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It’s been almost five years since the last main-series Halo game, Halo 5: Guardians, but developer 343 Industries has a few good reasons why Halo Infinite development has taken so long. In the absence of new releases, the series has still seen some success with the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC, which made Halo Steam’s top-selling game for a time in December.
Originally revealed at E3 2018, Halo Infinite appears to be attempting to return to the franchise’s roots. Halo Infinite’s first trailer revealed it would return to the Covenant’s massive Halo Array rings, which give the series its name. Few things are already known about Halo Infinite, other than the fact that it will be a direct follow-up to Halo 5 in terms of story. It’s also been teased that Halo Infinite could be a live-service game. While unconfirmed as of yet, this would allow for a potentially infinite influx of new content, which could be the origin of the game’s name.
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What’s also seemed infinite is the long wait for Halo’s next big game. Speaking to IGN in early 2019, Bonnie Ross, founder and head of 343 Industries, said part of the long delay between titles was caused by technical issues. Halo 4 and 5′s game engine was overly technical, making it hard for developers to do creative work, so 343 Industries had to create the new Slipspace Engine to support “the future of Halo.” In addition to providing a new technical foundation for the series, Ross also said Halo Infinite is a “spiritual” reboot of sorts, which likely meant the team needed to commit extra time to getting the game’s story right.
343 Industries’ Kiki Wolfkill, the developer’s head of transmedia and entertainment, later elaborated on this in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz. According to Wolfkill, the goal is begin the next generation of Halo games by making a story anyone can jump into, even if they’ve never played a Halo game before. This means that, while it will still be a direct sequel to Halo 5, Halo Infinite is meant to rediscover what a Halo game is, 19 years after the original game launched.
Unfortunately, it’s possible that fans will have to wait even longer than expected for Halo Infinite. Just a few months after the game’s holiday 2020 release date was announced, Halo Infinite lost its creative director. Soon after that, Halo Infinite’s lead producer left. A Halo community manager then told fans there was “no creative dilemma” in the studio and “no writing on the walls,” but it’s difficult to believe such important leadership’s departure so close to Halo Infinite’s intended release window isn’t cause for concern. In a year as full of big game delays as 2020 is so far, it wouldn’t be surprising for Microsoft to announce a Halo Infinite delay.
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Halo Infinite is set to release in holiday 2020 alongside the Xbox Series X.
The Avengers may be the most powerful superheroes on planet Earth (aside from the X-Men), but in a world of daily threats, even they need backup. It’s because of that need that Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda exist. And just a few issues down, their next threat looks to be one of the strangest readers would ever have expected.
Considering how this new series began in September, that really is saying something. The series’ first mission saw Black Panther and his team encounter the strongest Avenger to ever go bad, and thankfully found a way to solve the crisis with minimal casualties. But as a perfect sign of just what readers can expect from these unorthodox fighters, the next mission is taking them to the Moon. To investigate… well, it’s easier if we just show readers the official preview.
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The new chapter is continuing from the Avengers: No Surrender event which saw Earth and its heroes used in a game between Elders of the Universe. While it all ended up back to the way things were — thanks mainly to a D-List Avenger — it would seem that Ord Zyonz, the Gardener, left a little green surprise behind on Earth’s moon. Who knows what it could be, but if the Moon has been transformed into a thriving ecosystem, will the Agents of Wakanda be charged with protecting it, or returning it to the barren rock it once was? Those questions will have to wait, but for now, read on below for the official preview:
Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #3 will be available from your local comic book shop on November 13th, 2019.
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Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Batman Beyond
With Terry McGinnis no longer able to be the Batman Neo-Gotham needs, Bruce Wayne asks a new hero to fill the role. DC fans, it’s time to say hello to the new Batman… sorry, the new BatWOMAN Beyond.
Yes, the world of Batman Beyond is about to get a major dose of fearsome feminine energy–and no, we’re not talking about the recent revelation that Catwoman was originally Terry’s ‘mother’ in the TV series. No, this new twist is coming to the realm of DC Comics, where Terry has been framed for murder and is now running from the Neo-Gotham police. But crime never sleeps, which means Bruce Wayne must find his next successor–and the list of Batmen is about to grow by one, along with the list of Batwomen, too.
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The first hint of this twist was offered in the cover art and solicitation details for Batman Beyond #37, coming to comic book shops this October. The cover art showed only a hint of long hair in the suit, but the image and the plot synopsis now make a lot more sense. Read it for yourselves below:
With the Caped Crusader AWOL and Neo-Gotham facing the threat of one of the deadliest villains it’s ever known, a new hero is needed! Bruce Wayne will turn to friends both old and new in order to keep his city safe, but that won’t be enough. Fortunately, a new and mysterious protector will arrive on the scene, taking flight to save the city!
