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  2. AMC's Better Call Saul has been renewed for a sixth and final season ahead of its Season 5 premiere. The announcement was made by showrunner Peter Gould at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. "From day one of Better Call Saul, my dream was to tell the complete story of our complicated and compromised hero, Jimmy McGill – now AMC and Sony are making that dream come true,” Gould said. “We couldn’t be more grateful to the fans and critics who are making this journey possible. Next month we start work on the sixth and final season — we’re going to do our damnedest to stick the landing." Gould went on to say that Season 6 will premiere sometime in 2021. When asked about the possibility for more spinoffs set within the Breaking Bad universe (especially following the positive reviews El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie received from fans and critics), executive producer Vince Gilligan said, "I think you can put too much hot fudge on a sundae. I certainly don't have any plans to keep the universe going after this wonderful series ends. You don't want to drive it into the ground." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=better-call-saul-season-5-gallery&captions=true"] Gould also spilled the beans about some iconic Breaking Bad characters making cameos in Season 5, so stop reading now if you want to avoid spoilers... While we're not sure how these characters will be featured, Gould did say that Dean Norris will return as Hank Schrader during episodes 3 and 4 of Better Call Saul Season 5. Steven Michael Quezada will also appear as Steven Gomez. Gould declined to reveal if we'd see other Breaking Bad characters in Season 5, however, he did confirm that Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman and Bryan Cranston's Walter White will not be making guest appearances. For more on the world of Breaking Bad, be sure to check out our review of El Camino: A Breaking bad Movie in the video below: [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/10/11/el-camino-a-breaking-bad-movie-review"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] David Griffin still watches DuckTales in his pajamas with a cereal bowl in hand. He's also the TV Editor for IGN. Say hi on Twitter. View the full article
  3. Funko's latest addition to its Marvel's Avengers Assemble collection of Pops has been dubbed "I Am Iron Man" and will pay tribute to Tony Stark's noble sacrifice at the end of Avengers Endgame. The Pop will be released in April and is currently available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth. The new Iron Man Funko Pop will cost $15 and is currently marked as a Previews Exclusive, which means it will only be available in a limited quantity at select retailers. Unfortunately, Funko hasn't announced when the Pop will be hitting stores, so if you want to pick one up, it'd be best to grab one via the pre-order link above, while supplies last. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"] I Am Iron Man Funko, via Entertainment Earth[/caption] Funko's Avengers Assemble collection will include a total of six Pops (at the time of writing) over the course of 2020, all of which can be linked together to form an "Avengers assemble" style set. The first of the six will be released later this month, with a new one coming around every other month, according to ComicBook.com. To complete the Avengers Assemble collection, players will need to keep an eye out for the Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, and now the "I Am Iron Man" release date announcements. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-dead-mcu-character&captions=true"] Robert Downey Jr. recently made some comments about whether he'd return to the MCU in some capacity, but it's unclear if or when that might actually ever happen. Endgame was one of the biggest box office winners in 2019, officially passing Avatar as the highest-grossing box office film of all time. However, James Cameron says that Avatar will end up beating Endgame when it's all said and done. Additionally, be sure to check out IGN's official Avengers: Endgame review. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/04/23/avengers-endgame-review"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Andrew Smith is a freelance contributor with IGN and an avid Funko Pop collector. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewtsmith. View the full article
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare finished 2019 as the best-selling game of the year for the 11th year in a row. According to the NPD, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was the best-selling game of the month for the third month in a row. The Infinity Ward developed reboot of the Modern Warfare franchise finished the year as the selling-game of 2019. Not only that, but the Call of Duty franchise occupies seven spots in the top 10 best-selling games of the decade list. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-ign-call-of-duty-review&captions=true"] Meanwhile, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order finished as the second best-selling game of the month and was 2019’s sixth best-selling game with only two months in the market. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is also Respawn Entertainment’s best-selling game of all time in full-game sales. Other repeat successes include MLB The Show 19, which is now the best-selling baseball game in U.S. history, as well as Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokemon Sword. In hardware news, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform for both December and all of 2019. But the best-selling hardware for the decade was the PlayStation 4. December’s Best-Selling Games Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Madden NFL 20 NBA 2K20 Luigi’s Mansion 3 Pokemon Sword Mario Kart 8 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Pokemon Shield Minecraft Best-Selling Games of 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 NBA 2K20 Madden NFL20 Borderlands 3 Mortal Kombat 11 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Kingdom Hearts 3 Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Mario Kart 8 Best-Selling Games of the Decade (2010-2019) Grand Theft Auto 5 Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Call of Duty: Ghosts Red Dead Redemption 2 Call of Duty: WW2 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Minecraft View the full article
  5. Christopher Tolkien, the son of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, has died at the age of 95. News of his death came from a statement on the Tolkien Society website Thursday. “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Tolkien’s son and literary executor Christopher Tolkien has died aged 95,” the statement said. [caption id="attachment_2288696" align="aligncenter" width="720"] The late Christopher Tolkien.[/caption] The Head of the Tolkien Estate After his father passed away in 1973, Christopher became the literary executor of the Tolkien Estate, and it was he who edited The Silmarillion and had it published in 1977, as well as The Fall of Gondolin in 2018, which were based on his father’s unpublished Lord of the Rings material. Christopher drew the maps of Middle-earth featured in the Lord of the Rings books. [caption id="attachment_228870" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Map of Middle-earth drawn by Christopher Tolkien.[/caption] The Lord of the Rings Films Christopher was a vocal critic of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy based on his father’s work. He expressed his distaste for the Peter Jackson films, saying in a 2012 interview about Lord of the Rings with French newspaper Le Monde, "They gutted the book, making an action film for 15 to 25-year-olds." His frustrations with the Lord of the Rings films took form in a series of lawsuits, one of which he claimed New Line Cinema owed the Tolkien family £80 million in unpaid royalties. In 2009, an undisclosed settlement was reached between the two parties, and he retracted his public objection to The Hobbit films based on his father’s work. A Look Back at the Life of Christopher Tolkien Christopher was born in Leeds, United Kingdom on November 21, 1924, fought in World War II as part of the Royal Air Force, and became a lecturer in Old and Middle English as well as Old Icelandic at the University of Oxford. A Tribute to Christopher Tolkien Mark Ordesky, producer on The Lord of the Rings movies, expressed his condolences on social media, tweeting, “An age of Middle-earth has ended. We have Christopher Tolkien to thank for countless vistas and legends we might never have known without his dedication and stewardship. The world is brighter for the light you cast, like the Star of Eärendil.” [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joshua is Senior Features Editor at IGN. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN. View the full article
