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Operation Blood Orchid Live on Test Servers, Patch Notes Released

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Rainbow Six Siege Patch 3.0 is currently available to preload on the Technical Test Server. The patch mainly features the new season of Operation Blood Orchid as well as the finishing touches on the Health Program. Players can expect a bevy of new content and gameplay improvements in this upcoming patch.

Per Ubisoft’s blog post, “In Operation Blood Orchid, two Special Duties Unit Operators join Team Rainbow to raid Theme Park. This third season will showcase a reworking of the Operators and maps following an optimization of our data, namely a rework of textures, polished dynamic and static lighting, richer sky domes, new customization, and much more.”

Aside from the major additions of Ying, Lesion, and Ela as operators, as well as the new map Theme Park, the Health Program brings countless updates to the game, like much needed lighting improvements and upgraded servers.

The upgrading of lighting issues also comes with shading upgrades, making the maps and characters themselves appear more realistic. “Facial rigging” also promises more consistent reactions. The team is also working on hit registration and high ping inconsistencies, making 1v1 situations more consistent, giving the advantage to those with better connections.

Higher speed defense operators now lose their ACOG scopes, as the team felt it was too easy to peek out on attackers from distance and relocate quickly. Weapon damage falloff is also being addressed, and many weapon’s clip sizes are being increased slightly. Players can now deploy two drones at once, unlike previously where deploying a second would destroy the first.

Ranked play is also adding a map rotation, a total of nine altogether, the same rotation used in pro league play. The maps are: Bank, Clubhouse, Oregon, Kafe, Consulate, Chalet, Border, Coastline, and Skyscraper. Casual mode is also getting a map rotation, so some maps will not be playable in matchmaking anymore. The team says some of these maps are getting reworked, with the possibility that some will be removed from the game altogether down the line. The two maps currently unavailable are Yatch and Favela.

There are also a few operator bug fixes in the works, like a more consistent sledgehammer for Sledge and IQ’s gadget being able to read Echo’s arm pad.

The full list of fixes and improvements in on the Ubisoft devblog. The patch is set to release September 5th.

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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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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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