It’s an exciting time for Rainbow Six Siege. We’re close to the start of Season 4 and the release of Operation White Noise, the upcoming content drop set in Seoul, South Korea. Featuring two new Operators from South Korea’s 707th Special Mission Battalion and one new Operator from Poland’s GROM unit, Operation White Noise also comes with a new map set high above the city’s skyline, in the Mok Myeok observation tower where attackers and defenders will battle it out at higher altitudes than normal.
“The objective for White Noise is to alter the meta and current tactics,” says Alexandre Remy, brand director on Rainbow Six Siege. “We want to have a season that’s about intel and communication.”
Designing new Operators and gadgets that can disrupt prevalent strategies and counter popular Operator picks is a big part what the team of thinks about when planning new content for Rainbow Six Siege, but there are a number of other factors that come into play during the conceptualization phases of a new Operation.
On November 14, For Honor enters Season Four with the launch of Order & Havoc – a new update that adds two new Heroes, two new maps, new modes, and more to the war between Samurai, Vikings, and Knights. And if you haven’t yet jumped onto For Honor’s battlefields to outwit other players with its innovative Art of Battle system, PlayStation Plus members can play for free from November 9-12, giving you a chance to hone your skills ahead of Season Four’s launch.
Headlining Order & Havoc are its new Heroes: the Aramusha, a ronin-like Hybrid for the Samurai faction; and the Shaman, a lightning-fast Assassin for the Vikings. Inspired by historical samurai Miyamoto Musashi, the Aramusha wields dual katanas and is capable at offense and defense, able to chain together fast attacks and counter when the enemy least expects it.
When you’re trying to take down an insidious cult that has gripped a small town in its violent clutches, it’s nice to have a friend along for the ride. That’s why the developers of Far Cry 5 have designed the entire campaign to support co-op play. Whether you’re taking on missions to root out the Project at Eden’s Gate or just cruising the countryside in a pickup while your buddy flies a plane overhead, the vast open world of Montana is more than big enough for the both of you.
Once you’ve completed the intro section of Far Cry 5, all you need to do is send an invite to someone on your Friends list (who has also completed the FC5 intro) to get your co-op session going. Your friend will spawn into your world seamlessly, and the two of you can get busy liberating Hope County. Every mission is playable in co-op, but there are also Challenges and a bevy of other activities you can take on, not to mention simply roaming the open world and causing havoc for the cultists.
The arrival of Assassin’s Creed Origins on October 27 will mark a significant milestone for the series. Not only will the game explore an intriguing new era of history and tell the story of how the Assassin Brotherhood was formed, it will also release almost 10 years to the day after the first Assassin’s Creed launched. In the decade since the series’ inception, Assassin’s Creed games have sold hundreds of millions of copies and changed people’s lives, not least of whom are the developers who worked to bring each game to life. One of the developers that has been with the series since the first game is Jean Guesdon, the Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed Origins. We talked to Guesdon about what it was like to work on that first title, how the series has grown over time, and why now is the right time to take players to Ancient Egypt.
Ghost Recon Wildlands pits you against an entire country’s worth of cartel goons and corrupt security forces, and now there’s a new challenge on the horizon: other players. Ghost War, a new PvP mode coming in a free update for Ghost Recon Wildlands later this fall, pits two four-person fireteams against each other across new, cover-filled maps. And starting September 21, you can get an early taste of the action by joining the open beta, available to all PS Plus subscribers whether they own Ghost Recon Wildlands or not.
Running from 3 AM Pacific on September 21 through 3 AM Pacific on September 25 (with pre-loading beginning at midnight on September 19), the standalone open beta on PS4 features two maps and six available character classes (out of a total 12), and is a perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with the sound markers, suppression mechanics, and other new features Ghost War introduces to encourage stealth and tactical team play.
Rainbow Six Siege is one of the most dynamic and destructive shooters on PS4, and PlayStation Plus members will soon get a chance to try it for free from August 24-27. Any progress you make during the free weekend will carry over when you purchase the full game, which you can do for 50% off between August 24 and September 4.
Yes, it’s true. From August 10-13 you’ll be able to download and play For Honor for free on PS4. Free! This is the full game, mind you — the whole kit and caboodle. It’s all of the intense multiplayer action across five modes, as well as the entire campaign (playable solo or in online co-op) that immerses you in the age-old war among the Knights, the Vikings, and the Samurai. Every map and every hero will be available as you take up arms and test your skills in the innovative melee combat system. And you can get a head start by pre-loading the game beginning on August 7 at 9:00 PM Pacific.
There’s a routine that Irish comedian and Go 8 Bit presenter Dara O’Briain performed a few years ago that’s always stuck with me. It touches on the idea that the average person’s worldview becomes rapidly simplistic the further afield any country in question is from them; a rich culture of peoples and lands boiled down to two or three basic concepts.
As technology progresses and access to the globe and its multi-region, multi-cultural histories are a mere touch screen away, it’s a routine the grain of truth in which gets more shameful as the years past. We should know – I should know – more about our neighbours. And I’m not talking about the ones you can wave at from your backyard.
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