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Evo Online Has Been Canceled

Evo 2020 has been canceled following allegations of sexual misconduct made against Evo CEO Joey Cuellar, who was placed on administrative leave earlier in the day, and is now being relieved of all responsibilities with the company and tournament. Early this morning, Evo released a statement saying "The behavior in these accusations runs directly counter to Evo's mission of building a safe, welcoming environment for all of our players and attendees."

Over the course of the day, commentators James Chen and Maximillian Dood tweeted that they would no longer be a part of this year's tournament. Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Tekken, and other games were also pulled by the developers and publishers behind them. NetherRealm, the studio behind the Mortal Kombat games, said "We stand in solidarity with those who have spoken out against abuse. We will be pulling MK11 from EVO Online."

Over 1,300 people signed up to compete in this year's tournament, which would be held online due to the ongoing pandemic. Anyone who purchased a badge will be refunded. Evo is also donating the equivalent of the proceeds to Project HOPE.

You can read Evo's latest statement on the matter below:

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— EVO (@EVO) July 3, 2020

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 3:17 am

A Fallout Television Series Is On The Way

Kilter Films, Bethesda Game Studios, and Amazon Studios are bringing the popular apocalyptic RPG Fallout to light in a new way as a TV series. Few details are known about this upcoming Amazon Original show, but according to Deadline, it is the first project put together by Westworld creators and producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy who signed a deal with Amazon. They'll be partnering with Todd Howard and other people from the Bethesda Game Studios team to bring this project to life.

The announcement was made through a short teaser video on Twitter. No release date  was given. You can see the teaser below:

#PleaseStandBy. @Fallout @BethesdaStudios #KilterFilms pic.twitter.com/IEDr7AkVvD

— Amazon Studios (@AmazonStudios) July 2, 2020

 

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 5:22 pm

2K Sets Next-Gen Retail Price At $69.99 With NBA 2K21

2K has set an example in what is likely to be a new trend by setting the suggested retail price (SRP) of the PlayStation 5/Xbox One version of NBA 2K21 at $69.99. This appears to be the first instance of an upcoming next-gen title listing its price.

The game's press release notes that the game's actual retail price may vary, but barring specific sales retailers typically sell products at the SRP.

We'll have to wait and see if other publishers follow suit now or in the future, but with rising development costs, the power of the coming home consoles, and that this happens every few generations, it's a good bet this is the new normal.

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 2:39 pm

Update: Kobe Bryant Added As NBA 2K21's Final Cover Star

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Final Update:

The late Kobe Bryant is the cover star for NBA 2K21's Mamba Forever edition, which includes various extras through the game's modes, including 100,000 VC, 60 MyCareer skill boosts, and more.

This version, which comes out this holiday for $99.99, is available for both the current and next-gen consoles, and buying it is the only way that fans can play on both generations (within the same console family such as PS4 and PS5) with a single purchase.

Microsoft has started its own Smart Delivery system which ensures that you only have to buy a game once no matter which generation you play the game on, but so far the list of third-party titles using this feature is selective.

For more information on this edition, head over to the official site.

Update:

Pelicans' forward Zion Williamson has been added as NBA 2K21's cover star for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of this year's game.

2K says that more information on the game comes tomorrow when the release date, third and final cover star, and pre-order campaign are announced.

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Being a cover star is a career milestone, and this year Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is adding that accolade to his already distinguished resume.

Lillard is the cover star of the current-gen version of the game out of a total of three, with the other two (next-gen and Legend edition) still to follow.

Not much has been said by developer Visual Concepts about the game itself so far, but the next-gen version was recently unveiled at Sony's event, and it should make use of the upcoming systems with shorter load times, etc.

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Posted on 2 July 2020 | 2:30 pm

Hasbro Is Releasing A Gaming Greats Jango Fett Action Figure

The old Star Wars: Bounty Hunter video game is getting a little love again with the release of a new Black Series action figure from Hasbro. Star Wars: Bounty Hunter released for PlayStation 2 and GameCube in 2002, and was recently resurrected as a digital release for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, meaning it can still be played today.

This Jango Fett figure stands in at six inches in height, and is similar to one that released years ago, but is slightly different with a new jet pack and cleaner armor. It also comes in a Gaming Greats package that lines up with the recently released Darth Revan and Shadow Stormtrooper figures.

Like those two figures, Jango Fett is a GameStop exclusive. Preorders are now open, and the figure is slated to ship on September 15. You can take a look at the figure in the gallery below:

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Posted on 2 July 2020 | 2:02 pm

The Mandalorian's Story Will Extend To Books And Comics

A successful Star Wars story is bound to expand into books and comics, and it's now happening to The Mandalorian, the hit show that launched on Disney+ last year.

Six Mandalorian books were announced on the official Star Wars site, the most exciting of which is an untitled original adult novel written by Adam Christopher and published by Del Ray. For more insight into the visual style of the show, fans can look forward to The Art of the Mandalorian book by Phil Szostak, as well as The Mandalorian: The Ultimate Visual Guide by Pablo Hidalgo.

Other books include an untitled junior novelization by Joe Schreiber, and a level-two reader book called The Mandalorian: Allies & Enemies by Brooke Vitale, who is also penning an untitled 8x8 storybook based on the series. There's even going to be A Little Golden Book that recaps season one. Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing are both making Mandalorian comic books.

No specific release dates were given for any individual book, but some will hit in the fall (likely around the launch of season two), and others will roll out in the winter and spring. If you want more of the show, Disney's inviting you to read and read and read.

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 2:35 am

Furi Creators Bringing Co-Op RPG Haven To PS5, PS4

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Developers The Game Bakers are taking a different approach for Haven compared to the studio's last title, action game Furi. Haven is designed as a simpler, less-frantic PS5/PS4 co-op action/RPG.

