Respawn recently released a new update for Apex Legends that implemented several bug fixes and gameplay changes--some of which even hint at upcoming Season 4 content. Among the changes are a few buffs for Gibraltar, one of which allows him to revive teammates more quickly while inside his Dome Shield. The new passive affects more than just gameplay, however, it gives Gibraltar a whole new revival animation.
Noticed by Reddit user Diamantdavid, the new animation reflects the seemingly never-ending positivity that Gibraltar brings to the Apex Games. While outside his shield, Gibraltar will still perform the same revival animation as most of the other legends. However, when inside it, he now reaches down and quickly lifts up his squadmate with one hand, plants them on their feet, and with a hearty laugh gives them a strong pat on the back to send them on their way.New Gibraltar rez animation from r/apexlegends
This makes Gibraltar the third legend to have a unique revival animation, the first being Lifeline and the second being Wattson--the former calls in her D.O.C. drone to put up a shield while reviving and the latter uses her Interception Pylon to shock her teammates back onto their feet. Like Lifeline, Gibraltar's new animation is tied to his gameplay, operating as a visual cue for all nearby players that a quick revive is happening. Though it's unique, Wattson's revival is no faster or slower than the other legends; it's purely cosmetic.
Apex Legends is currently in the midst of a Season 3: Meltdown limited-time event called Grand Soirée Arcade. Continuing until January 28, Grand Soirée Arcade adds seven new modes to Respawn's battle royale and several new legendary skins to buy in the in-game store. Meltdown is scheduled to end on February 4. Apex Legends is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
HBO has a new limited-series coming this March that rewrites history. The Plot Against America focuses on the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, dragging America towards fascism, based on the book of the same name by Philip Roth.
Revealed at the TCA winter press tour, the six-part limited series is created by David Simon and Ed Burns, the minds behind HBO's The Wire and Generation Kill. The Plot Against America "imagines an alternate American history during World War II, told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism," according the synopsis from a recent press release.
The series stars Zoe Kazan (The Deuce), Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire), Winona Ryder (Stranger Things), John Turturro (Tranformers), Anthony Boyle (The Lost City of Z), Azhy Robertson (Marriage Story), and Caleb Malis. Ben Cole will be in a supporting role, playing Charles Lindbergh.Credit: HBO, photography by Michele K. Short
"As one of our greatest novelists, Philip Roth was generally more known for narratives that went directly to the human heart and the human condition," says Simon, who was able to meet with Roth once to discuss the project before the novelist’s death in 2018. "But with 'Plot,' he delivered an emotionally moving political tract about our country taking a dry run at totalitarianism and intolerance. That it was published in 2004 makes it no less prescient a document at this moment in time. Roth was warning us that it can happen here. And it can."
Burns and Simon will write the series, with Minkie Spiro (Downton Abbey) serving as director Episodes 1-3. Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) will direct the final three parts of the series.
The Plot Against America comes to HBO on March 16 at 9 PM ET/PT.More from the TCA winter press tour:
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Respawn has released a new update for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The update addresses a few bugs and implements several gameplay improvements, but is mostly aimed at unlocking limited-time pre-order cosmetics for all players.
Those that pre-ordered Fallen Order received a special orange lightsaber blade color, as well as two hilts for Cal's lightsaber--the Mygeeto and Umbaran. Pre-ordering the game also unlocked an exclusive skin for both BD-1 and the Mantis. Now, all of that content is available for players, regardless of whether they pre-ordered the game or not.
The remainder of the update addresses certain in-game bugs, such as implementing a fix for the glitch that allowed you to use the Photomode camera to explode rockets. That's probably the big one, but there are a few smaller fixes as well--including improvements to language translations and collision. You can read through all the changes in the full patch notes, which are listed below.
