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Tom Clancys Rainbow Six Siege, Verdun, and PGA Tour 2K21

Squad up and breach your enemy’s location, survive the muddy trenches of WWI, and hit bombs on the golf course. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Verdun, and PGA Tour 2K21 are all available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, June 17 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Sunday, June 20 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Tom Clancys Rainbow Six Siege

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Find and install the games here on Xbox.com. Clicking through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and enter the Gold member area to locate the Free Play Days collection on your Xbox One.

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Purchase the game and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and earned achievements during the event! Please note that discount percentage may vary by region.

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  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Verdun
  • PGA Tour 2K21

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
North Star, Rainbow Six Siege’s latest season, is out now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. North Star introduces Thunderbird – a new defending Operator with a unique healing gadget – as well as a rework to the Favela map, changes to bullet holes and bodies, and updates to gadgets for Mira, Maestro, Melusi, and Smoke. Thunderbird is available now as part of the Year 6 Season 2 Battle Pass, or purchasable with R6 credits in two weeks. All other updates are free and out now. If you’ve yet to try Rainbow Six Siege for yourself, now’s your chance! Any progress you make during the free weekend will carry over if you decide to purchase the game.

To celebrate the release on Xbox Series X|S earlier this week, play the authentic First World War shooter Verdun for free this weekend! The game is part of the WWI Game Series – each features a different front of WWI, with Verdun focused on Western Front trench warfare. Combat is intense, brutal and tactical, with four man squads using a wide variety of carefully recreated weapons. From rifles and pistols to trench clubs and flamethrowers, there are many tools of war available – and that’s before you get into artillery support, aerial recon, and the infamous poison gas barrages… better keep your mask close! For those that want to stick around, both Verdun and Tannenberg are part of a 50% off sale! Enlist now and try the games for free this weekend!

PGA Tour 2K21
Play against the pros or play with your crew. With PGA Tour 2K21, you’ll compete against the likes of Justin Thomas and 11 top pros on stunning, real-life courses such as TPC Sawgrass, East Lake Golf Club, and more. Check out the 67% savings on the Digital Deluxe version this weekend and continue to dominate the course and the green.

Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

Author: Dean Shimabukuro, Sr. Marketing Program Manager, Xbox
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

In a Different Capitol Siege, Republicans in Oregon Call for Accountability

A little more than two weeks before a mob of supporters of Donald J. Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, falsely claiming that he had won the election, a strikingly similar event had unfolded on the other side of the country, at the State Capitol in Oregon.

There, in December, a restive crowd had breached the exterior doors and battled law enforcement officers in a building that is capped by a gold-leaf pioneer wielding an ax. The agitators, waving Trump flags and clad in body armor, wielded pepper spray and smashed windows. “Arrest Kate Brown!” the crowd chanted, referring to the state’s Democratic governor.

Republicans in Congress have resisted a full, formal investigation into the much larger attack by protesters on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, but in Oregon, lawmakers facing new evidence about the Dec. 21 siege in Salem are taking a different approach. On Monday, the state’s House Republican caucus signed a letter encouraging the resignation of a colleague, Representative Mike Nearman, who in a newly discovered video appeared to be coaching protesters on how they might gain access to the building.

The House Republican leader, Christine Drazan, said on Tuesday that she believed there was enough support in her caucus to expel Mr. Nearman from the State Legislature if he did not resign. Legislators in the state have never before expelled one of their own.

“I would hope that Representative Nearman would make the decision to not be the first,” Ms. Drazan said in an interview.

The protest in Salem was part of a series of demonstrations that broke out across the country after the Nov. 3 election as supporters egged on by Mr. Trump mobilized to contest an election they falsely believed had been stolen. Some of the protests targeted state leaders who had imposed lockdowns and mask orders to counter the coronavirus pandemic.

In Salem on Dec. 21, dozens of people mobilized outside the Capitol, expressing frustration that the building had been closed to the public amid the pandemic. Carrying signs condemning the “lying lockdown” and shouting, “Let us in,” some in the crowd surged through an open door on the building’s north side before law enforcement officers moved to confront them.

A larger crowd later managed to push in through the doorway but, facing a line of officers in riot gear, they did not reach the rotunda area or areas of the building where legislators were working. Officers later made some arrests and cleared the building.

In the months since the breach, videos have made it clear that the crowd had assistance from someone on the inside. Security footage made public days afterward showed Mr. Nearman, who has represented a district that lies south and west of Salem for the past six years, opening a door in a way that allowed protesters inside as he left the building. Mr. Nearman, who walked around the building and re-entered it, faces misdemeanor charges of official misconduct and criminal trespass.

