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Amazon's Upcoming MMORPG New World Delayed To Spring 2021

Amazon Games’ upcoming MMORPG New World has been delayed significantly, from August of this year to spring 2021. While delays abound due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, this delay appears to center around getting the gameplay experience right.

“In particular, we want to ensure that the most dedicated players have plenty of middle and endgame experiences as they venture through Aeternum. We want our players to feel completely immersed in the game, and know that our studio stands for quality and lasting gameplay you can trust — and that means added time to get things where we want them before we fully release.” says studio director Rich Lawrence in a developer diary update. Check out the entire post for more details behind the delay decision.

Getting things as close to perfect as possible for a MMORPG launch is incredibly important. While the launch date may have changed, alpha/beta testers and players that pre-ordered the title have a chance to play the game on August 25 in its current state, for a limited time.

 

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Ghost Of Tsushima — Here's When Reviews Hit Ahead Of Release Date

Now that July is officially here, we’re inching closer to the release of Ghost of Tsushima. The highly anticipated PS4 exclusive launches on Friday, July 17, and now we know exactly when reviews for the game will go live.

The review embargo for Ghost of Tsushima is Tuesday, July 14 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM BST. That means that in less than one week you’ll begin seeing outlets–including GameSpot–publishing their reviews of the game ahead of its release.

Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world action game developed by Sucker Punch, the studio behind the Sly Cooper and Infamous franchises. The title features only one playable character, Jin Sakai, who is fighting to reclaim his home island from the invading Mongols. Throughout the story, players will have the choice to face their foes as an honorable samurai or become the “Ghost” and use stealth and other deceitful tactics.

In the lead up to its release, Sucker Punch has been sharing more details about Ghost of Tsushima. The studio gave us a much closer look at exploration and combat in May’s State of Play broadcast, and last week it detailed stances and the deadliness of Jin’s katana. Sony also recently shared a new trailer to get you ready for war.

While Ghost of Tsushima’s release date is quickly approaching, there’s still time to pre-order a copy of the game and snag some extra bonuses, including a mini soundtrack and dynamic PS4 theme. You can learn more in our Ghost of Tsushima pre-order guide.

Ghost Of Tsushima News

  • Ghost Of Tsushima's Long Journey To Release, Unlikely Inspiration, And Intricate Combat
  • Ghost Of Tsushima: Everything We Know So Far
  • Ghost Of Tsushima Pre-Order Bonuses, Collector's Edition Announced (PS4)

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Crysis Remastered Arrives On Switch July 23

On July 23, we finally get to answer the age-old question – “But can it run Crysis?”. While Crysis Remastered is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch, the only platform we’ve got a hard date for is Switch. An update posted on Facebook today revealed the launch date. 

Wondering how Crysis Remastered will run on the Switch? There are some spiffy short videos you can check out over at the official Crysis website here.

Delays have been the story of 2020, with studios suffering from the effects of massive workplace shifts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It remains to be seen how the other versions of the game will be impacted in terms of delay.

 

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Pulls 200-Player Battle Royale Mode

Call of Duty: Warzone’s 200-player mode has been removed, and that’s no surprise. The 200-player variant was always labeled as a limited-time mode, and now it has been removed with the game’s newest playlist update. You’ll have to go back to the smaller battles, at least for now. Of course, it may not be gone forever.

While BR 200 is gone, Infinity Ward has brought back BR Quads and added BR Stimulus Trios to the Warzone playlist menus.

BR 200 was added to Warzone in the June 30 Season 4 Reloaded Update, so it stayed in the game for around 10 days. It’s possible it will return someday, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

BR 200 was Warzone’s biggest mode to date, supporting up to 200 players in a single match compared to a maximum of 150 in the standard Warzone mode.

Season 4 Reloaded also introduced a new Juggernaut Royale mode, which Infinity Ward has also subsequently removed from rotation.

In addition to this playlist update, Infinity Ward is introducing new microtransaction bundles to the Modern Warfare/Warzone store this week, and one of them makes your gun look like a shark.

Looking ahead, Warzone’s rumored Season 5 update is set to introduce some major changes to the map. The map refresh is said to be part of how Activision will unveil the new Call of Duty game for 2020, which is believed to be Black Ops: Cold War.

