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Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date, Story Details & Cast

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia season 2.

The next installment in Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia is Wizards – here’s everything we know about the upcoming series. The first two series in the animated anthology from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation, Trollhunters and 3Below, establish the town of Arcadia and the strange happenings that take place there. With Wizards, the anthology series will come to a close, bringing together characters from both prior shows for a grand finale.

Trollhunters introduces Jim Lake, the first human Trollhunter who along with his friends must protect both the humans and trolls of Arcadia from an ancient evil. In 3Below, two alien royals, Aja and Krel, crash land in Arcadia and must work alongside their human (and one troll) friends to protect their new home from invasion. Now in Wizards, the characters of these two shows will come together in order to defeat some as-of-yet unknown enemy that is threatening to destroy not just Arcadia, but the whole world!

Related: Will There Be A 3Below Season 3? Here’s What’s Next For Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia

Here’s everything we know and expect for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia.

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date

Neither Netflix nor DreamWorks Animation has announced a premiere date for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, but the series is expected to debut on the streaming service in Fall 2019. As the concluding chapter in Tales of Arcadia, it isn’t yet known whether the series will have more than one season. However, given that Trollhunters ran for three seasons, 3Below for two, and with Wizards being the culmination of the entire anthology, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Wizards is just a one season show.

The Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Cast

As the final chapter in Tales of Arcadia, Wizards is expected to reunite most if not all the characters introduced on 3Below and Trollhunters. This would include Aja (Tatiana Maslany), Krel (Diego Luna), and Varvatos Vex (Nick Offerman) as well as Jim (Emile Hirsch), Claire (Lexi Medrano), Toby (Charlie Saxton), Blinky (Kelsey Grammer), and AAARRRGGHH!!! (Fred Tatasciore). Additionally, the many residents of Arcadia who have had minor roles on both series will likely also appear in Wizards.

As for cast members we know will return for Wizards, only Steve Palchuk (Steven Yeun) and Eli Pepperjack (Cole Sand) are confirmed to appear – making them the only characters to have been in all three Tales of Arcadia series. Also expected to return is Merlin (David Bradley), which makes perfect sense seeing as he’s the only actual wizard to have been so far introduced.

The Story of Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Specific details about Wizards: Tales of Arcadia‘s story have not been released, but the final scene in 3Below season 2 does hint at what’s to come. In that scene, Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! run into a talking black cat who warns them that the world as they know it is about to end. By now, a world-ending threat in Arcadia is nothing new, but being forewarned about it by a wizard’s familiar doesn’t bode well. Also, the only known wizard is Merlin, and he didn’t have a familiar in Trollhunters let alone a black cat familiar. So who is the cat working for? That’s a question Wizards is sure to answer, possibly even revealing more magic-users in the process.

In addition to that teasing final scene, an earlier moment in 3Below season 2 may provide more clues about what will happen in Wizards. During season 2, episode 11, “Race to Trollmarket”, Toby reaches out to Jim and Blinky for help, and during their conversation (relayed over video) Jim is seen fighting a mysterious figure clad head to toe in white armor. There’s no character who fits that description, but the armor looks reminiscent of the armor worn by both Merlin and Morgana – the evil enchantress and primary villain of Trollhunters. If Morgana has returned, this white knight might be working for her, and it may be she who is threatening to (again) end the world.

Along with these more overt hints at what may be in store on Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, another scene in 3Below season 2 reveals that the Akiridians and trolls actually first met hundreds of years ago. With Del Toro suggesting that Wizards will tie together the mythology of both Trollhunters and 3Below, it seems likely that there are some bigger secrets to still be revealed.

More: 3Below Season 2’s Ending Sets Up New Arcadia Show Wizards


2019-07-14 05:07:15

Sarah Moran

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date, Story Details & Cast

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia season 2.

The next installment in Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia is Wizards – here’s everything we know about the upcoming series. The first two series in the animated anthology from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation, Trollhunters and 3Below, establish the town of Arcadia and the strange happenings that take place there. With Wizards, the anthology series will come to a close, bringing together characters from both prior shows for a grand finale.

