Rumor: Burning Crusade Classic Official Coming May 2021

A new leak reveals the release date of the official Burning Crusade Classic server, which will likely replace World of WarCraft: Classic.

The information came from the YouTube channel Staysafe TV, which links to unnamed but trusted sources. According to the data, beta testing of Burning Crusade Classic will begin in mid-February. It will be short-lived, because then several events are announced:

The pre-patch for WoW: Classic, subtitled Burning Crusade, is due out on April 14 (Europe).
Burning Crusade Classic kicks off worldwide on May 4th.
It turns out that there are just over four months left before players can travel to Outland.

It is not yet clear whether the information from the leak is believed or not. Blizzard is likely to release official information about the Burning Crusade Classic at BlizzConline in February.

It is worth noting that if everything goes according to the leak, then the BC release schedule is similar to what it was during the “vanilla” version. Naxxramas appeared almost 6 months before The Burning Crusade kicked off.

Demonstration of the visual effects of Gran Saga in a fresh trailer

Mobile MMORPG Gran Saga will go to the long-awaited release in January 2021, and before that there will be a pre-registration stage for devices running Android and IOS.

And in honor of these imminent events, the authors of the upcoming novelty continue to stir up the interest of players with fresh trailers. In the new video below, you can watch a lot of visual effects on the Unreal Engine 4, as well as the beautiful landscapes of Gran Saga. Recall that earlier the developers showed the gameplay trailer in 4K quality.

Gran Saga is a mobile MMORPG originally from Korea, on the development of which significant funds have been spent. The game is one of the first such projects for NPIXEL studio and will be released in the Korean market in January 2021. The release in the west is still unknown.

Valve announced the start of the 2020 Steam Winter Sale

Valve has announced the launch of the Steam Winter Sale 2020, where players can purchase a huge number of discounted items. It will run from December 22 to January 5 at 21:00 UTC.

“The Winter Sale has begun with huge discounts on thousands of games! But, as always, that’s not all. The Steam Awards nominees have been selected, the holiday gifts await you, and new features and content have been added to the Steam Points and Chat system, ”reads the ad description.


Among the tempting offers are discounts on MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online (-50%), Final Fantasy XIV (-50%), survival simulator DayZ Standalone (-50%), pirate action Sea of ​​Thieves (-50%), ARK survival: Survival Evolved (-80%), The Crew 2 racing simulator (-90%) and many more.

Users can also get free animated bird stickers for visiting the Points Store, vote on the 2020 Steam Awards winners, watch new Showcases, Profile Rewards, and Discussion Improvements and Modifications. We also introduced Steam chat reactions and brought in new community rewards.

NCSOFT Opens Up Aion PC Play On Smartphones With Streaming Platform

NCSOFT has added support for Yeti mobile streaming service for PC MMORPG Aion. Users can now perform basic actions such as moving characters, hunting monsters, and buying items from smartphone screens. When installing push notifications, you can also check the status of the auction in real time without even launching the app.

Yeti is an NCSOFT service that allows you to play PC games on mobile devices via streaming. To start playing this way, you just need to install the application on your phone.
So far, the service is only available in the homeland of MMORPG Aion, Korea. But who knows, maybe in the near future such functions will appear in our company.

Survival Simulator Green Hell Coming Soon To VR Version

Shooting leeches and dying from spider bites in Green Hell will soon be available on VR platforms. The developers announced the development of a version for virtual reality glasses and it will appear in the 3rd quarter of 2021. Initially on PSVR and later on the Oculus Quest. Porting of the popular survival will be handled by Incuvo, a studio from Europe that specializes in VR games.

Green Hell is a hardcore survival sim with over a million copies sold. The project offers players the experience of survival in a realistically reproduced jungle of the Amazon. You can try to save your life and find a way out of the green hell both alone and in co-op with other users.

Cyberpunk 2077 preload is now available in GOG

On December 7, at 14:00 Moscow time, a pre-download of the game Cyberpunk 2077 became available to all users of the GOG platform, representatives of the store said on Twitter. For Steam and Epic Games Store users, the feature will be available at 19: 00 Moscow time.

