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Clever trick to destroy Oppressor MK2 trolls in GTA Online

One GTA Online player came up with a neat little trick to counter MKII Oppressor trolls with the Toreador.

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New trick to take down the MKII Oppressor in GTA Online

One GTA Online fan has discovered a creative new trick to counter irritating MKII Oppressor trolls with the help of the brand new Toreador vehicle.

There are several different tools and vehicles that you can use to cause mass mayhem when playing GTA Online. The MKII Oppressor, also known as the ‘boom stick’ by some GTA players, is a flying bike that gives players an aerial advantage.

However, they can also be a major source of annoyance as players will use them to repeatedly kill you or destroy your personal vehicles. You’ll often find yourself entering “Passive mode” just to get them off your back.

Luckily, one GTA Online player has discovered a neat little trick that you can use to counter trolls who attack you above, and it involves attacking your opponent with the Toreador.

The MK2 Oppressor in GTA Online

GTA Online Oppressor MK2 trick

Many GTA Online players have come up with different strategies for countering Oppressor MK2 attacks. These methods include using the Mobile Operations Centre truck cab and Nightshark to catch their missiles.

Other strategies have you use a more offensive approach and one player has found a new way to do just that. Reddit user NinjaDragon177 was using their Toreador in a battle against an Oppressor troll and found themselves trapped.

The Redditor waited until their enemy stopped firing missiles before retaliating. They drove off a pile of dirt and flipped upside down before firing their own missiles to take out the Oppressor. The player then landed on the ground in a satisfying way.

This highlight gained a lot of popularity, with many of the commenters praising the Redditor for this creative kill. One of them even called the player an “Ex-Rocket leaguer.”

The MK2 has been a major source of annoyance for GTA Online players, since trolls ruin the game for others, and one commenter even suggested that Rockstar Games should add the option to remove them from a session altogether.

You can also recreate this maneuver if you own a Toreador, but purchasing one will set you back about $3,660,000. It’s not the cheapest option, but the trick does look cool so it’s definitely worth the investment.

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Rainbow Six Siege North Star: Y6S2 release date, Operator, patch notes

Rainbow Six Siege fans can soon enjoy the new Operation North Star, so here’s everything we know about Year Six, Season 2.

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The second season of Rainbow Six Siege Year 6 will be releasing soon, so here’s everything we know about Operation North Star, including its release date, the new Operator, their gadgets, and changes to the Favela map.

Rainbow Six Siege has been going strong for over six years now, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. With the latest Season comes the game’s 60th unique Operator, and the Apocalypse event has only just concluded.

The first season of Year Six will soon be wrapping up, so fans are looking forward to Season 2, Operation North Star. Not only does it bring a new Operator for the Defending side, but there’s also a plethora of quality of life improvements.

Here’s everything we know about the new season, including its release date, new Operator, patch notes, and how you can try out all of the new content early.

Rainbow Six Siege North Star release date

Rainbow Six Siege North Star

The first season of Rainbow Six Siege Year 6, Crimson Heist, has almost concluded. This will make way for Y6S2 with the new Operation North Star.

North Star officially launches on Monday, June 14, but PC players can give the new content a try early through the test servers on May 25.

If you own Rainbow Six Siege for PC, you can download the test servers for free and try out and test the majority of the new features that will be coming with North Star. But bear in mind that while most of the features will be polished and ready to go for the new season, some may be experimental and not work as intended.

An update for the test servers went line on June 4, 2021, and they applied some fixes for various issues affecting the test servers. You can find the patch notes for the June 4 update below:

BUG FIXES

LEVEL DESIGN

  • FIXED – Bulletproof camera’s view is obscured when deployed on a server in 1F Server Room on Border map.
  • FIXED – Floors covered by fallen doors on Favela map are difficult to destroy with melee attacks and Maverick’s Breaching Torch.

USER EXPERIENCE

  • FIXED – When a player selects another player in the scoreboard, the reporting function doesn’t appear.

New Thunderbird Operator & gadget

Along with Operation North Star comes new Defending Operator, Thunderbird.

A Canadian Operator, Thunderbird is “a speedy Defender who offers strong support to her teammates with her Kóna Stations.” These are deployable devices that shoot out a boost of healing to nearby Operators, either topping up allies’ health or “overhealing full-health players.”

Also if you’re down but not out, making your way to a Kóna Station will also be able to revive you. But beware, attackers can easily shoot out the Kóna Stations but can also steal heals from them if they can get close enough.