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eSports

New Envy CEO on Harnessing Entertainment Experience to Build a Bigger Fandom

With more esports organizations on the hunt to find C-level executives with digital marketing experience, Team Envy hit the mark with its new CEO Adam Rymer. Rymer will oversee an organization that has millions of dollars invested in esports fielding five teams including the Dallas Fuel and Dallas Empire which play in Blizzard’s Overwatch and the Call of Duty League, respectively. Envy is also a founding member of Flashpoint, a series of esports competitions that so far has facilitated a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league.

The former president of Nerdist and Legendary Digital Networks makes his first entry into the esports space, but tells The Esports Observer that he’s always been a gamer and has played games for years.

“I’ve been a gamer my whole life. Not at the professional level, but I grew up in a world of gaming,” Rymer said. “I remember playing Doom in college with all my friends, built a LAN in my first apartment after college so I could play Diablo with my roommates. I still play Warcraft, Hearthstone, and dabbled my hand at Fortnite.”

Having been in the gaming lifestyle culture during his time at Harvard where he graduated with a degree in Applied Math and Economics, Rymer believes that experience coupled with his entertainment acumen will help him understand fans–just as he was and still is a fan of gaming and esports.

“One of the things that I learned the most during my time across various entertainment businesses, whether it was music, film, or television is just how passionate fan bases are,” he said. “Getting to go down to Comic-Con and watching people engage with your brand and talent and the kind of the philosophy around what it is that you’re sharing is just so important today.”

Rymer is a true believer that making connections is the true key in creating fandom.

 “We’re living in a world where experiences and a sense of connection means a lot more than just things,” Rymer said. “I think that’s a big part of what esports has, right? You look at professional, other sports, more traditional sports and yet there’s a lot of people who are fans who grew up playing back that particular sport, whether it’s soccer or football or basketball, but they also have a huge number of people who just love to watch it.”

Because of the sheer availability of traditional sports either played in a recreational league or school, just about every person has tried traditional sports at some point in their lives. Children grow up playing the sport they love and become ingrained in its culture and fandom. Gaming and esports was different as there were significant barriers to entry that are slowly being eroded because of the availability of consoles and PCs to families that could not afford such items in the past. It is because of this change, Rymer believes more people have flocked to gaming and esports.

“It’s really interesting to be in a place where more fans are starting from a place where they actually play games and that the barriers to entry for people to actually play these games alongside the professionals is closing,” he said. “Ultimately we’ll expand to people who aren’t necessarily gamers themselves in a bigger way, but I think it’s just an amazing starting place to have when you’re building an industry.”

The philosophical approach Rymer is trumpeting isn’t new, but hasn’t fully been realized yet in esports as a whole. Just as Legendary Pictures helped create hype and fandom surrounding its Batman films, Rymer wants to create that same sort of energy by engaging the community.

“While Envy has already done a lot of the heavy lifting so far, for me one of the biggest focuses for the immediate term is how do we continue to kind of build that brand? How do we build a bigger community and offer our fans more opportunities to interact and connect across the board, whether that’s video content, merchandise, or other ways,” Rymer said. “I want our fans to feel like they’re part of Team Envy, especially in the local market, and ultimately expanding to a more well-known broader market as well.”

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Check Out This Cool Ghost of Tsushima Trailer From PlayStation Japan

Ghost of Tsushima is coming to PlayStation 4 on July 17th. Today, PlayStation Japan released a spiffy new trailer for the game. So, it’s in Japanese, but luckily, subtitles are available on YouTube, so you can get a feel for what’s being relayed. Hell, you don’t even really need any text to enjoy this trailer. 

It kind of makes me want to lean in hard on the black and white game mode and go full Kurosawa the first time I play… Whether or not the game turns out to be amazing, this trailer is definitely pretty sweet.

Check it out below, and turn subtitles on if you want a little extra context. Read more on Ghost of Tsushima here and here, and come back for our full review soon.

 

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Mobile

Fortnite Season 3 Challenges: Dirty Docks Time Trial; Sweaty Sands Camera; And More

Season 3 of Fortnite: Chapter 2 is officially here. As is the case every time a new season begins, much has changed in Epic’s popular battle royale shooter. The island has completely flooded, and there are new AI enemies called Marauders to contend with and a new type of vehicle to commandeer: cars (although those aren’t actually available in the game yet). A new season also means new challenges, and if you need help with those, we’ve got you covered.

