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New On Disney Plus In March 2024: Morbius, Taylor Swift, And X-Men '97

Sat, 02/24/2024 - 01:56

Now that February is almost over, Disney+ has released its schedule of all the new shows and movies coming to the streaming platform coming in March 2024. Beginning on March 1, you can look forward to a collection of new and old classics--even reboots--of some of your favorites.

Making its premiere on March 1, it's officially Morbin' Time as Sony's Morbius arrives. The much-maligned, but memeable favorite joins other Marvel Studios-adjacent films after being on Netflix for its first year of streaming. The film stars Jared Leto as the scientist-turned-vampire Michael Morbius, who is usually a Spider-Man villain, but becomes more of an anti-hero here.

That's not the only Marvel outing we're getting next month as X-Men '97 premieres. That series continues the story and legacy of the classic 90s X-Men animated series. The first trailer showed a glimpse of what is come, and hinted at adapting iconic X-Men stories like the trial of Magneto. It premieres March 20, with new episodes airing weekly.

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Helldivers 2 Increases Server Cap To 700,000 Players, But It Might Not Be Enough

Sat, 02/24/2024 - 01:48

Democracy is about to get some reinforcements in Helldivers 2, as developer Arrowhead has increased the game’s server cap to allow for up to 700,000 concurrent users. At the same time, the studio has cautioned players not to get too excited, as due to the popularity of the game, it's expecting to see a flood of players online this weekend.

"We have updated the max CCU cap to 700,000," Arrowhead CEO and game director Johan Pilestedt wrote in a series of posts on X/Twitter. "Unfortunately, we expect the CCU to reach that level. We believe that the wait times will be much more bearable. Another tweet said "We might still hit the limit in the future but for now we are above what we have been able to support. We are actively monitoring the situation."

Shortly after launch, Helldivers 2 increased its server capacity from 250,000 concurrent players to 360,000 and then recently to 450,000. Player demand rose and long waiting times have been the norm, but as Pilestedt explained, that isn't simple to resolve.

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Superman: Legacy Starts Filming Next Week

Sat, 02/24/2024 - 01:21

The new DC universe is one step closer to taking flight, as Superman: Legacy is set to begin shooting next week. The Man of Steel movie is slated to hit theaters July 11, 2025.

Variety reports that Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav confirmed the production timeline on a company earnings call earlier today. Yesterday, James Gunn revealed a cast photo for Superman: Legacy, after the group had finished a table read for the superhero film. Gunn is writing and directing the project. He also serves as co-head of DC Studios.

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Game Of Thrones Spin-Off Hedge Knight Aiming For "Late 2025" Release

Sat, 02/24/2024 - 01:19

The next Game of Thrones spin-off, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight, is aiming to release in "late 2025." Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav confirmed this during the company's latest earnings briefing on Friday (via TVLine). Also during the call, Zaslav announced that the upcoming Harry Potter TV series is aiming to release in 2026.

The Hedge Knight was announced in April 2023 and will be written by George R.R. Martin and Ira Parker. House of the Dragon showrunner Ryan Condal is an executive producer.

The show takes place 100 years before the events of HBO's Game of Thrones and follows the story of a naive knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, and his squire, Egg. "Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory, great destinies, powerful foes and dangerous exploits all await these improbable and incomparable friends," reads a line from the show's description.

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Harry Potter TV Series Aiming To Release In 2026

Sat, 02/24/2024 - 01:11

The Harry Potter TV series is coming in 2026, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said during the company's earnings call on Friday. Of course, schedules change regularly in Hollywood, so there is no guarantee that it will come out that year, but that's the window WBD is targeting.

"We've not been shy about our excitement around Harry Potter," Zaslav said, as reported by IGN. "The last film was made more than a dozen years ago. We can't wait to share a decade of new stories with fans around the world on Max. We're aiming for a debut in 2026."

Zaslav said he recently had a meeting with J.K. Rowling, HBO boss Casey Bloys, and WB TV boss Channing Dungey to discuss the project. "Both sides just thrilled to be reigniting this franchise. Our conversations were great, and we couldn't be more excited about what's ahead," he said.

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Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League Has "Fallen Short" Of Expectations, Warner Bros. Discovery Says

Sat, 02/24/2024 - 01:07

In a financial call, Warner Bros. Discovery said that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League "has fallen short of our expectations" since it launched at the start of February. Warner Bros. Discovery Chief Financial Officer Gunnar Wiedenfels didn't mention any sales figures for the game, but he did add (via IGN) that the company's game division is going to be in for a "tough year" when it's compared to 2023 and the blockbuster success of Hogwarts Legacy.

