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Turkey welcomes likely end to 3-year Gulf rift, hiatus in Qatar-Saudi ties


Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has welcomed the end of the three-year Gulf crisis, which saw severe deterioration in Saudi-Qatar ties.

“This step constitutes a very important… .

2021-01-05 02:53:48

US Senate likely to vote on blocking Trump’s UAE arms sale next week


The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he expected lawmakers would vote as soon as next week on resolutions seeking to block Republican President Dona… .

2020-12-04 17:27:48

Additional $310B for US small business loans likely already spoken for, banks say


Small business owners in the United States still applying for loans under the government’s coronavirus relief program may end up disappointed – the $310 billion being added to… .

2020-04-24 11:30:00

Dutch top flight Eredivisie likely over after government extends ban


The Dutch football federation (KNVB) announced on Tuesday its intention to call an end to the season, subject to discussions with UEFA, following the government’s decision to e… .

2020-04-22 08:07:00

Syrian regime likely behind 5 attacks on civilian structures, UN report says


An internal UN inquiry determined that it is “highly probable” the Syrian regime and its allies carried out five of six investigated attacks in northwestern Syria that ta… .

2020-04-07 05:37:00

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered Likely Coming Soon

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is likely coming soon, if a new South Korean rating is any indication. It has been over a year since rumors of a second remastered Call of Duty game have surfaced. An Amazon listing in 2018 seemed to hint at development, and then a similar kind of rating leaked the game’s existence in 2019, although it was later pulled. This led people to believe the remaster would be launching sometime that year, as most Call of Duty games get announced the same year they release. After the leak, however, no further information was revealed.

This would be the second remaster of the wildly popular franchise, with the first Modern Warfare Remastered being bundled with 2016’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The sequel being remastered would only make sense, although many fans believe it won’t release this year due to it being a “Treyarch year” for Call of Duty. Call of Duty has notoriously been on a multi-developer schedule due to their yearly releases. Originally, it was Treyarch and Infinity Ward alternating their separate Call of Duty franchises (Black Ops and Modern Warfare respectively) but with the debut of the prior generation of consoles, Sledgehammer joined. With this generation ending, Sledgehammer was removed from this developer schedule and now parent company Activision is back to two main developers operating separately.

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IGN reports that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered has been rated in South Korea. This confirms the existence of this remaster, although it also begs the question of whether Modern Warfare 2 will be bundled in with another Call of Duty or not, like the original remaster was. Due to the game being rated separately, it could point to the fact that it will be sold separately as well. This could be due to the backlash Activision and Infinity Ward faced when they bundled in the first remaster with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, forcing fans to pay an extra twenty dollars on top of the full-priced title just to play the remastered campaign and multiplayer.

With that said, some fans are wary of this remaster, since while the campaign was rated, the multiplayer has yet to be mentioned. Many fans, while still enjoying the bombastic campaigns offered by the Call of Duty franchise, tend to prefer the fast-paced multiplayer. The multiplayer in Modern Warfare 2, while criticized at the time, has since garnered nostalgic praise for its lack of abrasive monetization (found in spades in recent Call of Duty games) and simplistic yet sturdy mechanics.

Lastly, many fans wonder whether it will release alongside Treyarch’s upcoming reboot of Black Ops. Entering this new generation, it seems like Activision is hearkening back to their classic titles for inspiration. Recently, Modern Warfare 2019 became rather successful due to its return to a more traditional style while keeping up the series’ impressive graphical fidelity and sound design. Black Ops 2020 aims to be equally gritty while providing the kind of gameplay fans have loved since 2007, and if it includes a remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, that would be even better.

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Source: IGN 


2020-03-21 18:49:51

Daniel Gusinski

10 MCU Weapons Taskmaster Will Most Likely Use | ScreenRant

Black Widow may be the first film to kick off phase four of the MCU, but it has been pushed back for an indefinite amount of time. This hasn’t stopped fans from speculating about what could take place within the next Marvel blockbuster.

