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Battleborn’s 3rd Story Op and New Playable Character Beatrix Available Now

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2K and Gearbox Software are releasing Battleborn’s Third Story Operation, “Oscar Mike vs The Battle School” today, as well as early access to the 30th Battleborn hero, Beatrix as part of the broad, feature-rich Winter Update. Oscar Mike vs The Battle School: In Battleborn’s DLC Story Operation 3, Oscar Mike takes you through the ringer dodging traps, completing obstacles, and fighting through rigorous, satisfying combat.

Beatrix: Precise, deadly, and obsessively hygienic. As a former scientist, Beatrix wields a massive syringe arm to spread debilitating debuffs and disease. A master at manipulating life, her prowess for science combined with her Jennerit ruthlessness makes her one extremely qualified, and EXTREMELY DANGEROUS physician. Beatrix will be free for everyone with 47,500 credits earned in-game, or unlocked instantly using a hero key, which is included in the Season Pass.

Since launch we’ve worked hard to develop new features and improvements for Battleborn, and with the Winter Update comes all-new player experiences: The core 25 characters will now be unlocked at the start of the game, story mode missions will have additional guides and tools to lead you through various areas of the game, and the credit rewards have also been boosted to help you get an early edge on loot packs. Additional features of the Winter Update include PS4 Pro support, new challenges through Main and Daily Quests, Draft Mode and an overhauled UI.

NEW PLAYER EXPERIENCE:
Whether you’re new to the game or just want to hone your skills for multiplayer, the studio has added several key features.

  • All 25 Core Characters Unlocked! 25 badass playable characters, no waiting! You’re eager to find your favorite, so get to it! With this update, the core 25 characters will be unlocked for all players after completing the Prologue.
  • What about the character unlock challenges? These challenges now award a brand new skin upon completion! We’ve also adjusted several challenges to be more attainable.
  • Main Quests – Story Mode
    • Story Mode missions will have more guides and tools to lead your through various areas of the game. The Credit rewards have also been boosted to help you get an early edge on loot packs
  • Two New Training Modes
    • Incursion Tutorial: Build up your PVP skills and learn the key elements of competitive play in Battleborn. Your first play-through is solo, but this practice mode can be repeated with groups of up to three players.
    • Dojo: Take each and every Battleborn hero for a test drive! Learn how to slice, dice, blast, smash, and rocket your way through waves of minions. 

RETURNING PLAYER ENHANCEMENTS:
Whether you’re coming back for the second time or your two hundredth, the game is all about replayability:

  • User Interface Changes: Battleborn’s user interface gets a major facelift. Cleaner, more vibrant, and much easier to find the information you need most. You’ll see UI changes throughout Battleborn, from the starting screen, to the Command center, character select, and even some menu changes.  
  • Draft Mode: This is one of the most exciting new additions! In Draft Mode, teams and players take turns picking and banning characters trying to find the perfect match-ups and counters for what the other team is choosing.
  • Introducing Daily Quests: The action doesn’t end when you take down Rendain. Check back daily for new objectives and rewards across both Story Mode and Competitive Multiplayer Mode.
  • Command Rank and Character Rank Increase: Keep on growing your Command and Character ranks! We pushed the cap to 150 for Command Rank, and rank 20 for each character, with all-new rewards!
  • Updated In-game Economy: We’ve overhauled the Credits system and how loot packs are made available, particularly in Competitive Multiplayer matches. Credits will now accumulate faster in public PVP matches, making it easier to grab more loot packs from the Marketplace. But not for leavers – they are out of luck and will not receive any rewards. You see, nobody likes a quitter.
    • Loot Packs: All loot pack variations will still drop in Story Mode missions, but only one type of loot pack will be available in the Marketplace: The Core Pack. The Core Pack has better odds for higher rarity gear and has a chance to drop any skin or taunt previously available in Faction packs.
    • Boosts: A bigger variety of Boosts will become available for Platinum in the marketplace.
  • PS4 Pro Support: Battleborn will also support PS4 Pro! PS4 Pro players will be able to choose between 1080p at 60fps or 4K at 30fps.
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ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches New Products Through an Evangelion Collaboration

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced a comprehensive ROG x Evangelion collaboration centred around EVA-01, the flagship mecha of the manga and anime series known around the world. DIY PC builders will be able to assemble a high-end PC featuring EVA 01’s distinctive purple-and-green theme and a variety of artwork directly from the Evangelion universe so that they can fashion their very own ‘NERV command centre’. Options will include a unique ROG Maximus motherboard, two ROG Strix GeForce RTX graphics cards, a ROG Ryujin II 360 AIO cooler, and other top-shelf ROG gear.

