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Lawbreakers Beta Releases Today on Steam and PS4

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The final Lawbreakers beta has launched, playable all weekend until the 31st. Developed by BossKey Productions, Lawbreakers offers “gravity-defying-combat” in an objective-based arena shooter.

In game, two teams of five square off, one team making up the “Law,” the other making up the “Breakers.” Play as one of nine roles, each role having a specific character for the Law side and the Breakers side.

Your first choice can be to play the role of Assassin, a high mobility close quarters character with dual wielded blades and a sidearm shotgun. Dash through the map and split apart enemies with a pulse grenade, then move in for the kill.

The Battlemedic is a healer class with a grenade launcher, complete with healing support drones and a hoverpack to increase mobility and strafe away from incoming damage.

The Enforcer comes with a high-powered assault rifle, a shoulder-mounted rocket, an electromagnetic charge to disrupt enemy abilities, and a distortion field to speed up teammates.

The Gunslinger dual wields accurate pistols, has throwing knives and can teleport to close the distance between themselves and the enemy.

The Harrier is equipped with a laser gun, jetpack boots, and a supercharger to heal and power up teammates. Take advantage of her omnidirectional mobility to position yourself in a spot to do damage with her long-range beam.

The Juggernaut is Lawbreakers’ tank, where players can drop shields, charge into enemies, and do close-range damage with their pump-shotgun.

Quake fans will love the Titan, who uses a rocket launcher to deal huge damage to the enemy team. Rocket jump, slam the ground with a Crush ability, and slow enemy movements with neutron mines with this projectile-based character.

The Vanguard is equipped with a Gatling Gun, grenade clusters, and can dive bomb onto enemies from high in the air.

Wraith is another mobility character, who can run about the map with a full-auto pistol and knife, dealing quick damage to unsuspecting enemies.

The game modes of Lawbreakers should interest players as well, with four current objective game types. Overcharge is a capture-the-flag like game mode, where a team has to secure a battery in the middle of the map, and defend it as it charges in their base. The battery doesn’t lose charge, so if it’s stolen the enemy team gets all the charge the other team accumulated. Uplink is similar, except it features a satellite dish instead of a battery, and team base retains a charge, but the satellite doesn’t. Turf War is Lawbreakers’ domination game mode, where teams have to control three points across a map. In Blitzball, teams have to get to a ball in the center of the map and escort it to the other team’s base. The ball itself is voiced by Rick and Morty Co-Creator Justin Roiland.

Thew Lawbreakers beta is available now! Visit their site here for more information. The game launches August 8th!

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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