COD: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Gameplay Reveal Coming On August 1

A multiplayer gameplay reveal for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is coming on August 1, 2019. The silence surrounding Modern Warfare has been very odd considering the game is coming out in just a few months before the end of 2019, and this will be the first time fans will have the chance to see the core multiplayer playlist in action.

Activision and Infinity Ward recently revealed the first gameplay of a new game mode coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare called Gunfight, which is perfectly suited for players on a tight schedule; however, it’s completely separate from the main multiplayer playlist. While it may be different from the regular multiplayer, Gunfight shows the very familiar user interface, as well as the fast and fluid gameplay that fans have come to expect from the series. There were also some cool surprises like quick execution animations shown off for the first time.  Infinity Ward has said in the past that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will increase the player count with 20-player matches.

Related: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Makes “No Russian” Look Like Amateur Hour

Activision announced that the full multiplayer reveal will be coming on August 1 via Twitch, and Gunfight was just a small piece of the bigger picture. Players can likely expect the staple Call of Duty game modes to make a return, like Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Search and Destroy. As of right now, though, no other new modes have been revealed outside of Gunfight. The gameplay itself looked very promising, and it’ll be exciting to see it for the first time in large-scale battles.

Infinity Ward is making big changes to the multiplayer offerings in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with full cross-play support and the absence of a traditional season pass. The changes will ensure that every player is able to have access to the latest content and multiplayer updates without being restricted by any sort of paywall. Everyone will also be able to play together across PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and there’s a new cross-progression system being included in the game, tying together each mode more closely. Hopefully, players will hear more about how that works when the full multiplayer reveal comes on August 1.

So far, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare looks to be making more meaningful and thoughtful changes to the series as a whole. It’s a breath of fresh air considering the newest change to the annual first-person shooter came in the form of a shoehorned battle royal mode in last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This looks to be a more connected Call of Duty title, and it’ll be interesting to see how the game tackles cross-progression, as well as if these changes carry over into the inevitable entries that will follow.

Next: The First Ever Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Screenshots

Source: Activision, Twitch

2019-07-12 03:07:57

Jordan Boyd

Did Captain Marvel Reveal How Thanos Got The Mind Stone?

Long before Marvel’s epic Infinity War, the Mind Stone was the very first Infinity Stone Thanos ever found. The movie confirmed that he gave it to Loki in the form of his Scepter, but how Thanos got it in the first place was never explained… Until now.

The Captain Marvel movie doesn’t care about explaining Ronan the Accuser’s path to Thanos and his Infinity Stones, despite featuring his character at a key moment in Earth’s history. But now that Thanos and his master plan has been explained, laying out Ronan’s own timeline in the MCU helps solve the riddle of his betrayal of the Kree, his alliance with Thanos, and the strange “intelligence” guiding the entire empire.

Ronan was lied to just as much as Carol Danvers, serving an empire built around a lie… and the Mind Stone Thanos used to begin his war.

  • This Page: Why Did Ronan Betray His People?
  • Page 2: Ronan Stole The Mind Stone From The Kree

The first time fans realized Ronan the Accuser would be in Captain Marvel, playing a direct role in Captain Marvel and Starforce serving the will of the Kree Empire, their imaginations ran wild. It seemed at the time that Captain Marvel would actually function as a prequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, and set up Ronan’s eventual betrayal of his people. Unfortunately the return of Ronan–like the role played by his future lieutenant Korath–amounted to little more than a Guardians cameo. But we know that wasn’t always the case.

RELATED: Why Isn’t Captain Marvel Part of The Endgame Mission?

In the finished film, Ronan appears as one of multiple “Accusers,” a branch of the military apparently responsible for bombing enemy planets. For all intents and purposes, Ronan appears to be a loyal servant of his Kree authorities, the uppermost being the Supreme Intelligence itself. But judging by the photos of Yon-Rogg and Ronan planning their mission, the original plan was to make him a larger part of the Kree’s actions. Presumably, to offer some kind of explanation (or at the very least a hint) of why he finally betrays the Kree completely.

