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Apex Legends Support to Blame for Titanfall Delay

There have been whispers about Respawn Entertainment’s new prodigal child, Apex Legends, floundering compared to its other Battle Royale counterparts. In light of this, some might think that the company would turn its attention to its other highly successful property, Titanfall, and particularly onto the rumored third title in that franchise. However, it appears that a Titanfall delay is likely as Respawn has chosen to prioritize Apex Legends support instead.

It was already revealed by Respawn’s lead producer, Drew McCoy, that Apex Legends was largely the reason why the company had shelved any plans for Titanfall 3. Despite that, it was expected that some sort of continuation to the popular series would arrive later this year. The latest from McCoy seems to suggest otherwise, and calls into question all future plans in light of this Titanfall delay.

Related: Apex Legends Popularity Declining As Game Struggles To Stay Relevant

GameSpot has now reported that the Titanfall delay is more widespread than just affecting the title that was going to be announced in 2019. A blog post from McCoy has apparently confirmed that the team at Respawn is “pushing out plans for future Titanfall games” and that “no resources from the Apex Legends team are being shifted to other titles in development”.

Given that it’s highly unlikely that any manpower shortage on the Titanfall side is going to be filled by those currently working on the big ticket Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, this postponement doesn’t bode very well for the future of the franchise. The recent reception to Apex Legends has been lukewarm at best, with streamers like Dr. Disrespect and Shroud looking further afield because of issues with the game, and the title’s popularity falling behind Fortnite on platforms like Twitch. Respawn’s battle royale gem will likely need a fair amount of continuous work to keep up with its games-as-a-service counterparts, and if that pressure never abates than McCoy’s comments make it seem like this Titanfall delay could be an indefinite hiatus.

It’s anyone’s guess at this point as to whether Respawn is flogging a dying horse here with Apex Legends instead of pivoting and focusing on Titanfall, which has been a proven success for them over the years (and clearly, is in demand with fans). There hasn’t been any news at all about the type of game that the projected Titanfall release this year was going to be, so it’s hard to miss it all that much in the scheme of things, but the question remains: would Respawn be better served by diverting attention from a flagging title to cut their losses?

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Source: GameSpot


2019-04-26 01:04:34

Ginny Woo

Legends of Tomorrow: 6 Biggest Questions From The Narnia Episode

Here are our biggest questions from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow “The Eggplant, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” – the Chronicles of Narnia-themed episode that isn’t set in a magical wonderland as much as it is an IKEA-like superstore that’s a manifestation of Ava Sharpe’s personal purgatory.

When Sara Lance learns the demon Neron kidnapped Ava, she risks her life to rescue Ava from her Swedish superstore purgatory, in which each furniture showcase allows the couple to examine and work out their relationship issues. (They do, at one point, assemble a magical wardrobe.) Meanwhile, John Constantine and Nora Darhk team up to imprison Neron at the Time Bureau and learn he abducted Ava to serve as the vessel for a mysterious new enemy named Tabitha. While that’s going on, Nate Heywood and Ray Palmer visit the construction site of Heyworld, the late Hank’s magical theme park, and Nate ultimately decides to allow his father’s dream to continue. Meanwhile, on the Waverider, Mona, Mick Rory, and Charlie offer their unsolicited help to Zari Tomaz as she tries to compose the perfect text to ask Nate out on a date.

Related: Legends of Tomorrow Reveals Project Hades (And It’s Not What We Expected)

From Zari learning what the eggplant emoji means to Neron’s magical temptation of Nora Darhk, here are our questions from Legends of Tomorrow‘s latest episode, “The Eggplant, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”:

6. How Long Until The Legends Notice Ray Isn’t Himself?

At the end of the episode, Neron left Desmond’s body and took over Ray’s. The goody-goody Dr. Palmer loves the troubled Nora and thinks of himself as her white knight but he blundered and ruined Nora and Constantine’s plan to stop Neron. As a result, Nora was injured fighting Neron, who seemingly disappeared. Unfortunately, the Legends are terrible at noticing when Ray is in trouble – last season they didn’t even know the Darhks took Ray hostage – so who knows when they’ll realize it’s really Neron rooming with them on the Waverider and not The Atom?

5. Who Is Tabitha?

Tabitha is coming, but who – or what – is she? Neron spent two weeks preparing Ava to be Tabitha’s vessel and he seemed nonplussed when the Legends saved Director Sharpe – he’ll just have to find a new one. Neron did, however, admit he never wanted Hank’s theme park and his plan for the magical fugitives was to use them to corrupt human souls for him to take. When Tabitha arrives, Neron plans for them to take out John Constantine for good.

Tabitha doesn’t seem to correspond to any magical villains in DC Comics so she could be an original Legends of Tomorrow creation like Ava Sharpe, Mona, and Gary Green. However, the idea that demons from Hell need human hosts to exist on Earth is lifted from the Hellblazer comics, specifically Hellblazer Vol. 4: The Good Old Days.

Related: Legends of Tomorrow: The True Story Behind The Nixon And Robert Redford Episode

4. Can Damien Darhk Return?

Neron tempted Nora to his side by suggesting he can bring her father Damien Darhk back to life. Nora didn’t fall for it, but Damien is certainly missed. Formerly the Big Bad of Arrow season 4, Damien really became a fan favorite when he began menacing the Legends of Tomorrow, turned into a neurotic father to Nora, and then sacrificed his life to Mallus to save her. Damien is deservedly in Hell but fans would love to see Daddy Darhk back for an encore of “Return of the Mack”.

3. What Can Nora Darhk REALLY Do?

Another intriguing tidbit is Neron asking Nora if the Legends know what she can really do, to which she replied, “They have no idea!” Since she was a child, Nora was prepared by the Order of the Shrouded Compass to be the Earthly vessel of Mallus. Nora may be even more powerful than anyone imagined. She even told Neron, “I don’t need your power, I have my own.” It’s possible Nora Darhk might be the most powerful magical being in the Arrowverse.

