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Game & Movie Releases for the week of November 17th to November 23rd
Nov 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM - by Evil Avatar

Game & Movie Releases for the week of November 17th to November 23rd, 2019.

Retail Games
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts (PS4, Xbox)
Shenmue III (PS4)
Sid Meier's Civilization VI (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Red Matter Standard Edition (PSVR)
Dusk Diver Day One Edition (PS4, Switch)
Train Sim World 2020: Collector's Edition (PS4)
Garfield Kart Furious Racing (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Children of Morta (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
GRIP: Combat Racing (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Celeste (Switch)
The Unicorn Princess Standard Edition (Switch)
Zumba Burn It Up! (Switch)
Instant Sports Standard Edition (Switch)
Gear.Club Unlimited 2 Porsche Edition (Switch)

Movies & TV
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
The Handmaid's Tale: Season Three
Blinded by the Light
Jawbreaker 20th Anniversary
Farscape: The Complete Series
Voltes V: The Complete Series
Ultraman Geed: The Series and Movie
Rock 'N' Roll High School 40th Anniversary Edition
Fruits Basket: Season One - Part One
Charlie's Angels: The Complete Collection
Memory: The Origins of Alien
American Dreamer
Cold War Criterion Collection
Betty Blue Criterion Collection
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory: The Complete Series
Message from Space: Galactic Wars: The Complete Series
Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales
Hitchhike to Hell
Hyouka: The Complete Series
Hidamari Sketch Picture Perfect Collection
Recovery of an MMO Junkie: The Complete Series

Box Office
Frozen II
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
21 Bridges
Dark Waters
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Ford vs Ferrari Races to #1 at the Box Office
Nov 18, 2019 - 1:36 PM - by Evil Avatar

Fox's Ford v Ferrari more than lived up to the most aggressive of pre-weekend expectations, delivering a #1 performance at the domestic weekend box office. However, Sony's Charlie's Angels struggled mightily in its debut, failing to reach the lowest of expectations.

Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of November 15th to November 17th, 2019.
  1. Ford v Ferrari $31.0/$31.0
  2. Midway $8.7/$35.1
  3. Charlie's Angels $8.6/$8.6
  4. Playing with Fire $8.5/$25.4
  5. Last Christmas $6.7/$22.5
  6. Doctor Sleep $6.1/$25.0
  7. The Good Liar $5.6/$5.6
  8. Joker $5.6/$322.5
  9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $5.2/$106.0
  10. Harriet $4.7/$31.8
  11. Terminator: Dark Fate $4.3/$56.8
  12. Jojo Rabbit $2.8/$13.5
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CrossfireX 'Black Widow' Gameplay Teaser Trailer
Nov 17, 2019 - 6:45 PM - by Evil Avatar

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CrossfireX: The Journey to Bring One of the World’s Biggest Games to Console

At the E3 Media Briefing this year I was surprised to hear Phil Spencer’s announcement about CrossfireX, a first-person shooter coming exclusively to Xbox consoles in 2020 and the first console version of one of the most played PC games in the world. As someone who has put thousands of hours into FPS games, I was intrigued and knew I needed to learn more about the game.

CrossfireX features the combined efforts of three incredible teams – Smilegate Entertainment from Seoul, South Korea, who bring their decade of expertise crafting innovative multiplayer content for the Crossfire franchise; Remedy Entertainment in Espoo, Finland, who bring their narrative expertise from classics like Alan Wake, Max Payne and Control to craft a single player campaign that brings the Crossfire universe to life; and of course Xbox, who are helping the developers bring Crossfire to console for the first time.

Shortly before X019 I set out on a journey to learn how these teams came together and learn more about what they are working on. Hit the video above to find out what I learned – and be sure and stay tuned to the end for the first gameplay teaser trailer we also debuted during the X019 Inside Xbox broadcast.

I cannot wait for you all to see what the teams have been working on when CrossfireX hits Xbox consoles in 2020. To keep up with all the latest news stay tuned to xbox.com/CrossfireX.
Xbox Wire.
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Minecraft Dungeons Launches in April 2020
Nov 17, 2019 - 6:41 PM - by Evil Avatar


Minecraft Dungeons is coming to PC and consoles in April 2020.
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Age of Empires IV Reveal Trailer
Nov 17, 2019 - 6:37 PM - by Evil Avatar

The acclaimed RTS franchise returns with Age of Empires 4. Experience the epic, historical battles that shaped the modern world.
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Pure Evil - Microsoft Still Doesn't Get It
Nov 17, 2019 - 6:04 PM - by Evil Avatar

I posted all the stuff Microsoft announced during their London game conference (Grounded, Everwild, Bleeding Edge & Tell Me Why) and there is really nothing there for real gamers to get excited about and certainly nothing that matches the quality of Sony's first-party stuff like Spider-Man, The Last of Us 2 or Death Stranding.

During the show, Aaron Greenberg was bragging about how Gears of War 5 has an 84 on Metacritic. 84? That means it's "Good, but not great." Hardly a score worth bragging about.

Their biggest title is another Halo title and Age of Empires IV, a game from a company that Microsoft CLOSED right when they were being successful. I went to visit Ensemble Studios before the release of Age of Empires 3 and they had some great stuff in development behind the scenes that was just lost when Microsoft closed the company. I like the Warhammer 40k titles Relic did, but they are no Ensemble.

They also seem to be really worried that the PS5 is going to eclipse the Scarlett in performance.

It feels like the Xbox division lost their way somewhere and despite throwing a bunch of money at little indie studios they still have a long way to go before they are ever more than the 3rd place console again.

Even their Games Pass can't save them. What good is getting everything Microsoft makes if everything they make is something you would never want to play? As soon as my free two months is up, I'm canceling Games Pass.
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It's Sunday: What NFL Games Are You Watching?
Nov 17, 2019 - 9:57 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel

Week 11
It's the Vikings/Broncos game for me today.

What game(s) will you be watching?
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Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
Nov 16, 2019 - 10:46 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel

Another weekend is here. Time for beer, games, and music.
It's the weekend. What are you listening to?
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Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
Nov 15, 2019 - 9:23 PM - by Jetherik

7 more weekends before the new years! What are you trying to get finished this year? This weekend?
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Microsoft and Dontnod Entertainment Announce Tell Me Why for Xbox One and PC
Nov 15, 2019 - 5:35 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Announcing Tell Me Why, the Newest Narrative Adventure Game from Dontnod Entertainment

This year at X019 in London, Xbox Games Studios was proud to unveil Tell Me Why, a gripping, true-to-life narrative adventure coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Xbox Game Pass and Steam starting Summer 2020. Tell Me Why is the next title from our partner, Dontnod Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved Life is Strange franchise.

Set in small-town Alaska, Tell Me Why places you at the heart of a mystery in an intimate, true-to-life story where twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their extraordinary bond to unravel memories of a loving but troubled childhood.

