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OpTic Gaming and Comcast buy into the Overwatch League

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The Overwatch League commissioner promised 14 teams to start the inaugural season, and Blizzard has just finalized deals with their 11th and 12th teams– with a 13th rumored to be announced soon.

Per ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, Comcast Spectacor, the company that owns the Philadelphia Flyers and Comcast, has purchased the Philadelphia spot. Down south, OpTic Gaming, with their new investor in Neil Libman (co-owner of the Texas Rangers) bought the Houston spot.

Wesley Edens, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, has expressed interest in the league and is most likely going to be signing on soon. Blizzard has offered him the Chicago spot, but as of right now it is only speculation. Eden owns the esports organization FlyQuest.

OpTic Gaming has been a staple of Call of Duty esports, for the past decade. They recently won the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship last month. OpTic has teams in Gears of War, Halo, and CS:GO as well. FlyQuest is a recently developed League of Legends team, only dating back to early this year. FlyQuest failed to qualify for the NA LCS Regional Qualifiers this year. Comcast Spectacor does not own an esports team. All three teams, however, will have to create a new brand for the League.

If the deal with Edens goes through– and it’s looking like it will, the Overwatch League will have 13 teams: New York (Fred Wilpon, LW Blue), New England (Robert Kraft), Los Angeles (Noah Whinston, Immortals), Los Angeles (Stan and Josh Kroenke), Miami-Orlando (Ben Spoont, Misfits), San Francisco (Andy Miller, NRG Esports), Dallas (Kenneth Hersh), London (Jack Etienne, Cloud 9), Shanghai (NetEase), Seoul (Kevin Chou), and now Philadelphia (Comcast Spectacor), Houston (Neil Libman, OpTic Gaming), and Chicago (Wesley Edens).

A total of 6 sports franchises have bought into the Overwatch League with no prior esports experience, along with 3 non-sports companies and 4 esports organizations. Other than the signing of LW Blue by thew New York Team and the signing of Sinatraa by NRG, there has been no major news in terms of player contracts. Expect these new teams to jump on the market for new players soon, as the singing window ends October 30th.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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