In GameSpot's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review, Phil Hornshaw wrote, "[Especially] as it wears on, Fallen Order becomes perhaps the strongest conception of what playing as a Jedi Knight ought to really be like. It's true that Fallen Order borrows liberally from other action games, but those elements work together with Respawn's combat and environment design, and a story that finds humanity in the Force and in its characters, to hone in on what makes the world of Star Wars worthy of revisiting again and again. Even with some rough edges, Fallen Order represents one of the most compelling game additions to the Star Wars franchise in years."Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order January 15 Update Patch NotesFixes & Improvements
- We've fixed an issue where Bounty Hunters would sometimes get stuck in Zeffo.
- Not only was the Photomode camera able to explode rockets, it could interact with trigger volumes within the levels that could potentially break the game. We’ve fixed this to ensure that you can continue playing the game after using Photomode. Unfortunately, this also means that rockets will be unaffected by the camera moving forward.
- There was a bug that was causing one of the elevators in the last level to have a tendency of disappearing. It should now be present at all times.
- We've improved collision on Ilum.
- Our language translations have been updated.
- There was an issue where some text was overlapping in Photomode for specific screen ratios. That has been fixed.
- The Albino Wyyyschokk tactical guide entry wasn't appearing for all users, this should now be fixed.
- We've fixed Gorgara having a tendency to disappear at specific times on Dathomir.
- Pre-order content has now been unlocked for all players. This content includes:
- Orange Lightsaber Blade Color
- Mygeeto Campaign Lightsaber Hilt
- Umbaran Campaign Lightsaber Hilt
- BD-1 Skin
- Gold Squadron Stinger Mantis Skin
Against all odds, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu was one of the best films of 2019, and much of its charm comes from the incredibly realistic CGI designs that brought classic Pokemon to life on the big screen. Its spunky star, Detective Pikachu, is almost unbearably cute throughout the entire film, and now one of his cutest--and most heartbreaking--moments is immortalized in a new plush doll available on PokemonCenter.com.
Warning: Slight spoilers for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu follow!Detective Pikachu (2019)
The Detective Pikachu Wrinkled-Face Plush, as it's officially called, harkens back to one of the film's most tragic moments. While escaping from a mysterious lab facility with his human companions Tim and Lucy, Pikachu is seriously hurt, but he ends up being healed by the legendary Pokemon, Mewtwo. The process triggers the partial return of his memory, which leads him to believe he betrayed his former human partner (and Tim's father) Harry Goodman. The shame drives Pikachu away from the group, and he's later seen wandering an empty highway alone, looking extremely forlorn, brows furrowed, and his entire face wrinkled in sadness.Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Wrinkled-Face Plush
If you've always wanted to give that wrinkled-face Pikachu a hug and tell him everything will be OK, you now can, thanks to this new plush. Available for $20, the 8-inch Detective Pikachu plush recreates Pikachu's face in all its wrinkled glory from that scene in the film. It's part of Pokemon Center's original Pokemon: Detective Pikachu collection. Quantities are limited, so if you need this iconic plush in your life ASAP, I'd recommend snatching him up today.
And for fans who love Detective Pikachu but don't want to look at his sad, wrinkled face every day, there's also a much happier-looking Detective Pikachu plush available on PokemonCenter.com, although it's a bit more expensive at $25. Alternatively, there are official Psyduck and Ludicolo plushies available as well, if you're into that.See Detective Pikachu plush at PokemonCenter.com
Nioh was one of the biggest surprises of 2017. A Souls-like developed by Team Ninja, Nioh coupled tough, engaging action combat with an interesting story set in Sengoku period Japan. Nioh became a critical darling, and thankfully it proved successful enough to warrant a follow-up. Nioh 2 releases March 13 on PS4 and in November on PC. Multiple editions of Nioh 2 are available to pre-order now.
Though we thoroughly recommend playing the original--GameSpot awarded it a 9/10 in our Nioh review--you will be able to enjoy Nioh 2 without any previous knowledge of the first game's events. Set in 1555, Nioh 2 is technically a prequel and stars a nameless mercenary who happens to be part human, part yokai, which are supernatural creatures found in Japanese folklore.
From what we know so far, the story sees the protagonist square off against yokai during a critical juncture in a widespread conflict across Japan. We know Nioh 2 will use real historical figures throughout the adventure. Even the protagonist appears to be connected to historical figures, as it's said that the part human side will be Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a samurai and ruler who is known for bringing the Sengoku period to a close. This fact is quite fascinating considering you'll actually get to create your character in Nioh 2, so we're curious to see how the real-life connections will play out.
