Players are getting the Israeli aviation tech tree and cruisers equipped with reconnaissance aircraft

Gaijin Entertainment announces that the next major Content Update “Winged Lions” for the military online action War Thunder will be released later this December. It will bring the Israeli aviation closed beta test, launchable shipborne reconnaissance aircraft, dozens of new air, ground and naval vehicles and more.

Since the Israeli Air Force was formed after the end of World War II, the Israeli aircraft lineup begins immediately from rank IV. While researching new machines, players will follow the way that the Israeli engineers have chosen. Domestically assembled Spitfires were one the first planes in the force later joined by French Mirage III fighters that became the base for developing original Israeli Kfir (literally, “lion cub”) machines, while the US gives access to F-4 fighter jets and A-4 attackers. Aviation of Israel mainly consists of imported aircraft, but with a distinctive local feel, as they are highly modified, adapted to local conditions and equipped with new weapons. Their arsenal includes unique rockets with a shape-charge warhead, new to the game calibers of aircraft bombs, air-to-air missiles and even guided bombs!

All owners of early access packs will be able to take part in the closed testing of the Israeli aviation immediately after the “Winged Lions” update is live. After the end of closed testing, to start researching the Israeli Air Force aviation, the player will need at least one purchased aircraft of rank IV in any of the following playable nations: USA, Great Britain, France or Israel.

The update brings ship-launched reconnaissance aircraft, a feature that many large WW2 era warships were capable of. The reconnaissance aircraft will allow the players to better examine the enemy grouping, scout a ship hidden behind rocks, fight enemy aircraft, destroy an enemy boat with cannons and machine guns, or damage an enemy cruiser or destroyer with bombs. Just like regular seaplanes, reconnaissance hydroplanes will be able to capture points – a small plane can decide the outcome of a battle for large ships. Powerful and fast German battlecruiser Scharnhorst that is equipped with such aircraft will be added to War Thunder in the “Winged Lions” update.

Ground vehicle fans will get several modern tanks like Challenger 2 TES (2008) and Leclerc SXXI (2003). The most interesting one is probably Type 10, the latest Japanese MBT that entered the JSDF service in 2012. One of the main new features of Type 10 is the automatic loader located in the rear of the tank, which increases the rate of fire. The new diesel engine doubles the reverse speed in comparison with the predecessor. The Type 10 also receives a new APFSDS round, that has the same name as the tank itself – Type 10. It complements the range of shells, already familiar with the JM12A1 HEATFS and the JM33 APFSDS rounds.

Watch the “Winged Lions” Update Teaser HERE.

Follow the news at the official website to get more information on the “Winged Lions”.

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NVIDIA has released the GeForce 497.09 Game Ready drivers. These introduce launch-day optimization for “Icarus,” including support for NVIDIA DLSS, and RTX ray-traced global illumination (RTX-GI). The drivers also add optimization for “Chorus,” including DLSS support; and “Halo Infinite.” Six new displays receive NVIDIA G-SYNC support. Among the fixes released with these drivers are TDR or system crashes with “DOOM Eternal” and RDR2, a display corruption with ye olde “DOOM 3 BFG Edition,” extreme gamma/contrast issues with YouTube on hardware-accelerated web-browsers; NVIDIA Image Scaling resolutions not correctly appearing in-game after a driver update; and incompatibilities between Adaptive Sync and G-SYNC.

A curious addition with these drivers is support for the GeForce RTX 2060 12 GB graphics card. We’ve been hearing reports of NVIDIA resurrecting the RTX 2060 “Turing” with 12 GB of GDDR6 memory to target the 1080p gaming crowd; and these drivers confirm it. The 12 GB SKU could be achieved by pairing the “TU106″ GPU with 12 GB of memory across its 192-bit wide memory interface.

You can download the GeForce 497.09 Game Ready drivers via GeForce.com.

