has Overwatch tournaments as well, this is by far the more popular one. Every year, 20 best teams are competing for the chunk of the prize pool, which is estimated to be over $5 million id 2020. The competition will span through 19 cities, including Shanghai, Paris, and New York, and the finals will be in Philidelphia. This tournament is open to all Overwatch players, but you’ll have to be able to qualify through the series of smaller tournaments. You can find more information and the official schedule here.
9. Call Of Duty League
Although there were plenty of Call of Duty tournaments till now, none of them were “official”. Activision plans to change this by introducing a franchised league model in 2020. Some details are still blurry, but here is what we do know. Call of Duty League will consist of 12 professional teams battling for the prize of at least $6 million. The players will be traveling from city to city while repeatedly fighting one another. Here are some of the locations that we know of so far: Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, Dallas, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, London …
10. Blast Premier
Lastly, we have BLAST Premiere – the biggest CS: GO eSports event. With it, RFRSH Entertainment decided to improve on BLAST Pro Series by offering a bigger prize pool ( $ 4, 250, 000). A total of 12 teams will be participating, including Natus Vincerem Team Liquid, Astralis, and Team Vitality, for the top prize of $1 million. BLAST Premier will start on January 31st in London.