Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Narrative Director Defends “Highway Of Death” Reference

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare brings the series back to its popular contemporary setting, but one narrative choice struck close to home and has stirred up controversy–in part because it appears to attribute a real-life massacre to the wrong country. But narrative director Taylor Kurosaki defended the choice to GameSpot. Spoilers follow.

One mission called “Highway of Death” takes place in the fictional country of Urzikstan, and alludes to Russian aggressors committing a massacre. This appeared to draw parallels to a well-known incident from the first Gulf War of the same name, in which American-led coalition forces attacked retreating Iraqi military vehicles. Some have expressed concern with using the name, and attributing the act to a different country.

Kurosaki defended the narrative decision in an interview with GameSpot, saying that in the context of the game, the highway had already been referenced by that name before the mission takes place there, suggesting that the game isn’t rewriting the event, just drawing upon it.

“I encourage you to go back and play start from the beginning of that mission, where you get the mission briefing,” he said. “Farah talks about this location as the Highway of Death before the mission takes place. So the Highway of Death is not what came out of that mission. It was already that. And then if you look at the environmental storytelling, there’s already bombed out vehicles and all kinds of, you know, things that are relating to previous episodes and it’s even mentioned in there.”

He went on to suggest the phrase “highway of death” is not exclusive to the Gulf War incident, and that the narrative team did heavy research to find universal themes across war over the last several decades.

“The reason why Urzikstan is a fictional country is because we are taking themes that we see played over and over again in the last 50 years in countries and locations all around the world. We’re not making assimilation of one particular country or one in particular conflict,” he said. “These are themes that play out over and over again with a lot of the same players involved. We don’t portray any one side as good or bad in our game.”

For more thoughts on the story of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from Kurosaki, check out our full interview. Plus, read our review-in-progress for more.

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The Outer Worlds Holographic Shroud Guide- how it works and how to find all the ID Cartridges

The Outer Worlds Holographic Shroud Guide- how it works and how to find all the ID Cartridges

Stealth may not come up much in The Outer Worlds, but you might as well make it as easy as possible.

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Fortnite Locations: Where Are Motorboats And Flaming Rings (Challenge Guide)

Week 4 of Fortnite Chapter 2‘s Battle Pass is in full swing, and flaming rings have been placed all over the southern half of the new map. As is usually the case with rings in Fortnite, one of the Dockyard Deal challenges tasks you with jumping through them. Only this time you have to do it in one of the new motorboats. There are numerous flaming rings spread throughout the rivers and lakes of Fortnite’s island, but you only need to jump through three in order to complete the challenge.

Where Are Motorboats And Flaming Rings?

There are 23 motorboat locations in total, and many of them spawn near to where the flaming rings are located. You can find boats just north of Slurpy Swamp and north of Misty Meadows, with another near the bridge in between both locations. There are also boats to the south and east of Lazy Lake.

Once you’re behind the wheel of a motorboat, you’ll find flaming rings spread out across the southern part of the map around Slurpy Swamp, Misty Meadows, and Lazy Lake. Just make sure you boost to safely reach each ring. Once you’ve jumped through three you’ll be rewarded with another 52,000 season XP.

Chapter 2, Season 1 runs until December 12, according to the official Fortnite website. You can see the full list of Chapter 2 challenges here, along with our guides on how to complete the trickiest ones. For more, be sure to check out our other Fortnite Chapter 2 coverage below.

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Ubisoft Will Put Cross-Play Into “All The PvP Games We Have,” Says CEO

During the company’s latest earnings call, Ubisoft expressed interest in making all of its PvP games cross-platform. Currently, cross-platform play is only supported in two of Ubisoft’s games: Brawlhalla and Just Dance 2019.

“Our goal is to put cross-play on all the PvP games we have, over time,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said. “That’s well on the way.” Ubisoft has a lot of games that support PvP play, but we’re assuming Guillemot is mostly speaking to the larger games that have still maintained their playerbase and are still scheduled to receive post-launch content. With both Microsoft and Sony’s next-gen consoles aiming for a Holiday 2020 release, it’s likely Ubisoft plans on implementing cross-play in the PvP games that are scheduled to get next-gen ports so players can bring their accounts over and still play with their friends on Xbox One and PS4. It’s a future that’s been made possible since Sony eased up on allowing cross-play support in PlayStation games.