Nioh 2's combat mechanics will build off of the success of the original. Your player-created character can use four different fighting styles, including the familiar Ninja, Samurai, and Onmyo Magic styles, and the new Shiftling style that makes use of the protagonist's yokai background. In addition to the weapons featured in the first game, you'll also be able to use Dual Hatchets and the Switchglaive, which has multiple configurations that you can cycle through. A closed alpha and open beta in 2019 showed off the new combat mechanics.
Expect Nioh 2 to have a lengthy adventure, and this time around, you'll be able to get help from a pair of friends in co-op (the original only had two-player co-op). Since Nioh 2 figures to provide a tough challenge similar to its predecessor, the more the merrier.
Ahead of Nioh 2's March 13 launch on PS4, we rounded up all of the pre-order details you need to know below, including pre-order bonuses and the editions you can choose from.Nioh 2 pre-orders come with an armor set, charm, and PS4 theme/avatarNioh 2 pre-order bonuses
Pre-ordering either a physical or digital copy of Nioh 2 will grant access to a number of bonuses. You'll get the Demon Horde Armor set, Sudama Netsuke Charm, a PS4 theme, and three Nioh 2 PlayStation avatars.Pre-order Nioh 2 standard edition
The $60 standard edition comes with all of the above pre-order bonuses and is available in both physical and digital formats.See at Amazon See at Walmart See at Best Buy See at GameStop See at PlayStation Store Nioh 2's special edition comes with the season pass, a steelbook case, and art book
Pre-order Nioh 2 Special Edition
The $80 Nioh 2 Special Edition comes with all of the pre-order bonuses, a steelbook case, art book, and season pass giving you access to post-launch DLC.See at Amazon See at Walmart See at Best Buy See at GameStop
Pre-order Nioh 2 Digital Deluxe Edition
The $80 Digital Deluxe Edition is the Special Edition without the steelbook case and art book. While you still get the season pass and pre-order bonuses, you're definitely better off grabbing the Special Edition. However, if you really prefer digital copies of games, you can pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition at the PlayStation Store.See at PlayStation Store
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Ubisoft has released a trailer for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege "Road to Six" Invitational. The in-game event runs every weekend from January 15 through February 16, and lets you play with all Operators unlocked on a new map fashioned just for the event. Plus a handful of the Operators--Blitz, Caveira, Hibana, Mozzie, Sledge and Thermite--are decked out in special sportswear.
The new map is called The Stadium, and though it's an unranked playlist, it will abide by the rules of a ranked one--with the significant difference that every Operator is unlocked for use in the map. You can also purchase a "Road to SI" Battle Pass with 35 tiers of unlockables, including the new Operator cosmetics.
The Battle Pass will have a free track, or a Premium track for 1200 credits (about $10) that unlocks Sledge's SI Light Set. A Premium bundle for 2400 credits immediately unlocks Hibana and Caveira's full uniforms. Plus if you're already bought into the Year 4 Pass, you also get a 30% discount on the Battle Pass, and a 30% boost on Battle Points earned within the pass. A portion of the funds spent on this Battle Pass will go into the tournament prize pool.
The Rainbow Six Invitational 2020 will take place February 14-16 in Montreal, Canada. Tickets are on sale through the official site.
Fortnite's most popular streamer is being immortalized in the game as a skin. Epic Games has announced a new line of character outfits for the battle royale shooter called the Icon Series, and the first one is based on Tyler Blevins, better known as Ninja.
"Gaming, music, film, and fashion collide in Fortnite in the Icon Series. The Icon Series brings the artistic vision, personality, and attitude of top creators to Fortnite, building on previous collaborations with Marshmello and Major Lazer," Epic wrote on the Fortnite website.
