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Ubisoft Reveals Operation Wind Bastion Operators

Ubisoft revealed the next two battle-hardened operators that are making their way to Rainbow Six Siege in the next major update, Operation Wind Bastion. The two new characters go by the names Kaid the defender, and Nomad the attacker.

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Operation Wind Bastion New Operators

According to the lore of Rainbow Six Siege, Kaid is a traditionalist soldier who encourages his team to stop over-relying on technology. This new operators main gadget is the Rtila Electroclaw, which can be deployed on reinforced walls, hatches, barbed wire, and deployable shields to add an electrical effect that shocks opponents. While this may sound close to Bandit's ability, Kaid is much more of a tank and his Electroclaw is a more versatile tool that can be fired from a distance to quickly close off walls and hatches from enemies, but at a lower damage percentage.

While the second operator hasn't officially been revealed by Ubisoft, leaks popped up on the Rainbow Six Siege subreddit showing off the new character. Nomad's abilities appear to be a bit more mystical than players are used to, with the unique power of keeping enemies away with the wind. This appears to be a re-tooling of an enemy ability from Siege's limited time event, Outbreak. When used in the zombie mode, this ability also broke walls and objects.

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How her gadget works is less clear, but the trailer for Operation Wind Bastion seems to suggest she utilizes some sort of proximity dart. Ubisoft did drop a hint in a blog post earlier in the month that Nomad had a knack for pushing the enemy back.

Fans of Rainbow Six Siege won't have to wait long for the full reveal of Operation Wind Bastion as a full breakdown of both Kaid and Nomad, and the new fortress map will all be shown during the Pro League Finals on November 17th and 18th. Fans can watch the event on the official Siege Twitch channel. We'll be sure to keep an eye out on the latest update so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Has Gone Gold

The company behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft, formally announced in a Tweet that development of the game has officially wrapped up. The message came from the official account representing the developer and it states that Odyssey has “gone gold” which is industry slang for the end of base game development.

“We hope you’ll be enjoying playing the game as much as we did developing it and can’t wait to see which paths you’ll choose,” Ubisoft said in the message to fans.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: New Opportunites

The company was referencing the series new take on the adventure, an open world RPG instead of the action game most remember. Fans noticed this path start to take hold in Origins with the improved combat and number/color based gear, which critics praised in reviews. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey features a new dialogue system as well which allows players to choose responses in conversation much like in many other famous open world games like Mass Effect and Fallout.

Although work on the base game may be complete, the team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is still hard at work, developing post-release patches and content. Multiple expansions are already planned for the title in both free and paid forms, and those that purchase the season pass will gain access to a remastered version of Assassin’s Creed III, the game that took players to early America and put them in the shoes of the Native American turned assassin, Connor.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Power of Choice Trailer

Ubisoft has already clarified that there will be no new addition to the Assassin’s Creed series in 2019, so hardcore fans will have to make the most of Odyssey and its various expansions. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey officially launches on October 5th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for more on this highly anticipated title.

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Ubisoft Reveals Operation Grim Sky Operators

It feels like just yesterday Rainbow Six Siege players were given access to two operators by the names of Alibi and Maestro with the Operation Para Bellum update. However, Ubisoft isn't slowing down with their regular addition of new content. Last week the company teased the next update coming to the popular shooter, Operation Grim Sky, promising two more operators that are from Britain and the U.S. Now, the company has finally revealed what fans should expect on the battlefield in the near future.

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Rainbow Six Siege New Operators Explained

The first operator goes by the callsign Clash and is the first defender to have access to a bulletproof shield (Editors Note: SO CHEAP). Unfortunately for the attackers, the shield is always fully extended. This means that she will never have access to a gun while the shield deployed. Although to offset not having a firearm, the shield is able to deal electric shocks to opponents that stun and hurt enemies for a small amount of damage. Clash is perfect for going out and marking enemy locations while they're on the hunt and being a literal human shield for her teammates.

