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New PC Sale Slashes Prices On Steam Games, Including Persona 5 Strikers And More

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 08:09

Though the next Steam sale may be on the horizon, you don't have to wait until February to snag some great game deals for PC. Fanatical, a store that sells licensed PC game keys, just kicked off its big January Savers sale, slashing up to 90% off PC games like Persona 5 Strikers, Rainbow Six Siege, and Civilization VI. The vast majority of the games on sale are for Steam, but be sure to note the launcher before buying--some are for other platforms like Uplay.

The sale notably includes discounts on Persona 5 Strikers, which releases February 23 if you opt for the standard edition. The base game is on sale for $49.19, down from $60. The Deluxe edition, however, releases February 19, so you'll be able to dive in four days early if you pick that version up. On sale for $57.39 (down from $70), Persona 5 Strikers Deluxe edition gets you a digital art book, digital soundtrack, behind-the-scenes video, and a pair of in-game content packs, in addition to early access. (See our Persona 5 Strikers preorder guide for more details on each edition and other bonuses.) It's worth noting each version is currently full price on Steam, so you're better off taking advantage of Fanatical's deals if you plan to play on that platform.

The sale includes a mix of newer games, such as Devil May Cry 5, Control: Ultimate Edition, and last year's Resident Evil 3 remake, as well as older titles like Torchlight II and Civilization VI. This is a good opportunity to snag pricier editions of games for cheap on PC, like Frostpunk: Game of the Year edition for $26 (normally $55), Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Ultimate edition for $26 (was $120), and Devil May Cry: Deluxe edition for $23 (discounted from $35).

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Game Of Thrones Actor To Star In New Netflix Survival Movie With Bear Attack And More

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 07:26

Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who starred on Game of Thrones as Jaime Lannister is working with Netflix for his next film. Coster-Waldau will star in a new survival movie alongside Joe Cole from Peaky Blinders. The movie is called Against The Ice, and it's an adaptation of the Danish novel Two Against The Ice.

According to Deadline, which broke the news, the movie is a passion project for Coster-Waldau. He wrote the script alongside Joe Derrick, adapting the 1955 book.

The movie will be made in English and it will be produced by the Iceland-based company Kormákur’s RVK Studios, which previously worked with Netflix on the show Katla.

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Hearthstone "Darkmoon Races" Mini-Expansion Launching This Week

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 07:20

When Blizzard outlined its Hearthstone Madness at the Darkmoon Fair expansion, the studio mentioned that it plans to release mini-expansions regularly. It has now unveiled the first of these planned expansions, and it's already right around the corner.

The mini-expansion is called The Darkmoon Races, and it will introduce 35 new cards when it launches on January 21. As this is considered part of the Darkmoon Faire expansion, you'll have a chance of opening up the new cards with any regular Darkmoon Faire packs you open. But if you want to bypass all that, you can purchase the full mini-expansion set for $15 or 2,000 gold.

With a very short reveal window, Blizzard is showing off new cards every hour through Twitter. The reveals have already included some high-powered Legendary cards, along with more Dual-Class and Spellburst cards, which were both introduced in the previous expansion, Scholomance Academy.

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PC Action Game Based On 10 Years Of Tabletop RPG World-Building Launches Next Month

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 07:17

After a year and a half of early access, Shattered - Tale of the Forgotten King is officially launching next month. The action RPG will be released for PC on February 17.

As seen in the new launch trailer, Tale of the Forgotten King takes place in a partially open-world, and features challenging combat against difficult enemies and larger-than-life bosses. The game's story is slowly unlocked bit by bit as you solve the world's mysteries, eventually culminating in one of five different endings.

Tale of the Forgotten King sees you play as the Wanderer, who travels through a world now devoid of the king that created it. As you traverse through the game, you'll platform, fight, and puzzle-solve your way through its world, discovering the secrets to its origins.

