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New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie In The Works With Seth Rogen Producing

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:38

They're lean, green, and heading back to the big screen. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are getting another movie--the seventh for the franchise. The new film will be animated, much like 2007's TMNT, and has some interesting names attached.

The news comes from The Wrap, which notes Seth Rogen's production company, Point Grey Pictures, is teaming with Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures for the new take on the franchise. The film will be produced by Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver. Jeff Rowe, best known for writing animated shows like Gravity Falls and Netflix's Disenchantment, will direct. The script is coming from Brendan O'Brien, who previously wrote the Neighbors movies starring Rogen, as well as The House and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

In a statement, Brian Robbins, President of Kids & Family for ViacomCBS (GameSpot's parent company) said, "Adding Seth, Evan and James' genius to the humor and action that's already an integral part of TMNT is going to make this a next-level reinvention of the property. I'm looking forward to see what they do, and I know that Ramsey Naito and her team are excited to take the Nick Animation Studio into another great direction with their first-ever CG-animated theatrical."

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Fortnite Summer Splash Events Adds Loads Of New Skins And LTMs

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:35

Season 3 of Fortnite: Chapter 2 may have only recently begun, but a lot has already changed in the hit battle royale game. Tying into the new season's water theme, developer Epic has announced the Fortnite Summer Splash, which will bring a slew of new and returning modes, skins, and more over the next few weeks.

From now until the end of Season 3, Epic will be bringing back "refreshed classic" limited-time modes to the game, such as Fog of War (formerly known as Sneaky Silencers), Close Encounters, and Unvaulted. Epic says these LTMs will all get "some Summer Splash refreshment with some new features."

In addition to the returning LTMs, Epic will also introduce new modes throughout the season. On top of a "new take" on Operation: Knockout, the studio teases "a reel 'em in royale" and a "game of elimination-powered upgrades."

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Xbox Series X Was Originally Meant To Launch In August - Report

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:34

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans concerning next-generation consoles have shifted. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have been confirmed for launch during the holiday season, but according to a report it seems Microsoft might have wanted to go a lot sooner.

Brad Sams, reporting for Thurrott, has stated in a new report that Microsoft's original plans were to launch the Xbox Series X at the end of August, with the as-of-yet unannounced Xbox Lockhart following in mid-October. Those plans have clearly changed; Lockhart is now expected to only be announced in August, while the Series X has been committed to an unannounced release date later in the year.

The change in plans is just further evidence of how Microsoft has had to adapt over the course of this year. Without E3, the company shifted towards monthly Xbox streams to showcase its new hardware, which kicked off in May. The company shied away from a similar event in June, but will return in July with a first-party showing before reportedly revealing its second next-gen Xbox in August. This was all reportedly meant to happen in June previously.

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Skip Netflix's Unsolved Mysteries Reboot, Here's Where To Watch The Original

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:31

Unsolved Mysteries is back! Netflix has rebooted the documentary TV series that covered everything from disappearances to ghosts to aliens, introducing a new generation to a show that was loved by so many during its 14 season original run. When you begin streaming the new Netflix show on July 1, though, chances are anyone who has seen an episode of Unsolved Mysteries before is going to be confused.

While the show's title card looks the same and the theme song is an eerie new arrangement of the iconic intro, there's something missing--almost any link to the original Unsolved Mysteries. Practically everything about the series that was so engaging has been stripped out. Instead, Netflix is presenting what is, essentially, another in a long line of Netflix true crime documentary shows. The incidents it investigates are still mysterious, and there are still links to the paranormal. However, this show is not unsolved mysteries.

Gone is the hosting and narration, for instance. Robert Stack was the voice of Unsolved Mysteries for years, serving as the host of the first 13 seasons. He's as synonymous with the show as anything else. When the series was later continued after Stacks' death, Law & Order star Dennis Farina took over to revisit previous mysteries and give updates that has been discovered since the original episodes aired.

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Discord Is Rebranding To Move Away From Its Gaming Roots

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:13

Discord started its life as a gaming-oriented alternative to voice-chat platforms like TeamSpeak and Skype, but now it's shifting in a more general direction. In a recent blog post, the company announced that it will now focus more on tailoring its platform into one that can host any kind of community.

"Games are what brought many of you on the platform, and we'll always be grateful for that," the post reads in part. "As time passed, a lot of you realized, and vocalized, that you simply wanted a place designed to hang out and talk in the comfort of your own communities and friends."

In terms of actual changes, new users will now have a more streamlined experience, and those looking to create new servers can use pre-made templates instead of starting from scratch. A recent update also added server video, which allows for video chat outside of private groups.

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Fallout 76 Patch Notes: First Season Launches Today, Adds Public Teams

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:08

Bethesda has been promoting the launch of Fallout 76's free seasons for weeks now, and it's finally happening. This large patch--around 11 GB on PS4 and Xbox One and 4 GB on PC--kicks off the game's first season, titled The Legendary Run. In it, players can complete challenges to earn S.C.O.R.E., which unlocks new cosmetic items in the manner of a traditional battle pass.

This update adds Public Team functionality to the game, which allows similarly-minded players to group up to achieve goals, such as exploring the environment or completing public events. The goal set by the team leader will give every member of the team a small buff, such as +1 to Charisma for a roleplay focus, or +1 to Intelligence for building a settlement.

The addition of Public Teams necessitated some adjustments to how team PvP works in Fallout 76. Now, teammates each have to engage another player in combat to initiate PvP, rather than just one member of a team. This change should prevent team members from being forced to fight other players based on the actions of a single member. The update also adds a massive amount of bug fixes, as usual.

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