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PlayStation Was Largely Left Out Of Negotiations With Microsoft Over New Deal - Report

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 12:42

Last week, Microsoft and Sony made the unexpected announcement that they were laying the groundwork for a future partnership that could unite PlayStation and Xbox in some way. A new report from Bloomberg states that the news caught the PlayStation team by surprise.

The story cites people with knowledge of the situation who say Sony negotiated with Microsoft on the deal "largely without the involvement" of the PlayStation team.

"Negotiations with Microsoft began last year and were handled directly by Sony’s senior management in Tokyo, largely without the involvement of the PlayStation unit, according to people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg reported.

"Staff at the gaming division were caught off-guard by the news. Managers had to calm workers and assure them that plans for the company's next-generation console weren't affected, said the people, asking not to be identified discussing private matters."

Negotiations between Microsoft and Sony began in 2018, a spokesperson for Sony said. However, the company has not publicly commented on the claim that the PlayStation team was largely left out of the negotiations.

Bloomberg's story also claims that Sony and Amazon held discussions in 2018 to talk about the potential for a "deeper collaboration on cloud gaming." However, the two sides could not come to terms over the business side, according to a source. After this, Sony apparently started talking to Microsoft. Amazon's Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform powers the PlayStation Network, so Sony and Amazon were already working together. (For what it's worth, Amazon is also reportedly planning its own future game-streaming platform)

The announcement of the Microsoft-Sony deal states that the companies will "explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services." Additionally, Microsoft and Sony will work together to explore the possibility of Sony leveraging Microsoft's Azure datacenters for Sony's game and content streaming platforms.

According to the Bloomberg story, Sony realized that its own network services would not be enough to thrive in the future where cloud gaming is expected to take off, with new entrants like Google Stadia coming into the mix to compete.

"Sony feels threatened by this trend and the mighty Google, and has decided to leave its network infrastructure build-up to Microsoft," Asymmetric Advisors strategist Amir Anvarzadeh told Bloomberg. "Why would they sleep with the enemy unless they feel threatened?"

For what it's worth, the press release announcing the deal between Microsoft and Sony only mentions PlayStation by name once.

Microsoft's new game-streaming service is in the works under the working title xCloud. Sony has its own PlayStation Now streaming service that's been running for years already.

Despite no official announcement being made, PlayStation architect Mark Cerny has begun to talk about the PlayStation 5. Microsoft is also working on a next-generation Xbox, and it's expected to be announced at E3 in June.

Stunning New Westworld Season 3 Trailer Introduces Aaron Paul's Character And Lots More

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:08

With Game of Thrones coming to an end, HBO wants to remind people that it has more shows in the pipeline. One of those is Westworld, which returns for a third season in 2020.

The network has released the first trailer for it, and it's incredible. The trailer shows off Aaron Paul's character and so much more. There is seriously a lot to unpack. And as always with Westworld, this trailer seems to pose more questions than it answers. Check it out:

The first Season 3 trailer premiered just ahead of the start of the Game of Thrones finale. We'll have lots more on Game of Thrones (and Westworld) coming up soon on GameSpot, so check back with us for more.

Elizabeth Olsen Auditioned For Game Of Thrones, But It Didn't Go So Well

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:56

Elizabeth Olsen, who is perhaps best known for playing Scarlet Witch in the MCU movies, has revealed that she auditioned for the role of Daenerys in the HBO series Game of Thrones. She didn't get the part, and it ultimately went to Emilia Clarke.

Olsen recalled her audition in a new interview with Vulture. She explained that she performed a monologue, and she used two different accents. Whatever the case, she acknowledged that she was "terrible." Overall, she called it the "most awkward audition" she ever had.

"When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything, because I like auditioning. And I auditioned for Khaleesi. I forgot that," she said. "It was the most awkward audition I'd ever had."

Regarding the audition itself, Olsen recalled that it was a monologue for what would eventually air at the end of Season 1 where Daenerys is making a speech to thousands of people. "They didn’t know if they wanted a British accent or not. So, you did it in both," she said. "It was terrible. Anytime someone says, 'Bad audition story.' That's one I remember."

Other actors who auditioned for Game of Thrones characters include Jared Harris (The High Sparrow), Mahershala Ali (Xaro Xhoan Daxos), and Sam Claflin (Jon Snow).

While the current Avengers storyline might have wrapped up with Endgame, Olsen will play Scarlet Witch again in the Disney+ streaming TV show WandaVision.

Game Of Thrones Finale: Emilia Clarke Says Goodbye To Daenerys And The Show In Emotional Post

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:42

Before Game of Thrones wrapped up with the series finale on Sunday night, Daenerys Targaryen actress Emilia Clarke has posted an emotional goodbye to the franchise. Writing on Instagram, Clarke said she was overcome with emotion with putting her thoughts into words about the end of Game of Thrones, which she's been a part of for nearly a decade.

"Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me," she said. "The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I've sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice."

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Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout

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She said Game of Thrones shaped her as an actor, a woman, and a human being. "I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we've flown," she said.

And to her fans, Clarke said she owes them "so much thanks" for supporting the show over the years. "Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended."

Clarke also shared some nice behind-the-scenes images of Game of Thrones, including her fellow castmates, writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, and her braided her. You can scroll through the images in the Instagram embed above.

Notably, the actress went through some serious health scares in her early years on the show, surviving two brain aneurysms. She suffered through a painful experience but only just recently opened up about the experience.

The Game of Thrones series finale aired last night on HBO, giving us an answer of who won the Iron Throne, among other things. For more, check out our rundown on who was at that council meeting.

Stephen King Comments On Game Of Thrones' Final Controversial Season

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 09:47

Legendary author Stephen King has commented on the controversial final season of Game of Thrones. His post contains spoilers, so scroll down below the image to see what he had to say. SPOILERS FOLLOW BELOW THE IMAGE.

Posting on Facebook, King said he's "loved" the final season of Game of Thrones, including Daenerys embracing her "Mad Queen" side in Episode 5 with the burning of King's Landing. King also addressed what seems to be a negative campaign against Game of Thrones in the final season. Bear in mind that King posted his comments on May 17, after Episode 5.

Here is his full statement:

"I've loved this last season of GoT, including Dani going bugshit all over King's Landing. There's been a lot of negativity about the windup, but I think it's just because people don't want ANY ending. But you know what they say: All good things..."

The final episode of the final season of Game of Thrones airs tonight on HBO. It wraps up the story that began back in 2011, and we may finally learn who wins the Iron Throne. Keep checking back with GameSpot throughout the night for more coverage.

Avengers: Endgame Passes Avatar At US Box Office, Still Trails Worldwide

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 09:27

Avengers: Endgame was finally dethroned at the US/Canada box office this weekend, with John Wick 3 taking the No. 1 spot. The Marvel movie, did, however reach $771 million to surpass James Cameron's Avatar as the No. 2 highest-grossing movie ever in the US and Canada. Endgame still trails Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has made $937 million in the US and Canada to sit in the No. 1 position.

On a worldwide basis, Endgame has now made $2.62 billion. It still trails Avatar, which is the biggest movie in the history of film with $2.78 billion globally. Endgame will stay in theatres presumably for a while longer, so it will be interesting to see if it's able to catch up to Avatar before its theatrical run comes to an end.

Last week, Endgame surpassed Cameron's other box office smash, Titanic, to become the No. 2 movie of all time globally. Cameron released a nice statement in which he congratulated the team at Marvel for the incredible achievement that he says demonstrates that the film business is alive and thriving.

The next MCU movie is Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is a Sony production made in partnership with Marvel, and it releases in July. After that, Marvel plans to reveal more details about MCU Phase 4.

Avengers: Endgame Finally Dethroned, As John Wick 3 Takes No. 1 At US Box Office

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 09:09

After three straight weeks at No. 1, Avengers: Endgame has finally been dethroned at the box office.

The latest weekend numbers are in, and John Wick: Parabellum made $57 million in the US/Canada this weekend to sit in the No. 1 position, according to Entertainment Weekly. Endgame was No. 1 with $29.4 million, while Detective Pikachu was No. 3 with $24.8 million.

Parabellum's $57 million opening is the best-ever for the franchise, exceeding the first movie's opening-weekend haul of $14.4 million and the $30.4 million that John Wick 2 took in back in 2017. Parabellum made $92.2 million from overseas markets, which brings its total opening-weekend box office performance to performance to more than $150 million for a very strong start.

As for Endgame, the movie has now made $2.62 billion worldwide, which remains behind the biggest movie of all-time: Avatar ($2.78 billion).

Domestically, Endgame becomes the second-biggest film ever with $771 million in box office receipts; it surpassed Avatar ($761 million) but remains behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($937 million).

Below you can see the Top 10 movies at the US/Canada box office for the past weekend.

May 17-19 US/Canada Box Office:

Via EW

  1. John Wick: Chapter Three -- Parabellum -- $57 million
  2. Avengers: Endgame -- $29.4 million
  3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu -- $24.8 million
  4. A Dog’s Journey -- $8 million
  5. The Hustle -- $6.1 million
  6. The Intruder -- $4 million
  7. Long Shot -- $3.4 million
  8. The Sun Is Also a Star -- $2.6 million
  9. Poms -- $2.1 million
  10. Uglydolls -- $1.6 million

Game Of Thrones Recap: Who Won The Iron Throne?

