TSM | Leffen Wins EVO 2018 In Dominant Fashion

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This year’s Super Smash Bros. Melee bracket at Evolution Championship Series was nothing short of a bloodbath. Perhaps due to the event’s unorthodox support of best-of-three sets and early-morning pools, the tournament’s second day was marked by titanic upsets, including James “Swedish Delight” Liu’s victory over Adam “Armada” Lindgren and Rishi “Rishi” Malhotra’s comeback win against Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman. Entering EVO’s third day, the event’s outcome was clouded by uncertainty.

However, in a few thundering sets,  William “Leffen” Hjelte erased that uncertainty, showing all of his doubters that he still has what it takes to win one of Melee’s most coveted supermajors. The mercurial Fox main weathered the carnage of EVO’s Melee Top 48 bracket—and a Top 48 run in his secondary game, Dragon Ball FighterZ—to face off against Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma, the event’s top seed and presumptive champion, in winner’s semifinals. After a blowout victory for Hungrybox in game one, Leffen opened his third eye, squeaking out a game-two victory before three-stocking Hungrybox in the set’s deciding game.

After that, Leffen didn’t miss a beat, easily dispatching the recently-minted world No. 2 Justin “Plup” McGrath in winner’s finals to ensure himself a grand finals berth. There, he faced off against a resurgent Armada—who had kept his “3VO” hopes alive with an epic loser’s run—in an all-Swedish finals. To Armada’s chagrin, Leffen showed his prowess against both of the Team Alliance member’s main characters, defeating his Fox and withstanding a desperate switch to Peach to ensure himself an EVO title with a swift 3-0.

Only two years after visa issues prevented Leffen from even attending EVO at all, the longtime Team SoloMid member found himself on top of the biggest podium in competitive Melee. After connecting a killing up-aerial on Armada’s final stock, the world No. 4 erupted out of his seat in elation, pausing only to accept a congratulatory embrace from his friend and countryman. Overcome by the moment, Leffen strode to the center of the stage, standing alone as he grappled with the magnitude of his victory.

Of course, not everyone can be an EVO champion, and Leffen’s victory was counterbalanced by disappointing performances by some of his contemporaries. Though he’d never failed to make it into an EVO Top 8 since Melee’s return to the series in 2013, Mew2King placed a disappointing 13th this year, eliminated by Armada after both “gods” found themselves in loser’s bracket earlier than expected. Joseph “Mang0” Marquez also fell victim to Armada’s loser’s run, squashing his own "3VO" dreams to tie with Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett at 5th.

While Armada’s loser’s bracket saw him defeat many of the world’s greatest competitors, he was unable to force a rematch against Swedish Delight, the New Jersey Sheik main who had defeated him in winner’s bracket. Though Swedish Delight made it into the event’s Top 8, he fell to Wizzrobe for a 7th-place finish, tying with Johnny “S2J” Kim in a more-than-respectable performance for both players.

Unlike past “Summers of Smash,” this year’s EVO represents the beginning of a long Melee tournament stretch, including next week’s Super Smash Con and the following week’s Heir 5 and concluding with late August’s Shine 2018. But no matter who wins those tournaments, Leffen has already captured a victory that few will forget when the time comes to determine 2018’s year-end rankings.

“He’s the hero of the story,” said commentator Bobby “Scar” Scarnewman. “Finally.”

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The OVERWATCH Summer Games Will Return On August 9

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As expected, Blizzard has confirmed that the Summer Games event for Overwatch will be making a comeback this month, featuring the soccer-inspired Lucioball mode. Moreover, a new arena located in Busan, South Korea is being added this year, together with the existing Rio de Janeiro and Sydney maps. 

Blizzard announced the return of the Summer Games via Twitter, which will run from August 9th to August 30th. Besides the new arena that will be included in the game, this year’s Lucioball will retain its previous mechanics, which will allow players to team up in a 3v3 brawl. 

Concerning cosmetic items, Blizzard also unveiled on Twitter that new skins will start with characters D.Va and Reinhardt. The event will keep the sports and summer theme, which is reflected in the new skins such as a football-inspired armor for Reinhardt and a life vest for D. Va together with a jet ski transformation for her mech. Moreover, players will earn Summer Games loot boxes, which will not only contain new items but will also include last year’s loot. 

Are you excited for this year’s Overwatch Summer Games? Share your favorite moment last year in the comments section below. 

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Developer Says That CRACKDOWN 3 Is “Pretty Much Done”

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Initially announced back in 2013 and after multiple delays, Microsoft’s upcoming title, Crackdown 3, is scheduled to release next year. Microsoft refuses to delay the game once again, and luckily, developer Sumo Digital said that the game is “pretty much done.”

