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The mystery surrounding Rockstar ‘Bonaire’ deepens

Published: 13/Sep/2019 23:34 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 10:48

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Rockstar’s ‘Project Bonaire’ piqued the interest of both Bully 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 fans alike, and now the mystery as to what it actually is has deepened even further.

Bonaire first made headlines on August 21 after the Australian ratings board IARC refused to classify the Rockstar project due to the inclusion of violence and sexual content.

On August 30, a leaker claimed to know what the mystery project is, stating that it was in fact a PC port for Red Dead Redemption 2. But the mystery has since deepened after someone from the Bully 2 subreddit emailed the ratings board directly.

What is Project Bonaire?

On September 13, Reddit user ‘AIieNNatioN’ uploaded a screenshot of an email response they’d received from the IARC after they’d inquired after Bonaire back on August 20.

“Thank you for your email of 20 August 2019 regarding the classification of the computer game Bonaire,” the response read. 

Interestingly, the reply then went on to state that the classification was made in error: “The Department has contacted the game developer (Rockstar) who advised that an error was made when completing the IARC questionnaire. There is no computer game called Bonaire.”

The email sounded off by stating that the project had since been removed from the site altogether. “It has been removed from the National Classification Database.”

Reddit: AIieNNatioNThe email the user received from the IARC.
https://www.reddit.com/r/bully2/comments/d3hho8/the_response_i_received_from_the_classifications/

While this would usually mean that the mystery has been cleared up, another interesting development was unearthed. 

The board refused to classify Red Dead Redemption 2 on the same day that AIieNNatioN inquired about Bonaire.

The discovery begs the question: why would the IARC refuse to provide classification for a title that is already released? 

It makes the August 30 leaker’s claims of a PC port seem all the more credible. Get your tin foil hats out – we’re strapping in.

Australian ClassificationRed Dead Redemption 2 was refused classification on August 20.

As with all conspiracy theories and rumors, nothing should be taken as the truth until the game developer comes out and confirms it itself.

While the PC port for RDR2 is still unconfirmed, it is looking more and more likely. Stay tuned to Dexerto for any further developments.

Call of Duty

Warzone fans argue that Black Ops Cold War’s guns should be removed

Published: 17/Jan/2021 1:32

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s fans are reacting to weeks of meta concerns and bugs by engaging in a large, heated debate about repealing Black Ops Cold War’s integration and removing all BOCW guns from Verdansk.

An active community is a talkative community and, at the very least, Warzone can certainly appreciate a fanbase that has… a lot to say. Across social media, the CoD battle royale’s players have ramped up discourse in the weeks since Treyarch and Raven Software’s BOCW integrated with Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare-based Warzone.

Now, following surges on Twitter, and a Reddit thread with hundreds of comments and thousands of upvotes/downvotes alike, concerned fans have keyed in on one prominent suggestion: to repeal integration and remove BOCW’s guns entirely.

While this idea may not be realistic one, it embodies a period of frustration with numerous bugs and overpowered gun concerns after their inclusion. As such, the heated argument has found moments of nuance beneath the generally reductionist sentiment.

We can all agree on this… from CODWarzone

A meme shared across both Warzone subreddits proffers a simple solution to help the battle royale return to its glory days: “Repeal and replace the Cold War integration.”

With thousands of upvotes and hundreds of comments, it appears that weeks of stim-glitch abuse, invisibility bugs and, more importantly, Cold War weapon superiority have truly made an impact on the game’s most active fans.

While many commenters do echo the concern, some noting that they “liked Warzone before the Cold War integration,” others have been more accommodating to developers’ efforts.

Numerous fans have gone against the post’s grain, arguing that integration is a good thing and that properly balancing the arsenal should be the goal — not outright removing everything.

black ops cold war dmr
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Even after nerfs, BOCW’s DMR is still lethal in Warzone.

At the heart of controversy is the DMR 14, which has dominated the meta alongside the MAC-10 and dual Diamattis within a few days of BOCW Season 1. Now, numerous updates later, all three guns (as well as the lurking Type 63) have all been nerfed twice — meaning the meta is much more flexible.

It remains to be seen if these adjustments will be enough to satiate Warzone’s fans, but they’re, at the very least, a step in the right direction. While perfect balance is as unlikely possibility as Activision fully repealing their new game’s content, there is some middle ground to find in Verdansk.