“The core mechanic of the game is the special bond Tyler and Alyson share and is also a theme strongly anchored into the Dontnod storytelling approach,” explained Florent Guillaume, Tell Me Why‘s Game Director. “Over the course of the story, players will explore the identical twins’ different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. Ultimately, the choices players make determine the strength of the twins’ bond—and the future course of their lives.”

Tyler and Alyson are both playable characters and equal heroes in the story. “We love them both,” continued Guillaume, “And we are especially grateful to Microsoft for its full support, openness and help regarding Tyler’s identity and character, as a transgender man.”

Dontnod has worked closely alongside Microsoft and the LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD in shaping Tyler as an authentic representation of the trans experience, as well as a genuine, multidimensional character. Tyler is also the first playable videogame hero from a major studio and publisher who is also transgender. “Microsoft and Dontnod have approached Tyler with a real commitment to authenticity,” explains Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD. “Tyler is a fully-realized, endearing character, whose story is not reduced to simplistic trans tropes. Creating a playable lead trans character – and taking such care to get it right – raises the bar for future LGBTQ inclusion in gaming.”

The story of Tell Me Why is comprised of three chapters that will release on a clear and predictable schedule. Dontnod are passionate about the opportunities for community-building and audience engagement that come with episodic storytelling, but they are also dedicated to innovation and improvement.

“We listened closely to fans of narrative adventure games, and we heard loud and clear how painful unpredictable gaps between episodes can be,” said Peter Wyse, General Manager for Xbox Games Studios Publishing. “We’re thrilled to announce that the entire Tell Me Why story will release in the Summer 2020.”

Tell Me Why will release with Xbox Game Pass and will also be available for purchase on Xbox One, Windows PC and Steam. Stay tuned to the official website, tellmewhygame.com for updates and behind-the-scenes information!

Gaming for Everyone is Microsoft’s commitment to making Xbox a place where everyone has fun. We believe that play is a fundamental need, and we strive to make life more fun for billions of people around the world by creating gaming experiences that are inclusive and welcoming, because when everyone can play, we all win.
Xbox Wire.
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Free-to-play KartRider: Drift Announced for Xbox One and PC
Nov 15, 2019 - 5:30 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Grab the Wheel in the Newest Online Cross-Platform Kart Racing Game, KartRider: Drift!

KartRider: Drift, the latest iteration of the highly successful kart racing game, KartRider, was revealed today at X019. Building upon its celebrated 15-year history, KartRider: Drift delivers all the action of its predecessor with even more drift challenges and deeper customization.

Starting today, racers can sign up for the Closed Beta to test out the game’s cross-platform capabilities via Xbox One, including Xbox One X, Steam and Nexon Launcher.

First released in 2004, KartRider, has amassed 300 million players in Asia and evolved into an esports phenomenon in Korea. Making its introduction on Xbox One, including Xbox One X, KartRider: Drift is a cross platform free-to-play game that delivers intuitive gameplay for all skill levels. Offering wide customization features across karts and character design, KartRider: Drift encourages racers to express their unique personality as they cross the line.

KartRider: Drift offers three distinct modes including Time Attack an easy-to-learn Item Mode, and a competitive Speed Mode, which offers hard-to-master drifting techniques for players looking for a greater challenge. Featuring stunning Unreal Engine 4 graphics, KartRider: Drift is optimized from the ground up to deliver a stellar online experience, with a breadth of content lined up, including constantly evolving seasonal updates. For the latest news and updates on KartRider: Drift, follow @KartRiderDrift on Twitter.

Players interested in joining KartRider: Drift’s exclusive Closed Beta, beginning on December 5 PST/ December 6 GMT.
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Bleeding Edge Launches March 24, 2020
Nov 15, 2019 - 5:27 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Team Up and Cause Chaos: Bleeding Edge Launches with Xbox Game Pass on March 24

Today at X019, we were excited to share that Bleeding Edge, our 4v4 online team brawler, will launch on March 24, 2020 with Xbox Game Pass as well as for purchase at $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99!

During Inside Xbox, we also showed off our latest trailer, revealed a brand-new fighter named Cass and detailed the pre-order bonuses for Bleeding Edge! This is a ton of new info that we are thrilled to be able to share with you all, and we encourage you to watch the trailer to be a part of the latest pieces of news.

Additionally, Bleeding Edge is now available for pre-order on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Steam, and supports cross play and cross save for all three platforms. Players who pre-order or play with Xbox Game Pass can be the first to experience the Bleeding Edge closed beta on February 14 and March 13. Players who pre-order, or play with Xbox Game Pass within the first week of launch (until March 21, 2020) will also receive The Punk Pack bonus content, available when the game launches on March 24.

The Punk Pack contains a selection of stylish in-game cosmetics, including:

• Three fighter skins: Butterpunk Buttercup, Punk Rock Niđhöggr, Outrider Zero Cool
• Rioter’s Hoverboard
• Make Your Mark in-game sticker pack
• Three fighter taunts

For fans joining us here in London this week at X019, we invite you to try out Cass at our booth, take home Bleeding Edge swag and even get a graffiti tattoo of your favourite Bleeding Edge character.

We’re just a few short months away from our first closed beta in February closing in on the worldwide launch on March 24, and we couldn’t be more excited to share what the team has been working on with our fans. Thank you for all your support, and we’ll see you at X019.

For more info on Bleeding Edge and how to pre-order, please visit our website: bleedingedge.com.
news.xbox.com.
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Microsoft and Rare Announce Everwild for Xbox One and PC
Nov 15, 2019 - 5:21 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Rare Announce Its New IP and Share Details on the Next Sea of Thieves Update

Even for a studio with as long and rich a legacy as Rare, today has been a special day.

At this evening’s X019 event in London, we were able to share with fans some of the incredible things that the different teams at Rare have been working on. This included talking about the next monthly update for Sea of Thieves, as well as giving fans a first glimpse of the next new IP from Rare, Everwild.

It reminds me of the last time we made two big announcements at an event, which was E3 2015 where we announced Rare Replay and showed the world the first glimpse into our unique vision for Sea of Thieves. This feels as big a moment for Rare as it did in 2015.

While Everwild is still early in development, we are very excited about the unique potential of the game we are creating. The Everwild team is focused on building an experience that allows for new ways to play in a natural and magical world. The development team, led by Executive Producer Louise O’Connor, is creating something truly original and incredibly special that aims to be more than just a new IP. Everwild will give you memorable, engaging and meaningful experiences for players everywhere to share. We cannot wait to share more with you in the future.

