The Discovery Tour mode in Assassin’s Creed Origins isn’t the only new thing available in the game today, February 20. Veteran players looking for something new can check out the New Game + mode, which was added to the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC today.
Once you beat the main story, you can create a NG+ save and keep all of your existing progression, including things like weapons and outfits, along with abilities, XP, inventory items such as crafting materials and tools, and of course your character level.
Of course, some things won’t carry over such as all of the maps and discovered territories, as well as quest competition status and Senu’s perception level. Activities tied to progression are reset, so things like Trials of the Gods and the Hippodrome won’t be available until you unlock them as part of normal gameplay progression.
Additionally, you’ll find the experience more difficult as the difficulty level will go up one notch compared to your previous campaign. So for example, Easy will go to Normal and Normal to Hard, etc. Enemy scaling is on by default in NG+, but you can deactivate it.
There will be a “unique reward” for when you beat the NG+ version of the game, but Ubisoft is keeping this a surprise for now. For a full, detailed breakdown of the NG+ mode, check out this FAQ on Ubisoft’s website.
The second and final expansion for Origins, The Curse of the Pharaohs, is coming in March for all platforms. However, an update on February 27 will include a new quest, “Lights Among the Dunes,” that serves as an introduction before the full expansion lands on March 6.
Rainbow Six Siege has enjoyed an incredible comeback, as Ubisoft’s strong support for the game has not only kept players coming back but actually increased the size of its player base over time in a way we rarely see. That support will continue in the upcoming Year 3 of Siege, with two new Operators set to shake up the game’s meta once again. But perhaps more exciting than the more traditional additions we’re seeing in the Operation Chimera update is Outbreak, a limited-time PvE game mode.
Ahead of its release next month, we got to go hands on with Outbreak and found it to be a great deal unlike anything else in Siege. Ubisoft has delivered an update to the PC version’s technical test servers, giving players an early look at not just the new Operators, but also Outbreak. In the video above, you can check out the opening cutscene for the mode, as well as three others where Ash talks to another of the game’s characters. Her conversation with Doc shows him wanting to find a cure, while Tachanka is looking for a Russian connection. Thermite, unsurprisingly, just wants to blow things up.
Outbreak is played out on three new maps that have been made specifically for the mode. They’re more open than the standard PvP maps and feature some degree of progression, while still seeking to provide multiple paths and ways for Operators to use their respective gadgets. Only certain Operators can be used in this mode–including Recruit, if you don’t have access to any of the supported ones. This is because Ubisoft limits players to Operators whose gadgets make sense in the context of these maps. That presumably explains why Chimera’s new Operators–both of which are usable in Outbreak–are attackers, rather than the usual arrangement of each new expansion adding one attacker and one defender.
The Chimera update–and Outbreak along with it–debuts on March 6. Outbreak is accompanied by a new set of loot boxes you can purchase to gain exclusive cosmetic gear. These will only be available for the duration of the event, which runs until April 3. After that, the mode will disappear.
MGM and Eon reportedly want Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle to helm the next James Bond film.
Variety reports the filmmaker is high on MGM’s list but also claims a formal offer hasn’t been made yet. Boyle is reportedly interested in taking on the project and has always wanted to direct a Bond movie.
MGM and Eon have wanted Boyle to helm a Bond film since 2012’s Skyfall, according to Variety. Boyle ended up directing the 2012 Olympics opening instead, which featured Daniel Craig’s 007. Yann Demange (White Boy Rick, ’71) was previously tipped as a top choice for directing but with Annapurna now distributing Bond 25 in the US MGM and Eon are reportedly pushing for a bigger name.
The upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie now has an official release date–and it’s a bit later than originally expected. The film, which is coming from Sony’s Paramount film studio, will come to theatres on November 15, 2019, which is just before Thanksgiving.
The release date news comes by way of The Hollywood Reporter. When the film was originally announced in 2016, Sega said it was expected in 2018, so this is a delay. The last we heard, the untitled movie is expected to mix animation and live-action, though details about the plot and cast are being kept under wraps for now.
Jeff Fowler is directing the Sonic movie, making his directorial debut for a feature-length film with the project. He has experience and has captured acclaim with animated projects before, however. He directed the 2004 Oscar-nominated animated short Gopher Broke, the animation for which was done by the prolific and celebrated video game effects studio Blur.
