Monday, October 14, 2019

Fortnite Season 10 Ends With a Bang!

End of Season 10 took battle royale sensation Fortnite down with a black hole event and goes totally offline.

Ever since its inception back in 2017, developer/publisher Epic Games has been successfully running seasons after new seasons of their free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite and Season 10 being their most recent one.

Following launch back in August 2019, tenth season of Fortnite Battle Royale quickly became its most-watched event ever. It has ended lately after disappearing into a black hole and causing total blackout by going completely offline.

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Fortnite Season 10 Ends With a Bang!

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Nearing end of Season 3, a mysterious alien known as the Visitor arrived on battle royale island of Fortnite in 2018. After causing a number of catastrophes over a year and so, a rocket was set on top of Dusty Depot by the Visitor.

That rocket has recently launched when current season was about to end and it exploded into a couple of pieces. A giant rift is created that sucked everything on the island into it including players before getting lost into nothingness.

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Season X was the biggest ever event that Epic Games hosted for their popular multiplayer shooter. Players were hinted that something big was about to happen nearing end and then everything else were sucked into a black hole.

Fortnite is currently offline and its in-game lobby is a black screen same as their official Twitch and YouTube channels. Though there were no potential sign of the game getting shut down for good, some fans are panicking in sudden blackout.

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Games are usually taken down for server maintenance and put back up after a few hours to let everyone back at playing. However, Fortnite purposefully went offline for a reason and millions of players are eagerly waiting to see what happens.

Millions of fans are still watching over streams on Mixer, Twitch and YouTube in anticipation of some sort of epic reveal. No one seems to know exactly what to expect from this and developers are just taking time to unveil their big secret.

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Apparently, Fortnite: Chapter 2 was been leaked earlier via Italian iOS App Store that features a brand-new map. Rather than being a sequel to original free-to-play shooter, Epic Games may just reopen the game with new characters and gameplay.

If anything from these leaks is true then Fortnite is likely to head to a complete new direction, probably with a new story. Therefore, "Chapter 2 – Season 1" makes a lot of sense instead of Season 11 when it will be revealed on October 14.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Halo Infinite Lead Producer Exits 343 Industries

Mary Olson, lead campaign producer of upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite leaves 343 Industries this weekend.

A short while ago in August, news came out that creative director Tim Longo of upcoming first-person shooter game Halo Infinite has left developer studio 343 Industries, only a year before its scheduled release in fall 2020.

According to Reddit and ResetEra, the company is seeing another leadership shakeup this weekend as lead campaign producer Mary Olson is also leaving 343, who was an executive producer and was promoted earlier.

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Halo Infinite Lead Producer Exits 343 Industries

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Such big departures from a very ambitious project over a short period time would likely to have people assume that the project is currently having a leadership crisis and though it is a valid concern, an employee of 343 suggests otherwise.

After Olson's departure became public knowledge, Halo community manager John Junyszek came forward clarifying what both Tim & Mary's roles were within company, which seems to create a lot of confusion lately.

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Junyszek wrote his point in a Reddit comment from his account where he talked about what Mary Olson and Tim Longo was doing at 343. Longo was hired to make creative decisions about game direction including campaign, multiplayer and more.

Mary was an executive producer, who then became lead producer to help development team deliver the game before holiday 2020 release date and her primary objective was to focus on achieve completion of its core campaign.

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Olson joins developer/publisher Midwinter Entertainment to work on upcoming multiplayer survival shooter Scavengers. Nevertheless, it won't cause any creative dilemma as she was not in charge of major creative decisions at 343 Industries.

Halo Infinite was announced as a launch title for next-gen Microsoft console Project Scarlett back in E3 2019, which will see long-awaited return of a renowned first-person shooter game series next year and a cross-platform release.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Mortal Kombat 11 Free Trial Weekend for Consoles

NetherRealm Studios announces free trial weekend for Mortal Kombat 11 over the weekend on PS4 and Xbox consoles.

In April 23, 2.5D fighting game Mortal Kombat 11 from developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment came out on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, followed by Nintendo Switch on May 10.

Though it may sound crazy to many but MK11 throwing off a free trial weekend on PS4 and Xbox consoles that starts from October 11, 12:01 AM PDT/3:01 AM EDT and will run until October 14, 12:59 PM PDT/3:59 AM EDT.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Free Trial Weekend for Consoles

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Below is an official trailer that highlights select contents of MK11 playable over the weekend on major consoles.




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Aside from accessing all multiplayer game modes, players can get their hands on custom character variation system to customize kombatants. Cinematic story mode content will be limited to first two chapters within trial period.