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The second operator is an attacker whose callsign is Maverick and he comes equipped with a blowtorch for silently opening up reinforced walls. This new tool is absolutely devastating when mixed with Glaz's thermal scope because of how quick it can open up little kill holes. Those that want a big enough opening for players to fit through will need to practice patience. Cutting through metal silently in a wide area is no easy feat.

Ubisoft is also making changes to two maps that have been causing complaints. Operation Grim Sky will see a new take on the Consulate map. It will feature some new walls and places to take cover. The most massive map change is coming to Hereford Base. The company says it is now unrecognizable from its last iteration. As of now, there is no word on when Operation Grim Sky will hit Rainbow Six Siege, but the update is heading to test servers on August 20th.

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Operation Para Bellum Now Live in Rainbow Six: Siege

Operation Para Bellum

Rainbow Six: Siege's Operation Para Bellum has made its way to both consoles and PC. The new update adds a new map, Villa, for everyone and two new operators, Maestro and Alibi, which are exclusive for season pass holders for a week. This new DLC signals the launch of Siege's second season of the game's third year, and is one of the largest updates Rainbow Six has seen.

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Welcome New Operators

The duo of new operators are members of the Italian G.I.S. and will automatically be unlocked for any players that have Siege's Year 3 pass. Alibi has a Prisma ability which allows her to create a holographic copy of herself in an idle position. If Alibi places the equipment outside, attackers will receive an "operator outside" briefing. No matter where the hologram is deployed, Alibi will be alerted when her double is attacked and the operator that shot the gadget will be marked for a short time.

Maestro has a deployable gadget known as the Evil Eye, which is a remote-controlled camera that can see through smoke and fire shock beams. The turret acts as a bulletproof camera until Maestro decides to open fire exposing the core that attackers can destroy.

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Ready For A New Map?

Villa is Rainbow Six: Siege's 20th map and will replace Tower in ranked mode. Ubisoft said that the map is an Italian home that housed a local crime syndicate and their illegal activities. According to the story, Team Rainbow is approaching the house as the family is on the retreat.

Operation Para Bellum Gameplay 

Operation Para Bellum contains a host of other changes. In the Custom Games category, players will be able to take advantage of the new Pick and Ban system. Ubisoft described this mode as an extra layer of strategy between teammates as both teams try to coordinate which operators to ban. The latest patch also adds deployable bulletproof cameras, a new animation for a diffuser taking out a bomb, adjustments to both drop shotting and operators speed, new observation tool management, buffs for the operator echo and map Clubhouse, as well as a new discovery playlist.

There are a host of changes coming along with Operation Para Bellum. Rainbow Six: Siege continues to evolve and Gigamax Games will continue watching this popular first-person shooter closely. Keep checking back for the latest gaming news, reviews, and updates.

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Ubisoft Fends off Vivendi’s Hostile Takeover

Ubisoft Fends off Vivendi's Hostile Takeover

The French game publisher Ubisoft,  well known for games like the Assassin’s Creed franchise and the massively popular shooter, Rainbow Six Siege fends off a hostile takeover from Vivendi, integrated content, media, and communications group. Ubisoft and fans are celebrating while Vivendi is forced to address the strategic step back as they pledged to make video games a key pillar of their business.

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Vivendi’s two-year battle against the founders of Ubisoft comes to a close. The media group announced they’re willing to sell its 27.3% stake in the in the French video game publisher. Worth over $2.4 billion, Ubisoft made a call to long-time shareholders and new partners to help the publisher buy back the stocks. However, with an initial investment of 750 million Euros (around $919 million US), Vivendi walked away with a massive profit.

Ubisoft Breathes a Sigh of Relief 

“The evolution in our shareholding is great news for Ubisoft,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. “It was made possible thanks to the outstanding execution of our strategy and the decisive support of Ubisoft talents, players, and shareholders. I would like to warmly thank them all. The investment from new long-term shareholders in Ubisoft demonstrates their trust in our future value creation potential.” http://bit.ly/2ps0QJo

Even though Ubisoft is a butt of a lot of jokes throughout the gaming community, they have progressed in an amazing way. Constantly restructuring and making a point to address community feedback has taken them to new heights. 

