Dragon Age 4 or new Mass Effect game teased by BioWare job listing

The last Mass Effect game failed to set the world alight, and fantasy fans across the globe are eager to get their hands on a new Dragon Age… and it looks like developer BioWare could be cooking up something special.

In a recent job listing, it's been revealed that BioWare is working on a new title in one of its “most prestigious franchises” (hat-tip to GamesRadar for spotting that one).

Electronic Arts has put the call out for a technical director, and is seeking an employee that'll fill the role of “most senior engineering lead on the next major title in one of BioWare’s most prestigious franchises.”

That leaves little room for interpretation, right? It's got to be either a Dragon Age or Mass Effect title – when you think 'BioWare', you think about either of those franchises.

What is Dragon Age 4?

  • Developer – Bioware
  • Release date – TBD
  • Format – TBD
  • At the Game Awards 2018 Dragon Age 4 was announced by executive producer Mark Darrah together with a minute-long trailer.

    BioWare are keeping details about the game tight to their chest and so far, the only official information comes from Mark Darrah's initial blog post on Bioware's website.

    "Hey everyone, we have been working on a new Dragon Age game for quite a while now and I am pleased to finally tease the existence of this project," Darrah told fans.

    "While we won’t be sharing any details for now, I can tell you we have been building a new team around a core of Dragon Age veterans, people I’ve worked with on Dragon Age, Jade Empire, and some of whom I’ve worked with since the Baldur’s Gate days."

    The successful applicant for the job at EA will need to have had experience “developing, debugging and optimizing AAA multiplayer games on PC or console.”

    So we're going to see a multiplayer element in the title, too, it seems.

    We heard about the next Dragon Age game way back at The Game Awards 2018, where BioWare showed off a delicious tease in the form of a short trailer.

    Since then, we've had a short update from BioWare, regarding the status of the game.

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    Containing The Coronavirus: How To Clean Your Phone

    While trying to stay safe with the ongoing spread of Covid-19, people may not realize that their phones are among the dirtiest, bacteria infected objects handled each day, and they should be cleaned often. According to a study from 2017 that examined 27 mobile phones and found that the surfaces were home to viruses, bacteria, and more.

    Unfortunately, Covid-19 has been found to last up to three days on surfaces that are stainless steel and plastic, which is exactly what encases a phone and most types of cases. This means that being proactive to remove any potential spaces for the virus to pass from one person to another is essential.

    Get A Microfiber Cloth

    To avoid scratching a device, start with a microfiber cloth, and according to Dr. Lena Ciric, a microbiologist at University College London, one only needs soap and water. The first step is to remove the case from a phone and set it aside. Both will need to be cleaned since they are handled all day long.

    Since most cleaning products are harsh and can be abrasive against the material of a phone, household soap works just fine. Thomas Gilbert, an associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Northeaster, states that, “Surfactants basically pry open coronavirus particles and encapsulate viral molecules…that allows the deactivated viral material to be washed away.”

    Place a small dab of soap on a dampened microfiber cloth, and gently rub the surfaces all around the phone. Since smartphones are delicate electronic devices, care must be given not to get the insides wet, especially near the charging port or speaker. As Dr. Ciric states, even water-resistance devices can lose their protection over time. Once the phone and case have been cleaned from all over, dry them off with a dry microfiber cloth.

    These simple steps are all one needs to do in order to remove unwanted bacteria and viruses from the surface of a phone. However, it is crucial to understand that the reason our phones become so dirty in the first place is because they are handled all day long, in and out of the house, while cooking and handling meat, in the bathroom, and they sit on all kinds of surfaces.

    During this time of self isolation, the best option may be to give it repeated wipe downs if leaving the home for groceries or other essential activities.

    Away From Home?

    The instructions above work great when at home and with access to a microfiber cloth, soap, and water, but are lacking if outside the home. There may be many reasons to leave the home, and some people may find themselves in professions where they need to be out for most of the day.

    In cases like that, there are options for Apple products, as the company states that their products can safely be cleaned using 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes. These can be purchased online in bulk and offer a quick, simple way to clean often and easily if not at home. Unfortunately, Samsung and other smartphone manufacturers have not made similar claims and such cleaning products may be too harsh for exteriors and screens.

    As a result, non-Apple users may need to be extra careful not to handle their phones while outside, or to stow them away until they can be cleaned again once back home. In any case, common sense should prevail in the coming weeks. If leaving the home and taking a phone along, it is safe to say it needs a good cleaning once home, along with washing your own hands.

