Sweet, Sweet Tourney
Ohio mother Erryn Rhoden has recently entered Candy Crush Saga‘s All Stars tournament by accident, and might end up winning. The news came from Twitter when her son announced that his mom had unknowingly become the US-region’s top player. Ironically, Erryn shared in a Kotaku interview that she had used Candy Crush‘s single-player gameplay to avoid her competitive nature. Now, should she succeed in the tournament’s semifinals and continue, she’ll have a chance to win from its $250K prize-pool. Will Erryn defy expectations and defeat her 9 opponents in the tournament’s finals in the UK on May 25?
Super Smash Shooter
Ubisoft is making another push into the free-to-play gaming market with XDefiant, its new fast-paced, class-based first-person shooter. The title will see characters from different Ubisoft franchises clash, taking cues from arena shooters like Quake and Unreal Tournament. The game will include five distinct factions when it launches, including Cleaners (Tom Clancy’s The Division), DedSec (Watch Dogs), Libertad (Far Cry), and more, with additional factions to be added regularly. Casual and ranked online multiplayer will be included as well, with crossplay between different platforms expected to be supported. XDefiant‘s 10-day closed beta ended yesterday, but gamers should be able to expect a full-release within the year.
A Magical Comeback
Harry Potter fans playing through Hogwarts Legacy quickly learned that it wouldn’t include Quidditch, the wizarding-world’s broomstick-maneuvering equivalent to soccer. Fortunately Warner Bros. Games isn’t making us wait long for the sports’ return, as Quidditch Champions has just been announced. After several years in development at Unbroken Studios, the title will be launching its playtest under the Portkey Games label. Players will be able to customize their own Wizard/Witch before competing against or teaming up with their friends online. Those interested can sign-up for the playtest before it releases on PC and consoles, although the date is currently unknown.
Pokémon GO developers Niantic will soon be putting more monsters in our pockets, with their next title Monster Hunter Now. Capcom’s director Ryozo Tsujimoto applauded Niantic for smoothly implementing their AR technology for the title’s “real-world hunting action RPG” gameplay. Tsujimoto promised to long-time fans that the game will feature casual play that honors their expectations of the franchise. This news follows last year’s announcement that the Timi Studio Group are also developing their own Monster Hunter mobile game. Sign-ups for Monster Hunter Now are available for the title’s currently-live closed beta, but only 10,000 players will be given access.