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With Two "Very Ambitious" Games In The Works, Baldur's Gate 3 Dev Opens New Office

Mon, 05/20/2024 - 23:47

Baldur's Gate 3 developer Larian Studios has announced the opening of its newest studio. Located in Poland, the company's seventh studio worldwide--Larian Studios Warsaw--will assist in the development of the company's upcoming unannounced games.

"With two very ambitious RPGs now starting development, what better way to see our visions realized than by growing the team and opening a seventh studio in the heart of Poland's lively gaming scene!" the company wrote on social media.

The new team in Warsaw joins Larian's existing studios in Ghent, Barcelona, Dublin, Guildford, Quebec, and Kuala Lumpur. There are numerous open positions available at the Warsaw office across a variety of disciplines.

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GTA 6 Boss "Highly Confident" In Fall 2025 Release Window

Mon, 05/20/2024 - 23:45

Take-Two recently announced that Grand Theft Auto VI is now targeting a release in Fall 2025, and CEO Strauss Zelnick is pretty sure the game will make it out on time.

"There is slippage in the industry, and we're not immune from that. However, we narrowed the timing [of GTA 6] because we are highly confident in that timing," he told CNBC.

Previously, GTA VI was set for release at an unspecified point in 2025. It's worth noting that pretty much every Rockstar Games release gets delayed, so it's possible GTA VI might slip, as Zelnick mentioned was possible.

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Jason Voorhees And Agent Smith Join MultiVersus In Villain-Themed Season 1

Mon, 05/20/2024 - 22:59

Earlier this month, Warner Bros. and Player First Games announced they would be adding iconic Batman villain The Joker to the MultiVersus roster when it relaunches on May 28. Today, two more villainous additions--Friday The 13th's Jason Voorhees and The Matrix's Agent Smith--were revealed via a new launch trailer.

The trailer highlights matchups between previously featured members of the roster, like Finn from Adventure Time teaming with Velma from Scooby Doo and Wonder Woman doing battle with alternate versions of herself. The scene then shifts to the throne room from Game of Thrones, where The Joker taunts the heroes flanked by Jason and Agent Smith.

Jason Voorhees is making his second-ever guest appearance in a fighting game, after he featured as a downloadable character in 2015's Mortal Kombat X. Agent Smith, meanwhile, has only featured in four video games total since the debut of The Matrix, with the most recent being a cameo appearance in Lego Dimensions as part of the Lego Batman Movie pack.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Teases New Killer Ahead Of Double XP Weekend

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 09:13

Gun Media and Nighthawk Interactive, the publishers behind the asymmetrical survival horror game The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, have recently teased a new Family member (the game's version of killers) to join its ever-growing roster of characters.

The news comes from a teaser posted to the official Gun Media YouTube channel. Although the video isn't that long, it starts with the character Virginia searching through a toolbox and is quickly interrupted by Hands, the newest member of the Family, the playable killers in the game. Even though this trailer doesn't show him in action, we do know that his weapon of choice will be a hammer. Gun Media is even aware of how menacing he is because, in a press release, the studio makes it a point to say, "That boy is big!"

That wasn't the only announcement that the studio made. In addition to teasing a new character, players will be able to take advantage of double XP weekend that'll take place from March 17 - 20.

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New Game From Former GTA Boss Will Be Introduced Via An Upcoming Audio Series

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 08:05

Absurd Ventures, the studio created by former GTA boss Dan Houser, has announced that its upcoming video game universe, A Better Paradise, will kick off with an audio series that's scheduled to release on June 10 on all major podcast platforms.

The upcoming audio series, written and created by Houser, will be called "A Better Paradise: Volume One: An Aftermath" and will consist of 12 episodes. It will feature various actors, such as Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead, Shamier Anderson from John Wick: Chapter 4, and Rain Spencer, who starred in The Summer I Turned Pretty.

Volume One: An Aftermath is just the first of many projects the studio is working on. The studio has confirmed that various TV shows and video games are set in the same world as A Better Paradise.

