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Gigantic will Close in July



Perfect World Entertainment and Mortiga announced that Gigantic will be closing down on July 31, 2018. The game was first released on July 20, 2017. In the meantime, players will be able to access all Heroes for free.

The announcement was posted on the Gigantic website in January. Those who are still playing the game can access all of the Heroes for free, including the Heroes that were newly released. The purchasing of Rubies and Hero Packs has been disabled. Currency will still be rewarded in-game, and any Crowns or Rubies gained by an account will remain available to purchase Shop items at discounted prices.

From the announcement:

Discontinuing Gigantic was not an easy decision. The game is a unique and exciting experience that captured many hearts and minds. Unfortunately, it did not resonate with as many players as we’d hoped. Over the last several months, the teams at Motiga and Perfect World looked into viable options to sustain Gigantic. However, the current state of the game has restricted options for further progress and relevant content updates, and delivering basic features while also fixing long-standing issues was more complicated than expected. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic break through in a crowded market.

Gigantic is a 6×6 Strategic Hero Shooter with MOBA elements where players battle against and alongside massive Guardians, in deeply strategic team gameplay. It has a total of 27 Heroes to choose from. Gigantic is free to play. In an FAQ it states that Gigantic makes money by allowing players to permanently unlock Heroes and skins using a paid currency called Rubies.


Feel the Heat with Vortx from Whirlwind FX at CES 2018



The gaming experience has steadily improved since Pong. Each generation of console and processor brings more detailed graphics, faster framerates, improved sound, force feedback vibration, VR, AR…. They’re all designed to make games more immersive and realistic without actually injuring the player. The latest addition to the gaming word is Vortx from Whirlwind FX: Todd takes the heat with Timothy, Founder and CEO.

The Vortx brings greater realism to the player by blowing hot and cold air in reponse to on-screen action. Imagine a demon throwing fireballs. As the player dodges a fireball, the Vortx blasts hot breath at the player as the ball slips past. Or imagine an adventure game, climbing through frozen mountains. The Vortx chills the air as the player climbs higher. It’s impressive.

About the size of a desktop speaker (9″ tall), the Vortx connects to a PC via USB and works with the Whirlwind FX engine. It uses object recognition and analysis to automatically trigger heat or cold, so Vortx can be used with any PC game without modification.

The Vortx is available for pre-order now at US$119, with shipping expected soon.

Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice-weekly Geek News Central Podcast at GeekNewsCentral.com.

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Nintendo is Ending Miitomo



Nintendo announced that Miitomo will no longer be available as of May 9, 2018. Nintendo is preparing some special events that will take place between now and the end date.

There is now a Daily Login Bonus. Users can log into Miitomo to receive daily bonuses until the very end. Those items include: Miitomo coins x 2,000 and Game Tickets x 5. It is no longer possible to purchase Miitomo coins.

The final Miifoto Event has begun. The final theme is Miitomo memories. To participate, create a Miifoto that best reflects your favorite Miitomo memory and post it to Twitter. Each user can make as many posts for this event as they want to. Nintendo will select 10-20 Miifotos on or about April 27, 2018, to post on the official Miitomo website.

After Nintendo ends service of the Miitomo app, those who launch it will see a message informing them that the service has ended. It will no longer be possible to use any of the apps features. Users will not be able to see their answers or messages in the app, and they will no longer be able to use items they obtained in the app (like clothing items, wallpapers or posters).

You can transfer your Mii character to your Nintendo Account by linking it to Miimoto. Nintendo points out that the character’s personality and other information will not be carried over.

Sidekick Mii characters will be deleted. If you want to keep your Sidekick Mii characters, you can save them as a QR Code before the end of service. They can then be transferred to Mii Maker on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems or the Wii console.

After the Miitomo service ends, users will not be able to view Miifotos, including the Miifotos they have shared to their social media channels. If you want to save your Miifotos, you must save them to your smart device before the end of service.


RIFT Introduces RIFT Prime



RIFT announced that they will be launching RIFT Prime this year. The decision appears to be based on feedback from users who did not like the current way RIFT was monetizing the game.

In the Spring of 2018, we will launch a new server, RIFT Prime. We’ve paid a lot of attention in discussions with all of you and within the broader gaming community regarding business models in the MMO and games industry as a whole.

We have the opportunity to experiment with this fresh RIFT server using an oft-requested subscription model and progressively unlocked content. Our goal for RIFT Prime is to provide the experience that many of you have requested: no lockboxes, a significantly reduced store with more of the current store-based items obtained through gameplay (or removed entirely) – plus the excitement of sequential progression through RIFT’s content with monthly milestones and achievements.