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SAG-AFTRA Finds "Probable Cause" To Boot Trump, Pending Trial

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 07:16

Donald Trump won't be President Trump after President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but he might face an even stiffer loss: getting kicked out of the Screen Actors Guild. On Tuesday, SAG-AFTRA announced that its board has found "probable cause" to expel Trump in a special session due to violations of the organization's constitution.

The matter has now been referred to the union's Disciplinary Committee, which could reprimand, censure, fine, or kick out Trump entirely, depending on its finding. Not surprisingly, the charges stem from the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, when Trump incited his supporters to march on the building in an apparent attempt to overthrow the results of the election. The organization also says other factors contributed to the decision, particularly his "sustaining a reckless campaign of misinformation aimed at discrediting and ultimately threatening the safety of journalists, many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members."

This effort to expel Trump from one of America's most powerful unions is the latest in a wide-ranging backlash following the events of January 6, when the US Capitol was breached for the first time since the war of 1812. Trump was banned from numerous digital platforms for his support of the riot, including Twitter and Twitch. Recently, even Macaulay Culkin suggested that Trump should be digitally removed from Home Alone 2, where the controversial real estate developer appears in a brief cameo.

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Titans Season 3 Has Found Its Barbara Gordon

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 07:15

Titans may have lost its original home on the DC Universe streaming service, which shut down last year, but the show has found a new one on HBO Max, where it will debut its third season. The cast of classic DC Comics characters, reimagined in the gritty world of the show, is continuing to grow as Variety reports the addition of Barbara Gordon, played by Savannah Welch (Six).

Barbara, the daughter of police commissioner James Gordon, was famously paralyzed by The Joker in The Killing Joke, which ended her career as Batgirl but set her on a new course: Gotham's very own information broker and hacker extraordinaire, Oracle. As Oracle, Barbara became the central point of contact for all vigilantes in Gotham, as well as the leader of her own team, the Birds of Prey. She also helped train the new Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, who took over in her stead. Cain--as well as the Birds, sans Barbara--recently appeared in the DCEU's Harley Quinn-focused Birds of Prey film. Before that, Barbara was played by Dina Meyer in the short-lived Birds of Prey TV show and Yvonne Craig in the cult-classic Batman '66 TV show.

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PSA: Battlefield 5 Will Be Offline For One Hour On January 20

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 07:00

EA's military shooter Battlefield V will be offline briefly tomorrow, January 20, for a round of regular maintenance, the studio has announced.

The maintenance period will begin at 0800 UTC and run for a period of about one hour, ending at 0900 UTC. During this period, all servers for Battlefield V will be down, meaning you can't play multiplayer.

Should EA need to extend the maintenance period further, the developer will notify players. This downtime appears to be regular maintenance and not in response to a larger issue.

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The Boys Season 3: Showrunner Teases The Most Buck-Wild Storyline From The Comics

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 07:00

Like many of Garth Ennis's comics, which also include Preacher, The Boys is a famously over-the-top series, full of gratuitous nudity, sexual acts, violence, gore, hateful language, cursing, and generally nasty content. You wouldn't necessarily know it from watching the Amazon adaptation, but that might be about to change, judging by a tweet from The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke.

Granted, Season 2 of The Boys was topped off with a very literal bloodbath of exploding heads, an event that isn't even from the source material, but was invented for the show--and to great effect. But even that might be topped in raw gratuitousness by the comics story arc known as "Herogasm," which Kripke has revealed is being adapting for The Boys Season 3.

In a tweet, the showrunner wrote, "From day one, everyone dared me to make this episode. CHALLENGE MET MOTHERF***ERS." The words are accompanied by a screenshot of a script for episode 306, titled "Herogasm," written by Jessica Chou.

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Apex Legends May Be Coming To Nintendo Switch Soon

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 06:54

Leaks are everywhere in the world of video games these days, and battle royale game Apex Legends appears to be the latest victim. As first uncovered by Dexerto, the Japanese version of a recent trailer for new character Fuse says that a Switch version of the game will become available on February 2.