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The Taskmaster could be one of the most exciting villains to come out of Marvel Studios for quite some time, as he will be paying homage to the history of the universe that’s been created. Here are 10 MCU weapons that we think Taskmaster is likely to use!

10 BLACK PANTHER’S CLAWS

The first couple of entries on this list are really a no brainer, as the trailers have indicated that Taskmaster will be utilizing them in battle at some point throughout the film. Black Panther’s vibranium claws have proven themselves to be surprisingly useful.

Not only are they great as an offensive weapon, but they are also very handy when trying to scale flat surfaces. If Taskmaster has studied the Black Panther enough, he can be just as proficient with an admittedly niche weapon.

9 CAPTAIN AMERICA’S SHIELD

Cap’s shield has always been a part of the Taskmaster design and there’s actually going to be two versions showing up in the film. The Red Guardian will have his own shield, while Taskmaster will be sporting the trademark defensive disc.

Taskmaster is used to handling that shield and we know that he would have studied a lot of Steve’s footage in order to really understand how to use it in both a defensive and offensive way. Some of the most exciting action sequences may come with that shield.

8 HAWKEYE’S BOW AND ARROW

Hawkeye is known for his bow and arrows and this is an especially useful thing to have for any assassin. In fact, these weapons could pair well with a number of other Taskmaster skills. The trailers have showcased that he does indeed have his own set of arrows.

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This becomes very personal for Natasha, as Clint is, of course, her best friend. She should, in theory, be prepared to face these weapons therefore, as she knows Barton’s skills very well, which we can only assume Taskmaster will be replicating.

7 BLACK WIDOW’S STINGERS

Black Widow is one of the most athletic fighters in all of the MCU and as such, she often doesn’t rely on weapons. However, one set of gadgets that she does use a lot is the stingers that sit on her wrists.

They are incredibly painful and can neutralize an opponent. They are useful even if that enemy is wearing armor, although are far more effective when they are not. This is the kind of thing that Taskmaster would steal from Natasha, especially since it originates from the Red Room.

6 THOR’S HAMMER

We know that Taskmaster wouldn’t be worthy of lifting Thor’s hammer, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t craft his own weapon, similar to that of the god of thunder. Thor relies on a brawling style of combat, which could serve Taskmaster well in battle.

The hammer that he creates wouldn’t be as heavy but may contain magnetic components similar to Cap’s shield. It would be a fun nod to one of the key Avengers and a great way to continue showing exactly what Taskmaster can do.

5 FALCON’S WINGS

With the Falcon set to become even more prominent in the MCU thanks to his role as Captain America, it may be that the trademark wings which he is known for, could also come in to play. We haven’t seen anyone else use these so far.

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The Taskmaster is the perfect enemy to steal this technology and could lend itself to a big moment in the final act of the film. In fact, we’ve seen him and Natasha free falling, this could be the opportunity to pull out that flight ability.

4 IRON MAN’S ARMOR

The armor that Taskmaster has chosen is a combination of many different things, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a few different Stark elements in there. For one thing, the helmet could even have some kind of JARVIS like the software in there.

Furthermore, we don’t know how the suit can be modified. It may be able to come apart, similar to Iron Man’s and be adaptable based on the situation. Although it’s not as advanced as his bleeding-edge armor, it may be comparable to some of his earliest designs.

3 HYDRA’S GUNS

One of the most powerful weapons that we’ve seen in the MCU is Hyrda’s guns. Based on the strength of the Tesseract, these weapons have surfaced again and again across time and indeed across the MCU.

If Taskmaster is looking for a weapon that he can rely on, that will actually do damage to super-powered individuals, then he must know about Hydra’s legendary weapons. This relic might be turning up at some point in the film!

2 PYM PARTICLES

We know, it’s not that likely that Taskmaster himself is going to shrink down or grow ten times his own size. However, there’s a number of other things that Pym particles can be used for in battle.