Trollhunters introduces Jim Lake, the first human Trollhunter who along with his friends must protect both the humans and trolls of Arcadia from an ancient evil. In 3Below, two alien royals, Aja and Krel, crash land in Arcadia and must work alongside their human (and one troll) friends to protect their new home from invasion. Now in Wizards, the characters of these two shows will come together in order to defeat some as-of-yet unknown enemy that is threatening to destroy not just Arcadia, but the whole world!

Related: Will There Be A 3Below Season 3? Here’s What’s Next For Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia

Here’s everything we know and expect for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia.

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date

Neither Netflix nor DreamWorks Animation has announced a premiere date for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, but the series is expected to debut on the streaming service in Fall 2019. As the concluding chapter in Tales of Arcadia, it isn’t yet known whether the series will have more than one season. However, given that Trollhunters ran for three seasons, 3Below for two, and with Wizards being the culmination of the entire anthology, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Wizards is just a one season show.

The Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Cast

As the final chapter in Tales of Arcadia, Wizards is expected to reunite most if not all the characters introduced on 3Below and Trollhunters. This would include Aja (Tatiana Maslany), Krel (Diego Luna), and Varvatos Vex (Nick Offerman) as well as Jim (Emile Hirsch), Claire (Lexi Medrano), Toby (Charlie Saxton), Blinky (Kelsey Grammer), and AAARRRGGHH!!! (Fred Tatasciore). Additionally, the many residents of Arcadia who have had minor roles on both series will likely also appear in Wizards.

As for cast members we know will return for Wizards, only Steve Palchuk (Steven Yeun) and Eli Pepperjack (Cole Sand) are confirmed to appear – making them the only characters to have been in all three Tales of Arcadia series. Also expected to return is Merlin (David Bradley), which makes perfect sense seeing as he’s the only actual wizard to have been so far introduced.

The Story of Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Specific details about Wizards: Tales of Arcadia‘s story have not been released, but the final scene in 3Below season 2 does hint at what’s to come. In that scene, Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! run into a talking black cat who warns them that the world as they know it is about to end. By now, a world-ending threat in Arcadia is nothing new, but being forewarned about it by a wizard’s familiar doesn’t bode well. Also, the only known wizard is Merlin, and he didn’t have a familiar in Trollhunters let alone a black cat familiar. So who is the cat working for? That’s a question Wizards is sure to answer, possibly even revealing more magic-users in the process.

In addition to that teasing final scene, an earlier moment in 3Below season 2 may provide more clues about what will happen in Wizards. During season 2, episode 11, “Race to Trollmarket”, Toby reaches out to Jim and Blinky for help, and during their conversation (relayed over video) Jim is seen fighting a mysterious figure clad head to toe in white armor. There’s no character who fits that description, but the armor looks reminiscent of the armor worn by both Merlin and Morgana – the evil enchantress and primary villain of Trollhunters. If Morgana has returned, this white knight might be working for her, and it may be she who is threatening to (again) end the world.

Along with these more overt hints at what may be in store on Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, another scene in 3Below season 2 reveals that the Akiridians and trolls actually first met hundreds of years ago. With Del Toro suggesting that Wizards will tie together the mythology of both Trollhunters and 3Below, it seems likely that there are some bigger secrets to still be revealed.

More: 3Below Season 2’s Ending Sets Up New Arcadia Show Wizards


2019-07-14 05:07:15

Sarah Moran

Mindhunter Season 2: Release Date & Story Details | ScreenRant

Netflix’s serial killer drama series Mindhunter season 2 releases this summer, and here’s everything we know. Written by Joe Penhall (The Road) and Jennifer Haley (Hemlock Grove), and directed by David Fincher (Zodiac), Mindhunter stars Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford, an ambitious young FBI agent with a hunger to get to the heart of what makes serial killers tick.

In season 1, Holden gave his colleagues in the Behavioral Science Unit, Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) increasing cause for concern as he went to great lengths to put serial killers at ease in order to earn their trust. Mindhunter is based on a book of the same name by former FBI agent John Douglas, who interviewed some of America’s most notorious serial killers, including Edmund Kemper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy.

Related: Mindhunter: How Much of the Series Is Real?

