Google Stadia Only Gives Subscribers Roughly One Game Per Month

Google Stadia intends to offer a streaming service for video games, but those who pay for a subscription will only receive roughly one free game a month. The original promotional material for Google Stadia presented it as a service that many believed could become the Netflix for video games, but later information has proven that association to be false.

The idea behind Google Stadia is that all of the hard work is done on the server end, which means that high-quality games can be streamed to any compatible device. The fact that games can be streamed from any location with a powerful internet connection without the need for special hardware has been the main selling point behind Google Stadia, but there have been more revelations over the past few months that have made the service less appealing, which includes the fact that players still have to pay full price for games, that there won’t be a beta period to test the hardware, and that it can devour 1TB of data within sixty-five hours of play.

Related: Watch The Trailer For Gylt, Google Stadia’s Only Exclusive Game

Any comparisons between Google Stadia and Netflix have officially been shot down by Andrey Doronichev, who is the director of product management at Google. Doronichev recently did a Reddit AMA, where he answered questions about the upcoming Google Stadia service. When asked about the situation regarding free games for Google Stadia subscribers, Dornoichev mentioned that they would only be receiving roughly one free game a month:

“To be clear, Stadia Pro is not “Netflix for Games” like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!).”

The Google Stadia service will be free when it launches for everyone in 2020, but fans will still need to purchase games and they will be locked at a maximum of 1080p resolution. The Stadia Pro subscription costs ten dollars month, which will allow games to run at 4k HDR with 5.1 surround sound. The first free game that will be available for subscribers at launch will be Destiny 2: The Collection, which will be given to those who purchase the upcoming Founder’s Edition in November.

The fact that the Stadia Pro subscription costs ten dollars a month means that it’s matching the price of its main competition, as PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold also only cost ten dollars per month. That Stadia Pro is only offering one game a month means that it’s currently offering less content that it’s competition, though, including Nintendo Switch Online. Still, the price will be worthwhile for those who want to play games on a 4k television set without needing to pay for expensive hardware – it just keeps getting steeper as consumers learn more about the platform.

Next: Stadia’s Best Feature Is Being Able To Change Your Gamertag Anytime You Want

Source: Reddit

2019-07-19 01:07:08

Scott Baird

Xbox One S All-Digital Version Leak Confirms Launch Next Month

A new leak appears to confirm the existence of the Xbox One S All-Digital variant, including a potential release date of May 7, at least in European markets. There have been rumors of an all-digital Xbox One S for a number of months, although the persistent suggestion that a console with no disc-drive would be coming soon has always been met with silence on Microsoft’s part.

The industry is changing rapidly, and while a console with no disc drive would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, the reality is it’s not even that innovative at this point in time. Google Stadia is set to change the way we think about video games later this year with a streaming service that could eliminate the need for consoles—and, by extension, games on disc—by hosting titles on company servers. Microsoft has also been experimenting with similar technology, as reports have indicated the company is very interested in providing streaming services itself in the future, something that could possibly include Nintendo and its Switch as part of a selling point. A Microsoft Xbox One S All-Digital variant wouldn’t be surprising based on that.

Related: Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Ultimate To Combine Gold and Game Pass

German website obtained images of an apparent Microsoft Xbox One S All-Digital variant over the weekend, with the images appearing to stem from an unnamed European retailer. There’s a lot to be gleaned from the box art, apparently: the new console might with pre-installed copies of MinecraftSea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3, while it appears the launch version will have a 1TB hard drive. The latter is an especially important component for a console that will be hungry for hard drive space thanks to its need to download all of the titles that will be played on it. Although a previous Xbox One S leak hinted at most of this information, this is much more solid proof, and it comes with perhaps the most important element of all—the console’s price point. The console will retail for roughly $260 USD based on the leak.