  6. Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok) has reportedly been approached about directing a new Star Wars movie. Waititi is already a part of the Lucasfilm family, having directed the Season 1 finale of The Mandalorian as well as voicing the role of IG-11 on the Disney+ series. According to THR, the current state of talks between Waititi and Disney/Lucasfilm is "unclear." Both companies declined to comment to THR. "It is also unclear whether the project is separate from the one being developed by Kevin Feige, with whom [Waititi] closely worked on Ragnarok, or a separate Star Wars project," the trade adds. Deadline claims "it’s not clear yet if [Waititi's film is] a feature for Disney+ or the big screen. Early talks isn’t even the word yet here." Update: After these initial reports, Waititi posted a wordless tweet that included the cover of Fleetwood Mac's aptly named "Rumours" album. While many have tried to eke out information from Waititi after the tweet, the best response perhaps came from Baby Driver Director Edgar Wright, who wrote, "That's an odd photo of Han and Leia." Waititi was asked about the prospect of ever directing a Star Wars movie just this past Monday, telling Variety: "Oh, I don’t know anything about that. But Mandalorian was my chance to work with some stormtroopers." Waititi reportedly told Variety that helming a Star Wars movie was something he was interested in pursuing: "Obviously I would, but I’m going to just settle for IG-11 being the hero of the entire season." While Star Wars seems to have a promising future ahead on the small screen -- with Disney+ moving forward with the second season of The Mandalorian as well as a solo Obi-Wan Kenobi series and a Cassian Andor-led Rogue One prequel series — the feature film franchise has been dogged by drops in ticket sales for both The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker (yes, despite both films crossing the $1 billion mark worldwide) and behind-the-scenes creative friction that has seen several directors fired from their Star Wars movies. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=star-wars-and-its-weird-recent-history-of-director-drop-outs&captions=true"] Lucasfilm most recently opted to shelve the Star Wars film trilogy that was in the works with Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and there's been nary a peep on Rian Johnson's planned trilogy. Johnson is now working on a sequel to his hit film Knives Out. If Waititi is being eyed for the Feige-produced Star Wars film, the Marvel Studios boss has said his film will take viewers to new corners of the galaxy far, far away. Waititi is Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. His next film, Next Goal Wins, is in production and he then segues to direct Thor: Love and Thunder for Marvel. Waititi recently told IGN that he still hopes to direct a live-action Akira movie but it's been postponed until after Thor: Love and Thunder. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/08/24/the-mandalorian-taika-waititi-on-finding-the-voice-of-ig-11"] Disney has carved out release dates for three new Star Wars movies after The Rise of Skywalker. The first of these was to have been the first Weiss and Benioff film, coming on December 16, 2022. The other two dates are December 20, 2024, and December 18, 2026, though it's not clear if those dates belonged to the other Beinoff and Weiss movies or Rian Johnson's films or possibly a combination of both. Rumors suggest Lucasfilm will announce a new director for the December 2022 movie as early as January 2020.View the full article
  7. Welcome to Nintendo Voice Chat! New DLC for a handful of first-party Switch titles is on the way, and the NVC crew is here to break it all down. First, in the news, the fourth wave of Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC is coming next month, and it adds a secret fourth house into the mix. Then, the panel discusses Byleth joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as the announcement of Fighters Pass Volume 2. Then, instead of a new retail version, Pokemon Sword and Shield is receiving DLC, as two major content updates are set to release this year. Find out what the panel thinks of Pokemon's new strategy. Finally, hear your listener questions tackled on Question Block. Timecodes! 00:00:00 Welcome! 00:00:30 News time! 00:08:50 Smash Ultimate DLC discussion 00:22:46 Pokemon's new content strategy 00:40:34 Games out this week 00:53:06 What we're playing 01:01:12 Question Block 01:06:40 Wrap up! NVC is available on your preferred platform! YouTube Spotify Apple iTunes Stitcher Podbay PlayerFM Podbean You can also Download NVC 490 Directly Here You can listen to NVC on your preferred platform every Thursday at 3pm PT/6pm ET. Have a question for Question Block? Write to us at nvc@ign.com and we may pick your question! Also, make sure to join the Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast Forums on Facebook. We're all pretty active there and often pull Question Block questions and comments straight from the community. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Logan Plant is the Production Assistant for NVC. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant. View the full article
  8. The name of Sony’s next-gen controller for PlayStation 5 may have just leaked, and what’s more, it might be compatible with the existing PlayStation 4 consoles. In a page on the official French PlayStation website, an FAQ lists the similarities and differences between the two PlayStation 4 models as well as the PlayStation 4 Pro. Under the section for DualShock compatibility, every PS4 console appears to be compatible with the “DS4,” or DualShock 4 as well as a mysterious “DS5.” The new “DS5” controller, which isn’t mentioned at all in the US or UK versions of the PlayStation 4 comparison FAQ, is likely a reference to “DualShock 5,” the likely name for Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 5 controller. If this is true, this would be the first mention of Sony’s PlayStation 5 controller outside of leaks and patents. According to patents, Sony has filed trademarks for a variety of different controller designs, including some with back triggers and others with USB Type-C connectors. Sony also recently announced a new back trigger accessory for the DualShock 4 which we previewed. However, if the French website is to be believed, the next-gen DualShock 5 could be backward compatible with the PlayStation 4. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=igns-top-25-playstation-4-games&captions=true"] It’s not exactly clear why players may be interested in using a next-gen controller for an older console model, but there may be features in the DualShock 5 that don’t exist in the DualShock 4. There’s still a lot about Sony’s next-gen controllers we don’t know about. For everything we know about the PS5 and Xbox Series X, check out our comparison here. And for more on next-gen news check out IGN. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter. View the full article