All base character alongside newcomer DLC fighters Nightwolf, Shang Tsung and newly introduced Terminator T-800 model from upcoming live-action film Terminator: Dark Fate is available to go bloody brutal on your opponents.

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You can take these three Kombat Pack fighters in Towers of Time mode for a little test run. These long-anticipated characters, especially Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator is reason enough to draw anyone in for a tryout, right?

In order to access and play online contents like multiplayer matches, players would require membership to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. However, that will not be the case for downloading trial or going through single-player content.

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If you have kept yourself from joining the kombat arena and test your skills against heroes of NetherRealm, then now would be a very good time to step in and you can also carry over any progress you make to main game later.

A publisher sale is running during this promotion on Microsoft Store, Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store, to let you purchase Mortal Kombat 11 and Kombat Pack for 40% off. So, get over here and join MK11 free trial weekend.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Crackdown 2 Developers Working on New Rockstar Game

Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games is hiring talents to reportedly work on new project for Rockstar Games.

British video game developer Ruffian Games has made a name for themselves in video game industry after working on Xbox 360-exclusive action-adventure game Crackdown 2 back in 2010 for publisher Microsoft Game Studios.

After rumors starts flying about developer/publisher Rockstar Games having multiple new games in development and confirmed by a former employee, it is revealed lately that Ruffian is involved in one of their upcoming projects.

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Crackdown 2 Developers Working on New Rockstar Game

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Following their successful stint on second installment of Crackdown series, they contributed to Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Crackdown 3 multiplayer mode Wrecking Zone this year alongside several other projects.

Their job listing on official site is looking to hire talents for a few positions for multiplayer action games including roles like senior engineer, senior gameplay engineer and UI engineer but no mentions for Rockstar Games are found there.

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However, they recently retweeted an article shared by Scottish Games Network that mentioned about working on games for Rockstar.


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Both Rockstar and Ruffian are Scottish companies and the latter is comprised of former developers of Grand Theft Auto series. These are some relatable factors for starters that make their partnership great and meaningful.

There is no clear indication of what they will be working on though except for their "multiplayer action games" title will be for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and "future platforms", meaning upcoming PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett.

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Rockstar made huge bucks from their 2013 action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto V, which is one of the best-selling games of all time. In 2019, they brought home more cash from Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Redemption 2.

They may or may not be working on long-anticipated game Bully 2 and possibly an online multiplayer mode for it. Their plan of working on games for next-generation consoles as well as current platforms doesn't mean much either.

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There was rumor of Grand Theft Auto VI being a PS5 launch title featuring a female protagonist and an even bigger map than GTAV. Before Rockstar released GTA5 on PS4 and Xbox One, they brought the game on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 first.

Since GTA6 is likely to be a much larger release than any of their previous games, Rockstar Games may not bring their next project to older platforms and despite their vast resources, has recruited Ruffian Games for additional support.

Warhammer: Chaosbane on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days event on Xbox Live Gold offers all members action RPG hack and slash title Warhammer: Chaosbane for free.

In a latest Free Play Days event draft on this weekend, action role-playing game Warhammer: Chaosbane from developer Eko Software and publisher Bigben Interactive is coming for members of Xbox Live Gold service.

Starting right away from October 10, 12:01 AM PDT/3:01 AM EDT, players on Xbox One consoles can jump on board for free and continue their weekend-long adventure until October 13, 11:59 PM PDT/2:59 AM EDT.

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Warhammer: Chaosbane on Xbox Free Play Days

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Fans of dungeon crawling genre that played notable titles like Diablo and Victor Vran would love to get in the world of its fast-paced action RPG. Either take on Chaos on your own or party up with a group of friends for some co-op play.

Players can pick a hero from four different character classes in a world that is ravaged by war and magic of Chaos hordes. Aside from a base story mode campaign, there is a boss rush mode and myriad of dungeons for varied experience.

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When this short window of Free Play Days is finally over, you can still keep playing by purchasing any of both Standard Edition and Deluxe Edition at 30% off, or just go for Magnus Edition to enjoy more content at 33% discount.

Warhammer: Chaosbane is first hack and slash entry within the vast Warhammer universe and designed to be highly replayable. Following a major content update recently, this will be a great starting point for any to join the battle.

Surviving Mars Free on Epic Games Store Now

Build your first functioning human colonies on Red Planet as Epic Games Store is giving away Surviving Mars this week.

In a continuing streak of handing out free game on PC platform, Epic Games have come long way and has been making good on their promise for eleven months straight since launch of Epic Games Store back in December 2018.

