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Weekly Recap #490 April 1st – Bloodhunt Release Date, Fortnite 0 Build, LOL Anima Squad & More!

JamesBl0nde recaps the MMO gaming news for the week of April 1, 2022! Transcript follows.

Bloodhunt gets an official launch date on PC and PS5, Warframe celebrates its ninth anniversary, New World wants you to take a blunderbuss into the heart of madness and who would have thought taking something out of Fortnite would make it soo much better… maybe everyone?

What’s good everyone, JamesBl0nde here with the weekly recap for gaming news and announcements for the week of April 1st, 2022 and

Here’s an awesome tip for you guys! We missed covering this earlier, but Bandai Namco is getting ready to launch a new, free to play shooter this year – Gundam Evolution! Gundam Evolution will be a 6v6 team based shooter available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. They are currently accepting sign ups for the PC Network test taking place in early April. The applications were originally closing this week but they’ve extended them out until April 11th! Hit the link in the description below to sign up for your chance to play this awesome new team shooter.

The free to play battle royale game set in the Vampire the Masquerade universe – Bloodhunt – has announced that it will launch on PC and PlayStation 5 on April 27th! We’ve been looking forward to this one as it’s got a really high quality production value and a pretty unique setting too. Bloodhunt on PS5 supports both performance mode, with 60fps at 1440p, and quality mode, with 30fps at 4k graphics, and it also uses the system’s immersive audio system and DualSense actions.  While you can wait for the game to release, PlayStation 5 gamers can purchase a special exclusive founder’s edition with over 100 special cosmetic items and additional game currency. Sorry PC gamers, I guess we’re getting left out of the cool stuff, even though the game will have crossplay.

In other news, CROWZ, a free to play, team based multiplayer shooter, is now available to try out free in Early Access on Steam! Set in a world where global environmental disaster has been brought on by meteorites, mercenaries battle in all out warfare to secure a new energy resource from the crash sites. The game includes a variety of weapons and vehicles, including heavy tanks, attack choppers, and combat boats. The gameplay is a bit like Battle-Royale, with players competing in four-person mercenary squads to collect resources, or in 32 player head on head battles. Sounds neat at least, make sure to check it out if you enjoy realistic shooters.

Gamigo and Dynamight Studios are excited to announce that the closed beta of the open world MMORPG Fractured Online will begin on April 6th. The beta will add the continent of Aerhen, a mountainous region full of dangers, Jotunns, Mammoths, and more. To take part in the closed beta you can hit the link below and purchase a discounted founder’s pack that grants the game plus additional bonuses. Not sure if the game is your style? The video linked below is also a deep overview of the game’s systems and setting to give you a taste.

During the CalpheON online event last weekend, Black Desert Online revealed new content coming soon to the MMO. First up is the new class, Drakania, a female class descended from the legendary dragon, that utilizes Slayer and Shard. Drakania will be coming with the new Lore of the Eternal expansion on April 6th, but players can pre-create their Drakania starting this week! The event also revealed a new cutscene for Balenos, remasters for NPC appearances, and more. There’s also a lot of codes you can claim from the event to get extra bonuses and goodies, so make sure to visit the link below and claim all of them before they expire.

Meanwhile, New World released its latest update this past week, titled The Heart of Madness. This update introduces the Tempest’s Heart expedition, where the main story sends players chasing Isabella to Shattered Mountain. Players can also find the Blunderbuss, a new weapon that’s designed for close-to-mid-range damage and high mobility between two playstyles, Chaos and containment. Reach level 60 and maximum skill level, and you can even set off on a new Legendary Weapon quest series!

Bohemia Interactive’s exploration game Ylands has expanded its borders yet again with a new update. The Ocean Odysseys adds new content for deep-sea exploration with a new underwater world, new underwater biotopes, sharks, fish, and more. To add to the water features, changes include the ability for ships to take damage and sink, new meters and metrics for ships and underwater vessels, plus improved spawning, map visibility, and inventory recovery. This revitalizes the seas of Ylands for all players so get your diving suit ready.

Enlisted’s newest update is now live, introducing the new campaign Battle of Stalingrad. This is more than introducing a key historic battle of World War 2 – the update also introduces the new Medic class, bomber air raids, and even flamethrower tanks, whoa! There’s also new customization options for soldiers and vehicles, new weapon variants, silenced weapons, updated effects, the first female squad of the game, and much more. You know what to do – drop down to the links below to get the full patch notes.

Now here’s some interesting news. The latest Fortnite Season introduced “Zero Build,” a temporary seasonal effect where players could no longer use build during a match. Well turns out the idea was so popular, Epic Games has made it a permanent mode! That quick! Available on the Discover page, Zero Build replaces the Build option with the Overshield, a recharging shield mechanic to help protect them in battle. The mode also includes ascenders and mantling so that you can get high ground over your opponents. After all these years it’s nice to see Fortnite add something fresh and new.

Warframe’s celebrating its ninth anniversary this week with a five-week long bundle of events and free gifts for its players. Every week, starting this week, players can get a free weekly premium gift that includes a Wisp Dex skin, plus weapon slots, armor, glyphs, boosters, and more. There’s also new anniversary merch available in the game’s online merch store, including exclusive merch only for those who have reached mastery rank 30 or higher in game. Meanwhile Garuda Prime has debuted in Prime Access, a new Initiate pack is available for purchase on all platforms, and a special crossover is ongoing with PUBG Mobile until April 19th. Checkout all the full details linked below!

Mabinogi also has an anniversary this week, celebrating 14 years online with special events running through April 14th! Special quests will be available that will grant special festival souvenirs, daily quests, weekly gift boxes for logging in, and other special prizes. The celebrations will also include changes to reduce the cost of equipment repair, and improvements to the Crom Bás dungeon. Most importantly, on April 14th, the game’s servers will fully integrate and merge into a new server: Erinn. You can check out the details linked below to make sure you get all the cool goodies that are given out!

I hope you’re ready for the easter bunny, because the easter events are starting and kicking them off is Dauntless with its annual Springtide event! Running from March 31st through April 14th, players can enjoy a new quest and new rewards as part of the Pufflehop Rescue Mission. A Springtime Eggventures quest rewards a title and crown, and there are more rewards available for carrot chips. Make sure to get those bunny eared helm skins or the Pufflecroppers chain blades skin while the event’s available.

League of Legends is also ready for springtime as the Anima Squad event kicks off, running from March 31st until May 2nd. Take part in special missions during this time to unlock some Anima Squad themed rewards, or use up some of that RP for some exclusive event skins! This year sees Battle Bunny Prime Riven, Battle Bunny Miss Fortune, Battle Cat Jinx, and much more. These new skins are looking fabulous so make sure to nab the ones you want before they’re gone in May!

Finally let’s take a look at this week’s freebies on Epic Games Store! There’s two games this week. First up is City of Brass, a first person rogue-lite with an Arabian Nights theme – a really unique approach for sure. Also up for grabs is Total War: WARHAMMER, the first in the official Warhammer Total War series and highly acclaimed for its ability to bring the total war mechanics to the Warhammer universe. Definitely grab this if you enjoy strategy!

and with that said, that’s about it for all the major news and announcements for this week. Be sure to stay safe, and keep your families healthy! Like always you can find more information on the news topics, linked in the description below, feel free to discuss the news or even more news in the comments below and don’t forget to like, subscribe, wash your hands a bunch, hit that little bell icon to get notifications and of course share this video! But until next time guys that’s going to be it for me… I’m JamesBl0nde… see ya out there gamers!

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