Creative director Emeric Thoa says he was inspired by the game Flower and its chill gameplay. Although Haven has standard elements like crafting, different approaches to combat, and much more, the aim was to make things as simple and un-confusing as possible, doing away with complex skill trees, crafting systems, and UI overload.

Instead, Haven wants you to focus on controlling Yu and Kay as they explore the world – including enabling seamless drop-in co-op – and becoming invested in the couple's story.

Haven was announced as part of Sony's PlayStation Indies initiative, but does not yet have a release date for either version.

Posted on 1 July 2020 | 9:56 pm

Solve Some Stylish Puzzles In Creaks

Are you craving some puzzles? Flex your brain in a bizarre, surreal world from the makers of Machinarium, Amanita Design. Creaks is slated to hit this month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam), and Switch!

An intriguing score by Hidden Orchestra accentuates hand-painted visuals as you explore many mysteries. Discover the secrets inside paintings take a journey through slightly eerie creativity. 

We don't have an exact release date just yet, but check out this trailer for a taste of the oddities that you'll be able to explore sometime in July.

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Posted on 1 July 2020 | 9:53 pm

Hack Or Fight Your Way Through New Platformer For PS5, Recompile

Sony gave us another delightful indie reveal today for its PlayStation Indies initiative. Recompile has you exploring a digital landscape, either hacking or fighting to get by, all in the name of avoiding deletion. 

Phi Dinh, co-founder, programmer, and game designer at Phigames, answered some questions about the game on the PlayStation Blog. "You’ll play as a sentient virus, trying to escape deletion as you infiltrate the digital, virtual world of The Mainframe in an effort to achieve sapience and bring about the first technological singularity. Humankind depends on it, but how you accomplish this goal will be up to you," he wrote. 

A new trailer today revealed the game for PS5, showcasing the platforming, third-person combat, and environmental hacking puzzles. You can go guns blazing, hack security systems for distractions, or even turn enemies against each other with your hacking powers. The environment is also hackable to get past locked doors or disable complex machinery. But just remember, how you play will affect the A.I. you create. 

"As you may have guessed, the game is all about creating the first self-aware Artificial Intelligence," Dinh wrote. "The question is, what kind of A.I. will be created? The answer depends entirely on you, your play style, and how you decide to resolve certain narrative situations. Beat the game with destructive weaponry and an aggressive playstyle, and you’ll end up creating a similarly violent antagonist. You can imagine what kind of fate this kind of intelligence will have on the future of humanity."

To see more of what's in store, check out the trailer below.

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Posted on 1 July 2020 | 9:40 pm

Worms Rumble Wriggles Its Way Into 2020

Team17 is bringing Worms back yet again! The franchise that always seems to wriggle its way back is headed to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC later this year.

Some highlights of the new Worms Rumble include real-time battles with up to 32 players, battle royale mode, and deathmatch mode.

Worms Rumble features crossplay, and you won't have to wait too long to see it in action - multiplayer beta begins on July 15th on Steam. Until then, take a look at the rambunctious trailer below!

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Posted on 1 July 2020 | 9:23 pm

New Narrative Adventure, Where The Heart Is, Coming To PS4

Revealed as part of PlayStation's recently announced indie-focused initiative, Where the Heart Is is an new narrative adventure slated to hit PS4 later this year.

The game is being developed by Armature Studio, and tells the strange story of a man named Whit Anderson. He falls down a sinkhole on his family farm, and then relives moments of his life in a series of vignettes. These story scenes have a dream-like quality, and players have the opportunity to make choices that impact the course of Whit's life and the consequences of his actions.

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You can get more details (and see more of the game in motion) by checking out the spotlight on the PlayStation Blog.

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Right now, Where the Heart Is has only been announced for PlayStation 4. However, since the game is releasing this winter, the question of a possible PlayStation 5 release naturally arises. Though the team has no additional platform announcements at this time, a PR representative for Armature Studio tells us that the team is incredibly excited for the PlayStation 5 and what it means for gamers and developers. 

Posted on 1 July 2020 | 5:01 pm

Crysis Remastered Gets A Short Delay

Earlier this year, the Crysis Twitter account teased the reveal of Crysis Remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Yesterday, an Xbox store leak implied that the game was set for a July 23 release, but Crytek has since announced that the title is getting delayed a bit longer. 

We would like to share an important update with you all! pic.twitter.com/ylu0OisDf3

— Crysis (@Crysis) July 1, 2020

This new version of Crysis will focus on the single-player campaign, and contains high-resolution textures, improved art assets, and other upgrades that will result in, "a major visual upgrade." Stay tuned for more info on the official reveal and release date. 

Posted on 1 July 2020 | 4:47 pm

F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch Brings Bionic Bunnies

Today brought the reveal of F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch, a new action/platformer from TiGames. With the help of Unreal 4, F.I.S.T. features a gorgeous dieselpunk aesthetic, showing off an industrialized world filled with anthropomorphic animals whose world has been overtaken by a malevolent machine legion.

Players take on the role of Rayton, a rabbit war veteran who dons a mechanized backpack suit that provides tremendous facility in battle. The suit can shift between a fist, drill, or whip attack form, giving Rayton different approaches to combat, from slow and devastating (drill) to fast and longer-distance (whip). Each weapon is built to allow for combo-heavy arcade-style combat against an array of mechanical enemies.

Beyond the 2D battles, F.I.S.T. is also billed as an exploration game, as Rayton makes his way through the interconnected city, so it’s fair to expect at least a bit of Metroid DNA in the mix.

F.I.S.T. makes a strong first impression. The visuals look great, the combat appears fast and reactive, and the world seems both charming and gritty. Take a look at the trailer below.