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battlefield-2042Featuring Three Standout, Distinct Multiplayer Experiences with All-Out Warfare, Battlefield Hazard Zone and Battlefield Portal

Electronic Arts Inc. has launched the highly-anticipated first-person shooter, Battlefield™ 2042. Powered by groundbreaking technology through the use of the Frostbite game engine, Battlefield 2042 features up to 128 player matches on the latest consoles* and PCs. The game introduces epic maps, a dynamic world and signals a return to modern settings which opens up the immersive sandbox gameplay through vehicles, weapons and more. Battlefield 2042 has been hailed by EGM as a “true evolution” for the series, IGN lauded the game’s “impressively huge and gorgeously detailed maps,” while Game Informer described the title as “an easy recommendation.”

Battlefield 2042 places players in a near-future, all-out war experience where resources are limited and the world powers of the United States and Russia are in conflict, while refugees from collapsed nations known as the Non-Patriated (“No-Pats”) struggle for survival. The game features the franchise’s signature Levolution, as well as dynamic storms and environmental hazards, that create an added layer of action that alters the battlefield and tactical combat.

The PC version of the game is available through Origin, the Epic Games Store, or Steam.

For more information about Battlefield 2042, visit the games website.

insurgency-sandstormA free update to celebrate the kick off of the upcoming year of new content…

With Operation: Warlord’s release today, escort or assassinate a VIP in the exciting new game mode Ambush. Race from cover to cover through tight alleyways in the new map Gap. Show off on the battlefield with brand new cosmetics and master the P90 and Vector to take down enemies with style.

…and a wealth of premium new cosmetics to choose from

In addition to free weapons and cosmetics, the new Praetorian Set Bundle has been released, including four Warlord themed gear and weapon skin sets. These premium cosmetics are the first step for Year 2 content within Insurgency: Sandstorm. Owners of the Gold Edition or the Year 2 Pass can download them for free.

The free Operation: Warlord Update is now available on PC and coming soon to consoles. Insurgency: Sandstorm, along with its Deluxe and Gold Editions, are available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. In addition, Steam players can enjoy up to 50% off, while Xbox Gold Members get 15% off for a limited time.

Watch the Insurgency: Sandstorm – Operation Warlord Update Trailer HERE.

Visit the official Insurgency: Sandstorm website for more game information.

ace-combat-7-skies-unknownThe next round of deadly fighter aircraft have landed for ACE COMBAT pilots in the Americas in the form of ACE COMBAT 7: Skies Unknown’s “Cutting-Edge Aircraft” DLC package. This latest deployment of advance aerial combat aircraft are available for download now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PCs via STEAM® and will include:

Three new playable aircraft:

  • F/A-18F Super Hornet Block III (The Boeing Company)
  • F-2A -Super Kai- (Lockheed Martin Corporation)
  • MiG-35D Super Fulcrum (Joint-Stock Company Russian Aircraft Corporation “MiG”)

*Special skins and weapons included for each aircraft

Additionally, this latest DLC package will include:

13 ACE COMBAT skins for rival and main character units from past ACE COMBAT games, featuring:

  • MiG-31B Foxhound Varcolac Skin
  • Su-37 Terminator Varcolac Skin
  • F-15 S/MTD General Resource Skin
  • F/A-18F Super Hornet General Resource Skin
  • F-16C Fighting Falcon General Resource Skin
  • X-02S Strike Wyvern Razgriz Skin
  • F-22A Raptor Razgriz Skin
  • F-16C Fighting Falcon Windhover Skin
  • Su-57 Scarface Skin
  • F-2A Nagase Skin
  • ADFX-01 Morgan Glowing Red Skin
  • X-02S Strike Wyvern Prototype Skin
  • ADFX-01 Morgan Block1 Skin

10 new emblems:

  • Four types of Nuggets emblems to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the series
  • Four types of emblem from “AIR COMBAT 22”
  • Two types of design emblems from other series titles

Now, strap yourself in and head to the following link to see today’s latest ACE COMBAT 7: Skies Unknown “Cutting-Edge Aircraft” DLC trailer HERE.

