Black Ops 4 Dev Teases Blackout Map Changes And New Modes

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Black Ops 4 Dev Teases Blackout Map Changes And New Modes

Treyarch is continuing to steadily roll out new updates and content for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The developer has given fans a glimpse at what lays ahead for the popular shooter this week, including a double XP weekend event across all three game modes, new multiplayer and Blackout playlists for the PS4 version, and more.

Beginning February 14, Treyarch is kicking off a Valentine's Quad Feed weekend. Throughout the weekend, players will earn double XP and weapon XP in multiplayer mode, double XP and Nebulium Plasma in Zombies, and twice as many Merits in the Blackout battle royale mode. The event is scheduled to end at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Tuesday, February 19.

Before that, Treyarch will kick off two special modes on PS4 on February 12. First is the Arms Race Team Deathmatch playlist for multiplayer, which will reward players with 150 points, rather than the usual 100, for every enemy killed. Blackout, meanwhile, will get another iteration of Close Quarters Frenzy. The collapse occurs even more quickly in this mode, and the only weapons you'll find are SMGs, shotguns, pistols, and Bowie Knives.

Apex Legends Hits 25 Million Players In A Week

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Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale game from Titanfall developer Respawn, continues to soar. More than 25 million players have now tried Apex Legends, Respawn's Vince Zampella announced in a blog post. Additionally, the game reached "well over" 2 million peak concurrent players over the weekend, he said.

Apex Legends has been rising since release on Monday, February 4. The game hit 1 million players in eight hours, increasing to 2.5 million players in one day. The previous peak concurrent figure was 600,000, so it's increasing fast. Apex Legends is nowhere close to Fortnite, however, as the game--which is much older--has 200 million players and a peak concurrent user record of 8.3 million.

"What a week! Since we launched Apex Legends last week on Monday we've seen the creation of an Apex Legends community that is excited, thriving, and full of great feedback and ideas," Zampella said. "Our goal is to build this game with you, our community, so keep giving us your feedback because we really are listening."

Activision Blizzard Stock Price Falls After Reports Of Layoffs, Lower Sales Projections

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Activision Blizzard is set to report earnings for the all-important holiday quarter tomorrow, Tuesday February 12, and things aren't looking good at this stage. The company's share price dropped by as much as six percent on Monday, and that's notable for at least a couple of reasons.

First, Monday was the first full day of stock trading following the reports of "hundreds" of layoffs hitting the company this week. Second, The Los Angeles Times reports that analysts are expecting Activision Blizzard's sales to fall by two percent to $7.28 billion when the company reports earnings on Tuesday. Investors want to see positive growth trajectories, and the prediction of a downturn may have spooked them.

Regarding the rumoured layoffs, Business Insider reported that the cutbacks are "part of restructuring aimed at centralizing functions and boosting profit." Activision Blizzard reportedly employed around 9,800 people at the end of 2017.

Doom Patrol Review: DC Universe's Newest Original Series Is Bizarre, Unique, And Exactly What Fans Need

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Upon finishing the first episode of DC Universe's Doom Patrol, I couldn't help but wonder, "Why can't the DC Cinematic Universe make movies this unique and fun?" Doom Patrol isn't trying to fit itself into a box, creating yet another paint-by-numbers superhero story. This is a show speaking to its fanbase that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's a refreshing take on a genre that--at times--feels beaten to death.

DC Universe is well on a roll with its original programming. The first original series, Titans, was a huge success and Young Justice continued the adventures of characters we know and love in a dynamite follow up. As for Doom Patrol, it knows knows what it is and doesn't care what you think, which is the most endearing thing about it.

From the first moments of the premiere, you know you're in for something different. "Ready for a story about superheroes? More TV superheroes, just what the world needs. Be honest, have you hung yourself yet?" Those words, spewed into a mic by none other than Alan Tudyk--who plays the villain Mr. Nobody--open up this first episode. This is unlike any other superhero television series, and I couldn't have been happier.