I've dreamt of having a skin in Fortnite since I started playing the game. Today, my dream becomes reality. Get the Ninja Fortnite Skin in the Epic store Thursday 6 p.m. CST-Sunday 7 p.m. Don't forget to use code NINJA! #NinjaSkin #EpicPartner pic.twitter.com/xTn9UlbkGI— Ninja (@Ninja) January 15, 2020
The Ninja skin will arrive in Fortnite's item shop at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET on Thursday, January 16. There will also be a related Ninja's Edge Back Bling, Ninja Style Emote, and Dual Katanas Pickaxe. You can see a preview of the Ninja cosmetics below.
Full Ninja Set showcase including his Pon Pon Dance!! pic.twitter.com/B9Q5I1KuC7— ShiinaBR - Fortnite Leaks (@ShiinaBR) January 15, 2020
In other Fortnite news, Epic recently rolled out the game's v11.40 update, which introduced a new feature called sidegrading. This gives you the ability to upgrade an Assault Rifle into a Heavy Assault Rifle. The material cost for upgrading weapons has also been reduced, and a handful of weapons have been added to the Battle Lab. You can check out the patch notes for the v11.40 update on Epic's website.
The first season of Fortnite Chapter 2 was originally slated to end last month, but Epic has extended it until February 6. That means there's still time to complete any weekly challenges from this season. If you need help completing them, you can find maps and guides for the trickier ones in our Fortnite Chapter 2 challenges roundup.
Back in October, the new wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling launched a weekly series on TNT called Dynamite. And now, the promotion is extending its relationship with the network and adding a new show.
The new deal with WarnerMedia--TNT's parent company--extends AEW's contract with the network through 2023, and in addition, this agreement will also see the launch of another weekly AEW series. It is unknown at this time what night the new show will air or what it will be called. AEW currently has another show on YouTube called AEW Dark that airs weekly online.
"When we launched AEW one year ago, we wanted to start a revolution that would disrupt the wrestling business, but everyone said that it would take a strong weekly television partner to make AEW real in the eyes of everyone--above all, the fans," said Tony Khan, president and CEO of AEW, in a press release. "What virtually no one realized at the time was Kevin Reilly [CCO of TNT] and TNT were committed to this very same movement from day one, and their belief in us made it possible for AEW to think and act big from the start. Here we are, only three months into Wednesday Night Dynamite, and now we’ve been extended through 2023! We're now making the ultimate statement that the team of AEW and TNT is here to stay and to bring fans more of the great wrestling that the fans demand and deserve."
It will be interesting to see what road AEW will take from here on out. Currently, Dynamite airs at the same time as WWE's series NXT, so will AEW's new show air on Mondays or Fridays, going up against WWE's Raw or Smackdown, or will the promotion pick a night of the week that doesn't already have a wrestling show?
Considering the AEW roster is already so large, and many of its stars aren't seen on weekly television, starting up another weekly series isn't a bad move. The promotion has already proved itself as a consistent force in the wrestling world, offering up a solid weekly show and some great PPVs as well. The company has already made some big moves in 2019, so it will be interesting to see where they go from here.
AEW Dynamite airs on Wednesdays on TNT at 8 PM ET.
It took a decade to get a sequel to Zombieland in theaters. Now, with Zombieland: Double Tap arriving on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on January 21--and available on digital now--the film's writers are giving us some idea of what the original script looked like when it was written a decade ago. One of the biggest differences is the film initially included a massive celebrity cameo.
As those who have seen Zombieland: Double Tap know, at one point in the movie, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) spots a luxury RV on the side of the road that he wants to commandeer. Originally, though, it wasn't an RV that the gang found on their travels.
"That originally was the Rolling Stones RV that was in the first draft. It was outside the Staples Center because it was set in California right after the first movie," co-writer Rhett Reese told GameSpot. "They were looking for an RV, and it was the Rolling Stones tour bus that they went to grab."
Of course, given that the first Zombieland killed off a beloved celebrity in Bill Murray, Double Tap didn't stop there. "They ended up having to fight a zombified Rolling Stones. Like they had to kill Mick Jagger and all this stuff," Reese continued. "And then Keith Richards was in the back right and they opened the door, and they thought he was a zombie too, and they killed him. And it turns out it was just Keith Richards."
