Rainbow Six Siege is Getting a Battle Pass

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is getting a Battle Pass starting with the Year 4 Season 3 and it is titled “Call me Harry”.

Call me Harry is a mini-battle pass that will be free for all players. This battle pass will last for 7 days with the end reward of a chibi Harry charm. This mini-battle pass will launch with the Embers Rise update.

A proper Battle Pass will also come to the come to the game in Year 4 Season 4 with a free and a “premium” variant. While you can unlock items in the free variant the premium variant will probably have exclusive items. The battle pass will also use Dr.  Harishva “Harry” Pandey as the narrator who will shed more light into the world of Rainbow 6 and its operators through comic books and other media.

This announcement has left a bad taste in the mouth of most of the Rainbow 6 community. There’s a lot of bugs that haven’t been fixed yet and on top of already paying for the game and different operators, they’re now also adding a paid battle pass to the game. The game now feels choke-full of microtransactions.

In free games like Fortnite, it is understandable and in PUBG, it’s also somewhat understandable as every season brings in a new Season Pass but the only thing you pay for in that are skins, that too if you want to.  In R6, you pay for the game and then if you don’t want to grind a bunch, you also have to pay for operators. And then you have microtransactions for Skins like in most games along with a Battle Pass now which has really ticked off most people.

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NVIDIA RTX On: New Wave of Blockbuster Games Showcase Ray Tracing at Gamescom

Marking the ray-tracing revolution sweeping across the video game industry, NVIDIA and its partners kicked off Gamescom 2019 on Monday by premiering blockbuster games that support ray tracing and giving a first look at ray-traced effects in a series of previously announced, highly anticipated
AAA titles.

The games, which include established mega-franchises, highly anticipated sequels, new franchises and more, were showcased at a special invitation-only event in Cologne.

“In the year since NVIDIA made it possible to achieve real-time ray tracing in games, this revolutionary technology has been embraced across the industry,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “Looking at the number of games, the big-name franchises and the breathtaking visuals at our  Gamescom 2019 event, it’s clear that ray tracing has arrived and
is truly the way forward for game development.”

New games supporting ray tracing include:

● Dying Light 2 – The highly anticipated open world action RPG Dying Light 2, the next installment to the franchise with over 17 million players, will feature real-time ray tracing, taking immersion in the world of the infected set within a Modern Dark Age to the next level.

● Metro Exodus – The Two Colonels downloadable content (DLC) – Metro Exodus’ use of global illumination made it a showcase title for ray tracing. Now, NVIDIA, 4A Games and Deep Silver are adding ray-traced global illumination with emissive lighting via the upcoming The Two Colonels DLC. Attendees can play the upcoming The Two Colonels DLC for the first time.

● Minecraft – Minecraft is the world’s best-selling video game. Together, NVIDIA and game developer Mojang are adding a form of ray tracing known as path tracing for the Windows 10 version of the game. Upon release of the game update, Minecraft players will be able to build, create and explore their Minecraft worlds in stunning realism with real-time ray tracing. They can immerse themselves in realistic lighting and vibrant colors enabled by global illumination, realistic water that reflects and refracts naturally and emissive textures that now light up their world. Attendees can play Minecraft with real-time ray tracing at Gamescom and capture their gameplay to share.

● SYNCED: Off-Planet – Tencent’s flagship games development studio has partnered with NVIDIA to unveil its inaugural AAA game featuring ray-tracing technology. Previously unannounced, SYNCED: Off-Planet is a brand new franchise that will use ray-traced reflections and shadows in a new twist on PvPvE that has players fighting each other while surviving 1,000+ “Nano Zombies.” Attendees can play the game and capture their gameplay to share.

