COD: Warzone Launches, Super Mario Lego Game?

TODAY: New chapter for Doom 64 might tie the game into the main series — Command & Conquer Remastered Collection finally has a release date — Can Reggie kick GameStop’s ass back into profitability?

Call of Duty: Warzone Goes Live

Warzone is free to play and out today

It has been a month since Call of Duty: Warzone cheekily appeared on Modern Warfare’s menu, and now it is finally playable. Warzone is a free to play Battle Royale for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One featuring cross-platform play for up to 150 players in one map.

The map looks like one of the biggest ever featured in a Battle Royale game and Activision tweeted an image showing a number of landmarks influenced by popular Call of Duty maps. For example, BCH TV Station and Verdansk International Airport are inspired by Broadcast and Terminal, respectively.

  • Warzone is pretty huge: 83-101GB, depending on platform. No pre-load option for console or PC players
  • PlayStation 4 users do not need PlayStation Plus to play online, but Xbox One requires Xbox Live Gold
  • There is no option to play the game solo, you must play in groups of three like in Apex Legends
  • There will be five different vehicles featured in the mode, and there’s no level cap

When we dropping, boys? If you own Modern Warfare, you can start downloading the 18-22GB Warzone update at 8AM PDT, while free-to-play users must wait until 12PM PDT. If you want to know more about Warzone, check out Activision’s blog.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which Modern Warfare 2 mission was so controversial it was made optional?

  • The Hornet’s Nest
  • Just Like Old Times
  • The Gulag
  • No Russian

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today’s issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Daily Fact

No absolution but a whole new chapter

Doom 64 is available for the first time since it appeared on Nintendo 64 in 1997.

Originally developed in-house by Midway’s San Diego studio and supervised by Id Software, the game was codenamed Absolution but was released as Doom 64 to capitalize on the popular brand name.

Doom 64 is quite different in tone and atmosphere, but is actually a direct sequel to Doom 2 and follows the continuing exploits of the Doom marine. There are also rumours that the Doom Slayer from the Doom reboot is supposed to be the hero of Doom 64.

The new version of the game will feature a brand new chapter that could turn out to bridge the gap.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Reggie's GameStop Rescue

Reggie Files-Aimé joins GameStop’s board of directors to help ailing retailer

Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Files-Aimé has joined GameStop’s board of directors to help turn around the ailing retailer.

Part of Files-Aimé’s job is to work alongside CEO George Sherman to find a new direction for the company. Gamestop has been in trouble for over half a decade, with the rise of digital game sales and the free-to-play model eating into their traditional business and particularly their used game sales.

  • GameStop stock was trading at $56 in 2013. Now it is down to $3.40
  • GameStop is threatened by digital distribution and new business models

Reggie on his new role: “The gaming industry needs a healthy and vibrant GameStop. I look forward to being a part of GameStop Board and helping to make this happen.” Can Reggie do the impossible and help GameStop find a new business model?

C&C Remastered Update

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection release date announced

Petroglyph Games has finally offered an first in-depth look at Command & Conquer Remastered. The team has maintained a slow and steady trickle of information throughout development, showing off some art and talking about the multiplayer changes, but today’s the first time the full picture is revealed.

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection is scheduled to release on June 5th and will cost £17.99/$19.99 on Origin and Steam. The game will include a map editor that integrates with Steam Workshop, making it easy to share your creations and enjoy others’ work. If you really want to party like it’s 1995, you can also purchase a physical copy of the game

  • The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection was first announced in November 2018
  • The Steam version includes support for trading cards, achievements, friend lists and Steam Workshop

Just how hardcore are you? Limited Run Games is selling a $150 collector’s edition, including oodles of stuff including but not limited to: a 6-disc OST signed by Frank Klepacki, a 100+ page art book and replica PVC Tesla Coil and Obelisk figures.

What Else Happened Today?

  • Nintendo and LEGO have revealed they are working together on something, suggesting a Mario-themed LEGO game is in development.
  • Brand new Worms teaser from Team 17, depicting a worm blown up by a holy hand grenade
  • Gift for Japanese Pokémon fans who prebook cinema tickets for the Pokémon The Movie: Coco. The gift is shiny Celebi and Zarude for Pokémon Sword & Shield
  • Dead By Daylight: Chains of Hate out today! Check out the trailer here to see the new killer, The Deathslinger
  • Doom 64 for PC includes a new chapter taking place after the original campaign concludes. After defeating Mother Demon, you need to go after her sister
  • Wildman Inc has announced Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record, a VR remake of various levels from the Panzer Dragoon series. There will also be a non-VR version of the game

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which Modern Warfare 2 mission was so controversial it was made optional?

Answer: No Russian!

Call of Duty is supposed to deal with the horrors of war, but doesn’t always manage to balance its thematic ambitions with the reality of first-person action. The most famous example is probably the mission “No Russian”.

The mission puts you in the shoes of undercover CIA agent Joseph Allen, who has infiltrated a Russian terrorist cell and participates in a mass-shooting at the Zakhaev International Airport, modelled after Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. As your group enters the terminal, the leader reminds his group not to speak Russian so the attack can be blamed on the United States.

The mission provoked a mixed response, particularly since the mission was optional and didn’t penalize you for simply trundling along without firing as the massacre unfolds. Some felt the mission was not out of place in the series, while others were less than impressed with the game’s general shortfall of gravitas. In any case, the mission certainly caused some healthy debate about player choice and developer intent.

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Ken McKown, Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Christian Vaz and Jamie Davey.