Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Announced
The sequel to 2014's game of the year, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been officially announced through a trailer released by its publisher, Warner Bros. Prior to the official announcement, the game was leaked by retailers, prompting Warner Bros. to make the game's existence public.
The trailer itself confirms that Talion and Celebrimbor, the wraith who possesses him, will return as the main characters. The story will revolve around a new ring of power, crafted by Talion and Celebrimbor, and the role it will play in a war between the entirety of Middle-Earth against the forces of the returning Sauron. The game is also said to expand upon the excellent Nemesis system, in which the player's actions influence the inner workings of randomly-generated enemy stronghold's and vice versa. The game's current release date is set for 25 August 2017, for PS4, Xbox one and PC.
Mettlestate Host R1 000 000 CS:GO Tournament
Here we have more exciting developments in the world of South African E-sports with the largest ever prize pool for a single game. Mettlestate have partnered up with Twitch and Samsung in order to host a CS:Go tournament which has a R1 000 000 prize pool.
The tournament will host 12 local teams and will invite 12 foreign teams who, along with extra information on the tournament, can be found at http://www.mweb.co.za/games. This is the second tournament surpassing the R1 000 000 mark scheduled for this year, the other being the Telkom Masters. this tournament will host a FIFA 17, Dota 2 and CS:GO match across which a R1 500 000 prize will be split. With rAge hosting its first tournament last year, the prospect of E-sports in South Africa looks very promising, considering international teams are beginning to take interest in our growing tournaments, the only way from here is up.
New Overwatch Hero, Orisa, Revealed
Blizzard have finally given us an official reveal of the game's 24th hero, the quadrupedal omnic known as "Orisa". An origin trailer was released explaining that Orisa is an upgraded version of the OR-15 omnic units destroyed during and attack by Doomfist (who will most likely by added down the line) on a Numbani airport. One unit is then salvaged by Efi Oladele who upgrades and improves the model in order to serve as the protector of Numbani.
In terms of gameplay, Orisa is a tank whos kit revolves heavily around defensive play. Her primary weapon takes the form of a long range, rapid fire pulse rifle with a secondary fire which creates a small graviton surge capable of pulling nearby enemies toward it. Her other tools include a deployable shield, which activates where ever she aims it, a "fortify" self-buff which leaves her impervious to secondary effects such as stuns and knockdowns, and an ultimate which drops a small device that buffs the damage of nearby allies. The release date for Orisa is yet unknown, but is believed to be 15 May 2017, due to earlier teases.
Doctor Fate and Scarecrow Confirmed for Injustice 2
More Injustice 2 reveals this week as two characters whos inclusions were all but official were confirmed this week. Doctor Fate, whos helm was pictured of the very first promotional T-shirts and posters for the game, received an announcement trailer on Thursday. We get an idea of his zoning-focused playstyle, with quick magic projectiles and flashy magic and what appear to be traps all included in the video, which concludes with his super move.
Scarecrow was also officially confirmed during a Netherrealm conference discussing the details and release date of the Injustice 2 mobile game. This reveal is hardly surprising as Scarecrow was leaked last week due to the soft launch of the mobile game in Asia. Other rumored and leaked charcaters, yet to be confirmed include Green Arrow, Captain Cold, Beast Boy, Starfire, and The Joker.
Xbox to Introduce "Game Pass"
It seems as if Microsoft have been inspired by apps such as Spotify and Netflix in their latest initiative, Xbox Game Pass. The Game Pass entails a $9.99 (R130) monthly fee which grants owners full access to a library of over 100 games on the Xbox Marketplace. These games will include Microsoft exclusives as well as third party titles, although some larger developers such as EA and Ubisoft have not joined the initiative just yet. This presents the possibility of an interesting new trend should other platforms choose to adopt a similar system.