In the same blog post, it says that they on the RIFT Prime sever, they plan to present RIFT at its roots as much as possible. The Prime server will progress at a faster pace than the original launch, and will eventually “come to an end in spectacular fashion”.

Other details that have been revealed about RIFT Prime:

  • Dynamically matching characters to their current zone’s level
  • Dungeons dropping loot specific to your character’s true level
  • Caps on the number of professions available to a single character’s
  • Participation awards that carry over to your characters on existing servers

God of War Launches in April on PS4



Cory Barlog, the creative director at Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Santa Monica Studio, announced on the PlayStation Blog that God of War will launch on the PS4 on April 20, 2018. You can pre-order God of War right now.

It’s a new beginning for Kratos. Living as a man, outside the shadow of the gods, he seeks solitude in the unfamiliar lands of Norse mythology. With new purpose and his son at his side, Kratos must fight for survival as powerful forces threaten to disrupt the new life he has created…

You can pre-order the Collector’s Edition, the Digital Deluxe Edition, and the Stone Mason Edition now. Those who preorder any edition at a supporting retailer will acquire three legendary shield skins for Kratos to use to bash and defend against all manner of creatures. Players will need internet connectivity to access the shield skins.

If you pre-order any edition of God of War at GameStop or EB Games, you will also receive the Luck of Ages XP Tailsman, which improves the wearer’s luck. It increases XP gain, increases Hacksilver gain, and increases the ability to trigger perks.

The God of War Digital Deluxe Edition is $69.99 USD / $89.99 CAD. Digital contents include: Death’s Vow Armor Set, Exile’s Guardian Shield Set, God of War Comic #0 by Dark Horse Comics, God of War Mini Artbook by Dark Horse Comics, and Dynamic Theme. Those who pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition in the US and Canada receive an exclusive, limited-run God of War physical pin.

The God of War Collector’s Edition is $129.99 USD / $169.99 CAD. It comes with a 9” statue of Kratos and Atreus by Gentle Giant, a limited edition steelbook case, 2” Huldra Brothers Carvings, an exclusive Lithograph, a cloth map, and the full God of War game. It also includes everything in the Digital Deluxe Edition.

The God of War Stone Mason Edition is $149.99 USD / $199.99 CAD (EB Games Exclusive in Canada). It includes everything in the Collector’s Edition – plus four very distinct, rare items from the game. These include the Stone Mason Ring and the talking Mimir Head keychain.


Rust is Leaving Early Access



Rust, a game created by FacePunch Studios, is leaving Early Access. Rust was first created in 2013, and was originally being tested as a browser game. In December of 2013, FacePunch Studio released Rust on Steam in Early Access. The game has been in Early Access for years.

We plan to leave Early Access on the 8th of February 2018. We’re not planning any big reveals, launch parties, around the world tours or cash prize giveaways for this event. We’re not going to move staff onto other projects. It’s very much going to happen without much fuss. It’s business as usual.

Leaving Early Access does not mean that Rust is finished, or that it will disappear. They intend to keep updating and improving the game. The reason they left Early Access was to make the development more stable. Rust will be transitioning to monthly updates.

Players can help by continuing to play Rust. There will be two versions of it: Main Branch and Staging Branch. Main Branch will have monthly tested updates with smaller, irregular hotfixes between them. Staging Branch will be “bleeding edge” with daily updates. Players can have both versions installed at the same time.

Another thing to be aware of is that there will be a price change. The current price is $19.99. The new price will be $34.99. FacePunch Studio wanted players to be aware of that ahead of the change.


Heroes of the Dorm Returns for 2018



Heroes of the Dorm is a competition where teams of college students play Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Storm video game in an attempt to win money for their college tuition. This is the fourth year of Tespa’s collegiate Heroes of the Storm league.

This year, Tespa is adding regional play. Each college will field their strongest Heroes team to battle to the top of their regional division for a chance to play in the National Championship tournament. This year, we’re also partnering with Raycom Sports on a weekly broadcast for matches in Heroes of the Dorm’s Atlantic Coast Region for one-for-a-kind sports network viewing experience.

To enter, you must be a legal resident of the United States or Canada, who is at the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence.

You must also be currently enrolled full-time (or will be enrolled full-time) in the 2018 Spring semester in an accredited graduate school, four-year college, four-year university or community college that is located in the United States or Canada. The school must have a physical campus location.