  9. ZeniMax Online Studios and Bethesda have officially revealed the yearlong storyline and expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online today during a livestream event. While it officially begins with the Harrowstorm DLC dungeon pack, the story continues in the summer with the Greymoor expansion. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/15/the-elder-scrolls-online-greymoor-announcement-trailer"] The yearlong storyline, titled “Dark Heart of Skyrim,” explores the world of Skyrim 900 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls 5. With Greymoor, players will explore Western Skyrim when the area is haunted by an ancient vampire lord. The Elder Scrolls Online is going full gothic with Greymoor introducing vampires, witches, and werewolves to the MMORPG. However, even though Zenimax says this is the “darkest” story yet, characters like Lyris Titanborn and House Ravenwatch will return for the adventure in Skyrim. Because this is a yearlong adventure, the full story for the “Dark Heart of Skyrim” will progress throughout 2020. It begins with Harrowstorm, a DLC dungeon pack that also comes with a prologue quest that gives a preview for the storyline. Greymoor will arrive afterward followed by another dungeon pack in Q3 and a Q4 story DLC. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-elder-scrolls-online-greymoor-screenshots&captions=true"] The Skyrim region will be both familiar and different from what people remember from Elder Scrolls 5. The Blackreach cavern has been expanded while players can revisit locations like Solitude, Morthal, Labyrinthian, Dragon Bridge, and more. Greymoor is the next chapter for ESO following ZeniMax Online’s previous expansions like Morrowind, Summerset, and Elsweyr. Players who purchased Greymoor will have access to all the previous expansions and can begin with Greymoor content right away. While existing players can also jump into Greymoor regardless of their current level. Greymoor will be released on May 18 for PC and June 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Check out IGN’s review of the last Elder Scrolls Online expansion, Elsweyr, or our Elder Scrolls Online guide for more coverage. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter. View the full article
  10. BBC has announced that the third season of Killing Eve will be returning sometime in April 2020. The upcoming season will continue to follow Villanelle and Eve's journey to live new lives and will also bring on a handful of new cast members. Killing Eve: Season 3 will continue "the story of two women with brutal pasts, addicted to each other but now trying desperately to live their lives without their drug of choice," says BBC America. "All seems fine until a shocking and personal death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances…and perhaps a share of their souls." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/03/08/killing-eve-season-2-trailer-control"] The upcoming season will also see the addition of a handful of new cast members like Dame Harriet Walter, Danny Sapani, Gemma Whelan, Camille Cottin, Steve Pemberton, Raj Bajaj, Turlough Convery, Pedja Bjelac and Evgenia Dodina. Killing Eve has already been renewed for a fourth season, which will premiere sometime in 2021, according to BBC — likely due to its recent Emmy nominations and awards. Following in the show's tradition of giving a new female writer the chance to share her voice, Suzanne Heathcote will serve as the Season 3 lead writer and executive producer. She will be joined by Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Jeff Melvoin, Suzanne Heathcote, and Sandra Oh as executive producers. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=nominees-best-dramatic-tv-performance-of-2019&captions=true"] While you're waiting for Killing Eve: Season 3, be sure to check out IGN's review of the Season 2 premiere. Killing Eve was also nominated for IGN's Best Dramatic TV Performance of 2019 and was one of our best-reviewed shows of 2019. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Andrew Smith is a freelance contributor with IGN. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewtsmith. View the full article
  11. One of the first big fights you see on Netflix's The Witcher happens between Henry Cavill's Geralt and Emma Appleton's Renfri, and that clash was sorted and choreographed by Wolfgang Stegemann, who Cavill had worked with on Mission Impossible: Fallout. But Stegemann wasn't the full-time Witcher series stunt coordinator. No, that was Vladimir Furdik - aka Game of Thrones' Night King! Netflix's Behind the Scenes podcast revealed how Furdik envisioned Geralt as a fighter as well as how he constructed the actual first confrontation on the series: Geralt's slaying of the Kikimora. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=netflixs-the-witcher-cast-vs-video-game-characters&captions=true"] Though the Kikimora battle was never described in the Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher story "The Lesser Evil," which is what the premiere episode adapts, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich thought "What's a better way to introduce [Geralt] than having him killing a monster when you first find him?" "In the books we actually never see him kill the Kikimora," she explained to host Brandon Jenkins. "He actually arrives in Blaviken with the Kikimora's head on his donkey. So we never get to see him kill it." "We spent almost one month on this fight," Furdik said. "I thought that [Geralt] should be fighter who can already predict, three seconds ahead, when he's going to kill someone else. When he fights somebody he can already predict what they're doing. So his fight should look like very comfortable, kind of like ballet." In his gym, Furdik prepared for the fight, taking into consideration that "the Kikimora is three meters tall and she has eight legs." Furdik then constructed massive Kikimora legs from long plastic pips and made a homemade adversary. "I brought in six people," he said, "and put them on the table." Giving the legs to the guys on the table, Furdik "just stayed under the legs and and started to build the fight." After running through the fight over and over at a slowed down pace, all the moves were taught to Cavill, who never used a stunt double, or a body double of any kind, on The Witcher. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/23/the-witcher-henry-cavill-breaks-down-geralts-fight-with-renfri"] Hissrich has revealed that The Witcher: Season 2 will land in 2021 and be much more linear in its storytelling. Here's a full explainer of The Witcher timeline. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler. View the full article
  12. During NBC Universal's presentation at the TCA winter press tour, it was announced that NBC has ordered up a new series called Young Rock, centered on the "formative years" of WWE Superstar and global box office champ Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This 11-episode single-cam comedy is being produced by Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat, Don't Trust the B) and Johnson himself. Johnson will appear in every episode, but the search is on for a young actor to portray the childhood version of him. The pilot was co-written by Khan and Jeff Chiang (Don't Trust the B, American Dad!). "I have talked about this wild and unpredictable and unbelievable childhood that I had," Johnson said, via video, to the reporters on hand. "I’ve told many many stories, many of them unbelievable, but all of them true. You'll find Young Rock wreaking havoc in the streets of Hawaii. Getting arrested doing a lot of things I shouldn't do. We were evicted off the island and moved, to all places, Nashville, Tennessee," he shared. "Imagine me being in downtown Nashville, listening to country music at 15 years-old, buying my first car from a crackhead for $70. We go into my high school years as Young Rock, and my role as a University of Miami football star, until I got beaten out of my position by a young man named Warren Sapp, who went on to become one of the greatest defensive tackles of all time." You can see The Rock himself make the announcement on Twitter too, calling the show his “Forrest Gump” years ... The series will be executive produced by Nahnatchka Khan, Dwayne Johnson, Jeff Chiang, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Jennifer Carreras. The show will be produced by Universal Television, Seven Bucks Productions and Fierce Baby Productions. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/10/31/jumanji-the-next-level-dwayne-johnson-and-kevin-hart-trick-or-treat-video"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.View the full article