We are also pleased to share the next free monthly update to Sea of Thieves, The Seabound Soul, arriving on November 20. This update features an all-new, lore-focused Tall Tale mission for players looking to play their part in a thrilling story. Join Captain Pendragon to uncover the mystery of the feared ship, the Ashen Dragon, and reveal the secrets of a sinister new threat. For those yet to play a Tall Tale, these narrative driven stories are our take on a “campaign” but set within a rich shared world of Adventure. This update also brings the heat to Sea of Thieves with the introduction of firebombs! This explosive ammo can be thrown or loaded into cannons to put a fiery panic in the hearts of opposing crews in both Adventure and in The Arena. Added to this there are new commendations and cosmetics to earn and buy in the Pirate Emporium. You can play Sea of Thieves on Windows 10 PC, Xbox One and with Xbox Game Pass.

Having two large games in development represents a tremendous opportunity for Rare and the talented staff here as we grow and further evolve the studio to meet the challenges of simultaneously operating a successful live service and being in pre-production for a new IP. While Everwild and the team building it will get everything they need, we are still fully committed to Sea of Thieves — Joe, Mike, Shelley and the team still have plenty of creative ideas and plans to bring to Sea of Thieves for a long time to come and we have a number of central teams that support both games.

Finally, on behalf of everyone at the studio I’d like to thank all the fans for their tremendous support for Rare, from the millions of players who play Sea of Thieves to those that engage with our community playing together and sharing stories. It means a huge amount to us and it’s the passion of our fans that inspires our team to create the kind of games the world doesn’t have that are uniquely Rare.
Xbox Wire.
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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – “Become a Jedi” Live Action Trailer
Nov 15, 2019 - 7:53 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Much like an energy field that binds the galaxy together, the fantasy of taking up the lightsaber and reaching out with the Force is a fantasy many - young and old - find timeless. With the release of STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order, that fantasy is within your grasp. It’s time to ignite your lightsaber, use the Force, and Become a Jedi.
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Microsoft and Obsidian Announce Survival Game Grounded for Xbox One and PC
Nov 15, 2019 - 7:47 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Xbox Game Studios and Obsidian Entertainment Announce Grounded, Available in 2020

During X019 in London, Xbox Game Studios and Obsidian Entertainment today announced Grounded, a new first-person, co-op survival game coming Spring 2020 to Xbox One digitally through Xbox Game Preview and with Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft Store, and on Steam. Grounded will be the first Xbox Game Preview title available with Xbox Game Pass.

In Grounded, players are shrunken to the size of an ant and tasked with surviving in the unique micro-world of a suburban backyard. Players must gather, craft and build bases with everyday objects found within the yard, searching for life-saving resources and living alongside giant, peaceful insects while fighting to survive massive hostile inhabitants.

Grounded provides a mix of environmental and narrative driven story telling. Set in a versatile, handcrafted sandbox structure it allows players to create their own experience from the ground up. Tasks that may seem approachable when human-sized become a challenge in this dangerous backyard landscape. This familiar yet fantastical world can be navigated solo or in four-person co-operative multiplayer, where players work together to complete missions or explore the intricately detailed world.

Created by a small development team, one of many working on new projects in the studio, Grounded is a true passion project. This title has given the team the creative outlet to bring their years of developing highly regarded games to bear on the survival genre. RPGs like The Outer Worlds will always be in Obsidian’s DNA, but from time to time we want to stretch our creative muscles and try things that might be a little different.

Microsoft has been a fantastic partner for Grounded which was in development long before the acquisition last year. We’re fortunate to be given the freedom to continue flexing our creative muscles and develop the games we want to make.

Curious for more Grounded details? Check out the all-new trailer, stay tuned to Xbox Wire for future updates, and join the Xbox Insider Program here for a chance to play before the official release in Spring 2020!
Xbox Wire.
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West of Dead - Announcement Trailer
Nov 14, 2019 - 5:49 PM - by Evil Avatar

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West of Dead stars Ron Perlman as William Mason, a dead man awakened with “only the memory of a figure in black.” Apparently, his existence has set off a chain of events with “mythic consequences.”

Here’s a short synopsis:

Thrown into the unknown procedurally generated hunting grounds of Purgatory, your skills will be put to the test as you shoot and dodge your way through the grime and grit of the underworld. The game evolves the twin-stick shooter with tactical cover usage, find out if you have what it takes to get through Purgatory with your soul intact.

Developed by UK-based Upstream Arcade, the game will be released on Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass (at launch), PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC in 2020.

An open beta is currently live on Xbox One and will run through November 26.
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Mortal Kombat 11 DLC Character Sindel Trailer
Nov 14, 2019 - 5:45 PM - by Evil Avatar

The Scream Queen has returned with a thirst for Kombat!

Sindel joins the #MK11 roster for Early Access via Kombat Pack 11/26, full release 12/3!
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‘The Witcher’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix Ahead of Series Premiere
Nov 14, 2019 - 7:25 AM - by Evil Avatar

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“The Witcher” is getting a second season at Netflix before the first has even launched.

The streamer has renewed the drama series starring Henry Cavill, which is based on the book series of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The most recent novel, “Season of Storms,” was published in 2013. The series has also been adapted into a popular video game franchise as well as comic books and tabletop games.

The eight-episode second season will begin production in London early in 2020, for a planned debut in 2021. The eight-episode first season will launch on Netflix on Dec. 20. Cavill will return for the second season as protagonist Geralt of Rivia, with Anya Chalotra returning as Yennefer along with Freya Allan as Ciri.

“I’m so thrilled that before fans have even seen our first season, we are able to confirm that we’ll be returning to The Continent again to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri,” showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said.
Variety.
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Westworld Creators' Futuristic Drama The Peripheral Gets Amazon Pickup
Nov 14, 2019 - 7:19 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Based on William Gibson's book of the same name, the project was put in development in April 2018 with a script-to-series commitment.

Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan have landed their first series order at Amazon.

The duo's take on William Gibson's futuristic novel The Peripheral has been picked up straight to series at the streaming giant the husband-and-wife writing and producing duo now call home. An episode count has not yet been determined.

Writer Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan) will serve as showrunner on the drama, originally put in development back in April 2018, that revolves around Flynne Fisher, a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow's America. Flynne is smart, ambitious and doomed. She has no future. Until the future comes calling for her. Joy and Nolan will exec produce the drama via their Kilter Films banner. The series hails from Warner Bros. Television, Joy and Nolan's previous home before they departed in April for a rich nine-figure overall deal with Amazon.

In addition to Smith, director Vincenzo Natali (In the Tall Grass), Nolan, Joy, Athena Wickham (Westworld) and Steven Hoban (In the Tall Grass) will also exec produce.

"Thirty-five years ago, William Gibson invented the future. With The Peripheral he brings us another look, and his vision is as clear, intoxicating and terrifying as ever,” Nolan and Joy said in a joint statement. “All of us at Kilter are incredibly proud to be supporting Vincenzo and Scott's brilliant vision for bringing Gibson's work to the screen.”
THR.

