Ubisoft announces a free weekend us coming for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
giving ample notice since this will begin on February 15th. The announcement
also includes details on how the weekend will be followed by the testing and
eventual launch of new content for the tactical shooter:
Rainbow Six Siege will be available to play for free from February 15th to
20th*. Interested players can join the 25 million strong Rainbow Six Siege
community on all consoles and Windows PC via Uplay and Steam.
Players who try the game during the free weekend can carry over their progress
and continue to play uninterrupted if they purchase the game (except on the
The first content from Year 3, Season 1, Operation Chimera, will be available on
PC through the technical test server starting February 19th and will launch on
all platforms on March 6th. Meanwhile, the new co-op mode Outbreak will be
playable on PC through the technical test server starting February 20th.
Outbreak will then be available on all platforms from March 6th to April 3rd.
Operation Chimera will mark the beginning of the third year of Rainbow Six
Siege. Two new operators, specialists in biohazard situations and playable in
adversarial multiplayer, will have to face a major threat in the game’s first
co-op event, Outbreak.
Additional details on the content of Operation Chimera and Outbreak event will
be unveiled during the Six Invitational finals happening in Montreal on February
16th – 18th. Be sure to tune in on
https://www.twitch.tv/rainbow6 to learn more about the two new Operators and
Outbreak event update.
For more information about the game or news on the upcoming title update, please
The full details and timing of the free weekend are available via the following
*Free Weekend available on PC from Feb. 15th - Feb. 18th, on PS4 from Feb. 15th
- Feb. 20th, and on Xbox One from Feb. 15th – Feb. 19th
is due for release next week, and now a playable demo is
for this action adventure (there's also a
shows off gameplay from the demo, showing the premise of a group of
kids teaming up against a extra-dimensional menace that couldn't be more
reminiscent of Stranger Things if it turned out to be a Tide commercial. Here's
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Mindful of the days when we were all buying video games with
allowances and secretly-saved milk money, the team at Fourattic and Devolver
Digital have released a demo for Crossing Souls so everyone who’s still a kid at
heart can try it before they buy it.
Crossing Souls is a gorgeous childhood adventure channeling classic 80’s culture
which faces a band of five childhood friends with sci-fi elements, a government
conspiracy, and stress to test the strength of their bond. With one week left
before the game’s Feb. 13th launch, now is the perfect time to get acquainted
with the gang and discover what’s about to change their quiet Californian town
Publisher 1C and developer Destructive Creations announce a May 22nd release
date for Ancestors Legacy
, the upcoming real-time strategy game originally
announced as simply Ancestors. Those who don't want to wait that long do not
have to, as a multiplayer open beta for the game is now live
, where the game is now
gameplay and super-thick accents, and here's more on the testing:
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eager warriors do not need to wait all the way until the release in May, as the
Open Multiplayer PC Beta is launched on Steam today! After offering the first
glimpses to selected players and media in the closed single-player and
multiplayer betas at the end of the previous year, Ancestors Legacy is now open
for everyone to try out its multiplayer on their own. All four nations
represented in the game are playable within the open beta version on one of the
three maps, ranging in size from 2 to 6 players (1v1, 2v2 and 3v3). The fans can
be accompanied by the AI, their best friend, the neighbor’s kid, or simply join
the lobby and wait for a partner to be found.
A new patch is now live in Heroes of the Storm
, updating Blizzard's MOBA with
a new hero, a new event, and some general changes and fixes.