  13. The eerie launch trailer for Lightmatter, a creepy Portal-ish first-person puzzle game where shadows equal death, has arrived (watch it above), and it explains exactly what lightmatter is in the game's fiction and where it came from. For more, check out the gallery of screenshots below, and if you missed the announcement trailer last month (which showcases a bit more gameplay), you can watch that too. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=lightmatter-screenshots&captions=true"] Lightmatter launches on Steam for PC on January 15. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible. View the full article
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  15. A photo leaked Saturday from Sony's upcoming Spider-Man rogues' gallery film Morbius, starring Jared Leto. But unlike the set photo Leto himself posted from last March, this glimpse showed us the actor fully done up as Marvel Comics' Living Vampire - and fan reaction seems to be leaning solidly toward the positive. Some fan responses have been bowled over by the "killer" picture, which has sold them on a movie that they weren't even all that excited about up until this point. Other are cautiously optimistic, commenting that while the image looks good and comic-accurate, we should all wait for the trailer to see how the character looks while moving. Check out the leaked image below in a sampling of some of the responses from fans around the web: And of course, there are already fans chomping at the bit for a Venom and Morbius face-off: Based on the comic book character of the same name, Morbius -- starring Leto, Adria Arjona, and Matt Smith -- follows Dr. Michael Morbius, a respected biochemist suffering from a rare and fatal blood disease. Desperate for a cure, Morbius performs dangerous experiments on himself using vampire bat DNA and inadvertently transforms into a "living vampire." Sony is releasing the movie on July 31, 2020 in the US and UK, and on July 30 in Australia. Later this year, the studio will release its second Marvel Comics movie, Venom 2, on October 2, 2020. For more movie news, director Scott Derrickson has dropped out of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Sony may have found a new director for its Uncharted movie, and Nicholas Hoult has joined the next two Mission: Impossible films. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/04/16/morbius-jared-letos-marvel-movie-explained"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.View the full article
  16. Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok is reportedly the next mainline Assassin’s Creed game, if recent leaks are to be believed. Thanks to alleged Amazon and GameStop item listings, we can surmise a few things about the next installment in the long-running franchise. What’s next for Ubisoft’s biggest franchise? Read on below to find out what we know, and what our best guesses are. If you want to stay completely spoiler-free on certain (unconfirmed) story details, skip past the appropriate sections. Keep in mind though that Ubisoft has yet to confirm any such information, so take everything with one seriously large grain of salt. Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok Release Date Ubisoft hasn’t confirmed AC Ragnarok’s existence yet, much less a release date. That said, like many big-budget video games of its kind, it’s likely to release somewhere between October and early December to line up with the holiday season. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey released on October 5, 2018, while its predecessor Assassin’s Creed Origins released on October 27, 2017. Ubisoft likes to get things out a little ahead of the usual November deluge (where the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield usually reign), so don’t be shocked if we see preview coverage sometime around E3 2020 and then a strong leadup to mid-October. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=a-history-of-assassins-creed-leaks&captions=true"] What systems is Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok on? According to the leaked info, Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok will be on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and then also the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Ubisoft has not confirmed any such details. When does Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok take place? (Possible spoilers follow) Judging from the leaks, Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok will take place in the Viking era. According to leaked information shared on Reddit, AC Ragnarok will start in or around 845 CE, during the Viking-led siege of Paris. The period between 800 CE and about 900 CE were heavily characterized by these Viking incursions. According to the leaked info, the meat of the game will start during 863 CE with a character named Jora, who can be either male or female. As is customary for Assassin’s Creed games, we’ll meet a number of broadly defined historical figures. According to the leak, the player character will meet King of Wessex Alfred, Rollo, the first ruler of Normandy, and Charles the Fat, the emperor of the Carolingian Empire. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2016/11/09/assassins-creed-exploring-the-assassin-templar-conflict"] What will Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok gameplay be like? Ubisoft hasn’t shown any official gameplay as of yet, and they’ve certainly not confirmed anything from the leaked information. That said, if any of the leaked info is to be believed, there could be a significant number of updates. You can read the full list of leaked (and unconfirmed) gameplay info here, but we’ve whittled it down to what looks to be the most important stuff. Up to 4-player drop-in/drop-out co-op much like Ghost Recon Wildlands. New RPG mechanics introduce a new class system and skill tree changes based on that choice. You’ll be able to change your character class. More weapon types, and weapons can be upgraded with runes, special abilities for certain groups of weapons. Durability will play a role, too. Rather than adrenaline, players can activate a berserker mode that also activates rune powers based on elemental types - lightning, fire, frost. Sailing is back, with more focus on exploration than combat. The hidden blade returns and can be upgraded for one-hit kills. Stealth is receiving some upgrades, like allowing a player to hide in mud, snow, crouching in bushes, and other hiding options. Players can also hide themselves in crowds of people so long as their clothing doesn’t stick out. Reputation system based on who, what, and where you conquest. Conquest battles return. Battles between independent kingdoms (as in you don’t control them yet) may occur naturally. Players can organize large-scale raids on forts and large cities, or just go it alone. Difficulty has been overhauled. Rather than being about enemy health, difficulty will determine your own health, parry times, and enemy reaction times. Leveling is also getting an overhaul, allowing players to improve their individual skillsets and gain experience in them. The leaked info describes it being similar to The Elder Scross V: Skyrim. This also means that regions being locked by level number is gone. As for the map, the leaked info says it comprises most or all of northern Europe, including the cites of York, London, Paris, and Kiev. It’s worth reiterating that none of this information has been confirmed by Ubisoft, so take it all with a huge grain of salt. While past Assassin’s Creed leaks have historically been mostly on the money, that doesn’t mean that any one of these supposed details is really in the game. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/04/09/are-you-ready-for-assassins-creed-vikings-unlocked-389"] Will Layla and Abstergo return? We don’t know anything about the modern-day portion of Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok quite yet. Odds are it will continue to focus on the character of Layla and her journey with the brotherhood. Interested in more juicy historical details and possible connections? Read how Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok could connect the franchise back to the first Assassin’s Creed game. Where to get the Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok Special Edition No information on a special edition or collector’s edition for Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok has been publicly announced, although considering Ubisoft always has at least one special edition for each game, it’s a safe bet they’ll do it again. Historically, the pricier bundles come with a small statue, while the slightly-higher-than-$60 bundles come with extra digital content. We’ll update this section when we know more. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2017/05/11/a-history-of-assassins-creed-leaks"] Where can I pre-order Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok? Since the game hasn’t been officially announced, there’s no real way to pre-order it quite yet. Amazon and GameStop were the sources of some of this leaked information, though, so it’s likely the game will appear there and other major retailers. We’ll be updating this section and creating pre-order guides when we know more. If any of this information on Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok proves true, what are you most excited for? Do you think Ragnarok will be a meaningful evolution of the Assassin’s Creed franchise or will it be the same old sneaky stabbing and swordfighting business as usual? Let us know in the comments below. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.View the full article