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 08:03

After it all, it's come to this: the end of Game of Thrones. With the final episode of Season 8, HBO's fantasy epic ended the Last War with the destruction of the Lannisters, the torching of King's Landing, and one last person to sit the Iron Throne and rule Westeros.

Of course, one final warning: There are massive spoilers for the Game of Thrones finale beyond this point. Read on at your own risk.

The finale episode resolved the conflict between Daenerys Targaryen and the rest of Westeros after her turn in King's Landing, in which she used dragon fire to kill thousands even after the city had surrendered. Daenerys chose to rule Westeros through fear since she thought she'd never get the people's love. Turns out, that wasn't a great choice either, as it caused some of her most trusted allies to turn on her.

In the end, Jon Snow took matters into his own hands and killed Dany to stop her from becoming the Mad Queen. Drogon melted down the Iron Throne in his grief before bailing with Dany's body--so while there still needs to be a monarch, there's no longer an Iron Throne per se.

That left Jon as the last Targaryen in Westeros to rule, but assassinating a queen is something a lot of people frown upon in a ruler--to say nothing of the fact that Jon has repeatedly said he doesn't want to rule Westeros. The survivors of the war formed a council to democratically choose a new ruler, finally landing on someone who's highly qualified, if a little weird: Bran Stark.

With his powers of the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran is easily the wisest person in all of the Seven Kingdoms, and the fact that he has no desires at all anymore means he's a solid choice for a leader, if you're looking for someone who will make good decisions for all of a country's people. Where other rulers get petty, paranoid, or vindictive, Bran's general distance from other humans makes him pretty objective. As Tyrion dictated, from now on, there will be no succession for the throne based on heredity; instead, the lords and ladies of Westeros will choose a new leader by vote. Bran also created a strong small council of people who want to make the realm a better place, led by Tyrion Lannister as his Hand of the King. But they won't lead the North. As Sansa said, the North will now be an independent kingdom (of which Sansa is now queen). That leaves Bran to be the king of the Six Kingdoms.

So what about Jon? As a compromise with Grey Worm and the Starks, he was sent back to the Night's Watch and then went beyond the Wall with the Freefolk. Sansa Stark is Queen in the North, Arya Stark departed Westeros to explore the world, Grey Worm and the Dothraki headed back to Essos to free more slaves. Daenerys might be gone, but she still left behind a powerful influence, one that should lead to a better world for her people on both continents. At least, that's the hope.

WWE Money In The Bank Final Match Results: Becky Lynch Battles Charlotte And Lacey Evans

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 07:30

Money in the Bank, WWE's May PPV, had three incredible matches during the course of the evening. It also had a eight headscratching matches as well, which we went into detail for GameSpot's review of the show. Since the PPV is said and done, you can check out the full results below.

The XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut hosted this year's event, which had 11 matches on the card. Yes, it's another very large card for a WWE PPV.

There were only two matches on the entire card where the winner didn't receive either a championship or a contract for a championship match. Roman Reigns fought on Elias, as both men moved to Smackdown and had beef with each other for some reason, and The Miz battled Shane McMahon in a steel cage match. Miz told GameSpot during a recent interview that he's excited to be stuck with McMahon in a cage.

Money in the Bank Match Card:
  • Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. The Usos (Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
  • Tony Nese (c) to battle Ariya Daivari (Cruiserweight Championship)
  • Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Andrade, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Finn Bálor, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, Mustafa Ali, and Randy Orton
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Nikki Cross, Bayley, Natalya, Naomi, and Carmella
  • Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans (Raw Women’s Championship)
  • The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (Steel Cage Match)
  • Roman Reigns vs. Elias
  • Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens (WWE Championship)
  • Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles (Universal Championship)
  • Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair (Smackdown Women’s Championship)

Below, you'll find the final results for Money in the Bank. This just highlights the winners and the length of the matches, and nothing more. If you want some opinions about the bouts, check out GameSpot's live review of the show where Wrestle Buddies Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner discussed the matches and score it all.

Kickoff Show

Kickoff show just started. Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs. The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships has been confirmed for the pre-show, so expect that to air during the second half of the hour.

Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. The Usos

(Smackdown Tag Team Championship)

The Usos win at 11:05.

Main CardWomen’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Nikki Cross, Bayley, Natalya, Naomi, and Carmella

Bayley grabs the case at 13:50.

Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)

Rey Mysterio wins at 1:39.

The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (Steel Cage Match)

Shane escapes the cage at 13:08.

Tony Nese (c) to battle Ariya Daivari (Cruiserweight Championship)

Nese wins at 9:20

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans (Raw Women’s Championship)

Becky wins at 8:37.

Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair (Smackdown Women’s Championship)

Charlotte wins at 6:11.

Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair (Smackdown Women's Championship)

Bayley wins in 17 seconds.

Roman Reigns vs. Elias

Roman Reigns wins in 9 seconds.

Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles (Universal Championship)

Seth Rollins wins at 19:50.

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens (WWE Championship)

Kingston wins at 14:56.

Men's Money in the Bank Match

Brock Lesnar wins at 18:58.

Rainbow Six Siege's Phantom Sight Revealed; New Operators Nokk And Warden Detailed

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 06:20

Rainbow Six Siege's new season of DLC has been revealed. Operation Phantom Sight will include the customary two new Operators--Nokk and Warden--as well as a map rework and some welcome tweaks to existing characters.

Nokk is for all intents and purposes an attacking version of Vigil. Her Hel gadget allows her to become near-invisible to enemy cameras. The ability is timed, so you won't be invisible forever, but this could be a very powerful tool for pushing objective rooms. Her weapon selection includes the FMG-9 SMG, the Six12 SD shotgun, and the Desert Eagle-like D-50, which is very powerful and can be equipped with a suppressor.

Warden, a defender, wears Smartglasses, which allow him to see through smoke while stationary. In addition, his ability makes him practically impervious to flashbangs and other disorientating devices, such as Ying's Candelas.

Siege's sniper character, Glaz, has been heavily tweaked for Operation Phantom Sight. His thermal scope now takes much longer to acquire the profile of defenders, which has a big impact when attempting to shoot through smoke. The change intends to discourage Glaz players from simply storming to the frontline of a fight, while also retaining his distance-shooting strength.

Finally, Kafe Dostoyevsky has been reworked. The rework is not as dramatic as Hereford Base's, but still modernizes the building and makes it fit for how Siege has evolved since launch. Check out the new Kafe and all the Year 2, Season 4 details in our preview video above. Ubisoft has not yet confirmed when Operation Phantom Sight will begin, but traditionally content updates drop on live PS4, Xbox One, and PC servers around three weeks after being revealed.

In Rainbow Six Siege's latest update, Ubisoft introduced reverse friendly fire, a new system that aims to curb the game's team-killing problem. Thanks to the update, shooting an ally will now cause all the damage you deal to be inflicted on yourself. Ubisoft intends to continue tweaking the system and patches are already planned for the next season as part of Ubisoft's new policy to push out game updates more regularly.

Overwatch Anniversary Kicks Off Next Week

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 04:00

Overwatch is celebrating its three year anniversary event this month, with a special seasonal event that pays homage to the game's history. The event begins on May 21 and goes on through June 10 and during it players will be able to collect new cosmetics, participate in special events, and more.

The star of any Overwatch event are the new skins, and this anniversary event will be no different. It will debut six new legendary skins and three epic skins, as well as new dances for the three most recent characters: Baptiste, Ashe, and Wrecking Ball.

Seasonal brawls will be coming to the Arcade, and they'll be rotated daily. Those include the Overwatch Archives - Storm Rising brawls.

During the duration of the event, logging in will get you one bonus Legendary Anniversary Loot Box, which guarantees one Legendary item. If you purchase a 50 Loot Box bundle, you'll get an extra Legendary Anniversary Loot Box as well. Previous seasonal event loots will also be included in loot boxes during the anniversary event.

To kick off the event, Blizzard is offering a free trial from May 21-May 28. It will be debuting new cosmetics throughout that week as well. You can start pre-loading the trial on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One now, to be prepared for the free period. The Anniversary event lasts through June 10.

E3 2019: All The PlayStation Games Confirmed So Far

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:19

E3 2019 is fast approaching and there's going to be a ton of PS4 games. While Sony won't be attending this year, that doesn't stop other developers from bringing PS4 games to the show. Big name publishers like Bethesda, Electronic Arts, and more are showcasing some of their biggest new games.

Sony decided against appearing at E3 2019 out of a desire to showcase its games in new and different ways compared to previous years. "As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community," the company said in a statement to GameSpot. "PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can't wait to share our plans with you."

Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us Part II are still the company's biggest upcoming tentpole releases. We've gotten a few updates since last year. Developer Hideo Kojima did tease via Twitter that he was working on a new trailer for Death Stranding. On the other hand, The Last of Us Part II co-director Anthony Newman said on Twitter that developer Naughty Dog is looking to hire people to help "close out" the long-awaited game. Unfortunately, Ghost of Tsushima hasn't received any recent development updates.

E3 will last about three days going from June 11-13. A handful of press conferences from the industry's biggest companies are scheduled to precede the show. Read on for the full list of confirmed PS4 games so far, and check back as we continue to update this article with more in the coming days.