These patch notes
have all the details on Maiev, the game's newest assassin,
and the Lunar Festival 2018, and
off some of the rewards and cosmetics from the festival. In one more note
related to the game, Blizzard offers
up on the matchmaking and placement issues that plagued the launch of the
current ranked season in HotS, as well as another more recent issue affecting
some high-rank players. They apologize for not communicating more on the topic,
and promise a token of gratitude for ranked players. Finally, they provide a
status report on their plan to implement performance-based matchmaking, saying
they are waiting for "the meta to solidify a little more" before re-enabling
this feature. Continue here to read the full story
Publisher Curve Digital and developer Solar Sail Games announce Smoke and
, a survival RPG coming this year to Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox
One, and Switch. Here's a
revealing the game and its "darker truth," and here are some details
on the project:
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London-based independent studio, Solar Sail Games today
announced that Smoke and Sacrifice, their beautiful, hand-animated story of
motherhood and survival will be released on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
and Xbox One in 2018. Set to be published by Curve Digital, players assume the
role of Sachi, a young mother on a quest to discover the fate of her child. The
game takes place in a darkly fantastical world where grotesque plantlife and
animals roam and harsh societal customs rule. Taking cues from modern survival
classics, Smoke and Sacrifice evolves the genre with its deeply personal story
and complex ecosystem. Creatures forage, mate, breed and prey on one another,
creating a living world. Only by taming the game’s wilds can Sachi hope to
unravel the mystery at the heart of Smoke and Sacrifice.
Link of the Day:
Falcon Heavy Launches Tesla Roadster and "Starman" Into Space
Live Views of Starman
"Switch on the TV we may pick him up on channel two." Thanks The Flying Penguin.
post on the Battlefield Website
has an update on EA's ongoing battle against
Battlefield 1 cheaters. They address concerns they've heard voiced by players
and talk about current and future efforts to weed out miscreants. Here's a bit:
State of Play: Removing Cheaters
Over the past six months, we’ve steadily ramped up our anti-cheat efforts,
working closely with the FairFight team to detect and remove more cheaters than
ever before. In October alone, we sanctioned over 8,500 accounts. Since then,
instances of cheating have declined. While we have made significant gains, we
still can do more.
Improvements to FairFight In-game Messaging
Battlefield 1 veterans may remember the global messaging that was sent every
time FairFight had acted against a player. As we ramped up our efforts against
cheaters, these messages became a distraction from other in-game discussions,
and they were disabled a few months ago based on your feedback. However, our
communication about this created some questions. Going forward, our
communication will be more clear, transparent, and proactive.
Soon, you’ll see a new form of FairFight messaging. This will condense the
combined bans from the last 24 hours into a single in-game post, sent every few
How and When a Player Gets Sanctioned
We saw a rise in the number of social media posts claiming FairFight had banned
players incorrectly after the October ban wave mentioned above. However, we are
confident that our detection methods produce accurate results. Cheat developers
may be attempting to manipulate players’ minds about anti-cheat tools, and to
leverage detection information from game developers.
A common misconception regarding FairFight is that higher skilled players are
more likely to get sanctioned due to their improved match stats. This is not
correct; it is not possible to be banned simply for being skilled.
an unconfirmed rumor of layoffs at Capcom Vancouver,
attributing the news to "a person familiar with the company as well as various
posts on social media." Their source tells them that this will affect the scope
of an unannounced upcoming Dead Rising game, which they say "had been
over-scoped and under-staffed." They also say another unannounced game was
cancelled along the way:
Capcom has laid off a significant number of staff
in its Vancouver office as part of a shift that saw the company cancel an
unannounced project and cut scope on the next Dead Rising, according to a person
familiar with the company as well as various posts on social media.
The source, who spoke anonymously so as not to risk their career, said around 50
people were laid off as part of a reorganization aimed to streamline the company
and wrangle the next Dead Rising, which had been over-scoped and under-staffed
(as many video games are).
Paradox Interactive announces Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia, a new
expansion they are calling an "immersion pack" for their grand strategy sequel.
They say this is "coming soon," and to tide over eager fans, offer
teasing the Anglo-centric content. Here are the details:
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Great empires look ahead. Keep your traditions in mind, yes, but the past
should be a guide, not a fetter. Break from the old faith. Break from centuries
of squabbling on the continent. Break from old modes of production. Stride
boldly into a future of new science and power guaranteed by our sails, backed by
our army. Rule, Britannia.
