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Halo: CE Is Getting Weapon And Vehicle Skins For The First Time In 19 Years

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While one team inside 343 Industries plugs away on Halo Infinite, another continues to work on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The studio has continually introduced impressive updates for the game over the years, and this continues with a major update coming to Halo: CE in particular.

The game is getting a brand-new customization system for multiplayer. These include visors, weapon skins, and vehicle skins. You can see some work-in-progress images of the new system below.

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In a blog post, design director Max Szlagor explained why 343 is adding these new visor, weapon, and vehicle skins to Halo: CE and not the other titles in the collection.

“We wanted to bring a greater level of customization to the games that didn’t have as many customization options for armor sets so players can have their uniqueness in each game,” he said. “With that in mind, we thought, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have some new options for Halo: CE and what’s possible there?’ Turns out there were a number of things that we could do! We sat down and started to come up with some concepts, going through trial and error in trying stuff out, and I think we’re quite happy with what was possible and how to spice things up in multiplayer with these options.”

Szlagor went on to say that the size and scale of MCC–which comprises five different games–meant that 343 needed to make a call about what game to prioritize. “There’s just so much stuff in MCC that it takes time to build out these features to the level of quality and the level of depth that we want,” he said. “This was an opportunity where we saw Halo: CE didn’t have any of these types of features previously and now, we are bringing these to life.”

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These new customization items will be available for MCC Season 2, which is set to kick off with the launch of Halo 3 on PC sometime soon. In the future, Szlagor said 343 might look to develop new customization items for the other games in MCC. “I think people are going to be stoked to see what crazy stuff comes up for all the different titles in MCC,” he said.

Not everyone will want to have skins, or want to see them. With that in mind, 343 created a new option from the Gameplay tab that allows you to opt out of seeing the new skins. The “New Skins” setting is toggled on by default, but you can disable it so you can only see the original art for Halo: CE.

In other news, 343 has announced that more microtransaction options are coming to MCC with the launch of Season 2.

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Source: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/halo-ce-is-getting-weapon-and-vehicle-skins-for-th/1100-6479186/?ftag=CAD-01-10abi2f

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EVO Online canceled & Mr. Wizard to leave company amid sexual misconduct allegations

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Following allegations of sexual misconduct against Joey Cuellar, EVO Online has been canceled and EVO will cut ties with Cuellar. Tony Cannon will be take his place as acting CEO

In the wake of various victims of sexual and toxic abuse and harassment coming forth to speak on their experiences, a bombshell hit today. An accuser came forth with allegations against EVO CEO Joey “Mr Wizard” Cuellar. EVO Onlline has since been canceled, and the EVO organizaiton has announced they will be parting ways with Cuellar as Tony Cannon takes his place as acting EVO CEO.

The matter began when late on July 1, 2020, FGC competitor Mikey “Crackpr0n” Pham posted a detailed account of a 2001 situation in which Joey Cuellar allegedly goaded Pham into showing him his penis, for which Cuellar apparently gave Pham $20. Pham was also reportedly 17 years old at the time of the incident. In the wake of the allegations on July 2, 2020, the EVO organization released a statement announcing that Cuellar had been placed on administrative leave as a third-party investigation was carried out. That was not enough for some. It wasn’t far after that both NetherRealm Studios and Capcom announced they would pulling Street Fighter 5 and Mortal Kombat 11 respectively from EVO Online events.

Cuellar finally spoke to the allegations late on July 2, 2020 as well. He did not deny what he was accused of and instead offered an apology to the fighting game community at large.

“I’m sorry,” Cuellar wrote. “I never meant to hurt anyone. I was young and reckless and did things I’m not proud of. I have been growing and maturing over the past 20 years, but that doesn’t excuse anything. All I have been trying to do is become a better person. Once again, I’m truly sorry.”

Nonetheless, following the accusations and Cuellar’s statement, the EVO organization saw fit to officially begin cutting ties with Mr. Wizard. As Cuellar exits the company, EVO co-founder Tony Cannon will take his place in ongoing operations. EVO Online has also been cancelled and refunds for any purchases made on the event will be processed in the upcoming days.