Mindhunter season 1 dug into the chilling psychology of some of these killers, and it was popular enough with audiences and critics alike to garner a second season. While Netflix confirmed Mindhunter season 2 way back in November 2017 – with Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Robert Ford by the Coward Jesse James) and Carl Franklin (House of Cards) joining Fincher in directing – getting it in front of audiences has been quite the journey. So what should fans expect from Mindhunter season 2?

Last updated: July 14, 2019

Filming for Mindhunter season 2 began in summer 2018 and wrapped in early December. Even though production wrapped late last year, Netflix has been waiting for the opportune moment to release the new season. After producer Charlize Theron let it slip that Mindhunter season 2 would release sometime in August, Fincher later confirmed August 16 as the official release date.

David Fincher has confirmed that Mindhunter season 2 will look at the Atlanta child murders, a series of killings between 1979 and 1981, in which 28 African-American children, teens, and young adults were murdered. Chillingly, while Wayne Williams was convicted for two of the murders, John Douglas believes that there were other offenders and Williams himself maintains his innocence to this day.

As in season 1, Mindhunter season 2 will deal with multiple different serial killers – including Charles Manson, who will be played by Damon Herriman. Herriman is also playing Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. According to casting breakdowns, the second season of the show will also feature David Berkowitz a.k.a. The Son of Sam, Tex Watson, Elmer Wayne Hanley, William Pierce Jr., William Henry Henry, and Paul Bateson.

Mindhunter season 2 will also continue the series’ over-arching storyline related to Dennis Rader a.k.a. the BTK Killer (Sonny Valicenti). The goal of the Behavioral Science Unit’s work is to figure out how captured serial killers’ minds work in order to more efficiently track down at-large serial killers and put a stop to their murder sprees. However, since Rader wasn’t apprehended until 2005, viewers probably shouldn’t expect that particular storyline to be resolved in season 2.

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2019-07-14 05:07:12

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Loki TV Show: Release Date Info, Story Details, & Cast

Thor’s brother Loki, the god of mischief, is getting his own TV show on Disney+, so here’s everything we know about it so far. Tim Hiddleston has so far played Loki in six Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, starting with 2011’s Thor and most recently appearing in Avengers: Endgame during a “time heist” that revisited the events of The Avengers. Loki has been everything from an untrustworthy ally to an outright villain in the Marvel movies, but now he’ll be the star of his very own series.

Loki‘s showrunner is Michael Waldron, who previously worked on Community and Rick and Morty, so we can probably expect him to bring some comedy elements to the show. Currently Loki is being planned as a miniseries, but there’s always the possibility of a continuation into multiple seasons if it proves successful.

Related: The Problem With Loki In Marvel Phase 4

He may be a rascal, but Loki is as well-loved as any of the Avengers (perhaps even more), and fans are eager to see him back on the screen. From release date information to plot details, here’s everything we know about Loki so far.

Disney+ is set to launch in the United States on November 12, 2019, but Loki won’t be available on the streaming service immediately. In fact, the show is still quite a long way off. Along with WandaVision, Loki is being planned for Year 2 – meaning that it will release some time between November 2020 and November 2021. There are two scripted Marvel series being planned for Year 1 of Disney+: team-up show Falcon & Winter Soldier, and animated series What If…?

Fans who watched Loki die (admittedly not for the first time) in Avengers: Infinity War may be confused by him returning in a TV show – but it’s easily explained. According to the official synopsis, Loki follows Thor’s unruly (adopted) brother as he “pops up throughout human history as [an] unlikely influencer on historical events.” It’s possible that the version of Loki we’ll see in the show is one from the timeline where he escaped Avengers custody with the Tesseract, and that he interferes with human history via his own means of time travel. Alternatively, this may be a prequel series set prior to the events of Thor, with Loki dropping by Earth to meddle whenever he gets bored. Whichever is the case, the first image from the show confirmed that one episode will see Loki popping up in the 1975 – based on Jaws playing in theaters.

