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Giveaway: Free Tickets To Superhero Horror Film Brightburn (Australia Only)

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:00

GameSpot and Sony Pictures Australia are excited to give readers the chance to win tickets to see the new superhero horror film from producer James Gunn, Brightburn, in cinemas.

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.

Elizabeth Banks and David Denman play a couple who adopt a child who crash-lands on earth. The boy, who is played by Jackson A. Dunn, is not a good boy. "Maybe adopting an alien baby you find in the woods isn't the best idea," advises director David Yarovesky.

Brightburn opens May 23 in Australia and then a day later on May 24 in the United States over the Memorial Day weekend. The movie is produced by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn; his brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn wrote the script.

There are a total of 10 double passes up for grabs! To be in the running, all you have to do is fill in the form below, and answer a simple trivia question. Good luck! Entries close on May 22, 2019.

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Game Of Thrones Next Episode Trailer Teases How The Show Ends

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:39

HBO's popular fantasy show Game of Thrones is almost over.

Following the penultimate episode that aired tonight, the network has now released a trailer for Episode 6, which is the very last one of the entire series. As the trailer alludes to, the series finale is expected to be a dramatic conclusion to the show that began back in 2011.

Episode 6 is the 73rd and final episode of Game of Thrones. It's written and directed by Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. The episode is 80 minutes long.

While Game of Thrones is coming to an end, HBO is producing a two-hour documentary called The Last Watch that airs on May 26. In addition, HBO is working on multiple prequel spinoffs, one of which stars Naomi Watts and will begin filming later this year. According to author George R.R. Martin, three of the five prequel series are coming along well.

Read next: Game of Thrones Creators Explain All The Key Scenes From Episode 5

Epic Games Store Picks Up Another PC Timed-Exclusive

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:49

The Epic Games Store has locked down yet another timed exclusive PC release. Developer Mobius Digital has confirmed that its crowdfunded sci-fi game Outer Wilds will be released on PC through the Epic Games Store as a timed exclusive. In an update to its page on the crowdfunding site Fig, Mobius said the game will come to "additional platforms" later.

The game is also coming to console on Xbox One through a partnership with Xbox.

Mobius said it is is aware that fans want Outer Worlds on Steam (and other systems). The studio said fans can "rest assured" that their feedback is heard. The overall goal is to "bring the game to your preferred platform as quickly as possible."

Regarding its deals with Xbox and Epic, as well as publisher Annapurna Interactive, Mobius said these deals have allowed the studio to "keep our small studio running long enough to ship the game at the level of quality that it is today." The team added: "Each of these partnerships has enabled us to make the game better and more accessible for everyone who will play it."

Some backers are not happy about the Epic Games Store exclusivity. A number of people wrote in the Fig comments to voice their displeasure over the announcement.

Outer Wilds is just the latest title that Epic has scooped up as a timed exclusive. Just last week, Epic announced a deal with Ubisoft to bring Ghost Recon: Breakpoint to the Epic Games Store as a timed exclusive (it will also be available on Ubisoft's Uplay, but not Steam at launch).

The games Metro: Exodus and The Division 2 launched on the Epic Games Store as timed exclusives, while upcoming titles like Borderlands 3, The Outer Worlds, and Control also have deals in place. Valve's Steam marketplace has historically dominated the PC gaming space, and it still does, but Epic is trying to take a piece of the pie by spending money on exclusives. Epic also offers a seemingly attractive package where it offers publishers/developers an 88 percent of game sale revenue compared to what is believed to be 70 percent on Steam.

Epic's decision to buy exclusives has frustrated some fans, so it will be interesting to see how the company deals with the public relations factor of the situation. All of this has been made possible thanks to the unthinkable global success of Fortnite and all the money it's brought in.

Mobius raised more than $126,000 in 2015 to develop Outer Wilds.

Uncharted 4, Last Of Us 2 Designer Joins New Xbox Studio

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:00

One of Microsoft's newest internal development studios, The Initiative, continues to add to its already impressive lineup of talent. The company recently hired former Naughty Dog developer Robert Ryan as a senior systems designer for the studio's new, unannounced game.

Ryan worked at Naughty Dog from 2011 through 2017 where he was a game designer for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, The Last of Us, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and the upcoming The Last of Us: Part II. He moved to EA's Motive Studios where he worked on an unannounced title before coming to The Initiative.

WindowsCentral first reported Ryan's move to The Initiative, working off changes made to his public LinkedIn profile.

Ryan joins a team at The Initiative that is already stacked with talent. God of War veteran Brian Westergaard is the director of production, Drew Murray (Sunset Overdrive, Resistance 3) is a lead designer, William Archbell (343 Industries) is the technical director, and Blake Fischer (Xbox) is director of world and narrative. Daniel Neuburger, who worked on Rise of the Tomb Raider, is The Initiative's game director. The Initiative also hired Rockstar Games veteran Tom Shepherd, while among the other high-profile hirings include Red Dead Redemption 1 writer/designer Christian Cantamessa.

The studio aims to stay "small," but the company's ambition is to "push boundaries," "challenge convention," and take risks as they make something "spectacular and unique."

The Initiative is just one of seven studios that Microsoft either set up or acquired in the past year. At E3 2018, Microsoft announced that it acquired Playground Games (Forza Horizon), Compulsion Games (We Happy Few), Ninja Theory (Hellblade), and Undead Labs (State of Decay). At Microsoft's X018 event in Mexico City, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas) and inXile Entertainment (Wasteland 3).

The acquisition of these studios and the formation of The Initiative came after Microsoft was criticized for not having enough exclusive content.

Detective Pikachu Opens To Huge Box Office Number, But Avengers Is Still No. 1

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 09:23

The latest box office report is in, and Pokemon and Avengers dominated. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu opened to a massive $58 million in the US and Canada this weekend, according to a box office report from Entertainment Weekly.

That is a tremendous result, and it's the biggest opening for a Pokemon movie of all time not adjusted for inflation. It was enormously successful, but it wasn't enough to take down Avengers: Endgame. The Marvel team-up pulled in $63 million in the US and Canada to stay at No. 1 for a third week running.

Endgame has now made $723.5 million domestically, which is only behind Avatar ($760.5 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.6 million). Worldwide, Endgame has now made $2.485.5 billion, which brings it even closer to reaching Avatar's all-time record of $2.78 billion.

The new movie about Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien also opened this weekend, and it landed at No. 9 with $2.2 million. As EW notes, the film did "modestly well" considering that it only screened at 1,495 locations in the US and Canada. Other new releases this weekend included the Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson comedy The Hustle (No. 3, $13.5 million), and the Diane Keaton movie Poms, which made $5.1 million to come in sixth place this weekend.

You can see the full box office report for May 10-12 below, as compiled by EW.

