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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Battle Royale Details?

A post on Reddit has the results of some datamining in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare that apparently reveals details about the game's battle royale mode, which is expected next year. This includes a lot of information, which remains unconfirmed at this time. Here's a portion of a handy summary posted on Eurogamer:
The leak reveals a full list of zones and points of interest, perks and killstreaks. The default options set the player count at 200, with modes for solo, duos and squads of four.

As players have already pointed out, Modern Warfare's battle royale map includes the huge Ground War and Spec Ops maps inside it. It's massive, then, but so it should be if we're looking at a 200-player experience.

There's an interesting-sounding respawn mechanic. Respawn Tokens can be looted (after you use one they're disabled for you). To respawn a teammate you have to burn your Respawn Token and drag their body to the Ambulance. This enters them into the Gulag queue (at some point in the match the Gulag closes, thus preventing respawns).

The Gulag sounds cool - this prison camp gives players the chance to get back into the match by winning a 1v1 fight. Players in the Gulag queue spectate the players currently fighting in the Gulag, with a countdown showing how long you have left before it's your turn to fight.

Rogue Company Alpha Signups

Hi-Rez Expo 2019 is currently underway in Atlanta, GA, offering a gathering of fans of the company's games. A post on the PlayStation.Blog rounds up some new details revealed at the show, with news about SMITE; Paladins; and Rogue Company, their recently revealed multiplayer shooter. Included is this trailer with developer commentary about Rogue Company and word that they are accepting signups on the Rogue Company Website from those interested in participating in alpha testing that will begin soon. There's also a new Paladins Cinematic Trailer and a new SMITE Heimdallr Reveal Trailer showing the MOBA's next god and a SMITE Cinematic showing off the battle pass for the SMITE RWBY Update. Here's what they have to say about Rogue Company:
This action tactical shooter is the newest game from Hi-Rez Studios, developed by First Watch Games. Industry veterans have banded together to create a thrilling world of shadow governments, mercenary organizations, and electrifying, competitive shooter combat for all players.

The fast-paced, objective based gameplay of Rogue Company carves out a new niche in the world of shooters. You’ll skydive into diverse battlegrounds from across the globe, and face off in round-based combat. Rogue Company will host a variety of 2v2 and 4v4 game modes for all skill levels.

Choose from a number of different elite operatives with their own unique loadout. Unleash game-changing abilities and gadgets, but live or die by your shooting skills. Between rounds, unlock new weapons, upgrade perks, or purchase gadgets to augment your playstyle.
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Hardware Reviews

  • MyDigitalSSD SBXe 480GB NVMe on TweakTown.
  • OnLogic Karbon 700: Passively-Cooled, Up To 8 Core - 16 Thread Industrial & Rugged PC on Phoronix.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC Gamer.
  • SteelSeries Apex Pro Mechanical Keyboard on Mad Shrimps.
  • V-Color PRISM II RGB DDR4-3600 MHz CL18 2x8 GB RAM on TechPowerUp.

Out of the Blue

I'm a little sore today after putting away yesterday's delivery of wood pellets for our pellet stove. It feels like I carried a ton of them, which is not the typical exaggerative use of that term, as there was literally a ton of them. I've lugged around these 40 lb bags before with no issue, but it turned out that hauling 50 of them through the house added up to a bit of actual exercise, at least for a desk jockey like myself. Just the latest reminder I should be more active, as well as the latest reminder that I seem to be good at ignoring such reminders when they pop up. I'll have to actually work on that.

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