Of course, it’s worth keeping in mind that this might just be one variant of an Xbox One S All-Digital console, and that there may be options that are both cheaper and more expensive. Still, a disc-less console that comes with three good pre-installed games for less than $300 is a mouth-watering prospect for many people who might have been interested in owning an Xbox One S alongside a Nintendo or Sony device they already had. Offering a cheaper console is one way for Microsoft to increase its market penetration as well, which has been sorely lacking in a console generation that has been utterly dominated by Sony’s PlayStation 4, despite the latter’s reluctance to innovate or partner with competitors hindering it somewhat over the past few months.

As always, this leak is a rumor until Microsoft confirms the Xbox One S All-Digital console itself. If it exists, though, it’s yet another nod to the likelihood we will soon be leaving console gaming as we currently understand it behind. Between new streaming services and disc-less consoles, physical games seem like they’ll continue to play a smaller role in the industry, something that we’ve seen supported by GameStop’s profits plummeting and digital download sales becoming a more relevant metric for success than physical.

Next: Xbox Creator Says Don Mattrick Didn’t Believe in Xbox


2019-04-15 08:04:44

Cody Gravelle

Disney+ Costs $6.99 Per Month, $69.99 For Annual Subscription

Disney has unveiled the pricing for their subscription plans for Disney+. Over the last year or so, Disney has been gearing up for the launch of a streaming service of their own. The success of Netflix, Hulu, and more has brought about a true streaming war in Hollywood. Disney is far from the only studio looking to get in on a lucrative business, with Apple, Universal, Warner Bros., and more all developing services of their own.

For Disney’s part, they’ve envisioned the strength of their multiple high profile brands as the major selling point for Disney+. The service will have old, new, and original content from Pixar, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Star Wars, and this is just the beginning. The recently closed deal to acquire 21st Century Fox will only bolster the library of content that they can offer. But, with so much premium and sought after content at their disposal, the price tag for Disney+ has been a major lingering question.

Related: Here’s Everything That Disney Now Owns From Fox

Disney revealed the various subscription models and pricing for Disney+ at the Disney Investor Day. It was here they confirmed that the monthly subscription price will be $6.99 to get access to the service. Additionally, those who know they’ll be longtime subscribers can do so on a yearly basis for $69.99 – which comes out to roughly $5.83 a month for a yearly saving of almost $14.

This price point for Disney+ is an incredible bargain for fans of their content, and will very likely help increase the willingness of potential customers to subscribe. From very early on in this process, Disney CEO Bob Iger has mentioned that the price for Disney+ will be significantly cheaper than Netflix, and this move proves that he was telling the truth. Netflix’s lowest tier will soon be $8.99, but it only allows for one device and no HD streaming. Meanwhile, the increased prices for Netflix make tier two cost $12.99 and $15.99 for the premium plan. Not only is Disney+ going to be cheaper than Netflix, but it also will come in below Amazon Prime ($9 a month for video only), HBO Now ($15 a month), and ad-free plans for CBS All Access ($10 a month) and Hulu ($12 a month).

While many of these services are creating original content out of nothing, Disney+ will be relying heavily on properties audiences have already shown interest in. Disney’s vault of content will help bring a live-action Lady and the Tramp movie, multiple Star Wars and MCU shows, and much more to the service. Plus, there have been several reports recently about their plans to incorporate Fox titles and breathe new life into them – such as with a Love, Simon sequel and The Sandlot prequel shows. With no ads, a cheap price, major IP, and a nearing release date, Disney+ is shaping up to make a big splash in the streaming space.

More: How Much Is Netflix? All Price Plans Explained

Source: Disney Investor Day

2019-04-11 05:04:39

Cooper Hood

Breath Of The Wild Gets Full VR Support Later This Month

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be fully be playable in Nintendo Labo VR. The open-world epic is the one of two first-party titles that will be playable with the soon-to-release Labo kits.  

