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The Division 2's New York Update Will Be Open To New Players And Veterans – GameSpot

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Ubisoft has unveiled the first major expansion for The Division 2, Warlords of New York. Heading back to where the series began, you’ll go on the hunt for the returning antagonist Aaron Keener while making your way through the unexplored region of Lower Manhattan from the first game. We spent some hands-on time with the expansion before its reveal and saw the number of changes in store for The Division 2‘s economy and power-grind. However, one of the most surprising details about the new expansion is that new players will be able to jump in right from the beginning.

Releasing a standalone expansion for $30, which will mark the beginning of The Division 2’s Year 2 content, you’ll be able to dive right into the new storyline and head to Lower Manhattan immediately. With the new $40 standard edition of the game, which includes the base game and the expansion, new players can boost their starting character to level 30 and head straight for the new content. From there, you can take on missions throughout Lower Manhattan, where you’ll face off against Keener’s rogue agents and the returning factions like the Cleaners and the Rikers.

According to Ubisoft, this approach was to let players jump straight into the new content without having to catch up to other players. During our hands-on, we got to explore the new-New York City in The Division 2, which has a different vibe when compared to the snowy urban expanse from the original game. With various missions set around the different regions of Lower Manhattan, including Battery Park, Twin Bridges, Civic Center, and the Financial District, you’ll be able to take on the various targets and objects in the order you wish.

In addition to the new plot and world space to explore, the expansion also brings with it an increased level cap and a revamped gear system, which streamlines the UI to convey character growth and differences in player archetypes better. The developers stated that this new expansion would be a convenient way for newcomers to try out The Division 2, which presented the opportunity to re-evaluate how they showed the familiar power grind in the game.

In GameSpot’s review of The Division 2, senior editor and producer Edmond Tran awarded the game a 9/10 and stated: “The Division 2 as a game are compelling enough to keep you captivated for dozens more. The range of enemy types continues to keep combat encounters challenging, the equipment I earn and pick up continues to feel different, valuable, and asks me to consider new ways of play. The ravaged environments continue to intrigue, and sometimes they’re so stunning I find myself needing to take screenshots before I move on. It might not have much to say, but The Division 2 is a perpetual cycle of tension, relief, and reward that’s difficult to stay away from.”

For more on The Division 2: Warlords of New York, including more from our hands-on with the game, be sure to check out GameSpot’s coverage of the game.

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries

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Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.

Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .

 

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver

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EBay will sell its South Korean business to retailer Shinsegae Group and e-commerce firm Naver for about 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion), local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.

Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.

Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.

South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.

Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.

($1 = 1,117.7000 won)

 

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

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Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.

Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.

The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.

The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.

Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.

In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.

Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.

Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.

In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.

Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.

The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.

($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)

 

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)

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