  17. Almost a year back, it was announced that a TV series continuation/sequel to the long-running Child's Play horror franchise was in development. Today at at NBC Universal's TCA winter press tour day, we learned that Syfy has officially ordered this show straight-to-series. Titled Chucky, the sequel series comes from franchise creator Don Mancini and franchise producer David Kirschner. Chucky, unlike the recent 2019 Child's Play reboot featuring Mark Hamill as the voice of the killer doll, is an actual continuation of the existing story rather than a remake. That means it's a direct follow-up to all seven Child's Play films, including 2017's Cult of Chucky, which were written by creator Mancini. Mancini now will serve as the series' writer and showrunner while also directing the first episode. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-15-best-horror-tv-shows-of-the-last-10-years&captions=true"] From Syfy's official synopsis: "When a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies -- and allies -- from Chucky's past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll's untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster." “The character Don and David created has terrified audiences for over 30 years. The longevity and legacy of Chucky speaks to the creative storytelling and the loyal fans the film series has collected over the years,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks - USA & SYFY. “We are excited to once again partner with Nick and UCP on this new SYFY series, and are incredibly proud to bring Chucky to television for the first time with the original creators.” [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/10/terminator-dark-fate-exclusive-deleted-scene-the-crossing"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler. View the full article
  18. If you've been keeping up with the news, you're likely well aware that Australia is suffering from a massive breakout of bushfires, which are devastating the country's land, animals, and citizens. Many have stepped up to offer aide, including numerous celebrities who are making donations to fund relief efforts and put a spotlight on this crisis so that others will do the same. We've assembled a list of various public figures and game development studios who have contributed and where they pledged their money, and we've provided instructions on how to get involved yourself. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=celebrities-who-have-donated-to-the-australian-bushfires&captions=true"] Chris Hemsworth Known for his role as Thor in the MCU, Hemsworth and his family announced on Instagram that they would be donating $1 million to help fight the Australian bushfires. "As you're well aware, the bushfires in Australia have caused massive devastation and they continue to burn," said Hemsworth, an Australian native. "I'm going to put forth a million dollars and I was hoping that all of you could contribute in any way, shape or form... dig deep, lots of love." Dacre Montgomery Stranger Things star and Australian native Dacre Montogmery took to Twitter to announce a GoFundMe aimed at fighting the Australian bushfires, which has raised over $354,000 at the time or writing. "As you're sitting there watching this video on your phone, I want to ask you for your help," Montgomery said. "Australia is in dire need of your help... we've lost an area the size of Belgium to wildfires — we need your help." Elton John The Grammy award winning singer, Elton John, recently pledged $1 million to the Australian Bush Funds during his Farewell Yellowbrick Road Tour which happened to be in Australia at the time. Announced at his concert and reposted later on Twitter, John said, "You should all be in awe of the work that the firefighters are doing... there are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes." John continues, "As I said earlier, this is a magnificent country that I have been coming to since 1971, I love it here so much. To see what is happening here breaks my heart." Gordon Ramsay Known by many for his brutal food reviews, the Food Network Chef and Australian native Gordon Ramsay has announced on Instagram he will be auctioning off an exclusive lunch to the highest bidder, which will be donated to the Australian wildfire fund. He recently followed up his initial announcements, sharing that he would be adding another seat to the lunch, which earned $100,000 in bids. "Thank you to everyone who bid... the Aussie spirit that I've seen firsthand the past few days is so inspiring," Ramsay said. Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio's organization, Earth Alliance, recently announced that it would be donating $3 million to help provide aid and support to those fighting the bushfires in Australia. Earth Alliance aims to "help address the urgent threats to our planet’s life support systems," and was founded by Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth. In addition to his organization's donations, DiCaprio recently saved a drowning man just outside of St. Barts. Loserfruit and Fasffy Popular Twitch streamers Loserfrut and Fasffy recently held a 24-hour Twitch stream to raise money for the Australian bushfires. With an initial goal of $15K AUD, the two streamers hit their exceed this in just 52 minutes and ended up raising a total of over $318,000 AUD, which equals around $220,000 USD. "The stream over the weekend really highlights the power of influencers and their ability to mobilize their audiences to make a real impact," said Grace Watkins, the co-founder of Click Management, the company which manages Loserfruit. Rebel Wilson The Pitch Perfect star and comedian Rebel Wilson auctioned off an exclusive lunch in her home to two fans who donated $100,000 to the Australian wildfire fund. Wilson told bidders that they'd "be the first ones to christen my new dining table," which was enough to quickly earn two separate $50,000 bids. Russell Crowe Russell Crowe, who recently won a Golden Globe for his performance in The Loudest Voice, announced that he would be donating $105,000 to help fight the wildfires in Australia. Crowe took to Instagram to share that he would be delivering 19 different checks, totaling $105,000 that would go towards various wildfire relief funds. Crowe also elected to stay home with his family in Australia instead of attending the Golden Globes. His acceptance speech was given by Jennifer Anniston and can be viewed on YouTube. Bungie During the January 9 This Week at Bungie update, developers announced that it would be selling a limited edition Destiny 2 t-shirt, with half of the proceeds going to WIRES and the other half going to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. For those that would like to help, shirts will be available for pre-order from January 16 through February 18. Further, those who order a short will receive a code for the Star Light, Star Bright emblem. "Time and time again, you have been Guardians to others in their greatest time of need," said Christine Edwards, senior Foundation manager at Bungie. "Over the past two decades, the Bungie community has been an amazing force for good in our world by raising millions of dollars to assist those in distress." Infinity Ward The developers behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare announced on Twitter that it will be releasing a new in-game pack, aptly named "The Outback Relief Pack," with all proceeds going to help fight the wildfires. Those who purchase the pack will get the “Bushranger” operator skin, a legendary blueprint for Sniper Rifle Charlie weapon, a koala-shaped charm, a new finishing move, and a couple of other cosmetic add-ons like a sticker and calling card. Buyers also get a free battle pass tier skip. The Outback Relief Pack will be available for purchase until January 31, according to developers. “From everyone at Infinity Ward, Call of Duty, and Activision, thank you for your consideration,” the companies said. “Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected.” Ubisoft Australia Ubisoft Australia announced on Twitter that it will be donating $30,000 to Red Cross Australia to help fight the fires that are currently devastating its country. Developers shared that they elected to do a direct donation in lieu of making some type of in-game items because that "takes considerable development time and we feel immediate action is required." The developers are also encouraging everyone to help out in any way that they can. Where to Donate for Australian Bushfires Relief If you would like to help join these celebrities in donating to the Australian bushfire fund, you can do so through the Australian Red Cross. By donating through this link, you can ensure that your funds will go directly to the men and women who are hard at work on the ground in Australia fighting the fires day in and day out. Every dollar you are able to donate will help go towards ending the awful tragedy in Australia.View the full article
  19. The Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake was officially revealed in an announcement trailer during the PlayStation State of Play on December 10. While this was our first official look at the next remake coming to Capcom’s survival horror series, rumors and leaks of the game arrived beforehand. YouTube creator SpawnWave was the source of Resident Evil 3 rumors in late November and then an update to the PlayStation Network gave us our first peek at Resident Evil 3 cover art. None the less, when Capcom finally announced RE:3, the developer still gave us plenty of new information to catch up on. From gameplay to character redesigns, here's everything we know about Resident Evil 3: Nemesis so far. Trailers and Story So far two trailers have come out for Resident Evil 3: The Resident Evil 3 announcement trailer and the Special Developer Message video, which we discuss more thoroughly in the gameplay and character redesign sections of this article found below. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/10/resident-evil-3-remake-official-announcement-trailer"] The announcement trailer features protagonist Jill Valentine as she’s pursued by Resident Evil 3's infamous antagonist Nemesis. Created to eliminate members of the Special Tactics And Rescue Service team, more commonly referred to as STARS, Nemesis seems to be making his return in the remake as the creepy mutant stalker that will make you crap your pants. A cameo by UBCS (also known as Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service) member Mikhail Victor is shown, followed by fellow STARS member Brad Vickers. Additional UBCS members Nikolai Zinoviev and Carlos Oliveria also make an appearance in the trailer. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/12/resident-evil-3-remake-trailer-breakdown-secrets-easter-eggs-and-callbacks-rewind-theater"] A clip of Jill muttering, “Ugh, my head...” over a running sink along with a few quick flashes of her resembling a decaying zombie is shown near the end, as well. Modes In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine UK, Capcom producer Peter Fabian confirmed Resident Evil 3 does not have a Mercenaries Mode. Instead, it will include an online multiplayer called Resident Evil Resistance. Resident Evil Resistance Previously announced as Project Resistance, Resident Evil Resistance is a team-based survival horror mode where four survivors face against one "Mastermind". The Mastermind watches and places dangerous obstacles from a control room as the players try to escape the from the map before time runs out. Survivors have skills such as healing, hacking, defense moves, and attacks that they can use to increase their chances of escape. Masterminds also have a few tricks up their sleeve, having the ability to summon zombies, bioweapons, and other mutated creatures based in their background and expertise. Read our Project Resistance hands on for our impressions about early gameplay. When Does Resident Evil 3 Take Place? According to Capcom producer Peter Fabiano, Resident Evil 3 takes place before and after RE:2 Remake. "While Leon and Claire’s stories occur after the city has already been infected for some time, Jill’s story provides a new perspective." Fabiano explained in a PlayStation Blog. "Starting with the early days of the outbreak, you’ll follow Jill’s fight for survival as the population of the once-lively metropolis turns into hordes of undead." Gameplay [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/10/resident-evil-3-special-developer-message-gameplay-first-look"] Resident Evil 3 gameplay was first revealed in a video titled Special Developer Message where Capcom producers Peter Fabiano and Masachika Kawata talk through footage of the game. Featuring a redesigned Jill Valentine in an over-the-shoulder view, the gameplay shows her walking through a ravaged Raccoon City. Citizens run frantically by as Jill emerges from an abandoned building saying to herself, “More survivors. We gotta get that train moving.” [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/10/resident-evil-3-special-developer-message-gameplay-first-look/loops?q=eyJsb29wVGl0bGUiOiIiLCJzdGFydFBvc2l0aW9uIjowLjMwMzU5NDU1MDAwMjUzODgsImVuZFBvc2l0aW9uIjowLjM0NjcwMDU1NjI3MzQ4NDMsInN0aWNrZXJHcmlkSWRzIjpbeyJwb3MiOjAsImltYWdlSWQiOiIifSx7InBvcyI6MSwiaW1hZ2VJZCI6IiJ9LHsicG9zIjoyLCJpbWFnZUlkIjoiIn0seyJwb3MiOjMsImltYWdlSWQiOiIifSx7InBvcyI6NCwiaW1hZ2VJZCI6IiJ9LHsicG9zIjo1LCJpbWFnZUlkIjoiIn1dLCJ2aWRlb0lkIjoiMzA1OGY4OTMwYmUwMjVkNWY0OGQ5NTQxNmVlOGY2NTciLCJjcmVhdG9yIjoiSm9uUnlhbi1JR04iLCJpc0JyYW5kaW5nRXhjbHVkZWQiOnRydWV9"] She then encounters her first zombie, taking it down swiftly with two shots to the chest. Unlike the original, Capcom producer Peter Fabiano confirmed that Resident Evil 3 will not have multiple endings. Resident Evil 3 Character Redesigns Most of the character designs in Resident Evil 3 have been updated from their original version. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/11/resident-evil-3-comparison-remake-vs-original"] Jill Valentine Producers Peter Fabiano and Masachika Kawata explained in their Special Developer Message video that they were happy with how Jill Valentine’s new design came out and that it reflected the Resident Evil 3 remake’s lean towards action. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/11/resident-evil-3-comparison-remake-vs-original/loops?q=eyJsb29wVGl0bGUiOiIiLCJzdGFydFBvc2l0aW9uIjowLjM2NjY5NTg4ODU1ODgxOCwiZW5kUG9zaXRpb24iOjAuNDU5OTA1MTkwMDkzMDUyMiwic3RpY2tlckdyaWRJZHMiOlt7InBvcyI6MCwiaW1hZ2VJZCI6IiJ9LHsicG9zIjoxLCJpbWFnZUlkIjoiIn0seyJwb3MiOjIsImltYWdlSWQiOiIifSx7InBvcyI6MywiaW1hZ2VJZCI6IiJ9LHsicG9zIjo0LCJpbWFnZUlkIjoiIn0seyJwb3MiOjUsImltYWdlSWQiOiIifV0sInZpZGVvSWQiOiJhODcwNzk5NmRhZjg3OTFhODA5M2Y3ZTQxYjk4ZjZmZiIsImNyZWF0b3IiOiJKb25SeWFuLUlHTiIsImlzQnJhbmRpbmdFeGNsdWRlZCI6dHJ1ZX0="] Carlos Oliveria Carlos Oliveira has been changed to look more “rough around the edges”. The producers said they recreated Carlos with the dire setting of Resident Evil 3 in mind, and the idea that he would be “a reliable ally that Jill could lean on”. Producer Peter Fabiano also confirmed that Carlos will be a playable character and "have his own interesting section to play through" in RE3. Nemesis Nemesis also received a hefty design change, getting a nose and some very long teeth in the process. The producers said that he will have “more ways than Tyrant from Resident Evil 2 to track down his target Jill Valentine”. Scary! His more realistic appearance was achieved with the use of a technique called photogrammetry, where the developers created a real-life model of Nemesis and scanned it into the