Navigating the ever-evolving realm of gaming requires a keen eye for the latest shifts and innovations. Dive into our roundup of the hottest gaming news from September 25-29, 2023. Whether it’s the launch of a much-anticipated title or a significant industry shakeup, we’ve captured all the essential gaming moments of the week for you.
Elder Scrolls Online Sparks Buzz: Players Choose Between Magical Music Box and Enchanted Book
The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) community is currently in a heated debate, and it’s all about choosing between two in-game rewards: a mystical music box and a captivating furnishing book. Players of the Necrom faction have the power to cast their vote in-game, supporting either Tralise for the music box or Yensa for the book. However, the catch is that the community’s collective decision will determine the reward, meaning not everyone might receive their preferred item.
The division is clear. On one side, there are the book enthusiasts who are rallying for a Hermaeus Mora-themed furnishing item. This book emanates the essence of Necrom, with green runes magically emerging from its pages. On the flip side are the music box aficionados, curious about the secrets the Keepers’ treasure might unveil. While ESO has introduced numerous music boxes in the past, the allure of something novel has many leaning toward the book.
While the majority are passionately defending their choices, some players take a more strategic approach, pondering the outcome of a 50/50 vote split. The official ESO Twitter account humorously responded to such a query, hinting at consulting an Elder Scroll for answers.
Pokémon Go’s In-Game Currency Gets Pricier: Players React
Pokémon Go’s in-game currency, PokéCoins, has seen a price surge. Earlier this year, Niantic, the game’s developer, raised eyebrows by hiking the price of remote raid passes, aiming to motivate players to venture outdoors. The move wasn’t well-received, with many players expressing dissent by uninstalling the game.
Fast forward to now, and the cost of PokéCoins has jumped. Previously, 100 PokéCoins, which could fetch you a standard raid pass or 20 Poké Balls, were priced at 79p. Now, they’ll set you back by an additional 20p.
The price surge isn’t uniform globally. While Canadian players will now shell out CA$1.39 instead of 99c for 100 PokéCoins, and Aussies and Kiwis will pay AU$1.59 and NZ$1.69, respectively, players in countries like Brazil and Thailand are in for a treat with a price drop. Niantic attributes these changes to “real-world currency fluctuations and exchange rates.”
The price revision wasn’t officially announced by Niantic, leaving players to stumble upon it themselves. The community’s reaction has been a mix of surprise and frustration, with many taking to platforms like Twitter and Reddit to voice their concerns. The ripple effect of this change means that items like the already pricey remote raid passes purchased using PokéCoins will now burn a deeper hole in players’ pockets.
Eagerly Awaited Horizon Forbidden West PC Release Confirmed for 2024
Great news for PC gamers! Sony has officially confirmed that “Horizon Forbidden West” will enter the PC platform in 2024. This much-anticipated port is not just the sequel to the acclaimed “Horizon Zero Dawn” but will also come packed with the “Burning Shores” expansion and many extras.
For those unfamiliar, “Horizon Forbidden West” continues the journey of the brave protagonist, Aloy, as she navigates a post-apocalyptic world, battling new threats and uncovering mysteries. The “Burning Shores” expansion further enriches the narrative, introducing new factions, adventures in the ruins of Los Angeles, and even a romantic subplot for Aloy.
Reviews for “Horizon Forbidden West” have been overwhelmingly positive, praising its compelling storyline and immersive gameplay. The expansion, “Burning Shores”, also received accolades for its captivating narrative and beautifully designed post-apocalyptic rendition of Los Angeles.
While we await a specific launch date, it’s worth noting that this PC release aligns with Sony’s typical two-year window for porting its first-party games to PC. Sony also projects a whopping $450 million in earnings from PC games by March 2024, and the release of “Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition” will contribute significantly to that goal.
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