In a statement to GamesIndustry, Paul Porter, the managing director for Sumo Digital, said that ever since the takeover of the UK studio on the development of the project, the team has been busy with the game, which is why they have remained silent over the years. 

Porter further revealed that the development team is well aware of the disappointment of players with Crackdown 2, which is why Crackdown 3 will take a different approach from its predecessor. 

“…As you know the release date’s moved back, confirmed as February next year, and that’s great news because it gives us the time to polish a game that’s pretty much done, but make it better and better. The way to make the best games is you finish them, then finish them again, and then finish them again. That’s what we’re doing with Crackdown 3.”

It has been five years since Crackdown 3 was announced and was delayed multiple times so hopefully, the developers will be able to keep their promise this time and release the game as scheduled.

Crackdown 3 is slated to release on February 2019 for the Xbox One and PC. Are you still anticipating for the release of this game? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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Twitch Streamer Ninja Becomes The First Streamer To Reach 10 Million Followers

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Last Thursday, Twitch superstar streamer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced on Twitter that he is the first streamer to reach 10 million followers on the platform. 

This isn’t the first time that Ninja broke records on Twitch as he and Drake were able to pull in 628 thousand viewers on a Fortnite stream last March. He then broke his record a month later with another stream of Fortnite

GameIndustry reported that Ninja’s data streaming data was tracked using the Socialblade tool that previously recorded his total followers on Twitch at 555,000 on Sept. 26, 2017, which is the same day Epic Games launched Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode. As Fortnite became increasingly popular, so did Ninja as his followers increased dramatically parallel to the game’s success. 

Four months ago, Ninja said during an interview with CNBC after reports claimed that the streamer is making more than half a million a month from his streaming career. In the interview, he explained that:

“The combination of all those things is really where the collected revenues are coming from. The deal that Amazon Prime and Twitch Prime have together is incredible. Twitch Prime allows people to claim loot and collect loot with specific games, and they recently did a deal with Fortnite, which is the hottest game right now, and that is actually one of the main reasons of the influx on subscribers to my stream.”

Fortnite is currently available as a free-to-play game on the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and iOS devices. 

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WINDJAMMERS Is Getting A Switch Port Soon

The inevitable port of Windjammers to the Nintendo Switch is finally happening as announced during this weekend’s EVO event. DotEmu revealed that “the original flying disc game” is expected to release on Nintendo’s hybrid console sometime this year. 

To those who are unfamiliar with the game, Windjammers is a sports arcade title that was released back in 1994 to the Neo Geo arcade system and Data East. During its initial release, the game wasn’t as popular as it should be and only attracted a following years later making it a cult classic. 

The upcoming Switch version of Windjammers will be the same port that was released to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita back in August 2017, which introduced online multiplayer support. The game will feature six different courts and six different characters that will each have their unique personalities and style of play. 

Moreover, the game will feature five modes in total, two unlockable mini-games, and an overhauled menu that will feature HD aesthetics making it the best-looking Windjammers thus far. Currently, there are still no details on how much the game will cost players once it is released to the Switch. However, its PS4 and PS Vita counterparts were both priced for $14.99, so the Switch version will probably be around the same pricing point. 

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China Is Getting A New CALL OF DUTY Mobile Game

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It appears that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is not the only new entry in the franchise that is currently in development. Activision recently announced a newfound partnership with the Chinese company Tencent, to develop a new Call of Duty mobile game for China. 

Details regarding the upcoming mobile version of Call of Duty is scarce at the moment. However, Activision revealed that it would be an “original game,” suggesting that this project will not be a port of an existing game in the franchise. Moreover, the studio promised that while it will be a new game, players can still expect characters, maps, modes, and weapons that fans of the series are familiar with. 

In a press release, Call of Duty executive Rob Kostich stated that:

“We’re working closely with one of Tencent’s top mobile studios, Timi, to help develop a fun and original Call of Duty experience that delivers superb gameplay and mechanics to mobile players. Call of Duty has been the leading first-person action experience around the globe for years and seeing that come to life on a mobile platform has been really exciting. We can’t wait for fans to play.”

It is worth remembering that this project is not the first mobile Call of Duty mobile game. Activision has previously released a title called Call of Duty: Heroes, which is a real-time strategy game featuring well-known characters in the franchise. 

Currently, neither Activision nor Tencent released information on when the game will be released in China or if the game will be launched worldwide eventually. 

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What Should Capcom Remake Next After RESIDENT EVIL 2?

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Even before Capcom officially launched Resident Evil 2 Remake at E3 this June, fans have been wondering on which Resident Evil game Capcom will remake next. The latest financial report of the Japanese publisher suggests that the company is extremely confident that RE2 Remake will be an instant hit, but of course, its performance is vital for any future remakes. 