New Friends and Money

This decision to end the hostile takeover actually opened up even more opportunities for the publisher. Tencent, Chinese internet conglomerate is one of the major new parties who is helping Ubisoft out of the massive financial void Vivendi left behind. Tencent is well known for their work on major titles including League of Legends, Fortnite, PUBG, and Clash of Clans. They also recently spearheaded the release of the mobile PUBG game that released in China and holds a 48% stake in Epic Games.

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“The new strategic partnership agreement we signed [with Tencent] will enable Ubisoft to accelerate its development in China in the coming years and fully leverage a market with great potential,” Guillemot stated. http://bit.ly/2ps0QJo

The decision to align with such a prominent Chinese internet conglomerate has the potential to open entirely new markets for Ubisoft. Western games have a difficult time reaching the massive Chinese audience because of their strict standards. Having a partner that has experience with bringing western games to the Chinese market could be a huge win for the French publisher.

This is sure not to be the end of the big news coming out of Ubisoft. With their new strategic partnership, there’s no telling what’s next for this extremely successful gaming company. The Gigamax Games crew is excited to see Ubisoft stand their ground. The path the publisher has been on in recent years has gamers of all kinds excited about a future where Ubisoft has the final say about the content they release.

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Rainbow Six Siege: New Threats Await in the Tactical Shooter

Rainbow Six Siege: New Threats Await in the Tactical Shooter

Rainbow Six Siege is gearing up to release a monstrous update. Beginning in March, Operation Chimera and the highly anticipated Outbreak event will be available to the public. Operation Chimera and Outbreak are very different experiences. One is a regular Rainbow Six Siege update and the other is something completely new to Ubisoft's' tactical first-person shooter.

Find the latest details on all the new content coming the Year 3 of Rainbow Six Siege. Directly below is the latest cryptic trailer that hints at the origins of the new threat coming to the Outbreak event.

Operation Chimera

The new Counter Terrorism Unit making its way to the dangerous world of Rainbow Six Siege is the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Threat Unit. With biological and chemical attacks becoming a more serious threat, the CBRN is a different kind of CTU than those previously added to the game. Focused on advanced threats, both operators have incredibly unique special abilities.

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Using a drone to maintain “quarantine perimeters”, one of the new operators is Lion, a French operator and comes with a mysterious backstory. The official Rainbow Six blog post on the update explained, “Their service record is astounding, but their list of regrets seems endless.”

The second, a Russian operator named Finka, discovered the incredible world of self-dissolving nanobots through their studies in the motherland. Not much else is known how these nanobots will impact the course of battle. Ubisoft did state that the entire team will benefit from the research carried out by Finka.

Outbreak

Now things start to get interesting with the Year 3 content. Ubisoft is releasing a limited time co-op event unlike anything Rainbow Six Siege has seen before. An epidemic has consumed the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and things get interesting. A team of three will be tasked with neutralizing the alien threat.

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The new mode will include three exclusive new PvE maps and will be larger, more open and more linear than the PvP maps. These new maps are specifically designed for co-op play but will have all the destructive elements people enjoy so much.

The limited time event is available to anyone with Rainbow Six Siege. It also comes with a host of cosmetic offers including headgears, uniforms, weapon skins and new charms. Gamers will be able to play Outbreak as the Two new Chimera Operators Finka and Lion, Smoke, Ying, Buck, Kapkan, Hibana, Zofia, Fuze, Ash, Doc, Thermite, Tachanka, and Glaz. 

New information will continue to become available as the release nears closer. Details on the new threat coming to Outbreak as well as a more in-depth explanation of the new operators are still scarce. Gigamax Games will continue following this new content until  Gigs and Mack are able to get hands-on with the update.

