This being a Monday, I’m sure that you’ve been getting back into the swing of things at work, meaning that you’ve almost certainly gotten behind on all of the biggest news in the world of gaming. Well, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered. Today, we heard that CD Projekt is no longer going to be supporting Gwent, Ramattra will be getting easier to unlock, and Microsoft has confirmed the decade long Call of Duty deal with Sony to keep the acquisition of Activision Blizzard moving forward. As always, there are just our top stories of the day, so please do read on for the rest.
Warzone 2 Will Get Its Own Rebirth Island According To Leaked Map
Warzone 2 is going to be getting its own Rebirth Island map, at least according to a recent leak. Players found an image of a map named Return that looks a lot like Rebirth from Warzone except a bit smaller. The latest speculation is that Rebirth Island will be used for the Resurgence, Ground War, and the DMZ modes. While there has not yet been any confirmation either unofficial or otherwise, Activision Blizzard has been issuing takedown requests, implying that Return is something that could actually be in the works.
CDPR Is Pulling Support For Gwent, Will Remain Online With "Community Focus"
CD Projekt is going to be withdrawing support for Gwent, but the game is going to stay online with a “community focus” after 2024. According to Senior Communications Manager Pawel Burza, "the last seven years with Gwent were the best years of my professional career. I've met so many amazing people and made so many unforgettable friendships. I'll always look back at this time with a huge smile. Let's make 2023 as epic as possible!"
ZeniMax Studios QA Workers Organize To Form The First Microsoft Games Union
Workers in the quality assurance department at ZeniMax Studios have been moving to unionize, the first time ever at Microsoft Games. “Today, we, a majority of QA workers at ZeniMax, are proud to announce the launch of our union with the Communications Workers of America,” the organization called ZeniMax Workers United announced. “We are the first group of workers at Microsoft to formally unionize. We are empowered to advocate for ourselves and build a future where we can thrive alongside the company.”
Blizzard Makes New Overwatch 2 Heroes Easier To Unlock
Blizzard has apparently been listening to fans of the franchise because the new heroes in Overwatch 2 are just about to get a lot easier to unlock. “Hey, all! Quick update on some changes coming to Season 2,” Game Director on Overwatch 2 Aaron Keller said on Twitter. “After reviewing data for Season 1, we're moving Ramattra into Tier 45 of the Battle Pass and making a few more weekly challenges easier to complete. Excited for you all to see everything new in Season 2 starting tomorrow!”
Microsoft Confirms Decade Long Call Of Duty Deal With Sony To Advance Activision Blizzard Acquisition
Microsoft recently confirmed the longstanding rumors to the effect that Sony has been offered a decade long Call of Duty deal in order to keep the Activision Blizzard acquisition moving forward. The news comes directly from President at Microsoft Brad Smith who published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, noting that “Sony has emerged as the loudest objector” to the proposed purchase, a deal worth nearly $70 billion. “We’ve offered Sony a ten year contract to make each new Call of Duty release available on PlayStation the same day it comes to Xbox,” Smith added. “We’re open to providing the same commitment to other platforms and making it legally enforceable by regulators in the US, UK, and European Union.”
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