It’s still early days for Loki, which may not start filming for a year or more, so there hasn’t been any news regarding supporting cast members. Hiddleston will reprise his role as Loki as the series’ lead, and it would be surprising if Chris Hemsworth didn’t at least drop in for a cameo, given his love of side projects like Team Thor.

More: Every Exclusive Movie & TV Show Coming To Disney Plus


2019-07-14 04:07:41

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Ghostbusters 2020: Release Date, Story, Returning Cast & Updates

The Ghostbusters franchise will continue with Ghostbusters 2020, and there’s already so much we know about the film. So far, the movie franchise includes 1984’s Ghostbusters, 1989’s Ghostbusters II, and the 2016 female-led Ghostbusters reboot.

The series kicked off in the early 1980s by following the fictional Ghostbusters team – parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and their friend Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) – on their various adventures as a ghost removal service. The sci-fi comedy concept was such a hit with audiences that it spawned a sequel and a reboot and has gone on to be the subjects of animated TV shows, comics, toys, apparel, and more. Given how beloved Ghostbusters is, it’s no wonder a new Ghostbusters film is on the way.

Related: The Ghost In The Ghostbusters Logo Has An Actual Name

With production already underway and a release date set, it’s officially time to get excited about the next Ghostbusters film. Here’s everything we know so far, from the cast to the director, to which original cast members will return.

Ghostbusters 2020 has its sights set on becoming a huge summer hit. The forthcoming Ghostbusters film is set for release on July 10, 2020. This means the film will be released at the height of the summer moviegoing season and will be competing against films like Ryan Reynolds’ Free GuyTop Gun: MaverickWonder Woman 1984, and Artemis Fowl. From there, it will come up against films like Christopher Nolan’s TenetJungle Cruise, and Morbius through the rest of the month.

Jason Reitman will direct Ghostbusters 2020Reitman’s career has taken off as a director over the last decade or so. His feature-length film debut was 2005’s Thank You For Smoking, starring Aaron Eckhart. He then moved on to the acclaimed Juno written by Diablo Cody and starring Ellen Page, Up in the Air with George Clooney, Young Adult with Charlize Theron, Labor Day, and most recently, the Hugh Jackman political drama The Front Runner.

Reitman is an established director, but he is also the son of Ivan Reitman. Fans of the first two Ghostbuster films know Ivan directed them. It’s possible Ivan is in an advisory role while Ghostbusters 2020 films because he appeared in an on-set photo with the movie’s stars: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and McKenna Grace, posted by Reitman on Twitter.

The Ghostbusters 2020 cast has arguably been the most exciting aspect of the film’s development. When news of Reitman’s Ghostbusters film first broke in early 2019, it was reported it would center around four young teens. Over time, the two young leads became The Haunting of Hill House‘s McKenna Grace and Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard, who will play siblings. The Leftovers actress Carrie Coon will play their mom. Paul Rudd is also starring in Ghostbusters 2020, and he made the announcement with a video of him standing in front of the Ghostbusters HQ in New York. Furthermore, relative newcomers Logan Kim and 20-year-old Celeste O’Connor joined the cast in supporting roles. While details on their characters weren’t revealed, it can be presumed that they’re playing the other two kids.

There have also been a lot of questions regarding whether any of the original Ghostbusters cast (Aykroyd, Murray, Hudson, Weaver, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranis) would make an appearance. Since Ghostbusters 2020 was announced, various cast members have been hinting at their potential involvement. Potts has teased the return of Janine around the time filming began. Weaver also confirmed in early June she, Murray, and Aykroyd would be shooting scenes for the film. It’s unclear how involved the original cast members will be in Ghostbusters 2020, but it may not matter as much. Seeing the original gang back together will undoubtedly be a huge selling point for the film going forward.

While there will certainly be ghosts, comedy, and all manner of hijinks in Ghostbusters 2020, there is currently no clear indication of what the core story will be about. An official Ghostbusters 2020 synopsis has yet to release, but based on the actors involved and the set photos that have appeared online, it seems like it will be a family story set outside of the confines of New York City. Perhaps more concrete details on Ghostbusters 2020‘s story will release once production comes to an end.

