It’s time for the first Game Rant Open Discussion of April! As a new month begins, we reflect on the big topics of the week – hot on the heels of April Fool’s Day shenanigans.
It may be April Fools, but we’re not joking around when we say that it’s time for the Game Rant Open Discussion! March closed out with some pretty stellar news items, and we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some of the hottest items of the week for your reading pleasure.
In the Open Discussion, we invite our readers to discuss the happenings of the week in the comment section below, whether it relates to gaming or not.
Details Drop On April’s The Division Update
Aside of the Pokemon / Division crossover announced today (prank’d), Ubisoft Massive has other big plans for supporting the title, and they start with a massive update slated for this April. The update is posed to bring supply drops to the Dark Zone, as well as finally including the first ever raid for the game.
Ubisoft Massive isn’t shying away from changing aspects of the game, either. The studio recently confirmed that tech would getting a change in a future update, and the studio has finally narrowed down the cause of the infamous login glitch that has kept plenty of agents on the sideline. With all of these fixes incoming in tandem with a big update on the horizon, it looks like April is going to be a big month for those playing The Division.
Rocket League Is Getting A Basketball Mode
It was several weeks ago that Psyonix went ahead and teased a basketball mode for Rocket League out of nowhere, and the studio has finally followed up on the teasing tweet with an official announcement. This week, Psyonix confirmed that ‘Dunk Mode’ would come to Rocket League players everywhere sometime this April, completely free of charge.
It’s been a great month for Rocket League fans, especially when considering that the studio recently introduced cross-play into the equation. This means that PC gamers can play in tandem with Xbox One gamers, and Microsoft even invited Sony to get in on the action, too. Though nothing has officially happened in that regard, Sony did respond positively to the idea.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Story Details Leak Out
Though BioWare has done well to keep quiet about the plot of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the studio has now spilled the beans about the general storyline of the game so that it could collect some survey results and gauge consumer interest. The game is poised to bring in a fresh-faced cast, so it’s important that BioWare plays its cards right and creates both interesting characters and an accessible storyline.
The survey revealed that players will be leading a squad of military professionals against an indigenous race who are bent on stopping the player, who actually represents the ‘alien’ presence within this new galaxy. While BioWare remains as vague as possible, the studio did also mention that a major battle is brewing across the entire galaxy, and it will be up to the player to forge a new home not just for humanity, but for all of the galaxy’s indigenous species.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is currently scheduled for a 2017 release.
Fallout 4’s Far Harbor DLC Will be Bethesda’s Biggest DLC Yet
The first batch of Fallout 4 DLC has already left a good impression, but Bethesda Games Studios has much more in store for the coming months. While April will be getting a beast-training addition, May will be getting the biggest content boost so far in the form of the Far Harbor DLC.
The summertime DLC will be adding an entire new landmass off the coast of Boston, and Todd Howard himself had previously hyped up the content as their biggest landscape inclusion yet. In a Twitter conversation this week, Bethesda’s VP of Public Relations has now confirmed that the Far Harbor DLC is physically bigger than Shivering Isles, the fondly-remembered DLC from Oblivion which similarly added new land to the game.
While gamers still have quite a while to wait before they can take Dogmeat on vacation, players can still check out Survival Mode via the PC Beta system to keep themselves occupied in the meantime.
The Nintendo NX May Be More Powerful Than The PS4
Although it’s been a busy month for fake Nintendo leaks, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out news at full swing. A redditor named stimpak_vendor has made waves after reporting that the Nintendo NX will be more powerful than the PlayStation 4, prompting users to react in a solid mix of both disbelief and hope.
The user claims to be an employee of a Triple A Game Studio with inside knowledge about the device, and states that the the Nintendo NX uses ARM architecture. Should the rumors of such a device be true, Sony’s move to make a supposed Playstation 4.5 could be a responsive move to the increased hardware power of the Nintendo NX. In any event, until Nintendo says anything it’s all hearsay – but we can’t help but get excited at the thought of a truly powerful Nintendo console.
Join The Conversation
Now that April has begun, it’s very easy to see that March has closed out with a bang and left us with no shortage of gaming news to talk about (and not all of it is April Fools Day jokes, even)! We invite our readers to click the comments button below and join the conversation, where readers are welcome to discuss anything that comes to mind, even if it isn’t specifically gaming related.
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