Nintendo pulled the curtain back on its cardboard-covered take on virtual reality in early March. Like regular Labo, players construct and customize their own peripherals, though now they’ll have functional Toy-Con VR goggles to tinker with. Despite the name, the limited technology doesn’t actually allow for true virtual reality, at least compared to Oculus or PlayStation VR. That’s due to the goggles’ low resolution. Labo instead emphasizes brief, simple experiences aimed primarily at kids. A Starter set, two expansion kits, and an all-encompassing Labo VR kit are slated to launch April 12.

Related: Zelda: Breath of the Wild Climbing Gear Location Guide

Per Eurogamer, on April 25th a free update will make The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, along with Super Mario Odyssey, the first major titles to spotlight the technology. Players can experience the entirety of Link’s adventure while wearing the goggles. However, a disclaimer in the video states that the game’s pre-rendered cutscenes will not function in VR. Activating the feature is as simple as entering the game’s menu settings and switching on the newly-added Toy-Con VR option (presumably added as part of the update). Additionally, players can begin playing in VR mid-playthrough; there’s no need to start a new game.

Super Mario Odyssey’s compatibility will be comparatively more limited. Players can play new mini-missions set in three kingdoms: Cap, Seaside, and Luncheon. All we know about these missions is that they’ll entail collecting music notes and coins.

Nintendo Labo hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire, so it’ll be intriguing to see if adding VR moves the needle a bit. It’s tough to imagine many players spending any prolonged time with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild due to the goggles’ less-than stellar resolution. That’s a long game to spend looking at what’s likely muddier visuals. Super Mario Odyssey’s more succinct offerings seems like a more ideal approach. Kids will likely get a kick out of Nintendo Labo VR, if nothing else for the inherent fun of building with cardboard. But VR aficionados should keep in mind that the technology has been intentionally positioned as more of a nifty gimmick rather than a significant game-changer.

More: Mike Tyson Blasts Nintendo For Excluding Him From Switch Punch-Out

Source: Eurogamer/Nintendo

2019-04-05 11:04:05

Marcus Stewart

Battlefield V Gets Microtransactions Next Month Which Explains Its Grind Issues

In an effort to avoid the issues of many other recent Electronic Arts published games, developer DICE was able to release Battlefield V without any sort of loot boxes, DLC packs, or season passes. Instead, its microtransactions for cosmetics would provide a long-tail of revenue but were not implemented at launch to avoid any negativity surrounding their inclusion.

That’s a trick played by the Forza franchise and several other triple-A releases, where they launch without any sort of real-money micotransactions until all the reviews come out, and after the launch hype settles in, so to does the nickel and diming begin. For Battlefield V, DICE says this was in an effort for players to acclimatize themselves to the cosmetic progression system in Battlefield V.

Related: Battlefield V Early Discounts Punish Loyal Fans Who Already Bought It

In January 2019 however, microtransactions will be added to Battlefield V, according to a retailer leaked which revealed for Xbox One a $49.99 purchase for 6000 of the premium Battlefield coins.

Dropping random loot box (i.e. gambling) and DLC pricing was a great thing for Battlefield, but DICE and EA are botching this up on two fronts.

1. Battlefield V is Still Missing Content

Battlefield V was rushed and didn’t launch with all of its advertised content, both big and small. During its launch event, and during a preview session with devs for us and other outlets before its announcement, a four-player co-op campaign (“Combined Arms”) was advertised as a mode that could generate objectives and narratives for players. A battle royale mode was also teased, and later revealed as “Firestorm” but it too is not available until late spring at the earliest.

There are also some core features missing from gameplay and progression in the game, including the ability to drag downed enemies (meaning DICE straight up didn’t finish designing gameplay before release) and the cosmetics for vehicles didn’t launch until Battlefield V’s Tides of War live service began a few weeks after launch.

Microtransactions are being implemented before the game is “complete” in a traditional sense and this is partly due to how rushed BFV is. Even rival Black Ops 4 had a three-year dev cycle. BFV had two years by comparisons since Battlefield 1 launched. Battlefield V is great, it’s just not finished.