What's bigger than killing Bill Murray? Killing the Rolling Stones, it turns out. Ultimately, the Rolling Stones--and the return to Los Angeles--never made it into the final version of the film. Luckily for fans of the franchise, though, there is another dose of Bill Murray in the sequel, as it's revealed the zombie apocalypse started at a junket for one of his movies. If ever there was a way to kill off the Garfield franchise, it's the end of the world.
Now, with Zombieland: Double Tap hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on January 21 and is available on digital now.
Filmmaker Richard Stanley, director of the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out Of Space, has announced that he's writing two follow-up films. Color Out Of Space is intended to be the first film in a trilogy of Lovecraft adaptations.
Richard Stanley announced these projects in a Q&A following the film's Los Angeles premiere screening, which was moderated by Patton Oswalt and also featured the film's star, Nicolas Cage.
When Oswalt pointed out the number of Lovecraft Easter eggs hidden in the film, Stanley responded, "I'm pleased to say that this is the first in a trilogy. I'm really hard at work on the second script." He says that his next script is an adaptation of The Dunwich Horror, a 1928 story by the infamous horror author.
Asked if he's making a linked "Lovecraftverse," Stanley responded that Lovecraft "already did," so he doesn't need to. Oswalt asked Cage if he's involved, and Cage responded that he doesn't know.
Production studio Spectrevision (which was, notably, founded by Elijah Wood in 2010) has previously said that they'd love for Stanley to make a trilogy, and this confirms that it's actually happening.
Color Out Of Space is Stanley's first feature-length narrative fiction film since 1992's Dust Devil; the filmmaker famously exited the spotlight after being fired from a doomed adaptation of the H.G. Wells story "The Island of Dr. Moreau" in the '90s. GameSpot reviewed Color Out Of Space last year, writing that the film does a good job of "making you feel like you're a part of a Lovecraftian cosmic horror story, and following the author's style of storytelling."
Color Out of Space hits theaters in the US January 24.
One of the more exciting and enduring pieces of Hollywood news over the past year was about Quentin Tarantino potentially directing a new Star Trek movie. Unfortunately for those who wanted to see what a Tarantino-directed Star Trek would look like, it may never happen.
Tarantino told Deadline that he believes Sony will produce the new Star Trek movie written by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), but he probably won't direct. That being said, the Oscar-winning director behind Once Upon a Time in Hollywood said he would be eager to contribute to the new Star Trek in a more behind-the-scenes capacity.
"I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it. It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I'll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut," he said.
This is not a surprise, as Tarantino said last month that he was "steering away" from directing the new Star Trek, adding at the time that he never met with Sony about it in the first place.
This new Star Trek movie is separate from the one from Fargo's Noah Hawley that will bring back Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and Zoe Saldana.
Tarantino said he still does plan to make at least one more movie, though it might not be on the scale of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which stars Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt and carries a reported $90 million budget.
The director's next movie could be a new Kill Bill, though at this stage nothing is confirmed.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood picked up 10 Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director, while Pitt and DiCaprio also notched nods for Lead and Supporting actor awards, respectively.
Fire Emblem Heroes is getting some new characters direct from an upcoming Fire Emblem spin off. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is releasing for Switch on January 17, and four characters from it are joining the mobile game for a Paralogue story called "A Star Is Born."
Fire Emblem Heroes is gaining Eleonora and her Mirage Longbow, Kiria with her Mirage Rod, Mamori and her Mirage Axe, and Tsubasa and her Mirage Feather. All four characters are joining the game on January 19 at 11pm PT (January 20 at 7am UTC.) This means that players will have some time to meet them in the Switch game (which was originally released for the Wii U) before fighting with them in Heroes.
All four characters are able to summon spirits based on Fire Emblem characters in the original RPG--it plays more like Shin Megami Tensei than a classic Fire Emblem game.
Fire Emblem Heroes is one of many mobile titles Nintendo now has, including Animal Crossing Pocket Camp and Mario Kart Tour. The company has previously said that it is wary of how these games treat microtransactions.
