Gaming News #173 – Ghost Recon Frontline Reception, Google Suing Epic, House of Dragon Trailer

Fresh news on the player reaction to Ubisoft's latest addition to the battle royale genre, the Windows 11 free upgrade, Animal Crossing bringing new content and upgrades to existing systems, speculation on the new soon-to-be-revealed Star Wars announcement and more.

Gaming News #173

The past week was extremely varied when it came to gaming news. Ubisoft once again lost some of its goodwill when they announced yet another battle royale game while Epic is getting into even more trouble over Fortnite on mobile devices. Luckily, a promise of a new Star Wars-related announcement, Windows 11 being a free upgrade for Windows 10 owners and more saved the week so it’s not a complete downer. Read on to find out more.

GHOST RECON FRONTLINE TESTING POSTPONED

GHOST RECON FRONTLINE TESTING POSTPONED

The gamers are loudly saying “No!” to yet another battle royale

The battle royale craze has obviously come to an end. Just last week, Ubisoft announced another battle royale game, this time bearing the name of one of their more popular franchises – Ghost Recon Frontline. It’s an understatement to say that the reveal trailer was met with negative reception, garnering 19k dislikes and only 5k likes. This is obviously something Ubisoft didn’t expect and is already making them change their testing and release plans. They thus postponed the first game testing, originally planned for the announcement week. 

However, no matter what they do to improve the game, the basic battle royale concept seems to be something the players are generally fed up with. This isn’t the first time Ubisoft has changed their plans according to player reaction. Just recently, Tom Clancy’s XDefiant went through the same story, and even before that, there was that infamous Prince of Persia Remake and its underwhelming first trailer. Well, at least Ubisoft somewhat delivers when it comes to their core franchises.

WINDOWS 11 IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE

WINDOWS 11 IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE

Be a pioneer. Upgrade

It’s time to upgrade your Windows to a shiny, brand new version. Or is it? Even though the upgrade from 10 to 11 is free, it comes with certain hardware requirements which are fairly light if you haven’t been living in a cave for the past 15 years. Other than that, what does the new Windows 11 offer?

First of all, it promises to run faster than its predecessor. Second, it should offer a notable upgrade to the user interface, compared with Windows 10. Its interface is designed to be easy to use and flexible. It’ll also include social features, improved productivity, as well as security for hardware and software. For the full list of improvements and changes, be sure to check out our original news coverage.

NEW STAR WARS GAME ANNOUNCEMENT SET FOR DECEMBER

NEW STAR WARS GAME ANNOUNCEMENT SET FOR DECEMBER

It could be something exciting. It could be a letdown.

The last couple of Star Wars games were quite good so everyone is rightfully excited at the prospect of even more. While we won’t be getting any new ones this year, we’ll at least get a new announcement or two to keep us hyped up for the foreseeable future. While it’s not confirmed that December will mean an announcement of a new Star Wars game, the announcement IS game-related.

If it is a new game, the likely candidates could be the Fallen Order sequel or the open-world Star Wars Ubisoft is confirmed to be working on. There are some other rumors of SW games being worked on, but we won’t know for sure until December 14th when this announcement is set to take place. Hopefully, they aren’t getting our hopes up for something only marginally related to a certain SW game.

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON TRAILER HAS FINALLY DROPPED

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON TRAILER HAS FINALLY DROPPED

We didn’t see the dragons. But we did hear them.

Game of Thrones fans finally has something to be excited about – at least the ones that are still on board with the franchise after its 8th season. House of Dragon is a highly anticipated prequel to the critically acclaimed series Game of Thrones. House of the Dragon is set two hundred years prior to Game of Thrones and will focus heavily on house Targaryen.

It’s definitely exciting to see the mythical Valyria used as a setting as it will bring a chance to showcase some great drama along with impressive visuals. Many are most excited to once again see the Dragons for which Valyria was famous for taming. While we don’t see them in the trailer, their impact on the fact Valyria was so powerful as a nation is definitely felt. They’ll probably be saved for a future trailer. In the meantime, check the first one and more information about the show in our original news coverage.

GOOGLE IS SUING EPIC OVER FORTNITE

GOOGLE IS SUING EPIC OVER FORTNITE

Fortnite, along with the money, brings its fair share of problems for Epic

Epic Games is still in the midst of the highly publicized lawsuit with Apple and there’s no end to their troubles as Google is joining in on the “fun”. The tech giant is counter-suing Epic which previously claimed Google is acting in a manner that discourages healthy competition by using its monopolistic market position. Google, of course, disagrees with the claim, as they aren’t forcing users to download Android apps through Google Play store.

According to Google, Epic Games was very deliberate when they terminated their contract with the tech giant. The additional Fortnite monetization wasn’t implemented as a fluke and Epic full-well knew that this would tickle Google in the wrong place and that the situation might escalate to becoming a court case. We’ll see how this goes and what it means for the future of Epic and Fortnite on various different mobile platforms. 

NINTENDO BRINGING A BIG ANIMAL CROSSING DIRECT

NINTENDO MIGHT BE PREPARING FOR A BIG ANIMAL CROSSING DIRECT

The leaks appear to be completely true.

A renowned poster of Animal Crossing leaks has returned, and previous leaks have fans wondering about the validity of new claims. Ahead of Nintendo’s direct this week, which focuses on Animal Crossing New Horizons, fans are getting their hopes up about the supposed insider information being true. The information is given credibility by the fact that the poster mentioned back in June that Brewster, and a museum expansion, were to be the ‘stars’ of new updates, which as fans now know, is true! 

The June post also mentioned The Roost expansion for the museum – along with Kapp’n’s return and an upgrade for Nook’s Cranny. There was also a mention of older villagers returning, and the implementation of gyroid objects back into the game. Additionally, there will be new emotional reactions coming to the game, some new crops, more furniture items, and cooking mechanics! They mention that the iconic driver from the series, Kapp’n, will likely come in a future update – possibly in the summer, to fit with his tropical aesthetic. All in all, exciting stuff for the fans of the game. For the full list provided by the poster and more information on the game, check out our original news coverage.

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