The movie offers a slight explanation by implying a Kree peace treaty with the Nova Empire, based on Xandar, is the only factor. But in hindsight–at least for fans who enjoy spinning theories that might work better than Marvel’s actual writing–that doesn’t feel like the whole story. By the time Guardians begins, Ronan has abandoned his people, been ruled an outcast and pariah, and now seeks vengeance… by serving Thanos. Fans expected Captain Marvel to shed some light, but the introduction of Ronan as a calm, loyal Kree Accuser works almost completely against it. Unless fans focus on one moment in particular. Whatever his conversations with Yon-Rogg or Starforce, the final showdown with Captain Marvel in Earth’s orbit confirms that even he hasn’t been given the whole story. Like Carol Danvers, he was only ever given the information needed to serve the will of the Kree Supreme Intelligence.

The audience knows just how deeply the deception from Yon-Rogg and the Supreme Intelligence runs… but what if Ronan didn’t? What if one lie being exposed led Ronan to question everything, starting at the top? We strongly suspect that if he learned the truth about the “Supreme Intelligence,” his path to Thanos, collector of Infinity Stones, makes perfect sense.

Page 2: Ronan Stole The Mind Stone From The Kree ‘Intelligence’

One detail that helps shed some light on our theory is given in the only scene directly involving the larger Kree of the MCU, or at least, the Kree as they exist in the year 2014. Back in 1995 during the events of Captain Marvel, the Kree appear mostly accurate to their comic book counterparts. And that includes their devotion and subservience to the Supreme Intelligence, a synthesized mind incorporating the wisdom and history of the Kree people. In the film, the Supreme Intelligence is brutal in its domination: taking on the form its subjects most admire to manipulate their loyalty further, or violently harming and controlling their mind if the subject rebels.

RELATED: Marvel Confirms Loki Was Mind Controlled in Avengers

Fortunately, movie fans don’t need to worry about the Supreme Intelligence any more. Because by the time Ronan is branded an outsider and “fanatic” by the Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Supreme Intelligence no longer commands the empire. As the movie reveals…

“Scattered riots broke out across the Kree Empire today, protesting the recent peace treaty signed by the Kree Emperor and Xandar’s Nova Prime.”

No explanation is ever given for why the Kree are now ruled by an emperor, instead of the Supreme intelligence. But putting the pieces together, Ronan’s own path helps offer an explanation. Ronan witnesses Carol’s power, and realizes the Supreme Intelligence is keeping secrets. Ronan presumably investigates. The Supreme Intelligence vanishes. Ronan leaves the Empire. He is branded a “fanatic” and traitor. Ronan begins to serve Thanos. Thanos acquires the Mind Stone. By now, readers should know what conclusion to arrive at.

Of all the many theories explaining Marvel’s movie connections, this one may actually solve the most lingering questions while making the fewest waves. Assuming everything known about the Mind Stone and the “intelligence” alive inside of it, and how Captain Marvel does or doesn’t fit with the future landscape of the MCU, the answer seems simple: the Kree Supreme Intelligence was the Mind Stone at work. From its intentions, its hunger for power, and the way it interacts with and manipulates its subjects, the math all adds up. If Captain Marvel fans assume that the device inhibiting Carol’s full power is a sign of the Supreme Intelligence’s power, then it even fits the comic book description of allowing its user to enhance their mental and psychic abilities perfectly.

Not to mention how it finally explains what plot thread connected Ronan the Accuser to Thanos the Infinity Stone collector. Also, how Ronan wound up appointed as the lieutenant of Thanos, with a ship, an army, and an opportunity for his own chance at revenge. The Mind Stone isn’t something Ronan would ever wish to use, given its role in bringing the mighty Kree to their knees in subservience. But if he could trade it for a much more… powerful Infinity Stone, delivered to him by Thanos? That sounds more than believable.

Some fans might point to the novel Thanos: Titan Consumed as contradicting this explanation of how Thanos got the Mind Stone in the first place. However, Marvel’s decision to retroactively clarify that the Thanos origin novel is non-canon may actually make our explanation more likely. Despite all involved understanding it to be the canonical origin of Thanos, many assumed at the time that movie development had brought contradictions, or possible contradictions into play. Since the novel has Thanos learn of the Infinity Stones from a character dubbed ‘Lorespeaker,’ then simply take the Mind Stone from him… well, an explanation that ties into the existing MCU would likely be preferable.

