For Honor – New Heroes, Maps, and More Arrive With Season 3 on August 15

Season Three of For Honor, titled Grudge & Glory, begins tomorrow, August 15. When it hits, you can expect new Heroes, new maps, new gear, gameplay changes and coming soon, ranked matches. The two new Heroes will be available immediately to Season Pass holders on August 15, while other players will be able to unlock them starting August 22 for 15,000 Steel each. The two new maps – Viking Village and Sentinel – along with all the new legendary gear and gameplay updates are free to all players starting August 15. Ranked mode will also be launching in For Honor following some additional testing from the development team.

The new Heroes are the Highlander and the Gladiator, who fight for the Vikings and the Knights, respectively. The Highlander is a beefy Hybrid who swings a massive claymore – the biggest sword in the game – and can switch between a counter-attacking defensive form, and an offensive form that enables powerful attacks while eliminating the ability to block.

The Gladiator is an Assassin who carries a trident, a shield, and very little armor, making him a nimble contender. He can punch opponents away, creating enough space to set up attacks and stuns, and his large stamina meter and fast cooldowns mean he’s a force to be reckoned with.

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Reputation level is now increased to 40 from 30, and there’ll also be a new gear rarity, raising the maximum gear score from 144 to 180. Finally, Grudge & Glory comes with a number of gameplay tweaks and updates, with more planned in the future, including the addition of dedicated servers.

During the final testing, the development team discovered a bug with the duel tournament feature that will require a fix. A fix is already being worked on, but the bug will delay ranked mode, which could launch as early as next week. The team will continue to provide updates on ranked mode via Twitter and our forums.

For Honor is available now on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. To find out more, check out our previous For Honor coverage.

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The Division Update 1.7 Brings Global Events and New Loot on August 15

Division Agents should prepare for new, unexpected threats to arrive in plague-stricken Manhattan soon with the release of Update 1.7 on August 15. New global events will introduce modifiers that will affect all PvE areas (including DLC) by shaking things up, providing a stiffer challenge, and offering powerful rewards. Each Global Event will be themed, and the first one, Outbreak, will be tied to the pandemic that brought the city to its knees. Additionally, new Activity modifiers can be activated on specific missions and Incursions, stacking on top of the Global Event modifier and providing a new difficulty layer to test your tactics and teamwork.

There will be more Global Event types revealed later on, but rest assured that your hard work won’t go unrewarded. Existing gear sets are being revamped and upgraded to Classified Gear sets, which carry new five- and six-piece bonuses, bigger primary stat roles, and additional recalibration options. During the Outbreak event, for example, players will be able to collect a Classified version of Deadeye gear, which will impart this new six-piece bonus: “When zoomed, getting a headshot kill with Marksman rifles will increase critical hit damage by 20% every second to a maximum of 100%, and will increase stability by 100%. Last for 10 seconds or until no longer zoomed.”

Additionally, a new cosmetic customization slot will let you up your intimidation factor with face masks. You’ll also be able to update your look at the barbershop by swapping out your sunglasses or getting a fresh cut. New Encrypted Caches with exclusive emotes, outfits, and skins will be unlockable with cypher keys that can be purchased with premium credits, or assembled from key fragments, which you can collect by completing commendations (see below) or killing named bosses throughout the game.

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For Agents who have dared to accomplish some of the more difficult tasks in The Division, a new kind of challenge is coming to help you show off your achievements. Commendations will reward players with new arm patches for doing things like killing 100 enemies with a shotgun, finishing Napalm Production Site on Legendary Mode, and activating all 63 ECHO scenes (and don’t worry, if you’ve already completed one of these tasks, you’ll get commendation credit for it).

If you haven’t purchased the Survival DLC (but own the full game), you’ll get a chance to try this thrilling session-based mode for free from 6:00AM PDT on August 18, to 12:00PM PDT on August 20. Survival turns the winter weather and the virus into real threats, and challenges you to start with just a pistol and make it all the way to a Dark Zone extraction. Playable in PvP or PvE, Survival is an exciting twist on The Division, and with Update 1.7, new scoring and new reward balancing will make it even more lucrative.

Update 1.7 is coming on August 15 to The Division. To catch up on the latest news about The Division, check out the UbiBlog’s previous coverage.

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Rainbow Six Siege Blood Orchid Announced, Preview Slated for Pro League Finals

On August 29, Operation Blood Orchid will be released for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, bringing a new map, new customization items, and three new Operators to Rainbow Six Siege. A few days ahead of release, players will be able to get a look at the new content in action during a livestream from Gamescom. In addition to showcasing the new Hong Kong map, the stream will also show off the three new Operators.

The show will take place on August 26 at 10:15AM PDT during the Pro League finals. The finals will be aired on twitch.tv/rainbow6 on August 25-26, and will see the eight best teams from Latin America, Europe, and North America competing for a $237,500 prize pool and the chance to be crowned Year 2 Season 2 Pro League Champions.

The Operators from Operation Blood Orchid will be available for Season Pass holders starting on August 29, and all other players will be able to access the new Operators on September 5. The new map will be available for free to all players on August 29.

