Weekly News Roundup: Week 53

Sea of Thieves beta date

I remember posting about Sea of Thieves when I first started out in this business.

And the game still looks as cool as I thought it was then.

a post off the Xbox News Wire last week announced the closed beta dates for Sea of Thieves which will be running this month from the 24th to the 29th. Kind of short for a closed beta, but for those who are chosen for this adventure will have unlimited access for those five days to scour the seas with whoever else is on and search for the ‘Rare’st treasures (heh).

Those of you joined the SOT Insider Programme before December will be automatically included in the beta along with anyone who preordered the game, so if you haven’t managed to preorder and you really want in, I suggest you do it soon.

Nintendo gets direct

After some doubt that Nintendo would release one for the new year, the 11th brought the world a Nintendo Direct Mini that offered tons of information regarding current and upcoming Switch titles.

The information spans from The World Ends With You remaster for the Switch, to the new Mario Odyssey free DLC game mode which has players hiding balloons all over the Odyssey maps for other players to find in their own games, as well as collecting balloons other players have placed to work your way up through the ranks.

Other announcements such as Mario Tennis Aces, a new Payday 2 Character exclusive to the Switch, and the Ultimate Hyrule Warriors game which takes all content from both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game to put into one smash Switch title are also talked about.

Check out the full Direct here, there’s something for everyone there.

Destiny 2 going for change

So it’s pretty clear that Destiny 2 did not have a very successful launch at the end of last year. It wasn’t any one thing, really, it was a culmination of a lot of things that just decreased a person’s incentive to turn the game on.

But Bungie is planning on making some major changes to Destiny 2’s infrastructure pertaining to things like adding in Masterwork tier armor, putting a rank system into the Crucible, and even going so far as to address the microtransaction complaints by adding in items usually only attainable through the Eververse into the normal rng loot drop system, meaning, you will be able to find things like sparrows, Ghost shells, and ships without having to dish out any cash for silver.

They all seem like good changes to make, if any should be made. Destiny 2 hasn’t gotten off to the spectacular start it wanted to have, but it might turn out to be a positive first year yet.

Fortnite map update

So the brother game of PUBG is going to be getting major changes to its battle royal map this week, teasing the update in the trailer below.

Yes, the Christmas event is over and all Christmas theme will be wiped from the map, but this update will bring so many new locations with so¬†many more loot chests and ammo boxes in houses to break into. On top of that, they’re going to be changing up the different corners of the map and playing around with the biomes to make the map feel more fluid and the areas to feel unique, the swamps become swampier, the mountains become higher than the deeper valleys, that kind of thing.

All in all, the free option to PUBG is shaping up to be something pretty cool.


That’s all the gaming news for the week!

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