Capcom was asked by an investor about RE2’s expected sales and the possibility of future remakes, the publisher responded and said that they are anticipating Resident Evil 2 to be one of the company’s major releases for the fiscal year and expects the remake to be in the “million-seller” level. Capcom also explained that they are very much open to pursuing similar projects in the future. 

“Further, regarding remakes and re-releases of titles in our back catalog, we expect to explore these further with a variety of properties as a part of our strategy to utilize our library of IP.”

Capcom also shared details on Resident Evil 2’s cost and expected profits by talking about the game’s overall scope. 

“While the base story and setting did exist, we have made the most of our cutting-edge game development environment to re-create the content, and are developing it with a budget appropriate for a Resident Evil title targeting the global market.”

The performance of RE2 Remake when it is released on January next year will play a pivotal role to any future remakes whether it be part of the Resident Evil franchise or any other series in Capcom’s library of games. However, the title that has the highest possibility of being remade is most likely Resident Evil 3, which gives Capcom the opportunity to take advantage of the current hype for classic Resident Evil games. Of course, past titles such as Dino Crisis is also a great contender. 

In the end, it all boils down to how fans will receive RE2 Remake. However, judging by the reception at E3 and the gameplay footages that were released, it seems that Capcom may be hitting a gold mine here. 

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PUBG Mobile Is Getting MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT Content

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for mobile got a content drop featuring new challenges and rewards that serves as a tie-in to the latest blockbuster Mission: Impossible Fallout. The update comes with a month-long campaign to help promote the film. 

“Nothing is impossible for PUBG Mobile, the world’s most popular mobile battle royale game— not even a partnership with an iconic movie franchise such as Mission: Impossible,” said Vincent Wang, the game’s general manager in a press release. As of this date, the mobile version of PUBG has seen 100 million downloads worldwide, and the developer hopes that the partnership with Mission: Impossible will bring in more players. 

The update features the iconic soundtrack of the film franchise into the game, together with parachute customizations that are based on the movie. Moreover, players can also access the outfit of Ethan Hunt and his fellow agents to complete the Mission: Impossible experience. 

PUBG Mobile is now available as a free-to-download game on iOS, Google Play, and Android devices. The original PUBG version is also available for the PC and Xbox One. 

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The Physical Edition Of SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY Will Require Players To Download The Second And Third Games

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After the successful re-release of the Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, demand for remakes of older games have been rampant in the gaming industry, and the beloved purple dragon is no exception. As the release of Spyro Reignited Trilogy approaches, players discovered that only the first game would be included in the physical edition of the game as the other two will require players to download it instead. 

This piece of information was spotted by Wario64, who took a closer look at the small print in the new box art of the game. The fine print revealed that the trilogy “requires content download” and fans confirmed this via the official Spyro website, which clearly stated that “Games 2 and 3 require download via internet.”

Fans began bombarding Activision for answers, and in a statement given to Game Informer, the publisher seems to view the download problem as a minor issue. In their statement, Activision said that:

“As with most games today, downloading an update after purchase is quite common. The language on packaging and on the web is to let players know the requirements for Spyro Reignited Trilogy.”

Of course, we all want to think that in this day and age, access to the internet is common worldwide. However, some fans raised their concerns especially those with limited access or those with metered connections. Moreover, it seems that developer Toys for Bob is experiencing a slight delay in the development of the game and would need the extra time beyond the deadline for physical release. So, a day-one patch would be the solution for the publisher to extend development, without delaying the release of the physical version of the trilogy. 

However, is it fair for Activision to release an incomplete physical copy of the trilogy instead of just delaying the launch for a few weeks? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Spyro Reignited Trilogy launches on September 21 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

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Check Out The Official Teaser For LIFE IS STRANGE 2

The newly released preview for Life Is Strange 2 showed that the upcoming game would be a vast departure from its predecessor. The trailer was short, only running for about a minute, but it was more than enough to show how the game sports a darker and much creepier vibe. 

The trailer is seen in the perspective of a police officer’s dash cam and takes place in the fictional town of Beaver Creek, which may or may not be the final setting of the game. The video starts in silence, and then the police car pulled over to the side as the driver declares, “I’ve got a 10-10 in progress.”

A “10-10” is police jargon that refers to a fight, which is heard from a distance as the officer tries to stop it off-camera. Of course, the fight turns out to be more than your typical brawl as the police officer was unable to break it off and was then flung across the street with his entire car rolling over. 

It’s hard to say whether the officer survived the encounter. However, developer Dontnod Entertainment and publisher Square Enix promised that “all will be revealed August 20th, 2018.” The first out of five episodes for Life is Strange 2 is scheduled to release on September 27 for the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One. 

Are you excited for Life is Strange 2? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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