game. In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine, producer Peter Fabiano talked about what the developers have done to make Nemesis even more terrifying. Nemesis will feature smarter AI, akin to that of Tyrant in RE2, and will have the ability to freely roam about Raccoon City. He can also use weapons, making him a threat that can harm you from distance. RE2 Remake Achievement Links to RE3 A new achievement called Chasing Jill was added to Resident Evil 2 Remake. The description for this achievement reads, "Read a letter left behind by Jill", hinting at an in-game link to Resident Evil 3. Where Can I Pre-Order the Resident Evil 3? Resident Evil 3 Remake pre-orders are currently available at a variety of retailers including GameStop, Best Buy, the PlayStation Store. What Does the Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition Come With? Available exclusively at GameStop, the Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition includes: Resident Evil 3 game Jill Valentine figurine Double-sided Raccoon City poster Project: N and Project: R art book Voucher for Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil Resistance soundtracks When Does Resident Evil 3 Come Out? The release date for Resident Evil 3 is April 3, 2020. It will be available for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. What are you most excited for in the RE3 remake? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to catch up on everything you may have missed in the excellent Resident Evil 2 remake, which was a runner-up for our Game of the Year award. [poilib element="accentDivider"]View the full article
  20. This weekend is all about Nintendo, as they have countless games on sale at the eShop, as well as some great discounts on first-party titles at Amazon and other retailers. Along with that, you'll find some excellent savings on fitness equipment, VR headsets, Dell products and more. 30% Off AAA Nintendo Switch Video Games As of yesterday Amazon has dropped the price on digital editions of some of the most popular Nintendo Switch titles, including Mario Kart 8, which wasn't discounted on Black Friday. Mario Kart 8 for $41.99 Kirby Star Allies for $41.99 Yoshi's Crafted World for $41.99 Splatoon 2 for $41.99 Arms for $41.99 Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition for $41.99 Back in Stock: Dark Samus and Richter Amiibo up for Preorder on Amazon (Out Next Friday) These two amiibo have been sold out on Amazon, but they are back and just in time. Both amiibo will be released next Friday. Dark Samus in particular looks fantastic. Preorder the Dark Samus amiibo on Amazon for $15.96 Preorder the Richter amiibo on Amazon for $15.96 Pre-order Dragon Ball Z Kakarot (Out Next Week) at Amazon Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot comes out next week, and if you're a fan of the anime like us, you're eagerly awaiting it's arrival. If you're dead set on buying it, then consider a pre-order through Amazon, who currently have multiple versions discounted. Get the PS4 version for $50 Get the Xbox version for $50 Get the Xbox Collector's Edition for $199 Huge Nintendo Switch Digital Video Game Sale Going on Right Now at the Nintendo eShop There are over 900 Nintendo Switch titles discounted at the eShop today. Some of these are big AAA titles but the real treasure are the smaller indie titles that weren't even discounted on Black Friday like Stardew Valley, SteamWorld Quest, and Unravel Two. There are so many games to choose from so there's probably something for everyone. Stardew Valley for $9.99 at the eShop Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for $33.99 at the eShop Celeste for $9.99 at Nintendo eShop Valkyria Chronicles 4 for $14.99 at the eShop Unravel Two for $4.99 at the eShop Child of Light Ultimate Edition for $7.99 at the eShop Enter the Gungeon for $7.49 at the eShop SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech for $17.49 at the eShop My Friend Pedro for $13.99 at the eShop Okami HD for $11.99 at the eShop Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition for $13.99 at the eShop Slay the Spire for $19.99 at the eShop Sonic Mania for $9.99 at the eShop Gris for $7.49 at the eShop Taiko no Tatsujin for $19.99 at the eShop Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) for $14.99 at the eShop Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Gold Edition for $19.99 at the eShop Dragon Ball: FighterZ (Switch) for $14.99 at the eShop Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition for $24.99 at the eShop Team Sonic Racing for $19.99 at the eShop Yoshi's Crafted World for $41.99 at the eShop Kirby Star Allies for $41.99 at the eShop Splatoon 2 for $41.99 at the eShop Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition for $41.99 at the eShop Arms for $41.99 at the eShop more at Nintendo eShop Pick up the Middle-Earth Limited Collector's Edition for $290 at Amazon The one collection to rule them all, this set will more than fill a weekend with cinematic excellence, and can be yours for over $100 off it's normal price. Get it at Amazon for $290 Make Sure You Have A Memory Card That Can Fit All Your Switch Digital Purchases Will all the digital games you're going to download, it's important that you have expanded your storage. The Nintendo Switch comes preinstalled with only 32GB of storage. To put that in perspective, Breath of the Wild alone will take up 40% of your storage capacity. I'd recommend you get at least a 128GB card if you want to store as many smaller digital titles as you want (like Celeste, Overcooked 2, or Stardew Valley), and the larger 400GB card if you plan to download bigger titles (like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, or Yoshi's Crafted World). 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It's completely untethered with no external sensors to set up, it's powerful enough to play games like Vader Immortal, Beat Saber, and Pistol Whip, and it's far less expensive than all the other newer generation VR headsets that have been released. An Oculus Link beta software is also out in the wild, which allows you to connect the Quest to a PC using a Type C cable and use it like a regular VR headset powered by your gaming PC. Get the 128GB model on Amazon for $499 Also at Best Buy Monster Clarity 101 AirLinks Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds for $39.99 If you've wanted the completely wire-free earphones but didn't want to pay $100 or more on AirPods, Galaxy Buds, or PowerBeats Pro, then this is a much, much less expensive alternative. Monster is the same brand that made those uber expensive cables in the past, so they are no stranger to the audiophile market. 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  21. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward has announced that it will be donating 100% of Activision’s net proceeds from purchases of the game’s “Outback” pack towards Australian wildfire relief efforts. The pack, which has been renamed “The Outback Relief Pack,” includes the “Bushranger” operator skin, a legendary blueprint for Sniper Rifle Charlie weapon, a koaloa-shaped charm, a new finishing move, and a couple of other cosmetic add-ons like a sticker and calling card. Buyers also get a free battle pass tier skip. All purchases from now through January 31 will be donated towards the relief efforts for the Australian wildfires. Any purchase already made before today will also be donated, Infinity Ward said. “From everyone at Infinity Ward, Call of Duty, and Activision, thank you for your consideration,” the companies said. “Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected.” [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-ign-call-of-duty-review&captions=true"] The Australian wildfires have, since yesterday, engulfed an estimated 1.5 million acres of land, leading to the mass destruction of animal life, personal property, and at least 25 confirmed deaths as of January 6, according to NPR. An estimated 1 billion animals have died as a result of the same fires, according to a report from the New York Times. Earlier this week, multiple posts across social media and forums showed the Call of Duty fan community calling on Infinity Ward and Activision to donate their earnings from the Outback pack towards wildfire relief efforts. It appears the companies have listened to the community’s requests. If you’re looking for other opportunities to donate to the Australian wildfire relief efforts, you can check out our guide to places you can donate and celebrities who’ve donated to the effort. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.View the full article