Thunderbird’s choice of weapon and equipment are as follows:

  • SPAS-15 Shotgun
  • Spear .308 Assault Rifle (NATO sights)
  • Q-292 Pistol
  • Bearing-9 Machine Pistol
  • Nitro Cell
  • Impact Grenades

She’ll be available straight away for owners of the Battle Pass, and can be purchased three weeks later, on July 5, with Renown or R6 Credits.

The official story trailer for the new Rainbow Six Siege: North Star Operator was revealed to the community in the E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward event which you can find below:

Favela map changes

R6 Siege Favela overhaul

Ubisoft has confirmed that they will be overhauling Favela as part of North Star. This map’s thin walls and convoluted floor plan typically gave the Attackers the advantage but with these updates, Favela should be a more balanced experience.

The map will be shifting to nighttime and fireworks will fill the sky, but developers have also reworked the central buildings. The outer walls are now indestructible, stopping Defenders from getting frustratingly wall-banged at the start of the round.

They’ve removed the ground-floor stairwell entry, meaning that Attackers will need to now enter “through the two rooftop stairwell entries or the various windows and doors,” for more close-quarters fights. Plus, the interior is also now “much more navigable and interconnected,” allowing for more clever destruction-based plays.

The overhauled Favela will be free to all players when North Star launches.

North Star patch notes

Mira Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft also revealed the upcoming changes to gameplay and Operators as part of North Star. For the list of bug fixes, you can check out Ubisoft’s full list.

Operator balancing

  • ASH
    • Reduced number of Breach Rounds from 3 to 2.
    • Increased R4-C vertical recoil. Horizontal spread will be more constant and stronger to the right, and long burst recoil will start on the 8th bullet instead of the 12th.
  • FINKA
    • HP is now permanently granted, similar to HP granted by Doc’s Stim Pistol.
  • MELUSI
    • When Melusi’s Banshee Sonic Defense is active, the core becomes vulnerable to bullets and melee attacks.
    • The device now detects enemies’ feet.
  • ROOK
    • The deploy and equip interactions for Rook have been merged, so he now drops the Armor Pack and applies his own armor in the same movement.
  • VALKYRIE
    • Valkyrie now has primary control over her Black Eye cameras, so she will take control over the cameras if another player is trying to use them at the same time (similar to Zero and Echo).
  • VIGIL
    • Increased vertical recoil. Horizontal spread will be more constant and stronger to the the right. Long burst recoil will start on the 6th bullet instead of the 12th.
  • ZERO
    • The ARGUS Camera now uses the same resource management system as the Shock Drone. A shot is recharged every 15 seconds. The device has infinite ammunition and only 1 shot can be stacked.
  • BEARING 9
    • Horizontal spread is now more constant instead of randomly moving to the left or right, and the next shot is closer to the center.
  • SMG-12
    • First shot kick has been reduced and vertical recoil has been reduced. Horizontal spread will be more predictable and constant to the left, and long burst recoil will start on the 12th bullet instead of the 6th.

Tweaks and improvements

GAME BALANCING

Smoke balancing

  • The propagation system in Smoke’s Remote Gas Grenade has been reworked to prevent the toxic gas from traveling through walls, floors, and ceilings.
  • A new sound plays when the canister is detonated.
  • Operators hit by the cloud will receive 15 HP of damage every 0.66 seconds until they leave the area of effect.

Shattered Glass Interactions

  • Players are now able to use a melee hit to shatter the glass of Mira’s Black Mirror, Maestro’s Evil Eye, and the Bulletproof Camera. Shattered glass is opaque and prevents the devices from being used to spot opponents.
  • When Mira’s Black Mirror is shattered, vision is denied on both sides. When the canister is destroyed, the device now shatters and explodes instead of falling to the floor.
  • When Maestro’s Evil Eye is shattered, he has to open the device to see through it.
  • The Bulletproof Camera is now melee-proof from the front, but a single melee hit will shatter the glass. Area of Effect Rationalization
  • Area of effect feedback for Kaid’s Rtila Electroclaws and Nomad’s Airjabs has been updated to better represent their behavior.
  • Area of effect feedback has been added to Ela’s GRZMOT Mines and Jäger’s Active Defenses to help players better understand their range.

PLAYER COMFORT

Defuser Interactions

  • Auto pick up for the defuser has been removed.
  • The pickup action is now manual like it is for other devices, but there is no animation and the prompt appears when the player is in range (they don’t need to look at the defuser).
  • Added key binding for drop interaction. Font Updates
  • Updated Arabic and Korean fonts to distinguish between title and body text.
  • Added a distinction between titles and other text for the Thai localization.