All The PS4 Games Confirmed For E3 2019
  • Anthem (EA Play)
  • Apex Legends
  • Battlefield V (EA Play)
  • Bee Simulator
  • Borderlands 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dying Light 2
  • FIFA 20
  • Fortnite (Summer Block Party)
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  • Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory
  • Scavengers
  • Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
  • The Fisherman – Fishing Planet
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
  • The Riftbreaker
  • The Sinking City
  • The Walking Dead: Onslaught
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
  • WRC 8

John Wick 3: Let's Talk About The Adjudicator, A Terrifying Villain Who Never Holds A Gun

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:11

When the John Wick series introduces a villain, they usually fall into one of two categories: They're either a gun-toting badass like John Wick 2's Cassian (Common) and Ares (Ruby Rose) or John Wick 3's Zero (Mark Dacascos), or a spineless crime boss like the original's Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) or 2's Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio). John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum introduces one new antagonist who absolutely crushes this mold: The Adjudicator, played by Asia Kate Dillon.

The Adjudicator is a high level enforcer sent to New York by the High Table to exact punishment against those who aided John Wick in his defiance of the organization's laws throughout John Wick 2. The character is also non-binary in gender, according to Dillon, and goes by "they"--a detail you might not pick up on in the film, but which informed how Dillon, who is non-binary in real life, approached playing them.

Throughout John Wick 3, the Adjudicator recruits Zero and his gang of sushi-carving ninjas, cuts the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) down to size, and delivers Winston an ultimatum to step down as the Continental's manager or risk facing the consequences. And the Adjudicator manages to do it all without ever lifting a finger, raising their voice, or picking up a gun.

"I feel like there was a really clear vision that started from Keanu [Reeves], who had the idea for the character, and then [director Chad Stahelski] shared that vision," Dillon told GameSpot. "We talked about the fact that they really wanted a character who could walk into a room and unsettle everyone, and intimidate everyone, with a quiet power and a quiet confidence. Because the vision was so clear, I felt really confident stepping into the role."

"I love the idea of a character who doesn't have to take up physical arms in order to be intimidating, and to be maybe the most intimidating person," they continued.

That idea makes the Adjudicator unique in the High Table's clandestine world of god-like assassins and crime bosses. The character's authority stems partially from power itself; they speak for the High Table and carry out its will. But other powerful figures in John Wick's world have picked up a gun and taken shots at John Wick when necessary, from John Wick 1's Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist) to Santino in John Wick 2. The Adjudicator never once personally threatens another character with physical violence, yet they command more authority just by virtue of their presence than any other villain in the series so far.

Dillon said they played the character with quiet intimidation in mind. "I think it was really important for The Adjudicator to be really grounded physically, which for me involves a lot of stillness, and that their emotion isn't lost in physical gestures--that it's really coming through the articulation of their words, and the emotional intention of the scene--someone who has a quiet confidence, a quiet power, and is quietly intimidating," the actor said. "I don't see that person as someone who is sort of like, running around and bouncing off the walls physically. That is someone who, I think, is going to stand and deliver, so to speak."

Dillon played the character like a "sheriff" to John Wick's "cowboy"--a "force of justice," or at least what the High Table views justice to be, in that world.

As for being non-binary, Dillon said that aspect wasn't originally written into the character, but it was a natural fit.

"The character wasn't written as non-binary, but through the discussions that I had with Keanu and Chad, and after reading the script, you know, it was just evident that this character didn't need to be a cis person," Dillon said. "It's a credit to Chad and Keanu and everyone at Lionsgate that for them it was just, I mean, it wasn't even something I had to convince them of. They just immediately said, like, 'Yes, of course, no brainer.'

Read next: Every Action Scene In The John Wick Series, Ranked

"The films have always been incredibly diverse, from the first one through this one," they continued. "You have people of all different shapes, sizes, colors, ethnic backgrounds. There's cultural diversity. I mean, there's even diversity when it comes to the martial arts, you know--there's Capoeira, and Muay Thai, and Jiu Jitsu. So adding gender diversity to the third film was just seamless."

Like everything and everyone in these movies, the Adjudicator has a unique look. Dillon described it as "high femme, fashion foward." The garments draped around the character's shoulders, the gloves held in one outstretched hand--their clothes also contribute to the aura of authority, suggesting the Adjudicator never expects to be threatened physically or to need to defend themselves.

There's one other aspect that makes the Adjudicator unique in the world of John Wick: Unlike almost every other character who challenges the assassin or stands against him, the Adjudicator actually makes it through John Wick 3 alive. There's a good chance they'll come back for the inevitable John Wick 4, although with the all-out war brewing between Wick and the High Table--judging by John Wick 3's ending, at least--the Adjudicator might not make it through the next one.

Read next: John Wick 3 Is A Symptom Of A Much Larger Problem

E3 2019: All The Nintendo Switch Games Confirmed (So Far)

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:00

The biggest gaming showcase of the year, E3 2019, is just a few weeks away. This year's expo kicks off on Tuesday, June 11, and while it's shaping up to be a bit quieter than past years (thanks in part to Sony's decision to sit this E3 out), some big games have already been confirmed for the event, with even more surprises undoubtedly waiting to be announced.