We wager that Taskmaster has got his hands on some of the small discs that Ant-Man and the Wasp use, which means he is able to throw them at any object, growing or shrinking them. This could give him a significant edge.

1 DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON’S SWORD

The Daughter of the Dragon, Colleen Wing, is one of Netflix’s most well-received heroes. While her future remains unknown, this could be a great opportunity to reference her for the hardcore fans.

Taskmaster loves using a sword in the comics and it would be a shame to miss out on this here. However, there’s no prominent MCU hero that utilizes a sword, except Colleen Wing. A small piece of dialogue or even some footage could suggest Taskmaster got his skills from the Dragon’s daughter.

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2020-03-20 20:30:17

George Chrysostomou

PS5 & Xbox Series X Will Likely Be Delayed According To New Report

According to a new report, it’s very likely that either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X, or both, will be delayed thanks to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Recently named a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, the coronavirus has caused the slowdown of, and, in many cases the complete halt of, multiple industries and functions around the globe.

From the closure of Disney theme parks to the dozens of movies and television shows which have stopped production, the effects of the coronavirus has not only endangered the lives of thousands but also caused industry leaders across almost every section of humanity to reexamine the ways they do business, from embracing remote work to planning for multiple months of no profit. The video game industry has been just as susceptible to these adjustments as everyone else, and has recently seen a rash of Esport tournament cancellations thanks to fears surrounding spreading the coronavirus.

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Now, a new report from DFC Intelligence (thanks, WCCFTech) has shed some light on how the coronavirus may affect the production and distribution of next-generation game consoles, and it’s not good news. According to the DFC, a video game industry analyst and research firm with over 25 years of experience, both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X have “a strong likelihood one or both systems will not make a 2020 launch.” The information gets even worse for players from there, as the report goes on to state that “If the systems do launch, supply will likely be constrained and initial pricing could be higher than expected.”

For fans already worried about how much the PS5 and Xbox Series X will cost, this is not good news. Even if the world stops worrying about the dangers of coronavirus tomorrow, the damage may have already been done, as the DFC report also says “Even if the situation clears up in a few weeks, the ability to manufacture and release a high-end new game system has already been severely impacted.” As both systems are planned to release sometime during the Holiday 2020 season, there isn’t much time left for things to go back to normal.

The future of the entire entertainment industry, from movies to video games, as well as the health of thousands of people across the world, is currently uncertain. While some may bemoan the amount of delays, cancellations, and cautionary measures taken by governments and corporations worldwide, hopefully such actions will lead to a quicker, safer, and more stable recovery. Until the virus has run its course, or until a viable cure is found and distributed, everyone can only wash their hands, try not to touch their face, and wait. Video games have never been a better option, and although players may not be getting their hands on a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X as soon as they had hoped, at least there are a ton of good titles available right now to keep them occupied.

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Source: DFC Intelligence (via WCCFTech)


2020-03-14 19:23:56

Christopher Teuton

E3 Is Likely Getting Cancelled Thanks To Coronavirus After All

After weeks of rumors and wonderings, it looks as if E3 2020 is going to get cancelled after all. Across the world a number of high-profile events and conventions have been cancelled recently due to the COVID-19 strand of coronavirus which is currently spreading at an alarming rate across the globe. Health officials have been adamant about asking people to wash their hands thoroughly and avoid touching their face whenever possible

Recently, SXSW was cancelled due to fears over the coronavirus spreading and even smaller venues and organizations, like the Emerald City Comic Con, have decided it’s better to close their doors than allow such large numbers of people to come into contact with each other and potentially share the virus. Now, it appears as if the year’s biggest video game event will be adopting a very similar position.

