At E3, EA announced the “next generation” of Command and Conquer as Command and Conquer Rivals: A F2P version of the beloved franchise. As they, and many supporters on Twitter, were quick to point out, this is the evolution of the real time strategy genre and mobile strategy games. As a fan of RTS games, and obviously the CnC series, this is incorrect, and it’s time to talk about how mobile has failed to learn the lessons of RTS design.
Vampyr is certainly a strange turn for developer DontNod Entertainment. Going from the critically acclaimed Life is Strange series, to a game about being a 20th century Vampire. It’s surprising to realize how few games there have been about being a vampire; the last major one was Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines. Vampyr may not hit the highs of the action RPG genre, but the pieces are there for what could be a great series going forward.
For this cast, Linden Labs’ CEO Ebbe Altberg returned to the cast to discuss how the hit MMO Second Life has grown, and what it means for the future.
Recently there was some very interesting news out of the Battle Royale genre. It has been reported that Epic Games is going all in with trying to turn Fortnite into the next big Esport, with an announced 100 million dollar price pool for competition funding this year. The Battle Royale, or more specifically, Fortnite scene has grown rapidly over this year. While there is plenty of interest in watching streamers play, I don’t think there is as big of an Esports market as people are hoping for.