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Leak Confirms Three New Operators for Rainbow Six Siege Operation Blood Orchid

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With the final phase of Operation Health rolling out, the developers of Rainbow Six Siege have announced the next Season of competitive play: Operation Blood Orchid. The update comes with a brand new map and three new operators. The operators have not been officially announced, but Redditor tpwpjun20 leaked screenshots of the operators themselves, their names, and their abilities.

Operation Blood Orchid brings players to a theme park in Hong Kong, with two operators from the S.D.U. (Special Duties Unit). One is Ying, an attack operator. She uses the Candela, which is a “cluster of flash charges that can either be anchored on surfaces or rolled out as a grenade.”

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Lesion, a defense operator, takes advantage of Gu, which are “cloaked toxic mines injecting a compound which injures opponents and limits their speed.

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Ubisoft is also introducing a Polish operator, from the Military Unit GROM. At 30 years old, Ela is one of Rainbow’s youngest recruits. She uses a Grzmot Mine, “concussion mines that can be anchored on surfaces, imparing hearing and causing a dizzying effect.”

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In a dev blog post, Ubisoft also revealed their plans for the remainder of Operation Health. “We will also make a final push for our Operation Health by having optimized and streamlined the memory footprint used for our maps and Operators, making room for the upcoming year. This involves reworking textures, improving dynamic and static lighting, updating our Sky models and the Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF), and much more.”

More information will be revealed at the Pro League finals on August 26th, including Operator details and new customization items. Operation Blood Orchid is set to release Tuesday, August 29th. Like usual, however, players with the season pass will be the only ones able to use the operators for the first week. All other players will have to wait until September 5th to purchase them with R6 Credits or Renown.

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To keep Apex Legends running for an additional “10 to 15 years,” Respawn opens a third studio

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Apex Legends developer Respawn has created a third studio in order to keep the popular battle royale genre running for another “10 to 15 years”. Madison, Wisconsin is where the new studio is situated.

This third studio (the first two being headquartered in Los Angeles and Vancouver) will largely focus on Apex Legends in order to ensure a continuous and, most importantly, sustainable production pipeline. It may, however, contribute to other Respawn products in the future. Ryan Burnett, who previously served as director of engine production at Epic Games and had a distinguished 14-year career at Raven Software, the Call of Duty Studio, will serve as the studio’s head.

Senior VP of operations at Respawn, Daniel Suarez, claims in-depth in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz that “Because we intend to stick with this for the long haul, team health is unquestionably a top priority for us. We’re eager to see Apex become a franchise that endures for ten, fifteen, or more years because we think it will. We can’t just accomplish everything at once, exhaust ourselves, and be unprepared to do it over the long run.”

Consistency (as well as adequate production runway) are essential to make Apex Legends’ 90-day turnaround for new seasons of content realistic. Suarez observes that the introduction of new characters to the game takes a lot longer than you might anticipate “It takes us between a year and a year and a half to become proficient in a Legend. We are therefore making preparations well in advance.”

Only a few weeks ago, parent company EA fired more than 200 Apex Legends quality assurance testers in an impromptu Zoom call, raising concerns among some fans about the game’s future.

Do you support Respawn’s decision to open a third studio? Do you believe Apex Legends will still be around in 15 years?

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On the PS5, Kingdom Eighties brings micromanagement and vintage nostalgia

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Kingdom Eighties, a micro-strategy game coming out for the PS5 in 2023, is a loving tribute to that legendary time period.Eighties will be a stand-alone novel like earlier books in the Kingdom series, such as Two Crowns or New Lands.

You take on the role of the leader, a camp counselor tasked with protecting the village against enigmatic creatures known as greed. Bike around the neighborhood with youngsters like The Champ, The Tinkerer, and The Wiz, who will support you in combat and each contribute something unique to the table while doing your best Stranger Things impressions.

Your thoughts about Kingdom Eighties Have you played any of the other Kingdom games?

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Currently available on PS5, PS4, and 18 more PS + Extra, premium games

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Just now, another great update for PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium came out.There are 17 titles in all that are available for these higher membership tiers in March, which is a wonderful collection that should have something for everyone. In Europe, these games are now available for download on the PS5 and PS4, and they will soon be released in North America.

Here is a list of everything included as a reminder:

PS Plus Extra: March 2023

  • Tchia (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) | Review
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Rainbow Six Extraction (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (PS5) | Review
  • Life is Strange True Colors (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Life is Strange 2 (PS4) | Review
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (PS4) | Review
  • Street Fighter V Champion Edition (PS4) | Review
  • Untitled Goose Game (PS4) | Review
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PS4) | Review
  • RAGE 2 (PS4) | Review
  • NEO: The World Ends With You (PS4) | Review
  • Haven (PS5, PS4) | Review

PS Plus Premium: March 2023

  • Ridge Racer Type 4 (PS1) | Review
  • Ape Academy 2 (PSP)
  • Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (PSP)

Tchia, an independent open-world adventure, debuts on PlayStation Plus Extra on the first day of this month. In addition to everything else mentioned above, members will also have access to this endearing new game. The three classic games mentioned above are also available to PS Plus Premium subscribers. Both Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Ape Academy 2 provide a set of trophies, which is always a welcome extra.

According to our most recent poll, the majority of you are happy with the new games and oldies that were added to the catalog this month, and we don’t blame you. It’s a fantastic choice. With these more recent membership tiers, Sony seems to be finding its footing after a somewhat poor start.

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