The game can already be started, but in this case, the gamer will only see a short screen saver in which johnny Silverhand tells him that he came too early.

CD Projekt RED announced on Twitter that gamers who connect the game to GOG will receive in-game bonuses. Among them are a toy “Troll shop”, a katana “Black unicorn” and other cosmetic items.

Cyberpunk 2077 is an action RPG from Polish developers CD Projekt RED. The game was announced on may 30, 2012, and the first trailer was released at E3 in 2018. Initially, the title was scheduled to be released on April 16, 2020, but after several postponements, the release was scheduled for December 10, 2020.

According to analysts, Cyberpunk 2077 will sell 29.6 million copies in the first year. This is almost three times more than the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt showed over the same period. The study was conducted by Bloomberg.

According to experts, the new title from CD Project RED will be the best-selling game in the history of home devices in less than a year. At the moment, the leadership is held by the previous development of the Polish company – “the Witcher 3: wild Hunt” by December 2019 showed a result of 28 million copies.

According to Bloomberg estimates, the budget for Cyberpunk 2077 is about $130 million. For comparison, CD Project RED spent about $70-80 million on the last part of the Witcher, including marketing.

Released free PES 2021 LITE

The free version of eFootball PES 2021 with the SUBTITLE LITE was released. The game is available to PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users. Owners of new-generation consoles can get a title using the backward compatibility system.

One of the features of the lightweight version of PES 2021 compared to the previous ones is full access to the myClub mode (analogous to FIFA Ultimate Team), where the player will have to collect players and build a team from them. The created line-up will be available in both online and single-player mode.

In addition to myClub, players can compete in Matchday PvP mode with all eSports tournaments available in it. Local match and training modes are also available to users. In Edit Mode, PS4 and PC owners can create their own forms, logos, and commands.

Gamers have found an unusual way to pass dungeons in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Fans of World of Warcraft have discovered that Shadowlands has the ability to throw elite NPCs into the abyss during the passage of dungeons. This can be done by priests using the “mind Control” ability.

You can drop the enemy into the abyss in the dungeons “Mists of Tierna Skitt” and “Spires of rebirth”. When the priest takes control of an NPC and jumps into the abyss for it, the mob simply disappears. Previously, a similar trick with the “mind Control” ability could be pulled against real players, for example, on the “Eye of the storm” battlefield. Previously, the developers made available the function of free transfer of the character to WarCraft. This decision is due to the increase in the number of users after the release of the addon and the queues that appeared on popular servers.

The opinions of gamers about it are divided — some praise the add-on for a well-thought-out plot, others find it tedious.

A minor eSports player accused the streamer of harassment — she did not deny their relationship

15-year-old professional Fortnite player Charlie Maage Sykes accused streamer Britney briloll Irwin of sexual harassment. According to him, the 21-year-old girl sent him Nude photos, as well as messages of an intimate nature. The streamer did not deny what happened.
Charlie Maage Sykes:
“I don’t know where to start, but I was advised to expose briloll. She is 21 years old and has been sending me sexual images and messages for the past three weeks. I have a video and photo confirmation. She’s going to sign a contract with the organization. If she denies what I said, I will provide proof. I don’t want it to come to this, but I will if I have to, because people like her don’t deserve to be on the platform. To begin with, I will show the most insignificant part of the correspondence.”

Maage tweeted a screenshot of briloll calling him ” daddy.” After the teenager made her behavior public, the streamer deleted all social media accounts. Only the Twitch profile remained active — more than 40 thousand people subscribed to the briloll channel, most often it streams Fortnite. Before deleting it, she posted her version of what happened on TwitLonger.
Brittney briloll Irwin:
I want to say: I know that my actions are unacceptable, and there is no excuse for what I did. I sincerely apologize to everyone. I don’t deserve a contract with the platform, so I delete all my accounts, leave everything behind, and go to the doctor. <…>

I would never be sexually assaulted or interested in children at all, and I never thought that of all people I would open up to Charlie. Some time after our conversation, he confessed his feelings to me. This caused a shock, and that’s when I should have blocked it, but I continued the communication-initiated a connection that shouldn’t have been there. I was wrong, I shouldn’t have gotten close to him, I should have stopped opening up to him, but I was mentally ill, and he was the only person who was close to me — both online and offline. <…> I plan to see a doctor about my mental health in order to fix my life. I opened up to the wrong person and became addicted to the feeling that I was no longer alone. I’m really sorry.”