F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch is planned for release on PS4 sometime in the next few months.

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Posted on 1 July 2020 | 4:31 pm

Mind-Bending Puzzle Game, Maquette, Revealed For PS4

Today, Sony is giving us a look at some of the upcoming indies coming our way. One of the reveals was for a story-driven puzzle game called Maquette for PS4.  

"Maquette is a puzzle game, but not in the sense that Sudoku is a puzzle, more like a story that has puzzles throughout," writes creative director Hanford Lemoore in a PlayStation blog post. "As you explore the game’s recursive world, you’ll uncover memories of a young couple in love, solving puzzles through creative thinking."

The first-person puzzle game takes place in a "recursive world" (one nested inside itself, infinitely), where you manipulate object sizes to get past obstacles. This means what you do in a smaller, model-size version of the world will impact the regular world. This offers the opportunity for interesting puzzle solutions, like taking a key for the regular world and using its bigger object size in the smaller one as a bridge to get across a gap. The video below offers a good visual explanation of how it all works, so be sure to watch it if you're interested. 

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Posted on 1 July 2020 | 4:28 pm

Sony Starts The PlayStation Indies Initiative

Sony has announced the PlayStation Indies program, headed by former Sony worldwide studios head Shuhei Yoshida, to "spotlight and support" indie games.

Although further details regarding the program will be announced in the future, today Yoshida announced that nine titles will be be announced over both the PS4 and PlayStation 5 through the day.

Furthermore, every month an indie title – stating with Hello Neighbor – will be added to the PlayStation Now roster.

Yoshida pointed to games like the recently announced Bugsnax as the kind of indie title Sony wants to host on its platforms.

Here are the initial nine titles:

[Source: Official PlayStation Blog]

Posted on 1 July 2020 | 2:57 pm

Atari's New Console, The VCS, Launches This Fall

The Atari VCS, the console/PC hybrid from the legendary game company, is finally releasing this fall. Atari VCS backer units for those who supported the system's Indiegogo campaign will ship by October, while all subsequent pre-orders and retail units will arrive holiday 2020.

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Not only that, but the neon reimagining of its classic title, Missile Command: Recharged, will be a launch title. Missile Command: Recharged launched on Switch, PC, iOS, and Android in May to positive reception. The VCS version delivers platform-exclusive features including Classic Joystick compatibility. The VCS version of Missile Command: Recharged will launch digitally this fall through the Atari VCS store, with additional games to be announced soon.

The Atari VCS is available now for pre-order. The system is available in three color schemes: Black Walnut (pictured above, available on Atari's official website), Onyx (GameStop exclusive), and Carbon Gold (Walmart exclusive). The All-In Bundle, which includes the Atari VCS system, the Wiresless Classic Joystick, and Modern Controller, is available for $400. If you'd rather not get the full bundle, the base VCS 800 system will set you back $300, with the Modern and Classic Joysticks costing $60 each. Atari VCS is both WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled and is compatible with most PC peripherals.

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The Atari VCS features the Atari Vault, which includes access to more than 100 home and arcade classics. Users can use Atari World, a Linux-based operating system, or install their own OS using Atari PC Sandbox Mode.

Atari VCS is set to launch this fall.

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Posted on 1 July 2020 | 12:00 pm

Fortnite: Save The World Leaves Early Access, Not Going Free-To-Play

Fortnite: Save the World has technically been in early access since its release in 2017, but that is no longer the case. Epic Games made an announcement explaining that this mode has left early access, and that the development of new content will be slowing down.

Save the World is essentially Fortnite's campaign mode, and players must pay to access it. This stands in contrast to the free Battle Royale mode, which stole the spotlight. Epic had previously announced plans to take Save the World free-to-play, but those never worked out. With this new announcement, the company confirms that Save the World "will remain a premium experience rather than going free-to-play." 

All of your your current cosmetic purchases will continue to work in both modes, but Epic says that future cosmetic items released for Battle Royale won't be supported by Save the World. If you have more questions about Save the World content (including the upcoming Ventures feature), check out the full post from the Fortnite team.

Posted on 30 June 2020 | 10:30 pm

The Cyberpunk 2077 Digital Issue Is Now Live

Digital subscribers of Game Informer can now read our enormous cover story on one of the most anticipated games of the year: Cyberpunk 2077. Following today's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live to subscribers on web browsersiPad/iPhone, and Android devices. Individual issues will be available for purchase later today. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches later this week on our third-party subscription apps including Kindle and Nook.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your existing print subscription here or start a new subscription here.

Posted on 30 June 2020 | 5:28 pm

Check Out Call of Duty: Warzone's Air Verdansk Trailer

In case you missed it yesterday, part of the Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4 package is 200-person quads (That's 50 teams!).

Activision and Call of Duty have pushed out a new trailer to highlight all the action. You can try the new Warzone experience... well, right now! It's live! Or you can just war vicariously through the trailer below. 

Read our Call of Duty: Warzone review here.

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Posted on 30 June 2020 | 5:11 pm

It’s Hard To Say Goodbye

I was 19 when the first issue of Game Informer released back in 1991. For me, it was a dream come true. There I was. In print. Official. I had done something I (and my parents) thought was impossible: I turned my love of video games into a job.

By some miracle, I’ve had that job my whole adult life. I worked hard, moved up, and had the pleasure of being part of Game Informer every step of the way. However, this is where that journey ends; after 327 issues, this will be my last one. I’m stepping away from games journalism.

I’ve had the time of my life here. I owe some of my best friends and most memorable experiences to this place. Countless people throughout this industry have inspired me, believed in me, trusted me, and ultimately fought with me to make Game Informer the best we could make it. Things were not always easy; we had a long road to success with plenty of challenges, but I was always proud of the Game Informer team spirit that could fight through anything.