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    League of Legends Galaxies 2020 mission guide – All you need to know

    Riot Games is bringing factions back to League of Legends in a cosmic way with Galaxies 2020. Players will have the choice to pick between Duty or Ambition, leading a space-themed Lux down one of two paths. Depending on the path, players can earn different rewards and complete different challenges. If you’re not sure which path to take, make sure to check out our breakdown of the two new versions of Lux. New skins, an event pass, and galactic-themed loot are available for those who brave the depths of space, and we have all the details on pass missions.

    The League of Legends Galaxies 2020 Pass missions

    The Galaxies 2020 Pass missions do not need to be completed in any particular order. There are also daily missions that are not tied to the Galaxies 2020 Pass but are still Galaxies-themed. The missions below are those included in the pass.

    Mission Objective 1 Objective 2 Reward
    Conflux of Stars Win a game Play 3 games 12 Tokens
    Path of Extinction, Beginning Kill 400 minions Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    Path of Genesis, Beginning Get 30 takedowns Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    The Vengeful Tyrant Win a game as Mordekaiser Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    Fuel the Forge of Stars Earn 30,000 gold Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    For All Eternity Win a game in a premade group of 2 or more players Play 3 games 12 Tokens
    Oblivion’s Approach Get First Blood Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    Event Horizon Win 2 games with a Vision Score of 10 or more Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    The Obsidian Behemoth Win a game as Malphite Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    Deny the Obsidian Law As a team, kill 4 Dragons Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    To the End of the Universe Win a game of ARAM Play 3 games 12 Tokens
    Denizens of the Dark As a team, kill 2 Rift Heralds Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    Vacuum Pressure In a single game, get more kills than deaths Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    The Lightless Paragon Win a game as Xerath Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    Silence the Screaming Dark As a team, destroy the First Tower in 2 games Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    Quantum State: Collapsing Win a game of One for All Play 3 games 12 Tokens
    The Allure of Power Get 15 Kills Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    The Serenity of Duty Win 2 games with a Crowd Control score of 20 or more Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    The Queen of Extinction Win a game as Lux with more than 20000 damage dealt to champions Play 7 games 12 Tokens
    The Queen of Genesis Win a game as Lux with Crowd Control Score over 35 Play 7 games 12 Tokens

    Galaxies 2020 Pass Milestone Rewards

    By completing missions, players can earn milestone rewards, each one better than the last. Players must complete their current milestone before moving on to the next. The milestones are as follows:

    • Milestone 1 – Galaxies 2020 icon
    • Milestone 2 – 5 Prestige Points
    • Milestone 3 – 5 Win XP Boost Consumable
    • Milestone 4 – 5 Prestige Points
    • Milestone 5 – Animated Did You Just?
    • Milestone 6 – 5 Prestige Points
    • Milestone 7 – 1500 Blue Essence
    • Milestone 8 – 5 Prestige Points
    • Milestone 9 – Emote: Hehehe
    • Milestone 10 – 5 Prestige Points
    • Milestone 11 – Emote: Don’t Be Afraid!
    • Milestone 12 – 1500 Blue Essence
    • Milestone 13 – Little Legend Series 1-4 Egg
    • Milestone 14 – Mystery Emote Permanent
    • Milestone 15 – 1 Gemstone
    • Milestone 16 – Hextech Key
    • Milestone 17 – 1 Masterwork Chest
    • Milestone 18 – 750 Orange Essence
    • Milestone 19 – Galaxies 2020 Orb
    • Milestone 20 – 1 Gemstone

    Which pass is best?

    The Galaxies Pass comes in two different flavors, the regular and Bundle. Both passes include a number of missions and other bonuses:

    • Win of the Day missions are now weekly missions
    • New weekly missions, each one rewards 200 tokens
    • Bonus tokens for most matchmade PvP games
    • 4 Galaxies 2020 Orbs
    • 200 Galaxies 2020 tokens

    Players who pick up the Galaxies Pass Bundle also get the following items on top of everything the regular pass includes:

    • Malphite Champion
    • Dark Star Malphite skin
    • Dark star Malphite border
    • 3000 blue essence
    • 10 wins exp boost
    • 1 random emote token

    The basic Galaxies Pass costs 1650 RP while the bundle costs a hefty 2650 RP. The last day for players to earn tokens is April 27, at midnight. Teamfight Tactics also has its own Galaxies-themed event going on now for the release of Set 3. For all your League of Legends news, make sure to follow Daily Esports.

