Valorant will soon launch its Episode 2 and introduce a new Japanese agent named Yoru. To celebrate, Riot Games published a music video. The video, coming from the Japanese arm of Riot, showcases a song performed by famous local rapper AK-69. The video also features art by popular painter Masayuki Kojo and work by the media creative group Hanabi. Episode 2 will also bring a new Battle Pass, and it’s coming on January 13. If you’re unfamiliar with Valorant, which is currently available for PC, you can read an official description below. “Blend your style and experience on a global, competitive stage. You have 13 rounds to attack and defend your side using sharp gunplay and tactical abilities. And, with one life per-round, you’ll need to think faster than your opponent if you want to survive. Take on foes across Competitive and Unranked modes as well as Deathmatch and Spike Rush.
More than guns and bullets, you’ll choose an Agent armed with adaptive, swift, and lethal abilities that create opportunities to let your gunplay shine. No two Agents play alike, just as no two highlight reels will look the same.
Each map is a playground to showcase your creative thinking. Purpose-built for team strategies, spectacular plays, and clutch moments. Make the play others will imitate for years to come.” As previously reported in TalkEsport, the description of this new agent states: “Yoru can create gaps, in fact, to sneak into enemy territory. Strength and secrecy allow him to take enemies by surprise – they don’t even have time to understand where death came from. “ Yoru’s abilities were clearly defined in this latest video, where the agent seemed to be launching a portal that allowed him to teleport in trouble. At the beginning of the recapture, we saw a Japanese resident place his final part on the territory of his opponent in a lofty state, only at the cost of his footprints found in the snow. At the end of his final, he found himself out of the field and joined Phoenix. Prior to today’s revelation, many knew that Yoru could be a time traveler related to the samurai on the Icebox, which was found shortly after the map was released. Yoru is believed to have traveled to the past to Xbox, located on Bennett Island in Russia, to obtain samurai armor. Yoru is likely to move on to the role of a duelist who will be involved, hiding and performing a kickback. The set of his abilities just works better for jokers and winning scenes, rather than for constantly getting input tracks. Valarant Yoru: C - fake Equip an echo that mimics the steps when activating a fire to activate and send an echo forward, Alt Fire to place an echo in place, use an inactive echo to send it forward E – Gatecrash Equip the Fire decoupling lever to send the tether by moving forward, Alt Fire put the tether in place, Activate to teleport to the tether site. Q – curtain Equipment to snatch an unstable dimensional fragment from reality. The fire will throw a fragment, including a flash that winds when it collides with a hard surface in the world. X is a dimensional drift Equip a mask that sees between sizes. Fire moves into the dimension of Yor, as enemies from outside cannot influence or see it.
Despite doing exceptionally well sales-wise on Steam for these past couple of weeks, Cyberpunk 2077 is an exacerbated mess on previous-gen consoles and on next-gen as well for some. This highly anticipated title couldn’t truly live up to its name, and even drove many to ask for a refund. Amidst all this, the game is a masterpiece experience for many who are playing it on higher-end PCs and the PlayStation 5. Nevertheless, it’s still downright unplayable for a horde of people, and now the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has stepped onto the scene, according to Dziennik – a Polish publication website. UOKiK’s spokesperson Małgorzata Cieloch has said that the company will keenly involve itself in the efforts made to resolve Cyberpunk 2077’s current status. Moreover, CD Projekt Red’s responses to people’s complaints, and distress will also be monitored. If in the worst-case scenario that the makers of Cyberpunk 2077 cannot deliver in due time, the president of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) will impose a fine that may go as up as 10% of the company’s last year’s income. In addition to that, the company may also have to compensate its consumers in the form of DLC’s, real-life gadgets, or by offering a full refund. Things aren’t looking for Cyberpunk’s developer, not at all. In recent times, the company’s stock also dropped significantly, and investors took to the US’s court for filing a lawsuit against them. Now, this latest pressure is bound to stir up stress even more. Looking on the other side, the broad consensus says that this might mean an early fix for Cyberpunk 2077. Higher authorities may cause the developer to shift gears with the patches and fixes, and the game might become playable sooner than we think.
REVEALED: XBOX CONTROLLERS STILL USE AA BATTERIES DUE TO “A CONSTANT AGREEMENT” WITH DURACELL. The bunny-adorned battery maker also reveals why it is sponsoring Gareth Bale’s new esports team.
2020 saw the launch of not one, but two futuristic new games consoles. Yet while many were wowed by next gen’s lightning-fast SSDs and drool-worthy ray tracing, the Xbox Series X /S consoles also housed a baffling throwback in the shape of non-rechargeable controller batteries.
Ever since 2006’s PS3 debut, consumers have become used to controllers being charged by USB. While every other gaming device since has embraced the rechargeable present, 14 years on, Microsoft has clung stubbornly to those chunky ‘90s charge sticks.