Allegations of sexual harassment in the eSports environment occur regularly. For example, at the end of July, a former professional player in Super Smash Bros. Gonzalo ZeRo Barrios was accused of harassing an underage girl.

Kaze and the Wild Masks Coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Soedesco and PixelHive have announced the release of the 1990s-inspired platformer Kaze and the Wild Masks on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. Pixel art platformer will be presented in two versions – digital and physical. The Xbox One demo is now available during the Xbox One Summer Gaming Festival on July 27th.

Go on a journey with Kaze and you can travel back to the nineties in time. And to the Crystal Islands in space. An unknown curse has come to the islands and Kaze must rescue her friend Hogo by fighting against the revived plants and vegetables. And only legendary masks possessing the power of the keepers of land, air and sea will help you on your journey.

Desperados III Free Upgrade Unlocks New Content

The free update for Desperados III, which is now available on all platforms, brings you Baron’s Challenge Mission Pack # 1. Flagston, Higgins Manor, Eagle River and DeWitt House.
Disappeared: A certain snake oil merchant trades in Flagston’s town square. Let it disappear.
Unnamed Voodoo: Isabelle is about to disrupt Mayor Higgins’ wedding with a LOT of mind control darts.
Public transport: Two corpses are to be taken to the Eagle River train station. The guards won’t shoot right away, but if they spot a corpse …
Bird Hunt: Doc sits on the roof of DeWitt’s House with lots of ammo and a list of five targets. The party continues.

Dark Renaissance will be released in 2021

VLG, a growing and future-oriented Italian publisher specializing in multifaceted and deep storytelling, and Studio V, the creator of last year’s acclaimed psychological thriller Dry Drowning, present their latest epic visual novel, Dark Renaissance.

Created by international bestselling author Matteo Strukul, who specializes in historical fiction, to music by renowned composer David Logan, the story is inspired by role-playing, historical play and graphic novel. It tells the story of the fate of a Venetian mercenary who has to uncover the eerie secrets of the scientific, artistic and cultural achievements of the 15th century Renaissance. The game will premiere in 2021.

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town Adventure Quest Premiere

Imaginarylab, a studio dedicated to improving interactive storytelling, and VLG, an immersive story-driven entertainment company, have announced the premiere of their new game, Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town, starting August 11 on Steam and Gog. In honor of the premiere, there will be a special 15% discount throughout the week.

Inspired by the timeless classics Day of the Tentacle and Monkey Island, the new game brings modern trends to the genre. The adventurers will have to collect clues and solve puzzles in a computerized 3D pirate world.

Imaginarylab and VLG have announced the premiere of the classic Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town adventure on Steam and GOG. In honor of the premiere, the game will be available with a 15% discount throughout the week.

“Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town is a nod to the days when we played classic quests all night long, like Day of the Tentacle and Monkey Island,” says VLG executive Daniel Falcone. “Those who know and appreciate the old school will finally be able to see how classic gameplay combines with modern mechanics, to introduce their children to their favorite genre, which is now so deplorably few.”

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town brings modern trends to the classic genre. The adventurers will have to collect clues and solve puzzles in a computerized 3D pirate world. As Willie unravels the mystery of his father’s disappearance, quest fans of all ages can enjoy hilarious dialogues, quirky characters, and adorable cartoon graphics. Those who grew up playing these games will appreciate a variety of Easter eggs that refer to the cult stories of the good old days.

New Frontiers update for Barotrauma

Daedalic, independent studios FakeFish and Undertow Games are proud to present the biggest New Frontiers update to the unique sci-fi submarine simulator Barotrauma since it was on Steam Early Access since June.

The New Frontiers update makes the game even more diverse by adding a story-driven journey to a mysterious goal deep in the waters of Europe. Many aspects of the game have been improved to give players a real sense of progress in the campaign mode. In addition, a working ending has appeared, which opens up access to the high-level region.