If Captain Marvel could find a way to make Carol Danvers the beginning of the Avengers, and then also reveal that her story was relevant to Thanos and his Infinity War, why pass up the opportunity? After all, Captain Marvel anchors Carol’s origins and powers in the Space Stone, so the Kree Empire worshiping the Mind Stone would actually change little about the story.

We’ll assume this as head-canon until Marvel explicitly denies, if for no other reason than the character work it adds for Ronan the Accuser. As it stands, his flip from Kree commander to fanatical villain is entirely unexplained (he was serving Thanos long before the Kree/Xandar peace treaty was signed). Not only would this theory answer half a dozen MCU questions, but it would make his iconic face paint one of the best connective details in the entire MCU: black oozing from his eyes and mouth as a reminder to the Kree of the lies he saw and spewed while serving an Infinity Stone, instead of his people.

MORE: Why Captain Marvel Didn’t Help The Avengers Sooner

2019-04-21 03:04:25

Andrew Dyce

Into The Badlands Reveal Sunny’s (& His Sister’s) Backstory At Last

With only a few episodes left in Into the Badlands‘ third and final season, the AMC series has finally revealed the main protagonist’s backstory. After reuniting with his long-lost sister, Kannin (Eugenia Yuan), Sunny (Daniel Wu) has at last learned the truth about his past.

Throughout the first two seasons of the post-apocalyptic martial arts series, not much was known about Sunny’s early life. As a child and with no memory of his past, Sunny was found near a river by Waldo, who trained him to become a Clipper and the loyal regent of Quinn. Since then, Sunny has picked up a few more details on his childhood, such as his connection to the lost city of Azra and the Gift, his history with Pilgrim (Babou Ceesay), and the existence of an older sister who saved him from the Black Lotus.

Related: Why Into The Badlands Was Cancelled (Despite Being Amazing)

In Monday’s episode of Into the Badlands, “Black Lotus, White Rose”, Sunny is captured by the Black Lotus. While a prisoner, Sunny discovers that one of their members is actually his sister, Kannin. She reveals that after they were attacked by the Black Lotus in the aftermath of Azra’s fall, she was taken in by Magnus (Francis Magee). Magnus taught her that the Gift was an evil and destructive power. Under his tutelage, she learned its history, and how the Gift was responsible for the apocalypse. In the years that she was separated from Sunny, Kannin has been helping Magnus and the Black Lotus eradicate the Dark Ones.

Kannin uses the Gift to unlock Sunny’s memories. Sunny finds out that he and Pilgrim were selected by Sunny’s father to be the guardians of Azra’s future, which explains what Pilgrim meant when he said that the two of them were “chosen sons” of Azra. On that day, a group of Black Lotus warriors led by Magnus were captured after a failed attempt to infiltrate the city. Sunny was told by his father to kill Magnus, but Magnus convinced Sunny that his father was simply using him. Sunny freed Magnus, thus making it possible for Black Lotus to return and destroy the city. This startling revelation sheds new light on the fall of Azra by revealing that Sunny himself is responsible for the destruction of his home.

Despite Kannin’s loyalty to the Black Lotus and their ideals, she ends up siding with Sunny and helping them to defeat Magnus. While it seemed possible that Into the Badlands was setting up Magnus to be the real villain of the series, this may no longer be the case. Instead, the series may have just eliminated two key villains in back-to-back episodes – the other being Eleanor Matsuura’s Baron Chau – in an effort to further streamline Into the Badlands for its final episodes. Also, the reveal of Sunny’s backstory provides closure for one of the show’s biggest mysteries, allowing the series to focus its attention on Pilgrim and the fate of the Badlands.

