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Far Cry 6 takes on fascist government featuring Breaking Bad star

More games announced as well

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Earlier today, Ubisoft announced a flurry of games through a digital conference called Ubisoft Forward. Though already leaked prior to the event, one of the biggest titles to make an appearance was the next major entry in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 6.

As always, player characters are thrown into a hellish landscape and unwittingly tasked with taking down an oppressive government. Further, the new entry continues the trend from Far Cry 5 wherein the settings are caricatures of real-world dystopias. In Far Cry 5, players took on a doomsday cult in rural America. In Far Cry 6, players will take on Yara, a corrupt Latin American government.

However, unlike Far Cry 5, Far Cry 6 will once again feature a named and voiced character, Dani Rojas, who can be customized as either male or female. Further, the most striking addition to the series is who the main baddie is.

Anton Castillo, the dictator of Yara (and main antagonist) is played by Giancarlo Esposito. You will likely recognize him as Gus Fring from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. In those critically acclaimed series, Esposito brilliantly plays a drug kingpin masquerading as the big boss of a successful chicken restaurant chain.

Marking the first entry in the next generation of consoles, Far Cry 6 will launch on February 18, 2021 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.

Ubisoft also announced that Gold, Ultimate and Collector’s Editions for Far Cry 6 will be available for pre-order

  • The Gold Edition will include the base game and the Season Pass.
  • The Ultimate Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass, and the Ultimate pack, which includes Jungle Expedition pack, the Croc Hunter pack, and the Vice pack.
  • The Collector’s Edition will include the base game, Season Pass, the Ultimate pack, a high-end replica of “Tostador”, the flamethrower weapon from the game**** (7 parts to be assembled, length: 72cm), a “How to Assemble” one-pager artwork illustrated by famous artist Tobatron, a unique Collector’s Case based on Tobatron’s iconic art style, an exclusive Steelbook®, a 64-page Artbook, a set of 10 stickers, a Chorizo keyring, a map and a selected Soundtrack of the Game.

Fans who pre-order Far Cry 6 will get access to the Libertad Pack which includes the “Libertad Outfit” for Chorizo and the state-of-the-art “Discos Locos”, a weaponized disc launcher that will make enemies dance on their own graves.

Fans who purchase Far Cry 6 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade their version to next gen at no additional cost at the launch of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5.

For players looking for an introduction to the Far Cry series, the Franchise Sale starts July 13, with prices starting as low as US$3 across multiple retailers.

Besides Far Cry 6, Ubisoft also announced more details for Watch Dogs: Legion. According a new trailer, the hacking roleplaying game will allow players to recruit anyone in the game world as a hacktivist. The number of possible recruits supposedly number in the millions, marking a new way to play the game.

In other news, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla got a new gameplay trailer. Ubisoft also announced its take on the battle royale genre, Hyper Space.

SEE ALSO: Sony finally reveals what the PlayStation 5 looks like

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FF7 series launches new PS5 update, mobile battle royale

Featuring a new mission with Yuffie

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Today, PlayStation held a State of Play showcase for its upcoming games for both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5. Though the showcase was filled with new sneak peeks from all sorts of games, the now-iconic Final Fantasy VII took center stage and blew everyone away. Not content with last year’s remake, Square Enix will once again improve the original FF7 game for the PlayStation 5 and add a new DLC to go with it.

It’s a remake’s remake

Saving the best for last, 2021’s first State of Play unveiled a (literally) new look at the PlayStation 5’s version of the Final Fantasy VII Remake — titled Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

Most importantly, the version will add in massive technical and graphical upgrades for the remade game. Intergrade will have better lighting, for example, to take advantage of the new console’s new hardware. While the remake is already graphically stunning, the new version will make the game practically cinematic in feel.

Besides the graphics upgrade, Intergrade will also add new difficulty settings. Players can now access the classic turn-based controls even on normal mode. The version will also add in a photo mode, which will naturally flex the PlayStation 5’s hardware capabilities along with it.

Finally, Intergrade will launch a new story featuring the oft-overlooked character Yuffie Kisaragi. Her story will take her on her own adventure with a new male character Sonon Kusakabe. Yuffie and Sonon are on a plan to infiltrate Shinra.

For current PlayStation 4 owners of Final Fantasy VII Remake, a free upgrade will bring the update’s technical improvements to the PlayStation 5. However, Intergrade itself (meaning, the additional content) will come with a separate price. Intergrade will cost US$ 70 as a whole.