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town in August

Imaginarylab, a studio dedicated to improving interactive storytelling, and VLG, an immersive story-driven entertainment company, have announced the premiere of their new game, Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town, starting August 11 on Steam and Gog. In honor of the premiere, there will be a special 15% discount throughout the week.

Inspired by the timeless classics Day of the Tentacle and Monkey Island, the new game brings modern trends to the genre. The adventurers will have to collect clues and solve puzzles in a computerized 3D pirate world.

BLIZZARD IS ENDING ACTIVE SUPPORT FOR STARCRAFT II BUT HINTS THE SERIES TO CONTINUE

Blizzard announced that it is ending active support for StarCraft II: for example, new paid content such as commanders and loot containers will no longer be released for the game. But the strategy will still not be left without patches, the company emphasizes.

In the future, for StarCraft II they are going to release only updates with balance changes and update seasons. The esports scene will continue to exist: Blizzard handed over the StarCraft II tournaments to its partners in early 2020, but will provide prize pools for the competition for at least two more years.

According to VP Rob Bridenbecker, StarCraft is one of Blizzard’s key franchises. After the end of active support for SCII, they are not going to score a series. “We understand that some players were interested in elements that will not be featured in the game, but there is good news: the changes will allow us to plan for the future not only for StarCraft II, but for the StarCraft universe as a whole,” writes Bryndenbecker.

In honor of StarCraft II’s 10th birthday in July 2020, Blizzard released a huge patch 5.0. It is so large that the company decided not to make any balance sheet adjustments in the fourth quarter of this year.

OVERWATCH IS HANDED OUT FOR FREE UNDER THE OVERWATCH LEAGUE PROMOTION

The day before, something went wrong, and on the page of the Boston Uprising team from the Overwatch League, an offer to pick up a free copy of Overwatch appeared. The freebie was quickly shut down, but Blizzard confirmed that it would be back soon.

According to Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector, each team in the League organizes the giveaway – fans will be able to get hold of both the game itself and the esports tokens that are used to purchase League skins.

The Boston Uprising offer page is now showing the following: “Due to high demand, the form has been closed. All eligible participants will receive codes within 72 hours. ” As PC Gamer adds, the promotion had the following restrictions:

distribute only the PC version,
you must be a resident of the United States,
The code request must be submitted by January 15th.
In general, the free giveaway is confusing and clearly does not portend the transition of Overwatch to free-play, which sofa experts often talk about. The promotion is intended rather to increase the popularity of the League among viewers – they will have to go to the e-sports event page!

The hero from the classic meme of the 2000s will return to World of Warcraft

In addition to World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, the NPC Olgra will appear. For players who are familiar with the classic MMORPG version, she is known as “Mankrik’s wife”.

In the “Steppes” location, Horde players can take the “Missing in action” task from an Orc named Mankrik. He asks the player to find the wife who fought with him against the boars, but did not return home. This task is difficult to complete: in the original WoW, there are no placemarks on the map that can quickly find the location of the quest. Blizzard did not add any identification marks to make it easier for players to cope with the search for the Orc. Therefore, one of the most popular questions in the location was: “Where is Mankrik’s wife?”.

After wandering through the “Steppes”, the player either started asking this question to all users passing by, or studied every pixel on the map. The secret is that only a “Disfigured corpse” remains of Mankrik’s wife — this item should be picked up and taken to the widower.

The quest was so difficult that it turned into a meme. Any stupid or funny question in the chat was sometimes answered: “Mankrik’s Wife”. Some gamers made fun of the newcomers, explaining in detail where you can supposedly find Olgra, sending them to hard-to-reach places on the map.

Blizzard already made references to this quest in the Cataclysm expansion — then the task was removed due to location changes, but the NPC Mankrik remained in place. Next to it appeared a modest monument to Olgra, the tombstone says: “It took forever to find you.” In addition, Warlords of Draenor, which, in fact, is an alternative storyline WoW, the Orc family is much happier: players can access the quest “Lost in Nagrand”, which can be completed without much difficulty and find Olgra alive and well.

