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MLB The Show 21 Releases At Midnight For Premium Editions

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 21:30

It's an exciting time for fans of the MLB The Show series, as this year's MLB The Show 21 is releasing in just a matter of hours now. Publisher Sony has announced that the game's premium editions unlock when the clock strikes midnight on April 16.

The four-day early access weekend only applies to the more expensive editions of the game, and not the standard edition. The $85 Jackie Robinson Edition and the $100 Digital Deluxe and Jackie Robinson Deluxe editions include the four-day early access promotion, so you will need to pay extra to start playing early.

Not only does buying one of these premium editions let you play four days early, but every collector's edition sold in the US until the end of 2021 includes a $1 donation from PlayStation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

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Bly Manor Director Mike Flanagan Is Adapting Sci-Fi Horror Novel The Season Of Passage

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 21:25

Mike Flanagan is set to direct an adaptation of Christopher Pike's sci-fi horror novel The Season of Passage. Flanagan is best known for the Netflix shows The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor, and the movie Doctor Sleep.

Flanagan will write the screenplay with his brother James for Intrepid Pictures and Universal. The filmmaker confirmed the news on Twitter, staying that "this project has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager," adding that he used to "daydream the theatrical trailer for this movie back in the early '90s."

"I see you brought the fire..." This project has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager. I'm so excited to be collaborating with my brother James, and my partner in crime @IntrepidPix on this epic horror movie - in space - for @UniversalPics. https://t.co/YEn7iOj5yb

— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) April 14, 2021

The Season of Passage was published in 1992 and focuses on NASA's first manned mission to Mars. The Russians had previously visited the Red Planet, but all contact was lost shortly after they landed, and the crew never returned. The story centers on a medical officer named Lauren Wagner, who has been experiencing terrible nightmares ahead of her journey to Mars.

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Brie Larson's Fortnite Locker Now Available

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 21:09

Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson has launched her own Fortnite Locker, featuring content that is inspired by her own brand in real life, The Bush Babies.

Inside Fortnite, you can now purchase an array of content chosen by Larson as part of her partnership with Epic Games. This includes a special version of the bushranger skin featuring a "BB" necklace inspired by The Bush Babies. The bundle also includes Honey Hitters for the harvesting tool and a pair of emotes. Larson said in her announcement video that she might release her Fortnite ID soon so people can find her in the game.

A moment I will *forever* cherish... introducing my Fortnite Locker, inspired by my real life squad - The Bush Babies! What items are must-haves in your locker? #EpicPartner @FortniteGame pic.twitter.com/hRucOvaeUA

— Brie Larson (@brielarson) April 15, 2021

You can see images from Larson's Fortnite Locker in her announcement video above and in the image below shared by the Fortnite team.

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This Microsoft Flight Simulator PC Is Shaped Like A Jet Turbine, Is Up For Grabs

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 20:51

Microsoft Flight Simulator is a stunning game to see in action, and as you'd expect from a game that features entire nation's worth of high-resolution assets, it requires cutting edge hardware to be experienced at its visual best. If you haven't got such a PC, the good news is that Microsoft and Xbox France are hosting a giveaway for one that can easily run the game.

And it just so happens to look like an airplane turbine.

To celebrate World Update 4--which shines a light on several revamped European locations--all you have to do to enter is follow the Xbox France account on Twitter and comment with the #MicrosoftFlightSimulator hashtag.

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Pokemon Home Ending Support For Some Older Phones

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 05:13

Pokemon Home will soon end support for several older phones and operating systems, The Pokemon Company has announced. Following an update this June, the app will no longer be compatible with the following devices and OSes:

  • Android 5
  • iOS 9
  • iOS 10
  • iOS 11
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6

As The Pokemon Company notes, "there may be other devices on which Pokemon Home may function imperfectly or stop working entirely" following the June update. According to the company, it may take some time for the service "to become compatible" with newer operating systems.

If you're planning on using Pokemon Home on a new device, The Pokemon Company advises to link the app to your Nintendo Account in order to carry over all your information. You can check whether your app is already linked to a Nintendo Account by tapping on Options and looking at the Account tab.

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This New Netflix Series Teaches You How To Fall Asleep

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 04:18

Netflix has announced a new docuseries that aims to help people learn more about sleep. The show is called "Headspace Guide To Sleep," and it's produced by the popular app Headspace, which previously released a meditation show for Netflix.

