Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 changes detailed after Ubisoft takes Criticism from Fans

Ubisoft have released more details of the changes coming to TiX favourite Rainbow Six Siege. However, these changes have created discussion amongst the veteran community which has led to Ubisoft changing their plans.

The first major update in Year 3 will be the introduction of a four week limited time event called Outbreak. An infestation of unknown origin is attacking the small town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. The danger is so high that the authorities quarantined the entire town, trapping civilians and soldiers inside. Very little information is filtering out, but the only certainty is that the situation is dire. Outbreak is a four-week event where all Rainbow Six owners will be able to team-up with two of their friends to take on a mysterious threat. This free event will begin with the launch of the Year 3 Season 1 title update. Within the duration of the 4 weeks event, an exclusive collection of cutting edge HazMat cosmetic will be available. This gear will be found in the Outbreak Packs.

The Outbreak Collection is composed of a total of 50 unique items, and no duplicates. What this means is, if you acquire 50 Outbreak Packs, Ubisoft guarantee that you will have the entire Collection, including the Elite Uniform. They will contain universal weapon skins, unique weapon skins, headgear, uniforms, charms, as well as an Outbreak Collection exclusive of this season’s Elite Uniform. While there is a unique variation of the Elite Uniform available in the Outbreak Packs, the standard version of this Elite Uniform will be available for direct purchase once the event has started. All items in the pack will be either Rare, Epic, Legendary, and there will not be any content overlap between the Outbreak Packs and the Alpha Packs.

The Outbreak Packs can only be acquired for 300 R6 Credits each. That being said, a few other Outbreak rewards will be available through game play, and will be awarded based on other criteria to be disclosed at a later date.

All players that log in during the Outbreak Event will receive four Outbreak Packs immediately. For those of you who are new to the game and purchase the Advanced Edition before or during the Outbreak Event, you will receive the 10 packs that are included in the Advanced Edition, plus the four for logging in during the event. If you purchase the Advanced Edition after the event is over, you will still receive the 10 Outbreak Packs.

The Outbreak Collection will contain cosmetic gear for the following Operators: Two Chimera Operators, Smoke, Ying, Buck, Kapkan, Hibana, Zofia, Fuze, Ash, Doc, Thermite, Tachanka & Glaz.

There were also plans to change the way new players can get into Siege, with the removal of the Standard edition from sale, and the introduction of the Advanced edition, which is largely the same.

Starter Edition – Starter Edition of Rainbow Six Siege remains unchanged. It continues to be only available on PC and comes with access to all Rainbow Six Siege content: modes, maps, weapon options, level progression, and 600 Rainbow Six Credits, which can be used to purchase operators or cosmetics. The main difference between the Starter Edition and any other edition is that it takes an extended amount of time to unlock the 20 original Operators. The 20 original Operators cost 12,500 Renown each with the Starter Edition.

Advanced Edition – You will notice that the Standard Edition is no longer available. The Standard Edition has been replaced with the Advanced Edition. The Advanced Edition comes with all of the content that the Standard Edition had – access to all Rainbow Six Siege content: modes, maps, weapon options, level progression and the standard amount of time required to unlock the original 20 Operators. As an added benefit, the Advanced Edition comes with 600 Rainbow Six Credits, and 10 Outbreak Collection Packs.

Gold Edition – The Year 2 Gold Edition has been retired now that we are entering Year 3. The new Gold Edition will contain all of the content in the Advanced Edition, as well as a Year 3 pass.

Complete Edition – Given that we have a third year of content coming, we will also be making a change to the Complete Edition. It will now come with all content included in the Advanced Edition, the Year 1 and Year 2 Operators unlocked, and the Year 3 Pass.

As previously stated these changes have not gone down well within the community, with particular anger around the Outbreak packs only being available for 300 R6 Credits each. This means that there is no opportunity to be awarded these packs through gameplay only, which seems like a huge mis-step from Ubisoft. They have also reversed the decision to remove the standard edition from sale, and it will now still be available.

In a quote, Ubisoft have said;

“Our passionate and dedicated fans are the reason why Rainbow Six Siege is a success, especially the ones who have been with us from Day 1. Following yesterday’s announcement, we have seen the frustration from our veteran players rise to the top of the discussion. Below you will find our next steps for addressing these concerns.

For our veteran players, any of you that play an online match between now and March 6th will receive the upcoming Ash Sidewinder Elite skin for free. The Ash Sidewinder Elite will be automatically granted to your inventory at the launch of Year 3 Season 1.

For our newcomers and those of you concerned about introducing your friends to the game, we will be keeping the Standard Edition in the store at the current price.

