2017, what a year it has been. We’ve seen the launch of the Nintendo Switch and a brand new Xbox One console. We’ve see esport come along in leaps and bounds, and so much more. But what were the most popular news stories from 2017 on n3rdabl3.com?
In this post we’ll be doing a brief rundown of some of the most popular news stories from the site this year on a month by month basis offering some analysis on the news and how opinion may have changed over the past 12 months.
Overwatch PTR Update – Ana, D.Va, Roadhog Nerfed
Overwatch has been through a number of pretty big changes over this year and this post highlights just one of the many updates which changed a number of major characters within the game.
Since this post, Ana, Roadhog, and D.Va continued to be updated, with D.Va receiving the most dramatic changes including the addition of a new rocket ability.
New Batman Arkham Game? New Leak with Tons of Info
You know those rumours you’re not entirely sure about, but run with it because you just want it to happen? Well earlier this year there was a “leak” that a new Batman Arkham game was in the works. Unfortunately this turned out to be a hoax and has since caused the Batman Arkham subreddit to put in a few rules to ensure nothing like this happens again.
As for the rumour itself, well we’ve heard very little from Rocksteady other than a tweet from Rocksteady’s Gaz Deaves who says players are going to “lose their minds” over the company’s next game. There is however another rumour floating around that we might see a Superman game from Rocksteady, but again this is just a rumour.
Discovery’s Group Nine Media Shuts Down SourceFed in Huge Shift
Earlier this year fans of the YouTube channel SourceFed were shocked to hear the sudden news that the entire channel was being shut down. The news came as sudden for us as it did for the hosts who heard the news themselves just a week before the closure. Discovery-owned Group Nine Media were responsible for the closure as they decided to consolidate and fold certain parts of its organisation into one main “Now This” channel.
This wasn’t the first controversy surrounding the SourceFed channels either as they decided it’d be a good idea to leverage the 1 million subscribers of the SourceFed NERD channel and rebrand it to NowThisNerd – which din’t go down very well.
DRL to Kick Off Allianz World Championship with the DRL Racer3 Drone
Following the epic conclusion of the debut season for the Drone Racing League, they came into 2017 swinging with a brand new partnership for the second season, the Allianz World Championship, which came to and end at Alexandria Palace in London in June this year.
They also unveiled a brand new drone specifically designed for the race, the Racer3 Drone.
Since then, DRL have gone on to gain support for a third season with Allianz and Swatch, as well as launching their own DRL Simulator on Steam which is being used as a tryouts platform for the 2018 season.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds To get Xbox One & PS4 Release
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been this year’s Twitch streaming darling as players attempt to become the last alive on an island populated by 100 other players hoping to do just the same thing.
This year PUBG has managed to smash a number of milestones including becoming the most played game on Steam surpassing DOTA 2 and CS:GO – something that’s generally unheard of for a non-Valve game.
Now everyone is holding out for the game’s inevitable arrival on consoles. Earlier this year it was stated that the game would be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, however at E3 we only heard about the game heading to Xbox One X as a console launch exclusive. There are still plans for a PS4 release however no official date has been announced.
PUBG does however launch on Xbox One on December 12.
DuckTales Premier Date and Opening Title Revealed
This year saw the reboot of Disney’s DuckTales and what a series it has been so far. Featuring a brand new art style and a host of new voices including David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck fans of the original series were waiting on tenterhooks for more news on the series.
Something Substantial is Happening in No Man’s Sky Next Week
After months and months of radio silence from Hello Games since the launch of No Man’s Sky, there were murmurs of something happening behind the scenes. The game was set to get a pretty huge update, however Hello Games took the time to involve the community in its grand unveiling.
Since the update, No Man’s Sky has received some form of multiplayer which allows certain players to appear on the same planets together. Has it improved the game overall? I guess it’s a start.
Minecraft Cross-Platform Update Available Now on Windows PC and Android
During E3 earlier this year, Microsoft announced that Minecraft would be getting cross-platform play across all platforms (other than PlayStation 4 that is). This would allow players on Xbox One play with Windows 10 players, for example.
The roll-out began slowly, but in August the game’s Windows 10 and Android versions became cross-platform. The company announced recently that the Nintendo Switch version would be delayed slightly along with cross-platform multiplayer.
The Division’s 1.8 Update Brings the Resistance
While Ubisoft have been pretty busy with keeping Rainbow Six Siege updated with regular content as well as keeping For Honor afloat, they’ve also been working on some updates for their adventure shooter, The Division.
Earlier this year Ubisoft announced The Resistance update which comes with a whole host of new content for players both new and old. That update is now available to download. This update brings new modes, new locations, and new factions for enemies to keep under control. It’ll also add substantial story elements.
Things get Heated in the Latest Clip for Daddy’s Home 2
Honestly, we’re unsure how this one ended up as one of the more popular posts for October, but there it is. Daddy’s Home 2 is the holiday sequel to Daddy’s Home which saw Will Ferrel and Mark Whalberg come head to head competing to be the better father.
In Daddy’s Home 2 Ferrel and Whalberg’s characters’ fathers come to visit for the holidays, and once again expect some seriously silly antics from Ferrel as Whalberg stands aside shaking his head.
FirstBlood Announces Dota 2 Tournament Week
Esports has come a long way since its general inception a couple of years back. Initially dominated by DOTA 2 and CS:GO, esports has now spread to games like Call of Duty, Rocket League, and even Vainglory.
Last month it was revealed that Blockchain esports platform, FirstBlood, would be announcing a DOTA 2 tournament week that’ll feature an open bracket for any DOTA 2 player to join.