A prequel battle royale

If Intergrade isn’t enough to satiate your FF7 needs, Square Enix is also launching a mobile battle royale game set thirty years before the events of Final Fantasy VII. More than a simple mobile shooter, Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier will feature the series’ popular tray of magic spells and summons (including Chocobos). According to the teaser video, players will participate in the Shinra Electric Company’s Soldier program, explaining the need for a battle royale.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier is coming to Android and iOS sometime this year.

A FF7 compilation

Finally, Square Enix also announced a massive mobile compilation — Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis — featuring all the smaller games and stories set in the game’s timeline including Advent Children, Before Crisis, Crisis Core, and Dirge of Cerebrus.

Though the developer describes it as a “chapter-structured single player game,” the teaser trailer doesn’t reveal how the compilation will weave through the entire series seamlessly. The game will reportedly feature all the stories from the series, while introducing new, unexplored elements.

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is coming to Android and iOS sometime in 2022.

SEE ALSO: Final Fantasy VII Remake review: A fresh experience of a timeless tale

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Razer’s new webcam: the Kiyo Pro

For work and play

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With Razer showing off their dedication to workers and gamers staying safe and indoors, they’ve announced the new Razer Kiyo Pro.

The Kiyo Pro is a USB camera with a high-performance Adaptive Light Sensor to deliver sharp video quality even in low-light conditions. Combined with an ultra-sensitive Type 1/2.8 CMOS sensor with STARVIS technology, the Kiyo Pro boasts professional-level image quality to video conferencing and streaming.

In this day and age, it’s no surprise that Razer is bringing new webcams especially with work-from-home and new digital communications. Working from home has really become an integral part of professional life today.

However, sometimes built-in laptop cameras lack the resolution and framerates for professional-looking conference calls or streams. They often struggle to cope with low-light and deliver blurry images and that’s where the Kiyo Pro comes in.

The Kiyo Pro is capable of uncompressed full HD 1080p 60FPS. Razer says this will not only ramp up dynamic range but also, correct under- or overexposed areas on the fly, eliminating silhouetting if the subject is lit from behind.

Making sure it’s ideal for video conferencing or streaming, the wide-angle lens on the Kiyo Pro gives you a choice of three fields of view: 103°, 90° or 80°. The 103° view lets everyone fit in a group video call or allow streamers viewers to show off their set up. But, if you’re just looking for a perfect headshot view for meetings or streams, the 80° view will suffice.

Other features

The Kiyo Pro has a range of extra features with flexible mounting options to perfectly set it up. And, its omnidirectional stereo microphone array ensures your voice is properly picked up wherever you’ve mounted it. A separate cover is included to protect the lens and assure your privacy when not in use. 

Razer Kiyo Pro Specs:

Camera Specifications

  • Connection type: USB3.0
  • Image resolution: 2.1 Megapixels
  • Video Resolution: 1080p @ 60/30/24FPS / 720p @ 60FPS / 480p @ 30FPS / 360p @ 30FPS
  • Video encoding: H.264 codec
  • Still Image Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Image Quality Settings Customization: Yes
  • Diagonal Field of View (FOV): 103°, 90°, 80°
  • Focus Type: Auto
  • Mounting Options: L-shape joint and Tripod (Not included)
  • Cable Length: 1.5 meters braided cable

Microphone Specifications

  • Channels: Stereo
  • Audio Codec: 16bit 48KHz
  • Polar patterns: Omni-directional
  • Sensitivity: -38dB

System Requirements

  • PC with a free USB port
  • Windows® 8 (or higher)
  • Internet connection
  • 500 MB of free hard disk space
  • Compatible with Open Broadcaster Software and Xsplit

The Razer Kiyo Pro is already available on Razer’s website with the price tag of USD$199.99 or EUR€ 209.99

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Watch Dogs: Legion’s latest update brings online play

Along with exclusive single-player content for Season Pass owners

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Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs: Legion was the latest open-world offering from the company released in October 2020. The entire game peers into the realm of technological London, some time since Brexit happened. As such, you take command as any normal citizen of London but as a member of DedSec, a group of hackers fighting against authoritative regimes. Overall, the game received mixed reviews due to its uncanny yet vivid storytelling and gameplay.

As such, Ubisoft continues to improve on its product through the addition of new player-friendly features. Starting March 10, players will now have a chance to play with their friends through a dedicated Online Mode. The addition of this new mode comes with the free update patch set to be released on that day, along with several freebies for Season Pass owners.

With the new Online Mode, you now have access to a slew of co-op missions and environments to explore. As such, players can assemble teams of two to four to complete more challenges and explore the rest of London. More co-op features that comes with Online Mode include the “Leader of the Pack” missions and a PvP deathmatch mode.

Along with Online Mode, the new patch also comes with unique single-player missions for Season Pass owners. Watch Dogs: Legion is available now for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC through the Epic Games or Ubisoft Store.

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