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Batman:Arkham Studio Teases Suicide Squad Game?

So, as we discussed in an earlier article, the entire COVID-19 pandemic deterred game developers in their honest work of pushing out new titles. Regardless, the studio behind the Batman: Arkham series has announced an entirely new intellectual property within the same universe - supposedly, a Suicide Squad game is in the works and a trailer is due shortly. Read on for all the details! First off - why should this be considered a 'big deal' to some?  Well, for those unaware, Batman: Arkham is a critically acclaimed series of action-adventure video games. The four instalments in the series pack a combination of a well-written story, intriguing characters, puzzling gameplay and thrilling action. Who doesn't wanna be Batman for a day? Also, one thing DC Comics fans will appreciate is the fact that original writers were utilized to construct a story loyal to the comics.  That's were the new game walks in - behind the success of a respected series of games. Rocksteady Studios has claimed the property of Suicide Squad as finally made official by their Twitter post below:  Target locked - #DCFanDome - August 22. #suicidesquadgame— Rocksteady Studios (@RocksteadyGames) August 7, 2020 What should we expect?  Well, first off, there's Superman right in the cover art. Otherwise, as with respect to the unloved Suicide Squad film, one can expect fugitive characters from the DC Comics universe coming together to form an anti-terrorist/alien squad, each propelled by a form of leverage. The following are certain characters one can expect:  Harley Quinn Joker  Batman  Superman  Deadshot  Enchantress  Katana Chato Santana  Killer Croc  The potential here is simply endless. Immediately, the community is gravitating towards a potential 'Batman vs Superman' storyline which could be great - again, better than the corresponding film. Perhaps, in terms of gameplay, the ability to pick between characters mid-level could allow for some awesome strategy.  Personally, even though I'm no fan of DC Comics, especially of their lacklustre films, a game like this still peaks my interest. Overall, we can expect a full teaser on the 22nd August.  Let us know in the comments what you think of the upcoming title! 

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 - Coming Out Later This Month?

Rumours have it that Nvidia's next top-of-the-line GPU from its RTX series is due to release later on this year, probably Q4. In this article we'll be diving into all the speculation and delivering the whole scoop. What's for certain is that the RTX 3080 is on the way, it's just nobody is overly certain as to when.  All this speculation arises from the fact that the release date is bound to be shown soon. This applies not only to the RTX 3080, but also its sibling in the RTX 3080 Ti and the remainder of the RTX 3000 series.  The following is what we know:  Nvidia has announced Ampere for Data Center - this may result in a GPU influenced by Ampere or not, this remains unclear.  Nvidia and AMD are scheduled to release their next-generation graphics cards later on this year  The COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted the development of the products The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 looks to cost roughly the same as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 at launch   As multiple technology news outlets rummage through the speculations, everyone is convinced that this new series looks to blow the previous RTX generation out of the water. Bearing this in mind, there are those who are concerned over the potential price of the graphics card. One massive selling point for this new GPU, according to rumours, is that the GPU will finally be making use of a 7nm manufacturing process.  A 7nm is arguable what has helped AMD stay afloat in the battle with Intel, as Intel has notoriously failed to go lower than 14nm. Embracing this new architectural style could help the next generation fo Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards be truly awe-inspiring. Correspondingly, more improved heat performance is also expected to make up for improved performance.  Yeah, you can go ahead and search up some performance stats for the RTX 2080, though I'd be sceptical. Until now, take everything with a pinch of salt. All we can do is stay vigilant as a release date is imminent.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

PS5 Games - Compatibility with DualShock 4?

So, even though we've had one or two reveal events for the PS5, there's still a lot of ground to cover. Questions are still being asked with regards to hardware, software and every aspect of the next-gen console, especially with reference to how it matches up against Microsoft's product. A new piece of information has revealed certain information about controller compatibility - here's the deal.  So, overall, PS5 games will not be functioning or controlled through DualShock 4 connection. Yes, the PS4 controller can and will connect to the PS5, but only for limited functionality.  DualShock 4 can be used to play PS4 games on the PS5  DualShock 4 cannot be used to play PS5 games on the PS5  It's implied that DualSense controller will not be usable on PS4  Xbox on the other hand, will have full compatibility for next-gen console  Why? That's the question Playstation gamers are asking? Why is it an Xbox gamer doesn't have to worry about a new controller but I have to?  Simply put, the DualSense controller is way too different compared to the DualShock controller. The expansive new set of physical technology has seemingly made it too unnecessary for developers to invest in adapting the game to the PS4 controller. Also, if developers have put time into integrating the DualSense controller as a component of the gaming experience, taking that away could deter the overall experience of playing the game.  Then, of course, there's the argument of marketing. It's pretty logical - with the immense popularity of the PS4, DualShock controllers have blessed most households. Most people wouldn't end up investing in more controllers, besides the one that would come in the console box, due to that level of accessibility.  Nonetheless, there's definitely a lot to chew here. In my opinion, it's hardly ideal, but it won't be a 'forced upgrade' should the DualSense controller be as game-changing as it looks to be. Just like DualShock 4 was a massive upgrade to DualShock 3, that's what I see happening here.  Still, I hope there's reverse compatibility with PS4. I still enjoy plugging in PS4 controllers into my PS3 to play an older game - especially during the boredom of lockdown.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! 