On the call, Guillemot pointed to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag as an example of Ubisoft porting a game from one console generation to the next, and the transition working out in the long run. Funnily enough, if Ubisoft keeps to tradition, the Assassin’s Creed game for 2020 will also be releasing within that same Q4 window–though the studio has not confirmed a release date for the rumored Viking Assassin’s Creed game, nor said anything about whether it will be a cross-platform title like Black Flag.

Of Ubisoft’s existing PvP titles, the two most likely candidates for cross-play support are For Honor and Rainbow Six Siege, both of which continue to see limited-time holiday events, new maps, and new characters. The former just saw the release of Zhanhu, the first brand-new hero for the Wu Lin faction–which was added to the game in the Marching Fire expansion. The latter is in the midst of its Halloween-themed event, Doktor’s Curse, which adds a bunch of spooky new skins for its many Operators.

After admitting Ghost Recon: Breakpoint could have used a bit more polish before release, Ubisoft delayed the launch of several of its games scheduled for early 2020. Rainbow Six Quarantine, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Gods & Monsters have all been pushed back to the latter half of 2020.

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Fortnite Hidden T Location: Where To Search T Hidden In Dockyard Deal Loading Screen

Fortnite‘s Week 4 challenges have arrived, and as usual, if you complete eight of them, you’ll unlock a special loading screen that points you toward a letter hidden somewhere around the island. This time, you’ll need to search for the letter T hidden in the Dockyard Deal loading screen. If you’re having trouble tracking it down, we’ve put together the guide below showing you exactly where to go.

Where Is The Hidden T Location?

As the challenge states, the clue that will lead you to the letter T is hidden in the Dockyard Deal loading screen, which depicts a group of characters making some kind of shady, blackmarket deal under the cover of darkness. Look closely at the red crane in the background and you’ll spot the T at the top of the scaffolding–that’s where the letter will appear in the game.

The scene depicted in the loading screen is, fittingly, set in Dirty Docks. If you’re not yet familiar with Fortnite’s new map, Dirty Docks is located on the easternmost corner of the island. We’ve marked its exact location on the map below.

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How To Complete The Challenge

Once you know where the letter will appear, make your way over to Dirty Docks, find the cranes from the loading screen, and ascended the scaffolding; the T will appear once you approach. Interact with it when prompted and you’ll complete the challenge and take another step closer to unlocking this season’s special skin.

As usual, the letter won’t appear until you’ve unlocked its corresponding challenge, so you’ll need to work through the other Dockyard Deal missions first before you can collect it. There are a few that may throw you for a loop this week, so if you need help completing any of them, be sure to check out our full Fortnite Chapter 2 challenges roundup for our other maps and guides.

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Nintendo Says More 3DS Franchises Are Coming To Switch

Thanks to the Switch Lite’s success, Nintendo is looking into bringing more of its 3DS franchises to the console-handheld hybrid in the future.

Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki tweeted that Nintendo Japan’s current president, Shuntaro Furukawa, said the “company would make more 3DS franchises available on Switch.” Such a move is already happening with Brain Age, which is getting a new entry this December in Japan. A Western release for the new Brain Age game has yet to be announced.

The news rides on the back of Nintendo Switch Lite’s growing popularity, as the company mentioned in its earnings report that the console sold approximately two million units worldwide in just 11 days since its September 20 launch.

Following Luigi’s Mansion 3‘s launch, the next big games headed to the Nintendo Switch are Pokemon Sword / Shield, which comes out on November 15. There are a few Switch games sprinkled between Sword and Shield’s launch, such as Just Dance 2020 (November 5), Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 (November 5), Disney Tsum Tsum Festival (November 8), New Super Lucky’s Tale (November 8), and Romancing SaGa 3 (November 11).