2. Battlefield V is holding back company coins from players

The max level cap in Battlefield V is 50 and a lot of players, myself included, reached that in a few short weeks. When at that level, rewards for the in-game Company Coin currency come to a halt. Given that we’re weeks away now from a premium currency release, the timing of this yet-to-be-fixed issue is not good from an optics standpoint. The community management team has been mostly silent to updating players on this earnings problem (and issues surrounding advertised features not yet delivered and weak deluxe edition rewards). DICE likely doesn’t want players being able to buy all the cosmetics with their in-game earnings, when real money will be available soon.

We’ve reached out to EA’s PR team on Battlefield V for comment on the premium currency release in January and the issues surround company coin.

More: Where to Find Battlefield V’s Creepy Stalker Gnome Easter Egg

Source: Retailer Leak

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2018-12-28 01:12:02

Disney Rumored to Release Trailers for Star Wars 9 & Frozen 2 This Month

The first trailers for Star Wars: Episode IX and Frozen 2 are both rumored to arrive later this month. Disney is in the midst of releasing a flurry of trailers for their 2019 slate. Captain Marvel‘s second trailer just arrived, and now it appears that the Avengers 4 trailer may arrive before the end of the week.

Disney is already one of the highest earning studios at the box office, but their 2019 lineup could be a record setting year. They’ve got something for everyone at some point next year. Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 fill the MCU slots; Pixar is releasing Toy Story 4 in the summer; live-action remakes of DumboAladdin, and The Lion King are coming in the first half of the year; and fans of the popular novel of the same name can see Artemis Fowl in the fall. But, their year ends with sequels to billion dollar hits Frozen and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Disney’s rush of trailers over the last few weeks has made it so every film on their 2019 slate has a trailer, except for Frozen 2 and Star Wars: Episode IX, and that may change soon.

Related: Avengers 4 Trailer Coming After Captain Marvel Is Better For Both Films

Collider‘s EIC Steven Weintraub revealed on Twitter that the first footage from both Frozen 2 and Star Wars: Episode IX will arrive sometime this month. The actual dates of the trailer reveals aren’t yet known, but Weintraub “would be shocked” if they haven’t arrived by December 25 at the latest.

If this is Disney’s plan, then it will make for a busy final two months for their marketing team. Disney only has one more release this year, and it’s Mary Poppins Returns on December 19th. The family friendly nature of the release could make it an ideal film for Disney to attach the first Frozen 2 trailer to. After all, the brilliant post-credits scene for Ralph Breaks the Internet teased audiences with allure of the first footage from the animated sequel, so it would make sense that Disney would deliver on that tease sooner than later. However, it would signal a major change to Disney’s usual marketing strategy. By comparison, the first teaser for Frozen arrived just five months before it was released in 2013, while the Frozen 2 teaser would come 11 months before the release.

This report would also make for a similarly surprising switch for Star Wars. J.J. Abrams is still in production on Star Wars: Episode IX, and is expected to continue filming into February. This would mean that a trailer for the final film in the Skywalker Saga would arrive before production had wrapped, and a complete year before the movie hits theaters. Under Disney, their standard practice has been to release the first trailer for an upcoming Star Wars movie in April of its release year, sometimes coinciding with Star Wars Celebration. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the biggest exception, as that first teaser arrived over a year before the movie would hit theaters, but that movie had to restart the entire franchise.

As of right now, it would be a bit surprising to see Disney squeeze two more major trailers in before the end of the year for films that are roughly a year away, but maybe that’s exactly what they’ll do. After all, they’ve released debut trailers for five (and soon to be six) of their 2019 releases in the last three weeks. If the first trailers for Star Wars: Episode IX and Frozen 2 are actually on the way, then hopefully Disney will confirm these plans before too long.