The Headspace Guide To Sleep series digs into fact and tips about sleep that are "backed by science," according to Netflix. The series will touch on things like whether or not looking at your phone before bed is really bad for your sleep and if you need a full eight hours at night.

"With mindfulness and meditation, this series will give you the tools you need to get a good night's sleep... and wake up ready to take on the day," Netflix said.

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Scream 5 Will Have Multiple Versions In Production To Avoid Spoilers

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 04:14

Scream 5 isn't due in theaters until 2022, but Bloody Disgusting is already reporting there are both multiple versions of the screenplay and also the movie itself. The latter is a bigger revelation, but both are becoming standard operating protocols for horror movies looking to preserve plot twists, characters who get killed, and the killer's identity.

The filmmakers confirmed to Bloody Disgusting they are in fact going extra out of their way to thwart would-be spoilers and people who want to propagate them. For the Scream franchise, this was a hard-learned lesson early on, after a draft of Scream 2's script leaked, revealing its ending, which then necessitated last-minute rewrites that then changed the movie's ending. We'll have to wait until January 14, 2022 to find out which, if any, of the rumors flying around about the movie prove true.

Scream 5 is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, a pair that makes up two-thirds of the LA-based filmmaking trio Radio Silence (with Chad Villella), and previously helmed a story in the horror anthology V/H/S, the 2014 supernatural horror Devil's Due, 2015's anthology Southbound, and 2019's acclaimed horror comedy Ready or Not. This will be the first movie in the series not to be written by Kevin Williamson, with Guy Busick (Ready or Not) and James Vanderbilt (David Fincher's Zodiac) handling screenplay duties this time round.

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Apex Legends Season 9 Character Possibly Teased In New Trailer

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 03:44

Respawn may have just teased the next playable character for Apex Legends, which will be coming to the battle royale in Season 9. In the new trailer celebrating Apex Legends surpassing 100 million players, you can see the shadowy outline of an unfamiliar form.

The tease begins at 0:43 in the trailer, when Mirage says "Ooh, someone got the party started." In this moment, he's looking up at a figure cast in shadow, who leaps from a tower and then...starts to glide upwards.

100 million strong, and we're just getting started. Thank you, Legends! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/FlINru0lx5

— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) April 14, 2021

No character in Apex Legends currently possesses that level of ability to control themselves in midair--the closest is Horizon, whose passive ability allows her to use jump jets to better maneuver herself as she's falling. But as seen in this trailer, the character in shadow isn't falling. Instead, they're rising upwards.

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Rainbow Six Siege Adds Pickle Rick And More Rick & Morty Cosmetics Tomorrow

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 03:27

The next Rainbow Six Siege crossover event has been revealed, and this one is completely unexpected. Ubisoft's team-based tactical shooter is partnering with Rick & Morty for a special cosmetic bundle that will be available starting April 15.

You'll be able to buy the Smoke Pickle Rick and Sledge Gromflomite bundles based on the popular animated show. The Pickle Rick bundle comes with a rat suit and headgear, weapon and attachment skins, and a Pickle Rick charm. The Gromflomite bundle, meanwhile, includes a Gromflomite skin and headpiece, the Federation Defense attachment skin, a weapon skin for the M590A1, and the Seal Team Rick charm.

Each bundle costs 2160 R6 Credits. You can get a quick look at these skins in the teaser video below.

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Get A Power Bank That Charges Your Nintendo Switch As You Play For $40 Off

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 03:24

If you play your Nintendo Switch on the go, you're likely familiar with the low-battery symbol. The Switch's battery life is not one of its greatest attributes, but if you get a portable charger with Power Delivery (PD) tech, you can charge and play at the same time. Amazon currently has an incredible deal on one of the best PD chargers as well: the Anker PowerCore+ power bank is only $90, down from $130.

Anker PowerCore+ power bank $90 (was $130)

The Anker PowerCore+ boasts 26,800mAh of battery life, which makes it capable of fully charging the Nintendo Switch's 4,310mAh battery a total of six times. You'll need to use the portable charger's USB-C PD port, but you'll be good to go out of the box as the PowerCore+ comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable.

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In addition to the powerful USB-C port charging, the PowerCore+ comes with two 15W USB ports that are capable of charging phones and a variety of other devices. The package also features a USB-C wall charger if you're at home and want to save on the PowerCore+'s battery capacity.

