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News-making headlines were EVGA cutting ties with Nvidia, Zombie Mode in CODM, and Baby Yoda as a Tamagotchi! AMG’s Weekly Respawn also features the PUBG MOBILE Resort Rumble event. We also take a look at the GTA 6 leaked footage.
GTA 6 Leaked Footage
It’s been a rough week for Rockstar Games. The Grand Theft Auto series developer recently suffered a network intrusion where an unauthorized party gained access and leaked early development footage of GTA6. The leaker is rumored to be a 16-year-old part of a known hacking group. The cyber-attack is currently under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice. In a public statement on Twitter, Rockstar expressed its disappointment in the leak.
The videos include a female protagonist, a first for the series, walking through a strip club, and also a male character shooting at passing police cars. In another video, both characters work together as they rob a diner.
Rockstar confirmed that GTA6 was in active development in a blog post at the end of February. Both Rockstar and Take-Two confirmed the leak was real.
PUBGM 2.2 Event – Resort Rumble
Last week PUBG MOBILE celebrated its 2.2 updates by hosting the Resort Rumble. The update brought a new map called NUSA, the smallest map featured in the game. In this tournament, 16 popular content creators teamed up with their viewers for a chance to win a share of the $20,000 prize pool! The tournament finals were cast by massive PUBG MOBILE creators Powerbang and Mortal.
EVGA Cuts Ties with Nvidia
In a Shock, the PC Industry – EVGA has canceled its plans to produce next-gen NVIDIA graphics cards for the foreseeable future. EVGA cited “poor margins and a challenging relationship that was no longer fruitful.” as the reason. CEO Andrew Han also confirmed that there are no current plans to produce graphics cards in partnership with either AMD or Intel. The company will, however, continue to provide and support the existing current generation of products.
EVGA confirmed that it would continue to support existing graphics cards, and users will still be able to claim warranties for relevant products. The company has also said its workforce “will be taken care of.” But, the current batch of EVGA GPUs is likely to be the brand’s last.
CODM Brings Back Zombies Mode
Zombies Mode is finally coming back to Call of Duty Mobile. It was initially removed from the game in early 2020 for reportedly not meeting developer expectations and replaced with the Undead Siege mode. The release of the global version of CODM will likely reintroduce the popular zombie mode. Activision Blizzard’s official announcement, which teased a brand new map, was received by the player base with overwhelming positivity.
Season 7 of Call of Duty Mobile will, in all probability, arrive in August. Still, with only a teaser from Activision, there’s no way of knowing if the map will indeed come with this next season.
Baby Yoda, the newest Tamagotchi
And Finally, Baby Yoda, aka Grogu, is getting his own Tamagotchi. The highly successful digital pet toy from Bandai Namco has managed to maintain relevance for 26 years by partnering with brands like Pac-Man, Hello Kitty, and, most recently, Star Wars.
Depending on how you nurture Grogu, he will change into one of 12 different appearances, including three secret ones. Additional mini-games will alternate depending on how you interact with him, with ten playable outcomes. There also are two mini-games available to play anytime.
The Grogu Tamagotchi will be available in a blue version or a “Using the Force” version, with a removable silicone case. According to the toy company, pre-orders will be available on Amazon soon.
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