In their latest giveaway queue, Epic Store is offering city building simulation game Surviving Mars and anyone with a free account can claim a free copy of the game for PC platform before October 17, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Surviving Mars Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Whenever someone talks about possibility of inhibiting a suitable planet other than Earth, often times Mars comes to mind and Surviving Mars lets players do exactly that by letting them establish a human colony on the red planet.

Step into a Martian colony as an overseer and try to ensure well being for all colonists living there. Following simple gameplay mechanics of any city builder simulation, you will always be challenged by the game to better your strategy.

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Surviving Mars is hailing from developer Haemimont Games and publisher Paradox Interactive, which tasks you to erect constructs and gather resources in an alien world that has many deep mysteries and secrets yet to discover.

Coming soon on next week, Epic Store has both action-thriller Alan Wake's American Nightmare from Remedy Entertainment and psychological horror game >observer_ by Bloober Team as their next freebie titles on October 17.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hades: The Superstar Update Live Now

Supergiant Games released their game-changing latest Superstar Update for rogue-like dungeon crawler Hades.

Ever since developer Supergiant Games released their upcoming action role-playing game Hades on Early Access of Epic Games Store last year, they've been tirelessly working to add more content through regular update.

As a result of each new patch, the god of the dead has expanded his territory of Underworld a bit further and most recently, The Superstar Update has just arrived to make battling out of Hell even more interesting than it ever was.

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Hades: The Superstar Update Live Now

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Every past incarnation of weapons would be revealed to players upon unlocking almighty weapon aspects. Pact of Punishment has been reworked and now comes with brand-new endgame challenge for some precious bounty.

Main protagonist Zagreus is a prince of the Underworld, who is on the run from ways of his father. Only his Olympian relatives came forward to help him with boons and blessings, which are now adjusted slightly in terms of effectiveness.

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Many issues are now solved by its creators by listening to fan-community and Supergiant Games continues their active development of Hades to provide a wholesome experience for everyone who started new or been there from start.

Boss characters Minotaur got some change in his attack timing just to make his encounters more effective against Zag. A tragic subplot of Eurydice and Orpheus is added with narrative events as highlights of Superstar update.

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Regular host of balance changes and visual improvements are always a vital part of each major updates as well. More characters and enemies inspired from Greek mythology with fresh new features are what making the game a better version of itself.

Hades is also coming to Early Access program of Steam on December 10, 2019, thus ending its time exclusivity period on Epic Store and is offering digital copy of original game soundtracks for those ordering before October 15.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Specs and Story Mode Content

Rockstar Games reveals new details on Red Dead Redemption 2 PC version, high-definition screenshots and specs.

Last week, official announcement for PC version of Western action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2 was made by developer/publisher Rockstar Games out of nowhere and it proved a long-running rumor to be true after all.

Arriving on November 5 for PC platform, RDR2 is currently up for pre-order exclusively through Rockstar Games Launcher. A bunch of new graphical and performance improvements are added to make this an ultimate version of the game.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Specs and Story Mode Content

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You get to pick any two Rockstar Games classic PC titles as pre-order bonus for purchasing your copy using their own launcher before October 22.

  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition
  • Max Payne 3: The Complete Edition

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Players will become eligible to receive special bonuses for placing their pre-order though Rockstar launcher within above-mentioned date. Besides, PC version is already getting some extra stuff that was not part of console release.

Upgrades like cash bonus, Le Trésor des Morts treasure map, outlaw survival kit and war horse will be included for Story mode. Additionally, 50 Gold Bars comes as in-game currency for RDR2 multiplayer component Red Dead Online.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Version Pre-Order Bonus

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On top of every piece of extra digital content, Rockstar launcher will give you $20 instant discount on both Special Edition and Ultimate Edition. This exclusive price off will not be available for any other third-party outlets ever.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available on other digital storefronts like Epic Games Store, GameStop, Greenman Gaming and Humble Store from October 23 but its Steam release however, is delayed to December 2019.

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Ultimate Arthur Morgan Epic

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Rockstar Games intends to utilize full power of PC platform to bring their detailed world of Arthur Morgan and Van der Linde gang to life. They worked on high quality lighting, improved reflection and better shadow resolutions for great immersion.

Part of its graphical enhancements offers HDR support, so that you can enjoy 4K resolution and go beyond with display setup. On top of superior frame-rates, multi-monitor and widescreen configurations are added as well.

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Improved Snow Trails

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PC version getting bonus content starts with three new Bounty Hunter missions, two gang hideouts and treasure maps in Story mode. A couple of collectible trinket items would increase your horse bonding experience, looted ammo and more.

