Hey! Did you know that there are things happening this week in video games that don’t have to do with Red Dead Redemption 2? Seriously, there is a whole world outside of the cowboy game. (We’re playing it too, so don’t feel bad if you’re obsessed with old-timey cracker packaging and horse brushes.)
Today, we’ve rounded up all the top video game news of the week, from new Fortnite NFL skins to the Pokemon Go event. Check out the video game news for the week ending November.
Fortnite fans! It’s time to huddle! NFL skins are available right now in the in-game store. You can get outfits from any of the 32 teams, and you can add any number from 0-99. The pricing will be announced when the skins appear. Epic will also have a new weapon called the Heavy Assault Rifle in the near future. You know you’re getting ready for a pretty “epic” dance in these skins. If you do it, we’re going to need to see some video.
This past week at BlizzCon, Overwatch fans learned about a brand-new character named Ashe. Fans seemed to be excited at first, but others are getting tired of more white characters. Scores of fans wrote that it’s about time for a black woman in the game. Game director Jeff Kaplan told Kotaku, “I think if you look at the history of Overwatch, there’s been such a wide variety of people that we’ve represented in the game. We have no shortage of heroes that we’re currently working on secretly back in Irvine. Right now I think the number’s around six that we have in development. I don’t think people are gonna be disappointed.” Well, they’re disappointed right now, so maybe it’s time to fix that. You don’t see Twitter clamoring for more skinny white women. We have enough of those, don’t we?
There has been a class action lawsuit filed against Riot Games (they of League of Legends fame) that has claimed gender discrimination after a Kotaku investigation. The lawsuit says, “like many of the Riot Games’ female employees, Plaintiffs have been denied equal pay and found their careers stifled because they are women. Moreover, Plaintiffs have also seen their working conditions negatively impacted because of ongoing sexual harassment, misconduct, and bias which predominate the sexually-hostile working environment of Riot Games.” Riot apologized after the investigation with a blog post. Some people were let go, and others reportedly kept their positions. We’ll keep you updated on what’s happening with the lawsuit.
For a while, Pokemon Go had the country in its grip. So much so that Neil Gaiman joked on a San Diego Comic-Con panel that he’d thought a group of people with their heads bowed on a hill were having a religious experience together, then he realized it was a group of people playing the game. After a while, the popularity faded… until its resurgence recently with all the changes to the game. This week, Niantic is having a new in-game event for Pokemon Go called The Stardust Blast, which lasts until 4 p.m. ET on November 13. In the event, you can earn twice the amount of Stardust when you capture your Pokemon and when you hatch eggs. There are also two new Gen 4 Pokemon species available, including Buizel, who is a water type that you can get as a Raid Battle. (You can hatch the earlier forms Roselia and Budew from eggs. And hey, if you have managed to catch the Legendary Giratina, we want to see pictures! It will be around at Gyms until November 20.)
This week we got a new look at the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC called The Forge. (We also got a chance to play it, so stay tuned for our hands-on sneak preview.) Square Enix also debuted a new video to show us more about the upcoming DLC. In it, you’ll have the option to play solo or co-op, which we got to do in our preview. You’ll have to check out the lava-covered Forge and learn the secrets of secrets of Kuwaq Yaku. You’ll also get some info about the character of Abby from the village. There is a lot of puzzle solving, and we were told that the DLC should take about an hour. It will be released on November 13, and it is the first of seven monthly DLC packs that are on the way. You’ll be able to get a new outfit and a new skill as well as a new weapon.
We also got a trailer for Hitman 2 this week from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive. In it, you get a chance to check out the gameplay and plan the ultimate assassination with weapons, tools, disguises, and more all over the globe. Hitman 2 will be released for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 13, 2018.
Yet another trailer to come out this week is the one for Battlefield V. The game will be out on November 20, and according to EA's post on YouTube, “Battlefield V is World War 2 like you’ve never seen or played before. A mix of new and iconic multiplayer modes deliver all-out warfare for up to 64 players on maps traversing unseen and untold locations. Lead your squad to victory with modernized movement and weapon mechanics, and customize the soldiers and equipment in your Company. Single-player War Stories captures the large-scale war through personal stories from those wrapped in the broader conflict. Plus, Tides of War continues the journey for all players well after launch.” Sounds like a blast!
So, which games are you playing this week? What do you think about the lawsuit? Are you excited about Ashe or are you upset about her launch? Let us know in the comments.