The Switch Lite has received glowing praise following its launch. In our own review, editor Peter Brown thought highly of the iterative console, saying, “If anything, I hope the Switch Lite is an indication of where Nintendo might go with its theoretical upgraded Switch model in the future. I don’t remember the last time I detached my Joy-Cons, and I constantly gripe over the fake d-pad whenever I have to use it. And after playing with the Switch Lite for an extended period of time, I now look at my standard Switch as being more fragile than ever. The Switch Lite has almost everything I’m looking for in a Switch–I just wished it lived up to its name.”

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Fortnite Gas Stations Location – Where To Blow Up Gas Pumps (Chapter 2 Challenge)

Fortnite‘s Week 4 batch of Chapter 2 challenges are now live on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. This week’s challenges include one similar to a Season 10 gas station mission Spray and Pray, but instead of vandalizing gas pumps, you’ll be exploding them. The challenge has you “deal any damage to opponents by shooting exploding gas pumps.” If you’re not sure exactly where to look, we’ve put together a handy guide to help.

Where Are The Gas Station Locations?

There were eight gas stations scattered throughout the island in the previous challenge, but now the entire island has been swallowed into a black hole and made an entirely new play area. So where can you find the gas stations now?

The new map has only six gas pumps, and most of them are located in the northern side of the map. One is smack in the middle of Pleasant Park and another is in Salty Springs, but the others are scattered about in-between key points-of-interest. One gas pump is to the west of Holly Hedges, and there are three pumps to the northwest, south, and east of Frenzy Farm, respectively.

How To Complete The Challenge

Find a gas pump and an enemy, and then blow up the pump to deal explosive damage. Any amount of damage will do, so even if they just catch the tiniest splash damage, you’ll get credit for the challenge. However, in our experience it’s pretty tough to just organically blow up a gas pump with an enemy nearby. Your best bet is to play in Duos or Squads and then down an enemy, pick them up and toss them near the gas pump. Then you can blow them up to complete the challenge. Fortunately, unlike some challenges, you only have to do this once.

After you’ve exploded a gas pump on some poor soul, you’ll earn 10 Battle Stars for completing the challenge. Be sure to also check out our full Fortnite Chapter 2 Challenge Guide for more details on grabbing earning progress toward your Battle Pass.

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Fortnite Locations: Where Are Boat Launch, Coral Cove, And Flopper Pond (Challenge Guide)

The Fortnitemares Halloween event is now live in Fortnite Chapter 2, but that hasn’t stopped the fourth week of Battle Pass challenges from appearing. The latest mission set is called Dockyard Deal and introduces a nautical theme to the battle royale shooter, revolving around boats, the new Dirty Docks location, and the increased amount of water on Chapter 2’s map. One of the challenges tasks you with visiting three landmarks: Boat Launch, Coral Cove, and Flopper Pond. Landmarks aren’t displayed on the in-game map, but we’re here to help if you’re not sure where to go.

Where Are Boat Launch, Coral Cove, And Flopper Pond?

Like last week, the three landmarks you need to visit are spread out across the map, with one in the north, one in the south, and one near the centre of the map.

Boat Launch is found southeast of Misty Meadows, near the snowy mountaintop with the cabin and zipline. You can find it in the E8 square on Fortnite’s map grid.

Head north from here to find Flopper Pond just north of Weeping Woods and south of Sweaty Sands. It’s sandwiched between Holly Hedges and Salty Springs, at a pond surrounded by trees and a house with a dock. It’s located at C4 on the map grid.

The final landmark is Coral Cove, which is located in the northwest part of the island, just past Sweaty Sands. You’ll find it at the end of the beach, signified by the huge coral laying around the area. It’s at B2 on the map.

How To Complete The Challenge

This one’s simple enough; you don’t even need to do anything at each landmark, just visit them one by one and you’ll complete the challenge. You can try to visit all three in a single match or just land at each location in separate matches. Completing this challenge will now net you a whopping 52,000 season XP and unlock another Dockyard Deal challenge.

Chapter 2, Season 1 runs until December 12, according to the official Fortnite website. You can see the full list of Chapter 2 challenges here, along with our guides on how to complete the trickiest ones. For more, be sure to check out our other Fortnite Chapter 2 coverage below.

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