In this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, we’re discussing Gears of War, Overwatch, Skyrim, Fallout 4, and more! Come on in and join the conversation!
Fall is in the air, and that means several high profile videogames are poised to launch this month ahead of the scrumptious holiday window. With so many games to talk about, it’s a good thing it’s time once again for the Game Rant Open Discussion!
For the uninitiated (you rascals, you), the Game Rant Open Discussion is a weekly thread where Game Rant readers are welcome to come together and discuss whatever happens to be on their mind, even if that subject doesn’t pertain to the subject of videogames at all. Readers can talk about potentially voice acting in Mass Effect or their love/hate relationship with pumpkin spice lattes, and both subjects are equally welcome.
Of course, videogames are the subject that brought us all together here in the first place, so we’d like to kick off the discussion with a few recommended readings. Feel free to peruse some of this week’s hottest news items, and remember that the Game Rant Open Discussion can be found in the comments section underneath this post!
A Gears Of War Movie Is Coming
This week Universal Pictures caught the attention of gamers everywhere as the film studio announced it had optioned the rights to a Gears Of War movie. The film will be produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark via Universal’s Blugrass production company, although further details about the project – which even optimistically is still several years away from completion – have been withheld for the time being.
The new partnership comes years after New Line Cinema failed to do anything with its own movie rights to the franchise, so it’s great to see a development that should renew hope for Gears of Wars fans hoping to see emergence day (or the years after) on the big screen. Microsoft’s big fall exclusive has done well in the videogame medium, and we can only hope what would inevitably be a CGI-heavy adaptation fairs well when translated to film.
Skyrim and Fallout 4 Will Get PS4 Mod Support (Finally)
Console fans everywhere had been excited when Bethesda announced that modification support would be coming to Skyrim and Fallout 4 months ago, but the party came to an abrupt end when the studio recently announced that Sony had blocked the developer from offering modifications on the PS4 platform for both of Bethesda’s titles. After it seemed the dust had settled on the issue, Bethesda came out of the blue this week to announce that PS4 modifications would arrive for both Skyrim and Fallout 4 after all!
The news doesn’t come without stipulations: any modifications on the PlayStation 4 platform will have to solely use in-game assets, so any modifications that add new textures or items won’t be supported on Sony’s console. Given how the studio was completely shut out from modifications before, however, this seems like a step in the right direction for Sony, and we’re sure PS4 gamers will be happy enough getting anything out of the extended ordeal.
Bethesda also confirmed that both titles would also release for the PS4 Pro, allowing gamers to enjoy the supported modifications in crisp 4K resolution.
Blizzard Is Working On Two New Overwatch Characters
This week Blizzard confirmed that the developer was hard at work creating two new Overwatch heroes during a recent developer update, prompting massive speculation on who the new forthcoming roster additions will be and what role they’ll add to the game. As one can expect, the long-rumored hero Sombra is now back heavily under the spotlight, although only time will reveal who the new heroes are.
In the meantime, Overwatch fans can expect a high profile Halloween special event called “Halloween Terror” to be revealed soon. A premature Xbox Store listing had revealed the upcoming October-based event before it was removed, but as with anything on the internet, the fact that it was up for even a minute means screenshots and proof of its existence were already backed up on multiple servers. According to the listing, the event introduces Halloween loot boxes with more than 100 different items up for grabs, ranging from spooky skins to new victory poses (dab, anyone?)
Pokemon GO Is Catching $2 Million In Profits Every Day
It’s no secret that Niantic’s hit application has been a major source of revenue for the studio: Pokemon GO made a cool $200 million in its first month alone, and avid Pokemon trainers have kept up the hustle when it comes to repping their teams and expanding their Pokedex. Now that the casual fans have started to slow down, though, the news that Pokemon GO is still making $2 million every single day is even more impressive.
The application has been downloaded roughly 550 million times, which means that the studio is making a healthy profit off of the average consumer. Niantic is evidently working hard to keep the profitable train rolling, and has released the application in several new countries over the last few days. A new update that makes rare Pokemon easier to catch is also approaching, which will likely draw back in some of the fans who have started to wain themselves off of the application.
Are you still playing Pokemon GO, Ranters?
Destiny’s Wrath of the Machine Raid Hard Mode Release Date Announced
One of the newest Destiny endgame PvE raids, Wrath of the Machine, has become a popular activity for Destiny players hoping to level up their characters. The new Rise of Iron weekly content has kept many gamers busy with things like the Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris, and it looks like there’s no shortage of things for intrepid adventurers to do within Destiny right now.
Gamers looking for the next big challenge can find it with the Heroic Mode of the Wrath of the Machine raid, which will launch Tuesday, October 18th at 10 A.M. pacific time. Bungie hyped the difficulty by stating that it was the “truest test of teamwork and cunning” yet, so gamers taking on the challenge might want to get their hands on that powerful new exotic pulse rifle before they attempt it.
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