May 10-12 US/Canada Box Office:
  1. Avengers: Endgame -- $63 million
  2. Pokemon Detective Pikachu -- $58 million
  3. The Hustle -- $13.5 million
  4. The Intruder -- $6.6 million
  5. Long Shot -- $6.1 million
  6. Poms -- $5.1 million
  7. Uglydolls -- $3.9 million
  8. Breakthrough -- $2.5 million
  9. Tolkien -- $2.2 million
  10. Captain Marvel -- $1.8 million

Everything We Know About Nintendo's New Switch Model(s)

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 02:00

While the PS4 and Xbox One may be approaching the end of their life cycles, the Nintendo Switch is still very much just getting started. Nintendo's hybrid console burst onto the market two years ago and has been riding a wave of momentum ever since. As of March 31, the system has sold more than 34 million units worldwide, already overtaking the Nintendo 64's lifetime sales and putting it on pace with those of the company's most successful home console, the Wii.

Despite the system's impressive sales, reports have begun to circulate that Nintendo is already working on new iterations of the Switch that will supposedly launch later this year. Nintendo, for its part, has neither confirmed nor denied the rumors, so whether such models exist is still conjecture at this point. That said, Nintendo has a long history of refreshing its consoles every few years, particularly its handhelds, and there's enough evidence to suggest the company will take the same approach with the Switch. With that in mind, let's take a look at everything we know so far about these rumored new Switch models.

Table of Contents [hide]How Many New Switch Models Are Coming?

This past March, the Wall Street Journal reported that two new Nintendo Switch models would be released in 2019: a less expensive iteration with pared down features, and an "enhanced" version targeted at "avid" gamers. The following month, Japanese newspaper Nikkei published its own report about a lower-cost Switch, saying that a less expensive version of the system is coming this fall. Nikkei's story didn't touch on the "enhanced" Switch model mentioned in the Wall Street Journal's report, but it did claim that development on a "next-generation" version of the system would begin following the less expensive model.

Lending further weight to the rumor, Bloomberg also published a report in April claiming that a cheaper Switch would be released this year. According to the publication, the system will launch as soon as the end of June. However, Bloomberg's report noted that the more powerful Switch model mentioned by the Wall Street Journal was "not in the works;" rather, the current Switch would get some kind of "modest upgrade" this year, although what that entails was not specified. While that likely rules out the possibility of an "enhanced" version of the system being released any time soon, there seems to be enough evidence that a cheaper model is on the way sometime this year.

What Has Nintendo Said About The New Switch?

Nintendo typically has a policy of not commenting on rumors or speculation, but the company has made general statements in response to the reports about potential new Switch models. During an earnings call last month, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said, "As a general rule, we're always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it." While not an outright denial, Furukawa's response is carefully worded and doesn't rule out the possibility that a new iteration of the Switch could be coming this year.

Will The New Switch Be At E3 2019?

While new game consoles are traditionally unveiled at E3, it doesn't appear that will be the case with the rumored new Switch. Despite not outright denying the existence of a cheaper model, Nintendo president Furukawa categorically dispelled rumors that a new system would be revealed at the annual trade show, saying the company has "no plans to announce [new hardware] at this year's E3 in June." Still, while Furukawa may have put the breaks on an E3 reveal, his comments leave open the possibility that Nintendo could announce a Switch revision sometime before or after the expo.

How Will The New Switch Be Different?

While nothing has been confirmed yet, the Wall Street Journal reports the new, less expensive Switch model would be positioned as a "cheaper option for casual gamers." In order to cut costs, Nintendo would reportedly remove certain features, such as controller vibration. Nikkei claims the cheaper Switch is being "designed for portable use," although the system would still be compatible with a dock and playable on a television.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is viewing the new Switch as a "successor" to its 3DS line, which the company has in recent years marketed as a budget-priced handheld aimed at children. This would seem to further support Nikkei's claim that the system is being designed primarily for handheld play. The reported timing of the system's release would make sense as well, as Nintendo has a number of Switch games on the way this year that will assuredly be big hits among children, including Pokemon Sword and Shield and a new Animal Crossing.

How To Get Free Shiny Pikachu / Eevee For Pokemon: Let's Go

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 00:00

For a limited time, Pokemon fans in the US will be able to add a special Pokemon to their collections in Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee. The Pokemon Company is giving away a free Shiny Pikachu or Shiny Eevee for the Switch games from May 11 to June 23 at participating Target stores around the country, but this time around, the process to claim one is a little different than usual.

Rather than just walking into the store and picking up a download code, you'll first need to download a new phone app called Pokemon Pass, then use that to receive a code for the free Pokemon. This process may sound a little confusing, so we've outlined exactly how to get your free Shiny Pikachu or Eevee below.

What Is Pokemon Pass?

Pokemon Pass is a new mobile app that allows users to take advantage of special promotions and rewards. The app can be downloaded for free from Google Play or the App Store and is compatible with most Android and iOS phones. In order to use it, you'll need to log in with a Pokemon Trainer Club account. If you don't have one, you can create an account for free on the official Pokemon website.

How Do I Get My Free Pokemon?

Once you've installed the Pokemon Pass app and signed into your Pokemon Trainer Club account, head to a participating Target store and look for signs with QR codes on them in the toy and video game aisles where Pokemon merchandise can be found. Use the app to scan the QR code and you'll receive a serial code, which you'll then need to input into your copy of Let's Go Pikachu or Eevee to complete the process.

Shiny Pikachu And Eevee

The Pokemon you receive will be the opposite of the version you own, so players with a copy of Let's Go Pikachu will get a Shiny Eevee, while those with Let's Go Eevee will get a Shiny Pikachu. Each Pokemon comes at level 10 and already has four moves in its arsenal. You can see their movesets below.

  • Thunderbolt
  • Double Kick
  • Double Team
  • Thunder
  • Double-Edge
  • Iron Tail
  • Helping Hand
  • Facade
How Do I Redeem My Download Code?

After you've received your serial code from Target, fire up your copy of Let's Go Pikachu or Eevee and choose Mystery Gift from the game's main menu. Select the option to receive a gift with a code/password, then input your serial code to download the free Pokemon. Finally, open your save file and pick the Pokemon up from the deliveryman waiting inside any Pokemon Center.

Are There Any Other Freebies?

In addition to the free Shiny Pikachu and Eevee, you can use the Pokemon Pass to claim a couple of free photo stickers based on the Detective Pikachu movie. The Pokemon Company is also giving away a Detective Pikachu Psyduck promo card and movie poster between 10 AM-1 PM local time on May 11. Supplies will be limited, however, so you should show up early if you're hoping to snag one.

Does Detective Pikachu Have A Post-Credits Scene?

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 14:03

Detective Pikachu introduces fans to Ryme City, a place where humans and Pokemon live side-by-side, rather than as trainer and trainee as in the games and other stories. But though it seems like a standalone story of its own, Detective Pikachu actually connects to Pokemon: The First Movie, making it part of the larger Pokemon franchise. (It might also be part of the Home Alone universe.)