Compared to the Potterverse game, which was the best-selling game of 2023 in the US, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has had a tough time keeping players engaged. On Steam, it reached a peak concurrent playercount of 13,459 and those numbers have been steadily declining since then on that platform. Rocksteady has long-term plans for post-launch support, kicking off with the first season of content in March, the arrival of the Joker as a playable character, and possibly a resurrection of a key Justice League member in December.

There are several reasons for the poor performance of Suicide Squad, as even before it was released, previews for the game weren't entirely positive. Upon launch, Suicide Squad earned mixed or average reviews, and on GameSpot's sister site Metacritic, the game has a Metascore of 60 from 87 reviews. Suicide Squad also launched during a very busy month for high-profile releases, as several live-service games were all competing for a very limited slice of the audience retention pie.

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Here's The Full Magic: The Gathering Fallout Mutant Menace Commander Deck List

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 12:00

Magic: The Gathering's next major collaboration is coming up soon, as the Fallout preconstructed Commander decks are scheduled to launch on March 8. With MagicCon Chicago kicking off this weekend, we have a look at the full 100-card list for the Mutant Menace deck, which includes exclusive looks at four of the cards within.

Mutant Menace is a Sultai-colored deck (black, blue, and green) that highlights some of the malevolent mutations that populate the Fallout franchise. The deck focuses on two main mechanics:

  • Radiation (Rad) counters
    • These are special counters which players can accrue throughout a game. After a player draws a card for their turn, they must "mill"--or discard one card from the top of their deck--for each rad counter they've accrued. If a land is discarded, nothing happens, but if anything other than a land is discarded, the player loses one life point, but also gets to remove one rad counter.
    • Example: A player has three rad counters, proceeds to discard the top three cards of their deck, and see one land and two non-land cards. The player will take 2 damage, and their number of rad counters will decrease from three to one.
  • Proliferate
    • Whenever a card is played with the "proliferate" keyword, the controlling player adds one counter of every type they control.
    • Example: If a player plays a card with proliferate against two players with rad counters, each player adds a rad counter.
Join! Die! Join! Die!

Every preconstructed Commander deck comes with one legendary creature designated as the "commander"--the de facto "leader" of the deck--as well as a second legendary creature which acts as an alternate commander if the player so chooses. Designated commanders occupy a specific zone on the board, and they can be cast at any time.

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Brock Lesnar And Vince McMahon Aren't Playable In WWE 2K24--But Aren't Gone Entirely

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 10:55

WWE 2K24 launches in just a few weeks, as early as March 5 for some players, but the wrestling company's real-life legal troubles have led to questions surrounding the game. CEO Vince McMahon was named in a lawsuit filed by a former WWE employee over allegations of sexual misconduct, with subsequent reporting also implicating in-ring talent Brock Lesnar. The question of the two individuals being playable characters in WWE 2K24 had become a burning one. And while they won't be part of the main roster, they are not entirely absent from the game.

2K shared the official WWE 2K24 roster earlier today, and after much speculation, confirmed that McMahon and Lesnar won't be in the game's lineup of 200+ playable characters. However, speaking with a source familiar with the game's development, GameSpot has learned further details about their presence.

"We are always in lockstep with the WWE on how our game reflects what's happening in the WWE universe," the source explained to GameSpot. "Certain personalities play a role in the historical 2K Showcase and in the narrative-driven MyRise experience, but are not available on the playable roster."

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How To Salvage Gear In Lost Epoch

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 08:00

There is no shortage of loot in Last Epoch, with dozens of items dropping from enemies all across the various regions of the map. Your inventory will likely be flushed with loot by the time you finish the tutorial, so you need to know everything you're able to do with all of the items you're acquiring.

You can choose to sell the loot at an Armorer's Shop, which is located in every major settlement in Last Epoch, wear the items on your character, or drop them on the ground. There's also a hidden fourth option, however, which is to salvage the item and receive crafting materials, affixes, and more. To see how you can salvage your items in Last Epoch, take a look at the guide below.

Salvage items in Last Epoch

Unlike other ARPGs, there is no distinct option to salvage specific items in your inventory. Instead, you have to make your way to the Forge (anvil icon on your map) or simply press "F." The Forge is the only place you can salvage gear in Last Epoch.

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Last Epoch Classes: What's The Best Class To Pick?

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 07:46

There ae several different classes to choose from when you make a character in Last Epoch, and it can be overwhelming to pick one at first. This goes double for any beginners out there, as you likely have no idea what classes are the easiest to master. If you're looking for some help in that area, you can check out the guide below to see a list of every class in Last Epoch and my picks for the best overall starting classes.

Table of Contents [hide]All classes in Last Epoch

Before you decide on a class, you might be curious to see a list of every available one in the game:

  • Primalist
  • Mage
  • Rogue
  • Acolyte
  • Sentinel

Each class also has three different Masteries, which give you access to unique skills and can completely change your playstyle depending on which one you pick. Be careful, though, as you're not allowed to change your Mastery once you select it in Last Epoch.