While Microsoft is reportedly gearing up to unveil its next-generation Xbox console(s) during its E3 2019 briefing, Nintendo will be looking to continue the Switch's impressive sales momentum by highlighting some upcoming games for the system in a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct presentation, which is scheduled to air at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST on June 11, just before the expo proper begins.

As for what Switch games Nintendo will show off, the company has been characteristically tight-lipped, although it does have a number of titles in the pipeline this year. Luigi's Mansion 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and Animal Crossing--to name a few--are coming to the system in 2019, and we'll likely get another look at some or all of them during next month's Direct. Splatoon 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Mario Maker 2 will also be featured this year as part of Nintendo's pre-E3 tournaments on June 8, and we may get some details on new content for those games--although that has not been confirmed.

One thing we do know, however, is that Nintendo won't be revealing any hardware at this year's show. Rumors of a new, cheaper Switch model have been making the rounds in recent weeks, with Bloomberg reporting the system could launch by the end of June, which would make E3 the perfect venue at which to unveil it. However, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa denied that possibility, saying the company has "no plans to announce [new hardware] at this year's E3 in June."

Still, while Nintendo is playing its cards close to its chest, a few other developers and publishers have confirmed a handful of Switch games for this year's E3 already. You can take a look at the list so far below. For more E3 coverage, be sure to check out the full E3 conference schedule and our running list of every single game confirmed to appear at E3 2019.

All The Nintendo Switch Games Confirmed For E3 2019
  • Bee Simulator
  • Doom Eternal
  • FIFA 20
  • Fortnite (Summer Block Party)
  • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo World Championships)
  • Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo World Championships)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo World Championships)
  • Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

Wonder Woman: Check Out An Exclusive Preview Of Issue #71

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 09:03

G. Willow Wilson and Xermanico are continuing to explore the trials and tribulations of Princess Diana in the pages of DC Entertainment's Wonder Woman with issue #71, the third part of the "Love Is A Battlefield" story arc that began with April's Wonder Woman #69. Below you can take an early exclusive look at the first four pages of the comic book before it's released next week.

"Love Is A Battlefield" continues the story of Atlantiades, the androgynous child of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Cast out of Olympus, Atlantiades has made their home in the small town of Summergrove and done what gods and goddess are wont to do--inspired a cult of love-crazed townsfolk. Entranced by Atlantiades, desire personified, the otherwise quiet townspeople have succumbed to fervor in which nothing--not work, not family, not health or safety--can stand in the way of their hedonistic drives for happiness and pleasure. For Atlantiades, Summergrove is a utopia--but for Diana and her companions, the town stands at a dangerous tipping point with lives and livelihoods at stake.

Luckily, Aphrodite herself is more than happy to step in to help put a stop to her child's careless meddling in the affairs of humanity--even if that means stirring up some serious familial drama along the way.

One part mythological epic, one part quaint American drama, "Love Is A Battlefield" explores the complicated, confusing intersections between finding happiness and maintaining order which might just be the most challenging lesson a desire-powered demigod will ever have to learn.

Wonder Woman #71 hits shelves next Wednesday, May 22.

E3 2019: All The PC Games Confirmed So Far

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 08:28

E3 2019 may still be several weeks away, but there are already quite a few PC games confirmed for the show. We've compiled all the ones we know about below. If you're looking for games coming to Xbox One, PS4, Switch, or VR, we've also outlined every single game confirmed to appear at E3 2019.

As per tradition, E3 will host a PC Gaming Show. The live stream is scheduled to start Monday, June 10 at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM BST. The show will once again stream on Twitch and is the only press conference at E3 2019 solely devoted to showcasing PC game announcements, trailers, and gameplay reveals. The PC Gaming Show has not confirmed which games will be shown off during the stream, but chances are several of the ones listed below will make an appearance.

Pretty much every game confirmed for E3 2019 is coming to PC. Based on what's been confirmed already, the major names to keep an eye on are Cyberpunk 2077, Doom Eternal, Halo Infinite, and Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Activision is scheduled to reveal the new Call of Duty game as well, and Gearbox will probably showcase the skill trees of FL4K the Beastmaster and Moze the Gunner, the two Borderlands 3 Vault Hunters that have still not been fully detailed.

Several previously released PC games will be at E3 2019 as well. For example, during EA Play, the publisher will discuss the upcoming plans for both the multiplayer-focused shooter Anthem and battle royale Apex Legends. Iceborne, a major future expansion for Monster Hunter World, will also be at E3.

