Re-Spawn: Video Game News for Week 34 – August 20th to August 26th, 2017

Re-Spawn - This Week's Video Game News
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Welcome to our video game news for week 34. Nothing helps me overcome exhaustion better than sitting down to read up on the latest video game news. I spent this weekend catching up on what I missed this past week when I was too busy to pay attention to much of anything, and here are a few highlights of what caught my attention.

Video Game News Recap

Blizzard’s Latest Video Game News

Overwatch

Developer Update – Season 6 Changes

Season 5 ends today, August 28th at 5PM PT and Season 6 begins on August 31st, 2017. With this video, Game Director Jeff Caplin highlights what will be different when Season 6 of competitive play begins in Overwatch.

Starting with Season 6, the competitive seasons will be two months long instead of three. Total points at the end of the season will be a little smaller as a result but the expectation is that over a full year it will pretty well balance out. Also, for each win you get in Competitive Mode, you will earn slightly more points than in prior seasons.

Skill point decay is being tweaked by only requiring 5 games/week to maintain your ranking instead of the 7 games required prior to Season 6. Also, the decay rate will be 25 points instead of 50 each time.

There are several different types of competitive matches. The most grueling and longest duration maps are consistently the control point maps. In order to get these map types more in line with the others, they will now be a best of 3 instead of best of 5.

Placement matches will be updated so that you get placed into a rank on par with your skill level. In prior seasons they had enacted a change that would place you slightly lower than where your skill ranking would have you, thinking it would make people feel good to see immediate progression when they finished placement and started their season matches but realized it was unduly penalizing people who had good prior season rankings and good current season placement match results.

Matchmaking is being tweaked and may take a little longer. The hope is that it won’t be too high of impact on wait times, and the guess is that the highest ranked players will feel the most delay but reap the most benefit by more consistently being placed into 50/50 odds matches more often.

Latest short, “Rise and Shine”

The cutest animated short to date hit on August 23rd with this look at how Mei wound up sleeping through the death of Overwatch (the group, not the game).

Xbox’s Latest Video Game News

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition Pre-order

Most country’s pre-orders sold out shortly after the launch, making Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition the fastest selling Xbox in history. Check out the details in the press release, then let me know if you got your’s ordered. I ordered mine through the Xbox website on day 1, thankfully.

Upcoming Games from Xbox

Next week brings 18 new games to the Xbox platform for your video gaming pleasure.

Songbringer

Songbringer is a 2D action RPG with a music-making accidental protagonist as the playable character.

Echoes of the Fey: The Fox’s Trail

Echoes of the Fey: The Fox’s Trail is a storybook/visual adventure game that combines fantasy and mystery elements into a detective storyline. Use your magic, if you can control it, as the private investigator to solve your cases.

Current Games with Gold are Trials Fusion (08/16 – 09/15), Red Faction: Armageddon (08/16 – 08/31), and Slime Rancher (08/01 – 08/31)

You can check out the games on sale right now on the Deals With Gold page.

Nintendo’s Latest Video Game News

Paypal for Nintendo eShop Purchases

Customers in the United States and Canada may now use their PayPal accounts to pay for Switch purchases both through the console and in the Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo at PAX West

Get all the details on seeing upcoming games at PAX West September 1 – September 4, 2017 in Seattle, WA.

PlayStation’s Latest Video Game News

This week’s The Drop highlights 25 new releases in the upcoming week. Check out the blog entry for the full list but here are a couple that caught my eye:

Sneaky Bears

Ever wonder what would happen if teddy bears decide they’re tired of us gross humans and all of our snuggles? Me neither, but the idea of cute little teddy bears on the attack sounds fun!

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School

Apparently it is time to release all the creepy games, because here’s another one from this upcoming week’s list. White Day is a remake with new gameplay and looks creepy as hell.

STEAM’s Latest Video Game News

New releases and upcoming releases are available on the Steam Games page.

Current pricing specials can be found on the Specials page. This page is updated frequently so check back often.

GeekMom and GeekDad Recent Video Game Articles

GeekMoms and GeekDads often write about video games and related items. Here is a list of all the video gaming related articles from the blogs since I last recapped things:

Below are the video games some of the Geek Parents have been playing lately.

Z.:

  • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Sonic Mania (Nintendo Switch)
  • Levels + (Nintendo Switch)
  • Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4)
  • Just Cause 3 (PS4)
  • Undertale (PS Vita)
  • Risk of Rain (PS Vita)
  • Downwell (PS Vita)

Samantha Fisher:

  • Overwatch (PC)
  • Rescue Team 7 (PC)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments (Xbox One)
  • Ticket to Ride (Android)
  • Simon’s Cat (Android)

Will James:

  • Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes (iOS)
  • Star Wars Force Arena (iOS)
  • Transformers Earth Wars (iOS)

Mike LeSauvage:

  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)
  • Cities: Skylines (PC)
  • Overcooled (Nintendo Switch)

Michael Harrison:

  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)
  • Nidhogg 2 (PC)
  • Crawl (PC)

Randy Slavey:

  • Battlefield 1 (PS4)
  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)

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Samantha (aka Sam) lives in the midwest and likes it that way. She works at IBM and is the mother to one geekling. When not working she spends too much time playing games, watching television, or reading novels and not enough time cleaning. Don't get her started on the horror that is doing laundry.