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    Paris Eternal tank Smex tests positive for coronavirus

    The first Overwatch League (OWL) player has tested positive for coronavirus. Eoghan “Smex” O’Neill, the off-tank for the Paris Eternal, revealed today on Twitter that he has the virus.

    Recovering pretty well from the past week and a bit. Up and down vibes but overall I’m coming out feeling a lot better heading home today. Got covid tho so have to isolate for a week and a bit at home but symptoms are Barely mild.

    Smex says his symptoms are mild

    Smex states in his tweet that his coronavirus symptoms are mild and that he’s feeling “a lot better heading home today.” The virus affects everyone differently, and hopefully, his symptoms don’t end up getting worse.

    Smex is also recovering from a valve replacement in his heart. This surgery has prevented him from playing multiple games in the 2020 OWL season. He will continue to miss games until he makes a full recovery.

    Smex signed with the Paris Eternal this year after playing in Contenders and for the English World Cup Team. So far, his health has kept him from playing in multiple games. His team has done alright so far and is currently 4-2 and seventh place in the OWL standings.

    Coronavirus in the OWL

    So far, Smex is the first Overwatch League player to have the virus. Ex-Dallas Fuel damage player Timo “Taimou” Kettunen also had the disease, but he is no longer in the league. Hopefully, Smex has not been in close contact with any of his Paris teammates and the disease will not spread to them or anyone else.

    The OWL has already canceled all remaining homestands for the season as well as moved the mid-season invitational due to the coronavirus. This weekend is the first weekend with OWL games for a few weeks, and all the games are being played, cast, and streamed online.

    Hopefully, Smex is the first and last case of the coronavirus in the OWL. It is likely that there will continue to be regulations in place for the rest of the 2020 Overwatch League season to prevent further spread of the virus.

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    Arnold and Rodrigues win Sebring LMES, Red Bull takes points lead

    Shaun Arnold and Igor Rodrigues picked up their first wins of the 2019-20 Le Mans Esports Series in the penultimate round of the Pro Team qualification season at Sebring.

    The LMES Pro Team series is a 16 three-driver team invitational championship, run in partnership with Motorsport Games, that takes place over five rounds, with the top six in the standings booking their place in the 2020 LMES Super Final.

    The Super Final will take place at the re-scheduled Le Mans 24 Hours in September, and the three-driver teams will battle for their share of the $200,000 prize pool. 

    Round four of the season featured GTE Pro-spec Ford GTs around the virtual Sebring circuit – the destination of the real-life cancelled World Endurance Championship round, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Each round features a sprint race as well as an endurance race with a reverse-grid based on championship standings. 

    Fast Racers Forza, who picked up their first podium of the season last time out, took a surprise pole position for the sprint race ahead of the championship protagonists. FRF’s Rodrigues dominated the sprint race, taking a lights-to-flag victory ahead of Red Bull Esports and Lazarus Esports. 

    Arnold, whose Total Performance Racing team (previously JOTA Esports) sits third in the standings, fell from second on the grid to finish fourth. 

    Arnold atoned for his disappointing first race with a stunning drive in the endurance race. He stormed from 14th on the grid to second place in just four laps. On the fifth lap, race leader Kieran Millward (Alien Motorsport) ran wide at Turn 1 and allowed Arnold into the lead. 

    Arnold dominated the race thereafter to take his team’s first win since the season opener at Le Mans. 

    Lazarus’s Tobin Leigh battled with Red Bull’s star driver Aurelien ‘Laige’ Mallet through the pack. The duo made contact on multiple occasions throughout the race, as just two points separated the duo coming into the race. 

    McLaren Shadow finalist Rodrigues put FRF into the mix, and put two bold moves on Mallet, only to lose out to the Frenchman during the pitstop phase. 

    Mallet emerged in second place ahead of Rodrigues, who capped off his team’s strongest round of the season. Leigh finished down in fifth, Lazarus’ worst result of the season. 

    This was enough for Red Bull to storm into the lead of the championship, and it’s now in pole position for the biggest share of the $50,000 prize available for the qualification period. 

    Virtual Drivers by TX3 were the biggest movers in the midfield having jumped from eighth to sixth place in the teams’ standings, the final Super Final qualification spot.

    The final LMES round will take place on April 25. There’s more Esports action on Motorsport.com tomorrow, with the first round of Veloce Pro at 1pm ET.

