As we patiently await more details on the upcoming Overwatch League, it's great to see that Blizzard are holding another Overwatch World Cup this year. The esports event which made its debut in 2016 (alongside the game itself) was a huge success that culminated in a truly amazing final series at BlizzCon. This year the top 32 nations featured in Competitive Play will make the cut, where so far Australia is coming in at number 13.
In an announcement that was made on Friday, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has left the company. The news comes after Luckey recently retreated from the spotlight after news broke that he potentially funded a somewhat radical right-leaning political action group. It also comes after Oculus lost a $500 million lawsuit against ZeniMax, where Luckey was personally fined $50 million. In any event Palmer Luckey in many ways was a key component in the recent surge of VR-technology, and his departure has been met with surprise.
This weekend saw the return of April 1st, that day when sometimes plausible but mostly silly announcements, pranks, and jokes make the rounds on the internet. In gaming terms it's a time for developers, publishers, and influencers to flex their creative muscles and come up with fun new April Foolery. This year was no different, and we've round-up the ones that tickled our Foolery-bones.
Although it's only just shy of a year old, it's great to know that we're getting a Total War: Warhammer sequel sometime later this year. Not that 2017 needed anymore content, but a sequel to one of the great strategy games of recent years is more than welcome. And the aptly titled Total War: Warhammer II from Creative Assembly will take place in new regions with a new story and feature four new playable races.
We all knew Destiny 2 was coming. After all, it was revealed during the tumultuous Infinity Ward Jason and Vince debacle that Bungie had signed a major contract with Activision that included three games in the series plus expansions. But their tight-lipped stance on bringing Destiny to the desktop has been a bit of a frustrating affair. That, however, changes with the freshly announced sequel.
As eSports continues to build and grow here in Australia (aka 'Oceania'), Throwdown Esports, which is owned by Showdown -- the exclusive distributor of Twitch Media locally, has announced three Super Leagues featuring Rocket League, CS:GO and League of Legends with a decent prize-pool split among them as well as pathways into larger global competitions.
We’re out of the blocks with our review a bit later than we’d have liked, but Nintendo has put AusGamers seemingly on the back-burner a bit, but that’s neither here nor there. Because we went ahead and bought the damn Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild anyway and if you're one of those peeps who was unsure about whether or not the investment in the package was worth it, well we hope our in-depth review gives you the answers you need.
Despite originally being banned classification in Australia, and strict rules around how resubmissions go, it turns out Outlast 2 will make its way to our shores in R18+ form, with the reasoning being centred around outdated contextualisation that came with the original submission.
In 4K Ultra High Definition too, with all content both single and multiplayer from the late '90s RTS classic and the Brood War expansion. When it comes to HD remasters for classic Blizzard games StarCraft has been rumoured to be in the works for a while now, with the existence of it popping up prior to BlizzCon last year as a rumour. One that's finally come true! StarCraft: Remastered is expected to be released sometime this winter.