First-Person Shooters

ghost-recon-breakpointWith just weeks to go until the highly anticipated release of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon© Breakpoint, Ubisoft has announced that an Open Beta phase will run from September 26th-29th. The Open Beta will be available for everyone to play and test the game for free ahead of its worldwide launch on October 4th, on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Players can begin pre-loading the Open Beta from September 24th 11am BST on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and Uplay, and 4pm BST on the Epic Store. In addition, Ubisoft is kicking off the game’s launch campaign with the release of a new live-action trailer starring Grammy Award-winning artist Lil Wayne.

Open Beta
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Open Beta will offer new and exclusive content that wasn’t available in the Closed Beta. Players will be able to discover 3 extra main story missions, allowing them to delve deeper in the game’s storyline, 2 new regions (called New Argyll and Infinity) in addition to the 4 regions already unveiled during Closed Beta, and play intense competitive Elimination matches with their friends in Breakpoint’s PvP mode, Ghost War. 4 PvP tailored-maps will be available for these 4vs4 showdowns: the PMC Camp, Port, Cold War Bunker and Harbor. Additionally, with 4 new daily missions, players will now be able to complete up to 12 daily Faction Missions during the Open Beta. Gathering players’ feedback following the Closed Beta, the development team of the game have been hard at work to deliver the best quality experience possible to all players. More information can be found here.

“Squad Up ft. Lil Wayne” Live-Action Trailer
The live action sequences were shot in Vancouver, Canada, directed by David Leitch (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and Deadpool 2) and produced by Minted Content in Los Angeles. Ubisoft worked with San Francisco–based agency Argonaut on the development of the concept and overall creative direction and execution of the “Squad Up ft. Lil’ Wayne” campaign. “More than anything, the key point of all action is to tell a story, and in this spot we’re telling a story with these characters in the world of the game and also the characters in their worlds at home,” said David Leitch. “We wanted to make sure we have these distinct characters that jump off the page and that the action defines them in a real particular way. We have this fun juxtaposition with the different characters and their voices too, which is a great conceit.

Watch the Squad Up ft. Lil Wayne Live Action Trailer HERE (NSFW).

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint will be available October 4th on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, Windows PC and UPLAY+, Ubisoft’s subscription service. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint will also launch on the new generation gaming platform, Stadia.

For the latest news about Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, please visit ghost-recon.ubisoft.com.

call-of-duty-modern-warfareSource: Blue’s News

A post on the Activision Blog discusses the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta that’s about to come to Windows. This offers a detailed rundown of PC-specific features that will allow players to fine-tune the game to their control preferences and system. Speaking of systems, this includes minimum and recommended system specifications:

Here are the minimum specs needed to play the Beta:

  • Requires DirectX 12 compatible system
  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (1709 or later)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

And here are recommended specs:

  • Requires DirectX 12 compatible system
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1660 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

As of September 12, it’s been six years since we released Arma 3 version 1.0 on Steam. In celebration of this milestone, we’re sending you this musical birthday card – featuring a new remix of the Arma 3 “This Is War” theme song, plus a special illustration by community artist Greenfist.

You can download the birthday music (mp3/flac) and wallpapers for FREE on www.arma3.com.

But that’s not all! The party carries on this entire weekend with a festive Arma 3 Anniversary Sale (September 12-16) on Steam and the Bohemia Store. Save up to 66% on the base game and its DLC, and be sure to check out the new Apex, Contact, DLC Essentials, and Ultimate Edition bundles for double discounts!

Since its official release, Arma 3 has evolved massively, with 80+ free platform updates that introduced new content, gameplay features, and other improvements. Moreover, we’ve released 2 free and 10 premium downloadable content (DLC) packs, whereas Arma 3’s community content creators have shared more than 65,000 items on the Steam Workshop. As of today, the Arma 3 base game has sold over 5 million times, 89% of its Steam user reviews are positive, and the average playtime per user is approximately 150 hours. The game’s playerbase is still highly active with over 450,000 unique users launching the game during August this year.