Photo by Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune (December 13, 1995)

Over the last 29 years, I have had the privilege to work with so many talented and amazing people. Andy Reiner (your new editor-in-chief) and I have worked side by side for 26 years – month after month, issue after issue. I don’t have the space here to individually thank everyone who is woven into Game Informer’s history, but you can find their names in every issue over the decades, and I am always happy to tell stories about our adventures together.

I am not leaving the game industry, so my time with these lovely people (or you) is not done. It will just no longer take place under the Game Informer banner – unless they invite me to be a guest on one of their shows! Please?

To the fans of Game Informer, there is no way for me to convey the depth of my gratitude for your support. From print and online to our shows and podcasts, you have always been the reason we do what we do. You are all part of the Game Informer family. The team here is so talented, you will barely notice my absence. Please support them in all they do. It is just time for me to try something new.

I love you, Game Informer fam, and I always will.

Cheers,

P.S. I’m not dead! Follow me on Twitter @therealandymc. Let’s talk games! Special shout-out to my Funcoland peeps! *Drops mic*

Posted on 30 June 2020 | 3:55 pm

Fuser Trailer Shows Harmonix’s Next Take On Music Gameplay

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of the music gaming genre is familiar with Harmonix, or at least one of the studio’s many games. The developer has been synonymous with music gaming experiences for decades, and consistently reinvents itself with new perspectives on the always-changing world of popular music.

The studio’s latest effort is Fuser, a music mixing game that targets the festival music scene – in particular the music mixing DJ culture that helps define that experience for fans. In its gameplay, Fuser allows players to draw individual parts of a bunch of different songs – including vocals, guitars, drums, and more – and add them into a growing mix. Thanks to some remarkable technology behind the scenes, the music that results manages to sound great, like it was meant to go together, no matter which songs you select.

From there, it’s all about changing up the mix with new parts (often in response to fan demands), hitting the downbeats to create smooth transitions, and even writing in your own riffs on instruments like synths and drums, which then get added into the song as it plays live. And unlike many of Harmonix’s previous projects, Fuser requires no additional peripherals.

The game begins pre-orders today for a planned fall release, and doing so nets you three bonus DLC songs: Dua Lipa “New Rules,” Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke,” and The Killers “Mr. Brightside.”

In addition, Harmonix is offering a digital-only VIP edition that includes entitlements for the first 25 DLC songs, along with several in-game apparel options for your DJ. You can check out participating retailers by clicking over to the game's official site

NCSOFT is handling publishing duties on the project, and platforms include PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

Check out the new trailer below, and scroll past the video to read a list of the 34 songs already announced to be included in the core game release - the full game will include over 100 songs, even before the inevitable flow of DLC songs gets started. 

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Posted on 30 June 2020 | 1:00 pm

Funko Reveals Limited Edition Sonic And Pokémon Pops For SDCC @ Home

Funko has announced a Sonic the Hedgehog two-pack of Pop figures, as well as two new flocked Pokémon figures for this year's virtual San Diego Comic-Con. The Sonic bundle features Tails and Super Silver, while Pokémon fans can pick up flocked (or fuzzy) Mewtwo and Vulpix figures.

Funko SDCC 2020 Reveals: Pop! Games: Pokémon @Pokemon #FunkoVirtualCon #Funko #Pop #FunkoPop #Pokemon pic.twitter.com/sWJtXzpcwA

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) June 29, 2020

Funko SDCC 2020 Reveals: Pop! Games: Sonic the Hedgehog 2-Pack @SEGA #FunkoVirtualCon #Funko #Pop #FunkoPop pic.twitter.com/sPbQyHfbdA

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) June 29, 2020

Prior to this announcement, Sonic fans have been able to collect two separate waves of Sonic Funko Pops. The first wave had less defined features, with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles as the sole characters in the collection. The ongoing second wave of Sonic Funko Pops feature more modern and expressive designs and include two separate Funko Pops for Sonic (one with a Chaos Emerald, one with a ring), Super Sonic, Shadow, Dr. and Eggman. The wave has featured other limited edition Pops, including retailer-exclusive figures like a metallic Sonic, a glow-in-the-dark Sonic, and a version of Shadow holding a Chao. However, the rarest of Sonic's second Funko Pop wave is a Super Shadow figure, which was an E3 2018 exclusive.

As far as Pokémon goes, collectors have been able to thus far get their hands on three kinds of Pikachu (standard, waving, and grumpy), Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Eevee, Pichu, Vulpix, Mewtwo, Mr. Mime, Rattata, Cubone, and Growlithe. To this point, only Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Eevee, and Pichu have received special flocked versions. 

Funko SDCC 2020 Reveals: Pop! Animation: DBS - Super Saiyan God Goku. @dragonballsuper #FunkoVirtualCon #Funko #Pop #FunkoPop pic.twitter.com/d2sDKSeWV6

— Funko (@OriginalFunko) June 29, 2020

In addition, Funko also announced new Funko Pops for Bakugo from My Hero Academia, Super Saiyan God Goku from Dragon Ball Super, Rippley from Fortnite, DJ Steve Aoki, Jack in Disguise from Jack in the Box, and a special SDCC Toucan figure that will be limited to 1,000 pieces and distributed exclusively through Comic-Con Museum.

Comic-Con @ Home runs from July 22 to 26.

[Source: Funko on Twitter (1), (2)]

Posted on 29 June 2020 | 9:47 pm

Celebrate 20 Years Of Diablo II With Some Wings

Before there was Diablo III (and Diablo IV!), there was Diablo II. If you're lucky enough to remember those magical days from the coveted early betas where we wandered around the Blood Moor and farmed the Den of Evil for hours on end to discovering what mysteries lay behind Andariel's evil lair, you remember it as one of the best ARPG experiences of all time.

