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Godfall features a surprising Borderlands crossover

Published: 5/Nov/2020 19:07

by Andrew Highton

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In one of the cooler gaming promotions of the year, Godfall will feature exclusive content with a Borderlands crossover. The content appears to be exclusive pre-order content, making it a rare, must-have item.

Godfall is set to hack ‘n’ slash its way onto the PS5 with its mix of Destiny-esque boot-and-loot gameplay. The game looks absolutely stunning, and features a myriad of dangerous weapons to help you in your mission.

Publisher Gearbox has offered a playful nod to, arguably their most successful series, Borderlands with exclusive crossover content. Furthermore, it does appear that the content is only available to gamers that pre-order the game, so urgency may be required.

What is the content?

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Gearbox Software
Zer0 is a super-accurate marksman.

Inside of the game’s case is a card that has stamped on it “Pre-Order Digital Loot”. It then proceeds to show-off the exclusive items with illustrations and descriptions. Everything from electric new Valorplate skins to a welcome starter pack is included.

However, at the bottom of the card is some suspicious-looking font reading “+Plus! Zer0’s Sword”.

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Gearbox Software
Zer0 frequently wielded a deadly sword.

Zer0 is a playable Vault Hunter in Gearbox’s Borderlands franchise – in particular the second game. He returned in the third installment, but as an NPC, to propel the story forward. It’s a nice nod to one of the series’ most popular characters, and should hopefully deal some high damage!

Godfall unboxing

For a full video of the unboxing, check out POPnGames‘ video.

It gives a close-up look at the beautiful PS5 box art and a more extensive look at the Godfall Borderlands crossover.

Godfall is scheduled for release on November 12. It will also be a PS5 launch day title.

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Valorant dev responds to players asking for map-specific queues

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:30

by Alan Bernal

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A Valorant developer gave weight to the idea of map-specific queues after Icebox’s mixed reception made it difficult for some to get any meaningful practice on the map.

Icebox has been a divisive addition to Valorant. There are some members of the community who swear it’s a great example of a tactical map that demands a thoughtful approach to Agent ability usage; and there are others who believe it’s the worst map to grace the game.

Unfortunately, people in either camp share the same matchmaking playlist. This presents a problem, at times, in which people who want to play Icebox can matchmake with someone else who will then dodge that particular map.

Luckily, there are discussions within Riot Games for a solution that could include special playlists that feature specific maps.

Riot Games
Some players have been dodging Icebox too many times, and Riot might try to find a solution for it.

“Could you please put a separate queue so that we can quickly get some experience,” a message to Riot said. “I found it hard to get used to Icebox because people keep dodging so I can’t rack up the hours to get used to the map.”

Riot Insight and Strategy dev on Valorant, Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm, responded with an encouraging word, noting how the idea is “a great suggestion and it’s something we’ve talked about ourselves as well.”

One of the last times Riot addressed map selection playlists was back in July, when Senior Producer Ian Fielding said from a competitive standpoint, separating the matchmaking pool wasn’t ideal for players.

“Splitting up matchmaking into separate map pools would reduce the overall players in our matchmaking pool,” Fielding said in an Ask Valorant blog. “Which not only slows down matchmaking, but makes it more difficult for us to produce fair matches.

“Given that, we currently don’t have plans to enable map specific selection for Matchmaking.”

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As disappointed as some players might have been, Altombre’s update has given some hope that Valorant could one day include these smaller matchmaking queues.

Although who’s to say it would look anything like the kind found in CS:GO. In League of Legends, Riot has people lock in a primary and secondary role to choose which one they get in a match.

In some instances, a player won’t get either. Moreover, if the system determines there’s a lack of sufficient players queuing for a certain role, then the game offers a brief reward for anyone willing to fill it.

csgo map selector matchmaking
Valve via 7tlo Reddit
A map selector could be coming to Valorant, though it might not look what people are familiar in CS:GO.

A general idea like that could be applied to Valorant’s maps. Although tweaked to fit the concept, that could be a solution to let people choose which two locales they prefer, while maintaining the possibility of getting any map at the end of the day.

In either case, it sounds like Riot wants to tackle this issue in some capacity soon, and hopefully it results in a meaningful quality of life update for Valorant.