Today in the Rundown, Infinite Warfare announces an open beta! The PC Master Race will have to wait for Watch Dogs 2, Studio Ghibli and Amazon team up, eSports is coming to YouTube, and finally, console fans will be able to experience Amnesia!
The latest Call of Duty game is getting an open beta after all. Activision has revealed that the upcoming second multiplayer beta for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be available for EVERYONE on the PS4. The first beta, which took place last weekend, was only available to people who’ve pre-ordered the game, and the developers say they’re opening up the second one in order to get more feedback and stress test their servers more effectively. They haven’t said if the beta will also be open to everyone on the Xbox One, so this might be part of a timed-exclusivity deal that Activision has with Sony. The second beta will take place this weekend, starting on Friday at 10am Pacific. The final version of Infinite Warfare deploys November 4.
The PC master race is going to have to wait a little longer to hack into Watch Dogs 2. The PC version of the open-world hacking game has been delayed by two weeks. It was set to arrive on November 15 alongside the Xbox One and PS4 version, but now Ubisoft says it will arrive on November 29 instead. The developers need the extra two weeks to polish the game, and make sure it’s optimized for the PC. I guess waiting a little longer is the price you sometimes have to pay if you want to be a member of the almighty PC gaming crowd. Thankfully the console versions of the game haven’t been affected by the delay. We’ll have plenty more on Watch Dogs 2 before it arrives, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.
Fans of Japanese animation have a new reason to checkout Amazon Prime. The online streaming service has inked a deal to become the exclusive North American distributor of the Japanese anime series Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. The show first aired in Japan back in 2014, and it’s created by Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation company behind award-winning films like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle. Here’s the problem: the Amazon Prime streaming service isn’t available in Canada, so it’s unclear exactly how Canadians will be able to watch the show in light of this new distribution deal… at least, it’s unclear for those of us who want to watch it legally. Hopefully Amazon’s streaming service will be available in Canada soon.
And here’s a new online streaming show that Canadians WILL be able to watch. Community and Rick & Morty creator Dan Harmon is joining forces with YouTube to create a scripted comedy series about the world of esports. Each episode will be half an hour long, and focus on a fictional esports team struggling to make it big in the rough and tumble world of professional gaming. Since the show is being produced by YouTube, plenty of real life members of the esports community are involved. This is just another way for YouTube to assert itself in the esports and game streaming world, especially in the face of competition from Twitch.
And a popular PC game series is going to scare console gamers for the first time. The acclaimed Amnesia survival horror series is coming to the PS4. Sony and Developer Frictional Games have announced the complete Amnesia: Collection, which will include the original game Amnesia: The Dark Descent, its sequel A Machine for Pigs, and the standalone expansion Justine. This is the first time any of the games will be available on a console, so hopefully the complete collection will be worth the wait. It will hit the PS4 on November 22.