After the first video emerged, Mr. Nearman said he did not condone violence but also said he believed that legislative proceedings should be open to the public.

Then last week, new footage surfaced, suggesting not only that he may have expected protesters to enter the building, but that he had offered to help them. The video, earlier reported by Oregon Public Broadcasting, appeared to be streamed online a few days before the December intrusion. It showed Mr. Nearman making public remarks in which he coyly gives out his own cellphone number with a suggestion that anyone who might need to enter the Capitol building could text him if they needed a way inside. He referred to the idea as “Operation Hall Pass.”

“That is just random numbers that I spewed out. That’s not anybody’s actual cellphone,” Mr. Nearman said after giving out his cell number. “And if you say, ‘I’m at the West entrance’ during the session and text to that number there, that somebody might exit that door while you’re standing there. But I don’t know anything about that.”

Barbara Smith Warner, a Democratic lawmaker from Portland who is the House majority leader, said she found it hard to believe that a sitting legislator would put everyone in the building at risk, not only by intentionally opening the door but by doing it in a premeditated way.

“That is mind-boggling,” Ms. Smith Warner said. “If that’s not traitorous, I don’t know what is.”

Mr. Nearman did not respond to messages seeking comment. In an interview with the conservative radio host Lars Larson, Mr. Nearman said he had been “clowning around” in the video and “setting up” for what he had assumed would be a peaceful protest. He said he had been speaking in the video to a group that was not known to be violent.

“I’m willing to have some consequences for what I did, or whatever, but this is super extreme,” Mr. Nearman said.

Ms. Smith Warner said she came to see the Dec. 21 siege as a kind of dress rehearsal for what happened in the nation’s Capitol a few weeks later, with the same types of grievances on display. While Republican legislators in Oregon had been largely silent about the December siege until now, she said, she applauded those who were now willing to take on the issue.

“I don’t want to minimize that at least some of the Republicans here are doing the right thing,” Ms. Smith Warner said. “That is no small thing. I do think their base will consider that a betrayal.”

The U.S. House voted in May to create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, which left several people dead, injured law enforcement officers and had lawmakers fleeing for safety as a mob ransacked the complex. But that plan for a broader accounting of the day was stalled by Republicans in the Senate who appeared to fear the political consequences of an open-ended inquiry.

In Oregon, House Speaker Tina Kotek announced that a bipartisan special committee would convene this week to consider whether Mr. Nearman should be expelled. Ms. Drazan, the Republican leader, said she believed that the matter should have been handled by a different committee but supported the idea of considering expulsion.

If a resolution to expel goes to the full House, it would need 40 of the chamber’s 60 lawmakers to approve it. The chamber has 37 Democrats.

Ms. Drazan said she did not see much of a parallel between the siege in Washington and the one in Salem, and said she preferred to keep her focus on events in Oregon rather than weighing in on how Republicans in Congress should handle the Jan. 6 events. She said she hoped Republican lawmakers would be as focused on doing the right thing in their own party as they have been on criticizing the opposing party.

“I am just exhausted by national politics,” Ms. Drazan said. “They just need to get their act together. They need to start to serve the greater good.”

Ms. Drazan noted that when Republican Party leadership in Oregon passed a resolution that embraced the unfounded conspiracy theory that the Jan. 6 attack was a left-wing “false flag” plot to frame Mr. Trump’s supporters, her caucus in the Legislature disavowed the resolution, declaring that there was no evidence of a false flag effort and that the election was over.

“We have, I hope, a clear-minded view of what is public service and what is not,” Ms. Drazan said.

Mr. Nearman was among those who signed the letter.

Author: Mike Baker
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Rainbow Six Siege Reveals North Star Season with Healing Operator and More

Rainbow Six Siege Operators looking for a boost to keep them in the fight will find a new source of healing when North Star, the second season of Year 6, launches on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. That healer’s name is Thunderbird, and she’s a new Defender hailing from the Nakoda Nation — a North American First Nation — who can deploy her Kóna Stations to deal out heals to any player in range, be they friend or foe. North Star will also include a free rework for the Favela map, as well as some impactful updates to Melusi, Smoke, Mira, and Maestro.