All PC Games Confirmed For E3 2019
  • Anthem (EA Play)
  • Apex Legends
  • Battlefield V (EA Play)
  • Battlewake
  • Bee Simulator
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty 2019
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dying Light 2
  • FIFA 20
  • Farmer’s Dynasty
  • Fortnite (Summer Block Party)
  • Halo Infinite
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  • Overpass
  • Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Tavern Keeper
  • The Fisherman – Fishing Planet
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
  • The Riftbreaker
  • The Sinking City
  • The Walking Dead: Onslaught
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
  • WRC 8
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood

Pokemon Go: Glaceon, Leafeon, And More Gen 4 Pokemon Now Available

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 07:30

Niantic has rolled out a new wave of Gen 4 Pokemon to Pokemon Go. Gible, Cherubi, Hippopotas, Burmy, and more can now either be found in the wild or hatched from Eggs in the Pokemon mobile game, and developer Niantic has introduced a handful of items that enable some new Gen 4 evolutions, including Glaceon and Leafeon.

As revealed in a recent leak, three new kinds of Lure Modules have been added to Pokemon Go: Glacial, Mossy, and Magnetic. These can be purchased from the in-game store, and placing them in a Poke Stop will attract certain kinds of Pokemon to that area; the Glacial Lure, for instance, draws in Ice- and Water-types, while the Mossy Lure attracts Grass, Bug, and Poison Pokemon.

Moreover, activating the Lure Modules will allow certain Pokemon to evolve; the Glacial and Mossy Lures let Eevee evolve into Glaceon or Leafeon, respectively, while the Magnetic Lure lets Magneton and Nosepass evolve into Magnezone and Probopass. Niantic says the new Lure Modules will also be given out as rewards for completing Special Research tasks "later this season." You can read more details about the Pokemon and Lures on the Pokemon Go website.

In other Pokemon Go news, the game's next Community Day takes place this Sunday, May 19. The featured Pokemon this month is Torchic, the Fire-type starter from the series' Gen 3 games, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. If you're able to evolve Torchic into its final form, Blaziken, up to an hour after the Community Day ends, it'll learn Blast Burn. You'll also receive three times the usual amount of Stardust for capturing Pokemon during the event.

Shortly after May's Community Day ends, Niantic is kicking off an Extraordinary Raid Week event. From May 21-28, new Pokemon will appear as Raid bosses, including Bronzor, whose Shiny form also has a chance of appearing. On Saturday, May 25, the developer is also holding a special Lapras Raid, which will feature an appearance by Shiny Lapras.

John Wick 3 Ending Explained: What The Heck Just Happened?

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 07:10

At the end of John Wick 2, with what looked like the entire city of New York about to take up arms against Keanu Reeves' titular hero, it seemed like the next chapter in the assassin's saga would have to wrap things up one way or another. We were pretty surprised, then, when John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum concluded not with John's death or his triumph over the High Table, but basically where it began: with John Wick on the run, out of friends, the whole world against him. But was Winston's betrayal of John real, or is there more to it than that?

At the end of John Wick 2, Winston (Ian McShane) gave John an hour's head start. He was still on the assassin's side, despite the reality of John's affront against the High Table's laws when he spilled blood on Continental grounds. By John Wick 3's conclusion, Winston has fully turned on John, shooting him repeatedly and sending him careening over the edge of the Continental's roof. But are things really that black and white?

The Continental vs. The High Table

First off, let's talk about the conflict that served as John Wick 3's climax: the fight between the Continental (well, really John and Charon (Lance Reddick), since Winston mostly hid in a vault with John's dog), and the High Table's elite strike team. The High Table doesn't take lightly to being defied, and the hour Winston gave John at the end of 2 was enough to get the NY Continental manager in deep trouble with his overlords. They sent the Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) to negotiate Winston's "retirement," and the High Table's Elder (Saïd Taghmaoui) sent John back to New York to kill Winston.

Obviously, the High Table's plans in this case didn't work out, largely thanks to the bond that Winston and John share after years of working together. Winston had no interest in stepping down, and John didn't really want to kill him. John may have gone through with it in order to survive, had Winston not offered him an alternative--teaming up to fight the High Table.

The Continental and John won the initial skirmish, but both sides knew this fight was just the beginning. When they met for a parley, Winston and the Adjudicator agreed to a ceasefire, under the shared revision that Winston had only risen up in the first place in order to prove his strength and devotion to the High Table. It was a simple show of force--at least, according to the version of events Winston and the Adjudicator settled on in the end.

Either way, that left one loose end: John Wick himself. Winston shoots John several times, seemingly taking the assassin by surprise, and John plummets off the Continental's roof.

If you take this scene at face value, it seems that Winston betrayed John in order to reaffirm his loyalty to the High Table. But that may not necessarily be the case. Throughout these movies, the friendship and trust between John and Winston have seemed genuine. When Winston said he'd rather be killed by a friend, he appeared to mean it.