In addition, NVIDIA and its development partners are premiering several ray-traced games that are unveiling ray-traced effects for the first time, including:

● Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® – One of the most critically acclaimed, best-
selling game franchises of all time, the Call of Duty team at Activision revealed
that the newest installment in the fan-favorite Modern Warfare series will
feature real-time ray tracing on PC. Awarded “Best Online Multiplayer” by Game Critics Best of E3 2019, the new blockbuster title launches worldwide on Oct. 25. Attendees of the Gamescom NVIDIA event can finally get hands-on play with the highly anticipated game, and capture PC gameplay featuring ray-traced shadows to share.

● Control – A showcase for ray-traced graphics, Control ships Aug. 27 and is a
GeForce RTX™ bundle title. Control was nominated for Game Critics Awards in the Best Original Game, Best PC Game and Best Action/Adventure Game
categories. The game supports NVIDIA DLSS technology as well as ray-traced
reflections, shadows and global illumination, and will be one of the first games
to support multiple ray tracing effects. Attendees can play the game and
capture gameplay to share.

● Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 – Considered one of the five biggest announcements at GDC 2019 by IGN, attendees to NVIDIA’s event receive a guided presentation of the highly anticipated Vampire RPG that features ray-traced reflections.

● Watch Dogs: Legion – With more than 60 awards and nominations received at E3 2019, including Game Critics Best Action/Adventure Game, the newest
installment in the Watch Dogs series will feature ray tracing. Attendees get a
chance to experience the GeForce RTX title first-hand with ray-traced
reflections.

● Wolfenstein®: Youngblood™ – Nominated for E3 Game Critics’ Awards in the
Best PC Game, Best Online Multiplayer game and Best Action Game categories, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the second GeForce RTX bundle title at Gamescom. Attendees can experience the game with the addition of ray-traced reflections.

Ray tracing is also featured in can’t-miss demos at Gamescom 2019, including Cyberpunk 2077, winner of hundreds of awards, and a game Gamespot calls “one of the most anticipated games of the decade.” Cyberpunk 2077’s Gamescom demo features real-time ray tracing. Gameplay presentations happen every 30 minutes throughout the day in the CD PROJEKT RED booth in the Gamescom Entertainment Area (Hall 6, Booth C049). Attendees can watch the game being played live by members of the dev team.

Real-time ray tracing is changing the way games are created and dramatically increases the image quality they can achieve. Ray tracing is built upon a robust ecosystem that includes industry-standard application programming interfaces, support in an array of popular and private game engines, and games from the biggest publishers for their most anticipated titles.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs are the only GPUs capable of playing games with real-time raytracing.

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Minecraft is Officially Getting Ray Tracing

Minecraft, the legendary game that took over the world a couple of years ago with its simplistic graphics and simple yet deep gameplay is about to become one of the most graphically intense games, officially.

Minecraft is getting official support for Ray Tracing which means you won’t need shaders to get that Ray Tracing goodness. Plus with Nvidia partnering with Microsoft for this means that it’s going to be somewhat optimized. However, you will need a GPU with Ray Tracing support to be able to play it.

Also, this will be available on the Windows version of the game and not the Java version. So if you want to try ray tracing on the Java version, shaders seem to be the only way as of now.

After the cancellation of the old Super Duper Graphics Pack for Xbox recently many were left upset after the way it was advertised at E3. They stated that they were building a whole new model for lighting and textures which turned out to be harder than they expected. Maybe they dropped it because of this. And maybe, this will be available on the Xbox Scarlett.

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Epic Games Store Free Games of the Week- Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

With another week comes another set of free games from the Epic Games Store and this week we’ve got two really fantastic post-apocalyptic RPG titles. These games will be available from 14th August till 22nd August so make sure to get them.

Hyper Light Drifter

Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best 16­bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.

Drifters of this world are the collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories. Our Drifter is haunted by an insatiable illness, traveling further into the lands of Buried Time, hoping to discover a way to quiet the vicious disease.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

The humans are all gone. Scavenging through the remains of civilization are the Mutants, deformed humanoids and animals alike, searching for salvation or just something to eat. To survive, you and your companions must venture out to explore the Zone.