Reitman has confirmed Ghostbusters 2020 film is a direct sequel to Ghostbusters II and won’t reference any of the events from the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. At a Ghostbusters fan event, Reitman said he “wanted to make a love letter to the original movie” with his Ghostbusters film. Because of the likelihood of the original Ghostbusters (with the exception of Ramis, who passed away in 2014) returning in some capacity, the Ghostbusters 2020 might not only be a love letter but a bridging of the generational divide between the senior Ghostbusters team and the Gen Z team. Plus, it will turn the film into a symbolic passing of the torch, too.

There has been some prickliness between the 2016 cast and director Paul Feig and Reitman during the film’s pre-production. Feig and Leslie Jones, in particular, voiced their disappointment with the sequel insofar as it seemed to exclude their film from the Ghostbusters canon. Reitman indirectly responded to the comments, tweeting in February: “I have nothing but admiration for Paul and Leslie and Kate and Melissa and Kristen and the bravery with which they made Ghostbusters 2016. They expanded the universe and made an amazing movie!” Feig has expressed interest in a sequel to the Ghostbusters reboot, but it’s unclear if that will materialize.

Reitman released a teaser trailer in January 2019 featuring iconic Ghostbusters mobile the Ecto-1. In this Ghostbusters 2020 teaser, the camera pans in on something under a tarp in what looks like a barn or warehouse. A wind blows the tarp up to reveal the Ecto-1 and the Ghostbusters logo. The footage was specifically shot for the teaser and most likely won’t be featured in any future trailers or in the film itself. Filming on Ghostbusters 2020 began in June in Calgary. If the film doesn’t experience any production hiccups and follows a traditional timeline, it’s possible the first trailer will arrive in late 2019 or early 2020. This will allow enough time to build excitement for the Ghostbusters 2020‘s summer release and build its marketing campaign for added visibility.

Next: Why Ghostbusters 3 Took 31 Years To Make



2019-07-14 01:07:05

Allie Gemmill

One Punch Man Season 3 Release Date & Story Details | ScreenRant

Here’s what to expect from One-Punch Man season 3. Based on the manga series by ONE and Yusuke Murata, the One-Punch Man anime has enjoyed popularity with both Japanese and Western audiences and recently wrapped up its second season. Where One-Punch Man‘s debut season focused on establishing the core characters of Saitama, Genos and the Heroes Association, season 2 moved towards a more traditional story structure, establishing Orochi as an overarching antagonist.

Additionally, One-Punch Man season 2 introduced the series’ first antihero, Garou, and spent several episodes developing supporting figures such as Bang, Fubuki and King but ended on somewhat of a strange note, with Saitama defeating Elder Centipede and Garou being abducted by new villains, the Monster Association. Despite receiving a more mixed critical reaction, One-Punch Man‘s second season was massively popular and thoughts now begin to turn towards season 3.

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A post on the official One-Punch Man Twitter account (translated via Comicbook) confirmed that a third season was being planned, but there remains no confirmation of a release date. Many fans were disappointed by the almost four-year wait between One-Punch Man‘s first and second seasons, but the gap is unlikely to be as long this time around since the considerable season 2 delay was caused by a complete overhaul in animation staff and a switch in studio. If the current team remain in place for One-Punch Man season 3, then fans may be able to optimistically hope for a release in the latter half of 2020, with 2021 perhaps slightly more realistic.

However, it’s possible that fan pressure could cause yet more staff changes and another long absence. One-Punch Man‘s first season was directed by animation legend, Shingo Natsume, and the visuals he produced for the series played a significant role in its popularity. Under a different studio, One-Punch Man‘s season 2 art and animation has been widely criticized and, while nowhere near as lackluster as some would suggest, there has certainly been a deterioration in that department.

For this reason, a group of fans are petitioning for One-Punch Man‘s third season to rehire Natsume and the old team and, if this request is granted, a release sometime in late 2022 could become likely.

The Monster Association played a sizeable role in One-Punch Man season 2, but the anime has barely begun to scratch the surface on this band of madcap villains. Using the manga series as a reference point, One-Punch Man season 3 will mostly deal with the Heroes Association launching an attack on their evil counterparts, with all the major S-Class heroes infiltrating their hideout and engaging in one-on-one battles.