Interface Preferences Update

  • Options to hide the names of teammates and opponents have been added to the Interface preferences in the Options menu. This allows players to have a cleaner interface, especially for the purpose of recording content.

Operator Statistics

  • The Details & Statistics page in the Operators section has been removed. Players can now view stats through Ubisoft Connect (in the in-game overlay and on the website)

Scoreboard 2.0

  • The new scoreboard aims to provide more information to newcomers about match format and evolution.
  • Round history has been added to the scoreboard. New icons represent the status of each round as well as the position of match points and Attacker/Defender role swaps. Banned Operators are also displayed for Ranked and Unranked matches.
  • Round history will be shown in the scoreboard for all PVP playlists and game modes. It supports matches of any length, including the infinite overtime used in some competitive tournaments.

Match Replay Improvements

  • Reduced file size of replays.
  • Changed the way matches are recorded and removed playback snapshots for rewind.
  • Modified the method used to record the UI during a match to improve the stability of Match Replay.
  • Added motion interpolation to make the animation smoother and more fluid.
  • When using F10 on the screen, shortcut keys used for match replays are shown.
  • Enabled Match Replay for tournaments.
  • UX improvements for the control bar.
  • The Match ID and REPLAY BETA label are now visible on the screen that presents the game mode and on the screen that shows the round number.
  • Support for Observation Tools (Caster HUD).
  • Support for Scoreboard 2.0.

Player Cards – Observation Tools

  • Added feedback in player cards to show when an Operator is using Observation Tools. This info will be shown in the Caster HUD. It will also be displayed for eliminated Operators when they spectate one of their teammates. It aims to help players understand their team’s synergy and how they can help one another.

GAME HEALTH

Abandon Penalties Update

  • Penalties are now 60 minutes, 2 hours, 24 hours, or 48 hours depending on the level of escalation.
  • Cooldown for Abandon Penalties has increased to 7 days (was previously 48 hours).
  • Renown Penalties now have the same duration as matchmaking restrictions.
  • This update only affects Ranked and Unranked.

Bullet Holes Exploit

  • Line of sight through bullet holes in soft surfaces has been blocked.

Eliminated Operator Icons

  • The bodies of eliminated Operators have been replaced with transparent icons.

Flash Hider and Compensator Rework

  • Changed how the compensator works. It will now be more efficient at mitigating left and right recoil.
  • Flash hider now only affects the ‘up’ speed, making the gun climb slower.

Squad MMR Restriction for Placement Matches

  • From now on, the Squad MMR restriction will apply to placement matches, even if Squad members have never been ranked.
  • The Squad MMR restriction is currently 700 MMR.

Map Rotations

  • This season’s reworked map is Favela.
  • Ranked/Unranked Playlists: Favela is not featured in the map pools for Ranked or Unranked, so those playlists will remain unchanged.
  • Newcomer Playlist: Favela replaces Coastline in the Newcomer map pool. The bomb sites are Coin Farm/Storage and Coin Farm/Bunks.

And that’s everything we know about Season 2 of Rainbow Six Siege’s sixth year! Make sure to try out the test server if you’re keen to experiment with the new features.

Also, be sure to check out everything we know about Battlefield 2021, as the reveal is set for June.

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Rainbow Six Extraction: Release date, gameplay reveal, more

Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six spin-off looks to shake things up, and here’s everything we know about Extraction including its reveal date, gameplay, and more.

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Ubisoft’s newest Rainbow Six tactical shooter aims to be very different from the successful Siege formula and add a horror twist. This is all the information known about R6 Extraction, including its release date, gameplay, possible name change, and more.

The Rainbow Six division of Ubisoft has proven to be very successful since the game’s first entry in 1998. The franchise built up a great following during the early 2000s and gained serious traction with the R6 Vegas games. The series recently hit new heights thanks to the unbelievable success of Rainbow Six Siege too.

But whilst Siege continues to grow from strength to strength, Ubisoft is also making another game in the franchise – Extraction. Focusing less on human threats, Rainbow Six Extraction is favoring infected, less humanlike foes.

We’ve put together a handy guide that contains all the important information about Rainbow Six Extraction so far and what we can expect.

Rainbow Six Extraction release date

rainbow six quarantine trailer

Since the game’s unveiling on June 6, 2019, at E3, the game has gone a bit quiet with the circumstances of the world decidedly having an impact on the game’s development and direction.