The Effect of Lockdown - Esports and Gaming Rising, Sports Falling

In a previous article, we discussed how lockdown affected the gaming industry in that more gamers were logging on although game production slumped considerably. Now, new information has emerged with regards to how esports has been affected - interestingly enough, with the fall of traditional sports, more fans have been making the transition from the latter.  By 'fall', I'm referring to the fact that traditional sports have suffered immensely due to lockdown. Of course, traditional sports isn't dying, but the COVID-19 lockdown has brought to light its limitations.  Back on topic, esports has surged thanks to lockdown, and it's pretty obvious why. Supporting this statement, a study by Comscore's 2020 State of Gaming found that 25% of gamers had tuned into esports since the lockdown started.  And, to add, many of these gamers were committed traditional sports viewers too. The original article is viewable for preview here. Let's take a quick look at some other points:  As of May 2020, there were a shocking 210 million total unique visitors to the gaming category (watching gaming)  +133% growth in time spent on gaming sites (since 2017)  80% reach of total digital population (gaming content)  +194% growth in time spent watching gaming videos on desktop (since 2017)  38 million U.S households had a gaming console of sort, with an increase of 9 million from last year  Mobile-only gamers = 15% of all gamers Gamers who regularly play on PC, console and mobile = 36%  Gamers who play on every platform = 33% The top things off, the study offers a graph in its preview showing graphically how the swap to lockdown affected gaming and esports compared to traditional sports:  So while traditional sports froze, esports has kept growing and growing. The pandemic has been an opportunity for everyone to step back and appreciate how incredibly capable esports can adapt to these types of situations.  Hopefully, you've enjoyed the fun facts we've listed above. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! 

Call of Duty Warzone Season 5 - What You Need to Know!

Brace yourselves for another notoriously sizeable download file from our friends over at Infinity Ward. If you could perhaps delete another game, I'll let you know in the following article what you're making space for. Season 5 of Warzone, the biggest battle royale of 2020, is finally here and already available. Read on and allow me to fill you in.  Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, let's kick things off with a quick look at the epic trailer for the update:   Here are the most notable changes:  Acropolis National Arena - the stadium, which everyone kind of knew would open one day, is finally selling tickets. The massive arena is quite typical in design - rows of seating, a field, a garage, lobby and corridors make up the large and convoluted space. Also, the roof is no longer isolated to helicopter users, as rappels now hang off from either side.  Trains - this, is definitely awesome. The train will offer a new way of traversing the map, eliminating opponents and finding loot. Some might say that the concept is similar to that of 'Armored Trucks' as seen in PUBG Season 8, though this seems much more polished overall.  New mode - mini royale trios - a fast-paced battle royale in smaller portions of the Verdansk maps  Added weapon inspection - enjoy your customized loadouts that much more.  Gulag weapons rotating weekly between 4 sets  Semi-auto rifles and snipers have been buffed  Released on August 4th, the download will come in around 34-54 GB if you were wondering.  For the full patch notes, including that for the main game of Modern Warfare, visit the following link:  Personally I find this update to be pretty awesome in particular. The implemented train and arena look to allow for another endless set of possibilities and clips which I look forward to watching.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