Monster Hunter: World has reached a new sales milestone, while the Iceborne expansion also continues to climb up the charts. Capcom announced in a news release that Monster Hunter: World has now surpassed 15 million copies shipped, while the meaty Iceborne expansion has climbed to 4 million copies worldwide.
The entire Monster Hunter series has now reached 61 million copies shipped. Capcom's biggest franchise by series sales is Resident Evil, which has shipped 93 million copies.
Capcom is planning to attract even more people to Monster Hunter: World through a variety of initiatives, including a new Monster Hunter: World Iceborne XR Walk attraction at Universal Studios Japan beginning this March. Additionally, Capcom is working with Hollywood to produce a new Monster Hunter film starring Milla Jovovich coming this September.
Monster Hunter: World was intially released in January 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, before coming to PC in August of that year. The game will never come to Switch, according to Game Informer.
The five-part Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event has come to a close, and in the wake of the finale, everything has changed for the DC superheroes and villains in the CW Universe. Luckily, it streamlines everything on the CW shows.
Warning: Spoilers for the final two parts of the Crisis on Infinite Earths below.
At the end of Part Four of the event--the Arrow episode--Oliver Queen, who is now The Spectre, battled the Anti-Monitor and saved the multiverse by sacrificing his own life. Although he stopped the Anti-Monitor from destroying all existence, what happened instead was that all the CW shows, the Arrowverse, now exist in on one Earth. Supergirl is on the same Earth as Flash who is on the same Earth as Black Lightning, and so on, and so on.
This is actually a pretty great move on the CW's part, as there doesn't need to be some sort of bizarre excuse for when they all team up for crossover events. And this is something creators of this television universe has had planned for quite some time.
"We knew from last year quite frankly, that we were going to merge and create Earth CW basically--but Earth Prime sounds better," Marc Guggenheim explained at a press screening [via GameSpot's sister site TV Guide]. "Even though in the comics Earth Prime is our Earth, I just personally liked the sound of Earth Prime. So all the CW shows will be on the same Earth--the CW superheroes."
Of course, the finale of the series, the Legends of Tomorrow episode, pitted the heroes on this singular Earth against Anti-Monitor, who was not dead. They had to beat him one last time. The Arrowverse is now called Earth-Prime, as previously mentioned by Guggenheim. In the closing shots of the crossover event, we saw glimpses of other Earths--which still exist in the grand scheme of things--including the Earths that the DC Universe shows take place in: Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol, and Titans all take place on. Essentially, this is just a grand way to streamline all of the CW TV shows into one place, while keeping the DC Universe series and movie franchises in their own little pockets, and it only came at the cost of Oliver Queen's life.
As far as the future goes, there's more coming to the DC CW Universe, a new Superman and Lois Lane series was ordered by the network. The new show will featuring Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent and Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, reprising their roles from the other CW shows.
Grinding Gears has announced their 2020 roadmap for Path of Exile, and it's a busy one. The plan is to keep up the usual quarter schedule for expansions throughout the year, releasing four expansions--versions 3.10.0 through to 3.13.0--throughout the year. 3.10.0 will "probably be announced in late February," the roadmap states.
"The timing of the expansions may vary by a week or two from last year's ones, as we work around various holidays/events and make sure that the bigger ones have enough time to be fully tested," they state.
The team is also working on 4.0.0, and the team is expecting to be able to show "significantly new content" around the middle of the year, potentially by E3. A public beta could run in late 2020. The console team is being expanded as well so that console updates can be pushed faster, and work on Path of Exile Mobile is continuing, based on feedback received at ExileCon 2019.
Path of Exile 2 will include the original game's campaign when it releases, which might be why the developers continue to expand it. The sequel might come to PS5 and Xbox Series X as well as PC. For more, check out our interview with Grinding Gear founder Chris Wilson.
Video game retailer GameStop is struggling. The company's latest financial report showed double-digit decreases in revenue for the holiday period, and the downturn was attributed in part to the current console cycle coming to an end.