2. What Are Ava’s Unresolved Gary Issues?

Ava’s subconscious idea of purgatory includes Gary perpetually present and Ava admitted she “may have some unresolved Gary issues”. Gary is Legends of Tomorrow‘s most love-him-or-hate-him source of comic relief but it’s clear that except for Sara, Ava has no friends outside of the Time Bureau. Gary is probably the closest thing she has to another friend and his eternal loyalty has to be the reason why he hasn’t been fired yet.

1. What Did Zari’s Original Text To Nate Say?

Typically, a third of the Legends team was completely preoccupied with helping Zari send a text to Nate. She started with a boring “Hey, what’s up?” but before long, Mona had her using copious emoji so her text was nonsensical: “U up, hot dog, donut, thumbs up“. Unfortunately, Nate never saw the final text Zari did send (because of the usual excuse that his phone was smashed by a wrecking ball) but we also never got to see the absurd, aborted emoji-filled missive which was a team effort by the Legends of Tomorrow.

Next: Legends of Tomorrow: 4 Biggest Questions From The Bollywood Episode

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays @ 8 pm on The CW.


2019-04-24 04:04:33

John Orquiola

10 Star Wars Legends That We Want To Be Canon Again

After George Lucas concluded his original trilogy with Return of the Jedi, Star Wars fans didn’t know when they would ever get new stories from the Star Wars Universe. Before Lucas continued his epic saga with a trilogy of prequels, and before the latest trilogy was announced, the Star Wars Legends existed as a means to expand on the Star Wars Universe with novels, video games, and comic books. Dozens of science fiction authors created exciting narratives featuring all the saga’s beloved characters, as well as introducing a bunch of new ones.

When Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney in 2014, everything that had been written about the Star Wars Universe before was no longer considered canon. It didn’t align with the plans the Disney creative team had going forward, and when Episode VII: The Force Awakens premiered, the Expanded Universe was to be considered an “alternate timeline” to the main events of the Star Wars saga. But to many fans, those events and those people represented the true essence of Star Wars, and they have been patiently waiting for some to be reintroduced into the canon.

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10 MARA JADE – THE THRAWN TRILOGY

One of the most popular characters from the Star Wars Legends catalog, Mara Jade was the Emperor’s secret “Right Hand”, an ultra assassin that fulfilled secret missions not even known to Darth Vader. Featured prominently in Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire novel and beyond, she had still not finished her final mission when the Emperor was killed; to destroy Luke Skywalker.

When she caught up to Luke, circumstances required them to work together to survive a cave in, and slowly the Jedi became transfixed by the outspoken, flame-haired beauty. They would later be married and have a son, Ben Skywalker.

9 PRINCE XIZOR/DASH RENDAR-SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE

In Steve Perry’s Shadows of the Empire, Han Solo is still the prized trophy of Jabba the Hutt, and while formulating his rescue plan, Luke and Leia must confront Prince Xizor, an alien crime lord that seeks to rival the authority of even Vader himself. Before there was Dryden Vos and the Crimson Dawn in Solo, there was Xizor and the Black Sun Syndicate, which first broached the subject DJ brought up in The Last Jedi – weapons dealing with both the Rebels and the Empire.

With Han Solo in carbonite, a new rogue needed to fill his place – enter Dash Rendar, leader of a swoop bike gang (think intergalactic motorcycles), gunslinger, and silver-tongued wordsmith. He was an instant fan favorite and would make a great character in his own series.

8 EXAR KUN/ULIC QEL-DROMA-TALES OF THE JEDI

Set during the Old Republic Era, Tales of the Jedi was a series of comic books by Dark Horse Comics that, with a particular focus put on the events surrounding the Great Sith War. With insight into the Golden Age of the Sith and the Fall of the Sith Empire 5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope, these stories are a wealth of information for anyone curious about the galaxy during that time.

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Fans became drawn into the stories of Ulic-Qel-Droma (a Jedi Knight that became a famed Sith Lord), Nomi Sunrider (his lover), and the Dark Lord of the Sith Exar Kun who would go on to wage war against the Republic and the Jedi Order. Their exploits would become the inspiration for the Knights of the Old Republic.

7 DARTH REVAN-THE OLD REPUBLIC

The Knights of the Old Republic game introduced a Sith Lord who has become one of the most revered in the Star Wars Legends canon, Darth Revan. The novel The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn expands on the circumstances surrounding Revan’s departure from the Jedi Order and his eventual induction into the Sith.

He once served in the Old Republic Jedi Armies against the Mandalorians, but he soon found his true purpose as a Sith Acolyte. Revan was a complex character, similarly conflicted like the Dark Side user Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars trilogy, and his reasons for embracing the Sith path never had a simple explanation.

6 KYLE KATARN-DARK FORCES: JEDI KNIGHTS

Based on the Star Wars: Dark Forces and Jedi Knight video games, the series of graphic novels involving Kyle Katarn, decorated Imperial Military Academy graduate turned Jedi Knight was immensely popular due to its empathetic main character.  When he learns the Empire had something to do with the death of his father, he defects to the Rebel Alliance, becoming one of their most celebrated operatives.

Before Rogue One, Kyle Katarn was the one sneaking into the Imperial Research Facility on Danuta and stealing the Death Star plans. He also discovers the Valley of the Jedi, and has to protect its location from Dark Jedi, Imperial agents, and the Emperor himself.

5 STAR WARS: REPUBLIC COMMANDO SERIES

To some, the Republic Commando series by Karen Traviss is the definitive version of storytelling involving the clone troopers introduced in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. She deftly wove complex stories involving the tough-as-nails clone troopers that undertook some of the most dangerous missions in the galaxy, making you care deeply about the clones behind the helmets.

