It's finally here...sort of!

Edition 2 - December 7th to December 13th

Wow, it’s already been a week?! Time flies when there’s a ton of gaming news to report on. Last week we saw Cyberpunk 2077 FINALLY get released, an update on Halo Infinite and some cool new content from Fortnite and Among Us. Buckle up because this is a fun read!


CYBERPUNK 2077 - Officially Released Worldwide

Cyberpunk 2077 was first announced in May of 2012, followed by game trailers released in January 2013, June 2018 and June 2019. The game was delayed on three separate occasions until it was finally released on December 10, 2020 worldwide. 

On Friday, Cyberpunk released Hotfix 1.04 on all platforms to fix several in-game issues. After a week of crashes, instability, visual glitches and much more, the issues are finally being addressed. The improvements come as we head towards 2021 where Cyberpunk has free DLC content scheduled to be released.

Skyline received an early copy of the game and scored it an 8.5/10, check out our review.


THE GAME AWARDS - ‘Tis The Season

The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognizes and upholds creative and technical excellence in the global video game industry. Hosted and produced by Canadian game journalist Geoff Keighley, the 2020 edition was forced to be held online and went live simultaneously from three separate studios in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. The event welcomed many prominent guests such as Gal Gadot, Brie Larson, Keanu Reeves, Tom Holland and Christopher Nolan, who presented the final award. In addition, we saw some exclusive releases such as a sneak peak at the new Among Us map and news that Final Fantasy VII’s Sephiroth is the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter.

You can see the full list of winners on their website but here is a quick look at some of the BIG winners,

  • The Last of Us Part 2: Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Innovation and Accessibility, Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Audio Design and Best Performance (Abby).

  • Among Us: Best Mobile Game, Best Multiplayer Game.

  • Hades: Best Action Game, Best Indie Game.

  • League of Legends: Best Esports Game, Best Esports Event.


AMONG US NEW MAP - The Airship

Among Us had a busy night at The game Awards last week. Not only did they win two major awards (Best Mobile Game and Best Multiplayer Game) but they also announced their next expansion, a brand-new map called The Airship coming “early 2021”. The social deduction game rose to fame during the pandemic after some content creators realized how fun it was and began streaming it in front of millions of people (for reference, the game came out in 2018). 

Their official Twitter account posted a video highlighting some of the new features coming to the map including; 

  • A whole new map layout and concept.

  • New and different tasks to complete. 

  • The ability to choose which room you start in after an emergency meeting. 

  • Ladders and elevators to help navigate the map. 


HALO INFINITE - Release Date Announced

We finally have a soft release date for Halo Infinite. 343 Industries released a lengthy blog post last week discussing the games art and customization direction but most importantly, the road ahead. The game is now scheduled to release in the Fall of 2021 which is almost a full year after it was supposed to release alongside the Xbox Series X|S. 

Joseph Staten, writer and director for Bungie who worked on many of the past Halo franchise games explained that that the game will ship in the fall and that between now and then, the Halo team will be working hard to create an experience that gamers will love. The fall date allows the Halo team to rest over the coming holidays and get back to work in January to finish the game at a proper pace. There will be more updates in the future and Skyline will be sure to keep you in the loop.


ESPORTS CORNER

TSM (Team SoloMid) have been ranked as the most valuable Esports company in 2020 by Forbes. They’re estimated to be worth $410 million and have a yearly revenue close to $50 million. The team was founded in 2009 and has competitive representation in more than 10 games including a franchise spot in the League of Legends Championship Series. Some other teams that made the list are fan-favourites Cloud9, FaZe and newcomers 100 Thieves. 

The 2020 League of Legends World Championships were held in October and the event was “the most viewed LoL event in history”. Throughout the month their viewers tallied more than 1 billion hours watched, peaked at 49.45 million concurrent active users and had an average audience of 23.04 million per minute. Congratulations to DAMWON Gaming for winning the event. 

Esports tournament organizer DreamHack, announced a brand refresh on DreamHack Day (December 9). Despite their merger with the ESL earlier this year, DreamHack will continue to operate events and festivals under their new identity with the mission of “creating a platform where the gaming community can really come to life”. Their 2021 event schedule has not yet been released.


THE GAMING ROUNDUP

  • Doom celebrated their 27th anniversary of the original game release in 1993, somewhere out there Doomguy is still crushing Demons.

  • In the United Kingdom, gangs have stolen PlayStation 5 consoles from moving delivery trucks on 27 different occasions.

  • Square Enix fantasy game Project Athia will be a PS5 console-exclusive for at least 2 years. 

  • Mediatonic releases a first-look video at some of the new obstacles and mechanics coming in Season 3.


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