None of this would have been possible to achieve without our fantastic users. So, on behalf of everyone at Bohemia Interactive, thank you for six splendid years of Arma 3!

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insurgency-sandstormThe Frontline Update is now available for Insurgency: Sandstorm, the smash-hit indie FPS from New World Interactive, bringing a host of new features dedicated to streamlining matchmaking and offering fresh content on a weekly basis. The two defining features of this update are Frontline, an intense tug-of-war style PvP mode, and Hillside, a reimagining of the classic Insurgency map ‘Sinjar’.

In the new PvP mode, Frontline, teams must capture all enemy objectives one by one, before destroying the final weapon cache objective to win, whilst at the same time protecting their own objectives. Each match becomes a large-scale, simultaneous attack-and-defend battle, with fire support, vehicles, and teams battling it out for objectives that award respawns for their team.

Hillside is the latest map, a reimagining of the classic Insurgency: Source and Insurgency mod map ‘Sinjar’, this time taking place in a new snow environment. The wide, open spaces for attackers and high elevation positions for defenders is a callback to the classic storm-the-beach D-Day FPS experience of old. Hillside is joined by two Galil LMG-variant assault rifles, a new 3x scope for the QBZ-03, and a batch of winter cosmetics for both Insurgents and Security factions. All this content and much more is playable across all maps and game modes!

The new map and game mode arrive with numerous bug fixes and quality of life changes, including a complete overhaul of the Play menu and official matchmaking, and the introduction of limited time weekly playlists featuring “mutated” game modes with tweaked gameplay with everything from bolt-action rifles only to health stealing. You can find more detailed information on the patch notes HERE.

New World Interactive and Focus Home Interactive continue to be delighted with the response and community reception to Insurgency: Sandstorm so far. There are many more free content updates planned for the rest of this year and 2020, including modding support, Co-op and PvP game modes, maps, weapons, cosmetics, and more. Take a look at some of what’s due to arrive in the next few months in the recently announced Free Content Roadmap.

Visit the official Insurgency: Sandstorm website for more game information. Insurgency: Sandstorm is available now on Steam.

call-of-duty-modern-warfareSource: Blue’s News

A post on the Activision Blog has outlines what we need to know about the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta testing that begins this week on PlayStation 4. They include this Multiplayer Beta Trailer with a look at the game, and offer details on how to preload the beta. We’ll pick things up below with Weekend 2, which is the first chance PC gamers will get to join in the action:

Weekend 2: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, & PC Beta (Crossplay)
The second Beta Test Weekend is for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners, starting from Thursday, September 19, and running to the morning of Monday, September 23.

PlayStation 4 owners: If you’re a PlayStation 4 owner, regardless of whether or not you pre-ordered the game, you can resume and continue to play the Open Beta free for the entire Weekend 2 period (both the Early Access and Open periods).

Weekend 2: Early Access
The first two days of the weekend – Thursday, September 19, and Friday, September 20, – are free to all PlayStation 4 owners and do not require a pre-order. In addition, anyone who has pre-ordered the game on Xbox One, or on PC via Blizzard Battle.net also can play starting Thursday, September 19. If you’re an Xbox One or PC owner and want to play Weekend 2 of the Beta for the longest possible time, be sure to pre-order. Check your local retailer or online here for pre-order information.

Weekend 2: Open
The rest of the Open Beta period, running from Saturday, September 21, to the morning of Monday, September 23, is accessible to all players on PlayStation, Xbox One, or PC, regardless of pre-ordered status. If you’ve got an Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold is required to play. If you have a PC, a Battle.net account is required to play. Other than these prerequisites and an internet connection, you should have everything you need to play. And reminder, the Weekend 2 of the Beta Test will include crossplay.

ghost-recon-breakpointUbisoft has released a new What is Breakpoint? trailer, showing you everything you need to know about Ghost Recon Breakpoint, including the latest intel on the world, story, co-op experience, and the post-launch content we have coming to Auroa. Available October 4.”