MORE: Star Wars 9: The Truth Behind Lucasfilm’s “Course Correction”

Source: Steven Weintraub

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2018-12-04 07:12:37

December 2018 Video Game Releases: What To Play Next Month

It’s been a great year for the gaming industry, but there are still a few video games left to release in December 2018. Some of the biggest titles of the year have already released, including Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. But the year isn’t over yet.

Although December doesn’t generally bring in a lot of new video games, there are still games to look forward to in the final month of the year. These might be titles that would get overlooked otherwise, but gamers need to remember that there’s always new stuff to play, even at the end of 2018.

Apparently, the biggest titles to release in December 2018 are Just Cause 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but there are a few other games to also look forward to as well, including two new Persona titles. Here are the new games that people can play in December 2018.

Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • DEVELOPER: P-Studio

The concept of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight is rhythm game meets the Persona 3 RPG. The idea is that the characters from Persona 3 are dancing, using players challenged with hitting the right notes (by using their controller) in time to a musical track. At times, more than one character dances, representing their relationship in the original Persona 3 title. Dancing takes place in the Velvet Room, a location from the RPG.

Related: Sony Patents A New VR Controller Sparking PlayStation 5 Rumors

Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight has the same concept, but its premise comes from the Persona 5 RPG. Although there is no story mode, the rhythm game uses characters from Persona 5. And like Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, dancing takes place in the Velvet Room. Persona fans will appreciate revisiting some of their favorite characters, and rhythm games are always an excellent way to pass the long cold days of wintry December.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: The Bearded Ladies
  • PUBLISHER: Funcom

Imagine a dystopian future where humanity is all but gone, only leaving behind mutants to wander a world of abandoned cities and wasteland countrysides. Based on a tabletop game called Mutant Chronicles, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden allows players to step into the shoes of animal and human hybrid creatures to explore a world of adventure by using tactics to survive in what is often a harsh environment. The game transitions between turn-based mode and real-time, allowing players to control a team of five mutants at any given time.

It’s the universe created by Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden that will draw players in. The post-apocalyptic world is a mash-up of technology and fantasy with the central location, the Ark, serving as the hub where players go to restock on supplies and take a breather from combat.

Just Cause 4

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: Avalanche Studios
  • PUBLISHER: Square Enix

Read Screen Rant’s Just Cause 4 Hands-On Preview

The most significant release of December is probably Just Cause 4, a highly anticipated sequel in a franchise that allows players to seek action and adventure in an open world environment. In Just Cause 4, Rico Rodriguez travels to a fictional part of South America known as Solis. It is here where the Black Hand resides, one of the world’s most powerful private armies. Rico wants to learn more about his father, who was a part of the group.

What will set Just Cause 4 apart from its predecessors, though, is that it’s using a new game engine, called Apex. This new engine can create all new kinds of dynamic weather effects, as well as improves upon the AI of existing titles in the franchise. As a result, NPC’s are a lot smarter and behave in ways that could provide more of a threat to Rico. The new engine also provides better animation.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Retail Version)

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: Ninja Theory
  • PUBLISHER: Ninja Theory

Although Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice initially released digitally in 2017, this year sees the title finally getting a retail release. The game follows Senua, a Pict warrior dealing with the Viking invasion of her homeland who also suffers from mental illness. Many critics have referred to the game as a work of art, particularly in its depiction of mental illness, which is not just well thought out, but honest.

In this dark fantasy, Senua must embark on a journey through Helheim, carrying the skull of her dead lover Dillion in hopes of saving his soul from death. Senua must fight monsters, those that reside within her and without, while solving puzzles using symbols that only she can see in her environment. Although the voices in her head continuously berate her, she suffers through an increasingly dark world that includes Pict and Viking lore.