BREAKING: The Japanese version on YouTube states Apex Legends is coming to Switch on February 2.
"And on February 2nd, it will be possible to play on Switch at the same time as the start of Season 8!" pic.twitter.com/63TpUn27Mx

— Apex Legends News (@TitanfallBlog) January 18, 2021

That text was quickly scrubbed from the video description in various other languages, but fans are still holding out hope that the unintended text was a confirmation that the game is coming to Nintendo's portable console. February 2 is the day that Apex Legends Season 8 rolls out on other platforms, and it will introduce an explosive Legend named Fuse. It also adds a new weapon, the 30-30 Repeater, which bears a strong resemblance to a famous weapon from Terminator 2.

The new season will bring Kings Canyon back into the fold for a limited time, with the addition of the Mirage Voyage to keep things fresh. A recent patch addressed some stability issues and revamped event skins so that aiming down sights no longer blocked the reticle.

Balan Wonderworld Is Getting A Demo Next Week

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 06:35

Square Enix has announced that Balan Wonderworld, the action-platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog that was revealed last year at one of Nintendo's Mini Directs, will be getting a free demo available on January 28.

The demo will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. Players will be able to check it out in either single-player or with friends and family in local co-op mode. With two players, you'll be able to take control of both main characters, Leo and Emma, and can explore how their different costumes open up new paths that aren't available in single-player mode.

Players will get the chance to check out three of Balan Wonderworld's 12 worlds through this demo. The first is called The Man Who Rages Against the Storm, and has two playable acts plus a boss fight. The world is a farm sprawling across rolling hills, ornamented with giant crops. Leo and Emma will meet a farmer named Jose Gallard, whose cornfield has been decimated by a storm, and will have to take on the embodiment of his despair.

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Rust Breaks Yet Another Record on Steam Due To Streaming Surge

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 06:24

Rust has been riding high recently, and that's led to yet another broken record for the survival game. According to Steam Charts, Rust recently punctured its previous high of 134,483 concurrent players with a jaw-dropping 244,394 concurrent players. As we've previously written, this surge in interest is due mostly to the game's increased profile on Twitch, where it's often been the most-viewed game over the past few weeks.

As PCGamesN notes, while just under 250k players might sound like a lot, it's actually significantly less than the likes of Steam's other top games, including Dota 2, PUBG, and the all-time champion Counter Strike: Global Offensive. (For example, CS:GO's all-time peak is 1.3 million, according to Steam Charts.) Still, it's an impressive number for the survival game to hit, especially since its usual peak was around 50 to 100k prior to this increase in popularity.

Rust's Twitch dominance shows no signs of abating. As of the time of writing, Rust is the top-streamed game on the platform, with around 450k viewers, compared to 322k for the next-highest, League of Legends. The developer behind Rust recently revealed that the game made more than $1 million in one day twice in one week, and that the game might be coming to consoles very soon

Rocket League Is Getting X Games Items, See Them Here

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 06:19

The developers of the enduringly popular soccer-with-cars game Rocket League are teaming up with sports media network ESPN for a big crossover collaboration with the X Games this year.

As part of the event, Psyonix is releasing X Games-themed Rocket League items and also kicking off a tournament series.

The X Games-themed gear will be available to buy in the Rocket League item shop from January 21-24 and then again from January 28-31. The new items include the X Games Octane decal, the X Games wheels, and Snowblind topper. These are all paid items, but Psyonix and ESPN are offering up two free items: the X-Skis banner and the X-Board banner.

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This Week's Best Xbox Series X|S Game Deals: Resident Evil, Jackbox Party Pack, And More

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 05:50

The Xbox Store has kicked off a trio of new sales, all of which run until January 15. There's a Resident Evil franchise sale complete with excellent deals on the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3. You can also save big on a variety of bundles for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, including The Jackbox Party Quintpack. A bunch of add-ons for popular games such as Grand Theft Auto Online and Rainbow Six Siege are steeply discounted as well.