More: Into the Badlands Casts Daughter of Martial Arts Legend as Sunny’s Sister

2019-04-20 10:04:58

Nicholas Raymond

Smite – Horus and Set Reveal Trailer

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2019-04-17 17:37:07

Mortal Kombat 11 Shao Kahn Reveal Trailer

NetherRealm Studios released a Mortal Kombat 11 Shao Kahn reveal trailer earlier today, showcasing the Emperor of Outworld decimating enemies with his trademark hammer while incidentally confirming the veracity of a series of leaks that emerged earlier this week due to a retail location breaking the game’s street date. Mortal Kombat 11 had managed to avoid many of the leaks that typify the release cycle of a fighting game prior to the incident, but was obviously unable to get to launch without information slipping out at the last moment.

Mortal Kombat 11 fatalities have taken center stage in the build-up to the game’s release on April 23 this month, with trailers often showcasing a character’s basic moveset in game before getting to the part where they creatively obliterate the poor soul who stood in their way. While the game’s fatalities have been explicit to the point of discomfort for some fans, Mortal Kombat 11 has also retained the series’ humor, having a debuting Kotal Kahn lose in his own trailer while also poking fun at the franchise’s dumbest character, Johnny Cage, for messing up his own fatality.

Related: Mortal Kombat 11 Will Only Have Cosmetic Microtransactions

There’s little humor to be found in the Mortal Kombat 11 Shao Kahn trailer, however, chiefly because the character is largely incapable of it. Shao Kahn is a legendary figure in Mortal Kombat lore, the ruthless Emperor of Outworld who is never sated by how far his dominion expands, constantly attempting to expand his empire. As one of the game’s strongest villains, Shao Kahn is also one of the most desired inclusions in any new title, so his presence in Mortal Kombat 11 is a major selling point for fans. In the trailer, Kahn wields his hammer to destroy Raiden before exhibiting one of his fatalities, a brutal, to-the-point execution that puts a new spin on the concept of blowing someone’s back out. Check out the trailer here:

Incidentally, the trailer also seems to confirm the veracity of a previous Mortal Kombat 11 leak that had emerged a few days ago, where a Reddit user claimed to have purchased the game due to a retailer breaking the street date before uploading several convincing videos and screenshots that spoiled the game’s roster, secret character, stage choices, and more. There wasn’t much doubt about the screens, since they were way too polished to be the effort of someone just trying to troll a fanbase, but if there were any lingering questions remaining, Kahn using the same fatality showcased in the leak should cause them to evaporate.

Shao Kahn is a pre-order bonus character, so fans of Mortal Kombat 11 who are interested should make sure they’ll have him right at launch by putting in their order for a copy soon. As we near the release of the heavily anticipated next instalment of the series, though, the Mortal Kombat 11 Shao Kahn trailer reminds us that NetherRealm is happy to return to the roots of what made the franchise such a historic entry into popular video game culture.

Next: Mortal Kombat 11: 10 Characters We’d Love to See as DLC

Source: Mortal Kombat

2019-04-17 12:04:37

Cody Gravelle

New Avengers: Endgame TV Spots Reveal Never-Before-Seen Footage

There’s a slew of new Avengers: Endgame TV spots with never-before-released footage from the film. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo with the story written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the upcoming film is the 22nd entry to the MCU, which started in 2008 with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. The culmination of everything that has transpired in the franchise for the last decade, it’ll pick up after the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War that left the remaining heroes at their lowest point after Thanos successfully wiped out half of life in the universe using the completed Infinity Gauntlet.

Anticipation for Endgame continues to build as the release nears. The film’s global press tour is in full swing with the cast and crew’s latest stop being Seoul, South Korea. Back in North America, Marvel Studios continues to roll out several marketing material for the movie. While fans already got their fill of trailers, posters and TV spots still come out for the final film in The Infinity Saga. The latest batch of the latter provide some scenes that were never-before-seen, giving a bit more context to the narrative, which up until now is still tightly under wraps.