Have a safe flight and happy hunting!

To find out more about ACE COMBAT 7: Skies Unknown, head over to the games official website or via Steam.

decisive-campaigns-ardennes-offensiveDecisive Campaigns: Ardennes Offensive, the fourth wargame in the Decisive Campaigns series, is now available exclusively on Matrix Games store. Covering the battles in the Ardennes between December 1944 and January 1945, it brings to life Operational wargaming by lowering the scale to just above tactical level.

DC: Ardennes Offensive is a classic wargame with an exceptional level of detail where the main unit of maneuver is the battalion. The game comes with a huge, full campaign scenario lasting over 16 days and several smaller scenarios focusing on several days of combat on specific parts of the front (like St. Vith and Bastogne).

Players will be able to play the whole Ardennes campaign on a 1 Km/hex map with battalion-sized Units at their command. Each day is divided into four turns, including a night turn. Decisive Campaigns: Ardennes Offensive comes with dozens of additions, changes, and improvements designed to fit its scale and to bring innovation to the series. The result is an extremely immersive operational wargame where, more than ever, intelligent tactics can beat the odds.

For more game information please visit the Decisive Campaigns: Ardennes Offensive webpage.

amd-radeon-software-adrenalin-2020Source: TechPowerUp!

AMD has released the latest version of Radeon Software. Version 21.11.3 beta comes with optimization for Microsoft Flight Simulator: GOTY Edition, and Farming Simulator 22. Additional extensions of the Vulkan API are added. The drivers also fix driver-timeouts or game crashes noticed with “Battlefield 2042″ on graphics cards such as the RX 6900 XT. Stuttering or poor performance with “DayZ” on RX 5700 XT was fixed. Also fixed is elevated disk usage by the Multimedia Athena dumps folder.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.11.3 drivers are available online at the AMD driver download page.

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combat-mission-cold-warMatrix Games have announced that Combat Mission Cold War has been released.

Take command of either US or Soviet tactical formations, centering on the Company Team or Battalion Task Force between 1979 to 1982.

Combat Mission Cold War is set in the tipping-point years of a conflict that gripped the world for 45 years.

Between 1979-1982, both the NATO and Soviet Warsaw Pact militaries began the shift away from industrialized warfare of the early 20th century and towards the modern digital battlefield of today.
Combat Mission Cold War simulates several “what if” conflict scenarios between US and Soviet forces centered on the strategic Fulda Gap and environs in West Germany.

15 standalone scenarios set in the US V and VII Corp sectors of West Germany and 3 full length campaigns:

  • The NTC Campaign: Puts you in command of a US Army Company Team as it begins its rotation and trial by simulated fire against the premier Soviet style formation in the world.
  • The US West German Campaign: Set in the southern Fulda Strategic Corridor between Fulda and Hanau (there are two versions of the US Campaign, 1982 and 1979 to allow players the opportunity to see and compare the differences in equipment between the two periods).
  • The Soviet Campaign: Set north and east of Fulda, the Soviet Campaign follows the “Ride of the 120th Motor Rifle Regt” on the opening 48 hours of a fictional “what if” West German invasion.

Watch the Combat Mission Cold War release trailer HERE.

Battlefront and Slitherine join forces to deliver the world’s most accurate cold war simulator to Steam and the Matrix Games store.

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Stalingrad is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam as new DLC for Unity of Command II, the World War II strategy game. This gives players the chance to do battle on the eastern front, fighting the enemy, the elements, and starvation. Here’s what to expect:

After staving off the Soviet winter counteroffensive of 1941/42, the German Wehrmacht reclaims the initiative the following summer. Concentrating their forces in the south, the Germans once again slice through Soviet lines, aiming for the oilfields of the Caucasus and the industrial city of Stalingrad. But the Red Army has learned much from past failures and prepares to strike back in an overwhelming fashion.

In this DLC, you will command the multinational Army Group South in its bid to deliver a crippling blow to the Soviet war machine, while securing oil for Germany’s ongoing conquests.