In Shadowlands, players will meet the same Olga who died many years ago during the events of the classic version of the game. She will live in Naltrexone — locations for soldiers who died in battle. She not only became a Gladiator, but also received the title of Vengeance of the Vanquished. “Revenge Of The Vanquished”). This is a reference to the comic fighting game that Blizzard released on April 1, 2014.

The release date of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is still unknown — in October, Blizzard postponed the release of the add-on indefinitely. According to the developers, the add-on will be released before the end of 2020.

Riot Games started working on leaderboards in Valorant

Valorant game Director Joe Ziegler said that the development team has started creating a leaderboard. In a tweet, he clarified that there is no exact release date for this feature yet.

Joe Ziegler:
“For those of you waiting for the leaderboard in the game: we are currently working on this feature! We don’t have an exact release date yet, but we’re still working on it. I’ll let you know when we get to the finish line.”
The studio announced that it plans to introduce the leaderboard in Valorant, in early October. Riot Games also added the ability to choose your preferred server.

Previously, the authors of Valorant fixed problems with sound on the Icebox map and a bug with a client crash. As a result of the update, issues with audio latency, loading screens, and others were resolved. In addition, the developers promised to eliminate the hangups that users of the shooter encountered.

Mountain Dew and PUBG Mobile announced a collaboration

Fizzy drink brand Mountain Dew and playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile developers have announced a partnership. Players are waiting for temporary changes on the Paramo map, and the brand will sponsor several tournaments.

As part of the collaboration, new Mountain Dew gas stations will appear on the PUBG Mobile map for a limited time. At special refueling points, players will be able to get access to unique trophies: t-shirts, parachutes, game coupons and coins.

The fizzy drinks brand will sponsor three mobile game tournaments in 2020: PUBG Mobile Pro League Americas, PUBG Mobile World League and PUBG Mobile Global Championship.

In September 2020, a collaboration was announced between PUBG Mobile and K-pop group BLACKPINK, in which an in-game event takes place in the mobile game from September 20 to November 2, and metro trains with the symbols of the app and the music group were launched in Thailand.

Watch Dogs: Legion developers will add offline mode and crossplay to the game

Watch Dogs: Legion will feature a game without an Internet connection, and in future patches, developers will also add support for crossplay. The authors of the title told about this on reddit.

The developers noted that without an Internet connection, users will not be able to see photos of the community, take their own pictures and share them. The authors also added that Watch Dogs: Legion will feature microtransactions — players will be able to buy cosmetic items.

The release of Watch Dogs: Legion will be held on October 29. The game will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia users. On November 10, the game will also be released on the Xbox Series S and X, and then appear on the PS5.

The author of the updated Cache released an improved version of the map in CS:GO

Artist and level designer Sean FMPONE Snelling updated de_cache for CS:GO. The improved map is currently available only in the Steam workshop — when the changes will be applied to the official version of the location, it is not reported.

In a tweet, FMPONE said that it removed unnecessary details of the environment from the map, and also generally improved the visual component of Cache to make it more pleasant to look at. Valve usually introduces major location updates to the main CS client:GO a few days later.

The redesigned Cache appeared in the shooter on October 18, 2019 and became available for playing in all official modes. Before that, in March of the same year, the map was removed from the competition mappul — instead of it, Vertigo was used in tournaments.

Sony raised the price of Ghost of Tsushima in the Russian PS Store

In the Russian PS Store, Ghost of Tsushima has become more expensive — the standard edition can now be purchased for ₽4,999 (previously ₽4,449), and the purchase of the Digital Deluxe Edition will cost ₽5,719 (previously ₽5,099). Information about this appeared on the Sony store page.

The price for the regular edition of the game has also increased for users from Ukraine. It is not known what the changes are related to. Earlier in the Russian PS Store, other titles also rose in price. Sony noted that the innovations are “a reflection of current market conditions.”

Ghost of Tsushima was released on July 17, 2020 exclusively for the PlayStation 4. the Game tells the story of Jin Sakai, a samurai who resists the capture of Tsushima island by the Mongols.