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That the gritty, tactical series isn’t canon and was retconned by The Clone Wars television show due to inconsistencies with how Traviss portrayed the troopers, is considered a creative crime to this day. Fans loved celebrating the wins and grieving the losses of the Republic’s finest soldiers, whom Traviss wrote about with such earnesty, and will mourn that the series was never finished.

4 KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC

One of the most popular role-playing video games in recent memory, Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR for short) by LucasArts and Bioware transported Star Wars fans 4,000 years back in time before the Battle of Yavin. A powerful Sith Lord, Darth Malak (apprentice to Darth Revan), has launched an armada against the Republic and its armies, and a lone Jedi must traverse the galaxy on a mission to stop him.

Fans of the game series (it spawned a successful sequel, as well as comic books) enjoyed being able to find out more about Sith Society as a whole, from its culture to its weaponry and even its ideologies, as most had been shrouded in mystery and branded entirely “evil” by the Star Wars films.

3 GALEN MAREK – THE FORCE UNLEASHED

The concept of uber-powerful Force users like Rey didn’t come out of nowhere. Galen Marek, one of Darth Vader’s pupils, star of the Star Wars Force Unleashed video games, could give her a run for her credits (he can bring down a Star Destroyer with his mind). The son of two Jedi Knights, he was stupendously powerful in the Force, gaining the interest of Darth Vader who would later train him in the Dark Side.

Galen, posing as a Jedi, recruited senators Mon Mothma and Bail Organa into a false-flag operation of the Rebel Alliance, which Vader planned on eliminating in one go. However, Galen eventually sympathized with the senators, sacrificing himself to Vader so they might go on to create the Rebel Alliance and use his family crest as their emblem.

2 DARTH PLAGUEIS

Technically, Darth Plagueis is canon, in the sense that he was mentioned by Senator Palpatine (Darth Sidious) as a Sith Lord who had discovered how to create life and cheat death. In the book Darth Plagueis, his backstory is fleshed out much more, and it is revealed how he came to take Palpatine as a younger man as his apprentice and teach him the ways of Sith Alchemy.

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It was at this time that both Master and apprentice were utilizing massive amounts of Dark Side energy, the effects of which created an opposing reaction in the Light Side creating Balance in the Force with the immaculate conception of Anakin Skywalker.

1 ROGUE SQUADRON

For fans of epic space dogfights and military battle strategies, the series of novels following Wedge Antilles as the leader of the famous Rogue Squadron first introduced in A New Hope is the ultimate payoff. The series takes place after Return of the Jedi, when Coruscant has been liberated, but there are still remnants of the Imperial Fleet spread far and wide throughout the galaxy.

Besides giving Wedge a lot of well-deserved backstory, the series also introduced Force-sensitive Corellian lieutenant Corran Horn, who became a fan favorite and the star of the first Star Wars Legends novel written in first-person  I, Jedi.

NEXT: Every Time Star Wars Merchandise And Marketing Had Important Spoilers In Them


2019-04-21 03:04:36

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

10 Action Movie Legends We Want To See In The Expendables 4

It’s been half a decade since we last saw a new movie in The Expendables franchise, but a fourth one is still on the way. In fact, production on the sequel has been scheduled to begin this month since last summer. Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jason Statham are all expected to return for the latest installment, and as with the previous sequels, the fourquel will likely bring in a new roster of action movie legends to join the ensemble. Rumors have been running wild about casting, so here are 10 Action Movie Legends We Want To See In The Expendables 4.

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10 Steven Seagal

Out of all the action stars to have appeared in The Expendables franchise, there’s one legend who can always be counted on to ham it up in a pulpy, testosterone-fueled thriller who still hasn’t made an appearance and that’s Steven Seagal. Seagal has openly stated that he’ll never be in an Expendables film due to problems he has with unnamed cast members: “I just [don’t] like some of the people involved. Life is too short to work with funny people.” Still, there’s nothing wrong with wishful thinking. And if he doesn’t like them, maybe he could play a villain – then his performance will seem authentic.

9 Kurt Russell

We got a semi-Tango and Cash reunion in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone both played roles, but we haven’t seen the two of them kicking ass together in true old-school fashion since that cult hit was released all those years ago. Since Quentin Tarantino and Fast & Furious have both brought Russell back into the mainstream in the past few years, it’s the perfect time for him to jump on The Expendables franchise. It could even get meta if he plays an old associate of Stallone’s character Barney Ross and some Tango and Cash quotes are recontextualized.

8 Danny Glover

We got one side of the famous Lethal Weapon duo of Riggs and Murtaugh in The Expendables franchise when Mel Gibson played the villain in the third one. So, why not bring in the second half of the iconic buddy cop pairing, Danny Glover, for the fourth one?

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Glover is not primarily an action star, but the Lethal Weapon movies are mentioned in the first minute of any discussion of the greatest action films of all time, so that grants him enough clout in the action cinema community to make a big splash in the cast of The Expendables movies.

7 Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel’s status as an action movie legend had not quite been solidified back in 2010 when the first Expendables movie was released. In fact, it was still up in the air when the second one was released in 2012 and the third one was released in 2014. But now that Fast & Furious is the top-grossing action movie franchise of all time and even the xXx and Riddick franchises are gaining some traction, and he’s also appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone in the MCU, it might be time for Diesel to join their ranks as a younger (but not much younger) member.

6 Danny Trejo

Back when the first Expendables movie was going into production, it was widely reported that Machete star Danny Trejo had been cast. However, as he later revealed, not only was he not in the film, he’d never even been contacted about it by Stallone. So, one wonders how the press got the idea that he was in it in the first place. Anyway, now that we’re four movies in, surely it’s time to bring the beloved star of such action classics as Con Air and Heat into the mix. But for real this time, not just another misreported casting that disappoints fans when it turns out to be false.

