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Sideshow and Bren may not return to Overwatch League this year
Joshua “Sideshow” Wilkinson and Brennon Hook, casters of the Overwatch League and hosts of the biggest podcast in the Overwatch scene, Plat Chat, may not return to the Overwatch League this year after not being able to reach an agreement with the League back in December and not hearing from them since. However, there is still the chance that they return if the League does reach out to them with a proper offer, as Sideshow stated to Bonnie Qu from Upcomer: “Yeah, the door is not closed to Bren and I going back to OWL, but it is unlikely. It’s not like you go into negotiations and they say, “you will never work for us again.” As far as I know, we haven’t been blacklisted. But the renewal situation this year was conducted in a very different manner that has led us to believe that we’re not going to be involved for 2022. We haven’t heard from them in a month and a half, and there’s no open channel of communication there. So we’re planning to be doing other things next year.”
Riot reveal their new champion: Renata Glasc
Riot Games have announced the newest champion to join the roster of League of Legends soon: Renata Glasc. “Introduced as a support, Renata Glasc descends from a family of resourceful and altruistic Zaunits alchemists. Thanks to her foresight and business acumen, she grows up to be an important figure in the district. Ambitious and with an advanced technological heritage, she plans to go beyond the borders of Zaun,” Riot said. This new support champion will come with a new state called Berserk, which fittingly increases an enemy’s attack speed, but also forces them to attack anything around them - even allied forces! However, that is not all, as her ability Bailout allows a three-second resurrect that can become permanent if that ally gets a kill on assist during that time. Renata will be released on Patch 12.4, which will be released on Wednesday, February 16th.
Sony purchased Bungie for $3.6 billion
The company behind PlayStation, Sony Interactive Entertainment, has acquired videogame developer Bungie, creators of Destiny among other games. As PlayStation have stated, Bungie will be joining as an “independent, multi-platform studio and publisher.” This opens the door to collaborations between the different teams of both companies and, as Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony stated, they hope that the partnership enables Bungie to “develop the right relationships where they will be fully backed and supported by Sony Interactive Entertainment and enabled to do what they do best — build incredible worlds that captivate millions of people.” This seems to be in line with what Pete Parsons, CEO of Bungie, posted on their website: “We remain in charge of our destiny. We will continue to independently publish and creatively develop our games. We will continue to drive one, unified Bungie community. Our games will continue to be where our community is, wherever they choose to play.”
World of Warcraft Cross-Faction Instances are in development
Whether you are one of the Alliance or enjoy dining with the Horde, there is great news on the horizon! With a new development patch on the works, the gap between the factions might not be as big in the future, as World of Warcraft developers noted that they are “working on adding the ability for Alliance and Horde players to form premade parties together for dungeons, raids, and rated PvP.” These changes may not be immediate, however, as “There have been two decades’ worth of code and content crafted with the assumption that parties can only have players of a single faction, and while we want to make this feature available as soon as possible, the extent of the change means that it couldn’t be ready in time for the upcoming Eternity’s End content update. Instead, we are planning to test and release it as part of a subsequent 9.2.5 update.” If you are interested in joining up with some friends on the other side of the war for some raids or dungeons, then be on the lookout for the 9.2.5 PTR.
Blizzard’s untitled survival game has been under development for years
Although we expected Blizzard’s untitled survival game to be simply getting started, it seems to have been under development for nearly five years at this point. As stated by Mike Ybarra, he has “played many hours of this project with the team and I’m incredibly excited about the teams vision and the brand-new world it presents for players to immerse themselves in together.” The game’s development is being led by Craig Amai, former World of Warcraft lead quest designer, since 2017. Amai said that “Once upon a time this dream project was a humble pitch deck on my desktop. Now it’s a team full of caring and passionate people sharing a vision I couldn’t be prouder to be part of.” However, despite the long development time, it seems that the untitled survival game is nowhere near finished, as a spokesperson from Blizzard told PC Gamer that “"We are in the early stages of development and do not have anything more to share at this time."
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