Microsoft’s Upcoming Subscription…

The power house company Microsoft recently announced a new gaming subscription that will be launching sometime in Spring of 2017. The subscription is in ways like the EA Access where you get to play a plethora of games for a monthly fee. The subscription total runs to 9.99$ a month for a grand total of 119.88 a year. The games will range from current titles like Halo Wars 5: Guardians to backwards compatible games like Saint’s Row IV. This may be the best way to get the biggest bang for your buck if your an Xbox One owner and enjoy numerous titles. 

Subscribers will be able to purchase the games in a catalog at a discount (20 percent off games, and 10 percent off add-ons) as stated by Mike Fahey on Kotaku

Microsoft is definitely making strides to catch up to Sony on sales on the current gen consoles with moves like this. Tweet us @TheNerdChambers to let us know is Xbox One Game Pass intruiging to you? Is this a good way for Microsoft to make a bigger impact on current gen?

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

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Our 24th Overwatch Hero – Theory

Over the course of the past couple weeks, Overwatch has released pictures teasing a potential new hero. Last week, Overwatch released an interview with “Inventor Efi Oladele” via Twitter. Before the interview, it was stated that she is an eleven year old genius with a knack for robotics and artificial intelligence. ‘Atlas News’, the fictional news outlet set in the world of Overwatch, interviewed Efi, asking how she got into robotics. The quote that stood out the most by Efi was “…my dream is to build something that can keep us safe, like the new OR15s! I think that would be great.” You can read the rest of the interview here.

The reason that quote stood out though was because last Friday (Feb. 24), Overwatch released another picture via Twitter, showing us from the lenses of ‘Atlas News’ an “unknown attack in Numbani” where we see numerous robots destroyed. These robots are the OR15 models that Efi was talking about. In the center of the picture, we see that one of these models got smashed into the wall with high impact. An eleven year old can’t do that, plus she has said that her “dream us to build something that can keep us safe.” Before Efi was introduced to the players of Overwatch though, everyone was predicting the impeding return of ‘Doomfist,’ an antagonist in the world. Many people thought that Doomfist was responsible for this attack. Which brings up the most recent Twitter post by Overwatch.

This is a picture posted by our very own Efi Oladele of a list of things she needs to get. It’s good to see that Lucio has his own brand of cereal going for him, but more importantly it seems that Efi needs objects to create something big.

I have two theories, both revolving around the idea of Doomfist.

First Theory: Efi Oladele sought to create something better than the OR15 models. She created a towering robotic a.i. with such force and magnitude that could be the final answer to stopping crime. With the combination of Human and Omnic in one body, especially in the city of Numbani, that proudly boasts about their union, it makes sense that this is where it all goes wrong. Her creation ‘Doomfist’, something an eleven year old would name, goes haywire and starts to wreak havok.

Second Theory: Doomfist, a name that is known throughout the world, attacks Numbani. To help defend her people, and the world, Efi Oladele seeks to gather objects to create something big to fight against Doomfist. She asks the Overwatch Agents for help to gather these objects, and they do.

Whichever it is, I’m certain that the objects Efi needs or used to create, are all being carried on the payload maps we already play on. She needs a “Branford arm”, that could be the official name of ‘Doomfist’s gauntlet’. She needs a fusion driver and a reactor, both objects are on payloads.

Whatever the case may be though, I’m super excited to find out who our 24th hero could be!

Middle – Earth: Shadow of War Announcement Trailer

Yesterday we got a leak via a Target listing for the game, Shadow of War. Today we got a trailer announcement for the game, and it looks fantastic!

The trailer starts off with a woman appearing from the darkness telling, what I’m assuming is the audience, that “the world of men is burning.” Following that, we catch glimpses of our previous hero(es), Talion [Ranger] and Celebrimbor [Wraith], forging a new kind of Ring of Power. All the while Sauron is preparing an army below. The trailer features great cinematic shots and beautiful looking animations.

The game will have an extended and upgraded version of their Nemesis system. It will feature a new gameplay dynamic that allows you to forge an army of your own. Your army “will bring about personal stories that include loyalty, betrayal and revenge” as said in the press release.

Catch Middle – Earth: Shadow of War August 22nd in North America and August 25th in Europe on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Project Scorpio, Steam and Windows 10.

Twitch Users Will Soon Get to Buy Games on Site

Twitch just announced earlier today on their blog that users will be able to buy games and in-game content directly from their website. The way it will work is that viewers that are interested in the game that is being played by a given streamer will be able to purchase the game via a link below the video player, if the game is available through the “Get it on Twitch” program.

This program, however, will only be available with partnered streamers who agree to be apart of it, but if you are a broadcaster, why wouldn’t you? Not only will does this increase interactivity between a streamer and his/her chat, it is also going to be another way for viewers to support streamers. What we mean is that 5% of the revenue earned in this program is going straight to the streamers channel from which it is purchased.

It will also benefit the viewer as well as Twitch will be giving out TwitchCrates to anyone who purchase through the “Get it on Twitch” program. The crates will contain “a game-specific emote, a chat badge, or some Bits,” according to the blog post.

There are already several game developers that have jumped on board with this program like Ubisoft and Telltale, and the games that will be apart of the program will be announced in the near future. The program itself is expected to start this Spring so be on the lookout.

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Horizon Zero Dawn is Almost Here

Horizon Zero Dawn will be launching tonight, and we at The Nerd Chambers cannot wait to finally get our hands on it. Preloading is already live for those of you that are purchasing it digitally. For those that are picking it up retail, Gamestop is having a strange early release for the game. People who are looking to pick up the game will be able to pick up their copy between 9pm(central) and 9:30. It is strange that people will only have a half hour window to pick up the game but it is nice for people picking it up retail because they will be able to have the updates installed by the time the game officially goes live at 11pm(Central).

The gameplan for us is to stream the game as soon as possible tonight. The latest we expect the stream to go live is 12am on Twitch, so be sure to look out for the stream to go live and don’t forget to follow the channel so you know every time we stream. Then we will be hoping to having a Horizon Zero Dawn review up in the next few days for you guys.

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Shadow of War Leak!

The much anticipated sequel for middle Earth’s Shadow of Mordor was leaked today via a Target listing. The sequel will follow the same main character from the previous game Talion/Celebrimbor. Shadow of War will follow its very unique nemesis system that made Shadow of Mordor as successful as it was. The target listing has the game to allow us to delve into the depths again of Middle Earth on August 22nd 2017. This release date is a soft release, so the date could change from the hopeful August 22nd release. 

Here is the game description:

Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth.

In Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™, nothing will be forgotten.

Go tweet us @TheNerdChambers and tell us if you’re looking forward to the upcoming sequel of Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War! Did you enjoy the first game? What’s better Lord of the Rings or Star Wars??? Go let us know @TheNerdChambers

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Sony is Pleased with PSVR Success

In almost unprecedented fashion, Sony gave the official sales numbers of their virtual reality headset. In a report by The New York Times, we find out that the Playstation VR sales are currently at 915,000 units in the four months it has been available. It is included in the report that Sony is very proud of the success because their internal goal for the PSVR was one million units sold in the first six months. All of this news is very surprising because companies openly giving out sales numbers and expectations is uncommon to say the least. Sony seems to be the only one willing to boast their sales numbers (last month they boasted about the success of the PS4) and rightfully so, seeing as they have the best selling system out their at the moment.

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