Every week in Season 3, Epic will roll out a new batch of missions to complete while playing. Clearing these will net you XP to level up your Battle Pass, which in turn will unlock new skins and other cosmetic items. This time around, there’s also a set of Aquaman challenges that will unlock special Aquaman skins when completed. Only a handful of these challenges are actually live right now, with an additional one coming every week, but you’ll need to clear all five to unlock the skins.

If you need help completing this season’s missions, we’ve rounded up all of our Fortnite Season 3 maps and guides below. We’ll continue to update this list with additional maps and guides as Season 3 rolls on, so check back often for the latest tips.

Fortnite: Chapter 2, Season 3 Challenges

  • Fortnite: Chapter 2, Season 3 Challenges
  • Aquaman Challenges
    • Use A Whirlpool At The Fortilla
    • Complete Swimming Time Trial At Dirty Docks
  • Week 4 Challenges
    • Dance On Camera At Sweaty Sands
    • Collect Floating Rings At Pleasant Park
    • Week 3 Challenges
      • Collect Floating Rings At Lazy Lake
      • Land A Choppa At The Bottom Of Steamy Stacks
      • Week 2 Challenges
        • Find Deadpool Floaties At The Yacht
        • Use Different Ziplines At The Authority
        • Gather Or Consume Foraged Items At The Orchard
        • Week 1 Challenges
          • Find Gnomes At Homely Hills
          • Secret Challenges
            • Coral Buddies Wood Age Quest
            • Aquaman Challenges

              • Use a whirlpool at The Fortilla
              • Use a fishing pole to ride behind a Loot Shark at Sweaty Sands
              • Catch different types of fish in a single match (2)
              • Complete the swimming time trial at Dirty Docks
              • TBA

              Use A Whirlpool At The Fortilla

              The first challenge you need to complete to unlock the special Aquaman skin is to use a whirlpool at The Fortilla, one of the new locations on the Season 3 map. The Fortilla is located directly south of Holly Hedges, so all you need to do to clear this challenge is glide to the area and drop into a whirlpool. Once you’ve done so, you’ll unlock the King of the Beach loading screen for your troubles. You can see exactly where The Fortilla is located above.

              Complete Swimming Time Trial At Dirty Docks

              The fourth Aquaman challenge is another straightforward one–simply complete the swimming time trial at Dirty Docks, which is located just off the coast of the main island in grid square H4. Once you arrive in the area, all you need to do is swim through the clock icons you find in the water before time expires. Complete the time trial and you’ll receive the Supreme Shell back bling. You can see Dirty Docks’ exact location on the map above.

              Week 4 Challenges

              • Search chests at Salty Springs (7)
              • Eliminations at Holly Hedges (3)
              • Collect floating rings at Pleasant Park (4)
              • Land at Frenzy Farm and finish top 25
              • Collet metal from Rickety Rig (200)
              • Dance on camera for 10 seconds at Sweaty Sands
              • Search ammo boxes at Steamy Stacks

              Dance On Camera At Sweaty Sands

              Break out your boogie shoes, because one of Week 4’s challenges asks you to dance on camera for 10 seconds at Sweaty Sands. The trickiest part of this mission is actually finding the camera, but once you do, simply use an emote in front of it for the required amount of time and the challenge will be complete. The camera can be found in the northern end of the beach, near the entrance to the pier; you can see its exact location above.

              Collect Floating Rings At Pleasant Park

              Week 4 features another floating ring challenge. This one asks you to collect floating rings at Pleasant Park. The area itself is located between grid squares D2 and D3, and there are at least four rings scattered around its outskirts–which is how many you need to collect to complete this challenge. We’ve marked down the locations of all the rings we’ve found on the map above. Your best bet is to start with ring on the bottom left, then head north to collect the one at the base of the zipline and ride that to reach the remaining two rings.

              Week 3 Challenges

              • Search chests or ammo boxes at Misty Meadows (7)
              • Eliminations at The Authority (3)
              • Collect Floating Rings at Lazy Lake (4)
              • Dance on top of the crane at Rickety Rig
              • Deal damage from inside a cornfield at Frenzy Farm (100)
              • Destroy cars within 60 seconds of landing at Retail Row from the Battle Bus (2)
              • Land a choppa at the bottom of Steamy Stacks

              Collect Floating Rings At Lazy Lake

              Week 3’s challenges are fairly straightforward, but one that may give you some trouble is to collect floating rings at Lazy Lake. You’ll find these scattered all around the area, but you only need to collect four of them to complete the challenge, and collecting them is simply a matter of walking or jumping into them. If you need help tracking down the rings, we’ve marked their locations on the map above.

