In Case You Missed It – Week of 2/24 – 3/2

A new week means a bunch of new things to talk about in the gaming world that you might have missed. This week saw big updates, controversy, cancellations, and other gaming updates. Let’s dive in!

A new Overwatch hero announced

Earlier this week Blizzard announced a new hero coming to Overwatch PTR by the name of Baptiste. Here is the official description by Blizzard on their forums page:

“Baptiste is a battle-hardened combat medic who wields an assortment of experimental devices and weaponry to keep allies alive and eliminate his enemies. Baptiste’s Biotic Launcher fires a three-round-burst that rewards accuracy and recoil control with significant damage output. His alternate fire lobs grenades that heal allies near the point of impact. With Regenerative Burst , Baptiste activates an intense surge that heals himself and nearby allies over time. When danger is near, Baptiste can toss out his Immortality Field to prevent allies from dying. Baptiste moves around the battlefield with Exo Boots , jumping over obstacles and clearing distances that would stop other heroes. Baptiste deploys his Amplification Matrix as his ultimate, which doubles the damage and healing effects of friendly projectiles.

You can read about Baptiste and the other PTR patch notes in the link below.

https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/overwatch/t/overwatch-ptr-patch-notes-february-26-2019/308283?u=tompowers

A big update for Red Dead Online released

The Red Dead Online Beta recieved it’s first big update which brings new game modes, weapons, outfits, and other in game items as well as an overhaul of the bounty system and quality of life improvements to deal with player griefing. You can check out everything that the new update brings by clicking on the link in the below.

https://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/60864/Red-Dead-Online-Beta-Update-Out-Now?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=rdobeta-update-02262019&utm_content=newswire

Overkill’s The Walking Dead video game officially canceled

Gamers who were looking forward to playing Overkill’s The Walking Dead are in for some bad news. Skybound Entertainment has officially stated that Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be canceled after failing to live up to the quality that was promised by the developer, Starbreeze Studios. The game faced mixed reviews when it was initially released back in November of last year and was plagued by various technical issues and gameplay that didn’t live up to the expectations of gamers. This latest news contradicts a statement put out by Skybound’s partner, 505 Games earlier this month when 505 Games stated that the game had not been canceled, and was instead merely postponed while development was on-going. You can read more about it in the link below.

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/newsbeat-47386800

THQ Nordic draws backlash for 8chan AMA

On Tuesday, THQ Nordic made a terrible decision to host an AMA on the infamous website 8chan, which has garnered a reputation for having content surrounding child pedophilia, Nazi sympathizers, and other terrible content. Philipp Brock, PR and marketing manager at THQ Nordic and his subordinate Reinhard Pollice, hosted the AMA for hours and answered various questions from fans and trollers alike. The AMA lead to industry-wide backlash and will undoubtedly taint the image of THQ Nordic for a long time to come. Brock issued out an apology on Twitter, more or less stating that he wasn’t aware what 8chan was used for and that it was a terrible mistake. Polygon published an article about it which you can read by clicking the link below.

https://www.polygon.com/platform/amp/2019/3/2/18246867/thq-nordic-8chan-controversy-apology

Cyberpunk 2077 to make E3 2019 appearance

On a happier note, CD Projekt Red has confirmed that Cyberpunk will be at E3 this year! The company posted on Twitter two days ago stating “For those of you asking, yes, we will be at E3 this year.”

Cyberpunk 2077 had a brief, yet awesome tease last year to close out the Xbox conference and it would make sense for them to show up on the Xbox stage again this year, especially with Sony confirming that they wouldn’t be having a presence at E3 2019. It’s hard to know what will be shown of the game at E3, but a release window and possibly new gameplay footage could be strong possibilities. Hopefully we’ll find out more in the coming months, and hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer for this highly anticipated new game from the studio that brought you the critically acclaimed Witcher games.

That’s all for this week! Any news that we might have missed out on and you think is worth mentioning? Let us know in the comments below and as always, stick with BYOG for the latest and greatest in gaming.

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