Accusations against Cuellar come alongside a wave of victims coming out against sexual and toxic abusers across the gaming industry. The Smash Bros competitive scene in particular saw a number of high profile players accused of sexual misconduct, with Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, Richard “Keitaro” King Jr., D’Ron “D1” Maingrette, and Jason “ANTi” Bates among the names with credible accusations against them. Nairo was dropped from NRG Esports and ANTi has been dropped from T1 following the allegations against them.

EVO finds itself in a sorry state this year. EVO Online was a solid attempt at shifting the competition to a digital format, but as change happens in the industry and victims come forth to share stories, EVO could not find itself outside the wake of accusations. Nonetheless, as Tony Cannon steps in where Cuellar left off, hopefully the marquee fighting game organization and event can become a better, safer place for the community it serves.

TJ Denzer is a player with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. When he’s not handing out beatdowns in the latest fighting games, exploring video game history, or playing through RPGs with his partner, he’s searching for new food and drinks in the constant pursuit of good times with good people inside and outside the South Texas area. You can also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

Source: https://www.shacknews.com/article/119017/evo-online-canceled-mr-wizard-to-leave-company-amid-sexual-misconduct-allegations

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Off-Roading Simulation Game ‘MudRunner’ Is Coming to Mobile as ‘MudRunner Mobile’ This Month with Pre-Orders Now Live on the App Store

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Saber Interactive and Focus Home Interactive brought out MudRunner to consoles and PC back in 2017 as an off-roading simulation game. In MudRunner players were tasked with transporting logs to a destination across various open maps and access to nothing but a map and a compass. Each map played differently and there were also various vehicles. MudRunner Mobile from Focus Home Interactive has gone live for pre-order on the App Store revealing some details for the release and the price alongside a release date. MudRunner Mobile includes 15 open world maps and 16 vehicles. Watch the trailer for the original release below:

MudRunner Mobile releases on July 15th for $5.99. While it does mention in app purchases on the App Store listing, as of this writing, they are limited to a single DLC which is free. I never got around to playing this on any console and it looks like a fun pickup and play experience. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can pre-order MudRunner Mobile on the App Store for iOS here and on Google Play for Android here (not live yet). The store pages even have some screenshots of how the game interface looks for touch. Check out the official website for the game here. Have you played MudRunner or SnowRunner on any platform before?

Source: https://toucharcade.com/2020/07/03/mudrunner-mobile-release-date-price-preorder-ios-android-focus-home-interactive/

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The Internet Has Declared War On The U.S. Army Esports Discord Channel

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The military has long had a foot in gaming, most notably as a recruitment tool with efforts like the early 2000s’ America’s Army series. The army’s gaming arm came back into the public eye this week, after the U.S. Army’s esports account tweeted “UwU” in response to a tweet by chat app Discord.

The tweet went viral, with many criticizing the army’s use of the esports initiative as a recruitment tool to target young people.

Soon, a new speedrun challenge spawned on Twitter where users competed to get banned from the US Army esports Discord server the fastest, Polygon reported. The server was flooded with users posting in an effort to try and get banned–while some posted classic “copypasta” text, others simply linked to the Wikipedia page for “United States war crimes.”

Most videos showed users achieving bans within 20 seconds, with the mods clearly active to keep up with the influx of new users.

The main functionality of the Discord channel has now been disabled. While it’s still possible to join the server, reacting to the rules message no longer grants access to the main chat channels–though the number of reactions continues to tick up as users attempt to join.

According to Polygon, the Discord channel was originally disabled with a message by a moderator called “UwU” reading “Temporarily disabled. Thanks for the fun tonight!” That message was later replaced with one reading “Have a bit more patience while we finalize some back end stuff in the server in order to make it an enjoyable place for you all to game. We apologize for the inconvenience to those that are legit wanting to join us. Trolls make things fun for everyone!”

As at the time of writing, the latest message in the Discord’s welcome channel simply reads “This page is intentionally disabled…”

Source: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-internet-has-declared-war-on-the-us-army-espor/1100-6479313/?ftag=CAD-01-10abi2f

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