The Resident Evil franchise sale is the star of the show this week. Every game in the franchise available for Xbox has received a steep discount. Resident Evil 2 is down to $16, and last year's Resident Evil 3 remake is only $19.79. Numerous titles in the series are available for $10 or less, too. Resident Evil 7 is slashed to $10, while Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 are only $8 each. The franchise sale has arrived just days before this week's showcase debuting Resident Evil Village gameplay.

The Big Bundle Sale features some great collections as well as deluxe editions of various games. The Jackbox Party Quintpack--which contains the first five entries in the party game series--is discounted to $65. If you're in the mood for an old-school RPG, a bundle containing the enhanced editions of Baldur's Gate I and II is down to $25. Playdead's brilliant indie platformers Inside and Limbo are available in a bundle for only $10.49. Meanwhile, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which comes with every DLC campaign, is on sale for $28.

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CD Projekt Faces Another Class-Action Lawsuit Over Cyberpunk 2077

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 05:49

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the biggest games of the past few months, but the controversy surrounding the game continues to grow even a month after launch. Now, developer CD Projekt has acknowledged that the company is facing a second class-action lawsuit from a law firm representing its own investors, who claim that the company misled them regarding the performance of the game on Xbox One and PS4.

In a regulatory statement, CD Projekt says that the "content of the claim, including its subject and scope, is the same" as the first class-action lawsuit that the company acknowledged a few weeks ago. That lawsuit was filed by the New York-based Rosen Law Firm, which represents the investors who claim that the company lied to them about Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt further says it will "undertake vigorous action to defend itself against any such claims." This second lawsuit was filed in the Central District of California. Several other law firms have publicly announced that they're filing suits against CD Projekt, including the Pennsylvania-based RM Law.

This lawsuit represents yet another addition to the swirling morass that has surrounded CD Projekt since the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Recently, the company's co-founder released a lengthy statement described as a "personal explanation" for why the game did not meet the "quality standard" that CD Projekt wanted the game to meet. This was followed by a substantial report from Bloomberg that described how employees felt pressure to crunch from overly ambitious studio heads.

Extraction 2 Update: The Latest On The Sequel To Netflix's Most Popular Original Movie

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 05:43

Reaching 99 million homes over its first four weeks, Netflix's Extraction--which stars Thor actor Chris Hemsworth--is the most popular Netflix original movie of all time. So it makes sense that a sequel is currently in production. But many questions remain, like what the story will be--uhhh, if you saw the first movie you know what I'm talking about--and if COVID-19 will impact the proposal to begin filming on schedule later this year.

Director Sam Hargrave--who made his feature directorial debut with Extraction--explained to Collider that the team remains on schedule to film the sequel later this year, pending any adjustments due to COVID.

"That's kind of everyone's little caveat right now, but we're moving forward on it as if we're shooting in the fall," Hargrave said.

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Gold Monster Hunter Amiibo Just Became Collectors' Worst Nightmare

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 05:41

Amiibo collectors may be disappointed to find out that the latest Monster Hunter Rise inspired figurines coming soon will likely be pretty hard to get your hands on. Capcom has partnered with 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan to give away a special, limited-edition set of golden Amiibo inspired by the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise.

Certain Amiibo being hard to find isn't exactly new (remember Mega Yarn Yoshi?), but these gilded guys may present a greater challenge as they're not only geographically locked to Japan, they also have to be won in a contest. To win, fans will need to pick up a download card for Monster Hunter RIse at participating Japanese 7-Eleven stores starting on January 25. Buying one of these download cards provides an automatic entry to the contest. Fans will have until April 25 to do so.

So far, we're still in the dark regarding several details about these golden Amiibo, including what they're actually going to look like. The art that has been floated around so far is only a concept; the final designs have yet to be released. It's also currently unclear how many of the limited edition Monster Hunter toys will actually be produced for the contest.