Maybe one day you will find the Eden of legends, the ancients’ haven in the middle of hell. That’s where truth awaits, the stories say. Maybe you will find your answers there.

Both games are available now and will be replaced by Fez from 22nd August onwards.

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Need for Speed Heat Trailer Out Now! Releases on 8th November

Need for Speed Heat is the new upcoming game Need for Speed title developed by Ghost Games which aims to bring that Miami vibe to the street racing scene.

The game seems to have taken inspiration from Need for Speed 2015 as seen from the gameplay footage with the camera closing in on the car when drifting. There’s a day and night cycle and police chases make a return to the game. You’re a racer and you will be chased by a rogue police force hell-bent on taking you down.

There seems to be a lot of focus on customization and also on outplaying the police. It aims to take the game back to its roots, the roots that once made the game famous.

The game releases on November 8th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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Batman “Project Sabbath”: The Cancelled Batman Beyond Game

After Batman Arkham Knight there were rumours of a Batman Beyond game and most reports said that WB Games, the devs behind Batman Arkham Origin would be working on it. Well, it was happening until it got scrapped. But, we’ve got concept art of what the game would’ve looked like.

canceled arkham knight sequel

The game would’ve followed Damian Wayne with an Older Bruce being his mentor. It would’ve been heavily inspired by Batman Beyond but there seems to be no sign of Terry McGinnis, the actual Batman Beyond.

It would be set in a run-down Gotham which seemed to have been overrun by villains. Two-Face would have returned, this time as a Judge. Poison Ivy and Penguin would also return along with a new Female Black Mask while Gorilla Grodd would also show up.

In terms of allies, Dick Grayson who is Nightwing was also supposed to be in the game but we don’t know in what capacity. For transportation, Damian would use a Batbike to travel across a Gotham that looks way worse than it did in Arkham Knight.

Something that was interesting and something that people did want from new Arkham games was the Nemesis System from Shadow of Mordor which was confirmed. In this cancelled game, if Batman lost to a group of enemies, the Batwing would pick him up and the enemy would gain notoriety in his gang.

All of this, however, was scrapped but they also tried a Superman and Suicide Squad game. They are working on some sort of a Batman game which people seem to think is going to be based on the Court of Owls storyline. This rumour has slowly gained popularity because devs and people working on the game have been teasing images with Owls and even going as far as putting up a post with a Court of Owls logo t-shirt.

All of the information about “Project Sabbath” comes from a poster on 4Chan who also posted the images so take it with a grain of salt but it does line-up with previously known information. You can check out the full album here or on the link below.

4Chan Link

Imgur Gallery Link

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Saints Row is Going to Return Soon!

All you fans of the third street Saints can rejoice because the Saints Row series is finally going to return and we have official confirmation of it.

In THQ Nordic’s recent Financial Report, they’ve talked about a lot of things and one of the things they’ve talked about is Saints Row. It’s not just that they want to start making a new Saints Row game but rather, the developers for the series, Volition, is already deep in development of a brand-new game.

This game is going to be the first full entry since Saints Row IV which released in 2013. We don’t if it’ll be a sequel or a reboot like a lot of popular titles that have returned these days. Saints Row IV had a very weird ending, even the “True” ending. The spin-off game Saints Row: Gat out of Hell also has multiple endings one of which reset the whole universe so maybe they’ll use that to start fresh.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Saints Row series, the first title started off as gangster story, which seemingly was heavily inspired by GTA. The 2nd game also focused on gangster life and was much more serious tonally. Saints Row 3 is when things started to go a bit off the rails and it got it’s wackiness and Saints Row 4 turned that wackiness up to 100.

They were great games and have a lot of fan following so we’re glad to see that they’ll be making a return and we’re very excited to see where the story goes from here and how or if they handle the events of the previous games.

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Fortnite World Cup Winner Gets SWAT Called on Him

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf the 16-year-old who won the Solo Fortnite World Cup along with $3 Million recently, had his place of residence hit by a SWAT team while he was live-streaming.