GameStop management is optimistic that things will turn around in the coming year when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are released, or sooner. Speaking at the 2020 ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida, GameStop CEO George Sherman spoke about how the next-gen consoles' disc drives and support backwards compatibility should benefit GameStop.
"If you think about the attributes of the new consoles that we were waiting on with baited breath, one was would it have a disc drive going forward and it does. The second part is backwards compatibilty. The ability for all the games from previous generations to work on the new console is there," Sherman said.
Hardware and software sales at GameStop have fallen, and one line of thinking is that customers are holding back buying games and consoles because new ones are coming. Given the PS5 and Xbox Series X will support existing PS4 and Xbox One games with backwards compatibility, Sherman said he's hopeful people will realize this and start spending more with GameStop.
"I think there is still a little bit of an education process going on with the customer right now about what backwards compatibility means. Our gaming zealots understand that well; they know exactly what that means, but we think there is going to be a resurgence with the new consoles now that the word's out that your games are gonna work," he said. "It's not throwaway money. It's going to be something you can use on your new device."
The PS5 and Xbox Series X have been announced, but both Sony and Microsoft have yet to formally detail each console's features, so it makes sense that it might not be widely known to the mainstream audience that the systems will play existing games.
SIE president Jim Ryan told GameSpot sister site CNET backwards compatibility and cross-gen are important for the PS5 to help players have a seamless transition. Currently, it is only confirmed that the PS5 will play PS4 games; there is no confirmation yet regarding titles from earlier systems.
"Whether it's backwards compatibility or the possibility of cross-generational play, we'll be able to transition that community to next-gen," he said. "It won't be a binary choice about whether you have to be either on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship."
As for Microsoft, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said Xbox Series X will support backwards compatibility on day one. The console will not only play Xbox One games, but also Xbox 360 and original Xbox games. Microsoft has also committed to not releasing any Xbox Series X exclusive games for the first year (or two) of the console.
Going back to the GameStop interview, Sherman said the company expects sales to continue to slide for the foreseeable future, but the PS5 and Xbox Series X launches could help things turn around. GameStop is also cutting costs to improve profitability by closing stores and laying off employees.
"We know [the PS5 and Xbox Series X] are great devices. We know they are technological step-changes," he said. "This is an evolution that is going to bring far, far more capability and excitement to gaming, and we firmly believe the thesis for us holds. We recognize the tough sales we announced yesterday. We recognize the tough sales ahead of us. But we also recognize that we are doing a lot of work around the hygiene of the business. Our expense structure. Our store footprint. So that we can really parlay the opportunity coming our way at the end of the year."
GameStop CFO Jim Bell also chimed in on the matter, saying the PS5 and Xbox Series X having disc drives will help sustain GameStop's second-hand business which relies on physical media.
A turnaround would be welcome for GameStop, as the company is currently trading at around $4.73 per share, which is close to an all-time low for the retailer.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced this year's inductee to its Hall of Fame. Connie Booth, who is the vice president of production development for Sony Interactive Entertainment, is being given the prestigious award for her numerous and significant achievements in games.
The Hall of Fame award is given to creators who demonstrate the highest level of creativity and innovation, resulting in significant product influence on a scale that expands the scope of the industry." Booth joins an esteemed group of creators in the AIAS Hall of Fame including Bethesda veteran Todd Howard, Halo boss Bonnie Ross, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, Rockstar Games founders Dan and Sam Houser, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
We're pleased to announce our 24th Hall of Fame recipient, @PlayStation's VP of Product Development, Connie Booth! The award will be presented at the 23rd Annual #DICEAwards. Learn more: https://t.co/uDfQt5YDET pic.twitter.com/2XxAgHIhFQ— Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (@Official_AIAS) January 14, 2020
In her 21 years in gaming, Booth has played a key role in producing some of PlayStation's most iconic and beloved games, including Crash, Spyro, Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Sly, Days Gone, Spider-Man, Resistance, Uncharted, Infamous, and The Last of Us.
"We are honored to have Connie as our Hall of Fame recipient," AIAS president Meggan Scavio said in a statement. "For over two decades, she has been a leading voice and advocate for countless PlayStation franchises as well as nurturing new talent in the industry. Her tireless work and passion have had an indelible impact on game makers, allowing their creative visions to flourish."
