Dive into the most exciting gaming news from December 18-22, 2023. Keep up with the latest game launches and pivotal moments shaping the gaming world. Our weekly digest delivers key news and highlights, highlighting the gaming industry’s significant developments and trends.
Popular Multiplayer Rocket Arena to Cease Operations in March
Rocket Arena, the multiplayer rocket-powered shooter game developed by Final Strike Games and an EA Originals title, will shut down its servers on March 21, 2024. The game was unexpectedly removed from sale last month, and the decision to shut down seems linked to a decline in player count, affecting its live-service model.
Since its launch in July 2020, Rocket Arena has attracted a global community known for its camaraderie and enthusiasm. Final Strike Games has planned various “Sunset Community Events” and will remove paid bundles from the game’s store in preparation for the shutdown. Rocket Arena is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
World of Warcraft’s 2024 Roadmap Revealed
Blizzard Entertainment has unveiled the 2024 roadmap for World of Warcraft, leading up to the launch of the Worldsoul Saga. This three-part series of expansions, starting with “The War Within,” marks a significant moment in WoW’s history. The roadmap includes six content updates through the fall of 2024, beginning with Season 4. It features the return of the Dragonflight expansion’s raid and a new holiday event.
The Worldsoul Saga, first announced at BlizzCon 2023, will consist of the 10th, 11th, and 12th expansions, serving as a milestone in WoW’s storytelling. Additionally, WoW Classic’s roadmap has also been revealed. This development comes as WoW faces increased competition from games like Final Fantasy XIV.
Activision Blizzard Agrees to Multi-Million Dollar Settlement
Activision Blizzard has settled a lawsuit with the state of California, agreeing to pay $54 million to the state and an additional $47 million to female employees. The 2021 lawsuit accused the company of fostering a “frat boy” workplace culture with sexual harassment issues.
Investigations found no evidence of systemic sexual harassment or wrongdoing by the CEO, Bobby Kotick. The company has taken steps to improve its workplace, including restructuring teams and disciplinary actions. This lawsuit was a factor in Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Amazon and Games Workshop Seal the Deal for Warhammer Adaptations
Amazon and Games Workshop have finalized a deal to adapt the Warhammer 40,000 universe into films and TV series for Amazon Studios. The collaboration, initiated in December 2022 and driven by actor and Warhammer enthusiast Henry Cavill, will see Cavill potentially starring and serving as an executive producer.
The creative process includes a 12-month period for establishing guidelines before production. Games Workshop cautions fans that TV and film production can take two to three years from this point.
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