With Detective Pikachu coming on the heels of the release of Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 11 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, one can't help but wonder: Is Detective Pikachu part of a burgeoning cinematic universe as well? After all, the movie links up to one released 20 years ago, and we already know that a Detective Pikachu sequel has a writer. There could easily be a teaser for another sequel included with Detective Pikachu.

So does Detective Pikachu take a page from the MCU and throw in a post-credits coda scene, or are you free to leave your seat as soon as the credits roll?

The good news (or bad news, depending on your point of view) is that you don't need to stay in your seat once Pikachu inevitably cracks the case--there's no post-credits scene at the end of Detective Pikachu, and you won't miss anything if you cut out before the end of the credits.

Of course, that doesn't mean there aren't possible hooks for a sequel in the movie. Check out our Detective Pikachu ending explainer for a rundown of what happens at the conclusion, and what hanging threads could potentially need solving in a future movie. You might also want to read our full Detective Pikachu review and check out how Ryan Reynolds originally wanted to play Pikachu--it could have turned out very differently. We've also catalogued all the Pokemon Easter eggs, references, and inside jokes we spotted, and every Pokemon that made it into the movie. You can watch our video breakdown of the movie, read a report from Detective Pikachu's movie set, and find out about the Pokemon Go tie-in event that's happening this week.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 Is Looking More And More Likely

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 10:26

Although it's still not enough to make a definitive confirmation, we now have another clue pointing to the next Call of Duty game being Modern Warfare 4. Or rather, five more clues.

The LinkedIn profiles for at least five former Infinity Ward developers show they are back with the Modern Warfare studio. Each of them has a history with the Modern Warfare series. Infinity Ward animation director Mark Grigsby worked on the first two Modern Warfare games, as did game designer Alex Roycewicz, multiplayer design director Geoff Smith, and studio art director Joel Emslie. Infinity Ward founder Zied Rieke--who left the company after working on all three Modern Warfare games--has returned as gameplay director.

All five men have had lasting impacts on Call of Duty. Grigsby helped define Call of Duty's weapons, even creating the popular knife melee attack in Modern Warfare. Both Roycewicz and Smith designed some of the franchise's most memorable multiplayer maps, such as Modern Warfare's Overgrown and Wetwork. Emslie designed some of the more noteworthy characters and items in Call of Duty, such as Ghost and the ghillie suit. Rieke had a huge effect, being the one responsible for designing the original team deathmatch spawn logic in the first Call of Duty and the flashing regenerating health system in Call of Duty 2--both of which continued to be implemented in and influence many Call of Duty titles.

Prior to taking on their current roles at Infinity Ward, each of the five were contributing their talents to other games. Grigbsy, Roycewicz, Smith, and Emslie were all at Respawn, working together on Titanfall and Titanfall 2. Rieke was at Respawn during development of Titanfall, but then went on to found Darwin Game Studio in 2012 and then join Naughty Dog in 2013 before returning to Infinity Ward.

Infinity Ward is the developer behind 2007's Modern Warfare, 2009's Modern Warfare 2, and 2011's Modern Warfare 3. It's long been suspected Infinity Ward would be the next developer to release a Call of Duty title, as per the pattern of studios working on the franchise. That's now been confirmed (the Call of Duty game the studio is working on is even already in a playable state).

Rumors that Modern Warfare 4 would be the next Call of Duty game first surfaced when Infinity Ward senior communication manager Ashton Williams dropped a hint pointing back to the series. However, neither Infinity Ward or Activision has provided more than hints as to whether the rumors are true.

Activision has normally unveiled the title of each Call of Duty game in May, so we might be getting some form of announcement soon and then further details and a gameplay reveal at E3 2019. We don't know much about the new Call of Duty other than that it will include a traditional single-player campaign, unlike last year's Black Ops 4. Activision has also confirmed the game will have a "huge expansive multiplayer world" and "fun co-op gameplay." Given that Call of Duty has enjoyed a wealth of multiplayer modes in the past though, ranging from the objective-based Zombies to battle royale Blackout, these descriptions could mean anything.

Game Of Thrones Season 8: Will Cersei Lannister Die In Episode 5?

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 09:19

There's a high chance that Cersei Lannister will die in the last two episodes of Game of Thrones. The only way she'll live is if she somehow kills basically every other character on the show, almost all of whom want her dead, from Jon Snow and Daenerys to Arya and Sansa.

Episode 5, the penultimate episode to Game of Thrones' Season 8, is shaping up to be a bloodbath, because after many episodes of restraining herself, Daenerys finally seems poised to act, thanks largely to Cersei's provocations.

Dany knows that Jon has a stronger claim to the Iron Throne than she does. She's lost nearly her entire Dothraki army, half her Unsullied army, and her longtime protector and friend, Jorah Mormont. She's lost two out of her three dragon children. And The Mountain just decapitated her advisor and best friend, Missandei. If Dany was ever going to become the Mad Queen, even more dangerous than the one who currently sits on the Iron Throne, now would be the time. And Cersei would be a deserving casualty of Dany's rage.

Mutually Assured Destruction

Cersei said in Season 1: "When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die." That's an oft-repeated quip, the type you see on the backs of Blu-ray cases and as the taglines on posters. But there's a much more telling quote about Cersei that came courtesy of 2017 Grandmother of the Year Olenna Tyrell. She mused to Jaime Lannister, prior to her death, about why and how Cersei had beaten her:

"I did unspeakable things to protect my family, or watched them being done on my orders. I never lost a night's sleep over them. They were necessary. And whatever I imagined necessary for the safety of House Tyrell, I did. But your sister has done things I wasn't capable of imagining. That was my prize mistake. A failure of imagination."

There is still time left for Cersei to shock and appall us--to make a play so despicable and beyond the pale that it is outside the scope of what her enemies can conceive. She already blew up the Sept of Baelor; she could blow up the rest of the wildfire that the Mad King stockpiled throughout King's Landing, killing herself, her enemies, innocent subjects, or any combination of those groups. Whoever's left standing may need to rebuild the city from the ground up, or abandon King's Landing--and the Iron Throne--entirely.

Dany had a vision in Season 2, during which she saw a crumbling Red Keep and an Iron Throne covered in snow. For the longest time, fans believed the White Walkers would come to King's Landing. But in light of their demise, theorists are reinterpreting the dream's imagery. Perhaps the white flakes falling from the sky are not snow, but ash. And perhaps we are seeing the end result of an attack on King's Landing.

The Pregnancy

Will Cersei's pregnancy restrain her depravity? It's unlikely. Time and again, Cersei has proved that she doesn't plan ahead; she commits actions to solve her immediate problems without taking into account the repercussions. It's why she empowers the High Sparrow to disgrace the Tyrells, and is later shocked when the Faith Militant attack her. It's why she destroys the Sept of Baelor, killing the High Sparrow and Margaery, while remaining oblivious to the effect it will have on Tommen.

