It’s time for the mid-March Game Rant Open Discussion! As the week comes to a close, we reflect on the hot topics of the week, and invite readers to discuss them.
It’s time once again for this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, where our readers are invited to discuss the goings-on and happenings of the week. The middle of March has been dominated by Ubisoft’s massive hit, The Division, but that doesn’t mean other studios and companies have kept quiet on the sidelines.
We’ve assembled some of the biggest news items of the week in a handy list below, and we encourage our readers to catch up not only on the week’s events. In the Open Discussion, we invite our readers to not only discuss anything happening in the gaming industry, but talk about whatever is on their mind as well, whether it be gaming related or not.
This week’s hot ticket items are The Division (of course), a possible cross-network connection between Microsoft and Sony, the first look at the Fallout 4 DLC, and more! Without further ado, let’s take a peek at the highlights from the week:
Red Dead Redemption Sequel May Be In Development
It’s no secret that Take-Two Interactive has some big announcements planned for E3 this year, but few would have been so bold as to predict a sequel to the highly popular Red Dead Redemption would be on the cards. The speculative website Frag Hero has stated exactly that, reporting that an email sent to them from an ex-Rockstar Games employee has spilled the beans on the Western-based successor.
According to the anonymous source, the title of the sequel will be Red Dead Redemption 2: Legends of the West, and is slated to have a 2017 release date. As if this were too good to be true (and it may be), there’s even reportedly a playable character coming in from Grand Theft Auto 5. While this is an exciting development if true, the fact remains that absolutely nothing official has been announcemed, so at the end of the day we’re taking everything at face value from Frag Hero. Take that as you will.
Someone is Already Maximum Rank in The Division
Ubisoft Massive’s record-breaking title is barely over a week old, but one adventurous soul has already reached the maximum rank in the Dark Zones of The Division. The player, who goes by the in-game name of Chaos 3SK, reached level 99 in the Dark Zone after an astounding 130 hours of playtime, meaning he spent at least 19 hours each day for the first week of the game’s launch roaming the mid-Manhattan streets, and that’s not even accounting for server downtime.
Prior to Chaos 3Sk, no gamer was entirely sure what the maximum rank for the Dark Zone even was. Once he reached level 99, he soon filled his progress bar, which then became frozen in place. Chaos 3SK last died when he was level 93, and lost a staggering 85,000 Dark Zone points for doing so. Suffice to say, once one is near the figurative finish line for the Dark Zone, the stakes are pretty high. For those who wish to rank up up quickly, we suggest this guide.
Microsoft and Sony Might Support Inter-Network Gaming
This week, Microsoft took the gaming industry by surprise and made a casual open invitation for Sony to work with the company to allow gamers on one console play with those on the rival brand’s. It all started with the announcement that Psyonix announcing that Rocket League would soon become the first Xbox One title to support cross-network play (even though it isn’t), but we can’t help but be excited at the idea that Xbox One gamers could soon be pitting themselves against PS4 players.
A few days ago, Sony responded to Microsoft’s invitation of collaboration, stating that they would be happy to have a discussion with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play. It’s safe to say that if anything pans out from this unexpected partnership, it’s a pretty big win-win for gamers.
Fallout 4 DLC Finally Gets A Trailer
Almost a month after revealing that Fallout 4 would be getting three separate monthly iterations of season’s pass content, Bethesda Games Studios has now put forth the first official trailer for the Automatron DLC.
The first of the season’s pass content will pit the Sole Survivor against a robot-creating antagonist, and will allow players to build highly customized robots to bring into battle. The achievements for Automatron leaked last week, and are essentially spoiler-free for those looking to read up on the upcoming mechanical missions.
The Automatron DLC for Fallout 4 will be available on March 22nd for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Microsoft Could Offer Compensation for Xbox Live Downtime
Gamers have been offered compensation for issues with online gameplay before, and it seems like history may be able to repeat itself in the case of Xbox gamers who were left disappointed by the amount of downtime the Xbox Live service has seen in the last few weeks.
Within a Reddit thread where Xbox One gamers were getting to Lindsay Lohan-levels of mad about the outage, Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb himself popped in to notify the agitated Redditors that he was aware of their concerns, and stated that he would bring their requests for compensation to the internal Xbox teams. So far, there’s been no word of potential compensation for the Xbox Live outages, so those expected some free games may just have to stick with the Games With Gold offerings for the month.
Join The Conversation
It’s been a very busy week for the gaming industry, and despite the massive announcements it looks like this week was a big win for The Division, which managed to consistently stay on everyone’s lips. We’ve written up some guides on how to find the Dark Zone bosses and how to unlock weapon skins, but we’d love to hear what else gamers would like to see covered. We invite our readers to take a gander at the comments section below, where readers are free to talk about whatever comes to mind, even if it isn’t related to games at all.
As per usual, we ask that our readers please refrain from discussing any inappropriate topics or posting inappropriate photos, as we like to keep our conversations civil. We’re talking Downton Abbey levels of civility. We’ll bring the tea.
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