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  • Siege Operation Blood Orchid Trailer Drops, Out Now

    siege operation blood orchidThe new Rainbow Six Siege Operation Blood Orchid expansion is finally out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

    After a long wait, the latest expansion, which adds three new operators, a new map, and a large number of gameplay fixes and balancing changes, has gone live.

    Ubisoft released a new trailer for the operation. During the trailer, the new map is showcased, alongside the three new operators.

    As mentioned previously, the new map for Operation Blood Orchid is Theme Park. It's a spooky-themed nighttime map that's based on an abandoned theme park. The trailer also shows off Ying and Lesion, the two new operators from Hong Kong. The trailer ends by giving a sneak peek at the third operator, Ela.

    Ela is a Polish operator that was originally planned for a now-axed Polish themed operation.

    While the trailer does show the three new operators in action, it doesn't do much to showcase their new abilities. We've provided a quick overview of the new operators below.

    Ying is a Chinese attacker that can fire a cluster of flashbangs into a room to temporarily blind defenders.

    Lesion is a Chinese defender that can throw a device down that can damage and disorientate enemies when it is detonated.

    Ela is a Polish defender that can place down gadgets on the floor or on walls. Once the gadget is detonated, enemies nearby temporarily lose their hearing and are given a dizzying effect.

  • Rainbow Six Siege Maps Being Removed From Ranked

    rainbow six siege maps removedIn a sudden, never-before-seen move, Ubisoft has planned to remove a number of maps from the competitive map pool.

    Once the maps are removed, they'll no longer appear in the ranked game mode. They will, however, remain in casual mode and terrorist hunt mode.

    Going forward, only nine maps will remain in the ranked mode for Rainbow Six Siege. The nine remaining maps are Bank, Clubhouse, Oregon, Kafe, Consulate, Chalet, Border, Coastline, and Skyscraper. These are the same maps that will be used in competitive leagues.

    "Moving forward, we will introduce the new Ranked and ESL Pro League playlists at the same time we perform the rank reset--and all of that will occur at the start of the new season," Ubisoft explained. "The Ranked playlist, much like the ESL playlist, will be rotated each Season, offering a different selection of available maps."

    Interestingly, not all maps will remain in the game. Some maps will be removed from the game entirely to be reworked. Casual mode will have a total of 15 maps. The first nine maps are the same as those listed above, while the other six are Kanal, Hereford, University, House, Plane, and Theme Park.

    Ubisoft will also be removing the map preference system that previously allowed players to prioritize certain maps. Going forward, all players will be forced to play a map at random from any of the maps listed above.

    All of the map changes will be going live alongside the new Operation Blood Orchid 3.0 update.

  • Big Patch Live for Battlefield 1

    big patch battlefield 1A brand new update has gone live for Battlefield 1 and it contains a huge number of changes and tweaks to the game.

    To begin with, the new patch adds a brand new map to Battlefield 1. The new map is called Lupkow Pass - it's available to anybody that has either the season pass or the Name of the Tsar DLC.

    The new Lupkow Pass map is set in Russia, deep in the Carpathian mountains. A lot of the new map is focused on verticality and fights between different levels of the mountains.

    While the new map is limited to those that have the DLC, there are a number of features and changes in the new update that is available to everybody.

    One of the biggest changes includes a bug fix that stops the weapon loadout UI from disappearing. The horse turn speed has been increased by 25% too, which will make those that use the horse more mobile.

    DICE has also made it so jumping over obstacles with horses has been improved. The jumping mechanic is now far more reliable, so players should be able to feel confident before taking their next jump. Sounds for single-fire and semi-automatic weapons have been improved - they should no longer cut off randomly.

    There are a huge number of tweaks, bug fixes and small changes that have been applied to the new patch too. The full notes can be seen on the Battlefield website.

  • New Overwatch Map, Junkertown Announced

    overwatch map junkertownA brand new Overwatch map has been announced. The new map is called Junkertown and it was first announced at Gamescom.

    The new map will be an escort map and the environment has been created to represent Junkrat and Roadhog's home town.

    In the lore, Junkertown is set in the heart of Australia. This was one of the countries to get impacted by the Omnic crisis the hardest, and as a result, the entire environment is falling to pieces. Buildings and shelters are put together with whatever scrap material can be found.