Cersei will not hesitate to do anything, no matter how extreme, because she will assume, rightly or wrongly, that she will escape unscathed. And if she's cornered, facing death? The last time she was cornered at the end of Season 2, she was prepared to end her and Tommen's life via poison, and nearly did so.

This is, of course, assuming that Cersei is pregnant in the first place. At the end of Episode 4, Tyrion appeals to Cersei's maternal side—that by avoiding war, she can save the life of her unborn child. Cersei is unmoved. And this might imply, assuming that Cersei has any humanity left, that her pregnancy was a lie, and thus, she doesn't have anything to lose.

Granted, the Cersei we've come to know over the past seven seasons would have taken the opportunity of that meeting outside King's Landing's gates to annihilate her enemies then and there, so maybe the ruthless queen really has changed.Either that, or the show's writing has gone to hell, and we can't expect the characters to act in predictable, logical ways anymore.

The Prophecy

In Season 5, we got a flashback to Cersei as a young girl, receiving a prophecy from Maggy, a witch who lived on her father's lands. She says this: "You will never wed the prince. You will wed the king... You will be queen for a time, then comes another, younger, more beautiful, to cast you down and take all you hold dear... The king will have 20 children. And you will have three. Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds."

All of these prophecies are either starting to come true, or already have. Cersei did wed the king, Robert Baratheon, who had many illegitimate children. Cersei did have three children by her brother Jaime: Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen, all of whom are dead. And lastly, she is queen, although Daenerys is poised to take her spot.

The show left out, however, the final line of the prophecy, from the book A Feast For Crows:

"And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you."

Valonqar is a High Valyrian word that translates to little brother. Assuming that this "little brother" kills Cersei--and that the ending of the show roughly approximates the end of the books--here are some theories about who that murderous little bro might be.

Little Brothers

Cersei has two "little brothers." The first, more obvious candidate is Tyrion, who is both small in stature and younger than Cersei. He would have the motive to kill her, although the means and opportunity for him are less clear.

Jaime, despite being Cersei's twin, is technically younger than her, because she was born first. He is currently heading back to King's Landing. If he remains "loyal" to her and stays by her side, he could be in the best position to kill her—especially if she orders something drastic, like lighting the remaining caches of wildfire beneath the city.

Perhaps the valonqar is The Hound, who is consistently referred to as the younger brother in relation to his older brother, The Mountain. Assuming the two men fight each other in what has come to be known by fans as Cleganebowl, The Hound may also get close enough to Cersei to kill her, because The Mountain is acting as Cersei's personal guard. Where she goes, he goes too.

And lastly, the valonqar could be Arya, who is the youngest surviving child of Ned Stark. Fans debate whether the term valonqar could be gender neutral (like Azor Ahai proved to be), but even if it's not, Arya has been mistaken more than once over the years for a boy. Arya has also sworn herself to killing Cersei and is likely heading to King's Landing at the end of Episode 4 to do just that.

Whoever kills Cersei, the audience won't know until the very last minute. All four leading candidates will be in close proximity to her. Tyrion will be nearby as Dany's advisor. Jaime is currently traveling to King's Landing. And The Hound and Arya are also traveling to King's Landing, having met up along the way.

Cersei has never been able to escape her fate before. It's unlikely she'll start now.

Detective Pikachu Ending Explained: Here's What's Going On In Ryme City

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 09:18

The mystery at the center of Detective Pikachu takes protagonist Tim and his buddy Pikachu all Ryme City as the pair try to find out what happened to Harry Goodman, Tim's detective father. Of course, things escalate as they get nearer to the truth, with sinister figures (and their Pokemon) try to stop Tim and Pikachu from solving the case. Be warned: We're about to explain, as well as spoil, the ending of Detective Pikachu, so read on at your own risk!

Things get a little confusing as the movie progresses, though. Tim and Pikachu, along with journalist Lucy and her partner Psyduck, discover a strange laboratory. It turns out that Howard Clifford, the founder of Ryme City, had the powerful psychic Pokemon Mewtwo captured and studied in that lab in order to discover the secrets of Pokemon evolution. Through their work on Mewtwo, the scientists discovered two things: the strange R chemical that's key to the mystery, and a Mewtwo power that nobody previously knew about.

At the climax of the movie, Tim learns the truth about what's happening: Howard is obsessed with Pokemon evolution and wants to find a way for humans to evolve into better versions of themselves. He intends to beat his degenerative illness (and to become the ultimate Pokemon fan) by using the newly discovered Mewtwo power to transfer his spirit into a Pokemon's body. Yup, his plan is to take over the body of a cartoon animal with magic powers.

Howard doesn't just plan to Pokemon himself, though. He also transfers everyone else's spirit into their Pokemon, too. Why would he want to do that? That's a very good question. Anyway, let's press on.

As Howard explains it to Tim, there's an obstacle to transferring the humans into their Pokemon--it can only happen when the Pokemon are in a wild, crazed state. That's the real reason for the R chemical: R causes Pokemon to lose control of themselves, and in the process, to lose their sentience. When the R chemical freaks Pokemon out, it leaves them open for the spirit transfer.

The thing is, Mewtwo doesn't really want to cooperate with this plan. It escaped from the lab at the start of the movie, with the help of Harry Goodman and his Pikachu. As the detective pair fled the lab, Howard sent his genetically modified Greninja Pokemon to attack Harry, causing his crashed his car and left him for dead. Mewtwo, grateful for Harry and Pikachu's assistance in escaping, came to their aid, and Pikachu volunteered to let Harry's spirit take over his body, in order to save Harry's life after the crash.

That's why Detective Pikachu can talk throughout the movie. (Why he can only talk to Tim is maybe some kind of father-son bond thing? Let's just go with it.) It also explains Detective Pikachu's amnesia and why he can't remember how to use his Pikachu powers. All through the movie, Detective Pikachu is actually Harry, who can't remember being human.

When Tim and Detective Pikachu find Mewtwo in the middle of the movie, they accidentally lead Howard (and Howard's Ditto, posing as his son Roger) straight to the powerful psychic Pokemon. Howard recaptures Mewtwo and uses a special helmet on the Pokemon that allows him to take control of Mewtwo with his mind. Then, Howard dispenses the R chemical that he's hidden in the Pokemon parade balloons, zapping all the Pokemon in the city and make them wild. Finally, he uses Mewtwo's powers to transfer all the humans' spirits into their Pokemon.

Luckily, the R chemical doesn't affect Detective Pikachu, because he already had Harry's spirit inside him. That allows Detective Pikachu to fight Howard-as-Mewtwo and win. Detective Pikachu manages to get the helmet off Mewtwo, and that frees the Pokemon from Howard's control.

Once the plot is uncovered and Mewtwo is back to normal, it uses its powers to undo everything Howard did, separating all the human spirits from the Pokemon and restoring everyone to normal--including Harry.

