Rainbow Six Extraction arrives in January, comes with free cross-play ‘Buddy Pass’

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Rainbow Six Extraction arrives in January, comes with free cross-play ‘Buddy Pass’

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction will launch Jan. 20, 2022, Ubisoft announced Thursday. In addition, the publisher dropped the price of the standard edition of the sci-fi tactical shooter — it will now cost $39.99. (A deluxe version of Extraction with three “bonus packs” will cost $49.99.)

Ubisoft also announced it will include two Buddy Pass tokens with each copy of Rainbow Six Extraction, which will allow friends to play the game with you for free for a two-week trial period. Rainbow Six Extraction will have cross-play, cross-save, and cross-progression on Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, and those platforms will support the Buddy Pass.

Call of Duty: Vanguard leaks hint at Captain America, Indiana Jones cameos

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Call of Duty: Vanguard leaks hint at Captain America, Indiana Jones cameos

Captain America and Indiana Jones have three things in common: They hate Nazis, they’re owned by Disney, and they both might be coming to Call of Duty: Vanguard, according to unconfirmed references to the characters in the game’s files.

Data miners say they have discovered in-game mentions and artwork that suggest that cameos for both Disney heroes could be making their way into the latest Call of Duty game, possibly in their own event.

Yep, Naruto is coming to Fortnite

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Yep, Naruto is coming to Fortnite

Get ready: Naruto: Shippuden will be dashing its way into Fortnite, Epic Games confirmed on Wednesday. For now, we don’t have any details about specific characters or new items, but we at least know that the rumored crossover event is in fact true, and it will be released on Nov. 16. (So soon!)

Epic Games announced the news in a Tweet from the official Fortnite account. Naruto, named after its first ninja protagonist, is one of the most beloved and well-known anime series of all time. The game will be adding content from Naruto: Shippuden, which follows part two of the manga and ran from 2007 to 2017 on television. If the crossover is anything like previous ones, we can expect a new character and some Naruto-themed items like a spray, back bling, music track, and two loading screens to match.

YouTube will still let you dislike a video, but the world will never know

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YouTube will still let you dislike a video, but the world will never know

The dislike counter is about to disappear from your most hated YouTube videos, but the dislike button isn’t going away. YouTube revealed the change in a blog post on Wednesday, which gave some additional context as to why the company will remove the dislike counter on all its videos.

While the dislike counter — which, as the name suggests, counts how many times people have disliked a YouTube video — has its uses, YouTube researchers discovered that many users tend to bombard a single video in a kind of review-bomb-like tactic. This tanks the video not because of its content, but because people don’t like the creator themselves, or some other wayward reason. Call of Duty fans used this exact tactic to rocket the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer into the “most disliked video” back in 2016 — although it was quickly dethroned.

Far Cry 6’s Vaas DLC launches next week

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Far Cry 6’s Vaas DLC launches next week

Far Cry 6’s first premium expansion, Vaas: Insanity, will launch Nov. 16. It’s part of the $39.99 season pass of post-launch content, which will revisit the psyches of the open-world series’ most deranged villains.

Vaas: Insanity puts Michael Mando back in the role of Vaas Montenegro, the pirate leader and enemy No. 1 of 2012’s Far Cry 3. Vaas: Insanity will be “a brand-new experience inspired by the roguelite genre,” Ubisoft said in a statement. Players will begin with only a pistol, and must find new weapons and power-ups to survive their journey deeper into Vaas’ twisted mind.

New World’s new public test realm brings mysterious raiders and dark magic

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New World’s new public test realm brings mysterious raiders and dark magic

While Amazon’s New World MMO has struggled with some significant launch problems, the developer is rolling out some big updates. The first of these is a Public Test Realm, which allows early access to upcoming features. First on the list of things to test is the upcoming Into the Void update, a new weapon class, and lots of new quests and quality-of-life updates to round out the world of Aeternum.

The Public Test Realm, or PTR, is described as “a limited-availability server-set that will give players an early look at upcoming features.” Players with a copy of New World can find the Test Realm in their Steam library as a standalone application; they can download it, jump onto test servers, and create a custom character with a range of gear. When the test concludes, the Test Realm will shut down and be wiped clean until the next testing period.

Valve delays the Steam Deck into 2022

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Valve delays the Steam Deck into 2022

The Steam Deck has been delayed, Valve revealed in a Wednesday afternoon blog post. The handheld PC will first start shipping to fans in February 2022, two months past its original schedule. Valve blamed the global supply chain for the device’s delay.

Prior to this delay, the Steam Deck didn’t have an exact release date, with Valve instead telling fans to expect their Deck to ship sometime in December. But the same chip shortages that are preventing players around the world from getting a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X have now hit the Steam Deck.

Anime fighter Jump Force is shutting down

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Anime fighter Jump Force is shutting down

Bandai Namco is pulling Jump Force, the anime crossover fighting game that features characters from Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and other series, from digital stores on Feb. 7, 2022.

In an announcement posted Wednesday, the publisher also warned that online services for Jump Force will be shuttered next year, with multiplayer lobbies and other internet-dependent features coming to an end on Aug. 24, 2022. Bandai Namco said that players will be able to use the game’s offline modes after that date.

Genshin Impact developer tells fans it’s OK to make merch

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Genshin Impact developer tells fans it’s OK to make merch

Fan creators making merchandise that uses characters from Mihoyo’s popular anime-fueled game Genshin Impact can breathe a sigh of relief. That’s because the game’s developer provided clear-cut guidelines on Tuesday that outline how fans can and can’t use their characters in fan-made products.

According to Mihoyo, fans are “free to create original secondary content from already published content of the Genshin Impact series and produce physical merchandise to give away or sell,” according to the developers. There are, of course, exceptions: Sellers can’t violate relevant laws, for example, and the products can’t “harm the reputation of Genshin Impact or miHoYo.”

Call of Duty: Vanguard players are glitching their way to the most exclusive gun camo

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Call of Duty: Vanguard players are glitching their way to the most exclusive gun camo

It’s officially Call of Duty season, and players are already pushing their way through Call of Duty: Vanguard’s online multiplayer to unlock weapon camos — proving they’re the best and most dedicated fans. The Atomic camo is particularly hard to get (and cool-looking), requiring players to unlock Diamond camo on all weapon classes. But some players are cheating their way into the reward.

Nanikos, a Call of Duty leaker and data miner on Twitter, tweeted a picture of themselves using the camo and then a follow-up on how to activate it. The video just shows Nanikos click the “none” camo box multiple times until it eventually appears on the weapon. This glitch shouldn’t be replicated, as it’s clearly unintended, and as Call of Duty blog CharlieIntel calls out, it could potentially result in punishment by Activision.