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Fortnite Festival Just Did Something It's Never Done Before

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 07:12

Epic is teaming up with renowned singer Billie Eilish to introduce three new songs from her newly released album, Hit Me Hard And Soft, to Fortnite Festival. The newly added songs from the album are playable today as of 5 PM PT/8 PM ET.

This marks the first time music has come to Fortnite Festival on the same day it released elsewhere. The upcoming songs that players will be able to jam out to will consist of "Chihiro," "The Diner," And "Lunch."

It's also worth mentioning that Fortnite Festival season 3 is centered around Billie Eilish, similar to how season 2 was with Lady Gaga. Several songs of hers, as well as three in-game skins and other accessories, are available for purchase.

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Need A PS5 Or Xbox For EA Sports College Football? Check Out These Great Deals

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 06:30

EA Sports College Football 25 is due to hit this summer, but that comes with a caveat for fans: It's not going to be available on older consoles or PC. So while you can preorder College Football 25 on PlayStation 5 and on Xbox Series X from Amazon right now, you might also be in the market for one of those shiny new(ish) game consoles on which to play it.

Luckily, Walmart has you covered with some discounted PS5 Slim and Xbox Series X consoles, both of which come bundled with games to get your new console library started. The PS5 Slim bundle comes with Spider-Man 2, while the Xbox Series X bundle packs in Diablo 4.

PS5 Slim Disc Console - Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Bundle $449 (Valued at $560)

Sony's Spider-Man 2 PS5 Slim bundle was one of the most popular gaming products over the holidays, but most retailers ran out of stock months ago when the promotion officially expired. Walmart was in this camp, but surprisingly, the bundle has returned. Valued at $560, the bundle includes a PS5 Slim with a 1TB SSD, a digital download code for Spider-Man 2, and a DualSense controller. Even if you don't care about Spider-Man 2, you're still saving $50 off the price of the PS5 Slim with a disc drive.

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Microsoft's Xbox Series X bundle comes with some solid benefits if you're a Diablo fan. Alongside the Series X console, which sports a 1TB SSD, you get a digital download code for Diablo 4, and a few digital goodies for the game: the Light-Bearer mount with the Caparison of Faith mount armor. The bundle also packs digital items for Diablo 3 and Diablo Immortal, as well as a wireless controller. This bundle is shipped and sold by Antonline, a reputable retailer of tech and gaming products.

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While both the PS5 and Xbox are offered in digital-only versions, both these consoles sport disc drives, if keeping physical media around is important to you.

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George Miller Considered De-Aging Charlize Theron For Furiosa - Then He Saw Gemini Man

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 05:59

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga has had a particularly long journey to the big screen, with director George Miller having originally planned to shoot it back to back with 2015's Fury Road. Despite already having a screenplay in place, the back-to-back productions didn't end up happening--and as time passed and star Charlize Theron got older, it became increasingly impractical to have her return to play a younger version of the character.

"She was very excited about it, and my intention was that we do it next [after Fury Road]. But then, we've now gone through the third parent company of Warner Bros, from Time Warner to AT&T and now Discovery " Miller said to a group of reporters at an event for Furiosa, indicating that the corporate upheaval at Warners Bros. over the past decade is to blame for Furiosa's delay.

But the Fury Road prequel, as we know, would end up moving forward with Anya Taylor-Joy and Alyla Browne sharing duties as the younger Furiosa. But despite the passage of time, Miller still weighed the possibility of using Theron for the prequel, thanks to the emergence of popular CGI de-aging technology.

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XDefiant Can Be Preloaded Now, PC Specs Revealed

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 05:30

XDefiant, Ubisoft's free-to-play multiplayer shooter featuring factions from across Ubisoft's various game franchises, can now be preloaded ahead of its May 21 launch. For those on PC, Ubisoft has additionally revealed XDefiant's PC system requirements.

The shooter can be installed now on both PC and consoles, where it will be playable on both last-gen and current-gen Xbox and PlayStation hardware. As for the system requirements on PC, Ubisoft has given a few different suggestions on what will be needed, including what setups players will need in order to play on Ultra settings.

