This Week on JungleDrums:
Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s latest tech and gaming news. The Division 2 will be unveiled at E3 this year, Fortnite is going mobile, new GPUs from Nvidia, and gaming is under attack!
- Ubisoft has officially announced that it is making The Division 2, a sequel to 2016’s hit cover-based shooter. The Division launched to great fanfare in March 2016 on the heels of a high-interest beta. The game lets players run and shoot their way through a detailed presentation of post-disaster New York City. It’s a mix of open-world and linear adventures and can largely be played solo or co-op. Among its innovations is a “Dark Zone” that allowed players to hunt each other.
- According to The Sun, the hottest battle royale game on the planet is officially heading to smartphones and tablets – and you’ll be able to play with other players across platforms. Fortnite developer Epic Games announced that iOS will get the mobile port of the battle royale title first, with Android to follow in the coming months. Fortnite Battle Royale for mobile will support cross play and cross progression between iOS and PlayStation 4, PC, and Mac, with Android promised in the future.
- Nvidia’s next generation of video cards is expected to be released in July of this year. As with previous generational leaps seen in the past – such as Maxwell to Pascal – Nvidia’s 11th generation of graphics cards should be even more efficient and possibly push PC gaming into the realm of true 4K, 60-frames-per-second gaming with only a single GPU. More details and speculation are available over at Techradar.
- Devin Coldewey from TechCrunch writes: A cobbled-together meeting at the White House is the latest chapter in the long, misguided crusade against video games. It would be comical if the country were not in a bitter ongoing debate about gun control and the safety of children; but since we are, it’s frustrating that time is still being spent on this long-settled “debate” instead of on practical matters. The administration invited, on rather short notice, several major game studios, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, Entertainment Software Association, and several groups that have worked to limit violent games. Ostensibly the meeting was to hear both sides of the argument, though as with so many other issues, the scientific consensus is considerably more one-sided.
JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by Scholarly Gamers’ Content Coordinator, AcuteJungle66. Topics discussed in the show focus heavily on gaming, highlights, streams, and tech, but will typically hover around hot-button topics of the week. Joining AcuteJungle66 are a rotating selection of guests, ranging from friends and those interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as Destiny 2, The Division, Rainbow Six Siege, or Monster Hunter: World.