Registration for Heroes of the Dorm 2018 started on January 22, 2018, and will end on February 5, 2018. Make a team, or find an open spot on a roster at your school. Once your team has five eligible players, you are ready to battle!

Teams will be split up into Regions of 12-16 teams. Online matches begin February 7, 2018. Eventually, the top four teams will make it to the Heroic Four Event and be awarded a custom gaming rig brought to them by ASUS ROG. All five off the players on the team that becomes the championship team will earn tuition for their college careers.


Overwatch League Names Toyota as Launch Partner



Blizzard Entertainment announced that a major new brand-marketing partner has signed on to support the Overwatch league during its inaugural season: multinational automative manufacturer Toyota. This partnership marks the first time Toyota has partnered with an esports league.

The Overwatch League is further supported by sponsors HP and Intel, with players competing on cutting-edge gaming hardware including HP’s OMEN gaming PCs, powered by the latest Intel Core i7 processors.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Toyota to the Overwatch League,” said Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO of Blizzard Entertainment’s MLG division. “When we were building the league, our desire was to create a premium experience for players and fans, and partners like Toyota are helping us do just that.”

As part of the partnership, Toyota and the Overwatch League plan to develop an exclusive series called Access Granted that will present behind-the-scenes content to the community, centered around the unique journey of the esports athlete.

The series, produced by Blizzard Entertainment’s MLG division, will air featured clips in live matches that promote the series. The featured clips will include players driving Toyota vehicles to and from the competition at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, where all regular-season games of Overwatch League will take place.

“Toyota is excited to be a launch partner of the Overwatch League,” said Steven Curtis, Vice President, media & engagement marketing for Toyota Motor North America.” We love the passion of esports fans, and the goal of our partnership is to help take the Overwatch League and the fan experience to the next level.”

The Toyota C-HR will have on-site presence at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and media placements surrounding Overwatch League.


Facebook is ESL’s Main Broadcasting Platform



ESL, the world’s largest esports company announced that it will bring content from two of the top esports competitions exclusively to Facebook in 2018. Facebook will be their main broadcast partner.

WESA, the World Esports Association, along with ESL, announced that the world’s top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, CS:GO Pro League, will be broadcast exclusively on Facebook, kicking off with the upcoming Season Seven. Distribution will begin on February 13, 2018, and will run for four seasons of Pro League, through December 2019.

ESL will also broadcast one of its flagship circuits, ESL One on Facebook, featuring Dota 2 and CS:GO. The first event this year will be ESL One Genting 2018, taking place January 23-28, 2018, bringing 16 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams to Malaysia for a six day event. Additionally, ESL will produce and broadcast a weekly five-minute show celebrating the Dota community on Facebook Watch, Facebook’s platform for shows.

Competitions will be streamed exclusively via Facebook Live in English and Portuguese, with other languages available as well. All live broadcasts from CS:GO Pro League and ESL One will be available in 1080p/60fps on Facebook. Both Pro League and ESL One will also be streamed in VR.

ESL will also leverage Facebook’s innovative cross-posting feature. With cross-posting, ESL can easily post videos and reach audiences on all participating team and player Pages. The feature will work with live and 360 video, and it will be available soon for videos that were previously live.

Although Facebook users will have the easiest time finding and following the action within the platform, it is not required to have a Facebook account to watch Pro League or ESL One. Embedded streams will continue to be shown on the respective product pages.


Pokémon GO Will Discontinue Support for Some Apple Devices



Pokemon Go logoPokémon GO announced an upcoming update that could potentially affect your ability to continue playing Pokémon GO. Players are warned that Pokémon GO will discontinue support for Apple devices that are not capable of upgrading to iOS 11.

This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon GO that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices. This change will take effect on 02/28/2018. After that date, Trainers using affected devices may no longer be able to access their Pokémon GO accounts from that device, or use their PokéCoins or other items in their Bags.

If the Apple device you play Pokémon GO on is affected by this change, and you want to keep playing the game, you will need to switch to a device that can upgrade to iOS 11.

Pokémon GO has more specific information about devices that it will discontinue supporting. They include:

  • iPhone 5c – released in 2013 – Model numbers A1456, A1507, A1516, A1532
  • iPhone 5 – released in 2012 – Model numbers A1428, A1429, A1442
  • iPad (4th generation) – released late 2012 – Model numbers A1458, A1459, A1460
  • iPad (3rd generation) – released early 2012 – Model numbers A1416, A1430, A1403
  • iPad mini (1st generation) – released late 2012 – Model numbers A1432, A1454, A1455
  • iPad2 – released 2011 – Model numbers A1395, A1396, A1397