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    Singularity dominates in Rocket League European Invitational grand final

    After a month of competition, the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) team Singularity have convincingly taken home the title of European Invitational champions. Having lost twice to their grand final opponents, the Middle Eastern team Sandrock Gaming, Singularity stepped up where it mattered and won the grand final 5-1 in a best-of-nine format. This occurred while Sandrock Gaming had started the series with a 1-0 advantage from coming through the winner’s bracket.

    The European Invitational, the tournament of non-RLCS teams

    The European Invitational (TEI) was hosted on RLCS caster John “Johnnyboi_i” Macdonald’s Twitch and YouTube channels with a $20,000 prize pool. Sandrock Gaming’s founder, Incivik, had funded the tournament on condition that his Middle Eastern team would have a chance to take on the very best of Europe.

    Besides the whole of EU RLCS and Sandrock Gaming, there were five other spots for non-RLCS teams to secure through qualifiers. Each of these spots was filled by teams from the lower tier of the Rival Series, and the teams from this league stepped up. After the group stage was over, most of the top RLCS teams had already been eliminated.

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    Team Singularity dominates in the Rocket League grand final

    Singularity had already faced Sandrock twice in the European Invitational before the grand final, and on both occasions, Sandrock had taken the better of the Europeans. Going into the final from the lower bracket against that same Sandrock, therefore, surely meant Sandrock would take the tournament with ease.

    But Singularity had other ideas. With immense pace, Singularity completely overwhelmed and won five games in a row in the best-of-nine to take home the TEI title. Sandrock had their highlight plays as usual but quickly looked tilted from Singularity’s constant pressure.

    “Today was the first time we actually properly prepared to play against Sandrock,” SNG’s Leon “Godsmilla” Mares explained to Johnnyboi in the post-game interview. “We watched the replays and we knew what to expect, how to play. The past two times we played them we just went in blindly, just assuming we’ll know what’s going on. But they caught us off-guard both times.”

    Singularity’s performance in the TEI grand final was a sight to behold, and it shows promise for next season’s RLCS. SNG finished in seventh place in the RLCS this season, meaning they qualified for next season but missed out on the regional finals. If this TEI performance is a glimpse of their future, however, their opponents in the RLCS have their work cut out for them.

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    You Don’t Have To Pay For Every Dead Or Alive 6 Hair Color Now

    The scandal that rocked the Dead or Alive 6 community with a greedy monetization structure in place for changing a character’s hair color has been resolved, sort of. Koei Tecmo has walked back their plan to charge players every single time they wanted to change the color of a character’s hair and will be refunding all Premium Tickets used in this way. The catch however is that this solution is only for PlayStation 4 users, with PC and Xbox One users not even mentioned.

    In all likelihood, the decision will also be applied to the other platforms so that everyone will be treated equally, but it is odd not to see that mentioned explicitly in the update notes for patch v 1.21a, scheduled for March 31. As a result, players are understandably frustrated by the choice of communication in this update.

    With that said, Dead or Alive 6 is one of the most expensive fighting games on the market today. The base game runs about $59.99, though it is often on sale for half that amount. The DLC however sports a massive catalogue with 422 items, and one could easily spend a couple thousand dollars in dressing up their fighters. Still, fans of the game seem content to spend an absurd amount of money customizing their characters.

    As a result, while an external observer might look at the charging of hair customization as absolutely ridiculous in any other game, Dead or Alive 6 players have voted with their wallets for years, and by supporting such a game, seem to be getting what they deserve.

    Now, if the change isn’t applied to the PC and Xbox One versions soon, we might be seeing a far angrier player base in the near future.

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    What To Expect In Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare In 2020

    2020 has already been a good year for fans of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The game has been out for nearly seven months and while most games in the series tend to have short lifespans to prepare for the next year’s installment, Modern Warfare is going strong. Here is what to expect for the rest of 2020, along with what players would love to see added.

    Season 3 And Beyond

    Season 2 will be ending in a few weeks and leaks for Season 3 are already out in the wild. The second battle pass was a huge hit and gave players some of the best-looking cosmetics in the game, which was worth every penny.

