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Get Ready for the Next Esports WRC Season with WRC 8

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Following an intense season involving 12 challenges over eight months, the time has come for the final of the esports WRC Powered by Hyundai, with nine qualifiers vying for the title, including Jon Armstrong, 2018 World Champion, and Lohan “Nexl” Blanc, the 2017 winner.

The nine best players in the world are invited to the Wales Rally GB (October 3 to October 6) to compete in the grand final, at the heart of the action. On Saturday, October 5, during the day’s competition, each esports player will compete in eight qualification stages to see who is best. Only four drivers will go on to the grand final, which will be held the same day (at 6 p.m. local time), over three special stages.

For the 4th season, Hyundai is offering the winner a Hyundai i20 road car, worth 20,000€ and an unforgettable co-drive experience with Dani Sordo in Spain, in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.

The esports WRC competition gathers every year the best off-road drivers which are already looking forward to the 5th season, starting in January 2020.

WRC 8 is the official game of the FIA World Rally Championship, featuring a huge selection of WRC, WRC 2 and Junior WRC drivers as well as a few historic and iconic models to challenge your skills. Talent and concentration will be needed to overcome over 100 special stages taking place across 14 countries on gravel, snow, dirt and tarmac.

Thanks to community feedback and pointers from esports WRC professionals, development studio KT Racing has improved all aspects of the game: better graphics, more technical routes, smoother pace notes, and a more comprehensive career mode.

Dynamic weather system

Our new dynamic weather system can change driving conditions while you’re in a special stage, greatly increasing in-game realism. To face this challenge and make up for the modified grip, adjust your car settings, optimize your tire selection and manage your team efficiently so they give you the latest information on upcoming conditions.

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New Career mode

For the first time in the series, the new Career Mode in WRC 8 allows you to become the manager of a WRC team. KT Racing has followed several teams in different real life rallies to capture the key aspects of a successful WRC season. To progress in the different WRC categories and ultimately become the world champion, you must excel in three major areas:

  • Plan your calendar: Decide which events to do in-between rallies: training, manufacturer challenges, rest, classic events, etc. Earn money and experience after each event and spend it to improve your crew and tune your performance.
  • Manage a whole crew: you must consider each of their team members’ unique characteristics and use them strategically in each rally. KT Racing has identified 6 key jobs (mechanic, engineer, meteorologist, financial director, physiotherapist, and agent) that will need to be managed in working time to ensure that you’re racing at peak performance.
  • Upgrade your crew: Your skill tree evolves depending on player choices. Every decision impacts progression and the morale of your crew (performance, reliability, etc.). You can choose you team and modify it, with each change affecting your skill tree.

All this comes in addition to series landmarks and new features: start a Season to focus on rallying, hone your driving skills in Training, reach the top of the leaderboards in timed Challenges, challenge a friend in local Split-screen multiplayer, try your new car settings in the Test Area, race other drivers in Online multiplayer, and more.

WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship is available now for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store. Click here for additional purchase details.

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Diablo II: Resurrected Ladder Season 2 Now Live

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Diablo II: Resurrected Ladder Season 2 Now Live

Summary

  • Jump into the second Ladder Season of Diablo II: Resurrected
  • Unlock Terror Zones – frequently rotating areas that offer higher difficulty battles, more XP, and chances for better loot, all for a more epic level-up experience.
  • Dominate the demons that have until now eluded you with 6 new Unique Grand Charms that allow you to break specific monster immunity types.

Sharpen your swords and muster your might – Ladder Season 2 of Diablo II: Resurrected is now live, including new Terror Zones and Sundering Charms. Beginning October 6, you can jump into the action and make your climb up the leaderboards as you slay the demons that lie in wait. Plus, experience all the quality-of-life updates, bug fixes, and more added in the recent Patch 2.5.


Ladder Season Two


Ladder Season Two ushers in the next opportunity to race to level 99 and amass powerful loot along the way. This season will introduce Terror Zones and Sundering Charms, helping you battle foes that cross your path! For those new to Ladder Seasons, you might be wondering what happens to your Shared Stash loot once the current season ends. Once Ladder Season One ends, all Ladder characters will transfer to their respective non-ladder group. All items in that character group’s shared stash go into a new Withdraw Only set of Shared Stash tabs, denoted by a check marked Past box. Players can withdraw any items they would like to keep throughout all of Ladder Season Two. When the season ends, this withdraw-only set of stash tabs will be overridden with any items in the Ladder Season Two Shared Stash. Make sure you retrieve any items before then or they will be lost forever!

Diablo II: Resurrected Ladder Season 2

Terror Zones


 To make the journey to level 99 accessible to a larger population of players, offer more variety other than repeatedly farming Baal, Diablo, and Nihlathak, and most importantly, remain challenging, Terror Zones have been introduced. When playing a Terror Zone-enabled game, every hour, diabolical tremors infused with the Lord of Destruction’s unwavering corruption overtake specific zones, terrorizing the monsters within, making them at least two levels higher than your current level or their original level, up to a maximum per difficulty. The XP received and loot dropped by killing terrorized monsters will be based on this new level. You can visit our latest blog for even more details on how monster levels will be impacted.

To unlock the Terror Zones feature, you must defeat Baal per character, per difficulty using any expansion character – existing characters that have already fulfilled the requirements will automatically have this feature unlocked. Once Ladder Season Two begins, players will need to meet those unlock requirements to experience Terror Zones on their new ladder characters.  


New Sundering Charms


In Hell difficulty, monsters can receive resistance increases above 100%, making those monsters immune to specific damage types. Previously there were only a handful of ways to reduce a monster’s immunity, which means only a small portion of hero builds could successfully farm all zones. To solve this scenario and promote increased class build diversity, we’ve introduced six Sundering Charms that allow the player to break specific monster immunity types while the charm is in the inventory of new Ladder characters. Keep your wits about you, for these new unique charms will only drop from Terrorized monsters of Champion, Unique, Superunique, or Boss difficulty.

To learn more about Patch 2.5, Ladder Season 2, and all the latest Diablo II: Resurrected news, visit our blog.

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Diablo® II: Resurrected™

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$39.99

Diablo® II: Resurrected™ is the definitive remastering of Diablo® II and its Lord of Destruction® expansion—two hallmark entries in Blizzard Entertainment’s genre-defining action role-playing series. Veteran players, as well as those who missed out when the original game was first released on PC twenty years ago, can now experience Diablo® II’s timeless gameplay with modern visuals and audio that take advantage of today’s gaming hardware.

Ascend the Forgotten Tower, blaze a trail through the jungles of Kurast, and storm the gates of Hell to defeat Diablo himself. Then, scale the peak of Mount Arreat to face Baal, the Lord of Destruction, in Worldstone Keep.

Seven of Sanctuary’s greatest champions await at the iconic campfire screen—the Amazon, Assassin, Barbarian, Druid, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress. Each is highly customizable with countless build and gear options for players to explore.

Diablo® II: Resurrected can be played as a solo experience, or grab some friends and enjoy up to 8-player online multiplayer co-op. Then blow off some steam and claim a few ears by engaging in thrilling PvP duels outside of town.

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