Dota 2’s new character and Microsoft’s budget version of Xbox One. Weekly news

08 March 2019 Dota 2’s new character and Microsoft’s budget version of Xbox One. Weekly news

What statistics can the Apex Legends royal battle boast one month after the release? What cheap option of Microsoft’s Xbox One console will hit the market? These and other gaming events are described in our conventional digest.

God of War founders confess to choose game title randomly

Barlog and David Jaffe, creators of God of War II and original God of War, have posted a tweet explaining their selection of game title. Initially, the team thought of three names: God of War, Dark Odyssey, and At the Hands of the Gods. However, the brainstorming did not help to make a final decision, thus the title was chosen randomly by writing options on papers and throwing them into the hat.

The game obtained the name ‘God of War’ due to the random. Released for PS2 in 2005, God of War rapidly became quite popular. Its recent soft reboot of 2018 for PCs succeeded as well.

Apex Legends engages over 50 million players

A new royal battle, Apex Legends, keeps gaining popularity. Game developers announced this on recent video, sharing the statistics. Reportedly, the total amount of players reached 50 million within the month after the launch. As a comparison, Fortnite gathered 45 million players in four months.

According to the video, gamers applied 158 million finishers, placed 31 billion pings, respawned 170 million times, and found 16.5 billion death box graveyards.

Russian players not allowed joining StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor in Kyiv

Russian gamers, which arrived to Kyiv at StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor, faced border crossing challenges. Vitalii ‘v1lat’ Volochai and Ilya ‘Illidan’ Pivtsaev from the Old But Gold team tweeted this information on their page. Later, it transpired that three participants of Gambit Esports (Daxak, AfterLife, and Immersion) were also not allowed to enter Ukraine.

Nevertheless, following the recent message on the network, members of Gambit Esports managed to cross the border. However, Old But Gold will take part in StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor online in case of hold-back. The eSports event will be held on March 7-10 at Kiev Cybersport Arena.

Dota 2 introduces new character: Mars

Valve has presented a new character, Mars, on the Dota 2 official blog. It is a close-in combat character introduced at The International 2018. Mars won 48% of fights in 24 hours after the release. Gamers chose the Assault Cuirass item for the character most frequently.

Core features of Mars include the ability to fling a spear to damage the enemy, enhance opponent’s injury by shield slam, and block attacks by summoning some undead soldiers of the Ash Legion. Its full characteristics is available on the game website.

Microsoft produces budget Xbox One without disk drive

Microsoft is going to provide a cheaper alternative of Xbox One in 2019. The low-end version will have no disk drive and will be compatible only with the digital console. Its approximate price won’t exceed 200 dollars. At the same time, is planning to integrate a program allowing gamers to exchange disk versions for download codes. It can be done at special stores.

According to Windows Central, Xbox One S All-Digital Edition can be acquired this May.

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