Last year the DOTA 2 International Championships set a record for the largest ever esports prize pool of $20,770,460. Yeah, that's quite the number. With a percentage of the proceeds from Battle Pass sales going towards the number, this year is already on track to surpass last year's record. In that it has done so already.
With a setting and mechanics that would make Rockstar proud. In Shakedown Hawaii, from Retro City Rampage developer Brian Provinciano, players take on the role of an aging CEO who's struggling to make it in modern day society. And so he embarks on a journey to destroy every business on the island and be the sole provider of everything from clothes to food to entertainment.
With both titles still relatively new. And great too, let's not forget that both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 offer excellent single and multiplayer content. The EA Access subscription service, which is currently limited to the Xbox One platform (the PC version is called Origin Access), is available for $6.99 a month or the very reasonable $39.99 for an entire year.
The expansion to the excellent XCOM 2 is almost upon us, with XCOM 2: War of the Chosen launching August 29 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. And the new video that gives you a quick overview of how one of the missions in the expansion plays out definitely adds to the hype. A proper expansion with new mechanics, foes, abilities, and best of all -- feel.
Yeah, it looks insanely fun and brutal, and action-packed. Launching August 2 on PC (via Steam and GOG) for $16.99 AUD, Redeemer is a top-down, close-quarters action brawler from Russian developer Soboka Studio. Featuring both a story-driven single-player campaign and a horde-like Arena Mode, Redeemer is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Mythic Keystone dungeons were introduced a while back in World of Warcraft. They allowed players and groups to tackle dungeons at higher difficulties in order to complete them within a certain time-frame for some sweet loot. As both a fast-paced and highly competitive part of WoW, Blizzard has today announced that the first Mythic Dungeon Invitational is on the way.
When Activision Blizzard first announced its plans to take Overwatch esports global with the introduction of a city-based Overwatch League, there was a genuine buzz throughout the industry. But that was months ago, and in that time we've been sitting here and waiting for more information. Okay, so putting together the world's first global professional esports league with city-based teams is no small feat. And today we've details on the first seven cities that will makeup the Overwatch League.
The fact that the Destiny 2 Beta happening next week includes the opening mission that deals with the destruction of The Tower, shows how much focus is being placed on story this time around. One of the main criticisms with the first game, was the overall lack of a narrative. Or, any semblance of understanding what was happening. In a new Bungie interview over at IGN the developers open up about the shift this time around. And how "there is story everywhere".
A weird cult, drug-induced hallucinations, and using a black light to explore neon lit environments. By the looks of it, Mafia III's final bit of story-based DLC 'Sign of the Times' sounds like something you'd might find in one of the Batman Arkham games -- filtered through the '60s counter-culture and deep south aesthetic of Mafia III.
In a new video showcasing a battle between the High Elves and the Lizardmen we get to see some the work gone into the new races and units in Total War: Warhammer 2. And as expected the High Elves look especially cool, with all sorts of great little armour flourishes. Plus, the added awesome of giant ice and fire birds.