  • Minimum Resolution: 1080pCPU: Intel i3-10105F; AMD Ryzen 3 3100GPU: Intel ARC A380 (6GB); NVIDIA GTX 1050TI (4GB); AMD RX 5500 XT (4GB)RAM: 8 GB Dual ChannelOS: Windows 10Storage: 35 GB
  • Recommended Resolution: 1080pCPU: Intel i3-10105F; AMD Ryzen 3 3100GPU: Intel ARC A750 (8GB); NVIDIA GTX 1060 (6GB); AMD RX 5500 XT (8GB)RAM: 16 GB Dual ChannelOS: Windows 10Storage: 35 GB
  • Enthusiast Resolution: 1440pCPU: Intel i5-10400; AMD Ryzen 5 3600GPU: Intel ARC A770 (16GB); NVIDIA RTX 2060 (6GB); AMD RX 5600 XT (6GB) RAM: 16 GB Dual ChannelOS: Windows 10/Windows 11Storage: 35 GB
  • Ultra Resolution: 4KCPU: Intel i7-9700K; AMD Ryzen 7 3700XGPU: NVIDIA RTX 3080 (10GB); AMD RX 6800 XT (16GB)RAM: 16 GB Dual ChannelOS: Windows 10/Windows 11Storage: 35 GB

XDefiant will support uncapped frame rates on PC, as well as widescreen support and DX11 and DX12. Ubisoft suggests a SSD for the best experience. Ubisoft's shooter has been a long time coming, having held an open beta last summer only to be delayed multiple times despite nearly releasing late last year. Its release comes even as Ubisoft has recently canceled other free-to-play titles like The Division: Heartland.

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Venom: The Last Dance Will Be The Final Venom Movie

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 05:09

The first Venom movie with Tom Hardy marked the beginning of Sony's Spider-Man Universe, which has yet to included Spider-Man himself. Instead of using Spidey, Sony has put villains and supporting characters into leading roles. Unlike the films that came after it, including Morbius and Madame Web, Venom was actually successful. However, the upcoming third film in the franchise, Venom: The Last Dance, will be the final Venom movie.

Sony Motion Pictures Group chairman Tom Rothman casually made the announcement during an interview with Deadline when he said "The third and last Venom, is going to be huge." He also noted that "when the last of the Spider-Verse movies comes with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, it's going to be a significant event, as will the next Tom Holland Spider-Man film."

The most surprising part of that announcement is that Hardy's Venom never got a chance to meet Tom Holland's Spider-Man despite Venom and Eddie Brock's cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Sony often mentions that it has the rights to 900 Marvel characters, but Venom is one of the few on their roster who has actually been a leading character. Most of the others can't hold down their own comic book series, much less a movie or a TV show. That's why it's very possible that Sony may eventually change course, reboot the Venom films, or recast the role down the line.

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EA Sports College Football 25 Preorders For PS5 Are Live At Amazon

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 04:19
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EA Sports College Football 25 preorders are popping up at major retailers ahead of its July 19 release. You can preorder physical copies of EA Sports College Football 25 for $70 at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop. A couple of digital-only editions are available on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store. Ordering any version early will net you some neat in-game bonuses.

Football fans have been starving for a new college football sim since NCAA Football 14 released back in 2013. Over a decade later, dinner will soon be served. Unlike Madden NFL 25, EA's new college football game will not be available on last-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Nor will you be able to play it on PC. To return to the collegiate gridiron, you'll need to own either a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S.

If you need a PS5, Walmart has the Marvel's Spider-Man 2 PS5 Slim bundle in stock for $449 (valued at $560). Alternatively, you can buy an Xbox Series X bundled with Diablo 4 for $470 at Walmart.

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GTA 6 Release Date "Probably Doesn't Matter," Anticipation Reaches "Fever Pitch" - Take-Two

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 03:31

As part of Take-Two's latest earnings briefing, CEO Strauss Zelnick discussed Grand Theft Auto VI's release window and commented on how he's observed a "fever pitch"-level of excitement for the game.

Asked if there is a benefit to releasing GTA VI during the holiday period--when video game sales in general are known to spike--Zelnick said GTA VI would likely be a success whenever it releases due to the massive amount of hype behind it. He did, however, admit that Fall 2025 is preferable to other periods of the year.

