Ubisoft Lays Out All The Big Changes Coming To Rainbow Six Siege This Year

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Ubisoft Lays Out All The Big Changes Coming To Rainbow Six Siege This Year

We recently called Rainbow Six Siege "the king of the comeback" in our list of games improved the most by free updates and boy has that game earned the title thanks to consistent updates and constant communication with its community. Year four of Ubisoft's support looms on the horizon for Siege and the publisher's put out a video detailing all the changes coming as well as the philosophy behind them.

To learn more about the operator changes, events, and fixes to address toxicity coming to Siege, give this a watch:

For more on Rainbow Six Siege, check out our video on how Pro Rules breathe new life into the game.

Reader Discussion – When Is A Silent Protagonist A Good Idea?

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Reader Discussion – When Is A Silent Protagonist A Good Idea?

The debate has gone on for years, and yet it never seems like the industry can decide on whether your player character should have an active role in the story they're a part of, or keep to themselves like the good player avatar they are. As more games trend toward having their main characters speak for themselves but others remain steadfast on keeping players curiously mum, we want to know: is it ever a good idea to have a silent protagonist?

Link is the first silent protagonist who comes to mind, and I can't help but feel his is the best case you can make. I think if there were ever a game where Link were a fully-voiced character, he'd be kind of annoying. Not "excuuuuse me, princess" annoying, but I think a large part of his character comes from how we imbue him with traits that we like in lieu of having a clear personality to cling to. As a general rule, though, I find myself rolling my eyes whenever characters speak to me like I'm Lassie.

Do you prefer silent protagonists? Do you think there's a general rule for when a silent player is the best kind of player? Let us know in the comments.

AFL-CIO Treasurer Urges Game Developers To Unionize

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AFL-CIO Treasurer Urges Game Developers To Unionize

As companies like Activision continue to make record profits as they lay off large portions of their staff, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is calling for game developers to unionize.

AFL-CIO treasurer Liz Shuler has written a letter, published on Kotaku, detailing an argument for why an industry facing overworked conditions, sudden joblessness, and the emergence of groups favoring the notion should work to unionize. 

Shuler writes that the game industry, which she cites as one of the most lucrative "commodities" the U.S. produces, is built off the back of workers who passionately work tireless hours to produce works of art that bring joy to millions of players. "There’s nothing more powerful than throwing yourself into your craft, putting in day after day of passionate, hard work," she says.

SNK Heroines Heads To Steam Next Week

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SNK Heroines Heads To Steam Next Week

Tag-team fighter/dress-up game most of its characters look uncomfortable to be a part of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy will be heading to Steam next week.

The game will head to the PC platform on February 21, SNK announced the news at this year's Evo Japan. Though no trailer for the game is officially available online as of this writing, a fan attending the event was able to capture off-screen footage of a trailer playing at Evo Japan making the announcement. We expect a full announcement with more details to come at a later date.

SNK Heroines features several women from across the SNK catalog of games, as well as Terry Bogard and Skullolady.

Hasbro Announces Overwatch Ultimates Toy Line

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Hasbro Announces Overwatch Ultimates Toy Line

Following up on its tease earlier this week, Hasbro has announced a line of Overwatch-themed action figures, unveiling the first line featuring nine characters who aren't Roadhog.

The trailer of the line is short and sweet except for not including Roadhog, giving each of the figures in the line a quick once-over. The characters in the line are:

The figures retail for $22.99 for single figures, and $49.99 for dual packs (which don't look like they're available separately). If you're Reinhardt main, however, you'll have to pay $49.99 for the extra-large figure. If you're a Roadhog main, not being able to buy a figure of your favorite character is free. You can browse and purchase the entire first series here.

Dota Auto Chess Is The Fourth Most Popular Game On Steam, Reaches Over Four Million Players

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Dota Auto Chess Is The Fourth Most Popular Game On Steam, Reaches Over Four Million Players

Dota Auto Chess, a custom game inside Dota 2, continues experiencing enormous success, garnering a playerbase much larger than most games on Steam.

