Apex Legends is teasing even more connections with Titanfall 2, as its newest character trailer for Rampart features the game’s main villain.
Apex Legends dropped its latest trailer for upcoming character Rampant today, and it turns out her backstory is closely tied to Respawn’s Titanfall 2 villain Kuben Blisk. Titanfall 2 sold poorly when it was released in 2016, largely because publisher EA launched it one week after Battlefield 1 and one week before Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Developer Respawn Entertainment just announced the next playable character in Apex Legends last week. How exactly Rampart will fit into the existing lineup isn’t totally clear yet, but her oversized machine gun is sure to leave an impression when she joins the game. Rampart will dive into the fray during Apex Legends Season 6, which is set to begin on October 18th. She’ll be the first Legend added to the game since Loba joined in Season 5.
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Apex Legends’ new Stories from the Outlands character trailer shows a bit more about Rampart’s life before joining the Apex Games, including a visit from someone who will be very familiar to Titanfall 2 fans. Rampart’s new trailer shows her getting attacked by a mysterious gang in her workshop and defending herself with her machine gun in stationary turret mode. She’s eventually overpowered by her attackers, but not before calling particular attention to one who she refers to as Big Sister. Given the way that Apex Legends has weaved its narrative through trailers before, it’s pretty likely that players will be seeing more of Big Sister eventually. However, the trailer ends with Rampart’s workshop in flames and a stranger handing her an invitation to the Apex Games. Anyone who’s played Titanfall 2 will recognize that stranger as Kuben Blisk, the game’s villain.
Kuben Blisk may end up appearing directly in Apex Legends at some point, or this could just be another piece of worldbuilding to connect the two games. Apex Legends has had references to Titanfall 2 since it launched, though it’s stopped short of adding anything too overt, like Titans. Each major update has tied the stories of the two games more closely together, though, so Respawn may be building up to bigger in-game ties between them in the future.
Although Titanfall 2 didn’t do well financially, it’s remembered by many players as having one of the best single-player FPS campaigns ever. It’s even gone on to inspire plenty of other big games, with its clever level design and fantastic weapons influencing designers like CD Projekt Red. The promise of a closer connection between Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends is exciting for fans of both games, though players who are only interested in Respawn’s battle royale still have plenty to look forward to with the addition of Rampart.advertising’);
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Trump’s ex-spy chief warns American democracy may not survive November election
September 18, 2020 by Joseph Fitsanakis The former United States Director of National Intelligence, who served in the administration of President Donald Trump as the highest-ranking intelligence official until 2019, has warned that American democracy may not survive the upcoming presidential election. In a stark editorial published on Thursday in The New York Times, Dan…
September 18, 2020
by Joseph Fitsanakis
The former United States Director of National Intelligence, who served in the administration of President Donald Trump as the highest-ranking intelligence official until 2019, has warned that American democracy may not survive the upcoming presidential election. In a stark editorial published on Thursday in The New York Times, Dan Coats warns that whether “the American democratic experiment, one of the boldest political innovations in human history”, will survive after November, remains an open question.
The Trump administration appointed Coats in 2017 to head the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which was set up in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Its mission is to direct the 17-member United States Intelligence Community and to advise the president, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council on matters of national security. In July 2019 Coats resigned, reportedly after disagreeing with President Trump’s policies on North Korea, Russia and the Islamic State.
In his editorial, Coats urges Congress to pass “emergency legislation” that will establish a “supremely high-level bipartisan and non-partisan commission to oversee the [upcoming 2020 Presidential] election”. The proposed commission would supervise the mechanisms that “tabulate, evaluate or certify the results” of the election and assure the American public that “the laws and regulations governing them have been scrupulously and expeditiously followed”, argues Coats. Additionally, it would refer “to the proper law enforcement agency” any incident of election “interference, fraud, disinformation or other distortions”.
Coats also calls on American leaders to perform what he describes as the “most urgent task [they] face”, which is “to ensure that the election results are accepted as legitimate”. Doing the opposite would mean succumbing to the pressure of enemies who “want us to concede in advance that our voting systems are faulty or fraudulent; [and] that sinister conspiracies have distorted the political will of the people”.
The former Director of National Intelligence concludes by warning that if the nation fails “to take every conceivable effort to ensure the integrity of the election”, there will be no winners, but only losers, after November. Consequently, the American voters will not simply be choosing a president, he says, but will be deciding “whether the American democratic experiment […] will survive”.
► Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 18 September 2020 | Permalink
Families struggle as heavy rain, more floods expected in Sudan
Thousands of people continue to live under the threat of incoming heavy rain and further flooding in parts of Sudan, months after floods ravaged nearly all of the country’s states. Since July, at least 115 people have been killed in the aftermath of days of torrential rains that brought record-breaking flash floods. The African nation through which…
Thousands of people continue to live under the threat of incoming heavy rain and further flooding in parts of Sudan, months after floods ravaged nearly all of the country’s states.
Since July, at least 115 people have been killed in the aftermath of days of torrential rains that brought record-breaking flash floods.
The African nation through which the Nile river flows is in the middle of its rainy season, which lasts from June to October.
The United Nations is scaling up emergency food assistance, and hundreds of thousands of people are living in desperate conditions in makeshift camps.
Hanan Shariff, a flood victim, has been living in a makeshift camp for the past 13 days in Sinjah, a town in the southwestern state of Sennar, after the floods submerged her village.
“We tried to build fences to protect our home but the winds were too strong, so we decided to salvage what we could and fled,” Shariff told Al Jazeera.
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The rain and flooding exceeded records set in 1946 and 1988, forcing the government to declare a three-month state of emergency.
In recent days, the government has issued new warnings to communities living on the banks of the Nile that rains in the highlands of Ethiopia could lead to more flooding along the river, said Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow, reporting from Sinjah.
A total of 18 villages in Sennar state are “marooned by the floodwaters and cut off from the rest of the state,” Adow said.
Rowda Tayyib said people have “lost all hope”.
“The floods destroyed our homes and swept away our livestock and everything we owned. We have nothing left,” she told Al Jazeera.
A committee tasked with dealing with the ramifications of the floods warned two weeks ago that the country may face more rains, adding that the water level in the Blue Nile rose to a record 17.58 metres.
The floods have so far affected more than half a million people and caused the total and partial collapse of more than 100,000 homes in at least 16 Sudanese states.
Camps for the displaced are growing in number and size in the outskirts of Sinjah, according to Adow.
Mutwali Adam of the UN children’s fund (UNICEF) said people at the camp require “basic humanitarian needs like food, shelters and medicine”.
“Local communities provided some food, and also we complement each other as humanitarian actors here in the field,” Adam told Al Jazeera.
The dire humanitarian situation has been exacerbated by the country’s economic downfall and political deadlock. The government declared an economic state of emergency after its currency fell sharply in recent weeks.
The cost of food and transport have continued to soar across the country.
According to Adow, prices of some staple foods like bread and sugar have increased by 50 percent over the past few weeks, with many fearing the crisis will worsen.
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