For those of you who have raised concerns over the Starter Edition when it comes to acquiring Operators, we will be sharing more information about our next steps during the Six Invitational. We recognize that this has been a point of frustration for new players, as well as existing players bringing their friends into the game, and have been working on how to make this process more fluid.

The Rainbow Six Siege team has always incorporated player feedback into the game and the direction of the design. Your voice is incredibly important to us and we are monitoring your feedback closely on all aspects of this announcement.”

So, although everybody will be getting a free Elite skin there is no change to the way that the Outbreak packs can be acquired, unless Ubisoft have another change of heart. Watch this space.

DONTNOD releases first two parts of the Vampyr Webseries

DONTNOD Entertainment, developers of Vampyr, are inviting fans to see exclusive behind the scenes footage of their new game. In the first episode of this original weekly four-part webseries, produced and realised by the video department of Focus Home Interactive, DONTNOD unveils exclusive gameplay footage while delving into their signature approach and reasons behind putting players in the role of a predator. The three following webseries’ episodes will release weekly every Thursday.

Vampyr is set in 1918 London, with the city weakened by the recent World War I and ravaged by the Spanish Flu. This setting makes up an important part of Vampyr’s identity. DONTNOD will make players feel the duality that torments Dr. Jonathan Reid, giving them the freedom to choose who to sacrifice and who to save. Every killing has consequences, and it’s up to players to balance their need to feed and grow stronger, with the rapidly deteriorating city of London.

In Episode I: Making Monsters, DONTNOD gives more information about Jonathan Reid, the doctor-turned-vampire that players will step into the shoes of in Vampyr. Freshly turned, Reid’s ‘condition’ unveils a dark new reality, thrusting him into a once-hidden society of wretched creatures like himself. Ancient Ekons plot from the shadows, terrifying Vulkods prowl the streets at night, and cursed Skals hide in the darkest places of the city.

Episode 2: Architects of the Obscure discusses the four distinct districts of London you will explore in Vampyr, as well as the differences between the people you will be interacting with in each location; getting rough and dirty with criminals in the East End, or walking with the respect of your peers in Pembroke Hospital.

 

Kingdom Come: Deliverance gets new Gameplay Video

Warhorse Studios and Deep Silver have released a new gameplay video for the upcoming RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance which launches on 13 February 2018 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Following a day in the life of Henry – the games protagonist – the new video gives an extensive look on all key features of Kingdom Come: Deliverance including the detailed combat system. To survive fights in a country which is torn apart internally and invaded by foreign forces, evening the odds is key when rushing into a battle and the game offers plenty of more prudent approaches for players who keep an eye open.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a story-driven open-world RPG that immerses you in an epic adventure in the Holy Roman Empire. Avenge your parents’ death as you battle invading forces, go on game-changing quests, and make influential choices. Explore majestic castles, deep forests, thriving villages and countless other realistic settings in medieval Bohemia!

· Massive realistic open world: Majestic castles, vast fields, all rendered in stunning high-end graphics
· Non-linear story: Solve quests in multiple ways, then face the consequences of your decisions.
· Challenging combat: Distance, stealth, or melee. Choose your weapons and execute dozens of unique combos in battles that are as thrilling as they are merciless.
· Character development: Choose your equipment, improve your skills, and earn new perks.
· Dynamic world: Your actions influence the reactions of the people around you. Fight, steal, seduce, threaten, persuade, or bribe. It’s all up to you!
· Historical accuracy: Meet real historical characters and experience the genuine look and feel of medieval Bohemia.

 

Sea Of Thieves Closed Beta extended to January 31st

Great news for all of you would-be-Pirates out there as the closed beta for Sea Of Thieves has been extended by two days to Wednesday January 31st. This is all due to the issues that some players have been encountering gaining access to the online pirating world, with some getting “Too Early” messages when trying to start the game.

The TiX crew have been sailing the seven seas, drinking too much grog and firing each other out of cannonballs, whilst having an immense amount of fun in the process, so this is great news to hear!

Rare’s Engagement Manager, Emma Bridle, has recently posted an open letter to the community to explain.

“Hey there, pirates. We’re on day 2 of our Closed Beta and we wanted to reach out to address a few things.
First off, we’ve loved seeing the streams, videos, screenshots and messages from players. Seeing player content and reactions is the best reward for the work we’ve put into building Sea of Thieves!

However, we know that a number of you are still unable to get into the game to play. Our Community and Customer Support teams are working hard to keep you all updated with information as we get it, but we’re also taking what you’re telling us back to the other teams here at Rare.

Some players who pre-ordered the game digitally are seeing a “too early” message. We have been working with our partners across Xbox to get this resolved as smoothly and as quickly as possible. The fix for the issue began rolling out last night (UK time) and is unfortunately taking longer than anticipated to reach all affected players. We’re sorry that this is the case. We’ve set up a dedicated article for this issue on our Support site.