Now it seems that this “new and mysterious protector” is, in fact, the new incarnation of Batman Beyond. Or Batwoman Beyond. Or who knows? Perhaps this mysterious woman will perform so well in the suit, Bruce may make her a permanent addition to the Batman Beyond family of heroes alongside Terry from here on out. For now, check out the cover art of the femme fatale below:
Readers won’t need to wait until November to begin the speculation over who steps up for the part. One of the top choices is sure to be Melanie Walker, the former Ten of Hearts, and recent ally of Terry’s? Or is it finally time for Maxine Gibson, longtime friend and back-up for Terry and Bruce to take a more direct role on Neo-Gotham policing? Perhaps an even bigger twist is on the way, revealing a previously unknown descendant of Kate Kane a.k.a. Batwoman!
Whoever turns out to be under the cowl as Batwoman Beyond, this is sure to be an unforgettable addition to the Beyond canon. Readers who want to catch the reveal for themselves can check out the official solicitation details and plot synopsis below, before the full issue arrives in November:
Batman Beyond #37 looks to drop the bombshell of the new Batwoman’s identity on October 23rd, before she leaps into action in Batman Beyond #38 on November 27th, 2019.
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Wonder Woman‘s fans will tell you that no enemy is too big for her to handles. But when the opponent in question is the biggest Titan that the DC Universe has ever seen? Diana is going to need some gigantic backup.
Even in the realm of DC Comics, a mountain-sized, ancient being tends to stand out. But such is the strange status quo, now that Themyscira, Mount Olympus, and every other part of the Greek Gods’ realm has crashed down to Earth, turning DC’s magical beings into refugees. Aphrodite, Ares, and other gods and goddesses are easy enough to deal with… but gigantic elemental colossi can’t be talked down.
In our exclusive preview of Wonder Woman #68 Diana finally understands what the ongoing “Giants War” is building towards, but that won’t make her next fight any easier.
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Since the beginning of writer G. Willow Wilson’s run on Wonder Woman, the narrative has been split: between Diana struggling to make sense of the fall of the gods, and a collection of magical creatures trying to make their way in a human’s world. But in the previous issue, it was the refugees who stumbled upon the real meat of the story. As Wonder Woman tries to talk sense into massive Titans violently patrolling a national park, the outcast creatures (and their human companion) have discovered what the Titans may be protecting.
Before we spoil the unexpected twist on the tale of King Arthur, take a look at the preview pages embedded below:
Leave it to Giganta to bring Wonder Woman down to Earth, when Diana was mainly recruiting her for her fighting prowess–and her ability to help close the gap in size between Amazonian and Titan. They’ve proven an effective team so far, but that was only up against normal, mountain-sized rock monsters. What’s coming next, now that the sword they were protecting has been plucked, is going to guarantee a gigantic finale. Fans will have to wait for the full issue arriving this Wednesday to enjoy that spectacle, but for now read on for the full synopsis and details below:
Wonder Woman #68 will be available from your local comic book store on April 10th, or direct from DC Comics.
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The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings with it a variety of different gameplay options for players. Although plenty of eyes seem to be on the title’s battle royale mode, Blackout, the traditional multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch are still available. Also returning is the franchise’s Zombies game mode, this time with more options than ever before.
Indeed, Zombies is something of a different beast this time around. The mode comes complete with three maps, with two of them on the expansive side to boot. As such, new players might find it a little bit daunting, particularly given the intricacies of the game mode in comparison to some of the more simplistic elements of Call of Duty.
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Thankfully, new players can get a head start thanks to this guide. Read on to learn how to play Zombies mode, as well as some good strategies to help get that first win in what can be a tense and difficult part of Call of Duty.
This time around, Zombies is huge, with three different scenarios to choose from. Two of these revolve around Scarlett Rhodes and her band of misfits, with Voyage of Despair taking place aboard an RMS Titanic that had to handle a zombie threat alongside hitting an iceberg, while IX takes the team back in time to face gladiatorial combat in a Roman coliseum. Alongside this, there’s also the option to play Blood of the Dead, with the return of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai.
Within that, the core gameplay loop remains the same. Survive waves of the zombie horde, unlocking areas of the map as and when the points are available, as the fight gets progressively tougher and tougher. This time around, though, it’s fair to say that the levels feel a little more maze-like and expansive, so make sure to be aware of the surroundings at all times to stop from getting stuck in a bottleneck.
As always, using points effectively is extremely important in Zombies. First and foremost, opening up areas of the map is a given, but more pressing is how the player uses their points towards perks and weapons. Although in early waves things like shotguns and pistols are all well and good, it’s important to aim to get weapons that have a faster fire rate and (most importantly) a faster reload rate as the game progresses. As such, look to weapons like the Spitfire or GKS to be most effective.