During a recent investor’s call discussing Ubisoft’s earnings and projected line-up going forward, it was mentioned that Rainbow Six Extraction is still set for 2021. With a specific date of September 31, 2021, outed.

Ubisoft revealed during the Ubisoft Forward 2021 event during E3 on June 12, 2021, that Rainbow Six Extraction will be releasing on September 16 for PC and current and last generation consoles.

Rainbow Six Extraction release date

Rainbow Six Quarantine – Extraction name change

rainbow six extraction

A more recent development has surfaced about the game citing possible reservations about the game’s title, again, given what’s been happening around the world during its development.

Rumor has it that Quarantine is working under the name of “Rainbow Six Parasite” internally at Ubisoft, and the name was also seen on the PlayStation Store. The company is aware of the title’s current branding predicament, and it’s likely that “Quarantine” will change.

A Ubisoft representative has confirmed the existence of Rainbow Six Parasite branding but says the name “is only a placeholder that our internal teams use.”

On June 7, 2021, it was officially announced that the game will be called Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction.

Rainbow Six Extraction gameplay

rainbow six extraction

Siege’s current template focuses on teams of five that battle it out to best each other over a series of hotly contested rounds.

Whereas, Extraction aims to shake things up by having teams comprised of three Operators work together to take down waves of infected enemies.

At this moment in time, there exists a video containing over an hour of gameplay from Ubisoft’s upcoming tactical shooter, with a spokesperson confirming this: “We can confirm this is a glimpse of our upcoming Rainbow Six game,” Ubisoft said in a statement issued to Eurogamer. “Recently, we ran an internal test for the game, and unfortunately, some of the details became public. This clip is work-in-progress gameplay footage. We’ll share more details about the game later this year.”

The Ubisoft Forward event during E3 2021 brought a deep dive trailer that showed the community a great deal of what they can expect when they play Rainbow Six Extraction. You can check out the official gameplay reveal for Rainbow Six Extraction below:

Rainbow Six Extraction trailer

Aside from the leaked gameplay, the only Ubisoft-released media to do with Rainbow Six Extraction is the original reveal trailer from E3 2019 when it was still under the Quarantine name.

You can check it out in its entirety here:

The public got its first official look at Rainbow Six Extraction with the release of the game’s reveal trailer during E3 2021. You can check it out below:

Rainbow Six Extraction Ubisoft Forward reveal

We will finally get a proper insight into the game during the upcoming Ubisoft Forward 2021 event on Saturday, June 12, at 3 PM EDT.

As well as showing off new Far Cry 6 footage, Rainbow Six Extraction will be a primary showcase for the special event.

We hope to see official gameplay, confirmation of its release date, and the possible aforementioned rebranding of the title.

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Are Fortnite servers down? Current Server Status

Are the Fortnite servers down? That is what players ask when they have trouble connecting to the game, so here is how to check the current server status.

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It is always frustrating when the Fortnite servers go down and players can not connect to the popular game. However, there can be various reasons for when the Fortnite servers go down, so here is how to check the current server status.

Fortnite has skyrocketed over the past couple of years to become one of the most popular video games globally, with an awe-inspiring number of players having played the game.

With the arrival of Season 7 bringing a new Rick Sanchez skin, UFOs, a new ray gun, and much more, there are sure to be plenty of players who will be frustrated when the Fortnite servers go down.

This is why we have gathered together how you can check the current server status and what to look out for when you can not connect properly.

Fortnite server status

Are Fortnite servers down?

No, the Fortnite servers are not currently down, and players should play the game without any troubles unless they are on their end.

We will update this piece whenever there are server outages and the developer’s updates of fixes for these issues when they are provided to the community.

Current Fortnite server status

It is important to note that the servers for the fan-favorite game will go down whenever there is a major update for the game, such as the most recent 3.19 update.

This is intentional, as Epic Games can not properly apply an update when there are millions of players on the servers, so they bring them down for a bit to apply updates correctly.

So if you are having trouble connecting, check to see if an update is being applied, which will likely be the reason.

However, if no update is being applied, you can go to the official Epic Games online service website, which contains an up-to-date server status for Fortnite and lets the community know when there is an outage.

You can also check the official Fortnite Status Twitter account. This account will post updates on the Fortnite servers being down and fixes Epic Games is applying to fix the problems.

are Fortnite servers down

There is no doubt that having trouble connecting can be a headache, but these tips above will help keep you in the loop, so you know exactly what is going on when the Fortnite servers go down.

For more on Fortnite, check out how to level up the Season 7 Battle Pass as fast as possible, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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