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What is Splitgate: Arena Warfare? – How to play and download the revolutionary new shooter

Published: 23/May/2019 18:55 Updated: 23/May/2019 19:05

by Bill Cooney

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Have you ever sat down and wondered what it would be like if Halo and Portal had a baby? Well wonder no more because 1047 Game’s new game Splitgate: Arena Warfare appears to provide an awesome answer.

Splitgate is the first flagship game for 1047 Studios and it was originally due to release on May 22, but was pushed back to May 24.

This delay was due to developers discovering several bugs that they felt could hurt the May 22 release, but they seem to be certain it will be out by 6AM PST on May 24.

1047 GamesPortals… Portals everywhere.

So, what’s Splitgate?

Like we mentioned before, imagine a game that has the gunplay of Halo 2 and the mobility provided by Portals, and you pretty much have Splitgate.

Unlike a lot of other modern shooters, Splitgate has no classes and there’s no supports or tanks – just nine different weapons players can choose from. Like Halo, it’s frag or be fragged.

What sets Splitgate apart though is definitely the Portals. They can be used to flank an enemy from almost every direction, send your character flying across the map, and a ton of other things that all look like endless fun.

Splitgate is a world apart from any other shooter to come out in 2019 and the best part? It’s releasing as a free-to-play game, so you can try it without spending a dime.

Interesting, but how do we get it?

Splitgate: Arena Warfare will be available for free on Steam starting at 6AM PST on May 24. As with most F2P games these days, it will have microtransactions, but according to developers they’ll be purely for cosmetics.

“As Splitgate evolved, we realized that players would be best served with a free-to-play model. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to play has the opportunity to do so,” said Ian Proulx, CEO and co-founder of 1047 Games. “Rest assured this will not detract from its hyper-competitive design – all items for sale in the game are purely cosmetic.”

So while you wait for Splitgate to come out, break out the Orange Box to practice your portals, fire up Halo 2 or 3 to get your gunplay down and we’ll see you in the arena – hopefully before you see us or our portals.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.