It’s also very important to improve the power of weapons as the game goes on. The most obvious way to do this is to keep returning to the Pack-a-Punch Machines once available, which give a 25% boost with each use. This does come at a considerable cost of 2,500 points per use, but it’s an undeniable way to get that firepower up.
Staying static for too long in Zombies this time around is a recipe for disaster, as there is always the very real threat of being overrun by the horde. Whereas previous games could work with players cementing a position with a strong defensive line, at least for early portions of the game it’s recommended to keep moving. Not only does it avoid the issue of getting stuck in one place, but it also will keep players refreshed when it comes to where the different unlock options are in the map.
Keeping space from zombies is important for reasons other than this, too. Should one member of the team fall, they’ll have to be revived, and with a slightly longer revive time in Black Ops 4 it’s more vital than ever to have enough room to revive a teammate without having chunks taken out by an unseen zombie. This is particularly true when it comes to those special zombies that attack, so always keep an eye out.
In Black Ops 4‘s Zombies mode, players are able to use class customization for the first time. This isn’t just there for show, either, as a good grasp of what perks are available and how to use them can make the difference between success and failure. What’s more, the perks that can be chosen can actually work well for a variety of different play styles.
Those who want both power and speed could choose the likes of Deadshot Dealer, which automatically targets the zombie’s head when aiming down the sights, as well as Stamin-Up for a permanent boost to movement speed. Meanwhile, the frost explosion created by Winter’s Wail and the increased ammunition of Bandolier Bandit work well for those whose last stand may come from a more secure position. In essence, it comes down to how an individual best plays the game, and it’s good to have a variety of perks in the team to make the most of these options.
As always, teamwork is the key to having an easier run of things in Zombies. Although it’s possible to play the game solo, this is always a challenge, and to help with this there are now bots to play with. Even so, it’s best to play with other human players, and as such taking on the game as a team of four is recommended.
It’s not just a matter of getting other human beings involved in the zombie slaughter, however. Working together cooperatively is key; don’t stray too far from one another, watch out for any fallen that need reviving, and potentially coordinate the perks used to make sure that everyone has bases covered for any eventuality. That way, the team should be set for what the game throws at them.
With these tips in mind, players should now have a solid framework to build on to get through the game’s Zombies mode. Whether taking a trip back in time to arena combat or trying to fight off zombified versions of Jack and Rose, Zombies is always a challenge for players, but with this guidance in mind players should be able to have a fighting chance of beating the supernatural threat.
2018-10-14 02:10:08 – Rob Gordon
When it comes to avoiding spoilers for Game of Thrones, filmmakers are taking no chances for season 8. The story of Game of Thrones started in 1996 when author George R.R. Martin published his book titled A Game Of Thrones, which stands as his first entry in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. His series of novels is what HBO decided to adapt into Game of Thrones which came on the air in 2011.
The show has been running for seven seasons, but Game of Thrones very quickly became one of HBO’s most popular TV shows. The series has a truly ensemble cast including actors like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and Lena Headey. All of these characters survived the end of season 7, but it is up in the air whether they will survive the eighth and final season. Thankfully, spoilers for the upcoming season haven’t leaked yet, which is because HBO is taking special precautions to ensure that doesn’t happen.
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According to EW, HBO is using new high-tech instruments to make sure drones cannot fly over filming locations called a “Drone Killer“. Previously, Game of Thrones has had leaks due to flying drones and even actual photographers. As explained by actress Sophie Turner at New York Comic Con, “If a drone flies above sets, there’s a thing that can kill the drones, which is really cool. It creates a field around it and the drones just drop. It’s very X-Men.” While this new development will no doubt help contain spoilers on the highly anticipated season, the show has still had trouble in the past keeping elements of the plot a secret.
Last August, hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO which contained Game of Thrones scripts as well as the cast’s personal information. The leak was a big blow to HBO as people were less inclined to tune in if the episodes had been spoiled. The filmmakers behind the newest season seem to not be playing games when it comes to season 8. In addition to this, the Game of Thrones scripts now supposedly vanish after the scenes have been filmed. It was also rumored that the show would film multiple endings, but those rumors have since been debunked by the cast.
Even though Game of Thrones is still quite a ways away, the eighth season is looking to be the biggest one yet (despite being the shortest in number of episodes). After all, this season will feature the biggest battle in Game of Thrones history. The series will also have to effectively tie up each of the characters storylines and finally reveal who will sit atop the Iron Throne. Regardless of what HBO has in store for fans, they are doing everything they can to ensure that this season doesn’t get spoiled early.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO in 2019.
2018-10-11 05:10:42 – Christopher Fiduccia
Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year there’s a new Goosebumps movie arriving in theaters – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The movie features a new cast of kids – played by Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) – who discover a lost Goosebumps book in a hidden room and unwittingly unleash a new season of terror, as Slappy the Dummy brings Halloween costumes to life and wreaks havoc on the city.