Thunderbird’s Kóna Stations are kind of like little turrets, only they’re the kind you won’t mind seeing swivel to point right at you. That’s because they shoot little balls that boost your health, replenishing some HP if you’ve taken damage and temporarily overhealing you if you’re already fit as a fiddle. Now, don’t expect to sidle up to one and just gobble up heals until you’re full; once a Kóna Station delivers a boost, it goes on cooldown and has to recharge before it is ready to boost again. Defenders can watch the cooldown icon to see when the Kóna Station is ready to heal again, while Attackers can look for a cone of blue light indicating that a heal is available. After all, a Kóna Station does not discriminate between ally and enemy, so Attackers might consider disabling them with Thatcher’s EMP grenades instead of shooting them outright. Because who couldn’t use a little extra health when pushing a well-defended site?

Fortunately, Thunderbird is well-equipped to deal with any Attacker caught bogarting her heals. Her primary weapon options are the SPAS-15 shotgun or the Spear .308 assault rifle (outfitted with NATO sights, for those attachment enthusiasts out there), while her secondary choices are the Q-929 pistol and the Bearing-9 machine pistol (which you attachment enthusiasts might want to take out for a spin, now that compensators and flash hiders have been tweaked). Round it out with your choice of a nitro cell or impact grenades, and you’ve got a formidable Operator with the power to offer strong support to the defending team.

North Star is also delivering a free rework to the Favela map in which night has fallen and fireworks light up the sky. A massive internal renovation has left most of the exterior wall unbreachable, meaning the Attackers will have to largely rely on windows, doors, and two rooftop stairwells to gain entry to the building (no more ground-floor stair entry, either). The two floors inside are much more interconnected, making for lots of close-quarters encounters that get closer still as the Defenders invest in destroying walls to create sightlines and rotation holes. As long as you don’t spend too much time playing soccer with your scouting drones outside the building, things should heat up quickly on the new Favela map.

Now, for those Melusi, Smoke, Mira, and Maestro updates:

  • Melusi: Her Banshee devices will now be vulnerable to gunfire when active, giving Attackers another way to deal with their distracting influence.
  • Mira and Maestro: The bulletproof glass on Mira’s Black Mirrors and Maestro’s Evil Eyes can now be fractured by melee attacks so it becomes impossible to see through. The bulletproof glass will remain in place; the canister on the Black Mirrors can still be punctured to drop the glass and the Evil Eye can still be opened to shoot lasers, but their intel utility will be severely compromised with a melee attack.
  • Smoke: An update to gas propagation means that Smoke’s toxic gas is now easier to see through, and will propagate in a more predictable fashion (and not go through walls).

There are a few more quality-of-life improvements to watch out for in North Star; notably, that corpses will now disappear after a short interval and be replaced by a translucent icon indicating which Operator died on that spot. This is to alleviate any issues with bodies appearing in slightly different spots for different players in the same match. Furthermore, a single bullet shot into a destructible wall will no longer make a hole you can see through; you’ll have to make slightly bigger peek holes that will, perhaps, be more noticeable to the opposition. And finally, a new scoreboard update will have your stats looking nice and crispy and will convey more information about how a match is progressing.

All the updates mentioned in this article will be free, with the exception of Thunderbird; the new Operators will be available through the North Star Battle Pass, which you can pick up in the Microsoft Store when the new season launches.

North Star is coming soon to Xbox Siege players around the world, so start planning how the updates will affect your strategy today.

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This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Rainbow Six Siege Invitational: North Star reveal time and Thunderbird operator news

Ubisoft has been slowly teasing the now leaked Rainbow Six Siege North Star expansion this week, with more news coming on May 23.

Operation North Star reportedly includes a new Operator named Thunderbird, as well as a newly reworked map, as well as few refreshed features.

This is what has leaked so far, with the full Rainbow Six Siege North Star reveal scheduled for May 23, during the Six Invitational.

Ubisoft confirmed as much earlier this week, posting the full schedule for what it has planned for the big eSports event.

This will be happening during the playoff, which is due to end on May 23, with Ubisoft telling fans:

“Since the delay of the Six Invitational earlier this year, our teams have been hard at work evaluating all possible options for the “May Edition” of the Six Invitational 2021.

“We are happy to announce that we have been authorized by the government and the local authorities to hold the Six Invitational 2021 in Paris, France, from May 11th to 23rd, with no audience on-site and following strict sanitary measures.”


Ubisoft has confirmed that the Rainbow Six Siege North Star reveal will be happening at around 3pm BST, on Sunday, May 23.

It will be sandwiched between the lower bracket final and the Grand Final, meaning we can probably expect a trailer and some early details on what the new operator will play like.

Recent leaks suggest the new operator will be called Thunderbird and will boast some kind of healing ability.