Anyone read this one? It's been in my TBR pile forever.
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Shenmue III - The Story goes on - Launch Trailer
Nov 14, 2019 - 7:13 AM - by Evil Avatar


Journey deep into rural China as you take on the role of Ryo Hazuki, a Japanese teenager hellbent on finding his father’s killer—a story of adventure, mystery, friendship, martial arts, and ultimately, revenge!

Available on November 19th!
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Crimson Desert Debut Trailer, Coming to Console and PC
Nov 14, 2019 - 7:09 AM - by Evil Avatar


Watch the official game reveal trailer for Crimson Desert, an upcoming MMORPG and the second to be brought to you by Pearl Abyss, the creators of the Black Desert franchise.
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Jason Lung (Lead Producer)

“Hello, everyone. My name is Jason Lung, the lead producer of Crimson Desert. The beginning of Crimson Desert can be traced back to the vast desert that spans across the world of Black Desert. You could even say that Crimson Desert was born of a desire to tell the story of Black Desert‘s past. With the exception of a few identifiable in-game homages, we created entirely new worldviews, religions, and characters unique to the world of Crimson Desert worthy of a true epic. Thus was born our next flagship title that continues on with the ‘desert’ theme. This is how Crimson Desert came into existence.”

“Crimson Desert‘s subtitle, ‘A Saga Written in Blood,’ encapsulates the epic events that will test our mercenary heroes. Blood will be spilled. The character you see in our key art is Macduff, son of Martinus. He’s the leader of a ragtag band of mercenaries. Here is a man in constant turmoil, struggling with the responsibilities of leadership and the survival of those who rely on him, and a tragic past that no matter how hard he tries, he cannot escape from. As such, Crimson Desert is a story of growth and resilience. It is a story of mercenaries plagued by hardship and pain, and their endeavors to survive in a hostile world.”

“Crimson Desert tells the story of many different characters, whose fates are entwined with the main character and his band of mercenaries. Each has their own unique settings and tales to tell, affecting everything from the decisions they make, down the gear they equip. And it doesn’t end with our main band of mercenaries. The lands are full of other mercenary groups, each with their own distinct personalities and inclinations.”

“Crimson Desert offers an immersive single-player campaign teeming with engaging quests based on the exploits of the many mercenaries you’ll find available for hire, as well as a vast amount of content based around a more traditional MMORPG format. Here lies a world designed for you to freely enjoy, with various content at the high levels expected of a next-generation MMORPG.”

“Players will face many dangers in the world of Crimson Desert. A diverse range of creatures, both big and small, threaten your survival. This is a world of mythical creatures who are neither friend nor foe, cruel mercenaries vying for blood, and powerful figures conspiriing in the shadows of the royal court. You cannot let your guard down. To survive these bigger threats, you must learn to make strategic choices, all brought excitingly to life through Pearl Abyss’ unique, action-driven combat system.”

“But as many of you will know, your biggest friend and foe in any MMORPG is the other player right beside you. Revel is a world that is as beautiful as it is dangerous, filled with a cast of fascinating characters, mercenary groups, and others such as yourself trapped in a spiral of endless feuds and bloody battles for survival. Furthermore, in true Pearl Abyss fashion, we’ve created a world full of playable content including trade, exploration, and so much more. Everyone at Pearl Abyss is working hard to bring you the ultimate gaming experience, with realistic character representations, rich backgrounds, and action that is as thrilling as possible, whether you’re playing on PC or console.”
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PLAN 8 Debut Trailer, Coming to Console and PC
Nov 14, 2019 - 7:04 AM - by Evil Avatar

Watch the official G-STAR 2019 game trailer for PLAN 8, an upcoming open world MMO shooter brought to you by Pearl Abyss, the creators of the Black Desert franchise.


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Seung-ki Lee (Lead Producer)

“Hello, everyone. My name is Seung-ki Lee, the lead producer of PLAN 8. PLAN 8, the title I’m going to introduce today, is quite unique. PLAN 8 is the first ever shooter genre title to be introduced by Pearl Abyss. In addition to its action-packed gameplay and realistic in-game graphics, PLAN 8 offers an open world MMO element of play that adds to the blood-pumping excitement unique to the shooter genre. The name PLAN 8 is closely tied to the mysterious setting of the world. We’re planning on revealing some hints regarding its meaning when the opportunity arises in the future, so be on the lookout! In addition, we plan to release the game first on console and PC.

“I’d now like to use this opportunity to highlight two aspects of the game. The first aspect concerts the genre of PLAN 8. From the outset, we aspired to develop a next-generation shooter and really aimed to create something above and beyond the conventions of shooter games already out there. This is why we’re aiming to develop a vast open world and a profound worldview for PLAN 8. We’re also really placing an effort to develop an interesting and suspenseful story that unfolds in the world of PLAN 8.

“Pearl Abyss has plenty of experience developing MMORPGs. We combined our know-how of MMORPG development and combat-driven styles of play to develop an entirely new game for the shooter genre.

“From what I’ve told you so far, you’ll find it difficult to define PLAN 8 into a single genre such as a shooter game. Our team aims to create a unique shooter genre title with elements of MMO styles of play. To do so, the team is poised to realist its vision of developing this unique title by harnessing Pearl Abyss’ proprietary game engine and its development know-how. Not tot mention, we also have Counter-Strike co-creator Minh Le on board the team.”

Minh Le (Technical Adviser)

“It’s a great honor for me to be here and to help present this new project PLAN 8. I’ve been working at Pearl Abyss for a few years now, and every day I get to see the amazing work that my co-workers are creating for this game. It just makes me really excited to be a part of this project. We’re calling PLAN 8 an ‘exosuit MMO shooter.’ The ‘exosuit’ refers to robot gear that the players can wear that gives them amazing abilities. We’re going to have a lot of different types of gear that players can wear, and this will open up some amazing unique gameplay that has never before been seen in any game.”
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Prey Developer Human Head Shuts Down, Bethesda Hires Team to Open New Studio
Nov 13, 2019 - 5:24 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Bethesda Opens New Development Studio

Bethesda Softworks has opened a new development studio, Roundhouse Studios, in Madison, Wis. Roundhouse Studios is staffed by the team from the recently closed Human Head Studios. Therefore, the studio will immediately begin work on unannounced projects at Bethesda.

“Sadly, we had to wind down the business of Human Head Studios and close its doors. This was particularly devastating due to the passion and creativity of the team we’d assembled,” said Chris Rhinehart, Creative Director, Roundhouse Studios. “We reached out to our friends at Bethesda for help, and they saw that same creativity and passion in our team. With the formation of Roundhouse Studios, Bethesda offered every employee of Human Head a position at the new company. We are excited our team will remain together, pursuing the work we love, as part of a company we already know and admire”

The developers at Roundhouse Studios represents more than two decades working together on a variety of games and genres, including RPGs, shooters, action-adventure games, and more. The originals developers of Prey, the team is well known for developing titles like Dead Man's Hands, Rune and Rune II and Lost Within, and contributing to blockbusters releases like Batman: Arkham Origins and Bioshock Infinite.

