January 31, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Call of Duty Endowment charitable fund, founded by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, has selected the first UK charities to benefit from the program. A press release from The Call of Duty Endowment announced that RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity, and Walking With The Wounded, are the first recipients of the “Call of Duty Endowment Seal of Distinction, the standard of excellence in the veterans’ employment sector.” “Meaningful employment is the single most important way to ensure that service members successfully transition back to civilian life,” said Dan Goldenberg, executive director of the Endowment. “The Seal of Distinction recognises RFEA -…

January 31, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Blizzard has finally confirmed a release window for World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Battle for Azeroth, which is expected to drop this summer. That’s still a bit vague, what with the last Friday of the season falling on September 21, but the good news is pre-orders are now live. Players who pre-order  receive an immediate level 110 character boost, and can “begin the journey to unlock the expansion’s new playable Allied Races,” Blizzard confirmed in an update. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

January 31, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Fatshark’s sequel to Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide was announced last year and some big gameplay changes are planned for the sequel, including some much-needed improvements to the loot system. In an interview with PC Gamer, game designer and producer Victor Magnuson said a lot of players felt the loot system in the first game was “too harsh or hard to get good loot.” Despite addressing as many of the concerns as they could, ultimately their hands were tied because some elements “were inherent to how the system was built from the start.” Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

January 31, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Nintendo’s latest console has already outsold the Wii U – and in less than a year, shifting over 14 million units since its March 2017 launch, compared to the Wii U’s 13.5 million lifetime sales. The company’s financials are a rousing tale of the Switch’s success, which is the fastest-selling home console in US history, and managed to sell a whopping 7.23 million units in the last quarter alone, reaching 14.86 million consoles sold at the end of December. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

January 30, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The recent Hearthstone World Championship finals in Amsterdam saw the top 16 players in the world fight it out over four days of competition. There were some absolutely unbelievable games and series’, and while many of the players brought very familiar line-ups, the sheer skill and depth of knowledge on display ensured that it was hugely entertaining. With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to highlight some of the plays that most impressed me while watching the tournament. These aren’t meant to be definitively the best. Instead, they’re an insight into the high level thinking of the…

January 30, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

I’ve never played a puzzle game quite like Gorogoa. It’s quiet and reflective: four drag-and-droppable panels act as small windows into a beautiful and dreamlike hand-drawn universe. But as you scroll, stack, layer, and zoom in or out of each scene, you get the feeling that the world inside each box is too vast and magical to be contained. Even the most static scenes burst with life, and when rearranged create new dynamics that reveal a fascinating dual nature (mysterious, sad, and even a little frightening) as panels merge together in exciting and satisfying ways. This fleeting tale takes about…

January 30, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Overwatch League jersey for the Shanghai Dragons appears to currently be the favorite among fans. When sorted by “best selling” on the official Blizzard Gear Store, the top 10 Overwatch League jerseys are ranked in the following fashion: 1. Shanghai Dragons 2. LA Gladiators 3. Dallas Fuel 4. Philadelphia Fusion 5. LA Valiant 6. Florida Mayhem 7. SF Shock 8. Houston Outlaws 9. NY Excelsior 10. Seoul Dynasty There are a total of 12 different jerseys available for purchase on Blizzard’s store. Check out the gallery below for a look at each one. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

January 30, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Though EA hasn’t announced definitive plans for the future of its Star Wars games and their releases, the company’s executives offered some idea of when players might expect Respawn’s upcoming action game, as well as the next Star Wars Battlefront sequel. Speaking during today’s EA Q3 2018 earnings call, EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson and CFO Blake Jorgensen discussed the future of the company’s Star Wars games. Specifically in regard to Respawn’s already announced Star Wars game, Jorgensen said, while EA has “not announced our products for fiscal yet,” Respawn’s title “most likely will drop in Fiscal 20 versus another Battlefront.”…

January 30, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Following a series of massive upsets, North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Cloud9 won the ELeague Boston Major 2018. This is the first time that a North American team has won a CS:GO Major. This is also only the second time an NA team has made it to the grand finals of any Major, after Team Liquid lost in the finals of ESL One Cologne 2016. What’s more, this Cloud9 roster had previously never even made it to a top eight of a Major tournament. To achieve the feat, Cloud9 defeated arguably three of best teams in the world during…