This should mean that season 3 is an action-packed affair with plenty of epic fight scenes, however Saitama’s lack of screen time is set to continue and Genos may also be largely absent in the next season of One-Punch Man. Following the defeat of Elder Centipede, the manga focuses heavily on characters such as Child Emperor, Atomic Samurai and Garou, and introduces a raft of new Monsters. Fortunately, Saitama also takes part in the mission, albeit secretly, and fans can therefore expect at least some degree of caped baldness.

Despite the attractive promise of continuous fight scenes, One-Punch Man won’t lose its trademark sense of humor in season 3, if the manga is any indication. As well as some of the monsters themselves proving to be rich sources of comedy, the battles are interlaced with some more “slice of life” style material that sees an annoyed Saitama attempt to adjust to the ever-growing circle of friends turning up at his apartment.

More: Art & Screenshots For One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows


2019-07-13 05:07:17

Craig Elvy

Super Mario Maker 2 Release Date For Switch Revealed

The release date for Super Mario Maker 2 has finally been announced. The sequel to the popular Super Mario Maker on Wii U was originally announced in February during a Nintendo Direct.

The first Mario Maker released in 2015, and quickly became one of the Wii U’s most popular titles. The game allowed players to create their own Mario platforming stages. You could create in the style of the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U. The tools were expansive, featuring all sorts of blocks, enemies, platforms, and more. Many players began successful YouTube and Twitch streams thanks to Mario Maker, thus helping the game to become a pop culture phenomenon. Even now, new stages are still being uploaded.

Related: 20 Greatest Super Mario Games Of All Time (And 10 Of The Worst)

Nintendo confirms the highly awaited Super Mario Maker 2 will be released on June 28, 2019 for Nintendo Switch. Nintendo already confirmed a June release date in the announcement trailer, and now we know the game will launch during the last week of that month.

Although Nintendo has only showed one trailer for the game, a lot of new features were confirmed. Of course, it’ll have the highly requested slopes. There will even be a new theme to create in: Super Mario 3D World. Another new feature will be adding water to ground stages. In the first Mario Maker, you couldn’t combine water and ground in a single section. This adds another layer to the creation process. All of this just scratches the surface of new content, as there are new enemies (such as Bully from Super Mario 64, and the Angry Sun from Super Mario Bros. 3), new platforms, and much more. The amount of new things almost makes the first game look like a prototype.

With Nintendo having distanced itself from the Wii U, it makes sense that the video game company would want to quickly get a new Mario Maker released. Being able to create challenging stages and share them online for the world to play is a fantastic concept. Even if one is not into making levels, there are going to be an endless amount of stages to play, making Mario Maker 2 a worthy pickup either way. It’s surprising that there’s been no footage since February, as there are still plenty of things that have yet to be unveiled. We’ll likely get at least one big overview trailer before release day. With Super Mario Maker 2, the Link’s Awakening remake, Pokémon Sword and Shield and more, Nintendo may have the best 2019 exclusive lineup.

More: 20 Switch Games Confirmed Coming In 2019 (And 5 That Are Possibilities)

Super Mario Maker 2 will be released on June 28, 2019.

Source: Nintendo



2019-04-24 07:04:30

Daniel Alvarez

Anthem’s Release Still Considered Early Access, Key Content Delayed

Some bizarre information emerged from BioWare earlier today, as the development team revealed that the studio still considers Anthem to be an early access release and that nearly all of its key content from its initial roadmap will now be delayed indefinitely. The news comes hot on the heels of anticipation for the upcoming new Stronghold release, a move that would have inspired some excitement for a game that has too often been viewed as an exemplary instance of corporate greed and rushed development sinking an otherwise promising new IP.

Anthem‘s struggles are nothing new—in fact, they began in what fans initially believed to be the early access release period that saw Origin subscribers given a full week of play time before other PC, PS4, and Xbox One users were given the chance to join in. Lately, a player-made Anthem survey indicated the dire conditions that surround the game now, suggesting that over half the game’s initial playerbase had already quit the game permanently while a further third were considering leaving if something didn’t change relatively soon. After a flurry of initial Anthem patches saw developer BioWare attempt to stopgap some of the most egregious bugs and missing features, news about the game’s ongoing repair process has been strangely quiet.