Newly included weapons arsenal comes with Evans Repeater, High Roller revolver, Le Mat revolver and M1899 pistol. Except for M1899 semi-automatic handgun, all three new additions were previously exclusive to RDO.

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New Story Mode Weapons

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Wild horse variations will feature new horse Buttermilk Buckskin Kentucky Saddler, Few Spot Appaloosa, Gold Palomino Tennessee Walker, Liver Chestnut Morgan and Warped Brindle Arabian within assorted herds.

Also, war horse Perlino Andalusian and Red Chestnut Arabian are making their way to RDR2 from the world of Red Dead Online. An official trailer for upcoming PC release will arrive very soon and it will be in 4K, 60FPS.

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New Wild Horse Variations

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Rockstar Games have specified varied CPU requirements to run Red Dead Redemption 2 for best possible performance.

Minimum Requirements:

OS:  Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 (6.1.7601)
Processor:  Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
Memory:  8 GB
Graphics Card:  Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2 GB/AMD Radeon R9 280 3 GB
HDD Space:  150 GB
Sound Card:  DirectX compatible

Recommended Requirements:

OS:  Windows 10 - April 2018 Update (v1803)
Processor:  Intel Core i7-4770K/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
Memory:  12 GB
Graphics Card:  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB/AMD Radeon RX 480 4 GB
HDD Space:  150 GB
Sound Card:  DirectX compatible

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When Rockstar Games Launcher was revealed for PC games last month, it became pretty evident that the studio is most likely to add some high-profile titles from their catalog and an announcement for RDR2 came shortly afterwards.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in October 2018. A year later, Rockstar decided to release it on PC and it is also going to be a launch title for streaming platform Google Stadia.

Vigor Update 1.1: Bridges Live Now

Bohemia Interactive released Update 1.1: Bridges for free-to-play loot shooter survival game Vigor on Xbox One.

Back in August, free-to-play loot shooter game Vigor from developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive saw full release on Xbox One consoles during Gamescom 2019 announcement shortly after joining Xbox Game Preview program.

The game got attention from large number of audience since then and amassed more than 1.3 million players within a month. Deciding to release updates more frequently, Bohemia releases a new patch to introduce content and fixes.

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Vigor Update 1.1: Bridges Live Now

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Developers were working on a huge new map for some time and added Brodalen Bridges to offer verticality. Earlier, players would likely to choose Fjellkanten but your mind will change for sure once you go to the top.

People will often try sniping on you when in this new vertical environment and its surrounding rural areas open up room for long-distance gunfights. Inside nearby houses and deep woods, there will be close-quarter combats and precious loot.

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New Map Brodalen Bridges

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Each location has unique resources to offer and there are more loots than catches your eye at first glance. Following recent rebalance patch, both loot spots and amount of items that can be found there have increased than before.

When you are on the lookout for some items, you can find hidden treasures in Buried Cache. There are photos with clues throughout the map that will eventually lead you to nice rewards but other Outlanders could be near too.

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Find Buried Cache

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Regardless of weight, players could sprint like a champ before but you have to watch your load and be mindful of inventory. Not only they will reduce your stamina but also make footsteps louder when carrying heavy weights.

No one can simply outrun everybody after snatching airdrop crate as it is one of the heaviest things to carry and will affect overall stamina. Quality of life improvements adds shelter improvement, made doors and ladder more sensitive.

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Newly Added Weapons

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Update 1.1 added a Team Killer status for those who would kill their teammate for fun and will let others know what they did. New weapon addition includes Combat Magnum, MGV-176 submachine gun, SSG-82 rifle and ZA M72 machine gun.

Vigor is currently available exclusively on Xbox One with Bohemia revealing no plans to bring it to PC or PlayStation 4 anytime soon. Instead, they are planning to be regular of fixing issues and rolling out more updates from now on.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Special Ops Trailer

In a new trailer, Activision offers a close look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Special Ops co-op mode.

Serving as a soft reboot of Modern Warfare sub-series, first-person shooter title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from developer Infinity Ward and publisher Activision is all set to arrive on October 25, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Less than away from launch, MW is revealing new details every now and then to keep up the hype. In a recently released trailer, fan-favorite game mode Special Ops marks its anticipated return and re-imagined for a new generation.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Special Ops Trailer

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Latest Modern Warfare official trailer showcases high-octane gameplay aspects of Spec Ops multiplayer mode.




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CoD: MW multiplayer mode Special Ops is comprised of a couple of interconnected Operations where you will form four-player strike teams to take down a threat from Eastern Hemisphere and complete multiple objectives as well.

In order to complete these team-based missions, players can either take a stealthy approach or go all guns blazing if they want. Throughout a wide variety of maps, Operations would offer the most involved activities and experiences.