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Get Huge Discounts On The Best PC RPGs In New GOG Sale

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 05:40

When it comes to gaming on a PC, the genre that reigns supreme is the RPG. Throughout the decades, the PC has been home to some of the best RPGs of all time, games that were only possible on the keyboard-and-mouse platform. Nowadays, cconsole owners have access to great RPGs as well, but PC gamers can still celebrate the beloved genre with a new sale at GOG on DRM-free games. The sale discounts some of the best RPGs of all time, including series like The Witcher, and ends on January 25.

Of course, it's not a GOG sale without discounts on The Witcher franchise--GOG and developer CD Projekt Red are owned by the same parent company. The Witcher 3: Game of the Year edition is only $15. That gets you the complete base game as well as all of the DLC, including the Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine expansions. And if you want to play more from the series, The Witcher is $1.49, The Witcher 2 is $3, and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is $10.

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New The Medium Trailer And PC System Requirements Revealed

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 05:33

Developer Bloober Team has detailed the full PC system requirements for its upcoming psychological horror title The Medium. The specifications are quite lengthy, with several different settings for players looking to achieve varying degrees of optimal performance.

There are the usuals settings--minimum, recommended, high, and ultra--as well as three options for ray tracing enabled. In order to get the extra visual enhancements provided by ray tracing, players will need either Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2080, 3060 TI, or 3080 graphics cards. The GeForce RTX 2060 Super and 2080 are easy to get ahold of, as they're both a couple of years old now. However, the newly released 3060 TI and 3080 graphics cards are harder to come by, with supply continuing to struggle to keep up with demand.

On top of the GeForce card, players will also need an AMD processor to run the game. This piece is variable, ranging from the cheaper R9 390X to the $650 RX 6800XT card. Players will want to opt for the more expensive processor if they want to enable ray tracing in the game.

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Wonka Reboot Movie Gets A Release Date From Warner Bros.

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 05:28

Despite there being so much in the works in the burgeoning Willy Wonka-verse, it's been a while since there have been any updates--until now. Variety is reporting that the spin-off film produced by David Heyman (Harry Potter, Paddington) that's been in development since 2016 is starting to take shape. Reportedly, the project is simply titled Wonka, it's a reboot, and Warner Bros. "hopes to begin shooting within the next four months with the goal of releasing it theatrically on March 17, 2023."

Heyman has been working with writer Simon Rich on Wonka, which bodes well for the upcoming project. Rich is a former Saturday Night Live scribe who has collaborated with the likes of Seth Rogen (An American Pickle) and Lorne Michaels (Miracle Workers, Man Seeking Woman) on some pretty far-flung but well-rooted, grounded, relationship-based comedies. Together the pair definitely truck in a very different sort of vibe than the one director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp loaned to the divisive 2005 remake Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Paul King (Paddington) will be directing this new version.

All that's known about Wonka is the film will likely focus on the chocolatier's early days--it hasn't even been revealed if Burton's retelling of Wonka having an overzealous dentist father will be considered canon. What is clear, however, is there is a ton more Wonka on the way. Netflix has ordered not one but two Charlie and the Chocolate Factory animated series from Thor: Ragnarok and Jo Jo Rabbit director Taika Waititi.

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Destiny 2 Bird Of Prey Quest Guide: How To Find The Harbinger Activity In The EDZ

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 05:27

Earlier in the current Destiny 2 season, players were able to take on the Exotic weapon quest to earn Hawkmoon, a powerful hand cannon. There's more to the story with Hawkmoon, it seems, and this week the Crow has a new mission related to the new gun. Where you need to go to access the new Bird of Prey mission, however, is not obvious, and you'll have to find a secret location in the EDZ on Earth to advance the quest.

Here's what you need to know to get started with the Bird of Prey quest and exactly where you need to go to find the Harbinger mission.

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First, head to the Crow on the Tangled Shore. If you've been keeping up with the Crow's missions in the Season of the Hunt and have already unlocked Hawkmoon, you'll find a new Exotic mission on his menu called Bird of Prey. Take it, and the mission will direct you to the EDZ--but it won't give you a waypoint to tell you where to go.

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