Booth started at Sony Corporation of America in 1989 before moving to the gaming team at Sony Computer Entertainment in 1995 as a producer, where she oversaw the release of Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot series. In 1998, Booth was promoted to director of product development before being promoted again to vice president of product development.
Booth will receive her award during the 23rd D.I.C.E. Awards on February 13 in Las Vegas. The event, which has nothing to do with Battlefield developer DICE, will also honor 2019's best games. Death Stranding and Control picked up the most nominations, including Game of the Year nods. You can see the full rundown of nominees here on the AIAS website.
Tuesday night's episode of Arrow marked Part-4 of the CW/DC crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths. During the episode, something crazy happened. Ezra Miller from the Justice League movie just popped up during the event.
Warning: Spoilers for Part-4 of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover below.
Seen in the picture below, Barry Allen--played by Grant Gustin--enters the speed force with the help of Oliver Queen/The Spectre. Barry heads to STAR Labs to find his other friends, and he bumps into... himself. Check out the image from the episode below.
Yes, that's Ezra Miller, who plays Barry Allen--The Flash--in the DC Universe movies. And yes, Miller's Flash was in the weird, armor-looking Flash suit we've seen in the movies. Miller's cameo seems to be nothing more than just that: a brief appearance in the episode. However, it seems Ezra's Allen gets the idea to call himself "The Flash" thanks to this little meeting between speedsters, so there's something for the overall canon.
Crisis on Infinite Earths--a crossover event between all of CW's DC shows--will end on Tuesday evening with the finale taking place on Legends of Tomorrow. Can the superheroes save the multiverse from the Antimonitor? We'll learn soon enough. Keep checking in with GameSpot throughout the evening for more revelations from the last two parts of this monumental event.
Netflix has renewed You, its pulpy, tongue-in-cheek thriller about a stalker named Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley), for a third season. Season 2 debuted on December 26, 2019, and interest has been high enough to justify a third season.
Victoria Pedretti will also return for a third season, reprising her role as Love Quinn. Things will remain unchanged behind the scenes too, with creators Sara Gamble and Greg Berlanti returning to produce the show.
The first two seasons of the show were adapted from the books of Caroline Kepnes; the first was titled You, the second Hidden Bodies. Kepnes is working on third and fourth novels too.
The show has been received well, with the second season earning an average score of 74 on Metacritic. Badgley has said that the show is about "how far we're willing to go to forgive an evil white man."December 27, 2019
Netflix has also announced 29 original movies for 2020 to date, including new films by David Fincher, Ben Wheatley, Spike Lee, and Charlie Kaufman.
It's been a while since we've heard any updates about the John Wick spin-off TV series being developed by Starz. However, The Continental is still happening. At the TCA winter press tour, Starz president and CEO Jeffrey A. Hirsch provided an update on the project.
Hirsch said: "I came from the meeting season-pitch on that yesterday and it's moving along. We like that with the group of writers and we're just trying to get it to the right place so that it doesn't interfere with the motion picture side of the house. But we're excited about the progress that the team is making."
He continued, explaining that The Continental likely won't air until after the upcoming John Wick Chapter 4, which isn't set for release until May 21, 2021.
First reported all the way back in 2017, The Continental will focus on the infamous hotel for assassins featured in the first three chapters of the John Wick franchise. It will "maintain the urgency of the action along with the dry humor of the movies" and include the franchise's star, Keanu Reeves, as a producer. We know it will be a prequel to the film series, and that a cameo from Reeves himself isn't necessarily off the table--but given how long the wait is shaping up to be, it's probably best not to start counting any gun-toting, martial artist chickens before they hatch.
For more coverage from the TCA winter press tour, take a look about news on Syfy's Peter Pan and Child's Play shows, as well as more info about Amazon's Wheel of Time series. Additionally, the executive producer Picard cleared up confusion about the timeline for Star Trek, and we learned a little more about Patrick Stewart's costar in the upcoming series.