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a military shooter set in a diverse and hostile open world. The game will be playable solo or in up to four-player co-op. Players will discover Auroa, a mysterious island where the most technically advanced facilities meet wild and untamed nature. Home to tech giant Skell Technology, Auroa has fallen into the wrong hands and all contact has been lost.

To pre-order Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, visit ghostrecon.com.

call-of-duty-modern-warfareSource: Blue’s News

This tweet from Activision is an atlas for the road to launch Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The military shooter is due for release on October 25th. The text says: “The road to launch for #ModernWarfare is in its final stretch. Gather your intel and get ready for the Open Beta next weekend.” This is followed by a graphic with the following timeline of what will lead up to that point:

PlayStation Exclusive Open Beta
Beta Weekend 1
September 12-16

Crossplay Details
Week of September 16

Crossplay Open Beta
Beta Weekend 2
September 19-23

Campaign Premiere
End of September

Special Ops Premier
Week of October 7

ghost-recon-breakpointSource: Blue’s News

Ubisoft discusses what will go on before and after the release of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint by revealing plans for the beta of the shooter sequel as well as the post-release content it will receive. Word is the closed beta client is now available to preorder customers, and the beta will include a charity event. Here’s a new live-action Jon Bernthal trailer and here’s word:

Players can now pre-load Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Breakpoint Beta to play from September 5-8 on all available platforms. Access to the Closed Beta is available to players who pre-order the game, UPLAY+ subscribers, players who participated in the game’s Online Technical Tests as well as randomly selected players who registered on the Beta sign-up page. Closed Beta players will also have the opportunity to take part in Man Down, a special in-game charity event to raise money for the global NGO Child’s Play.

During the Closed Beta players will have access to several provinces and missions to explore in up to four player co-op or solo. Missions available include two Operation Greenstone missions, taken from the main storyline; Auroa Missions, which include side missions to discover more about the island and its inhabitants and Faction Missions which include eight new missions per day. Drone Areas are also available to test player’s strength in battle, where they can face-off against Murmurs, small flying drones that can swarm players; Aamons, mid-size land drones and Behemoths, huge, heavily armored drones with intense firepower.

Find more information about the Closed Beta here.

During the Closed Beta, players can participate in Man Down, a special in game charity event, donating to Child’s Play by teaming up in co-op and helping their teammates by reviving them when they are down. The more players participate, the more Ubisoft will donate, so team-up and protect your squad mates!

In addition to Closed Beta details, the Post-Launch plan for Year 1 is now available. Year 1 Post-Launch starts at launch with Operation Greenstone, followed by Episode 2 and 3, coming every 4 months. Each Episode will receive hours of new content and support including a New Adventure, New End-game Content (Raid and Updates), Faction Missions as well as PvP Updates and regular new content, detailed below:

  • New Adventures: New story-driven content that expands the main story of the game will be available with each episode.
  • New End-Game Content: Every Episode will bring new End-Game content. Episode 1 brings the Project Titan Raid. Players will explore an active volcano on a new island in the Auroa archipelago where they need to use all the skills learned on Auroa in intense four-play co-op challenges. The Raid is replayable and adaptable for all play styles.
  • New Faction Missions: Factions in the game will evolve over time and every month, new narrative Story Faction Missions will be released, bringing context as well as character development. New Faction Missions will be available daily and will provide objectives to support the factions and their narrative arcs.
  • New Classes: Three new classes will be introduced in Year 1, starting with the Engineer which brings an expertise in hacking.
  • Live Events: These events will feature VIPs that will help Nomad tackle new, terrible threats. A new Event will be available with each Year 1 Episode and lasts one month.
  • PvP Updates: In addition to the three new classes coming Year 1, which will be fully playable in PvP, new maps and updates will keep Ghost War players on their toes.
  • Regular New Content: New content such as new missions, activities and unlockables will be available with each new episode.

For players looking to dive deeper in Auroa, the novel “The World of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint” releases on October 31. The book is now available to pre-order here and includes for insight into the making of the game, the creation of its universe and into Auroa’s secrets.