We know your gaming hours are precious and our number one goal is to get everyone with Closed Beta access into the game as soon as possible. Whilst we work on making this happen, we’d like to announce that we’re extending the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta by two days. This means the Closed Beta will now end on Wednesday, January 31st at 8am GMT. We want to ensure that anyone who has missed out on any time sailing the seas still gets to enjoy the Closed Beta to its fullest.”

Xbox Games With Gold for February 2018 announced

It’s that time of the month where we find out the details of the next Xbox Games With Gold. In February 2018 Xbox One owners will be getting Shadow Warrior and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India, whilst 360 gamers will get Split Second and the classic Crazy Taxi. Of course, the two 360 titles will also be playable on your Xbox One through the magic of Backwards Compatibility!

Shadow Warrior tells the offbeat tale of Zilla Enterprise’s corporate shogun Lo Wang as he is ordered to acquire a legendary blade of limitless power by his deceitful employer. Betrayed and left for dead, Lo Wang learns of the blade’s connection to ancient gods from another realm preparing to push our world to the brink of destruction. Now the reluctant hero must become legend through a masterful combination of gun, blade, magic and wit to uncover the truth behind the demonic invasion and banish evil back into the darkness.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India sees you embody Arbaaz in his quest for retribution through a colourful depiction of 19th century Colonial India in 2.5D stealth gameplay. Discover an exquisite depiction of Colonial India thanks to a palette of vibrant colours. Zip-line across the streets of Amritsar, hide in the shadows of the palace, and hunt legendary artifacts, following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great. As a smart and charming Assassin, use new subterfuges to disguise and to loot. Discover all-new Assassin’s gear such as the talwar (curved sword) and chakram (circular throwing weapon) to deal great damage and interact with the environment.

 

Robocraft Infinity Enhanced Edition gets a new trailer

Robocraft Infinity Enhanced Edition has had a new trailer released and more info on the game has been revealed on Xbox Wire.

Robocraft Infinity allows you to build robots block-by-block and face off against other players in their own custom build robots in multiplayer deathmatch and battle arena. Apparently, there is no limit to what you can build and take into battle, be it an animal, car, jet, tank, mech, dinosaur in a top hat or whatever takes your fancy.

Your build is important, a poor build will you see your creation beaten easily, the following tips will help:

 

  • Plan your build carefully – You don’t want to find out halfway through building you Robot that you can’t fit that giant Laser Leviathan between your secondary plasma weapons.
  • Mirror mode is your friend – Pressing the View button while in build mode will enable mirror mode in the center grid of the garage. Mirror mode is great for everything, from building up the body of your robot with cubes to placing guns down evenly on both sides of your robot. Pressing it a second time will move the mirror line into an even position, (for building even robots), and a third time will turn it off.
  • Stats-stats-stats – When in build mode keep an eye on the Robot info Panel. This will give you a great idea of how your robot will perform in battle. The Damage boost stats is determined by the CPU value of your robot, the health boost stat is determined by the number of actual health cubes and the speed boost is determined by your movement type or the number of thrusters on your robot.

There is still no release date, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we do!

 

FitBit Coach on Xbox One will help you get fit again

I miss Xbox Fitness, it was a great app and a real shame it got canned, but not all hope is lost thanks to the new FitBit Coach app on the Xbox One.

This training app delivers expert-designed dynamic bodyweight, run, and walk workouts that are tailored to your specific goals, making it easy to squeeze in a sweat session before gaming with your friends.

Here are some of the ways the Fitbit Coach app on Xbox will help get (and keep) you moving.