The game recently surpassed a brand-new milestone: 300,000 concurrent players, and is currently sitting at over four million total subscribers. This is a sign of the mod's continued growth, as only last month the game was sitting at over 100,000 concurrents and nearly 700,000 subscribers, according to esports outfit Team Secret's director of operations Matthew Bailey.

This makes the mod itself one of the most popular games on Steam. If you were to rank Auto Chess on Steam's official player statistics rankings across all games on Steam, it would place fourth, putting it ahead of the Steam playerbases for Rainbow Six Siege (the game is also available on consoles and through Ubisoft's own store on PC) and Grand Theft Auto V (which is also available outside of Steam through the Rockstar Social Club store), and behind Steam exclusive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which sports more than twice the concurrent playerbase.

Destiny 2's Trials Of The Nine Won't Be Back For A While, Says Bungie

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Destiny 2's Trials Of The Nine Won't Be Back For A While, Says Bungie

Trials of the Nine, one of Destiny 2's most competitive activities and which only took place on weekends, isn't going to return any time soon, as Bungie still trying to figure out how to make the mode work with the current state of Destiny 2.

On its blog, Bungie announced the mode still isn't ready to return. "We still don’t have a timeline for when it may return, but we do want to give you an update on our current thinking about Trials," the developer said.

Bungie feels the mode didn't reach the highs of the the original Destiny's Trials of Osiris, the original competitive mode for the series, especially when it come to rallying like-minded players to play at their best. Though the company has pushed many parts of Destiny 2 to be more like Destiny, this won't be the case for Trials. "Both Destiny and the online PvP scene have evolved since 2015, so we don’t believe that bringing back the 2015 version of Trials of Osiris would accomplish what our goals are today."

What To Watch This Weekend: Overwatch League, Evo Japan, And Rainbow Six Siege

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What To Watch This Weekend: Overwatch League, Evo Japan, And Rainbow Six Siege

It's a big week all over the world! Overwatch League starts off here in the States, Counter-Strike gets some love in Poland, and fighting games are big in Japan.

The Overwatch League started back up this week and will be finishing its first run of matches tomorrow. You can catch old favorites like the Shanghai Dragons (favorites because who doesn't like an underdog?) face off against new teams like the Vancouver Titans. (Stream / Schedule)

When they're not shutting the stream down due to Dead or Alive-related incidents, Evo Japan brings some of the most competitive fighting game action for Street Fighter Vthe King of Fighters XIVSoulcalibur VITekken 7, and more. (Stream / Schedule)

Weekend Warrior – Something Old, Something New

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Weekend Warrior – Something Old, Something New

February is a big month for gaming, with huge titles like Anthem, Jump Force, and Far Cry: New Dawn knocking on our doors. Some Game Informer editors are catching up on their backlogs as they ready for the month's biggest titles, and others are diving right into new games like the stellar Metro Exodus. Let us know in the comments section below what games you'll be playing this weekend!

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I’ll be starting my journey in Anthem on PC! Other than that, I’m sure I’ll play some more Apex Legends and also keep playing Kingdom Hearts III on PS4… My apologies to all listeners to The Game Informer Show podcast for sharing my opinions on Kingdom Hearts III so far. I’ll keep at it. Have a good weekend!

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I’m spending this weekend playing more of Wargroove and, of course, getting some final loot boxes in the Overwatch Lunar New Year event. I need that Reaper skin.

Ghostbusters Car Becomes A Transformer In New Hasbro Toy

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Ghostbusters Car Becomes A Transformer In New Hasbro Toy

The Ghostbusters and Transformers have a lot in common. Both are frequently looked on by skeptical government employees. Both battle unambiguously villainous names like Decepticons or Vigo. Both also often get to where they need to be on wheels, which is exemplified with a new toy from Hasbro.

Discovered by website ToyArk, the Transforms x Ghostbusters crossover is called the Ecto-1 figure. It's not available yet and was leaked during a store redesign for Hasbro's Pulse store.

The page isn't up yet but you can count on ToyArk's site to post when it's finally available.