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Splatoon’s New Game Mode Arrives Today

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Splatoon will receive a new game mode today. Under Ranked Battle, the new mode is called Tower Control, and it’s all about players getting control of, you guessed it, the tower. Splatoon fans should be able to download the update to their Wii U in a few hours.

In a Splatoon Tower Control match, each map will have a floating tower at its centre. The objective is to jump on top of it and cover it in your team’s ink colour, at which point it will start moving towards the enemy base. Having control of the tower will take players further into enemy territory, which brings them closer to victory – but also closer to being splatted. Nintendo says the best tactic is to have one team member ride the tower while the other three surround it from below.

One of the biggest criticisms Nintendo faced on the release of Splatoon was the lack of variety in game modes. Nintendo has been working to fix that since the game came out, and Tower Control is set to be the first of many updates to come to Splatoon. The company has several further updates scheduled for throughout August.

In spite of those criticisms, however, Splatoon has proven to be one of Nintendo’s most successful titles of recent years, and probably THE most successful title for the Wii U. It’s been a while since Nintendo last came out with a brand new first-party IP – if you don’t count Wii Sports (which you shouldn’t), it was Pikmin, back in 2001. To put that in perspective, it’s been 14 years since Nintendo’s last major new IP. And this is the studio that was once the king of new IPs.

Splatoon has certainly paid off for Nintendo. It sold more than a million copies in its first month after its May release, allowing it to join the rather small list of Wii U games that have reached a million sales.

Tower Control will be available from 10pm Eastern Time, and there will be a Twitch stream showing off the new game mode at 6pm Eastern Time.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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