  22. We're excited for Ryan Reynolds' Grand Theft Auto-inspired NPC movie Free Guy (watch the trailer here), which features a bank teller in Free City (which is actually an open-world video game filled with no-holds-barred violence), decides to break out of his everyday punching bag rut and stop a robbery. This self-aware act causes him to think he can stop all the crime, committed by players, in his war-torn town. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/07/free-guy-official-trailer-1"] Obviously, this isn't the first film to involve a clueless citizen of a mysterious municipality learning the truth about their reality while also discovering they have secret powers that can override the system. In fact, the premise goes back almost four decades, to Disney's Tron. So let's digitize ourselves into "The Grid" and look at the best video game/virtual world movies to date! [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=best-virtual-reality-adventure-movies&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Tron/Tron Legacy Back when computers and video games were still in their infancy, 1982's Tron posited that a human being could be disassembled by a laser and reanimated inside a computer system, where, in a virtual setting, all the programs were represented in humanoid form. Jeff Bridges' programmer-slash-arcade owner Kevin Flynn gets sucked inside "The Grid" and uses his abilities as a "User" to save his old company's files from an evil Master Control Program. 2010's Tron Legacy continued the tale, decades later, using some snazzy 3D, stunning visuals, and a kick-ass score by Daft Punk. Nothing about Tron makes much sense, even from a virtual reality standpoint, but it's a hell of a lot of fun. Wreck-It Ralph/Ralph Breaks the Internet 2012's Wreck-It Ralph featured a lovable arcade game villain, voiced by John C. Reilly, who, like Ryan Reynolds' Guy, longs to free himself from the role he was designed to play. Tired of being stuck in a cycle of bad guy buffoonery, Ralph leaves his game in search of a medal and throws the entire video game realm into chaos. The LEGO Movie While not exactly a virtual world, The LEGO Movie's land of make-believe still counts as a functioning realm with a know-nothing hero, in this case Chris Pratt's Emmet, who finds themselves caught up in a giant adventure where they're the unlikely key -- in this case, Emmet's everyman dolt being "The Special." The one who can stop the Kragle. Emmet is ripped from his lonely (but awesome?) routine and discovers his innate ability to be a Master Builder, saving the day. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/10/03/free-guy-meet-the-cast-featurette-nycc-2019"] The Matrix Trilogy Probably the most famous instance of a hero discovering the truth about their faux reality and then rising up as a near-unstoppable force, committed to toppling the entire system, was Keanu Reeves' Tom Anderson (hacker name: Neo) and his ascension to "The One" -- as in the one foretold to save humanity from robot overlord oppression. You see, Anderson, along with almost every other human being, was now just a motionless form in an energy pod providing A.I. beings with juice while their minds existed in a virtual world. And with Matrix 4 officially on the way, it looks like Neo's quest to thwart evil A.I.s isn't over just yet! Ready Player One Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One was an absolute avalanche of '80s and '90s pop culture references, as citizens in a dystopian future escaped their miserable lives by syncing into a global online open-world realm called the OASIS. It's here that an orphan embarks on an adventure to save society by competing in a scavenger hunt designed to give someone complete control of the game. Tye Sheridan's Wade -- aka Parzival -- didn't have any special "Chosen One" game powers, per se, unless you count his decency and narrative advantage of being an underdog with a kind heart. Dark City Alex Proyas' underrated sci-fi noir mystery, Dark City, starred Rufus Sewell as a man who starts to realize things are dreadfully askew in his dreary always-midnight city - eventually learning that he's part of a grand experiment run by alien scientists ominously called "The Strangers." Everyone in town has their memories reconfigured and rebooted each night so they awaken to a new life in the morning as the galactic ghouls try to figure out how the human mind, and emotions, truly work. eXistenZ This David Cronenberg virtual reality adventure had the misfortune of opening the same year as The Matrix, but it was still able to hold its own as a (way) lower-budgeted story about a virtual game designer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) getting trapped inside her own creation, targeted by assassins. The movie also was able to stand apart from The Matrix in a very ooey-gooey Cronenberg way as the game, eXistenZ, was bio-tech that used umbilical cord-style tentacle connectors that inserted into players' spines. The Cell The Cell, Tarsem Singh's nightmare-filled head trip from 2000, presented us with a type of proto-Inception. Jennifer Lopez played a psychologist who enters her patients' minds in order to discover the source of their trauma. Things get nuts when she's tasked with entering the brain of a comatose serial killer, who's kidnapped a woman, in order to go toe-to-toe with his emotional scars and agony and discover her location. To do so, she's forced to make herself more powerful than the killer's own personal pain and vanquish it as a full-on dream warrior. Inception Obviously, Christopher Nolan's Inception plays by different rules (and there are so many rules!) than most of these other films since it's about mind invaders traversing someone else's psyche while they sleep, but Leonardo DiCaprio's Dom and his team do find themselves trapped inside the head of a tech conglomerate heir, unable to leave after things go sideways, while trying to plant an idea in his brain. From there, the only way out is through. Which of these are your favorites? And what did we miss? Let's discuss in the comments! [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.View the full article
  23. Netflix's The Witcher was purposefully designed to be a TV adaptation of the series of fantasy stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and not the CD Projekt Red video games, despite U.S. viewers being more familiar with the games than the books, according to showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. "I think Amercian audiences mostly know about Geralt from the video games," Hissrich said, while speaking to host Brandon Jenkins on Netflix's Behind the Scenes podcast. "The answer [to why the show adapts the books] is very simple though and it's that the video games are are based on the books. They are an adaptation of the books. For me it didn't make sense to make an adaptation of an adaptation of something." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-witcher-explaining-all-the-characters-and-who-plays-them&captions=true"] "What that does is allow us to tell The Witcher story but just in a different way," she added. "I think a lot of video game fans are concerned that we're taking something from them. That we're usurping something that's theirs. And the truth is, I love the video games. They are not going anywhere. They are insanely successful. I can only hope that our show is that successful. The video games aren't going anywhere and the books aren't going anywhere. This is just a third way to enjoy these same characters and this same world." Speaking of The Witcher video games, CD Projekt Red just struck a new deal with author Andrzej Sapkowski to continue making Witcher games. Meanwhile, showrunner Hissrich has stated that The Witcher: Season 2 will land in 2021 and be much more linear in its storytelling. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/10/why-netflixs-locke-and-key-should-be-on-your-watch-list"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler. View the full article
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