“While sorry to hear of their challenges as Human Head Studios, we were excited by the opportunity to bring under the Bethesda umbrella this talented, established development team,” said Todd Vaughn, Senior Vice President of Development at Bethesda. “We are delighted that the entire staff will remain together and is now part of the Bethesda family.”

Roundhouse Studios is the second development team to join Bethesda in the last month, following, the recent acquisition of Alpha Dog Games, a mobile-games studio based in Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Pure Evil - Job Simulator 2.0
Nov 13, 2019 - 7:33 AM - by Evil Avatar

You too can trudge from place to place for hours at time, virtually no pay and work for people who really wish you would just go away and leave them alone. In fact, they care so little about you that they don't even open the door!

If I wanted to spend my free time working, I would still be at work!

But... Squidwhale!

Anyone else playing FedEx Ground Simulator Death Stranding?
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Is PHYSICAL MEDIA DOOMED? How will it affect GAME COLLECTING? - MJR Crew Answers!
Nov 12, 2019 - 9:46 AM - by Metal Jesus


What are your thoughts on digital games? Will we see less physical media in the near future and if so how would this effect collecting?
7 Replies | 703 Views
The Evil Avatar Code Vein Review
Nov 12, 2019 - 9:10 AM - by Evil Avatar

If you like your chocolate mixed with your peanut butter or you want your Dark Souls mixed with your Anime you might want to take a spin in Bandai Namco's Code Vein. Writer Aaron Birch is back today with a new review!

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Unlike some of the other recent Souls clones, which have taken the core gameplay of FromSoftware's series and given it a unique twist to help differentiate it from the source material, Bandai Namco's anime-themed Souls outing, Code Vein, doesn't really do this. Here we have a Souls clone through-and-through with nary a feature that doesn't feel ripped directly from its inspiration. Does this make Code Vein a bad game, though? Let's find out.
Check out the Full Review Here.
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New Sonic Trailer Debuts - Still Pretty Much Looks like Ass #Sonic
Nov 12, 2019 - 8:45 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Sonic The Hedgehog is speeding to theatres for a big screen adventure for the whole family! Watch the new #SonicMovie trailer now, and #CatchSonic in theatres February 14!

Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
Sonic does look better, but the rest of the film still looks just as bad as it did before. Stephen King was right, you can't polish a turd.
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Disney+ Launches with Failed Connections & Disabled Shows
Nov 12, 2019 - 8:18 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Disney Plus opened its doors Tuesday — but some fans immediately encountered problems trying to access the streaming service.

Multiple users on social media said they had trouble signing in to Disney Plus when it first went live, while others said they had problems accessing specific content or using features (like setting up a watch list).

Irate users vented online, sharing screenshots of errors messages that said “Unable to connect to Disney+.” One of the error messages, appropriately enough, showed characters from Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” movies.

One user complained they were unable to access the first episode of “The Mandalorian,” the live-action Star Wars series from Jon Favreau, which went live Tuesday. “Anyone else having problems watching The Mandalorian? Currently is the only thing I can’t watch,” the user tweeted. Another complained they weren’t able to watch the live-action “Lady and the Tramp” movie.

And others said they had very long wait times of an hour or more when they tried to call Disney Plus customer service after being frustrated at not being able to log in.

“It’s been over an hour and I’m still on hold,” user Alex Ball said on Twitter. “I try to sign in and it says call customer service. Waiting over an hour is ridiculous. You should have anticipated these problems and had enough customer support staff to not have to wait OVER AN HOUR!”

Technical problem reports about Disney Plus spiked after 6 a.m. ET, according to Ookla’s Downdetector.com. About two-thirds of the problems were related to video streaming, and about one-third were related to login issues.
Variety.
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Vacation Dreams become Vacation Screams in Blumhouse's Fantasy Island Trailer
Nov 11, 2019 - 12:29 PM - by Evil Avatar


Screams come true. Watch the new trailer for #Blumhouse’s #FantasyIslandMovie, in theaters Valentine’s Day. #NeverComingHome
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Game & Movie Releases for the week of November 10th to November 16th
Nov 11, 2019 - 12:16 PM - by Evil Avatar

Game & Movie Releases for the week of November 10th to November 16th, 2019.

Retail Games
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order (PS4, Xbox)
TOKYO GHOUL: re [CALL to EXIST] (PS4)
Sparklite (PS4, Switch)
Valfaris (PS4, Switch)
Risk of Rain 2 (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
World of Warships: Legends (PS4, Xbox)
Stranded Sails: Explorers of the Cursed Islands (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Astroneer (PS4)
VR Ping Pong Pro (PSVR)
Slay the Spire (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Bee Simulator (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack (Switch)
Pokémon Sword Edition (Switch)
Pokémon Shield Edition (Switch)
My Friend Pedro (Switch)
Super Street: Racer (Switch)
Fishing Star World Tour (Switch)
EVERSPACE: Stellar Edition (Switch)

Movies & TV
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Steven Universe: The Movie
Star Trek: Discovery - Season Two
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Twelfth and Final Season
The Daytrippers Criterion Collection
Good Boys
47 Meters Down: Uncaged
The Farewell
Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars: Season 5 - Part 2
Brian Banks
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
The Mountain
Bliss
After the Wedding
Masterpiece: Poldark: Season 5
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid - The Complete Series
The Far Country
The Red Rider
The Roaring West
Flowers in the Attic
Izetta: The Last Witch - The Complete Series
Natsu No Arashi!: Complete Collecton
Bungo Stray Dogs: Seasons One and Two
Shomin Sample: The Complete Series
Radiant: Season One - Part One

Box Office
Charlie's Angels
Ford v Ferrari
The Good Liar
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Midway Defeats Doctor Sleep in Surprise Box Office Upset
Nov 11, 2019 - 10:47 AM - by Evil Avatar

In a surprise box office win, Roland Emmerich’s World War II epic Midway took down the competition in North America to land in first place with $17.5 million. Heading into the weekend, Warner Bros.’ Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep was widely expected to take the top prize, but the R-rated sequel to 1980’s The Shining debuted at No. 2 with a slumbering $14.1 million

Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of November 8th to November 10th, 2019.
  1. Midway $17.5/$17.5
  2. Doctor Sleep $14.1/$14.1
  3. Playing with Fire $12.8/$12.8
  4. Last Christmas $11.6/$11.6
  5. Terminator: Dark Fate $10.8/$48.4
  6. Joker $9.2/$313.4
  7. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $8.0/$97.3
  8. Harriet $7.2/$23.4
  9. Zombieland: Double Tap $4.3/$66.6
  10. The Addams Family $4.2/$91.4
  11. Jojo Rabbit $3.9/$9.1
  12. Countdown $2.8/$22.2
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It's Sunday: What NFL Games Are You Watching?
Nov 10, 2019 - 8:19 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel

Week 10
It's the Vikings/Cowboys game for me tonight.

