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Rainbow Six Siege's next content drop, Operation Dust Line, is going to be available on May 9th for season pass holders and sometime shortly after that for those haven't elected to buy into the entire season of DLC in one go around.
Following the previous DLC that was released in February, Operation Dust Line will include two new operators to choose from as well as a new as-of-yet unannounced map. Both the new operators have Navy SEAL backgrounds, with Valkyrie being a more defensive addition with the ability to deploy sticky cameras to help observe the battlefield as you make preparations. Blackbeard is an offensive character, being equipped with a rifle and shield. More info about Valkyrie and Blackbeard will be coming on May 7th following the Rainbow Six Pro League Finals that'll be taking place.
This is the second of four planned content drops that are coming to the game. The first added one new map and two characters, and that trend is looking to continue for the last three. Rainbow Six Siege started off a bit rough after the beta test had issues with network connectivity and rampant cheating has been off-putting to the legitimate players of the new game. Ubisoft has since fixed a great deal of the latent bugs and is hoping their anti-cheating measures are enough to bring back in the audience it may have lost.
Quantum Break for the PC, and even the Xbox One for that matter, wasn't quite one of the smoothest of launches on a technical scale. On the PC side, there've been rampant performance issues and other visual oddities that make it a strange game to play. Remedy is working on a sizable patch that should be available sometime by the end of the week.
According to the head of PR at Remedy, Thomas Puha, both the Xbox One and the PC version of the patch are currently in the certification process with small bugs within the update being stamped out as quickly as possible. There's no word on what changes are actually inside due to the contents of it being subject to change. It's large and a sign that they're definitely committed to fixing any transgressions that happened as result of Remedy releasing perhaps a bit too early.
The PC version suffers from some fairly frequent framerate stuttering and generally poor performance on a variety of hardware, including a Titan X. Even being a fully DX12 title, it doesn't make use of the compute queue at all, for anything. The new patch should, hopefully, resolve some performance-based issues.
ARK: Survival Evolved continues to grow, with developer Studio Wildcard announcing that it's kicking off an Official Mods Program that will see user-made mods become part of the main game.
The user-made mods being folded into the main game will take place not only on the PC but the Xbox One version of the game. It'll be starting off with The Center, a fantasy-themed map that will drop next month, while Primitive Plus, which makes you rely on wood and stone, will be released in the summer.
Studio Wildcard hasn't added whether mod creators will receive compensation ($$$) for their work, but it's great to see the developer moving in this direction - and including console gamers in on the modding fun.
The image above is from 'The Center' map in ARK.
Outlast was one of the best horror games in recent times, with developer Red Barrel teasing Outlast 2 at PAX East 2016 last week. In my story about it, I said in the headline 'but where's the VR version?' and it looks like my question has been answered.
Red Barrel co-founder Phillippe Morin and writer JT Petty talked about Outlast 2 during their official Twitch livestream, saying that the main protagonist in the sequel will be a cameraman who is investigating the murder of a Jane Doe, and trying to work out where these people come from.
The cameraman takes a helicopter and goes to investigate the canyons of Arizona, but the chopper crashes and then when you wake up, you find yourself separated from your wife, and in a secluded village full of people who believe the end of time is coming. Morin reiterated that Outlast 2 is once again about immersion, with gameplay mechanics existing to create emotions.
An accidental Xbox Store listing reveals what Coalition has planned for Gears of War 4's season pass DLC.
Gears of War 4's season pass will give players access to a total of 24 co-op and multiplayer map packs, which Coalition plans to release in waves of two maps per month for a year. That's according to a premature listing on the Xbox Australia storefront, initially spotted by eagle-eyed industry vet Wario64. The season pass also confirms Gears of War 4 will have dedicated servers, and pass owners will get to preview upcoming DLC maps, weapons, and modes before they're released.
"Join this VIP experience and score the following perks: Five exclusive digital items as part of the Vintage VIP Pack; permanent DLC map ownership of over 24 additional maps (two per month for a year) for private play on dedicated servers; an exclusive VIP "Early Access" Playlist that grants a preview to upcoming modes, maps and variants; and six Gear Packs."
