In Celebration of Chinese New Year–this year it’s the Year of the Dog–Microsoft dressed up a bunch of dogs in video game-inspired outfits. Microsoft worked with dog fashion designer Roberto Negrini from the TV show Furry, Fierce, And Fabulous on these outfits, which are based on franchises like Sea of Thieves, Forza, Gears of War, Halo, and PUBG.
The dogs, or “CosPups” as Microsoft calls them, are pretty adorable, and they have cute names, too. These include “Master Chihuahua,” “Sea of Fleas,” “Mutt-cus Fenix,” “Fur-za,” and “PUG-G.” Microsoft says “each dog’s character outfit was created with craft, care, and a passion for the games they represent.” You can see images of these lovely dogs in the gallery below; be sure to click each image to see it in full size.
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Rainbow Six Siege might not have gotten off to the best start, but it’s doing much better now in terms of player figures and general sentiment–and it’s not going anywhere soon. Brand director Alexandre Remy said in an interview that no sequel is planned, at least not yet. Instead, you can expect Ubisoft to continue to support Siege through the games-as-a-service model.
“We are saying extremely loudly here: there is no sequel planned,” Remy told Eurogamer. “We will be here for the next 10 years. So expect more Rainbow 6 in your life for quite some time.”
Ubisoft is planning to release 100 Operators for the game over the course of its lifetime; there are currently 36 in the game, and eight more are coming during the upcoming Year 3 schedule. “That 100 is a symbol of the longevity we want to have for the game,” Remy explained.
Siege was originally released in December 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC to little fanfare and issues that included things like server problems. It has gone on to become one of modern AAA gaming’s biggest comeback stories, reaching 27 million players by Ubisoft’s latest count. This number may include people who played on free weekends, but whatever the case, it is a huge figure and the game is no doubt doing much better now.
Ubisoft’s ongoing commitment to Siege has been enduring and impressive. The next big update, Operation Chimera, adds the Outbreak co-op event, which is completely different than the base game as you fight against aliens. You can check out some gameplay footage from the Outbreak mode in the video embedded above.
Outbreak will also add loot boxes that you can pay real money for. Some people have voiced concerns about this, and Ubisoft was quick to respond to say they will be for cosmetic items only.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
In many ways, Legends of Tomorrow’s third season has been every bit as entertaining as the first. However, there are a couple of areas where this season doesn’t quite measure up yet, one of them being the team dynamic. Between the loss of both halves of Firestorm and the less than thrilling addition of Zari Tomaz, the Legends just aren’t quite the well-oiled yet dysfunctional machine they were last year. This episode was clearly aimed at rectifying that problem and making Zari feel more like a legitimate member of this oddball family. And while she may never be the most dynamic character on the show, Zari did benefit from her prominent role this week.
No director has been named for the next James Bond movie, but now we at least know who it won’t be. Christopher Nolan, the acclaimed director behind Batman: The Dark Knight and Inception, has come forward to say he will not be behind the camera for the next 007 film.
“I won’t be the man,” he said recently in an interview on BBC Radio 4, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “No, categorically. I think every time they hire a new director I’m rumored to be doing it.”
As Nolan has said in the past, he remains interested in making a Bond movie…someday. Given that the 007 series is one of the biggest and most enduringly successful franchises in film history, Nolan may yet have another shot after Bond 25.
“I’d love to make a Bond film at some point. I think those producers, Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael [Wilson] do a tremendous job,” Nolan explained. “[Skyfall and Spectre director] Sam Mendes has done a tremendous job on the last couple of films. They don’t particularly need me. But I’ve always been very inspired by the films and would love to do one someday.”
Last year, Nolan said he had spoken with Broccoli and Wilson multiple times over the years to discuss the possibility of him directing a 007 film, but it has never worked out. Tom Hardy, who has starred in some of Nolan’s films, said he would like to see Nolan direct a 007 movie someday.
Nolan has received five Oscar nominations over the years, for Memento, Inception, and most recently Dunkirk. That film is up for Best Picture and Best Director at the 90th Academy Awards this year. Nolan directed the Christian Bale Batman trilogy, spanning Batman Begins, Batman: The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.
After some amount of uncertainty, Daniel Craig returns to play 007 once again Bond 25, which comes to theaters on November 8, 2019. This will be his fifth performance as the British super-spy, following on from Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. Bond writers Robert Wade and Neil Purvis have been hired to write Bond 25.
Paid loot boxes are coming to Rainbow Six Siege next month during the limited-time Outbreak co-op event. Only cosmetic items will be available in the loot boxes, apparently, but still, not everyone has been thrilled about this announcement. Now, brand director Alexandre Remy has spoken up on the subject, saying he understands the concerns people may have, but he also stressed that Ubisoft doesn’t believe it’s “cheating anyone” or acting greedily.
“I feel like the loot boxes act like the gift shop after the rollercoaster,” Remy told MCV. “I am feeling very empathetic towards players upset with this, but at the same time I do not feel we are cheating anyone, i don’t think we are being greedy whatsoever.”
Remy went on to say that Ubisoft’s guiding principle with loot boxes is to ensure that the items available in them do not affect gameplay whatsoever. This sounds similar to Blizzard’s Overwatch, which offers only cosmetic items in loot boxes. On the other side, EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront II has gameplay-affecting items in its loot boxes, but in the wake of a huge outcry, the publisher removed all microtransactions from the game (though they are returning soon).
Loot boxes come to Siege on March 6 and will only be available for a limited time, ending on April 3.
While loot boxes may be new for Siege, the game has offered various cosmetic items to buy with real money for a long time now. One of the differences is, with a loot box, you are spending real money for a chance to get the item you want instead of buying it outright.
In other news about Siege, Ubisoft confirmed recently that it will give away a number of its Operators for free as opposed to charging for them as it did previously. You can learn more about these changes in GameSpot’s previous coverage here.
For more on the shooter, check out our look at how its new Operators will change the Siege meta and read more about the new Outbreak co-op mode. You can also see some new gameplay footage from Outbreak in the video embedded at the top of this post.