What game(s) will you be watching?
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Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
Nov 09, 2019 - 7:30 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel

Thank God the weekend is here. I've had way more windshield time than I wanted to this week, and more snow than I like this early. So, to help combat the white knuckles, and road rage I jammed to a bunch of older stuff from Megadeth, and Slayer.

It's the weekend. What are you listening to?
8 Replies | 795 Views
NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro - Unboxing & REVIEW
Nov 08, 2019 - 9:54 AM - by Metal Jesus


The SNK NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro can be used as a standalone console or connected to a PC or NEOGEO Classic Mini.

But what is the video quality & are clicky thumbsticks still hard to make?!
3 Replies | 877 Views
Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
Nov 08, 2019 - 8:04 AM - by Jetherik

Lots of football, basketball, hockey, soccer... A sports weekend! What are you playing this weekend?
13 Replies | 908 Views
Elizabeth Moss takes on the Invisible Man
Nov 07, 2019 - 6:47 PM - by Evil Avatar

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What you can’t see can hurt you. Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character.

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria).

But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
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Death Stranding Launching Tomorrow!
Nov 07, 2019 - 6:37 PM - by Evil Avatar

Is Death Stranding on your play list this weekend or Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC?
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Nic Cage fights an Unearthly Rainbow in the Color Out of Space Trailer
Nov 07, 2019 - 5:35 PM - by Evil Avatar

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After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare.
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16 Music Pickups - Vinyl Records & CDs (Rock/Game/Metal/Pop)
Nov 05, 2019 - 8:43 AM - by Metal Jesus

I'm hanging out with my buddy Troy showing you albums by Dream Theater, Pantera, Megadeth, Ghost, Arch Enemy and much more!
4 Replies | 760 Views
Game & Movie Releases for the week of November 3rd to November 9th
Nov 04, 2019 - 7:37 AM - by Evil Avatar

Game & Movie Releases for the week of November 3rd to November 9th, 2019.

Retail Games
Death Stranding (PS4)
Need for Speed Heat (PS4, Xbox, PC)
Just Dance 2020 (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
JUMANJI: The Video Game (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Northgard (Xbox)
Conception PLUS: Maidens of the Twelve Stars (PS4)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch)
LAYTON'S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy (Switch)
A Hat In Time (Switch)
Disney Tsum Tsum Festival (Switch)
Fortnite Darkfire Bundle (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Wargroove Deluxe Edition (Switch)
Close to the Sun (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
Farm Expert 2019 (Switch)

Movies & TV
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
The Kitchen
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Corporate Animals
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Complete Second Season
Yellowstone: Season 2
Good Omens
Castlevania: Season 2
Ambition
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
Ace Attorney: Season Two - Part Two
Restaurant to Another World: The Complete Series
Apprentice to Murder
Shonen Maid: The Complete Series

Box Office
Doctor Sleep
Last Christmas
Midway
Honey Boy
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Terminator Dark Fate has Disappointing Opening Weekend
Nov 04, 2019 - 6:58 AM - by Evil Avatar

The Terminator franchise may not be back, moviegoing masses spurned the sixth chapter in the science-fiction movie series over the weekend calling into question the future of the 35-year-old property.

Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of November 1st to November 3rd, 2019.
  1. Terminator: Dark Fate $29.0/$29.0
  2. Joker $13.9/$299.6
  3. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $12.1/$84.3
  4. Harriet $12.0/$12.0
  5. The Addams Family $8.4/$85.2
  6. Zombieland: Double Tap $7.3/$59.3
  7. Countdown $5.8/$17.7
  8. Black and Blue $4.0/$15.4
  9. Motherless Brooklyn $3.6/$3.6
  10. Arctic Dogs $3.1/$3.1
  11. Parasite $2.6/$7.5
  12. Jojo Rabbit $2.4/$4.2
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The King - Now on Netflix
Nov 03, 2019 - 7:19 AM - by Evil Avatar

The King is now playing on Netflix. I watched it over the weekend. Fantastic film, I loved the realism of people fighting in armor down and dirty in the mud. Just a great film. I wish it had been a whole series.
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Pure Evil - You’re Terminated F**ker!
Nov 03, 2019 - 6:46 AM - by Evil Avatar
As is our Saturday thing, we went to see the new Terminator: Dark Fate, the first movie in a while to bring back Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and the first film to ignore all the sequels since Terminator 2.

It’s an enjoyable Saturday afternoon popcorn flick with non-stop action, so we did enjoy it quite a bit and there was a lot of fun there to be had.

Is it the next Terminator 2? Not a chance.

The big problem with the new films is that you don’t feel anything for any of the characters. In the beginning, they show a sequence from Terminator 2 where Sarah is in the hospital freaking out over the knowledge that Judgement Day happens and no one can prevent it. That kind of raw emotion is totally absent from the new film. We do get to see some of the back story of new characters Grace and What’s-her-Name (I literally can’t remember the character’s name), but it obviously doesn’t stick with you at all. It’s just another quick scene in a movie that moves with robotic precision directly from one stock action piece to the next stock action piece.

There really isn’t even much here that is new for action fans. We have seen fighting in an airplane in Tom Cruise’s The Mummy and in several other films and we have seen the big freeway chase scene done a hundred times in Fast & Furious films. There was one crash & action underwater fighting scene with a Humvee that seemed pretty new and creative, but that’s about it.

Without spectacular set pieces or characters we care about, all they have left is our nostalgia for the first two films and that’s not enough to save Dark Fate which is tanking at the box office and will be one of this year’s biggest flops for the studio.

James Cameron claimed he came out of Avatar world to produce the new film, he should have totally stepped in and written and directed it if he wanted it to be a success.

Three Evil Eyes.
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It's Sunday: What NFL Games Are You Watching?
Nov 03, 2019 - 6:25 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel

Week 9
It's the Vikings/Chiefs game for me today.

What game(s) will you be watching?
13 Replies | 1,268 Views
Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
Nov 02, 2019 - 8:36 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel

Another week has come and gone, and now it's your time to relax. Grab a cold one, and crank it up.