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According to Twitter messages from both Devolver Digital and Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, multiple developers and industry professionally have “been hearing secondhand whispers” about the cancellation of E3. Schreier goes on to state that he’s heard from “a couple of people in positions to know that the ESA hasn’t officially made a decision yet.” Developer Devolver Digital’s tweet was much more blunt, simply stating, “Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y’all.” Check out the posts from journalists below, including one which states an official announcement should be coming tomorrow:

More and more developers seem to be spreading the news as time goes on, with God of War director Cory Balrog retweeting Devolver Digital’s message likely in order to allow as many people the chance to get their travel purchases refunded as soon as possible. Much like with the coronavirus’ cancellation of GDC 2020, it’s likely that multiple steps will have to be taken quickly by a number of big and small-time developers in order to not lose large amounts of money on flight and hotel purchases.

Until an official statement comes from the ESA, no one can say for sure, but it sure looks as if the video game world is bracing for a year with no E3. After the massive controversy at E3 2019, where hundreds of game developers and journalists had their personal information taken, some people in the industry are surely happy to see the annual event take a year off for once. The event has felt less relevant in recent years, especially as more and more big name developers like Nintendo and Sony have dropped their support of E3 in favor of their own personal showcases. If E3 2020 is indeed cancelled, it could mean the beginning of a new, E3-less future.

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Source: Twitter



2020-03-10 06:03:25

Christopher Teuton

Disney’s Epic Mickey Reboot Just Became Much More Likely

Disney’s Epic Mickey was one of the company’s most creative adaptations of its most iconic character, and recent comments suggest make an Epic Mickey reboot is more likely than ever. Disney recently said it wants video game developers to innovate with classic Disney properties – something Epic Mickey already did almost 10 years ago.

Released in November 2010, Epic Mickey was a Nintendo Wii-exclusive video game directed by Warren Spector, the game design veteran known for his role in the creation of Deus Ex, System ShockUltima Underworld, and Thief: The Dark Project. Under Spector’s direction, Epic Mickey and its sequel, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, became arguably the most unique Disney games ever made. They featured a twisted, theme park-like setting called the Cartoon Wasteland, home to decaying character animatronics (before Five Nights at Freddy’s) and Walt Disney’s forgotten creations. Both games included a morality system, through which Mickey could restore the Wasteland with paint or destroy it with paint thinner, leading to multiple endings.

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Unfortunately, neither game executed on the ideas’ potential. Epic Mickey’s Metacritic score landed at only 73, and Epic Mickey 2 reviews were even worse, resulting in Metacritic scores as low as 57. Chief among critics’ complaints were imprecise controls, repetitive gameplay, and a terrible camera. The first game’s story and atmosphere stood out as its most redeeming quality, though, and that’s something a reboot could capitalize on to great effect.

The original games’ developer, Junction Point Studios, was closed by Disney in 2013, but Disney’s infinite brand power could no doubt conjure up a deal with a solid studio for a reboot. EA’s current Disney Star Wars game license use has resulted in varying degrees of success, producing games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars: Battlefront 2. EA-owned development studios don’t have much experience with platforming games (besides Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall and Fallen Order wall-running), however, so Disney would likely need to give the Mickey license to a different developer. Marvel’s Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games would be a great choice, having created action-platfomers like Spyro and Ratchet & Clank. Given the complicated Disney/Sony Spider-Man situation, though, the nature of Disney’s relationship to Insomniac is murky.

In any case, Epic Mickey’s universe leaves plenty of potential for a reboot. Imagine an Epic Mickey sandbox platformer akin to Super Mario Odyssey, where Mickey journeys to several worlds within the Wasteland, each with its own theme. Alternatively, an Epic Mickey reboot could feature a story told only through music, like a video game version of Disney’s Fantasia, with colorful visuals augmented by platforming and magic-slinging gameplay. The main worry about such a reboot is the impact of creating it without Spector, but perhaps his absence would be good for the series, if Disney truly wants creators to take its properties to interesting new places. Either way, Disney would need to invest in a talented development team if it wanted Epic Mickey to reach its original, innovative potential.

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Epic Mickey released for the Nintendo Wii on November 30, 2010.


2020-02-13 04:02:22

Camden Jones