5 Gerard Butler

It must be tough casting the new stars joining an Expendables movie. They have to be big enough for people to care, but not big enough that it’s weird that they’re part of a team. This is what discounts the A-list lone wolves like Nicolas Cage or Denzel Washington or Tom Cruise – those guys can carry a whole movie on their own in their sleep. Gerard Butler has the perfect amount of fame – and the perfect kind of starring vehicles: dumb, gigantic, explosive, action-packed capers like Geostorm and the Has Fallen movies – to fit right into one of these old-school team-ups.

4 Liam Neeson

No one is knocking it out of the park as an action hero more regularly than Liam Neeson these days. Over the past 11 years, he’s shaken his image as a respectable dramatic actor and moved into action cinema. It’s gotten to a point now where Neeson holding a gun in a film poster is a guarantee that audiences will flock to see it. However, his last couple of movies haven’t been as big as his heyday with the Taken trilogy. So, it’s high time he joined The Expendables franchise as “an old friend” to win back some of that star power.

3 Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan is an action movie legend of the highest order. Like Stallone, he doesn’t just star in his movies – he also writes and directs a lot of them. Chan has actually been offered roles in previous Expendables movies and he keeps turning Stallone down.

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He explained why: “This morning, I did hear – the office called – Sly [Stallone] wants me for Expendables 4. I said, ‘Okay,’ because they already asked me to be in 2 and 3, but I refused. Well, I didn’t refuse, but I said, ‘Sly, can’t we just do you and me? Not just a bunch of people and me only coming out for five minutes.’ Because then the audience is, ‘Oh!’ And then I’m gone.” Here’s hoping he’ll change his mind about being a member of a huge action legend team by the time The Expendables 4 finally goes into production.

2 Keanu Reeves

When The Expendables franchise first started in 2010, Keanu Reeves was already a hugely respected name in action cinema from roles in movies like Speed and The Matrix trilogy. But even then, that was before he reinvented himself yet again with the game-changing John Wick franchise. John Wick was so incredible and visceral and groundbreaking that it forced the rest of action cinema to step up its game. In fact, the only way The Expendables 4 will be able to keep up is by having the ever-committed Keanu Reeves in its cast, impressing all the stunt coordinators with his dedication.

1 Dwayne Johnson

Having officially shaken his wrestling roots, Dwayne Johnson is a prime candidate to join The Expendables franchise. He’s got the rippling muscles, the action hero charisma, and he’s in enough insane high-concept action movies (fighting a giant gorilla, fighting an active torpedo, fighting an earthquake, etc.) to qualify for the cast. In fact, he’s one of the only actors today keeping the spark of hope alive for the existence of that specific type of action star that makes up The Expendables’ roster – the kind whose name alone sells their ridiculous, yet absurdly entertaining movies to a huge audience. If it weren’t for Johnson, they’d be a dying breed. To see him fighting alongside fellow wrestler-turned-actor “Stone Cold” Steve Austin or F&F co-star/friendly rival Jason Statham in an Expendables movie would fulfill every action movie fan’s dreams.

NEXT: ‘The Expendables 4’ Will Be Rated R


2019-04-21 01:04:59

Ben Sherlock

World of Warships: Legends – Launch Trailer



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2019-04-17 17:37:00

Legends of Tomorrow: 4 Biggest Questions From The Bollywood Episode

The Bollywood-inspired episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, “Séance and Sensibility”, was wonderfully bonkers, even by the standards of The CW’s strangest superhero series, and it opens up a few head-scratching questions for the back half of season 4.

When the sexual revolution suddenly ignites in 1802 Bath, England, which resulted in Jane Austen never writing her classic novels satirizing the Regency era, the Legends discover the culprit is Ramadeva, the Hindu god of love (who inspired the Kama Sutra). Kamadeva quickly gets the hots for Zari Tomaz (and vice versa), though Zari is really trying to reconcile her growing feelings for Nate Heywood. This culminates in a delightful Bollywood musical number where Zari and Ramadeva nearly get married but, thanks to Mona, Zari realizes what she needs most is to open herself up to the possibility of romance with Nate.

Related: Legends of Tomorrow Reveals Project Hades (And It’s Not What We Expected)

Meanwhile, Nate agonizes over giving a eulogy at his father Hank’s funeral; Hank was murdered by the demon Neron last week and John Constantine attends the memorial to investigate the reason why Hank’s spirit lingers on the mortal plane. Finally, Constantine learns the truth about Neron while Nate discovers his father’s secret about Project Hades. From a wolf monster stalking and then saving Jane Austen’s writing career to wild sexual dalliances aboard the Waverider, here are our biggest questions about “Séance and Sensibility”:

4. Why Does The Waverider Have A Vent Above Their Magic Cage?

The Legends have used a force field cage to imprison magical creatures since season 3, but Kamadeva exploited a glaringly obvious design flaw: there’s a circular open vent directly above the cage. The Hindu god of love seized the opportunity to release his love dust right into the vent, which spread all over the Waverider and aroused all of the Legends while they were sleeping so they enjoyed naughty sexual dreams. This was a case where a fugitive taking advantage of the open vent actually helped out our misfit  heroes, but still, the Legends might want to plug that particular hole in the Waverider.

3. How Do Mona’s Clothes Change Size When She Turns Into Wolfie?

The scratch across Mona’s midsection by Konane in “Hell No, Dolly!” infected her, and now, Mona can transform into a Kuape wolf-creature named “Wolfie” when she gets angry. Strangely, Mona’s clothes tear but also change size along with her when she becomes Wolfie. Mona definitely wears street clothes and not any kind of superhero uniform, but unless her clothes are comprised of unstable molecules (like the Fantastic Four’s uniforms), there’s been no explanation yet for how Mona’s clothing expands when she becomes Wolfie and retracts when she reverts to Mona – unless this is simply part of a Kuape’s magic.