ROG Maximus Z690 Hero EVA Edition Motherboard

The ROG Maximus Z690 Hero EVA Edition is covered in the classic purple and green of the EVA-01 and is similarly well-equipped. Robust cooling and power delivery are poised to push the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors to the max. An A.T. Field design around the CPU socket and polymo-lighting on the I/O cover that switches between EVA-01 normal and berserk modes is a further aesthetic treat.

ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3090 and 3080 EVA Edition Graphics Cards

The EVA Editions of the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090 and ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 come equipped with a myriad of performance-enhancing features. Aesthetic cues from EVA-01 cover the shroud and backplate, and the iconic synchronization effect is displayed on the front ARGB panel.

ROG Ryujin II 360 ARGB EVA Edition AIO Cooler

From end to end, the ROG Ryujin II 360 ARGB EVA Edition embodies the Evangelion spirit. A gunmetal pump cover surrounds a 3.5-inch screen that displays vital stats and customizable GIFs. Meanwhile, reinforced tubing pipes coolant into a radiator loaded with three NERV-styled ARGB fans, ensuring exemplary stability in the heat of battle.

ROG THOR 1000W Platinum II EVA Edition Power Supply

The ROG Thor II Platinum EVA Edition wears an EVA-inspired skin and wields component and cooling upgrades that enable the lowest noise levels — even during the most demanding skirmishes with the opposition.

ROG Strix Helios EVA Edition Chassis

The ROG Strix Helios EVA Edition is a premium mid-tower gaming chassis with three tempered-glass panels, a refined aluminium frame, and integrated front-panel RGB lighting. Interior and exterior details have been fashioned to match the aesthetics of the EVA-01 and house the other ROG x Evangelion components, making it the cornerstone of the collaboration.

ROG Strix XG27AQM EVA Edition Monitor

The ROG Strix XG27AQM EVA Edition is handsomely clad in the EVA-01’s purple and green colour scheme. With an overclocked refresh rate of 270 Hz and a speedy 0.5 ms (GTG) response time, users will experience an incredibly fluid view. The 27-inch display also covers 97% of the DCI-P3 colour space, offering a full representation of wide-gamut media.

ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 EVA Edition Network Router

The ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 EVA Edition features cutting-edge wireless technology, antennas styled like the EVA-01’s shoulder plates and a control app with a UI design fashioned after a visible A.T. Field.

ROG Delta S EVA Edition Gaming Headset

The ROG Delta S EVA Edition headset encapsulates a hi-fi-grade ESS 9281 QUAD DAC™ and ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Microphone within a lightweight shell that features EVA-inspired purple-and-green aesthetics and customizable RGB lighting. The total package weighs in at just 300 grams, putting comfort on equal par with impactful sonics and pristine comms.

ROG Strix Scope RX EVA Edition Keyboard

The ROG Strix Scope RX EVA Edition proudly wraps an EVA-inspired purple-and-green aluminium case around a full complement of ROG RX optical mechanical switches. This formidable combo consistently provides wobble-free keystrokes, a near-zero debounce delay, plus IP57 waterproofing and dust resistance for reliable deployment throughout prolonged campaigns.

 

ROG Keris Wireless EVA Edition Mouse

The ROG Keris Wireless EVA Edition weighs just 79 grams and sports the EVA-01’s striking green and purple colour scheme. With a 16,000 dpi ROG sensor and ROG push-fit switch sockets, users can aim with extreme precision and customize the amount of trigger force required to deliver a menacing payload.

ROG Scabbard II EVA Edition Mouse Pad

Combining contrasting NERV and EVA-inspired design elements on a nano-coated surface that repels water, oil, and dust, the ROG Scabbard II EVA Edition prominently displays your allegiance and provides a robust foundation for the ROG Keris Wireless EVA Edition mouse.

ROG Strix Arion EVA Edition SSD Enclosure

The ROG Strix Arion EVA Edition portable SSD enclosure features heat protection optimizations and blistering connection speeds, making it ripe for quick data backups and secret missions behind enemy lines.