Fortnite's 7.40 Update Adding Infantry Rifle Gun Along With Overtime Challenges And Balance Changes

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Fortnite's 7.40 Update Adding Infantry Rifle Gun Along With Overtime Challenges And Balance Changes

Season 8 of Fortnite is just around the corner now, but not before developer Epic Games rolls out another patch for the hit battle royale game. Update 7.40 is slated to arrive on all platforms--PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile--on February 12, and it appears it'll introduce yet another new weapon to the game.

Fortnite's in-game News feed is teasing the arrival of a new type of gun called the Infantry Rifle. Its description doesn't offer many details on how it'll handle, but the gun is listed as "coming soon." Considering that Epic frequently advertises new weapons and items in the News feed just prior to its latest updates, the Infantry Rifle will presumably arrive as part of this week's 7.40 patch.

That isn't the only change Epic has in store for Fortnite this week. In a post on Reddit, the developer detailed a number of balance and gameplay adjustments it is implementing with the 7.40 update. Full patch notes will be available once the update goes live, but among other things, Epic is increasing the reload time for Rocket Launchers and reducing the amount of structure damage Hand Cannons deal. Additionally, the Stormwing vehicle will no longer be able to crash through structures.

Fortnite 7.40 Update Adding New Gun, Overtime Challenges, And Nerfs

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Fortnite 7.40 Update Adding New Gun, Overtime Challenges, And Nerfs

Season 8 of Fortnite is just around the corner now, but not before developer Epic Games rolls out another patch for the hit battle royale game. Update 7.40 is slated to arrive on all platforms--PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile--on February 12, and it appears it'll introduce yet another new weapon to the game.

Fortnite's in-game News feed is teasing the arrival of a new type of gun called the Infantry Rifle. Its description doesn't offer many details on how it'll handle, but the gun is listed as "coming soon." Considering that Epic frequently advertises new weapons and items in the News feed just prior to its latest updates, the Infantry Rifle will presumably arrive as part of this week's 7.40 patch.

That isn't the only change Epic has in store for Fortnite this week. In a post on Reddit, the developer detailed a number of balance and gameplay adjustments it is implementing with the 7.40 update. Full patch notes will be available once the update goes live, but among other things, Epic is increasing the reload time for Rocket Launchers and reducing the amount of structure damage Hand Cannons deal. Additionally, the Stormwing vehicle will no longer be able to crash through structures.

Rainbow Six Siege Adds New Operators And Map In Burnt Horizon Expansion

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Rainbow Six Siege's next downloadable content will be Burnt Horizon, a set of operators and environments that pay homage to the continent of Australia. It accompanied the announcement with a short teaser that shows the Outback Map.

According to the announcement, the new DLC will include two new operators: one attacker and one defender. How exactly they'll function is left a bit of a mystery, though. The two are said to be old friends from the SASR, and they're described as stoic and quick-witted, respectively. The overview of the map shows a dusty, isolated area of the red desert. As usual, the new map will be released for free, and season pass holders will get the two new operators right away. Everyone else will have to wait an extra week and then grind for in-game currency to unlock them.

More details on the operators and the new map will be coming during the Six Invitational tournament in Montreal on February 17. It will be aired on the Rainbow Six Twitch channel.

True Detective Season 3 Theories From Episode 6: Hiding In Plain Sight?

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True Detective Season 3 Theories From Episode 6: Hiding In Plain Sight?

The solution is staring us in the face.

Short of coming right out and telling us who killed Will and kidnapped Julie, HBO's True Detective gave us enough clues to put the solution together ourselves in Season 3, Episode 6: "Hunters in the Dark." The bigger questions now shift to the detectives: Who knew what, and at what time? Based on the 2015 timeline, Roland and Wayne may have done something heinous to the perpetrator(s), as an act of vengeance, justice, or a colder matter of practicality.

The most interesting question: where is Julie Purcell in 2015? We know that the authorities never found her, but that still doesn't preclude the possibility that Roland and Wayne found her and covered it up, or that she's six feet under, and died as an anonymous citizen. The showrunners still have two episodes to tie up any remaining loose ends.

Here are the latest theories for True Detective: Season 3, Episode 6--a combination of our personal insights and the best theories we found online. If you liked the theories in this gallery, there's more where that came from. Check out our other True Detective theory galleries for further deep-dive analyses.