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Halo Infinite June 14 update patch notes: Ranked Arena matchmaking, vehicle buffs, more

Here are the full patch notes for Halo Infinite’s June 14 update which makes changes to Ranked Arenas matchmaking and buffs vehicles.

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With Halo Infinite Season 2 in full swing, 343 Industries dropped the June 14 update to fix some of the season’s more pressing issues across multiplayer, campaign, and the game as a whole. Here are the full June 14 patch notes.

Although Halo Infinite was praised for its map design and gameplay at launch, many felt let down by the lack of new content across its first season. Five months later, 343 Industries dropped Season 2 which brought a brand-new Battle Pass, new maps, modes, and more.

Now, the latest Halo Infinite seeks to fix some of the issues plaguing Season 2 such as slow load times, stability, Ranked Arena matchmaking, and more.

Here’s everything in Halo Infinite’s June 14 update patch notes.

New Halo Infinite Ranked Area matchmaking restrictions

Like any free-to-play game, Halo Infinite suffers from hackers – especially in its Ranked Arena. The latest restrictions introduced in the June 14 update should deter cheaters from repeatedly making new accounts to ruin Ranked matches.

Previously, Halo players only needed to play 10 qualifier matches to join Ranked Arenas but now, players will need to complete 25 matches in other non-Ranked playlists. However, this won’t apply to those who have already completed 25 non-Ranked matches ahead of the update.

If you receive an “unknown error” message when searching for Ranked, simply download the June 14 update and try again.

Vehicles buffed in Halo Infinite June 14 update

Vehicles are a major part of Halo Infinite’s Big Team Battle mode, but the devs felt that light and medium vehicles such as the Banshee and Warthog weren’t sturdy enough.

Halo Infinite’s June 14 update has increased the durability of light and medium vehicles, so vehicles should have a much larger presence in BTB and larger maps.

Halo Infinite June 14 patch notes

Global

  • Season 2 artwork has been added to loading screens across the game.
  • All changes to Target Frame Rate in the Settings tab are now reflected in-game for Xbox Series X and Series S users.
  • Load times for the Battle Pass, Challenges, Customize and Shop menus have been improved.
  • The volume of the Disruptor’s supercombine has been reduced when heard from a distance.
  • When both Battle Pass and Event rewards are unlocked in the same match, all unlocked rewards will now appear in the same post-match notification menu. Additionally, these menus will now consistently show all unlocked items.

Campaign

  • Weapon racks and ammo crates in the Warship Gbraakon mission are now available consistently.
  • Music now plays consistently in the mission Conservatory and in the main menu.

Multiplayer

  • The Ranked Arena matchmaking playlist is now unlocked by completing 25 matches in other non-Ranked playlists. This change will not apply to players who have already completed 25 non-Ranked matches prior to this update.
    • Due to this change, some players on older versions of Halo Infinite will receive an “Unknown error” when searching in the Ranked Arena playlist. Download this Drop Pod update to continue playing Ranked Arena in matchmaking.
  • A new Fireteam Competitive Skill Ranking (CSR) limit has been implemented for Ranked matchmaking. For more information, please see the Fireteam CSR Limit article.
  • Xbox One stability has been improved to reduce instances of players not entering matchmaking sessions normally.
  • Alterations have been made to increase the durability of light vehicles (Wasp, Banshee, Mongoose) and medium vehicles (Warthog, Chopper, Ghost, Shade). Please see Halo Infinite Weapon, Vehicle, and Equipment Inventory for more information.
  • Unique icons have been added to the Custom Game menu to represent Land Grab and Last Spartan Standing modes.
  • Grenades exploding, respawning, and other effects will no longer repeatedly occur during gameplay.
  • Enemies can no longer be pinged when a wall or another obstacle is blocking them. A direct line of sight is now needed to ping an enemy’s location.