ROG x EVANGELION T-Shirts and Sweater

The ROG T-Shirt EVA Edition and ROG Sweater EVA Edition are made of cotton for a naturally soft and cool feel, with a reinforced anti-wrinkle neckline and EVA-inspired design. The T-shirts will be available in black or white, and each will feature a different design on the front and back.

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Rogue-Like Monster Catcher Patch Quest Launches on Steam

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Curve Games and Lychee Game Labs are excited to announce the launch of Patch Quest on Steam in October 2022. Patch Quest is the only Roguelike-Metroidvania fusion title where you can mount and ride EVERY monster in the game! Fans can get ready for a monster adventure as the developer is also set to drop a colossal update soon after launch, further content releases, as well as hit consoles in 2023.

Patch Quest was created by one person on a journey to produce a one-of-a-kind roguelike, metroidvania, monster-riding bullet-hell game. The title supports 2 players’ local co-op and has been in Early Access for several years. Liam at Lychee Game Labs has built a cult following, sharing the development process on his YouTube channel which boasts over 4 million video views – not bad for one man and his passion to compete with some of the biggest franchises in the world!

The game is a delightful yet punishing, beautifully crafted hybrid of game genres that will lasso you in with its fast-paced gameplay and keep you coming back for more. Catch monsters and expand your monster collection to fight your way through a shuffling patchwork maze. Earn exploration gadgets as you play to unlock additional mechanics, collect over 100 plants, unlock gates, open shortcuts and unravel the mystery of Patchlantis.

Get ready to Leap, Glide, Tunnel, Bite, Slither, Websling and Explode your way through the game. Survival depends on bending the forces of nature to your own ends!

  • Patchlantis is full of dangers that can be transformed into your strength.
  • Lasso monsters and turn foes into allies
  • Gather fruits and blend them into ammo smoothies
  • Collect over 200 unique plants and minerals
  • Earn new exploration gadgets
  • Make use of everything you find to survive
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Free Fire to Celebrate 5th Anniversary with Justin Bieber

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Free Fire’s 5th-anniversary celebrations are off to an exciting start as it launches a spectacular 5-part extravaganza to delight fans and players. The festivities are set to culminate on 27 August with several in-game content drops involving global icon Justin Bieber, who is headlining this special anniversary collaboration. The Free Fire community can revel and reminisce iconic anniversary celebrations over the years with the weekly rollout of 5 specially-designed chapters – Battle, Style, Map, Hero and Memory. Experience new in-game events, gain exclusive rewards, and enjoy Free Fire like never before. 

Free Fire will host its first ever in-game performance on 27 August, with Justin Bieber set to debut an exclusive track “Beautiful Love (Free Fire)” as part of the 5th-anniversary celebrations. Players can look forward to immersing themselves in an interactive set-up, groove along to custom emotes, participate in minigames and potentially even perform with Justin Bieber’s avatar on stage. A permanent in-game character modelled after Justin Bieber will also be unveiled and distributed to all players.

To commemorate this unique celebration, Free Fire will also give away the highly coveted Magic Cube to players, allowing them to easily redeem their favourite exclusive costume bundles and battle in style. Players will be able to try their hand at various daily and time-limited missions, accumulating tokens which can be swapped for exclusive rewards in the exchange store. With iconic costumes and classic guns available to unlock during these missions, players can expect a nostalgic and exciting experience every day.

Expansive, dynamic maps are iconic features of Free Fire and players can look forward to the release of a new map Nexterra, which has been enhanced with various elements to elevate and diversify the battle experience for players. There will also be new game modes for players to explore, including:

  • A new limited-time mode Free For All. Set against the backdrop of El Pastelo, it will simulate intense close combat point-based matches where up to 16 players will battle it out. Players will be able to select their own weapons and can obtain points by eliminating other players. Matches will be decided by the first player to accumulate a predetermined amount of points.
  • An exclusive 5th-anniversary mode Droid Apocalypse, which will see 12 players compete in each match, vying to become the ultimate droid. Players will get to select their own type of droid and convert as many humans as possible before the timer runs out. When only a predetermined number of humans remain, they will transform into hunters and have enhanced stats, as well as the ability to permanently eliminate droids. Points can be gained based on performance and the player with the most points after three rounds will win the match.
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