Jack Black reprises his role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in Haunted Halloween , so to celebrate the movie’s release, Screen Rant spoke to the real R.L. Stine to find out about the new monsters on parade, and ask whether Black’s curmudgeonly portrayal of the author is accurate.
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I have to ask, because the movie’s about a secret Goosebumps book hidden in a box – is there actually a secret Goosebumps book somewhere out there?
R.L. Stine: No. I wish [laughs]. I wish there were some extra ones somewhere that I could pull out. No, no secret book… But it’s kind of creepy, these two boys go into this house and knock over something and find this book and it’s locked, and they unlock it. And that starts all the action. All the horrible action.
Are there any Goosebumps monsters in this movie that we didn’t see in the last one?
Stine: Well, there are gummy bears [laughs]. They didn’t have gummy bears. After the first one I said, “How will we ever do a sequel? You used every single monster in the first movie!” There was nothing left. But yes, there are some. There’s an ogre, for one thing. We didn’t have an ogre in the first one. And my very favorite scene is the one with the gummy bears. Cute little gummy bears and then they turn into monsters.
But they’re so cute, what harm could they possibly do?
Stine: Well, they grow teeth for one thing. And then they all stick together and become a huge blob and attack people. It’s a wonderful scene [laughs]. Very proud of that!
It seems like there aren’t a lot of scary movies aimed at kids, since so many horror movies involve blood and gore. Is there a special trick to terrifying kids?
Stine: No, it’s the same as for grown-ups, I think. I think it’s surprise, it’s travelling into the unknown where you don’t really know what’s next and you can’t see what’s coming up, and it’s a lot of twists and turns. I think it’s the same as doing horror for adults.
There’s a whole new cast of kids in this movie. Can you tell us a bit about them?
Stine: Well, there’s a delightful boy who’s building a replicas of Tesla’s lab, because Tesla’s real lab is actually in their town. And he’s fiddling with the electricity and he keeps blowing out all the electricity in the house, but he’s determined to do it. And his doing this leads to an amazing scene near the end at Tesla’s real lab. It’s a real Frankenstein type lab. I went to Atlanta, where we filmed the film… and they showed me these sets. These guys are geniuses! They built this amazing Frankenstein’s lab… I couldn’t believe what these guys could build. It was incredible.
So Slappy the Dummy is the ringleader in this movie again. What is it about Slappy that people love so much?
Stine: I don’t really get it [laughs]. I don’t know why a dummy coming to life is so scary. But people are really frightened of him, and he’s so popular now that every other Goosebumps book has to be a Slappy book. I think I’ve written about fourteen of them [laughs]. It doesn’t get any easier to think of plots about a dummy coming to life.
Maybe it’s also because he likes to insult people. People like comedy roasts, so maybe that’s why they like Slappy.
Stine: Well that’s why I like to write him – he’s really an insult comedian. That’s why I love writing him, because he’s so rude!
Do you think kids are easier to scare than adults, or harder?
Stine: Probably easier. Probably don’t have to work as hard to scare them. But you know, my audience – seven to twelve year-olds – I get them the last time in their lives they’ll ever be enthusiastic. And then when they turn twelve, they have to be cool… and they’re gone. But before then they love writing to an author, they love reading, they love hearing from you, they love going to things… it’s just the best audience.
Was Jack Black’s portrayal of you in the first movie accurate?
Stine: I love Jack. Not accurate at all! Nothing accurate. But he’s a great guy, I thought he was wonderful. He flew to New York in a blizzard to meet me, to try to figure out how he was going to play the character. And we had lunch and he was like, looking at me, right? [Laughs] And then he said, “Bob… what about the script is true about you?” And I said, “Nothing, not one thing, none of it’s true!” And he said, “I’m going to be a sinister version of you.” And that’s what he decided to do.. And then when it started filming he started talking like Orson Welles, right? He does, in that first film, and I said, “Jack, I’m from Ohio, I don’t sound like that!” But I thought it was really fun. What a weird thing, to be a character in a movie.
Seeing as, unlike Jack’s version of you, you don’t hate kids – is there a favorite interaction with a young fan that you’ve had?
Stine: I’ve had way too many. I’m just so lucky. Because I go out, I really talk to kids, I go to schools, and I really do like kids. And you know, I have a son and I have a grandson, who’s four and hilarious. And he’s taking after my son, he won’t read my books. That’s my son’s claim to fame, he never read one. Isn’t that horrible?
Does he tell you that all the time?
Stine: He bragged about it, how he never read one!
You should write him into a book so that he has to read it.
Stine: I did! I made him the star of a Fear Street book, it was a vampire book, and he was the star and he didn’t read that one either. In the very last paragraph of the book he gets bit in the neck. [Laughs] I got my revenge!
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween arrives in theaters this weekend.
2018-10-11 04:10:45 – Hannah Shaw-Williams
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