  • Fitbit Coach meets you where you are. Upon joining Fitbit Coach, one of the first things you’ll be asked to do is take a 10-minute Fit Test. After each move, you’re asked to rate its difficulty and how well you kept up. Fitbit Coach uses your feedback from this physical assessment to tailor future workouts to your current fitness level. The result? Less frustration and a better workout.
  • Programs tell you exactly what to do. Not sure where to start? Pick a program like Get Moving, Get Lean, Get Strong, and Daily Dose. These themed groups of workouts are tailored to your fitness level and ability. Your progress within the program is also saved, so you can pick up where you left off. And you can change your program at any time.
  • A customizable visual makes following along easy. Within the settings, you can opt into using subtitles and a visual repetition count.
  • Live heart rate tracking helps you maximize every session. Available only on Xbox, Fitbit Coach users can see their real-time heart rate on-screen when they work out while wearing a Fitbit device with PurePulse continuous heart rate technology. This helps to optimize your intensity and better measure calorie burn so you can make the most of your workout.
  • Music keeps you motivated. Fitbit Radio powered by Feed.fm lets you choose from seven music playlists with tracks by popular artists. Choose from Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic/Dance, Throwback (80’s, 90’s, 2000’s), Power Mix, and Cardio Mix. You can change your music during a workout at any time.
  • Personal trainers instruct and educate you. Not only will you be able to see someone perform all the exercises you’re doing, but a personal trainer will also guide you through each workout, sharing valuable tips along the way. There are two to choose from: Lea Rouse and Adrian Richardson. As certified fitness coaches and seasoned wellness experts, they each draw from a deep a well of knowledge.
  • Fitbit Coach gets results fast. Fitbit research shows 85 percent of people who use Fitbit Coach’s dynamic video workouts for at least five sessions see an increase in strength.
  • The app is totally mobile. Whether you’re traveling or just want to escape your living room, you can take Fitbit Coach with you. Download the app to your Android, iOS, or Windows smartphone and, in addition to bodyweight workout videos, you’ll also have access to more than 50 expert-designed running and walking audio workouts designed to help you safely improve your endurance, speed, and form. Choose from outdoor or treadmill sessions and select the difficulty, duration, trainer, and music.

The Fitbit Coach app for Xbox and Windows 10 is available today in Microsoft Store. Basic (free) members receive access to one personalised program and a selection of additional audio and video workouts. You must have a Fitbit Coach Premium subscription to unlock the extra features though.

Xbox One exclusives will be available on Xbox Games Pass on day of release

If you don’t own many Xbox One titles then then Xbox Games Pass is a pretty awesome deal, £8 a month to access over 100 titles is too good to miss, but for many of us it’s not really worth it, but now it might be.

It’s just been announced that all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios will be available on Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.

This plan to bring new games timed with their global release into Xbox Game Pass not only includes announced titles like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3 but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of our biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as HaloForza and Gears of War, on the same day they launch.

It also looks like you will be able to purchase the Games Pass for 6 months as well as monthly.

That, is pretty cool…

When will Gamers see Another Bond Game Released on Xbox?

The relationship between Hollywood blockbusters and their video game franchises is one that is littered with some bright spots and many others that failed miserably.

James Bond films on consoles such as Xbox are no different. In terms of bringing films to video games consoles, action and adventure movies are among the best candidates.

That makes the James Bond film series a perfect fit for porting to video games as the iconic spy movies seemingly have all the right ingredients for an amazing game.  However, the reality is it is easier said than done.

Several developers have tried their hand in the past and the consensus among gamers is that GoldenEye is the best of the lot. However, there have been several James Bond games that failed to reach the heights scaled by GoldenEye and so it is understandable that not many publishers want to produce another 007 game.

And with the last James Bond video game to be produced being the first-person shooter game 007 Legends, maybe it’s time for another developer to give it another crack?

Developed by Eurocom and published by Activision, 007 Legends was released on PlayStation and Xbox in October of 2012. To put that into perspective, the last released James Bond film was 2015’s Spectre, with another slated for release in 2019.

On the other hand, there are no confirmed James Bond games in development, or even rumours of one being made at the moment.

Time for another James Bond Game on Xbox?

Xbox Gamers of a certain age will remember the good old days when that same tag team of Eurocom and Activision released GoldenEye on the Xbox 360. Since then subsequent games have struggled to match a game that came to be known as ‘thinking man’s shooter’.

That moniker was bestowed upon the fast paced first –person shooter thanks to the ability to complete each mission in different ways. In addition, GoldenEye featured destructible environments as well as allowing for multiple control scheme options. For retro fans of 007, there are number of non-Xbox Bond games which were pretty good too.

So all in all good times, but that was a full 5 years ago and things have moved on a bit in the gaming world. Imagine playing as James Bond in a game the calibre of GoldenEye as it was then on the recently released Xbox One X console.

Unfortunately, the way things are going players on Xbox will need to have the luck of Sean Connery at the roulette wheel if they are ever going to see another Bond game on the platform again. Why that is the case is baffling as James Bond films have all the attributes required to turn into a respectable and enjoyable shooter game.

Looking ahead the prospects of another James Bond game appearing on Xbox any time soon look slim due to a distinct lack of any credible news or announcements.

The Bond film series has settled into a regular 4-5 yearly cycle for new movies and no doubt Daniel Craig is already hard at work playing the famous British Spy in preparation for the next films release in 2019. Whether a new game based on that film or previous ones is released on Xbox any time soon remains pure speculation.

EA titles dominate Deals with Gold this week.

Major Nelson has revealed this week’s Deal with Gold, check them out below:

Xbox One Deals

 

    

Xbox 360 Deals