VALORANT Act 2 - All the Details

Following our last article on VALORANT, Riot Games' tactical shooter has announced further content besides the announced Killjoy agent. Divided into Acts, the content schedule has it that besides the agent, more is being released as we'll dive into below.  First off, here's a trailer for the new skin pack on the way:  The Glitchpop Skyline set of skins, there are variants for multiple weapons:  Bulldog Frenzy Judge Odin Dagger For your information, the skins should cost roughly 2,000 to 4,000 Valorant Points each. Although Riot Games has been under fire due to overpriced skins, it doesn't seem to be changing for now.  Furthermore, the update includes features which I have personally been waiting for. A Free-For-All Deathmatch mode is finally here for whenever you don't have much time or aren't interested in a defusal game mode on that certain day.  For those unaware, a Free-For-All Deathmatch involves no abilities, money or teams. Picking a weapon, which one may change each life, it's a cooldown mode in all ways similar to the Deathmatch mode implemented in CounterStrike: Global Offensive.  Supposedly, the beta for the new game mode will release on August 5th. Should everything look stable, the game mode will be supported with a full release.  Apart from the gamemode and the agent, VALORANT is packing a new Battle Pass as planned. A series of unique unlockables are on the way in the form of cards, titles and sprays. Otherwise, that's the entire Act.  Is VALORANT copying CS:GO with deathmatch?  So, I'm certain that a similar question is forming in your head right now. Though no, I wouldn't consider this 'copying' CS:GO in any way. A deathmatch is a pretty standard game mode across all first-person shooters and it was only a matter of time.  Also, I'd expect other game modes to follow such as 'Gun Game' will probably follow up too. 

Ghost of Tsushima - Smashing Sales Records

I think it's no surprise, the new title of Ghost of Tsushima has quickly become a console-seller for the PS4. So late into the console's lifecycle, nobody expected such a title right before the release of the PS5. In this discussion, we'll be tackling the records broken by the title already.  Developed by Sucker Punch and published by Sony, the third-person narrative adventure follows a heart-racing quest in a Japanese Civil War environment. Just recently, Sony released the following tweet:  Ghost of Tsushima is now PS4's fastest selling first-party original IP debut with more than 2.4 million units sold through globally in its first 3 days of sales.Congratulations @SuckerPunchProd, and thank you to fans around the world for taking part in Jin's journey.— PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 24, 2020 Indeed, Ghost of Tsushima has sold over 2.4 million copies in just 3 days. This smashes the record for a new IP on PS4 - for comparison, Horizon Zero Dawn garnered 2.6 million copies after 2 weeks!  What's an 'IP'? An intellectual property, in the gaming industry, oftentimes refers to the identity of a series - each new Call of Duty title falls under the IP of 'Call of Duty'. Ghost of Tsushima hasn't beaten out titles such as God of War or the recent The Last of Us II, but those have had established IPs for years.  Overall, Ghost of Tsushima is an incredible game, one which took a risk and tackled a new angle on an untouched culture. Beloved by the community for its beauty and mastery as a piece of art, the gameplay matches in satisfaction and seamlessness. Has the current pandemic helped sales out? I think we can all logically agree that yes, that probably contributed to the attention the title received due to its perfect timing. Sucker Punch has experience in developing successful first-party titles for the PS4, as they are also responsible for the respectable Infamous series of games.  Every series Sucker Punch has developed - Infamous and Sly Cooper, has resulted in multiple iterations of each series. I know it's early to discuss, but I wouldn't be shocked to find out that a sequel to Ghost of Tsushima is under development in the upcoming years.  Let us know your thoughts on Ghost of Tsushima in the comments section below!

New Valorant Agent Revealed - Killjoy

VALORANT continues on its spiral upwards in terms of content as another agent has finally been revealed under the name of Killjoy. Riot Games keeps pushing for its new title's agents, and this new agent is looking incredible.  Starting off with her abilities, she has a good mix of defensive and offensive playstyles, though she's leaning towards offensive.  Let's try and take a look at what's been revealed so far:  Alarmbot ability - an offensive ability, Killjoy may release a small robot which chases down targets and attempts to detonate in a close enough range to damage opponents significantly, We've definitely seen this in Valorant before - this will be great for clearing tight corners.  Turret ability - also, Killjoy seems to be able to lock down an area by planting a sentry gun which may cover a 180 degree plain. It'll be interesting to see how this is implemented.  Nanoswarm grenade - her grenades seem to be unique in their own way as they supposedly 'go covert' once they connect with a surface.  Before diving into her ultimate ability, let's review the trailer below: The ultimate ability of Lockdown looks like something straight out of The Hunger Games. Apparently, it 'detains' all enemies in the radius. Also, it is destroyable. I'm not sure whether it's simply a cage or also a way to lockdown the exact location of players. Though, if they have to shoot and destroy it, that's compromising enough.  Available on August 4th as part of the Act II update, the community is eager to get their hands on the new agent to test it out. Hopefully, she won't be too broken upon release like some of the other VALORANT agents in the past.  Let us know your thoughts on Killjoy as a new addition to the VALORANT agent roster in the comments section below! 

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