Gaming News & Notes for March 8, 2018
The Division II and Call of Duty Black Ops 4 announced, H1Z1 now free-to-play and more
Sac City Gamer’s newest feature is called “Gaming News & Notes” and today we’ve got two huge game announcements and some other interesting tidbits.
Each week, we offer several editions of Gaming News & Notes throughout and we highlight some of the biggest gaming news of the day or other recent happenings in the gaming world.
Tom Clancy’s The Division II confirmed, more information to come at E3
Massive Entertainment, Red Storm and Ubisoft Reflections are back with a sequel to 2016’s mega hit The Division. The new game will be officially unveiled at E3 in June, but the company confirmed its existence after some online leaks. Ubisoft says players will be able to transfer some data from the original but no further details were mentioned.
Additionally, Ubisoft is going to continue supporting the first game with new updates in the coming months.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 announced
In another huge announcement today, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 has been announced. Treyarch Studios and Activision will bring the newest entry in the Call of Duty series to PS4, Xbox One and PC on Oct. 12, 2018. That’s about a month earlier than fans of the series are used to seeing the games release.
No other details were revealed but Activision will hold a special event for the game on May 17, according to VG24/7.
H1Z1 now free-to-play and more
The PC battle royale-style game from Daybreak Game Studio H1Z1 is now free-to-play, according to the game’s official website.
“We are very excited to announce that H1Z1 will be free to play starting today,” the game’s general manager Anthony Castoro said. “Not only does this decision allow us to share our version of Battle Royale and Auto Royale with even more players, but it signifies the next step in making H1Z1 a must-watch esport.”
The game came out of Steam Early Access about a week ago and was being sold for $19.99 before going free-to-play today. Players who bought the game are encouraged to seek a refund via Steam. You can learn more about that process here.
In addition, those who purchased the game previously will have access to the following:
Bloom Survivor T-Shirt
Splinter Camo ARV
10 Victory Crates
A previously announced Pro League is coming in April as well.
“The Pro League is going to redefine esports when it kicks off in Las Vegas this April, and whether a person is an aspiring pro athlete or just wants to play with friends, we want everyone to have the chance to play the most competitive battle royale game,” Castoro said.
New footage of MLB The Show 18’s Road to the Show mode highlights improvements
A PlayStation Blog post today revealed footage and new details about Sony’s first-party baseball game MLB The Show 18’s Road to the Show mode. The mode has dropped microtransactions, added new archetypes and attitude caps, expanded Pave your Path and more. Check out the trailer for all the details.
New PSVR game Torn promises an experience similar to an episode of The Twilight Zone
A new game for PlayStation VR from Aspyr Media called Torn was announced today and promises to give players a sci-fi experience similar to Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone.
“When we began working on Torn a year and a half ago, we loved all of the early VR experiences but longed for something with a gripping, [long-form] story, a suspenseful Black Mirror-esqe (sic) ‘page turner,’ if you will,” Neill Glancy, creative director of Aspyr Media, said in a PlayStation Blog post. “We wanted to submerge players in a world of unparalleled beauty, history and physics interactivity. We wanted to create a non-linear world where players could explore at their own pace and feel like they were creating the story themselves.”
In the game, which launches this spring, players manipulate gravity inside of a creepy old mansion while trying to unveil its mysteries. Take a look for yourself with the trailer below, if you dare.
New PS4 theme celebrates International Women’s Day
According to Eurogamer, Sony has launched a free theme on the PlayStation Store today in celebration of International Women’s Day. The theme is not yet available on the US store, but will be available shortly according to several news outlets. The static theme, “drawn by Media Molecule’s character and environment artist Maja-Lisa Kehlet Hansen,” according to IGN, features female characters from several of Sony’s biggest franchises, including Aloy from Horizon: Zero Dawn and Ellie from The Last of Us.
In addition, Sony shared a video celebrating women in gaming, which you can see below.