Forge Report – Bethesda leaks CS:GO on Epic Games at The Game Awards

written by Fyren

 

Bethesda accidentally posts users’ personal information

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The saga of Bethesda failures following the launch of Fallout 76 continues. This week, during an attempt to fix the canvas bag issue from the collector’s edition of the game, Bethesda accidentally posted the personal information of hundreds of their users who had submitted support tickets to the company’s customer service system. The information appeared on a public facing webpage and included users’ full names and physical as well as e-mail addresses. Naturally, the page was taken down quickly and the company did reply to criticisms by saying that it was an error that has now been rectified and that the person responsible has been handled. Bethesda is going to need to do something drastic in the future to win back the prestige and good will that has been lost during this last month.

CS:GO goes Free To Play with Battle Royale mode

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Counter Strike: Global Offensive has shed its entry fee and is now free to play via the Steam platform. This change is accompanied by an addition of a new Battle Royale mode to the game. With the change to the business model, there is still money to be spent. The game now features a Prime status upgrade purchase which is $15, the price of the game before the free to play transition. Prime status comes with several in-game unlocks, item crates, souvenirs and cosmetics.

Epic Games launches a storefront to compete with Steam

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Epic Games, the makers of the Unreal Engine, have launched their very own game store this week, the creatively named Epic Games Store. The storefront at present only offers 18 titles with about half of those labeled as pre-orders or coming soon. We’ll have to wait and see if this really is a competitor to the king of digital distribution platforms or just another half-assed attempt to get in on some easy money.

The Game Awards happened

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The Game Awards happened this week. The show spanned 3 hours and I watched it all to bring you the important parts. I’m going to list them here and in the interest of keeping this short I will keep my opinions brief as well. The Game Awards is still cringey in parts, it is filled with corporate bullshit and sponsored segments. However, in parts I can see something that very nearly may approach something appealing to the average gamer. Below I’ve broken the major happenings into to two sections: Announcements and Awards. Every new game announcement is contained in this list, I didn’t include DLC or expansions. I trimmed down the awards list to cut out some of the more superfluous ones.

Announcements:

Sayonara Wild Hearts a new rhythm game for Nintendo Switch.

New adventure game, Journey to The Savage Planet, gameplay to come next year

The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe coming to consoles and PC next year

Co-op beat ’em up Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 announced to be exclusive to Nintendo Switch

The next Far Cry, titled New Dawn, is to be set in the post apocalypse after Far Cry 5

Scavengers is a thing

Crash Team Racing is getting a remastered release following the success of the N’Sane Trilogy

The Outer Worlds looks like Fallout in space with jokes

The Last Campfire is coming from Hello Games, the studio behind No Man’s Sky

Atlas releases next week on December 13th from ARK developers

Dragon Age 4 was teased but showed nothing

The Pathless from the developers of Abzu looks gorgeous

Survived By, indie top down dungeon crawler game with a ancestor mechanic like Rogue Legacy

Stranger Things 3 the game, but why?

Mortal Kombat 11 features an evil Raiden and klassic ultra violence

Psychonauts 2 to release next year

Rage 2 gets an April release date

Hades out now on the Epic Games Store from Bastion developer, Supergiant

Awards:

Best Action Game – Dead Cells

Best Role Playing Game – Monster Hunter World

Best eSports Team – Cloud9

Best eSports Game – Overwatch

Best Student Game – Tanknarok

Best Narrative – Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Performance – Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Score – Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Audio Design – Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Art Direction – Return of The Obra Dinn

Best Mobile Game – Florence

Best VR/AR Game – Astro Bot Rescue

Best Debut Indie Game – The Messenger

Best Fighting Game – Dragonball FighterZ

Best Strategy Game – Into The Breach

Best Indie Game – Celeste

Best Sports/Racing Game – Forza Horizon 4

Best Game Direction – God of War

Best Ongoing Game – Fortnite

Game of The Year – God of War

 

 

 

 

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