In the end, Howard Clifford is arrested for his plot to turn put an entire city of people into Pokemon bodies, Mewtwo gains his freedom, and Tim and Harry reconcile. Most everything is wrapped up, except for a few dangling threads, like what happened to those huge, genetically modified Torterra who could annihilate Ryme City with a fart, or those genetically modified Greninja who have repeatedly attempted to murder people on Howard's orders? And where's Mewtwo headed with the power to turn people into Pokemon? Could he zap the spirits of people he doesn't like into anything else, like rocks or trees or lamps?

Maybe those are cases for Harry, Tim, and Pikachu to solve at some later point. Hopefully, before anybody is killed, accidentally or on purpose, or turned into furniture.

Detective Pikachu is in theaters now. Next, read our full Detective Pikachu review. Then check out how Ryan Reynolds originally wanted to play Pikachu--it could have turned out very different--and all the Pokemon Easter eggs, references, and inside jokes we spotted. We also have a video breakdown, a report from Detective Pikachu's movie set, and the Pokemon Go tie-in event that's happening this week.

How Detective Pikachu Ties In To The Original Pokemon Movie

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 09:17

The Detective Pikachu movie features one of the most powerful and popular Pokemon in existence: the genetically engineered, psychic cat monster Mewtwo. This is hardly the legendary Pokemon's first big screen appearance, as Mewtwo took center stage in the original Pokemon movie, Pokemon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back, as well as others. But you wouldn't exactly expect Detective Pikachu, a live-action movie based on a 2016 game, to tie in directly with that 1999 film.

Of course, you'd be wrong. Warning--there are Detective Pikachu spoilers past this point!

Mewtwo may be at the center of Detective Pikachu's mystery, but the movie eventually reveals that he's not actually the villain. That might seem surprising, given how the psychic Pokemon has been portrayed in the past--until you realize that this is the same Mewtwo that appeared in the original Pokemon anime and movie two decades ago. He's no big fan of humans, but given all his experiences with us over the years--including his encounters with Ash, Pikachu, and friends in the animated movies, in addition to the events of this film--Mewtwo is starting to come around to us.

The little tidbit in Detective Pikachu that reveals this crucial tie-in with the original Pokemon movie is easy to miss. When Tim (Justice Smith) is sleuthing around the Clifford Enterprises lab with Lucy (Kathryn Newton) and Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), he comes across a fancy holo-recording that documents Mewtwo's study and the events leading up to the Pokemon's escape. In the recording, Dr. Laurent (Rita Ora) states that Clifford Enterprises captured Mewtwo after the Pokemon escaped from the Kanto region 20 years earlier.

Obviously, that's significant. The Kanto region is where the first generation of Pokemon games (Red/Blue/Yellow) and anime took place, including the scene from the original show in which Mewtwo blew up Team Rocket's headquarters and flew away. That led directly into the first movie's plot, where Mewtwo lured strong Pokemon trainers to an island in an elaborate plot to prove its dominance (a story that was significantly changed in the transition from Japan to Western audiences). Clearly, the Mewtwo in Detective Pikachu is meant to be the very same Mewtwo who escaped Team Rocket's clutches and later encountered Ash and his friends.

Detective Pikachu director Rob Letterman told GameSpot that he was eager to tie this movie in with the larger series, despite its many obvious differences. "I really wanted to connect it to the overall Pokemon universe," the director explained. "It's not meant to be a one-off thing, it's meant to be a part of and expand the overall Pokemon universe."

Letterman was especially interested in connections to the first Pokemon movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back, and not just because of the obvious connective tissue of Mewtwo's prominence in both films.

"There's a lot of references to that because that was the first Pokemon movie I watched with my kids, so that one was important to me, and Mewtwo plays a big role in this film," the director said, pointing out even more similarities beyond the Kanto reference: "There's a lot of nods to that, even in the opening--just the air bubbles in the containment chamber the Mewtwo is in are crafted after the anime air bubbles from the opening of the first movie. There's a lot of subtle hints in there that connect us to the rest of the universe."

In Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow, players could capture Mewtwo from a cave that was only accessible after they beat the Elite Four. In the anime and animated movies, Mewtwo rarely reappeared in any major way after the first movie, besides a role in the 2013 film Genesect and the Legend Awakened, where the psychic cat is much friendlier to humans.

Is Detective Pikachu a direct sequel to Mewtwo Strikes Back? Not exactly, but it's certainly safe to say that it's set in the same universe. Mewtwo still isn't crazy about people, but it's clear that his days of "kill all humans and take over the world" are over.

Detective Pikachu is in theaters now. Next, read our full Detective Pikachu review. Then check out how Ryan Reynolds originally wanted to play Pikachu--it could have turned out very different--and all the Pokemon Easter eggs, references, and inside jokes we spotted. We also have a video breakdown, a report from Detective Pikachu's movie set, and the Pokemon Go tie-in event that's happening this week.

Detective Pikachu's Cubone Joke Picks Out The Saddest Piece Of Pokemon Lore

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 07:33

The Detective Pikachu movie does a great job of making the world of Pokemon feel real and lived in. There's a whole lot of backstory from the Pokemon movies and TV show sprinkled throughout (not to mention just a ridiculous number of Pokemon hanging around), and the movie is aware of and referential to a lot of it--which offers a bunch of cool callbacks and Easter eggs for Pokemon fans, and a great deal of world-building for those who aren't as familiar with the franchise.

But Detective Pikachu's self-awareness also means it's willing to make jokes about some of the weirder bits of Pokemon lore, like the backstory surrounding one cute Pokemon who may be the world's saddest: Cubone.

Early on in the movie, Tim heads out in an attempt to capture a lonely Cubone with his pal Jack. As Jack notes, capturing a Pokemon is as much about the Pokemon choosing to team with the human as it is the reverse, so Tim tries to talk to the Cubone and gain its trust, and makes a comment about the skull the Cubone wears on its head: the skull of its dead relative, as Tim notes. If you're unfamiliar with Cubone's backstory, that sounds a bit weird, but the actual lore surrounding the Pokémon is even weirder.

Tim's right: Cubone wears the skull of a dead relative as a hat. In fact, that's the skull of its dead mother. The circumstances of how every since Cubone's mother died is never discussed, but it's seemingly a pervasive tragedy. Wearing the skull doesn't seem like a great way to deal with that trauma, to say nothing of how extremely morbid and fairly gross it is.

To make the whole thing a little sadder, here's the official Pokemon Company Pokedex entry for Cubone, which is the one that appears in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire:

"Cubone pines for the mother it will never see again. Seeing a likeness of its mother in the full moon, it cries. The stains on the skull the Pokemon wears are made by the tears it sheds."

Yikes. In the movie, Jack jokes that Cubone would be a great Pokemon for Tim because they're both lonely, but that is a lot of baggage. It gets even more intense.