Also released today is a new trailer featuring critically-acclaimed actor Jon Bernthal who portrays Cole D. Walker, leader of the Wolves. The trailer follows Walker’s journey from becoming a Ghost and fighting alongside Nomad, to becoming leader of the Wolves, the organization that took over Auroa from tech-giant and drone producer Skell Technology, shutting it off from the world and weaponizing their drones.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, visit ghostrecon.com.

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Square Enix Ltd. is pleased to announce that Just Cause 4: Danger Rising is available now for Gold Edition and Season Pass owners.

Watch the Just Cause 4: Danger Rising Gameplay Trailer HERE.

Danger Rising is the third and final part of the “Dare Devils, Demons and Danger” expansion pass and the biggest addition to Just Cause 4 since launch, featuring 9 new missions, plus exciting new gadgets, weapons and vehicles. Last but not least is a new addition to Rico’s already impressive suite of traversal options in the massive open-world of Solís: a fully functional Hoverboard.

The story picks up with giant submarines appearing off the coast of the island of Solís, serving as massive outposts for the Agency, who have arrived to hunt down the rogue agent Rico and reclaim their technology. He must take down all strongholds to bring the Agency to their knees. Every submarine base presents new gameplay challenges and requires a fresh approach to strategy in order to put them out of commission.

With Agency operatives stalking the shores of Solís, Rico is faced with a difficult new challenge – an enemy with the same technology and training as him. For the first time, Rico must fight other agents, tough and dangerous foes with grapple hooks of their own and incredible new high-tech weaponry.

Just Cause 4: Danger Rising is available now on XBOX ONE, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. The game has been rated M (Mature) by the ESRB and the latest expansion is available for a suggested price of $11.99 (US) and £9.99 GBP.

You can read more about the improvements to Just Cause 4 on the Developer Blog.

Gold Edition purchasers receive 7 days early access to the Just Cause 4: Danger Rising DLC, starting the 29th of August. Standard Edition access begins on September 5th, 2019.

For more information on the Gold Edition visit: http://justcause.com/buy-now

ghost-recon-breakpointThe PC specs for Ghost Recon Breakpoint have been revealed, giving players planning on visiting Auroa on PC a look at the PC-exclusive features, and the hardware needed to best run Breakpoint. While the full launch, on October 4th, is a little over a month away, Breakpoint’s closed beta starts on September 5th. Players on any platform can get guaranteed access into the beta by pre-ordering now or signing up for UPLAY+.

Watch the Ghost Recon Breakpoint: PC Features Overview Trailer HERE.

Features

  • Full PC optimization
  • 4K resolutions
  • Uncapped frame rate
  • Ultra-wide and multi-monitor support
  • Fully customizable controls
  • AMD FidelityFX
  • Discord integration
  • Gameplay and menu eye tracking with tobii

PC Specifications
Minimum – Low Setting | 1080p

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200/Intel Core I5 4460
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 280X/Nvidia Geforce GTX 960 (4 GB)

Recommended – High Setting | 1080p

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600/Intel Core I7 6700K
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 480/Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 (6 GB)

Ultra – Ultra Setting | 1080p

  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X/Intel Core I7 6700K
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 5700XT/Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080

Ultra 2K – Ultra Setting | 2K

  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X/Intel Core I7 6700K
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 5700XT/Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080

Elite – Ultra Setting | 4K

  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X/Intel Core I7 7700K
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon VII/Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080

Players who pre-order a digital version of Ghost Recon Breakpoint for PC (including Ubisoft Store’s exclusive WOLVES COLLECTOR EDITION) between May 9th and October 4th 2019 or have pre-ordered it before the announcement of the offer will also be eligible for additional in-game rewards in:

  • Rainbow Six: Siege: 7-day renown booster
  • The Division 2: Military P416 Wolves weapon skin
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands: Pack of 1700 Ghost Recon Credits

For the latest about Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and other Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.