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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion release date revealed

Published: 27/Aug/2020 20:55

by Brent Koepp

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During Gamescom 2020, Blizzard Entertainment revealed the release date of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. The massive expansion will be making its debut later in 2020.

World of Warcraft made its groundbreaking debut in 2004, and captured the imagination of millions of players worldwide. The wildly popular game largely defined the MMO genre for decades.

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In 2020, the online RPG will be getting its first major expansion since 2018, with the release of Shadowlands. Developer Blizzard revealed its release date with a trailer shown at Gamescom.

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The popular MMO gets its first expansion since 2018.

WoW: Shadowlands finally gets release date

Shadowlands was first announced at Blizzcon 2019. The expansion was revealed to be centered in the world’s realm of the dead, and will include new dungeons, raids, and an overhaul to the leveling system.

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After months of anticipation, Blizzard finally lifted the veil on the wildly anticipated expansion and debuted a release date trailer at this year’s Gamescom on August 27.

Shadowlands will officially be releasing this Fall on October 27. Given the game’s underworld setting, it couldn’t have picked a better time to release with Halloween right around the corner.

Shadowlands follows the events of Sylvanas Windrunner and the Lich, and will have players venturing into a new realm where they will team up with four covenants.

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The upcoming expansion’s endgame features The Maw which is lore’s version of hell. The unique mode will be timed, and fans will get booted from the area for a day – making quests, and obtaining items all the more challenging.

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WoW players got a new look at Shadowlands at this year’s Gamescom.

Despite releasing nearly two decades ago, WoW continues to have millions of active subscribers. In 2019, the MMO exploded in popularity when Blizzard released World of Warcraft Classic servers.

The retro throwback was the number one streamed title on Twitch for an entire month. The game’s upcoming expansion will no doubt be another major event in the industry, as it’s never been more popular.

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How does Apex Legends crossplay beta work?

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:40 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 20:06

by Tanner Pierce

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After being promised a few months back, crossplay is finally coming to Apex Legends in beta form. Here’s everything you need to know about the new feature, including how it works, how to disable it, and more.

At one point, many people thought that playing an online game with your friends on another console was a pipe dream. Now, in 2020, thanks to a combination of modern technology and mega corporations deciding to play nicely with each other, crossplay is slowly but surely becoming the norm across many titles in the gaming industry.

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One major title that didn’t have the feature for the longest time, though, was Apex Legends. Fortunately, in June 2020 during EA Play, the developers announced that this would be changing, and that crossplay would be coming to the battle royale game in the near future. Now, Electronic Arts and Respawn have released details about the feature. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

First, it’s only releasing as a beta, for the Aftermarket Collection event. This is so Respawn can text all the features before implementing it fully, along with the Steam and Switch release. For now, cross-play is only between PS4, Xbox One, and Origin.

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How to add friends on other platforms

Finding people to play with on other platforms is relatively easy. All you have to do is open the friends menu, click the Find Friend option and search for their name.The game will automatically look for any player matching that name on any system.

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Simply search your friends on all platforms to find them.

How to enable/disable crossplay

Crossplay is automatically enabled, so if you don’t have to do anything right off the bat if you want to play with people on other platforms. But what if you don’t want to participate in the beta? What if you didn’t originally but now you want to try it out?

The option to enable and disable crossplay is found in the settings menu. This creates the possibility of longer wait times, as you’re effectively restricting the pool of players that the game can search. Still, the option is there if you want it.

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The ability to enable and disable crossplay will be in the settings menu, but it’s enabled by default.

Can PC players play with console players?

By default, PC players will only be matched with PC players in normal matchmaking, while console players will only be matched with console players.

That being said, consoles can still play with PC should they so desire it, but they have to be in a party together before they start matchmaking. After that, the game will include PC players in the pool to search from.

Given the fact that this is a beta, this can obviously change in time for the full release. However, this is currently how it’s set up.

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Is cross-progression enabled for the game?

While this is something that’s being considered by Respawn, the feature is not enabled in Apex Legends currently, so if you want to play on another console, you won’t have any of your items that you previously unlocked.

Respawn say that cross-progression is a “valuable” feature, but will take about it during the Steam launch later this year.

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All in all, this seems like a great beta and a chance to get feedback from the community. As previously mentioned, given the fact that this is a beta, things can obviously change and be tweaked but for right now, this is a good start.