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The Phantom Update

Another update, another Merc! Phantom is here- well, he was here a moment ago at least, but in addition to the sneaky assassin, we've got an number of other tweaks and additions for you with this update. Read on for all the details!

Meet Phantom

Phantom is somewhere around here, but good luck finding him before he strikes! Willing to do anything to get rid of him, his Commanding Officer volunteered Phantom to take part in an experimental Refractive Armor test program. Returning the favor, Phantom promptly stole the suit and used it to plant incriminating evidence/livestock in his former Commanding Officer's quarters. Since then he has been a legend in his own mind. Never, ever lend him money, or your mobile phone.

Primary Ability: Refractive Armour

Refractive Armour

Phantom's pride and joy, his Refractive Armor, is the piece of technology that justifies his code name. He can activate this specialized suit of camouflage and, in only a few moments, fade from sight. The armor's power will drain for as long as he's invisible, although while he is moving the power will drain faster, as well as visually disrupting, making him easier to spot when chasing down the enemy.

Of course, this is armor, not some magic cloak! If Phantom is shot while Refractive Armor is enabled, that damage will instead deplete the Armor's remaining power, giving him enough time to close the gap and take advantage of his shiny new toy.

Introducing the Katana

The Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Beta Finishes with a Bang!

The Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Multiplayer Open Beta is now over and it’s fair to say that you’ve chainsawed your way through the last 8 days, with 41.2 million kills and over 1 million games played. Our friends over at The Coalition have shared some fairly absurd stats:


You can go ahead and delete the beta game from your Xbox - All of the beta rewards have been logged against your Gamertag so they will be available in your retail game.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated, and we look forward to seeing you on the 25th of August! For more info and to pre-order the game, head over here

The Sparks update

The latest update is now live and ready for action. Amongst balance and map updates, increased Credit bonuses and a selection of Merc Bundles, Sparks is also coming onto the scene as the newest Merc in London.

Meet Sparks

Sparks is a qualified doctor, and has the papers to prove it. But then she also has the papers to prove she's at least five other people, including a pilot, an attorney-at-law, and a California Highway Patrol officer named Jeff. The point is, she has friends in high and low places, which helps her get her hands on cutting-edge medical tech like the REVIVR. Killing and reviving people under gunfire is by no means the worst job she's had. Just ask Jeff.

Primary Ability: Revive Gun

Sparks' signature ability is this special hunk of advanced medical tech called the REVIVR. You could ask what REVIVR stands for, but what really matters is what it does: Fires a highly charged projectile which, if it strikes an Incapacitated ally, will revive them with an amount of health dependant on the REVIVR's charge level.

Of course, its still a gun, and its Sparks' best weapon. Hitting an enemy with the REVIVR will deal heavy damage, again dependant on how much the weapon's been charged up. The REVIVR won't fire if you don't charge it up a bit, and if it's used too often, or holds a full charge for too long, it will overheat and become useless until it can cool down, but that's a small price to pay to be able to Revive your teammates without worrying about getting your own head shot off!

Dirty Bomb E3 Trailer and Free Fraggers

Amidst the madness of E3 2015, our own Paul Wedgwood presented a shiny new cinematic trailer for Dirty Bomb at the inaugural PC Gaming Show. Check it out below:

We also announced a giveaway on PCGamer.com – 100,000 free codes for the grenade lovin’ Merc Fragger. Try getting your hands on him here, before he’s all gone!

Anyone with tips for Fragger noobs? Expound your advice in the comments below!

Announcing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re working on Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One alongside The Coalition. We’ve completely remastered the original game: There’s now support for Dolby 7.1 surround sound, modernized multiplayer running at 60 FPS on dedicated servers, skill-based matchmaking, and much more. Better yet, there's a multiplayer beta happening on Xbox Live right now, and you're invited! Read on for more details.

Dirty Bomb goes into Open Beta

After having thousands of you testing rigorously, the Open Beta for our first fully owned IP ‘Dirty Bomb’ is hitting Steam today. That’s right, now everybody can jump in game and dominate (or die) with friends and teammates for cold hard credits and bragging rights.

With five maps designed for the classic Objective style gameplay and a dozen unique Mercs, Dirty Bomb is an FPS that rewards skill, coordination and teamwork above all else. There will be more features, more maps, fresh ways to play, and of course, plenty of new Mercs coming as Dirty Bomb’s updates continue to roll out.

Be sure to check out our Twitter feed, Facebook page and Twitch streams to stay up to date on everything Dirty Bomb.

Dirty Bomb is Going Open Beta

It’s finally time! On Tuesday, June 2nd, Dirty Bomb will enter Open Beta! No more access keys, no more buy-in, no more raffles, no more sign-ups; anyone in our service area that wants to play Dirty Bomb can download it through the Steam client and play for free!

Dirty Bomb presents... The Kira and Rhino Update

New Mercs, Leagues, more Credits, and all manner of Loadout Card goodness are all headed your way in the latest Dirty Bomb update. There's also a fine assortment of fixes and balance changes. Let's dive right in, shall we?

The Fletcher Update

Welcome to the latest update to take centre stage in Dirty Bomb. Along with balance changes and a ton of squashed bugs, we also welcome some User Interface upgrades, ‘Chapel’ map updates, experience earn-rate tweaks and of course, our new Merc ‘Fletcher’ joins the crew.

Dirty Cups Community Tournament

This Sunday Dirty Cups are holding a 5v5 Stopwatch community tournament. We saw the launch of these tournaments last weekend and so far have received an extremely positive reaction. You can still sign up for the tournament so head on over to their website, DirtyCups.gg, and enter a team. A big thank you goes out to the organisers and teams that took part! We look forward to seeing some epic plays.

Tournament start times are below:

  • 18:00 UTC/GMT
  • 19:00 BST
  • 11:00 PDT

For more information or to register, you can check out their website: DirtyCups.gg. And to watch the tournament, make sure to follow their Twitch channel as well: Twitch.tv/DirtyCups.