In the movie, Tim and Jack find the Cubone because of its mournful cries (which echo in the skull and come out as a sad melody, according to Pokemon Yellow), which Jack said his mother previously heard. Pokedex entries in Sun elaborate on that even further: The crying sounds are how a Cubone predator called Mandibuzz finds its prey. So not only is Cubone constantly sad and crying, but those cries will often lead to it getting eaten by another Pokemon.

The Moon entry at least adds a bright spot, suggesting that Cubone can heal from its trauma (if it survives!) and get over its mother's death, stating that when it comes to terms with the tragedy, it will evolve into the larger, tougher Marowak. But rather than just go about its life finally happy, Marowak trades its sadness for a new drive: vengeance. Sun and Moon's Pokedex entries say Marowak goes after revenge on Mandibuzz--which suggests Mandibuzz killed its mom in the first place.

One last tidbit: Sun and Moon added special versions of first-generation Pokemon to fit the games' tropical Alola region, and the Alolan Marowak gives a slight bit of additional context. Though Cubone's mom is dead, she's not actually gone, according to the Pokedex:

"The bones it possesses were once its mother's. Its mother's regrets have become like a vengeful spirit protecting this Pokemon."

Just to sum up, Cubone wears its mom's skull on its head, its cries of mourning get it attacked by a predator, it finally deals with its loss and evolves into a revenge machine, and it gets help from its dead mom's spirit in its never-ending battle with Mandibuzz.

Guess it makes sense that Detective Pikachu didn't want to get much deeper into the ridiculous Game of Thrones drama surrounding Cubone. Hopefully that Cubone who didn't feel like getting caught by Tim is okay.

Detective Pikachu: Why The Mr. Mime Scene Is So Damn Good

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 07:32

The Detective Pikachu movie has finally arrived in theaters, and the pop culture hive mind has reached a consensus: It's good!

There's one scene that stands out above all the rest in terms of humor, inventiveness, and sheer insanity. That, of course, is the Mr. Mime scene glimpsed in the movie's trailers.

When the trailers first debuted, it seemed like a pretty good joke--Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) and Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) interrogate a Mr. Mime, who attempts to flummox the detective duo using his psychic miming powers. Tim and Pikachu decide to play along, and hilarity ensues as Mr. Mime gets a taste of his own medicine. But nobody guessed based on those previews how far the scene would go--or how dark it would get, as the movie briefly starts to resemble the Quentin Tarantino classic Reservoir Dogs more than something based on an animated show about kids who collect cute creatures.

Naturally, when we got the chance to chat with Detective Pikachu director Rob Letterman and star Justice Smith, we had to ask about the Mr. Mime scene. How did it come to be? What were its inspirations? And as they planned out a scene in which the movie's heroes maybe burn a Pokemon to death with psychic fire, were they ever worried that it was getting too dark in tone?

Letterman said the inspiration for the scene was actually even "darker than Reservoir Dogs"--a movie in which, famously, Michael Madsen dances around to the song "Stuck In The Middle With You" while sawing off Kirk Baltz's ear.

"I had to pitch it to The Pokemon Company, and I used a frame grab from Seven," he explained, referencing the 1995 David Fincher movie about the hunt for a serial killer. The director had the art department paint Mr. Mime over Kevin Spacey during an interrogation scene, and when The Pokemon Company let him know--"miraculously," as Letterman put it--that they were somehow OK with that tone, he went from there.

Kevin Spacey in Seven

Letterman began "scouring the internet" for mime reference materials and footage, and he came across the physical comedy of New Zealand performer Trygve Wakenshaw. "I chased him down, found him in Prague, flew him to London...In rehearsal, we'd basically workshop that scene the way you do a stage play, with Trygve, until I got all the physical comedy jokes done," Letterman recalled. The scene then evolved through countless rehearsals, with Ryan Reynolds, in facial capture gear, riffing his lines as Trygve and Smith improvised the miming.

"It sort of evolved just through performance, and the traditional way you would rehearse with the actors," Letterman said.

"It was a lot of fun, but we definitely thought that that scene was going to get cut while we were shooting it," Smith added. "But it ended up being a lot of people's favorite scene in the movie. I know it's one of my favorite scenes."

With Smith's performance captured, the scene went to the animators, who used Trygve's "crazy performances" (as Letterman put it) as inspiration for Mr. Mime's movements.

"We had the most talented effects animators around the world. They all poured a lot of love into that scene," the director said.

Yet despite being one of Detective Pikachu's best scenes, it almost didn't make it into the movie at all--and Smith wasn't the only person who thought it would get cut. "Full confession, the day we started shooting it, when Justice showed up, there was a stool and a lamp, and that was it," Letterman recalled. "I remember Justice and I looked at each other like, 'This is never going to work. We're going to cut this in a second, there's no way this is going to come together.'"

And, in fact, Letterman did try to cut the scene at one point, but the film's producers intervened. "I tried to cut it early on," he said. "I was like, 'I'm not even going to bother animating. There's no way. It's just too weird and crazy.' And, fortunately, the producers told me I was an idiot, and we can keep going. So, we dove in and just started to build it."

As for whether the scene is too dark in tone, it actually seems to fit surprisingly well. Pokemon as a franchise has fans of all ages, even though you could argue that it's primarily aimed at kids. Detective Pikachu is definitely safe for young fans as well as older ones, but with its gritty, noir-ish gumshoe vibe, it may be the most mature Pokemon's ever been.

"I think that's what the movie does well--it has an edge to it," Smith said. "I think we actually embraced that, because we wanted it to have this film noir aesthetic--we wanted it to be kind of gritty."

In that, the filmmakers definitely succeeded.

Detective Pikachu is in theaters now. Next, read our full Detective Pikachu review. Then check out how Ryan Reynolds originally wanted to play Pikachu--it could have turned out very different--and all the Pokemon Easter eggs, references, and inside jokes we spotted. We also have a video breakdown, a report from Detective Pikachu's movie set, and the Pokemon Go tie-in event that's happening this week.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Pre-Order Guide - Bonuses, Editions, And More

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 07:00

It's been four years since Square Enix announced a full remake of JRPG classic Final Fantasy VII for PS4 at E3 2015, and 22 years since the original game was released in 1997 for the PS1. We've seen and heard very little about the remake since it was officially revealed, but FF7 fans finally have more tangible footage to get hyped about, thanks to the recent State of Play broadcast.

While the latest trailer didn't reveal many new details, Square Enix did confirm the FF7 remake will be released in multiple installments and that more information will be shared in June, presumably at the publisher's E3 conference on June 10 at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET. Each installment will be quite substantial; in fact, a producer told Game Informer in 2016 each part will "essentially be a full-scale game" rather than a series of small episodes.

With the release of a new trailer and the promise of more information next month, you might be wondering if you can pre-order Final Fantasy VII. The answer is yes: Amazon is the only retailer with a listing for the FF7 remake, and it's been live for quite some time now. As usual, Amazon will honor your pre-order with the cheapest price available, so if the price drops sometime between when you pre-order and release day, you'll be charged the lower price. Even if your order has shipped and the price drops on release day (hey, it happened with Mortal Kombat 11), you'll be refunded the difference between what you paid and the lowest price. So it's not a bad deal, especially if you're only concerned about owning the standard edition of the game.