              Land A Choppa At The Bottom Of Steamy Stacks

              The other tricky challenge from Week 3 asks you to land a choppa inside Steamy Stacks. The hardest part about this mission is actually tracking down a choppa to pilot, but you can reliably find these at various helipads around the island. The closest ones to Steamy Stacks are in Frenzy Farm and The Yacht, so your best bet is to head to either of these areas and snag a choppa to complete the challenge as quickly as possible. We’ve marked down all the choppa locations we’ve found on the map above.

              Week 2 Challenges

              • Use different ziplines at The Authority (8)
              • Search chests or ammo boxes at Holly Hedges (7)
              • Find Deadpool floaties at The Yacht (3)
              • Score a goal on a soccer pitch at Pleasant Park
              • Eliminations at Lazy Lake (3)
              • Headshot Henchmen at The Fortilla (20)
              • Gather or consume foraged items at The Orchard (5)

              Find Deadpool Floaties At The Yacht

              Season 2 may be over, but you can still find remnants of Deadpool’s pool party around the Season 3 map. For this challenge, you need to find three Deadpool floaties at The Yacht, the giant cruise ship that used to float around off the coast of the island. The Yacht was destroyed during The Device event that capped off Season 2, but you can still see its remains in the northernmost part of the map, and you’ll find four Deadpool floaties scattered around it. You can see exactly where The Yacht is located above.

              Use Different Ziplines At The Authority

              For this challenge, you’ll need to use eight different ziplines at The Authority, the new fortress-like compound that replaced Season 2’s Agency in the very center of the map. This shouldn’t pose too much of a problem; there are ziplines scattered all around The Authority, and all you need to do to use one is approach it and press the button prompt that appears. If you need help finding The Authority, however, we’ve marked its location on the map above.

              Gather Or Consume Foraged Items At The Orchard

              While much of Fortnite’s map radically changed in the transition to Season 3, The Orchard remains the same as it was last season. You can find it just north of Frenzy Farm, and you’ll need to go there to gather or consume foraged items. This is fairly straightforward. You’ll find all kinds of foraged food items around The Orchard, including apples beneath trees, cabbages in soil, and mushrooms in boxes, so simply collect or consume five to complete the challenge. You can see The Orchard’s location on the map above.

              Week 1 Challenges

              • Damage Loot Sharks at Sweaty Sands (200)
              • Deal damage within 10 seconds of landing from the whirlpool at Hydro 16
              • Enter Catty Corner Vault
              • Find Gnomes at Homely Hills (3)
              • Search chests or ammo boxes at Rickety Rig (7)
              • Land at Misty Meadows and finish top 25
              • Eliminations at Steamy Stacks (3)

              Find Gnomes At Homely Hills

              After narrowly avoiding a full-blown war with the teddy bears last season, the gnomes are back in Season 3. For this challenge, you’ll need to find three gnomes at Homely Hills, one of the new locations on the map. The trickiest part is actually locating the area itself given how substantially the island has changed when Season 3 began, but it’s located to the northwest of Pleasant Park. Head there and search around a bit and you shouldn’t have much trouble completing the challenge. You can see exactly where Homely Hills is on the map above.

              Secret Challenges

              Coral Buddies Wood Age Quest

              On top of the standard weekly challenges, Epic is also offering some “secret” challenges throughout Season 3 that can net you additional rewards. Week 3’s secret challenge revolves around Coral Buddies–weird little blue creatures you can find living on a small island in grid square B1. To complete the quest, all you need to do is give the Coral Buddies 100 wood. Thankfully, there are enough palm trees around their island to harvest that much wood, so this challenge should be a breeze. You can see exactly where the Coral Buddies are located on the map above.

              Fortnite News

              • Fortnite Pleasant Park Floating Ring Locations (Week 4 Guide)
              • Fortnite: Dirty Docks Swimming Trial Guide
              • Fortnite: How To Dance In Front Of A Camera At Sweaty Sands
              • Fortnite: How To Complete A Lap At Motorboat Mayhem Guide
              • How To Get Aquaman In Fortnite — The New Skins Aren't Available Yet

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Oculus Quest VR Horror Livestream: Layers Of Fear, Affected, And More!