If the base game wasn't awesome enough, the Lord of Destruction expansion brought a lot more to love, with the druid and assassin classes and a giant new act featuring bosses you could "run" over and over and over - and it never got old! Today marks 20 years since the release of Diablo II, and while most of my favorite characters are ghosts that died in high-level hardcore duels (I had quite the ear collection) or to lag spikes taking on Izual (Internet wasn't as good back then and playing on hardcore was even riskier due to this) I remember those days fondly. 

So, let's celebrate! You can get a set set of Prime Evil Wings by logging into Diablo III any time after today! Blizzard also has a number of other events going on to celebrate the anniversary that you can check out here.

Posted on 29 June 2020 | 9:36 pm

Report: Microsoft Announcing Xbox Series S In August

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It has long been rumored that Microsoft is preparing a second next-gen system codenamed Lockhart which is cheaper and less high-powered than the announced Xbox Series X. Eurogamer reports that this version – also known as the Xbox Series S – is going to debut in August.

The Series S – named similar to the cheaper Xbox One S – was originally going to debut in June at E3, but Microsoft had to change those plans when the industry event was canceled.

Microsoft has yet to announce the official date and price for the Series X, but it will be out this holiday season. Whether the Series S releases alongside the Series X also remains to be seen. Perhaps all will be revealed in August.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Posted on 29 June 2020 | 7:26 pm

Call of Duty: Warzone Supports 200 Player Combat Today

For a limited-time, players in Call of Duty: Warzone can really up the stakes, with more players than ever before. Starting today during Season 4, players can suit up with up to 199 other players in Call of Duty's battle royale experience.

The 200-player soiree is limited to quads, so this means up to 50 teams battling it out for supremacy in a single match. That's a lot of action! While the mode probably won't stick around forever, it's definitely a good chance to find three friends and get ready to bust your way out of the gulag.

Posted on 29 June 2020 | 5:07 pm

Ubisoft Teases New Battle Royale Shooter Called Hyper Scape

Following a leak that Ubisoft is working on a new Battle Royale called Hyper Scape, the company officially teased the project with a fake website for a company called Prisma Dimensions. 

Prisma Dimensions' website features a letter from the company's CEO boasting about its work on "neural stimulation," which ends by teasing that people will soon be able to explore the neon-drenched streets of a virtual city called Neo Arcadia using an advanced Hyper Scape technology. We certainly don't know what to make of this at this point, but it sounds like we'll be getting more details on July 2. 

Posted on 29 June 2020 | 4:46 pm

Report: Harry Potter RPG Scheduled For Late-2021 Next-Gen Release

Bloomberg is confirming the earlier report of an open-world Harry Potter RPG by Warner Bros. studio Avalanche Software (Disney Infinity), adding that the game will appear on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in late 2021.

The information is based on conversations with two people working on the project, and Bloomberg's article in general gives an overview of the game's development, stating that the early video footage was real even if some information since its leak has not been.

COVID-19, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling's transphobic comments, and the possible sale of Avalanche parent company Warner Bros. have affected the title's development, even though it remains on track to release next year.

The RPG was supposed to be announced at E3 in June, but will now make its debut after Batman goes first in August at DC's Fandome event.

[Source: Bloomberg]

Posted on 29 June 2020 | 3:12 pm

A Storm Is Coming With Ghost of Tsushima's New Trailer

Are you ready to follow the wind from place to place? Follow animals, discover shrines, and defeat enemies as both a samurai and a ninja in Ghost of Tsushima when it lands on July 17. You can check out more of what we know about Ghost of Tsushima here.

In celebration of its impending release, PlayStation has unveiled a short but snazzy trailer showcasing a brief taste of Jin's journey. Take a look for yourself below - are you planning on becoming a ghost next month?

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Posted on 29 June 2020 | 2:50 pm

Sony Celebrates PS Plus Anniversary With 3 Titles

July's PlayStation Plus free PS4 titles for members gets an and one to celebrate the service's 10-year anniversary. Rise of The Tomb Raider, NBA 2K20, and Erica are available from July 7 to August 3.

Sony is also releasing a free PS4 theme later this week to celebrate the event, as well as holding a free multiplayer weekend starting July 4 (12:01 AM) to July 5 (11:59 PM) local time.

[Source: Official PlayStation Blog]

Posted on 29 June 2020 | 2:13 pm

Fixes Coming For The Outer Worlds On Switch

When The Outer Worlds released last year on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, it won acclaim from critics and consumers alike for its choice-driven gameplay and clever writing. However, when the RPG came to Switch, players on Nintendo's console didn't get to see the game at its best; the performance can be pretty rough

To address concerns with the Switch version, publisher Private Division has announced that Virtuos (the team behind the Switch version) is working on ways to improve the experience, and that a patch is in the works.

https://twitter.com/PrivateDivision/status/1276213684310650880

Though we don't know exactly when the fixes will be available, it's good to know that Switch owners will soon get a clearer picture of what makes The Outer Worlds so good.

Posted on 26 June 2020 | 6:44 pm

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Trailer Offers Good Overview

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Square Enix's four-player co-op action/RPG, which originally launched on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2004, is coming to the PlayStation 4, Switch, iOS, and Android, and you'll be able to play with friends online. 

The original release required multiple Gameboy Advance consoles and link cables to experiment with co-op, so this is a potentially good chance to go back and play this oddball RPG if you missed it the first time. 

Square Enix is even offering a free version of the game that lets players access three dungeons, but those who play with a friend who owns the full game can access up to 13 dungeons.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition hits on August 27 on all platforms, but Square warns that the release of the mobile versions might get pushed back ... or maybe that was a threat. Be careful out there. 