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You and your team would engage Al-Qatala army in the city of Verdansk and destroy their detailed coordinates. Primarily, four multi-stage Operations would be available at release and progress would carry over to multiplayer modes.

You are also free to hop on an ATV, helicopter, tank or any other vehicles necessary for your tactics to succeed. Though players are free to make calculated moves, enemy A.I. will react accordingly and thus, may change the tide of battle.

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Special Ops Missions

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Missions can be played out solo or in a team of four to test your performance in a star ranking based system. These are more complex type of Operations, designed to be replayable and focused on killstreaks, weapons and other features.

Special Ops Survival is basically a wave-based horde mode where players are to go up against tides of increasingly difficult and resolved group of opponents over a Multiplayer map in co-operative combat alongside three friends.

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Since progressions will carry over and are interconnected, Spec Ops mode will serve as a great add-on to Modern Warfare campaign. Also, something sinister is teased nearing the end of trailer, which probably is a throwback to Modern Warfare 2.

Call of Duty series veterans would recognize some modern rendition of familiar world from Modern Warfare games. There are plans for adding more post-launch content for Spec Ops mode but no details are revealed just yet.

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Explore Tactical Options

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One of the biggest reasons for MW craze among fans is cross-play support, which is the first ever in entire CoD franchise. That excitement has faded soon for Spec Ops Survival mode as it would remain a PS4-exclusive feature for a full year.

Despite Infinity Ward denying any timed exclusivity content for Sony consoles, it was later revealed that above-mentioned multiplayer mode in fact is not coming to PC and Xbox One platforms before October 1, 2020 at all.

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However, this move shouldn't come to players as a surprise considering PS4 players got their hands on Beta program ahead of others, establishing the fact that people who own Sony consoles would get more than just Day 1 advantage.

Activision reportedly got a large number of pre-order cancelled for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare over Survival mode timed exclusivity but is still keeping up because it is too late now for any renegotiation of their contract with Sony.

PlayStation 5 to Release in Holiday 2020

Sony has officially revealed their next-gen console to be PlayStation 5, will be launching on holiday 2020.

Only a few months back, lead system architect Mark Cerny of Sony Interactive Entertainment has revealed some hardware plans for their upcoming next-gen PlayStation video game console he was working at back in April 2019.

Though it is no longer a surprise at this point and kind of obvious that Sony will officially call it PlayStation 5 and CEO Jim Ryan has announced a launching window of holiday 2020 for their upcoming successor to PlayStation 4.

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PlayStation 5 to Release in Holiday 2020

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PS5 will introduce a new controller that focuses on an immersive gameplay experience for players via sense of touch. SIE is going to replace their rumble technology of 5th generation of consoles with haptics feedback.

Regardless of driving racing cars or exploring through various rough terrains, they all will feel different. Secondly, their team is working on an aspect called adaptive triggers that will be integrated with L2 and R2 trigger buttons.

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It emphasizes on activities like pushing the accelerator of a moving car on an unfriendly road or drawing a bow to shoot an arrow and when combined with haptics, this will create a unique experience for each performed action.

Of course, there is almost a year ahead of us for PlayStation 5 to release and Sony will reveal more info on their next-gen console in the mean time and by then, many AAA-blockbusters will arrive on PS4 to keep everyone busy.

Doom Eternal Delayed to March 2020

Hell on Earth will be unleashed later than expected as Doom Eternal has now been delayed to March 2020.

It was officially revealed during E3 2019 live event that upcoming first-person shooter Doom Eternal is going to come out on November 22, 2019 for Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Today came an announcement from developer id Software and publisher Bethesda Softworks that states that the game has been delayed to March 20, 2020 as it needs more time to live up to certain standards and being polished.

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Doom Eternal Delayed to March 2020

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Alongside this message came another shocker, which is Invasion Mode that lets player enter someone else's game as a demon will not be available at lunch but would be rolled out via a free update shortly after its release.

Serving as a follow-up sequel to 2016 reboot of Doom, players will return to Earth as Doom Slayer after his adventures on Mars only to find it in ruins and immediately jumps in tearing demon armies up from Hell to save humanity.

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Earlier, official Twitter account for Doom Eternal relayed the news of this unexpected delay and its reasons.


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Though a Nintendo Switch port for the game was confirmed by id Software during QuakeCon 2018 reveal, they never revealed a launch window. Latest announcement states to declare a definitive release date followed by other platforms.

According to new release date, Doom Eternal will come out alongside highly anticipated Switch title Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Finally, classic Doom 64 is coming to all major platforms as a pre-order bonus, also releasing on same day of 2020.