Override: Mech City Brawl – Super Charged Mega Edition

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: Xbox One
  • DEVELOPER: The Balance Inc.
  • PUBLISHER: Modus

Here is a title for those who want to do nothing more than step into a giant mecha and fight. In Override: Mech City Brawl – Super Charged Mega Edition, it’s all a big brawl and players can go to battle with various mechs, with each having their own special qualities and skills. The mega edition also includes all season pass content with additional mechs, new skins, and legendary skins.

Players can compete in multiple modes in areas modeled after real-world cities and countries, including Egypt, Tokyo, Mexico and San Franciso. They can also challenge other players locally or online or indulge in co-op modes. For those players interested more in playing through a story, players can dive into a single-player campaign. Players can also team up with others in a unique co-op mode where each person controls one part of a mech.

Page 2 of 2: Even More Video Games Releasing In December 2018

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • RELEASE DATE: December 7
  • PLATFORMS: Nintendo Switch
  • DEVELOPER: Bandai Namco
  • PUBLISHER: Nintendo

Read Screen Rant’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate Hands-On Preview

For those players looking to brawl with characters they’re more familiar with, there’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In this title, players can step into the shoes of some of their favorite Nintendo characters, such as Mario, Ridley, Dark Samus, Link, Mega Man, and more. Then the fun begins: they can fight other players in an arena. The goal is to knock the other player out.

What makes this title so much fun, though, is that players can use a variety of fun tools at their disposal. This includes power-ups, Pokéballs and Assist Trophies, along with a Final Smash attack. This title also introduces a few new gameplay modes to players. In Smashdown, players can only use each character once. In Squad Strike, players team up and battle together. In Tournament, players can form teams of up to 32 characters and compete in tournament brackets.

Katamari Damacy Reroll (Retail Version)

  • RELEASE DATE: December 7
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Nintendo Switch
  • DEVELOPER: Bandai Namco
  • PUBLISHER: Namco

In 2004, Bandai Namco released Katamari Damacy, a little game about a Prince who serves the King of all Cosmos who requested that he roll up the world, and later the universe, into a big ball. Although that premise sounds ridiculous, the instantly addictive game took players by storm and remains a favorite, even 14 years after its release. That game is getting an updated re-release, titled Katamari Damacy Reroll, that will offer new HD visuals, along with a two-player mode and special gyro controls. Players can also roll up entire cities and planets with enabled motion control for Joy-Con.

Perhaps there is no better way to spend the holiday season playing a game that does nothing but give players pure joy. Enjoy countless hours of gameplay while rebuilding the universe under the direction of the King. Sure, it’s not a new Katamari game, but why mess with a classic?

Earth Defense Force 5

  • RELEASE DATE: December 11
  • DEVELOPER: Sandlot
  • PUBLISHER: D3Publisher

In Earth Defense Force 5, players will become soldiers with the Earth Defense Force, a special army trained to protect Earth from alien threats. In the game, players come face to face with an alien species, beings that come from a planet called Primer. These alien insect-like invaders want to take over Earth, so it’s up to the Earth Defense Force to stop them.

This might sound like a progressive game, but the wonderful thing about this franchise is that it’s a lot like the B-movies of the 1950s. The Earth Defense Force games don’t take themselves too seriously and don’t worry about things like stellar graphics and fantastic voice acting. This franchise embraces the cheesiness of fighting bug-like invaders. The new title features more than 100 missions with five different difficulties. If that isn’t enough, then there’s also a two-player co-op mode.

Insurgency: Sandstorm

  • RELEASE DATE: December 12
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: New World Interactive
  • PUBLISHER: Focus Home Interactive

New World Interactive recently partnered with Focus Home Interactive to bring the next Insurgency title to gamers, allowing the developer more creativity and ability to expand upon the first game in the series. In Insurgency: Sandstorm, players will enter into matches, but for the first time, it also has a story mode that will revolve around a squad of characters that have to face such challenging missions, starting with the 2003 invasion of Iraq to modern day.