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Rainbow Six Siege: Operation White Noise Now Available

Rainbow Six Siege: Operation White Noise Now Available

Rainbow Six Siege released its next big expansion leaving players with a lot to look forward to the next time they play. This popular first-person shooter recently celebrated its two year anniversary and Ubisoft surprised fans with new content over the course of 2017. Now with Operation White Noise, fans can get excited for some new operators, a brand new map, and a variety of other updates for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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The biggest additions to White Noise are the new playable characters, better known as operators. This time around the update is modeled after South Korean Special Forces, the 707th Special Mission Battalion. First, there's Dokkaebi, who is an attacker that has a logic bomb for her unique gear, allowing players to hacks enemies equipment and reveal their position with a loud noise. Next, their is Vigil, a defender with access to a device called the Electric Rendering Cloak, or ERC-7, which makes the operator invisible to enemy cameras. Finally, much like the last expansion players are getting an operator from the canceled Poland expansion. Zofia Bosak is equipped with the KS79 Lifeline, a grenade launcher that can fire explosive and concussive rounds.

Typical Ubisoft 

This expansion follows the typical Rainbow Six formula where season pass holders get the characters for free, with everyone else able to use in-game credits to purchase the operators on December 12th. The piece of content everyone gets for free is the new map Mok Myeok Tower. This arena is set near the top of a skyscraper observation tower, which has a multitude of rooms to fight in and focuses on the map's vertical landscape.

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Ubisoft Improves The Core Game

Other than all the new content, Ubisoft is making some adjustments to the core of the game with the update. One of these improvements is a new synchronization logic for some projectiles with a primary focus on grenades. This is intended to stop situations where a grenade suddenly ends up in a place it shouldn't. For example, right in front of the throwers face. Additionally, grenade throws are affected by movement, now throwing a grenade while running will cause the explosive to travel further.

Operation White Noise also increased the fire rate of handguns and new UI elements have been added to help track buffs and debuffs. Of course, a host of new bug fixes have been added that repair issues with specific maps, weapons, and operators. If you'd like to see the full patch notes you can find them here and for more info on Rainbow Six Siege be sure to check back with GigamaxGames.com!

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Assassin’s Creed Origins: DLC Plan Announced

Assassin's Creed Origins: DLC Plan Announced

It is no secret that Ubisoft loves their DLC. So fans of the series were not surprised to see the company announce a host of Assassin's Creed Origins post-launch content. The game will have a lengthy life cycle, with two major expansions and a number of smaller updates prepared to be released after the game launches later this month.





The two major DLC packs are named The Hidden Ones and The Curse of the Pharaohs. The first will launch in January of 2018 and will feature a war against the Romans many years after the events of the base game. The second involves the protagonist traveling to a mystical realm where they will find mythical creatures and ancient gods. Players will hunt for the cause of a curse that has brought dead pharaohs back to life, this DLC will launch in March 2018.

The Season Pass Has A lot To Offer

Both of these story expansions are part of the Assassin's Creed Origins season pass, which currently runs fans $40. This also grants access to two smaller add-ons that contains new clothes and weapons. The season pass also gives the player 500 in-game credits on top of an exclusive weapon.

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Assassin's Creed Origins is also receiving a Gold Edition and a Steelbook Edition that contain the season pass for the increased cost of the copy. However, not all six of the special editions contain the extra content so be sure to read the descriptions carefully before buying. Aside from the season pass, players will receive a bunch of new updates that include a photo and educational mode, along with a horde mode where players will fight in a gladiator-like arena.

The ambitious and long-awaited open-world title releases on October 27th for the PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Ubisoft obviously has high hopes for the title and it will be cool to see all the new content in action when it releases. We will be sure to have both the game and DLC's so be sure to check back for more on Assassin's Creed Origins!

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The Gigamax E3 Press Conference 2017 Schedule

The Gigamax E3 Press Conference 2017 Schedule

E3 is right around the corner and the event can be extremely difficult to keep up with if you don't have a proper list of the various press conferences. While E3 may have changed a bit over the past couple of years, it's still the single most important event in the gaming industry.

