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Rockstar co-founder and head writer leaves ahead of rumored GTA 6

Published: 5/Feb/2020 1:05 Updated: 18/Mar/2020 12:37

by Brad Norton

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Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser has announced he will be parting ways with the gaming studio he helped build, revealing on February 4 he would be leaving the company, putting a spanner in the works of rumored Grand Theft Auto 6.

From the global phenomenon that is the Grand Theft Auto series to the ever-popular Red Dead franchise, Rockstar Games is the studio behind a number of marquee titles in the gaming industry. 

After helping guide the team for 22 years, serving as the lead writer on major projects such as Grand Theft Auto 5 and Max Payne 3, Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser is set to leave the company.

Red Dead Redemption 2 characters
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Red Dead Redemption 2 released in October, 2018 to much fanfare and critical acclaim.

Just over 12 months after the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, and seemingly in the midst of development on the next installment in the GTA franchise, Houser returned from a lengthy break and announced he would be parting ways with the company he helped establish in 1998.

“After an extended break beginning in the spring of 2019, Dan Houser, Vice President, Creative at Rockstar Games, will be leaving the company,” the game company announced in a February 4 statement.

“[His] last day will be March 11, 2020. We are extremely grateful for his contributions. Rockstar Games has built some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful game worlds, a global community of passionate fans and an incredibly talented team, which remains focused on current and future projects.”

Max Payne 3 action
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Houser lead the charge on the intricate narrative of Max Payne 3.

Having grown from a small team in 1998 to housing over 2,000 employees across eight headquarters around the world in 2020, Rockstar Games has become synonymous with the open-world genre. 

GTA V for instance, currently sits as the third best-selling video game of all time with over 115 million units sold throughout its seven-year lifespan. 

Countless job listings from various Rockstar studios around the globe, as well as numerous leaks in recent months, have all indicated that GTA VI is well into its development. Having served as the lead-writer on GTA V, it’s undeniable that Houser’s departure will leave an indelible mark on the company moving forward.  

There’s no discerning the motive behind Houser’s decision just yet. After 22 years of developing some of the most iconic titles in the industry, it will be fascinating to see a Rockstar title without his touch.

With the reveal of GTA VI appearing to draw closer every day, however, there’s no denying his absence will cause major ripple effects throughout Rockstar Games as they brace for another huge, global release.

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Warzone & Black Ops Cold War Season 2 Battle Pass: All tiers & rewards

Published: 25/Feb/2021 5:38

by Albert Petrosyan

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With Season 2 of both Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone now live, we’ve got the complete rundown on every single item in the new Battle Pass.

The Battle Pass has become a key part of every new season in Call of Duty over the past year-plus, and Season 2 of Cold War and Warzone is no exception.

Once again, players have 100 Tiers to level up through to unlock all the fresh new content, including Operator skins, weapon blueprints, charms, watches, XP tokens, CoD Points, and more.

As usual, the S2 Battle Pass has both a paid and free version; the former gives players access to every single reward while the latter allows fans to still unlock some of the items without paying a dime, such as the two new guns. Everything you need to know about the BP can be found below.

Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass: Price & bundle

There are two options for the premium (paid) version of the Battle Pass. The first is to just buy the barebones version, which costs 1,000 CoD Points and unlocks only the items available at Tier 0.

However, for those who want a nice head start, there is also a Battle Pass Bundle that can be purchased for 2,400 CP, and it includes 20 instant Tier Skips, unlocking everything between Tier 0-20.

It’s also always worth pointing out that completing the full BP grants you a total return of 1,300 CP, which means you get all your Points back plus an extra 300. This technically means you can buy a BP once and always get enough CP back to buy future Passes as well.

Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass: New guns

FARA 83 in Season 2
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The FARA 83 assault rifle can be unlocked by reaching Tier 15 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

There are two new weapons released at the launch of Season 2: the FARA 83 assault rifle and LC-10 SMG. As usual, both of these are completely free for players to unlock; all you have to do is reach the necessary Tiers in the BP by grinding the game.

The FARA is available at Tier 15, while the LC-10 gets unlocked by reaching Tier 31.

LC-10 SMG in Season 2
Treyarch
The brand new LC-10 SMG is available at Tier 31 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass: Free items

In addition to the FARA 83 and LC10, there are a few other rewards that can be obtained through the S2 BP without having to purchase it:

  • FARA 83 Assault Rifle: Tier 15
  • LC-10 SMG: Tier 31
  • Three War Track Packs
    • Black Ops 2 Mixtape: Tier 44
    • Rock Pack II: Tier 72
    • Pop Rock: Tier 94
  • Glade Ripper LMG Blueprint: Tier 21
  • Dragon Idol SMG: Tier 55
  • 300 CoD Points
  • And more

Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass: Tier 100

Tier 100 is usually reserved for the most prestigious cosmetic items in the entire Battle Pass and S2 follows that trend as well. Reaching the final Tier unlocks two high-end cosmetics:

  • Warlord Naga Operator Skin: Naga is the new Operator in Season 2, and this skin features him wearing a ceremonial mask and a gold-trimmed leather jacket to show off his warlord status. Tier 100 also unlocks two Operator Missions for Naga.
  • Poison Dart Legendary LC-10 Blueprint: With the brand new LC-10 being one of two featured weapons in the BP, the final tier unlocks a special camo for it that has a green-and-black amphibian design to it.
Tier 100 in Season 2 Battle Pass
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Unlock this Naga skin & LC-10 Blueprint by reaching Tier 100 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass: Reactive Blueprints

A brand new type of cosmetic is introduced in Season 2: the ultra-rarity Reactive Weapon Blueprints. These function the same as regular blueprints, in the sense that they’re for a specific weapon and have pre-set attachments, but they feature a “reactive” design that changes with the more kills you get.

The Battle Pass contains one such item, the Vulture Exo, which has a “pulsating green energy across the skeleton of a bird that wraps around the entire weapon.” As you get kills with the gun, the color of the energy goes from green to blue to orange and finally, red. Vulture Exo gets unlocked at Tier 95 of the paid BP.

While this is the only Reactive Blueprint in the Battle Pass, Activision has confirmed that one for the AK-74u, called the “Z-74u,” will be available as part of the Maxis Operator Bundle, which will go on sale during the second week of Season 2.

In addition to the Z-74u, the bundle also contains the new Samantha Maxis Operator, a finishing move, and several other cosmetic items.

Maxis Operator Bundle in Season 2
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A Reactive Blueprint for the AK-74u is available in the Maxis Operator Bundle.

Below is a full rundown on all 100 Tiers in the Season 2 Battle Pass.

Black Ops Cold War Season 2 Battle Pass: all tiers & rewards

Free Rewards, Tiers 1-5

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Free Rewards and Tiers 1-5.

Tiers 1-9

 

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 1-9.

Tiers 10-18

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 10-18.

Tiers 19-27

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 19-27.

Tiers 28-36

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 28-36.

Tiers 37-45

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 37-45.

Tiers 48-54

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 48-54.

Tiers 55-63

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 55-63.

Tiers 64-72

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 64-72.

Tiers 73-81

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 73-81.

Tiers 82-90

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 82-90.

Tiers 91-99

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 91-99.

Tiers 95-100

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 95-100.