For those wanting something a little more like esports, though, Insurgency: Sandstorm will also have a competitive tactical multiplayer component, as well as console split-screen capabilities. Players can also customize their characters for the first time. Combat is in close quarters and quite often lethal, with New World Interactive promising that it has greatly expanded upon what it built with the first Insurgency game.

Borderlands 2 VR

  • RELEASE DATE: December 14
  • DEVELOPER: Gearbox
  • PUBLISHER: 2K Games

While fans patiently wait for Borderlands 3, they can now relive Borderlands 2 in an entirely different way. That’s right, Borderlands VR will finally land in December, bringing with it the bright and vibrant worlds gamers love. Relive the adventures of Axton the Commando, Maya the Siren, Salvador the Gunzerker, and Zer0 the Assassin as they make their way across the world, taking on missions and killing Psychos, all while armed to the teeth.

The VR version brings a new kind of aiming to gameplay, one that uses head movement. It also introduces a feature called BadAss Mega Fun (BAMF) Time. This is basically like bullet time, which slows down movement long enough to get as many hits in during combat as possible. The downside is that the VR adventure is a solo one, but seeing Borderlands come to life in virtual reality is still a must for hardcore fans of the franchise.

More: Top 20 Video Games of 2018, According to Critics

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Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Johnny Depp is finally addressing those who oppose his casting in the upcoming Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, including how they have affected writer J.K. Rowling. Last year, following the release of the first cast photo for the film, the author expressed her support of the casting. Rowling, along with director David Yates, skated around the concerns, saying that she is “genuinely happy” to have him on board.

Controversy regarding Depp’s involvement in the beloved franchise came about around the time of the first film. Depp had been embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, over allegations of domestic violence. The Aquaman actress responded to a statement made by Warner Bros. (the studio behind both films), sharing the joint statement released by the pair following their divorce, but indicating that she is not necessarily in support of her ex.

Related: Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Now, Depp is speaking out for the first time about his role, and a little about the various allegations against him. In an interview with EW, the actor remarks that he “felt bad” that Rowling was called to defend her choice to cast him. However, he maintains that he is innocent, remarking that he is suing The Sun for defamation. He insists that Rowling is aware of his innocence, which is why she supports him. “She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it,” he says.

The allegations he speaks of goes beyond those made by Heard. In July, Depp was sued for assault surrounding an incident that allegedly occurred on the set of his film City of Lies. The actor fought back, claiming that the accusations were false and he didn’t ever touch the defendant, location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks. In August, just a month before the film’s scheduled release, City of Lies was pulled, though it’s unknown if this was connected. But in the case of Fantastic Beasts, things continue on as they have.

The studio has clearly fully embraced Depp in the role. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, he appeared separate from his fellow actors during the Warner Bros. panel, making a speech as Gellert Grindelwald. He is also featured prominently in the latest image for the Fantastic Beasts sequel, front and center with his back to the viewer as the rest of the characters, including Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Judd Law’s young Albus Dumbledore, face forward looking at him. Now that it’s been announced that he’ll be returning in the third film, it seems as though everyone has decided to lean in and ignore the problematic allegations against Depp, even as they persist.

More: Johnny Depp’s Casting In Fantastic Beasts 2 Is A Mistake

Source: EW

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2018-10-11 03:10:55 – Becca Bleznak

Does First Man Have An After-Credits Scene?

You’ve been to the Moon and back with Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, does First Man have an after-credits scene in store for you? The new film from Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) is about the first man to walk on the lunar surface, exploring Armstong’s family life as much as his humanity leaping actions.

It’s a very different sort of biopic for sure. While all the key moments are there – Neil joining NASA, the near-fatal Gemini 8 mission, the successful and unforgettable Apollo 11 landings – the film takes a more abstract approach, with documentary-style filming and moments of reflection creating something more personal than a peek behind the curtain. One of the biggest aspects of this is the lack of any end cards that explain what happened to First Man‘s key players after the Moon landings.