2. Did Anyone Figure Out Nora Darhk Is Aboard The Waverider?

In last week’s “The Getaway”, Nora Darhk, who is magically affected by Neron’s presence, broke out of her cell and found herself blamed for Neron’s murder of Hank. Nora went on the lam but naturally, she reached out to Ray Palmer, who was delighted to take her word that she’s innocent. Ray sneaked Nora aboard the Waverider and hid her in his room for a “sleepover”, but Kamadeva’s love dust infected the whole ship, which included arousing Ray and Nora to finally release their pent-up passion for each other.

Still, the episode ended without any of the other Legends realizing Nora was aboard the Waverider. If Gideon herself was aware, it seems the ship’s A.I. was content to let Ray and Nora have their romantic privacy.

1. What Is Neron’s Real Plan For Project Hades?

“Séance and Sensibility” revealed Hank Heywood’s master plan for Project Hades: creating a magical theme park called Heyworld. But that whimsical dream simply can’t be what Neron intends for the Time Bureau’s imprisoned fugitives. Neron finally showed himself to John Constantine, both in his demon form and in his human guise as Desmond, John’s dead lover he sacrificed to save the timeline in the Legends of Tomorrow midseason finale, and Neron taunted the rogue occultist that he won’t be able to stop his evil scheme. But what is his master plan for the fugitives? With Hank dead, will Nate be able to stop Neron’s access to do whatever he wants with the magical prisoners?

Next: Legends of Tomorrow: The True Story Behind The Nixon & Robert Redford Episode

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays @ 8pm on The CW.


2019-04-17 04:04:16

John Orquiola

Legends of Tomorrow: The True Story Behind The Nixon & Robert Redford Episode

President Richard Nixon’s famous “I Am Not A Crook” line acted as the establishing incident of “The Getaway,” episode 10 of Legends of Tomorrow season 4. The events of the episode saw everyone’s favorite team of time-traveling misfits trying to save the world (and, to a lesser degree, the independent film industry) in the face of a mysterious change to Nixon’s character that had dire consequences for future history. Although the episode is largely a Smokey and the Bandit homage, it was rooted in some very real and seismic events.

On November 17, 1973, Nixon met with a number of reporters and editors for a televised question-and-answer session at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Hotel. The hot topic of the day was the growing scandal centered around the burglary of the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate Hotel by members of Nixon’s reelection committee and the mounting evidence that Nixon had been aware of their plans and worked to cover them up. When directly asked if he was involved, Nixon replied that “people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I am not a crook.” Nixon’s involvement would later be confirmed by the press and he resigned from office before he could be impeached by Congress.

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That’s not what happened in Legends of Tomorrow. “The Getaway” opens with the Legends learning that something altered the timeline just before Nixon met with the press and made his famous statement. For reasons that the team had to travel back in time to investigate, something rendered “Tricky Dicky” unable to lie. Worse yet, he was also incapable of not rambling about private matters in public settings, such as his belief that he was an adequate lover, at best, despite his wife Patrica’s assurances to the contrary. The end result was global chaos, as peace talks and trade deals fell apart in the face of Nixon’s sudden brutal honesty and inability to keep his mouth shut.

Ray Palmer notes an interesting side-effect of this is that Robert Redford’s film career apparently floundered in the new timeline. With reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein having no need to write their famous expose of the Watergate scandal after Nixon confessed everything, their story was never adapted into the film All The President’s Men, which starred Redford and Dustin Hoffman. This also apparently averted Redford’s creation of the Sundance Film Festival, prompting a sudden call to action from Mick Rory, who declared “No Redford? No Sundance?! No indie film?! No artful nudity?! We’ve got to fix this!

While this is an amusing gag, it is also perhaps the greatest point of exaggeration in the story of “The Getaway.” While All The President’s Men is a great film and one Redford was deeply involved with financing and bringing to life, it is highly unlikely that it never being made would have killed his career in Hollywood. At the time of the Watergate scandal, Redford was the hottest male star in Hollywood following an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in The Sting and it was his success in a string of hit movies afterward that allowed him to persuade Warner Bros. to take a chance on All The President’s Men in 1976.

It would be several years following the release of All The President’s Men before Redford would begin producing feature films on his own through his production company Wildwood Enterprises. While the absence of All The President’s Men may have delayed his success as a producer and director somewhat, it seems highly unlikely Redford would have had his Hollywood career collapse completely without it. Still, there is some humor to be found in the fact that this is the most unrealistic aspect of an episode of Legends of Tomorrow featuring a wolf-woman and a magical insect that forces people to tell the truth

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2019-04-09 05:04:22

Matt Morrison

Apex Legends’ L-Star Gun Leaked In Loot Packs

Latest in the series of leaks about the hottest new Battle Royale, Apex Legends, is yet another that seems likely to be true: it’s possible that one of Titanfall‘s iconic guns is going to make it into the game sometime soon. An Apex Legends L-Star gun leak has been doing the rounds on Twitter, alleging that players have been receiving skins for this weapon up until the last update that the title received.

Almost all of Apex Legends’ upcoming secrets for its season have been leaked online in some way, shape or form, and almost all of them have been accurate to date whether they were to do with weapons or characters. While there’s still some mystery surrounding upcoming changes to the season that’s just kicked off, the most recent Apex Legends L-Star gun leak looks like it’s a rumor that’s distinctly Titanfall flavored.

Related: Apex Legends Season 1: Content Rumor Breakdown

The Apex Legends L-Star gun leak appears to show that players in the game were receiving weapon skins for the currently unreleased gun from Respawn’s Titanfall. These photographs aren’t screenshots from the game itself: they appear to have been taken off-screen and show off legendary weapon skins that are distinctly labeled within the in-game UI as being for the L-Star gun. The L-Star was infamous in Titanfall for having a bottomless magazine based on timing when the weapon would cool down and heat up. More weapon variety in a Battle Royale game is never a bad thing, and if this leak is correct, then it looks like Apex Legends is looking to switch things up in their debut season on top of the work that’s already been done on introducing new characters.