Accessibility

  • Various issues tied to the User Interface (UI) Narration option in the Accessibility tab of the Settings menu have been resolved. For example:
    • All sent messages in the chat window will now be read aloud as the user scrolls up or down through chat history.
    • Players will now be informed when the chat window has been opened and closed.
    • Narration now indicates where to invite players in the social menu.
    • Instances of blank messages when text-to-speech is enabled have been resolved.
  • The text chat window will now consistently show the latest messages received.
    • This issue may still occur if Speech-to-Text is enabled in the Accessibility tab of the Settings menu.

Known Issues

With this update, the team has added one new issue to our Known Issues list. Visit the Known Issues & Workarounds section for more information.

  • Launching Halo Infinite while disconnected from the internet or while Halo services are offline will result in multiplayer modes such as Academy and Custom Games being inaccessible. This issue will not occur in sessions where Halo Infinite is able to connect to the required services and then is later disconnected from the internet.
    • Campaign is still accessible when this issue occurs.

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How to earn Rainbow Six Siege Twitch drops: Berlin Major 2022 rewards

Here’s how to earn Rainbow Six Siege Twitch drops including several esports sets by watching the Berlin Major.

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Rainbow Six Siege players can access esports-themed cosmetics by watching the Berlin Major, so here’s how to connect your account and earn some valuable rewards.

The Rainbow Six Siege Berlin Major is one of the biggest tournaments of the competitive season. 16 of the best teams in the world will go head to head for the title of champion when the tournament kicks off in Berlin on August 15.

The six-day tournament will give fans of Rainbow Six Siege a ton of high-level gameplay to keep an eye on. The good news is that you’ll be able to earn in-game Rainbow Six Siege Twitch drops while enjoying the action. Here’s what you need to know about the Rainbow Six Siege Berlin Major viewership rewards.

How to earn Rainbow Six Siege Twitch drops

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to earn Rainbow Six Siege Twitch drops, as well as the requirements that viewers must meet.

  1. Open Ubisoft’s drops website
  2. Link your Twitch account to your Ubisoft account
  3. Opt into the drops feature
  4. Ensure that your account is linked before tuning in
  5. Enjoy the matches and earn your Rainbow Six Siege rewards!

You can track all of your progression on the Twitch inventory page. Don’t forget that you must claim rewards manually, so you’ll want to visit this page eventually.

Once you’ve met the required condition for time watched, you’ll be free to click on the “claim” button found on the inventory page to ensure that your progress will continue to the next reward.

For the entirety of the Rainbow Six Siege Berlin Major excluding Grand Finals, players will earn 1 pack after 3 hours of time watched, with a maximum cap of 1 pack per day.

When it comes to the Grand Final, you will earn 1 pack after 1 hour of time watched, and 1 pack after 3 hours of time watched, with a maximum cap of two packs per day.

Rainbow Six Siege Berlin Major 2022 rewards

You’ll have 24 hours after each campaign to access the reward before the claim button disappears. In addition, you can expect to receive any claimed items 48 hours after the end of each campaign.

Here are all of the Rainbow Six Siege Berlin Major rewards up for grabs:

Esports Amaru Set: 4 items – dropping individually

  • Uncanny Motivation Uniform
  • Uncanny Motivation Headgear
  • Adamant G8A1 Weapon Skin
  • Amaru Charm

Esports Fuze Set: 4 items – dropping individually

  • Reliable Silence Uniform
  • Reliable Silence Headgear
  • Hard-Hitter 6P41 Weapon Skin
  • Fuze Charm

Esports Ying Set: 4 items – dropping individually

  • Starlight Uniform
  • Eclipse Headgear
  • Gamma Ray T-95 LSW Weapon Skin
  • Ying Charm

Esports Mozzie Set: 4 items – dropping individually

  • Cosmic Nexus Uniform
  • Chromosphere Headgear
  • Constellation Commando 9 Weapon Skin
  • Mozzie Charm

Esports Maestro Set: 4 items – dropping individually

  • Moon Flare Uniform
  • Lyrid Headgear
  • Shooting Star Alda 5.56 Weapon Skin
  • Maestro Charm

Cheer for your favorite team as of August 15, and earn cool new rewards along the way!


For more, check out our list of the biggest AAA video games coming in 2022.