    Those that live in Junkertown are known as Junkers. Originally, both Junkrat and Roadhog lived within Junkertown as Junkers, too. However, the duo was caught stealing from the queen of Junkertown. As punishment, both Junkrat and Roadhog were exiled from the city.

    To go alongside the map announcement, Blizzard released a brand new video on their Youtube channel that showed Junkrat and Roadhog explaining the new Junkertown map.

    The video is filled with jokes and laughs and gives an insight into the personalities of both Junkrat and Roadhog.

    So far, a release date for Junkertown hasn't been announced, but Blizzard has mentioned that the map will be coming to Overwatch soon.

    What are your thoughts on the new Junkertown map? Are you excited to get access to a new free escort map soon, or are you more interested in new characters for Overwatch?

    Recently, Doomfist was finally released to Overwatch and many players are already finding him to be a perfect pick for a good team composition.

  • World of Tanks Gets New Story Mode

    World of Tanks War StoriesWorld of Tanks has been quietly rolling by on consoles and PC for quite some time now, but the developers for the game have been working on something in the meantime. That something has finally been released.

    It has been confirmed that World of Tanks has received a brand new campaign mode called War Stories. The new expansion can be played either with a friend in co-op mode or on your own in single-player mode.

    The new campaigns will be available for all players to play for free, but a number of 'storyteller' bundles will get released alongside each campaign.

    So far, two campaigns have been released. Details for each of these campaigns have been provided below.

    Brothers In Armor - Step into the shoes of a US tank commander training a Soviet crew to operate the infamous M4 Sherman in this tutorial campaign.

    Flashpoint Berlin - Take command of Western forces and fight tooth and nail in the aftermath of the collapse of the Berlin Blockade in this epic, story-driven alternative history campaign!

    Two more campaigns are expected to launch in September and October. The first of which is called Operation Sealion, while the other is called Kennedy's War.

    The storyteller bundles will include tanks that are related to the campaign in some way, garage slots, 100% trained crew, and 7 days of premium membership.

    What are your thoughts on the new World of Tanks War Stories mode? The content is now live on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4.

  • Gears of War 4 August Update Arrives

    gears of war 4 august updateA brand new update has landed for Gears of War 4 and it adds two new maps and a number of other changes. Learn about the new features in Gears of War 4 below.

    First things first, let's talk about the new maps that have made their way to Gears of War 4 in the new August update. The first map is Canals. This is the return of a classic. The map features three bridges that cross over a small canal. The map itself is quite small, and players will best remember it for the Longshot spawn that is available at the very center of the map.

    In fact, Canals is all about sniping. The three bridges create three lanes for snipers to aim down - getting hold of a sniper on this map will be very useful. It's the sniper's dream.

    The next map is Forge Blitz - this is an even tighter and more fast paced version of the original Forge map. A few changes have been made to the original version of Forge to make Forge Blitz flow much better. You'll be in the action within seconds after spawning, but don't worry, there's just enough room to give a few seconds of peace each time you spawn.

    Some other changes have been introduced to the August Gears of War 4 update. For example, the daily first win credit reward has been increased to 500 credits instead of just 100. Some small changes have also been made to the Escalation map.

  • New Street Fighter V DLC Character Revealed

    new street fighter dlc abigailThe next DLC character for Street Fighter V has now been revealed. Learn more about the new character coming to SFV in this article.

    The new character coming to Street Fighter V as part of a new DLC pack is Abigail.

    Abigail is a bulky character that was first introduced to Street Fighter players back in 1989 in Final Fight, an arcade title set in the same universe as the Street Fighter franchise.

    Despite appearing such a long time ago, Abigail has not been in a Street Fighter game since. In that regards, Abigail is essentially a new character to make their way into SFV.

    In Final Fight, Abigail's fighting style focuses on brute force and heavy-handed attacks, as opposed to finesse and well-timed punches. If players leave their guard down, Abigail will be able to pick up his opponents and throw them around like toys.

    It looks as if Abigail will be more balanced out in Street Fighter V - this means he'll have a little more mobility than other bulky fighters, such as Hugo.