Related: Avengers: Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson Play Game Boy on Endgame Set

The trio of TV spots may only be running for less than 30 seconds each, but it includes new several scenes from the movie. Released by Marvel Studios and collated by YouTube channel FilmArtsy, the first spot features Hawkeye and Black Widow’s moment aboard the Benatar; Ronin fighting in Japan; Pepper Potts joining the team in welcoming Tony Stark and Nebula from space, a hilarious moment between Rhodey and Scott Lang. The second clip opens with Stark and Steve Rogers talking about getting the whole team; Rhodey firing his updated War Machine suit, Widow training; and Rocket seemingly doing some ship maintenance. Finally, the third video plays a bit different from its predecessors. It includes a chunk of an actual scene from the film where Captain Marvel lays out a simple plan of getting back the stones “to bring everyone back;” a team-up of Hawkeye and Iron Man sporting and using his new armor. Watch all promo spots below:

Aside from never-before-seen footage, fans can also hear new dialogue from Stark delivering his own motivational speech, presumably telling his comrades: “it’s time to live up to our name.” For years, the MCU’s premier league of superheroes have been called the Avengers, but they barely have anything to avenge for. Despite having initial minor losses, they always come out on top. The first time they were defeated was in Infinity War, with Thanos proving his commitment to his goal, not letting anything get on the way between him and achieving it. But with so much riding on this next mission, particularly for the original Avengers, fans can expect them to avenge the fallen whatever it takes – as emphasized in Endgame‘s marketing materials.

While majority of the viewing public is eager to know what goes down in Avengers: Endgame, some might feel like Marvel Studios are revealing too much in these new TV spots. They’ve been really good at crafting non-spoiler but still engaging trailers and for the most part, they’ve worked for the fans. It’ll be a shame if they undo all that by rolling out too much new footage in these short clips. That being said, it’s important to note that the Russos’ admitted to footage manipulation in marketing clips to throw off people’s theories about the movies, so maybe some of these shots are either different or not even in the film.

More: Avengers: Endgame TV Spot Show’s Off Captain Marvel’s Binary Form

Source: Marvel Studios (via FilmArtsy)

2019-04-17 06:04:33

Ana Dumaraog

Amy Hennig Reactions to Jedi: Fallen Order Reveal

Amy Hennig, the former creative director of EA’s canceled Star Wars single-player known as Project Ragtag, has given her opinion on the new Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. One of the talking points of 2019’s Star Wars Celebration, Fallen Order hopes to cash in on the reinvigorated Star Wars fandom as Disney expands the various movie and TV franchises.

Starring Gotham‘s Cameron Monaghan, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order promises something different. The AAA experience will offer no loot boxes or microtransations at a time when EA is still plagued by the lingering effects of the Star Wars: Battlefront II fiasco. As EA comes to the end of its current licensing deal with Disney, it seems that Fallen Order is coming at just the right time to show what the video game publisher can do with the galaxy far, far away.

Related: How EA is Marketing Jedi: Fallen Order is Weird

While fandom is more than excited for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Hennig is less likely to be over the moon. Speaking to Eurogamer, she broke her silence on life after Project Ragtag and what she thinks of EA’s partnership with Respawn with the announcement of Fallen Order:

[It’s] odd! I have to be candid with you. I mean, it’s coming from the EA Star Wars Twitter handle, so it’s certainly part of the plan, but I don’t know whether it’s implicitly referencing previous comments they made after our project was killed?

The Uncharted creator seemed hopeful she could put her stamp on Star Wars, only to have Project Ragtag pulled from beneath her. She went on to discuss what happened to her game, citing the surprising reveal of Fallen Order when EA said it would veer away from single-player gaming because it’s not what fans want anymore:

Over the course of my time at EA, we were back and forth on what the overall publishing corporation wanted. Everybody’s trying to figure out what the right path is. I also think Respawn’s game has the benefit of being largely developed before they were acquired. It is a protected entity, and Vince [Zampella] makes very sure – because he’s part of the executive team at EA, he can protect the interests of Respawn.

Hennig admitted that it is all speculation and says a lot had changed since Project Ragtag was Force-choked back in late 2017. She then reiterated that there has been a “pretty public and vocal backlash against the idea gamers don’t want single-player finite games without all these extra modes,” saying, “of course they do, of course we do.” That being said, she rounded off by clarifying that there have been a lot of management changes at EA and she’s excited to see what Respawn can do with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Sadly, Star Wars gaming fans will never get to see what Hennig had planned. Instead, Project Ragtag joins the long list of canned Star Wars games and the famous Star Wars 1313. Hennig’s game was reportedly going to focus on a diverse crew of rogues instead of Fallen Order‘s one main character. As players turn to the future and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, perhaps they’ll get to see some of Hennig’s ideas brought to life by the talented developers hard at work on the title at Respawn Entertainment.