Rule Britannia is a new immersion pack for Europa Universalis IV. Immersion
packs are designed to add greater depth and focus to the historical legacy of a
particular region and Rule Britannia takes the history of the British Isles as
Rule Britannia’s features include:
- New British Missions: New exclusive Mission
Trees for England, Scotland and Ireland,
- Industrial Revolution: Highly developed
provinces may produce coal in the late game, fueling higher productivity and
- Innovativeness: Earn rewards for being the
first nation to unlock new knowledge, including lower power costs.
- Naval Doctrine: Adopt a general strategy
for your fleets, giving you bonuses to ship maintenance, trade power or
- Anglicanism: A new Protestant faith can
appear in England with new bonuses and religious choices.
- Knowledge Sharing: Help your lagging allies
or subjects by promoting the spread of institutions in their realms.
- Trade Steering: Force your defeated
enemies' merchants to fill your coffers.
Rule Britannia’s game improvements are packaged with
- New Unit Pack: New army designs for British
nations, including regional Irish units and revolting nations like
Northumberland or Cornwall, as well as new music.
- New Music: Our composers have been hard at
work writing new songs to quiet the stormy seas of commerce.
PUBG Corporation tweets
to announce a delay to the rollout of
next steps in their
anti-cheat system for PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
. Word is: "PC players, the patch for the anti-cheat update has
been delayed, as an unexpected issue has occurred while testing its
compatibility. We will soon update you when it will be released. Thank you for
your understanding." They follow-up
that they have manually blocked ReShade, and that players will need to uninstall
that, and may need to reinstall the game to resume playing. They refer to
As announced, the new anti-cheat solution that was to be applied today has been
However, BattlEye, a part of our anti-cheat solution, has blocked ReShade. For
you to run the game, you must uninstall ReShade. If the game files are already
damaged, you must also reinstall the game.
ReShade not only behaves like a cheat program but can also be used for cheating,
and must therefore be blocked. Please be advised that this is a permanent block.
Obsidian Entertainment has submitted a
for The Outer Worlds
, which may be a hint at their
, who spotted this on the
Official Obsidian Forums
, note that this may be for a game based on an novel
of the same name by E.J. Gilmour. They offer the following description of the
novel from Amazon: "An alien invasion sweeps across the galaxy. The hope of
humanity rests with an exile from an ancient empire and his loyal crew. They
must work together to save the human race from imminent extinction. High
adventure on a galactic scale."
now offers the Blade of Galadriel
story expansion for
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
the Tolkien-inspired action/adventure. This comes along with a free content
update for the base game, which is outlined
in this post
. Here's word on all the new content:
updates available February 6th for Middle-earth: Shadow of War owners,
- Nemesis System Enhancements – Orc Captains
(whether friends or foes) can exhibit new traits and behaviors, adding
further depth to combat encounters and player interactions, such as:
- Tunnel Rat – Orcs can burrow into the
ground and summon Ghûls.
- Sniper Shot – Archers can fire from
great distances with pinpoint accuracy.
- Tremor – Ologs can pound the earth with
tremendous force, staggering nearby threats and heavily damaging
- Gifts of Treasure – Followers can now
bring players the gift of a Treasure Orc, providing even more ways to
earn Gems and Mirian.
- Photo Mode Upgrades – New filters, frames
and styles, along with adjustable expressions and added stickers, giving
players more options for customizing in-game action shots.
- Player Skins – Choose to appear as Talion
or Eltariel in the main story campaign.
- Training Orders Update – Players can now
upgrade their Orc Followers with Training Orders while in the Garrison,
saving time and offering more flexibility in deployment.
- Player Stats Page – New menu for players to
track a variety of in-game statistics, including the number and type of
enemy kills, dominations and betrayals; fortresses conquered and defended;
gear pieces collected and upgraded; and many more.