The question for many is, why? This ye olde battery strategy has, of course, been a great way for Microsoft to make more cash by selling Xbox players rechargeable battery packs .
Yet aside from this obvious moneymaker, the default support for AA batteries has always seemed to be an uncharacteristically old-fashioned move from a forward-thinking company.
Now, Stealth Optional has uncovered the real reason behind Xbox’s eyebrow-raising loyalty to a dying industry…
IT COMES DOWN TO A LONGSTANDING DEAL WITH DURACELL
“There’s always been this partnership with Duracell and Xbox … It’s a constant agreement that Duracell and Microsoft have in place,” reveals Duracell UK’s marketing manager, Luke Anderson, in an interview with Stealth Optional.
It turns out, however, that Duracell’s deal doesn’t refer just to Xbox supporting AA batteries:
“[The deal is] for OEM to supply the battery product for the Xbox consoles and also the controllers’ battery. So that [deal is] going to go on for a while… it’s been going on for a while and I think it needs to go for a while [more].”
Anderson refers here to not only an agreement for Microsoft to stick with AA batteries for its console but also one where Duracell supplies Xbox’s other battery-based components.
TLDR? Xbox players are still using AA batteries in their shiny new 2020 controllers because of a longstanding agreement with Duracell. No wonder their rabbity mascot is always grinning.
Since we originally posted this article, Microsoft gave this statement to MCV : “We intentionally offer consumers choice in their battery solutions for our standard Xbox Wireless Controllers. This includes the use of AA batteries from any brand, the Xbox Rechargeable Battery, charging solutions from our partners, or a USB-C cable, which can power the controller when plugged into the console or PC.”
With Duracell regularly tweeting about stocking up on batteries for game releases, and Game Pass + Duracell related promotions popping up all over YouTube, the existence of some sort of Xbox/Duracell deal may not come as a shock to those paying attention. Yet what is interesting here is the seeming strength and longevity of this increasingly odd partnership.
Still, is this Microsoft contract enough to keep the bunny-loving battery maker alive in a USB age? When I ask Duracell UK’s marketing manager, he’s quick to point out that Duracell sells power banks, too. Yet while Anderson won’t, of course, admit that the brand isn’t as essential as it once was, he does reveal that it has a new audience set squarely in its sights – gamers.
DURACELL TEAMS UP WITH GARETH BALE
In a bid to stay down with the kids, Duracell has sponsored its first-ever esports team – Gareth Bale’s Ellevens Esports. With most under 15s probably having yet to encounter a AA battery in their day to day lives, you can see why Duracell are opting to put their iconic rabbit behind a promising new esports team.
“We’ve got bunny as a brand ambassador that you see attached to football all the time, so with Ellevens being a FIFA team and having a really cool character like Gareth Bale, it’s a good brand fit for Duracell.”
Anderson adds, “You know, there are loads of batteries out there, you can go to any supermarket and see loads of batteries. So I think where the relationship with Ellevens helps Duracell is to become more relevant again to the younger audience – the younger market.”
Having already solved one age-old gaming mystery, then, I decide to grill Anderson about the issues that really matter – Bale/Bunny relations.
“Gareth Bale is a very busy person, so, I don’t think he’s met the bunny in person just yet. But you know, I’m sure there’ll be opportunities in the future for the bunny to come down to the pitch. I’m sure there’s an opportunity waiting.”
There you have it – another Earth-shattering Stealth Optional exclusive. While it hurts me no end, I’m soon dragged away from the world of rabbit mascots and footballers and back to the land of lithium.
INTRODUCING DURACELL OPTIMUM
Anderson tells me, “In the last year, what Duracell has seen is the consumption of batteries has increased but particularly increased across games consoles. So across America and the EU and the UK, we saw like a 40% uplift in terms of usage across consumption patterns.”
In an age where traditional AA batteries are seen as increasingly wasteful and irrelevant, it’s no surprise that the famous bunny-adorned brand wants to use esports and gaming to stay relevant. Anderson reveals that their business is no longer just about pushing those leaky old AA sticks. With Duracell releasing its own line of power banks and the (marginally) more exciting line of ‘next-gen’ batteries known as Duracell Optimum.
“It’s called Duracell Optimum,” Anderson explains. “It’s available in America as well and I know that is on the cards to come to the UK sometime soon. What that will give is more power and more life as well to a battery, to a device that’s using it. So if you’re using a toothbrush or, or if you have an RC truck, with Optimum you can get some more power into it and get it moving faster. And that’s something that a lot of devices haven’t really experienced. I think that kind of optimum brand will be something that you could work together with Microsoft in the future – expand our current deal.”
Only time will tell on that front, of course, but it’s clear that, as a brand, Duracell still has plenty of charges left in it.