"While it probably doesn't matter, I think we'd all rather be in the release window that we're looking at now," the executive said.

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CoD: Warzone And MW3 Season 4 Release Date And Details

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 03:29

Call of Duty Season 3 is ending soon, and Activision has confirmed that Season 4 begins on May 29. Here we highlight all the big announcements and rumors for Season 4 of Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone, including the return of Warzone's most popular rifle.

Call of Duty Season 4 start times

Activision has confirmed Season 4 arrives on Wednesday, May 29. Seasonal updates usually go live at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST across all platforms.

What to expect from Season 4

A new season of Call of Duty means a fresh battle pass for unlocking more weapons and cosmetics. Season passes usually contain at least one operator and two DLC weapons. One of the new free weapons for Season 4 is confirmed to be the popular Kar98k bolt-action rifle.

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Rainn Wilson Is Willing To Appear On The Office Follow-Up Series

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 03:25

As one of the original actors from the American incarnation of The Office, Rainn Wilson has been associated with the franchise for almost 20 years. Wilson's character, Dwight Schrute, was even in contention for his own spin-off series, The Farm. While that show didn't go forward, Peacock recently picked up The Office's follow-up series, which will move the setting to the Midwest. And if Dwight is needed for a guest appearance, Wilson is up for it.

"I don't see how Dwight goes from Scranton to wherever they're shooting it in the Midwest," Wilson told CinemaBlend. "But, you know, if Greg [Daniels] wants me to do something, I'm happy to do something. But, I am sad that they're leaving Scranton. I understand... why they're leaving Scranton, but I kind of feel like there should be like seven different Office spinoffs kind of like Law and Order. Like there's Law and Order: SVU and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and there should be all of these workplace documentaries going on, but they should all be in the Scranton Wilkes Bar, Lackawanna County, greater Metropolitan area."

The new series will feature Domhnall Gleeson and Sabrina Impacciatore as the main characters. The premise of the show is that the documentary team that spent a decade following Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton employees is starting a new project by covering "a dying historic Midwestern newspaper and the publisher trying to revive it with volunteer reporters." There's no obvious way for Dwight to be involved in that story, but Wilson trusts Daniels to come up with an idea that works.

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Disney Dreamlight Valley: How To Ride The Rides

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 03:08

Disney Dreamlight Valley has a myriad of ways in which you can interact with its world, but you haven't always been able to ride any of the rides you decorated your valley with. But thanks to the Thrills & Frills update, you can now hop on any of the interactable rides you've obtained via Star Paths or the Premium Shop. You can even take photos on them! Here's how to make it happen.

How to use the rides in Disney Dreamlight Valley

Riding rides in Disney Dreamlight Valley isn't particularly straightforward, as you can't just walk up and interact with the rides to hop on. Doing so simply starts or stops the ride, leaving you standing around looking kind of silly. Instead, to ride the rides you'll need do something kind of odd--equip your camera.

Getting in a ride requires you to equip your camera first.

Once you've equipped your camera, you can stand near the ride until it looks as though it's been "selected", then press the action button to pull out the camera. This will place you within the ride in camera mode, giving you an opportunity to select from a wide variety of options for taking pics. You can even use this to get on rides with friends visiting your valley so that you can take selfies together!

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A Total War Star Wars Game Is Reportedly In Development

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 02:04

A Star Wars-themed Total War game is reportedly currently in development over at Creative Assembly.

According to to DualShockers, there are three Total War games being worked on right now. It's unclear which project Creative Assembly is furthest along with in development. However, the closest one is presumably the next mainline installment, as Total War is an annual series. The only exception is 2021, which was the first year without a new mainline Total War game since 2014.

The second one is a Total War: Star Wars game that seemingly started development in October 2023. Currently, any info about the alleged third Total War game is unknown. The most recent game in the series is Total War: Pharoah, which was released last year. Creative Assembly Sofia is currently preparing a large update for the game that will add more campaign content and cultures.