The leaked tweet appears to suggest that the reason why the servers went down wasn’t actually a reported progression issue with Apex Legends, but that these L-Star gun skins were sent out erroneously and that the game was trying to roll them back. There’s been no confirmation at this stage from EA or from Respawn about the veracity of these leaks or about whether we’ll be seeing the L-Star gun in the game in this upcoming season, but they were pretty silent on previous leaks that also ended up panning out so that doesn’t mean anything in itself. Considering that Respawn has previously noted that datamined leaks aren’t reliable, it’s anyone’s guess about this latest bit of information.

There’s no actual word about when the Apex Legends L-Star gun leak is going to be verified or confirmation about when the actual gun will be released into the game if it ends up being an accurate rumor. That being said, we wouldn’t be surprised if there was more Titanfall content to come on account of Respawn’s involvement with both titles, so it’s not the hardest thing to believe!

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Source: Apex Legends – News & Leaks/Twitter



2019-04-05 10:04:25

Ginny Woo

The 10 Best Star Wars Legends Books, Ranked

Long before any Star Wars fans dreamed of George Lucas continuing his epic space saga with a trilogy of prequels, and before other directors helmed a new trilogy that would conclude it, the Star Wars Expanded Universe was created with novels. Various authors penned exciting narratives in the Star Wars Universe featuring all your favorite characters and a bunch of new ones.

When the new trilogy debuted with Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the Expanded Universe was no longer considered canon. It was renamed Star Wars Legends, and considered sort of an “alternate timeline” to the main events of the Star Wars saga, similar to what happens in comic book series. But many fans consider the novels to represent the true essence of Star Wars, and for that reason, The Force will always be with them.

10 STAR WARS: DARTH PLAGUEIS

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The mysterious Darth Plagueis was first brought up in Revenge of the Sith during an intimate moment between Chancellor Palpatine and an unhappy Anakin Skywalker. Young Skywalker has had a premonition his new secret bride, Padme, will die in childbirth. Palpatine mentions that one powerful Sith Lord, Darth Plagueis, discovered the ability to prevent people from dying and even create life.

Anakin has no idea that Palpatine is secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious who was, at one time, the apprentice of Darth Plagueis. Darth Plagueis by James Luceno, chronicles a young Palpatine as he learned the Dark Sith Arts from his master and then eventually surpassed him.

9 THE DARK LORD TRILOGY

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For fans of Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, there isn’t a better collection of novels than The Dark Lord Trilogy by James Luceno. It follows the chain of events from the Revenge of the Sith film through Darth Vader serving under Emperor Palpatine in the ensuing years leading up to A New Hope.

The trilogy includes the novelization of Revenge of the Sith, Labyrinth of Evil, and Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader. For any fan of the Expanded Universe and those intrigued by the time period involving Anakin Skywalker transformation into the iconic Sith Lord, this collection is a must.

8 HEIR TO THE EMPIRE (THE THRAWN TRILOGY, V1)

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With one of the most highly respected additions to Star Wars Legends, Timothy Zahn began his epic Thrawn Trilogy with the novel Heir to the Empire. Taking place five years after Return of the Jedi, it shows how the galaxy was reshaped after the Empire’s destruction with a Peace Treaty between the Empire’s remnants and the Rebel Alliance.

But some of the Imperial Fleet do not recognize it and form a coalition, led by the warlord Grand Admiral Thrawn. The story that restarted the Star Wars Universe long before The Prequels were made, is celebrated for Zahn’s deft approach to familiar characters as well as his inclusion of favorite new ones.

7 PATH OF DESTRUCTION (STAR WARS: DARTH BANE BOOK 1)

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One of the most popular Sith Lords in Star Wars Legends is Darth Bane, recognized for his implementation of the Rule of Two, in which one master and one apprentice exist at any given time in Sith Society. It was in direct opposition to the infighting he witnessed among the Sith and he created it to channel the Dark Side’s power towards one singular goal: galactic domination but in secret.

Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn chronicles Bane from his journey Off World to fight the Republic and its Jedi Armies, his rise through the ranks of the Sith Academy, and his induction into the Brotherhood of Darkness, all a thousand years before Darth Vader and The Emperor.

6 SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE

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A favorite among fans of Legends novels, Steve Perry’s Shadows of the Empire takes place between the events of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Han Solo is frozen in carbonite, and Luke and Leia must confront a sinister evil that lurks in the shadows of the Empire; Prince Xizor, an alien crime lord that seeks to rival the authority of even Vader himself.

This novel is full of intriguing plot twists, fun new characters, and the schemes of an enigmatic new villain. It’s also of particular note for showing just how the plans to rescue Han Solo came to fruition, and how Princess Leia got her bounty hunter disguise.

5 STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC – REVAN

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For big fans of the Knights of the Old Republic game series as well as the Revan, this novel by Drew Karpyshyn expands on the circumstances and chain of events involved in Revan’s departure from the Jedi Order and induction into Sith Society. While initially serving in Old Republic Jedi Armies against the Mandalorian threat, Revan soon finds his purpose as a Sith Accolite.

In the vein of recent Dark Side users like Kylo Ren, Revan is a complex character, and his decision to embrace the Sith way of life is not black and white. This makes for a much more fascinating tale of the days of the Old Republic.

4 STAR WARS: JEDI TRILOGY BOXED SET

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The Jedi Trilogy, by Kevin J. Anderson represents some of the most unique storytelling in Star Wars Legends. It features the twin siblings of Han Solo and Princess Leia (now generals in the Rebel Alliance and leaders of the New Republic) as they come into their Force powers under the careful guidance of their uncle, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

The Star Wars Universe has changed in the decades since Return of the Jedi and the dissolution of the Empire. Luke trains a new generation of Jedi Knights, Han and Leia mentor the next generation of leaders, but all are haunted by the past.

3 STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC – DECEIVED

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Paul S. Kemp, a prolific author of Star Wars Legends novels, situates many of his books in the era of the Old Republic and Deceived is no different. It focuses on Darth Malgus, another powerful Sith Lord often mentioned with the likes of other Old Republic pillars of Sith Society, Revan and Bane.