Related: Former BioWare GM: Anthem’s Launch Was Tough To Watch

In an update posted to Reddit by Anthem team member Darokaz, staff updated fans on the status of the game as well as the silence that has been a troubling but consistent element of BioWare’s approach as of late. Troublingly, the post indicated that BioWare still inexplicably believes that Anthem is in early access release. The post then addressed Anthem Update 1.1.0, which introduced the new Stronghold called The Sunken Cell as well as a few other quality-of-life changes that have been requested for weeks now. Finally, the update dropped a bombshell on fans—a dramatic number of Act 1 features were being delayed, with little reason other than there being more pressing fixes given. Here’s what’s being delayed:

  • Mastery System
  • Guilds
  • Legendary Missions – Phase II
  • Weekly Stronghold Challenge
  • Leaderboards
  • Some Freeplay Events
  • Cataclysm

In short, nearly everything that has kept fans sticking around and hoping for something better in the near future will be delayed by BioWare as the studio continues to try and figure out how to sort out the cataclysmic mess that is Anthem. While Cataclysm was a huge focus on early content releases in the build-up to launch, its May release window is now being used to simply release information about the feature, which fans still don’t know about. The post also closes out by addressing the many complaints over Anthem‘s loot that have literally persisted since the beginning of the game’s launch, stating:

We have heard your concerns around end game loot. We agree that our loot and progressions systems need to be improved and we are working towards this. When we have more information to share, we will.

Basically, the most recent update on Anthem is that nothing is going right. Now seems to be an appropriate time for fans to panic, as months after the game’s release, the only thing Freelancers have to show for their continued support is one extra Stronghold and the promise that things will get better, just not on schedule. It’s an atonal message from a developer that already needed to do a lot to win back the faith many had placed in its ability to produce quality products, and it’s hard to imagine anything except an extremely negative backlash waiting in the wings for BioWare after the latest Anthem update brings nearly all bad news.

Next: Fixing BioWare’s Problems Are A Top Priority For Studio

Source: Darokaz


2019-04-23 01:04:37

Cody Gravelle

Saints Row: The Third – Nintendo Switch ‘Full Package’ Release Date Trailer



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2019-04-22 18:01:22

Fixing Marvel Phase 3’s Broken Release Schedule

Marvel‘s Phase 3 has been a tremendous success – but in narrative terms, it could have been improved significantly. Phase 3 of the MCU was the ultimate in serialized storytelling, with each movie taking its heroes one step closer to their final confrontation with Thanos. It’s about to come to a head in Avengers: Endgame, and fans have been conducting rewatches of the MCU in order to celebrate the journey.

In hindsight, though, the truth is that Phase 3 wasn’t entirely consistent. The ongoing narrative hopped through the timeline with impunity; 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming was set a couple of months after Captain America: Civil War, and 2018’s Black Panther just a week later. Tonally, Phase 3 ranged from the Oscar-winning drama of Black Panther to the slapstick superhero comedy of Thor: Ragnarok, and yet, oddly, that variation wasn’t truly celebrated. The humor was concentrated in 2017, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok all coming out in quick succession.

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So, as a thought exercise, let’s run through the MCU’s Phase 3 and imagine an alternative order of release; one that works more effectively from a narrative sense, and that really does allow the MCU to embrace its potential.

Phase 3 kicked off with Captain America: Civil War, with the Avengers torn apart. This was a deliberate strategy, continuing the process of deconstruction that Marvel had begun when they had Steve Rogers tear down S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This could only possibly happen at the beginning of Phase 3 – as it requires both Captain America and Iron Man in order to work – and it set the scene for everything that would follow. New heroes like Black Panther and Spider-Man were introduced ahead of their solo films, while Steve Rogers was sidelined for the next few years, forced to operate from the shadows. So Captain America: Civil War has to be a fixed point in all this, staying in 2016.