    Season 3 leaks point to more of the same with data miners posting their information to Reddit. So far it looks like two new multiplayer maps will be added. The first is Backlot from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Village from Modern Warfare 3. Beyond that, the following items have not yet been confirmed but appear as well in the mined files:

    To keep players interested, it would be great to see more cross promotional activity between Warzone and Modern Warfare, and such events would not be difficult to create. For example, today’s patch notes bring Talon, a New Coalition Operator to Modern Warfare. Having players complete objectives in Warzone to acquire their new operator would be a nice change of pace, or for those who dislike Warzone, at least one way to acquire the new character.

    New Cosmetics

    For some players, an endless stream of cosmetics to customize their operators is among the most important features for long-term engagement. Now that Warzone is out, this is even more relevant thanks to the ability to purchase Modern Warfare loadouts with a player’s favorite weapons. With a third battle pass there will certainly be some new cosmetics added, which is a great way to keep personalizing one’s operators.

    Shipment And A Return To Smaller Maps

    Without a doubt, the last few months have given preference to releasing maps that are mid to large in size, where as Shipment, Rust, and Shoot House are no where to be found. It seems like an odd choice on the developer’s part, because fast-paced action in close quarters is a staple of the Call of Duty series, but it seems absent right now. It would be great to see more of these smaller map playlists created for players.

    There is certainly no shortage of ideas for what 2020 could hold for the Call of Duty series, and what we have seen above is most likely going to be incorporated in one way or another.

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    #HomeSweetHome reveals broadcast team, BIG & Virtus.pro join team list

    GRID esports has revealed the broadcast team and a few more teams for its upcoming #HomeSweetHome online tournament series. The tournament series is scheduled to run from April 7th to May 31st with each week being its own tournament.

    All eight weeks will consist of a 16-team group stage followed by eight teams moving into a single-elimination playoff bracket. Each week, the top team will walk away with $30,000 while the second-place team grabs $10,000 for their efforts. In the end $320,000 will be offered to the participating teams.

    The two main stars of the show will be Vince “Vince” Hill and Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez who will be commentating the playoffs each week.

    #HomeSweetHome broadcast team:

     Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez (playoffs)
     Vince “Vince” Hill (playoffs)

     Kieran “Kieran” Cullinan
     Teo “Oversiard” Siard
     Mamoon “TeaTime” Sabri
     Alex “Mauisnake” Ellenberg
     Jamie “TheEternalJay” Martin
     Joshua “Dweg” Nathan

    BIG and Virtus.pro are the latest two teams to join the lineup with North, fore, and GODSENT being the previous three. As of now there’s still 11 slots open with the event just over a week away.

    The team list currently looks as follows:

    -North
    -GODSENT
    -Virtus.pro
    -BIG
    -forZe
    -TBA
    -TBA
    -TBA
    -TBA
    -TBA
    -TBA
    -TBA
    -TBA
    -TBA
    -TBA
    -TBA

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    Animal Crossing: New Horizons Becomes Popular Host For Birthdays, Weddings, And More

    With so much of the world staying indoors to limit the spread of Covid-19, major life events are being cancelled and postponed, but virtual gatherings in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are quickly becoming the best way to stay together while we stay apart.

    The game has only been available for a week now, but players are using their Islands in creative ways. One couple who was forced to cancel their wedding were thrown a surprise party in-game by their friends, which Reddit user u/ashmush described, “This made me so happy, I don’t even have the words to describe how much it meant to me.”

    Others are using the game to host virtual birthday parties since getting together is obviously out of the question, as seen below with nine-year-old Sophia.

    While the news has mainly been of virtual gatherings in Animal Crossing, people have been leveraging the power of video games for years to gather large groups of friends for all sorts of events. World of Warcraft is a perfect example of a social hub where players have met for weddings, as seen below, and even for funerals.

    The most well-known funeral in World of Warcraft would have to be the one held by the horde for Serenity, a player who passed away of a stroke. The event is infamous for being crashed by an Alliance group who never apologized for their actions and given the inherent nature of PvP servers in MMORPGs, likely have nothing to apologize for.

    To hear that players are flocking to Animal Crossing for social gatherings is therefore interesting, but not unexpected. Players are playing video games now more than ever in their isolation to stave off boredom. This is particularly evident as video game developers report record-breaking numbers of concurrent users, again attributable to being forced to stay home.

    Steam, Rocket League, CS:GO, and several other games have reported these numbers, and Call of Duty: Warzone has topped over 30 million downloads since releasing on March 10. While virtual parties and weddings are happening in Animal Crossing, video games in general are seeing a big jump in users for now, and likely this is to remain until life returns to some form of normality and self isolation comes to an end.

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