Posted on 26 June 2020 | 5:24 pm

Disco Elysium TV Show In The Works

Variety reports that detective RPG Disco Elysium is being adapted into a TV series. It's still very early in the development process, so no writers or actors have been attached to the project.

Although no talent is officially working on the show yet, Helen Hindpere, lead writer for the game from developer ZA/UM said, "We’re so gratified at the response Disco Elysium has received, and very happy to be teaming with dj2 to expand the franchise for other media and new audiences."

Production company dj2 Entertainment is also working on a live-action adaptation of Sleeping Dogs, and CEO and founder Dmitri M. Johnson was co-producer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

[Source: Variety]

Posted on 26 June 2020 | 5:18 pm

The Last Of Us Part II's Sales Are Already Over 4 Million Copies

In sales data revealed on PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II is now the fastest-selling fist-party PlayStation 4 game to date, selling more than four million copies as of June 21. The game officially released on June 19, so this impressive number is accounting for roughly just three days of sales.

Most game sales data is not made public, so we have no clear idea of how these numbers stack up against other games released in 2020, but as of 2018, The Last of Us sold over 17 million copies. Needless to say, it's one of Sony's biggest first-party franchises, and yet another hit for Naughty Dog, the studio behind the Uncharted, Jak & Daxter, and Crash Bandicoot series.

Game Informer's editor-in-chief Andy McNamara gave The Last of Us Part II a review rating of 10 out of 10, calling it "the best narrative game I have played."

Posted on 26 June 2020 | 2:23 pm

Remember Biomutant? Check Out A Lengthy New Trailer

Remember Biomutant? We've been waiting for some word on the curious open-world, martial-arts mutant mayhem. Recode your DNA as you brawl, combine weaponry, and gear up with both melee and ranged options.

We haven't seen much from Biomutant in a while, but today THQ Nordic has unleashed a new trailer. Sure, new trailers hit all the time, right?

But today's trailer is 9 minutes long and features mechs, bosses, weapons, all kinds of wild stuff. You can watch it below! Biomutant is slated to arrive on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Posted on 25 June 2020 | 8:40 pm

Anime Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Headed To Netflix

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Today brought a wealth of new information on Cyberpunk 2077, but it also emerged as an opportunity for the franchise to open some other doors, chiefly the news of a new anime called Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.

The 10-episode standalone series is headed to Netflix in 2022, and an announcement video revealed that the game will exist in the same universe as the game while featuring its own characters and storylines. The studio handling the anime is the acclaimed Studio Trigger. Animation fans may know their work on releases like Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia.

We don’t have a lot of detail on the project yet, but it’s exciting to know that the anime already has a distribution plan in place through Netflix when it releases here in the States.

Check out the announcement video for the project below. For more on Cyberpunk 2077, check out our hands-on impressions, our five biggest takeaways, and our podcast exploring our time with the game.

Posted on 25 June 2020 | 8:32 pm

See EDF: World Brothers' Blocky Bugs In Action

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A few days ago, D3 Publisher revealed that two new entries in the Earth Defense Force series were on the way. One of them, World Brothers, features a striking visual departure from past entries in the series, with blocky heroes battling equally blocky bugs. Screenshots alone don't do it justice. Fortunately, we've got a trailer showing the game in all its voxel glory.

In addition to fighting the usual ants, spiders, and other pests that fans are accustomed to, players will have another potential hazard to contend with: the edge of the world. It looks like this planet's cube-shaped surface means that it's quite possible to walk right off the edge and into oblivion. Fortunately, at least some members of the EDF have jetpacks.

Stick around for the end, and you'll get a quick (and do we mean quick) look at Earth Defense Force 6, a more traditional entry in the franchise that was also announced along with World Brothers. That title is due this year, and EDF 6 is coming in 2021. No word yet as to whether they'll be heading over to our shores. 

Posted on 25 June 2020 | 7:07 pm

Tales Of Arise Delayed Out Of 2020

Tales of Arise made a big splash with its announcement at last year's E3, but we haven't heard much about the project since. Today, Bandai Namco gave an update via its social channels, letting fans know that the project is delayed out of 2020 due to "its ambitious nature" and "to create the best experience possible."

"The goal for Tales of Arise is to provide a familiar but innovative gameplay experience to fans of the series, while pushing the technical envelope to deliver a high level of graphical quality to impress both long-time players and those who have never played a Tales Of game," wrote producer Yusuke Tomizawa in a blog post. "We will need more time to achieve the quality and provide the gorgeous experience we envision for our players."

As the next entry in the long-running Tales franchise, Arise has big shoes to fill as it's acting as a new beginning, so it's understandable that Bandai Namco wants to approach it with the time and care it needs. 

Tales of Arise is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. No new release window was provided. 

Posted on 25 June 2020 | 3:20 pm

Animal Crossing's Free Summer Fun

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Summer is here, and maybe you've been going to the beach in real-life. Or maybe not. Either way, Animal Crossing: New Horizon's free summer update (coming on July 3) is bringing the seasonal fun to the Switch.

The update features swimming, diving, mermaid furniture, additions for the museum, and more. 

July's update is just the beginning, as Nintendo says another free entry is coming in early August.

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Posted on 25 June 2020 | 2:28 pm

Dr. Mario World Reintroduces Everyone To Baby Wario

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While Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, and even Baby Rosalina have appeared recently in games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Kart World Tour, Baby Wario has been left in the dust since his sole appearance in 2006's Yoshi's Island DS. Now, the developers behind Dr. Mario World have announced that Baby Wario is back in the spotlight in the form of Dr. Baby Wario to kick off Season 3 of the mobile puzzle game.

