Weekly News Roundup Issue #89

This is your latest Weekly News Roundup. Every week we gather together last week's most prominent news from right here at KeenGamer for the busier folks out there looking for more bitesize news. This week we have fresh news on the GDC and PAX East non-attendance due to coronavirus, the removal of the hot coffee mod from Red Dead Redemption 2 and much more.

Weekly News Roundup Issue #89

KeenGamer weekly news is a series of articles designed to bring you the hottest gaming and pop culture related news. Each news is presented in a bite-sized format and will lead you to the original source of the news if you want to find out more details.

GDC and PAX East attendance is looking slim due to coronavirus

GDC and PAX East coronavirus

The gaming industry as a whole is in danger

While the coronavirus still isn’t much to worry about in terms of the death toll, the fact that it’s highly infectious is causing all sorts of problems. In the gaming sphere, the large events have suffered the most, first among which are the PAX East and the GDC. Opposite to what was announced, CD Projekt Red, Square Enix, Capcom and many others won’t be showing up at PAX East while Sony pulled out of both PAX East as well as the GDC. That means that we won’t be seeing new showcases of Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us Part II, Avengers, Final Fantasy VII and many other top titles scheduled for release this year. While the buyers of the very expensive tickets are probably pissed, we think that, when it comes to things like the coronavirus, it’s better to be safe than sorry. For more information on the delays caused by the coronavirus, check out our original news coverage.

Lost Oasis is an interesting take on the MMO survival formula

Lost Oasis MMO

A nomadic MMO seems like a fresh idea

I think we can agree that the MMO genre is somewhat lacking these days with the main problem being that there are far too many generic titles that don’t bring anything new to the table. While that may be the case, it’s good to see some developers like the imaginatively named Donkey Crew at least try. They’ll be bringing us an MMO game called Last Oasis, set in a post-apocalyptic world where survival plays a prominent role. The main selling point of Lost Oasis is its mobility tools and the possibility to construct mobile bases that serve as your main means of defense, as well as attack. The planet the game takes place on is divided into two deadly environments: one is a raging inferno of sand, and the other a frozen expanse of ice. Only the lands between the two extremes can now support life so players are forced to constantly be on the move to survive. For more information and the announcement trailer, do check out our original coverage.

Riot Games gender discrimination settlement if off the table

Riot Games lawsuit

There’s no end in sight for Riot Games’ lawsuit woes

Riot Games, the creator of League of Legends is still under fire for sexism and gender discrimination found in the company. While the case seemed to be drawing to its conclusion in leu of a 10 million dollar settlement in favor of the plaintiff, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Instead, a new legal team has withdrawn the settlement in favor of a new possibility of obtaining their clients approximately $400 million, due to issues found in the case from two California state agencies. – Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).

Subnautica: Below Zero update adds to the sunken ship mystery

Subnautica Below Zero sunken ship

As if the depths weren’t scary enough

Subnautica: Below Zero, while great, has really had problems in telling a coherent story. This has even been admitted by the main writers for the game who promised that this year would bring about substantial changes to the story of the game. The Lost Ship update is one of those game-changers. Introducing the fleshed-out story of the Mercury II sunken ship, new, terrifying creatures, weather effects and various other improvements to the core gameplay. Just enough to keep us going until the next update which promises even more fleshed out story and new gameplay features. For the full trailer and more information on the Lost Ship update, check out our original coverage.

Rainbow Six Siege breaks its own player record on Steam

Rainbow Six Siege player record

4 years after release and there’s no stopping it

Rainbow Six Siege released way back in 2015., and even though it didn’t look all that interesting then, things got a whole lot better over time. Ubisoft kept investing into new content and players kept pouring in at a pace that surpassed their expectations. Today, it’s probably one of the best, most well-known FPS shooters on the market and there’s no slowing it down. Just a couple of days ago, the game broke its own concurrent player record, with a whopping 180 000 active players on Steam. Ever since its launch, over 55 million players tried their hand at playing, and with rumours of the game going free-to-play, this number is bound to get even bigger down the line. 

Red Dead Redemption’s Hot Coffee already shut down

Red Dead Redemption Hot Coffee

Don’t count on anything explicit anytime soon

Hot Coffee was an infamous GTA San Andreas mod that enabled players to take part in a sex mini-game. The mod used assets already in the game, cut by Rockstar sometime during development. Many modders have since then tried to implement it into other Rockstar games, last of which is Red Dead Redemption 2. Some imaginative modders managed to do it by using animations and sounds already present in the game. While there’s no nudity or anything explicit about the mod, Rockstar parent company – Take-Two, wasn’t too thrilled about the mod and asked the modders to take it down. While they initially didn’t intend to take it down, the probable legal pressure seems to have made them buckle and the mod has been set to hidden as of 24th of February. So RIP to the Red Dead Redemption hot coffee mod, its life was short but very exciting nonetheless.

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