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This Surprisingly Great Hello Kitty Game Just Got A Lot Of New Content

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 07:29

Hello Kitty Island Adventure's new update is out now and adds a bunch of new content to the game, including new characters, new areas, and events.

The game's 1.5 update introduces the new Merry Meadow area, an island teeming with plant life. Within all of the flowers and cottages in Merry Meadow lies a new character too. Her name is Wish me mell and she gardens in Merry Meadow. Introduced in 2010, Wish me well was designed by Cinnamoroll designer Miyuki Okumura.

There's also a new flower-planting system where players can decorate the island with a variety of different species. From March 2 to April 14, the game is hosting a Springtime Celebration event where players can collect petals around the island and exchange them for Japanese-inspired items. Lastly, there's a new story adventure where players can create a den on Icy Peak and work together with others to restore the Island Spirit.

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True Detective Renewed For Season 5 With Issa López Returning

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 06:52

True Detective has been renewed for Season 5 at HBO with Issa López, the creator of Night Country, returning as showrunner under her new overall deal with HBO. With Season 4, López took creative control of the franchise over from creator Nic Pizzolatto, who was behind the first three seasons.

HBO stated that Night Country is the most-watched installment of the show to date, with 12.7 million viewers. This season's story focused on detectives Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) investigating the disappearance of eight men working at a remote Arctic research station in Alaska.

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"Issa López is that one-of-a-kind, rare talent that speaks directly to HBO's creative spirit," said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming via press release. "She helmed True Detective: Night Country from start to finish, never once faltering from her own commendable vision, and inspiring us with her resilience both on the page and behind the camera. Alongside Jodie and Kali's impeccable performances, she's made this installation of the franchise a massive success, we are so lucky to have her as part of our family."

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Russell Crowe Once Broke Both Legs Filming A Scene But Kept Going

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 06:49

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe has revealed he broke both his legs filming a scene for 2010's Robin Hood, but he pushed through and kept filming.

Speaking to People, Crowe said the accident happened one day when he was filming a scene where his character, Robin Hood, jumped off a castle portcullis onto uneven ground below. Crowe said the filmmakers were "in a rush" to get the scene filmed before the sun went down, and, in hindsight, it might have been smarter to better prepare the surface with something soft to land on. But they didn't do that, and Crowe paid the price.

"With hundreds of extras around, arrows flying and burn pots setting the castle on fire, there was no pulling out," he said. "As I jumped, I remember thinking, 'This is going to hurt.'"

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Sand Land Preorder Guide

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 06:46

The video game adaptation of cult classic manga Sand Land is set to launch on PS5, PS4, and Xbox Series X|S on April 26. Sand Land will launch in multiple versions, including standard, deluxe, and collector's editions. Preorders for each edition are available now from multiple retailers, and those who buy the game early get access to exclusive pre-purchase bonus DLC.

We'll go over all the Sand Land versions and where you can preorder them below, but first, we want to point out that PC players can save 18% on the standard and deluxe versions of Sand Land when they preorder at GameSpot's sibling site, Fanatical. Fanatical's Sand Land preorder discount drops the standard edition to just $49.19 (normally $60) and the deluxe edition to $57.39 (down from $70), and you get a 5%-off coupon code usable on a future Fanatical purchase, plus the bonus preorder DLC outlined below. All keys purchased at Fanatical unlock via Steam. For console players, read on to see where you can preorder Sandland on PS5, PS4, and Xbox Series X|S, and what each version includes.

Sand Land preorder bonus

Preordering Sand Land before April 26 gets you the exclusive Survivalist Camo Pack DLC as a preorder bonus, which adds three unique camo skins you can apply to all in-game vehicles. The bonus is included with preorders of the standard, deluxe, and collector's edition.

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Rise Of The Ronin Preorder Guide

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 06:45

Team Ninja's PlayStation 5 exclusive Rise of Ronin is set to launch on March 22. The open-world samurai action RPG is set in Japan during the Bakustatsu period when multiple factions fought for control of Japan's future. The game's branching narrative will let players change the course of history as they explore and battle throughout the game's open-world version of 1860s Japan. Like Team Ninja's previous titles like Ninja Gaiden, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, and the Nioh series, Rise of the Ronin features a deep combat system but aims to be more approachable to a wider audience of players than its predecessors.

Rise of the Ronin is one of our most-anticipated games of 2024, and we're eager to see how its gameplay and story shape up when it releases in a few weeks. In the meantime, fans can preorder Rise of the Ronin at multiple online retailers ahead of release. Buying an early copy will even get you a few bonuses, including early access to powerful items that could give you an edge during the game's early hours.