For more on Rainbow Six Siege, check out UbiBlog’s previous coverage.

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For Honor – Closer Look at New Heroes and New Maps for Season 3

New videos have arrived showcasing the new heroes and new maps that will be hitting For Honor at the start of Season 3 on August 15. The Gladiator is leaving the glory of the arena behind to fight for the Knight faction, bringing their trusty trident and buckler.

The Highlander has come to fulfill old oaths to the Viking faction, and his massive claymore is an intimidating sight to behold.

The new Sentinel map is set in the ruins of a Knight fortification, where only a tall tower remains intact. Deadly ballista emplacements give players an opportunity to shoot their opponents, but flanking routes make using these weapons a risky proposition.

The second new map, Viking Village, puts players in a seaside raiding settlement where the land slopes up from the docks to a foreboding hall on a hill. The threat here comes not just in your enemies, or the briny deep, but from a massive spiked barrel that can be released to roll down the hill and crush anyone in its path.

The new maps will be available free for all players on August 15. Season Pass holders will gain access to the Gladiator and Highlander on that same day. They will be available for all other players to purchase with Steel on August 22. For more on For Honor’s third season, Grudge & Glory, check out the UbiBlog’s previous coverage.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole PC Specs and System Requirements Revealed

The South Park the Fractured But Whole development team has released official specs for the PC version of the game. You’ll find the full list of system requirements below:

MINIMUM CONFIGURATION

Resolution:720p @~60FPS

Video Preset: Low

V-Sync: Off

OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 2400 | AMD FX 4320 or equivalent

VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560Ti / GTX 650 / GTX 750 / GTX 950 / GTX 1050
AMD Radeon HD 7850 / R9 270 / R9 370 / RX 460
(2GB VRAM or above | See supported list below)

SYSTEM RAM: 6 GB

RECOMMENDED CONFIGURATION

Resolution: 1080p @~60FPS

Video Preset: High

V-Sync: Off

OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-4690K | AMD FX-8350 or equivalent

VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 / GTX 750ti / GTX 960 / GTX 1060
AMD Radeon R9 280X / R9 380 / RX 470
(2 GB VRAM or above | See supported list below)

SYSTEM RAM: 8 GB

*Supported NVIDIA cards at time of release:

  • GeForce GTX500 series: (minimum) GeForce GTX560Ti or better | (recommended) none
  • GeForce GTX600 series: (minimum) GeForce GTX650 or better | (recommended) GeForce GTX670 or better
  • GeForce GTX700 series: (minimum) GeForce GTX750 or better | (recommended) GeForce GTX760 or better
  • GeForce GTX900 series: (minimum) GeForce GTX950 or better | (recommended) GeForce GTX960 or better
  • GeForce GTX1000 series: (minimum) any GeForce GTX10 card | (recommended) GeForce GTX1050Ti or better

**Supported AMD cards at time of release:

  • Radeon HD7000 series: (minimum) Radeon HD7850 or better | (recommended) 7970 or better
  • Radeon 200 series: (minimum) Radeon R9 270 or better | (recommended) Radeon R9 280X or better
  • Radeon 300/Fury X series: (minimum) Radeon R9 370 or better | (recommended) Radeon R9 380 or better
  • Radeon 400 series: (minimum) Radeon RX460 or better | (recommended) Radeon RX470 or better

South Park The Fractured But Whole is scheduled for release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 17. Check out the official site for more information.

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New Rainbow Six Siege Patch Expands Dedicated Server Support for Custom Matches, Voice Chat, Terrorist Hunt

The 2.2.2 patch for Rainbow Six Siege is set to arrive on August 9, bringing additional dedicated server support, bug fixes, and mohawks as a part of the ongoing Operation Health. The mohawk is part of the Elite Pulse Set dubbed “Lucky Seventh,” which also includes new weapon and gadget skins, a victory animation, a chibi charm, and the Lucky Seventh uniform. Dedicated servers will now be hosting Custom Matches with as little as two players in the lobby, lowering the requirement from 10 players. Also, all Terrorist Hunt matches will be hosted on dedicated servers starting in the near future. Futhermore, an improved integrated voice chat solution powered by Vivox (also hosted on dedicated servers) will roll out on PC, with console support coming later. And to cap off the server news, all Terrorist Hunt Matches will move to dedicated servers to remove host migration and improve stability.

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If you’ve ever covered a window entry, you’ll be glad to learn that patch 2.2.2 tweaks the vaulting animation so you can more accurately see which way the intruder is aiming as they vault into the room.

The patch will also include a free gift for players who have have played since that start of Operation Health on May 23: the R6 Caduceus charm. Additionally, Year 2 Pass owners will be gifted Doc’s Gauze headgear and the Mended weapon skin.

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This update also lays the groundwork for some improvements coming with next Title Update at the launch of Season 3, including upgraded servers with better hardware than those currently in use. These technical improvements will cover hit registration, desyncs, overall latency, and more. Patch 2.2.2 also delivers a bunch of bug fixes that you can read all about on the official Rainbow Six Siege website. For more on Rainbow Six Siege, check out the UbiBlog’s previous coverage.

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