Of course, there's still a lot we don't know yet, such as the release date or what kind of editions or pre-order bonuses will be available. We'll update this story as soon as more details are revealed.

Pre-order Final Fantasy VII Remake standard edition

Right now, you can pre-order the standard edition for PS4 at Amazon for $60. It'll come with the base game and any applicable pre-order bonuses.

Marvel Announces Special Issue #1000

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 06:43

Marvel Comics has announced plans for a special 80-page giant issue to celebrate their 80-year anniversary as a publisher, bringing together an all-star team of nearly a hundred writers and artists, ringled by Marvel's Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk, You Are Deadpool).

In an interview with the New York Times, executive editor Tom Brevoort and editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski explained the project. Each page of the 80-page giant will correlate with a different year in Marvel's history and have a different creative team, some of whom have deep comics pedigrees, while others are newcomers to the medium. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller will make their comics debut on a page in collaboration with artist Javier Rodriguez, Black Eyed Peas member Taboo will be partnered up with Geoffery Veregge, and journalist/professional athlete Kareem Abdul Jabbar will contribute with Raymond Obstfeld and Mattia De Iluis.

In addition to Ewing and the "newcomers," issue #1000 will also feature the work of comics legends like George Perez, Alex Ross, Tim Sale, and Gail Simone, as well as fan-favorites such as Tini Howard, Jason Aaron, and Saladin Ahmed.

Where does the #1000 come into play here? Great question. Brevoort explained the number was a mostly symbolic choice. The symbolism in question is a less-than-subtle response to Marvel's competitor, DC Comics, having released two milestone #1000 issues of both Action Comics and Detective Comics in 2018 and earlier this year, respectively. Both Action and Detective, however, hit their 1000-issue tallies after eighty-plus years of uninterrupted publication.

The Marvel Comics title began publication in 1939 under publisher Timely, the original home of other Golden Age heroes like Captain America and the Human Touch. Timely eventually evolved into the modern day Marvel Comics some thirty years later in the early 1960s, bringing an assortment of its vintage heroes along for the ride. The Marvel Comics ongoing title, however, did not make the jump--which perhaps was a bit of a blessing given how near-impossible it is to differentiate the "Marvel Comics" comic book title with the "Marvel Comics" publishing company in conversation.

Marvel Comics #1000 is set to hit shelves this August.

Diablo 3 Season 17 Starts Next Week, And Brings A New Patch Update With It

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 05:31

Blizzard has announced Season 17 of Diablo III will begin on May 17. The new season launches alongside the latest patch for Diablo III, which implements numerous quality-of-life changes into the game.

During Season 17, players will receive a set bonus provided by Legacy of Nightmares. "Classes with especially powerful Legacy of Nightmare builds will be able to experiment with new combinations, particularly ones centered around their ring slots," Diablo III associate community manager Brandy Camel wrote in a blog post. "Meanwhile, classes traditionally dependent on a heavy amount of survivability from their ring slots have more freedom to experiment with build-changing Legendaries that don't rely on a Class Set."

Season 17 brings with it more cosmetics to earn, some old and some new. Several cosmetics from Season 5 make their return, allowing you to unlock them if you missed out the first time. Starting May 17, you'll be able to unlock Season 5's pants and boots slots of the Conqueror Set, Greyhollow Island portrait frames, and the Wickerman pet. In terms of something new, completing all nine chapters of the Season Journey will earn you the Galactic Wings.

The seasonal conquest rotation continues in Season 17 as well. Sprinter, Speed Racer, Avarice, Avaritia, The Thrill, Superhuman, Years of War, Dynasty, Masters of the Universe, and Masters of Sets all go live on May 17. In Season 17, the class set rewarded have rotated as well. Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey earns you the three necessary Haedrig's Gifts necessary to unlock a full class set. Each of Season 17's class sets are listed below.

Diablo III Season 17 Class Sets
  • Barbarian -- Might of the Earth
  • Crusader -- Thorns of the Invoker
  • Demon Hunter -- The Shadow’s Mantle
  • Monk -- Monkey King’s Garb
  • Necromancer -- Grace of Inarius
  • Witch Doctor -- Raiment of the Jade Harvester
  • Wizard -- Firebird's Finery

May 17 also sees the release of a new patch for Diablo III that implements many quality-of-life changes. The full patch notes can be found in the blog post linked to in the text above, but we've outlined the highlights below.