    If you already have the Street Fighter V Season 2 character pass, you'll be able to pick up Abigail for free. If you don't have the pass, you'll be able to purchase him separately. So far, a price tag hasn't been announced.

    Abigail will be introduced to Street Fighter V on July 25, alongside two new retro costumes and a brand new stage called Suzaku Castle.

  • Forza Horizon 3 is Getting a Hot Wheels Expansion

    forza horizon 3 hot wheelsForza has always been at the brink of racing realism, but the upcoming Hot Wheels expansion takes a very quick turn away from what most Forza players may be used to. Quite frankly, we think it looks pretty exciting.

    In the upcoming Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels expansion, players will be able to unlock and play a number of Hot Wheels style cars and race on a number of race tracks inspired by some of the most iconic Hot Wheels sets of yesteryear.

    Yes, that does mean you'll be able to race through bright orange loop-the-loops and all sorts of other physics defying twists and turns. Here's a description from the developers of the upcoming expansion:

    "Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels takes players to six new themed islands located off the coast of Australia; all connected by a network of Hot Wheels tracks -- positioned hundreds of feet in the air -- featuring classic Hot Wheels configurations like loops, corkscrews, and more. This is stunt driving at its most extreme, where you can master tracks by performing brand new Hot Wheels skills that make use of boost pads, high-bank turns, half-pipes, insane jumps, and even giant mechanical dinosaurs."

    The Hot Wheels race tracks will certainly be the highlight of the upcoming expansion - we expect the different tracks will definitely bring some new chaos and excitement to the Forza franchise.

    The upcoming Hot Wheels expansion will be included in the season pass. For those without the season pass, you'll be able to pick up the Hot Wheels expansion for $19.99.

  • New Battlefield 1 Map and Content Coming Soon

    battlefield 1 new map name of tsarA brand new Battlefield 1 map has been announced and more information has been shared about the upcoming DLC content drop that will be hitting in late summer.

    The brand new map for Battlefield 1 is named Prise de Tahure, and it will take place in the autumn after the Nivelle Offensive. This was a French and British lead offensive that took place in 1917. The official map description is as follows:

    "Prise de Tahure sees French troops desperately holding on to re-captured heights in the Butte-de-Tahure region. The frontline trench networks cut right through several villages facing obliteration from the constant skirmishing between German stormtroopers and French raiders. This is a war of attrition. Adaptability and tactics are the means to wear your adversary down."

    The new map will shortly be added to the community test environment - during test play, DICE will make any adjustments they see necessary. After that, the update will be prepared to launch alongside the upcoming The Name Of The Tsar DLC content drop.

    It's been revealed that the Name Of The Tsar DLC pack will include the Russian army as a new playable faction. An event will take place on June 10 in which more content for the upcoming DLC pack will be revealed. A full release for the DLC is set for 'this summer.'

    Are you looking forward to the upcoming content for Battlefield 1? What excites you more, the new Prise de Tahure map or the upcoming playable Russian faction?

  • Black Ops 3 Getting Zombies Map Remasters

    black ops 3 zombies chroniclesIn a bit of a surprise move, Treyarch has announced some new content for Black Ops 3, specifically for the zombies mode.

    It has been announced that new content under the name Zombies Chronicles will be making its way to Black Ops 3 in the near future. The new content will feature remastered versions of eight different zombies maps from previous COD zombies games.

    The eight maps include the following - Nacht der Untoten, Kino der Toten, Shangri-la, Shi no Numa, Moon, Ascension, Verruckt and Origins.

    Jason Blundell, studio head for Treyarch, has spread his word on the importance of these eight maps. He feels strongly that these eight maps are "the foundation for Zombies," and that he felt like "It was more important to give people the beginnings."

    Call of Duty Black Ops 3: Zombie Chronicles will launch on May 16 - so far this launch will be exclusive to PlayStation 4. A later launch for Xbox One should follow, although the Xbox One launch date hasn't been announced yet. Interestingly, the price tag for the new Zombies Chronicles maps hasn't been announced either. We would expect it will go on sale for a similar price to previous DLC packs from Treyarch, however.

    If we take a look at previous timed Call of Duty exclusivities, we can safely guess that the Xbox One launch should be roughly one month after the PS4 launch, so we'd say June 16 could be a good estimate.

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