For today’s livestream we’re diving into Layers of Fear VR on Oculus Quest, which just released, as well as checking out some other VR horror titles on the standalone headset like Affected: The Manor. If you’re curious about how we livestream the way we do then look no further than this handy guide for general tips and this guide specific to our Oculus Quest setup.

Now that Layers of Fear VR is out on Oculus Quest we figured it would be a good time to dive in for good ol’ quality summer scares. In addition to this newly adapted horror adventure we’ve also got a new update for Affected: The Manor, plus Five Nights at Freddy’s VR next week, and a slew of existing games like Dreadhalls, Face Your Fears 2, and The Exorcist VR

The VR horror stream is planned to start at about 11:00 AM PT and will last for around two hours, give or take. We’ll be hitting just our YouTube and I’ll be streaming from the Quest wirelessly with Jamie and/or Zeena joining via audio call to hang out and help out with chat.

You can see the VR horror stream featuring Layers of Fear VR, Affected: The Manor, and more embedded via YouTube right here. Set a reminder if you’re reading this early! –

You can see lots of our past archived streams over in our YouTube playlist or even all livestreams here on UploadVR and various other gameplay highlights. There’s lots of good stuff there so make sure and subscribe to us on YouTube to stay up-to-date on gameplay videos, video reviews, live talk shows, interviews, and more original content!

And please let us know which games or discussions you want us to livestream next, VR horror or otherwise! We have lots of VR games in the queue that we would love to show off more completely.

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Kjaerbye leaves North after 2.5 years

North have revealed the departure of Markus “⁠Kjaerbye⁠” Kjærbye effective immediately. The organization made a post on Twitter announced the move via a video and story on their website.

“It is with heavy heart, that we say goodbye to Kjaerbye,” said Christian Engell, Performance Manager at North. “He is, at his best, not only one of the best in the world, but also a great teammate and an inspiring colleague.”

Kjaerbye hadn’t been active on the lineup since he took a break for medical reasons in May. The 22-year-old had cited abdominal pains, chest cramps, and breathing problems.

I’ve been really happy at North, but it has also been a bumpy road with many changes, and I feel that this break has made me see more clearly,” Kjaerbye said as part of the announcement. “Currently, I still need some time, but I know I’m far from done with CS. This is what I know, and I look forward to my next adventure.”

He had been with North for two and a half years following his controversial separation from Astralis. During his time with North the squad won Dreamhack Masters Stockholm 2018 as well as DreamHack Open Tours, Valencia, and Sevilla.

North CS:GO division:

-Nicklas “⁠gade⁠” Gade
-Mathias “⁠MSL⁠” Lauridsen
-René “⁠cajunb⁠” Borg
-Philip “⁠aizy⁠” Aistrup
-Kristoffer “⁠Kristou⁠” Aamand

-Jimmy “⁠Jumpy⁠” Berndtsson (coach)

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The VR Game Launch Roundup: Guns, Woodwork & Monsters Await

Welcome to another Friday roundup of the best virtual reality (VR) titles due for release over the next seven days. There’s quite an assortment in store across most VR headsets so there should be something for everyone here this week.

Crisis VRigade 2 – Sumalab

Only released into Early Access for PC VR headsets in June, developer Sumalab is bringing its action-packed first-person shooter (FPS) Crisis VRigade 2 to PlayStation VR in a few days. Currently a single-player experience, you play a SWAT officer fighting your way through hordes of enemies.

  • Supported platforms: PlayStation VR
  • Release date: 14th July

vrkshop – scopatgames

For those wanting less action and something a little more practical then there’s woodworking videogame vrkshop. In this Early Access experience you’re challenged to build projects with various hand tools without the ease of snap-to-guides.

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality
  • Release date: 15th July

Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted – Steel Wool Studios

If you love your horror games and the recent Layers of Fear VR wasn’t enough then Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted by Steel Wool Studios could be the answer. Try and survive these deadly animatronics across various mini-games from the franchise.

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Quest
  • Release date: 16th July

Golf Pool VR – Frozen Dreams

Fancy a game of pool with a twist? Then how about Golf Pool VR, which is exactly as it sounds. Offering solo and PvP modes, use a golf club to play 8-Ball Pool across a range of detailed and immersive environments.

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality
  • Release date: 16th July


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