The Fast and the Furious producer Neal H. Moritz is producing the Sonic movie. The Sonic movie’s script is being written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, the duo who created the Fox show Golan the Insatiable.
While you have to wait a bit longer for the Sonic movie, the new Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft is coming out in March. You can watch the newest trailer for the movie here.
Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V continues to receive new content for its online mode. The newest weekly update for GTA Online is out now, and it adds a new vehicle and offers sales and discounts on a number of items. Starting with the new vehicle, you can now purchase the Karin 190Z from Legendary Motorsport.
As you can see in the video below, it’s a classic-looking sports car that has a classic, cheeky Rockstar description. “As elegant as the most refined Grotti and as classy as the suavest Ocelot, this Sports Classic is a cup of piping hot sake in the face of fifty years of complacency,” reads a line from the description.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) February 20, 2018
In terms of sales, Rockstar is offering 25 percent off Biker Business upgrades and supplies, while Special Cargo create are marked down by 25 percent this week. The sales go further still, with discounts available on vehicles, clothing, tattoos, yachts, and more.
Here is a rundown of what’s on sale in GTA Online this week:
YACHTS, MOCs & MORE
- All Yachts – 30% off
- Yacht Renovations – 30% off
- Mobile Operations Center Cabs – 30% off
- Mobile Operations Center Renovations – 30% off
- Bunker Renovations – 30% off
- Aircraft Workshop – 25% off
- Ocelot Pariah (Sports) – 30% off
- Ocelot XA-21 (Super) – 30% off
- Coil Raiden (Sports) – 30% off
CLOTHING & TATTOOS
- The Doomsday Heist clothing – 25% off
- Import/Export tattoos – 25% off
GTA Online is also offering double GTA$ and RP for some Smuggler’s Run missions, while Biker Business sales will pay out 25 percent extra GTA$ this week. We have also learned this week’s Premium Race and Time Trial event; the Premium Race is “Damned,” featuring the Ruiner 2000 vehicle, while the Time Trial is “Calafia Way.” As always, the Premium Race rewards the top three finishers with GTA$, while everyone gets triple RP. For the Time Trial, you will earn double GTA$ and RP if you beat the par time.
One more thing to be aware of that is that everyone who plays GTA Online before February 26 will get GTA$ 250,000 just for logging in. Additionally, you can get up to 1 million in GTA$ through a rebate program that you can read more about here.
Nintendo Switch owners may soon find themselves unable to use some of the console’s online features for periods of time. Nintendo will once again be performing maintenance on Switch servers this week, which will take place over the next few days and affect various games and services.
The first round of server maintenance takes place tonight, February 20. It begins at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET and is scheduled to conclude at 7:30 PM PT / 10:30 PM ET. Nintendo didn’t specify which games and services will be impacted by this bout of downtime, except that online features for some titles “may become unavailable.” While no specific games were singled out, it’s safe to assume that online titles like Splatoon 2 could be impacted.
A second round of maintenance is slated to follow that later tonight, this one specifically for Minecraft. The maintenance is scheduled to begin at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET and runs until 10:30 PM PT / 1:30 AM ET. During this window of time, “all network services” for the game will be unavailable.
Another maintenance period is scheduled to take place tomorrow, February 21. This round will last longer than the previous two, beginning at 8:50 PM and running until midnight PT. This will likewise impact online play for some unspecified titles.
One more round of maintenance will follow that on Monday, February 26. That is scheduled to run from 5-7 PM PT and will impact the Eshop, specifically players’ ability to use credit cards to make purchases. You can read more about this week’s scheduled Switch maintenance below and on Nintendo’s support website.
Nintendo Switch Online Maintenance Schedule
Tuesday, February 20
Nintendo Switch / 3DS
- From 5 PM – 7:30 PM Pacific Time
- “Certain network services” may become unavailable
- From 9 PM – 10:30 PM Pacific Time
- All network services will be unavailable
Wednesday, February 21
- From 8:50 PM – 12 AM Pacific Time
- “Certain network services” may become unavailable
Monday, February 26
Nintendo Switch Eshop
- From 5 PM – 7 PM Pacific Time
- Using credit cards unavailable