Another Possibility

In light of that, there's another possibility: Winston was just doing what he had to in order to make it seem like he'd turned on John, while actually trying his best to ensure John walked away from the situation with his life. Winston shot John in the torso, where he knew John's magic bulletproof suit would prevent the bullets from killing him, and he may have even known that John would hit some obstacles on his way down, breaking his fall, if he hurtled off the roof in that exact place. Winston never looked over the edge to make sure John was dead, and he didn't seem too concerned about the fact that the boogeyman-assassin he'd just seemingly betrayed had apparently gotten up and walked away.

At the very end of the movie, Jason Mantzoukas's character (the Tick Tock Man, who we didn't get nearly enough of) finds John and takes him to the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), who apparently lived through his seven slashes. Like John, the Bowery King isn't looking so hot--but given both characters' current standing with the High Table, that's not the only thing the two now have in common.

Is there a real rebellion against the High Table brewing for the inevitable John Wick 4? Will Winston and John reconcile, or was that betrayal the last straw? We'll have to wait and see, but the foundation is certainly there for a fourth chapter in John Wick's saga.

Read next: John Wick 3 Is A Symptom Of A Much Larger Problem

Rainbow Six Siege Operator Pulled Temporarily

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:06

Developer Ubisoft Montreal has taken it upon itself to address issues facing the online tactical shooter, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. In a tweet, Siege's official Twitter account announced that, as it works on fixes (which include addressing exploits to claymores and shields), the defensive operator Clash has been disabled.

"Over the past few days, we have been working to address the issues presented from exploits surrounding Clash, IQ, and Deployable Shields," a blog post on the official game's website reads. "These combined issues touch on core systems of the game, and will therefore take longer than we consider acceptable to address. We are currently expecting fixes prepared by next week."

We have been working to address the exploits that have emerged since Saturday. We are currently working on fixes.
In the meantime, we will be disabling Clash, Claymores, and Deployable Shields to prevent further abuse.
For more details:

— Rainbow Six Siege (@Rainbow6Game) May 16, 2019

According to Ubisoft, more details will arrive on Tuesday, May 21. Until then, a server-wide update will disable Clash, deployable shields, and claymores. It was scheduled to go live yesterday, but "due to unforeseen circumstances, console deployments for the Clash removal" will land sometime today, May 17, the Rainbow Six Siege Twitter account wrote.

The post concludes by saying the team is hard at work improving their reaction speed to such widespread issues. "As such, our team will develop a more thorough outline for how we should respond to these situations moving forward, with the ultimate goal of improved reaction speed," it said.

Two new operators were recently announced for Rainbow Six Siege: Nokk and Warden. The two are part of the upcoming Operation Phantom Sight expansion, which will be revealed on May 19 during the Pro League Finals in Milan (which takes place May 18-19).

The game's recent update reverses friendly fire, a system designed to punish griefers by dealing the damage to them instead of the teammate getting shot. Players will get a brief grace period, but afterward, the damage will be dealt in reverse. So any damage done by primary and secondary weapons, as well as most unique Operator gadgets, will hit the griefing player instead of the innocent teammate.

Rainbow Six Siege Operator Warden Revealed In New Trailer

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 05:17

Ubisoft has released a second teaser trailer for its upcoming Rainbow Six Siege Operation Phantom Sight expansion. This video shows off Phantom Sight's second Operator, Warden. Warden's real name is Collinn McKinley and he's one of Team Rainbow's older Operators with 30 years of career experience.

In the new trailer, which can be watched below, Warden is identified as a Defender. After a brief shot of a watch that reveals Warden's ties to both the Secret Service and Team Rainbow, the video transitions to a shot of Warden slowly walking forward as his glasses glow blue. We see glimpses of what Warden sees, which appear to be the possible actions an enemy can take. Regardless of what his glasses do exactly, they seem to be connected to his watch as both gadgets glow with the same luminescent blue.

"Hailing from the state of Kentucky, McKinley rose through the ranks of the Marines before he found his calling for close-protection detail in the Secret Service," Ubisoft wrote in a blog post. "He demonstrated his skills distinctly when he led the Secretary of State to safety, during an attack where hostiles outmaneuvered all prior planning."

After learning Phantom Sight's other new Operator, Nøkk, could use her HEL device to turn invisible and hide in the shadows, we theorized--based on Phantom Sight's initial yin-yang symbol teaser--that her counterpart would use a gadget designed to find or illuminate the position of Attackers or traps. It seems like that theory is correct, though Ubisoft hasn't explicitly stated what exactly Warden's Glance Smart Glasses do, only that they "reflect the nature of his natural talent, to see what most cannot in order to gain the upper hand in any given situation."

From May 18-19, Ubisoft will host the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Finals in Milan. On May 19, the developer plans on revealing all the new content and in-game changes coming to Siege in the Operation Phantom Sight expansion, including breakdowns of both Nøkk and Warden.