Diablo III May 17 Update Patch NotesGeneral
  • Torment 14, 15, and 16 have been added to the game
    • Reward and difficulty levels of all new Torments closely match Greater Rift 65, 70, and 75 respectively
  • Portals left behind by Treasure Goblins may occasionally lead somewhere udderly ridiculous
  • Using an Ancient or Primal Puzzle Ring in Kanai's Cube will produce a new result
  • Party portraits now display if a player's Cheat Death buff has been recently used (PC Only)
  • When a boss is killed in a Nephalem Rift, a permanent ping will mark the location of the boss’ death until the Rift is closed
  • The Boss Notification screen has received a rework (PC Only)
  • The Greater Rift Notification screen has received a rework (PC Only)
  • The Greater Rift Completion screen has received a rework (PC Only)
  • Matchmaking no longer prevents players from joining a game while a Greater Rift is already in progress
    • Players who join the game will still be unable to join a Greater Rift in progress
  • The progress bar for a Greater Rift is now visible to all players in the game, regardless of whether they are participating in the Rift or not
  • Challenge Rifts
  • The amount of Death's Breath rewarded by completing a Challenge Rift has been increased
Quality of Life
  • Seasons
    • The cap for earning additional stash tabs through the Season Journey has been raised from 4 to 5 (PC Only)
  • Search functionality has been added to Stash (PC Only)
  • All Crafters now have an Expand/Collapse All button for recipes (PC Only)
  • Most Bounty indicators are now displayed immediately after entering the Bounty area
  • Death's Breath now drop in Horadric Caches
  • The Season Journey Journal now displays all chapters, regardless of current progression
  • There is a new reward for completing the entirety of the Season Journey (Guardian)
  • For Season 17, the Galactic Wings are available
  • Added the buff for Season 17
    • Player's damage dealt is increased by 750% and damage taken is reduced by 4% for every Ancient Item they have equipped while having no Set Bonuses Active
  • (NEW) Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered
    • Become immune to control-impairing effects for 5-7 seconds after drinking this potion
  • Akkhan's Leniency
    • Each enemy hit by your Blessed Shield increases damage of your Blessed Shield by 15-20% 30-35% for 3 seconds
  • Bloodtide Blade
    • Death Nova deals 80-100% 300-400% increased damage for every enemy within 25 yards
  • Carnevil
    • ​The 5 10 Fetishes closest to you will shoot a powerful Poison Dart every time you do
  • Chantodo's Will
    • Every second while in Archon form you expel a Wave of Destruction, dealing 1000% 4000% weapon damage to enemies within 30 yards. Every time you hit with an attack while not in Archon form, 1000% 4000% weapon damage is added to the Wave of Destruction, stacking up to 20 times
    • Wave of Destruction damage now scale with attack speed
  • The Dagger of Darts
    • Your Poison Darts and your Fetishes' Poison Darts now pierce and deal an additional [400-500%] damage.
  • Grace of Inarius
    • 6-Piece Bonus
      • Bone Armor also activates a swirling tornado of bone, damaging nearby enemies for 1000% weapon damage and increasing the damage they take from the Necromancer by 3750% 10000%
  • Iron Rose
    • Attacking with Siphon Blood has a 40-50% 100% chance to cast a free Blood Nova
  • Jekangbord
    • Blessed Shield ricochets to 6 additional enemies and has its damage increased by 225-300% 300-400%
  • Sage's Set
    • Now doubles the amount of Death's Breaths that drop
      • Previous: Increases Death’s Breath drops by 1
  • Sin Seekers
    • Now also adds 250-300% damage to Rapid Fire
  • Wojahnni Assaulter
    • Rapid Fire deals 60-75% 75-100% increased damage for every half second that you channel. Stacks up to 4 30 times.
      • The stacks gained from Wojahnni Assaulter now also stack much more quickly
Bug Fixes
  • Necromancer Simulacrums now benefit from the Trag'Oul's Avatar 6-Piece Bonus
  • Fixed and issue where Xbox One/PS4 Voice Chat within public games was failing to work (Xbox One and PS4 Only)
  • Fixed an issue where The Immortal King's Set Dungeon objective numbers were incorrect
  • Fixed an issue where Greater Rift 70 first-time completion Primal drops were occurring for players even if they did not succeed at the 15-minute completion time
  • Fixed an issue where Bounties that required interacting with an object would not update the next objective immediately after completing one
  • Fixed an issue where a second Puzzle Ring tab would be shown in the Kanai's Cube UI when a Puzzle Ring was equipped (Console Only)
  • Fixed an issue where Keywarden icons would not show up on the map in Torment level games (Switch Only)
  • Fixed an issue where some subtitles in the Taiwan localization would exceed the screen limit (Switch only)
  • Fixed an issue where the mouse cursor may be hidden when launching the client (Mac only)

Detective Pikachu Has Strong Thursday Night US Box Office Opening

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 05:23

Interest seems high in Ash Ketchum's yellow-fur companion, as the Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu has opened at the box office with an impressive $5.7 million on Thursday night in the US.

According to Variety, Detective Pikachu--directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Shark Tale)--came in not far behind Shazam's $5.9 million Thursday opening last month. With the movie expanding to 4,202 theatres Friday, the Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures collaboration has positioned itself to take on the second biggest movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame, which is currently sitting comfy at $2.321 billion worldwide since its April 26 debut.

Variety suggests forecasts for Detective Pikachu shoot "as high as $80 million," but Warner Bros. estimate it'll fall closer to $50 million. We'll know for sure in a few days.

Detective Pikachu, based on the 2018 3DS game of the same name, sees Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool 2, The Hitman's Bodyguard) and Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Paper Towns) team up to search for Smith's character's missing father.

Detective Pikachu also stars Kathryn Newton (Blockers, Lady Bird), Karan Soni (Deadpool 2, Ghostbusters), Ken Watanabe (Isle of Dogs, Transformers: The Last Knight), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed, Southpaw), and Suki Waterhouse (Billionaire Boys Club, Divergent: Insurgent).

In our Detective Pikachu review, we said the movie "should prove enjoyable for any and all Pokémon fans, young or old." If you've seen the movie, be sure to check out our look at all the Detective Pikachu Easter eggs and references.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Is Still Releasing In Multiple Parts

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 04:45

Square Enix finally released a new Final Fantasy VII remake trailer during Sony's State of Play presentation on Thursday. While light on new details, the video did give us another look at how the highly anticipated PS4 remake is shaping up, and now the publisher has shared a few more tidbits about the game.

Following the State of Play broadcast, Square Enix sent out a Japanese press release about the new Final Fantasy VII remake trailer. According to Siliconera, the press release reaffirms that the remake will be a "multi-part production," and that more information about the game will be revealed in June, presumably during Square Enix's E3 press conference.

The Final Fantasy VII remake was first announced during Sony's E3 2015 press conference, but since then, details about the game have been scarce. One aspect that Square Enix did confirm soon after the game's reveal, however, was that it would be released in installments. The company further elaborated on this remark, clarifying the remake would be made up of multiple, full-sized games instead of a series of smaller episodes.

"It will essentially be a full scale game for each part of the multi-part series," producer Yoshinori Kitase told Game Informer in 2016, likening the production to Final Fantasy XIII. "In XIII, each installment told the story from a different angle. It was kind of like approaching an unknown territory in a sense.

"Whereas with Final Fantasy VII Remake, we already have a preexisting story, so it wouldn't really make sense if that isn't encompassed in a multi-part series... So if we're just looking at each of these parts, one part should be on par with the scale of one Final Fantasy XIII game."

Following Thursday's presentation, the official Final Fantasy Twitter account shared a message from Final Fantasy VII remake director Tetsuya Nomura, reiterating that more details about the game are on the way soon. "Most of the plans are already in place in the run up to launch, so please bear with us a little longer until we can release more information next month," the message read.

The Final Fantasy VII remake is still without a release date, but it looks like the publisher is gearing up to finally pull back the curtain on the game. Square Enix's E3 press conference takes place on Monday, June 10, at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET--the time slot Sony's E3 briefing traditionally occupies. Of course, the company isn't using that slot this year, as it announced back in November that it is skipping E3 2019.

A Flash Sale On PS4 Games Just Launched In The PlayStation Store

Sat, 05/11/2019 - 04:33

The weekend is shaping up to be a good one for gamers. In addition to Steam's free PC game offerings, you can also save money on dozens of PS4 games in the PlayStation Store this weekend. The flash sale just went live, so you can go take a look at all the deals available.

Some of the best offerings include Devil May Cry 5, which released two months ago and is now on sale for just under $40. You've also got Battlefield V, which is (once again) marked down to $30, and acclaimed RPG Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition, which is discounted to $39.

Several EA sports titles are considerably cheaper, such as Madden NFL 19 for $15, and FIFA 19 and NHL 19 for $18 each. Guacamelee 2's Complete edition is notably on sale for $13.79, and fans of Quantic Dream games may want to snag the Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls bundle selling for $20.

As "flash sale" implies, these deals won't stick around long--they'll be available now through Monday, May 13, at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET. So grab the games you want--and while you're at it, check out the rest of this week's best PS4 deals.


See more of the available deals below!