But from this point on, our proposed order begins to change, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 releasing in 2016 as well. This could easily film concurrently with Captain America: Civil War, given there’s no overlap between the cast of the two films. What’s more, it wouldn’t really push writer-director James Gunn too hard – he started writing the script within a month of the first one’s release in 2014. In strategic terms, placing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at this point stresses that Phase 3 shares the focus on the Earth-bound and the cosmic. It also spreads out the humor, preventing it all being concentrated in 2017.

The best 2017 slate would probably look very different to the one Marvel actually released. Doctor Strange would come first, pushed back by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Again, this could easily be filming while Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 were in production, given there’s no overlap between the cast.

In this ideal scenario, it would then be followed by Black Panther, which would have started production as soon as Chadwick Boseman had finished up on Civil War. The two-year gap between Civil War and Black Panther had always seemed odd, given that closer releases would surely have maintained the hype more effectively. Furthermore, placing Black Panther here means there’s a straightforward line of continuity between 2016 and 2017’s films. One final advantage is that Marvel would be able to tell how well Black Panther was performing in the box office, potentially allowing them to adjust the script for Avengers: Infinity War a little to take advantage of it.

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Finally, there’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s reasonable to assume that the Marvel/Sony contract stipulated a 2017 release date, but Marvel would be smart to push it back towards the end of the year. Doing this would prevent issues further down the line; Marvel likes to retain the same kind of slot for all films within a franchise, and in 2019 the summer release of Spider-Man: Far From Home has been rather problematic, given how close it is to Avengers: Endgame.

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That brings us to 2018, the 10-year anniversary of the MCU. In this ideal release schedule, Thor: Ragnarok would drop in February 2018, with its post-credits scene setting up Avengers: Infinity War. This would serve to avoid the film’s continuity issues; although Ragnarok is ostensibly set in 2017 (the Hulk has been on Sakaar for two years), its post-credits scene is in 2018, mere moments before Thanos attacks the Asgardian refugees. In tonal terms, this means Ragnarok is moved away from the other more comedic movies, ensuring there’s more diversity to the slate.

Avengers: Infinity War is one of the fixed points of this timeline. However, Marvel would have been wise to swap Ant-Man & the Wasp for Captain Marvel, in large part because the latter was set up by the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel would then have been free to use Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel in their marketing for Avengers: Endgame.

All this would mean that Ant-Man & the Wasp would release in February 2019. Structurally, this would mean both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were preceded by more lighthearted films. It would also have a major advantage from a marketing perspective; Marvel has attempted to keep the plot of Endgame a closely-guarded secret, to the extent that all the trailers and TV spots only draw upon the first 20 minutes. There’s abundant evidence that the plot involves time travel of some kind, and Ant-Man & the Wasp sets that up. In its post-credits scene, Scott Lang is stranded in the Quantum Realm, and his one way out may well be the mysterious “time vortexes” that Janet Van Dyne mentioned. By holding Ant-Man & the Wasp back for immediately before Avengers: Endgame, Marvel would ensure time travel speculation built up at just the right time. They’d be able to control the narrative just a little bit more.

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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has recently noted that he considers Spider-Man: Far From Home to be the end of Phase 3 rather than the beginning of MCU’s Phase 4, so it’s worthy of mention here as well. Spider-Man: Far From Home is essentially an extended epilogue to Avengers: Endgame, set mere minutes afterwards. For all that’s the case, though, pushing it back to a later release date would be a smart move. The narrow gap between Endgame and Far From Home has left Marvel and Sony in something of an awkward spot, wary of giving away too much in the trailers and TV spots simply because it would spoil Endgame. A later release would mean marketing for Far From Home would be at a much earlier stage.

All this isn’t to say Phase 3 was a failure, of course; in truth, the MCU has been an unprecedented success, and Marvel deserves credit for successfully reinventing long-form storytelling for the big screen. But Phase 3 was a difficult challenge, in large part because it needed to wrap up everything that had happened in the MCU over the course of the last decade. Moreover, no sooner did Marvel firm up their plans than they reached an agreement that brought Spider-Man into the MCU, and had to switch things up. Given that’s the case, it was always inevitable there’d be some issues.

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2019-04-22 06:04:59

Thomas Bacon