It's the weekend. What are you listening to?
9 Replies | 1,216 Views
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Cinematic Trailer
Nov 01, 2019 - 8:24 PM - by Evil Avatar

The veil between life and death is no more. Discover what lies beyond the world you know in the next chapter of the World of Warcraft saga--Shadowlands: Coming 2020.
19 Replies | 1,705 Views
Overwatch 2: Zero Hour Announce Trailer
Nov 01, 2019 - 2:53 PM - by brandonjclark
Via Blizzard.com
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We’re pleased to announce Overwatch 2, a globe-spanning sequel that builds on the original’s battle-honed foundation and carries forward everything players have earned into a new era of epic competition and team play. In addition to clashing against rivals in PvP modes, players will explore the Overwatch universe firsthand in whole new ways in fully cooperative missions that challenge the world’s heroes to team up, power up, and take on an overwhelming outbreak of threats around the globe.
Strap in for a pretty amazing trailer, folks.
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Diablo 4 Announcement Trailer #BlizzCon
Nov 01, 2019 - 2:13 PM - by PacerDawn

A few points:
  • Still isometric
  • the Druid is back
  • Open world with randomized dungeons
  • Shared world coop (aka MMO-lite), take down those bosses in groups!
  • PvP (though not mandatory)
  • Mounts

It's like they are trying to make it into World of Warcraft.
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Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
Nov 01, 2019 - 9:49 AM - by Jetherik


We are now at the start of the unofficial holiday season! One radio station has already started playing Christmas carols. Sigh. What are you playing this weekend?
9 Replies | 1,187 Views
The Witcher Arrives on Netflix December 20th
Nov 01, 2019 - 9:23 AM - by Evil Avatar


You can't outrun destiny just because you're terrified of it. Henry Cavill is Geralt of Rivia.

The Witcher arrives December 20.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Launch Trailer
Nov 01, 2019 - 7:58 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Launch Trailer

Watch the official Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Launch Trailer that showcases the all new graphical and technical enhancements on display in the PC version, as Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang desperately try to outrun the law. After being hounded off the mainland, Arthur and the gang find themselves caught in a local conflict on the shores of a remote Caribbean island, disoriented and yearning to find a path back to their hidden fortune - and the dreams of a better future promised by their charming and increasingly erratic leader, Dutch van der Linde.

Time is running out to pre-purchase Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC direct from Rockstar Games and receive exclusive bonuses including a free Rockstar Games PC title, extras for Story Mode like the War Horse, the Outlaw Survival Kit and the Le Trésor des Morts Treasure Map, 50 Gold Bars for Red Dead Online, and discounts on Special and Ultimate Edition upgrades. Pre-purchasers can now pre-load the game in preparation for launch on November 5th.
rockstargames.com.
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Happy Halloween!
Oct 31, 2019 - 6:53 PM - by Evil Avatar


Don't let the Vampires bite!
12 Replies | 1,035 Views
Codemasters Extends Formula 1 Partnership Until 2025
Oct 31, 2019 - 8:26 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Codemasters Extends Formula 1 Partnership

Codemasters today announced it has extended its contract with Formula One Management for exclusive video game rights for the FIA Formula One World Championship (F1) franchise from 2021 until 2025, with a further option for the 2026 and 2027 seasons. The Agreement represents the longest extension in the partnership’s history, demonstrating the global success of the game and the shared vision for increasing the international appeal of F1.

Codemasters has held exclusive rights to develop the official F1 annual franchise since 2008. Since its first release in 2009, the Codemasters’ F1 games have won multiple awards and this year’s instalment, F1 2019, has achieved a Metacritic average of 87% and a 95% rating on OpenCritic. F1 2019 has been shortlisted across several categories in both the 2019 TIGA Awards and The Golden Joysticks. F1 Mobile Racing, which debuted in 2018, has over 12 million installs and went to number one in the Racing category in 150 countries.

“We are delighted to be extending our long-term partnership with the pinnacle of motorsport,” said Frank Sagnier, Chief Executive Officer at Codemasters. “Both the sport and game franchise are going from strength to strength and the arrival of new platforms, business models and territories, combined with the rapid growth of the F1 Esports Series, give us a springboard to even greater success. I’d like to thank the team for the incredible hard work they have put into this franchise over the last ten years, and I look forward to seeing how they continue to innovate to surprise and delight our current players and bring new fans to the exciting world of Formula 1.”

“Since 2008, Codemasters has been an invaluable partner to the franchise, consistently creating games of the highest quality and enabling fans to get even closer to the world of F1,” said Frank Arthofer, Director of Digital and Licensing at Formula 1. “Together we share a common vision for increasing the global appeal of F1 and the official video game of the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP continues to be a key part of that strategy.”

F1’s popularity has experienced remarkable growth since Liberty Media’s acquisition in 2017. Social media followers have grown 193% during this period to 23.8 million making it the fastest growing major sport across social media channels. The introduction of the New Balance F1 Esports Pro Series, which is now in Season Three, has enabled F1 to reach both new fans of the sport as well as engaging a younger demographic. Season Two delivered 5.5 million viewers across online and TV with a further 100 million social media impressions and the 2019 Qualifying phase had 109,000 participants. In July 2019, a new F1 esports tournament was announced for China.

For future news, follow Codemasters F1 games blog.
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Nioh 2 Hits PS4 March 2020, Open Beta Starts November 1
Oct 31, 2019 - 8:01 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Hello everyone I’m Fumihiko Yasuda, the producer for Nioh 2. I’d like to share some incredibly exciting news with you all! First and foremost, I’m happy to finally announce our launch date of March 13, 2020.

I know many of you have been waiting and we thank you for your patience while we worked to set an official date. One of the primary reasons for not rushing to set a launch date was to ensure that we can achieve a “genuine evolution” from Nioh, which to us meant that we needed to bring in fresh new elements while retaining the things that we felt were right from the first game. Although there weren’t enough significant changes in the Alpha, we now feel that we have come much closer to reaching our goals.

Open Beta Details

With that being said, we would also like to give you guys a sneak peek at the game by releasing an open beta demo for you to try out. This open beta will be available from November 1-10 and is downloadable from PlayStation Store. All players will be able to experience new elements such as our extensive character customization feature, our newest weapon- the Switchglaive, and so much more.

As you begin the beta, you will enter into a place called the Interim. Unlike the dojo tutorial from the previous game, the Interim is a safe zone where you will be able to choose your weapons, test out the basic moves and transition to a real stage when you are ready.

This place was designed and based on the Tibetan Buddhist concept of intermediate, transitional state between life and death. I’m actually very fond of the environment we created which is modeled after the Sanzu river surrounded in tranquility (similar to the river Styx from Greek mythology).

As you move on from the Interim, you will start your journey in a stage called Sunomata. This stage is based on the Sunomata castle which by some accounts was constructed in just one night by Hideyoshi. The experience will be an interpretation of historical actualities combined with a healthy injection of Yokai adventure!

In addition, this new stage will treat you to an impressive environment covered in autumn maple leaves. In a similar fashion to the cherry blossoms stage (The Village of Cursed Blossoms), we had the great fortune of highlighting another stunning time of year within Japan’s four distinct seasons.

I hope that you will enjoy this stage and the open beta in November. If you are skilled and fortunate enough to conquer the beta, you will earn The Mark of the Demon Slayer – a reward entitling you to unlock the Kamaitachi Helmet from the in-game Shrine to use in the full game when it arrives next year. Although the trial time is limited, we sincerely hope that you can play the beta and provide your invaluable feedback to us by responding to the survey.

