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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Blackout

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode is now free to download and play across all platforms. Until 24 January, the Blackout Free Trial features all the intense action from the game mode that brings together characters, locations, weapons and gear from across the series, with Black Ops signature gameplay in the biggest map in franchise history. The new game mode is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC exclusively on Blizzard Battle.net, and will end at 20:00 South African time on 24 January.

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“The community response to Blackout has been incredible, and we love watching how players have really made the mode their own, evolving gameplay to a new level,” said Dan Bunting, co-studio head at Treyarch. “We can’t wait to welcome new players to experience the unique Black Ops style of battle royale in Blackout.”

Blackout allows players to go solo, or join their friends in duos or quads, and battle across land, sea and air. Players fight as a variety of characters in locations inspired by maps including Nuketown, Firing Range, Raid, and Cargo, offering diverse gameplay action. 

“It’s amazing to see the amount of creativity and fun that our players have from the moment they start playing,” said Mark Gordon, co-studio head at Treyarch. “Particularly as game developers, we’ve always been fascinated watching clips and streams of how fans play, and we can’t wait to see even more people jump into the action.”

All progress and earned in-game items are saved and immediately accessible once a player upgrades to the full game from the Blackout Free Trial. Also, a playlist called “Down But Not Out” is live during the trial. This mode is available for quads, and allows players’ eliminated team members to wingsuit back into the game and re-join them in each new collapse, except for the final circle. “Down But Not Out” is live now on PlayStation 4, and will go live on other platforms to follow.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis

Ubisoft has announced the release date for the episodes of the second post-launch story arc of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, The Fate of Atlantis. The first episode, Fields of Elysium, will release on April 23 across all available platforms. Throughout Fields of Elysium and the following two episodes, players will continue their Odyssey in the Greek afterlife to uncover the great mysteries that lie within the ancient realms of the gods.

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As the story of Fields of Elysium unfolds, players traverse the paradise of Elysium, a realm of great beauty, to reveal sinister secrets while facing against the might of the Isu. Players encounter both new factions and familiar characters, and acquire new legendary weapons and gear.

Fields of Elysium also introduces new Ability enhancements, which modify existing abilities to alter their function, giving players the opportunity to further fine-tune their playstyles. Ability enhancements are divided into each branch of the skill tree – Hunter, Warrior and Assassin – and several are introduced in each episode, starting with Ares Bull Charge, Might of Artemis, Kronos Time Warp and Ares Madness in Fields of Elysium.

Following the first story arc, Legacy of the First Blade, The Fate of Atlantis sees our hero confront deities, encounter terrifying beasts of myth, and forge new bonds with a colourful cast of characters. After Fields of Elysium releases on April 23, the second episode, Torment of Hades, and the third episode, Judgment of Atlantis, will complete the second story arc mid-2019 on all available platforms.

The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey post-launch plan is the biggest and most ambitious in the franchise, and Season Pass owners will be able to access two major episodic storylines, Legacy of the First Blade and The Fate of Atlantis. Players can dive into new episodes as they premiere, or experience the epic adventures in their entirety once all episodes are available. The Season Pass also includes Assassin’s Creed® III Remastered and Assassin’s Creed® Liberation Remastered, which released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on 29 March 2019.

In order to play The Fate of Atlantis, players will have two different options:

  • Following the main game, players will have to complete the questline Between Two Worlds, the mythological main game story arc, and Heir of Memories, the Lost Tales of Greece questline that is available after completing the former questline. Finally, they must have reached character level 28 or above.
  • Otherwise, players will be able to use a shortcut created specifically for those who would like to play The Fate of Atlantis and who do not fulfill all the above conditions. Thanks to this shortcut, players will enter Greece level 52 with preset Abilities and resources enabling them to start their adventure into the afterlife with the Lost Tales of Greece questline Heir of Memories. They will also have the opportunity to choose their hero. However, contrary to the previous option – players’ progression using the shortcut will not carry over to the main game save, and they will not be able to obtain achievements.

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Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series

Step into a galaxy far, far away and experience the first Star Wars story designed exclusively for virtual reality with Oculus.

Click here to watch the trailer and to read about the VR series.

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Descend into Darth Vader’s mysterious fortress alongside new allies and encounter fearsome enemies, including the Sith Lord himself. Viewers will be at the centre of a story in which they hold the key to the galaxy’s salvation… or destruction. The story will be told in three parts, and will be an interactive story. The first episode’s trailer looks like viewers will be able to interact with the environment with Oculus controls.

This VR series can be experienced on the Oculus Quest, or with a PC and the Oculus Rift S.

The release date has not been announced yet. For more information, visit: https://www.oculus.com/vader-immortal/

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