Next: Why EA’s Open-World Star Wars Game Was Canceled (Again)

Source: Eurogamer

2019-04-15 12:04:44

Tom Chapman

Mandalorian Official Images Reveal Gina Carano & Carl Weather’s Characters

New official images from The Mandalorian give fans their first look at the characters played by Gina Carano and Carl Weathers. While this year marks the end of an era for Star Wars on film (with the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker), it also marks the beginning for the franchise in a new medium. At long last, the galaxy far, far away is coming to live-action TV with The Mandalorian, a series spearheaded by executive producer Jon Favreau. Running eight episodes long, the show boasts an all-star lineup of directors including Taika Waititi, Dave Filoni, and Bryce Dallas Howard (among others).

With The Mandalorian debuting on Disney+ this November, Celebration Chicago read as the ideal opportunity to promote the project. Indeed, there was a panel at the convention where Favreau, Filoni and some members of the cast were on hand to tease what they have in store. Unlike The Rise of Skywalker, the panel did not end with an official teaser trailer, but Lucasfilm did share some new photos of the characters.

Related: No Star Wars Fans, Boba & Jango Fett Are NOT Mandalorians

Following the conclusion of the Mandalorian panel, the studio released a batch of images, giving fans their first looks at some of the new characters. In addition to fresh glimpses Pedro Pascal’s titular Mandalorian, Gina Caraon’s Cara Dune and Carl Weather’s Greef were also spotlighted. Check them out in the space below:

Much of The Mandalorian remains heavily guarded for the time being, but the actors were able to reveal some small details about their characters. Cara Dune is an ex-Rebel shock trooper who’s described as a bit of a loner struggling to re-acclimate into society. Greef, on the other hand, is the head of a bounty hunter guild who ends up hiring The Mandalorian for a mysterious job. In all likelihood, The Mandalorian and Cara end up working together to accomplish the mission, but it remains to be seen how that dynamic plays out. Regardless, The Mandalorian looks like it will be a deep-dive exploration into the galactic underworld, fully fleshing out a corner of the universe that’s only been hinted at before. The Empire will also have a heavy presence on the show; set photos depicted stormtroopers and Mandalorian footage shown during the panel revealed Giancarlo Esposito’s character is some kind of Imperial officer looking to keep their control over the galaxy intact.

While these images obviously don’t delve into the show’s plot, they do illustrate all of the time and care that went into crafting The Mandalorian. The photos look like they could be from one of the feature films, meaning Lucasfilm is taking their Disney+ endeavors very seriously and went the extra mile to make them special. With the Star Wars movies going on hiatus for a couple of years after The Rise of Skywalker, the studio will be counting on their TV shows to be one of the franchise’s main attractions and help fill the void. If the early looks at The Mandalorian are anything to go by, fans will definitely love what Favreau and crew delivered.

More: What To Expect From The Mandalorian TV Show

Source: Lucasfilm

2019-04-14 10:04:02

Chris Agar

Game of Thrones Oreo Reveal Recreates Show’s Epic Title Sequence

The opening title sequence from Game of Thrones has been recreated using nothing but Oreo cookies. The sequence was crafted to promote the new limited edition Game of Thrones-inspired Oreo cookies releasing along with the show’s final season.

Following its debut in 2011, Game of Thrones has become a staple HBO series alongside other classic shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, and Deadwood. Based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, Game of Thrones hasn’t just proven itself as a successful series, but fully ingrained in pop culture. With board games, collectibles, and even a prequel spinoff series in the works, the series has never been more popular – especially considering it’s about to release its eighth and final season. So, to join the fun, Oreo cookies are now officially teaming up with Game of Thrones, releasing four cookie designs inspired by the show. Only, Oreo didn’t waste the opportunity when unveiling their new (temporary) look.