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Getsufumaden: Undying Moon Remakes The Konami Classic For PC, Switchz

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 03:11

Konami has announced a remake of its 1987 action-platformer Getsu Fuuma Den. Developed by GuruGuru, Getsufumaden: Undying Moon is a 2D action-roguevania that launches in Steam Early Access on May 13 and Nintendo Switch in 2022.

Getsufumaden: Undying Moon, unveiled during Nintendo's recent Indie World showcase, updates the original's sprite-based graphics to a style influenced by Ukiyo-e art, giving it a classical Japanese aesthetic.

On top of updating the visuals, Undying Moon adopts some modern gameplay principles like metroidvania elements and roguelike design. The game features a variety of ever-changing dungeons as players pick up several weapons, ranging from expected tools such as katanas to more obtuse armaments like paper fans. And of course, there are a plethora of massive, screen-sized bosses to fight.

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Latest Nvidia Game-Ready Driver Brings G-Sync To More LG OLED TVs

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 03:11

Nvidia's latest Game-Ready Driver is out now, preparing you for Mortal Shell's RTX patch, a slew of new G-Sync ready displays, and more.

Like the two series before it, Nvidia has certified the latest OLED displays from LG for G-Sync support. That means the full range of B1, C1, G1 and Z1 OLED TVs are ready to work with Nvidia GPUs after this latest driver, using either a DisplayPort (with an adapter) or HDMI. The driver also includes G-Sync certification for the LG 27GP950, a new 4K monitor with an IPS panel and 144Hz refresh rate, as well as the MSI MAG301RF, a ultrawide monitor with an IPS panel and 2560x1080 resolution.

The update also includes the best performance upgrades for Mortal Shell, which is due to get its RTX upgrade soon. This includes support for Nvidia's DLSS, which will let you downsample the game and have Nvidia's machine-learning algorithm upscale it for better performance and a minimal visual hit. Competitive shooter Valorant is also being updated to make use of Nvidia Reflex, which reduces system latency for the fastest response times.

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Halo Composer Martin O'Donnell's First TikTok Is A Banger

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:41

On April 14, award-winning composer Martin O’Donnell joined TikTok, uploading a piano rendition of the iconic Halo theme accompanied by vocals from O’Donnell’s dog, Baxter. In the short clip, the former Bungie composer is seen grinning as he plays a few of the theme's iconic notes while his dog howls along in the background. O’Donnell says he joined the popular video-sharing network after being encouraged by "folks on Clubhouse," and shared his foray into the world of Gen Z dance moves over on Twitter along with a tweet asking, "so, how do I get followers on TikTok?"

Just posted my first TikTok vid. Let me know if you like it. pic.twitter.com/caC0IV9OKW

— Marty O'Donnell (@MartyTheElder) April 14, 2021

From 1997 to 2014, O'Donnell worked alongside Michael Salvatori at Bungie, creating award-winning soundtracks for games such as Oni, Myth, Destiny, and, of course, the Halo series. Together, O'Donnell and Salvatori created the soundtracks for the first three Halo games as well as Halo Reach, the last Halo title Bungie worked on before leaving the series to create Destiny. Since the studio's departure, 343 Industries has taken over development on the series, releasing several new games with a handful of different composers working on the various titles. For Halo Infinite, the next entry in the series coming later this year, Gareth Coker of Ori fame is in charge of composing the game's soundtrack.

Following his work on Destiny, O'Donnell was fired from Bungie, marking the beginning of a year-long legal battle between him and the studio. Ultimately, the court sided with O'Donnell, stating Bungie violated his contract when they terminated him "without cause." Since his departure from the studio, O'Donnell has founded his own studio, Highwire Games, which released the PSVR title Golem back in 2019 and is currently working on the controversial Six Days in Fallujah.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC Wrath Of The Druids Delayed To May

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:35

Assassin's Creed Valhalla's upcoming paid DLC, the Wrath of the Druids, has been pushed out of its April 29 release date. It's now expected to launch on May 13 as developer Ubisoft Montreal said it wants to "deliver a more refined experience."

The official Assassin's Creed Twitter account shared the news. Along with announcing the delay, Ubisoft Montreal said it's putting together an article to "provide transparency and share insights on [the development] process."

The Wrath of the Druids, the first piece of paid Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC, takes Eivor to nearby Ireland where players will uncover the secrets of an ancient druidic cult called the Children of Danu. There are also regional kings to influence, Gaelic folklore to partake in, and occult forests to explore. The Wrath of the Druids can be purchased individually or comes with the $40 Season Pass. That also includes the second expansion, The Siege of Paris, which is slated to launch this summer.