Season 3 of Dr. Mario World will let players advance to tier 9 at 3,600 battle points, at which point Whomp King will appear in battle boxes. In addition, new stages will be added. Despite this, the main attraction is obviously Dr. Baby Wario ... he's an attraction and not a deterrent, right? I can't tell.

Regardless of if you think Baby Wario is adorable or an abomination, Season 3 of Dr. Mario World begins on June 26. For more on the game, check out our review.

[Source: Dr. Mario World on Twitter]

Posted on 25 June 2020 | 5:00 am

See The Three New Marvel's Avengers Trailers From Today's War Table Presentation

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During today's War Table presentation, Crystal Dynamics released three new trailers for its upcoming Marvel's Avengers. While we already delivered a super in-depth preview of the game today, sometimes you want to see the action for yourself.

The trailers focus on three different parts of the upcoming game: story, single-player gameplay, and cooperative action. Check out the three new trailers below.

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Marvel's Avengers is set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia on September 4, and will be a launch title for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, with the ability to upgrade to next-gen software for free. For more, be sure to check out our in-depth preview and interview with Crystal Dynamics here.

Posted on 24 June 2020 | 6:19 pm

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Creative Director Steps Down

Note: This story has been updated to include additional context.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail is stepping down from his role with the game to deal with "personal issues."

I am stepping down from my beloved project to properly deal with the personal issues in my life. The lives of my family and my own are shattered. I am deeply sorry to everyone hurt in this.

— Ashraf Ismail (@AshrafAIsmail) June 24, 2020

In response to the situation, Ubisoft has provided a statement that reads: "Ashraf Ismail is stepping down from the project to take a leave of absence. The development team is committed to delivering a great game in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla."

The announcement comes on the heels of information that came to light this weekend, regarding an alleged sexual relationship between Ismail and a woman who didn't know he was married.

The revelation surfaces as Ubisoft is already dealing with another separate controversy surrounding the sexual conduct of its employees.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is currently scheduled to release for current- and next-gen systems, as well as PC and Stadia, by the end of the year. 

[Source: Ashraf Ismail]

Posted on 24 June 2020 | 5:55 pm

New Marvel's Avengers Footage Features A Daily Bugle Reporter

During today's Marvel's Avengers War Table presentation, we got an extensive look at gameplay for Crystal Dynamics' upcoming superhero game. While the action was plentiful and the details went deep (you can read the entire recap of the video, plus our interview with the team here), one subtle detail caught our eye.

In the opening cutscene of Thor's "Once An Avenger..." Hero mission, a reporter is broadcasting beneath the Avengers' helicarrier while a battle rages on. Upon further examination, the microphone flag features the logo of none other than The Daily Bugle, the publication that Peter Parker works/worked for. Could this potentially be a tease that the webslinger himself could be recruited by Ms. Marvel to help Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Hulk in the future?

While this could simply serve as a meaningless nod to the greater Marvel universe, in our new interview with Crystal Dynamics, studio head Scot Amos says the team is adding teases in the launch-day content to hint at potential future heroes, villains, and story arcs. "Some of the hooks we cast into the water on day one, you’re like, 'Oh, that’s kind of cool. AIM has this undersea base. It’s doing some cool technology. I wonder if that ever goes somewhere.' Then later, we pay that off with, 'Oh my gosh! That tied to this, and now this other character showed up!'" he says. "Those types of arcs are things we’re starting at the core level and then adding these heroes, regions, and villains at no additional cost. That world keeps expanding and you’re constantly on that buy-the-ticket-take-the-ride-with-us journey from the beginning through the expansions that we’re going to have."

For more on Marvel's Avengers, check out our in-depth preview here or learn more about the advantages the PlayStation 5 version has over the PlayStation 4 version here.

Posted on 24 June 2020 | 5:32 pm

Pokémon Unite Is A MOBA-Style Game For Switch And Mobile

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During last week's Pokémon Presents, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara followed up the announcements of New Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Café Mix, and other announcements by teasing more big news today. That "big project" Ishihara teased turned out to be Pokémon Unite.

The game is created in partnership with Tencent Games and TiMi Studios. Pokémon Unite is a 5v5 team-based game with a focus on being highly accessible while also delivering depth. The game features MOBA-style gameplay with various moves and score locations. Player-controlled Pokémon can explore the lanes of the battlefield to capture wild Pokémon to score and evolve to improve their stats. Of course, you can also expect to clash with opposing players on the battlefield.

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Pokémon Unite is a free-to-start game coming to Switch, iOS, and Android.

Posted on 24 June 2020 | 1:22 pm

Rogue Legacy 2 Early Access Arrives July 23

Rogue Legacy is getting a sequel, and today Cellar Door Games announced an early access date and showed off gameplay in a new trailer. On July 23, you can play Rogue Legacy 2 on both the Epic Games Store and Steam.

If you remember the first game, you play as a constantly changing lineage as characters die in roguelite dungeon runs. Unlike many other roguelikes, the permanent progression aspects are very powerful, so anyone can eventually overcome the dungeon crawling chaos with boosts and buffs, making the series one of the most accessible within the wider genre. 

Check out the trailer below for a quick look at what's on tap next month!

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Posted on 23 June 2020 | 5:10 pm

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Announced For North America

Today's New Game+ Expo stream ended with a bang by revealing that Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is coming to North America. The action/RPG is set to hit PS4, Switch, and PC in 2021. NIS America, who brought us Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, is once again the publisher. 

Ys IX follows our red-headed hero Adol as he gains supernatural abilities to defeat evil. The trailer showed off Nihon Falcom's trademark fast and fluid action combat that puts your twitch skills to the test. Adol did everything from avoiding ridiculous, screen-filling laser attacks to throwing down flashy, over-the-top moves. It also teased gaining powerful new allies to help you through your trek. You can watch the trailer below to see what's in store.

