Xbox Series X Showcase
Microsoft ready to share their plans for leading towards Xbox Series X launch
General Manager of Xbox Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg has confirmed that Microsoft will reveal their next-gen console launch plans on May 7th.
Microsoft has already announced their plans to host a digital press conference to make announcements originally intended for the cancelled E3 trade show.
First glimpse: “We will share more information on our plans for summer up to launch next week,” Greenberg tweeted. Microsoft is planning to give a “first look at Xbox Series X gameplay from our partners. We got a lot to share this summer and heading into holiday, so will give more details on that next week too!”
Going digital: Following the cancellation of E3, many big players have announced digital press conferences and streams for their announcements, although Nintendo just decided to delay the planned Nintendo Direct for June. Microsoft appears on track to make their announcements sometime next week.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
What natural disaster helped inspire The Sims?
- Hurricane Lestor
- The Oakland Firestorm of 1991
- 1991 Sierra Madre earthquake
- The Long Valley Caldera Eruption
Gaming’s very first Easter egg was hatched in an Atari game from 1979
Game designer Warren Robinett created the very first Easter egg in videogame history when working on Adventure for Atari 2600.
It wasn’t much, simply a vertical text display that said “Created by Warren Robinett” that would appear if you performed a sequence of actions.
Why, though? It was all because of a culture clash between Atari’s New York and California offices thanks to Atari executives’ decision to strip developer credits from their games to stop their talent getting poached by rival game companies.
The Easter egg was immortalized in Ready Player One, where it plays a pivotal role in the plot.
Fortnite and DOTA 2 Esports Events
Major 2020 esports events cancelled
Unsurprisingly, major Fortnite and Dota 2 tournaments have been called off thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both the Fortnite World Cup and The International have been cancelled, although Fortnite online competitions will carry on as before.
Epic’s response: “We don’t know when a return to large, global, in-person events will be practical, but we’re hopeful to be able to put on some form of Fortnite World Cup in 2021,” said Fortnite Competitive. Many US states are responsible for their own lockdown schedules.
Valve’s response: The International has been suspended due to the “highly volatile landscape for local gathering restrictions”, meaning Valve is unable to commit to a date and make the necessary arrangements. The Dota 2 Pro Circuit is still on track for autumn.