From Fortnite to League of Legends, and everything in between, this week has been huge for announcements for some of the biggest games out there. Here’s a brief roundup of all the new games, updates and changes we learned about this week.
League of Legends and Riot Games
To celebrate the ten year anniversary of League of Legends, Riot Games has announced a huge number of new games, events, and upcoming projects.Here’s some of the highlights of those announcements, and there are even more out there:
- Firstly a series of daily gifts players can unlock by playing League of Legendseach day from the 17th-27th October, including a legendary skin.
- Teamfight Tactics Set 2, including new origins, classes, and champions.
- Teamfight Tactics mobile with cross play compatibility between PC and mobile.
- League of Legends: Wild Rift a new console and mobile focused MOBA, not a direct LOL port but very similar.
- Legends of Runeterra an online competitive trading card game, competing with the likes of Hearthstone and Elder Scrolls Legends, using characters from the LOL world.
- Project A: Riot calls this a “stylish, competitive, character-based tactical shooter” a competitor to games like CS:GO or deathmatch modes in Overwatch or Paladins.
Fortnite Chapter 2
After all the hype Epic generated by shutting down the game with the black hole stunt, Fortnite players were expecting big changes in chapter 2, and they’ve certainly brought in some of the biggest changes to the game, big enough to give it the name Fortnite Chapter 2.
Firstly the game map has been completely changed. Some old locations remain, in an altered form, as well as 13 new locations with more varied terrain, including dry grassland and snowy mountains. Water is now a major feature in the game, with players able to swim, fish, and pilot water vehicles. There are new environmental features, haystacks you can hide in and explodable gas tanks.
In terms of gameplay the update promises streamlined weapon choices, and weapons can now be upgraded in game. There are also more ways to support and interact with teammates, including healing weapons and team emotes.
The biggest change seems to be with the new progression system, designed to reward players for more than just winning. Now there are achievements given for a wide variety of in game actions, and progress through battle pass levels now factors in other actions too, in order to make it easier to progress through the levels. Fortnite says this means “more fun,less grind”, hopefully this turns out to be true.
Overwatch and Apex Legends both launched their limited time halloween events this week.
The Apex Legends Fight or Fright Event brings with it new event exclusive skins and collectibles, available to purchase or in special event loot boxes.
The event also includes a new game mode called Shadowfall. This mode takes players back to the original game map, King’s Canyon, although this time at night. Unlike the regular game this is a solo free for all, where dead players revive as fast moving undead shadows to hunt the living players. Once enough players have died the remaining living players team up and attempt to make it to an escape ship, while being hunted by the shadows. This is a big change because in all other Apex Legends modes death is the end of that game for the player. With Shadowfall players that don’t have the skills, or luck, to survive still get to participate in the game.
The Overwatch Halloween Terror Event returns for the fourth year running, with new skins and collectibles as well as the return of the Junkenstein’s Revenge PVE mode. The biggest change this year is the introduction of weekly challenges. Players that win nine games each week for the new three weeks will be rewarded with three special skins. What’s most interesting is that one of these skins, Sombra’s Demon Hunter skin, was previously only available for those that bought a virtual ticket for Blizzcon 2018:
We’ll see what this means for other skins that were tied to one time events, such as the Pink Mercy charity skin, or the Overwatch League 2018 MVP skin
What new experiences announced this week are you most excited about? let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @EColossuem.