If you're trying to plan out your E3 viewing before the event comes around, you can use our informative guide to find when all of the biggest conferences are happening. Don't worry if this is your first E3, with a little help you'll see everything you want to!

Saturday June 10th

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EA Play - 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern, 8pm BST, 9pm CEST

EA is starting E3 off with a bang with its EA Play event. This includes their famous press conference where they are sure to announce a ton of new games. News of Star Wars Battlefront 2 and more EA Sports are sure to take the forefront though. Bioware is also expected to announce a new IP and maybe we'll hear some news on the next Mass Effect!

Sunday June 11th

Xbox / Microsoft – 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern, 10pm BST, 11pm CEST

The first big hardware/software developer to take the stage is Microsoft. Expect the Scorpio to be the focus of this press conference. We are pumped to see what this console actually is and if it's truly as powerful as the tech company claims. Hopefully the company shows up with a little more than the new console (maybe some Halo news?) but until then we can only cross our fingers.

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Bethesda – 9pm Pacific, 12am Eastern, 5am GMT

Bethesda held their first E3 press conference last year and knocked it out of the park. This year the developer is coming back to the stage to discuss their plans for 2017/2018. Hopefully we'll hear plenty of new Elder Scrolls new especially with their recent release of the ESO expansion, Morrowind.

Monday June 12th

The PC Gaming Show – 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern, 6pm GMT

Intel is partnering up with PC gamer to show people what to expect for the best way to experience games. Typically this conference isn't filled with big announcements, but make sure to keep your eye on the event if you're big into PC gaming.

Ubisoft – 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 9pm BST, 10pm CEST

Another year and another uncomfortable yet informative Ubisoft conference. Ubisoft was late to announce their attendance but we have a good idea on what will be featured. Definitely expect more on Assassin's Creed: Empire, The Crew 2, Far Cry 5, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

PlayStation / Sony – 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern, 2am BST, 3am CEST

Playstation is sure to impress as they do every year but this time they need to keep up with the Xbox Scorpio announcement. Tons of new IP's are sure to be announced and we're excited to hear more about the new God of War. It may be a bit of a stretch, but any information we can get on the new Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 7 remake would be amazing. We may be biased but this is always our favorite press conference!

Tuesday June 13th

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Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 – 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 5pm BST, 6pm CEST

Nintendo is foregoing the typical press conference yet again. This isn't a surprise though as they haven't had a traditional event in years. Nintendo will be holding a unique show called "Nintendo Spotlight" which will be live streamed just like a Nintendo Direct. This year the company is sure to discuss their plans for the Switch and show more gameplay of the upcoming Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey.

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Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Health Announced

Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Health Announced

Major changes are coming to the foundation of Rainbow Six Siege. In a recent blog post published by Ubisoft, they detailed their plan to fix some of the biggest issues fans have had with the game.  These changes will all take place over the next three months and will have an impact on the basic structure of the game under the codename 'Operation Health'.

Operation Health

The new updates will focus heavily on technical improvements and bug fixes as they come out over the course of three stages. Operation Health updates will be released first on a public test server. After these changes have been properly reviewed on PC, they will make their way to console. Unfortunately because of these changes Ubisoft decided to cancel the upcoming Poland DLC. The Hong Kong update is also being pushed back to Season 3 in August and November's Season 4 will feature South Korea. While Poland may no longer be a part of Year 2, it's GROM operators will still be released between Season 3 and Season 4. The number of new maps has also been reduced to three and that includes the recent map set in Spain.

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Ubisoft wants to keep their promise to fans and keep the community informed on what's coming out and when. They also wanted to let players know that they can aid in this process by testing the updates on the public test server. Ubisoft plans on discussing the upcoming changes at Rainbow Six Pro League, so interested fans can get a more detailed look at the season, this will take place on May 21st. To see a full Q&A that goes over why Ubisoft decided to make this decision check out the full blog post here.

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