This will be used via her primary gadget, which will be a healing turret. Thunderbird will be able to deploy more than one of these stations and they will heal players who are within a certain radius.

These gadgets will require some kind of charge and won’t be the only big news revealed during the Six Invitational event.

The Favela map is also reportedly getting reworked and this could be announced during the upcoming North Star event.

As always, these new leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt, we won’t know for sure how accurate they are until Ubisoft makes its big reveal.

As mentioned above, the Rainbow Six Siege North Star reveal will happen during the Six Invitational.

The Grand Final is scheduled to kick off at 4pm BST, meaning there will be less than an hour between the North Star and Grand Finals kicking off.

The final phase of the Six Invitational has consisted of a double-elimination bracket. All Playoffs matches have been played using the best-of-three rule, and following the Group Stage, the top 4 teams of Group A and B have been battling it out in the upper bracket.

Meanwhile, the teams ranked between the 5th and 8th positions in each group have dropped into the lower bracket.

The Grand Final will consist of a best-of-five match with a map advantage to the upper bracket team and unlimited overtime.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Rainbow Six Siege update: Apocalypse event time news and patch notes

Ubisoft has launched a new Rainbow Six Siege update which needs to be downloaded if you want to play the new Apocalypse event today.

This week’s R6 patch is small in size, meaning it shouldn’t take long for you to get up to date.

The update is focused on removing bugs and improving performance across PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms.

It also looks to rebalance a number of operators, including Jackal, Ace, Jager and Tachanka, and bring new scope options to the Designated Marksman Rifle (ATTACKERS).

The full list of changes can be found at the bottom of this article and is worth a read before the new Rainbow Six Siege event kicks off today.

We don’t know have a time for when everything is kicking off today, but we would expect the Apocalypse event to be live by 7pm BST.

The Apocalypse event will be starting on May 4 and ending on May 18 across all platforms.

The event sees two clans fighting it out for the latest precious resources, following the collapse of society.

The official description reads: “Humanity’s reliance on wasteful energy brought the demise of society as we know it. Following an important reactor meltdown, water was contaminated, agricultural crops destroyed, and the air was poisoned. Survivors are few and far between. From those few spared, emerges two clans led by fierce leaders.”


The Keepers, a group of hopeful warriors led by the spiritual Seer. They hope that humanity can start over and come back better than ever before.

Maestro – Melusi – Rook – Smoke – Valkyrie


The Warband, a clan of scavengers roaming the world, never staying in one place for too long. Led by the General, these free spirits have only one thing in mind: taking whatever will ensure their survival.

Fuze – Gridlock – Maverick – Nomad – Twitch

These two clans are after the last plant on Earth, whose radioactive soil holds the capacity for more growth. Whoever has it, has the power to re-grow life on Earth. Who will get to hold the key to humanity’s new beginning after 100 years of worldwide aridity?

Apocalypse is an in-game event that will have you fight for the plant in a version of Outback set after the end times. Get on the Attacking team to defuse the container holding the plant itself or side with the Defense to protect it until time runs out.

As the Defenders, you’ll have the ability to move the container around the map. As an Attacker, you can activate specific scanner rooms to know if a Defender is inside. If you want to secure a win no matter what, you can always get rid of the opposing team entirely.







Shumikha Launcher

  • Increased the magazine capacity to 7 (from 5)
  • Increased the fire duration to 7s (from 5s)
  • Reduced the detonation time to 0.75s (from 1s)
  • Increased the fire area radius to 1.9m (from 1.7m)
  • Increased the projectile “distance to start drop” to 20m (from 8m)
  • Increased the projectile speed to 30 (from 20)





Designated Marksman Rifle (ATTACKERS)

  • Removed access to 1.0x scopes
  • Gave access to 1.5x, 2.0x, and 2.5x scopes
  • Added 3.0x as default scope


Removal of Tactical Realism

  • Removed the Tactical Realism playlist type from Custom Games.
  • Added Interface Preferences to the Options menu that allow players to enable and disable some HUD parameters.
  • All Tactical Realism playlists that have been saved by players will be removed.

Ubisoft Connect

  • Stats micro-app is coming to Ubisoft Connect overlay.
  • Discover your stats and compare them with your friends.
  • Discover your playstyle as an Attacker and as a Defender.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Rainbow Six Siege servers down: Ubisoft status news for PS4

UPDATE: Rainbow Six Siege servers remain down for some PS4 gamers tonight, with no news or ETA on when normal service will resume. The latest update from the Ubisoft support team reads:

“We’re continuing to investigate this issue. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please continue to check the forum post for any updates.”