Rise of the Ronin Preorder Bonus

Preordering Rise of the Ronin gets you early access to four in-game "Combat Styles," including:

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Superman Legacy Cast Photo Reveals Nicholas Hoult's Bald Head

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 06:16

DC Studios boss and the writer-director of Superman Legacy, James Gunn, has shared a nice photo of the cast of the upcoming superhero film. Posted to Instagram, the photo shows the main cast of the film following a table read of the script.

According to Gunn, this was the first time the entire cast got together. The cast includes David Corenswet as Superman, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, and Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor. As you can see in image, Hoult is already sporting Luthor's shaved-head look.

The image also shows the actors Skylder Gisondo (Jimmy Olsen), Anthony Carrigan (Metamorpho), Nathan Fillion (Guy Gardner), Isabela Merced (Hawkgirl), Edi Gathegi (Mister Terrific), Terence Rosemore (Otis), Maria Gabriela de Faria (Engineer), and more.

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Deep Rock Galactic Spin-Off Sells Half A Million Copies In Its First Week

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 06:07

Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor sold more than 500,000 copies in its first week on sale, and now developer Funday Games is outlining its plans for the weeks and months ahead.

The auto-shooter takes aspects fans of the co-op FPS Deep Rock Galactic have come to love, like dwarves, mining, and killing truck loads of alien bugs, and combines it with the rewarding auto-shooting and roguelite elements of Vampire Survivors. That appears to be a winning combination, with developer Funday Games saying the game's early access launch exceeded the studio's "wildest imagination" in a recent post on Steam.

"We are humbled, grateful, and very, very busy working on the game," Funday Games said.

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The Boys Season 4 Coming This Summer, Here's When

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 05:34

Amazon's popular superhero show The Boys is coming back for its fourth season this June. Prime Video has announced that Season 4 will debut on June 13.

"Break out the f**kin confetti," reads a line from Prime Video's announcement. A new image was also released, showing Homelander (Antony Starr) and Victoria Neuman (Claudi Doumit) embracing during what looks to be some kind of rally. As fans know, Victoria is on the road to becoming President and Homelander has his own lofty ambitions as well.

Break out the fuckin confetti

— THE BOYS (@TheBoysTV) February 22, 2024

Season 4 also sees the introduction of a new superhero, Firecracker (Valorie Curry), who appears to be a friend of Homelander. Firecracker makes her debut in Season 4, but Call of Duty players have been able to run around as Firecracker for some time already.

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Christopher Nolan On Why Cillian Murphy Wasn't Right For Batman

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 04:46

Actors not landing the roles they audition for can still lead to them getting cast in a different part. Tom Hiddleston tried out for Thor, and ended up playing Loki with great acclaim. Recently, Nicholas Hoult landed the role of Lex Luthor in Superman: Legacy, even though he originally auditioned to play the Man of Steel--and even tried out for Batman at one point for Matt Reeves. Cillian Murphy had a similar career trajectory as he auditioned for Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins to play the Dark Knight, even donning Val Kilmer's old Batsuit for the audition.

While he didn't make the cut for Batman, Murphy ended up working with Nolan throughout his Dark Knight trilogy as Dr. Jonathan Crane, the Scarecrow. It would also lead to a 20-year career journey with Nolan which recently helped Murphy earn his first Oscar nomination in Oppenheimer. The Oscar-nominated director and actor spoke to Deadline, with Nolan explaining why he inevitably went with Christian Bale over Murphy, but also what makes him a fascinating actor.

"I don't think he had the physicality at the time," says Nolan. "We tested everyone as Bruce Wayne and we tested them as Batman, and the thing that Christian had that was so striking was that he understood that so much of acting is about reality. So much of acting is about emotional truth. And when you put on a costume like the Batsuit, you have to become this icon. Christian had this crazy energy that he just directed. He'd figured out how that worked and what that would be--the way Bruce Wayne does in the film. He adopts this persona. It's a very specific thing. And he tore a hole on the screen as Batman. It was like, there was no question."

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Fortnite Rocket Racing Adds Speed Run Mode And More In Fresh Update

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 04:08

Fortnite has received a lot of new updates in the past few weeks, and its Rocket Racing mode is no exception. A recent patch has added the "Speed Run" mode to the game, which challenges players to produce the best lap times they can on each course, including Riviera, Anaconda, and Olympus.

As the blog post announcing the update explains, the mode turns off player collisions so players can focus on pure racing, and you can't use slipstreams from other drivers either. The match times are long enough for you to get multiple shots to improve your time, with the best one being added to the track's seasonal leaderboard. The mode also features classic racing-game style ghosts to help you see where you can improve your racing lines.

This latest update for Rocket Racing also adds quests to the Speed Run mode, improved controls on mobile, and more cosmetics in the form of the Diestro Car Bundle (as well as others), which will be free for players who already own the car in Rocket League. It also added some other cool features, like the ability to do an air roll, and significant updates to the physics and handling models of the vehicles.

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