Watch: The First Man Trailer

And if you’re expecting to find out more by sticking around in the theater, you’re out of luck: First Man does not have an after-credits scene. However, there are two very good reasons to still stick about. The first is Justin Hurwitz’s score. In the movie itself, it’s a stunning blend of grounded and magical styles, evoking 2001 and Interstellar while still being its own thing, and the credits suite is a perfect cap. Second, there’s the use of archive NASA recordings at the end that serve as both a reminder of the reality of this story and how space exploration continued beyond the Moon landings.

It shouldn’t be too surprising that First Man doesn’t include anything after the credits. Even with it shirking a lot of drama genre conventions, it’s not going to dip its toe into a trope typically saved for superhero movies. The story of both the Space Race and Neil Armstrong are completed by the movie’s end, so there’s no greater narrative to explore – even if that final scene is rather ambiguous. A stinger showing Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the US flag in the Moon would be humorous, but again not totally fitting.

There’ll be other ways to keep up with the talent involved. Chazelle is going to be giving the big screen a break, but is set to direct the first two episodes of upcoming musical Netflix series The Eddy and is writing a project for Apple TV. Ryan Gosling has no other acting projects lined up, but Claire Foy will be back in cinemas next month for The Girl In The Spider’s Web (but not on Netflix for The Crown, where the role of Queen Elizabeth has been recast with Olivia Coleman).

Next: First Man’s Moon Sequences Are Meant To Be Seen In IMAX

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2018-10-11 03:10:50 – Alex Leadbeater

Hobbs & Shaw Photo: Idris Elba’s Fast & Furious Villain Revealed

Dwayne Johnson has posted the first photo of Idris Elba as the villainous Brixton in the Fast & Furious spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw. The Rock has arguably become as central to the illegal street racing series-turned international juggernaut that is Fast & Furious as Vin Diesel, following his debut as Luke Hobbs from 2011’s Fast Five… and he has the box office receipts to prove it. Hence, it’s not surprising that Universal has decided to prioritize a spinoff movie that centers around Johnson’s character and pairs him opposite Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, especially after the two actors discovered they have crackling onscreen chemistry while filming last year’s Fate of the Furious.

Hobbs and Shaw officially began shooting last month, with David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) calling the shots from a script by Fast & Furious franchise writer/producer Chris Morgan. Not much is known about the film’s actual narrative, admittedly, but it’s probably fair to assume that Elba’s character is a suave British mercenary of sorts (Is there any other kind of British mercenary in the movies?) who’s out to profit from his terrorist ways. And of course, the only ones who stand in his way are Hobbs, Shaw, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘s Vanessa Kirby as (reportedly) Shaw’s sister, an MI-5 agent.

Related: Vanessa Kirby’s Hobbs & Shaw Character is ‘Absolutely the Boss’

Johnson published the first photo of Elba in character for Hobbs and Shaw on his Instagram account and, in doing so, confirmed the mysterious baddie’s name. Take a look in the space below:

Hobbs and Shaw‘s Brixton will be but the latest villain role in a major franchise movie that Elba adds to his belt, to go along with his voice work as the tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book remake and his performance as the antagonist Krall in Star Trek Beyond. As compelling as the actor can be when he’s playing the nobler type onscreen (even an extremely flawed hero like the DCI John Luther on the TV series Luther), he generally makes for an equally charismatic and engaging threat to the good guys in his big screen appearances.

The Fast & Furious movies have stepped up their own villain game over the past five years by bringing in top-tier talent like Luke Evans, Charlize Theron and – once upon a time – even Statham to take on the franchise’s heroes. However, with Elba stepping into Brixton’s (fancy) shoes, there’s a pretty good chance that Hobbs and Shaw will end up delivering the most memorable bad guy that the series has seen to date.

MORE: First Look at The Rock’s Fast & Furious Spinoff

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2018-10-11 03:10:10 – Sandy Schaefer