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Call Of Duty Mobile World Championship Event Returns With Its Biggest Prize Pool Ever

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:30

Activision has announced that the Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship competitive gaming event is coming back this year with its biggest prize pool ever. Scheduled to take place beginning June 3, the tournament series features $2 million in its prize purse.

Not only is the amount of money in the prize pool doubled from $1 million last year, the total number of teams that can qualify is increased as well.

Anyone in the world can try out to compete in the event, which is sponsored by Sony. There will be regional tournaments that take place across multiple stages inside Call of Duty: Mobile itself. Players can take part in these tournaments, and others to be announced later, to fight for a spot in the finals. Today marks just the initial announcement of the tournament series; all the key details on the structure, format, and key dates will be shared later.

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Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals Announced, Releases In 2021

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:21

Nintendo concluded its latest indie showcase with the surprise reveal that developer Night School Studio is working on a sequel to 2016's Oxenfree. Called Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, the supernatural narrative-driven adventure game will release sometime in 2021.

Taking place five years after the events of the original game, Oxenfree II sees you take control of Riley, who returns to her hometown of Camena to investigate the cause of several supernatural disturbances. These curious disruptions seem to be tied to strange radio frequencies, just like the strange rifts in the first game.

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"Words cannot begin to express how happy I am to finally talk about Oxenfree II: Lost Signals," Night School Studio co-founder and studio director Sean Krankel said. "Oxenfree is such a special game to us, and it has been an incredible experience to revisit this world. We're eager to welcome our players back while inviting newcomers to embark on an adventure with an entirely new cast of characters that retains the weird, heartfelt, and personalized experience of the original."

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Every Nintendo Showcase Game And Demo Releasing On Switch Today

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:19

Quite a few cool-looking games were showcased during Nintendo's latest Indie World event, and you won't have to wait long to play some of them. Of the games and demos shown off during the showcase, four are available to download on the Nintendo Switch eShop and play starting today.

In terms of full games, you can now jump into The Longing, There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension, and Fez. All three games have already been released on other systems, but if you missed them the first time or want to replay them, you now have the chance to play them on the go via Switch.

The Longing is a beautifully hand-drawn game in which you have to wait 400 real-world days for your king to awaken, allowing you to sit idly by and wait for its conclusion or go out on an adventure full of time-based puzzles. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension is a point-and-click comedy adventure in which the game itself does its best to convince you that there is no game to play. And Fez is a cute platformer about a 2D character named Gomez who one day discovers his world actually has a third dimension.

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Road 96 Teases Thousands of Road Trips In Latest Trailer

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:15

Road 96 has received a new trailer during this week's Nintendo Indie Worlds Showcase, which further highlights the many decisions that players will have to make in developer DigixArt's procedural narrative road trip game. Less than a minute long, the trailer teases the hundreds of choices you'll need to make and the thousands of road trips you'll experience.

Originally revealed at last year's The Game Awards, Road 96's story-driven adventure evolves and changes with every choice you make.

Your decisions will change how the adventure unfolds, the people you meet, and possibly even the world itself. Road 96 will be out on Switch and PC later this year. The rest of the Nintendo Indie Worlds Showcase was filled with plenty of exciting reveals, such as a new entry in the OllieOllie skateboarding series, confirmation that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge will launch on Switch, and a sequel to Oxenfree.

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Cris Tales Release Date Set For July 20

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:13

During its latest Indie World livestream, Nintendo showcased a new trailer for Cris Tales, an incredibly stylish upcoming RPG from developers Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK. The end of the trailer revealed Cris Tales' new release date: July 20.

Originally slated for November 2020, Cris Tales was delayed to early 2021 and then again to July. Now we have an official date and I could not be more excited--it's one of the indie games we're most looking forward to in 2021.

In Cris Tales, you play as Crisbell, a young girl who discovers she's a time mage, a select group of individuals who possess unique time-bending powers. Crisbell's unique talent is the ability to see the past, present, and future all at once. This gifts her unique opportunities to influence the timeline, even while in combat.

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TMNT: Shredder's Revenge Confirmed For Switch, Launches This Year

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:13

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is headed to Nintendo Switch. As part of the Indie World event on Wednesday, Nintendo revealed that the game, which blends retro and modern graphics, will come to the hybrid console later this year.

Shredder's Revenge, which is a 2D beat-em-up in the spirit and style of Turtles in Time, features four-player co-op for both couch co-op and online play.

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