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Posted on 23 June 2020 | 4:00 pm

Release Date Revealed For The Legend Of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV On PS4

Today at New Game+ Expo, NIS America revealed the release date for the PS4 version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV. This long-awaited entry is the finale of the Cold Steel Arc, and the trailer promised a hell of a last act as fan-favorite characters fight for Rean's soul and to save the world. 

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is coming to PS4 on October 27, with the Switch and PC versions still on track for early 2021.

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Posted on 23 June 2020 | 3:34 pm

Two Earth Defense Force Games Announced, Including EDF 6

Publisher D3 has announced a new numbered entry in the bug-busting Earth Defense Force series.

Earth Defense Force 6's official website doesn't have much info other than these screenshots and the fact that the plan is to release the game in 2021.

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The platforms the game will appear on is unknown, but it appears as if Sandlot is back to develop this entry given their copyright is listed at the very bottom of the game's official website.

Before then, another new title – Earth Defense Force: World Brothers – is coming to PlayStation 4 and Switch this year in Japan. World Brothers is being developed by famed wrestling developer Yuke's, which did the Iron Rain spin-off in 2019.

Not only is World Brothers' look different, but the game brings back EDF characters and enemies from the series' past. In fact, over 100 EDF members can be recruited back into the cause.

Neither game has been officially announced worldwide yet.

[Source: D3 via Siliconera (1), (2)]

Posted on 23 June 2020 | 1:50 pm

Netflix's The Witcher Set To Resume Season 2 Production In August

Following a massively successful first season on Netflix, The Witcher is set to resume production on its second season. In March, The Witcher became one of the first series to halt production in wake of now-rampant COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Netflix confirmed the second season will resume production on August 17.

I’m dusting off my lute and quill,
I have some news, some mead to spill:
After all the months we’ve been apart
It’s time for production to restart.
The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless,
Will reunite on set 17 August.

— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) June 22, 2020

The Witcher stars Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra. Its debut season premiered on Netflix on December 20, 2019 to strong reception and even stronger viewership, with Netflix touting more than 76 million viewers watching at least two minutes of the series within the first month. The renewed interest in the franchise also spiked sales for 2015's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

While we don't know if this production delay will also delay the scheduled release of the second season on Netflix, The Witcher's sophomore effort was announced for release sometime in 2021.

[Source: The Witcher on Twitter]

Posted on 23 June 2020 | 2:09 am

Marvel's Avengers Is A PS5 And Xbox Series X Launch Title That Will Give Free Next-Gen Upgrades

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Update: Square Enix has confirmed that Marvel's Avengers will be a launch title on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and that a free upgrade to these versions will be available to players who buy either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions. Players who do take advantage of this offer will also be able to move their save files as well. The upgrade only works within the same console family (PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, Xbox One to Xbox Series X). Additionally, just as PS5 players can play with PS4 players, Xbox Series X players will be able play with Xbox One players.

However, Crystal Dynamics has not yet confirmed the advantages the Xbox Series X version will have over the Xbox One. Instead, Square Enix says we will learn more about Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia features at a later time. 

Original Story (6/22/2020 at 5:38 p.m. CT):

Ahead of its War Table presentation scheduled for Wednesday, Crystal Dynamics has detailed how Marvel's Avengers will benefit from the upgrade from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5. In addition, the studio revealed that everyone who picks up a digital or physical PlayStation 4 copy will receive a PlayStation 5 upgrade at no additional cost.

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According to a PlayStation Blog post from Crystal Dynamics' chief technology officer, Gary Snethen, the team received PS5 development kits and immediately got to work on a PS5 version. "PS5 greatly lifts the performance and graphics bar for consoles," he said. "The new GPU allows us to increase our texture resolution, push a higher level of detail farther from the player, enhance our ambient occlusion, improve our anisotropic filtering and add a variety of new graphics features such as stachastic screen-space reflections with contact-aware sharpening."

On PlayStation 5, Marvel's Avengers will offer enhanced graphics mode for the highest image quality possible, as well as a high framerate mode that will run at 60 FPS with dynamic 4K resolution. The company is also looking into ways to leverage the new technology of the DualSense controller.

Snethen also touts the high-speed SSD of the PS5 as a major advantage the next-gen hardware provides over the current platforms. "This is a transformative improvement in consoles that will reduce load times down to one or two seconds and enable real-time streaming of massive worlds at ridiculously fast speeds," he said. "Without any optimization work, the loading and streaming of Marvel's Avengers improved by an order of magnitude on the PS5. When optimization is complete, loading content will be nearly instant, allowing players to seamlessly jump into missions anywhere in the game world."

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In addition to offering the free upgrade from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, Crystal Dynamics also announced PS5 players can play online with PS4 players. Marvel's Avengers is set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia on September 4, and will launch alongside PlayStation 5 when the console releases this holiday season. Neither Square Enix or Crystal Dynamics has confirmed an Xbox Series X release.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

Posted on 22 June 2020 | 11:17 pm

Micheal Keaton Could Return As Batman For The Flash Film

Michael Keaton famously played Batman in two Tim Burton films in the late '80s and early '90s, but he could reprise the character for Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC movie, The Flash

According to sources, Keaton is in talks to don the cowl again for the film, which will also star Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash).

The project is likely to start filming later this year. Rumors also point to the idea that Keaton could sign a contract to star in several other DC-oriented films in a move similar to Samuel Jackson's portrayal of Nick Fury in the MCU. Sounds neat, but go ahead and start complaining about it on social media if you like. 

[Source: HollywoodReporter]

Posted on 22 June 2020 | 9:37 pm