Gaming News: Blizzard boycott and more

All the news from the gaming industry last week

A new ‘World of Warcraft’ patch set to release while Blizzard faces a boycott.

Every week, a large amount of news comes out of the gaming industry. Sometimes there is just way too much to keep track of.

That is where this weekly rundown comes in. Here are all the important things to come out of the gaming industry last week.

World of Warcraft patch 8.3

The final patch in “World of Warcraft’s” latest expansion has been detailed. 8.3 Visions of N’zoth seems to add a lot of new content that will help end this expansion with a bang.

Finally, players will be able to fight against the old god, N’zoth, who has been manipulating people in the background. Slowly, he will drive the player insane as they try and rid the world of his corruption.

Joining the roster of playable races will be the little furry foxes, The Vulpera, for the Horde and the robotic tinkerers, the Mechagnomes, for the Alliance. They will have to be unlocked via reputation and will start at level 20.

Some solid single-player content will be added in the form of visions. Tough challenges that will beat you down until you know all of their tricks and have leveled up a new legendary cloak to fight back against the darkness.

Players will most likely see the continuation of Sylvanas’ story, and whether she will survive until the next expansion or meet the same fate that Horde war chiefs have before her.

The patch seems to be a really solid one and is playable on the public test realm now, but won’t go live until early next year. Knowing the final patch opens up Blizzcon 2019 is already building the hype.

Blizzard controversy

Last week Blizzard made a controversial move when it banned a “Hearthstone” Pro and revoked his prize money. Named Blitzchung, he has been banned from the “Hearthstone” esports for 12 months and will not be receiving the money he won.

The ruling stated that Blitzchung was in violation of the 2019 “Hearthstone” grandmasters’ competition rules after he expressed support for the Hong Kong protest during his post-win interview. The interview quickly cut to a commercial break after he did, and videos of the match have been pulled.

Blizzard also fired the two game casters who were involved in the livestream.

After Blizzard did this, it caused a huge backlash against Blizzard, including claims that they care more about money than anything else. There have also been calls to boycott Blizzard, with people ending their “World of Warcraft” subscriptions and uninstalling “Hearthstone”.

Fans have started the hashtag, #boycottblizzard, in an attempt to bring awareness to Blizzard of their unhappiness. They hope the ruling is changed. Oregon and Florida senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio have publicly criticized Blizzard for their actions.

Blizzard employees also staged a protest against Blizzard by covering up the “Think Globally” and “Every Voice Matters” slogans at the company HQ. Some employees also staged a walkout to support Blitzchung, with some of them holding umbrellas, which is a symbol for the Hong Kong protests.

Blizzard still claims that it was solely due to violation of the rules and nothing else. They have said that they are assessing the situation for now.

Time will tell how this situation is resolved.

“Red Dead Redemption 2” PC

Rockstar Games officially announced that “Red Dead Redemption 2” is finally coming to PC. It will be launching with more story content, and if you preorder through the new Rockstar launcher you will be treated to all sorts of goodies.

Those who preorder will get some horses, in-game money, free upgrades to the premium editions, maps and a selection of two free PC games.

The games you can select from our “Grand Theft Auto III”, “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City”, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas”, “Bully Scholarship Edition”, “L.A Noire: Complete Edition” or “Max Payne 3: The Complete Edition”.

You can only select two and you only get them if you preorder through the Rockstar launcher. “Red Dead Redemption 2” for PC will be launching Nov. 5 and will also be a launch title for Google Stadia.

PlayStation 5 specs

We now have a release window and specifications for the next PlayStation. It will be launching around the holiday season of 2020.

The new controller will have haptic feedback to replace the vibrating and adaptive triggers. What this means will be made clear, eventually.

The controller will also have USB-C charging ports and a better battery, as well as be a little heavier than an Xbox controller.

The console will use 100GB optical disks, which could mean less download time, as well as be able to play 4K Blu-rays; a feature that the Xbox One X already has.

We still do not know what the user interface will look like, or even what the console will look like except leaked documents.

You can also find a whole list of console specs if you are into the hardware side of it.

That is all of the most interesting stuff to come out last week, yet every week is different and some more interesting than the last. So, be on the lookout for next week’s rundown.

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