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Powerful Apex Legends glitch allows players to carry active Heat Shields on their head

Apex Legends players have noticed a new glitch in Season 14 which allows Heat Shields to be placed on character’s heads.

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A new powerful glitch has been found in Apex Legends after the Season 14 update which sticks Heat Shields on top of the character.

A new season of Apex Legends doesn’t just mean a new Legend, it also usually means new bugs and issues for the devs to fix.

While the Apex Legends Season 14 update launched smoothly, players have noticed some odd glitches and issues, such as characters having the wrong abilities and Wattson being unable to place her fences.

Now, players have found a bug in Season 14 which puts Heat Shields on the player’s head, which is actually very strong.

Reddit user JomzYT put a video up in the Apex Legends subreddit showing off this new Heat Shield glitch, along with the caption “Apparently you can now put heatshields on your head!”

In the video, the player goes to place a Heat Shield down when it miraculously lands on their head and stays with them while they move.

Heat Shields are extremely useful in Apex Legends, as they protect you from the ring and can often save you or your teammate’s life, giving you time to heal up before making your way back into the ring.

Usually, they are placed on the floor, and can not be moved. However, with this glitch, the player is free to move around and remain protected by the Heat Shield, which is stuck to their head.

The fact that the player can move around with the Heat Shield makes this bug very powerful, leaving some in the comments of the post jokingly saying that “it’s a feature,” and a “buff.”

According to one of the users in the comments, this bug is associated with Vantage and could be to do with her winged companion Echo: “This is a thing that happens with Vantage at times, I accidentally pinged myself and my own echo earlier today. Seems like Echo stays physical even when holstered, this leaves one question. Rampart turret on Echo?”

Perhaps the Heat Shield was attached to Echo, as the player had not called the bat out. This has players reminiscing about similar bugs with Crypto and his drone: “Oh gosh, I remember when we had that bug with Crypto. That was funny, flying around on your turret shooting at people.”

Although it doesn’t seem like a major issue, Respawn will likely get this patched up as soon as possible. For more on Apex Legends, check out what NICKMERCS had to say about the Valkyrie nerfs in Season 14.

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How many people play MultiVersus? 2022 player count

MultiVersus is a new fighting game that is taking the world by storm, so let’s find out how many people are playing MultiVersus in 2022.

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Fighting game fans have been sinking their teeth into MultiVersus as the new title continues to generate quite the buzz. Here’s a look at how many people play MultiVersus in 2022.

MultiVersus is a brand-new platform fighter that launched its beta in July 2022. Not only is the game free-to-play, but it’s what’s known as a crossover fighter, akin to Super Smash Bros, that allows players to choose between several well-known characters.

Fan favorite playable characters like Batman, Bugs Bunny, The Iron Giant, and even LeBron James have led to a ton of excitement for the game. While MultiVersus Season 1 has yet to begin, it already has a massive player base that is set to continue to grow.

Here’s a breakdown of how many people have played MultiVersus since its launch.

How many people play MultiVersus?

As of August 10, MultiVersus has reached 10.6 million total players. This is an incredibly impressive accomplishment for such a young game still in its beta form. These numbers are available via tracker.gg, and you shouldn’t expect the continued climb in active players to slow down anytime soon.

Given the diverse array of characters and licenses involved in the project, it’s natural that the game is getting compared to Super Smash Bros. However, it truly brings something different to the table as players are enjoying everything that major publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is bringing to the table.

The fledgling game even earned a spot at EVO 2022, the legendary fighting game tournament. MultiVersus early involvement at EVO has undoubtedly brought more players to the game, and given its free-to-play nature, it’s difficult to ignore.

The current cast of characters truly blends pop culture worlds with so many incredible choices. In addition, it’s already been confirmed that more characters are on the way. Season 1 will introduce players to Rick and Morty as the pair join the fight.

Continued dev support from Player First Games is going to be vital in keeping the game thriving with new updates and fixes. With the feedback received from MultiVersus’ early days, the devs could ensure that 2022 continues to be a major year for the new title.


For more, check out how many people are playing Warzone, GTA Online, Apex Legends, and Genshin Impact in 2022.

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