Related: Game of Thrones: Myers-Briggs® Types Of The Starks

Oreo released a video recreating Game of Thrones’ opening title sequence on Twitter to promote their new limited edition cookies. And, to stay on brand, the sequence only uses Oreo cookies. A stop-motion animation effect recreates Westeros with the cookies from the ground up until finally ending with the new limited edition cookies – the designs of which include House Stark, House Targaryen, House Lannister, and the Night King. Check out the video below:

Oreo is hardly the only brand celebrating Game of Thrones’ final season. Johnnie Walker teamed up with HBO to release a special edition White Walker-inspired scotch whiskey – aptly named “White Walker.” But HBO went one step further, releasing an entire set of single malt scotch whiskies. The sigils of eight different houses from the show decorate eight different types of whiskey with varying price tags. That said, exciting though it may be for fans to get their hands on Game of Thrones-inspired snacks and drinks, mixing the two probably isn’t the best (or most appetizing) idea.

Though there have been plenty of shows throughout history that have garnered significant attention from the masses, Game of Thrones is in a league of its own. Not just a TV series, but a cultural phenomenon, Game of Thrones earned its time in the spotlight. Sadly, all good things must end, and HBO’s epic series is about to take its final bow. Thankfully, though, if there was one way to soften the blow, it’s drowning one’s sorrow in a glass of cold milk and a stack of Oreo cookies.

More: Game Of Thrones: 10 Most Surprising Characters To Make It To Season 8

Game of Thrones’ eighth season premieres on April 14, 2019 on HBO.

Source: Oreo Cookie

2019-04-05 10:04:27

Danny Salemme

PlayStation Livestream To Reveal New Games (& More)

A PlayStation livestream called State of Play has been announced by Sony. The broadcast, which will take cues from Nintendo Directs and Inside Xbox events, will announce a slew of new information according to the company, and will take place on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 5pm EST.

Company-sponsored livestreams have become a staple of the video game industry recently, with both Nintendo and Xbox using the broadcasting platforms they’ve built to announce major game releases, new trailers, and other important information. It’s always seemed odd that Sony has been reticent to join its two competitors with a PlayStation livestream in the same vein as a Direct, especially since the company will be skipping out on E3 2019 entirely this year thanks to a lack of major games to show.

Related: New PS5 Details Hint At Console That Learns From Players

According to Sony, fans of the PS4 can expect “new trailers, new game announcements and new gameplay footage.” Sony has also already indicated that the State of Play stream will not be just a one-time thing, and that the even will return several times throughout 2019 with more news announcement for fans of the PlayStation console. The first State of Play PlayStation livestream will take place on March 25, 2019 at 2pm PDT/5pm EST, and is likely to focus primarily on games we already know are closing in on 2019 releases like Days Gone, although there will likely be a few surprises, too.

2019 has been something of a quiet year for the console industry’s leader in sales, which is a major factor in Sony’s decision to skip this year’s E3. The only major exclusive for the PlayStation 4 that’s definitely arriving in 2019 is Days Gone, and after that, other exciting titles like The Last of Us 2 and Death Stranding might not even arrive before the calendar year is over. With all that uncertainty swirling around the tech giant, an announcement like the State of Play PlayStation livestream likely means it will have at least one unexpected and major announcement to help create some excitement.

That’s big for a brand that’s felt largely stale since the end of 2018 saw the company still riding the high of Spider-Man and God of War, even if it feels like one new game announcement won’t do much compared to the announcement of Google Stadia or Microsoft’s E3 2019 plans, the latter of which is steadily growing in renown and is rumored to be another industry-changing presentation. It’s also nice to see Sony catch up to Microsoft and Nintendo’s information sharing formats, which have been proven successes for some time now. Even if State of Play’s first go isn’t as exciting as some of the other things happening in the industry, hopefully it has enough personality and connection with fans to make it a worthwhile endeavor and something that will continue PlayStation livestreams in the future.

More: New Sony Patent Hints At PlayStation 5 Backward Compatibility

Source: PlayStation Blog

2019-03-22 11:03:38

Cody Gravelle