Microsoft is offering early access to Gears of War 4 to gamers who buy the $100 Ultimate Edition.
If you buy Gears of War 4's $100 Ultimate Edition, you'll be able to play the game four days ahead of everyone else. Renowned industry vet Wario64 caught a quick screenshot of the pre-sale incentive, which was previously live on the Xbox Store, but Microsoft yanked the page shortly after news broke out. The listing was posted on the Xbox Australia site with a $140 AUD price tag, which converts to roughly $108 USD.
"Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition is your gateway to Early Access for Gears of War 4, allowing you to download the game and start playing Friday, October 7 - four days before the game's standard release date," reads the edition's main page. The Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition includes a copy of the game and a season pass for all future DLC packs. The season pass includes access to 24 DLC maps, which will be released two per month by Coalition.
The last time DOOM was in the headlines, was when we reported that the game is a 'slow generic console multiplayer shooter clone'. Well, just how much HDD space does this slow generic console multiplayer shooter clone take up?
According to the official listing on the Xbox One store, DOOM requires 45.04GB HDD space. The PS4 and PC versions shouldn't require much more or less, so we can expect somewhere in the 40-50GB size.
Comparing DOOM to The Division, Ubisoft's open-world RPG took just 32GB, while Xbox One exclusive Halo: The Master Chief Collection chewed up a huge 62GB HDD space.
The Electronics Sports League has banned YouPorn's sponsored eSports team.
YouPorn's official eSports team Team YP is no longer permitted to compete in sanctioned ESL tournaments. The ESL's regulation isn't new, and it prohibits any sponsors of "widely known for pornographic ... or other adult/mature themes and product" from entering teams in ESL events, thus Team YP--and any teams like it--are barred from ESL competitions. An ESL representative reached out to us to clarify that Team YP has been asked by the ESL to change its name or risk being disqualified from events.
"Advertising pornography is not legal in the markets we operate in, and the vast majority of partners we're working with have strict "no drugs, no alcohol, no pornography" rules that we've contractually taken on board. These aren't new rules, but ones that have been in our rulebooks for a long time. We have spoken to Team YP manager earlier this year and in that conversation we've explained the situation and rules in detail, and offered to look for potential alternatives in a bigger group. At the same time, we're consulting with our legal teams about this. We will inform the team and the management as soon as we have any updates," reads a statement provided to TweakTown by the ESL.
What would it be like to play Fallout 4 and never leave Sanctuary Hills, desperately scrounging for resources and relying on settlers to bring fresh materials in? Is it even possible to have fun, or even actually play like this? One Fallout 4 player proves that you can indeed accomplish such a feat, but it'll turn you into a cruel, reigning despot.
A Redditor named Sloth-King decided to test out the social dynamics of Fallout 4's settlement system and play the game never leaving Sanctuary. Surprisingly, he was quite successful--but it changed him into a horrible tyrant. Sloth-King chronicles his journey as a Wasteland king in a massive Imgurl gallery, displaying what it's like to play Fallout 4 in this manner...and it's pretty eye-opening.
Honestly, it's pretty interesting, and I never thought about trying to do such a thing before--being on PC I tend to just use console commands to instantly zap in anything I'd ever need. Sloth-King's adventure proves just how impressive Bethesda's settlement system is, and how far you can push it.
VR is all the rage right now, with Square Enix wanting to jump right into the deep end, teasing Hitman GO in VR at PAX East 2016 over the weekend.
Destructoid were on site, reporting that all of the levels "are the same as they were in the original game, but the camera can now be rotated with analog sticks, and you can zoom in with the controller or by leaning your body forward to take a closer peak at GO's diorama-like environments".
Square Enix has said that Hitman GO VR will be exclusive to Oculus, which means it'll only work on the Rift and Gear VR (Oculus collaborated with Samsung on Gear VR). Hitman GO VR won't hit the PlayStation VR, or the HTC Vive. The company is hoping you'll reach deeper into your wallet to buy the potentially fourth version of the same game, something you might already own on mobile, consoles, and the PC - and now, VR.
Hitman GO VR will be $10 on the Oculus Rift, and just $8 on Gear VR when it launches on May 11.