Pre-orders Start Today

Also at this time you will be able to pre-order Nioh 2 from PlayStation Store, which will award you with valuable bonus items to use with the final game. For those of you who are new to Nioh, and want to discover the world around it, the original game will be available for free to PlayStation Plus members on November 5. As for the seasoned veterans, kindly guide the newcomers with your battle hardened skills.

As the development enters into its final phase, we will be busy with debug, rebalance, debug, rebalance… All kidding aside, I’m anxious for you guys to play the Beta and we very much look forward to your feedback so that we can properly finalize Nioh 2. Thank you for your support!
blog.us.playstation.com.
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The PS4 has become the Second Best-Selling Home Console of all Time
Oct 30, 2019 - 6:42 PM - by Evil Avatar

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The PlayStation 4 has shipped over 102.8 million units worldwide to become the second best selling home console of all time.

The console had shipped over 100 million units as of July 30, 2019, and thanks to Sony's latest financials we know another 2.8 million units have been shipped out since.

It's a total that places the PlayStation 4 just above the original PlayStation, which amassed 102.49 million lifetime sales, and the Nintendo Wii, which managed to sell 101.63 million units.

The flagship console is still someway behind the PlayStation 2, however, which sold a staggering 155 million units in around 12 years.
Gamasutra.
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Death Stranding Launch Trailer
Oct 30, 2019 - 6:36 PM - by Evil Avatar


Reconnect a fractured society as Sam Bridges. Save us all.

Tomorrow is in your hands.

Pre-Order Death Stranding for PS4. Out November 8th, 2019.
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Marvel's Avengers Game Overview Trailer and Latest Details
Oct 30, 2019 - 6:30 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Game Overview Video Delves Deeper Into Marvel’s Avengers

In a new video released today, the Crystal Dynamics development team provides a deeper dive into Marvel’s Avengers gameplay, story, AIM narrative, mission variety, Super Hero customization, and much more.

Marvel’s Avengers offers players a truly rich experience, with a combination of Hero Missions and Warzone Missions. Hero Missions are single-player only and are part of the overall Campaign. These Hero Missions are designed to showcase each hero’s unique abilities as you reassemble them to your growing roster. Warzone Missions can be played solo or with a group of up to four players as any Hero in your roster. Each mission dynamically scales based on the team size and player level.

Players in Marvel’s Avengers will also be able to customize Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in a number of ways. While each Super Hero will play true to their unique power sets, each will have the flexibility to play different based on the gear you equip and the skills you enable. Each hero has dynamic combo systems, Heroic moves, an intrinsic ability, and signature move sets to unlock and customize. You’ll also be able to customize these iconic Super Heroes with classic, fan-favorite, and all-new original outfits inspired by over 80-years of Marvel history.

To ensure a heroic experience for all players, Marvel’s Avengers narrative will progress over multiple years with every new post release Super Hero and region delivered to players at no additional cost if you own the core game.

For more exclusive information on Marvel’s Avengers, head over to the PlayStation Blog now for an exclusive interview with Studio Creative Director at Crystal Dynamics, Noah Hughes.

Finally, in case you missed it, earlier this month we revealed that fan-favorite Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel, is the latest playable Super Hero in Marvel’s Avengers. Players begin their journey as Kamala Khan and learn the origins of her extraordinary powers. As the story expands, Kamala plays an essential role in bringing the disbanded Avengers back together. As each Super Hero rejoins the roster, players must master their unique abilities, rebuild and customize the team to face increasingly evolving threats only the Avengers together can defeat.

Play the beta first on PS4. Marvel’s Avengers assemble on May 15, 2020.
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November 2019 Games with Gold Revealed
Oct 30, 2019 - 6:26 PM - by Evil Avatar

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New Games with Gold for November 2019

In November on Xbox One, become the world’s greatest detective in Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter and then take a ride across a dystopian world in The Final Station. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, the Force takes flight with Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, then enjoy madcap kart racing in Joy Ride Turbo.

All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action! Pro-tip for all you Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, this means you too. We’ve got four more games for you to play.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter ($54.99): Available November 1 to 30 on Xbox One

The Final Station ($14.99): Available November 16 to December 15 on Xbox One

Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter ($9.99): Available November 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Joy Ride Turbo ($9.99): Available November 16 to 30 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
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PlayStation Plus Games for November 2019 Announced
Oct 30, 2019 - 6:19 PM - by Evil Avatar

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November’s Free PS Plus Games: Nioh and Outlast 2

Prepare for the fight of your life next month as you lock swords with otherworldly evil in brutal action-RPG Nioh, and struggle for survival in tense psychological horror Outlast 2 – both joining the PS Plus monthly games lineup on November 5.

Let’s take a closer look:

Nioh

Nioh is a visceral, action-driven adventure where you must hone your skills, upgrade your weapons and demonstrate perseverance and mastery in besting some of ancient Japan’s fiercest demons. Travel to the blood-soaked Sengoku period and take on the role of an embattled outsider as you fight to liberate a guardian spirit from the clutches of a power-hungry sorcerer.

Wielding swords, spears, shuriken, bows, rifles, powerful elemental magic and more, shape yourself into an unstoppable samurai warrior. Develop new skills, find ever more powerful armor and perfect your playstyle as you explore overrun towns, brooding caves and abandoned harbors.

Outlast 2

Immerse yourself in a desperate fight for survival in an isolated rural community as you attempt to rescue your kidnapped wife from the clutches of a deranged cult. Having narrowly escaped death in a helicopter crash, set out into the rundown village of Temple Gate and do your best to avoid its crazed inhabitants as you fight to locate your partner.

Haunted by your troubled past, look for answers as you uncover the ever more disturbing secrets lurking beneath the town and the twisted ambitions of its charismatic leader.

Both Nioh and Outlast 2 are available to download from PlayStation Store between November 5 and December 3.

In the meantime, you still have a few days left to pick up October’s PlayStation Plus titles, which includes The Last of Us Remastered and MLB: The Show 19. Both games are available to download until November 4.

For more information on PS Plus benefits, please visit our webpage.
blog.us.playstation.com.
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Game of Thrones Prequel Series House of the Dragon Ordered at HBO
Oct 29, 2019 - 6:39 PM - by Evil Avatar

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The world of “Game of Thrones” will live on at HBO.

A prequel series based on the “Game of Thrones” companion book “Fire & Blood” has been ordered straight-to-series at the premium cabler. The series will be titled “House of the Dragon.” Set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” the series tells the story of House Targaryen. Frequent “Game of Thrones” director Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes.

HBO has given the show a 10-episode order. George R.R. Martin co-created the series with Ryan Condal. Sapochnik and Condal will serve as co-showrunners and will also serve as executive producers along with Martin and Vince Gerardis.

This marks Sapochnik’s first project as part of an HBO overall deal where he will develop and produce content for both HBO and HBO Max. He has directed six episodes of “Game of Thrones,” including “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastads,” and “Winds of Winter.”
Variety.
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