Dev Diary Outlines Year 2 Updates And Changes

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Dev Diary Outlines Year 2 Updates And Changes

Rainbow Six: Siege has been out in the wild since December 2015, but Ubisoft is continuing to support the popular tactical shooter with a slew of new content and updates for Year 2, as detailed in a new developer diary.

Siege is getting new Operators throughout the year, and the old Operators are also being revamped, rebalanced, and even remodeled. Additionally, the old, slow matchmaking system is being thrown out and replaced with a new one-step system, which should allow players to hop into matches much more quickly. Perhaps most importantly, the metagame is being reworked, with the addition of loot drops which should, ideally, reduce the grind and hasten players' access to premium Operators.

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Performance Mode Gameplay Trailer And Release Details

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Performance Mode Gameplay Trailer And Release Details

The rhythm genre may not be as hugely popular as it was in its heyday of 2007-09, but there is still an audience out there who loves to rock out on their plastic instruments. Rock Band 4's steady stream of DLC is showing no signs of stopping, and Online Quckplay mode just released to owners of the Rivals Expansion. In addition to this, developer Harmonix is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the series with a brand-new title exclusive to Oculus Rift: Rock Band VR.

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Rock Band VR is a guitar-only game compatible with any PS4 or Xbox One Rock Band 4 controller (no legacy instruments allowed at present, sorry!). Players will strap on the Oculus headset and be transported to a virtual-reality concert stage where they can rock out in two distinct modes: Classic Mode retains the classic Rock Band five-button beatmatching gameplay, while Performance Mode takes full advantage of the immersive nature of Oculus VR. A natural extension of Rock Band 4's Freestyle Solos, Performance Mode lets players put their own spin on 60 rock and roll tunes. Three tracks have been announced so far:

Scribbly Shooter Drawn To Life Gets April Release Date, In-Depth Dev Video

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Scribbly Shooter Drawn To Life Gets April Release Date, In-Depth Dev Video

Drawn to Death is an usual-looking game, to be sure, but what sets it apart from other hero shooters on the market today is more than skin deep. Designer David Jaffe talks about the game's frantic four-player action, explaining why a pared-down player count helps keep the action more strategic than a twitchy free-for-all.

In the video below, Jaffe explains how having fewer opponents lets you get a better sense of where your enemies are and what they're capable of – even getting a sense of the kind of player they are. He readily admits that it may seem like a turn off initially, but that players who have gotten their hands on the game have grown fond of both the game's finely tuned (and over-the-top) action.

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Play As A Samurai Hitman In This '80s Style Platformer

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Play As A Samurai Hitman In This '80s Style Platformer

Playing as a Samurai-like assassin, Katana Zero is a stylish platformer that channels the likes of Hotline Miami. It features a neo noir and '80s aesthetic through its pixelated graphics, and is supported by bloody and fast combat.

You slash, sneak, walljump and use items around your environment such as throwing pottery to overcome your enemies. You also have nifty time manipulation powers as you progress through what developer Askiisoft calls a "fractured city."

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New Injustice 2 Trailer Reveals Black Canary As Next Fighter To Join The Roster

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New Injustice 2 Trailer Reveals Black Canary As Next Fighter To Join The Roster

NetherRealm Studios revealed the next character to join the Injustice 2 roster today, via a new trailer on IGN. The reveal showcases DC fan-favorite Black Canary, as well as a previously unseen stage set in Arkham Asylum. As she battles Blue Beetle and Atrocitus, players can get a look at some of her special moves including a parry and grenade setups, as well as a devastating super move where she unleashes her iconic "Canary Cry" against her opponent. You can see her in action for yourself in the trailer below.

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Injustice 2 will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16. Check out the previous character reveal trailer featuring Robin, right here. 

Nintendo's Super Bowl Ad Has About 1-Second Of New Footage

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Nintendo's Super Bowl Ad Has About 1-Second Of New Footage

Nintendo produced a Super Bowl ad for the first time in the company's history, and while it is severely underwhelming it does have a full second of new Zelda: Breath of the Wild footage.

In the very, very short clip (seen in gif form below) Link is shown brandishing his sword in front of Zelda and another character who is taking a nap. Link appears to be protecting both Zelda and the napping character dressed in red, but it's difficult to ascertain much else from the very brief clip.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches March 3 on Wii U and Switch, which also releases March 3.

Multiplayer Shooter Pulls Ashore For Early Access

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Multiplayer Shooter Pulls Ashore For Early Access

Dontnod Eleven's fast-paced PC title launched today on Steam Early Access. Battlecrew Space Pirates currently features four playable buccaneers, a central hub for players to track stats and leaderboards, and the Gold Rush game mode. This 4v4 competitive game type, which pits space pirate crews against each other to steal the most treasure, is shown prominently in the game's Early Access trailer.

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Battlecrew Space Pirates will be available for 30-percent off until February 7, with Dontnod Eleven promising more maps, characters, and a 2v2 Deathmatch game type as development continues during Early Access.  

New Developer Gameplay Trailer Focues On Online Cooperative Experience

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New Developer Gameplay Trailer Focues On Online Cooperative Experience

Sea of Thieves, Rare's ambitious open-world online pirate simulator has a new gameplay video, showcasing the developers on a peaceful mission to deliver some treasure. Of course, it isn't long before a gang of scurvy dogs pops in to cause chaos and excitement. The trailer shows off many of the game's unique features, including playing sea shanties on old-timey pirate instruments, plugging leaks made by cannonballs, digging up buried treasure, and adjusting sails to suit the wind.

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Rare is clearly placing a broad emphasis on teamwork and a lighthearted tone of whimsy and discovery; while it may prove to be possible, it would likely be a significant hassle for a single player to control an entire pirate ship all by themselves, especially with the myriad dangers afoot in Sea of Thieves' sandbox.

Aurora Shows How To Paragon And Chill In New Hero Video

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Aurora Shows How To Paragon And Chill In New Hero Video

Epic Games has released a new Paragon hero, the frosty Aurora. Take a look at a new video to see how she uses her ice abilities to disrupt and control enemy attackers.

She's able to rush forward using her abilities, create paths for her and her allies, and freeze large crowds using her ultimate. Check out the clip for a complete rundown of what she brings to the field.

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