- Field of View Options – More ways for
players to customize the user interface and scale their field of view.
The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion (Available February 6th)
The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion allows gamers to play as the elite
Elven warrior Eltariel for the first time. Known by her enemies as the Blade of
Galadriel, Eltariel is a deadly assassin working for the Elven Queen, Galadriel,
and has been sent to Mordor for millennia to hunt the Nazgûl.
The following content and features will be added to your game upon purchase of
the Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion. Please note, if you currently own the
Expansion Pass, this content is included with your pass.
The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion includes the following content:
- Play as Eltariel for the first time, an elite
assassin known as the Blade of Galadriel, and go head-to-head with the
newest addition to the ranks of the Nazgûl.
- Wield Eltariel’s dual Elven blades and harness the
Light of Galadriel with a host of deadly new combat abilities, skills and
- Encounter memorable new Nemesis characters, such
as Flint, Tinder and the Slayer of the Dead, while battling the Nazgûl and
learning more mysteries of their past.
- Gain eight unique Legendary Orcs who can return to
join your forces in the main story campaign with new abilities added to the
- Unlock an Eltariel character skin that can be used
in the main story campaign.
Slithering announces the release of five Close Combat
, kicking off a sale on the military
combat franchise. This includes DRM-free versions of two of the more recent
installments along with three of the classics in the series. They explain that
this is the first step in a plan that includes the eventual release of the
In 1996, more than an era ago in the videogames timeline,
Microsoft released a game by developer Atomic Games: the name was Close Combat.
The innovative gameplay mechanics tried to mimic the morale of real-life WWII
soldiers in a way that was never seen before: for the first time players were
confronted with tactical situations that were extremely close to reality.
Fast forward to 2018, over 5 million copies sold and seventeen releases later,
the classic is back with the release of three of the original games and two of
the more recent ones on GoG.com. Close Combat II: A Bridge Too Far, Close
Combat III: The Russian Front & Close Combat IV: Battle of the Bulge will
release alongside the latest two franchise releases: Panthers in the Fog and
Gateway to Caen.
This is only the first step: soon enough the entire series of Close Combat games
will be released on GoG.com.
This event also marks an important milestone as 2018 will see the release of
the new Close Combat. Built in a new engine and brought to modern standards, but
staying true to its core gameplay mechanics that brought the series continued
success, Close Combat The Bloody First is only a few steps away from
"The release of these classics on GoG.com marks an unprecedented celebratory
opportunity for us at Matrix Games", said Iain McNeil, Development Director of
the Slitherine group of companies. "We are looking forward to bringing something
new to the Close Combat franchise while staying true to the roots of this
incredibly successful series".
All games are available on www.gog.com and fully compatible with Windows 7 and
Windows 10, so you can enjoy all their battles on your brand new computer.
II: A Bridge to Far - $ 5.99 and 10% off for a limited time
III: The Russian Front - $ 5.99 and 10% off for a limited time
Combat IV: Battle of the Bulge - $ 5.99 and 10% off for a limited time
Combat: Panthers in the Fog - Only $ 13.99 for a limited time
Gateway to Caen - Only $ 13.99 for a limited time
Close Combat II, III and IV can only be found on GoG.com and they are all DRM
- AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Mobile APU Performance with Raven Ridge on
- Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530 Gaming Mouse on
- Cougar Surpassion Gaming Mouse on
- GamerStorm Baronkase Liquid Case on
- Kinesis Freestyle Edge Gaming Mechanical Keyboard on
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- Ubiquiti Labs AmpliFi Teleport Kit on
Happy Safer Internet Day. Here's what this is about according to
"Safer Internet Day is an international initiative that aims to promote the
positive, responsible, and safe use of the Internet for all, especially children
and young people. The day is going to be celebrated around the world on Tuesday,
February 06, 2018, with the slogan 'Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better
Internet starts with you'."
Frasier's John Mahoney Dead at 77
. Thanks Ant