 

Bugha was in the middle of a Fornite Livestream when he was swatted. You can hear him ask his father “I got swatted?” after which he left the stream and upon returning told his friends about what had just transpired. They entered his home with guns pointed and ready but thankfully, one of the officers was from the neighbourhood and recognized him.

This is not something new and has happened to various live streamers in the past. Swatting is the act of calling the SWAT on someone under false pretenses and is done to “prank” a person. Various well-known streamers and YouTubers have been swatted in the past and once it ended in tragedy as Andrew Finch was killed during one such attempt after a man decided to Swat someone but gave them the wrong address.

Swatting is a really cowardly thing to do and is not funny and we hope that people realize that sooner or later because things can get out of hand really quickly. We hope that whoever did call in the Swat also gets found and punished.

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Borderlands 3 will not have Preloading on Epic Games Store

If you’re excited about Borderlands 3 and are looking forward to playing the game the moment it launches on PC, you might sadly have to wait a bit longer. Especially if you have a slow internet connection.


The Epic Games Store won’t let you preload the game because they supposedly don’t have the support for it. They’ve been under a lot of fire because of their exclusivity deals and most people aren’t happy about it. Especially after they realized that Epic Games has support for pre-loading but won’t have it for Borderlands 3.


According to Tim Sweeney, they haven’t done it for Borderlands 3 because they aren’t certain if they will be able to support the demands of a game like Borderlands 3. So maybe they’re just trying to not risk it because they’re not sure if it’ll work well and don’t want to end up having issues with it and then catching more flak for it.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s a bit of a bummer for people who have slow internet connections because they will have to wait till the day of the release to be able to download the game. Depending on their connection, this could take days because, in a lot of places, internet speeds are still slow.

At least they have the functionality according to their Trello board so hopefully, they can start using it for bigger games that they’ve made exclusive to their platform.

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Jio Set-Up Box To Provide Console-Like Gaming at 4K?

At their recent 42nd Annual General Meeting of Reliance Industries Limited, they announced the launch of a 4K set-up box for entertainment and gaming purposes.

This set-up box will enable people to not only enjoy entertainment services but will also people to play games from Microsoft on this set-up box. As an example, Akash Ambani played FIFA 19 on stage to showcase its abilities. They also stated that the set-up box will support “almost all gaming controllers” and that it has a built-in graphics card. They also advertised a “zero-latency gaming experience” with the help of their Jio Fibre.

Now I’m not sure if they’re going to be streaming games or playing them on the set-up box since if they’re streaming it they don’t really need a high-end graphics card. It is also not known what device was used to showcase the game since the footage could’ve been taken from a PC or an Xbox One.

They’re working with game publishers like Microsoft, Tencent, Riot, and even Gameloft but surprisingly not EA since they decided to use an EA game to showcase it’s gaming abilities.

This set-up box is also capable of Mixed Reality experiences which they claimed could be used for “shopping, entertainment, and education”. A startup named Tesseract will be working on creating the Jio HoloBoard as their native MR-Headset. This specifications of this headset are not yet known but they want to release it to the market very soon at an “extremely affordable price”.

Now before people start calling Reliance and Jio the bastion of Indian Gaming and are going to move it forward just keep in mind that they don’t really care about gaming. To them, it’s just another market where they can make insane amounts of money. We don’t even know how their “console-like” experience works. It might just be an Android machine running some sort of a streaming service in the back to run the games.

It’s no Google Stadia, it’s no Microsoft xCloud(as of now, they have partnered with Microsoft though) and we don’t really know how they’ll give people a zero-latency 4K gaming experience. I’m very skeptical about the gaming capabilities of this device and about how they’re going to use their platform for gaming.

The Jio Giber services will be available from September 5th and those who subscribe to the annual plan will get the Set-Up Box for free. Prices for this product have not been announced yet.

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