ORIGINAL: According to the latest news shared by Ubisoft, Rainbow Six Siege servers are down on the PS4 platform.

Error codes are popping up when trying to access core services, and it’s unclear what has caused the degradation in multiplayer gameplay.

The latest message from Ubisoft confirms that the Rainbow Six Siege support team know about the problems and are trying to fix them.

The message reads: “Hello everyone. We’re aware of an issue currently affecting connectivity on Rainbow Six Siege on the PS4 and are working towards resolving this.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. Please be sure to check this thread for future updates.”

However, since being posted, there has been no word on when Rainbow Six Siege servers will be back online.

Rainbow Six Siege remains a highly played game years after its initial release and is currently available on PS4, Xbox One, next-gen consoles. Meanwhile, R6’s most popular platform is Steam.


Rainbow Six Siege new Season release date and Crimson Heist launch time news

New season of Rainbow Six Siege

The new season of Rainbow Six Siege kicks off this week (Image: UBISOFT)

Operation Crimson Heist is kicking off this week as part of the new Rainbow Six Siege season update.

Flores will be a big part of Year 6, with the operator coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC and next-gen consoles at the same time.

The new attacker will available to unlock alongside a brand new ability, as well as a balanced armour and speed rating.

The main focus is the remote-control RCE-Ratero, which can charge forward and explode, destroying nearby gadgets and soft surfaces.

The Border map is also getting reworked, with Ubisoft hoping to improve gameplay and quality of life for players.

A message from Ubisoft explains: “1F Bathroom has been expanded to provide a soft wall between the 1F Bathroom and 1F Tellers bomb sites, and the 2F Archives bomb site has been extended into 2F Offices.

“In addition, an interior balcony now connects East Stairs to 2F Break Room, and a new exterior staircase leads to the 2F Archives balcony.”


The new season of Rainbow Six Siege has a release date set for Tuesday, March 16, across PS4, Xbox One, next-gen consoles and PC.

We don’t have a set release time confirmed for Operation Crimson Heist just yet, but the news is expected to be shared later today.

Previous R6 patches have gone live in the early afternoon in the UK, with Neon Dawn going live at 08:00 EDT on PC, 09:00 EDT on PlayStation, 11:00 EDT on Xbox consoles.

Downtime is also expected, with maintenance expected to take around one hour for each platform.

Expect the full schedule to be announced by Ubisoft before everything goes live on March 16.

More on the new R6 Year 6 release will be shared via official patch notes, which are expected to be shared the same day.

Rainbow Six Quarantine: Teaser trailer for new survival game

But until that happens, here’s the list of other stuff Ubisoft has promised for Rainbow Six Siege this week:


Experience two extremes with the seasonal weapon skin Thermal Antipode! With its striking design, you’ll be sure to stand out on the battlefield and turn players cold.

The weapon skin will be released at season launch and is available for purchase throughout the season. Once unlocked, it remains in your inventory indefinitely and can be applied to all available weapons.


The Operator voices for IQ and Capitão have been re-recorded with new voice actors. We are thankful to the voice actors who we worked with up to this point, but with the expansion of our Universe content, we needed to make adjustments to our talent lineup to ensure consistency.


When disabled by Mute, the necessary disabled state feedback will now appear for Attacker drones, Breach Charges, Hibana’s X-Kairos, Fuze’s Cluster Charge, Thermite’s Exothermic Charge, and Zero’s ARGUS Cameras. In addition, Claymores and Nomad’s Airjabs can now be disabled and will have the proper feedback.


For Crimson Heist, Lion and Finka’s prices go down to 10,000 Renown or 240 R6 Credits. Mozzie and Gridlock’s prices decrease to 15,000 Renown or 360 R6 Credits. Finally, Oryx and Iana’s prices drop to 20,000 Renown or 480 R6 Credits.


A new secondary weapon has been added to some Attacker loadouts. The GONNE-6 is Rainbow Six Siege’s modern-day hand cannon; it shoots an explosive projectile that detonates on impact with surfaces and destroys bulletproof gadgets. The name is derived from “handgonne,” a term that has been used throughout history to refer to hand cannons.


The Newcomer map pool will now feature 5 iconic Siege maps (Coastline, Oregon, Kafe, Bank, and Clubhouse), plus 1 seasonal map that will rotate each season. Each Newcomer map will have two possible bomb site locations, and each match will feature the same bomb sites for all rounds, allowing players to familiarize themselves with the most-played sites.