After storming the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and leaving with a massacre in his wake, he faces a longtime Jedi, Aryn Leneer, who teams up with a rogue smuggler to seek revenge against the Sith Lord for murdering her master.

2 SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE

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Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye will hold a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as the first attempt at “expanding” the universe of Star Wars beyond the movies that George Lucas created. It came out just a few years after Return of the Jedi, and features Luke and Leia on a secret mission to a mysterious planet, between Episode IV and Episode V.

They discover the planet Circarpous hides the Kaiburr crystal, which Star Wars fans today will notice is similar to the “kyber” crystals used inside Jedi lightsabers, as well as what “powered” the first Death Star. Leia is determined to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Empire.

1 STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER – VECTOR PRIME

The New Jedi Order series features all of the familiar Star Wars characters facing a threat that is completely foreign to anything seen in the galaxy before; lifeforms that use biotechnology and pain tolerance to inflict unimaginable terror on unsuspecting populations. An invasion of this race, the Yuuzhan Vong, is the focus of Vector Prime.

R.A. Salvator takes the era, two decades after Return of the Jedi, and makes it a time of change and upheaval in the galaxy. At times it feels alien (as it should), and other times, it feels appropriate (Luke comes into his own with his Jedi Powers), but it’s a good start to his long series of books.

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2019-03-28 08:03:03

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Apex Legends Season 1 Wild Frontier: All The Changes In The New Patch

Although we already knew some details about the Wild Frontier battle pass in terms of cost and rewards, the patch notes delve into the nitty gritty. Despite initial excitement, Respawn has already had to defend Apex Legends’ relatively simple approach to Battle Pass compared to Fortnite’s offerings, so a complex look might help assuage fears that the developer is skimping on the latest update.

Related: Apex Legends’ Octane References Titanfall 2 Speedrunner

Highlights from the patch notes, shared by Respawn via Reddit, include a rundown of newcomer Octane’s abilities. The previously leaked Legend sports a Passive skill that lets him heal while not taking damage (+1 health every 2 seconds). Octane’s Tactical Stim increases his movement speed at the cost of health, but increases his resistance to slowdown attacks. Finally, Octane’s Ultimate lets him deploy jump pads launch characters across the sky.

Respawn has finally implemented a reporting feature for cheating and abusive players as well. People can report offending players either from the spectate view after dying or when viewing team Banner Cards in the Squad menu. Some bugs that have been squashed in the update include Pathfinder’s zipline failing to deploy when jumping, the ability to shoot while downed, and getting disconnected when unplugging a controller.

Quality of life includes d-pad navigation for menus and increased input customization. For example, players can now swap the actions of the bumpers/triggers on controllers. The much-touted hitbox issue has been addressed with better adjusted boxes for Gibraltar, Caustic, and Pathfinder. One neat addition is Apex Legends’ newly added support for Razer Chroma peripherals. Razer’s line of illuminated keyboards will now shine certain colors in reaction to actions performed in game. An example is that the keys will shine the same the color as the player’s skydiving smoke trail. Colors will also flash when an Ultimate is ready, change when firing or taking damage, and more.  

The full patch notes can be read on the next page of this article. Wild Frontier represents Respawn’s first major step in turning the already stellar Apex Legends into a game worth sticking with for the long haul. As the battle royale scene continues to heat up, it’ll be intriguing to see how Season 1 performs and what future Seasons look like after it.

Source: Reddit/IGN

  • Added Battle Pass tab to Lobby.
  • Cost: 950 Apex Coins
  • Earn over 100 unique items throughout the season – everything you snag before the season is over is yours to keep.
    • Updated dashboard images for Season 1 on PC and Xbox [PS4 is on the way!]
    • Updated Main Menu with new Season 1 art.
    • Updated the Lobby visuals for Season 1.
    • Updated Apex Legends site FAQ with info on Battle Pass.

    Introducing the Battle Pass Bundle

    • Get the Battle Pass, plus unlock your next 25 levels for Season 1 instantly.
    • Cost: 2,800 Apex Coins.

    Free Rewards

      Everyone that plays Apex Legends during Season 1 can earn the following rewards:

    • 1 Wild Frontier Legend Skin
    • 5 Apex Packs
    • 18 Wild Frontier themed Stat Trackers
    • Read full blog about Battle Pass with FAQ and video here:

    New Legend: Octane, High-Speed Daredevil

      If it doesn’t involve diving, leaping, plummeting, or racing, then Octane wants nothing to do with it. Always the life of the party, Octane truly believes winning the Championship isn’t enough…not if you didn’t cheat death at least twice to get there.

      Passive: Swift Mend

    • While not taking damage, Octane restores 1 health every 2 seconds.

      Tactical: Stim

    • Move 30% faster for 6 seconds. Costs health to use. While active, Octane is affected less by attacks that cause slowdown. 2 second recharge

      Ultimate: Launch Pad

    • Deployable jump pad that catapults players through the air. Takes 90 seconds to recharge.

      Cost:

    • 12,000 Legend Tokens
    • 750 Apex Coins

    Stability & Performance

      We’ve got some fixes in this patch that will improve stability on PC but we know there are still issues out there we need to address. We also added crash reporting so we can better understand how to tackle the issues we haven’t solved yet and address future ones.