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Redfall Is Getting A Final Update Despite Arkane Austin Shutdown

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 01:39

Arkane Austin's co-op vampire shooter, Redfall, will receive its fourth and final major update soon.

The official Redfall Twitter account posted that Redfall's Game Update 4 is bringing several quality-of-life features to the game. This include revamped Neighborhood and Nest systems, an offline mode, the ability to pause during single-player sessions, and more. The development team didn't say when the update will go live, but will provide more details at a later date.

Earlier this month, Microsoft shut down several of its studios, including Arkane Austin. Xbox executive Matt Booty stated that Redfall's most-recent update was going to be its last one as development comes to a close. However, that doesn't seem to the case anymore. Booty also confirmed that Redfall's servers will remain online.

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EA Sports College Football 25: Check Out The First Gameplay

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 01:05

EA has revealed a first look at the gameplay for EA Sports College Football 25, showcasing several new features ahead of the game's release in July. This year's take on college football puts a fast-paced emphasis on the sport, includes all 134 FBS schools, and the return of popular modes Dynasty and Road To Glory.

Some of the new features that fans can expect include a "Wear and Tear System" for your players, and you'll need to actively manage the health of your team by monitoring athletes and using strategic substitutions to keep them in fighting shape. Game-altering homefield advantages will also play a crucial part in buffing your team and EA says its new Pre-Snap Recognition feature makes the decision behind every snap matter more, motivating you to make the right decision and read the field during crucial moments.

The game is also aiming to be more authentic than ever before as it seeks to replicate the atmosphere of colleges during big football events. There's an expanded focus on sights, sounds, fight songs, mascots, commentators of games, and several other unique touches will help to bring each college to life. On the commentary side, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the games, while Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack will lead the play-by-play analysis of other games.

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Dune 2-Film Collection On 4K Blu-Ray Gets Nice Launch-Week Discount

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 00:58

Dune: Part Two released on Blu-ray earlier this week, and fans who haven't picked up a copy yet can take advantage of a nice deal on a 4K two-film collection containing Parts One and Two of Denis Villeneuve's Dune adaptation for a nice discount. The Dune 2-Film Collection on 4K Blu-ray is available to purchase for $45 while supplies last.

Dune 2-Film Collection (4K UHD) $45 (was $55)

The Dune 2-Film Collection (4K UHD) comes with both a 4K copy of the films as well as digital codes. It gets you access to both Dune (2021) as well as Dune: Part Two which hit theaters earlier this year and released on Blu-ray this week. Best of all, this is the price yet for the bundle, as preorder price cuts never managed to bring it below $50.

See deal at Amazon Dune 2-Film Collection Special Features

Aside from its great price and the two films, this bundle comes with over an hour of bonus features. You'll get a variety of featurettes, including:

  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Chakobsa Training
  • Worm-Riding
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of Dune

That's a pretty great lineup of extras--if you're a big Dune fan, they're likely worth the price of admission.

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"Next Iteration" Of Big 2K Games Franchise Will Be Revealed At Summer Game Fest

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 00:18

Summer Game Fest is promising the unveiling of the "next iteration" in a big 2K Games franchise next month, coming shortly after Take-Two Interactive mentioned as such in an earnings briefing. No clues were dished out, but that's not stopping speculation.

The official Summer Game Fest account on X (formerly known as Twitter) specifically stated the title will come from "one of 2K's biggest and most beloved franchises." Go ahead and count out Grand Theft Auto VI, for a few reasons. First, it's under Take-Two's Rockstar Games label instead of 2K. Additionally, the game has already been revealed and Take-Two has set a Fall 2025 release window for the anticipated game.

2K plans to reveal the next iteration in one of 2K's biggest and most beloved franchises at @SummerGameFest on Friday, June 7.

— Summer Game Fest (@summergamefest) May 16, 2024

According to Insider Gaming, Borderlands 4 from Gearbox seems like the safest bet to show up at Summer Game Fest. In fact, Borderlands 4 and Tiny Tina's Wonderland 2 leaked late last year on a game developer's LinkedIn profile. That wasn't the first rumor about Borderlands 4, either, and there's also a Borderlands movie premiering in theaters this August.

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