    • 1 Improved stability for various GPU configurations.
    • Capped PC FPS to 300 to balance improving stability but still letting you folks enjoy those sweet frames.
    • Addressed issue with PS4 crashes due to running out of memory.
    • Introducing better reporting when Apex crashes on PC without error message.
      • We really want to fix any crashes people happen to get on PC. We also respect our player’s privacy. So, if the PC game crashes, it will write “apex_crash.txt” to your “Documents” folder. This tiny file is plain text, so you can easily see for yourself that it has no personal information. If you choose to share this file with us, it will tell us whether the crash was in Apex or in third party software. If the crash was in Apex, our programmers can use the information to find and fix it. If you experience a crash, please include this file when you report.
        • We protect your personal information.
        • You can easily see everything in the file yourself; we have no secrets.
        • You’re in control of whether we ever see the file.
        • Please submit the file when you create a bug report on our forums here: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/bd-p/apex-legends-bug-reports-en
        • Players can now report cheaters they encounter in-game and it’ll be sent directly to Easy Anti-Cheat. You can do this from either the spectate view after dying or when looking at your team’s Banner Cards in the Squad tab.
        • We have lots of other work going on behind the scenes and this remains high priority for us. We won’t be able to share many specifics of what we’re doing but we’ll strive to provide updates on progress for the things we can talk about.
        • As I’m finishing the notes this morning, 499,937 accounts and counting have been banned for cheating.
        • Speed hacking: We do currently have anti-speed hacking in Apex Legends, but it’s not being as effective as intended due to a bug that we believe we’ve identified and will be addressing in our next server update. Will provide ETA for it when I have it. Working to get it out ASAP.
        • You can report players from the spectate view after dying or when looking at your team’s Banner Cards in the Squad tab.

        Quality of Life

        • Added “Swap LT/RT & LB/RB” / “Swap L1/R1 & L2/R2”) toggle in the Controller Button Layout settings.
          • Lets you quickly swap what your bumpers & triggers are set to, with any controller preset.
          • Setting this to “Minimal” can be especially helpful for players susceptible to motion sickness.
          • Customize how far you want to pull the triggers before they register.
          • Fine-tune specific aspects of the look controls for a custom feel; such as Deadzone, Response Curve, Target Compensation (aim assist), and more.
          • Shield bar drains to indicate the remaining health of the shield.
          • When you have a Gold KO Shield and are down, we’ve added an effect to the label that reminds you that you can self revive.
          • Added better color blind support for Blood Hound’s Threat Vision.
          • Colorblind colors per setting are now displayed in the settings menu.
          • Colorblind settings moved from Video Settings to Gameplay->Accessibility. They are now applied on the fly.
          • Enemy pings now use proper enemy color instead of only using red.
          • Turned down volume when Wraith activates a portal.
          • Turned down the end sounds on the Peacekeeper charged shot.
          • Turned down the draw/holster sound slightly for thermite grenades.

          Legend Balance & Hitbox Adjustments

          • Adjusted hitboxes for Gibraltar, Caustic, and Pathfinder to better align with their shapes.

          Caustic:

          • Reduced cooldown of Traps 30 -> 25 seconds.
          • Increased radius and proximity radius by about 10%.
          • Removed a 1 second delay on the smoke dealing damage to players.
          • Reduced cooldown of Gas Grenade 2:30 -> 2:00 seconds.

          Pathfinder:

          • Insider Knowledge
          • Increased the number of beacons in the world 10-> 12.

          Bangalore:

          • Double Time
            • Reduced move speed bonus to 40% -> 30%.

            Gibraltar:

            • Defensive Bombardment
              • Fixed a bug where your teammates wouldn’t be affected by Shell Shock. This was meant to be the same as Bangalore’s ultimate.

              Weapons

              • Fixed players being able to shortcut weapon swap by changing stance
              • Fixed players being able to shortcut Peacekeeper rechamber sequence
              • Fixed inaccurate auto ranging fullscreen (sniper) optics when base FOV is not set to default
              • Spitfire: fixed ADS view on Legendaries partially obscured by custom geo. (The Continuum, The Heavy Construct)
              • Fixed ADS view being blocked when using Caustic legendary skins with certain weapon/ optic combos
              • Digital threat optics: threat highlights are now more visible (slightly brighter; no longer affected by TSAA)
              • Fixed bug where Devotion audio sometimes wouldn’t accurately reflect rate of fire.

              Additional Bug Fixes

              • Fixed rare issue where a player could get stuck on the drop ship and be invulnerable.
              • Patched up the hole we found in Gibraltar’s shield.
              • Fixed issue where Lifeline’s revive shield wouldn’t stay put while on a moving platform.
              • Fixed issue where sometimes players would get stuck in map geometry while skydiving from the dropship or Jump Towers.
              • Fixed bug where players could still shoot even after being downed.
              • Fixed bug where occasionally Lifeline’s D.O.C. drone would stay connected to a player but not heal them.
              • Limited the amount of Lifeline’s D.O.C. drones that can connect to a player to 2.
              • Fixed Pathfinder’s zipline not deploying when jumping.
              • Fixed a bug with the HUD where sometimes the Heal Bar would stay up if the heal was cancelled right after it was started.
              • Fixed a bug where sometimes the audio would continue to play sound FX for the Knockdown Shield even after it’s been destroyed.
              • Fixed issue where sometimes players could get disconnected when unplugging their controller during a game.
              • Fixed the exploit where you could do infinite wallclimb using Pathfinder’s Grapple.
              • Fixed bug where sometimes you couldn’t fire the Peacekeeper after riding a zip line.
              • Fixed issue where sometimes the skybox fog would not appear while spectating after you died.
              • Fixed bug where Banner Cards would show through walls occasionally when viewed through a very high FOV.
              • Fixed some odd light flickering that was happening on the ballon flags attached to Jump Towers.
              • Fixed bug where sometimes a player’s Banner Card would not show up after character select.

              Razer Chroma Support

              • Apex Legends will now detect Razer Chroma peripherals and supported devices will now play animated colors that react to things you do in the game! Some examples:
              • Red lights during banner transitions.
              • While skydiving colors will tune to the color of your smoke trail.
              • Picking up loot.
              • Opening Apex Packs
              • Firing and taking damage.
              • Colors that flash when your Ultimate is ready.
              • And more!


              2019-03-20 05:03:17

              Marcus Stewart